BALTIMORE, MD - The fifth-ranked Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team used a 6-1 second-half run to erase a 6-5 third-quarter deficit and held off a late rally by 12th-ranked Loyola as the Blue Jays picked up a hard-fought 12-9 win over the Greyhounds at Homewood Field Saturday afternoon. The win is the fifth straight for the Blue Jays, who improve to 9-4 on the year, while Loyola had a two-game winning streak snapped and falls to 7-5. Both teams will learn their fate in the upcoming NCAA Tournament when the bracket for the 2007 tournament is announced tomorrow night.
The Blue Jays trailed 6-5 midway through the third quarter after the Greyhounds scored the first three goals of the period to turn a 5-3 halftime deficit into a one-goal advantage. The Blue Jays answered with two goals in a two-minute span late in the period to carry a 7-6 lead into the fourth quarter. Junior Paul Rabil (Gaithersburg, MD/DeMatha) scored the first of his three goals with 5:54 remaining to tied the game and JHU then used a good ride and a ground ball to take the lead for good as junior Stephen Peyser (Lloyd Harbor, NY/Cold Spring Harbor) came up with a loose ball near midfield and raced into the attack zone, where he found freshman Steven Boyle (Derry, NH/Pinkerton Academy) alone on the doorstep and Boyle slipped one past Loyola's Alex Peaty (Victoria, B.C./Western Reserve) to complete his hat trick.
Senior Jake Byrne (Potomac, MD/Landon) opened the fourth quarter with his third goal of the game when Rabil worked a mismatch behind the goal to draw a slide and found Byrne alone to Peaty's right. Byrne blew a low shot past Peaty to make it 8-6, but Loyola's Greg Leonard (Broomall, MD/Marple Newtown) answered less than a minute later with Loyola's third extra-man goal of the game slice the lead to one.
The one-goal lead held for just over four minutes before the Blue Jays' Michael Doneger (Hewlett, NY/Lynbrook) ignited a three-goal spree that took less than two minutes with an extra-man goal of his own to restore the two-goal lead. Sophomore Mark Bryan (Niskayuna, NY/Niskayuna) caught Peaty off-guard with a sneaky shot from the side 25 seconds later and Rabil polished off the three-goal run with a 10-yard blast from straight on to give the Blue Jays their first four-goal lead of the game (11-7). Dan Bauers (Oakton, VA/Oakton) and Leonard sandwiched goals around Rabil's third of the game in the final six minutes to account for the final scoring.
The Blue Jays got off to a quick start as Boyle and Byrne both scored in the first six minutes and sophomore Brian Christopher (Springfield, PA/Springfield) completed the game-opening three-goal run just over two minutes later when he used a freeze-dodge at the top of the box and went right down the middle before slipping a shot past Peaty from seven yards to make it 3-0.
Loyola responded with three of the next four goals to trim the deficit to 4-3. An unassisted goal by Andrew Spack (Lafayette, NY/Lafayette) was answered by Boyle's second goal of the game to make it 4-1 at the end of the first period before Spack and Shane Koppens (Clifton Park, NY/Shenendehowa) scored back-to-back extra-man goals midway through the second quarter to trim the Blue Jays' lead to 4-3. An extra-man goal by Byrne accounted for the 5-3 halftime score.
Any momentum the Blue Jays built in the first half was gone before the third quarter was eight minutes old as Spack made it 5-4 1:11 into the third period and Bauers and Koppens scored within a three-minute span a short time later to give the `Hounds their first lead of the game. The lead lasted all of 80 seconds before Rabil jump-started the game-turning 6-1 run that lifted the Blue Jays to their eighth straight win over Loyola.
Rabil's five points (3g, 2a) were a team-high and improve his season total to a career-high 39 points on the year. Boyle added three goals and one assist and Byrne fired home three goals to pace the Blue Jays, who held advantages in shots (38-32) and ground balls (37-36). Senior Jesse Schwartzman (Owings Mills, MD/Pikesville) registered 10 saves in goal for Hopkins and moved past Larry Quinn on Hopkins' career saves list as he now has 465 to his credit.
Koppens scored two goals and added a game-high three assists to paced the Greyhounds, who got three goals from Spack and two goals from Bauers and Leonard. Dan Kallaugher (Glyndon, MD/McDonogh) won 14-of-24 faceoffs and Peaty made 11 saves for Loyola.
Johns Hopkins vs. Loyola