BOSTON, Mass. — Navy senior midfielder Austin Heneveld (East Hampton, N.Y.) notched his first career hat trick, while sophomore attackman T.J. Hanzsche (Berwyn, Pa.) also turned in a three-goal performance to lead the Midshipmen (4-5, 3-3 Patriot League) to a 13-7 win over Boston University (1-8, 1-4 PL) on Saturday afternoon in what marked the inaugural meeting between the two programs.
“It really felt good to get the win today,” said Navy head coach Rick Sowell, who is just one win shy of scoring his 100th collegiate victory. “The focus has been there and we’ve been practicing hard, so it was nice to see our players reap the rewards today. The path doesn’t get any easier over the next few weeks for our team, but we are looking forward to the challenge and meeting it head-on.”
The two teams exchanged a pair of goals in the opening quarter and was capped by a decisive goal by junior midfielder Gabe Voumard (Cape May, N.J.), who went high to high past BU keeper Christian Carson-Banister with just eight seconds left.
Navy took its first lead of the day three minutes into the second period when senior attackSam Jones (Annapolis, Md.) caught an errant shot by Hanzsche and found Eric Hoffstadt (Dover, Del.) cutting up the middle. The Terriers knotted the game at three apiece when rookie middie Cal Dearth targeted a 15-yard shot from up the middle with 7:31 to go in the period.
The Mids’ defense was relentless over the final five minutes of the opening half, as its aggressiveness led to a pair of transition goals. Following a BU turnover, Navy senior co-captain and long pole Pat Kiernan (Ridgewood, N.J.) ran the length of the field and punched in his 12th career goal and third of the season. Kiernan’s goal sparked a 4-0 run by the Mids that the featured three goals in under two minutes.
Hanzsche looked to have scored a goal with roughly three minutes to play in the half, but it was waived off as he stepped in the crease. The trail official, however, called Boston U. for being offside and Navy retained possession. The Mids made the Terriers pay as senior attack Tucker Hull (Charlotte, N.C.) found Voumard cutting from the middle for the goal at 2:44.
Navy scored its second transition goal of the day when Alex Heyward (Charlotte, N.C.) checked the ball on the defensive end and the loose ball was picked up by fellow short stick d-middie John Trainor (Northport, N.Y.). Trainor found sophomore defenseman Jules Godino (Summit, N.J.) at the top of the box and Godino found enough space to thread his shot past Carson-Banister. It was Godino’s first collegiate goal and Trainor’s first career assist.
The Mids capped off their 4-0 run, as Hanzsche intercepted a hail Mary pass by Dominick Calisto in the middle of the Mids’ box and gave Navy a comfortable 7-3 advantage at the break.
“It was really nice to be able to find other ways to score today,” said Sowell. “Our defense played a really solid game today and led to Pat Kiernan and Jules Godino scoring some goals. When you can score in transition, it naturally takes the pressure off any offense. Quite honestly to rely on your six-on-six offense to score the bulk of your goals is tough, so I give credit to our guys for finding other ways of scoring. It really opens up the game when you can convert those opportunities.”
The two teams would again exchange a pair of goals in the third period, including a each with under 10 seconds to go. Jones made a spectacular wrap-around dive on the left side of the cage with eight seconds left to put the Mids up by five (9-4), but the Terriers answered by winning the faceoff and Sam Tenney beat the buzzer to trim the Navy lead to four at the end of three quarters.
BU used the momentum of Tenney’s buzzer beater to score the first two goals of the fourth quarter to get within two goals. The Mids would buckle down on both ends of the field over the final 10 minutes of action and outscore the Terriers 4-0 to secure the 13-7 win.
The win not only snapped a three-game losing skid by the Mids, but it marked their first road win in 11 contests dating back to 2012.
While Heneveld and Hanzsche paved the way for the Mids with hat tricks, six other Midshipmen contributed goals.
Defensively, Navy produced a season-high 13 caused turnovers, including a career-best three by Heyward.
Meanwhile, freshman Brady Dove (Stevensville, Md.) edged out BU’s Sam Talkow in the faceoff war, 12-11. Dove, who is just 23 wins out of 10th on Navy’s career faceoff wins list, came into the game ranked 19th nationally, while Talkow, the reigning Patriot League Rookie of the Week, was 14th.
Tenney (3), Death (2) and Ryan Johnston were responsible for all seven of BU’s goals, while Carson-Banister anchored the defense with 12 saves.
The Mids will be back in action next Saturday when they play host to the nation’s No. 1-ranked team Loyola. Faceoff is slated for 12:00 pm at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.