Top-ranked Johns Hopkins scored five straight second-half goals to break open a close game and coast to a 12-6 victory over No. 4 Virginia before 5,400 fans today at Homewood Field.

Hopkins (5-0) took command in the third period with a short-handed goal by Peter Scott to make it 6-4.

Virginia (4-1) had narrowed a 5-2 disadvantage with two quick goals by Scott Gerham and Bill Wyker and had the ball after Hopkins was called for a roughness penalty.

Virginia was passing the ball around the Hopkins' net trying to set up a shot, when John Krumenacker stole a pass and sprinted downfield, ending the Virginia power play.

Krumenacker passed to Brent Ciccarone, who missed a shot from the left side, but Scott got the rebound and slipped the ball past goalie J.B. Meyer with seven seconds remaining in the third quarter.

"We hit a dry spell for a while there," said Krumenacker, "and we needed that."

Hopkins followed up with four goals in the opening five minutes of the final period to go ahead, 10-4. Del Dressel of the Blue Jays scored four long-range goals. Brian Rogers of Virginia had two.

Hopkins' Rob Lord bounced the ball past the goalie 17 seconds into the quarter. Thirty seconds later, Krumenacker attempted a shot from the right side that hit Meyer's stick and dribbled into the goal to make it 8-4.

At 12:54, Scott got his third goal of the day by stealing a pass from Meyer and scoring from point-blank range. For the game, Hopkins outshot Virginia, 45-35. The Blue Jays also took advantage of extra-man situations, scoring on four of eight attempts. Virginia failed to score during any of its six extra-man advantages.

Hopkins meets defending national champion North Carolina Saturday in Chapel Hill.