Kern keys comeback in Mids’ upset win
Freshman goalie makes 17 saves, Navy erases 3-goal deficit in second half
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.
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.