By Edward Lee
6:00 AM EDT, April 20, 2012
Navy is 5-6, no longer in contention for a berth in the Patriot League Tournament and on the cusp of ending its season against Johns Hopkins for the second consecutive year.
But Blue Jays coach Dave Pietramala said he has no intention of overlooking the Midshipmen, who welcome No. 9 Johns Hopkins (9-2) to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis this Saturday.
“Whenever we’ve stepped onto Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, we’re playing against the United States Naval Academy,” he said Wednesday. “We’re playing against young men with a tremendous amount of pride and work ethic and are very well coached. It’s a long-standing rivalry, and games have been decided by one goal a bunch of times. We’ve had our struggles down there. So their record, what they’re playing for or not playing for means nothing to me because I know that anytime a Navy team steps onto the field against Johns Hopkins, we’re going to get their best effort.”
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