Hopkins Keeps NCAA Hopes Alive with 13-6 Win Over Towson

Hopkins Keeps NCAA Hopes Alive with 13-6 Win Over Towson

Hopkins Keeps NCAA Hopes Alive with 13-6 Win Over Towson

Hopkins Keeps NCAA Hopes Alive with 13-6 Win Over Towson

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Hopkins Keeps NCAA Hopes Alive with 13-6 Win Over Towson  

Blue Jays Jump to 8-0 Halftime Lead in 15th Straight Win Against Tigers

BALTIMORE, MD – The Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team jumped out to an 8-0 lead at the half and never looked back en route to a 13-6 win over 11th-ranked Towson at Homewood Field Wednesday evening.  The win snaps a two-game losing streak for the Blue Jays (6-7), who kept alive their hopes of earning an at-large bid to the upcoming NCAA Tournament.  Towson had a five-game winning streak snapped and slips to 6-6.

On senior night at Homewood, it was a sophomore, midfielder Marshall Burkhart, who opened the scoring as he sliced through the defense from the top of the box and slipped a shot past Towson goalie Travis Love.  Senior Michael Kimmel and junior Mike Maydick added unassisted goals in a span of just under three minutes midway through the period and junior Kyle Wharton closed the first quarter with an extra man goal off an assist from Kimmel with just 45 seconds left in the opening period.  In blanking Towson for the first 15 minutes it marked the second straight game that JHU has not allowed a goal in the opening quarter.

Unlike last Saturday, when JHU squandered a 5-0 first quarter lead in a 9-8 loss to Navy, the Blue Jays kept the pressure on the Tigers in the second quarter with four more goals that pushed the margin to 8-0 at the half.

A transition goal by junior Matt Dolente opened the scoring in the second period, which also included another goal by Kimmel and unassisted goals by sophomore Tom Palasek and senior Steven Boyle.  Palasek got inside his defender and dodged hard to the goal from the side, while Boyle dodged from behind the goal and bounced home the first of his two goals on the night.

Towson broke through with its first goal of the game on a nice individual effort by Carl Iacona with 11:39 remaining in the third quarter, but the Blue Jays answered with goals by Palasek and Boyle midway through the quarter to push the margin out to 10-1.

The Tigers sliced the deficit to 10-4 with three straight goals bridging the third and fourth quarters, but the Blue Jays answered with a three-goal run of their own to make it 13-4 before the Tigers added a pair of late goals to account for the final scoring.

Kimmel led a balanced Johns Hopkins offense with three goals and one assist, while Boyle added two goals and three assists.  Wharton and Palasek both chipped in two goals and one assists for the Blue Jays, who also got 12 saves in goal from freshman Pierce Bassett.  The hat trick was the 11th of Kimmel’s career.

Stephen Norris was the only multi-goal scorer for the Tigers, who fell for the 15th straight time to Johns Hopkins and the 35th time in 38 all-time meetings.  Midfielder Christian Pastirik was the only other multi-point scorer for the Tigers, who got nine saves in goal from Love, but never recovered from the early deficit.

Johns Hopkins will return to action on Saturday, May 8 when the Blue Jays play at sixth-ranked Loyola.  A win would give the Blue Jays a .500 record (7-7) and make them eligible for selection to the NCAA Tournament.  Johns Hopkins has currently qualified for the NCAA Tournament in each of the last 38 years.  That ranks as the longest active streak of qualifying for the NCAAs in any Division I team sport. 

Towson, which has already secured the top seed in the upcoming CAA Tournament, will close the regular season on Saturday with a game at Hofstra before opening play in the CAA tourney next Wednesday night at home.

#11 Towson (6-6) 0-0-3-3/6

Johns Hopkins (6-7) 4-4-2-3/13

Goals:  T:  Norris-2, Pastirik, Harringon, Iacona, Brashears.  J:  Kimmel-3, Boyle-2, Wharton-2, Palasek-2, Duerr, Maydick, Dolente, Burkhart.  Assists:  T:  Brock, Britton, Pastirik.  J: Boyle-3, Kimmel, Palasek, Wharton.  Saves:  T:  Love-9, Edens-0.  J:  Bassett-12, Gvozden-0.  Shots:  T-34.  J-35.  EMO:  T:  1-for-6.  J:  2-for-6.  Attendance:  1,318.

Photography by John Strohsacker.

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about that time...
    by (#65280) on 4/29/10 @12:13PM
tis the season when hopkins wakes up and plays hard again... late april and early may is when they seem to play their A game no matter how they played through the season. In anycase... dont think it will be a long run, but they will have one none the less
 
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Tough Schedule
    by (#156889) on 4/29/10 @2:04PM
Not to say that Hopkins season has been anything but embarrassing... especially with a loss to Navy, but you had to see this coming. If Hopkins beats Loyola then maybe they can squeak into the playoffs, who knows from there. They at least have strength of schedule going for them.
 
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    by (#139861) on 4/29/10 @5:40PM
That's true, but I just don't think they can beat Loyola. Towson's shooting was absolutely horrid this game and let Hopkins jump out to a big lead. Loyola's attack unit is more than a match for this Blue Jays' defense (I guarantee Bassett will not have a 70% save percentage again). Can anyone say Hopkins-free tourney? I know I can. Hopkins-free tourney!
 
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    by (#199913) on 4/29/10 @9:25PM
I would like a Hopkins free tourney. yes they do have that strength of schedule but they don't have "quality" wins over any teams in their schedule. If they get in I'll be a little disappointed in the selection committee. There are many teams better then .500 that deserve to be in over them
 
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p.s.
    by (#199913) on 4/29/10 @9:48PM
Hopkins should join a conference, I'm sick of independents. Maybe the ACC? Now that would be a solid conference
 
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It wouldn't be that bad a choice...
    by (#156889) on 4/29/10 @9:41PM
If Hopkins beats Loyola. Hopkins plays all the elite teams except Duke. They played Maryland and Princeton tough and got unlucky. Loyola would be a pretty solid win if they can pull it off. But maybe a year of sitting home in May would do them well.
 
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Changing up the look
    by (#241154) on 4/29/10 @9:55PM
Johns Hopkins git this win cause they finally changed up their gear for this game. They used to change all the time, but I can't remember any other changes before this game in 2010.
 
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*got
    by (#241154) on 4/29/10 @9:56PM
*got
 
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Navy
    by (#241154) on 4/29/10 @10:02PM
Except the navy game, but lets all forget about that.
 
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Who cares.
    by (#186067) on 4/30/10 @2:13PM
Who cares about any of this. Who saw Kyle Wharton put a hole in the net. That was SICK.
 
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    by (#245208) on 5/04/10 @2:14PM
that was a nasty shot

was there any follow up to that? was the net already ripped?

 
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