Sept. 22, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. & BALTIMORE, Md. - The Navy water polo team was defeated twice on Sunday as it wrapped up its first weekend of CWPA league play with a 14-13 loss at George Washington and a 22-17 setback at Johns Hopkins.
Sophomores Robert Sutherland (Denton, Texas) and Carl Dowzicky (Collegeville, Pa.) led the Mids on a day filled with offense as each player registered seven goals, including five by Dowzicky versus Johns Hopkins.
Facing off with the Colonials of George Washington in their first game of the day, the Mids scored the initial two goals as Sean McDonald (Sr., Lansdale, Pa.) and Lucas MacLellan (So., Yorba Linda, Calif.) went back-to-back at 5:41 and 2:53.
George Washington would tie it up with a two-goal run of its own with scores at 1:15 of the first quarter and 6:48 of the second.
With the score even at 2-2, the teams would trade goals over the next three minutes to make it a 4-4 game. Sophomore Carpenter Warren (Baltimore, Md.) registered both of the scores for the Mids in man-up situations.
After the Colonials’ Brian Mojica tied it at four at 3:53, Navy would rattle off three unanswered goals as Scotty Snowden (Sr., Altadena, Calif.), Dowzicky and McDonald all scored.
Two George Washington goals before the half would make it 7-6 at the break.
After Will Weggeland (So., Riverside, Calif.) gave the Mids an 8-6 advantage, the Colonials went on a 4-0 goal run to give the home team a lead that they would not give over the final 10-plus minutes of play.
In the fourth quarter, Sutherland led a valiant comeback effort by the Mids with three scores, but his goals, plus one more by Warren would not be enough as George Washington held on for the 14-13 CWPA victory.
In addition to three goals by Sutherland and Warren, the duo of Jack Finch (Jr. San Mateo, Calif.) and Snowden each provided the Mids with three assists.
In goal, sophomore Caleb Lintz (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) turned aside 14 Colonial shots on goal and made four steals.
“This was a tough loss for the team. We led for a good part of the game, but counter defense cost us in the third quarter and we unfortunately were never able to comeback” said Associate Head Coach Mladen Stanicic post-game.
Heading up the road to Baltimore for an afternoon matchup at Johns Hopkins, the Mids looked to earn their first CWPA win of the young season versus the Blue Jays, who came into the 4 p.m. game with an 8-2 record, including an earlier 14-12 win over #18 Bucknell.
The Blue Jays carried over its momentum from that Bucknell game to the tune of a quick 3-0 goal run over the Mids by the 4:54 mark of the first quarter.
McDonald got Navy on the scoreboard at 3:43 and consequently opened the flood gates as the teams would combine for six more goals over the final 2:57 of play. Dowzicky and Weggeland scored for the Mids down the stretch in the first quarter.
Coming out in the second quarter with the score 7-3, the pace of play would remain fast as the teams traded goals throughout the period and kept it a four-goal game. Dowzicky (2), Sutherland, Warren, Weggeland and McDonald all registered goals for the Mids, who went into the halftime break down 12-9.
After cutting one goal off of its deficit in the second quarter, Navy allowed Johns Hopkins to add it back in the third quarter with a six to five goal advantage in the frame. With two goals each, the duo of Sutherland and Dowzicky led the Mids; MacLellan added Navy’s fifth goal of the the quarter.
With the score 18-14 in favor of Johns Hopkins going into the fourth quarter, the host Blue Jays kept the offense coming down the stretch as they would take the CWPA contest by a final score of 22-17. Sutherland, Snowden and Andrew Lacosse (Sr., Owings, Md.) scored for Navy in the fourth.
“This is a new territory for us, but perhaps it is good. I cannot recall in my time with the program, losing four in a row, or being 0-4 in the league standings. Last year we won the regular season and ended up a disappointing sixth at the Eastern Championships, so hopefully this year can be a reverse of that” said Stanicic. “There were some bright spots in the games today, but there are too many unforced errors that cost us versus strong oppostition. We will now look forward to our California trip and facing new and diverse competition.
The Midshipmen (8-9, 0-4 CWPA Southern) will step away from league play next weekend with four games in Southern California beginning with a Sept. 27 matchup at Concordia (Ca.).