Navy Withstands Sloppy Conditions to Beat Army on Day of Rivals

April 11, 2009 | Glenn Clark

It wasn’t pretty to watch; but it had its moments. Navy jumped out to a 4-1 lead after the 1st quarter at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore Saturday afternoon, and basically cruised from there for a 8-4 win over the Black Knights. Navy improved to 9-3 overall, 4-2 in Patriot League play.

The Midshipmen were never seriously threatened thanks mostly to the stellar play of senior goalie Tommy Phelan; who finished the day with 16 saves, netting Player of the Game honors. The Mids were paced offensively by junior attackman Brendan Connors, who tallied 3 goals and 2 assists. Senior defenseman Joe Lennon also netted a goal and assisted on another. Army (5-7, 1-5 Patriot League) was lead by 2 goals from Senior midfielder Kevin LoRusso.

The game was played in a steady rain that lead many fans in the stadium to seek shelter underneath the overhang of the second deck. The military students in attendance from both academies stood proudly through the weather, and remained quite vocal throughout; despite the lack of particular excitement.

With the win, Navy coach Richie Meade improves to 15-3 all-time against the Naval Academy’s biggest rival. The Midshipmen improve to 57-27-3 all-time against the Black Knights, and avenge a 9-6 loss to the Knights a season ago in West Point. The Mids remain away from Annapolis next Saturday, visiting Homewood Field for a tilt with Johns Hopkins.

The game was the first of a doubleheader at M&T Bank Stadium, dubbed the “Inside Lacrosse Day of Rivals.” The game featured some of the pagaentry you’d expect from an Army-Navy matchup in any sport; including rivalry videos and a post-game gathering to respect each academy’s alma mater.