No. 4 Johns Hopkins Uses 6-0 Run to Pull Away from Towson

TOWSON, Md. - No. 4 Johns Hopkins (2-0) used a 6-0 run midway through the game to pull away from Towson (0-2) and post a 12-6 victory on Saturday night at Unitas Stadium.

The Blue Jays scored the game's first three goals before the Tigers used a 3-1 run to pull to within one, 4-3, with 9:32 to play in the second quarter. However, Hopkins then ran out to a 10-3 lead at 10:38 in the fourth to move ahead for good.

"I am proud of our team effort," said head coach Shawn Nadelen. "Our physicality was good and the players fought hard. But our execution wasn't consistent and we didn't capitalize on our shots."

Wells Stanwick opened the scoring early, putting JHU ahead 1-0 just 53 seconds into the game. He followed with his second at 5:36 in the first. Benn made it 3-0 with under two minutes left in the opening quarter. Dobyns scored his third man-up goal of the year at 13:19 in the second to get Towson on the board after Hopkins was called for an illegal cross check.

Cuccinello and junior Thomas DeNapoli each tallied a goal to inch the Tigers to within one, 4-3, at 9:32 in the second quarter. But Hopkins went on a 6-0 run over the next 28 minutes, including three man-up goals, to take a 10-3 lead at the start of the fourth quarter. Cuccinello snapped Towson's scoring drouth at 12:33 off an assist from Zoppo before Zoppo scored his first of the season just over 30 seconds later.

Dobyns knocked in his second man-up goal of the game with 2:28 to play in the game when sophomore Justin Mabus found him just outside the crease.

Johns Hopkins outshot Towson 40-38 and won 13 of 20 face-offs. JHU was 3 for 4 on extra man opportunities, while the Tigers converted 3 of 5 man-up chances.

The Tigers return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 20 when they host defending national champion Loyola at 7:00 p.m. in Unitas Stadium.

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TOWSON, MD Visiting Johns Hopkins got eight goals and four assists from its starting attack unit and held host Towson scoreless for nearly 27 minutes midway through the game as the fourth-ranked Blue Jay lacrosse team posted a 12-6 victory over the Tigers Saturday night at Unitas Stadium. The win is the 18th straight for the Blue Jays against the Tigers and improves Hopkins' record to 2-0 on the year. Towson slips to 0-2 with the loss.

The Blue Jays scored the final two goals of the first half to give themselves a 6-3 halftime lead and then added the first four of the second half to push out to what proved to be an insurmountable 10-3 lead early in the fourth quarter.

All three of the Blue Jays' goals in the third quarter came in the first five minutes of the period as Hopkins seized control of what had been a tight game. An unassisted goal by Brandon Benn less than three minutes into the second half was followed less than a minute later by an extra-man goal from freshman Ryan Brown. When junior midfielder Rex Sanders ripped a shot home less than 90 seconds later after a beautiful split dodge at the top of the box, the Blue Jays had doubled their three-goal halftime lead.

Benn capped a four-goal night with an extra-man goal of his own just 22 seconds into the fourth quarter to make it 10-3, but Towson goal back-to-back goals from Greg Cuccinello and Robby Zoppo in a 36-second span to slice the deficit to 10-5.

The Tigers would get no closer than five the rest of the way as Phil Castronova and Zach Palmer sandwiched goals around an extra-man goal by Cory Dobyns in the final seven minutes to account for the 12-6 final.

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