In a game it needed to win to regain some self-esteem after an upset loss to North Carolina last week, third-ranked Johns Hopkins beat Army in Baltimore.
"This is a good game to see how our guys would bounce back. We're much more ready to play this year," said Coach Henry Ciccarone Jr. Last week, Hopkins suffered a 14-13 double-overtime loss in Chapel Hill to the Tar Heels.
Before an enthusiastic crowd at Homewood Field for the Blue Jays' Lacrosse Centennial, Hopkins--which has won or shared 38 national championships--demonstrated very few of the offensive ingredients it has used to sustain its long success.
Instead, the Blue Jays (6-1) relied on a strong defense in a game marked by many penalties on both sides. Hopkins took a 1-0 lead on a goal by John Krumenacker in the first quarter after controlling most of it. It was only Army goalie George Slabowsky, with nine first-quarter saves, who kept the score from being any higher in Hopkins' favor.
The teams traded goals for the remainder of the first half until Hopkins attackman Willy Odenthel scored unassisted at 13:41 to give his team a 4-3 halftime lead.