Late goal gives Hopkins an 8-7 win over Siena

Kimmel scores with less than a minute left for the 3-0 Blue Jays

February 28, 2010|By From staff reports

Senior midfielder Michael Kimmel scored an extra-man goal with 48 seconds remaining to break a 7-7 tie and lift the fifth-ranked Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team to an 8-7 win over Siena at Homewood Field this afternoon.

The win, the ninth straight in the regular season for the Blue Jays, improves JHU's record to 3-0 on the year. The Saints fall to 0-2 with the loss.

Hopkins held a three-goal lead early in the third quarter and led by a score of 7-5 with less than six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter before Siena's Chris Roth struck for back-to-back goals in a span of just over 80 seconds to draw the Saints even.

Roth was on the back-end of some quick ball movement and was able to get his hands free for a 10-yarder that skipped home and added his second straight goal a short time later after sweeping across the top of the box and getting a step on his defender before letting go with the game-tying goal with 4:21 remaining.

Both teams had chances down the stretch, but it was a failed Siena clear that eventually led to Kimmel's game-winner.

After forcing the failed clear, junior Kyle Wharton found senior Steven Boyle alone 10 yards in front of the goal, where he was pushed from behind by Siena goalie Brent Herbst. Herbst was assessed a 30-second penalty and Kimmel scored 29 seconds into the man advantage on a nice skip pass from Boyle.

Siena had one final possession in the Blue Jay end of the field, but turned the ball over and JHU was able to kill the last few seconds.

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