Hopkins again sails by Navy, 17-3

7-goal, 6-goal runs give No. 1 Blue Jays their 29th straight over Mids

College Lacrosse

April 20, 2003|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF

April's annual matchup with Navy has been very kind to the Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team.

Yesterday, the top-ranked Blue Jays used a seven-goal run in the first half and a six-goal run in the second to overwhelm the Mids, 17-3, in front of 3,280 at sunny Homewood Field.

It was the Blue Jays' 29th straight win over Navy dating to 1974, the longest winning streak in Division I history by one school over another.

Sophomore attackman Kyle Barrie racked up a career-high nine points on five goals and four assists and had plenty of help.

Junior midfielder Conor Ford had three goals and two assists, senior Bobby Benson netted three goals and sophomores Kyle Harrison and Peter LeSueur each notched two goals and two assists in one of the Blue Jays' best efforts this season.

"We were very efficient shooting the ball," said Blue Jays coach Dave Pietramala, whose team improved to 9-1 with its sixth straight victory. "It was important to come out to a good start and not let Navy feel comfortable."

The Blue Jays outshot the Mids 37-16, and the trio of Harrison, Lou Braun and Greg Peyser also won 10 of 14 faceoffs in the decisive first half, which ended with Hopkins leading 10-2.

Hopkins has now outscored its opponents 78-30 in the first half this season.

"I thought they shot the ball real well early in the game, and we struggled with the faceoffs," said Navy coach Richie Meade, whose team got two goals from junior Joe Bossi.

Navy (5-7) couldn't duplicate its performance from Tuesday, when it upset No. 9 UMBC, 13-10.

Meanwhile, it was the latest in a long line of impressive performances for the Blue Jays in April. They are now 37-1 in games played in the month since the 1997 season, including a 24-game winning streak in April at Homewood.

Their latest was over early.

About a minute after Bossi answered Harrison's game-opening goal, Barrie was alone out front and LeSueur found him for the extra-man goal and a 2-1 Blue Jays lead.

Then Barrie was on the other end of a score, threading a pass atop the crease to Ford, who beat a defenseless Seth DiNola (seven saves) at the 9:20 mark.

Ford would score again 40 seconds later, and then Barrie reaped the reward of a great sequence from Blue Jays' short-stick midfielder Benson Erwin, who checked the ball away from a Navy player on the defensive end, scooped up the ground ball and raced down the field to feed Barrie.

Barrie then converted a pass from midfielder Joe McDermott before Harrison's second goal closed a 7-1 first quarter for the Blue Jays.

"We've been very unselfish," said LeSueur, who is one of seven Blue Jays with 15 points or more this season. "Instead of taking a 12-yard shot, we're passing it up and getting a 7-yard shot."

By halftime, Barrie had four goals and three assists. He played a role in all three of Hopkins' second-quarter goals.

By far the most aesthetically pleasing was LeSueur's backhand flip of Barrie's pass, which made the score 9-2 with 6:36 to play before intermission.

Barrie leads the Jays with 26 goals and 16 assists.

"We expect Kyle Barrie to be terrific," Pietramala said. "You have to remember he's still a young guy who is being guarded by the other team's top guy every game, and that's difficult. He's starting to come into his own."

The Blue Jays closed the deal in the third quarter, scoring five straight goals - two by Benson.

"They're just too good of a team to fall behind like that," Meade said.

With the loss, the Mids, who close their season next week against Army, are assured of just their sixth losing season in their 96-year history.

Navy 1 1 1 0 - 3

Johns Hopkins 7 3 6 1 - 17

Goals: N-Bossi 2, I. Dingman; JHU-Barrie 5, Ford 3, Benson 3, LeSueur 2, Harrison 2, Dowd, Spratlen. Assists: N-Conklin 2, Birsner; JHU-Barrie 4, Ford 2, Harrison 2, LeSueur 2, Erwin, Gould, McDermott. Saves: N-DiNola 7, Russell 2; JHU-Scherr 7, S. Smith 0.

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