Navy vs. Mount Saint Mary's
February 29, 2008
The Game Story:
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Navy's starting attack scored six goals and pitched in five assists to lead the 10th-ranked Midshipmen to a 12-5 victory over Mount St. Mary's (0-2) in men's lacrosse action Friday evening at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Navy, who improves to 3-1 on the season, now owns a 6-0 series record against the Mount and has outscored them, 78-33.

"This was a good game for us to play," said Navy head coach Richie Meade, whose Midshipmen have played more games this season than any other team in Div. I. "I'm disappointed that Mount St. Mary's scored five goals, but I felt like they really had to work hard for them. Overall, I felt like our team played well. We played a lot of guys in the hopes of trying to get them some experience.

"Right now I feel like everybody's just trying to survive," added Meade in reference to how his team stacks up against the competition. "I'm happy with where our defense is at and where our clearing game is at. Offensively, we are working hard, moving the ball around and generating shots. We will continue to improve each game, we are just trying to be patient."

Senior Nick Mirabito (Binghamton, N.Y.) led the Midshipmen with five points on a team-best three goals and two assists. Mirabito, who has scored in 49 of the 50 games during his career, pitched in his second hat trick in as many games. Additionally, behind his five-point game he moved into a tie for 15th on the Mids' all-time points list with 126, equalling Eddie McKinnon's mark (1999-02). He is just four points from becoming one of only 15 players in program history to reach 130 points.

In addition to Mirabito's fire power, Navy saw second-year attack Tim Paul (Parkton, Md.) punch in two goals, while assisting on two others and senior Gregory Clement (Dallas, Texas) turned in a goal and an assist.

The game got off to a slow start as both teams found it difficult to take care of the ball. Though Mount St. Mary's seemed to have possession for much of the early portion of the game, it managed just one shot in the opening 15 minutes of play. Navy finally got on the scoreboard when Paul fed Clement from behind the goal and Clement stuck the ball over rookie keeper T.C. DiBartolo's shoulder at the 4:37 mark.

Navy added to its lead just before the end of the quarter when sophomore Brendan Connors (Bellmore, N.Y.) found Michael Beggins (Smithtown, N.Y.) who ripped a 10-yarder from the left side of the field with 51 seconds remaining. It was the first assist of Connors' career, while marking Beggins' second career goal and first since scoring the game-winner against Ohio State two weeks ago.

Mount St. Mary's briefly stopped the Mids by scoring an extra-man goal at 12:09 in the second stanza. Top returning scorer Joe Derwent worked with Geery Grant to narrow Navy's lead to just one (2-1).

The Mids, though, went on to score the next three goals to lead 5-1 with 3:27 to go in the opening half. Among the three goals was a nice transition play that begin behind the Mount St. Mary's cage with junior defensive midfielder Bobby Lennon (Westminster, Md.) picking up the loose ball. Lennon sent an outlet pass to mid-field where Zack Schroeder (Deer Park, N.Y.) quickly found Paul. Paul took off with only the keeper to beat and after cocking back, he unleashed a powerful shot that rippled the back of the net before DiBartolo realized it was out of Paul's stick.

It was the Mount who got the final say by half's end as Dan Mohr stationed himself on the far left crease where Jim O'Shea threaded a pass and Mohr scored on an ankle biter to send Mount St. Mary's to the locker room down, 5-2.

Navy opened up an 8-2 lead with just under 11 minutes to play in the second half by scoring three quick goals, including an extra-man strike by sophomore middie Joe Lennon (Westminster, Md.) 21 seconds into the half.

The two teams traded goals to wind down the third period with the Midshipmen holding a comfortable 9-3 lead.

The fourth quarter featured five goals, three by Navy and a pair by the Mount. Two of Navy's three goals in the final stanza were scored by sophomore local product Patrick Moran (Annapolis, Md.), who finished with two goals and an assist.

The Mount, whose team is made up of half freshmen, were led by Mohr and O'Shea who each pitched in a pair of goals to go along with Geery's strike. Making just his second collegiate appearance, DiBartolo was sensational in the goal early on, making 13 stops, including nine in the first half. Ben Trapp also did a fantastic job in the faceoff department, where he won 13 of the 18 draws in which he took.

The Mids will be back in action next Friday when they play host to Mount St. Mary's. Action is set for 7:00 pm at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.