Mids Use Strong Second Halves to Sweep Foes
Sept. 17, 2008
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The 13th-ranked Navy water polo played well in the second half of both games in cruising to a sweep over George Washington and 20th-ranked Johns Hopkins on Wednesday night. The Mids routed GWU, 18-8, in the first game, before rallying past Johns Hopkins, 9-4, in the nightcap. The wins improve Navy's record to 6-4 overall and 2-0 in the CWPA Southern Division.
"The bottom line is that we got two good league wins, and those are not easy to come by. I am really pleased with that," said Navy head coach Mike Schofield. "I thought we showed a lot of potential in the second half of each game. We spent a lot of time beating ourselves in the first half. We do too many things that cost us goals at the offensive end and too many things that lead to easy goals on the defensive end. We just have to be smarter and tougher on both ends of the pool."
In the first game of the day against George Washington, the Mids trailed 4-3 after one quarter, but went on a 7-1 run to take a 10-5 lead late in the third quarter, before outscoring the Colonials, 7-2, in the final quarter for the 18-8 decision.
In the second game, the Navy defense help Johns Hopkins scoreless for over two full quarters, and Navy rallied from a 2-1 halftime deficit to grab a 9-4 victory. The Mids fell behind 2-0, but went on a 7-0 run spanning three quarters to blow the game open.
Mulvey scored three more goals for Navy, while Baker and Johnny Meiners scored twice each. The win avenged a 9-8 setback to Johns Hopkins just four days ago.
The Mids allowed four goals for the entire game, after giving up four to Hopkins in the first quarter last Saturday. JHU went scoreless for 17:30 from the second quarter to fourth quarter tonight.
"I was very pleased with defensive effort against JHU," said Schofield. "The ones they scored in the first quarter were on us. We just made stupid errors that led to their goals."
Navy will now head west for a Friday night game at UC Davis at 6:00 pm (PT), before competing in the NorCal Tournament on Saturday and Sunday in Stockton, Calif. Navy will battle Loyola Marymount in a rematch of the 2007 NCAA Tournament consolation game won by Navy, 7-6. The game will start at noon on Saturday. The Mids will then play either Stanford or Santa Clara in Saturday's second game.
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