Jays find relief, end skid at 3

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Boland scores five goals to help lift Hopkins coach to 100-win mark

April 05, 2009|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,edward.lee@baltsun.com

Chris Boland didn't try to disguise the relief he felt after the Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team defeated Albany on Saturday.

"It's been a rough three weeks," the junior attackman said in reference to the Blue Jays' three-game losing streak. "It's definitely a big win for us. It's good to get on track again."

Boland certainly did his part, scoring five goals to power No. 12 Johns Hopkins to a 14-9 victory over the No. 17 Great Danes before an announced 1,832 at Homewood Field in Baltimore.

The Blue Jays (4-4) - who had lost to No. 2 Syracuse, No. 1 Virginia and No. 11 North Carolina, the latter two by one goal each - avoided their second four-game skid in as many seasons, and coach Dave Pietramala sought to pacify the doubters.

"Everybody wants to know what's wrong," said Pietramala, who joined Bob Scott and Henry Ciccarone as the only coaches in school history to compile 100 wins. "We've played good teams, and we beat a good team today."

Midfielders Mark Bryan and Brian Christopher and attackman Kyle Wharton scored two goals each, and attackman Steven Boyle contributed three assists as Johns Hopkins overpowered Albany in a pivotal second quarter.

Clinging to a 3-2 lead at the end of the first quarter, the Blue Jays reeled off four unanswered goals to enjoy a five-goal cushion at halftime.

Johns Hopkins outshot the Great Danes 18-2 in the second period and generally made life difficult for freshman goalkeeper John Carroll, who had just one of his three saves in that quarter.

"Once we relaxed and moved the ball, you can score goals," Boland said. "It was just a matter of moving the ball and getting it to the open guy. I think our offense did a pretty good job of that."

The Blue Jays limited Albany to a season-low 24 shots, 10 of which weren't on the net. Senior Michael Evans said the defense recognized that the Great Danes were trying to attack on the backside.

"They were inverting us a lot and looking through," he said. "We just kind of had to get the skip lanes, and we kind of locked down on them in the second quarter."

Albany (6-3) was led by attackman Brian Caufield's hat trick and one assist. Freshman attackman Joe Resetarits chipped in one goal and two assists, but the Great Danes were forced to play without senior attackman Corey Small, who missed his fourth consecutive game after undergoing leg surgery last month.

While pleased with his team's effort in the second half, coach Scott Marr was troubled by the team's inability to cut down on turnovers - 12 of Albany's 18 turnovers were in the first half.

"I think we played a little tentative and made some mistakes in the first half. In the second half, we came out and played with a lot more intensity, and we were able to get some offense generated and put some goals up," Marr said. "Unfortunately, in the first half, we turned the ball over at critical times, and as all good teams do, they made us pay for it at the other end."

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