Hopkins sails past Navy, 16-8

April 23, 1995|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Sun Staff Writer

Johns Hopkins coach Tony Seaman hears the raves about the other lacrosse goalies. He reads the glowing endorsements in the newspapers.

He'll take his own Jonathan Marcus, thank you.

"Week in and week out, he does the job for us," Seaman said. "He has made it easier lacrosse for us every week. We play against him in practice, and he's the best we've faced."

Marcus again was a model of consistency in No. 1 Johns Hopkins' 16-8 rout of No. 17 Navy yesterday before a homecoming crowd of 7,504 at Homewood Field. Marcus made 15 saves and allowed only two goals until Seaman took out his first-string defensemen and midfielders in the fourth quarter.

Since a rocky start in the 15-14 opening victory over Princeton, Marcus has given one steady performance after another while the undefeated Blue Jays have stretched their winning streak to nine. He had 25 saves against Syracuse, 22 against Virginia and a career-high 26 against North Carolina.

In the 16-15 win over Maryland eight days ago, Marcus had 15 saves and his 50-yard clearing pass set up the winning goal. A junior who has started every game since first arriving at Hopkins, Marcus passed Quint Kessenich as the school's all-time saves leader in the Maryland game. He now has 602.

"I was so bad in the Princeton game that I didn't ever want it to happen again," Marcus said in explaining how he maintains his focus. "My job is to save the ball. Against Princeton, I didn't do it very well."

With Marcus stopping the few shots Navy managed to launch in the first three quarters, Hopkins built its lead from 5-0 to 10-2 at halftime to 12-2 after three quarters.

"Those six fourth-quarter goals were with the first string out," Seaman said. "Otherwise, Jon gave up only two. This is what he's done for us since Princeton."

Navy coach Richie Meade cited the early part of the third quarter as the decisive stretch. Hopkins led 10-2 at halftime, but Navy was blanked by Marcus in the third quarter.

"We had three or four chances, but Jon stopped us," Meade said. "It was frustrating."

In beating Navy for the 21st straight time, Hopkins got three goals apiece from Billy Evans, Chris Macon and Brian Piccola.

Piccola, for one, wasn't happy that Hopkins scored only six second-half goals. "We had the big lead, it was homecoming," Piccola said. "I'm as guilty as anyone. I went too much one-on-one instead of staying in the offensive flow."

Navy (5-6) has lost four straight and has only Stony Brook left. After three straight NCAA tournament appearances and seven in the past nine years, the Middies are out of the picture.

"This four-game stretch -- Maryland, Georgetown, Towson State, Hopkins -- if we had won one of those first three, it might have sparked us," said Matt Long, who had three goals and two assists. "It's disappointing."

Can anyone beat Hopkins?

Yes, Meade said. Virginia, North Carolina, Loyola, Maryland or Syracuse could. The Blue Jays' remaining schedule reads No. 16 Hofstra on Tuesday, No. 15 Towson State on Saturday and No. 6 Loyola on May 6.

Asked if the games will be tuneups for the NCAA tournament, Piccola replied with a snort, "I wouldn't call those three tuneups. We have to be ready for anything. This will not be an easy week."

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