Sept. 15, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. & PRINCETON, N.J. - The Navy water polo program went a combined 0-3 versus ranked opposition on Sunday in split-squad competitions at the Bruno Fall Invitational at Brown University and the Princeton Invitational. The team fell to #3 Pacific 25-10 and #12 St. Francis NY 11-9 at Brown, while the group in New Jersey lost to #16 Santa Clara 16-12.
Carpenter Warren (So., Baltimore, Md.), P.J. Taylor (Jr., Dallas, Texas) and Sean McDonald (Sr., Lansdale, Pa.) led Navy's offensive performers on Sunday as each player netted three goals in competition at Brown.
In its first game of the day at Brown, Head Coach Mike Schofield's squad faced off with the third-ranked Tigers of Pacific. The game was tight during the first 16 minutes of play as the Mids and Tigers swapped goals throughout the opening half. After McDonald tied the game at 2-2 with a goal at 6:40 in the second quarter, sophomore Carl Dowzicky (Collegeville, Pa.) would put the Mids ahead less than forty seconds later at 6:03.
Pacific would run off a three-goal streak over the next two minutes to take a lead that they would not relinquish the rest the contest.
Goals by Warren and Robert Sutherland (So., Denton, Texas) would close out the first half with the score 7-5 in favor of the Tigers.
In the second half it was all Pacific as it outscored Navy 18-5 over the final 16 minutes.
Warren highlighed the Mids' play in the second half as he completed his hat trick with a pair of third quarter goals.
After a disappointing result in their first game of the day, the Mids would come out and go toe-to-toe with anouther ranked opponent in their next contest versus St. Francis NY.
The 12th-ranked Terriers would jump out to an early 4-1 lead in the first quarter before the Mids would take over in the second quarter with a 5-1 offensive output. McDonald led Navy's attack with a pair of goals; Taylor, Dowzicky and Christian Macias (Fr., Mission Viejo, Calif.) also added goals in the period.
With the score 6-5 in favor of Navy coming out of halftime, St. Francis would even the match at 7-7 in the third quarter.
Consecutive scores by the Mids courtesy of Sutherland and Dowzicky in the first 46 seconds of the fourth quarter would put them up 9-7. Unfortunately, the Terriers would shut out the Mids over the final seven minutes, while scoring four straight goals to close out the contest at 11-9.
Associate Head Coach Mladen Stanicic's squad finished up play at the Princeton Invitational with a matchup versus the 16th-ranked Broncos of Santa Clara.
The Broncos would flex their muscle early as they outscored the Mids by a 6-1 margin in the first quarter and by a cumulative 11-5 score in the first half.
Navy would tighten up the game in the second half by outscoring Santa Clara 7-5 over the final 16 minutes. David Huber (Fr., Fort Washington, Pa.) and Richard Thomas (So., Long Beach, Calif.) led the Mids' in their comeback attempt with two goals each; Patrick Geer (Jr., Coronado, Calif.), Matt Newby (Jr., Los Angeles, Calif.) and Jack Orchard (Fr., Orlando, Fla.) also tallied scores in the second half.
Reflecting on the eight games that his program played this weekend, Schofield said that "we accomplished what we set out to do this weekend; all of our guys got meaningful time versus quality competition. We would've like to win a few more games, but we can definitely take positives from this weekend. We saw a lot of things that we'll be able to build on in the coming weeks. These competitions against top-level teams will help us zero in the things that will make us better."
The Mids (8-5) will be back in action next weekend with a pair of home matches on Saturday, Sept. 21 versus league opponents Bucknell and Princeton at the Scott Natatorium.