Towson vs. Johns Hopkins
April 30, 2005
The Game Story:
TOWSON, Md. - Sophomore goalkeeper Jesse Schwartzman (Pikesville H.S./Owings Mills, Md.) stopped a career-high 21 saves, including seven in the fourth quarter, as top-ranked Johns Hopkins University (11-0) broke a 4-4 tie with four straight goals en route to an 8-4 victory over the 12th-ranked Tigers (9-4) at Johnny Unitas Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

With the victory, the Blue Jays extend their win streak over the Tigers to ten straight games while snapping Towson's five-game win streak.

Senior attackman Peter LeSueur (Garden City H.S./Garden City, N.Y.) gave the Blue Jays a quick 1-0 lead when he scored his ninth goal of the season off a feed from sophomore Jake Byrne (Landon H.S./Potomac, Md.) with 12:00 remaining in the first quarter.

The Tigers took a 3-1 lead with 4:30 left in the second period after scoring three straight goals. Junior Kyle Fiat (Olympus H.S./Salt Lake City, Utah) tied the game at 1-1 with 2:53 left in the first quarter when he took a feed from junior Steve Mull (Fallston H.S./Fallston, Md.) and scored his 14th goal of the season past Schwartzman. Towson took its first lead at 2-1 with 6:53 remaining in the second quarter when freshman Kyle Batton (Dulaney H.S./Monkton, Md.) took a pass from Mull and converted his fifth goal of the year to give the Tigers their first lead. Freshman Brian Vetter (Annapolis H.S./Annapolis, Md.) extended the Tiger cushion to 3-1 when he recorded his 10th tally of the season off a Mull assist.

Freshman Paul Rabil (DeMatha H.S./Gaithersburg, Md.) tied the game at 3-3 by scoring back-to-back goals for his 16th and 17th tallies of the year. With 2:16 left in the first half, he scored an unassisted goal past senior goalkeeper Reed Sothoron (St. Mary's Ryken H.S./Lexington Park, Md.) to narrow the margin to 3-2. With just 44 seconds left in the third period, Rabil tied the game with his second goal of the game, which ended a two-minute possession for the Blue Jays.

At the start of the fourth quarter, the Blue Jays took over the lead when senior midfielder Matt Rewkowski (Bethpage H.S./Bethpage, N.Y.) scored off a Rabil assist, giving Hopkins a 4-3 advantage with 14:17 remaining in the game. The Tigers tied the game at 4-4 just over a minute later when Mull scored his fourth goal of the season, an unassisted marker past Schwartzman.

With 10:53 remaining, LeSueur tallied his second goal of the game off a feed from freshman Kevin Huntley (Calvert Hall College H.S./Towson, Md.) to ignite the Blue Jays' game-ending rally. With 9:34 left, senior defensive midfielder Benson Erwin (Friends School/Baltimore, Md.) scored his first goal of the season to extend the lead to 6-4 before Byrne scored an unassisted goal with 7:40 left. Senior midfielder Kyle Harrison (Friends School/Baltimore, Md.) ended the run with an unassisted goal with 1:18 remaining in the game, giving Hopkins its 22nd straight win in the month of April.

Rabil scored two goals with an assist to lead the Blue Jay offense, while LeSueur also tallied twice. Mull was the only Towson player with multiple points with one goal and three assists.

Sothoron made 16 saves for the Tigers, who were outshot by a 33-31 margin.

"Finishing the ball - that is what separated the two teams today," Towson Coach Tony Seaman said. "[Hopkins] had opportunities in the third and fourth quarter and they put them in the goal finally. We had just as many, even better places to put [the ball] away."

The victory was the 50th for the Blue Jays' senior class, tying them for fourth place on the JHU list for wins by a class. The 1981 Blue Jay class holds the record with 53 victories in its four-year career.

The Tigers, who ended the regular season with three straight home games, begin defense of their Colonial Athletic Association title on Wednesday night when they host Villanova University in the semifinals of the CAA Tournament at 7:30 p.m. Meanwhile, the Blue Jays end the regular season next Saturday afternoon when they host Loyola College at 3:00 p.m. in a televised match-up on WMAR-TV.