- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 19, 2008

ANNAPOLIS — Johns Hopkins brought a losing record into its annual meeting with Navy for the first time in nearly four decades.

The Blue Jays, though, left with a victory over the Midshipmen for the 34th straight time.

Navy yielded an early lead and scuffled on offense throughout the game on Saturday afternoon, stumbling to a 12-5 loss before 16,042 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in a rare blowout in a series that traditionally produces close results.

Kevin Huntley scored three goals for the Blue Jays (5-5), who have won two straight after a stunning five-game losing streak.

While Hopkins solidified its in-season resurrection, it was the third loss in four games for the Midshipmen (9-4), who will face some pressure to produce at least one victory — and maybe two — in next weekend’s Patriot League tournament.

Navy will need a much faster start after Hopkins efficiently buried them in the opening quarter. Huntley scored twice in the first six minutes, and Kyle Wharton added an extra-man goal as part of a 4-0 opening run.

The Mids responded with a pair of goals near the end of the first quarter, but the Blue Jays’ effectiveness off faceoffs stemmed Navy’s run. Huntley scored seven seconds after the Mids’ second goal, and Navy never got closer.

Navy’s skid against Hopkins was filled with close-but-not-quite encounters in recent years — four straight one-goal losses, and seven of eight meetings decided by two goals or less.

This was something else — a full-fledged rout, accented with a scoreless stretch of 32:34 ended only when Tim Paul completed a hat trick with a putback with 3:14 left in the fourth quarter.

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