A goalie always remembers his first win for a new team. Johns Hopkins freshman Jonathan Marcus would just as soon forget his.
Yesterday at Homewood Field, Marcus made 14 saves and his sixth-ranked Blue Jays rolled to a 24-14 win over Washington College, but little of the afternoon was of lasting value.
"I feel good about getting my first win, but it's not a great way to win," said Marcus. "We need to win one clean. This wasn't a very good one."
After losing a close game to defending national champion Princeton in their season opener, the Blue Jays (1-1) were just looking to work out the kinks against the Division III Shoremen.
Instead, they spent three quarters of the game just trying to win.
Led by junior attackman Jason Paige, Washington (0-1) jumped out to a 4-1 lead after 9 minutes, 39 seconds and led, 5-4, when the second quarter began.
The Shoremen out-shot the Blue Jays, 17-7, in the quarter.
"We underestimated them," said Marcus. "We thought 'Hey, it's Washington College, all we have to do is show up.' "
Hopkins came back to out-score the Shoremen, 5-3, in the second quarter behind junior attackman Brian Piccola's three goals and took a 9-8 lead into halftime.
"In the first half, [Washington] played like they didn't have anything to lose," said Johns Hopkins coach Tony Seaman. "They took chances that most teams don't usually take and we didn't handle it well."
Said Piccola: "Coming off that loss to Princeton, it took us a while to get going. They came out pumped up and we were flat."
Those roles were reversed in the second half.
Junior midfielder Matt Jackson (Loyola) got the Blue Jays going with a goal 31 seconds into the third quarter. It was the first of a 9-goal scoring spree by the Blue Jays that gave them a commanding 18-9 lead going into the final period.
Hopkins scored six more goals in the fourth quarter.
"It was a complete mental breakdown," said Washington coach Terry Corcoran of the second half. "Our players didn't react to what [Hopkins] was doing.
"We got greedy and got creative when we shouldn't have."
Still, Corcoran was pleased with how well Washington matched up against Hopkins.
"It's a good effort against one of the best teams in the country," said Corcoran, whose Shoremen play Navy next week in their JTC only other game against a Division I opponent. "We played with Hopkins for a half, but we've got to get mentally tougher."
Piccola and senior attackman David Townsend (St. Paul's) each finished with five goals for Hopkins. Freshmen Dave Marr and Milford Marchant (Severn) each had three assists.
Paige, a junior who transferred from Syracuse before last season, scored five goals for the Shoremen. Greg Lawler and Chris Cote added three goals each.
"I hope next time [Syracuse coach] Roy Simmons cuts a player, he calls me instead of Terry [Corcoran]," said Seaman of Paige's outstanding play.
Johns Hopkins' Steve Vecchione won 26 of 41 faceoffs.
The Blue Jays also held the advantage in shots (53-45) and ground balls (49-38).
Hopkins will play host to Georgetown Saturday at 2 p.m., and Washington plays host to Western Maryland at 1:30.
Washington .. 5 3 1 5 -- 14
Johns Hopkins 4 5 9 6 -- 24