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Hereford graduate Brock Turnbaugh shines in debut as starting goalie for Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse

After two overtime periods, Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse walked away with a 12-11 victory over the Naval Academy Midshipmen. (Ulysses Munoz / BSMG)

Any nerves Brock Turnbaugh may have had in his first career start as goalkeeper for Johns Hopkins were wiped away 10 seconds into his debut Tuesday night.

The Phoenix resident and Hereford graduate made his first save 10 seconds into the No. 6 Blue Jays' season opener at No. 18 Navy and registered 12 more to propel Johns Hopkins to a 12-11 double-overtime decision at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis.

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Turnbaugh made just one appearance last spring, allowing one goal and making one save in 4 minutes, 53 seconds of playing time. On Tuesday, he backstopped the program to its ninth consecutive win in season openers and its fourth straight victory over the Midshipmen (1-1).

"I did my job," Turnbaugh said. "A little bit nervous. It was my first game ever. What a way to finish the first game in double overtime. But like Coach [Dave Pietramala] said, I did my job. The defense helped me out. They gave up the shots that we needed, and we made the stops when we needed to. That's all there pretty much was to it."

Turnbaugh's play was critical for a defense that debuted a pair of starting defensemen in fifth-year senior and Bucknell transfer Ben Kellar and freshman Patrick Foley, a new starting long-stick midfielder in junior and Massachusetts transfer Austin Spencer and a new short-stick defensive midfielder in sophomore Tal Bruno.

Turnbaugh beat out senior Will Ryan and freshman Hunter Sells for the right to start, and while his presence may have been a surprise to some, his play was not to Pietramala.

"We had a three-man battle, and I don't think we could have made a mistake with any of the three," he said. "Will has proven that he can win games on the collegiate level. We started our run last year when we played the game against Penn State that Will Ryan starts. And then we've got the rookie that's young but talented. Credit to Brock and those guys. What I really like is I like how supportive they've been with other during this process."

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