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Navy defeated Boston College 54-14 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Penn Mutual Varsity Cup. The Midshipmen used a strong second half to pull away from a tough Boston College side.
Navy went up 5-0 early in the game but Boston College settled in after the early score. The game remained this way until around 10 minutes left in the first half, where Navy scored a converted try to take a 12-0 lead.
“The wind was pretty significant in the first half and Boston College did well,” said Navy coach Mike Flanagan. They put their best foot forward.”
The Eagles battled back, getting a try from senior captain Danny Schatzman with less than 10 minutes to go in the first stanza. Things went south for BC after score, however, as Navy scored two tries in quick succession to round out the first half at 26-7.
Navy wore down a depleted Boston College side in the second half. The Military Academy scored six second half tries in route to 64-14 victory. The Midshipmen capitalized on some turnovers and loose balls to score a number of long distance counter attack tries.
"At the half we knew they were going into a stiff wind so we said lets take away the space. We made Boston College work for everything they got and they made some mistakes,” Flanagan added.
The explosive counter attack offense was a welcome site for Navy. The Midshipmen have been steadily improving their attacking game and this adds a new facet to the team.
“We have not done that in a while,” Flanagan said of effectively counter attacking. “We were able to that against those guys. It was good for us.”
Navy will host Central Washington in the next round of the Varsity Cup.