Georgetown subdues Navy

One year after getting embarrassed by Georgetown on its home field, the Navy men's lacrosse team hit another wall yesterday against the visiting Hoyas, and the Midshipmen once again have begun their regular-season stretch run with a stumble.

Hampered by an offense that had trouble shooting straight, and schooled by a Georgetown offense that came alive with sharp cuts, good passing and efficient shooting in a pivotal third quarter, No. 6 Navy suffered a 9-5 defeat to the No. 5 Hoyas before 5,102 at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium.


This was not the way the Midshipmen (7-2) wanted to make a statement, as Navy rolled into the meat of its schedule after controlling most of the Patriot League with ease. The Mids, who travel to No. 3 Maryland on Friday, did not look as listless as in last year's 11-6 drubbing by Georgetown. But Navy's 5-for-40 shooting, punctuated by a 2-for-8 flop in its extra-man game and an assortment of dropped and ill-advised passes, made for a painful afternoon.

Georgetown (6-1) beat Navy for the fourth time in five tries and played its physical brand of lacrosse by drawing nine penalties, including six in a rough-and-tumble first half. Then, with a combination of well-executed plays and a good transition game, the Hoyas rolled over the Mids for five third-quarter goals to take an 8-3 lead into the fourth quarter.


Sophomore attackman Andrew Baird led Georgetown with three goals, each of them assisted. His hat trick came on consecutive goals that bridged the third and fourth quarters. Baird's final goal came with 9:32 left in the contest, and it gave the Hoyas a 9-3 advantage. It is the most goals allowed by Navy this season.

Rich D'Andrea, a fifth-year senior, took care of business for Georgetown at the other end by making 11 saves, although Navy made his job somewhat easy by hitting him numerous times in the stick and body from in close. D'Andrea, a former starter in goal who had moved to defensive midfield, replaced the injured Miles Kass, who hurt his knee late in a blowout against Mount St. Mary's and aggravated the injury in practice last week.

"It's frustrating for everybody. I think we're playing well offensively, if you look at the scheme," Navy coach Richie Meade said. "We're generating shots. We're getting the ball inside. They're just not going in. I thought their goalie played pretty well today. But it seemed like we were hitting him right in the middle of the chest."

Navy got virtually nothing from its starting attack. Junior Ian Dingman scored two late, meaningless goals after the game had long been decided. Sophomore Nick Mirabito went scoreless. In addition, Navy midfielders Steve and Billy Looney shot a combined 1-for-18.

"[We had] some self-inflicted wounds early. We overcame a lot of it," Georgetown coach Dave Urick said. "A big part of it was [D'Andrea]. It didn't surprise me. He was awfully effective."

"Defensively, we've got a good squad. But we fell apart in the third quarter," said Navy senior goalie Matt Russell, who had 12 saves.

Navy probably blew its chance to win in the first half, when the Hoyas were strapped repeatedly in man-down situations. During one two-minute stretch in the middle of the second quarter, the Mids were in a one- or two-man advantage, but came away with nothing.

Finally, Jon Birsner hit the ground to grab a loose ball on the crease, then scored an extra-man goal to tie the game at 2 with 5:42 left in the half. But sophomore attackman Brendan Cannon broke open on the crease, took a feed from junior attackman Trevor Casey, and gave Georgetown a 3-2 halftime lead with 20 seconds left in the second quarter. The Hoyas never looked back.


NOTE -- After yesterday's game, Georgetown was awarded the first Scott Boyle Memorial Trophy, in honor of the lacrosse official who died on the field after the first quarter at last year's Navy-Georgetown game. The trophy will be given annually to the winner of this game.

Georgetown 2 1 5 1 - 9

Navy 0 2 1 2 - 5

Goals: Georgetown -Baird 3, Paolisso 2, B. Cannon, Casey, Wilson, Nolan; N-Dingman 2, Birsner, S. Looney, Wallin. Assists: Georgetown-B. Cannon 2, Casey 2, Denihan, Samperton, Wilson; Navy-Birsner, Mirabito. Saves: Georgetown-D'Andrea 11; Navy-Russell 12.