Warner's Five-Point Outburst Anchors Navy's Win Over Lehigh
March 3, 2010
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Navy junior attackman Andy Warner (Corning, N.Y.) scored a pair of goals and assisted on three others to help lead the Navy men's lacrosse team to an 8-3 victory over Lehigh Tuesday night in both teams' Patriot League opener. The victory snapped a two-game skid by the Midshipmen this season, while extending Navy's winning streak to 25 straight over the Mountain Hawks.
"We've had a tough couple of weeks, but it was good to see the team overcome some adversity and get a win over a quality team like Lehigh," said Navy head coach Richie Meade. "We cut down on our unforced errors dramatically in this game and I think it showed in the number of possessions our offense was able to get. We gave ourselves an opportunity to score some goals. I was also proud of the way our defense played, keeping them off the scoreboard in two quarters."
The Midshipmen took the early lead when senior middie Joe Lennon (Westminster, Md.) used a little misdirection to break loose and fire off a 12-yard shot straight up the middle at the 11:23 mark in the opening quarter. The goal extended his point scoring streak to seven straight games dating back to last year.
Navy pushed its lead to 3-0 by scoring back-to-back goals just 48 seconds apart to start the second quarter. Warner found senior attackman Kyle Kapron (Chandler, Ariz.) on the doorstep just eight seconds into the stanza for his first goal of the season. Then after exchange of turnovers by each team's number 23, senior attackman Brendan Connors (Bellmore, N.Y.) stripped Lehigh's Mike Noone just outside Navy's offensive box and found Warner standing at the crease. Warner found an open seam just over Lehigh keeper Dan Carr's shoulder.
The Mountain Hawks finally got a goal on the board at the 12:40 mark in the second when David DiMario wrapped around the left side of the goal and sent a shot to the top right corner over Navy sophomore goalkeeper RJ Wickham (Penn Yan, N.Y.).
Lehigh cut the Mids' lead to one when brothers Cameron and Roman Lao-Gosney worked to together to punch in the Mountain Hawks' second goal of the game.
Navy, though, put together a small run of its own, as Lennon sent a hard-driving lefty shot in for his second score of the day, while Warner fed Connors for a one-on-one shot and goal against Carr.
The Mountain Hawks answered a minute after the Connors shot as Cameron Lao-Gosney cranked a hard shot from the right wing that just caught the upper corner of the net to narrow Navy's advantage to 5-3.
Navy's offense caught fire in the final quarter, while its defense kept the Mountain Hawks off the scoreboard. Sophomore midfielder Nikk Davis (Cockeysville, Md.) took a pass from fellow middie Patrick Moran (Annapolis, Md.) for a short shot and goal, marking his first goal since the Mids' season-opening win over VMI.
Holding a 6-3 advantage, Navy scored a pair of insurance goals with under five minutes to play including sophomore Ryan O'Leary's (East Meadow, N.Y.) first goal of the year off an assist from Warner.
Defensively, Navy gave up just three goals on 32 shots, 12 of which were on goal by the Mountain Hawks. Additionally, the Mids survived five extra-man opportunities by Lehigh.
Perhaps the biggest improvement Navy made in the game was cutting down the turnovers. After committing 48 combined turnovers in its losses to Loyola and North Carolina, Navy recorded just 14 errors in its win over Lehigh.
The Midshipmen will be back in action on Saturday when they play host to 13th-ranked Bucknell in a nationally-televised contest. The Bison own a 2-1 record this season with wins over Ohio State and Towson this season. Action is slated for 3:00 pm at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and will be aired live by CBS College Sports. Additionally, Pete Medhurst will call the action via the radio waves on 1430 WNAV. A live audio and video stream will be available on Navy All-Access, as well as live stats by way of www.NavySports.com(.)