Senior Trio Leads No. 3 Hopkins by No. 19 Army

The final regular-season game for both teams, Hopkins (12-2) cruised to a 9-3 halftime advantage and went on to hold off a second-half Army rally (9-6) to win its seventh-straight game. The Black Knights outscored the Blue Jays 7-6 over the final 30 minutes.

“Johns Hopkins played a great game and were exceptional from the opening whistle,” said sixth-year head coach Joe Alberici. “They dominated possession, but giving up nine goals in the first half wasn't part of the plan. It was just a matter of two many possessions for a very talented offensive team. Credit goes to them.

“There were things that we could certainly do better,” Alberici continued. “We played a lot of defense, there's no question about that.

McCallion's hat trick marked his first of the season as he became just the fourth middie in Army's 94-year history to record 100 career points. Four of Boltus' six assists came in the final 8:01 of the game. The co-captain and second all-time scoring leader in Army history with 214 points assisted on McCallion's 100th point on the final goal of the game with 17 seconds remaining.

“When you judge this senior class on its body of work and what they accomplished on and off the field, I've never been more proud of a group of men,” Alberici said. “They have represented this institution and the Army lacrosse family exceptionally well. They never let us quit and this game was just a microcosm of the season, playing right to the end.”

Sophomore attackman Garrett Thul extended his goal-scoring streak to 24 games and recorded his team-high ninth hat trick of the season with three goals. Senior attackman Corey Reiser, juniors Conor Hayes and John Adair, along with sophomore Andrew Boyd, each scored single goals.

Senior goalkeeper Tom Palesky, the 2011 Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year, played all 60 minutes and totaled eight saves. Hopkins sophomore Pierce Bassett allowed all but one goal and collected nine saves before leaving the game in the 58th minute.

Hopkins outshot Army by a 38-27 margin and scored four man-up goals. Army was 3 of 5 on extra-man chances in a game that included 12 penalties. Anchored by senior Matt Dolente, the Blue Jays won 22 of 28 face-offs, which aided largely in a 42-22 ground ball advantage.

Wharton scored two of the first five goals of the game as the Blue Jays took a 4-1 advantage over the first 11:03. Thul's 40th goal of the season came unassisted as he bounced one past Bassett at the 6:52 mark to account for the only tie in the game (1-1). Hopkins went on to score 13 of the next 16 goals to take its largest lead of the night (14-4) on a Chris Boland goal with 5:19 remaining in the third quarter.

The Black Knights' offense kicked into gear over the last 20 minutes of the contest as they netted six of the final seven goals of the night. After Boland's third-quarter score, Adair and McCallion scored back-to-back within a span of 1:27 stretching into the start of the final period to make it 14-6.

Freshman attackman Benn Brandon scored Hopkins' final goal of the game at 10:53, while Army's second all-time leader in assists, Boltus, engineered a 4-0 Black Knight run to end the contest. Boltus fed Thul for an EMO lazer at 8:01 and found McCallion twice over the final seven minutes. The Baldwinsville, N.Y., native also helped on Reiser's behind the back score at 1:51.

Aside from Wharton's five goals, Boland and sophomore attackman Zach Palmer also completed hat tricks with three goals apiece. Palmer added two assists to tie a team-high five points.

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2011-05-06



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