Holy Cross vs. Navy
March 27, 2005
The Game Story:
WORCESTER, Mass. -- The No. 6-ranked Navy lacrosse team jumped out to a
6-3 halftime lead, then held off a Holy Cross rally for an 8-5 victory
over the Crusaders on Easter Sunday. The win moves Navy's record to 7-1
overall and 4-1 in the Patriot League.

"I thought we did a good job offensively in the fourth quarter and late
in the game," said Navy head coach Richie Meade. "Earlier this season,
we were in the same situation and lost (to Bucknell). It was a difficult
stretch of playing twice in three days, and I am glad we got the
victory."

The Mids struggled out of the gates for the second straight game, giving
up an extra-man goal by Holy Cross' Mike McKee just 1:24 into the game.
The lead was short-lived as Navy's Billy Looney (Silver Spring, Md.)
scored the first of five consecutive Navy goals just two-and-a-half
minutes later to tie the game at one. Looney's goal started a 5-0 run
over a 19-minute, 45-second span, as he and Ben Horn (Mill Valley,
Calif.) scored twice in the run and William Wallace (Bloomfield Village,
Mich.) netted one goal as the Mids pushed the Navy lead to 5-1 midway
through the second period.

Holy Cross responded with a pair of goals just 1:15 apart midway through
the second quarter to trim the lead to 5-3, but Looney secured his
first-ever hat trick with a netter with just 1:06 left before halftime
to push the intermission lead to 6-3.

The Crusaders, however, answered after the halftime break with a pair of
third-period goals to trim the Navy lead to 6-5. Holy Cross won out
three of the face-offs in the third period to cut into the Navy lead.

But the Mids would stave off the upset bid, scoring twice in the first
10 minutes of the fourth quarter. Looney netted goal No. 4 with 10:47
left, then freshman Nick Mirabito salted the game away with his only
goal of the game with 5:28 remaining for the 8-5 decision.

"Holy Cross played very hard, and its goalie had an outstanding game,"
said Meade. The Crusaders' goalie, Matt Fallon, recorded 16 saves,
including 10 in the second quarter to keep Holy Cross in the contest.

The Mids outshot Holy Cross, 41-20, but the Crusaders had 33 ground
balls to Navy's 30. The Mids won 11-of-17 face-offs and were 14-of-18 on
clears, but just 2-of-7 on extra-man opportunities. Wallace took the
majority of Navy's face-offs, winning 8-of-14. The Mids played without
All-American candidates Jon Birsner (Levittown, N.Y.) and Chris
Pieczonka (Hamburg, N.Y.). Defenseman Pat Reilley (Syracuse, N.Y.) also
missed the contest.

Navy will now enter the meat of its schedule, traveling to Washington
D.C., next Saturday to battle No. 5-ranked Georgetown at 1 p.m.