Baltimore connection helps Navy stun UNC Gilroy's goal at : 22 gives Mids 13-12 victory

March 03, 1997|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,SUN STAFF

Two games into the lacrosse season, Navy coach Richie Meade could hear the muttering. It wasn't music to his ears.

Navy wasn't good, people were saying. The Mids had to struggle to beat Washington College by one goal. The schedule will only get tougher, with North Carolina up next. Looks like another losing season.

The muttering has stopped. In the biggest upset of the infant season, unranked Navy stunned No. 7 North Carolina, 13-12, yesterday before 1,735 at Rip Miller Field on a goal by sophomore attackman Brad Gilroy with 22 seconds remaining.

The Baltimore connection completed this one for Navy. With the Tar Heels leading 12-11, Scott Meushaw (Calvert Hall) tied it with 29 seconds remaining and Boys' Latin grad Gilroy, assisted by Andy Ross (North County), won it.

"I was in the right place at the right time," Gilroy said. "Andy got the ground ball after the faceoff, lofted it in to me and I put it away."

"This was huge, the biggest win since I've been here," said Ross, a senior captain. "It's the first time Navy has been 3-0 in quite a while."

Last season, en route to a 4-8 record, Navy was clobbered by North Carolina, 24-7, the second-largest losing margin in the school's 90 years of lacrosse. Now the Mids are 3-0, all one-goal wins, against UMBC, Washington and North Carolina in the space of nine days. During exams, no less.

"It was a tough week," Meade said. "To be able to win during this period of the school year and after the way Carolina beat our brains out last year is an accomplishment."

"We've come from behind in all three games," Ross said. "It shows you've got to keep fighting."

The game was a one-goal affair until Navy scored six straight for an 11-6 edge midway through the third quarter. North Carolina (1-1) replied with a six-goal string for a 12-11 advantage midway through the fourth.

"My players finally realized they had to play hard to stay with a good Division I team," North Carolina coach Dave Klarmann said in explaining the momentum shift. "Sometimes a team has to get smacked around to realize how hard it has to play."

Despite the North Carolina onslaught, plebe goalie Mickey Jarboe (Calvert Hall) never lost his poise. He stiffened, didn't permit a goal the last 7: 50 and finished with 16 saves.

The Tar Heels didn't put the ball in the goal again until the game was over. Their final shot, by Mike Maler, went in after the horn.

Spencer Deering (Friends) scored all four of his goals during the North Carolina run; indeed, they were the Tar Heels' last four.

Pub Date: 3/03/97

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