After escaping with victory in a thrilling, double-overtime season opener, Johns Hopkins is the NCAA.com men’s lacrosse team of the week.
The No. 6 Blue Jays defeated then-No. 18 Navy 12-11 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland, on Feb. 9.
After trailing the entire way, Navy forced an extra period with goals by Jack Ray and Casey Rees in the final 3 and a half minutes of regulation.
Each team saw opportunities to win in the first overtime, but neither could capitalize as Navy’s John Connors and Johns Hopkins’ Brock Turnbaugh each made critical saves.
The Blue Jays advanced from the perimeter to start the second overtime. John Crawley found Shack Stanwick cutting from behind Connors for the short side game-winner 39 seconds into the period.
The one-goal decision was the 11th in the last 23 of the series.
Ryan Brown was selected the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after tallying six goals and one assist. He recorded his 19th career hat trick and moved into a tie for sixth place on Johns Hopkins’ career goal-scoring charts with 124.