Boston University Upsets #18 Mids in League Opener
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Boston University lacrosse team (4-0, 1-0 Patriot League) scored the final three goals of the game, including the game-winner by junior attackman Jack Wilson with 1.5 seconds left, to upset the 18th-ranked Midshipmen (1-3, 0-1 PL) Saturday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. It’s the second straight year the game has been decided by one goal as the Terriers dealt the Mids a 10-9 loss in double overtime a year ago in Boston.
Sixth-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell found it hard to get past two words to describe the game, “tough loss.”
“We scratched and clawed our way the whole game, we just couldn’t finish it off. It came down to they made the plays to win and we didn’t. Our decision making was spotty and BU took advantage of our miscues. We have to get better, especially in crunch time moments. We will recover and be ready to go next Saturday against Bucknell.”
Contrary to Navy’s first three games of the year, the Mids struggled to settle in on offense over the first 30 minutes of the contest and found itself trailing 4-1 at the half. All-American defenseman Chris Fennell (Jr / Milford, N.J.) scored Navy’s only goal of the first half when he crossed the midline on a clear and punched in his fifth career goal from 10 yards out.
Boston University, meanwhile, stretched its lead to four when third-year attackman Ryan Hilburn found senior Cal Dearth on the left wing for his second goal of the afternoon just over two minutes into the third period.
Navy, who came into the game having been outscored 13-5 in the third quarter and 22-14 in the second half, went on a 6-0 run over an 11-minute stretch to take a 7-5 lead. Midfielder Colin Flounlacker (Sr / Stevensville, Md.) sparked the run by charging past his defender on the left wing to punch in his first of three goals on the day with 9:24 to go in the third quarter. Just over a minute later, co-captain John Trainor (Sr / Northport, N.Y.) poke-checked the ball out of the BU player’s stick at mid-field and found long-stick defensive midfielder Matt Rees (Sr / Sykesville, Md.) for the goal to trim BU’s lead to two (5-3).
The Mids closed out the quarter when starting defenseman Michael Strack (Jr / North Babylon, N.Y.) found Flounlacker in transition off a clear and Flounlacker raced in from the left wing untouched.
Navy took advantage of a BU penalty to open the fourth period and Greyson Torain (So / Glen Burnie, Md.) ducked under one defender and dodged another to tuck an extra-man goal past goalkeeper Christian Carson-Banister to knot the game at five apiece. Fifty-two seconds later, Flounlacker made a quick switch of shooting hands and gave the Mids their first lead of the day. Navy scored its third goal in 68 seconds when Fennell and Rees worked in transition for a spectacular 15-yard shot and goal by Rees to give the Mids a 7-5 lead.
BU closed to within one when sophomore Brendan Homire crossed through the center from the left wing and sent a leaping shot past Navy rookie keeper Ryan Kern (Middletown, Del.) at the 11:36 mark. With 1:52 remaining, Wilson found junior middie Greg Farris who found a seam from 11 yards out in the upper right hand corner to level the score at 7-7.
Following the Farris goal, Navy had possession of the ball and called timeout with 54.2 seconds remaining to set up a play. Once the ball was put into play, the officials put the timer on with roughly 33 seconds left in the game. BU collapsed on Torain who was at the top of the box, but he was unable to connect with Chris Hill (Jr / Novato, Calif.) on the pass and the ball went out of play with 13.4 seconds remaining. The Terriers got the ball to freshman John MacLean at mid-field who sent a perfect pass to Dearth cutting in from the left wing. Dearth had the shot, but instead spotted Wilson set up at the crease who punched it in for the game-winner with just 1.5 seconds left in the game.
Flounlacker (3) and Rees (2) combined to score five of the seven goals for the Mids, while defensive players accounted for six of Navy’s 10 points. Rees turned in three caused turnovers and picked up five ground balls to go along with his two goals, while Trainor was phenomenal in the second half where he produced a career-high tying four caused turnovers, while tallying three ground balls and an assist. Faceoff specialist Brady Dove (Sr / Stevensville, Md.) won 11 of the 15 draws he took and grabbed a team-best eight ground balls.
Boston was led by Wilson’s three goals and assist, while Dearth turned in a pair of goals and an assist. Carson-Banister finished with 10 saves, including four in the final quarter.
The Mids return home next Saturday to play host to Bucknell beginning at 12-noon. The game will be streamed live via PatriotLeague.TV and will be carried by 1430 AM / 99.9 FM WNAV with Pete Medhurst and Joe Miller on the call.
### Go Navy ###