Navy Scores with 3.4 Sec. Left to Upset No. 12 Colgate

Senior goalie Jared Madison had three saves in the game while RJ Wickham made 12 stops for Navy. Colgate outhustled the Mids 29-24 in groundballs, had two less turnovers, and won 19 of its 27 faceoffs courtesy of Grabher. Neither team had an extra-man opportunity as no penalties were called in the game.

Colgate will return to action next weekend when it takes on Patriot League foe Army on Saturday, March 31 at 12:00 p.m. in West Point, N.Y.

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HAMILTON, N.Y. - Navy sophomore attackman Sam Jones (Annapolis, Md.) slipped the defense on the crease with 3.4 seconds left in the game to lead the Midshipmen to a 12-11 victory over 12th-ranked Colgate Saturday afternoon at Andy Kerr Stadium in Hamilton, N.Y.

While the Mids moved to 5-3 on the year, including wins in each of their last four contests, the Raiders suffered just their second loss of the season and had their five-game winning streak snapped.

"Wow, this feels great," said first-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell. "We talked all week long about drawing some positive attention to the program and you do that be getting some big wins. We proved today that we can play to that level. I couldn't be more proud of the guys and the effort they gave today."

The win marked the program's first one-goal victory since Navy earned a memorable 9-8 overtime win against Johns Hopkins on April 24, 2010 in Annapolis. The Mids lost all four one-goal games a year ago and dropped a disappointing 9-8 decision to North Carolina earlier this season after the Tar Heels scored the game's final four goals.

After falling behind 1-0, Navy scored seven of the next eight goals to seize control of the game and owned a 7-3 advantage at the half.

The game, however, looked to take an eerily similar turn as the North Carolina contest, as the Mids held five-goal leads twice in the game, including a 10-5 lead with 9:13 to go in the third quarter.

Colgate, one of the nation's most explosive offensive teams, rallied to scored four-straight goals, including three goals in under two minutes to clip the Mids' lead to one, 10-9, with 4:20 remaining in the third quarter. Navy did not have the ball on the offensive side of the field between the 9:13 and 4:20 mark, as the Raiders won four-straight faceoffs to keep the Mids' defense on their toes.

The Raiders knotted up the game at 10-10 just seven seconds into the fourth quarter when faceoff specialist Robert Grabher won the draw and ran straight up the middle unscathed and punched in the equalizer.

Jones gave the Mids an 11-10 edge with 7:15 left in the game, sending his three-yard shot between Colgate keeper Jared Madison's legs.

The nation's leading scorer Peter Baum stepped up for the Raiders, scoring the game-tying goal at the 2:38 mark as he swept across the middle of the box and fired in his third goal of the afternoon.

With just over a minute to go, Sowell called timeout and set up a play. Navy midfielders Nikk Davis (Cockeysville, Md.) and Pat Durkin (Germantown, Md.) anchored themselves at the top of the box, playing catch for the better part of a minute before Durkin found Jones who curled around the left crease and got off a bit of a scoop shot with 3.4 seconds for the game-winner.

"We drew up a play, but it fell apart because they were pushing up," said Jones. "I looked up at Durks (Pat Durkin) and then looked at the clock. He got me the ball and I knew I had enough time to dodge. I had luck with that side all day long, so I felt confident with the ball. I made my move and was leaning to the right trying to give myself a little bit of room and sort of got it off sidearm.

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