Goal at :03 keeps Navy unbeaten, 9-8

March 09, 1997|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

PHILADELPHIA -- Jamie O'Leary scored three goals, including the game-winner with three seconds remaining, as No. 12 Navy beat Penn, 9-8, yesterday before 375 at Franklin Field.

Navy (4-0) matched its win total of last season, winning all four games by one goal in a span of 15 days.

The Midshipmen, who outshot Penn 42-37, came out strong in the second half and took a 7-4 lead with three consecutive goals in two minutes. The Quakers (1-1) tied the game on a goal by John Ward with 3: 14 left in the third quarter.

Ward put Penn ahead 8-7 three minutes into the fourth quarter, but Andy Ross set up Brad Gilroy for the tying goal with a minute left.

"This is getting to be too typical of our team," Navy coach Richie Meade said. "We played well for nine minutes of the third quarter, but then we let Penn back in the game.

"I give Penn a lot of credit. We were impatient offensively, and if their goalie hadn't been playing so well, we might have been ahead by a lot more. We have to improve as a lacrosse team, but I think today's game showed that we have tenacity and the ability to win close games."

Pub Date: 3/09/97

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