Remembering sting, Navy rolls

With '06 loss in mind, Mids master Colgate

No. 5 Navy 15 Colgate 10

College Lacrosse

March 22, 2007|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Sun reporter

From the opening minutes of yesterday's rematch with Colgate, it was obvious that the Navy men's lacrosse team was not going to let it happen again.

A year after suffering its first loss to its Patriot League rival, the fifth-ranked Midshipmen dispatched the Raiders with ease at chilly Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

Led by senior midfielder William Wallace and freshman midfielder Basil Daratsos, Navy scored the game's first six goals, then cruised to a 15-10 victory.

Navy (7-0, 4-0) is off to its best start since 1986. The Mids, in pursuit of their fourth straight Patriot League title since joining the league in 2004, are 27-2 against league opponents. Navy is one of four unbeaten teams remaining in the country.

"We were ready to play this game. We did a good job establishing the lead and I never felt threatened," said Navy coach Richie Meade, alluding to last year's 6-3 loss at Colgate, where the Mids took 33 shots, gave up three late goals and were generally outhustled by the Raiders.

"We've got to give Colgate their due. That [loss] was a big factor in this game. Our offensive guys really did the job today. We scored 15, but we were in position to score 20."

Wallace and Daratsos set the tone and ended up with career-high production.

Wallace did it all. He scored four goals, won 13 of 19 faceoffs and grabbed a game-high 10 ground balls. Daratsos needed just six shots to produce four goals, and he got the Mids rolling by scoring the game's first two goals - left-handed and right-handed - within the first two minutes.

Navy had a 3-0 lead before Colgate (4-3, 1-1) could get off a shot, took a 5-0 lead after one quarter by outshooting the Raiders 16-4, and led at halftime 8-4.

Colgate kept the score respectable by cashing in on five of seven extra-man opportunities. Sophomore attackman Kevin Colleluori scored three of his game-high five goals against Navy's man-down defense.

Before yesterday, the Mids had made a habit of starting slowly, then picking up steam. There was an obvious, immediate sense of urgency about them this time. Navy owned the middle of the field, especially in the first and third quarters, ran past Colgate defenders with ease and overwhelmed freshman goalie Tim Harrington.

"It was the only Patriot League loss [at Colgate] we had last year. We couldn't click in any way," Wallace said. "For us to come out and get up five goals [quickly] is exactly what we wanted. We started really well and that carried us. We were emotionally ready for this game."

After falling into a 6-0 hole on a shot Wallace bounced past Harrington from the right wing about 12 yards out with 12:20 left in the first half, the Raiders showed some toughness. Senior midfielder Chris Eck got on a roll facing off against Mikelis Visgauss, and Colgate closed the gap to 6-3 on Colleluori's first man-up score with 7:02 to go.

Colgate 0 4 2 4 - 10

Navy 5 3 5 2 - 15

Goals: C-Colleluori 5, Lalli, Corp, Hurley, Back, Monastero. N-Wallace 4, Daratsos 4, Dingman 3, Mirabito 2, Looney, Nechanicky. Assists: C-Corp 2, Hiller 2, Hurley 2, Lalli 2, Back. N-Looney 3, Dingman, Guido, Wallin. Saves: C-Harrington 11, Cain 2. N-Finnegan 12.

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