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In an Easter Sunday Big Ten matchup, the Michigan Wolverines went into historic Homewood Field and took down the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays, 13-10, to avenge their 14-7 loss at the hands of the Blue Jays just over a month prior. The victory also marks Michigan’s first-ever win over the Blue Jays and earns them their first two-win season in Big Ten play in program history.
John Kiracofe proved to be the difference for the Wolverines, making 16 saves with a .615% save percentage to anchor the Michigan defense. 11 of those saves came in the second and third quarters combined (5 in second, 6 in third) where the Wolverines started to hit their stride, outscoring the Blue Jays 8-4 in those two quarters to take a 10-7 lead heading into the fourth.
Josh Zawada and Jake Bonomi each had hat tricks to lead the Michigan offense. Two of Zawada’s goals came in the second half, including the final goal of the contest. Additionally, Nick Rowlett went 9-for-18 (50%) at the faceoff dot in the nearly three full quarters of action that he appeared in.
The Blue Jays, who saw Connor DeSimone lead the way with four goals and two assists, sprinted out to a 3-1 lead and held a 5-3 lead before the Wolverine’s six-goal run from the 11:00 mark of the second through the 9:23 mark in the third to take control and get up 9-5.
Johns Hopkins’ offense found a spark with two straight from Jacob Angelus and DeSimone midway through the third and were able to put an end to the Wolverine’s run and clip their lead to three goals heading into the final stanza. The Blue Jays further added to their comeback effort, getting three to go from the 10:09 mark through the 4:42 mark in the fourth to make it a one-goal (11-10) game for the first time since halftime.
Hopkins’ ability to force the comeback can be largely attributed to Matt Narewski’s success at the faceoff dot. He went 9-for-13 in the second half alone (13-for-22 overall0.
While the Blue Jays were able to make it a one-goal game and gain a heap of momentum, the Michigan defense stood tall and, outside of the Blue Jays’ three goals, only allowed one shot in the final 10 minutes of play. Grant McCurry and Zawda put in the final two to seal the deal for the Wolverines.
Holy Cross Tops Lafayette
The Holy Cross Crusaders topped the Lafayette Leopards, 10-7, on Sunday to earn their first Patriot League win under first-year head coach J.L. Reppert and second overall win of the season.
A.J. Fox notched 11 saves in the win while Dean DiNanno (1G/3A) and Jayce Lambert (3G/1A) combined for eight points to lead the Holy Cross offense.