Sophomore Mike Hannan hasn't started a game for Navy's lascrosse team all season, but he has been a key factor in the Mids' most impressive showing in the last seven years.
Yesterday, Hannan scored six goals and Mike Buzzell contributed five as Navy earned a 16-13 first-round victory over Army in the NEAA lacrosse play-offs before 1,613 spectators at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
"I think we were still recovering from exam week," said Hannan, who has totaled 39 goals this year. "At halftime, Coach (Dink) Szlasa told us that the season would be over if we lost out there. That's all he needed to say."
Army led at intermission, 8-5, thanks in part to Glen Burnie resident Jim Pappafotis, who scored all three of his goals in the first half. Army's all-time leading scorer, Scott Finlay, had two more.
After a tally by Navy's Roger Sexauer to open the second half, Army boosted its advantage to 10-7 on a one-hopper score by Tom Endres and an unassisted goal by Finlay with nine minutes remaining in the third period.
But Navy finally shock off its first-half jitters. Buzzel, who scored 36 goals this year, took a quick pitch from Brendan Schneck in front of the Cadet net and rifled it in with 7:16 on the third-period clock.
That was the first of five straight goals that gave the Mids a lead, 12-10, that they never relinquished.
Hannan added a pair of scores in the fourth period, including the game's final goal with 2-55 left in the contest.