April 17, 2004
BALTIMORE, Md. -- The drama leading up to the 100th Johns Hopkins-Maryland men's lacrosse game Saturday night was as intense as any regular season game in recent memory. The drama in the game itself was taken away early as the top-ranked Blue Jays scored five goals before the first television timeout, led 8-1 at the end of the first quarter and never let the Terrapins get closer than four goals as Hopkins improved to 8-1 with a 14-10 win over the Terrapins before a sellout crowd of 10,555 at Homewood Field. The win is the third straight for the Blue Jays over the Terrapins and gives Hopkins a 63-36-1 series advantage. Maryland dropped its second straight and falls to 8-2.
Junior attackman Kyle Barrie gave the Blue Jays the lead for good with back-to-back goals in the first two minutes of the game. Senior midfielder Kevin Boland threaded a perfect pass to Barrie, who was cutting across the crease, and he beat Maryland goalie Tim McGinnis (Ellicott City, Md.) from six yards out just 1:08 into the game. Maryland's Lee Zink (Rowayton, Conn.) hit Barrie after the goal and was called for an illegal body check, giving the Blue Jays an extra-man opportunity. It took just 21 seconds for Barrie to push the lead to 2-0 as his second goal came off an assist from freshman Jake Byrne.
The Blue Jays scored three more times before the first media timeout as Greg Peyser, Matt Rewkowski and Joe McDermott (Rockville Centre, NY/South Side) all scored in a span of just over 90 seconds to give the Blue Jays a 5-0 lead. Byrne assisted on Peyser's goal, while junior Peter LeSueur assisted on McDermott as the Blue Jays scored on their first five shots of the game.
Maryland' s Brendan Healy (Great Falls, Va.) finally got the Terps on the board when he beat Blue Jay goalie Scott Smith low to the stick side at the 10:38 mark to make it 5-1, but the Blue Jays scored the final three goals of the quarter as junior Kyle Harrison and sophomore Kyle Dowd sandwiched goals around Barrie's third of the game to make it 8-1 at the end of the first quarter.
Rewkowski pushed the lead to 9-1 with his second goal of the game early in the second quarter before Maryland mounted its rally. Justin Smith's (University Park, Md.) 10th goal of the game less than two minutes after Rewkowski's goal made it 9-2 and junior Andrew Schwartzman's (Owings Mills, Md.) extra-man goal two minutes after that made it 9-3. Smith and Joe Walters (Rochester, N.Y.) then drew the Terps to within 9-5 as they scored back-to-back goals less than 70 seconds apart midway through the period. Schwartzman assisted on Walters' tally, which came at the 6:36 mark.
Hopkins was able to hold the Terps off for the final six minutes of the period and regained the momentum with a pair of goals in the final 1:19. Harrison's second goal of the game snapped a 12-minute scoreless drought for the Blue Jays and McDermott added his second goal of the game with just 27 seconds remaining in the period - off an assist from Peyser - to make it 11-5 at the half.
The scoring slowed down in the second half with the teams battling to a 3-3 draw in the third quarter. Senior Conor Ford and LeSueur sandwiched goals around Healy's second goal of the game to give JHU a 13-6 lead early in the quarter. Healy and Walters added goals in the final 7:06 of the quarter to make it 13-8 before Dowd scored Hopkins' final goal of the game off an assist from McDermott with just 1:37 remaining in the third quarter. Maryland's Bill McGlone (Swarthmore, Pa.) scored the only two goals of the fourth quarter with unassisted tallies.
Barrie's three goals and one assist paced the Blue Jays, who outshot the Terps, 53-32. McDermott, Rewkowski, Harrison and Dowd all added two goals with McDermott also getting the one assist. LeSueur had one goal and two assists and Peyser added one goal and one assist. Smith got the start in goal for the Blue Jays and registered five saves before giving way to freshman Jesse Schwartzman, who made three saves over the final 36:36. Both allowed five goals in the game.
Maryland was led by Healy's three goals, while Walters and Smith both had two goals and an assist. McGlone had the two goals and Schwartzman added the one goal and two assists. McGinnis had 12 saves in goal for the Terps, but just four in the first quarter when JHU outshot Maryland, 18-5 and jumped to the 8-1 lead. The Blue Jays won the ground ball war, 35-20 and won 16-of-26 faceoffs.
Johns Hopkins will play its fifth game of the season against a team ranked in the top five when the Blue Jays play at second-ranked Navy next Saturday. Maryland will play Duke in the ACC Semifinals at North Carolina next Friday night.