April 8, 2005
Huntley's OT Goal Lifts Hopkins Past Duke and Streak Record

BALTIMORE, MD -- Freshman attackman Kevin Huntley scored his third unassisted goal of the game with 1:05 remaining in the second overtime to lift the top-ranked Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team to a thrilling 11-10 win over second-ranked Duke before a crowd of 7,136 at Homewood Field Friday night. The win, Hopkins' school-record 32nd straight at home, lifts the Blue Jays to 8-0 on the year, while Duke had its school-record 11-game winning streak snapped and falls to 11-1. Duke is 8-0 for the first time since 1995.

Huntley''s game-winner was a great individual effort as he took the ball near the sideline about seven yards above the goal line and drove to the goal. He was checked high and began to fall to his back, but managed to slip a low shot past Duke goalie Aaron Fenton just inside the far post for his third game-winning goal of the season.

An overtime goal appeared to be the last thing the Blue Jays would get after Duke erased a 5-2 deficit at the end of the first quarter with a 6-1 run that covered the second and third quarters. Senior midfielder Ryan Marshall jump-started the run for the 'Devils with an unassisted goal just 1:30 into the second quarter. His low shot to the near post from eight yards out appeared to surprise Hopkins goal Jesse Schwartzman, who never moved after Marshall shot. Freshman Zack Greer's second goal of the game just over two minutes later pulled Duke within one, but Huntley's second goal of the game at the 9:07 mark of the period gave the Blue Jays a 6-4 lead.

Duke's Matt Danowski tied the game with a pair of goals before halftime. Dan Flannery assisted on the first and Peter Lamade assisted on the second, which came with 1:44 remaining in the second quarter and tied the game at six. Flannery added an extra-man goal just 3:01 into the third quarter and added his second goal midway through the period to give Duke an 8-6 lead. Neither team scored in the final seven minutes of the period.

Hopkins pulled within one when freshman Paul Rabil scored with 13:56 remaining in the fourth quarter. After taking possession at the top of the box he drove to his left and beat Fenton for his 13th goal of the season. That set the stage for a wild final eight minutes.

Matt Rewkowski, who had transferred to Hopkins from Duke prior to the 2004 season, scored his first two goals of the season in s span of just 45 seconds midway through the period to give Hopkins a 9-8 lead. Matched up with a short-stick defender he got inside his man on a drive down the left side and beat Fenton up high to tie the game at 8-8. Duke junior midfielder Kyle Dowd, who transferred to Duke from Hopkins prior to this season, was called for a slash on the play and Rewkowski netted an extra-man goal with 7:13 remaining to give the Blue Jays the lead.

Dowd wasted little time answering on Duke's next possession as he drove to his right and blistered a high shot past Schwartzman to tie the game again. Danowski put the 'Devils ahead with another shot that seemed to catch Schwartzman by surprise with 2:41 remaining. His low shot to the near post was his 25th goal of the season.

Senior midfielder Kyle Harrison forced the extra session with an unassisted goal with 2:41 remaining as he beat Fenton low to the far post on an amazing jump shot. Both teams had possessions in the final two minutes, but neither was able to score.

Duke won the faceoff in both the first and second overtimes, but failed to convert after calling timeout. Fenton and Schwartzman both made one save in each overtime before Huntley provided the difference after nearly 67 minutes of play.

Duke had jumped to a 1-0 lead just 2:19 into the game on a goal by Lamade, but the Blue Jays responded with a 5-1 run over a span of 10 minutes to take a 5-2 lead after one period. Huntley and Harrison scored unassisted goals just 1:44 apart and Peter LeSueur sandwiched a pair of goals around the first of Greer's two goals. Junior Greg Peyser closed the first quarter scoring with 1:53 remaining with his 11th goal of the season off an assist from Harrison. That set the stage for Duke's second and third quarter run. That of course was just the prelude to what turned out to be a 5-2 Blue Jay run to close the game.

Hopkins entered the game with a 31-game home winning streak that dated to a four-overtime 9-8 loss to Virginia on March 24, 2001. Hopkins had also won 31 straight games at home from April 24, 1982 - May 19, 1985. Tonight's win leaves the Blue Jays five wins shy of the Division I record of 37 straight home wins, which was set by Syracuse from April 24, 1982 - March 18, 1987. The win over Duke marks the ninth time in the 32-game streak that Hopkins has beaten a team ranked in the top five in the nation.

Huntley led the Blue Jays with three goals, while Harrison added two goals and two assists. LeSueur chipped in with two goals and one assist and Schwartzman was credited with 10 saves. Rewkowski, playing in just his third game of the season after battling back from a torn ACL, added the two crucial fourth quarter goals.

Danowski's three goals led Duke, which also got two goals and two assists from Flannery and a goal and three assists from Lamade. Greer added two goals and one assist and Fenton made 13 saves for the Devils, who won the ground ball war, 37-32, but were outshot, 40-33. Both teams converted on 1-of-2 extra-man opportunities.

Johns Hopkins will return to action next Friday night when the Blue Jays travel to College Park to play Maryland, which lost to Navy, 9-8 earlier this evening. Duke will host Virginia next Saturday in a game that will determine which team gets the top seed in the upcoming ACC Tournament.

From Hopkins release.

Video Highlights
Hopkins' Paul Rabil

Duke's Aaron Fenton

Hopkins' Kevin Huntley

Duke's Matt Zash to Peter Lamade

Hopkins' Matt Rewkowski

Duke's Matt Wilson to Matt Danowski

Hopkins' Kevin Huntley again!

Duke's Matt Zash

Hopkins' Kyle Harrison to Greg Peyser

Duke's Peter Lamade to Zack Greer


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