Hopkins handles Albany, 14-9

Hopkins handles Albany, 14-9

Hopkins handles Albany, 14-9

Hopkins handles Albany, 14-9

BALTIMORE, MD - Junior Chris Boland (Columbia, MD/Boys' Latin) scored five goals and 11th-ranked Johns Hopkins had seven different players record multi-point games as the Blue Jays posted a 14-9 victory over 18th-ranked Albany at wind-swept Homewood Field Saturday afternoon. The win is the 100th for Dave Pietramala as the head coach at Johns Hopkins (100-29) and snaps a three-game losing streak for the Blue Jays (4-4). Albany, which has dropped seven of eight all-time meetings with Johns Hopkins, falls to 6-3.

Boland got the Blue Jays off to a quick start as the netted a pair of goals in the first seven minutes of the game and sophomore Kyle Wharton (Great Valley, PA/Haverford School) added an unassisted tally before the game was 10 minutes old to stake Hopkins to a 3-0 lead. Albany got back-to-back goals in a span of just over two minutes late in the first quarter to trim the deficit to one. Dave Brock (Burlington, Ontario/Nelson) tallied the first of the two goals in an unsettled situation and Brian Caufield (Bay Shore, NY/West Islip) whistled one home a short time later when Joe Resetarits (Hamburg, NYHamburg) found him on the side of the goal after Caufield made a nice cut from behind.

That would be as close the Great Danes would get as Hopkins reeled off the next six goals to take the 9-2 lead. Michael Kimmel (Towson, MD/Loyola), Mark Bryan (Niskayuna, NY/Niskayuna), Wharton and Brian Christopher (Springfield, PA/Springfield) all scored unassisted goals in the second quarter to push the 3-2 lead at the end of the first quarter to 7-2 at halftime. Bryan and Wharton's goals came less than one minute apart midway through the period and quickly turned a 4-2 lead into a 6-2 advantage. The Blue Jays dominated possession in the second quarter as they won 4-of-5 faceoffs and outshot the `Danes, 18-2 in the period.

It took just 65 seconds for Johns Hopkins to push the lead to 9-2 in the second half as Kimmel dodged from the top and found Bryan, who wasted little time beating Albany goalie John Carroll (Nesconset, NY/Smithtown East) with a high-to-low shot from eight yards out. Boland completed his hat trick eight seconds later when sophomore Matt Dolente (Phoenixville, PA/Malvern Prep) found him alone on the doorstep after cleanly winning the faceoff after Bryan's goal.

The teams traded the next six goals to make it 12-5 early in the fourth quarter before Albany made things interesting with a three-goal run that trimmed the deficit to 12-8 with just over 11 minutes remaining in regulation. Caufield scored twice in a 33-second span - once on a nifty dodge from behind the goal and once after taking a nice pass from Joe Pompo (Syracuse, NY/West Genesee) while cutting from the side of the goal - and Dererk Kreuzer (Liverpool, NY/Liverpool) added an extra-man goal before the fourth quarter was four minutes old.

The Blue Jays closed out the victory in the final eight minutes as Christopher and freshman Tom Palasek (Rocky Point, NY/Rocky Point) sandwiched extra-man goals around a Luke Cometti (Syracuse, NY/West Genesee) goal to account for the 14-9 final. Christopher and Palasek's goals helped the Blue Jays to a 3-for-4 showing with the extra-man on the day.

Boland's five goals were one-shy of his career high and paced an offense that generated its 14 goals on 39 shots. Wharton, Christopher and Bryan all added two goals and senior Steven Boyle (Derry, NH/Pinkerton Academy) chipped in with a career-high-tying three assists. Dolente had a career-high two assists, won 11-of-17 faceoffs and grabbed eight ground balls. Johns Hopkins won 18-of-27 faceoffs in the game, including 12-of-13 in the second and third quarters combined, when they outscored Albany 8-3.

Caufield, who entered the game ranked third in the nation in points per game, totaled three goals and one assist to lead the way offensively for Albany. Kreuzer was the only other multi-goal scorer for Albany as he scored twice. Carroll posted three saves in goal for Albany, which couldn't overcome 18 turnovers and the 2-to-1 advantage JHU enjoyed on faceoffs.

Johns Hopkins will return to action next Saturday when the Blue Jays play Maryland in the second game of Inside Lacrosse's Smartlink Day of Rivals at Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium. Army and Navy will meet in the first game of the doubleader.

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Part Of The Season Where Hopkins Turns It On......
    by (#136419) on 4/05/09 @2:57PM
In both 2007 & 2008, Hopkins was around .500 and people were thinking they may not make the tournament. But, starting with Maryland, Hopkins won every other regular season game both seasons. In 2007, Hopkins won it all. In 2008, they upset a loaded Duke team and made the Title Game. I don't have tournament predictions for Hopkins, but my bold prediction is that they win every other regular season game.
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    by (#167285) on 4/09/09 @8:40AM
I'm an avid Hopkins fan and I totally agree w/ you.
but this year, Maryland looks title-worthy. they were neck and neck w/ virginia for 7-OT's!!! although hopkins lost to them by one, maryland just looks like an all around better team than Hopkins this year. We are contributing from the midfield line, and our opponents are out-hustling us in groundballs. but i do have faith in the BLUE JAYS this year.

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    by (#167285) on 4/09/09 @8:41AM
We aren't* contributing from the midfield, and our opponents are out-hustling us in groundballs.
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