Men's college lacrosse: Johns Hopkins' win comes at a price

Boland suffers leg injury in 16-10 victory over UMBC

March 09, 2010|By Edward Lee | Baltimore Sun reporter

The No. 7 Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team earned a hard-fought, 16-10 victory over feisty No. 19 UMBC at Homewood Field Tuesday night, but the win came with a loss.

Senior attackman Chris Boland suffered an injury to his right leg with 12:04 left in the second quarter and did not return. Boland, who led the Blue Jays with 28 goals last year and had returned last Saturday from a three-game suspension for violating an undisclosed team rule, was on crutches and wore an air cast around the lower part of the leg.

Boland's absence might be felt later in the season, but it didn't seem to affect Johns Hopkins (4-1), which rebounded from Saturday's 11-10 overtime loss to then-No. 8 Princeton at the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic at M&T Bank Stadium.

Senior attackman Steven Boyle continued his torrid pace, leading all scorers with seven points on three goals and four assists. Junior attackman Kyle Wharton and freshman attackman Zach Palmer each registered three goals and two assists.

The Blue Jays were especially potent on extra-man advantages, converting five of six opportunities -- including four of five in the second half.

After taking an 8-6 lead into halftime, Johns Hopkins began the third quarter with a two-man advantage and needed just 16 seconds for senior midfielder Max Chautin to score via a feed from Palmer. Thirty-one seconds later, the Blue Jays converted another extra-man opportunity with Boyle finding Wharton for a goal.

The Retrievers then went on a run of their own, getting goals from sophomore attackman Shane Ryznar, junior midfielder Bobby Stockton and sophomore attackman Rob Grimm in a span of 3:57.

But Johns Hopkins scored five unanswered goals to cement the outcome.

The Blue Jays were able to overcome a shaky start in which they were flagged for four penalties in the first quarter.

Boyle, senior long-stick midfielder Greg Harrington, senior short-stick defensive midfielder Dave Spaulding and senior defenseman Matt Drenan each committed slashing penalties, and UMBC converted on three of those four extra-man opportunities.

Despite that, Johns Hopkins went on a 3-1 run over a span of 4 minutes, 19 seconds to seize control of the game.

Stockton paced the Retrievers (1-3) with three goals and one assist, while junior midfielder Jamie Kimbles added two goals and one assist.

Senior attackman Kyle Wimer scored with 48 seconds left in the first quarter, ending a scoring drought of 152:11 that dated back to when there was 7:06 left in regulation in UMBC's season-opening, triple-overtime loss to Delaware on Feb. 20.

Notes: In his first career start, Retrievers sophomore goalkeeper Brian McCullough fared decently, finishing with eight saves. McCullough, who had played just 3:44 as a backup to Jeremy Blevins last spring, replaced freshman Adam Cohen, who had started the previous two contests. ... The Blue Jays improved to 8-0 in their all-time series with UMBC.

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