Navy vs. Colgate
March 21, 2007
The Game Story:
NNAPOLIS, Md. - Basil Daratsos (Niskayuna, N.Y.), William Wallace (Bloomfield Village, Mich.) and Ian Dingman (Deferiet, N.Y.) combined for 11 goals to lead the fourth-ranked Navy lacrosse team (7-0, 4-0 Patriot League) to a 15-10 victory over Patriot League foe Colgate (4-3, 1-1 Patriot League) Wednesday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Navy utilized a 5-0 run in the opening quarter to help seal its seventh-straight win of the season, giving the Mids their best start since 1986 when Navy opened the year 8-0.

After dropping a 6-3 decision to the Raiders last year in Hamilton, N.Y., the Midshipmen came out with one thing on their mind - revenge. Ironically, the charge was led by Daratsos, a rookie who did not feel the sting of last year's loss. Just 14 seconds elapsed in the game before Daratsos stuck in his first of four goals on the afternoon. He followed up with a second goal just over a minute later, firing in a shot from the left side, 10 yards out. By the 12:21 mark, Navy held a 3-0 lead as sophomore attack Bruce Nechanicky (Montgomery Village, Md.) produced his seventh goal of the year.

Navy extended its lead to 4-0 when senior Tommy Wallin (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) fed Billy Looney (Silver Spring, Md.) on an extra-man goal at 5:03. On the ensuing face-off, Wallace won the draw, picked up the grounder and headed straight to the goal where he scored the first of his four goals on the day at the 4:57 mark.

The Mids opened up a 6-0 lead when Wallace took a pass and poked it past Colgate keeper Tom Harrington just 2:40 into the second period.

The Raiders finally got on the scoreboard with 10:20 remaining in the half as a Joshua Back goal staged a mini run by Colgate. The Raiders went on to score back-to-back extra-man goals at 9:23 and 7:02 by Nick Monastero and Kevin Colleluori, respectively, in what turned out to be a penalty-plagued afternoon. In all, 16 penalties were called against teams that came into the contest as the two least penalized teams in the Patriot League.

Navy answered with a pair of goals by Dingman and Wallace before Colgate's Brendan Hurley scored the final tally of the half at 1:13, as Navy held a 9-4 advantage at the intermission. Dingman ended the game with three goals and in doing so he moved past Mike Herger (1987-90, 107 goals) into third place on the Mids' all-time goals scored list with 108.

Navy salted the game away with four-consecutive goals, including a score by junior attack Nick Mirabito (Binghamton, N.Y.) who extended his consecutive games with a point streak to 38 in a row, the second longest in the country.

Navy outscored the Raiders, 5-2, in the third quarter and while Colgate pitched a 4-2 advantage in the goal column in the fourth quarter, it was too little, too late.

"Last year our only Patriot League loss was against Colgate, so we definitely had that on our mind," said Wallace, who pitched his first-collegiate hat trick. "We were emotionally very excited for this game and to come out and get five goals right away in the first quarter was exactly how we wanted to start this game."

The Midshipmen scored just three goals on eight extra-man opportunities which is not bad considering no team had scored an extra-man goal against Colgate in its previous six contests (0-12). Meanwhile, the Raiders seemed to figure out the Mids' man-down defense, converting on five of its seven man-up opportunities.

Navy outshot Colgate, 54-34, while also winning the ground ball war, 39-34. Face-offs were nearly split down the middle as Colgate won 15 and the Mids claimed 14, including 13 by Wallace.

"Last year, Chris Eck (12-23 face-offs) had my number, so coming into this game I was focused on my face-off game," said Wallace. "Colgate is a tough team and Eck is an effective player. I believe he has been hurt, but he'll make a difference now that he's back."

The 10 goals by Colgate marks the first time since last year's Army-Navy game that a team has been able to put up double-digit goals against the Midshipmen and just the third time in the last 22 games.

Navy will be back in action on Sunday when it travels to Lewisburg, Pa., to face 18th-ranked Bucknell. The Mids and Bison are set to face off at 1:00 pm and will be carried live on 1430 WNAV with Pete Medhurst calling the action. In addition, Bucknell will provide a live online video feed free of charge via the Bison web site.