Lafayette vs. Navy
March 8, 2008
The Game Story:
EASTON, Pa. - The Lafayette men's lacrosse team stood tall against No. 11 Navy on Saturday afternoon at a rainy Rappolt Field. Freshman Tom Perini led the Leopards with three goals on the afternoon, while junior goalkeeper Jeff Canfield tallied 10 saves for Lafayette.

Following a 15-minute delay due to the weather, Navy got out of the gates quickly and took a 4-0 advantage midway through the second quarter.

However, the Leopards began to make their march behind Perini and sophomore teammate Matt Mersky.

Mersky found Perini at the 6:52 mark of the second quarter to get Lafayette on the scoreboard. The tandem paired up for another goal at the 4:09 point of the quarter and the Leopards had trimmed the Midshipmen advantage to 4-2.

Navy responded with a tally of its own with three minutes remaining before the intermission. However, the Leopards stayed within striking distance when the Mersky to Perini combo teamed up again for a goal at 2:02 of the second quarter. The teams battled to a scoreless final two minutes of the first half and the Midshipmen took a 5-3 lead into the break.

An action-packed third quarter saw a back-and-forth battle between the squads, but only saw Navy's goal to open the second half at the 14:10 mark. Lafayette managed two shots in the quarter to the Midshipmen's six.

At the opening of the fourth quarter, Mersky took matters into his own hands when he notched a goal of his own to open the final 15 minutes. Minutes later, Lafayette close to the deficit to 6-5 when Steve Serling found the back of the net with 10:05 remaining in regulation.

In the closing minutes, Navy held off the Lafayette attack and managed two insurance goals of its own at 8:41 and iced the game at the 4:18 to squeak out the 8-5 victory over the Leopards.

Canfield returned from an injury that sidelined him in the last two contests to have a solid afternoon between the pipes with 10 saves. Navy goalkeeper Matt Coughlin grabbed nine saves for Mids.

Navy held a slim 38-32 advantage in ground balls, while neither team was able to capitalize on extra-man opportunities.

Lafayette will take the week to prepare for its second Patriot League contest of the season when the Leopards head to Lewisburg, Pa. on March 15 to take on Bucknell. Face-off is set for 1 p.m.