Feb. 23, 2010

BALTIMORE -- An 18 minute scoring drought was too much to overcome for the No. 13 ranked University of Delaware men's lacrosse squad Tuesday night as the Blue Hens dropped their first game of the season with a 15-7 setback to No. 5 Johns Hopkins at Homewood Field.

Delaware senior Martin Cahill matched his career-high with four goals, but the Blue Jays' trio of Steven Boyle, Kyle Wharton, and Michael Kimmel combined for 11 goals and the Hens (2-1) couldn't keep up. Boyle finished with four goals and an assist, Wharton tallied four goals and dished out on assist, and Kimmel contributed three goals and four assists as Johns Hopkins improved to 2-0 on the year and downed the Hens for the seventh straight time without a loss.

The game was a rematch of the 2007 NCAA Final Four semifinal showdown won by Hopkins by an 8-3 score at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore but was the first regular season matchup between the two squads since 1983.

Cahill recorded his 11th career hat trick, but the Hens could manage single goals from only three other players and could not take advantage of a big 40-34 advantage on shots. Delaware senior Curtis Dickson, this week's Colonial Athletic Association and Nike/Inside Lacrosse Player of the Week, did get on the board with a goal in the first quarter, but the Blue Jays put the clamps down the rest of the way. Dickson did increase his goal-scoring streak to 12 straight games and his point-scoring streak to 43 straight games and upped his season-goal total to 12. The Tewaaraton Trophy candidate was coming off a career-best seven-goal effort in Delaware's 11-10 win over then No. 12 UMBC Saturday.

"We have our share of good athletes and finishers, but Johns Hopkins has a lot of them," said Delaware head coach Bob Shillinglaw. "The good thing is that it's only February and it's early. Whatever happened tonight was not going to make or break our season. We just have to get back to work, get more efficient, finish off our shots, and make more stops defensively. We got to the spots we wanted to and got a lot of shots, we just had too many right at the goalie. We know we have to get better at that."

In addition to Cahill and Dickson, the Hens also got a goal and an assist from Kevin Kaminski while John Austin added his first goal of the season. Sophomore Dan Cooney gave the Hens a spark on faceoffs, winning 7 of 12 attempts.

Zach Palmer added two goals for Hopkins, which had six different players score a goal and six different players add an assist. Goalkeeper Mike Gvozden posted 12 saves.

After forging a 2-2 tie late in the first quarter, Johns Hopkins scored four of the next five goals and took a 7-4 lead into intermission. Austin scored for the Hens with 6:53 left before halftime to cut the gap to 6-4, but the Blue Jays scored the final goal of the half and then tallied three straight times in the third quarter to build the margin to 10-4.

By the time Cahill scored his second goal for the Hens with 3:48 left in the third quarter, the Hens had gone just over 18 minutes without a score and trailed 10-5. Hopkins then built on that lead by scoring the first five goals of the final quarter to push the advantage to 15-5. Two goals by Cahill in the final six minutes cut the gap but it wasn't nearly enough.

Johns Hopkins jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead as Kimmel scored just 22 seconds into the contest after the Blue Jay won the opening faceoff and then got a goal from Wharton at the 8:52 mark.

Delaware finally got on the board with 4:37 left in the opening period as Dickson scored his 13th goal of the young season off a pass from Pat Lombard and then tied things at 2-2 when Martin Cahill tallied his seventh goal of the year off a Kevin Kaminski feed just 35 seconds later.

But Johns Hopkins would grab the lead for good just 1:25 later as Wharton scored his second goal of the game and Kimmel tallied with 1:44 remaining in the initial period for a 4-2 Blue Jay lead.

Kaminski scored for the Hens to cut the lead to 4-3 just 1:07 into the second stanza, but Hopkins answered with goals from Kimmel and Zach Palmer to push the lead back to two. Delaware's John Austin scored his first goal of the year with 6:53 left before half, but Boyle scored at the 3:10 mark to send JHU up 7-4 at the break.

Delaware will return to action Saturday when they travel to Connecticut to take on the University of Hartford at 1 pm.

AGATE:

Delaware.................2.......2.......1.......2.......7 Johns Hopkins.........4.......2.......4.......5.....15

Scoring Summary: Delaware - Martin Cahill, 4 goals-0 assists; Kevin Kaminski, 1-1; Curtis Dickson, 1-0; John Austin, 1-0; Nick Elsmo, 0-1; Pat Lombard, 0-1; Phil Rollins, 0-1; Eric Smith, 0-1. Johns Hopkins - Steve Boyle, 4-1; Kyle Wharton, 4-1; Michael Kimmel, 3-4; Zach Palmer, 2-0; Max Chautin, 1-0; John Ranagan, 1-0; Eric DiProspero, 0-1; Chris Lightner, 0-1; Tom Palasek, 0-1.

Shots: Delaware - 40, JHU - 34; Groundballs: D - 19, JHU - 29; Faceoffs: D - 13, JHU - 13; Clears: D - 9 of 10, JHU - 15 of 16; Extra Man Goals: D - 1 for 2, JHU - 2 for 4; Penalties: D - 4 for 4:00, JHU - 2 for 2:00; Saves: D - 6 (Noah Fossner, 58:48 min., 14 goals, 6 saves; Ryan Smith, 1:12, 1 goal, 0 saves); JHU - 12 (Mike Gvozden); Turnovers: D - 11, JHU - 13; Attendance: na.