A. J. Haugen didn't need too many words to describe the second-half lacrosse clinic second-ranked Johns Hopkins put on yesterday against 13th-ranked Navy at Homewood Field.
"We were rolling on all cylinders," said the explosive junior Hopkins midfielder after the Blue Jays had recovered from a sluggish first half to blitz the Midshipmen, 11-1. "We're starting to peak at the right time."
Haugen broke into a big grin when it was mentioned that Hopkins (9-1) seemed primed for a possible rematch with top-ranked Loyola (9-0) in the NCAA tournament.
But he carefully avoided making any bulletin-board remarks about the unbeaten Greyhounds, who thrashed Hopkins by nine goals in the second game of the season at Homewood Field.
"Right now, we have to think about Towson [next Sunday] and then Hofstra," said Haugen of his team's final two regular-season games.
It was Haugen who lit a fuse under the Blue Jays yesterday early in the third quarter against a physical Navy team that had failed to take advantage of a slow first-half tempo.
Haugen answered Navy's only goal of the game with a high rocket shot from 13 yards out for a 4-1 lead, sending Hopkins on an 8-0 run to finish out the game before a crowd of 5,393.
Both Navy goalkeeper Mickey Jarboe and Navy coach Richie Meade marveled at Haugen's shot.
"I saw it all the way but I still thought it was going over top the goal," said Jarboe, who had 24 saves yesterday to become Navy's career saves leader with 536. "That's how hard it was coming."
Meade said, "A. J. really hurt us when he launched that shot from 13 yards out. We had hoped to come out in the second half [down 3-0 at halftime] and score quickly and go on from there. We got the quick goal but A. J. came right back on us."
Jarboe, a junior from Calvert Hall, made four spectacular saves yesterday.
Haugen, Matt O'Kelly and Dylan Schlott each had two goals for Hopkins, and Dan Denihan contributed one goal and four assists.
Hopkins coach John Haus said, "We gave a good solid defensive performance for 60 minutes but we have to stick with it and keep on improving in all areas. I don't even want to think about Loyola now."
For Navy (6-6), it was a painful afternoon. The Midshipmen had their playoff hopes diminished severely, and they suffered their 25th straight loss to Hopkins since a 13-12 victory over the Blue Jays in Annapolis on May 4, 1974.
Navy has not beaten Hopkins in Baltimore since May 10, 1969, when the Midshipmen won, 9-6.
Also, it has been 49 years since Navy was held to just one goal in a game by any team. The Midshipmen lost to Yale, 5-1, on April 29, 1950.
The last time Navy was limited to one goal by Hopkins was in 1911, when the Blue Jays won, 2-1, and it has been 10 years since Hopkins held any team to one goal (12-1 decision over Washington College).
"We fully expected to come up here and play Hopkins tough and we did for 40 minutes," said Meade. "But there were too many times we had trouble just throwing and catching the ball. We threw the ball out of bounds and even to a Hopkins player one time."
Navy 0 0 1 0 -- 1
Johns Hopkins 1 2 4 4 -- 11
Goals: N--O'Leary; JH--O'Kelly 2, Haugen 2, Schlott 2, D. Denihan, C. Denihan, Quinn, Doerr, Moolenaar. Assists: N--none; JH--D. Denihan 4. Saves: N--Jarboe 24, Silcox 1; JH--Carcaterra 7, Murtha 2.