The No. 14 Virginia men’s lacrosse team found itself on the wrong end of a 15-8 beat down against No. 10 Johns Hopkins Saturday in front of 10,487 fans at M&T Bank Stadium in the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic. The loss was the Cavaliers’ first in an Inside Lacrosse event and third consecutive regular season loss to the Blue Jays.
Sophomore goaltender Rhody Heller made his second consecutive start and third of the season between the pipes for Virginia (5-4), but was helpless against a Johns Hopkins (6-2) offense that outscored Virginia 9-1 in the first half. Sophomore attackman Wells Stanwick and freshman attackman Ryan Brown paced the Blue Jays with three goals and one assist each.
Junior attackman Brandon Benn scored off an assist from Stanwick to open the scoring at the 8:56 mark. Three seconds later senior midfielder Mike Poppleton won the faceoff and increased the lead to 2-0. Junior attackman Mark Cockerton put the Cavaliers on the board with a goal at 7:25, but Stanwick scored just a minute later to begin a nine-goal streak by Johns Hopkins that lasted 30 minutes and 19 seconds.
Junior attackman Nick O’Reilly finally broke through for Virginia with 5:58 left to play in the third quarter, but by that time the game was all but out of reach. Consecutive goals by Cockerton and O’Reilly cut the deficit to 11-4 late in the third quarter. After another Hopkins goal, junior midfielder Pat Harbeson found Cockerton for one of his team-high four goals on the day.
Virginia opens ACC play against No. 1 Maryland Saturday at Klöckner Stadium at 2 p.m.