Hopkins Handles Army to Win Seventh Straight
from press release
WEST POINT, N.Y. -- The Johns Hopkins attack trio of seniors Kyle Wharton and Chris Boland and sophomore Zach Palmer combined for 11 goals and four assists and tallied all five Blue Jay goals in the third quarter as third-ranked Johns Hopkins posted a 15-10 win over 19th-ranked Army Friday night at Michie Stadium. The win, JHU's seventh straight overall and 17th straight against Army, improves the Blue Jays' record to 12-2. Army ends the regular season at 9-6.
The Blue Jays led 9-3 at the half and took any hopes of an Army comeback away in the first six minutes of the third quarter, when they scored four straight to push the lead out to a game-high 10 at 13-3. An extra-man goal by Boland just 18 seconds into the period ignited the run for JHU, which got a goal from Palmer three minutes later and back-to-back goals from Wharton in a 15-second span just over a minute after that to push out to a 10-goal lead that was never seriously threatened in the final 25 minutes of the game.
The Blue Jays came out firing early in the game and took control of the first half with a 6-1 run that turned a 1-1 tied into a 7-2 advantage. A John Ranagan goal jump-started the spree just 41 seconds after Army's Garrett Thul tied the game at 1-1 and JHU netted a pair of goals - strikes by Palmer and Wharton - in a span of 45 seconds late in the first quarter to make it 4-1.
Army temporarily halted the run with a goal by Andrew Boyd with 2:36 remaining in the first period, but an extra-man goal by sophomore John Greeley with just 34 seconds left in the first quarter made it 5-2.
Neither team scored in the first five minutes of the second quarter before the Blue Jays struck for a pair of goals in a 65-second span midway through the period to push the lead to 7-2. Palmer and Wharton scored nearly identical goals as both worked their way from behind the goal and scored from in close to make it a five-goal game.
A opportunistic rebound goal by Conor Hayes, who scooped up a ground ball off a shot that hit the post and threw it into the open goal, sliced the deficit to 7-3 with 7:04 remaining in the first half, but Boland slipped inside his defender and scored from in tight less than two minutes later and freshman Brandon Benn added an extra man goal with 75 seconds left in the first half to give the Blue Jays the 9-3 halftime lead that quickly swelled to double figures early in the second half.
Wharton matched his career high with five goals and added one assist for a personal best six points. Palmer added three goals and two assists and Boland added three goals and one assist to compete the 15-point game for trio, which has now combined for 12 or more points in three of Johns Hopkins' last four games.
Greeley totaled one goal and two assists and was especially active early in the game as he had a hand in three of JHU's five first-quarter goals. Benn (2g) and Ranagan (1g, 1a) joined the attack and Greeley as multi-point scorers for the Blue Jays. Senior Matt Dolente enjoyed another outstanding performance on faceoffs with a career-high 17 faceoff wins on 22 attempts. His 13 ground balls are also a career high.
Army, which scored six of the final seven goals in the game to account for the 15-10 final score, was led by the Jeremy Boltus, Thul and Rob McCallion. Boltus had a game-high six assists, while Thul and McCallion both netted three goals for the Black Knights, who won just six of 28 faceoffs and lost the ground ball battle, 42-22.
#3 Johns Hopkins (12-2) 5-4-5-1/15
#19 Army (9-5) 2-1-2-5/10
Goals: J: Wharton-5, Boland-3, Palmer-3, Benn-2, Greeley, Ranagan. A: Thul-3, McCallion-3, Hayes, Reiser, Adair, Boyd. Assists: J: Palmer-2, Greeley-2, Boland, Wharton, Ranagan, Swerz, Ruhl. A: Boltus-6, Lynch. Saves: J: Bassett-9, Burke-1. A: Palesky-8. Shots: J-38. A-27. EMO: J: 4-for-7. A: 3-for-5. Attendance: 5,653.
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