Mount Saint Mary's vs. Johns Hopkins
April 30, 2007
The Game Story:
EMMITSBURG, MD - Junior midfielder Paul Rabil scored three goals and added three assists and the fifth-ranked Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team outscored host Mount St. Mary's 10-0 in the second half as the Blue Jays cruised to a 15-3 win over the Mountaineers. The win is the fourth straight for the Blue Jays, who improve to 8-4 on the year, while the Mount finishes its season at 3-10.

The Blue Jays led just 5-3 at the half before extending the lead to 6-3 on Rabil's second goal of the game just 28 seconds into the third quarter. Mount St. Mary's appeared to have trimmed the deficit to 6-4 on a Shaun Moran goal just over four minutes later, but Moran's stick was ruled to be illegal and the goal came off the board. It took the Blue Jays just 18 seconds to capitalize on the three-minute extra-man opportunity as freshman Michael Kimmel's goal ignited the Blue Jay offense.

Freshman Steven Boyle added another EMO goal two minutes later and Rabil and Kimmel scored their third goals of the game just 16 seconds apart four minutes later to push the lead to 10-3. Back-to-back goals by Boyle and junior Kevin Huntley in the last 16 seconds of the period made it 12-3 and Max Chautin and Andrew Jaffe sandwiched the first goals of the career around a Michael Doneger tally in the fourth quarter to account for the final scoring.

Kimmel opened the scoring just 21 seconds into the game when he dodged from the top and fired a shot low to the far post. Junior Stephen Peyser then handcuffed Mountaineer goalie Joe Zolezzi from eight yards out to give the Blue Jays a 2-0 lead less than six minutes into the game.

The Mountaineers fought back to tie the game late in the first quarter as Joe Bello worked to his right hand at the top of the box and beat Blue Jay goalie Jesse Schwartzman from 12 yards out before Eric Seifert knotted the game with 1:48 remaining in the opening period when he dodged to the right of Schwartzman and tucked one inside the far post.

Freshman Michael Gvozden replaced Schwartzman in goal after Seifert's goal and was immediately tested with a 12-yard laser, but he kicked it aside to jump-start a solid effort in the first extended playing time of his career.

Senior Jake Byrne then beat the first-quarter buzzer off a nifty cross-field pass from Rabil to make it 3-2 at the end of the first quarter and the Blue Jays never relinquished the lead again.

Rabil pushed the lead back to two goals just over two minutes into the second quarter, but Dave Orban answered for the Mount midway through the period to make it 4-3. Huntley was on the back end of a transition goal with 4:52 remaining in the first half as a Gvozden made a nice save, hit Andrew Miller with an outlet pass and Miller found Rabil, who quickly spotted Huntley to the right of the goal and Huntley wasted little time punching home the first of his two goals.

Rabil's six points were a game high and matched his career high, while Kimmel tied his career high with the three goals. Huntley added the two goals and one assist and Boyle scored twice for the Blue Jays, who got nine saves in goal from Gvozden, held a 46-26 advantage in shots and won the ground ball war 34-27.

Bello, Seifert and Orban's goals accounted for the only points for the Mount, which got three saves from Zolezzi and seven from Chris Channing.

The Blue Jays will close the regular season on Saturday at home against Loyola. Faceoff at Homewood Field is set for 1 pm.