Navy eyes stunner Friday against Maryland

April 04, 2013 | WNST Staff

Game 11 Navy (3-7, 1-4 PL) vs. #1 Maryland (7-1, 2-1 ACC)
Date and Faceoff April 5 at 7:00 pm ET
Location Annapolis, Md. | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000)
Television CBS Sports Network | Dave Ryan (Play by Play), Evan Washburn (Analyst)

Game Preview

• After playing its last three games on the road, the Navy men’s lacrosse team returns home to Annapolis where it will play host to No. 1-ranked Maryland on Friday … the 88th meeting between the Mids and the Terps is slated for a 7:06 pm faceoff at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• The Midshipmen are coming off a 12-7 loss to 18th-ranked Lehigh last Saturday in Bethlehem, Pa.  After trading goals in the opening minutes, the Mountain Hawks went on a 5-0 run and would not relinquish the lead.  Junior attackman Sam Jones played a role in six of the seven goals for the Mids.
• Friday’s contest marks the first time Navy has been matched up against the No. 1-ranked team in the country since dropping a 9-8 overtime decision to Johns Hopkins on April 23, 2005.  Meanwhile, the Mids’ lone documented win over a top-ranked team was a 9-6 win over Maryland in 2004.
• Meanwhile, Maryland bounced back from its 10-8 loss to ACC rival North Carolina by dealing 17th-ranked Virginia a 9-7 loss in Charlottesville last weekend.  Sophomore attackman Jay Carlson scored three goals and junior goalie Niko Amato made 14 saves to help secure the win for the Terps.
• Friday’s contest will be televised by CBS Sports Network with Dave Ryan (play by play) and Evan Washburn (analyst) calling the action.

Navy vs. Maryland – The Series
• Friday’s contest between Navy and Maryland marks the 68th-consecutive year the two programs have met … it’s the second-longest continuous lacrosse series between Navy and another opponent … only Army has played Navy longer (next week is the 81st-straight year the two have met).
• Maryland leads the series, 53-33-1, however, the Midshipmen have won five of the last nine contests, including two of the last four games played in Annapolis (2004, ‘09).
• Maryland also holds a 28-20-1 series advantage over the Mids in games played in Annapolis.
• Eight of the last 14 games played between the two teams have been decided by one goal, including four of the last eight meetings … meanwhile, five of the last seven games played in Annapolis have been decided by two or fewer goals.
• Navy’s 9-6 win over Maryland in 2004 is the only document win by the Mids over a No. 1-ranked opponent in program history.

Scouting the Terps
• Under the direction of third-year head coach John Tillman, Maryland enters Friday’s contest ranked No. 1 in the nation with a 7-1 record.  The Terps’ lone loss this season was a 10-8 loss to North Carolina in College Park two weeks ago.
• The Terps are ranked among the nation’s top 10 in nine statistical categories, including shot percentage (37.3) where they lead the country.  Maryland not only boasts the third-ranked scoring offense, averaging 13.38 goals per game, it also stands No. 3 in scoring defense, holding its opponents to 7.25 goals per contest.
• Loyola is the only team who has scored double figures against the Terps this season and even a 10-goal performance by the Greyhounds would not be enough in a 12-10 Maryland victory.  No other team has scored more than 8 against the Terps this season.
• Meanwhile, Maryland has scored double figures in 6 of its 8 games.  North Carolina held the Terps to 8 in a 10-8 upset, while Maryland scored 9 in its 2-goal win over Virginia a week ago.
• Six players have scored double-digit goals for Maryland this season, including senior midfielder Kevin Cooper who leads the team in goals (15), assists (13) and points (28).  Sophomore attackman Jay Carlson has also punched in a team-high tying 15 goals.
• Junior Niko Amato has been nearly flawless this season in goal for the Terps where he is ranked fourth nationally with a 7.09 goals-against average and seventh in save percentage (60.0).
• Faceoff specialist Charlie Raffa has been spot-on this spring where he has won 82 of the 143 draws he has taken this spring for a 57.3 percentage.  He is ranked 12th nationally and with a 7.13 ground balls per game average, he is 10th.
• All-American long pole Jesse Bernhardt has registered 12 caused turnovers and 32 ground balls, while defenseman Michael Ehrhardt owns 36 ground balls and nine takeaways.

Program Ties
• Third-year Maryland head coach John Tillman served as an assistant coach at the Naval Academy from 1996-07 and was the offensive coordinator his last six years … Tillman was on staff during the Mids’ memorable Memorial Day ride in 2004 when Navy faced Syracuse in the National Championship Game.
• One of Tillman’s pupils at the Academy, J.L. Reppert (Class of 1999), is in his second season as an assistant coach at his alma mater … Reppert also served as an assistant on Tillman’s coaching staff at Harvard in 2009 … Tillman was also an assistant coach at Navy when current volunteer assistant coach Mickey Jarboe, Class of 2000, enjoyed a stellar career at the Academy as a two-time All-American and Kelly Award winner.
• Maryland grad and Terrapin associate head coach Ryan Moran spent three seasons (2006-08) as an assistant coach for the Midshipmen … Moran also served as the head coach at the Naval Academy Prep School during the 2005 campaign.
• Moran and second-year Navy assistant coach Ryan Wellner are both graduates of Chaminade High School … Wellner was a senior (‘96) when Moran was a freshman (‘99) … Moran’s father, Jack, gave Wellner his first coaching position in 2003 at Chaminade.
• Maryland junior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk’s father, Mike, was a three-time All-American for the Midshipmen from 1977-79 … the elder Chanenchuk was a member of four NCAA semifinalist teams and served as co-captain of the 1979 squad that ironically dropped a 15-10 decision in the NCAA semifinals to the Terps.

Home Field Advantage
• 2013 marks the 52nd season Navy has played at least one game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• Navy owns a 44-20 record (68.8) in games played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium since the start of the 2004 campaign, outscoring its foes, 693-473.
• Since playing its entire home schedule at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium beginning in 2004, Navy has lost back-to-back games at home just 5 times … in 2006, the Mids lost to Georgetown, 9-5, and then suffered a 9-8 setback against Johns Hopkins … in 2008, Navy again lost regular-season decisions to the Hoyas and Blue Jays before the Mids’ season concluded with a 10-4 loss to Hopkins in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament … Navy lost back-to-back home games in 2010 to Loyola, 8-7 OT, and North Carolina, 11-4 … in 2011, Navy dropped a one-goal decision to Colgate, a 10-4 contest to No. 7 Maryland and a 14-9 decision to Army … last season, the Mids dropped a one-goal heart breaker to fourth-ranked North Carolina and followed up with a 14-9 loss to Bucknell in the league opener.
• In its 106-year history, Navy has lost 3 straight home games just 5 times …
1980    #1 Virginia, #2 Johns Hopkins, #9 N. Carolina
1985    Washington College, N. Carolina, Army
2003    #13 Rutgers, Air Force, #4 Georgetown,
#4 Maryland
2008    #4 Georgetown, #7 Johns Hopkins,
#4 Johns Hopkins
2011    Colgate, #7 Maryland, #17 Army
… and four-straight home games just once
2003    #13 Rutgers, Air Force, #4 Georgetown,
#4 Maryland
• The 2003 campaign marks the only season in which Navy has lost 4 straight home games at the stadium.
• Having played at least a game a year at the stadium for 42 consecutive years, Navy stepped away in 2003, allowing for state-of-the-art renovations to take place, including the Field Turf surface and two video boards … Navy has played all of its home games at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium since the beginning of the 2004 campaign.
• Navy had won 20 consecutive home games against Patriot League foes before dropping a 10-9 decision to Colgate in 2009.
• Opponents have scored double digits against the Mids just 15 times in games played on their home field over the last 10 seasons … Navy has held 21 of its 65 opponents to five or fewer goals since 2004 in games played at home (includes 2010 game vs. VMI played at Rip Miller Field).