March 16, 2010
TOWSON, Md.--Towson's Christian Pastirik fired a shot past Navy goalie RJ Wickham with six seconds remaining to give the Tigers (1-3) a 10-9 victory over Navy Tuesday night at Unitas Stadium. The loss was Navy's second in a row and drops the Mids to 3-4 for the first time since 1996.
"It was a well-played, hard-fought game by both teams," said Navy head coach Richie Meade. "I was proud of our guys for coming back after we dug ourselves a bit of a hole."
Navy trailed 9-5 late in the third quarter, but rallied to tie the game thanks to two goals by Brendan Connors and one each from Ryan O'Leary and Joe Lennon.
Connors, who finished with a career-high four goals, got the rally started with a lefty shot off a roll dodge with 2:16 left in the third to make the score 9-6.
O'Leary got the Mids to within two when he scored off a pick by Kevin Doyle with just 20 seconds left in the third.
Lennon scored his eighth goal of the year with 10:39 left in the contest off a nifty assist from Nikk Davis to pull the Mids to within one and then Connors tied the game with his 10th goal of the year off a beautiful feed from Andy Warner with 4:11 remaining.
Towson won the ensuing faceoff and took two shots, the first by Will Harrington that was wide with 3:26 left and the second by Harrington that was saved by Wickham with 2:40 remaining.
The Mids, however, were unable to clear the ball as Connors turned the ball over just past the midfield stripe when his stick was hit from behind by Towson's Cameron Zook. Zook picked up the loose ball and the Tigers were able to clear it with 2:21 left.
After a Towson timeout with 44 seconds remaining, Pastirik took a shot that hit the crossbar with 21 seconds left. Towson's Tim Stratton picked up the ground ball, passed it to Matt Hughes who fed Pastirik for the game-winner.
Towson outshot Navy, 38-32, and won the ground ball battle, 30-29. Towson was 1-5 on extra-man opportunities, while the Mids were 1-2. Navy was whistled for five penalties, while Towson was called for three.
Navy has allowed 25 goals over the last two games, which is the most goals allowed in back-to-back contests since 2003 when Navy gave up 28 goals to Johns Hopkins (17) and Army (11).
The Mids play host to Holy Cross at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon in a key Patriot League contest. Game time is 12 noon.