Mount Saint Mary's vs. Johns Hopkins
April 27, 2009
The Game Story:
EMMITSBURG, MD - Sophomore attackman Kyle Wharton scored four goals and junior attackman Chris Boland added two goals and a career-high four assists to lead the eighth-ranked Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team to a 12-5 win over host Mount St. Mary's before a Waldron Family Stadium record crowd of 1,258 on Monday evening. The win is the fifth straight for the Blue Jays, who improve to 8-4 with the win. Mount St. Mary's had a modest two-game winning streak snapped and slips to 5-9.

The Blue Jays jumped to a quick 2-0 lead in the first six minutes of the game, only to have Mount St. Mary's battle back to knot the game at 2-2 at the end of the first quarter. Senior Brian Christopher found junior Chris Boland alone on the doorstep and Boland beat Mountaineer goalie T.C. DiBartolo in tight less than 90 seconds into the game and senior Josh Peck took a nifty skip pass from sophomore Mark Goodrich and dropped down from six yards out just over four minutes after Boland's goal to make it 2-0.

The Mount withstood the early assault and scored back-to-back goals in transition in a six-minute span to make it 2-2. After nearly turning the ball over on a clear attempt, Cody Lehrer came up with a ground ball near the top of the Blue Jays' defensive box and found Christian Kellett alone in front of the goal, where he easily beat JHU goalie Michael Gvozden. DiBartolo jump-started another transition opportunity six minutes later as he made a nice save and the Mount cashed in at the other end when Mike Adkins polished off a feed from Brendan Harrison with 1:37 remaining in the period.

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DiBartolo made several highlight reel saves in the first 10 minutes of the second quarter and the Mount grabbed a 3-2 lead when Eric Ososki found Geery Grant alone seven yards in front of the goal and Grant quickly found the back of the net. Both goalies were on over the next several minutes as DiBartolo robbed Michael Kimmel and Boland on back-to-back shots with 4:30 remaining, only to have Gvozden match him less than a minute later when he stoned Harrison on a breakaway.

The Blue Jays hopped back in front for good with back-to-back goals in a 19-second span late in the quarter as they were able to keep the pressure on the Mountaineer defense. Kyle Wharton finally broke a 21-minute scoreless drought for the Blue Jays when Boland hit him from behind the net and he picked the far corner with 2:45 remaining. Boland was on the back-end of a nifty cross-crease pass from Peck off the ensuing faceoff and he wasted little time beating a defenseless DiBartolo to account for a 4-3 halftime score.

The Blue Jays pushed the one-goal halftime lead to two goals by the end of the third quarter as they outscored the Mountaineers 3-2 in the period. Kimmel worked down the ally before slipping a pass back to Christopher at the top of the box and Christopher blew a 12-yarder past DiBartolo to make it 5-3 less than two minutes into the second half, but the Mount answered back less than four minutes later as Anthony Golden capped a long possession when Ryan Shewell found him alone at the top of the box and he fired a 10-yarder past Gvozden.

Hopkins pushed the lead to 7-4 with an extra-man goal by Wharton with 9:14 remaining in the third and a nifty split dodge goal by Christopher two minutes later, but the pesky Mountaineers wouldn't go away and sliced the deficit to 7-5 when Lehrer found Grant curling around a screen eight yards in front of the goal and Grant one-time a shot home to account for the 7-5 score at the end of the third.

Any hopes for a Mountaineer comeback were dashed in the first six minutes of the fourth quarter as the Blue Jays got a pair of extra-man goals from Wharton and Peck in the first 4:08 of the period and Boland found Max Chautin alone in front and Chautin scored from the doorstep to make it 10-5 with 9:20 remaining. The Blue Jays added a Wharton goal off a scramble in front with 4:59 remaining and a late goal by freshman Will McCance to account for the final scoring.

In addition to Boland and Wharton's exploits, the Blue Jays got two goals and two assists from Christopher and two goals and one assist from Peck. Gvozden posted six saves the Blue Jays held advantages in shots (42-19) and ground balls (38-19).

DiBartolo was spectacular in goal as he posted 15 saves before departing with just over nine minutes remaining. Grant's two goals paced the Mountaineers offensively.