Senior RJ Wickham turned aside a season-high tying 18 shots in the win over the Blue Jays.
April 23, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — Navy sophomore long pole Pat Kiernan (Ridgewood, N.J.) and senior goalkeeper RJ Wickham (Penn Yan, N.Y.) were recognized by the Patriot League on Monday afternoon following the men’s lacrosse team’s stellar performance over the weekend which led to an 8-2 victory over sixth-ranked Johns Hopkins. Kiernan took Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week kudos for the first time in his career, while Wickham carded his third Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week honor of the 2012 campaign. In addition to Kiernan and Wickham, Colgate’s Peter Baum (offense) and Ryan Walsh (rookie) were among those players recognized by the conference office as players of the week at their respective positions.
Kiernan and Wickham helped spearhead a spectacular defensive effort in which Navy stymied the Blue Jays for the first 25-plus minutes (25:31) of the game and again for better than 31 minutes (31:45) between the second and fourth quarters to hold Hopkins to its fewest goals in a game since April 2, 1966, when Princeton dealt it a 7-1 loss. Additionally, the two goals marked the fewest by the Blue Jays in the series since May 9, 1925, when the Mids earned an 8-1 win in Annapolis
Wickham recorded a season-high tying 18 saves, including seven in the third quarter and multiple point-blank shots throughout the contest, as he became the first Navy goaltender to twice beat Hopkins since Kelly Award winner Dennis Wedekind, who claimed wins over the Blue Jays in 1963, ‘64 and ’65. His 90.0 save percentage against Johns Hopkins was easily his best performance in a Navy uniform, as he graduates ranked sixth on the Mids’ career saves list with 479.
Kiernan, meanwhile, paced the Midshipmen with six ground balls and was responsible for two of Navy’s five caused turnovers. Additionally, he held Johns Hopkins’ Rob Guida, the team’s third-leading scorer, without a goal or an assist and two shots under his average. Kiernan also pitched in his efforts in the faceoff game where he won one of the two draws he took in the contest.
### Go Navy ###