Hopkins' rush ruins Navy's hopes, 18-11 Mids have no answer to 11 second-half goals

April 20, 1996|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Navy's zone defense, which stifled No. 15 Towson State a week earlier, proved no match for the nation's fifth-ranked lacrosse team last night as Johns Hopkins scored 11 second-half goals en route to an 18-11 victory before 4,404 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis.

NTC Senior attackman Dave Marr led the Hopkins offense with one goal and a career-high eight assists, and Dan Denihan and Ed Zuchelli added four goals and an assist each for the Blue Jays (4-4).

"It's a lot easier to play zone when you have a Dave Marr on your team," said Hopkins coach Tony Seaman. "He's got the eyes that find the open people."

Denihan, a member of the U.S. under-19 world team, initiated the pivotal third-quarter run at the 11: 31 mark and Zuchelli capped it with back-to-back goals to give Hopkins a 12-7 cushion.

James O'Leary, one of three freshmen starting on attack for Navy (4-7), ended the surge on an unassisted goal with 4: 54 left in the third, but the Blue Jays started it up again in the fourth quarter and led 14-8 after Marr fed Denihan and Andrew Godfrey.

Marr's fourth-quarter assist to Evans helped complete the Blue Jays' scoring and left Marr in a tie with Hopkins assistant Joe Cowan as the school' all-time assist leader with 123.

The Blue Jays, who were coming off last Saturday's 12-9 loss to top-ranked Maryland, took a 2-0 lead on unassisted goals by Godfrey and Milford Marchant, a product of nearby Severn School.

The Midshipmen, who pulled off a 9-8 upset of Towson State last week to end a five-game skid, answered with a five-goal run.

But Hopkins cut the lead to two on a goal by Marchant with 56 seconds left in the first quarter.

Navy attackman Andy Ballinger got caught with an illegal stick during a check between quarters and the Mids were forced to play a man down for the first three minutes of the second quarter.

The Blue Jays didn't take long to capitalize. Junior midfielder Billy Evans scored 13 seconds into the period and Zuchelli knotted the game at 5 a minute later on a feed from Evans.

Freshman phenom Denihan put Hopkins ahead 6-5 when he converted a pass from Marr with 7: 39 left in the half.

But Geoff Walker, a senior who had only played in 14 games and never started for the Mids before this season, tied it at 6 with his 14th goal of the year, and his 15th made it a 7-7 game at the half.

Pub Date: 4/20/96

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