Johns Hopkins vs. Umbc
March 4, 2008
The Game Story:
BALTIMORE, MD - Sophomore attackman Steven Boyle totaled three goals and two assists and the top-ranked Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team used a 5-1 second-half run to erase a 6-5 deficit and fuel a 10-8 win over UMBC at Homewood Field Tuesday night. The win is the 12th straight for the Blue Jays (3-0) dating back to last season and improves Hopkins' all-time record against the Retrievers to 6-0. UMBC slips to 1-3 with the loss.

The Retrievers took a 6-5 lead on an unassisted goal by senior midfielder Terry Kimener 94 seconds into the third quarter, but the Blue Jays scored the next three goals to take an 8-6 lead. Boyle opened the spree with his second goal of the game as he was on the back end of tic-tac-toe that started with Stephen Peyser at the top and Paul Rabil on the side. Rabil hit Boyle in stride coming from behind the goal and Boyle beat UMBC goalie Jeremy Blevins from in tight. Freshman Kyle Wharton blew an extra-man goal by Blevins off an assist from sophomore Michael Kimmel just over four minutes later and Kimmel gave the Blue Jays their first two-goal lead of the game less than two minutes into the fourth quarter.

Kyle Wimer drew the Retrievers within 8-7 when he dodged to the goal from the top and beat Blue Jay goalie Michael Gvozden low to the far post with 10:05 remaining in the game and the one-goal lead held for nearly six minutes before Kimmel threaded a pass from the top of the box to Boyle just to Blevins' right and Boyle double-pumped before slipping his third goal of the night into the open cage. An extra-man goal by Rabil with 1:36 remaining made it 10-7 and Matt Latham closed the scoring with an extra-man goal for the Retrievers with 17 seconds on the clock to account for the 10-8 final.

The Retrievers used a deliberate attack throughout the game and built an early 2-0 lead on goals by Wimer and Ryan Smith in the first four minutes of the game. Austin Walker's first goal of the season with 8:02 remaining in the quarter ignited a three-goal Hopkins run that took just over four minutes. Walker's 12-yard blast from the top of the box was assisted by Boyle, who added his first goal of the game 92 seconds later when he came from the side and redodged and slipped inside his defender after being stopped on his first run at the cage. A Tom Duerr goal with 3:47 remaining in the first quarter closed the scoring in the opening period.

UMBC answered by scoring three of the next four goals to take a 5-4 lead late in the second quarter. Maxx Davis opened and closed the run with Rabil and Smith trading goals between the first Davis goal with 8:11 remaining in the period and his final tally with just 20 seconds left in the quarter. It appeared the Retrievers would carry the one-goal lead into intermission, but Peyser won the faceoff after Davis's second goal and needed just six seconds to work his way through the defense and tie the score. Peyser won the ensuing faceoff and Hopkins nearly scored in the final moments of the half, but a pass to the crease was mishandled just before time expired. Kimener's goal just over a minute-and-a-half into the third quarter was answered by what proved to be the deciding run for the Blue Jays.

The five points match Boyle's previous career high, while Kimmel added one goal and three assists for a personal-best four points. Rabil added two goals and one assist, while Peyser won 14-of-16 faceoffs and had nine ground balls to go along with his goal. The 14 faceoffs won match Peyser's career high. Gvozden had eight saves in goal for the Blue Jays, who won 17-of-22 faceoffs and won the ground ball war, 33-28.

Smith, Wimer and Davis all scored two goals for the Retrievers, who got a goal and an assist from Kimener and 10 saves from Blevins. The Retrievers outshot the Blue Jays 39-36 and ran their patient offense to perfection, but scoreless droughts of 17:58 in the first half and 18:10 in the second were more than they could overcome.

Johns Hopkins will return to action on Saturday, March 8 when the Blue Jays travel to Hofstra. UMBC hosts Yale on Saturday.