No. 4 Navy Beats Top-Ranked Maryland, 9-6, In Men's Lax

April 10, 2004

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Joe Bossi scored three goals, while Ian Dingman added two goals and an assist as fourth-ranked Navy upset No. 1 Maryland, 9-6, in men's college lacrosse action on Saturday at Byrd Stadium before a crowd of 6,860. The win was Navy's first over a No. 1 ranked team in 20 such games, dating to 1973.

The Midshipmen improved to 8-1 on the season after winning their seventh straight match. The Terrapins suffered their first loss of the year in dropping to 8-1.

The last time Navy beat Maryland in men's lacrosse was in 1992 when the Mids won, 11-3, also in College Park.

Jon Birsner finished with two assists and a goal for Navy, which also got goals from Graham Gill, Ben Horn and Ben Bailey.

Joe Walters (Rochester, N.Y.) had three goals and an assist for Maryland, which was held to its lowest goal total of the season. Bill McGlone (Swarthmore, Pa.), Mike Brown (West Hartford, Conn.) and Dave Matz (Woodstock, Vt.) also scored for the Terrapins.

Bossi scored a pair of goals in the first period, with his second putting the Midshipmen ahead 3-1 with 6:49 left in the quarter. Walters scored his first of the game for the Terps with 24 seconds left in the period to bring Maryland within one.

Horn put Navy back ahead by two goals by scoring in the opening 54 seconds of the second quarter. But Maryland pulled even at 4-4 on goals by Brown and an extra-man score by Walters with 6:05 left in the half.

Birsner send Navy into halftime with a 5-4 lead when he scored with 3:03 left in the half. McGlone tied the score for the Terps in the first two minutes of the second half.

But Navy scored four consecutive goals to put away the upset victory. Bossi started the run with an extra-man goal late in the third quarter. Gill put Navy ahead 7-5 before Dingman scored twice in 95 seconds to give the Mids a comfortable lead with 6:42 to play. Walters ended the scoring with 2:27 left.

Matt Russell had 12 saves for Navy, including eight in the second half to preserve the win. Maryland outshot the Midshipmen, 34-30, through the game. Terrapin goalkeeper Tim McGinnis (Ellicott City, Md.) had 11 saves.

Maryland next plays in the 100th renewal of its series with Johns Hopkins, facing the Blue Jays next Saturday night at Homewood Field. The Midshipmen host Lehigh next Friday evening.