Mids Fall Short Against 12th-Ranked Maryland
April 6, 2012
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The 12th-ranked Maryland men's lacrosse team (6-3) outscored Navy 7-1 in the second half to pull away from the Midshipmen (5-5, 3-2 Patriot League) and earn a 13-6 victory Friday evening at Byrd Stadium in what was the 87th meeting between the two programs.
"Our heart, our pride and our effort were all there tonight," said first-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell. "Maryland is awfully good and they are certainly well coached.
"We faced too many shots, we could win a faceoff and all-in-all, we couldn't catch a break throughout the game. Maryland is just too big, strong and fast to make mistakes."
The first half was a see-saw affair that saw the Terps jump out to a 2-0 lead five minutes into the contest with goals by middies Landon Carr and Michael Shakespeare.
Navy, however, put together a 3-0 run that was sparked by Sam Jones' (Annapolis, Md.) goal at the 7:49 mark. Sophomore attackman Tucker Hull (Charlotte, N.C.) fed Jones from behind the cage and Jones beat shorty Brian Cooper. Senior midfielder Nikk Davis (Cockeysville, Md.) scored his fifth goal of the season, punching in the equalizer with 4:25 to play in the opening quarter. Just 29 seconds later, Navy fans were brought to their feet after Logan West (Berlin, Md.) fed Hull for a spectacular behind-the-back goal to beat Cooper for a second time during the run and gave the Mids' their lone lead of the game at 3-2.
All-American attackman Joe Cummings scored back-to-back goals just 22 seconds apart, however, to give the Terps a 4-3 advantage after the first quarter of play.
Maryland extended its lead to a pair when senior middie Drew Snider beat Navy short stick defensive midfielder Jay Mann (Cockeysville, Md.) on the right side with 6:18 left in the first half.
Navy again rallied its way back into the game when senior goalkeeper RJ Wickham (Penn Yan, N.Y.) took off running out of the cage, serving as the point person on the Mids' clear. He sent his outlet pass to Hull, who found a wide open Taylor Reynolds (Babylon, N.Y.) who fired in his 13 goal of the year and trimmed the Terps' lead to 5-4 with 4:58 to go in the half.
The Mids knotted the game with 1:20 remaining when rookie midfielder Gabe Voumard (Cape May, N.J.) used some fancy footwork to mis-direct Carr in a left-to-right dodge, pocketing his fourth goal of the season.
The Terps answered with 12 seconds left in the half, as junior attackman Owen Blye beat the Navy defense to give Maryland a 6-5 advantage at the half.
The deficit could have been two for the Mids, however, as Carr put his shot past Wickham with just one tick remaining on the clock. The officials waived off the goal, however, saying Maryland head coach John Tillman had called timeout prior to the goal.
Maryland picked up where it left off and outscored the Mids 7-1 in the second half, including 5-0 in the third quarter to put the game out of reach for Navy.
"This is two games in a row where we've come out of the locker room and mistakes have cost us," added Sowell, whose Midshipmen were shut out of the second half of last week's loss to seventh-ranked Lehigh.
"I told the guys at the half that we were in the ball game because we were griding it out, battling with them. But in the second half we couldn't get possession and when we did, we turned the ball over. They would come down and boom, score, and the next thing you know, the game is out of control."
The lone Navy goal of the second 30 minutes of action was credited to sophomore midfielder Pat Durkin (Germantown, Md.). Durkin's shot was saved by initially by Maryland keeper Niko Amato, however, in the process of trying to clear the ball out of the crease, sophomore defenseman Michael Ehrhardt appeared to scoop the ball into the net for the Mids.
Six different players accounted for the Mids' six goals, including Hull who finished the game with a goal and three assists. Hull has produced a point in each of the Mids' 10 contests, including scoring a goal in seven-straight games. Meanwhile, Reynolds extended his goal-scoring streak to eight in a row after fighting the flu throughout the week.
Wickham played perhaps his best game in goal, making a season-high 18 saves after being pelted by a whopping 52 shots. It marked the most saves by Wickham since turning back 20 shots in last year's loss to Georgetown in Washington, D.C. Meanwhile, Maryland's Amato stopped just five shots, three of which were in the fourth quarter. In fact, Navy scored its five first-half goals on eight shots, as Amato mustered just one save in the opening 30 minutes of action.
Navy again struggled at the faceoff "x," winning just five of the 23 draws. The Mids were 0-for-11 in the middle two corners, including 0-for-6 in the third, where Maryland made its biggest impact.
The Midshipmen will be back in action next Saturday when they make the trek to West Point, N.Y. to battle their arch rivals, the Army Black Knights. The Patriot League contest will be televised live by CBS Sports Network with Dave Ryan (play by play) and Evan Washburn (analyst) calling the action. Additionally, the game will be broadcast on 1430 WNAV with Pete Medhurst on the call.
"It's Army-Navy next week, need we say more," said Sowell, who will coach in his first Star Game. "We are 5-5 and still have a lot to play for yet this season."
### Go Navy ###