Navy's win over Towson shows power of teamwork Notebook

April 19, 1993|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,Staff Writer

No. 9 Navy's 8-7 win over Towson State Saturday night was the perfect illustration of the Midshipmen's success this year.

Towson State (4-3) went to a deliberate style offensively that took Navy out of its offensive scheme. While the Midshipmen (7-2) struggled, Navy goalkeeper Kevin Farrington, as he has done so many times, kept his team in the game with some tremendous saves -- he finished with 15.

Navy's offense started to jell in the third period and the Mids pulled out the win when sophomore midfielder Charles Bertrand scored with seven seconds left. Bertrand's goal, from 10 feet, came on an extra-man opportunity after Tigers defenseman Jason Scarborough was called for a one-minute slashing penalty with 27 seconds left.

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

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

"Rob Bailey was unselfish on the play and he deserves a lot of credit," said Bertrand. "We're not a team of superstars and we talked all week about being unselfish and putting together two wins. Now we need to have another great effort against Johns Hopkins next Saturday."

Hofstra does it again

A number of Towson State coach Carl Runk's peers snickered at him last year when the Tigers lost to Hofstra, 10-9.

few more snickered at Loyola coach Dave Cottle when Hofstra beat his Greyhounds, 13-12, two weeks ago.

On Saturday, Hofstra beat Virginia, 7-6, in overtime.

The laughing has stopped.

"People are starting to believe,"Cottle said of Hofstra, which has won seven straight and is 7-1.

Hofstra's success can be attributed largely to senior attackman Dave Donatello, who had eight goals against Massachusetts, five vs. Loyola and three against Virginia, including the game-winner. Attackman Kevin Jacobs also has played well for Hofstra, along with goalkeeper Joe Romeo.

Beating the press

Maryland coach Dick Edell gave his annual "the media is picking on my team" address Friday night after the Terps lost to Johns Hopkins, 19-11. Maryland is now 2-4.

"The newspapers are supposed to be reporting, not editorializing," said Edell. "Those reports have buried us. If I listened to them, we wouldn't need to practice every day because we have no chance. I'm tired of reading it."

Here's a little bit more editorializing from Johns Hopkins attackman Terry Riordan.

"They have the ACC tournament coming up, and unless they win the championship and every game from here on out, I don't think they'll make the [NCAA] tournament," said Riordan.

Heart of the Tigers

Another team that may have to go undefeated the rest of the way to get into the tournament is Towson State (4-3), which still has to play rivals UMBC, Johns Hopkins, Maryland and C. W. Post.

"We're not out of it yet because we've got a lot of guys with a lot of heart," said Carcaterra, a junior.

Orange on a roll

Since losing to Loyola on March 20, Syracuse (6-2) has won four straight.

"We've beaten them earlier in the year, we just have to learn how to beat them in May," Johns Hopkins coach Tony Seaman said earlier this season.

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