Navy makes short work of Marist with spurt

10 straight goals fuel win that is stopped early, 12-1

Lacrosse

February 16, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

The Navy men's lacrosse team cruised to a 12-1, weather-shortened victory over Marist yesterday at Rip Miller Field.

The game started nearly an hour late, as Navy's grounds crew and support staff worked for more than three hours to remove the snow from the turf.

The weather held out for the first 30 minutes of the game, but wind gusts and snow showers made conditions too dangerous to continue. The game was called after the third quarter.

Navy wasted little time before scoring. Sophomore Chris Pieczonka won the opening faceoff and quickly dispensed the ball to junior attackman Ben Bailey. With just seven seconds elapsed, Bailey fired in his first shot and the game's first goal.

Only 30 seconds later, senior midfielders Kelly Nash and Greg Conklin teamed up, with Conklin's goal giving the Mids a 2-0 lead.

The Red Foxes answered when attack Josh Ben-Eliyahu scooped up a ground ball in front of the Navy cage and tossed it past keeper Seth DiNola to make it 2-1.

The Mids then registered 10 consecutive goals - including five in the second period - while holding Marist scoreless for the final 38 minutes.

Conklin, Joe Bossi, Graham Gill and Jon Birsner produced two goals apiece for Navy.

Rookie attack Ian Dingman provided two assists.

Scores, schedule

Yesterday

Navy 12, Marist 1

Saturday

Men

Georgetown at Maryland, 11 a.m. Catholic at Salisbury, 1 Navy at Ohio State, 1 Rutgers at Towson, 1 Mt. St. Mary's at UMBC, 1 Washington at Widener, 1:30 Delaware at Loyola, 1 St. Mary's at Neumann, 3

Women

Lehigh at Mt. St. Mary's, 1 Hood at Ferrum, 2

Next Sunday

Women UMBC at Duke, noon

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