College lacrosse: Navy wins opener vs. VMI, 16-5

February 13, 2010|By Baltimore Sun staff reports

The Navy men's lacrosse team jumped out to a 7-0 lead and never looked back as the Mids claimed a 16-5 win over VMI Saturday at Rip Miller Field in the season opener for both teams.

Eleven Midshipmen scored despite a pair of three-minute stick penalties in their ninth home-opening victory.

The game was moved from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium to Rip Miller Field because of field conditions from the recent snowstorms.

"I felt like we played a lot better today than how we did a year ago at this same time," said Navy head coach Richie Meade. "We definitely have some things to work out before we play Loyola next week, but certainly we did some things today that we can build off."

Nikk Davis put the Mids ahead 1-0 two minutes into the game. Navy then scored three consecutive goals in less that two minutes and took a 4-0 lead with 7:52 remaining in the opening quarter. Among the three goals was a side-winder from Kevin Doyle. The third goal was scored on a Brendan Connors-to-Patrick Moran play when Navy played two men up.

The Mids pushed the lead to 5-0 when Taylor Cook fought his way through a crowd of defensemen, spinning twice before burying his first career goal.

Thirty-three seconds later, junior attackman Andy Warner scored the first of his three goals on the day. Navy's final goal of the quarter was scored on an errant clear with senior midfielder Basil Daratsos picking off a pass and taking it in for the goal.

The start of the second quarter marked two distinct changes within the game. First, VMI head coach Jeff Shirk benched keeper Sean McCoy and inserted sophomore Kelly McMinn, who would go on and play a solid contest. The second, meanwhile, was the first of two illegal stick penalties called on Navy, this time it was Warner.

The three-minute stick penalty cost Navy a pair of goals, including a Keith Long-to-Brett Leonard strike just 17 seconds into the quarter. The Mids, who managed to rack up seven penalties in the game, weathered a 1-minute cross check by Joe McAuliffe , but the 30-second push by Doyle led the Keydets to their third straight extra-man goal, closing to within four goals.

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