Maryland's second-ranked lacrosse team, smarting from a last-second loss last week, contained usually high-scoring Navy and got four goals and an assist from sophomore midfielder Tom Worstell in winning, 11-8, at College Park yesterday.
Brian Jackson, a defenseman whose mistake last week against Virginia may have cost his team the game, was one of several Maryland defenders whose intense effort took fourth-ranked Navy out of its usual offense.
"I really had to prove something to myself and to the team," he said.
"I had to prove I could come back. And so did the rest of the team."
Maryland attempted to stymie Len Miles, who leads Navy in scoring this season and is one of the most versatile players in lacrosse. To do that, Maryland Coach Dick Edell put Jackson on Miles whenever he could.
"You put your best athlete against their best athlete," said Edell of his strategy to wear Miles down. "And you shovel a bunch of others at him whenever you get the chance."
Miles scored one goal and had three assists, two late in the game. "I give him Jackson a lot of credit," Miles said.
The rest of the Maryland defense played to Jackson's level, limiting Tom Hancshe to two goals, one assist and Paul Basile to two assists. The third attackman, Bob Weyman, failed to score. Midfielder Pat Gugerty led Navy scorers with three goals.
"They did the job," said Navy Coach Bryan Matthews. "We felt their close defense is the toughest part of an overall great defense. Glen Miles is pretty well used to heavy pressure, but the rest of the team didn't play up to his level. We were asking a lot of two small freshmen."
*Drexel 11, Georgetown 9: Rob Corner's three goals and three assists enabled Drexel (5-1) to beat Georgetown (1-10).
*Virginia 13, Duke 8: Jeff Nicklas' three goals and an assist helped the seventh-ranked Cavaliers (7-2, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) beat ninth-ranked Duke (10-3, 0-2) at Charlottesville. Baseball
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