John’s Hopkins Ends Losing Skid

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

Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

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