UMBC sophomore midfielder Pat Young did all he could Saturday against Johns Hopkins, recording four goals and one assist. The Blue Jays' multipronged approach, however, was just too much.
Attackmen Brandon Benn and Wells Stanwick (Boys' Latin) each posted six points, and sophomore midfielder Holden Cattoni added five points to help the No. 3 Blue Jays escape Retrievers Stadium with a 15-8 win.
Sophomore attackman Ryan Brown (Calvert Hall) contributed three goals and one assist, and senior midfielder Rob Guida scored twice as Hopkins improved to 5-0, but not without some sweaty palms among the announced 1,910 in Catonsville.
UMBC (2-2) overcame six- and three-goal in the first and third quarters, respectively, to trail 7-6 at halftime and 9-8 at the start of the fourth quarter. But a Blue Jays faceoff unit headed by junior Drew Kennedy won the first five draws of the final period, and Hopkins scored another six goals to cement the victory.
"I thought we did three things today," Hopkins coach Dave Pietramala said. "I thought we overcame ourselves, I thought we overcame an unbelievable effort in the goal by our opponent and I thought we overcame a horrible shooting day. That's a good thing, and I'm pleased that we were able to come away with the win."
Benn, a senior, scored two of his game-high five goals in the fourth quarter, and Stanwick, a junior, also scored two of his three in the final 15 minutes. Cattoni posted one goal and one of his four assists in the final frame.
Benn said Kennedy, who was credited with winning 18 of 26 faceoffs and a game-high 12 ground balls, was instrumental in helping the Blue Jays finally distance themselves from the Retrievers.
"We scored one or two and kept getting the ball back, and we were able to get back into a rhythm," said Benn, who scored more goals Saturday than he had in his two previous starts combined. "We kind of got out of a rhythm in the second quarter and then a little bit of the third quarter. We weren't playing our best. I think just having the ball more got us back into a rhythm and play[ing] the offense that we're capable of."
When Hopkins opened the game with three consecutive goals and followed a goal by Retrievers junior midfielder Ty Kashur with four more, it appeared well on its way to a rout.
But that's when Young put UMBC on his shoulders. He scored three straight goals, two of them coming as he curled around the left post from behind the net. Senior attackman Matt Gregoire (South River) scored off a feed from sophomore midfielder Jack Gannon to extend the team's run, and Young converted a pass from Gannon with 1:32 left in the second quarter to cut Hopkins' lead to 7-6.
"I felt the team needed a little spark, so I just kind of got after it," said Young, who entered the game with three goals and two assists this season. "I've been in a bit of slump so far, and I feel like today, I came out pretty strong and my teammates fed me the ball and found opportunities for me to put the ball in the back of the net. So I guess it worked out pretty well."
The Blue Jays scored two goals in the first 81 seconds of the third quarter, but the Retrievers got two goals from Gannon to set up the fireworks in the final period.
The loss spoiled a spectacular performance by UMBC goalkeeper Connor Gordon. The redshirt freshman finished with a game-high 16 saves, several of the point-blank variety.
"My defense gave me shots that I could see, and I just felt like I had to make saves in order for us to stay in the game," said Gordon, who has double-digit stops in each of his four starts this season. "So I just kept that going, and we just fell a little short with a couple breakdowns."
The Retrievers fell to 0-12 all time against Hopkins, and coach Don Zimmerman, a former Blue Jays player and coach, could only rue what was a missed opportunity.
"We came ready to win a lacrosse game," he said. "We had an opportunity with one goal [down] going into the fourth period. We were right there, and it didn't go our way."Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun