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

The third quarter surge matched a game-opening spree by the Blue Jays as sophomore Wells Stanwick helped stake JHU to a 3-0 lead at the end of the first quarter as he had a hand in all three JHU strikes in the opening 15 minutes. He needed less than a minute to open the scoring as senior John Ranagan found him cutting across the crease and he went behind the back to give JHU a 1-0 lead just 53 seconds into the game.

The 1-0 lead held for more than eight minutes before Stanwick came from behind the goal and beat Towson goalie Andrew Wascavage from in tight to make it 2-0 and then completed his three-point first quarter with a nifty pass to the crease that Benn one-timed home to give the Blue Jays the three-goal lead.

The Tigers grabbed some momentum and trimmed the deficit to 4-3 with a 3-1 run in the first six minutes of the second quarter. An extra-man goal from Dobyns put the Tigers on the board with 13:19 remaining in the period, but senior Palmer answered with JHU's first man down goal since 2008 less than a minute later to push the lead back to three.

Two-thirds of that three-goal lead were gone less than three minutes later as Cuccinello and Thomas DiNapoli scored unassisted goals from virtually the same spot on the field just to JHU goalie Pierce Bassett's right to make it 4-3 with more than nine minutes remaining in the opening half.

The Blue Jays pushed the lead back to three by halftime as Stanwick fed Benn for his second of the game and junior Rob Guida blew a laser past Wascavage with the Blue Jays man-up to make it 6-3 at the half.

The lead went from three to six less than five minutes into the second half as JHU used a 6-0 run bridging the second and third quarters to put the game away. The Tigers were held scoreless from the 9:32 mark of the second quarter until Cuccinello's goal early in the fourth.

Stanwick's four points (2g, 2a) are a career-high, while Benn's four goals were one shy of his career high and mark his sixth career hat trick. Palmer rounded out JHU's trio of starting attackmen with four points on two goals and two assists.

Senior Mike Poppleton was again strong on faceoffs as he won 12 of 17 and grabbed six ground balls, while Bassett posted 12 saves in goal for the Blue Jays, who held advantages in shots (40-38) and ground balls (32-24).

Dobyns and Cuccinello led Towson with two goals apiece and Wascavage posted 13 saves in goal, but the Tigers solved Bassett only three times in even strength situations and the mid-game drought was more than they could overcome.

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2013-02-17



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