Five-goal Hopkins rally sinks Navy, 11-8

April 25, 1993|By Bill Tanton | Bill Tanton,Staff Writer

Johns Hopkins trailed Navy by three at halftime, but scored five straight goals en route to an 11-8 lacrosse victory before a homecoming crowd of 6,324 at Homewood Field yesterday.

Hopkins, 8-2 and ranked No. 4 in the country, was sloppy and uninspired for the first 30 minutes. It looked as if Navy (7-3, No. 9) might be on the way to its first win over the Blue Jays since 1974.

But Terry Riordan, Hopkins' leading scorer this season with 32 goals, scored twice in the third period. The Blue Jays also got goals from David Townsend, Todd Cavallaro and Alex Wadkovsky in the third while holding Navy scoreless.

"Navy lulled us to sleep in the first half," said Riordan, who also had an assist. "They kept working the ball around on offense and using up a lot of time. Then they'd finally take a shot and score.

"When we got the ball, we threw it away. But in the second half we started to hold on to the ball."

Hopkins could not have done that without Steve Vecchione's domination of the faceoffs. He got 17 to Navy's five.

"We were flat in the first half," said Brian Piccola, who had three goals and an assist. "I don't know why. Maybe it was because we had an emotional game against Loyola Wednesday night."

At halftime with his team trailing by three, Hopkins coach Tony Seaman let his seniors do most of the locker room oratory.

"We didn't scream or shout," said Seaman. "We just said we had to hold on to the ball and take better shots. In the first half we shot from 14-15 yards out instead of making the extra pass to get inside for a better shot."

Navy coach Bryan Matthews, who has never beaten Hopkins, said his team was hurt by the loss of defenseman Kevin Boardman (knee) early in the third period.

"Kevin is out for the year," said Matthews. "It doesn't help when you lose one of your top two defensemen against a great offensive team like Hopkins. In the first half, Kevin did a nice job on Piccola.

"Hopkins has shown all year that if you let them play a lot of offense they'll score a lot of goals."

The score would have been more one-sided if it hadn't been for another stellar effort by Navy goalie Kevin Farrington. He had 13 saves -- many from right on the crease. Hopkins' freshman Jonathan Marcus only had to make eight saves.

Hopkins outshot Navy 14-2 in the third period, which turned the game around.

Jamie Slough led Navy's scoring with three goals. Tommy Roszko had two.

"This was a good lesson for us," said Seaman. "In the first half we tried to get away with not working as hard on offense as we should.

"In our system, we have to work very hard to get good shots. In the second half we worked hard. It's good to learn a lesson when you also get the win."

Hopkins will finish its regular season with three straight games on the road at Hofstra, Towson State and Syracuse. Navy's remaining games are with Washington College and Stony Brook.

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