BALTIMORE, Md. -- Third-ranked Johns Hopkins got two goals from freshman midfielder Kyle Harrison (Baltimore, MD/Friends) and out-scored top-ranked Princeton, 6-1 over a 26-minute span midway through the game as the Blue Jays shocked the Tigers, 8-5 at Homewood Field Saturday afternoon. The win for the Blue Jays (1-0) is Hopkins' sixth against the previous season's national champion since 1994, while the Tigers (0-1) had an 11-game winning streak snapped.
After Harrison and Princeton's Mark Pellegrino (West Genesee, NY/Camilus) traded first-quarter goals, the Blue Jays began their run. Freshman Kyle Barrie (Narberth, PA/The Haverford School) tallied at the 9:46 mark of the second quarter off an assist from Kevin Boland (Jessup, MD/Gilman) and senior midfielder Matt Hanna (Geneva, NY) pushed the lead to 3-1 at the 12:10 mark of the third quarter, also off an assist from Boland.
Princeton cut the deficit to 3-2 less than two minutes after Hanna's goal when Owen Daly (Baltimore, MD/McDonogh) scored an extra-man goal off an assist from Brendan Tierney (Princeton, NJ/The Hun School). The Blue Jays then scored the next four goals with sophomore midfielder Conor Ford (Timonium, MD/St. Paul's) and junior midfielder Adam Doneger (Hewlett, NY/Lynbrook) tallying before the end of the third quarter and junior attackman Bobby Benson (Baltimore, MD/McDonogh) and Boland both scoring in the first six minutes of the fourth quarter. Doneger and Boland's goals both came with the extra-man.
Princeton cut the deficit to 7-5 with three straight goals late in the fourth quarter. Tierney, Brad Dumont (Baltimore, MD/McDonogh) and Ryan Boyle (Hunt Valley, MD/Gilman) all scored during the spree with Boyle's goal coming with 58 seconds remaining to make it 7-5. However, that would be as close as the Tigers would get at Harrison won the ensuing faceoff and scored the clincher with just 34 seconds remaining.
Harrison's two goals paced the Blue Jays, who also got the one goal and two assists from Boland. Harrison also won 11-of-15 faceoffs and grabbed six ground balls on the day. Senior Nick Murtha (Manhasset, NY/Manhasset), making his first career start, registered 11 saves in goal for the Blue Jays, including eight in the second and third quarters combined when JHU out-scored the Tigers, 4-1. For the game, Hopkins out-shot the Tigers, 44-36 and held a stunning 43-24 advantage in ground balls.
Julian Gould (Valley Cottage, NY/Nyack) also made his first career start in goal for the Tigers and registered a career-high 14 saves. Tierney and Daly were the only Tigers to register a multi-point game as both tallied one goal and one assist.
Hopkins, arguably the youngest team in the nation with four freshmen in the starting lineup, had a total of 13 points in the game with eight goals and five assists. Freshmen and sophomores amassed five of the goals and all five of the assists.
Johns Hopkins will next be in action next Saturday when the Blue Jays travel to Hofstra, while Princeton travels to Virginia.