ANNAPOLIS, NOV. 15 -- When Brown's Andy Gramley scored two minutes into the first quarter of the Eastern Water Polo Championships and Navy needed over four minutes to score a goal of its own, it was evident the Midshipmen were not going to run up the score like they did against Arkansas (16-4) and Iona (11-5) in the earlier rounds.

But after Navy's Tom Temple rifled a penalty shot in to bring the Midshipmen within 4-3 at the half, Brown could never regenerate its offense and second seed Navy defended the title it wrested last year from three-time champion Brown, 8-6. Both teams will receive bids to the national championships in California at the end of the month.

"What killed us was that one four-meter {penalty shot} they called on us and Navy went ahead at the half," said Brown coach Ed Reed. "There were seven seconds left and we thought they had their best defensive man in but then switched him on us and drew a four meter. It was real demoralizing. We had a little trouble getting our offense going after that."

Gramley was the game's leading scorer, accounting for all of Brown's points. For Navy, junior national team member Tom Popp scored three and Brian Bell scored two.

While Navy's defense was suffocating, making Brown use up nearly all of the 35-second shot clock on each attempt, it was an improved offense that made the difference for the Midshipmen. They lost to Brown last month in overtime, after beating the Bruins earlier in the season, because they couldn't generate a diverse offense.

"With a defense like ours, anybody can win if they can control the ball," said Temple, a third team all-America last year. "But you don't score by yourself, you need cooperation."

Whenever Popp got the ball, Brown's zone collapsed around him. But Navy's versatility allowed it to score from anywhere. Temple scored twice on penalty shots and had two assists, both times to Bell. Chris Rackow also scored after recovering a shot by Popp.