Navy vs. Colgate
April 30, 2004
The Game Story:
ANNAPOLIS, MD. - Second-ranked Navy held Colgate scoreless for two quarters en route to a 15-5 victory over the Raiders in the semifinals of the Patriot League Lacrosse Tournament Friday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Field.

"Number one, it's good to win," said 2004 Patriot League Coach of the Year Richie Meade. "I thought it might be tough emotionally coming off last weekend's loss against Hopkins. It's also been a tough week school-wise with our kids preparing for final exams.

"I'm particularly pleased with how well William Wallace and Tommy Wallin played on face-offs. Defensively, we played very well. I don't think Matt (Russell) was ready for that first shot they took. It was pretty far out. After that, I thought we settled down and were a pretty stingy defense."

Navy jumped out to a 2-0 lead behind a pair of goals by Looney brothers Billy and Steve (Silver Spring, Md.). Named the Patriot League Freshman of the year earlier in the week, Billy scored the game's first goal on an unassisted score at the 12:39 mark. Older brother Steve gave Navy a two-goal lead, scoring just 15 seconds after his brother.

Colgate tied the game up in similar fashion, scoring just 10 seconds apart at the 10:32 and 10:22 marks in the first stanza. The Raiders, however, endured a drought that held the Raiders scoreless over 40 minutes before junior attack Eddie Brennan produced his eighth goal of the year on a Reid Diamond assist at the 14:24 mark in the fourth quarter. Sandwiched in between Colgate's second and third goals were 10-straight goals by the Midshipmen, including three each by seniors Joe Bossi (Skaneateles, N.Y.) and Ben Bailey (Memphis, Tenn.). The fourth quarter saw each team score three goals, but it wasn't enough for the Raiders.

"We improved a lot since the last time we played Navy, but they are good," said Colgate head coach Jim Nagle. "I felt like we played them pretty even in the first half, but the third quarter they dominated, especially in face-offs."

Navy won the face-off battle despite starting specialist Chris Pieczonka (Hamburg, N.Y.) being out with injury. Freshman William Wallace (Bloomfield Village, Mich.) stepped in nicely, earning 14 wins in his 18 draws, while fellow rookie Tommy Wallin (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) was 1 for 5.

Defensively, Navy keeper Matt Russell (Madison, Conn.) produced 12 saves, including nine in the second half. Raiders' cage minder Andrew Jarolimek posted 14 saves. Bossi led Navy in scoring with four goals, while Bailey turned in an assist to accompany his hat trick.

Navy will face second-seeded Hobart in the Patriot League Championship Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. The Statesmen rallied on an 8-5 second half scoring advantage defeat No. 3 seed Bucknell, 10-9, in the second Patriot League semifinal.