Lafayette vs. Navy
February 24, 2007
The Game Story:
EASTON, PA. - Six different players scored goals, while an additional pair added assists to the lead the 10th-ranked Navy lacrosse team (2-0) to a 9-4 victory over Lafayette (0-2) Saturday afternoon at Rappolt Field in Easton, Pa. The Midshipmen are now 3-1 in Patriot League openers, including 2-0 against the Leopards.

The Midshipmen scored the first three goals of the game, including a quick strike by senior Billy Looney (Silver Spring, Md.) who scored the first of his two goals on the afternoon just 2:12 in the contest. Navy tacked on a goal at 7:56 when Ian Dingman's (Deferiet, N.Y.) shot was deflected by Lafayette keeper Jeff Canfield and starting attack Bruce Nechanicky (Montgomery Village, Md.) was on the door step to pick up the loose ball and fire it over Canfield's left shoulder.

Navy held a 2-0 lead at the conclusion of the first quarter and held a decisive 17-1 advantage in shots, including seven on goal.

Just over a minute into the second quarter, Navy extended its lead behind a goal by senior middie Tommy Wallin (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) who tucked in his first score of the season.

The Leopards finally got on the board with a goal by junior attack Andrew Horton at 11:58, as he wrapped around the right side of the goal to fire in a shot at Navy keeper Colin Finnegan's (Arnold, Md.) ankles. A minute later, Lafayette trimmed Navy's lead to one as rookie Steve Serling attacked from the left side of the cage and scored his first-collegiate goal.

Navy, however, answered at 9:42 when Looney fired a bullet from 10 yards out that grazed Canfield's left shoulder and rippled the net. Neither team scored in the final nine minutes of the half, as the Mids held a 4-2 decision after 30 minutes of action.

The Mids opened the second half by scoring back-to-back goals, including the first of three goals by Dingman on the day. Dingman bulled his way in to within three yards and powered in an unassisted goal at the 8:09 mark. Just minutes later, Lafayette was called for a slash, setting up an extra-man strike by senior William Wallace (Bloomfield Village, Mich.) from Nechanicky.

Lafayette answered with nearly four minutes remaining in the quarter when newcomer Chris Prudhomme produced his first-collegiate goal on an unassisted strike. Like Lafayette did for Navy earlier in the quarter, the Mids did for the Leopards, as a trip by Jaren Woeppel (Camillus, N.Y.) gave Lafayette a man-up opportunity. The Leopards made good on it as Horton fed junior attack Mike Meirowitz to cut the Navy lead to 6-4.

Navy went on to score the final three goals of the game, including a pair by Dingman who became only the eighth player in program history to reach 150-career points. Additionally, he now paces the team with 17 hat tricks during his career. Dingman's final goal, scored with 2:49 remaining on an extra-man strike, was assisted by junior attack Nick Mirabito (Binghamton, N.Y.), who extended his streak of posting a goal or an assist to 33-consecutive games.

The Mids finished the game with a 34-19 advantage in shots and were two of four on extra-man opportunities. Navy's Wallace, Mikelis Visgauss (Setauket,, N.Y.) and Dan Decker (Randallstown, Md.) once again combined to win 12 of the 18 face-offs. Finnegan made six stops in goal for the Mids, including three in the second quarter.

The Midshipmen return to action next Friday evening when they play host to North Carolina (2-0). Action is set for 7:00 pm at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. The voice of Navy lacrosse Pete Medhurst will call the game live on 1430 WNAV.