From Sun staff reports
1:37 AM EST, February 12, 2012
Tucker Hull and Sam Jones combined to score 17 points, including 11 goals, as host Navy opened its season with a 14-7 victory over Virginia Military Institute on Saturday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
The game was the first as Midshipmen coach for Rick Sowell and was Navy's 11th consecutive season-opening win. The Mids lost their last five of the 2011 season, including three straight at home.
The Keydets (0-1) opened with a 2-0 lead before Navy put together a 7-0 run, scoring six goals in 41/2minutes.
The flurry started at 9:38 when Jones cut left and scored on an assist from Hull.
The two combined efforts again 35 seconds later; this time, Jones assisted on Hull's goal for a 2-2 score.
Navy took the lead for good when Jones fed Pat Durkin at 8:18. Hull scored back-to-back goals for a 5-2 Navy lead. The run ended with a second score by Jones and a goal by long pole Pat Kiernan, who went from midfield to cage for a 7-2 Navy lead.
After being held scoreless for nearly 12 minutes, the Keydets found the back of the net at 13:32 in the second when Keith Long went high to low on Navy goalkeeper RJ Wickham from 7 yards out.
VMI trimmed the lead to 7-4 when Navy's Nikk Davis was unable to get to the Keydets' Chris Kitchen, who punched in an unassisted goal at 7:55.
Navy answered with three-straight goals, including two by Hull, to put the game out of reach.
Towson 12, Jacksonville 10: Sean Maguire scored three goals in the final 23 minutes to rally the visiting Tigers (1-0) from a third-quarter deficit to the victory.
Shawn Nadelen made his coaching debut for Towson. Midway through the third quarter, the Tigers trailed the Dolphins (0-1) by 8-6.
Maguire scored an unassisted goal with 7:17 left to start a 5-0 run for an 11-8 Towson advantage with 8:23 remaining.
Jacksonville scored twice over a three-minute span to pull to within 11-10.
Towson answered nine seconds later when Dan Kramer fed Maguire for his third goal.
High Point 11, Navy 10: The visiting Mids (0-1) held a 5-2 lead after 20 minutes but were outscored 7-3 in the second half and were held scoreless for the final 15 minutes.
The Panthers' Kendyl Gardner forced the fourth and final tie, 10-10, on a free-position goal with 13:45 left in the game. Christie Dougherty scored the game-winner with 4:20 left.
Navy got two goals each from Molly Hamilton, Aimee Gennaro, Jill Coughlin and Loren Generi. Dougherty finished with three goals for High Point (1-0).
Duke 16, Rutgers 8: John Danowski earned his 300th career win, making him the sixth coach in Division I to reach the milestone, behind a four-goal effort by Robert Rotanz.
Danowski improved his record to 300-158 and 81-19 at Duke (1-0). He ranks fourth all-time among active coaches in career wins and ninth among active coaches in winning percentage. Delaware's Bob Shillinglaw also reached 300 wins this season.
Duke outshot the Scarlet Knights 33-9.
Delaware 11, Bucknell 10, OT: Danny Keane completed his hat trick with five seconds left in overtime as the visiting Blue Hens beat the Bison (0-1).
Delaware is off to a 2-0 start for the third straight year and built a 10-5 lead late in the third quarter before Bucknell rallied to force the extra period.
George Mason 19, Saint Francis (Pa.) 9: The host Patriots (1-0) used a balanced attack with three players scoring four or more goals to beat the Red Flash (0-1). Caitlin Formato paced Mason with five goals. Mason led 7-1 midway through the first half.
Mason held the advantage in shots, 32-17, ground balls, 15-14 and draws, 21-9. Goalie Brittany Pastrana got the win playing in the first half.
Ohio State 19, San Diego State 4: Kirsten Donahue scored four goals to lead the Buckeyes (1-0) past the Aztecs (0-1) at Stanford. Ohio State improved to 11-6 all-time in season openers. San Diego State is a first-year lacrosse program. Lauren Maack gave the Aztecs a 1-0 lead before Ohio State scored eight straight.
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