Towson vs. Johns Hopkins
April 26, 2003
The Game Story:
TOWSON, Md. - - Towson built a 9-6 lead but then went stone cold while top-ranked Johns Hopkins shook off the defict with an 11-0 run to overcome the Tigers 17-9 Saturday night on Minnegan Field in Towson Stadium. The win improved the No. 1 Blue Jays^ record to 10-1 as they beat Towson for the 27th time in the 30-game series. The No. 10 Tigers end their regular season with a 6-5 record. Towson, by virtue of its 5-0 record in the Colonial Athletic Association, is the top seed in next week^s league tournament which begins at home on Wednesday night for the Tigers against Drexel at 7:30 pm. Hofstra will host Villanova on Wednesday in the other CAA semifinal. The championship game for the league^s automatic berth into the NCAA tournament will be played Saturday night with the highest remaining seed hosting.

The Tigers stood toe-to-toe with the Blue Jays early, erasing a 3-1 Hopkins^ advantage. Nine different Towson players scored as the Tigers worked to a 9-6 lead on Ryan Obloj^s unassisted goal with 11:08 to play in the third quarter. But that was to be Towson^s final score, as they went scoreless for the rest of the 26:08 in the game. The Blue Jays^ offense awoke from that point, scoring four goals to take the lead at the end of the third period. Bobby Benson^s goal with 11 seconds left in the quarter put the Blue Jays ahead 10-9 and they never looked back.

Benson added more fuel to the Blue Jays^ rally when he scored into an open Towson net off a turnover to start the fourth quarter. Less than a minute later Kevin Boland, who led all scorers with four goals, scored for a 12-9 Hopkins^ lead and the rout was on. Hopkins outshot the Tigers 26-14 in the second half and 41-34 for the game. Boland got scoring help from Benson and Adam Doneger with three goals each. Conor Ford chipped in with a career high five assists for the Blue Jays, who extended their April record to 38-1 since 1996. Hopkins^ goalie Rob Scherr had 12 saves.

The Tigers were led by Peyton Chane with a goal (the game^s first) and two assists. Tiger goalkeeper Reed Sothoron finished with nine saves. The Blue Jays end their regular season next Saturday afternoon at home against Loyola.