Virginia takes control in Navy's 1st loss, 14-7

March 06, 1994|By Bill Tanton | Bill Tanton,Sun Staff Writer

Virginia served notice in its opening game yesterday that it's going to be one of the top lacrosse teams in the country this season.

The Cavaliers scored three goals within 59 seconds in the third quarter and beat previously undefeated Navy, 14-7, before 1,205 at the academy's turf field.

Navy's victories had been over Air Force and Washington College.

Two first-year players from Baltimore -- Michael Watson from St. Paul's and Brad Hoag from Loyola -- had two goals apiece for Virginia. Watson also had two assists.

"Hoag and Watson are class kids," said Virginia's second-year ,, coach, Dom Starsia.

"We're going to need them and [freshman defenseman Tommy Smith] if we're going to win."

Watson finished the game on the bench with an ice pack on his left knee.

"I hit my kneecap on the turf as I fell trying to dodge," Watson said. "I don't think it's anything serious."

Virginia will need all its guns for its next game Saturday against Princeton at Charlottesville, Va. Princeton opened yesterday with 20-11 win at Johns Hopkins.

Navy coach Bryan Matthews was philosophic about his team's first loss.

"We were right in it at 7-4 at halftime," Matthews said. "It was anybody's game at that point. We let it get away from us when Virginia scored those three quick goals early in the third period.

"This was our first experience against a team of this caliber. Virginia is very talented and very athletic, but we're going to see other good teams. We just have to step it up."

Virginia got off to a 4-0 lead when Hoag, a former football star at Loyola, scored his first college goal with 2:21 left in the first period.

Watson scored to make it 5-2, and his former St. Paul's teammate, Virginia sophomore Timmy Whitely, scored to make it 6-2.

Whitely, who also was a starting attackman last year as a freshman, had two assists yesterday.

Navy's last real chance came when its Jamie Slough scored on an extra-man situation with 1:06 left in the half.

Watson scored first in the second half on a feed from Whiteley to make the score 8-4. Then Virginia got the three quick goals from Sean Miller, Greg Traynor and Tony Nugent (Calvert Hall) that put a victory out of reach for the Mids.

Slough, a senior midfielder, and freshman midfielder Andrew Ross had two goals each for Navy.

Virginia's stickwork was much better than Navy's, even though Navy had played two games and the Cavaliers hadn't practiced outdoors all week.

"We had eight inches of snow in Charlottesville," Starsia said. "We were a little sloppy in the first half, and I told the kids then, 'That was our first game, and that's behind us. Now let's go out and play a good second half.' "

I= Virginia then outscored the Mids 5-1 in the third period.

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