Navy leans on fatigued Delaware for 11-7 win

March 28, 1993|By Tara Finnegan | Tara Finnegan,Contributing Writer

Navy lacrosse coach Bryan Matthews tries not t underestimate his opponents, and yesterday's game against Delaware was no exception.

"I always expect a close game, that's why I don't sleep well in the spring," Matthews said.

Delaware (1-3), ranked 19th in the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association coaches' poll, challenged No. 7 Navy for the first half, staying within one goal. But the Midshipmen pulled away late in the third quarter and cruised to an 11-7 victory at Turf Field.

Navy is 10-0 against Delaware since 1977.

"From the middle of the third quarter on, the guys were coming off the field saying that [Delaware] was getting tired," Matthews said. "So we tried to spread out the field and make it hard for them."

The Midshipmen were superior statistically as well as physically. Navy dominated in ground balls (50-38) and shots on goal (45-28).

"We really came up big in the second half on ground balls," Navy midfielder John Tierney said. "We really dug down deep."

Delaware's Anthony DiMarzo's goal off a pass from Tom Phair with 13:41 left in the third quarter brought the Blue Hens within 5-4, but Navy scored twice and extended its lead to 7-4 going into the final 15 minutes.

Navy controlled the tempo in the fourth quarter, spreading out the field and keeping long possessions. Midfielder Charles Bertrand scored back-to-back goals to give the Mid

shipmen an 11-6 lead, their largest of the game, with 2:02 to play.

"Navy made some adjustments and I think we lost a little patience trying to force a few things," Delaware coach Bob Shillinglaw said.

The Blue Hens jumped out to an early 2-1 lead at 6:58 in the first quarter on the first of two goals by senior attack John Wunder (John Carroll).

"We put a short stick on the attack and bumped a long stick up and it worked for a while," Shillinglaw said.

"It disrupts the rhythm and I don't think we read it well," Matthews said of Delaware's man-to-man defense in the first half, a technique Navy has used to its advantage this season. "Today it took us a little longer to get started."

Delaware led one last time, with 10:30 left in the second quarter, as Brad Glowaki picked off a Navy pass and scored unassisted to make it 3-2. But the Midshipmen then scored three straight goals, the last two by team scoring leader Matt Pawlikowski (nine goals, six assists), to take a 5-3 lead at the half.

Senior goalie Kevin Farrington (Loyola) had 14 saves for the Midshipmen. Delaware's Jamie Blalock (North Harford) had 20.

Tierney (two goals) and midfielder Tommy Roszko (two assists) are second in team scoring with 12 points.

Delaware 2 1 1 3 -- 7

Navy 2 3 2 4 -- 11

Goals: D--DiMarzo 2, Wunder 2, Kelly, C. Crotty, Glowaki; N--Lantier 2, Tierney 2, Bertrand 2, Pawlikowski 2, C. Smith, Slough, Roszko. Assists: D--Phair 2; N--Roszko 2, Long, Kapitulik, Slough, Pawlikowski, Slough, Costello. Saves: D--Blalock 20; N--Farrington 14. Shots: N--45; D--28. Ground balls: D--38; N--50. Faceoffs: D--11; N--9. Extra-man opportunities: D--1 of 5; N--1 of 5. Penalties: D--5 for 3:00; N--5 for 4:00. A--492.

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