COLLEGE PARK -- Forget the Navy-Maryland lacrosse tradition in this one.
It was more like a Navy lacrosse clinic at Byrd Stadium yesterday, with the Midshipmen doing all the teaching on the way to an 11-3 victory over the fifth-ranked Terrapins.
Goalkeeper Kevin Farrington (27 saves to tie a Naval Academy record) and the Navy defense were so dominant that they shut out the always-explosive Terps for more than three quarters.
Maryland got on the scoreboard 1:30 into the fourth quarter when Chris Dail bounced a shot into the net from 12 yards out.
"I've never seen a team of mine go 46 minutes and 30 seconds without scoring," said exasperated Terrapins coach Dick Edell, who is in his 19th season. "Never at Calvert Hall, never at BU [University of Baltimore] or at Army. We shot about as poorly as we could as a team. All of our people went south on the same day."
The last time Maryland was held to three goals was in 1970, when it lost to Virginia, 9-3.
But even Edell admitted that Farrington and the constantly switching Navy defense had a lot to do with the Maryland problems.
The Midshipmen threw zones and man-to-man defenses at the Terps throughout the day, resulting in an impatient Maryland team getting off a lot of wild shots at the net before a crowd of 4,267.
Maryland (5-3) took 18 shots to nine for Navy in the second quarter but still couldn't score. In the game, Maryland outshot the Midshipmen, 48-35.
Navy (6-3) concentrated on quality shots, working the ball around the perimeter until an opportunity presented itself.
That strategy worked for a 4-0 lead entering the final five minutes of the third quarter, when the Midshipmen suddenly went on a five-goal scoring binge in three minutes and four seconds for a 9-0 bulge with 1:50 left in that quarter.
Three of those goals came in a 32-second strike that left Edell and his players seemingly helpless on the sidelines.
Freshman attackman Rob Bailey, who led Navy with four goals, completed the late third-quarter run with a score from point-blank range off a perfect 15-yard pass from Thomas Roszko.
The pass by Roszko was zipped through three Maryland defenders to a wide-open Bailey, making the Terrapins look inept on defense.
"This is the best four quarters we've played this year," said Navy coach Bryan Matthews. "We've had flashes of this kind of play before. We were fortunate. Our guys played great and the ball bounced our way. Farrington played great even though he was in pain a lot."
Farrington, who twice came off the field for treatment, said his shin was hit so hard in the first quarter with a shot that "I saw stars. I came out in the second quarter to get ice on it."
Farrington tied Steve Nims' record for most saves in a game for Navy. Nims had 27 saves against UMBC in 1985.
"We felt like Army embarrassed us last week [12-7 loss] and we had to do something big this week," said Farrington. "This was special."