Navy vs. Georgetown
March 30, 2003
The Game Story:
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Senior midfielder Trevor Walker's goal two minutes 40 seconds into overtime gave unbeaten Georgetown (6-0, 3-0 ECAC) a 4-3 victory over Navy (4-4, 0-3 ECAC) in lacrosse action on a miserably wet Sunday afternoon at Rip Miller Field in Annapolis.

"I'm very disappointed ... very disappointed that we didn't win the game," said Navy head coach Richie Meade. "Obviously, we challenged the team and they responded to it. I felt like we made a few mistakes down the stretch that hurt us. I told our players there are no moral victories. On the other hand, I was very proud of their spirit and willingness to compete after how we played Tuesday night."

Walker scored two of the fourth-ranked Hoyas' four goals on the afternoon, including the opening score for Georgetown on an extra-man opportunity. He knotted the score at one apiece, answering Navy freshman Ian Dingman's (Deferiet, N.Y.) goal scored at 3:32 in the first quarter. The Hoyas took a 2-1 advantage going into halftime when junior middie Mike Boynton fired in a shot past Navy keeper Seth DiNola (Ballston Lake, N.Y.).

At the half, Georgetown held the decisive edge in the statistics, out-shooting Navy, 16-10, out-ground balling the Mids, 27-10, and winning the battle in the draw circle, claiming four of the five face-offs. The one category Navy did lead in, however, was saves, as DiNola made a wall between the pipes, warding off six of the Hoyas' shots in the first stanza.

Navy scored the lone goal of the third quarter, as Navy freshman attack Jon Birsner (Levittown, N.Y.) fired a pass from the lower right-hand side of the box to junior Joe Bossi (Skaneateles, N.Y.) standing on the opposite corner. Bossi quickly shot the ball before the defense could counter and tied the game at 2-2.

After the Navy defense held the Hoyas scoreless for over 29 minutes, Georgetown struck with 3:41 to go in the game to take a 3-2 lead. After an errant pass, senior tri-captain Mike Hammer scooped up the ball behind the cage and found a streaking Phil Vincenti up the middle. Vincenti launched the ball as he was diving towards the goal and gave the Hoyas the go-ahead goal.

After a series of turnovers by both teams, Navy took possession of the ball on the offensive side of the field. Birsner took the ball behind the cage, looking for the play to develop. Without an outlet pass in sight, Birsner used his speed to curl around the cage and found an open corner just above Georgetown keeper Rich D'Andrea's left shoulder to spot the ball and give Navy life.

Tied up at three apiece, both teams were forced to play their second overtime game of the season. Each team had been victorious in its earlier game - Georgetown defeated eighth-ranked Duke, 6-5, in overtime a week ago, while Navy claimed a 9-8 win over ninth-ranked North Carolina in a four-overtime affair earlier in the season.

It was the Hoyas' day, however, as Walker scooped up a ball off an errant shot and threaded it past DiNola to keep Georgetown's unbeaten streak alive at six games.

The Navy defense did an admirable job, holding the Georgetown "big three" - attackmen Neal Goldman, Mike Hammer and Jordan Vettoretti - without a goal. The only point scored out of the Hoyas' top-three scorers was the assist by Hammer on Vincenti's goal in the fourth.

"Coach challenged us to respond especially after Tuesday's game," said DiNola. "I think we did that. I felt our defense out-played their offense, but we just couldn't get it done. I have to give credit to Georgetown for pulling it through, but I am proud of our guys today."

"I've been a little critical of our defense as of late, but I really thought they played a great game today," said Meade. "Seth was very solid in the cage. He made some good stops. Overall, our defense stepped it up."

Navy's three goals marked its lowest goal-scoring output since UMBC held the Mids to three in 1999. Meanwhile, the combined seven goals between the Mids and Hoyas marked the fewest goals in a Navy game since 1950 when Yale defeated the Mids, 5-1.

The Mids have the week to prepare for seventh-ranked Maryland who is coming off an 8-7 victory over second-ranked Virginia Saturday. Game time for the Mids and Terps is 12-Noon Saturday at Rip Miller Field.