Navy GK Wickham Honored By Patriot League

March 19, 2012 | WNST Staff

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — Navy senior RJ Wickham (Penn Yan, N.Y.) picked up his second Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week citation this season following a week that saw the Midshipmen run their winning streak to three in a row with wins over Towson and Holy Cross.  In addition to Wickham, Colgate’s Peter Baum (offense) and Bobby Lawrence (defense) and Lehigh’s Matt Poillon (rookie) were among those players recognized by the conference office as players of the week at their respective positions.

Wickham put together a pair of solid performances together last week, producing a 65.8 save percentage and a 6.50 goals-against average.  He opened the week with a nine-save effort against Towson and helped anchor the Navy defense to a pair of scoreless stretches  by Towson.  The Mids were able to overcome a 2-1 halftime deficit by keeping the Tigers off the scoreboard for 20 minutes between the second and third quarters.  The defense again held Towson without a goal for a nine-minute stretch in the fourth quarter before giving up two garbage goals in the final 30 seconds.

Meanwhile, after Holy Cross closed to within a goal at 8-7 with 10:57 to go in the third quarter, Wickham would post seven saves down the stretch to keep the Crusaders off the board for the remainder of the contest.  He finished the game with a season-high 16 saves, pushing his career total to 411 and making him just the eighth player in the program’s 105-year history to eclipse the 400-career save milestone.  He is the first Navy player to post 400 saves since his current goalkeeper coach, two-time Kelly Award winner Mickey Jarboe, set the school record with 701 saves in 2000.

Wickham is ranked eighth on the Mids’ all-time saves list, trailing seventh-place Scott Bartkowski (1980-83) by 28 saves.

Wickham is one of only four Navy goalkeepers to garner the Patriot League’s weekly award since Navy joined the league in 2004, and in terms of player-of-the-week recognition, he is the most decorated Navy goalkeeper having received the honor seven times.

The Midshipmen return to action on Saturday when they travel to Hamilton, N.Y. to battle 12th-ranked Colgate, who stands 7-1 overall and 1-0 in Patriot League play.  Faceoff is set for 2:00 pm at Andy Kerr Stadium.