Eight-Goal Second Half Leads Penn Past Mids
SPARKS, Md. — Penn (3-2) used balanced scoring and a blistering defense to post an 11-3 victory over the Navy men’s lacrosse team (3-3) Tuesday evening at Tierney Field in Sparks, Md. The loss snapped the Mids’ three-game winning streak.
“Credit Penn, they played a really good game,” said seventh-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell. “All of the good things we did in Saturday’s win over Bucknell just weren’t there for us tonight. We couldn’t get things going offensively. Our defense played well and we were able to hang around, but we just couldn’t score.
“I don’t think we shot particularly well, but Penn also has a good defense. We’ve got to learn from some of our mistakes and move forward this weekend.”
Navy scored the game’s first goal less that three minutes into the game when midfielder Ryan Wade (Jr / Coronado, Calif.) set up goal-line extended and found attackman Dave Little (Sr / Vienna, Va.) cutting in from the left wing for an eight-yard shot up the middle.
That goal, however, would be the last by the Mids for nearly 40 minutes, as Penn rattled off six straight goals. The first three Quaker goals were scored in the opening period, while a defensive battle ensued in the second quarter that saw neither team able to add to the scoreboard.
Navy had its fair share of bad luck in the opening half, hitting the pipe on five different occasions including a hard crank shot by co-captain Jack Ray (Sr / Wyckoff, N.J.) that appeared to slip under the cross bar for the goal before ricocheting back into the field of play. The shot, however, was not ruled a goal.
Navy trailed by just two (3-1) heading into the second half, but the Quakers’ offense got hot and managed to outscore the Mids 8-2 over the final 30 minutes of play.
The Mids were without a goal for 39 minutes and four seconds before Christian Daniel (Owings, Md.) ran through the defensive coverage and found the back of the net with 3:18 left in the third period to get the Mids to within four at 6-2.
The Quakers answered with authority, scoring five in a row while holding the Mids off the scoreboard for better than 16 minutes.
Navy short-stick defensive midfielder David Jones (Sr / Annapolis, Md.) scored the final goal of the game when a caused turnover by classmate Hiram Carter (Sr / Apopka, Fla.)kick started Navy’s transition game and co-captain Jack Ray (Sr / Wyckoff, N.J.) found Jones for the goal with 1:42 remaining in the game.
The Mids managed to hit the post a handful of times in the second half, as well, and again had a shot that appeared to hit the back of the net, this time by Greyson Torain (Jr / Glen Burnie, Md.), pop back into play and no goal was awarded.
Eight different players scored goals for the Quakers with Mathias leading all scorers with two goals and two assists, while senior middie Kevin McGeary scored two goals and added an assist.
Daniel has now scored a point in all six games for the Mids this season, while Wade and Ray extended point-scoring streaks. Wade has a point in 16 games in a row, including assists in 13 straight games, while Ray has a point in eight consecutive games. Meanwhile, Torain, the Mids’ leading scorer, found himself without a point for the first time since last year’s Penn contest.
Defensively, the Mids posted eight caused turnovers, including three each by seniors Michael Strack (North Babylon, N.Y.) and Carter.
The Midshipmen return to Patriot League play on Saturday when they play host to Lafayette. Action is slated for 12:00 pm at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. A free live video stream will be available on PatriotLeague.TV, while the game will also be carried live on 1430 AM / 99.9 FM WNAV with Joe Miller on the call beginning at 11:45 am.
### Go Navy ###