A hush fell over Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium yesterday when Johns Hopkins found another way to make life miserable for the Navy lacrosse team.
The sixth-ranked Blue Jays ran their mastery over the Midshipmen to 26 straight victories when senior midfielder A.J. Haugen made a quick move to the goal from the left side and sent a low, blistering, 11-yard shot into the net with just 47 seconds gone in overtime for a 7-6 win before a crowd of 5,462.
It was the first overtime win in the run of 26 in a row for Hopkins, which has not lost to Navy in lacrosse since 1974, when the Midshipmen posted a 13-12 victory in Annapolis. The emotional loss probably doused any hopes Navy had of making the NCAA tournament.
Hopkins (6-3) needed two minor miracles to beat 10th-ranked Navy (8-4) and its goalkeeper, Mickey Jarboe.
First, the Blue Jays used a goal from junior midfielder Rob Frattarola with 4: 33 remaining in regulation to tie the game at 6 and force the four-minute overtime period. Frattarola was twisting away from the goal and falling to the ground 15 yards from the net when he suddenly fired a low line drive that got lost in a sea of bodies and was impossible for Jarboe to pick up until it was too late.
"That's the only way you're going to beat Mickey Jarboe," said Frattarola. "If he sees the ball, he's going to stop it. You have no shot to score on him if you don't go low. We finally found that out today. High is not good on him."
Navy junior midfielder Adam Borcz called Frattarola's quick draw from long range, "one of the most unbelievable goals I've ever seen. It hurts but we'll get over it in the morning ."
Borcz scored three goals to lead the Midshipmen, who looked as if they were ready to end the Hopkins jinx by playing a slow-tempo game and having Jarboe back in the net to stave off the Blue Jays.
Jarboe, a senior, made 12 saves at point-blank range and 17 overall and deserved to go out a winner over Hopkins.
But the odds were obviously stacked too high against the former Calvert Hall standout. That was apparent on the faceoff at the start of overtime when Hopkins came up with control of the ball.
Navy's Jay James at first controlled the faceoff , but slipped on the turf and lost the ball to Blue Jays faceoff specialist Eric Wedin, who set the winning goal in motion by getting the ball to Dan Denihan.
It was Denihan, the team's leading scorer with 47 points, who passed to Haugen and the rest seemed so easy to him.
Haugen darted eight yards down the field and let go with a scorching shot .
Haugen is the only Hopkins player to score in all nine games this season and the Blue Jays have racked up 23 straight April victories.
"Jay James wins the faceoff like he is supposed to and then he slips and loses the ball," said Navy coach Richie Meade.
"How do you account for something like that? It's just something that happens in a game. I still insist we aren't snakebitten,even though we've now lost three one-goal games this season that we should have won."
Making yesterday's setback even harder for Meade and his players to take was the fact that Hopkins won its 24th straight over Navy two seasons ago at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium by a 15-14 score on a goal with one second left.
In that bitter defeat, a controversial change-of -possession call on a faceoff took the ball from Navy and gave it to Hopkins, setting up the winning goal.
"That's still the most unbelievable call I've ever seen," said Meade. "You notice that official who made the call has never worked another game for us.
"But now all we can do is get ready for Army [Saturday] and go up there and beat them. You know we don't like them anyway and I believe we will go out and do whatever it takes to win that game."
Hopkins coach John Haus said, "Hey, give us some credit in this game. You have to like the character we showed at the end and we got the ball to the All-American who won it for us. The big thing is we're playing as a team now."
It was the fifth straight win for Hopkins.
Johns Hopkins 1 3 1 1 1 -- 7
Navy 1 0 3 2 0 -- 6
Goals: JH-Benson 2, Shaberly, Doneger, D. Denihan, Frattarola, Haugen; N-Borcz 3, Orr, McKinnon, Beal. Assists: JH-D. Denihan 2, Doneger, Benson; N-Power 2, Beal, Lockwood. Saves: JH-Carcaterra 13; N-Jarboe 17.