BALTIMORE | Navy’s losing streak Johns Hopkins will live another year.
Steven Boyle had three goals and four assists as the No. 9 Blue Jays ripped the No. 11 Midshipmen 15-7 before 6,925 at Homewood Field.
Goalie Tommy Phelan made 15 saves for Navy (9-4), which has lost 36 consecutive games to Johns Hopkins (6-4).
This particular loss —- the third straight Hopkins rout in a series defined by Navy’s near misses —- was delivered with a plethora of outside shots from unmarked defenders.
The efficient Blue Jays scored both in transition and in settled situations, picking on Navy’s defense with a procession of 10-to-15-yard shots. Boyle was in the middle of much of it, recording four points in the third quarter as Hopkins broke open what was an 8-5 game.
Phelan recorded his fourth straight 15-save outing since getting plugged into the starting lineup, but it hardly mattered given the number of open looks Hopkins received.
The Blue Jays improved to 48-4 in April and May regular-season games under coach Dave Pietramala, and it would seem Hopkins is primed for yet another finishing flourish heading into the postseason.
Meanwhile, Navy likely needs to win next week’s Patriot League tournament to secure an NCAA tournament berth. The Mids will meet Colgate in Friday’s semifinals at Bucknell.
—- Patrick Stevens