BALTIMORE, MD - Senior attackman Steven Boyle (Derry, NH/Pinkerton Academy) scored a career-high six goals and totaled a personal-best eight points and the fifth-ranked Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team held visiting Manhattan scoreless for the first 53:12 as the Blue Jays opened the 2010 season with a 14-3 win over the Jaspers at chilly Homewood Field Friday evening.
Hopkins scored all 14 of its goals in the first three quarters before Manhattan scored three unanswered to close the game. Boyle had a hand in seven of JHU's first nine goals as he scored five times and handed out both of his assists in the first 32 minutes of the game. He scored back-to-back unassisted goals in the first seven minutes to give the Blue Jays a 2-0 lead before Mike Maydick(Chatham, NJ/Seton Hall Prep) and Michael Kimmel (Towson, MD/Loyola) scored back-to-back goals in a seven-minute span to push the lead to 4-0 early in the second quarter. While the Blue Jay defense was limiting the Jaspers to three combined shots in the second and third quarters, Boyle helped put the game away as he counted three goals and two assists on JHU's five goals after Kimmel's tally.
He sandwiched assists on goals by Nate Matthews (Baltimore, MD/St. Paul's) and Hunter Rodgers (Paradise Valley, AZ/Brophy Prep) around his third goal of the game to make it 7-0 at the half and needed just 96 seconds of the third quarter to added two more goals to make it 9-0. Hopkins added five more goals in the final six minutes of the third quarter to make it 14-0 after three periods. Included was the first career goal by freshman Zach Palmer (Oshawa, Ontario/The Hill Academy), two more by Matthews and goals 60-seconds apart by Boyle and sophomore Will McCance (The Woodlands, TX/The Woodlands).
Manhattan's James Synowiez (Owego, NY/Owego Free Academy) sandwiched a pair of extra-man goals around a tally by Tyler Sabens (Falmouth, MA/Falmouth) in the final 6:47 to account for the final scoring. The Jaspers took 16 of their 23 shots, grabbed 11 of their 24 ground balls and earned three of their five faceoff wins in the fourth quarter.
Junior Jon Fiorillo (Painted Post, NY/Corning West), made his first career start in goal for the Jaspers and totaled 12 saves. Senior Michael Gvozden (Millersville, MD/Severna Park) registered five saves in 47 minutes of action for Johns Hopkins before giving way to sophomore Steven Burke (Potomac, MD/Bullis School), who posted four saves while allowing three goals over the final 13 minutes. Johns Hopkins allowed just seven shots and forced 19 turnovers in the first three quarters.
The 53:12 the Blue Jays held the Jaspers scoreless is the longest single-game shutout streak for Johns Hopkins under head coach Dave Pietramala. The previous long was 49:11 against Mount St. Mary's in 2008. Boyle had twice scored four goals in a game and his previous career-high of seven points came in a 15-7 win against Navy last season.
Matthews tallied the first hat trick of his career and Kimmel added an assist to go along with his second quarter goal. The Blue Jays held commanding advantages in shots (40-23), ground balls (45-24) and faceoffs (15-of-20). Senior Michael Powers (Massapequa, NY/Massapequa) and junior Matt Dolente (Phoenixville, PA/Malvern Prep) were an identical 7-of-9 on faceoffs for the Blue Jays.
Johns Hopkins improved to 8-2 in season-openers under Pietramala, who picked up career victory number 130 with the win. The Blue Jays will return to action on Tuesday, February 23 when they host Delaware at 5 pm on ESPNU.