Kevin M. Neibauer
LaxPhilly- A Division of the Edge of Philly Sports Network
The John’s Hopkins Blue Jays (5-5, 1-0 B1G) welcomed the Michigan Wolverines (7-3, 0-1 B1G) to Homewood Field in Baltimore, MD.
Both squads were mired in losing streaks with Hopkins having lost a pair and Michigan also dropping a pair after starting 7-0.
Something had to give and it would be Michigan who came out on the wrong side of a 15-12 score.
The Blue Jays were led by Jacob Angelus (making his first start) and Garrett Degnon who combined for 13 points.
Let’s Find Out How
The Wolverines started a very back and forth opening quarter with Michael Boehm (2g,2a) putting home a nice set-up from Ryan Cohen with just :54 played.
Connor DeSimone (2g,1a) evened things with help from Jack Keogh at 9:26.
The goals would come at a dizzying pace with three being scored in just nineteen seconds.
Michigan FOGO, Justin Wietfeldt (1g) won the ensuing face off clean and deposited it in the Hopkins net at just six seconds after the DeSimone marker.
Josh Zawada (3g,1a) buried his 33rd of the season thirteen seconds after the Wietfeldt tally and Michigan seized a 3-1 advantage.
Jack Keogh (1g) put an end to the Michigan mini rally to get it to a 3-2 game.
Zawada added goal number 33 with Jacob Angelus (3g,4a) cutting it to 4-3 with:46 on the game clock.
The first ended with Michigan in front with the 4-3 score
To the Second
On the man up, Scott V. Smith (1g) got it knotted up with an unassisted marker just :17 seconds into the quarter.
At 12:31, Hunter Jaronski recorded his first ever NCAA goal to switch the lead to the JHU direction.
Aidan Mulholland (1g) put it in a familiar place, tied up with his 12th with help from Cohen.
Hopkins found another gear and ripped off three goals supplied by, Jacob Angelus (3g,4a) , and, his 10th.
Degnon setting up Ryan Evans (1g) for his 4th followed with Angelus assisting on the second of the day and 11th of the season from DeSimone.
That would end the thrilling first half with John’s Hopkins in the lead, 8-5. The Hopkins defense was a force in the half, shutting down the dangerous Michigan offense for nearly eighteen minutes.
To the Third
A low scoring quarter that would yield just four goals. It would take until the 8:25 mark for Michigan to finally hit net that brought an end to the scoring drought
Michsel Boehm collected goal 22 with help from Jacob Jackson (2a).
DeSimone went to work and dished off to Degnon for his 21st.
There would be two goals in the final :35 with Zawada (34th) at :35 followed by another first of his NCAA career. This time it was Dylan Bauer (2g,1a) that closed the defense minded third Stanza.
To the Fourth
Things would wide in this quadrant with a total nine net benders
Jacob Jackson picked up his second helper of the day when he hit a breaking Jake Bonomi (2g) to cut the JHU lead to 10-8 with 11:38 remaining.
Amgelus did the charity work for Bauer’s second of the day.
Cohen would assist on a Gavin Legg (1g) tally to keep it a two goal differential.
Emmett Houlihan (1g) brought it to one, 11-10 and the partisan Homewood Crowd was beginning to squirm.
Hopkins unfurled another onslaught this time of four goals, fueled by Johnathan Peshko (1g), Bauer getting his third point when he set up Degnon for his 22nd.
Angelus and Degnon put it out of reach with just :42 remaining.
Michigan had one final word with Zawada doing the work for Cohen (1g,3a) to bring the game to 15-11.
Boehm made it 15-12 with just :19 on the board and that’s how it would end.
Game Inside the Game
• Shots were 42-41 Michigan. The Blue Jays had the edge with shots on goal, 26-23.
• Turnover’s revealed Michigan with 20 to JHU’s 14.
• Faceoffs had a Michigan advantage at 20 of 30 with Justin Wietfeldt scoring a goal and securing 17 of 23 from the circle.
• Shane Carr allowed 15 goals while stopping 11 Hopkins shots
• Josh Kirson turned away 11 and allowed 12 for the Blue Jays.
• Hopkins improves to 9-1 lifetime against the Wolverines.
Johns Hopkins Ends Losing Streak
Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.
Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.
A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.