Navy vs. Lafayette
March 15, 2005
The Game Story:
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The seventh-ranked Navy lacrosse team (4-1/1-1 PL) scored a season-high 14 goals to cruise past Patriot League foe Lafayette (0-5/0-1 PL) 14-1 Tuesday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

"We got off to a bit of a sluggish start today," said Navy head coach Richie Meade. "I think the Bucknell game had some lingering effects, but we played okay overall.

"We're obviously banged up right now and had a lot of guys that did not play today, but that's part of it. That's part of being on a team, what comes out of the unknown. We've had things going our way for awhile and now we are having to push through some adversity. I think we'll probably be better off having gone through this."

The Mids scored six unanswered goals to open the game, despite a sluggish start in the opening quarter of play. Three of the Mids' goals during that stretch were scored in 40 seconds, including sophomore midfielder William Wallace's (Bloomfield Village, Mich.) score at the 6:49 mark which was sandwiched between goals by Billy Looney (Silver Spring, Md.) (6:55), his second of the day, and freshman Nick Mirabito (Binghamton, N.Y.) (6:15).

After taking just eight shots in the first stanza, the Leopards scored on their second of only two shots in the second period when Leo Stinson found sophomore middie Bart Seifert seven yards out. It was Seifert's fourth goal of the season and just the 16th goal in five games for the Leopards.

Though Lafayette's goal was scored with just 56 seconds remaining in the first half, Navy went on to score three goals before the half was over. Among the players who scored was freshman attack Matt Guido (North Caldwell, N.J.), who turned in his first-collegiate score.

Navy owned a comfortable 9-1 lead at the half and went on to outscore the Leopards 5-0 in the second half.

Several of Navy's goals were generated from the "x" where Wallace did a sensational job filling in for Chris Pieczonka (Hamburg, N.Y.) who was injured in the Bucknell contest last weekend. Wallace, who has been held out of the draw circle in previous weeks because of an injury of his own, was untouched. He won all 13 of the face-offs in which he took, as the Mids claimed 17 of the 18 draws on the afternoon.

"I thought William did an unbelievable job on face-offs today," said Meade. "He has had a hand injury that has kept him from being able to face off, but he came out and did a great job."

Midfielders Graham Gill (Medford, N.J.) and Tommy Wallin (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) led the Mids in scoring with three points apiece. Gill scored two goals, including a rocket in the second quarter that gave the Mids an 8-1 lead, and added an assist. Wallin produced his second hat trick of the season, scoring three unassisted goals for the Mids. Junior , meanwhile scored his first-career goal with his lone shot of the day in the third quarter.

Junior keeper Matt Russell (Madison, Conn.) faced 14 of the Leopards' 15 shots, four of which were on goal. Senior Matt Hage (Norfolk, Va.) played the final seven minutes of the contest where he faced just one shot.

Navy returns to action Saturday when it faces league foe Colgate in a neutral site contest. The Mids and Raiders will square off at 1 p.m. on the campus of the University of Central Florida.