Navy Notches An­other Win Over Army

The Washington Post Sunday - - On The Air Sunday Morning - By Chris­tian Swezey

Ian Dingman had just scored the clinch­ing goal in Navy’s 12-9 lacrosse vic­tory over Army late in the fourth quar­ter yes­ter­day when a Black Knights de­fender shoved him in the back and an­other ap­peared to say some­thing to him. Dingman re­tal­i­ated, was given a one-minute penalty for un­sports­man­like con­duct and, as he left the field, Coach Richie Meade grabbed a fist­ful of his jer­sey and screamed at him.

It was that sort of day for the Mid­ship­men (9-2, 6-0 Pa­triot League). The vic­tory, be­fore a crowd of 11,370 at Navy-Marine Corps Me­mo­rial Sta­dium, was their 12th in a row over Army. Yet it hardly was their best per­for­mance.

Navy led 8-3 fol­low­ing a goal by Dingman with 12 min­utes 41 sec­onds left in the third quar­ter. Army (6-5, 3-3) had not scored more than 10 goals in a game this sea­son, so the Mid­ship­men be­lieved they were on the verge of tak­ing con­trol.

In­stead, they had turnovers on seven of their next eight pos­ses­sions. Army scored on five of its next six shots and tied the game at 8 fol­low­ing a goal by sopho­more Alex Rhoads with 1:21 left in the third quar­ter. In­cluded in the spurt was a goal fol­low­ing a shot that se­nior goal­keeper Colin Fin­negan ini­tially saved; the ball bounced out of his stick, went be­hind him and trick­led over the goal line.

An­other score came on a re­bound fol­low­ing a point-blank save by Fin­negan, and a third came off a pass that de­flected off a de­fense­man’s stick.

“I didn’t know what to tell the guys in the hud­dle,” Fin­negan said. “We were play­ing fine de­fense but there were some fluke goals.”

The game was tied at 9 fol­low­ing a score by Army sopho­more Kevin LoRusso with 10:43 left. Navy took the lead for good fol­low­ing a goal by se­nior Tommy Wallin with 8:31 left.

The Mid­ship­men ex­tended the lead fol­low­ing the goal by Dingman, off an as­sist from Wallin, with 4:15 left, though Dingman was called for the penalty sec­onds later.

“I couldn’t re­ally tell what was go­ing on on the field,” Meade said, “but I be­lieve Ian got hit late and I think an Army player may have said some­thing to him. I don’t blame their play­ers for do­ing that; I blame Ian for re- tal­i­at­ing.”

Meade then turned to Dingman and asked if he agreed. “It’s a fair as­sess­ment,” said the se­nior, who fin­ished with three goals.

Wallin added a goal and three as­sists. In all, se­niors scored nine goals for the Mid­ship­men.

Navy en­tered hav­ing lost two straight by one-goal mar­gins, to Ge­orge­town and Mary­land. Meade be­gan the week by telling the team: “If you have bag­gage, leave it at the door. There’s no room for it here.”

His words were prophetic. Se­nior long­stick mid­fielder Vic­tor Barger, who was de­fend­ing the Mary­land player who scored the win­ning goal, scored 13 sec­onds into the fourth quar­ter to give Navy a 9-8 lead.

Ju­nior Ter­ence Hig­gins, who was de­fend­ing on the ty­ing goal last week, had an as­sist and two ground­balls.

“This win is not only good for us, but it’s good for the school and good for ev­ery­one around here,” Dingman said. K DUKE 7, VIR­GINIA 6: Brad Ross scored on a be­hind-the-back shot in over­time to lead the host Blue Devils, who clinched the ACC reg­u­lar sea­son cham­pi­onship.

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