Junior attackman Andy Warner scored with 10 seconds left in overtime to lift host Navy to a 9-8 victory over No. 15 Johns Hopkins before an announced 10,128 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis Saturday.
The win snapped the Midshipmen's 36-game losing streak to the Blue Jays, who hadn't dropped a game in this series since May 4, 1974. Navy also ended a three-game losing skid.
Warner, who had registered two assists, scored as he ran off a pick set up behind the Johns Hopkins cage, losing senior defenseman Matt Drenan in the process. Warner proceeded to curl around the right post and buried a shot behind freshman goalkeeper Pierce Bassett to set off a raucous celebration near midfield.
Senior midfielder Patrick Moran and senior attackman Brendan Connors each scored twice for Navy. The Midshipmen (6-7) will play in the Patriot League Tournament on Friday and will make their seventh consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament if they capture their sixth Patriot League Tournament crown in seven years.w
Sophomore attackman Tom Palasek paced the Blue Jays (5-7) with his first career hat trick. Senior midfielder Michael Kimmel and junior attackman Kyle Wharton each scored twice, and senior attackman Steven Boyle contributed one goal and two assists.
With two games left in the regular season, it is believed that Johns Hopkins need to defeat both No. 20 Towson on Wednesday night and No. 7 Loyola on May 8 to remain in competiton for one of 10 at-large bids to the NCAA Tournament. Even then, the school's streak of 38 consecutive tournament appearances is not considered a lock.