Navy revives hopes by beating Towson

April 17, 1994|By Bill Tanton | Bill Tanton,Sun Staff Writer

It's traditional at the Naval Academy for the Midshipmen to sing their alma mater on the field after an athletic contest and follow it with a cry of: "Beat Army!"

Yesterday, after Navy upset Towson State, 13-12, in lacrosse before 1,324 spectators at the academy's turf field, the alma mater was followed by cries of: "Beat Hopkins!"

Navy, ranked No. 12 this week, was coming off consecutive losses to Maryland and Georgetown and had a 5-4 record. Towson entered 5-2 and No. 7.

After a 2-hour, 15-minute struggle in which the score was tied eight times, Navy attackman Charles Bertrand scored the winning goal on a feed from Matt Long with 29 seconds remaining in regulation.

This was the second straight year in which Bertrand scored in the final minute to beat Towson. Last year's score was 8-7.

So just when people were beginning to count Navy out of this year's 12-team NCAA postseason championship tournament, the Middies have managed to stay alive.

Their next opponent: Hopkins Friday night in Navy-Marine Corps Stadium.

"We're not stupid," said Navy coach Bryan Matthews. "We knew our backs were against the wall as far as making the tournament. Now we just have to get ready to play a great game against a great Hopkins team."

Bertrand and Rob Bailey were Navy's high scorers with three goals each. Bertrand also had two assists.

The game's leading scorer, however, was Towson's David Quinn. He had five goals and two assists.

As disappointed Towson players climbed aboard the team bus after the game, their coach, Carl Runk, sat quietly in the first seat and praised Navy.

"I give Navy all the credit in the world," Runk said. "We knew Navy had its back to the wall and we knew they'd hound us, which they did.

"[And] we never got into a good mode of offense."

Bailey scored his second goal of the day 6:47 into the third period to give Navy its biggest lead at 9-6.

Towson's Dudley Dixon promptly scored two goals to cut the margin to one entering the final period.

After Towson's Steve Carcaterra scored off a feed from Goers, Navy went back on top, 10-9, on freshman John Hanna's goal as he fell into the crease after the shot.

Quinn then came back with the next two goals and put the visitors ahead, 11-10; the go-ahead score came after Carcaterra intercepted a Navy clear and passed to Quinn for an open-goal tally.

Bailey tied it again with 5:50 left, then Tim Lucky put Towson back on top at 12-11 with 3.48 remaining, but Navy scored the game's final two goals.

"We've had a tough week, losing to Maryland and Georgetown," Bertrand said, "but I think beating Towson shows we can play with the big boys. I just hope the committee feels that way when the field is selected."

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