May 5, 2012
BALTIMORE, Md. -
No. 10/8 Johns Hopkins used an explosive second half to power past visiting Army, 13-6, Saturday afternoon at Homewood Field. The Black Knights trailed by a single goal, 4-3, at halftime but the Blue Jays used possession and efficient scoring to come up with the victory.
Army's season ends with a 7-8 record, while nationally ranked Hopkins (11-3) will likely learn of its at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament during tomorrow night's selection show.
"It became a game of possessions in the second half," said head coach Joe Alberici, who wrapped up his seventh season at the helm on Saturday. "It had little to do with what we did, they were just so dominant in possessing the ball. They are a fantastic team and showed that again today.
"Obviously our guys are disappointed," he continued. "We didn't come in here today looking for a moral victory."
Junior midfielder Alex Van Krevel and senior tri-captain Devin Lynch paced Army with two goals each. Junior attackman Garrett Thul tallied his 39th goal of the season and extended his goal-scoring streak to 39 games. Senior attackman Conor Hayes finished with two point (1G, 1A) in his final game as a Black Knight. Freshman middie John Glesener also chipped in with an assist.
Senior goalkeeper Zach Palmieri made eight saves on the day and picked up three ground balls. Senior defenseman Larry LoRusso and senior face-off specialist Derek Sipperly tied for a team-high four ground balls for the afternoon.
The Blue Jays outshot Army 37-24 on the afternoon and won 17 of 23 face-offs on its way to victory on Senior Day. Hopkins junior attackman Zach Palmer led all players with a career-high five goals and two assists. Senior attackman Chris Boland added three goals and two assists for the Blue Jays.
Hopkins opened a 4-1 lead three minutes into the second quarter. Lynch netted Army's lone goal in the early going, registering back-to-back shots and punching the second one through. The Skaneateles, N.Y., native beat Hopkins All-America goalkeeper Pierce Bassett low while shooting falling down. Lynch's goal leveled the score at 1-1 with 5:30 to play in the first quarter.
The Blue Jays retaliated with three unanswered scores to jump on top, 4-1. Midway through the second quarter, Glesener fed Thul from 10 yards out to cut the deficit in half, 4-2, with 9:01 on the clock. Army's defense held Hopkins scoreless over the final 12 minutes of the second quarter, while Van Krevel tallied his first goal of the day to keep momentum in favor of the Black Knights. From behind the cage, Hayes hit Van Krevel for a 15-yard rocket to the back of the net at the 3:21 mark.
Army kept things going to start the third quarter, as Van Krevel scored back-to-back goals and tied the score at 4-4 with his second of the day under four minutes into the period. Hopkins won the ensuing three face-offs and scored quickly after each, as a 3-0 run put the Blue Jays back in control, 7-4.
An unassisted Hayes goal with 7:33 remaining in the third quarter briefly stalled the Blue Jays' run and made it a 7-5 Army deficit. The Blue Jays tallied two more third-quarter goals, but Lynch netted his second of the day with 5.3 seconds left to give the Black Knights a late lift.
It was short-lived, however, as Hopkins went on to win all five face-offs and score all four goals of the fourth quarter to seal the victory.
The Black Knights lose 12 players to graduation this May, but return its top two scorers in Thul (43 points) and Glesener (33) for the 2013 campaign. Thul was a first team All-Patriot League performer for the second year in a row and is one of 25 finalists for the Tewaaraton Award. Also among the returnees will be All-Patriot League defenseman and 2012 Scholar-Athlete of the Year Brendan Buckley.
Game Notes: Former Army head coach and Lacrosse Hall of Famer Dick Edell was in the stadium for the game ... Alex Van Krevel was presented with the Chris Gardner Player of the Game Award as Army's MVP ... Gardner is a former Johns Hopkins player who lost his life to cancer in 1997 ... Army appeared on ESPNU for the first time this season ... three other games this year were aired on CBS Sports Network ...Derek Sipperly finished the season with 97 ground balls, which ranks fifth in Army single-season history ... freshman Sam Somers made his fourth appearance in goal for the Black Knights in the fourth quarter.