Georgetown capitalizes on Navy penalties, 13-8 Goalie Hole is impressive in 7th-ranked Hoyas' win

March 29, 1997|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

Home was not so sweet to Navy last night.

The youthful Midshipmen played a futile game of catch-up lacrosse for more than 47 minutes and lost to a well-disciplined Georgetown team, 13-8, before 2,822 fans at Rip Miller Field.

It was the first home-field defeat of the season for ninth-ranked Navy (5-2) and the team's fourth straight loss to the Hoyas, who trailed only once.

That occurred when Navy's Brad Gilroy scored 30 seconds following the opening faceoff. Seventh-rated Georgetown (5-2) gained the lead on two straight goals late in the first period by Scott Urick, son of coach Dave Urick, and held it the rest of the way except for a brief second-quarter tie.

Navy twice fell behind by four goals before closing to within 10-8 at the 12: 04 mark of the final period. Then the Hoyas scored three straight times, with the first goal by Greg McCavera zooming into an open net.

"I don't think we were as sharp offensively as we have been the last couple of games," Navy coach Richie Meade said. "We didn't have the continuity we needed. Our settled offense didn't get the job done and that's my fault. We put in some schemes the kids weren't familiar with."

The Midshipmen also were hurt by seven second-half penalties and the resourceful play of Hoyas goalie Brian Hole, who made key saves at important junctures.

"That's more penalties than we've ever had," Meade said after Georgetown cashed in four extra-man goals. "I don't know why, but these referees chose to call it very closely."

"The extra-man offense was a big part of the game," Hoyas coach Urick said.

Meade believed the turning point arrived just after halftime when his team couldn't convert despite a hearty assault against Hole.

"We came out and had three or four great shots to make it 7-6 and didn't do it," he said. "Their goalie played well when he had to."

McCavera's goal at the 5: 32 mark of the fourth period pushed the Hoyas up by 10-6 before Navy mounted its final charge on goals by Scott Meushaw and Jamie O'Leary.

Meade then elected to play goalie Mickey Jarboe out of the net, trying to shut off the open men, but McCavera foiled that strategy.

"The way the game was going dictated that decision," he said.

Urick said he doesn't believe Georgetown has any particular hex on the Midshipmen, whose roster includes only six seniors.

"These things go in cycles," he said of the four-game winning streak. "They're an awfully young team and we've always played within a couple of goals."

Meade did not believe Georgetown wore his team down physically, although Urick did play a third midfield unit.

"Playing from behind is what wears you down," he said. "You have to expend a lot more energy doing that and Georgetown played very well with the lead. It's very difficult to come from behind when you don't get positive reinforcement."

Pub Date: 3/29/97

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