10th-Ranked Navy Drops 15-8 Decision to #8 Johns Hopkins
BALTIMORE, Md. -- The eighth-ranked Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team outscored #10 Navy 8-1 over the final 20 minutes of play to secure a 15-8 victory over the Midshipmen at Homewood Field in Baltimore. Navy came into the contest having won each of its last 15 season openers, last losing on Feb. 24, 2001, in an overtime decision to UMBC, 9-8.
"For about 30-35 minutes it was an exciting game," said sixth-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell. "I have to give Johns Hopkins credit, they came out and took control of the game. I'm scratching my head trying to figure what went wrong for us. For whatever reason the wheels sort of came off the tracks."
A spectacular opening half featured three-goal runs by both teams before trading the final four and closing out the half knotted at 5-5.
The Blue Jays scored just 16 seconds into the third quarter and again at the 10:41 mark, but Navy was able to answer both times.
With 9:34 to go in the third quarter, third-year starting attackman Jack Ray (Jr / Wyckoff, N.J.) tied the game up (7-7) a final time with his second goal of the contest. Four minutes later, Hopkins used a little trickery when Joel Tinney and John Crawley looked to make the exchange in possession but instead Tinney maintained possession and fired in the go-ahead goal from 20 yards out as Navy's defense was distracted.
That goal appeared to rattle the Mids as Hopkins went on to score the next four goals to take a commanding 12-7 lead and put the game out of reach.
One of the most glaring stats of the evening was the 21 turnovers Navy made, including eight in the final quarter.
"I'm looking at the turnovers and I'm not real happy," said Sowell. "We made a lot of silly mistakes and we no doubt have to clean it up. They took advantage of the opportunities we game them."
Making just his third career appearance for the Mids, attackman Ryan Wade (So / Coronado, Calif.) led the Navy offense with four assists, while Ray punched in two goals and dealt out an assist. Senior middie Colin Flounlacker (Stevensville, Md.) added two goals, while Ray Wardell (Jr / Babylon, N.Y.), Dave Little (Jr / Vienna, Va.), Greyson Torain (So / Glen Burnie, Md.) and Chris Fennell (Sr / Milford, N.J.) each scored a goal for the Mids.
Ryan Kern (Middletown, Del.), who is just the third freshman to start the season in goal for Navy in school history, had 12 saves for the Navy defense.
"Ryan made some nice saves early, but it's tough being a Plebe playing your first career game at Homewood Field. I promise you the future is bright for this young man."
The Mids won 14 of the 26 faceoffs (Brady Dove / Sr / Stevensville, Md. 11-20, Joe Varello / Jr / Kings Park, N.Y.) 3-6), while Dove led the way with a team-high six ground balls. Dove also moved into a tie for fourth on the Patriot League's career faceoff wins list with 479 over his four seasons. He trails third-place Sam Talkow of Boston U. (active) by 11.
Seven different players accounted for Johns Hopkins' 15 goals, including 13 by the starting attack and midfield. Tinney paced the team with five points on three goals and two assists, while Dismuke Wilkins and Patrick Fraser contributed hat tricks as well. All-American Shack Stanwick was held scoreless for the first three quarters by Fennell before scoring one of his two goals on extra-man and posting one of his two assists a man up.
"I love this team," said Sowell. "The season is young and there are a lot of new faces out there, but we are going to get better from this experience."
Navy plays host to #2 Maryland on Saturday at 12-noon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. A free live video stream will be available on PatriotLeague.TV and Pete Medhurst will have the call on both video and radio on 1430 AM / 99.9 FM WNAV and WNAV.com.
### Go Navy ###