Despite not scoring for the final 27 minutes of the game, Navy hung on for a 9-8 win over Hobart in the championship game of the Patriot League Tournament Sunday in Annapolis.
The Mids (12-2) advance to their first NCAA Tournament in five years. Hobart dropped to 8-6 with the loss.
Navy went on to score six of the next seven goals from the 5:16 mark in the second quarter until the 11:51 mark in the third quarter and own a 9-4 lead. Those scoring goals in that run included a pair by Graham Gill, two by junior attack Ben Horn and one each by Steve and Billy Looney.
With a five-goal lead, Navy had the game well in hand. Hobart, however, scored four-consecutive goals and put itself within a goal with 11 minutes to go in the contest. Neither team scored over the final 11 minutes and Navy was crowned the league champion.
Hobart was able to do something no other Navy opponent has done this season - hold the Mids scoreless for an entire quarter. Not only did the Mids not score in the fourth quarter, they did not score for nearly 27 minutes as their final goal of the game was with 11:51 remaining in the third quarter.
Defensively, Navy sophomore keeper Matt Russell faced 33 shots, giving up eight goals and stopping nine shots on goal. Hobart's Dan Valente was strong in the cage, producing 15 saves among the 34 shots he faced.
Originally published May 2, 2004, 6:51 PM EDT