Johns Hopkins tops Towson in opener
Palmer tallies three goals, three assists as Blue Jays cruise
BALTIMORE, Md. -- Junior attackman Zach Palmer scored three goals and added three assists as second-ranked Johns Hopkins (1-0) used a nine-goal run to break away from Towson (0-1) and earn a 12-6 victory against the Tigers in the Blue Jays’ season opener at Homewood Field on Friday evening.
With the win, the Blue Jays presented Dave Pietramala with the 150th victory of his coaching career.
The Tigers took a quick 1-0 lead in the opening minute of the first quarter when senior defenseman Sean Sheehe scored the first goal of his college career. But, Palmer answered just over two minutes later off an assist from junior midfielder John Greeley to tie the game at 1-1.
After the teams traded goals later in the first quarter, the Tigers regained a one-goal edge with 11:43 left in the second quarter when redshirt freshman midfielder Robby Zoppo scored his third goal of the season, an unassisted marker past junior goalkeeper Pierce Bassett.
But, the Blue Jays answered with a commanding nine-goal run over the next 28 minutes to take an 11-3 lead they did not relinquish. Senior attackman Chris Boland scored three times during the run while junior midfielder Lee Coppersmith and sophomore attackman Brandon Benn each added a pair of goals.
With 10:36 remaining in the fourth quarter, the Tigers snapped the Blue Jays’ run when senior attackman Sean Maguire scored his fourth goal of the season off an assist from junior attackman Matt Hughes. Off the ensuing face-off, sophomore midfielder Andrew Hodgson scored to narrow the gap to 11-5.
The teams traded goals in the final three minutes, but the Tigers were unable to get any closer as Johns Hopkins earned its 17th consecutive victory against Towson.
While Palmer led the Blue Jays with a game-high six points, Boland tallied four goals as Johns Hopkins outshot Towson by a 42-18 margin.
Zoppo recorded his second consecutive two-goal effort for the Tigers in a losing effort while Hughes and Maguire each tallied a goal with an assist. Making his second consecutive start, junior goalkeeper Andrew Wascavage made a career-high 11 saves.