Second-Half Surge Lifts #6 JHU Past #12 Penn, 13-3

BALTIMORE, MD - The fourth-seeded Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team outscored visiting Penn 10-1 over the final 31 minutes of the game as the Blue Jays advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals with a 13-3 victory over the Quakers in the first round of the 2006 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships. Hopkins, which has won a season-best four straight games, improves to 9-4 and will face the winner of tomorrow's Syracuse-Harvard first round game in the quarterfinals next Saturday at Stony Brook. Penn finishes its season at 10-4.

Hopkins led just 3-2 in the closing seconds of the first half before a Kevin Huntley (Towson, MD/Calvert Hall) goal with nine seconds remaining in the second quarter jump-started the Blue Jays on their game-ending run. The Blue Jays needed just eight seconds of the third quarter to increase the lead to 5-2 as junior Drew Dabrowski (Syracuse, NY/West Genesee) scored off an assist from sophomore Paul Rabil (Gaithersburg, MD/DeMatha), who came up with the ground ball on the opening faceoff of the second half and found Dabrowski to the right of Penn goalie Greg Klossner (Jamesville, NY/Jamesville Dewitt) and Dabrowski faked high and shot low for his eighth goal of the season.

Johns Hopkins freshman Tom Duerr (Manasquan, NJ/Christian Brothers Academy) and Penn's D.J. Andrzejewski (Parkton, MD/St. Paul's) traded goals in the middle of the third quarter and neither team scored in the final six minutes of the period as the Blue Jays carried a 7-3 lead into the final quarter. Any hopes of a Penn comeback were dashed in the first three minutes of the fourth quarter as junior Jake Byrne (Potomac, MD/Landon) scored off an assist from Greg Peyser (Lloyd Harbor, NY/Cold Spring Harbor) just nine seconds into the final period and Duerr added his second goal of the game just over two minutes later to push the lead to 9-3.

Duerr, Michael Doneger (Hewlett, NY/Lynbrook), Stephen Peyser (Lloyd Harbor, NY/Cold Spring Harbor) and Garrett Stanwick (Annapolis, MD/St. Mary's) added goals in the final 7:36 to account for the 10-goal margin, the Blue Jays' second-largest margin of victory this season.

"We are excited to be representing Johns Hopkins University in the NCAA Quarterfinals," Blue Jay coach Dave Pietramala noted in the post-game press conference. "This (JHU) is a team that has struggled at times this year and I thought we showed a lot of character by not taking a very talented Penn team lightly."

An evenly played first half saw the Blue Jays lead 3-2 before Huntley's late second-quarter goal. Freshman midfielder Brian Christopher (Springfield, PA/Springfield) opened the scoring just 41 seconds into the game when he swept across the field and fired a left-handed shot past Klossner to extend his goal-scoring streak to a team-best 10 games. The 1-0 lead held until late in the second quarter when Rabil used a stutter-step dodge from the top to free himself from a defender and go in alone on Klossner, who he beat from five yards out.

The Quakers finally broke through early in the second quarter when senior midfielder Pat Rogers (Malvern, PA/Malvern Prep) drove down the side to the left of Johns Hopkins goalie Jesse Schwartzman (Owings Mills, MD/Pikesville) and beat him with a side-arm shot from eight yards just 37 seconds into the period. Rabil added his second goal of the game less than a minute later and Andrzejewski took a nifty pass in traffic from his brother, Craig Andrzejewski (Parkton, MD/St. Paul's), on the crease and quickly fired past Schwartzman. Despite a first half that saw 33 shots taken, the Blue Jays' 3-2 lead held until the final moments of the period, when Greg Peyser found Huntley six yards in front of the goal and threaded a pass through traffic to the sophomore attackman, who turned and fired past Klossner. That set the stage for a second-half that saw the Blue Jays score nine goals on just 24 shots.

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