Add another team to the growing lacrosse revenge list at Navy.
Behind a career-best four goals from junior midfielder Scott Meushaw, No. 10-ranked Navy crushed Bucknell, 17-7, before 502 at Rip Miller Field in Annapolis last night.
With the victory over the Bison, the Midshipmen (6-2) have now beaten three teams they lost to last season. It also assures Navy of at least a .500 regular-season record and puts the team just one victory away from its first winning record in four years.
Navy dominated every facet of the game, taking a season-high 52 shots to Bucknell's 24. The Mids also had the edge in faceoffs (18 of 27) and ground balls (41-28).
"I'm particularly pleased how well we played offensively," Navy coach Richie Meade said. "We were moving the ball real well tonight. And we were coming off the Georgetown game [a 13-8 loss on Friday], in which our offense did not play well."
The Midshipmen came out firing. Navy, which averages 10 goals on 38 shots per game, had 11 goals on 31 shots at halftime.
Bucknell (2-4) grabbed an early 1-0 lead 55 seconds into the game when Ed Joffe (five goals) scored on the Bison's first shot. Navy wasted no time tying it 43 seconds later when J. L. Reppert scored off a feed from Brad Gilroy.
That goal started a 5-0 run in which Reppert and Jamie O'Leary combined for four goals. The Bison ended a nearly 21 1/2 -minute drought when Ed Costello scored to close to within 6-2 with 7: 39 remaining in the second quarter.
Navy finished off Bucknell late in the second quarter, scoring three goals in an 18-second span in the final minute before halftime for an 11-4 advantage.
Midshipmen midfielder Andy Ross started the spurt, running past three defenders and shooting across his body for a 9-4 lead.
Nine seconds later, Navy freshman Mike Haertel won the faceoff and Bert Geis scored off a pass from Brad Gilroy to make it 10-4. Nine seconds after that, Haertel again won the faceoff, leading to four quick Navy passes capped by Jason Hull's goal.
Oddly enough, this excellent offensive game occurred during exam week, which limits the Midshipmen's practice time.
"We haven't had a problem with effort all season," Meade said. "Our problem has been with focus and patience."
Bucknell resembles little of last season's 12-0 team that beat the Midshipmen, 6-5. The Bison, who have only one of their top scorers back from last season, looked ragged at times.
The Bison threw balls out of bounds and sometimes into the stands. Bucknell also made mental mistakes and was physically manhandled by Navy.
"My team is pale green, not even a full green yet," said Bucknell coach Sid Jamieson, referring to his team's youth. "When you get into an environment like this, the inexperience and excitement is detrimental. We continue to get better each game."
Pub Date: 4/03/97