Kern keys come­back in Mids’ up­set win

Fresh­man goalie makes 17 saves, Navy erases 3-goal deficit in sec­ond half

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - SPORTS - By Bill Wag­ner

With time wind­ing down in the third quar­ter, it ap­peared Army West Point had all the mo­men­tum in its men’s lacrosse show­down with archri­val Navy.

The Black Knights led by three goals and had a golden op­por­tu­nity to tack on an­other score af­ter gain­ing a man ad­van­tage.

Fresh­man goalie Ryan Kern and se­nior face­off spe­cial­ist Brady Dove took it upon them­selves to turn the mo­men­tum in fa­vor of host Navy.

Kern made a ca­reer-high 17 saves while Dove cap­tured 11 of 18 face­offs as Navy ral­lied to up­set sixth-ranked Army, 10-6, be­fore an an­nounced record of 12,705 on Saturday. It was the high­est at­ten­dance for a men’s lacrosse game in the his­tory of Navy-Ma­rine Corps Me­mo­rial Sta­dium and the sec­ond-largest crowd in se­ries his­tory be­hind the 2010 con­test, which drew an an­nounced 20,911 at M&T Bank Sta­dium in Bal­ti­more.

Ju­nior at­tack­man Ryan Wade scored two goals and had two as­sists for the Mid­ship­men, who trailed 6-3 with 31⁄2 min­utes left in the third quar­ter. Two other ju­niors — at­tack­man David Lit­tle and mid­fielder Greyson To­rain — both had two goals and an as­sist.

“A great win for a team that’s had to bat­tle through some ad­ver­sity,” Navy coach Rick Sow­ell said. “I think the way we played in this game kind of caps off who these guys re­ally are.”

Kern and Dove did their best work af­ter Navy fell be­hind by three late in the third pe­riod. Kern did not al­low an­other goal and made 10 of his saves in the fourth quar­ter. Dove won eight of the last 11 face­offs.

“In the end, their play up the mid­dle was the dif­fer­ence,” Army coach Joe Al­berici said. “Dove, from the 3:30 mark of the third quar­ter, re­ally took over. Kern may have played the best game of his young ca­reer.”

Se­nior de­fense­man Chris Fen­nell had a huge game for Navy (6-7, 4-4), which clinched a berth in the six-team Pa­triot League tour­na­ment with the win. Fen­nell lim­ited Army lead­ing scorer Cole John­son to one goal on just three shots and as­sisted on the go-ahead goal.

Sopho­more at­tack­man Nate Jones scored two goals while ju­nior mid­fielder David Symmes had a goal and an as­sist to lead Army (10-2, 6-1).

It was the third straight Star game vic­tory for Navy, which leads the over­all se­ries, 60-35-3. Navy’s nine se­niors were hon­ored in a pregame cer­e­mony.

“To get this win for the se­niors is spe­cial. I’m proud of what they’ve been done for this pro­gram over the last four years,” Sow­ell said. “Just a great day for Navy lacrosse.” Army 0 4 2 0 Navy 2 1 2 5 Goals: A—Jones 2, Gle­sener, Grab­her, John­son, Symmes; N—Lit­tle 2, To­rain 2, Wade 2, Floun­lacker, Dove, Hill, Ray. As­sists: A—Ge­orge, Glancy, Miller, Symmes. N—Wade 2, Fen­nell, Lit­tle, To­rain. Saves: A—Bar­retto 7; N—Kern 17.

KARL MER­TON FER­RON/BAL­TI­MORE SUN

Joel Tin­ney, left, and Shack Stan­wick helped Johns Hop­kins run out to a six-goal lead early in the third quar­ter be­fore need­ing to hold off vis­it­ing Penn State.

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