Johns Hopkins was poised to make a deep run in the 2011 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Tournament, but instead, the Blue Jays will head home far earlier than they would have liked. The No. 3 seeded Blue Jays fell to No. 6 seed Denver, 14-9, on Saturday in the quarterfinals, falling behind early and seeing their comeback fall short.
The Blue Jays came out of the gate extremely slowly, as upstart Denver jumped all over them. A goal by Todd Baxter with 10:10 remaining in the first half, his second of the game, gave Denver a shocking 6-1 lead. Johns Hopkins cut the lead to 7-3 at halftime, then scored four of the first five goals in the second half to cut Denver's lead to 8-7 with 7:16 remaining in the third quarter. But Denver managed to respond, scoring twice in a 34-second span to regain control, and managed to run away from there.
Nine different Denver players scored in the game, led by three goals from Baxter. Kyle Wharton scored three goals to lead Johns Hopkins, who ends the year 13-3. Denver moves to 15-2 and will face off against No. 7 seed Virginia in the Final Four.