BALTIMORE – Fueled by sophomore midfielder Pat Young (Ewing, N.J./Christchurch School (Va.)), the UMBC men's lacrosse team rallied from six goals down to pull within one twice, but could not get over the top, falling to No. 3 Johns Hopkins, 15-8, Saturday afternoon at UMBC Stadium.
Young scored three straight goals and four of five during a stirring UMBC (2-2) rally in the second quarter as the Retrievers cut a 7-1 deficit to just one, and headed to the break down, 7-6.
The Retrievers played Johns Hopkins (5-0) evenly in the third with each team scoring twice, but the Blue Jays blanked UMBC in the final period and pulled away with six goals of their own.
Red-shirt freshman goalie Connor Gordon (Bourne, Mass./Tabor Academy) made 16 saves for UMBC and helped spark the rally as the Retrievers shut out Hopkins in the second quarter.
Eric Schneider recorded eight saves for the visitors to earn his fifth win of the season and sixth of his career.
Johns Hopkins looked to turn the game into a rout early as Ryan Brown scored just 1:20 into the game and then turn provider, feeding Brandan Benn less than a minute later for a quick 2-0 JHU lead. Brown scored again with 9:27 left in the period before junior Ty Kashur (Manassas, Va./Stonewall Jackson/CCBC-Essex) got UMBC on the board off a feed from Young. The Blue Jays scored four more times in the frame, but Young pegged back for the Retrievers with just 10 seconds left before the break.
Young's goal sent UMBC on its way in the second period as he singlehandedly cut the lead to three, 7-4, with two more unassisted efforts. At the other end of the field, Gordon shut out the high-powered Blue Jays, making seven saves in the second quarter. Sophomore Jack Gannon (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y./Sachem North) helped the Retrievers trim the lead all the way down to one heading to the half, dishing assists to senior Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) and Young for the fifth and sixth UMBC goals.
Out of the break, Hopkins faceoff specialist Drew Kennedy won the opening draw, raced down field, and passed to Wells Stanwick who quickly dumped it to Benn for a goal within the first ten seconds. The visitors added another goal just over a minute later, but UMBC did not go away. Gannon scored back-to-back goals for the Black and Gold, first unassisted and then from a pass from freshman Max Maxwell (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg), and UMBC once again trailed by just one, 9-8, going to the fourth.
In the final period, Hopkins clamped down on the Retrievers, holding them to just three shots in the quarter, while scoring six times on 16 shots. Benn scored two of the goals for the visitors and led all scorers with five goals in the game.
UMBC now wraps up its early-season four-game home stand by hosting Mercer on Tuesday night at UMBC Stadium. The opening faceoff between the Retrievers and the Bears is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
- Johns Hopkins has won all 12 meetings between the two programs.
- Saturday's game marked just the third time in the all-time series that the two squads played at UMBC Stadium.
- Young's four goals match his career-high which he set twice last season as a freshman (at Hartford 3/30/13; vs. Binghamton 4/27/13).