First-half scor­ing surge car­ries Tigers past Jays

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the run. Smith, ju­nior mid­fielder Jake McLean and se­nior short-stick de­fen­sive mid­fielder Zach Goodrich scored once each dur­ing the out­burst.

Sun­day fin­ished with ca­reer highs in goals (six) and points (eight) and be­came the first Tigers player to score six goals at home since Jonathan En­gelke scored eight against Vil­lanova on April 3, 2004. Sun­day said the play­ers sim­ply found their com­fort level af­ter a jit­tery first quar­ter.

“I think there was a lit­tle bit of nerves,” he said. “A few guys didn’t get that much time last year. We kind of just set­tled down. We had a few good looks that we knew we should have fin­ished in the first quar­ter. We were just talk­ing in the hud­dle. We knew we would con­tinue to get good looks with the way we were play­ing, and the ball just started go­ing in, and we got re­ally con­fi­dent af­ter that.”

The of­fense’s self-as­sured­ness was aided by the play of se­nior face­off spe­cial­ist Alex Woodall, whose 5-for-7 ef­fort in the first quar­ter went un­re­warded. But in the sec­ond pe­riod, the An­napo­lis res­i­dent and St. Mary’s grad­u­ate won six of eight draws.

“I think our whole team kind of came to­gether in that quar­ter,” said Woodall, who fin­ished 21-for-28 on face­offs with a game-best 17 ground balls, one goal and two as­sists. “I think face­offs helped a lit­tle bit. I felt my­self get­ting into a groove. Me and the wings, once we get into a groove, that’s when we’re at our best.”

Tigers coach Shawn Nade­len was pleased to see his team thrive de­spite a lethar­gic open­ing.

“Ob­vi­ously, we want to play as strong as we can start to fin­ish,” he said. “But the way we re­sponded when they pumped in a goal and we were able to make a stop or get a face­off-and-goal, there’s no doubt that this is the first game, and it’s a good win. We still have a lot to work on and clean up.”

Ju­nior at­tack­man Cole Wil­liams (Loy­ola Blake­field) paced Johns Hop­kins with four points on one goal and three as­sists, and ju­nior mid­fielder Forry Smith scored twice.

But coach Dave Pi­etra­mala likened the game to a box­ing match in which the Blue Jays were over­whelmed by their op­po­nent.

“Noth­ing they did on de­fense was of any sur­prise to us through­out the game,” he said. “But what hap­pened was in the sec­ond quar­ter, it went from 4-2 to 4-3 to 4-4 to 5-4 to 6-4, and I thought we gave in. I thought we were in a round where our op­po­nent punched us and punched us and punched us and punched us, and we didn’t an­swer. I think it’s as sim­ple as that.” NOTES

Tyler Canto said he was in­formed Fri­day that he would start in the net for Tow­son be­cause red­shirt sopho­more Shane Bren­nan has not re­cov­ered from a lower body in­jury. The 6-foot-6, 245pound UMass Low­ell trans­fer made 10 saves in his first ca­reer start.

“I felt good go­ing into the game,” Canto said. “I was just try­ing to re­lax and stay fo­cused, and my de­fense played great out there and al­lowed them to take low-an­gled shots, which al­lowed me to do as well as I could. So I felt re­ally good out there, es­pe­cially thanks to the de­fense.”

Johns Hop­kins sopho­more goal­keeper Ryan Darby made 15 saves, but also gave up 17 goals. Pi­etra­mala re­fused to blame Darby, who made his first ca­reer start.

“I don’t think he played great, but who did? You find me a guy that you thought played great, and you and I can have an ar­gu­ment,” he said. “I don’t think we had one. Kid’s in his first start. I don’t think we did our job in front of him and clearly, I didn’t do my job get­ting that group ready.”

The loss was the Blue Jays’ worst in a sea­son opener since the 1994 squad be­gan that year with a 20-11 hum­bling de­feat to Prince­ton. Johns Hop­kins dropped its sea­son opener for the first time since Feb. 24, 2007, when Al­bany held on for an 8-7 up­set.

The home team has now won the last six games in the teams’ se­ries. Johns Hop­kins 4 0

Tow­son 2 8

Goals: J—F.Smith 2, Cat­toni, DeSi­mone, Ep­stein, Keogh, Marr, C.Wil­liams; T—Sun­day 6, B.McLean 3, Maloof 2, K.Smith 2, Fromert, Goodrich, J.McLean, Woodall. As­sists: J—C.Wil­liams 3, DeSi­mone, Ep­stein, Zinn; T—Sun­day 2, Woodall 2, Beacham, Bod­den, Woodall. Saves: J—Darby 15; T—Canto 10.

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