BALTIMORE – Navy had no trouble early in its Oct. 26 game with Tulane. The Midshipmen scored three touchdowns and then a field goal, sprinting to a 24-0 lead in the second quarter.
But then Tulane woke up and rallied to twice tie the game in the fourth quarter. Navy quarterback Malcolm Perry then led the Midshipmen on a quick drive in the final minute that set up a 48-yard field goal from Bijan Nichols as time ran out. That gave the Midshipmen a wild 41-38 victory over the Green Wave at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
Tulane tied the game at 38 with 61 seconds left when quarterback Justin McMillan snuck in from a yard out. Navy had a 298-7 edge in total yards early in the second quarter, but the Green Wave finished with a 477-453 lead in that area.
The win improved Navy to 6-1 overall and 4-1 in the American Athletic Conference.
Tulane (5-3, 2-2) could not stop the Midshipmen on that final drive – especially Perry, who ran for 44 yards and got Navy to the Green Wave’s 31-yard line. Nichols then made the 48-yard kick easily which prompted a massive celebration for the Midshipmen.
“I had a really good feeling our offense was going to get me in range, if not score, so I knew to be ready,” Nichols said.
Fullback Jamale Carothers led Navy with 154 yards rushing and three touchdowns. He also caught a 31-yard touchdown pass. This was his first time running for over 100 yards.
Navy ran for 385 yards but the offense was very quiet in the second and third quarters as Tulane stormed back thanks to McMillan (20 for 29, 290 yards, three touchdowns plus two more rushing).
The Green Wave held Navy without a first down for more than 20 minutes at the start of the second half while scoring 17 straight points to tie the game at 31.
Navy next takes on the University of Connecticut on Nov. 1 in a road game. The Midshipmen now are bowl eligible for the 15th time in 17 years – after not going in last year’s three-win season.
Women’s Soccer Wins In Overtime
Navy needed some extra time to do it, but the Mids locked up the Patriot League regular-season crown with a 1-0 victory over Boston University on Oct. 26.
Baseley McClaskey scored the game-winning goal in the second overtime period. After the teams couldn’t break through in the first 10-minute period, McClaskey headed in a cross from Kristina Dzhandzhapanyan.
That came in the 106th minute and was enough to clinch the league title.
Navy improved to 15-2-1 overall and 6-1-1 in the Patriot League. Boston (5-11-2, 2-5-1) battled and pushed the Mids to double overtime, the team’s second overtime contest in the past three games but McClaskey came through again.
“Baseley has been so important for us all year, especially on set pieces, but also within the flow of the game,” said Navy coach Carin Gabarra. “Her soccer IQ and ability to play final passes is excellent.”
Volleyball Edges Army In Five Sets
Navy rallied in the final two sets and pulled out a 25-19, 15-25, 20-25, 25-21, 15-12 victory over Army at home on Oct. 26.
Navy (11-9, 6-3 Patriot League) needed to bounce back after a slow start and did so to come up with the victory over Army (15-8, 6-4).
“It was another incredibly evenly-matched battle between two teams who play with a ton of heart,” Navy Head Coach Paco Labrador said. “I’m proud of our resilience.”
After falling behind, Navy needed to win sets four and five to take the match. The fourth set was even at 20 when Maddi Sgattoni got a kill that sparked a 4-0 run which helped the Mids win the set and extend the match.
Navy jumped ahead early in the fifth set, taking leads of 4-1, 6-2 and 10-4. Despite a late Army rally, the Mids held on.
Sgattoni finished with eight of her nine kills in the final two sets. She topped Navy with 17 kills. Setter Paige Miles sparked the offense with 47 assists, 10 digs plus four aces.