A steady rain and North Carolina goalie Tim Mealey dampened the spirits and the efforts of the Navy lacrosse team as the third-ranked Tar Heels defeated the Midshipmen, 15-11, today at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
"Tim Mealey and our man-down defense were two of the big differences," said Navy Coach Bryan Matthews, whose team drops to 2-2.
Mealey stopped 19 shots and his teammates converted five of seven man-advantage situations. North Carolina attackman Mac Ford scored two of his game-high four goals and John Stahl scored one of his three goals while Midshipmen served penalties.
Jeff Bellistri scored three goals and Glen Miles had two goals and all four of Navy's assists. Miles' second unassisted goal tied the score at 5 with 2:25 remaining in the half.
Trailing, 5-2, at the end of the first period, Robert Wehman scored with 12:52 left in the half. John Hawley then scored when Miles circled away from the net and sent a pass over the Tar Heels defenders to Hawley, who was standing to the left of the crease.
"We did just what we set out to do," Matthews said of his team's play in the second period. "We controlled the ball and the tempo and put pressure on the cage. Unfortunately, Mr. Mealey did his job and didn't let many in goal."
The Tar Heels scored twice in the last 1:07 of the half. Ford scored on a pass from Pat Welsh, who finished with one goal and three assists. Bob Russell ran the length of the field in the final seven seconds and beat Steve Nims to put UNC ahead, 7-5, at the half.
The Tar Heels went up, 8-5, in the third period. Navy closed the margin to 8-6 when Jack Hall scored the first of his two goals with 11:10 remaining in the third period.
Joey Seivold's goal with 7:56 remaining put North Carolina ahead, 10-7.