April 7, 2001
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Same two teams, same score for three years in a row -- Maryland 6, Navy 5. It's ironic, but for the third year in a row, Maryland and Navy played a low-scoring defensive game with the same score. Maryland's Andrew "Buggs" Combs (Baltimore, Md.) scored the go-ahead goal to put Maryland (8-1) up 5-4 with 7:27 left in regulation.
Combs was lying on the ground trying to push a loose ball into the goal as Navy goalie Jon Higdon had strayed out of the goal. After he was unable to push the ball in, Combs scooped it up and scored his nation-leading 32nd goal. Maryland got an insurance goal -- the eventual game-winner -- as Dan LaMonica (Parkton, Md.) scored with 6:44 left in regulation to give the Terps a 6-4 lead. Dave Pittard of Navy (5-4) scored with 2:48 left for the 6-5 final.
"It wasn't a game of artistry, but we got the win," said head coach Dick Edell. "We have the nation's leading scorer and the nation's top goalie in my opinion in Pat McGinnis and they contributed to this team of 44 players coming away with a hard fought win. We played with a lot of heart and I'm very proud of them."
Maryland held off a Navy attack in the final minute as the Mids had two shots that went wide. The Terps also killed off the final 13 seconds in the man-down situation. McGinnis made six saves on the afternoon.
The Terps and Mids played their classic defensive styles through the first half as Maryland built a 3-2 lead. Chris Malone (Timonium, Md.) evened the game at 1-1 in the first quarter after Navy's Greg Conklin scored just 35 seconds into the game. Mike LaMonica (Parkton, Md.) and Craig Hochstadt (Columbia, Md.) scored in the second quarter to give the Terps a 3-1 lead before Adam Borcz of Navy closed the first half, scoring with 8:53 left in the second quarter.
Maryland sophomore Ryan Moran (East Setauket, N.Y.) had a great game on face-offs, winning seven of eight from the second through fourth quarters.
The win was Maryland's ninth straight over Navy in the series. The Terps nation-leading goals against average dropped to 5.44 and McGinnis lowered his nation-leading goals against average to 5.56.
Maryland returns to action in one of the best rivalries in sports as the Terps play host to Johns Hopkins next Saturday night at 8 p.m. at Byrd Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on WMAR-TV, Channel 2 in Baltimore.
|#6 MARYLAND (8-1)||1||2||1||2||--6|
|#12 NAVY (5-4)||1||1||1||2||--5|
|Qtr.-Time||Team, Goal (Assist)||UM-Navy|
|1-14:25||Navy, Greg Conklin (Dave Pittard)||0-1|
|1-11:57||Maryland, Chris Malone (Dan LaMonica)||1-1|
|2-12:34||Maryland, Mike LaMonica (Jamie Daue)||2-1|
|2-11:09||Maryland, Craig Hochstadt (Chris Malone) EMG||3-1|
|2-8:53||Navy, Adam Borcz (Jeff Fellows)||3-2|
|3-11:53||Navy, Eddie McKinnon (Greg Conklin)||3-3|
|3-10:05||Maryland, Nate Watkins (un)||4-3|
|4-10:23||Navy, Eddie McKinnon (Michael Cataffo)||4-4|
|4-7:27||Maryland, Andrew Combs (un)||5-4|
|4-6:44||Maryland, Dan LaMonica (Chris Malone) EMG||6-4|
|4-2:48||Navy, Dave Pittard (un)||6-5|