Navy Beats Georgetown 10-8, First Time Since 2004

Navy Beats Georgetown 10-8, First Time Since 2004

Navy Beats Georgetown 10-8, First Time Since 2004

Navy Beats Georgetown 10-8, First Time Since 2004

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Senior goalkeeper Tommy Phelan (Towson, Md.) made a career-high 15 saves, while junior attackman Brendan Connors (Bellmore, N.Y.) pitched in a hat trick to lead the 16th-ranked Navy men's lacrosse team to a 10-8 win over Georgetown Saturday afternoon at the Multi-Sport Field in Washington, D.C. The win snapped Navy's five-game losing streak to the Hoyas, as the Mids' last victory in the series came in 2004 when Navy made its run to the NCAA Championship Game.

"I thought overall we played well today," said an emotional Richie Meade, whose Mids had lost back-to-back one-goal games to the Hoyas coming into today's contest. "We struggled a bit clearing the ball, but I thought our close defensemen handled the pressure pretty well. As I try to reflect, I don't feel like we stole a win. I think this team worked hard all week in practice and came to play today."

After a sloppily-played first quarter that featured a combined 14 turnovers by the two teams, Georgetown took a 1-0 lead into the second stanza off a Dan D'Agnes goal.

The next 23 minutes, however, were all Navy as the Mids built a 4-1 lead halfway through the third quarter. Connors evened the score two minutes into the second quarter and then gave the Mids the lead for good when close defenseman Michael Hirsch (Schwenksville, Pa.) scooped up a loose ball and found defensive middie Bobby Lennon (Westminster, Md.) streaking up the middle. Lennon split the field before finding Connors on the right wing for the go-ahead goal with 9:30 to go in the second.

Navy scored the final goal of the half when senior Bruce Nechanicky (Montgomery Village, Md.) fought through a double team behind the cage and lofted the ball up and over the middle section of the field to junior midfielder Joe Lennon (Westminster, Md.), who stuck a shot in the upper right hand corner. It was Nechanicky's first trip back to Multi-Sport Field since suffering the first of two devastating knee injuries that would keep him off the field for a year and a half.

While Navy was outshot by Georgetown in the second period, 7-6, Phelan came up big, stopping four of the seven shots he faced.

Navy extended its lead at the 8:34 mark in the third quarter when Tim Paul (Parkton, Md.) and Patrick Moran (Annapolis, Md.) teamed up for a highlight-reel extra-man goal. Paul set up five yards inside the top of the box and appeared to be shooting, but Moran came darting across the crease to snatch the ball out of the air and pump in the goal to give the Mids a 4-1 advantage. It also marked the 10th-consecutive game Moran has scored a goal for the Mids.

After nearly 26 minutes of scoreless play from the Hoyas, Craig Dowd punched in a goal for Georgetown in transition.

The Mids wasted little time in answering, however, as just 18 seconds later Connors willed his way through four Georgetown players before his diving shot at the crease made its way past Hoya keeper Jack Davis to complete the hat trick.

Navy then went up by four goals (6-2) with 2:16 remaining in the third when defensive midfielder Geoff Leone (Massapequa, N.Y.) intercepted a Georgetown pass and went coast-to-coast with what would be the first of his two goals on the afternoon.

Like any quality and disciplined team, Georgetown mounted a comeback, scoring a pair of goals in the final 24 seconds of action, including a 10-yard sidearm shot by Andrew Brancaccio. The Hoyas trimmed the lead to one at 6-5 when Navy was flagged for its fourth penalty in 10 minutes of play (3:05-8:23) and sophomore Ricky Mirabito stuck in an extra-man goal from the doorstep against Phelan.

The two teams would exchange goals over the next 10-plus minutes before back-to-back goals by Paul and Nechanicky just 42 seconds apart gave the Mids a 10-7 lead with 3:15 remaining in the contest.

Junior middie Scott Kocis was able to close the gap for the Hoyas to two on an unassisted shot with 1:17 to go, but it was as close as Georgetown would get as Navy took the 10-8 victory.

While Connors led all scorers with his first collegiate hat trick, Paul turned in a five-point effort on two goals and a career-high tying three assists.

"This was probably our biggest win of the year," said Connors, who has scored 14 goals on the year. "The team really worked hard this week and I think we locked it on and pulled off a big win for our program."

Defensively, Navy rookie Matt Vernam (Shoreham, N.Y.) held Georgetown's leading scorer Ricky Mirabito, younger brother of former Navy All-American Nick Mirabito, to just one goal, an extra-man strike. Additionally, team captain Andy Tormey (Syracuse, N.Y.) forced a team-high five Georgetown turnovers.

Phelan, meanwhile, got his first start of the season in goal where he came up with 15 saves, including eight in the third quarter. It's the most saves by a Navy keeper since a 21-save effort by Seth DiNola against Penn State on April 12, 2003.

"Last year Tommy came into the Colgate game and played really well, so I really wasn't worried about how he would play today," added Connors. "I think he does a great job out there under pressure."

"It was great being back out there with our defense - Andy Tormey, Matt Vernam, Mike Hirsch, Thomas Zimmerman," said Phelan, who was making his first start since last year's NCAA quarterfinal contest against Johns Hopkins. "If I ever have a good game, it's the mark of a great defense and today they did a great job. Georgetown has some really talented shooters and I was just trying to anticipate where they were going to shoot. Our gameplan was to try and contain Ricky Mirabito and I think our defense did a great job of that.

"This is the caliber of team we're looking to play against and beating Georgetown shows that we have the team and the drive to win."

At the conclusion of the game, Navy was presented a trophy in memory of longtime official Scott Boyle who tragically suffered a heart attack and passed away during the 2005 Navy-Georgetown game in Annapolis. Scott's widow, Becky, and daughter, Kelly, were on hand to congratulate the Midshipmen on their win and to remember their husband and father, one of the great ambassadors of lacrosse.

The Midshipmen will be back in action on Friday when they play host to longtime rival Maryland, who is reeling after dropping a seven-overtime decision to top-ranked Virginia in Charlottesville. Navy and the Terps will lock sticks at 7:00 pm at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in a game television to a national audience on CBS College Sports. Navy fans can also tune in to 1430 WNAV and 1050 WFED to hear the Voice of Navy Lacrosse Pete Medhurst call the action.

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Time For A Coaching Change At Georgetown?
    by (#136419) on 3/29/09 @1:09PM
If not now, IMHO, it might be time for one soon. All the power in the world to Dave Urick. He won many titles at Hobart in-a-row. He built the Georgetown program from scratch, has won MANY games, has been to the NCAA Tournament most seasons, reached the Quarterfinals a double-digit number of times, and made the Final Four in 1999. That is impressive.

However, IMHO, Georgetown has been underachieving a bit for quite some time right now. First of all, with the great talent Urick has been getting, they should be winning even more than they are and be a Top 5 team most seasons. They should be going to Final Fours at least once every few seasons. They should be striking more fear in their opponents(ie., like Syracuse, Hopkins, UVA, etc.) They shouldn't be losing to teams like St. John's and Navy(well, Navy this season, anyway.).

Second of all, with all they have to offer, they should be recruiting EVEN BETTER than they are right now. There is no doubt that Georgetown should be one of the easiest sells for talent in DI Lacrosse. Georgetown is, or has:

1. a great school
2. a nice campus
3. a yuppy atmosphere
4. in a great part of town with loads of things to do
5. in a rich lacrosse region

So, all together, I think that it may soon be time to get a coach who can get the program to THAT next level:

1. a perennial Final Four participant
2. a perennial Top 5 and higher team
3. recruiting even better than they are doing right now
4. striking more fear into their opponents

And, I think the perfect coach who could do that is:

Mike Pressler-the former coach at Duke and the current coach at Bryant

He has plenty of coaching experience and recruited very well at Duke. And, Georgetown should be an easier sell for talent than Duke.
 
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Nappy
    by (#142666) on 3/30/09 @1:55PM
If you are interested in gaining a clearer picture about the Hoya lax program, you might want to call Dave at (202) 687-2435 and have a candid discussion about GU admissions standards.
 
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Getting in
    by (#157324) on 3/31/09 @7:42PM
Do you realize the grades you need to get into Georgetown? OK now on top of that you need to be a high level D1 calibur player, it's not so damn easy for Urick to recruit kids and secondly do you recall hopkins 2 years in a row having a huge losing streak and then coming back to win the national championship and then the next year making it to the championship again? The season aint over yet Georgetown and Urick can turn this around and start winning
 
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UVA, Duke, Princeton(in the 90's), & Hopkins
    by (#136419) on 4/01/09 @3:57PM
Those are examples of schools who have been to multiple Final Fours, played in Title Games, and won titles(except for Duke) in the past 15 or so seasons. I can't imagine that Georgetown's academic standards are much higher than those schools.

Now, maybe I rushed too much saying Georgetown needs a coaching change. But, with all the talent they are getting, it is about time they at least make another Final Four. Now, maybe they COULD regroup and make it this season. But, if not this seasons, soon!
 
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Let's look at the landscape
    by (#142666) on 4/01/09 @5:49PM
1 - Mike Pressler is now at Bryant. Duke admissions won't go down that shoddy road ever again.

2 - Georgetown would NEVER seek to admit players like Cody Jamieson. Syracuse would -- and IS.

3 - The 90s are long gone. Tierney is still at Princeton. Q: what changed?

4 - UVA is plenty big enough to hide the marginal student. Georgetown extends such liberties only to basketball players. (It's a Big East money thing as Jim Calhoun proclaimed).

5 - There is only one Johns Hopkins. To suggest the Hoyas can simply clone that legacy is to not fully understand the details of the recruiting game.

Dave Urick is a tremendous coach and long-time pillar of NCAA lacrosse. But he most certainly does not have the latitude to recruit and retain the same depth/breadth of athletes as Syracuse, JHU, or UVA. There are systemic reasons why only 5 D1 schools have won NCAA titles the past 31 years.
 
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You Make Great Points, But.........
    by (#136419) on 4/01/09 @8:58PM
If you look at the rankings of high school lacrosse players throughout the most recent years, Georgetown has gotten multiple blue chippers. Yes, Dave Urick has been a pure winner and been to many Quarterfinals. But, I think that with the amount of talent he gets, he should go to the Final Four more than once every 10 seasons. Georgetown regularly brings in classes that are Top 5-Top 10 caliber. Let's look at the teams in the Final Four throughout the past five seasons:

2004-Princeton
Navy
Syracuse
Hopkins

2005-Maryland
Virginia
Duke
Hopkins

2006-Maryland
UMASS
Syracuse
UVA

2007-Hopkins
Duke
Delaware
Cornell

2008-Hopkins
Duke
Virginia
Syracuse

So, no, Georgetown doesn't quite get the talent that teams like Virginia, Syracuse, Hopkins, and Duke(well, under Pressler anyway) get. But, if you look at the recruiting rankings, they get more talent than any of the other teams that have made the Final Four and close to the same amount that Maryland gets. So, come to think of it, Urick hasn't underachieved so badly. However, with the talent he gets, I think that it is slightly underachieving not to go to 2-3 Final Fours every 10 seasons.

And, by the way, there are a couple of reasons that Princeton isn't getting the players or doing quite as well on the field:

1. the admissions has cracked down even more
2. they don't give the scholarships that other schools get
 
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Waste of time
    by (#1248) on 4/02/09 @9:30AM
Do you think anyone in the position to make a decision on Dave Urick's future is going to read this and decide to fire him. Personally I don't think Lacrosse is the kind of sport where a man like Dave Urick's career should ever be debated on blogs or websites. This isn't the NFL or NBA, this is college lacrosse, let's come to grips with that and just enjoy it for what it is, one of the last great amatuer sports.
 
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Lovely... so why are YOU here?
    by (#142666) on 4/02/09 @10:11AM
?
 
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If Georgetown Wins Their League, They Get A Bid
    by (#136419) on 4/02/09 @11:40AM
That is correct, right? They are ranked pretty high in their league, too, I believe.
 
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By The Way, Hopkins Is Harder Than People Think
    by (#136419) on 4/03/09 @5:26PM
Although it isn't a hard sell for talent, there are at least a few schools(maybe not Georgetown), that are easier. Yes, Hopkins has more tradition than anyone else. Yes, they are still successful. Yes, they have a famous field. But, on the other hand:

1. To get to the fun stuff, students have to go WAY off-campus.
2. Some schools have better facilities.
3. The jocks and the nerds are, not always, but often, very separate, at Hopkins.
4. Even the gameday atmosphere is better at some other schools, because parking stinks and there is very little room for tailgating.

So, you just don't quite get quite the fun college experience you get at some other schools.
 
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Actually
    by (#1248) on 4/05/09 @12:35PM
I was here reading about the Navy Georgetown game, not to read pointless dribble about how Urick should be fired.
 
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So read the story and don't scroll down
    by (#142666) on 4/06/09 @3:39PM
How hard is that?
 
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