ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Third-year Navy men’s lacrosse coach Rick Sowell released the Mids’ 2014 schedule on Tuesday which features games against six teams who finished the 2013 campaign ranked among the top 20 in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll, including four programs who played in the 2013 NCAA Championship.
“I’m excited to announce our 2014 schedule,” said Sowell. “Once again it presents a significant challenge for our program, but after a fall in which we made many positive strides, we look forward to the opportunity to compete against such quality opponents.”
Navy is on tap to play a 13-game regular-season schedule with seven contests to be played on its home field, Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Additionally, 2012 National Champion Loyola and first-year varsity program Boston University have joined the Patriot League to make it a nine-team league. The annual Patriot League Tournament will now be a six-team playoff with the top-two seeds earning opening-round byes.
“The Navy lacrosse welcomes both Loyola and Boston University to the Patriot League,” added Sowell. “The addition of these two programs undoubtedly makes the Patriot League even tougher and enhances to an already outstanding conference.”
The Midshipmen kick off their spring season with a pair of scrimmages, including a Jan. 25 meeting in Columbus against Ohio State, who made it to the quarterfinals of last year’s NCAA Tournament. Meanwhile, the Mids are set to take on Virginia in Annapolis on Feb. 1 in their final preseason tune-up. Virginia has earned the second-most NCAA Tournament invitations with 36, including dates to the Dance in each of the last nine years, and has won five National Championships.
For the seventh year in a row, Navy will play its season opener against VMI when the two teams face off on Feb. 8 (12:00 pm) at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Last year Erik Hoffstadt (Dover, Del.) and Sam Jones (Annapolis, Md.) scored hat tricks, while Austin Heneveld (East Hampton, N.Y.) produced a career-high six-point effort to lead the Midshipmen to a 20-6 victory over the Keydets.
Navy will face the visiting Georgetown Hoyas the following Saturday in Annapolis at 12-Noon. The Feb. 15 contest will be the 24th meeting between the two programs in what has been an entertaining series. Five of the last six games between Navy and Georgetown have been decided by one goal, while the 2009 contest was a two-goal win by the Mids.
The Midshipmen begin their quest for the program’s sixth Patriot League title when they travel to Lewisburg, Pa. on Saturday, Feb. 22. Navy will face Bucknell in its league opener for the sixth time overall and the fifth time in the last six years. While Navy holds a 7-6 advantage, six of the 11 league matchups have been decided by one goal, including five of the last seven.
Navy returns to Annapolis to battle Holy Cross on March 1 at 11:00 am. A year ago, the Crusaders scored the program’s first win over the Mids in the 10-game series history, posting a 7-5 win at CitiField in Flushing, N.Y.
Navy plays its next three games over the course of nine days with two of the three contests played on the road. Kicking things off will be a March 7 contest under the lights at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium against Lafayette, a program Navy owns a 14-1 series record against. Four days later (March 11), the Mids will briefly step away from Patriot League action to play at Towson. The two programs have faced one another in each of the previous four seasons with each team winning twice.
The Mids will play their final game over the nine-day span on the road, traveling to Bethlehem, Pa. to face 2013 NCAA Tournament participant and Patriot League Champion Lehigh on March 15 (2:00 pm). This will be Navy’s fifth trip to the Lehigh Valley in the last six years with the 2012 contest being the lone game since 2009 to be played in Annapolis. While Navy owns a 28-4 series advantage, the Mountain Hawks have won three in a row against the Mids.
Like the Bucknell series, the annual Navy-Colgate matchup has turned into its own rivalry. Though the Mids have a handle on the series with an 11-5 advantage, the last six games have proven to be nail-biters with five of the six decided by a goal. This year’s Navy-Colgate matchup is slated to be played in Annapolis on March 22 (12:00 pm) where the Mids have a 5-2 edge.
Navy will face Patriot League newcomers, Boston University and Loyola, in back-to-back weekends. The Mids will make the trek to Boston on March 29 for the inaugural meeting between the programs before returning to Annapolis on April 5 to play host to the Greyhounds. Navy and Loyola have split the six previous games they have played, however Loyola has won each of the last three including one-goal victories in 2010 (8-7 OT) and ‘11 (9-8).
One of the sport’s longest and most cherished rivalries, the Army-Navy game will be played on April 12 (2:00 pm) at Michie Stadium in West Point in what will be the 93rd meeting between the two service academies. The Mids own a 57-32-3 series advantage, including wins in 14 of the last 20 games.
Navy will celebrate Senior Day on Friday, April 18 against Johns Hopkins (7:00 pm). After losing 36 consecutive games to the Blue Jays from 1975-2009, the Midshipmen have won two of the last four including back-to-back games against the Blue Jays at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Navy scored a 9-8 overtime victory against the Blue Jays in 2010 to snap the streak and in 2012 routed Hopkins, 8-2, in what was the largest margin of victory by the Mids in the series.
With the addition of Boston University and Loyola, the Patriot League Tournament will move from a four-team event to a six-team tournament. The top-two seeds will receive a bye, while quarterfinal contests will be played between the 3-6 and 4-5 seeds on Tuesday, April 22. The Patriot League semifinals will be played on Friday, April 25 at the site of the top seed with the championship slated for Sunday, April 27. Since joining the league in 2004, the Midshipmen have played host to four of the nine tournaments and have claimed the title five times. Navy owns an 11-2 all-time record in the Patriot League Tournament.
Meanwhile for the first time since 2003, Navy will not face Johns Hopkins in its regular-season finale. Instead, the Mids will face long-time rival Maryland, who has made the move from the ACC to the Big Ten. Fans have been treated to some great battles between the Mids and Terps over the last decade and on May 3 the rivalry will continue as the two meet at Byrd Stadium in College Park. While the two programs have met 88 times, they have battled one another in each of the last 68 years which is the second-longest continuous series Navy has with another team (Army, 81 consecutive years). Eight of the last 15 games between the two have been decided by one goal.
The May 3 meeting is the latest the two programs have met since May 19, 1979, when the Terps defeated the Mids, 15-10, in the NCAA Tournament. It’s the latest regular-season meeting between the two schools since 1971, when Navy scored a 10-5 victory on May 25.
The opening round of the 2013 NCAA Championship is set for May 10 and 11 at campus sites to be determined. The NCAA Quarterfinals will be played May 17 at James M. Shuart Stadium in Hempstead, N.Y. and May 18 at Delaware Stadium in Newark, Del. The NCAA Semifinals will be played May 24 and the Championship on May 26 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md.
Navy’s television and radio schedule will be released at a later date.
2014 Navy Men’s Lacrosse Schedule
(as of Dec. 10, 2013, subject to change)
Date Day Opponent Time Location Television
Jan. 25 Sat. at Ohio State 11:00 am Columbus, Ohio
Feb. 1 Sat. Virginia 12:00 pm Annapolis, Md.
Date Day Opponent Time Location
Feb. 8 Sat. VMI 12:00 pm Annapolis, Md.
Feb. 15 Sat. Georgetown 12:00 pm Annapolis, Md.
Feb. 22 Sat. * at Bucknell 3:00 pm Lewisburg, Pa.
March 1 Sat. * Holy Cross 11:00 am Annapolis, Md.
March 7 Fri. * Lafayette 7:00 pm Annapolis, Md.
March 11 Tues. at Towson 7:00 pm Towson, Md.
March 15 Sat. * at Lehigh 2:00 pm Bethlehem, Pa.
March 22 Sat. * Colgate 12:00 pm Annapolis, Md.
March 29 Sat. * at Boston University 1:00 pm Boston, Mass.
April 5 Sat. * Loyola 12:00 pm Annapolis, Md.
April 12 Sat. * at Army 2:00 pm West Point, N.Y.
April 18 Fri. Johns Hopkins 7:00 pm Annapolis, Md.
April 22 Tues. Patriot League Quarterfinals TBA #3 hosts #6, #4 hosts #5, #1 & #2 bye
April 25 Fri. Patriot League Semifinals TBA At #1 Seed
April 27 Sun. Patriot League Championship TBA At #1 Seed
May 3 Sat. at Maryland 1:00 pm College Park, Md.