The University of Michigan men’s lacrosse team got on the board first for the second straight contest, as freshman Mike Hernandez (Piedmont, Calif./Piedmont) netted the first score 1:15 in, but No. 4 Johns Hopkins went on an 8-0 run, holding the Wolverines scoreless for 15:24 to seal a 17-8 victory Saturday (March 23) at historic Homewood Field. U-M was outscored, 11-3, in the first half but held the deficit to 6-5 in the second stanza.
Hernandez got Michigan on the board with his first collegiate goal, ripping a crank-shot from 15 yards out on a helper from senior Thomas Paras (Lakewood, Ohio/St. Ignatius) to give U-M the early 1-0 advantage.
No. 4 Johns Hopkins (3-0) responded with an 8-0 run, keyed by a trio of scores from Blue Jay attackman Brandon Benn, as Hopkins had scores from five different players.
U-M ended the run with an individual effort from freshman Dan Kinek (Macungie, Pa./Emmaus/Avon Old Farms), who went coast to coast on a full-field clear, beating his man from five yards out in the final third offside high to cut the score to 8-2 1:39 into the second quarter. Kinek’s first score of his U-M career ended a 15:24 goalless draught the Maize and Blue.
Freshman/sophomore David Joseph (Westlake, Ohio/St. Ignatius) gave U-M its third score of the opening half with 9:09 left in the second quarter with his first career goal, ripping a shot from 10 yards out left side and beating Hopkins goalie Pierce Bassett offside hip to bring the score to 9-3 in favor of JHU, which led 11-3 at half.