Hopkins Midfielders Lead Jays Past Jaspers
from press release
BALTIMORE, Md. -- The Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team got two goals and one assist each from sophomore midfielders John Ranagan and John Greeley and senior faceoff specialist Matt Dolente won13-of-14 faceoffs to lead the 11th-ranked Blue Jays to a 10-3 win over visiting Manhattan at Homewood Field Wednesday evening. Johns Hopkins, which improves to 4-1, got goals from eight different players, while Manhattan slips to 0-6.
The Blue Jays needed just 72 seconds to open the scoring as sophomore attackman Zach Palmer dodged from behind the goal and scored from in tight to give the Blue Jays the early lead. The lead remained at one for nearly the entire first quarter before sophomore Lee Coppersmith blew home his second goal of the year off a feed from Palmer with 31 seconds remaining in the opening period.
A Rob Guida goal less than four minutes into the second quarter pushed the Blue Jay lead to 3-0, but that's as much distance as the Blue Jays could create in the first half as the Jaspers were content to hold the ball for long stretches, at least four of which resulted in stalling warnings before intermission.
Hopkins carried a three-goal lead into halftime at 4-1 as the teams traded goals in the final minute of the second quarter. A turnover right in front of Blue Jay net led to an empty net goal by Manhattan's Brendan Rogers with 48 seconds remaining in the first half, but Greeley answered 38 seconds later as he picked the far post off a skip-pass from Ranagan 10 seconds before intermission.
Any hopes for a Manhattan comeback were dashed in the first six minutes of the third quarter as the Blue Jays scored three times in s span of just over three minutes to push the lead out to 7-1. Ranagan sandwiched goals around Ben Smith's first career goal as a Blue Jay before the nine-minute mark of the third quarter to give JHU the six-goal lead.
Manhattan's Justin Jensen added an unassisted goal with 5:09 remaining in the third quarter as he worked from behind the goal and got free high in the slot before finding the far post through a screen to make it 7-2. Fourth-quarter goals by senior Kyle Wharton, Greeley and senior Mark Goodrich made it 10-2 before a late strike by the Jaspers accounted for the 10-3 final score.
Palmer joined Ranagan and Greeley as Johns Hopkins players with multi-point games as he scored the one goal and added two assists. Sophomore Pierce Bassett recorded six saves and allowed two goals before leaving with just under four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. The Blue Jays held advantages in shots (38-23) and ground balls (36-25) and won 15-of-16 faceoffs in the victory.
Rich Akapnitis played a strong game in goal for the Jaspers as he posted 16 saves, including 12 in the second half and several of the point-blank variety.
Johns Hopkins will return to action on Saturday, March 12 when the Blue Jays play UMBC in the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic at M&T Bank Stadium. The JHU-UMBC game is the third game of a tripleheader that also includes the Syracuse-Georgetown and Virginia-Cornell games.
Manhattan (0-6) 0-1-1-1/3
#11 Johns Hopkins (4-1) 2-2-3-3/10
Goals: M: Jensen, Brooks, Rogers. J: Greeley-2, Ranagan-2, Guida, Wharton, Palmer, Coppersmith, Smith, Goodrich. Assists: M: None. J: Palmer-2, Boland, Castronova, Durkin, Greeley, Ranagan. Saves: M: Akapnitis-16. J: Bassett-6, Burke-1. Shots: M-23. J-38. EMO: M: 1-for-2. J: 1-for-2. Attendance: 401.
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