TOWSON, Md. — Outscoring its opponent 8-0 in the second quarter and using a 13-1 run, the Towson University men's lacrosse team crushed No. 7 Johns Hopkins 17-8 in its season opener at Johnny Unitas Stadium.
Down 4-2 after the first quarter, Towson scored nine consecutive goals to take the lead for good over its crosstown rival. The nine-goal win is the largest margin of victory for Towson over Johns Hopkins in the all-time series.
Brendan Sunday notched a career-high six goals, adding two assists for eight points, adding three ground balls and two caused turnovers. Alex Woodall won 75% (21-for-28) of faceoffs with 17 ground balls and three points, and Tyler Canto earned the victory in goal with 10 saves and eight goals allowed.
Sunday is the first Towson player to score six goals or more in a single game at home since 2004.
In all, eight different Tigers scored goals. Forry Smith led Johns Hopkins with two goals.
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The win for Towson marks their largest margin of victory ever against Johns Hopkins. It’s also the first time the Blue Jays have lost a season opener since Feb. 24, 2007, when it fell 8-7 to Albany. It’s the Blue Jays worst loss in a season opener since 1994, when Princeton beat them 20-11.
Next up for Towson is a game at another in-state foe, Mount St. Mary’s, on Friday at 3 p.m. Johns Hopkins will look to bounce back next Saturday at home against Loyola at 2 p.m.