Nov. 1, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy water polo team got its weekend off on a high note on Friday night as the Midshipmen defeated Mercyhurst, 13-9 in a CWPA non-divisional contest. On the strength of 10 second-half goals, Navy came from behind to beat the Lakers at home at Scott Natatorium.
Sophomore Carpenter Warren’s (Baltimore, Md.) hat trick and 19 saves in goal by his classmate Garrett Sabesky (Riverside, Calif.) led the Mids to victory over the CWPA Southern-West divisional champions.
Navy (11-14) took an intial 2-0 lead over Mercyhurst in the first quarter with back-to-back goals by Sean McDonald (Sr., Lansdale, Pa.) and Thomas Patterson (Jr., Orange, Calif.) at 6:18 and 4:03, respectively. The Lakers (15-4), who came into Friday night’s matchup on an eight-game winning streak, quickly responded with two goals of their own to close out the quarter.
On the strength of a 2-1 goal margin in the second period, Mercyhurst would take a 4-3 lead into the halftime break. Robert Sutherland (So, Denton, Texas) netted Navy’s lone second quarter goal.
Beginning at 4:42 in the third period and running through the 4:46 mark in the fourth, Navy would outscore Mercyhurst, 7-1 to flip a 6-4 deficit into an 11-7 lead. Warren was a leading catalyst for this comeback as he scored three goals within a 3:57 span of play between 2:17 in the third and 6:20 in the fourth.
With a four-goal advantage, the Mids would keep the Lakers at bay over the remainder of the contest. During the final 3:32 of play, each team would net two goals to make the game go final at 13-9. Sutherland and Andrew Lacosse (Sr., Owings, Md.) each scored their second goals of the game during this last stretch.
“This is a good win for us,” said Navy interim head coach Mladen Stanicic. “We had somewhat of a slow start, but we finished strong, mainly thanks to ratcheted up defense, including some big stops on the Lakers’ power plays. Tomorrow is a big day for us.”
A leading individual in Navy’s “ratcheted up defense” was Sabesky, who stopped a career-high 19 shots on goal. The sophomore goalie also had two steals in the game to tie for the team-high with Carl Dowzicky (So., Collegeville, Pa.) and Lucas MacLellan (So., Yorba Linda, Calif.).
The Mids close out their 2013 regular season on Saturday with a pair of important CWPA Southern-East divisional games versus George Washington at 1:30 p.m. and Johns Hopkins at 7:15 p.m. Both matches will be held at Scott Natatorium.