With the sting of an embarrassing, year-old, season-opening defeat to UMBC still on its mind, Navy returned the favor by holding the Retrievers scoreless for the final 40 minutes of an 11-2 rout yesterday before 2,617 at UMBC Stadium.
Sophomore attackman Ed McKinnon sparked the Navy offense with three goals and three assists. All-American goalie Mickey Jarboe was his typically sharp self with 13 saves and numerous fine clearing passes.
Bart Orr won seven of the game's first nine faceoffs to help Navy take a 5-2 halftime lead. Senior defenseman Chad Donnelly, with the occasional help of a double team, shut out Chris Marohl, the heart of UMBC's attack.
The Midshipmen took an important step forward in their quest to return to the NCAA tournament. Along with UMBC, they are members of the newly formed Eastern College Athletic Conference's Lacrosse League, from which the regular-season champion receives an automatic berth.
Then again, there was that matter of atoning for last February's 9-3 loss to UMBC. Yesterday, the Retrievers produced a tie for the lowest-offensive output in school history.
"When you take a butt-kicking like we took last year at our field, the ECAC, the NCAA tournament, is meaningless," Navy coach Richie Meade said. "They [UMBC] crushed us. As athletes, as a coaching staff, we took it to heart. We won the emotional battle today."
The Midshipmen won every battle against a younger, less-experienced opponent. It didn't help that UMBC senior defenseman Zack Burke was serving a one-game suspension for violating team rules; not that Burke would have made a sizable dent in the outcome.
The Midshipmen put away UMBC during a third quarter in which the younger Retrievers let their frustration get the best of them. Over a six-minute span that began with 6: 58 left, Navy scored five unanswered goals, including three in extra-man opportunities, to take a 10-2 lead after three quarters.
UMBC committed too many unforced turnovers, took too many impatient shots, and threw in 12 penalties, which cost them 10 minutes in man-down disadvantages. Navy was flagged only three times.
The Midshipmen also decisively won the game of hustle, grabbing 39 ground balls to the Retrievers' 20. Navy outshot UMBC, 40-24.
"It kind of snowballed on us. We had a lot of unnecessary-roughness penalties, which surprised me. I was disappointed with the way we handled some of the pressure and adversity," UMBC coach Don Zimmerman said.
"We have to understand that, when things are going wrong, the worst thing you can do is compound your mistakes by losing your composure. I'm not doubting our effort. Our youth showed, and Navy took it to us."
The Retrievers could have used Burke to slow down McKinnon, who started the game's scoring one minute into the contest and remained a threat all day.
McKinnon, off a nice transition clear by Jarboe and a feed by Perry Taylor, made it 3-1 with 5: 28 left in the first quarter.
UMBC senior Jeff Radcliffe, who shifted from attack to midfield yesterday, pulled the Retrievers to within 3-2 with 10 minutes left in the first half. But that was it for the Retrievers' offense.
During the third-quarter spurt that turned the game into a yawn, McKinnon recorded three assists. He finished the scoring in the fourth quarter with 10: 52 left.
Navy 3 2 5 1 -- 11
UMBC 1 1 0 0 -- 2
Goals: N--McKinnon 3, Borcz 2, Roesgen 2, Conklin, Cornes, Power, Lockwood; UMBC--Hahn, Ratcliffe. Assists: N--McKinnon 3, Power 2, Holton 2, Taylor 2, Duthie. UMBC--Marohl, Harasym. Saves: N--Jarboe 13; UMBC--Cusa 11.
Pub Date: 2/27/00