omecoming was as sweet as usual for Johns Hopkins' top-ranked lacrosse team, which dominated every category in defeating Navy, 13-8, today at Homewood Field. The Midshipmen (5-6) are not expected to receive a playoff bid for the first time in 13 years.
The Blue Jays (8-1) relied on their balanced attack as eight players scored. Hopkins captain Bill Cantelli had four goals and an assist and the defense frustrated the Navy attack all afternoon.
Navy, losing to Hopkins for the ninth straight time, scored off the opening faceoff as senior attackman Rich Wehman beat goalie Larry Quinn, for his 25th goal, from in close 37 seconds into the game.
The Blue Jays came right back, scoring twice within two minutes. Del Dressel scored his 12th on a feed from Henry Ciccarone Jr. right in front. Jeff Krumenacker then shot an extra-man goal past Navy's Steve Nims with just 3:24 elapsed.
Hopkins' attackman Gary Benninghoff made it 3-1, coming around the right side of the Navy net to beat Nims. Just before the end of the quarter, Navy's Bruce Stize hit the post and Navy would never come as close again.
With the Blue Jays in another extra-man situation, Ciccarone found Peter Scott wide open for his 19th goal 1:12 into the second quarter. Midshipman Joe Pappetti cut the margin to 4-2 with his right side rush from the midfield. Again, Hopkins immediately retaliated with Dressel feeding Lee Davidson for his first goal.
Krumenacker's 15th goal increased the lead to 6-2 and Wehman and Dressel traded unassisted goals before Cantelli astounded the crowd of 6,800 by scoring with a behind-the-back shot just before the first half ended.
Cantelli, who scored all four goals after being slashed on the elbow, said, "I've been working on my stick all week because it wasn't throwing well. That's the first time I scored four goals. I guess it was just my turn to pick it up."
First-year Navy Coach Bryan Matthews maintained some hope for the NCAAs. "It would be gutsy to take a team with a 5-6 record, but we're one of the top eight teams now," he said. "The March losses to UMBC and Princeton hurt us. We didn't have a real good first half today especially on offense, and Hopkins played well."
Cantelli beat Nims again as the third quarter started and despite playing Hopkins even in the second half, the Midshipmen were never in the game. Phil Skalniak's 24th goal on a feed from Seitz (35 assists) narrowed the gap to 9-5 with 53 seconds elapsed in the final period, but the Blue Jays scored the next three goals to clinch the victory.