May 9, 2009

DURHAM, N.C. - Navy's first-round NCAA Lacrosse Tournament game at Duke Saturday night was delayed by 30 minutes because of severe thunderstorms in the Durham area. When the game finally did start, only one team was ready to play as third-seeded Duke (14-3) scored the first 10 goals of the game en route to a 14-5 victory over Navy (11-5) at Koskinen Stadium. It was Navy's worst loss in an NCAA Tournament game since 1993 when the Mids fell to Loyola, 19-8, and it was the worst loss in any game for the Mids since losing to Johns Hopkins, 17-3, in 2003.

"Duke played really well and we didn't match their intensity," said Navy head coach Richie Meade. "We had a deer in the headlights look at the beginning of the game and they were able to get some easy goals. Tommy Phelan didn't see the ball well at the beginning of the game and that put us behind the eight ball."

Duke led 6-0 at the end of the first quarter and 10-0 at the half as the Blue Devils peppered Navy goalie Tommy Phelan with 24 first half shots and Phelan was able to come up with just five saves. Meanwhile, Navy got off just 12 first half shots and only five were on goal.

Navy finally got on the board with 13:27 left in the third quarter on a Joe Lennon goal off an assist from Tim Paul, but the Blue Devils answered with three more goals to lead 13-1 at the end of three periods. Navy outscored Duke, 4-1, in the fourth to provide the final margin.

Zach Howell, Max Quinzani, Brad Ross, Mike Catalino and Robert Rotanz scored two goals apiece for the Blue Devils. Howell had three assists, while Crotty dished out two.

Navy got goals from Basil Daratsos, Bruce Nechanicky, Joe Lennon, Nikk Davis and Andy Tormey. Daratsos, Paul and Phelan (first career) all had assists. Duke dominated the ground balls, winning 51-33, while the Blue Devils won 12 faceoffs to Navy's 11. The Blue Devils committed 30 turnovers to Navy's 26, while Duke was 27-32 on clears and the Mids were 26-29.

Duke advances to the quarterfinals next Sunday in Annapolis where it will play North Carolina at 2:30 p.m. Johns Hopkins will play either Virginia or Villanova in the first game at 12 noon. Tickets are available by calling 1-800-US4-NAVY or on game day at the ticket windows in the North End Zone. Parking for Sunday's doubleheader is $10.