Irish Dust Midshipmen 11-3 in St Louis Fall Face Off Classic

Irish Dust Midshipmen 11-3 in St Louis Fall Face Off Classic

Irish Dust Midshipmen 11-3 in St Louis Fall Face Off Classic

Irish Dust Midshipmen 11-3 in St Louis Fall Face Off Classic

Fall ball lax in the Midwest. The Missouri Chapter of US Lacrosse puts on the Fall Face Off Classic to bring D1 lacrosse to the Heartland. This year, Navy and Maryland were the Eastern schools that came out and Notre Dame and Ohio State supplied their Midwest counterparts. This year’s event gained a corporate sponsor, AGT SuperTurf, of Missouri. The morning saw scrimmages between MD and ND and OSU and Navy, and these games provided time for all the freshmen players to see game time. The afternoon games were the marquee matchups, and in between the scrimmages and the regular games, a USILA game between University of Missouri and Lynwood University was played on an adjoining field. This event brings big time lax to the Heartland and gives the coaches visibility in an area that has produced a number of D1 players. This year, only two local players were featured, both for the Buckeyes, goalie Drew May and defenseman Pat Dunleavy

For reasons unknown, Richie Meade decided on a jersey switch, so that it impossible to accurately relay in this story who scored and who didn’t in this game. Billy and Steve Looney played, but were ineffective against Notre Dame’s defensive sets. Dingman was back in Annapolis, polishing his grades so that he can play in spring. Notre Dame had its way against a rookie Navy defense, because the Midshipmen lost a number of their top defensemen last year to graduation. Notre Dame used a patient offense, working the ball around the cage and using their creaseman to bounce back and forth looking for a feed or drawing a long stick away and creating an open lane to the net.

Notre Dame unveiled one of their top freshmen, Duncan Swezey, an attackman from Ambler, Pennsylvania (Hatboro-Horsham HS). This kid is the one in the black and red helmet (ND’s freshmen use their HS helmets and gloves until they make the team, hence the reason for some of the odd looks in the game images below) and he will be a good compliment to their AA attackman, Pat Walsh. Swezey bagged two goals for the day, while Walsh was off doing his thing getting 5 points off 3 goals and 2 assists. Matt Russell performed admirably in the cage for Navy as he could but could not contend with the Irish and his team’s lack of defense. One goal should have been credited to him unfortunately as an “own goal”, when he deflected a close shot from Swezey off of his handle, bounced the ball in the air and tried to catch it but knocked it in instead. Sophomore Alex Wharton also provided some theater, when he crossed over to the right in front of the crease, man on him and let loose a sweet behind the back pass that caught Russell out of position.

ND drew first blood at the 11:29 mark with a score by Matt Karweck off a feed from sophomore Alex Wharton. Walsh scored next off a feed from Sean Dougherty while Navy was in EMO. Navy had dropped the ball in the Irish zone, and Doughtery, an LSM, picked it up and ran to the net. Rather than shoot, he drew Russell’s attention and flipped the ball to Walsh. ND 2-0 at 10:58. Navy had a chance next when one of their middies came from top right behind the goal and then around the right pipe, dove and shot, but was called in the crease, negating the goal. Wharton scored solo at 7:31 to put ND up 3-0. Navy got on the board at the 5:14 mark with a middie curling in from the right side and juking Irish goalie Joe Kemp to make it 3-1. Walsh countered at 1:26, taking a pass about 5 yards out on the left of Russell and then crashing the crease along the GLE and rolling to Russell’s right, dipping his stick to roll one in under the radar to increase the lead at the end of the quarter to 4-1.

Navy scored at the beginning of the second quarter and then Russell let in the own goal that was credited to Swezey because it was his shot that initiated the contact by Russell. Swezey scored again with a falling move after coming from the right GLE, and dropping to his knees, he was able to flip the ball behind Russell’s knees. 6-2 ND.

Coach Kevin Corrigan was pleased with the play of the Irish at half. Beside Swezey, other Irish freshmen in action included Davey Leach (Boys Latin) and Dan Gibson (Memphis U HS) at midfield, Pete Christman (Westminster HS) at attack, and Regis McDermott (Chaminade) at defense.

The second half saw a minor melee, with some hard pushing by Navy and a retaliation shove by ND’s Joey Rallo, left both teams in a 5 on 5 set in which ND scored. The referees today seemed to focus mostly on illegal body check calls, dishing out at least 3 in each of the afternoon games. The teams swapped goals to end the third quarter 8-3. Notre Dame held the Middies scoreless in the final quarter, which Podgajny, Ryan and Wharton scored, and Wharton using his behind the back shot at 4:00.

The Irish played Johns Hopkins Friday night at Notre Dame before the USC football game, prevailing in OT 9-8, but its fall ball.

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OUCH!
    by (#92648) on 10/11/05 @12:38AM
I have a bad feeling for Navy this season. Losing your whole defense, primary face-off guy, and one of the best midfielders around is never good. The worrysome thing is that Notre Dame isn't one of the best teams around, so one can only speculate how well they will fare against a far superior team. Oh well, as long as they beat Army I will be happy.
 
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Navy will be back
    by (#83693) on 10/11/05 @2:29PM
Coach Meade will have much time to correct the problems he incurred due to graduation. Dingman will also return so the Middies will have increased firepower. It's fall ball, whcih doesn't always mean much. Maybe with his some of the freshmen, Notre Dame wil do something unique in the spring - like not consistently lose winnable games. Didn't read anything about Hubschmann, is he back to health 100%
 
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navy losing
    by (#103345) on 10/12/05 @5:40PM
dont judge too much by fall ball. remember salisbury over duke last year? this is the same case i think, where the team expected to win just wasnt trying too hard, no offense to notre dame.
 
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Navy's Going to Have a Hard Year
    by (#91203) on 10/12/05 @1:33PM
I went to the Navy-UVa scrimmage in Va Beach last two weeks ago were UVa won 16-5. I have to say that Navy's biggest problem is F/O's. While they are having growing pains with the defense, only won about 5 of 25 face-offs in the game. They just struggles to get the ball to the offensive half. Its going to be a rebuilding year.
 
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(no subject)
    by (#111728) on 10/13/05 @2:59PM
meade is the most overrated coach in lacrosse.he had his chance two years ago.navy wins 4 games this year
 
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    by (#111955) on 10/18/05 @2:23PM
The Irish have "POGO" and that's all that matters...
 
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Duncan Swezey
    by (#112067) on 10/20/05 @9:13PM
Duncan is my idol and a freak athlete that is gonna tear up the ncaa this year. the kids diesel and he representin phily lax which totally reigns supreme over any other area. look for this kid hittin up the scoreboard this spring!
 
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philly supreme
    by (#103345) on 10/21/05 @4:19PM
to everyone except the baltimore area. no use arguing.
 
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    by (#82719) on 12/01/05 @2:29PM
anyone know what arm pads those are the d men on navy are wearing? i see them everywhere in pics, they are STX made, they look like a shorter stx EXO
 
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