March 27, 2010
HAMILTON, N.Y. -- Navy senior middie Patrick Moran (Annapolis, Md.) fired in his third goal of the game with 1:37 elapsed in overtime to lead the Navy men's lacrosse team to a 10-9 victory over Colgate Saturday afternoon at Andy Kerr Stadium in Hamilton, N.Y. The Mids outscored the Raiders 5-1 over the final 15-plus minutes of regulation that featured Moran's equalizer with 22.3 seconds remaining to force extra minutes.
"There are plenty of good things to talk about that happened in this game, but I am disappointed that we put ourselves into the position of having to claw our way back into the game," said Navy head coach Richie Meade. "We've been able to fight our way this season through the highs and lows and for that I am proud of our guys. But we've got to start playing an entire 60 minutes."
Shots and goals came fast and furious for the Raiders in the opening half, as Colgate built an early 3-0 lead thanks in part to its speed and also the Mids' inability to slide. Rookie middie Peter Baum came up with the first two goals for the Raiders, including a spectacular shot he caught on the run and punched in over Navy shorty Marty Gallagher (Wayne, Pa.).
Navy finally got on the scoreboard with 3:19 remaining in the first quarter when rookie short stick defensive midfielder Jordan Seivold (Minnetonka, Minn.) sent his shot top shelf from 12 yards out in transition. It was Seivold's first goal of the season.
Colgate answered with a transition goal of its own when Zach Craumer sent a pass from behind the goal to a charging Ben McCabe who threaded his shot past Navy keeper RJ Wickham (Penn Yan, N.Y.).
Navy senior Robby Battle (Herndon, Va.) won the ensuing faceoff and sent his pass to senior attackman Brendan Connors (Bellmore, N.Y.), who awaited his pass on the doorstep and sent it in with 1:42 to play in the first quarter to trip the lead to 4-2.
That goal, however, would be the last for the Mids for quite some time as Colgate held Navy scoreless for nearly 15 minutes while scoring a pair of goals. In fact, Colgate went into the locker room hodling a 6-3 advantage.
Navy came out of the locker room and was able to trim the lead to two when Colgate was flagged for a slash and the Mids were able to convert, though not in the conventional way. After back-to-back turnovers by each team, Navy senior midfielder Joe Lennon (Westminster, Md.) was able to come up with a loose ball and began the man-advantage clear. Gallagher made his way into the box and fired off a long shot from the left corner, his second collegiate goal and the first of the season.
After several scoreless minutes, Colgate made a push late in the third scoring back-to-back goals by Colgate freshman midfielder Peter Baum and junior attackman Ben McCade to take an 8-4 advantage.
The four-goal advantage was CU's largest lead of the game (also 6-2), however, the Mids still had plenty of fight left in them.
Navy began its comeback with under a minute to go in the third quarter when junior attackman Andy Warner (Corning, N.Y.) punched in his first goal of the game anchored on the crease with 37.7 seconds to go.
The Mids proceeded to score the first three goals of the fourth quarter to tie the game at 8-8. Less than two minutes into the fourth, Moran sent a cross field pass to Warner who was on the left side of the crease. Warner sent a scoop shot towards the far post, as it just trickled past Colgate goalkeeper Jared Madison for the Mids' second extra-man strike of the game.
With momentum on its side, Navy's offense really began to work well together. After a fantastic sharing sequence, Lennon found a wide open Connors standing on the crease to narrow Colgate's lead to just one at 8-7. The assist by Lennon extended his point production streak to 12 consecutive games dating back to last year's Patriot League Tournament contest against Colgate.
Navy sophomore attackman Ryan O'Leary (East Meadow, N.Y.) came up with the game-tying goal off an assist with 5:01 remaining in the game. It would have been O'Leary's second goal of the game, however his acrobatic goal with 12 minutes to go in the fourth stanza was erased after the official said he was in the crease.
The Raiders finally interupted the Mids' momentum when sophomore attackman Patrick Campbell sent a pass from behind the goal to an unguarded Baum, who targeted his five-yard shot on a one-on-one against Wickham. For Baum, it was his fourth goal of the game.
Navy kept its composure and put the pressure on on the defensive side of the field. Following a called timeout by the Midshipmen, Moran came curling from the left side of the field and was on the receiving end of an O'Leary pass. Moran caught the ball on the run and sent it past Madison to knot the game up with 22.3 seconds left in regulation.
"Ryan O'Leary made as good a pass to Pat at that point in the game that I've seen in a long time," said Meade. "It really could have been thrown from only one spot on the field and he threaded it through there, Pat caught it and one-timed it. They really did a nice job of working together."
Navy won the overtime faceoff, setting up what would be Moran's second game-winning goal in overtime this season (Bucknell).
Moran finished the game with a team-best three goals and one assist, marking his fifth hat trick of the season, while Warner and Connors each turned in a pair of goals.
"Pat has really had a great senior year and he's stepped up his game. I really couldn't be more proud of the leadership he has provided this team in his senior year."
The Midshipmen return to action next Friday when they play host to nationally-ranked Georgetown. Faceoff is set for 7:00 pm at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and will be broadcast to a national television audience by CBS College Sports. Fans can also tune in to the radio broadcast with Pete Medhurst calling the action on 1430 WNAV and 1500 WFED beginning with the Navy Lacrosse Pregame Show at 6:45 pm.
### Go Navy ###