Men's Lacrosse Falls to No. 2 Johns Hopkins, 12-5

BALTIMORE-  Second-ranked Johns Hopkins (6-0) held UMBC (2-3) scoreless for over 25 minutes in the middle stages of the game and defeated the Retrievers, 12-5, in the final game of the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic at M&T Bank Stadium.


Junior attackman Scott Jones (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) scored three fourth-quarter goals to record his sixth career hat trick and second of the season. Classmate and linemate Joe Lustgarten (Wading River, N.Y.) contributed three assists, while junior goalkeeper Adam Cohen continued his outstanding play, making 12 saves in the UMBC cage.


But UMBC, which was coming off the emotional 8-7 win over No. 4 Maryland four days ago, struggled in the clearing game, failing on 10 of 19 opportunities and committing 19 turnovers.


The Blue Jays capitalized on UMBC errors to build a 6-2 halftime lead. Hopkins opened the scoring at the 4:28 mark of the first half, but the Retrievers drew even when sophomore Zach Linkous (Jarrettsville, Md./St. Paul) blasted a Lustgarten feed in just off the far left post on a man-up opportunity at the 6:33 mark.


Hopkins led, 2-1, after one quarter and added onto that advantage just 2:05 into the second quarter on a Brandon Benn goal from right in front. Linkous then drew a two-minute penalty on an attempted Retriever clear and junior Scott Hopmann's (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary's) shot from the left wing was initially stopped by Bassett, but he mishandled the ball and it crossed the goal line to bring UMBC to within 3-2.


The Jays closed the first half scoring with three unanswered goals in the final 6:39 to take  a four-goal advantage into the break.


After 11:29 of scoreless lacrosse in the third quarter, Hopkins scored their seventh goal and outscored the Retrievers, 4-0, in the stanza to lead 10-2 after three.


Jones snapped a scoring drought of 25:47, when he scored for the sixth consecutive game this season just 34 seconds into the fourth quarter.  He added two more scores in the fourth quarter and took over the goal-scoring leadership of the club with 12.


Hopkins outshot UMBC, 39-31, and scored on both of its extra-man opportunities, the first two man-down goals the Retrievers have allowed this season. Face-offs were even at 11-all.


The Retrievers have two weeks off before they take on another formidable squad. The Loyola Greyhounds visit UMBC Stadium on Sat., March 24 at 7:00 p.m.