March 7, 2009

Courtesy of Johns Hopkins

BALTIMORE, MD - In a matchup that saw Michael Gvozden (Millersville, MD/Severna Park) and Andrew Gvozden (Millersville, MD/Severna Park) become what may be the first pair of brothers to start opposite each other in goal, the 10th-ranked Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team got a career-high five goals from sophomore attackman Kyle Wharton (Great Valley, PA/Haverford School), built an 8-3 halftime lead and never let ninth-ranked Hofstra get closer than four in the second half of a 12-7 win at Homewood Field Saturday afternoon. The win, JHU's second in five days over a team ranked in the top 10, improves the Blue Jays' record to 3-1, while Hofstra slips to 2-1 with the loss. The win is also the 99th for Blue Jay head coach Dave Pietramala at Johns Hopkins.

The Blue Jays wasted little time hoping in front as junior Steven Boyle (Derry, NH/Pinkerton Academy) dodged hard from behind the goal and opened the scoring with an unassisted tally with 12:04 remaining in the first quarter. Freshman Marshall Burkhart (Dublin, OH/Dublin Jerome) made it 2-0 just under a minute later when a defender slipped at the top of the box and he raced in and slipped a low shot past Andrew Gvozden. Wharton got going less than two minutes later when he was at the back end of a slow-developing transition play and whistled a shot home at the 9:32 mark.

After Wharton pushed the lead to 4-0, the Pride hopped back in the game with back-to-back goals in the final 3:03 of the first period to cut the deficit in half after 15 minutes. Sophomore Jay Card (Caledon, Ontraio, Canada) beat Michael Gvozden on the near post off an assist from Dan Stein (Merrick, NY/Calhoun), while Ryan Carter (San Francisco, CA/St. Ignatius) scored on an ally dodge with 12 seconds remaining in the period.

It took less than four minutes for the Blue Jays to push the lead back to four as Wharton completed his hat trick with a nifty behind-the-back goal on a nice feed from Boyle with 12:37 remaining and sophomore Tim Donovan (Parkton, MD/Loyola) blistered a shot into the top corner from 12 yards out just over 90 seconds later.

Stephen Bentz (Massapequa, NY/Massapequa) shoveled home an extra-man goal midway through the period as he scooped up a loose ball on the crease and dribbled one home three yards out, but Boyle found junior Max Chautin (Northport, NY/Northport) alone on the crease two minutes later and Wharton blew one home with 2:49 left in the second quarter after cutting from behind the goal and taking a pass from junior Michael Kimmel (Towson, MD/Loyola).

The Pride, who had erased large second-half deficits in season-opening wins against UMass and Brown, never scored two consecutive goals in the second half and never got closer than 8-4. Stein's goal early in the second half was quickly answered by Wharton and Donovan tallies to push the Blue Jays' lead out to 10-4 and the teams traded the final five goals to account for the 12-7 final.

The brothers Gvozden nearly matched each other save-for save as Michael Gvozden posted 12 saves for the Blue Jays, while Andrew Gvozden posted 11 for the Pride. While there is no official record of brothers facing each other as starting goalies in a Division I lacrosse game, it is believed they may be the first to do so.

Wharton's five goals were two more than his previous career high and push his season total to a team-high 11. Donovan's two goals were also a career-high, while Kimmel matched his career-highs for points (4) and assists (3). Boyle (1g, 2a) and Burkhart (1g, 1a) were JHU's other two multi-point scorers in the game. In addition to his one goal and one assist, Burkhart was forced to step in and take over as JHU's primary faceoff man in the second quarter and won 5-of-11 while running his regular shift on the second midfield.

Anthony Muscarella (Wantaugh, NY/Wantaugh) scored two of Hofstra's last three goals and paced the Pride offense with his two tallies, but the Blue Jay defense did a nice job of controlling Card and senior midfielder Michael Colleluori (Holmes, PA/Ridley), who entered the game with a total of 21 points in two games, but managed just the one goal by Card between them. Stein had the one goal and one assist for Hofstra, but the Pride were outshot 43-35 and lost the ground ball battle 34-24.

Johns Hopkins will continue its brutal early-season schedule as the Blue Jays travel to upstate New York next Saturday to take on second-ranked Syracuse.

#9 Hofstra (2-1) 2-1-2-2/7
#10 Johns Hopkins (3-1) 4-4-3-1/12

Goals: H: Muscarella-2, Stein, Card, Dooley, Carter, Bentz. J: Wharton-5, Donovan-2, Kimmel, Boyle, Burkhart, Boland, Chautin. Assists: H: Ford, Stein. J: Kimmel-3, Boyle-2, Burkhrt. Saves: H: A. Gvozden-11. J: M. Gvozden-12. Shots: H-35. J-43. EMO: H: 2-for-5. J: 0-for-4. Attendance: 2,560.