Navy stings Towson State, 8-7 Goal with :07 left catches Tigers

April 18, 1993|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,Staff Writer

Sophomore midfielder Charles Bertrand scored with seven seconds left, as Navy defeated Towson State, 8-7, last night at Minnegan Stadium.

Bertrand's goal, from 10 feet, came on an extra-man opportunity as Tigers defenseman Jason Scarborough was called for a one-minute slashing penalty with 27 seconds left.

Towson attackman Steve Carcaterra scored at the buzzer touching off a few seconds of chaos before the officials ruled the goal occurred too late.

"I was like, oh man, you got to be kidding me," Carcaterra said.

The only people smiling were Navy players. A week ago, the Midshipmen lost an 11-10 decision to Maryland in overtime.

"I was holding my breath waiting for the decision," Bertrand said. "It was a long seven seconds after I scored that goal. Towson did a real good job of working that fast break."

Navy had tied the score at 6 on Bailey's second goal with 13:37 left. But Towson midfielder Stewart Crotty, after splitting two defenders left of the crease, scored with 8:53 remaining.

Towson failed to convert on several one-on-one opportunities after Crotty's goal. Navy's Matt Pawlikowski scored on a 15-foot shot in front of the crease to tie the score at 7 with 2:16 left.

Bertrand wasn't supposed to be directly involved in the winning play. He was on the weakside, and either midfielders John Tierney or Tommy Roszko were supposed to shoot from the strong side on a feed from attackman Rob Bailey. Bailey noticed that Tierney and Roszko were covered. He moved to the weakside, drew Bertrand's man and passed to Bertrand, who scored.

"Rob Bailey deserves a lot of credit," Bertrand said. "I just took the open shot, and got a break."

The win puts No. 8 Navy (7-2) into a good postseason seeding position with only two weeks left in the regular season and only Johns Hopkins, Stony Brook and Washington College remaining on the schedule.

It won't be so easy to advance for Towson (4-3), which has to play rivals UMBC, Johns Hopkins, Maryland and C.W. Post.

"We talked about winning one of these games, and we didn't get if done against Maryland last week," Bertrand said. "I don't think it's over yet, but we're in decent shape."

Carcaterra said: "We've got to put this away and deal with the rest of the season. For us to get in, we'll probably have to win the rest of our games. We're not out of it yet because we've got a lot of guys with a lot of heart."

Towson was deliberate on offense the first two periods, and came out with a 5-3 lead at the half. Towson outshot Navy, 22-9, in the first half with the Mids taking only one shot in the second quarter.

Navy took four shots early in the game, but went nearly nine minutes without a shot in the first period as Towson held the ball and was selective on shots.

Towson dominated the second quarter with its slow-paced offense. The Tigers took nine shots, but also killed two 30 second penalties.

Towson increased its lead to 6-3 when Quinn converted on a 15 foot bomb with 10:14 left in the third period. It was just one of several long and high shots that gave Navy goalkeeper Kevin Farrington trouble.

But Navy scored two goals in the final seven minutes of the period. Midfielder Brian Lantier scored with 6:36 remaining, and Slough, on an isolation play on Brian Cesarski, beat Cesarski just inside the restraining line with 54 seconds left.

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