NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Johns Hopkins junior attackman Kyle Marr scored his only goal of the game with 14 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to lift the seventh-ranked Blue Jays to a 13-12 win over 10th-ranked Rutgers Sunday night at High Point Solutions Stadium. The win is the sixth straight for Johns Hopkins, while Rutgers had a three-game winning streak snapped.
Johns Hopkins (7-2, 1-0 Big Ten) got a big save from senior Brock Turnbaugh with two minutes remaining as he stopped Jack Coyne’s low-to-low shot from five yards out and the Blue Jays cleared. Working out of a timeout with 1:06 remaining, Johns Hopkins had the shot clock go on with 43 seconds left and used 29 of the 30 seconds on the clock before Marr took a pass from Stanwick seven yards from the goal and rifled a shot to the top far corner while falling down for the game-winner.
Marr’s game-winner capped another comeback for the Blue Jays, who trailed by two at the half and three on three different occasions in the second half before a four-goal run turned a 9-6 deficit into a 10-9 lead early in the fourth quarter.
The first of Patrick Fraser’s three goals, which came with 4:13 left in the third quarter, ignited the four-goal spree for the Blue Jays, who were even entering the final period after freshman Connor DeSimone and Fraser scored in the final 70 seconds of the third.
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An extra-man strike by senior Joel Tinney just 10 seconds into the fourth quarter gave the Blue Jays their first lead of the game at 10-9. That lead lasted less than two minutes as Jules Heningburg got his left-hand free in the middle of the field and fired home his fourth of the game to tie things up at 10-10 with just over 13 minutes left on the clock.
The tie held for just under four minutes before an unassisted Fraser goal completed his hat trick and gave the Blue Jays an 11-10 lead that DeSimone pushed to 12-10 just 86 seconds later as he put one just under the crossbar off a feed from Williams.
Rutgers (7-3, 0-1) had the two-goal deficit sliced in half less than 20 seconds later as Garrett Michaeli came up with the ground ball on the faceoff after DeSimone’s goal and scored on the run with 7:49 still to play.
Hopkins had a golden opportunity to push the lead back to two less than a minute later, but Max Edelmann made a big save in transition and Rutgers pulled even with just over three minutes remaining when Coyne netted a 10-yard step-down from the wing on an extra-man chance for the Scarlet Knights.
Turnbaugh turned Coyne away a minute later to set the stage for Marr’s game-winner.
Rutgers jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first five minutes as a pair of Heningburg goals and a strike from Christian Mazzone to cap a long possession gave the Scarlet Knights the early two-goal lead.
A Robert Kuhn goal off the faceoff following the game-opening goal from Heningburg was JHU’s only tally in the opening eight minutes.
The Blue Jays were within 3-2 midway through the first quarter after Jack Keogh’s first career goal off a nice skip pass from Cole Williams, but Rutgers answered just over a minute later when Coyne scored a man-down goal in transition to push the lead back to two. A Williams goal from in tight with two seconds remaining in the first quarter accounted for a 4-3 Rutgers lead at the end of one.
The Blue Jays were even less than two minutes into the second quarter as Brinton Valis quick-sticked one home from the doorstep off a feed from Shack Stanwick, but Rutgers held Hopkins scoreless for the remainder of the first half and got strikes from Kieran Mullins and Casey Rose to grab a 6-4 lead at the half.
Rutgers would grab leads of 7-4, 8-5 and 9-6 in the first 10 minutes of the third quarter, but Fraser’s first goal ignited the four-goal run that gave the Blue Jays the 10-9 lead; that set the stage for the wild ending that Marr capped with his third game-winning goal of the season.
Johns Hopkins got two goals and four assists from Williams, one goal and four assists from Stanwick and the three goals from Fraser to lead the way offensively; 10 of Hopkins’ 13 goals were assisted and the four helpers for Williams were a career high. Hopkins got six goals and one assist from non-starters to help fuel the victory.Heningburg totaled four goals and one assist, while Mullins (1g, 3a), Ryan Gallaghter (1g, 2a), Coyne (2g) and Christian Mazzone (2g) all had at least two points for the Scarlet Knights, who got 11 of their 12 goals and all six of their assists from starters.
The Blue Jays will continue play in the Big Ten on Saturday, April 7 when Ohio State visits Homewood Field (12 pm faceoff).