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In Sunday's editions, last year's C. Markland Kelly Award winner for lacrosse was reported incorrectly. The winner was Karl Zeller of Loyola High School.

The Sun regrets the errors.

Delaware came to Navy's Dewey Field yesterday looking for its first lacrosse victory over the Mids.

The Blue Hens are still looking.

Navy led from wire to wire and won, 11-6, before 537 spectators on a windy day in Annapolis. The series stands at 12-0 in Navy's favor.

Senior attackman Rob Bailey and sophomore midfielder Andy Ross had three goals each to pace Navy. Charles Bertrand, a senior attackman, contributed a goal and four assists.

Both goalies played well -- Navy's 6-foot-4 Garrett Luebker making 13 saves, and Delaware's Brian Cooper, a sophomore from Binghamton, N.Y., making 16.

Baltimore freshman Mark Cornes, last year's C. Markland Kelly Jr. Award winner at Gilman, played well at midfield for the Blue Hens. For the first time he was used as a faceoff man.

"I'm very pleased with our effort in this one," said Navy first-year coach Richie Meade. "This wasn't a really well-played game -- the conditions made it difficult for both teams -- but it was a hard, tough game and we did a good job scrapping for the ball. This was as good as we've played defensively all year."

What pleased Meade most was that his Mids came back and scored a victory after having lost two of their three previous starts to Virginia and Duke.

Navy's biggest lead came on Ross' third goal, which put the Mids ahead 7-1 midway through the third period.

Late in the game Delaware (3-3) came back on two straight goals by its leading scorer, Anthony DiMarzo, and closed to within 9-6 with 5:34 left. Navy (4-2) closed it out with goals by Chris Messineo and John Hanna.

Bailey, Navy's captain, who will enter the Marines this summer, said the Mids are going to be a better team before this season ends.

"I think we can improve," he said. "In this game we played hard more than we did well. I liked the way we swarmed after ground balls. We have 10 seniors and good leadership on this team and we enjoy playing for Coach Meade."

Meade, who was the No. 1 assistant coach at Army at this time last year, sends his team against the Cadets on Friday night at 7:30 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

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