Turnovers proved costly for No. 11 Navy and in the end the No. 5 Maryland Terrapins were too much to handle. The Terps defeated the Midshipmen, 10-5 Tuesday night.
Maryland extends its win streak to eight in a row, 10-2 overall. The Terps snap the Mids seven-game win streak, falling to 9-3 overall.
The Terps defense limited Navy to just 23 shots and 22 ground balls. Senior Greg Danseglio caused three turnovers. Offensively, junior Colin Heacok matched his career-high with four points, two goals and two assists.
Navy struck first, but the Terps responded with a five-goal run spanning the first and second quarters. They never gave up the lead.
Maryland's defense stood tall, holding the Mids offense scoreless for nearly 21 minutes of the first half. Senior goalie Kyle Bernlohr made five stops on the night.
"I have to tip my hat to Maryland," said fifth-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell. "Winning seven in a row, the position we put ourselves in, we looked at this game as an opportunity. We hung in there despite not playing our best game and I think we will learn some things from it. Losing is now fun, but I have a lot of faith in my team that we will rebound."
Navy's defense was busy, seeing double digit shots in the first and third quarters. Senior goalie John Connors saved 10 shots. Tewaarton Award Watch List member Chris Fennell held Maryland's leading scorer, Matt Rambo, scoreless.
Maryland looks to clinch a share of the Big Ten title Sunday, April 24 against Ohio State in College Park at 7 p.m.
Navy celebrates senior night Friday, April 22 when it hosts Sacred Heart at 7 p.m.