With the wind whipping off the bay today, it took Navy's 12th-ranked lacrosse team a while to get going. But when it did, the Midshipmen scored nine goals in two short spurts to defeat Washington College, 13-9.
Navy Coach Bryan Matthews coached the Shoremen last year when they upset the Midshipmen for their only victory in the 30 matches between the teams.
"It's a strange feeling going against them," Matthews said. "I guess I'm the only one who's been on the winning side the past two years. I liked the spurts (today), but not the lulls in between. It's a problem of keeping the momentum. The poor first quarter was due to our being tentative."
Navy (2-2) fell behind, 1-0, with 2:22 gone in the game as Washington's Jeff Kaufman took a pass from Dick Grieves and put the ball in the net. A minute later, Joe Papetti streaked down the right side and tied the score with a wrist shot.
Navy got going quickly in the second quarter. First senior Rich Wehman fed the sliding Chris Adams for the go-ahead goal. Then, Wehman ran around the Shoremen's net, turned and shot for a 3-1 lead. Senior Phil Skalniak followed with two goals within 30 seconds.
Kaufman scored twice to close Washington (1-2) to 5-3, but Navy's Ken McGann beat goalie Greg Baker twice within 44 seconds, then fed Bruce Seitz and Mike Gubosh for goals. Skalniak scored Navy's fifth in six minutes, giving his team a 10-5 lead going into the final period.
"It feels good to come home (after two road losses)," Matthews said. "We expected them to be tough, but we're playing a little better now. Steve (goalie Nims) was very good in his second start. He just needs experience. Skalniak had a great game.