Kevin M. Neibauer
LaxPhilly- A Division of the Edge of Philly Sports Network.
The United States Naval Academy (6-3, 2-1) Patriot League) welcomed Holy Cross University (0-8, 0-4 Patriot League) to Navy Marines Corps Stadium in Annapolis, MD.
Navy never trailed and earned a 14-8 victory.
A game in which Navy never lost control, saw a slow start in the initial quarter.
Nick Cole (2g, 4a) opened the scoring with his 7th of the season to give the Midshipmen the lead at 9:04.
Holy Cross evened things seven minutes later when Connor Boyle (1a) did most of the work for a TJ Lynch (2g, 1a) marker.
Navy had the final say in the quarter when Zach Snider (2g) picked up his first of the campaign and the opening stanza came to it’s conclusion with. a 2-1 Navy advantage.
As close to the vest as the first quarter was, the second opened up considerably.
Forty one seconds in, Henry Tolker (4g) started his big day with his 14th with Cole setting it up.
Lynchb hit his 8th at 9:56 and Navy was in a dog fight.
Save that thought.
Patrick Skalniak (1g), Tolker notching his 15th iand 16th at 8:12 and 4:55 and Augie Pratt (1g) boosted the Middies to a 7-2 lead.
Jayce Lambert (1g) and Thomas McIntyre (1g,1a) scored seventeen seconds apart to end the half with a three goal Navy advantage, 7-4.
Another light scoring quarter provided just five markers with three from the Academy.
Cole hit for his 8th with Dean DiNanno (1g) followed by Cameron Magalotti (1g) for Holy Cross.
At 1:49 and.:53, Jon Jarosz netted two of his three to take it to the final quarter with a Navy 10-6 edge.
Snider made it 11-6 with Baker Reding (1g, 1a) having an answer.
Jarosz hit for his 9th followed by Cole setting up Tolker and Keegan Houser (1g) on the man up got it to 14-7.
Will Spangerberg (1g) ended the scoring for Holy Cross.
• Shots were 42-29 for Navy with On Goal revealing a 26-20 Navy edge.
• For Holy Cross, Dawson Friers stopped 12 Navy shots with Pat Ryan playing 56:09 with 10 saves and Ryan Verducci going 3:51’with a pair of stops for the Middies.
• Navy had a huge edge in ground balls, 46-26.
• Face offs also went the Navy way, 15-11.
• Turnovers we’re 19 for Holy Cross and 18 for the Middies.
Navy Cruises 14-8
Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.
Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.
A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.