March 1, 2011
BETHLEHEM, Pa.--Lehigh (2-1, 1-0 in the Patriot League) outscored Navy (1-3, 0-1) 8-2 over the final 24 minutes and went on to defeat the Midshipmen, 14-10, on Tuesday night in the league opener for both teams.
"This was the worst I've seen us play defensively in a Patriot League game," said Navy head coach Richie Meade. "The fact that we scored 10 goals and lost tells you how poor we were on defense."
Navy, which trailed 6-5 at the half, actually took an 8-6 lead early in the third quarter on a goal by Andy Warner (13:40) and two straight by freshman Sam Jones (9:41 and 9:04). The second goal by Jones was his fourth of the night.
Lehigh stopped Navy's run with 7:47 left in the third on a goal by Jonathan Stumpf and then tied the game at eight when Stumpf assisted on a Dante Fantoni goal. Lehigh would take the lead for good with 1:06 left in the third when Fantoni scored his second goal of the night and then Ryan Snyder won the face off and went right down the field and fired a shot by goalie RJ Wickham to give Lehigh a 10-8 lead heading into the fourth.
The Mountain Hawks would make it six consecutive goals on back-to-back tallies by David DiMaria and Adam Johnston to make it 12-8 and the Mids would never pull closer than three goals the rest of the way.
"I thought we were in good shape coming out of halftime," said Meade. "We gave ourselves a two goal lead, but because we continued to struggle in our faceoff game they were able to come back and take the lead. When it got to be a three goal deficit time was running out and we had to go after them. Give Lehigh credit for making more plays."
Navy outshot Lehigh, 35-32, but the Mountain Hawks dominated the faceoffs (18-9) and the ground balls (32-24). Navy was just 1-5 on extra man opportunities.
Jones led the Mids with four goals, while Warner had two. Jay Mann
, Brian Striffler
, Nikk Davis
and Michael Jones
scored one goal apiece. Tucker Hull
, Sam Jones
and Warner each had an assist. Wickham had 11 saves for the Mids.
Navy, now 1-3 for the first time since 2001, travel to Lewisburg, Pa. next Monday night to take on Bucknell in a 7:30 p.m. contest.
Navy 3 2 3 2 10
Lehigh 4 2 4 4 14
Navy Goals: Sam Jones-4, Andy Warner-2, Jay Mann-1, Brian Striffler-1, Nikk Davis-1, Michael Jones-1
Navy Assists: Tucker Hull-1, Same Jones-1, Andy Warner-1
Lehigh Goals: Adam Johnston-4, Dante Fantoni-2, Jonathan Stumpf-2, Cameron Lao-Gosney-2, David DiMaria-2, Roman Lao-Gosney-1, Ryan Snyder-1
Lehigh Assists: Dante Fantoni-3, Jonathan Stumpf-2, Cameron Lao-Gosney-1, Roman Lao-Gosney-1