#17 Navy Holds on For 13-11 Win over Johns Hopkins
Oct. 12, 2011
Junior Alex Whittam scored his career-high-tying fifth goal of the game with 3:31 to play off a feed from classmate Kielan Crow to give Hopkins its first lead of the match since midway through the first. Paul Pedrotty answered however for the Mids, scoring just eight seconds later to tie the match. Arny Warren followed that 24 seconds later with his only goal of the game to put Navy back on top. Cort Jones closed out the scoring when he lofted a shot just over freshman Danny Ovelar with 2:04 to play. Navy goalie Anthony Gutierrez would turn away a pair of Hopkins shots in the final two minutes to preserve the win.
Hopkins struck first at 1:10 on a goal from Whittam as the teams traded goals in the opening four minutes. Pedrotty capped the first quarter scoring with his second goal of the game with 1:34 to play and gave Navy a 3-2 lead. He tacked on a third goal just 31 seconds into the second to put the Mids up by two. Senior Mark Strickland answered at 7:13 when he corralled a loose ball and buried it for the first of his two on the day. Stevie Ray sandwiched a pair around a Kielan Crow goal and the Mids led 6-4 with 1:14 to play in the half. Whittam pulled the Blue Jays even with seven ticks on the clock after back-to-back goals. But an unlucky turn of events gave Navy a one-goal lead at the half. Ray fired off a shot as time expired and a Blue Jay defender got his hand on the ball, but it wasn't enough as the ball just squeezed under the crossbar.
Darren McKay was in the right place at the right time, collecting a rebound of a shot that clanged off the post and buried it to put Navy up 8-6 with 3:49 to play in the third. Freshman Wes Hopkins sandwiched a pair around a goal from Ray - all in 35 seconds as Navy led 9-8 after three quarters. Strickland and Whittam opened the fourth with back-to-back goals to go up 10-9. But Ray would tie it up with 4:25 to play and set up the late Navy rally.
Whittam led the Blue Jays with his five goals and also added an assist to become the first player in program history with 100 career assists. Schofield chipped in a goal and tied his career-high with four assists. Ovelar finished with eight saves and one steal in two quarters of play, while classmate Scott Weigel also had eight saves and one steal.
Hopkins returns to action on Saturday, October 15 as the Blue Jays travel to 15th-ranked Bucknell (12:00 pm) and then on to 16th-ranked Princeton (7:00 pm) for a pair of league matches.
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