The Navy Midshipmen did what they have been unable to do since 1974 on Saturday afternoon...beat the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays. In front of 10,000 Navy overcame an early 4-0 deficit en route to the thrilling OT victory.
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ANNAPOLIS, MD – Junior attackman Andy Warner scored his only goal of the game with 10 seconds remaining in the first overtime to lift host Navy to a 9-8 victory over visiting Johns Hopkins at Navy Marine Corps Stadium Saturday afternoon. The win snaps a 36-game losing streak for the Midshipmen against the Blue Jays that dated to 1974 and improves Navy’s record to 6-7 on the year. Johns Hopkins dropped its second straight and falls to 5-7. In a game of runs, it was Navy that had the last one as the Midshipmen erased an 8-6 deficit late in the third quarter and held Johns Hopkins scoreless for the final 22:30 to seal the victory. A Brendan Connors goal with 10 seconds remaining in the third quarter ignited the game-ending spree for the Mids. With time winding down in the period, Ryan O’Leary found Connors cutting across the slot unmarked and hit him in stride. Connors wasted little time slipping home his 17th goal of the season to make it a one-goal game entering the final period. Navy’s only goal of the fourth quarter came at the 9:39 mark as senior Patrick Moran blew home an extra-man goal home from 13 yards out. While neither team scored again until Warner’s game-winner, it wasn’t for a lack of chances. Navy’s R.J. Wickham twice came up with big saves in the final nine minutes of regulation and Johns Hopkins’ Pierce Bassett stuffed Warner in tight less than a minute into overtime.
Wickham then kicked aside a shot by Michael Kimmel with 2:39 remaining in overtime and Navy forced a Kimmel turnover 15 seconds later. Warner’s goal came just over a minute after a Navy timeout and seconds after Nikk Davis missed an open net on a nifty back-door feed.
The Blue Jays had hopped out to a 5-0 lead in the first quarter as Kyle Wharton and Kimmel both scored a pair of goals and sophomore Tom Palasek added a goal of his own to spark the game-opening spree. Palasek and Wharton went back-to-back in a span of 17 seconds late in the quarter to fuel the run, which ended with Kimmel’s second goal with just 46 seconds remaining in the period. The Blue Jays outshot Navy 13-6 in the opening 15 minutes, but as quickly as they had crafted the five-goal lead, it was gone.
The Midshipmen needed just 40 seconds of the second quarter to get on the board as Moran dodged hard to the goal and scored from in tight. The margin remained four until midway through the period when Navy erupted for three goals in a span of just under two minutes.
Bucky Smith’s first goal of the season started the three-goal flurry, which was capped by a Joe Lennon goal and included an own goal. A minute before Lennon actually scored his own goal, he was stopped by Basset on a drive to the cage from the side. Hopkins’ Matt Dolente tried to scoop up the loose ball, but instead directed it past Bassett just inside the far post.
A Jay Mann goal with 2:30 remaining in the second quarter and the first of Connors’ two goals on the day with 43 seconds remaining accounted for a 6-5 Navy lead at the half.
In keeping with the first half flow of the game, it was Hopkins’ turn to answer with another run of its own. Palasek slipped inside his defender and scored from in close with 11:30 remaining and senior Steven Boyle dodged from behind the goal and bounced one home to give the Blue Jays a 7-6 lead with 5:55 on the clock in the third quarter. Palasek completed the first hat trick of his career just over two minutes later, but that would be the last goal of the game for the Blue Jays, who went more than 19 minutes without scoring twice in the game.
Navy got a team-high three points from Wanter (1g, 2a), while Moran and Connors both scored two goals to pace Navy offensively. Wickham, who entered the game ranked second nationally in save percentage, posted eight saves in goal and Navy held advantages in shots (40-32), ground balls (35-21) and faceoffs (13-of-21).
Johns Hopkins was led by Palasek’s three goals, while Boyle (1g, 2a), Kimmel (2g) and Wharton (2g) also registered multi-point games for the Blue Jays, who got a career-high 14 saves from Bassett.
Johns Hopkins will return to action on Wednesday, April 28 when the Blue Jays host Towson at 7 pm. The Blue Jays must win their remaining two games to be eligible for selection to the 2010 NCAA Tournament. Teams must have a .500 record to be eligible for an at-large bid to the tournament.
#17 Johns Hopkins (5-7) 5-0-3-0-0/8
Navy (6-7) 0-6-1-1-1/9
Goals: J: Palasek-3, Wharton-2, Kimmel-2, Boyle. N: Moran-2, Connors-2, Warner, Lennon, Smith, Mann, Team. Assists: J: Boyle-2. N: Warner-2, O’Leary, Sullivan. Saves: J: Bassett-14. N: Wickham-9. Shots: J-32. N-40. EMO: J: 0-for-1. N: 1-for-2.
|Andy Warner||(1, 2)|
|Brendan Connors||(2, 0)|
|Patrick Moran||(2, 0)|
|Bucky Smith||(1, 0)|
|Ryan O'leary||(0, 1)|
|Evan Sullivan||(0, 1)|
|Jay Mann||(1, 0)|
|Joe Lennon||(1, 0)|
|Rj Wickham||(1, 0)|
|Rj Wickham||9 (0.529)|