Feb. 23, 2010

Courtesy of HopkinsSports.com

BALTIMORE, MD - The fifth-ranked Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team got a 9-1 run that bridged the second and fourth quarters and midfielder Michael Kimmel (Towson, MD/Loyola) and attackmen Steven Boyle (Derry, NH/Pinkerton Academy) and Kyle Wharton (Garnet Valley, PA/Haverford School) combined for 11 goals and six assists to pace a 15-7 win over 13th-ranked Delaware at Homewood Field Tuesday evening. The win improves JHU's record to 2-0 this season and 7-0 all-time against the Blue Hens, who slip to 2-1 with the loss.

The Blue Jays led just 6-4 after a John Austin (Shoreham, NY/Shoreham-Wading River) goal for Delaware with 6:53 remaining in the second quarter before Boyle ignited the 9-1 run with the first of his four goals on the night. Boyle's goal was the last scored in the first half, which ended with Hopkins holding a 7-4 lead despite being outshot 26-15 in the first two periods.

JHU's high-scoring trio then took over Kimmel drew a double-team at the top of the box and quickly fed senior Max Chautin (Northport, NY/Northport) for his first goal of the season less than two minutes into the third quarter and Boyle and Wharton struck less than two minutes apart a short time later to extend the lead to 10-4 midway through the period. A Martin Cahill (Malden, MA/The Governor's Academy) goal with 3:48 remaining in the period halted the 4-0 run, but the Blue Jays struck for five goals in a span of just over four minutes midway through the fourth quarter to extend the lead to 15-5.

Kimmel again ignited the spree as he threaded a pass to Boyle on the backdoor for a man-up goal with 10:44 remaining before freshmen John Ranagan (Yorktown, NY/Yorktown) and Zach Palmer (Oshawa, Ontario/The Hill Academy) struck for unassisted goals less than 90 seconds apart to make it 13-5. A laser from Wharton with 6:29 left was followed eight seconds later by Boyle's fourth of the game off a feed from junior Eric DiProspero (Chadds Ford, PA/Unionville) to account for JHU's final goal.

Delaware got two more goals from Cahill in the final six minutes - the second of which came on the extra-man - to account for the 15-7 final score.

Hopkins led 2-0, 4-2 and 6-3 before Austin tallied the goal that drew the `Hens to within 6-4 midway through the second quarter. That two-goal margin held for more than three minutes before Boyle's seventh goal of the season ignited the decisive 9-1 run for the Blue Jays.

In a game that saw the Blue Jays get at least a point from nine different players, it was Kimmel's three goals and personal-best four assists for a career-high seven points that led the way. Boyle, who opened the season with an eight-point showing against Manhattan, added four goals and one assist, while Wharton matched those totals for a five-point effort of his own. The five-point showing matched Wharton's career high.

Senior Michael Gvozden (Millersville, MD/Severna Park) led the Blue Jay defense as he posted 12 saves. JHU held the Blue Hens' leading scorer, senior Curtis Dickson (Port Coquitlam, British Columbia/Riverside), to just one goal. Dickson entered the game with 11 goals and four assists in two games.

Cahill led the Blue Hens with four goals and fellow midfielder Kevin Kaminski (Wallingford, PA/Strath Haven) added one goal and one assist, but no other Delaware player managed more than one point and the `Hens connected on just 7-of-40 shots in the game.