- The Washington Times - Friday, April 7, 2006

No.4 Maryland and No. 8 Navy will wait one more day for their annual lacrosse meeting.

Last night’s in-state game was postponed because of thunderstorms and will be played today at 7:30 p.m. at Byrd Stadium.

Both teams cleared the field at about 7:25 p.m., and Maryland coach Dave Cottle, Navy coach Richie Meade and game officials met about 25 minutes later. The game was called just after 8 p.m.

“There was 300 miles of lightning, and it looked like lightning wouldn’t end until 1 a.m.,” Cottle said. “There was no period we could get the game in.”

Instead, the teams will meet at night to permit Maryland officials to get the field at Byrd in shape for the game. It is expected to rain for much of the day.

The game is important for both teams. The Terps (6-2) are coming off a loss to No.1 Virginia, while the Midshipmen (7-2) lost last week to Georgetown.

“I think it’s in the best interest of the kids, basically,” Meade said. “The weather indicates it is not going to clear until 1:30 in the morning. There’s no use in taking a chance to play.”

Patrick Stevens

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