BALTIMORE, MD — The 11th-ranked Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team (8-4) held Navy scoreless for the final 28 minutes of the contest to cruise to a 15-4 victory over the Midshipmen (3-10) Saturday afternoon at Homewood Field in Baltimore. The Blue Jays scored the final 11 goals of the game after the two teams were deadlocked at 4-4 just over two minutes into the second half.
"We played a good first half and came out and scored the first goal of the second half, but from there it went all downhill," said second-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell. "It comes down to being undisciplined and that's on me. Our inability to win faceoffs and all the penalties we committed played right into their hands.
"Give credit to Hopkins. Once they got it rolling, we just couldn't stop them."
The Mids took an early lead in the game when sophomore midfielder Gabe Voumard (Cape May, N.J.) targeted his 8-yard shot over keeper Pierce Bassett's left shoulder just 1:09 into the contest. For Voumard, it was his first goal since the Holy Cross game on March 17.
Hopkins staged a rally just under the 10-minute mark when it took advantage off an offside call on the Mids and junior middie Greg Edmonds picked up the ball and headed straight to the goal to tie things up. Junior attackman Brandon Benn scored the next two goals for the Blue Jays, giving them a 3-1 advantage at the 12:24 mark in the second stanza.
Navy, however, battled its way back into the game when senior midfielder Bryce Dabbs (Damascus, Md.) fed Voumard on the left wing, who promptly sent his shot past the ankles of Bassett at the 6:20 mark. A minute and a half later, rookie T.J. Hanzsche (Berwyn, Pa.) took a Tucker Hull (Charlotte, N.C.) pass and fired it in from eight yards out on the right wing to knot the game at 3-3 with 4:57 remaining in the opening half. For Hanzsche, it marked his sixth consecutive game with a goal.
The Blue Jays answered a minute later when junior midfielder Rob Guida wrapped around the right side of the goal and gave Hopkins a 4-3 advantage at the break.
The Mids came out of the locker room looking to start the second half the same way they did the first. Voumard made it a hat trick, his third of the season, when he sent a hard shot in from up the gut at the 13:02 mark to even the score at 4-4.
The game quickly turned in favor of Johns Hopkins when the Blue Jays scored back-to-back goals seven seconds apart, the first via extra man and the second off a faceoff win, to take a 6-4 lead. The Mids were never able to turn the momentum back in their favor as Johns Hopkins outscored Navy 11-0 over the final 28:02.
Navy once again struggled to gain possession of the ball, as the Blue Jays won 17 of the 20 draws which resulted in a 37-17 ground ball advantage and a 47-22 shots advantage.
While the Mids' gave up a season-high 15 goals, senior team captain Nolan Hickey (Chaminade, N.Y.) played a fine game in goal where he made 12 of Navy's 13 saves including multiple porch-door stops. Navy's man-down unit was also stout, surrendering two goals on eight opportunities.
Benn led Hopkins with five goals, while sophomore attackman Wells Stanwick produced six points on a goal and five assists. Senior John Kaestner, meanwhile, scored three goals and dealt out three assists.