BALTIMORE, Md. – Johns Hopkins scored eight second half goals to blow open a 4-4 deadlock at halftime as the third-seed Blue Jays defeated Hofstra 12-5 in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship.
The Blue Jays now advance to the NCAA quarterfinals at Hofstra’s James M. Shuart Stadium next Saturday. The Pride, who recorded their 41st winning season in the program’s 63-year history, finish the season with a 13-3 record.
The Blue Jays were led by senior Chris Boland with two goals and three assists while classmate Kyle Wharton posted a game-high three goals and added an assist. Sophomore goalie Pierce Bassett recorded nine saves including five in the second half while holding Hofstra to just one goal in the final 30 minutes. Sophomore John Greeley also tallied two goals for Johns Hopkins which defeated the Pride for the fifth time in the NCAA Championship and ninth time at Homewood Field without a loss.
The Pride, which had five different goal scorers, were led by senior Jay Card with one goal and two assists. He closes out his career with 122 goals and 60 assists for 182 points and graduates second on the Pride’s career goals list and is fifth on the career points chart. Juniors Kevin Ford and Brad Loizeaux and sophomores Adrian Sorichetti and John Antoniades scored single goals for Hofstra. Junior goalie Andrew Gvozden made five saves in the Pride cage.
In the first quarter, the Pride jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals in the first 3:42 of the contest. Sophomore John Antoniades opened the scoring right off the opening face-off, winning the face-off and running in on Blue Jays goalie Pierce Bassett and beat him for his second goal of the year just six seconds into the game. At the 11:18 mark, senior Jay Card took a short pass from classmate Jamie Lincoln in the middle of the box and fired a jump shot from 10 yards for his 29th goal of the season and a 2-0 advantage. Gvozden was outstanding in the Pride cage making four first quarter saves.
But the Blue Jays came roaring back in the second quarter scoring four unanswered goals to take a 4-2 lead. Like the Pride, Hopkins scored two goals in the first 3:14 to tie the game. Sophomore Zach Palmer sent a short pass from behind to the side of the crease to senior Chris Boland who beat Gvozden as he was falling down at the 12:09 mark. It was Boland’s 31st goal of the year. Just 25 seconds later, Blue Jay freshman Paul Castonova picked up a ground ball in the Blue Jays zone near midfield, charged the Pride end and beat Gvozden from 12 yards for his third goal of the year. Sophomore John Greeley gave Hopkins its first lead of the game at the 9:55 mark, backing in on the Pride defense and firing a bullet from 10 yards for his 13th goal of the year and a 3-2 lead. Wharton then notched his 29th of the season, coming around the right side of Gvozden and beating the netminder for a 4-2 lead with four minutes to play in the half.
Hofstra closed the gap to one when sophomore Ian Braddish sent a perfect pass from up top to the crease to junior Kevin Ford for his 16th goal of the year with 1:35 to play in the second. The Pride tied the game up with just six seconds to play when Card sent a pass to the side of the goal to junior Brad Loizeaux, who beat Bassett high to the far corner for his sixth goal of the season.
The Blue Jays opened up a three goal lead after three quarters at 8-5. Freshman Rob Guida broke the tie with his 11th goal of the season at the 12:12 mark, taking a cross-field lollipop pass from John Ranegan and beating Gvozden for a 5-4 lead. Senior Kyle Wharton boosted the lead to 6-4 with 7:29 to play in the period as Boland scooped up a missed shot behind the cage and fed Wharton in front for a behind the back goal. Adrian Sorichetti closed the gap to 6-5 for Hofstra with a man-up goal from 13 yards off a short pass from Card at the 4:16 mark. It would be Hofstra’s last goal of the contest.
But the Blue Jays scored twice more in the third as Boland scored on a one-handed shot coming around the goal at the 2:43 mark and Wharton notched his third, from Boland, 51 seconds later for a 8-5 lead after three periods.
Hopkins added four more goals in the fourth as part of its six-goal run as Greeley scored his second of the game and 14th of the season 3:20 into the period, Palmer scored his 22nd of the year from Mark Goodrich at the 9:08 mark, Brandon Benn scored his fifth of the year from Wharton and Tim Donovan scoring with 3:10 to play to give the Blue Jays a 12-5 lead.
The Blue Jays outshot the Pride, 29-25 and picked up 34 ground balls to Hofstra’s 23. Hopkins also held a big 14-7 advantage on face-offs with senior Matt Dolente, the number one face-off specialist in the nation, winning 13 of 20 face-offs. Hofstra’s John Antoniades, who ranks third in the country in face-offs, won four of 14.