Mids Come Up Short Against No. 4 Terps
April 10, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland's starting attackmen combined for eight goals to lead the fourth-ranked Terps (7-2) to an 11-9 victory over the Navy men's lacrosse team (5-6) Saturday afternoon at Byrd Stadium in College Park. The 20 combined goals marked the largest scoring output by the two teams combined since 1998 when Maryland defeated the Midshipmen, 21-7. Meanwhile, the win by the Terps was their first over the Midshipmen at Byrd Stadium since 2002.
After finding itself down 1-0 with just over five minutes to play in the opening period, Navy put together a 3-0 lead that extended into the second quarter thanks to its midfield tandem of Joe Lennon (Westminster, Md.) and Patrick Moran (Annapolis, Md.). Moran sent his cross-the-field pass to Lennon who punched in his first of three goals on the afternoon off a lefty shot. A minute later, with one minute exactly on the clock in the first, Moran's extra-man s sidewinder from 10 yards out scooted past Maryland keeper Brian Phipps to give the Mids a 2-1 advantage.
Navy carried over the momentum in the second period when attackman Andy Warner (Corning, N.Y.) found Lennon for a long shot from the left wing.
Back-to-back turnovers by the Midshipmen would put the ball right back in Maryland's hands and eventually the Terps would take that advantage. Actually, junior attackman Grant Catalino would take advantage as he put together a hat trick in less than three minutes time and in fact would help the Terps take a 4-3 advantage at the half. Catalino scored his first goal at the 5:13 mark, taking a Drew Snider pass and tucking it in the upper right-hand corner of the net. With three minutes to go, he utilized a mismatch with Navy offensive midfielder Brian Striffler (Virginia Beach, Va.) and evened the score. After the Terps won the ensuing faceoff, the transition game went into high gear with Bryn Holmes finding Catalino just 15 seconds later for the go-ahead goal.
The Mids wasted little time in evening the score as sophomore midfielder Nikk Davis (Cockeysville, Md.) wheeled his way down the left side of the field, switched hands and fired in the game-tying goal at the 13:49 mark.
The Terps, however, came back guns a blazing, outscoring Navy 4-1 over the next five minutes. It turned into the Ryan Young-to-Travis Reed show as the tandem paired up for three of the four goals in the run that turned the momentum towards the Terps and gave Maryland an 8-5 lead, the largest lead by either team in the contest.
Navy refused to lie down, however, as senior attackman Kyle Kapron (Chandler, Ariz.) put the team upon his shoulders and got the Mids right back into the thick of things. Kapron scored three straight for the Midshipmen, with a Maryland goal sandwiched between the second and third goal, to close the gap to one at 9-8 with 12:04 remaining in the game.
But it seemed every time Navy would close to within one, Maryland had an answer. Following Kapron's third goal, Reed scored his fourth goal of the game on a 12-yarder from the right wing at the 10:31 mark.
A minute later, Navy again trimmed the lead to one when Lennon turned in his first hat trick of the season on a shot that caught the inside corner of the far pipe and dove to the back of the net.
Maryland added an insurance goal with 7:16 left when Young's five-yard shot from the left side made its way in for the final, 11-9.
While the Mids came up just short in Saturday's contest, there were plenty of positives to talk about, including second-year goalkeeper RJ Wickham (Penn Yan, N.Y.), who turned aside 17 shots. It was his 10th double-digit save game in a season in which he has produced 158 saves. He is ranked 18th on the Mids' single-saves list and is the first player to appear on that list since Mickey Jarboe stopped 215 shots in 1999, the second most in program history. Meanwhile, Wickham remains 19th on Navy's career saves list, but his 17-save effort enabled him to become just the 19th keeper in program history to record 200 career saves. He is just four behind two-time All-American Leonard Supko (1968-70).
"I made some changes to my game between last year and this year," said Wickham, who leads the country in save percentage, making stops on better than 62 percent of the shots he's faced. "My ultimate goal is to be the leader of our defense. I love playing this game and I would do anything to help our team win.
"The little things are adding up and we're letting in some goals. It's nothing that we can't correct, we just need to stick together. We've got to keep going. That's what I tell my guys, you can't focus on the last one, but rather try to get the next stop."
Although Navy's defense gave up double-digit goals to the Terps for the first time since 1998, the Mids' man-down defense held Maryland in check. The Terps came into the game ranked No. 2 nationally in extra-man offense, but the Mids stymied their attacked and Maryland ended the day 0-for-2. Meanwhile, over the last five contests the Mids have given up just two extra-man goals in the last 13 attempts.
Kapron and Lennon led the Mids with three goals apiece, both posting hat tricks for the first time this season. Kapron came into the game having scored four career goals ... he ended the game posting three goals and one assist.
"This has always been my dream to come out and play with a great group of teammates in a game like today," said Kapron, who is one of two players on the Mids' roster that hail from the state of Arizona. "They weren't sliding too quickly and that led to some goals."
For Lennon, it was his largest goal output since last year's Patriot League Tournament semifinal win over Colgate where he single-handily led the Mids to victory. He finished the game with four goals, but was responsible for the last three goals of the win, including the game-winner in triple overtime.
The Midshipmen will be back in action next Saturday when face arch rival Army in the annual Star Game televised live by ESPNU. Faceoff is set for 4:00 pm at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, kicking off the second annual Day of Rivals event which will also feature the longest rivalry in college lacrosse, Johns Hopkins vs. Maryland. Fans can also tune in to the radio broadcast with Pete Medhurst calling the action on 1430 WNAV beginning with the Navy Lacrosse Pregame Show at 3:45 pm.
### Go Navy ###