ANNAPOLIS -- Sophomore midfielder Jamie Slough celebrated his 21st birthday yesterday by helping Navy to an 11-8 upset of Duke on the Turf Field.
Slough, from The Hill School in Pennsylvania, scored a career-high four goals and added an assist, as the Midshipmen (3-2) ran the Blue Devils (2-2) into the turf in the midfield. Navy midfielders scored 10 of the 11 goals.
"That's the most goals I've scored since high school," Slough said. "We knew we could beat them [Duke's midfielders] up top, and we wanted them to have to use their short sticks on defense. We just ran them and ran them and it took its toll in the second half."
Junior midfielder John Tierney added four goals and an assist for Navy, giving him seven goals in the past two games.
"That's the most goals I've ever scored in a game," Tierney said. "My shooting just seems to be falling into place. I had my problems early, but everything seems to be falling into place. I figured I could beat my middie because the long sticks weren't sliding after the dodge. So I just kept banging."
Duke took a 2-1 lead after the first quarter on goals by Joe Matassa, who ended with three goals and an assist, and Jim Book, who finished with two goals.
Navy battled back for a tie at 5 at the half on two goals by Tierney and two by Slough. The Midshipmen dominated the final 30 minutes, as goalie Kevin Farrington came up with big saves, the defense put a clamp on Duke's attack and the Navy midfielders ran roughshod over their Blue Devils counterparts.
Tierney scored twice more in the third quarter, and Slough added a goal,as Navy built its lead to 8-6. Duke, on a goal by Hal Long, cut the lead to 8-7 early in the fourth quarter, but Navy answered with goals by Tom Roszko, Slough and Matt Long to pull away to an 11-7 lead.
"I'm proud of this team," said Navy coach Bryan Matthews. "Duke came out fired up and we had our hands full. We started to come around in the second quarter, and I think we dominated the second half. Farrington was great in the goal, our close defense did an excellent job and Slough and Tierney scored the goals for us."