Hopkins ties up Princeton, 14-5

No. 1 Blue Jays throw off poor opener, young Tigers

College Lacrosse

March 07, 2004|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF

Unlike its opponent yesterday, the Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team was not supposed to be a work in progress.

But after a less than inspiring one-goal win over Pennsylvania last weekend, the Blue Jays were a far different team yesterday - the one everyone expected them to be.

Top-ranked Johns Hopkins broke open a close game in the third quarter with a commanding eight-goal run to post a surprisingly one-sided 14-5 victory over No. 4 Princeton before 6,386 at sunny Homewood Field.

Less than pleased with his team's effort last week in a 10-9 win over the Quakers, Blue Jays coach Dave Pietramala will have to look long and hard to find fault with anything his team did against the Tigers (1-1).

"It's nice to feel good after a win," said Pietramala, whose team won its 21st straight game at Homewood. "After last weekend, I don't think any of us felt very good about the way we had played. Today it was a much different group."

The Blue Jays (2-0) got four goals each from junior midfielder Kyle Harrison (a career high) and senior attackman Conor Ford, and three-point efforts from midfielders Matt Rewkowski and Kevin Boland.

They dominated every statistical category, outshooting the Tigers 39-25, while winning the ground ball battle 32-21. The Blue Jays also took 17 of 23 draws.

Pietramala, who broke into laughter when a streaker ran across the field as the scoreboard ticked to zero, had plenty to be happy about, starting with the possible emergence of a starting goalie.

Sophomore Scott Smith, who rotated with Jesse Schwartzman last week, looked sharp in making nine saves before giving way to Schwartzman with 4:21 left.

The Blue Jays' close defense held the Tigers' high-scoring attack duo of Ryan Boyle (one assist) and Jason Doneger (one goal) to a total of two points.

"Tom Garvey did just an unbelievable job on Ryan Boyle," said Blue Jays junior defender Chris Watson, who limited Doneger, a 41-goal scorer a year ago, to a second-quarter goal. "He made our jobs a lot easier."

Princeton, which is playing as much youth as it ever has under 17th-year coach Bill Tierney, crept to within 6-4 after senior Drew Casino scored 30 seconds into the third quarter.

But Harrison, who scored three times in the first half all off superb individual efforts, won the next faceoff and fed Ford for his first goal of the game.

Less than a minute later, Boland beat Tigers goalie Matthew Larkin, and the Jays added two more before the third quarter ended with Hopkins leading 10-4.

Any drama left was then eliminated when the Blue Jays started the fourth with four straight goals, including Jake Byrne's first of his career.

"You hope to keep those runs to twos, not fours and fives," said Tierney. "We couldn't have played any worse than we did in the first half until we played the second half."

Princeton 1 2 1 1 - 5

Johns Hopkins 4 2 4 4 - 14

Goals: P-Sowanick 2, Trombino, Doneger, Casino ; JHU-Harrison 4, Ford 4, Rewkowski 2, Boland 2, Peyser, Byrne. Assists: P-Boyle, Trombino; JHU-Harrison, Dowd, Rewkowski, Boland, Peyser, Barrie. Saves: P-Law 6, Larkin 6; JHU-Smith 9, Schwartzman 2.

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