Sept. 14, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. & PRINCETON, N.J. - The Navy water polo program went a combined 2-2 on Saturday in split-squad competitions at the Bruno Fall Invitational at Brown University and the Princeton Invitational. After setbacks earlier in the day to #18 Brown and Harvard, the Mids would close their day with a pair of victories over Cal Lutheran and Connecticut College.
Carl Dowzicky (So., Collegeville, Pa.), who was competing with the squad in Rhode Island, led all scorers on the day with 10 goals, including hat tricks in each of his three games on Safurday. Junior P.J. Taylor (Dallas, Texas) and sophomore Carpenter Warren (Baltimore, Md.) were other leading offensive players on the day for Navy as Taylor netted six goals and Warren five; both athletes participated in action at Brown.
Head Coach Mike Schofield’s squad at the Bruno Fall Invitational started its three-match day with a hard-fought 12-10 loss to the host Brown Bears. After failing behind early 2-0, the Mids would even the score at two-all at the end of the first quarter courtesy of goals from Warren and Dowzicky.
With the score tied, Brown put together a three-goal run to put Navy in a situation where it would be playing catch up the rest of the game.
Faced with a 9-6 deficit going into the fourth quarter, the Mids would find the back of the net on three separate occasions over the first 3:04 of play. Dowzicky, Lucas MacLellan (So., Yorba Linda, Calif.) and Robert Sutherland (So., Denton, Texas) would register scores in this comeback stretch.
Unfortunately for Navy, two quick Brown goals over the next 47 seconds would give the hosts enough to hold on for the 12-10 outcome.
“We were pretty uneven with both our effort and our skills in this game. We got behind early and played catch up the whole game. We made a nice run to start the fourth quarter to tie the game at nine, then gave up two quick ones that we couldn’t recover from” said Schofield. “I was happy to see the energy and life in our guys late in the game, but we need it for the full 32 minutes from everybody.”
Schofield’s group of Mids would carry over that late game energy into their final two contests of the day with dominant 13-7 and 19-4 results over Cal Lutheran and Connecticut College, respectively.
Versus the Kingsmen of Cal Lutheran, the Mids started quickly with a 3-0 run over the first 6:05 of play. Taylor, MacLellan and Scotty Snowden (Sr., Altadena, Calif.) would all net goals in the first quarter.
After Cal Lutheran fought back with a three-goal run of its own in the second quarter to tie the game at 4-4, a late tally by Dowzicky before the halftime break would give Navy its last lead change as the Mids would close out the final two quarters with eight goals versus three for the Kingsmen.
In their 13-7 victory, the Mids saw six players score, with Taylor leading the way with five goals; Dowzicky pitched in with three goals.
Looking to finish their day strong, the Mids did just that to the tune of 19-4 over the Connecticut College Camels. In a strong showing by the entire team, Navy had nine players register goals in the game, including four different athletes scoring in a 5-1 first quarter.
Staked with a four-goal lead after one, the Mids would score three more times in the second quarter to go up 8-2 at the break. Steven Emde
(So., Ballwin, Mo.) and Warren spearheaded Navy’s offense in the third quarter as each player netted a pair of goals.
Navy would close out the Camels with a six-goal fourth quarter to finish the day 2-1 at Brown.
After defeating Iona 14-6 Friday night in the first day of action at the Princeton Invitational, Associate Head Coach Mladen Stanicic
would lead his split-squad group of Midshipmen in action versus Harvard at the New Jersey tournament.
A close contest throughout, the Mids and Crimson would play out the first quarter to a 3-3 score. The trio of junior Matt Newby
(Los Angeles, Calif.), sophomore Richard Thomas
(Long Beach, Calif.) and freshman Evan Staresinic
(Bradford Woods, Pa.) would all notch goals for Navy in this frame.
After a trading of goals made it 4-4, a Harvard goal at 4:40 in the second quarter would give the Crimson a lead that they would never relinquish for the remainder of the game.
Coming out of halftime with a 5-4 advantage, Harvard would outscore Navy 5-4 and 3-2 over the final two periods to take the 13-10 victory. Led by Brendan Metcalf’s (Fr., Frisco, Texas) three goals, three other Mids would finish with multiple goals; David Huber
(Fr., Fort Washington, Pa.), Thomas and Staresinic.
Sophomore goalkeeper Caleb Lintz
(Mechanicsburg, Pa.) would keep Navy within striking distance during the match with a strong effort in net; he finished with eight saves.
“We could have just as easily won this game, but occasional defensive break downs cost us. Harvard is a very solid team and they knew how to capitalize” said Stanicic post-match.
Reflecting on the entire day for his program Schofield said that “the objective of this weekend is to get our guys action in meaningful games and I think we’ve succeeded in doing that so far. There is definitely room for improvement, as we’ve been very up and down so far in our play and have let some winnable games slip away. Tomorrow will be a day of big tests for both squads.”
The Mids will finish off their action-packed weekend on Sunday with a trio of games; two in Providence (#3 Pacific and #12 St. Francis NY) and one at Princeton (#16 Santa Clara).