Cummings Leads No. 12 Maryland to Victory Over Navy

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Senior Joe Cummings had a hat trick and two assists to lead No. 12 Maryland to a 13-6 victory over in-state rival Navy in front of 5,022 fans at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium Friday evening. Maryland improves to 6-3 on the year, while Navy falls to 5-5.

The Terps started off the scoring at 10:42 in the first quarter, with junior Landon Carr scoring an unassisted transition goal inside the left pipe. Sophomore Brian Cooper started the play, causing a turnover by Navy's Nikk Davis. Sophomore Michael Ehrhardt fought through a scrum to pick up the tough groundball before moving it quickly to Carr near midfield.

Less than a minute later, senior Michael Shakespeare added to the Terps lead by scoring his twelfth goal of the season. Junior Kevin Cooper found Shakespeare in the middle of the Navy box where he ripped a high shot from 12-yards out.

Navy answered with three straight goals of its own to take its only lead of the game with 3:56 left in the first quarter.

Cummings scored the next two goals to regain the lead for Maryland heading into the second quarter. First, he finished a cross-crease pass from Kevin Cooper for the easy goal. Cummings then he scored an unassisted goal from the left crease, beating his defender to the inside before scoring to the near post.

The score remained 4-3 in favor of the Terps until 6:18 in the second quarter when senior Drew Snider dodged down the right alley and hit the top corner to make it a 5-3 game.

The Midshipmen battled back, getting the next two goals from Taylor Reynolds and Gabe Vourmard, respectively, to tie it at 5-5 with 1:28 left in the second.

Maryland regained the lead with 0:12 seconds remaining in the half when junior Owen Blye dodged from behind the goal and beat Navy goalie RJ Wickham inside the far post. Cummings helped make the play possible with an outstanding pick that allowed Blye to get a step on his defender.

It appeared the Terps secured another goal with 0:01 second remaining in the half when Carr fired a shot that beat the horn. However, the referees whistled for a Maryland timeout before the goal was tallied, wiping Carr's second goal off the board and leaving Maryland with a 6-5 lead heading into halftime.

The disallowed goal didn't matter in the end as the Terps stormed out of the intermission and dominated the third quarter by a 5-0 margin, thanks in large part to a perfect 6 for 6 faceoff performance by junior Curtis Holmes. First, Blye wrapped around the cage to tally his second unassisted goal at 11:01. Then is was junior Billy Gribbin scoring his first goal of the game when Shakespeare found him with a skip pass on the right wing for the quick shot.

Snider made it a 9-5 lead with 6:38 to go in the third when he slipped past his short-stick defender and snuck a quick sidearm shot past Wickham from the left wing.

Two minutes later, junior John Haus took advantage of a slip by a Navy defender and some confusion on the Mids part by scoring an unassisted goal after an unobstructed run to the front of the net from the left wing.

With 3:32 remaining in the third quarter, Cummings notched his 10th career hat trick with his third goal of the game. Shakespeare took a hard shot that bounced off Wickham. Cummings grabbed the rebound and finished with a quick behind-the-back shot to make it an 11-5 Terrapin lead.

The Midshipmen opened the scoring in the fourth, but it ended up being their last tally of the game at 8:20. Navy's Pat Durkin took a shot from the right side that Maryland goalie Niko Amato appeared to save. However, the ball was loose in front of the goal line and was tipped across by a Maryland player going for the groundball.

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