April 8, 2005
Annapolis, Md. - Graham Gill's goal with 14 seconds left in the fourth quarter propelled the eighth-ranked Navy Midshipmen to a 9-8 victory over the sixth-ranked Maryland Terrapins Friday night at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
The first period began slowly with neither team able to crack the other's defense. That changed for the Terps at the 4:40 mark when Bill McGlone scored his 17th goal of the season for a 1-0 Maryland lead. But the Midshipmen scored twice in less than 10 seconds to take a 2-1 lead into the second period.
Maryland came right back to tie the game at 2-2 on an unassisted goal by Xander Ritz at 13:27. Joe Walters, off a feed from Brendan Healy, scored his first goal of the game three minutes later for a 3-2 Terrapin advantage. That advantage wouldn't last though as Steve Looney scored twice to lead Navy on a four-goal run spanning the end of the second quarter into the third for a 6-3 Midshipman lead.
Walters refused to let the Terps go away quietly, scoring his second and third goals of the night to bring Maryland to within a goal at 6-5. Then the unlikeliest of heroes stepped up for the Terps. Face-off specialist David Tamberrino pushed the face-off into the Navy half, took the groundball straight to the Midshipmen net and fired his first-career shot past Navy goalie Matt Russell for his first ever goal to tie the game.
The Mids regained the lead at the 11:26 mark of the fourth quarter on a Jon Birsner goal. But Maryland midfielder Brendan Healy picked a most opportune time to break out of a prolonged shooting slump, scoring two goals in 30 seconds to lift the Terps to an 8-7 advantage.
The game remained that way until Gill scored his second goal of the night at the 2:02 mark to tie the game at 8-8. Gill would register the hat trick with time ticking down to send the Mids home with a 9-8 victory.
A crowd of 14,124 was on in attendance for the game, making it the largest crowd ever to see a Maryland-Navy game in Annapolis.
The Terps end their 2005 home schedule with college lacrosse's biggest rivalry next Friday night at Byrd Stadium vs. top-ranked Johns Hopkins. Face-off is schedule for 8:00 p.m.
With today's 9-8 loss Maryland is 49-30-1 all-time vs. Navy.
The loss, coupled with last season's 9-6 defeat, marks the first time Maryland has lost consecutive games to Navy since the 1980-81 seasons.
Bill McGlone's goal at 4:44 in the first quarter extended his point scoring streak to 25 games.
Xander Ritz extended his point scoring streak to nine games with his second-quarter goal.
Joe Walters' second-quarter goal extended his goal and point scoring streaks to 25 games.
When McGlone and Walters score goals in the same game the Terps are now 20-7.
David Tamberrino scored his first career goal on his first-ever shot in the third quarter to tie the score at 6-6.