No. 7 Hopkins Rallies with Six-Goal Run to Down Villanova

Schneider continued his recent surge in goal as he posted 11 saves on the night, while sophomore Craig Madarasz won 7 of 9 faceoffs and grabbed five ground balls for the Blue Jays, who held statistical advantages in shots (40-31), ground balls (35-29) and faceoffs (13-10).

Gallaway was the only multi-goal scorer for Villanova, while McNamara added one goal and three assists for a team-high four points. Willis posted 12 saves in goal for the Wildcats, who also got a solid effort on faceoffs from Thomas Croonquist, especially in the first half. Croonquist finished 9 for 22, but was 7 for 14 in the first half before Madarasz came on to spark the Blue Jays at the X.

Notes: The win was the 157th for Dave Pietramala as the head coach at Johns Hopkins ... he is just one win shy of tying Bob Scott's record for wins by a men's lacrosse coach at Homewood The 22:15 scoring drought for Villanova marks the 13th time this season JHU has held the opposition scoreless for a stretch of 15 minutes or longer Brandon Benn tied Mike Morrill for 12th place on JHU's career goal-scoring list with his two tallies tonight (102) With one assist tonight, Wells Stanwick is now tied with Del Dressel for 12th on JHU's career assist list (75).

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BALTIMORE, Md. Villanova started strong and rallied in the second half, but a six-goal run by Johns Hopkins gave the Blue Jays momentum as JHU topped the Wildcats 13-7 on Wednesday night.

The contest marked the final non-conference game for Villanova this year, which concludes its regular season on Saturday prior to the start of the Big East tournament May 1st and 3rd.

With the defeat, Villanova moves to 5-8 on the season while Johns Hopkins improves to 10-3. Tonight's game marked the eighth contest in 2014 the Wildcats have played against opponents ranked in the top-20 of the national polls. It also marked the renewal of the Villanova-Hopkins rivalry that had been dormant since the 2002 season.

Villanova began the contest on a high note and took an early 2-0 lead with goals from sophomore Johnny Gallaway (Middletown, Md.) in the first two and a half minutes of the game, forcing JHU to call a timeout to regroup. The Blue Jays responded at the 7:49 mark before Villanova extended their lead to 3-1 off an extra-man opportunity from a Kevin O'Neil (Cockeysville, Md.) score.

The lead was evened by the home team as the Blue Jays tied the game at 3-3 at the end of the first quarter. Hopkins would go on to notch another four goals to bridge the first and second quarters off of scores from Holden Cattoni, Rob Guida and two goals from Wells Stanwick to make it a 7-3 game with 8:23 left to play in the half.

Villanova closed the lead heading into intermission at 7-5 when sophomore Matt McIver (Andover, Mass.) registered a behind-the-back goal off an assist from O'Neil with 7:04 on the clock. The final goal of the half would come just 1:15 later when freshmen Austin Frederick (Baltimore, Md.) and Devin McNamara (Lutherville, Md.) connected to close the JHU advantage to just two at 7-5 after the first 30 minutes of action.

Coming out of the locker rooms, McNamara put the Wildcats to within one at 7-6 at the 13:43 mark in the third quarter when he curled towards the crease and found the back of the net for the goal. Following a Hopkins response from Ryan Brown off a series of turnovers and unsettled play on both sides, the Blue Jays increased their lead to 8-6 with 9:00 left to play in the third period.

Villanova's Jack Curran (Fair Haven, N.J.) once again made it a one-goal game at 8-7 when he sent a rocket through the JHU defense off a McNamara assist at the 7:15 mark, but the goal would make the last of the game for the Wildcats.

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