The Johns Hopkins lacrosse team was held scoreless for the final eight and half minutes Saturday as its comeback attempt at Loyola came up just short in a 9-8 loss.
The No. 7 Blue Jays (1-1) trailed 5-2 at halftime and rallied from a 9-6 fourth-quarter deficit to within one goal on a score from John Crawley with 8:43 to play. But the eighth-ranked Greyhounds (2-0) kept JHU off the board after that, and a save by goalkeeper Grant Limone on a shot by JHU's Pat Fraser with 52 seconds remaining sealed the victory for Loyola.
The Blue Jays committed 16 turnovers—including 10 in the first half—compared to just eight turnovers for the Greyhounds.
"They're a good team—you can't make the mistakes we made did," Johns Hopkins coach Dave Pietramala said. "They are going to capitalize on those, and that's what you saw. I was proud of our effort in the second half, but I'd like to see more of that in the first half. We kept clawing back, but we could never get over the hump. We just didn't do what we needed to do to win this game."
Crawley, Ryan Brown, and Kyle Marr had two goals apiece for Hopkins, which also got three assists from Shack Stanwick. Goalkeeper Brock Turnbaugh made 16 saves.
Johns Hopkins hosts North Carolina on Sunday at noon in its home opener.
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