Feb. 28, 2010

Courtesy of Johns Hopkins

BALTIMORE, MD - Senior midfielder Michael Kimmel (Towson, MD/Loyola) scored an extra-man goal with 48 seconds remaining to break a 7-7 tie and lift the fifth-ranked Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team to an 8-7 win over visiting Siena at Homewood Field Sunday afternoon. The win, the ninth straight in the regular season for the Blue Jays, improves JHU's record to 3-0 on the year. The Saints slip to 0-2 with the loss.

Hopkins held a three-goal lead early in the third quarter and still led by a score of 7-5 with less than six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter before Siena's Chris Roth (East Northport, NY/Northport) struck for back-to-back goals in a span of just over 80 seconds to draw the Saints even. He was on the back-end of some quick ball movement and was able to get his hands free for a 10-yarder that skipped home and added his second straight goal a short time later after sweeping across the top of the box and getting a step on his defender before letting go with the game-tying goal with 4:21 remaining.

Both teams had chances down the stretch, but it was a failed Siena clear that eventually led to Kimmel's game-winner. After forcing the failed clear, junior Kyle Wharton (Garnet Valley, PA/Haverford School) found senior Steven Boyle (Derry, NH/Pinkerton Academy) alone 10 yards in front of the goal, where he was pushed from behind by Siena goalie Brent Herbst (Plainview, NY/Plainview JFK). Herbst was assessed a 30-second penalty and Kimmel scored 29 seconds into the man advantage on a nice skip pass from Boyle. Siena had one final possession in the Blue Jay end of the field, but turned the ball over and JHU was able to kill the last few seconds.

After a scoreless first quarter that saw the teams combine for twice as many turnovers (18) as shots (9), Siena broke through just 32 seconds into the second quarter on an unassisted goal by Chris D'Alberti (Northport, NY/Northport). Wharton answered just 12 seconds later and Boyle scored the first of his three goals on the day just over three minutes after that to give the Blue Jays a 2-1 lead.

Siena's John Rogener (Dix Hills, NY/Half Hollow Hills West) and Boyle traded goals midway through the second quarter to account for a 3-2 halftime lead for the Blue Jays, who then got back-to-back goals from freshman John Ranagan (Yorktown, NY/Yorktown) and senior Tom Duerr (Manasquan, NJ/Christian Brothers Academy) in the first four minutes of the third quarter to make it 5-2. Ranagan worked his way through traffic and beat Herbst while falling to the ground, while Duerr's polished off an extra-man opportunity with his first goal of the season.

D'Alberti, Rogener and Bryan Neufeld (Virgil, Ontario/Niagara District) all scored in the final 9:09 of the third period for Siena, goals that were matched only by a Boyle tally during that stretch for the Blue Jays. Neufeld's goal came with just one second remaining in the third quarter and made it 6-5, but Kimmel scored the first of his two fourth-quarter goals just over two minutes into the period to make it 7-5. That score held for nearly seven minutes before Roth's back-to-back goals set the stage for Kimmel's game-winner.

Boyle led the Blue Jays with three goals and one assist, while Kimmel (2g) and Wharton (1g, 1a) also registered multi-point games. Senior Michael Gvozden (Millersville, MD/Severna Park) posted nine saves in goal for the Blue Jays.

D'Alberti, Rogener and Roth were the only multi-point scorers for Siena as they each scored two goals, while Herbst matched Gvozden's nine saves in goal for Siena.

Siena (0-2) 0-2-3-2/7

#5 Johns Hopkins (3-0) 0-3-3-2/8

Goals: S: D'Alberti-2, Roth-2, Rogener-2, Neufeld. J: Boyle-3, Kimmel-2, Wharton, Ranagan, Duerr. Assists: S: Dunn. J: Boyle, Wharton. Saves: S: Herbst-9, Kelly-0. J: Gvozden-9. Shots: S-28. J-28. EMO: S: 2-for-3. J: 0-for-1. Attendance: 1,750.