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Monday, October 5, 2015

Navy Sinks Air Force

By AJ Johnson

The United States Naval Academy defeated the Air Force 28-0 at the Brigade Sports Complex in Annapolis, MD in a friendly between the historic rivals.  With hurricane Joaquin barreling toward the eastern seaboard, it was clear early that ball handling would be a factor in the dismal conditions.
Navy did a great job keeping possession, in Air Force’s territory for most of the match.  Even though Navy’s forward pack lacked the size of the Air Force pack, their physical play made the ultimate difference.

Coming off of a first half hat trick against Dartmouth, Navy’s All-American number 8 Nick Marmureanu opened the scoring in the 18th minute off of a navy maul.  Five minutes later, Lock Joe Guthman scored after another strong maul off of a navy line out.

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Ten minutes after halftime, replacement lock Adam Coberly scored Navy’s third try of the match once again off of another strong Navy maul.  Flyhalf Connor McNerney added two penalties before wing Adam Orischak added one last try.

The winner of the match receives the Kevin Shea Memorial Cup, named after Lieutenant Colonel Kevin M. Shea.  Colonel Shea was a standout member of the Air Force Academy’s football team and member of the 1989 rugby team that won a National Championship.  Commissioned as an officer in the United States Marine Corps, and serving in the first Gulf War, Shea returned to the states and became a professor of electrical engineering and rugby coach at the Naval Academy.  He was killed on his 38th birthday in Al Anbar province Iraq.  On hand to present the cup was his daughter Brenna Shea, a junior at the Naval Academy.

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