Men's lacrosse: Johns Hopkins tops Army, misses out on NCAA tournament

Blue Jays left out of NCAA field for first time since 1971

The Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team wrapped up its season with a 9-4 win against Army on Friday night, but the victory wasn't enough to prevent JHU from missing out on the postseason for the first time in 42 years.

The Blue Jays, who finished with a record of 9-5, were not among the 16 teams included in the NCAA Div. I men's bracket when it was announced Sunday. Johns Hopkins had qualified for the NCAAs in each of the last 41 years, the longest active streak of qualifying for the NCAA tournament in any Division I team sports.

The 16-team field includes eight conference champions with automatic qualification—America East Conference (Albany), Big East Conference (Syracuse), Colonial Athletic Association (Towson), Eastern College Athletic Conference (Ohio State), The Ivy League (Yale), Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (Detroit), Northeast Conference (Bryant), and Patriot League (Lehigh). The remainder of the field was selected at large: Cornell, Denver, Duke, Loyola, Maryland, North Carolina, Notre Dame, and Penn State.

The Blue Jays went 2-4 against teams in the field, with wins against Towson and Maryland and losses to Syracuse, UNC, ALbany, and Loyola.

Johns Hopkins outscored host Army 5-1 in the second half in its final game, getting four goals from Brandon Benn, three goals from Ryan Brown, and three assists from Rob Guida. Benn finished the season with a team-high 34 goals, and Wells Stanwick was second in goals with 24 to go with a team-best 23 assists.

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