College lacrosse: No. 5 Blue Jays bury visiting Blue Hens, 15-7

No. 5 Hopkins 15, No. 18 Delaware 7

February 23, 2010|By Mike Preston | | Baltimore Sun reporter

No. 5 Johns Hopkins scored the first three goals of the third quarter to turn a close game into a rout as the Blue Jays defeated No. 18 Delaware, 15-7, Tuesday night at Homewood Field.

The Blue Jays (2-0) led 7-4 at the half, and then went on a three-goal barrage in the first six minutes of the third period for a 10-5 lead at the end of the quarter.

During that time, and combined with a drought in the final six minutes of the second quarter, Delaware went 18 minutes and five seconds without a goal. The Blue Hens (2-1) finally scored with 3:48 left in the third period.

The third quarter, though, belonged to Hopkins. Delaware had no answer for Blue Jays senior midfielder Michael Kimmel who scored three goals in the first half, and had two assists on the Hopkins run to open the third quarter. Kimmel finished with three goals and four assists.

"Every year, we have guys who graduate, and the older guys have to step up," Kimmel said. "The upperclassmen have to set examples for the younger guys, and we do have some other guys that can draw attention and open things up for other players."

Hopkins offensive coordinator Bobby Benson has been after Kimmel, senior attackman Steven Boyle and junior midfielder Kyle Wharton to become more aggressive on offense this season.

In years past, the Blue Jays always had senior leadership with midfielders Kyle Harrison, Paul Rabil and Brian Christopher.

Tuesday night, it was Kimmel's turn.

"It's something they know they have to do is step up," said Hopkins coach Dave Pietramala. "But it's a new role for them because they aren't used to it. When they were younger, how do you take a ball away from a Paul Rabil, Kyle Harrison or Brian Christopher?"

Kimmel was double teamed in the third quarter, but still slipped a pass to midfielder Max Chautin who scored with 13:12 remaining to open the quarter.

Boyle beat Delaware defender Pat Dowling from behind goal about three minutes later, and when Wharton scored with 8:02 left, Hopkins had a six-goal lead, and the rout was on. Boyle and Wharton each finished with four goals.

Delaware out-shot Hopkins, 40-34, but Hopkins was more selective on shots especially in the first two quarters as the Blue Jays came away with a 7-4 lead at the half.

The Blue Jays maintained a two-goal lead for most of the second period and went ahead, 6-3, on a transition goal by attackman Zach Palmer with 9:40 left in the second quarter.

Delaware midfielder John Austin pulled the Blue Hens within 6-4 on an assist from Phil Rollins from behind goal with 6:53 left, but Boyle scored with 3:10 remaining to put the Blue Jays ahead by three at the half.

It didn't take Hopkins long to score in the game as Kimmel, on an assist from Chris Lightner off the faceoff, scored 12 seconds into the game.

About six minutes later, Wharton scored to put the Blue Jays ahead, 2-0. Delaware, though, answered with two straight goals in a 35 second period. The first was by senior attackman Curtis Dickson, and the other from fellow attack Mark Steverson with 4:02 left in the first period.

The Blue Jays responded with two goals in the remaining time for a 4-2 at the end of the period.

"I was glad we responded," Pietramala said. "There were times last season when we would panic in those situations."

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