The Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team cooled off quickly after a fast start and couldn't keep up with Towson in a 17-8 season-opening loss on Saturday afternoon.
No. 7 Hopkins (0-1) led 4-2 after the first quarter but was on the wrong side of 13-1 scoring run spanning the second and third periods as the Tigers took command. The loss snapped a string of 11 consecutive wins in season openers for the Blue Jays.
Hopkins owns a 40-6 advantage in the all-time series against Towson but has lost three of the past four meetings.
Towson held a commanding edge in key statistical categories, winning 21 faceoffs to seven for JHU, owning a 43-18 advantage on ground balls, and firing 32 shots on goal to 18 for the Blue Jays. Sophomore goalkeeper Ryan Darby, making his first career start, had 15 saves for Hopkins. Complete box score
The Blue Jays got two goals from sophomore Forry Smith and a goal and three assists from sophomore Cole Williams. First-year attackman Joey Epstein and sophomore Connor DeSimone each added a goal and an assist.
Brendan Sunday paced the Towson attack with six goals and two assists.
Johns Hopkins will return to action on Saturday against Loyola to Homewood Field at 2 p.m.