Nov. 2, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy water polo team scored a pair of important CWPA Southern divisional wins on Saturday at Scott Natatorium. Coming off of a victory over Mercyhurst on Friday night, the Mids carried over that momentum to the tune of a 16-12 win over George Washington and a 12-8 decision against Johns Hopkins.
Senior Sean McDonald (Lansdale, Pa.) and sophomore Carl Dowzicky (Collegeville, Pa.) led Navy (13-14, 2-6 CWPA South) offensively on Saturday with five goals a piece, including four each versus George Washington. Sophomore goalie Garrett Sabesky (Lakeside, Calif.) kept up his excellent play of late with back-to-back games of 12 saves.
Navy’s day began with a strong showing versus George Washington. Looking to avenge an earlier 14-13 loss to the Colonials on the road in September, the Mids ran off a 6-1 goal streak in the first half to earn the eventual victory.
In the first quarter, George Washington held a 2-1 lead following a goal at 2:36. 35 seconds later, Navy responded with a Will Weggeland (So., Riverside, Calif.) tally to even up the game. The Mids took their first lead of the contest with a buzzer-beating goal by Weggeland with a fraction of a second left in the opening quarter.
Up 3-2, Navy extended its lead with two more unanswered goals in the first 3:10 of the second period. Thomas Patterson (Jr., Orange, Calif.) and Dowzicky found the back of the net for the Mids.
Following a George Washington goal at 4:14, Navy would extend its 5-3 lead out to 7-3 by the half. Dowzicky scored first for the Midshipmen as he completed his hat trick at 2:34. 33 seconds later, Carpenter Warren (Baltimore, Md.) closed out Navy’s first half scoring.
Up by four goals, the Mids faced a strong start to the third quarter by the Colonials as the visitors scored back-to-back goals at 5:58 and 5:16. Navy calmly responded with consecutive scores in a 30-second span to widen the gap back out to four at 9-5.
This offensive brand of water polo carried on for the remainder of the third period as the teams combined for seven more goals over the final 4:32. On the strength of a George Washington marker just before time expired, the Colonials managed to cut the Mids’ lead down to three at 12-9.
Goals by Patterson and McDonald at the beginning of the fourth quarter gave the Mids a five-point cushion that would be more than enough for Navy to earn the final 16-12 win.
Coming back to Scott Natatorium for an evening meeting with Johns Hopkins, Navy was once on the hunt to avenge an early season road lost. After falling 22-17 in their September meeting, the Mids used a strong second half of play versus the Blue Jays to sweep the action on Saturday.
The teams played an even first half with Johns Hopkins holding a 2-1 advantage at the end of the first quarter and Navy winning the second by a 3-2 margin. Four separate Mids notched goals in the first half.
The even play continued into the early portion of the third quarter as Navy and Johns Hopkins traded goals over the first 3:41 minutes to make it a 6-6 contest. Robert Sutherland (So., Denton, Texas) and Warren scored for the Mids during this span.
Beginning with a Lucas MacLellan (So., Yorba Linda, Calif.) goal at 3:44, Navy would close out the third quarter on a 3-1 run to make it a 9-7 score.
Holding over the momentum that they gained at the end of the prior quarter, the Mids scored the first three goals of the fourth period to go up 12-7. Jack Finch
(Jr., San Mateo, Calif.), Steven Emde
(So., Ballwin, Md.) and McDonald all registered goals for Navy during this span as it salted away the victory over Johns Hopkins.
A late Blue Jay goal with 19 seconds to go would make the game final with a 12-8 score.
“I am very proud of the team picking up two important wins today,” said Navy interim head coach Mladen Stanicic
. “The Hopkins game was perhaps our toughest of the weekend. It took a while for us to get some separation due to their tough play, but also a number of missed opportunities. Two huge five-on-six penalty stops sealed the deal for us late in the game. The Southern Championships are next week so we have no time to rest.”
The Mids will be back in the pool next weekend beginning on Friday with quarterfinal action in the CWPA Southern Division Championship. The full schedule for this event, that will be hosted by Navy and held at Lejeune Hall, will be released on Monday following the completion of all teams’ regular seasons.