BALTIMORE, MD – The 11th-ranked Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team got a combined nine goals and eight assists from its starting attack trio of Wells Stanwick, John Kaestner and Brandon Benn and the Blue Jays used an 11-0 game-ending run to fuel a 15-4 victory over visiting Navy at Homewood Field Saturday afternoon. Johns Hopkins held the Midshipmen scoreless for the final 28:02.
Despite controlling the game statistically in the first half, the Blue Jays found themselves in a 4-4 tie after Gabe Voumard polished off his hat trick for the Midshipmen with a laser into the top corner less than two minutes into the second half.
That tie held for just over three minutes before Benn quick-sticked home a feed to the crease from Stanwick to complete his own hat trick. It took all of seven seconds for the Blue Jays to extend the lead as a clean win on the ensuing faceoff by Mike Poppleton led to a Kaestner goal that was also assisted by Stanwick. An unassisted goal by Kaestner less than two minutes later made it 7-4 and the Blue Jays never looked back.
The lead swelled to 10-4 by the end of the third quarter as freshman Ryan Brown added his 14th goal of the season on a slick feed to the slot from Stanwick with 6:20 remaining and Stanwick and senior John Ranagan added strikes in the final three minutes of the period to account for the six-goal lead.
The Blue Jays, who scored all six of their third-quarter goals in a nine-minute span, added a four-goal spurt that took just over two minutes midway through the fourth quarter to put the game away.
Benn wrapped his fourth and fifth goals of the game around Kaestner’s third and junior Rex Sanders added an unassisted strike before the fourth quarter was six minutes old. An unassisted goal by Ranagan closed the scoring with just under six minutes on the clock.
Voumard gave Navy an early 1-0 lead as his 13th goal of the season less than two minutes into the game opened the scoring. A goal by Greg Edmonds in an unsettled situation four minutes later tied the game and Benn gave the Blue Jays their first lead of the game when he found an open net after a nice feed from freshman Holden Cattoni.
Hopkins carried that 2-1 lead into the second quarter and extended the lead to 3-1 when Kaestner fed Benn on the doorstep early in the period, but the Midshipmen, who went more than 20 minutes without scoring after Voumard’s game-opening strike, needed just 83 seconds to draw even as Voumard and T.J. Hanzsche struck midway through the period.
An unassisted goal by Rob Guida 58 seconds after Hanzsche’s goal gave the Blue Jays a 4-3 lead at halftime, only to have Voumard knot the game again early in the third. That would be the final time the Midshipmen would find the back of the net and Benn’s extra man tally four minutes later jump-started the game-ending run for the Blue Jays.
Benn tied his career high with five goals, while Kaestner had personal bests of three goals, three assists and six points. Stanwick added the one goal and a career-high five assists. Poppleton won 15-of-17 faceoffs and added 10 ground balls as the Blue Jays won 17-of-20 faceoffs on the day and held a 37-17 advantage in ground balls.
Voumard was the only multi-point scorer for the Midshipmen, who did get 12 saves from senior goalie Nolan Hickey in just over 50 minutes of action.