Navy falls to Hoyas in error-filled game Georgetown wins, 9-7, as Mids' offense sputters

March 29, 1998|By STEVEN KIVINSKI | STEVEN KIVINSKI,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

WASHINGTON -- The weather for yesterday's eighth meeting between No. 12 Navy and No. 9 Georgetown was perfect, with blue skies and refreshing breezes.

Unfortunately, the same can't be said for what transpired on Georgetown's sun-drenched Harbin Field.

In a game mired in unforced turnovers by both teams, the host Hoyas found the handle-and ultimately the net - when it counted most and downed the Midshipmen, 9-7, before a crowd of 1,611.

The loss drops Navy to 5-3 and puts the Midshipmen in an even tougher position as they prepare to take on Maryland on Saturday and Hofstra the following Friday.

"It was one of those games where both teams are playing sloppy, but you have to win games like that," said Navy fourth-year coach Richie Meade, who is 0-4 against the Hoyas. "In games like this, you have to try and endure and get the goal at the critical time, and that's what Georgetown did. We were in that situation a couple of times and didn't get it done."

The Mids, whose other two losses came against Atlantic Coast Conference powers North Carolina (17-7) and Duke (7-6), matched Georgetown goal for goal in the first, second and fourth quarters, but Georgetown scored two unanswered goals in the third that proved to be the difference.

Junior attackman Greg McCavera (two goals, two assists) and senior midfielder Greg Hubschmann (two goals, one assist) led the way for the Hoyas on offense and junior goalkeeper Brian Hole recorded 13 saves.

Navy sophomore goalie Mickey Jarboe kept the Mids in striking distance with 13 saves of his own, but ultimately, not close enough.

"I thought our defense did a great job, but we just did not step up to the plate offensively," said Meade, whose squad converted just nine of 37 shots. "Our stickwork was sloppy and I don't think we had any flow to our offense at all.

"We didn't have any continuity and I don't understand why. A lot of the things we were trying to do were there and we just didn't take advantage of it."

Georgetown (4-2), which was coming off a one-goal loss to Duke (8-7), scored twice at the start of the fourth quarter, including one short-handed goal that gave the Hoyas a four-goal cushion with 8:52 remaining.

Junior attackman Jamie O'Leary, Navy's leading score with 19 goals and eight assists, answered the Hoyas man-down goal 17 seconds later, only to see the son of Georgetown coach Dave Urick, Scott, return the lead to four with 6:41 left.

Navy closed the game by scoring three goals in the final four minutes but it was too little, too late.

"This Navy team has got some punch and it's going to be around awhile," said Dave Urick. "They don't lose much next season, so I expect them to make some noise. I have a lot of respect for what they're doing over there. They got a nice group of players that I think are only going to get better and better."

Said Meade: "This is a major disappointment for us and now we have to respond. Last year we didn't respond at this time of year and our season fizzled out, so we're going to see what we got now."

Pub Date: 3/29/98

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