- The Washington Times - Monday, April 4, 2005

ANNAPOLIS — Georgetown might have found some answers about its topsy-turvy lacrosse season yesterday at Rip Miller Field. Navy simply discovered the need for some serious soul searching.

The ninth-ranked Hoyas ripped the fifth-ranked Midshipmen 11-6 behind Nick Miaritis’ four goals in a game that wasn’t in much doubt for the final 40 minutes.

The game was picked up at the start of the second quarter a day after veteran official Scott Boyle collapsed on the field at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and died of an apparent heart attack. The Hoyas (5-2) played as well as they had a day earlier, while the Midshipmen (7-2) seemed in a daze the entire afternoon.

Nearly all the tendencies that helped the Mids reach last year’s national title game were strikingly absent. Navy wasted many of its limited possessions by either passing well out of reach or simply throwing the ball into a scrum. The Mids were outhustled in the midfield, losing the groundball battle 41-30, and the team’s defense did little to keep Navy in the game.

“They totally played better than we did,” Navy coach Richie Meade said. “You have to question us. We lost to Bucknell [on March 12], and that was a team that played real hard and real tough. Georgetown played real hard and real tough. They were tougher than us, and that bothers me. … That’s not been one of the things we’ve had to be concerned about in the past.”

That doesn’t diminish the play of the Hoyas, who had a 2-0 lead when play resumed. After Navy’s Nick Mirabito hit the pipe on an extra-man chance in the opening seconds of the second quarter, Georgetown scored the next four goals to turn what was expected to be a tight game into a laugher.

“There’s been some peaks and valleys throughout the season,” Georgetown coach Dave Urick said. “We tell our guys the top of the world and the bottom aren’t that far apart.”

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