Navy hoping to repeat last year's upset of Johns Hopkins

Last year's 8-2 win gives Midshipmen some confidence, but they also understand how difficult that task will be

April 17, 2013|By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun

Navy ended a disappointing 2012 campaign with an invigorating 8-2 upset of Johns Hopkins to finish with a 6-6 record. With the Midshipmen at 3-9 before Saturday’s season finale against the Blue Jays, could a similar outcome be in the cards?

“We did it before, and hopefully that means we can do it again,” Navy coach Rick Sowell said Wednesday afternoon. “But it’s obviously a different year, and we’re playing at their place. So I’m not sure how much impact it’s really going to have. But the fact was that we did beat them a year ago, and there a lot of guys that will be in the game this weekend that played last year. Hopefully that helps us.”

Sowell said there has been little discussion of last year’s meeting, and he doesn’t mind the absence of that talk in the meeting rooms and on the practice field.

“We’re just trying to get better at practice and focus on trying to play the best we can play,” he said. “Few of the good things we did last week, we’re hoping we can carry them into this week’s game. We want to play better in certain areas and try to get ourselves a win. This is our last opportunity. We’re trying to do all we can to go up there and play good enough to win, which won’t be easy. We understand that.”

A win Saturday would prevent the Midshipmen from suffering their first seven-game losing streak in program history and collecting their 10th loss, which would also be a first for the academy. The burden of the losing streak has weighed on the team, but not in negative proportions, according to Sowell.

“We haven’t won in a while. Losing stinks,” he said. “Has it affected us trying to prepare? I don’t think so. We’re trying to do everything we can – whether it’s film study or on-the-field preparation. We’re continuing to work hard, and that is certainly a great thing. We’ve got one last chance to try to get a win, and we’re doing all we can to put ourselves in that position.”

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