Men's lacrosse: Johns Hopkins sputters in second half, falls to Loyola

Greyhounds end 13-game losing streak vs. Blue Jays with 8-4 win

Visiting Loyola held the Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team scoreless for the final 29 minutes of the game and pulled away for an 8-4 victory in front of a Homecoming crowd of nearly 8,000 at Homewood Field on Saturday afternoon, ending a 13-game losing streak against JHU.

The Blue Jays (8-5), ranked 11th nationally, trailed 4-3 at halftime and 5-4 after Mike Poppleton's goal with 14:19 left in the third quarter. But Poppleton's goal would be JHU's last, and the No. 7 Greyhounds (11-3) held on for the win. Johns Hopkins had won 47 of the previous 50 meetings between the two schools in a series that began in 1939.

Brandon Benn scored twice for the Blue Jays, and John Kaestner had one, but JHU was unable to solve Greyhounds goalkeeper Jack Runkel (10 saves) despite outshooting Loyola 36-28. Pierce Bassett had 12 saves for Johns Hopkins, which wraps up the regular season Friday at No. 19 Army at 7:30 p.m.

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