WEST POINT, N.Y. -- No. 5 Johns Hopkins ran into an inspired No. 10 Army lacrosse team yesterday, but a five-goal, fourth-quarter surge gave the visiting Blue Jays a 16-10 win.
Early in the final period, Army's Steve Heller scored his fourth and final goal, cutting Hopkins' lead to 11-10.
But from that point, Hopkins (3-2) scored the remaining five goals. Thus the final score was hardly a true indication of the difficulty the Jays had in ending a two-game losing streak.
The scoring star for Hopkins was Terry Riordan, the 6-foot-4, 205-pound freshman from Baldwin, N.Y. Riordan had five goals and now leads Hopkins in scoring with 17.
"Army (5-2) was sliding too fast on defense," Riordan said, "and that was leaving me open for shots in close.
"This was a good feeling, ending the losing streak, but the best feeling of the year was beating Syracuse. Scoring five goals is nice, but this is a team game. When the team wins, that's what means most to me."
Army, an improved team, did a heroic job of staying close for most of the game. The Cadets actually led, 2-1, after Chris Prentice scored 9:40 into the first quarter.
After that, it was a catch-up game for the Cadets. Hopkins led, 4-2, at the end of the first quarter, 7-4 at the half, and 11-8 after three periods.
"This was a tough game," said defenseman Nick Shevillo, one of Hopkins four captains. "It was very physical. Army was aggressive and played hard. But we won. That's the important thing."
Added Riordan: "We have a huge game next week against Maryland at home. I think this game definitely puts us back on track."
Brian Lukasz had four goals for Hopkins, one of which was awarded him as the nearest player to the ball after an Army defenseman inadvertently hit the ball into his own goal.