April 9, 2006
College Park, Md. -
April 8, 2006
College Park, Md. - Junior Ian Dingman scored his third goal of the game with eight seconds left in the fourth quarter to give No. 8 Navy a 7-6 victory over No. 4 Maryland on Friday night at Byrd Stadium in front of a crowd of 3,512.
The game was all Navy during the first 30 minutes of play as the Midshipmen bottled up the Maryland offense and were leading 5-1 at the half. Senior All-American Joe Walters scored the lone Terrapin goal in the first half of play, converting an extra-man opportunity off an assist from sophomore Max Ritz.
Maryland came out at the start of the third quarter with renewed energy and it showed just 23 seconds into the period when Walters found an open Xander Ritz on the right side of the crease. Ritz buried a shot past Navy All-America goalie Matt Russell to score the Terps' second man-up goal of the game.
Senior All-American Bill McGlone pulled Maryland to within two goals just over 30 seconds later with his only goal of the game and the comeback seemed to be on. But Navy settled down and built the lead back to three goals on Terrence Higgins' second goal of the season at the 5:48 mark.
The Terps would cut the lead back to one on goals from freshman Dan Groot and Max Ritz and looked to complete the comeback with 12:22 left in the game, but Russell would not let Navy fall apart. With momentum on the Terps' side, Russell made two big saves on Walters and Xander Ritz to maintain the one-goal advantage.
That lead held up until the 3:22 mark when Walters took a feed from Brendan Healy and laced a shot past Russell to tie the game at 6-6. The play started with junior Ray Megill stripping Steve Looney of the ball in the Terrapin defensive zone and starting the clear that led to Walters' second goal of the game.
It looked as if the Terps would take the lead for the first time in the game on the ensuing face-off. Senior David Tamberrino won his 11th draw of the game to give Maryland possession of the ball with the clock winding down. But the Terps never got another shot off. The Mids caused a Maryland turnover with 1:16 left in the game and cleared the ball, setting up Dingman's game-winner.
The loss was the second-straight heartbreaker in the series for the Terps. Last season in Annapolis, Graham Gill scored with 14 seconds left in the game to give Navy a 9-8 win.
Defensively for Maryland, sophomore Jason Carter made seven saves after replacing starter Harry Alford midway through the first quarter. Megill finished the game with a career-best four caused turnovers in addition to two groundballs. Tamberrino finished with a game-high seven groundballs.
Maryland returns to action next Saturday night, April 15, when it renews college lacrosse's greatest rivalry for the 102nd time against Johns Hopkins. The game is scheduled for an 8:00 p.m. start at Homewood Field in Baltimore and will be broadcast on ESPNU.
With today's 7-6 loss Maryland is now 49-31-1 all-time vs. Navy.
The win is Navy's third straight in the series and marks the first time the Mids have won three in a row over Maryland since 1969-71.
With two goals and an assist, Joe Walters extended his point scoring streak to 42 games.
Walters now has 37 multi-goal games and 47 multi-point games in his career.
Xander Ritz extended his point scoring streak scoring to 25 games with a man-up goal in the third quarter.
Max Ritz scored a goal and added an assist and now has eight multi-goal games and nine multi-point games in his career.
Max and Xander Ritz have now scored goals in the same game on six occasions.
Bill McGlone's two-point effort gives him 16 multi-goal games and 19 multi-point games in his career.
When Walters and McGlone score goals in the same game Maryland is now 28-11.