For the second straight week Johns Hopkins fell far behind early in a game and did not recover. Yesterday, it was North Carolina that beat the Blue Jays, 14-8, at Homewood Field.
Before a Homecoming Day crowd of 7,432, Hopkins dug a 6-1 hole for itself in the game's first 17:22.
Hopkins (3-2) came back and scored the next four goals, two of them in the second period by All-American Adam Wright, to make the score 6-5.
But from then on, it was just about all Carolina, as the Tar Heels (5-2) scored eight of the last 11 goals.
The previous Saturday, the then-undefeated and No. 1-ranked Blue Jays allowed Virginia to race off to a 7-0 lead, as the Cavaliers rolled to a 15-9 victory.
Yesterday, Steve Speers, a junior attackman from Fayetteville, N.Y., led Carolina with four goals. Scoring three each for the winners were senior Michael Thomas, a Boys' Latin graduate, and Dan Donnelly, a senior midfielder from Smithtown, N.Y.
Carolina suffered a tough loss in the third period, when its leading scorer, junior attackman John Webster, also from Boys' Latin, went down with an ankle injury. The Tar Heels led 7-5 at that point. Webster spent the rest of the day on the sidelines with his right ankle iced and wrapped in a bandage.
The Carolina medical staff said it was not clear whether the injury -- which Webster attributed to the artificial turf -- was a break or a sprain. It planned to take X-rays back in Chapel Hill, N.C. Webster is the son of Hopkins Hall of Fame attackman Mickey Webster.
The high scorer for Hopkins was freshman attackman Terry Riordan with three goals.
One of the keys to the Tar Heels' victory was their goalie, first-year starter Billy Daye. Carolina's statisticians credited Daye with 17 saves, although Hopkins' gave him only 11.
"Any time your goalie has 17 saves," said North Carolina coach Dave Klarmann, whose team has lost at Syracuse and at Loyola. "It gives your team a lot of confidence. This was our best effort to date. We're playing the same guys we were playing when we lost.
"Our close defense did well. When you can hold a team at this level under 10 goals, you've done a good job defensively. Any time you can come to Hopkins and beat them on Homecoming Day, you've accomplished something."
Outstanding on defense for the visitors was Alex Martin, a junior from Gilman School.
Klarmann said No. 1-ranked Syracuse is the best team his Tar Heels have seen this season.
"They have the most guys," said Klarmann -- who has a few guys of his own. "Syracuse is tough."