College lacrosse: Navy men beat VMI, 16-5

February 14, 2010|By From Sun Staff reports

The No. 6 Navy men's lacrosse team took a 7-0 lead and never looked back as the Midshipmen claimed a 16-5 win over visiting Virginia Military Institute on Saturday in the season opener for both teams.

Eleven Midshipmen scored despite a pair of three-minute stick penalties.

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

"I felt like we played a lot better today than how we did a year ago at this same time," Navy coach Richie Meade said. "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 two-man advantage for Navy, when Brendan Connors found Patrick Moran.

The Mids pushed the lead to 5-0 when Taylor Cook fought his way through a crowd of defensemen, spinning twice before scoring his first career goal. Thirty-three seconds later, junior attackman Andy Warner scored the first of his three goals. Navy's final goal of the quarter came on an errant clear with senior midfielder Basil Daratsos picking off a pass and scoring.

The start of the second quarter marked two distinct changes. First, VMI coach Jeff Shirk benched keeper Sean McCoy and inserted sophomore Kelly McMinn, who would go on to 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 penalty allowed VMI to score a pair of goals, including a Keith Long-to-Brett Leonard strike just 17 seconds into the quarter. The Mids, who committed seven penalties in the game, weathered a one-minute cross check infraction by Joe McAuliffe, but the 30-second push by Doyle led the Keydets to their third straight extra-man goal, closing them within four.

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