Hopkins bounces back from loss by trouncing Albany, 17-6

Johns Hopkins didn't need long to get back on track from its first loss of the season.

Chris Boland sparked the offense with three goals and two assists while John Ranagan and Zach Palmer added four points apiece as No. 5 Johns Hopkins rolled to a 17-6 victory over Albany at Homewood Field.

Four days after a 13-9 loss to North Carolina in the Konica Minolta Big City Classic in East Rutherford, N.J., the Blue Jays didn't have much trouble with Albany. Johns Hopkins (9-1) scored on the game's first shot, posted goals in the first minute of each quarter and sailed to its 12th consecutive home victory.

Johns Hopkins coach Dave Pietramala and his staff pushed the Blue Jays very hard in the last three days because they were less than thrilled with the effort against North Carolina.

"It wasn't that we lost, but it was how we lost," Pietramala said. "We went after them [in practice] on Monday. We went after them on Tuesday, and we went after them a little bit on Wednesday."

The hard work paid off as the Blue Jays controlled most of the game. They dominated in every category, holding edges in shots (42-27), ground balls (42-30) and faceoffs (18-9) — big reasons why they were able to keep the ball for long stretches and come up with good scoring chances.

Johns Hopkins took advantage of the opportunities and also converted two of its three extra-man chances.

"We needed a game like this where we put everything together," Boland said. "We needed that, coming off the North Carolina loss."

For Boland, Thursday's win was his sixth straight game, dating to last year, in which he's had at least four points. Ranagan scored four goals, while Palmer added two goals and two assists. Overall, 14 different Blue Jays had points in a game where they took the lead early and never looked back.

Ranagan scored the first goal just 37 seconds into the game. He also found the back of the net in the opening minute of the second quarter as Johns Hopkins rolled to a 7-1 halftime lead. The Blue Jays stretched the lead to 10-1 in the third quarter.

Albany (1-8) had some good moments on offense and defense. Starting goalie Max Huber allowed 15 goals but made 13 saves as the Blue Jays kept the pressure on throughout.

The Great Danes made their best run in the third quarter when they scored four out of five goals in a stretch of 4:36 to cut the lead to 11-5. Miles Thompson (two goals, one assist) got all of his points during that stretch.

But Ranagan scored 48 seconds later to start a 6-0 run that put Albany away. Five different players scored goals in that stretch as the Blue Jays broke the game open.

"We did a pretty good job offensively … being unselfish," Boland said.

Albany coach Scott Marr played on the 1987 national championship team at Johns Hopkins with Pietramala and knew what to expect. Marr joked that he was rooting for the Blue Jays to rally and win against the Tar Heels because a loss could make his team's life tough Thursday.

"We caught them at the wrong time," Marr said. "They were ready to play. They don't sell anybody short."

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