No. 5 Johns Hopkins scored three straight goals in the final six minutes of the third quarter to regain control of the game, and the Blue Jays went on to easily defeat Towson, 16-7, last night at Homewood Field.
Towson came into the game with a 4-8 record, and the Tigers were expected to be no match for the Blue Jays. For most of the game they weren't, but they pulled within 10-6 with 9:06 left in the third quarter.
Hopkins, though, secured the game in the remaining time. After a Towson turnover, attackman Kevin Huntley scored with 5:09 left.
Two minutes later, Huntley scored again, this time with Hopkins a man down. Towson turned the ball over and Huntley took a long pass at midfield. He then outran Towson defenders to score easily.
The Blue Jays' Stephen Peyser won the ensuing faceoff and sent a pass to attackman Steven Boyle at the right post for another easy goal with 3:31 left. Hopkins then coasted.
The Blue Jays (6-5) have won three straight. Towson has lost three in a row.
"This is a huge win for us, to go over .500 and to have won a third game in a row," Hopkins coach Dave Pietramala said. "But we're far from out of the woods. We're just happy to win because it's a whole lot better than losing."
Tigers coach Tony Seaman knows about losing. Pietramala was able to break through a five-game losing streak earlier this season. But Towson continues to struggle.
The Tigers were beaten by a superior Blue Jays team, but didn't help themselves with poor shooting.
"We had three quarters of our shots off the cage," Seaman said. "You've got to put the shots in the goal. You have to make the goalie make saves. In all my years of coaching, I've never seen a goal move.
"This is the most frustrating year in my life," he added. "These are great kids to be around, and they play hard. We have our moments, but then we can't beat the fifth-grade team around the corner."
The Blue Jays led 5-2 after the first quarter because they capitalized on opportunities and Towson didn't.
Hopkins midfielder Paul Rabil scored the game's first goal 34 seconds in when he caught Towson's Matt Antol out of the goal for an easy empty-netter.
Towson took its only lead of the game on back-to-back goals in a nearly four minute span of the first quarter. Tigers midfielder Adam Hagelin scored with 13:29 remaining, and attackman Jonathan Engelke converted from just outside the crease with 9:30 left.
But the Blue Jays rebounded with four straight goals, two from attackman Michael Doneger in the remaining time. Doneger beat Kyle Smedley from behind the goal with 8:04 left, and then defender Chris Corsiglia about a minute later.
Rabil and Peyser closed out the scoring.
The Blue Jays scored only two goals in the second quarter because Towson midfielders couldn't hang with Peyser or Rabil, who easily outran them on sweeps from up top to score on long shots.
Hopkins led 7-3 at the half as the Blue Jays outshot the Tigers, 19-17.
Towson 2 1 3 1 -- 7
Johns Hopkins 5 2 6 3 -- 16
Goals: T--Engelke 2, Cooper, Hageline, McCutcheon, Rosensweig, Stratton; JH--Doneger 3, Peyser 3, Rabil 3, Boyle 2, Huntley 2, Goodrich, Kimmel, Matthews. Assists: T--Engelke 2, Andre, Boyle, Cooper; JH--Bocklet, Boyle, Kimmel, Miller, Peyser, Rabil. Saves: T--Antol 4, Wheeler 4; JH--Gvozden 9, Matthews 0.