Navy shows its best in 14-7 win

March 27, 1994|By Bill Tanton | Bill Tanton,Sun Staff Writer

NEWARK, Del. -- No. 12-ranked Navy played its best lacrosse game of the season here yesterday and came away with an impressive 14-7 win over No. 16 Delaware before 600 fans at Delaware Stadium.

Delaware, which has never beaten Navy in 11 tries, threw a scare into the Midshipmen late in the third period when the Blue Hens scored twice and cut Navy's lead to 10-7.

But Navy scored the last four goals to get the win and improve its record to 4-2. Delaware, which was seeking its fourth straight victory, is 3-2.

The Mids' leading goal scorer, senior midfielder Jamie Slough, was the game's high scorer with four goals, including three in the second half.

"Our attitude now," said Slough, who is also a first-team All-America squash player for Navy, "is that we're in a no-loss situation. We have to keep winning if we're going to make the NCAA playoffs. We can't afford to lose.

"We played tough, hard-nosed lacrosse today. Our defense was determined to hold them to single digits, and we did. We're going to have to play like this next week at West Point to win."

"This was our best team effort, at both ends of the field," Navy coach Bryan Matthews said. "We needed to step up our game. We shot a lot better. And our goalie, [sophomore] Garrett Luebker, is maturing."

Navy scored the first three goals. Charles Bertrand got the first after 55 seconds in an extra-man situation with an assist from John Hanna.

Andrew Ross scored after 2:59 on a feed by Rob Bailey with Navy a man up. Then Rich Costello drove hard to his right and bounced one past freshman goalie Brian Cooper to make it 3-0 after 4:52.

Delaware got its first goal at the midpoint of the period from Eric Doust, also a freshman, but then Navy made a five-goal run to make it 8-1.

Those Navy goals were scored by Ross, with an assist by Slough; by Matt Long, who dodged from behind the goal to score; by Long again with 18 seconds left in the first quarter; and then in the second period by Slough and Bertrand.

Just when it looked as though the game might turn into a rout, Delaware scored three goals in the final 3.32 of the half to make it 8-4.

Tom Stamos got the first, Brad Glowacki the second, and Thad Boyce the third 1:37 before halftime on a shot from the crease on a rebound.

With Navy leading 10-5 in the third period, Delaware got two goals from Eric Brine and Brock Livingston to make it 10-7.

But Navy scored two goals within 10 seconds, Slough with 1:38 left in the period on a feed from Rob Bailey and then Bailey, after a feed from Brian Hay, on a fast break off the ensuing faceoff.

Navy's Charles Bertrand and Slough scored the last two goals.

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