enior attackman Rich Wehman's unassisted goal with 17 seconds left gave 15th-ranked Navy (5-4) a 10-9 upset victory over No. 7 Maryland (4-3) at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium today.
"We were trying to work it into (Phil) Scalniak," rookie Navy Coach Bryan Matthews said of the final series. "Then, we would isolate (Bob) Bianchi on his man. When that didn't work, we went with the speed and gave it to Dickie (Wehman) and let him go at it."
"When Bianchi's play failed," Wehman said, "I saw 20 seconds left and I wanted the ball on my side. I used my best move and came around the right side of the net and shot."
Wehman, recovering from bruised ribs and flu this week, didn't play in a scoreless first period of sluggish offenses, tough defenses and fine play by goalies Steve Nims of Navy (26 saves) and Kevin O'Leary of Maryland in the brisk wind.
Maryland took a 4-1 lead 26 seconds into the third period on Kevin Sullivan's goal, but the Midshipmen scored three straight to tie with 5:41 remaining in the quarter.
Mike Hubbard's unassisted point-blank goal gave Maryland a 5-4 lead 17 seconds later and neither team led by more than a goal the rest of the way.
At the start of the fourth quarter, Navy freshman Paul Salit exchanged two unassisted goals with Maryland all-America Jim Wilkerson (four goals, including the 100th of his career), and Maryland still led, 7-6.
Glen Miles and Ken McGann scored for Navy and Hubbard and Sullivan scored for Maryland before Scalniak's wrist shot with 2:17 left tied the score at 9.
"We want to make it exciting; these 10-9 games (Navy beat Army, 10-9, in the final minute last Saturday) are a lot of fun," Matthews said, joking. "This team has a lot of character to never get untracked on offense and still win. Nims and the defense were tremendous."
"They scored a lot of extra-man goals, but you should win when you get that many shots," said Maryland Coach Dino Mattesich, whose team outshot Navy, 48-35. "But you've got to give them credit. I thought Nims was the difference."