Navy, snow spoil Sho'men's debut

March 02, 1994|By Bill Tanton | Bill Tanton,Sun Staff Writer

Playing under the lights and in snow that obscured the lines on Turf Field, Navy's lacrosse team, as expected, had an easy time against visiting Washington College yesterday.

The Midshipmen (2-0) scored six straight goals in the second period to move out to a 12-4 halftime lead, then coasted to a 20-10 victory. It was Washington College's opener.

Charles Bertrand led Navy's scorers with four goals. Rob Bailey and Jamie Slough had three apiece.

The game's high scorer was Washington senior attackman Jason Paige, who had five goals.

In a series that began in 1950, Navy leads the Shoremen, 38-2.

The game was originally scheduled for today but was changed (( to avoid a predicted snow storm.

"We got it in," said snow-covered Navy coach Bryan Matthews after the game. "It was a sloppy game in sloppy conditions, but we needed the game and we got a win.

"Washington College played hard. Jason Paige played a great game, and their sophomore goalie [Alex MacGregor] hung in there."

Despite the miserable weather, a crowd of about 100 was on hand when Navy's Bertrand scored the first goal 1:58 into the game.

The Mids went ahead 3-0 before Paige, with 4:36 left in the period, got the first score for the visitors.

The Shoremen battled back to within 4-3 as the first period ended on goals by Bart Jaeger and Paige.

Early in the second period, Paige's third goal brought the Shoremen close for the last time at 6-4. The Mids then scored six straight for an eight-goal halftime lead.

Navy, which beat Air Force, 19-3, last week, is expected to get its first test of the season when Virginia visits Saturday at 1:30.

"We have two games under our belts," Matthews said. "Now we step it up."

"We're Division III," said Washington coach Terry Corcoran, "and we only have a few kids who can play at this level. This looks to me like the usual Navy team. They have a lot of good athletes who play hard."

Navy ... ..4 8 6 2 -- 20

Washington 3 1 2 4 -- 10

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