|Game 4||Navy (2-1, 0-0 PL) at Georgetown (0-1)|
|Date and Faceoff||Feb. 24 at 12:00 pm ET|
|Location||Washington, D.C. | Multi-Sport Field (2,500)|
• Looking to bounce back from a one-goal heartbreaker on Tuesday against 15th-ranked Fairfield, Navy (2-1) will travel to the nation’s capital to face Georgetown (0-1) on Sunday … the 23rd edition of the Navy-Georgetown series is set for a 12:00 pm faceoff at Multi-Sport Field.
• The Mids are coming off a disappointing loss to the Stags that saw the two teams combine for 11 goals in the final quarter before Sam Snow scored the dagger with 4.1 seconds left to lift Fairfield past the Mids, 10-9 … the game featured 7 ties, including 5 in the final stanza.
• Georgetown, meanwhile, let an 8-3 halftime lead slip away last weekend and was dealt an 11-10 overtime loss by Lafayette. Senior Brian Casey scored 4 goals to lead the effort, including sending the game into extra minutes, while rookie keeper Alex Joyce made 10 stops.
• A radio broadcast of Sunday’s contest will be carried by WNAV 1430 AM/99.9 FM with Pete Medhurst and Joe Miller handling the call … coverage begins with the Navy lacrosse pregame show at 11:45 am … the game will also be streamed online via Hoya Vision All-Access (subscription) with live stats available at NavySports.com.
Scouting the Hoyas
• First-year head coach Kevin Warne’s debut was spoiled by the Patriot League’s Lafayette in the Hoyas opener, as the Leopards dealt Georgetown an 11-10 overtime loss last Saturday in Washington, D.C. The Hoyas sped out to an 8-3 halftime lead, but the Leopards climbed their way back and forced senior Brian Casey to score an unassisted goal with 2:58 left to force extra minutes. Lafayette’s John Floyd scored the golden goal at 3:22 in overtime to lift Lafayette to one of its biggest wins in program history
• Five of Georgetown’s top six scorers from a year ago return, including Casey who produced 35 points on 20 goals and 15 assists last season as the team’s second-leading scorer. He paced the Hoyas against the Leopards with 5 points on 4 goals and 1 assist.
• Second-year attack man Reilly O’Connor, wo registered just 4 points a year ago, was the main feeder in the game, dealing out 3 assists to go along with his goal.
• Taking over between the pipes is rookie Alex Joyce who gave up all 11 goals to Lafayette while making 10 saves.
• The faceoff duties are in the hands of redshirt sophomore Chris May who won 49 of the 86 he took a year ago and was 9 for 17 against Lafayette last weekend. Redshirt junior Tyler Knarr was 31 for 63 last season and 4 for 8 last Saturday.
• Senior defenseman Brennan Bicknese produced just 16 ground balls a year ago, but last weekend he turned in six grounders and caused 3 turnovers.
• Georgetown was flagged for 7 penalties in its opener and gave up 3 extra-man goals to Lafayette.
Navy vs. Georgetown – The Series
• Sunday’s contest between Navy and Georgetown marks the 23rd game in a series that began in 1991 … the Hoyas own a 15-7 series advantage … Georgetown has won nine of the last 11 which featured a five-game winning streak that was snapped by the Mids in 2009.
• Georgetown owns an 8-3 advantage in games played in Washington, D.C., including a 9-8 victory over the Mids at Multi-Sport Field in 2011, the last time the two teams met.
• This is just the third time in series history that Georgetown has not been ranked when facing the Mids … the Hoyas were not ranked at the time of the 2009 contest, nor the 2011 encounter.
• 13 of the 22 games have been decided by two goals or less, including each of the last seven contests.
• Seven of the 22 contests have been one-goal games, while four of the seven one-goal games have been decided in overtime … all four of the overtime contests have been played in Annapolis.
• Four of the last five meetings have been decided by one goal, all of which have been won by the Hoyas.
• 2012 marked the first time since the series began in 1991 that the two teams did not play one another. Navy made the move a year ago to play all of its Patriot League opponents on weekends which meant Georgetown lost its traditional weekend spot to Lehigh.
A Win over Georgetown would …
• give Navy a 3-1 start for the first time since 2008 when the Mids began the year 2-1 before running off 6 consecutive victories.
• snap a 2-game skid against Georgetown give the Mids just their third win over the Hoyas in the last 10 meetings.
• give Navy head coach Rick Sowell his first win over Georgetown as a head coach … he was 0-2 at St. John’s and 0-1 at Dartmouth in games against the Hoyas. This will be his first game at the helm of the Navy program when facing Georgetown.
• give Rick Sowell a 95-88 career record and a 9-7 mark at Navy.
• push Navy’s all-time record to 759-315-14.
Taking the Field In …
10 Navy has lost just five games (53-5) when scoring 10 or more goals since the start of the 2004 season … Navy was 5-0 last season when reaching 10 goals and is 2-0 in 2013.
9 Navy head coach Rick Sowell spent 9 seasons as an assistant coach at Georgetown (1990-98) under the legendary Dave Urick.
8 Sowell, Navy is 8-1 when leading after the third quarter. Navy is 2-0 this season.
7 Seven of Navy’s 2013 opponents are ranked or receiving votes in the 2012 USILA Coaches Preseason Poll – #1 Maryland, #4 Johns Hopkins, #10 Colgate, #12 Lehigh and #15 Fairfield, while Bucknell and Lafayette are receiving votes.
6 Juniors Pat Durkin and Sam Jones head into the Georgetown game riding 5-game point scoring streaks. Durkin has scored a goal in each of the 6 games.
5 Junior attackman Tucker Hull needs 5 points to become only the 30th player in program history to score 100 points during their career … the last player in was Andy Warner, who scored 101 points from 2008-11.
4 Sophomore Gabe Voumard punched in a career-high 4 goals at Fairfield on Tuesday marking his first collegiate hat trick.
3 In the midst of three straight road games, Navy has lost 3 in a row away from home dating back to 2012.
2 Junior Tucker Hull has been held without a point in just 2 of the 28 games he has played at Navy.
1 Over the last six seasons, 25 (10-15) of the Mids’ 75 contests have been decided by one goal … seven of the 22 contests between Navy and Georgetown have been one-goal games … four of the last five meetings have been decided by one goal, all of which have been won by the Hoyas … meanwhile four of the seven one-goal games have been decided in overtime … all four of the overtime contests have been played in Annapolis.
Navy Vs. the BIG EAST
• The Mids own a 49-30-1 record (61.9) against the current seven-member BIG EAST, playing five of the seven programs. Navy has never played Notre Dame or Villanova, although it has scrimmaged both teams over the years.
• The Mids have faced Rutgers the most times, building a 21-7 advantage, while also holding an 18-8-1 all-time record against Syracuse. Georgetown has had the most success against the Mids with a 15-7 series advantage. Meanwhile Navy is 2-0 against St. John’s and 1-0 against Providence.
Remembering A Friend
• The winner of Sunday’s game will be presented the Scott Boyle Memorial Trophy … a longtime lacrosse official, Boyle suffered a heart attack and passed away while officiating the Navy-Georgetown game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on April 2, 2005.
• Boyle was a tremendous ambassador of the sport of lacrosse who was involved at every level of the game, whether it was little league, the collegiate level, the pros or even the World Games … he was well thought of throughout the lacrosse community.
On the Road Again
• Since the beginning of the 2004 campaign, Navy has lost 24 of its 53 road games (neutral sites not included) … with its one-goal heartbreaker on Tuesday, the Mids are 0-1 in true road games in 2013.
• Navy, who is in the midst of three straight road games, enters the weekend having lost three in a row away from Annapolis … the Mids dropped games to Maryland and Army last year, before succumbing to Fairfield earlier this week.
• Seven of Navy’s 13 games this season will be played away from its home venue, Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Five of the seven are true road games, while the Mids will face Patriot League foes Colgate and Holy Cross at a neutral site on back-to-back weekends.
• Navy will battle Holy Cross on March 17 (12:00 pm) at Citi Field in Flushing, N.Y. as part of the four-team Metropolitan Lacrosse Classic Presented by Konica Minolta which will also feature Colgate vs. Michigan.
• Meanwhile, the Mids will participate in the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic played at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore where they will meet Colgate at 2:00 pm.
• Navy played half of its 12-game slate in 2012 on the road. Five (3-2) of the six were true road games, while the sixth was a neutral site contest against Jacksonville which was played at EverBank Stadium, the home of the Jacksonville Jaguars, on Feb. 19.
• In 2011, Navy produced a 1-6 record in games played away from Annapolis … its lone road victory was an 8-3 decision over Holy Cross on March 19.
• Fairfield’s Sam Snow scored with 4.1 seconds remaining in the contest to lead the Stags to a 10-9 win over Navy on Tuesday.
• The one-goal loss marked Navy’s first blemish of the season, but it’s also the 10th one-goal loss by the Mids over the last four seasons … during that same timeframe, Navy has won four one-goal decisions … Navy was 1-1 a year ago in one-goal games.
• The Mids have now lost eight straight when their opponent scored between 8-10 goals … Navy is 0-4 under Rick Sowell.
• For the third game in a row, Navy spread the goal scoring around, as six players were responsible for the Mids’ nine goals … sophomore midfielder Gabe Voumard was the long multi-goal scorer as he turned in his first collegiate hat trick with four goals.
• Navy had won six straight games when one of its players had recorded a hat trick.
• Among the goal scorers on Tuesday was senior middie Jay Mann, who scored his first goal since his sophomore season, and became the 15th different player to post a goal for the Mids this season.
• Goals by Pat Durkin, Austin Heneveld, Tucker Hull and Sam Jones extended point scoring streaks for the four players … Durkin and Jones lead the way with six straight games with a point, while Hull is riding a four-game streak and Heneveld has scored a goal in all three games this season.
• Junior attackman Tucker Hull dealt out an assist to go along with his goal and took sole possession of 20th on the Mids’ all-time career assists list with 44.
• Making just his third career start in goal, senior team captain Nolan Hickey played a spectacular game that featured a career-high 15 saves.
• Senior defenseman Austin Miller played a solid game, turning in a career-high six ground balls while posting a personal-best four caused turnovers.
• Navy’s man-down unit continues to flourish … the Mids managed to weather seven flags, including two one-minute non-releasable penalties … on the year, Navy has surrendered just two goals on 20 man-up opportunities by its opponents.