Navy Tops Maryland In DI Championship Thriller

The United States Naval Academy won their 5th Division I National Championship in the past 7 years by defeating the Maryland Terrapins, 7-6 on their rain-soaked home field in Annapolis, Md. The win caps off an undefeated season in which the Midshipmen won an impressive 12 straight ballgames, while capturing their 2nd consecutive Chesapeake Conference Title.

The Terps, also from the Chesapeake Conference, spent several weeks at the top of the DI poll while racking up an impressive 15-2 record. These 2 teams were the only teams to sit atop the DI poll once the season began.

Senior attackman Kye Coolbaugh netted 2 goals for Navy, including the game winner with just 3 minutes remaining in the final quarter. Junior Connor Young added 2 goals as well, with Jack Pollard, Luke Ledva and Christian Fiordelisi all scoring goals for the Mids.

Navy’s strength this season had been it’s defense, who held their opponents to 6 goals or less in 8 of their 12 games this season. But Navy’s aggressiveness on defense lead to 8 man up opportunities for the Terps, however Maryland would only manage one man-up score on the afternoon.

Ian Dekcer scored the first goal of the game for the Terps, while Nick Roberts, Matt Granger and Troy Hencsh all scored for Maryland. Ben Abraham’s goal with 6 minutes remaining brought the Terps to within 1 score at 7-6.  Evan Hules managed to win the ensuing face-off for Maryland but the Terps called timeout in their defensive end which is a penalty. The turnover allowed Navy to run out the clock and complete their perfect season.

Maryland net-minder Joe Reilly started off hot for the Terps, snagging everything Navy shooters would throw his way. Navy goalkeeper Austin Bailey made 9 saves for the Midshipmen.

Our full photo gallery of this game courtesy of Craig Chase Photography can be found here.

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