Undefeated Maryland alternated between being overwhelming and downright sloppy in today's lacrosse match against Navy. Fortunately, for the Terrapins, they decided to be overwhelming when it counted most - in the final three minutes.
During that span they scored the game's last three goals to salvage a 16-13 victory over the aggresive Midshipment.
"I was praying a lot." Terp coach Ruddy Beardmore admitted about the final minutes. "We were really standing around, back on our heels and flatfooted, there for a while. We certainly didn't play well for about 10 minutes."
The 10-minute laps allowed Navy to tie the score at 13-all before Maryland woke up.
Terrapin goalie Jake Reed awakened his team with two goods saves, first against Jeff Long and then on Bob Holman. The last enabled Maryland to gain possession with 3:05 left.
With Navy double-teaming the man with the ball, Maryland freshman Bob Boneillo was able to find sophomore Terry Kimball open about 12 yards in front of Navy goalie Jeff Johnson. Kimball beat Johnson with a hard shot for a 14-13 lead with 2:44 to go.
Bob Ott, who controlled 10 of 14 faccoffs, won a crucial one and Maryland kept possession. Sophomore Lance Kohler fired a low shot which Johnson kicked out. The rebound rolled right back to Kohler and this time he beat Johnson high for the score, with 1:48 to play.
Ott once again took the faceoff and Kevin Boland scored off a picture feed across the face of the goal from Boneillo. Maryland's three goals in 77 seconds quieted the crowd of 7,933 in Navy-Marine Corps Stadium.
Kohler and Kimball are both members of Maryland's third midfield, which had not been playing that well before this game. But it combined for five goals this afternoon with Kimball getting three.
The defeat ended a seven-game winning streak for Navy but coach Dick Szlasa has to be encouraged by the performance of his defense and attack during the second half.
Before intermission, Navy was letting Maryland run free in the midfield and the Terrapins, who used four midfield untils, were taking advantage of unsettled situations to score easy goals. Maryland scored goals within 15, six and eight seconds of faceoffs.
But once Navy slowed the pace and began intimidating the younger Terrapins, the game swung its way. The Midshipmen attack, which accounted for seven goals (Long had three) was dominating things so much that Maryland went 12 minutes between its 12th and 13th goals.
"Being young had something to do with it," admitted Maryland senior attackman Mike Hynes, "but games like this will make you grow up quick. We have to be more consistent. We're going in spurts too much."
Only the play of Reed (he had nine saves in the fourth period) allowed Maryland to stay competitive.
"As bad as we played at times," said Beardmore, "I kept looking up at the scoreboard and we'd be ahead. That's what I told them. Keep plugging and eventually it would pay off."
He was right, but Maryland cut it a lot closer than he'd like.