Navy scores first, keeps Army down to win, 10-8 COLLEGE LACROSSE

April 04, 1993|By Bill Tanton | Bill Tanton,Staff Writer

Army and Navy played a lacrosse game in Annapolis yesterday that was exactly what everyone expected it to be.

A close, rock 'em, sock 'em battle -- typical for a service academy rivalry -- in which Navy, ranked No. 8 in The Baltimore Sun poll, outscored No. 9 Army, 10-8.

Before the largest crowd (5,078) to see a game in any sport on the Naval Academy's artificial turf field, Navy (5-1) scored first and never trailed. The game was to have been played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, but the grass field there was unplayable.

After the Mids' Jamie Slough broke a 3-3 tie with a goal midway through the second period, Navy took a 6-3 lead. Never again was Army (5-1) able to catch the home team.

Two straight goals by Phil Mandry brought Army to within 6-5 at halftime.

Army played catch-up the rest of the way, but a goal by Rob Bailey on a feed from Slough with 8:14 to play gave Navy a 10-7 lead.

"The difference in the game," said Army coach Jack Emmer, "was Navy's goalie, Kevin Farrington. In a couple stretches, we got four and five shots at a time and we couldn't get the ball down."

Farrington, a junior from Loyola High who was second-team All-America last year, had 18 saves.

"Army had beaten us the last two times we played," said Farrington, 5 feet 7, 140 pounds, "and we were a little embarrassed. But we prepared well for this one and we executed well."

"Kevin Farrington played a tremendous game," said Navy coach Bryan Matthews, "but he does this all the time.

"Kevin is one of the best stoppers I've ever seen. He's not the best at clearing the ball. He'd be the first to admit that. But it's hard to get the ball past him."

Navy's scoring was evenly distributed, with four players having two goals apiece -- Slough, John Tierney, Bailey and Matt Pawlikowski.

Three Navy players -- Tierney, Tommy Roszko and Charles Bertrand -- had two assists each.

The high scorer for the game was Army's Mandry with four goals. Mandry, a 6-2, 210-pound senior, scored five goals in a 12-7 win over Navy last last year.

"What you saw in this game," said Mandry, "was two teams fighting with everything they had, the way Army and Navy have done so many times. We came up short and lost for the first time but we're going to regroup and come back to play at Johns Hopkins next week."

Army outshot Navy, 37-27, which is a tribute to the play of Farrington. Ground balls, faceoffs and penalties were about even.

"These two teams couldn't have played any harder," said Matthews. "Nobody saved anything. I'll tell you this -- we beat a very worthy opponent.

"I think we took a step up today. This was the best four quarters we've played this year."

Navy, which has lost only to Virginia, will entertain Maryland next week. After that, the Mids face Georgetown, Towson State and Johns Hopkins.

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