Navy's 11-2 romp over Stony Brook is 5th in row

March 29, 1992|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Staff Writer

ANNAPOLIS -- For the Navy defense and goalie Kevin Farrington, it was almost like a day at the beach despite the swirling winds and chill at Turf Field.

Stony Brook showed little inclination to mix it up with the 10th-ranked Midshipmen, sitting on the ball and settling for an 11-2 lacrosse defeat that kept Navy on course for next Saturday's invasion of Army.

Farrington (Loyola High) made five saves before being pulled midway through the third period because "the last few games have been tough and next week is going to be a war."

The outcome was decided quickly.

Navy (5-2) clinched its fifth straight victory, the school's longest winning streak in three years, by scoring six consecutive goals to capture an 8-1 halftime lead.

Still, the Patriots played deliberately on offense, preferring to use up the clock rather than get into a shooting match. They failed to score in six extra-man situations, including once for 27 seconds when they were up two men, and took 14 shots in the game.

"Even after we jumped into the lead, they stayed patient with the ball and weren't really attacking. We just kept running with them," said Navy defenseman Carl Nease.

Stony Brook (3-2) had victories over three lesser-caliber opponents and a loss to Princeton entering the game. It is an opponent Navy could have easily overlooked considering its next assignment.

"We always have a tendency to look past an opponent when Army is next," said Nease. "But this time we just concentrated on Stony Brook. We weren't taking them lightly."

Navy asserted itself immediately, scoring off the opening faceoff, Matt Long assisting the team's top scorer, Gardner Smith, who went on to a five-point day.

Smith assisted John Tierney for a 2-0 lead at 5:56 of the first period, setting up a situation in which Navy would never trail.

"It was a good defensive effort," said Navy coach Bryan Matthews. "They know how to control the ball. You don't see many shots from them, so your defense can't fall asleep."

Matthews' only complaint was with the quality of his team's shots, which consistently sailed high and wide when Rob Serratore wasn't making saves (23) for the Patriots.

"Our kids took the challenge of three games in seven days and won them all," said Matthews. "Now we've got to step it up the whole month of April. We don't want to stand still."

Navy has Maryland, Towson State and Johns Hopkins to play in addition to Army.

The last time the Midshipmen won six straight lacrosse games was in 1989. But they have a strong motivation to equal that after losing to Army, 11-10, in double overtime at home last year.

"There's no question we don't need any pep talks this week," said Nease.

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