The highly anticipated 50th all-time meeting between men’s lacrosse heavyweights Johns Hopkins and Syracuse was colored Columbia Blue on Saturday as the second-ranked Blue Jays used a 4-0 run to turn a 6-4 lead into a 10-4 advantage that the Orange never seriously threatened before falling 11-7 before 5,970 sun-drenched fans at Homewood Field. The win runs Hopkins’ home winning streak to 11, it’s regular season winning streak to 14 and its record this season to 7-0. Syracuse had its five-game winning streak against the Blue Jays snapped and slips to 3-2.
After sprinting out to leads to 4-1, 5-2 and 6-3, the Blue Jays led just 6-4 late in the second quarter after the third of Derek Maltz’s three first-half goals with 3:29 remaining before the half.
Playing for the first time in more than two weeks, freshman Wells Stanwick pushed the lead back to three as he converted from the slot off a nifty feed from sophomore Brandon Benn with 2:42 remaining in the second quarter. The goal ignited the game-turning run, which saw the Blue Jays outscore Syracuse 4-0 over a 20-minute span that bridged the second and fourth quarters.