April 18, 2009

Courtesy of Johns Hopkins

BALTIMORE, MD - Johns Hopkins junior attackman Steven Boyle (Derry, NH/Pinkerton Academy) scored three goals and added a career-high four assists for a personal-best seven points and the Blue Jays outscored Navy 11-2 in the second and third quarters combined in a 15-7 victory against the Midshipmen at Homewood Field Saturday afternoon. The win is the third straight overall for Johns Hopkins and the 36th straight for the Blue Jays against Navy. Hopkins improves to 6-4 with the victory, while Navy slips to 9-4 with the loss.

In thrilling a Homecoming crowd of 6,925 at sun-baked Homewood Field, the Blue Jays also handed head coach Dave Pietramala his 125th career victory. He now boasts a 125-46 record in 12 seasons as a head coach. Hopkins also improved to 42-2 under Pietramala against teams from the state of Maryland and 39-4 in the month of April on his watch.

Navy led 3-2 at the end of the first quarter after attackman Bruce Nechanicky (Montgomery Village, MD/Good Counsel) dodged hard from behind the goal and slipped a shot past Blue Jay goalie Michael Gvozden (Milersville, MD/Severna Park). From there, it was all Johns Hopkins for the next 30 minutes.

The Blue Jays need just 2:23 of the second quarter to tie the game as senior Brian Christopher (Springfield, PA/Springfield) scored the first of his two goals after backing in his defender with a double spin move before ripping a shot inside the near post. Sophomore Mark Goodrich (Westford, MA/The Rivers School) added his first goal of the season 76 seconds later and Boyle found senior Mark Bryan (Niskayuna, NY/Niskayuna) streaking down the middle of the field 24 seconds later to make it 5-3.
Christopher scored his second goal of the game 60 seconds after Bryan's goal before Navy sliced the deficit to 6-4 on a extra-man goal by Evan Sullivan (Westville, NJ/The Lawrenceville School) with just over four minutes remaining in the half. The two-goal lead held for the next two minutes before Boyle and junior midfielder Michael Kimmel (Towson, MD/Loyola) connected for a pair of goals in the final two minutes of the first half to make it 8-4 at intermission. Boyle skipped a pass to the backside from the goal line and Kimmel picked the near post with 1:53 left in the half and then he returned the favor with five seconds left in the period as he swept across the top of the box and flipped a pass to the backside, where Boyle had time and room and beat Navy goalie Tom Phelan (Towson, MD/Loyola) from six yards out.

Like they had in the first quarter, Navy struck first in the third quarter as Patrick Moran (Annapolis, MD/Severn School) matched his game-opening goal with a strike just 44 seconds into the second half to slice the deficit to 8-5. Any hopes for a comeback were dashed over the final 12:54 of the period as the Blue Jays outscored the Mids 5-0 during that stretch.

Boyle had a hand in four of the five third-quarter goals for the Blue Jays as he assisted on Chris Boland (Columbia, MD/Boys' Latin) and Kimmel goals in a two-minute span early in the period and then tallied back-to-back unassisted goals 17 seconds apart to give Hopkins a 13-5 lead after three quarters. Bryan added his second goal of the game between Boyle's two assists and two goals to account for the 5-0 run.

Moran and Ryan O'Leary (East Meadow, NY/St. Anthony's) sandwiched fourth-quarter goals around tallies by Kyle Wharton (Great Valley, PA/Haverford School) and Tim Donovan (Parkton, MD/Loyola) to account for the 15-7 final score. The Midshipmen balanced the stat sheet in the final period as they held advantages in shots (12-5), ground balls (13-5) and faceoffs (5-of-5) in the final 15 minutes as the Blue Jays attempted to run large chunks of time off the clock.

Boyle, whose previous career-highs were three assists and six points, reached the 100-point mark for his career with the seven-point showing. He now has 59 goals and 42 assists for 101 points. Kimmel posted the eighth four-points game of his career with two goals and two assists, while Christopher (2g, 1a), Wharton (2g) and Bryan (2g) also enjoyed multi-point games.

Despite the lopsided fourth quarter statistics, the Blue Jays still held advantages in shots (45-31), ground balls (34-25) and faceoffs (14-of-26). Hopkins was also successful on 19-of-21 clearing attempts, while Navy was just 11-of-18 on clears.

Moran scored three of Navy's seven goals and Andy Warner (Corning, NY/Corning East) contributed four assists for the Midshipmen, who also got 15 saves from Phelan.

Boyle and Phelan earned Chris Gardner Player of the Game honors for their efforts. Gardner played for Johns Hopkins in 1996 before being diagnosed with and later dying of cancer. The Blue Jays have played a game in his honor every year with an additional dollar added to the cost of the tickets for the game. The money raised is donated to the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, where Chris received his treatment.

The Blue Jays will return to action on Wednesday when they travel up Charles Street to take on Towson. The Tigers knocked off Delaware, 10-8, earlier on Saturday.

#11 Navy (9-4) 3-1-1-2/7
#9 Johns Hopkins (6-4) 2-6-5-2/15

Goals: N: Moran-3, Nechanicky, Sullivan, Daratsos, O'Leary. J: Boyle-3, Kimmel-2, Christopher-2, Wharton-2, Bryan-2, Goodrich, Boland, Donovan, Spaulding. Assists: N: Warner-4. J: Boyle-4, Kimmel-2, Christopher, Dolente, Peck. Saves: N: Phelan-15. J: Gvozden-6, Burke-1. Shots: N-31. J-45. EMO: N: 1-for-3. J: 0-for-1. Attendance: 6,925

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