Army scored five times in a 2:08 span of the second quarter, with freshman Bob Betchley getting three of the goals, and the Cadets went on to a 10-6 victory over Navy today.
The victory, the eighth-ranked Cadets' second straight over Navy, raises their record to 5-2. Tenth-ranked Navy is 3-4.
"Beating Navy says it all," said Betchley, who finished with four goals and two assists. "It's as big as beating Syracuse or Hopkins, no matter what they're ranked."
Navy's Glen Miles finished with two goals and one assist, but the Midshipmen were held scoreless for a 25:04 period in the second and third quarters.
Midfielder P.J. O'Sullivan started the Army scoring rally when he isolated Navy midfielder Chris Adams, who had scored at the start of the second quarter to give the Midshipmen a 2-1 lead.
O'Sullivan beat Adams and Navy goalie Steve Panico to tie the score at 2, with 6:11 remaining in the quarter. Betchley scored unassisted 19 seconds later for a 3-2 Cadet lead.
Betchley, a freshman, then took a pass from Doug Shaver to make it 4-2 with 5:17 remaining and another from O'Sullivan 23 seconds later to make it 5-2.
Shaver's goal from Pete Short with 4:03 remaining in the half ended the scoring spree.
"Most of those goals were unsettled and on transition," said Navy Coach Bryan Matthews, whose team must face Maryland, Virginia and Johns Hopkins on successive weekends. "Those things (Army scoring) aren't as tough to deal with when you get some goals."
Army goalkeeper Rob Koehler made 20 saves to help keep the Cadets comfortably ahead.
"We just set a lot of picks and we were getting guys open," said Short, the team's leading scorer (29 points), who finished with two goals and one assist. "(Joe) Papetti tried to shut me down. He played a good game, but maybe they concentrated too much on me."
The play of Army faceoff specialist Chris Zupa helped the Cadets control play.
"When you have to put two long sticks on him (Zupa) because he's winning the faceoff every time, it puts you on the defensive," said Short. "So they couldn't even think about offense or scoring."
Shaver, who finished with two goals and two assists, opened the scoring in the third quarter when he converted a pass from Betchley. The linemates opened the margin to 8-2 when Shaver fed Betchley with 7:38 remaining.