Fortune, Borcz smile on Navy in OT, 12-11

Errant pass finds senior to drop No. 7 Georgetown

April 04, 1999|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

It was one of those occasions when good fortune was much more productive than good planning.

Adam Borcz happened to be in the right place to scoop up an errant pass yesterday and fire it past Georgetown goalie Brian Hole with four seconds left in the first overtime to lift the Naval Academy to a stirring 12-11 lacrosse victory before 2,637 sun-drenched fans at Dewey Field.

The win over the seventh-ranked Hoyas was a vital one for the 10th-ranked Midshipmen, who were in danger of falling to .500 with four ranked teams remaining on their schedule, including Maryland and Johns Hopkins. This outcome clearly enhanced their NCAA tournament credentials.

"Whoever had the ball last was going to win this game," said Borcz, a senior attackman from Calvert Hall. "They always play us a one- or two-goal game. We were running one of our set plays when the pass went through. I was fortunate enough to be right there."

Navy (5-3) had just served a penalty when coach Richie Meade called a timeout to set up a final thrust. Kevin Meehan and Jon Brianas were to connect on a pass that would lead to the last shot, but the ball went through to Borcz, who fired a low blazer that won the game.

That broke a five-game losing streak by the Midshipmen against Georgetown (5-2) and Borcz sparked the surge offensively. He scored Navy's last two goals in regulation after the Hoyas had twice forged leads of 10-9 and 11-10.

"We had a week to get ready and our guys played very hard," Meade said. "We didn't play with the attention to detail we needed against Delaware [in an 11-8 upset loss], but this week we did. And this is X-week [exam week] for these kids. Most of them have been staying up all night to study and we've had intense practices that have been cut to 90 minutes.

"To beat a ranked team is important. That will help us. But I'm most proud that we met the challenge."

Navy overshadowed Georgetown's early intensity and soared into a 5-1 first-period advantage by dominating the faceoffs and the ground balls. Two extra-man goals by Brianas produced the four-goal lead.

But the Hoyas fought back little by little, began taking more than their share of draws and Navy remained ahead chiefly because of the efforts of goalie Mickey Jarboe (Calvert Hall), who finished with 23 saves.

"They're good shooters and they came out hard in the third quarter," said Jarboe. "But this game was really big for us; we didn't want to go to 4-4. The rest of our games are pretty much tough and we knew we needed our best effort today.

"They were all excited and hyped when they came out before the game. We had to match and exceed that."

Navy had a 38-23 edge in ground balls and scored in three of four extra-man situations. It was a gritty performance.

"There was a lot of effort by both teams," said Georgetown coach Dave Urick. "I'm proud of the way my kids came back when it looked like Navy could get away from us. A lot of people got their money's worth with this game."

Pub Date: 4/04/99

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