Navy vs. Lehigh
March 26, 2002
The Game Story:
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy lacrosse team won its third-consecutive game with a 7-4 victory over Lehigh Tuesday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The Mids, who began their streak of wins with a 6-3 decision over Rutgers March 9 and out-lasted Stony Brook in triple overtime Saturday, improved to 5-2 with their win, while Lehigh dropped to 2-5.

"I thought we did pretty well defensively today," said Navy head coach Richie Meade. "We got the ball places where we could score, but we just needed to capitalize a little more. The effort was there. Overall, it was a good win."

Navy's defense held the Mountain Hawks to just one goal in the first 45 minutes of action, while Navy built a solid 6-1 lead after three periods of play. The Mids were handed a costly penalty to start the fourth period as senior middie Jeff Fellows' (Plano, Texas) stick was deemed illegal and Navy was forced to serve a three-minute unreleasable penalty. The Mountain Hawks were able to score twice on the Mids during that period, including goals by Lehigh leading scorer Andrew Lucas and Kurt Gerry. Lehigh, however, would be unable to ride that momentum, getting no closer than the final margin of three goals.

Among Navy's seven-goal flurry, five different players scored goals. Junior defensive midfielder Dan Griffin (Mountain View, Calif.) opened the game with a goal that was assisted by sophomore Dave Pittard (Skaneateles, N.Y.). It was Griffin's first goal of the season and just the second of his career. Ironically, his first-collegiate goal was scored last year at Lehigh.

Starting midfielder Ben Bailey (Memphis, Tenn.) scored Navy's pair of goals in the third period and has posted a goals in five of the last six outings. Meanwhile, Navy's Eddie McKinnon (Davidsonville, Md.) and Eddy Holton (Northport, N.Y.) both kept their goal-scoring streaks alive. Both have scored goals in every game this season. While McKinnon tacked on a second-period goal Tuesday, Holton posted two goals, including a man-down goal with 1:55 remaining in the game. The Mids once again dominated the face-off game, winning 10 of the 14 meetings. Junior Chris Dingman (Deferiet, N.Y.) won 7-of-8, while Michael Schaal (Pasadena, Md.) won 2-of-3 and sophomore Mike Begley (Memphis, N.Y.) 1-of-3.

Looking ahead, Navy meets Georgetown Saturday in game that has playoff implications. The two ECAC rivals meet at Harbin Field (grass) with face-off set for 2 p.m.

In the words of Bailey, "It's do or die time for a lot of teams right now."