Hopkins men top UMBC, 16-10

But Jays lose Boland with leg injury

March 10, 2010|By Edward Lee | edward.lee@baltsun.com

The No. 7 Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team earned a hard-fought 16-10 victory over feisty No. 19 UMBC at Homewood Field on 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 46 points 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 Hopkins (4-1), which rebounded from Saturday's 11-10 overtime loss to then-No. 8 Princeton in 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. Senior midfielder Michael Kimmel, junior attackman Kyle Wharton and freshman midfielder Zach Palmer each registered three goals and two assists.

"Chris is obviously a great player and our leading point scorer from last year," Boyle said. "For him to go down, it's tough, but other guys have got to step up, and I think Kyle and I and Zach had a great game tonight and Kimmel as well. It just can't be one person. It's got to be a group of guys."

Coach Dave Pietramala said he didn't have any information on the extent of Boland's injury, adding, "Hopefully, for Chris' sake, things will be OK."

The Blue Jays were especially potent on extra-man advantages, converting 5 of 6 opportunities - including all four chances 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.

"We made some changes to it," Pietramala said of a man-up unit that had been 5-for-10 entering the game. "We moved some personnel around and midway through the game, we were forced to move some people around again. I thought the extra-man actually handled the adjustment in the game pretty well. Those special teams were a big part of this game."

The Retrievers 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.

Jamie Kimbles added two goals and one assist. Coach Don Zimmerman said the team has to do a better job of avoiding penalties.

"I think that we played an awful lot of defense," he said. "We've got to limit our fouls. They're a very dangerous man-up team. We committed some fouls that obviously hurt us, and when you foul a good team like them, they're going to score."

Notes: In his first career start, Retrievers sophomore goalkeeper Brian McCullough made 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. .. Senior attackman Kyle Wimer scored with 48 seconds left in the first quarter, ending a scoring drought of 152:11 that dated back to UMBC's season-opening, triple-overtime loss to Delaware on Feb. 20. ... The Blue Jays improved to 8-0 in their all-time series with UMBC.

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