Borcz's 5 points power Navy Mids rally from 3 down to defeat Penn, 12-11, as plebe gets four goals

March 08, 1998|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Adam Borcz is a plebe, but the Anne Arundel County native has been following Navy lacrosse long enough to know about the intense rivalry between the Midshipmen and the University of Pennsylvania.

Yesterday afternoon, Borcz was right in the middle of it. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound midfielder got four goals and an assist as Navy downed the Quakers, 12-11, before 739 at Rip Miller Field.

Penn cut the lead to one with 1: 05 remaining, but Navy won the ensuing faceoff on a pushing penalty and was able to run out the clock.

"I knew it was going to be a tough game because I've been watching Navy lacrosse for 10 years, and every time we've played Penn, it's always been a one- or two-goal game," said Borcz, one of four Calvert Hall graduates in the Navy lineup. "We came out hard and knew what we had to to. We had some breakdowns, which happens, but we settled down, started catching and throwing and we shot well."

The Midshipmen (2-1), who were coming off last Saturday's 17-7 road loss to North Carolina, struggled with the basics in the first quarter and quickly found themselves trailing 4-1.

"We fell behind 5-1 to Carolina, and I didn't want that to happen again, but it was getting close," said Navy goalkeeper Mickey Jarboe (16 saves), smiling. "Luckily, the defense regrouped, and the offense held the ball a little bit longer and got some good shots."

The adjustments enabled Navy to score three unanswered goals in the final three minutes to tie it. Mike Newton started the run by converting a feed from Borcz, and Borcz pulled the Mids within one when he scooped up a loose ball and got off an underhand shot before landing squarely on his back.

Junior attackman Jamie O'Leary, Navy's leading scorer last season, shrugged off a slash to the head and tied it at 4 with 10 seconds left in the first quarter.

The lead changed twice early in the second quarter before Navy strung together four goals to take a 9-6 halftime lead.

Peter Janney, a graduate of nearby Severn School, put Penn (1-1) within two with a goal 38 seconds into the second half, and he cut it to two again with 6: 40 left in the third quarter, but Borcz had the final say, giving the Mids an 11-8 lead with one quarter left.

"It's tough for me to come back here and lose to these guys like this again, especially in Annapolis, in front of family and friends," said Janney, who was hoping to get some revenge for last year's 9-8 loss to Navy. "Navy has some big shooters in the midfield, and we tried to play tight and not give up any big cranks, and for the most part, we did a good job, but we just couldn't put enough in at the end."

The Quakers, outshot 47-29, got back within one after two extra-man goals early in the fourth quarter before Scott Meushaw, another Calvert Hall graduate, scored the game-winner with 3: 46 left.

"When you lose the way we did last week, it's important to come back and win," said Navy coach Richie Meade. "I made a mistake in the Carolina game because we worried to much about North Carolina and not enough about Navy the week before the game."

Pub Date: 3/08/98

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