BALTIMORE, Md. — Brandon Benn scored five goals as seventh-seeded Johns Hopkins breezed to a 19-9 win against Stony Brook in the opening round of the NCAA DI men’s lacrosse tournament Sunday.
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Chris Boland also had three goals and four assists and Zach Palmer added another three goals for the Blue Jays (12-3), who will face the winner of Sunday night’s game between Maryland and seventh-seeded Lehigh at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis.
Matt Bellando had three goals and Russ Bonanno scored twice for the Seawolves (7-10), who along with Canisius (6-8), were the only two teams with losing records to make the tournament.
Johns Hopkins opened a 7-1 lead at the end of the first quarter thanks to Boland’s three goals and two from John Ranagan. The Blue Jays, who never trailed, won all nine faceoffs and outshot Stony Brook 17-3 in the opening period.
Bonanno eventually cut the lead to 7-4 with 7:15 left in the half. The Seawolves, however, never got any closer. Palmer, Benn and Wells Stanwick scored in the opening four minutes of the fourth quarter to increase the lead to 18-7.
Johns Hopkins (12-3) scored three unassisted goals in the first 3:03 of the game. After killing a 30-second penalty, Stony Brook went man-up for an illegal body check. Rooney, one of the nation’s leading scorers among freshmen, took a pass from Bellando on the door step and scored his 34th of the season.
Hopkins scored four unanswered and led 7-1 after a quarter.
Play was even for the first half of the second quarter. A save by Brady allowed Stony Brook (7-10) to draw on its longest possession of the game. Campbell found Bellando for the goal to cut the deficit to 7-2. The Seawolves added to the momentum, winning the ensuing draw to set up possession. Campbell found Bonanno, who rifled a shot past Hopkins goalie Pierce Bassett.
The Blue Jays scored two unanswered to up its lead to 9-3 before Bonanno dodged the right alley, scoring his 21st of the season.
Hopkins answered with its 10th goal of the game, but Stony Brook answered once more. Tundo had the ball after an unsettled situation and found senior Kyle Belton to make it a 10-5 game.
The Blue Jays scored five unanswered before Bellando’s second goal of the game made it 15-6. Tundo added his first of the game just four seconds before the end of the third quarter.
Hopkins led by as many as 11 goals in the fourth quarter.