Maryland continues to dominate Navy

Second straight 6-5 loss leaves Mids coach Meade with 0-6 mark vs. Terps

April 09, 2000|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK -- Old Maryland-Navy lacrosse emotions never die, and they don't fade away, either.

Just ask Navy coach Richie Meade, or talk to Maryland senior long-stick midfielder Jeff Shirk, or solicit Navy senior defenseman Jamie Doffermyre for his opinion on the rivalry.

They were still replaying seventh-ranked Maryland's 6-5 victory over No. 8 Navy (6-3) yesterday over and over in their minds long after the game had ended before 2,255 at Byrd Stadium.

"I admit I'm frustrated," Meade said after he dropped to 0-6 against the Terps. "I don't think we're snake-bitten against them. We come to play every game, like we did today, and we just lose on two goals today when we get hung up behind our goal."

Meade was so upset with a second straight 6-5 loss to Maryland (7-2) that he didn't seem to want to leave the field.

More than 30 minutes after the game was over, Meade walked to the football building beyond the end zone and sat all alone for several minutes, probably wondering what might have been if Brandon Cornes had not overthrown Eddie McKinnon near the crease in the final seconds of the game in an attempt to force overtime.

Shirk openly had no sympathy for Meade because the Navy coach had sent him a letter when he was a high school senior "telling me I wasn't a Division I lacrosse athlete."

Shirk said: "I still have that letter on my wall, and it's a great feeling to finish up 4-0 against Navy. That has driven me for four years, and today I was also on a mission because it was Navy that beat us out for the tournament last year."

With Meade telling Shirk no, he was tempted to give up his bid to play big-time lacrosse. But there was one man who believed in Shirk, and that was his father, Gary.

Yes, the Gary Shirk who was a tight end for the New York Giants from 1975 to 1982.

"My dad told me I could make it in Division I lacrosse, and I got a big break when I met [Maryland] Coach [Dick] Edell through Jason Carrier, who was being recruited by Maryland out of my high school," said the 6-foot-2, 200-pounder. "Dad said he was sure that if I worked hard and did what Coach Edell told me to do, I would play for him."

Edell had three words to describe Shirk yesterday after he had helped the Terps break even in hard hits in a grueling, physical duel between the two state rivals.

"He's a warrior," said Edell. "You ought to meet his father. They're great people."

And what was Navy's Doffermyre thinking after he dropped to 0-4 against Maryland?

"I think we're the better team," said the former Arundel High standout who doubles as a defensive back for the football team and lacrosse defenseman. "Maryland is a strong team, but I feel we're a little better. It was just a matter of a couple of mistakes we made late in the game."

Doffermyre was still shaking his head over Maryland's two fourth-quarter goals that wiped out a 5-4 Navy lead. Both came off plays from behind the goal involving Terps redshirt freshman attackman Mike Mollot.

Mollot scored what proved to be the winning goal with 5: 01 left in the game when he dashed around the net and beat Navy's outstanding senior goalkeeper, Mickey Jarboe, for a 6-5 lead.

The tying goal for Maryland featured Mollot standing behind the goal for nearly a minute and directing traffic before Matt Urlock was able to come open in front of the net and score from 12 yards to tie the score at 5 with 11: 13 left.

Navy 0 2 3 0 -- 5

Maryland 1 2 1 2 -- 6

Goals: N--Borcz, Brianas, Conklin, Cornes, McKinnon; M--Malone 2, LaMonica, Mollot, Urlock, Zeller. Assists: N--McKinnon, Lockwood, Taylor; M--LaChapelle, Mollot. Saves: N--Jarboe 14; M--McGinnis 10.

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