BALTIMORE, Md. - A pair of second-half goals put an initially close contest out of reach for Franklin & Marshall's No. 16 ranked men's soccer team in a 4-1 loss against Johns Hopkins on Saturday afternoon in Baltimore.
The Centennial Conference (CC) defeat on the road dropped the Diplomats to 10-2-2, 3-1-2 CC on the year while the Blue Jays improved to 10-3-1, 4-2 CC.
Each team traded goals in the early going as Hopkins struck first in the 15th minute when Achim Younker found Griffin Cyphers in the 18-yard box to put the Blue Jays ahead 1-0.
F&M's offense needed just a little more than a minute to respond, tying the game at 1-1 with a Ryan Corr tally. The play was started with a Diplomat freekick that was handled by Alex Lalovic, who threaded a pass to Corr for the equalizer.
A mere 13 seconds ticked off the clock until Hopkins retook the advantage. Alejandro Maclean snuck behind the Diplomat backline and had his initial attempt turned back by F&M goalkeeper Christopher Amoruso, before firing in the rebound to put the Blue Jays in front at 2-1.
Despite trailing by one, it was F&M who entered the halftime break with an 11-5 shot advantage, along with the 4-1 edge in corners.
In the second half, Hopkins tacked on to its lead and went ahead by two in the 56th minute when Younker crossed a pass in front that was tapped in by Brian Lenzer to put the Diplomats in a 3-1 hole.
The score held until the 73rd when Younker assisted on his third of the day, this time finding Pablo Martinez to give the Blue Jays their fourth and final goal of the day.
The overall shot count heavily favored the Diplomats at 24-12, including a 13-7 edge in the second period. A.J. Kopacz led the offensive effort for F&M with five shots, while Connor Whitacre and Steven Yakita followed with three each.
Amoruso (7-2-2) suffered the loss after allowing the four scores and recording three saves in 90 minutes of action. Xander Lefevre (10-3-1) earned the win with a six-save performance in net.
F&M returns to the pitch on Wednesday, hosting Gettysburg for a 7:00 p.m. contest at Tylus Field.