Senior Cole Williams tallied three goals and four assists, and the Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team put together a dominant second half in a 15-7 win against Towson in the season-opener for both teams at Homewood Field on Saturday afternoon.
The No. 11 Blue Jays (1-0) jumped out to a 5-1 advantage, but the No. 19 Tigers chipped away at the lead and pulled event at 6 on a goal by Koby Smith early in the third quarter. From there, however, it was all Hopkins—junior midfielder Connor DeSimone scored back-to-back goals, sparking a 9-1 closing run by the Blue Jays.
JHU improved to 42-6 all-time against Towson and avenged last year's 17-8 loss to the Tigers. The Blue Jays played without their top returning scorer, sophomore Joey Epstein, who miss the game with an injury suffered during the preseason. Epstein had 48 goals as a freshman in 2019.
Williams, DeSimone, and sophomore Garrett Degnon paced the Hopkins attack with three goals apiece on Saturday, and sophomore Evan Zinn added a pair of tallies. Goalkeeper Ryan Darby made 11 saves, and back-up Jacob Giacalone added a save off the bench. Complete box score
Hopkins outshot Towson 46-34—including 26-14 in the second half—and earned a commanding 20-6 advantage on faceoffs. Kyle Prouty won 14 of 19 faceoffs, and Matt Narewski won six of seven.
The Blue Jays return to action on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Loyola.