Jays keep balance

The Baltimore Sun

Scoring by committee seems to agree with the Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team.

Nine players scored as the No. 5 Blue Jays waltzed to a 12-1 romp over visiting Mount St. Mary's before an announced 675 at Homewood Field in Baltimore last night.

The nine scorers tied a season high set in a 14-13 overtime loss to Syracuse on March 15 and a 12-5 win over Navy on April 19. Twice this season, Johns Hopkins has gotten goals from eight players.

Getting contributions from other sources could be critical as the defending national champion Blue Jays (7-5) gear up for Saturday's regular-season finale at No. 13 Loyola (7-5) and an expected invitation to the NCAA tournament.

"This was an important game for us to build momentum," said sophomore midfielder Michael Kimmel, who joined junior midfielder Austin Walker and sophomore attackman Steven Boyle as the game's leading scorers with two goals each. "[Senior midfielder] Paul [Rabil] and Steven and [senior attackman] Kevin Huntley definitely could have pulled the trigger some more tonight, but they passed up some shots to get other guys involved. They know in the bigger picture, that's more important."

Freshman midfielder Tim Donovan (Loyola) scored the first goal of his career, while junior attackman Josh Peck (Broadneck) scored his first of the season. Huntley (Calvert Hall) and Rabil each had a goal and an assist.

Sophomore goalkeeper Michael Gvozden recorded seven saves as Johns Hopkins' starting defense of seniors Matt Bocklet and Eric Zerrlaut (St. Mary's) and junior Michael Evans (South River) held the Mountaineers (2-12) to their lowest output of the season.

Freshman midfielder Jon Rodrick scored the Mount's only goal with 4:48 left in the first quarter.

The difference might have been larger if not for the performance of Mountaineers freshman goalie T.C. DiBartolo, who turned away 15 shots - including seven in the second quarter.

"I did all right, I guess," said DiBartolo (Archbishop Spalding), who moved into ninth place on the school's single-season saves list with 166. "I should've stopped a couple more. The defense played great."

The Blue Jays have won all three meetings against the Mount by a combined score of 46-10.


Mount St. Mary's 1 0 0 0 - 1

Johns Hopkins 4 2 3 3 - 12

Goals: MSM-Rodrick; JH-Walker 2, Kimmel 2, Boyle 2, Rabil, Huntley, Peyser, Duerr, Peck, Donovan. Assists: JH-Bryan, Huntley, Rabil. Saves: MSM-DiBartolo 15; JH-Gvodzen 7, Sheain 2.

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