• Saturday’s contest features the inaugural meeting between one of the game’s most storied programs and one of its newest additions. Navy is in the midst of its 107th season of men’s lacrosse, while Boston U. is in its first season competing at the Div. I level. The Mids (3-5, 2-3 Patriot League) and Terriers (1-7, 1-3 PL) will face off at 1:00 pm at Boston U.’s Nickerson Field.
• The game will be streamed online for FREE via PatriotLeague.TV and NavySports.com. Live stats will also be available at NavySports.com.
• The Midshipmen, who have struggled away from the friendly confines of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium this season, enter the weekend on a three-game skid, dropping decisions to Towson, Lehigh and Colgate. After giving up double digits just once in its first five games of the year, Navy has surrendered 10-plus goals in each of its last three contests.
• Boston U. dropped six straight games before earning its lone win of the season, a 12-7 victory over Lafayette two weeks ago. The Terriers, however, are coming off a 7-3 loss at Bucknell last week. BU has scored double digits just once in its eight games this season, while allowing 10 or more goals five times.
Taking the Field In …
10 – Navy has lost just five games (57-5) when scoring 10 or more goals since the start of the 2004 season … Navy is 11-0 under Sowell when scoring 10 or more goals (5-0 in 2012, 3-0 in 2013, 3-0 in 2014).
9 – Starting attackman Sam Jones needs 2 goals to become 1 of 7 Navy players all-time and 1 of 9 current Div. I players to score 80 career goals and dish out 50 assists.
8 – The Mids have given up just 8 extra-man goals this season and are ranked 12th nationally in man-down defense (73.3)
7 – Just 2 teams have won the faceoff battle against the Mids this season, however Navy has lost 7 straight games when the opponent has had more faceoff wins.
6 – Only 6 of Austin Heneveld’s shots in Patriot League play have not been put on goal this season (20 Sh, 14 SOG).
5 – Sophomore attack T.J. Hanzsche has put up multiple points in 5 of the 8 games this seasons … meanwhile, he has produced at least 1 point in 14 consecutive games.
4 – 4 of Patrick Keena’s 9 points this spring have come on extra-man offense, scoring a goal and added 3 assists.
3 – Senior attack Tucker Hull needs 3 goals to join Navy’s all-time goals scored list with 73.
2 – Jones needs just 2 points to become only the seventh player in school history to reach the 30-point milestone in each of his four seasons and the first since Nick Mirabito (2005-08).
1 – Navy senior long pole Pat Kiernan stands No. 1 on Navy’s career caused turnovers list with 64 over his four-year career. He leads Navy this season with 13 takeaways and is ranked 28th nationally with 1.63 caused turnovers per game.
Scouting the Terriers
• Boston U. has eased into Div. I men’s lacrosse under first-year head coach Ryan Polley. While the Terriers have been rewarded with a win in just one of their eight games this season, they have been on the cusp multiple times. BU’s lone win was a 12-7 victory on the road against Patriot League foe Lafayette on March 15. Meanwhile, the Terriers have losses against Mercer (17-6), Canisius (9-3), Lehigh (10-7), Providence (10-7), Vermont (13-9), Colgate (7-5) and Bucknell (7-3).
• While Boston U. ranks among the bottom 17 teams in 10 statistical categories, the Terriers are one of the best in extra-man offense. BU has scored on 44.0 percent (11-25) of its man-up opportunities with rookie attackman Ryan Johnston and freshman middie James Clarke accounting for a combined 7 of the 11 goals this season.
• Johnston has turned in 11 points on a team-best 9 goals and 2 assists this season, while 3 of Clarke’s 4 goals have been on extra-man
• Freshman attackman Pat Myers, meanwhile is pacing the team with 15 points on 7 goals and a team-best 8 assists, while rookie attackman Adam Schaal has posted 13 points on 7 goals and 6 assists.
• Florida native Sam Talkow has been phenomenal at the faceoff “x” where he is ranked 14th nationally with a 61.4 winning percentage (89-145). He has taken all but 14 draws (Elliott Burr, 3-14) for the Terriers, as BU as a team stands 17th in the country (57.9).
• Although BU is giving up 10.00 goals per game, the defense is averaging 8.38 caused turnovers per contest which is the 17th-best mark in DI lacrosse. Leading the way are rookie defensemen Greg Wozniak, a starter in 6 of the 8 contests, and Cam Pincus, who has started 7 of the 8 games. Wozniak owns a team-best 14 takeaways and 15 ground balls, while Pincus has posted 11 caused turnovers and 11 grounders.
• Freshman keeper Christian Carson-Banister owns a 10.11 goals-against average and a 54.7 save percentage. He is averaging 11.75 saves per game which stands 10th nationally.
Navy vs. Boston U. – The Series
• Saturday’s contest between Navy and Boston U. marks the inaugural meeting in the series.
Patriot League Tournament
• With the addition of Loyola and Boston U. this season, the Patriot League Tournament will be expanded to six teams and will feature a quarterfinal round where the top two seeds receive a bye. The 2014 Patriot League Quarterfinals will be played Tuesday, April 22, with the semifinals on Friday, April 25 and the championship on Sunday, April 27.
• The No. 3 and 6 seeds will face one another in one quarterfinal, while the No. 5 seed will travel to the No. 4 seed.
• Those winners will then join the top two seeds in the weekend semifinal and championship rounds, played at the site of the highest overall seed in the tournament. The brackets will re-seed after the quarterfinal round.
• Five teams (Army, Boston U., Colgate, Holy Cross, Loyola) have played four of the eight conference games, while the other five teams (Bucknell, Lehigh, Lafayette, Navy) have already played five Patriot League contests.
• Loyola is atop the standings and is the lone undefeated team at 4-0, while Holy Cross is the only winless team at 0-4.