Navy vs. Army
April 14, 2007
The Game Story:
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Navy scored three goals in the final eight minutes to break a tie and beat Army, 12-9, Saturday in a Star Game at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium.

Army battled back from a five-goal deficit to tie the game at nine but Navy scored three times in a Patriot League game in front of 11,320 fans.

Navy, ranked 8th in the nation, improved to 9-2 overall and 6-0 in league play with the victory on senior day. The Midshipmen will host the Patriot League Tournament April 27 and will play the No. 4 seed.

Army is now 6-5 overall and 3-3 in conference play.

Brooks Korvin, Jason Peyer and Paul Wigdzinski all scored twice for the Black Knights while Justin Bokmeyer, Kevin LoRusso and Alex Rhoads also found the net. Brandon Butler and Bokmeyer had assists.

Army goalie Adam Fullerton was credited with 10 saves, including three in the third quarter when the Black Knights outscored Navy 5-2. Navy keeper Colin Finnegan made six saves.

“In the short time I have been involved in the Army-Navy rivalry, the games have always been hard-fought and close and today was no different,” second-year Army head coach Joe Alberici said. “We fought very hard, we just came up short. I am not sure that was the best Army lacrosse has played all season, but give Navy credit, they are a very good team.

Navy led early in the contest and extended its lead to 8-3 with 13 minutes left in the third quarter. Army responded by scoring five straight times to know the score at eight. Army tied the game a second time with 10:43 left in the game but never led.

“We faced a lot of adversity in the second half – the large crowd, being down five goals, but we battled back and continue to fight,” Alberici said.

Navy jumped on the scoreboard first, less than two minutes into the game, when Billy Looney scored an unassisted goal at the 13:04 mark of the first quarter.

William Wallace made it a 2-0 Navy advantage with an extra-man goal off a Looney assist with nine minutes remaining in the first quarter. A minute later, Ian Dingman put Navy ahead, 3-0.

Korvin, from nearby Odenton, Md., cut into the deficit with an unassisted goal at the 6:20 mark. Korvin put a move on his defender and fired a shot past Finnegan to make it 3-1. It was his 13th goal of the season.

Nick Mirabito made the Navy lead three goals again, off a Looney assist, with five minutes left in the first quarter.

Wigdzinski scored his sixth goal of the season to make it 4-2 with 11 minutes left in the quarter. Wigdzinski got some separation from his defender and used a low shot to get the Black Knights within two.

Mirabito, off an assist from Basil Daratsos, increased the Navy lead to three, 5-2, with 5:30 remaining in the second quarter.

Wallace scored his second goal of the game to give Navy a 6-2 lead but Peyer came right back to make it 6-3 at halftime. Peyer took a pass from Butler and fired a shot home for his ninth goal of the season with just five seconds left in the first half.

Daratos scored his first goal and Dingman his second goal 30 seconds apart to help Navy take an 8-3 lead early in the third quarter.

Bokmeyer made it a four-goal game with his 13th goal of the season. Bokmeyer got the ball off the faceoff and fired a shot home to make it 8-4 with 12:41 remaining in the third quarter.

Wigdzinski scored his second goal of the game two minutes later. Wigdzinski blasted a shot that was saved by Finnegan but the ball went in the air, behind Finnegan and into the net for an 8-5 Navy lead.

Peyer scored his second with 5:33 left in the third quarter to make it 8-6. Chase fired a shot that was saved by Finnegan but the ball went into the air and Peyer knocked it home to get Army within two.

Korvin scored his second goal of the game and the Black Knights were within one. Korvin shook loose from his defender and scored in close with less than four minutes remaining in the third quarter.

Rhoads tied the game with 1:17 left in the third quarter when he blasted home a shot from 15 yards out to knot the game at eight.

Navy won the fourth-quarter face off and Victor Barger scored a transition goal 13 seconds into the quarter.

LoRusso tied the game for the second time with his 10th goal of the season. LoRusso took a pass from Bokmeyer, made one move and made it 9-9 with 10:40 left in the game.

Tommy Wallin again put Navy ahead, scoring at the 8:31 mark for a 10-9 Navy lead. Dingman gave the Midshipmen a two-goal advantage with 4:15 left with his second goal of the game and Looney scored an empty-net goal with two minutes left in the contest.

Army will conclude its regular season with three non-conference games. Saturday, the Black Knights will play at Duke with face-off set for noon. They will also play at Rutgers (May 2) and at Ohio State (May 6).

Game Notes: Brooks Korvin has a point in all 11 games and had scored a goal in the last eight contests ... Brandon Butler had the first assist of his career, on a Jason Peyer score in the second quarter ... Saturday’s game was televised lived on College Sports Television. It was the fourth time this season the Black Knights have been on TV ... Saturday was the first time all season Army allowed double-digit goals ... Army’s nine goals ties a season-high.