Oct. 22, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md -
Sophomore forward Jamie Dubyoski (Catonsville, Md.), the Patriot League's leading scorer, tallied a goal and an assist to lead Navy (9-3-2) to an eighth straight win by defeating visiting NJIT (5-9-2), 3-1, in a non-conference match at Glenn Warner Soccer Facility on Tuesday evening.
Dubyoski had the primary assist on junior Grant Valenstein's (Laguna Hills, Calif.) goal in the 14th minute and he tallied a goal of his own in the 82nd minute to secure the 3-1 win. Dubyoski also drew the foul that set up junior defenseman Joseph Greenspan's (Westfield, N.J.) penalty kick goal early in the second half.
Dubyoski leads the Patriot League with 20 points (nine goals, two assists) and Navy matched its season-high with three goals scored. Additionally, senior goalkeeper Gavin Snyder (Severna Park, Md.) made five saves to improve to 8-0-0 on the season.
"It's always good to get a result," head coach Dave Brandt said. "But I thought we were a step off tonight; sometimes teams can be a little off after playing Wednesday-Saturday-Tuesday and you have to battle through it and that's what we did tonight. But give credit to NJIT. They were lively and they didn't let us off the hook."
Navy got on the attack in the 14th minute and senior Dave Arnold (Baltimore, Md.) played a ball to the left side to Dubyoski who cut the ball back inside to a streaking Valenstein who finished on a one-touch with his left foot to the right side of the goal to give Navy the early lead.
NJIT had a couple of opportunities in the first half, with one coming after a cross by Stephen McGeever from the right side. McGreever sent a ball in to Joshua Mercer who timed a jumping one-time shot from point-blank range but it went off the underside of the cross bar and bounced down back into the field of play. Mercer then tried a bicycle kick on the rebound but his shot went wide.
Mercer had another good look in the 34th minute when he got free on a one-on-on against Snyder, but Snyder made the save and deflected the ball back and to his right, where it clanged off the post and came back into play.
Just two-and-a-half minutes after halftime, Dubyoski got free through NJIT's backline and goalkeeper Alexander Czempik took him down in the box and was given a yellow card. Greenspan was called upon to take the penalty kick and he converted for the third time in three attempts this season for the 2-0 lead. Greenspan has five goals for 10 points this season and is the team's active career leader in points with 34 (15 goals, four assists).
NJIT pulled within one goal at 2-1 in the 53rd minute after a Navy foul. Marko Drljic stepped up and took a quick free kick, catching Navy off guard and buried a shot to the left side of the goal.
Both teams continued to pressure in the second half and it was Navy who broke through in the 82nd minute when Dubyoski scored his ninth goal of the season. The sequence began when sophomore defenseman Derek Vogel (Long Beach, Calif.) played a ball ahead to a wide open Alex Evans (Lansdale, Pa.), who sent the ball forward to Dubyoski who was breaking through the NJIT backline. Dubyoski controlled the ball and fired a shot at Czempik, which he got a hand on but couldn't control and the rebound bounced into the back of the net.
Navy outshot NJIT, 23-16, in the contest and 15-9 in the second half. Navy put 10 shots on goal in the game.
Navy's nine wins this season are the most since 2001 (11-3-3) and the eight-game winning streak is the longest since 2000. The Mids haven't lost a game since September 17 and they are ranked No. 37 in the latest NCAA RPI rankings.
Tuesday's game was the first-ever meeting between Navy and NJIT.
Dubyoski's 20 points are the most by a Navy player in a single season since Brye Gerhart had 21 in 2000.
Navy will return to Patriot League play on Saturday at Holy Cross at 7:00 PM. Navy is 5-0-0 in the Patriot League and is tied for first place with Army. A win at Holy Cross would clinch a postseason tournament berth.