CHESTERTOWN HC — CHESTERTOWN -- Simply because Navy scored more than nine goals for the first time this season, it didn't mean the offense would hear kind words from coach Bryan Matthews.
After three straight nine-goal games, the Midshipmen (2-2) erupted yesterday for a 13-4 victory over Washington College (3-1) before 600 rain-drenched fans at Kibler Field.
"The defense was OK and we're happy with the W, of course, but the offense needs a lot of work," said Matthews, who played goalie at Washington and later coached the team for four years before going to Navy. "Goals never come easy, so you have to be efficient. When you get possession, you expect to get off a great shot and beat the goalie a fair percentage of the time. We didn't."
For Navy, beating the Division III Shoremen is almost a rite of spring. The Mids have a 37-2 advantage in the series that began in 1950, losing only in 1982 and 1985.
Although a bigger, faster Division I team tends to exploit the Shoremen's weaknesses, coach Terry Corcoran thinks playing an occasional Navy or Johns Hopkins can be beneficial.
"It'll impress on these guys they have to practice harder," Corcoran said. "We have 10 new starters. A lot of guys think they're college players. The truth is, they've got a ways to go."
Washington had its moments yesterday, but they were early and few. The Shoremen seized a 2-0 lead midway through the first quarter on goals by Chris Jones and Chris Sanchez, only to be held scoreless the next 16 minutes, until Sanchez scored again in the third quarter.
By then, it was 6-3, Navy. The Midshipmen then scored seven unanswered goals. John Tierney and Gardner Smith finished with three apiece.
"We just couldn't duplicate those first five minutes, when we were moving, passing, cutting," Corcoran said. "Then came the turnovers, one after another. Each attackman must have fallen in the crease three times, trying to force it but winding up turning the ball over."