No. 4 North Carolina Tops Navy, 11-4
Feb. 25, 2010
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Freshman attackman Marcus Holman scored four goals, while veteran attackman Gavin Petracca scored a pair of goals and assisted on another five to lead the fourth-ranked North Carolina lacrosse team to an 11-4 victory over 16th-ranked Navy Thursday evening at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Holding a slim 13-12 series advantage, it was Carolina's first win against the Midshipmen in Annapolis since defeating the Mids 11-10 at Rip Miller Field on March 3, 2001.
Battling gusts up to 40 miles per hour, the two teams played a fairly even first quarter. Carolina held a 9-5 edge in shots and Navy actually possessed the ball a good amount of the first 15 minutes. However, back-to-back goals by the Tar Heels scored with under a minute to play in the first quarter seemed to be back-breaking for the Mids, as it sparked a 6-0 run by Carolina.
Petracca scored the game's first goal on a five-yard shot that was sent top shelf with 49 seconds to in the first stanza. With four seconds on the clock, Carolina put the ball in play and Sean DeLaney simply poked the ball in from five yards out as the buzzer sounded.
Carolina scored the next four goals, including three goals that were scored on the doorstep.
The Mids finally got on the scoreboard with 16 seconds remaining in the first half of play when senior midfielder Patrick Moran (Annapolis, Md.) found extra-man sniper Evan Sullivan (Westfield, N.J.) for a man-up goal. But that goal may as well have been wiped out as junior attackman Andy Warner (Corning, N.Y.) was called for being offside as the half came to a close and Carolina scored just 17 seconds into the second half.
It was a crushing blow that resulted in a 4-0 run, putting the game nearly out of reach at 9-1 with 3:22 remaining in the third quarter.
Navy sophomore midfielder Taylor Cook (Hollywood, Md.) found the back of the net on a long shot from the right wing following a Carolina turnover. His goal at 2:47 in the third was just his second-career goal.
The Tar Heels scored their final goal of the game with 1:01 remaining in the third quarter. Petracca hooked up with DeLaney for the third time on the evening in what was Carolina's third extra-man goal of the contest.
Navy scored the final two goals of the contest, the first by senior midfielder Basil Daratsos (Niskayuna, N.Y.) which appeared to have been stopped by keeper Chris Madalon, but found its way past him into the net. Meanwhile, with 2:14 left in the contest, senior midfielder Joe Lennon (Westminster, Md.) kept his point streak alive by taking a Moran pass and sticking it past Madalon. He has now scored a goal or provided an assist in six consecutive games dating back to the 2009 Patriot League Tournament.
Sophomore goalkeeper RJ Wickham (Penn Yan, N.Y.), who was named the Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week on Tuesday, stopped 14 Carolina shots, but in sum saw 43 shots sent his direction.
After getting absolutely destroyed in the faceoff category a year ago, Navy corrected the problem this season, winning 11 of the 16 draws. Senior specialist Robby Battle (Herndon, Va.) won seven of the 11 faceoffs, while sophomore Logan West (Berlin, Md.) claimed wins in four of his five draws.
However, the story of the last two games for the Midshipmen has been their inability to take care of the ball. For the second straight game, Navy committed 24 turnovers.
"We are making too many mistakes to win right now," said Navy head coach Richie Meade. "Unfortunately we are making mistakes at critical times. I think some of it is a lack of experience at certain positions and some of it is lack of poise. It's not a lack of playing hard or trying to make something happen. I think we are too anxious to make something happen instead of being relaxed. It's almost as though we are trying too hard. Honestly, if you play that much defense, you're eventually going to crack and I think that's what happened tonight."
The Midshipmen will be back in action on Tuesday when they travel to Bethlehem, Pa., to battle Lehigh in both squads' Patriot League opener. Faceoff is slated for 7:00 pm and will be broadcast live via the radio airwaves on 1430 WNAV and 1500 WFED with Pete Medhurst calling the game.