TOWSON, Md. - No. 4 Johns Hopkins University (2-0) used a 6-0 run midway through the game to pull away from the Towson University men's lacrosse team (0-2) and post a 12-6 victory on Saturday night at Unitas Stadium.
The Blue Jays scored the game's first three goals before the Tigers used a 3-1 run to pull to within one, 4-3, with 9:32 to play in the second quarter. However, Hopkins then ran out to a 10-3 lead at 10:38 in the fourth to move ahead for good.
"I am proud of our team effort," said head coach Shawn Nadelen. "Our physicality was good and the players fought hard. But our execution wasn't consistent and we didn't capitalize on our shots."
Wells Stanwick opened the scoring early, putting JHU ahead 1-0 just 53 seconds into the game. He followed with his second at 5:36 in the first. Benn made it 3-0 with under two minutes left in the opening quarter. Dobyns scored his third man-up goal of the year at 13:19 in the second to get Towson on the board after Hopkins was called for an illegal cross check.
Cuccinello and junior Thomas DeNapoli each tallied a goal to inch the Tigers to within one, 4-3, at 9:32 in the second quarter. But Hopkins went on a 6-0 run over the next 28 minutes, including three man-up goals, to take a 10-3 lead at the start of the fourth quarter. Cuccinello snapped Towson's scoring drouth at 12:33 off an assist from Zoppo before Zoppo scored his first of the season just over 30 seconds later.
Dobyns knocked in his second man-up goal of the game with 2:28 to play in the game when sophomore Justin Mabus found him just outside the crease.
Johns Hopkins outshot Towson 40-38 and won 13 of 20 face-offs. JHU was 3-for-4 on extra man opportunities, while the Tigers converted 3-of-5 man-up chances.
The Tigers return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 20 when they host defending national champion Loyola at 7 p.m. in Unitas Stadium.