Men's Lacrosse Drops Opener at No. 5 Johns Hopkins

Men's Lacrosse Drops Opener at No. 5 Johns Hopkins

BALTIMORE – Fifth-ranked Johns Hopkins sprinted out to a 6-0 lead and defeated visiting UMBC, 16-4, in the opener for both squads at Homewood Field.

Junior midfielder Pat Young (Ewing, N.J./Christchurch School) extended his goal-scoring streak to 27 in a row and led UMBC with two goals. Classmate and linemate Jack Gannon (Lake Ronkonkoma. N.Y./Sachem North) recorded a pair of assists.

UMBC netminders Connor Gordon (Bourne, Mass./Tabor Academy) and David Pisanic (Towson, Md./Boys' Latin) combined to make 16 saves in the game. Pisanic, who relieved an injured Gordon midway through the third quarter, made eight saves and allowed only three goals. He stopped the first six Hopkins shots on goal before allowing a man-up score midway through the fourth quarter.

Hopkins junior attackman Ryan Brown scored seven goals for the hosts.

The Blue Jays took advantage of two man-up opportunities and to outscore UMBC, 6-0, in the first quarter. The Retrievers got on the board first in the second quarter as sophomore midfielder Dylan McDermott (Westminster, Md./South Carroll) made a nice move inside to score at 3:20 mark of the stanza. UMBC earned three man-up opportunities in the period, but could not convert, managing just one shot on the three chances.

Hopkins went on a 4-0 run before the Retrievers ended the surge as junior attackman Nate Lewnes (Arnold, Md./St. Mary's) buried a shot from nine yards out, on an assist from Gannon with 48 seconds remaining in the half and UMBC trailed 10-2 at the break.

JHU outscored UMBC, 3-0, in the third quarter, before Young opened the fourth quarter with a blazer from the right side after a feed from Gannon. Young would add a goal later in the fourth and has now scored goals in 30 of his 31 career games at UMBC.

UMBC struggled on special teams, failing on all four man-up chances and allowing Hopkins four extra-man scores in seven opportunities. Hopkins also won 15 of 22 face-offs in the contest.

Junior defender Zach Esser (Forest Hill, Md./Fallston) led UMBC with five ground balls and three caused turnovers.

The Retrievers continue their four-game road swing to open the season at No. 13 Penn on Saturday, Feb. 14.