Believe It Or Not! Maryland Defeats Navy, 6-5, For The Fourth Year In A Row

April 5, 2002

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - For the fourth consecutive season, the Maryland men's lacrosse team defeated Navy by an identical score of 6-5, improving their record to 7-2.

Mike Morsell (Huntingdon Valley, Pa.) scored three goals and added an assist as the No. 6 Terrapins held off a late No. 16 Midshipmen rally to secure the win. Dan LaMonica (Parkton, Md.) tallied a goal and three assists in Maryland's tenth straight victory over Navy.

Chris Passavia (Stony Brook, N.Y.) forced Navy's Ben Bailey to turn the ball over in the waning seconds and preserve the Maryland win.

Bailey scored three goals for the Midshipmen and Eddie McKinnon added two assists in a losing effort.

Navy successfully slowed the tempo as they took a 2-1 lead after one quarter on the strength of Bailey's first two goals, both on extra man opportunities. Morsell opened the scoring 40 seconds into the game, but the Navy defense held the Terrapins without a shot for the remainder of the quarter.

The Terrapins scored three consecutive goals by Morsell, Ryan Moran (Setauket, N.Y.), and Dan LaMonica to open the second frame and took a 4-3 lead into the half. Maryland outshot Navy 8-2 in the quarter.

Maryland extended its lead to 6-3 after three quarters on Morsell's third goal and Mike LaMonica's (Parkton, Md.) 13th of the season.

However, Navy was relentless in its comeback attempt, winning three key faceoffs and holding Maryland without a goal in the final quarter. Jeff Fellows cut the Maryland lead to two with 1:07 remaining and Bailey's 13th goal of the season concluded the scoring with 22 seconds remaining.

The win marks the first time Maryland has ever defeated an opponent by an identical score in four consecutive meetings. The Terrapin defense held Navy to 17 shots, their fewest allowed since holding UMBC to 16 shots on May 5, 2001.

Maryland returns to action for "The War in Baltimore" next Saturday, April 13 as they travel to Homewood Field to battle the fourth-ranked Johns Hopkins Blue Jays at 3 p.m. The game will be televised live on WMAR-TV 2.