Navy vs. Saint Joseph's
February 16, 2002
The Game Story:
ANNAPOLIS, Md.-Sophomore Dave Pittard scored three goals and assisted on four others as Navy (1-0) routed St. Joseph's (0-1), 16-2, in front of 1,112 fans at Rip Miller field.

"I really didn't know what to expect today," said Pittard. "I thought we played really well. We were very patient on offense and I happened to be in the right place at the right time."

Pittard picked up two assists in the first three minutes of the game, both on goals by Eddie McKinnon, as the Mids jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead. An unassisted goal by Pittard with 5:56 remaining in the first gave Navy a 4-0 lead en route to a 6-1 advantage at the end of the first quarter. The Hawks went to a zone defense in the second quarter to try and slow down the Navy attack and it worked to a point, as the Mids scored just two goals in the quarter. The Hawks, though, were shut out in the period and Navy took an 8-1 lead into the locker room at the half.

"We haven't worked that much against a zone defense, yet I thought we handled it very well," said Navy head coach Richie Meade. "We were patient and didn't make many mistakes with the ball. We had some good shots that we didn't convert, but more importantly we kept possession of the ball, which equals good defense."

Navy blew the game out in the third quarter, outscoring St. Joe's, 5-1, to take a 13-2 lead. Pittard scored his third goal of the day 3:29 into the period and then assisted on an Eddy Holton goal at the 7:49 mark to make it 10-2. Dan Krets, Joe Bossi and Mike Felber scored goals to close out the period.

Bossi scored his second goal of the day 54 seconds into the fourth period and then Holton and Eddie Morley scored unassisted goals to round out the scoring.

Jon Higdon was excellent in goal for the Mids, saving nine shots in 50:22 minutes of action. Seth DiNola had one save and did not allow a goal in a little over nine minutes in the cage. Navy out shot the Hawks, 44-15, including a dominant 26-5 in the first half.

"I thought we played with a purpose today," said Meade. "We jumped on them early and we never let them think they could get back in the game. I was pleased with the way the defense played; anytime you can give up just two goals in a game your going to be happy.

Navy will travel to Baltimore next Saturday to take on ECAC rival UMBC in a 2 p.m. game. Last year the Terriers beat Navy, 9-8, in overtime in the season opener.