Navy Meets Holy Cross Saturday in Annapolis

March 17, 2012 | WNST Staff

Game Preview
• Riding a two-game winning streak, the Navy men’s lacrosse team returns home to play host to Patriot League foe Holy Cross on Saturday … meeting for the ninth time in series history, the Mids and Crusaders will face off at 1:30 pm at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.  Please note the time change … the game was previously scheduled for a 12:00 pm start, but moved this week so fans may also attend the NCAA women’s basketball game between Navy and Maryland at 11:15 am in College Park.
• The Mids outscored Towson 5-1 in the third quarter of last Tuesday’s game to catapult them to a 10-6 victory over the Tigers … Navy scored five-consecutive goals in the third quarter, keeping the Tigers off the scoreboard for nearly 20 minutes … during the Mids’ 5-0 run, sophomore attackman Tucker Hull scored two goals and added two assists.
• Meanwhile, Holy Cross scored a come-from-behind win on Tuesday, dealing Vermont a 9-8 loss … trailing 8-5 with 10:46 left in the fourth quarter, the Crusaders scored four-straight goals including the game-winner by freshman Clay Haarmann with just 30 seconds remaining in the contest.
• Saturday’s contest will be broadcast over the radio waves by WNAV 1430 AM/99.9 FM with Graham Whaples handling the call … coverage begins with the Navy Lacrosse Pregame Show at 1:15 pm … the game will also be streamed online via Navy All-Access with live stats available at

Meet the Mids
• Navy will hold its annual “Meet the Mids” event following Saturday’s game against Holy Cross (1:30 pm).
• Members of the Navy men’s lacrosse team will be available for autographs on the Blue Concourse, with the first 300 kids in line for the postgame autograph session receiving a Navy lacrosse “Meet the Mids” t-shirt, compliments of Annapolis area Papa John’s and Chick-fil-A.
• Navy’s 2012 lacrosse poster and an autograph card will be available, while prizes will also be handed out.
• For more information on the event or to purchase tickets, call 1-800-US4-NAVY or visit

Taking the Field In …
10    Navy has lost just five games (49-5) when scoring 10 or more goals since the start of the 2004 season … Navy is 3-0 this season when reaching 10 goals.
9    The Mids are looking for their ninth-straight victory over Holy Cross as they own an 8-0 all-time record against the crusaders … it’s the longest active winning streak Navy owns over any of its 2012 oponents.
8    Sophomore attackman Tucker Hull has recorded eight hat tricks in his 19-game Navy career, including four this season … Hull has also produced eight points in a game twice this season, including a three-goal, five-assist effort against Lafayette.
7    The Mids’ three wins this season have been when they held their foe to seven or fewer goals.
6    Since 2004, Navy owns an amazing 54-2 record when holding its opponents to six or fewer goals, including a 12-1 mark in the last four seasons combined … Holy Cross has never scored six goals against the Mids … Navy’s defense has held the Crusaders to five or fewer goals in all eight previous meetings.
5    Senior goalkeeper RJ Wickham needs five saves to become just the eighth player in school history to produce 400-career saves.
4    Riding a four-game point-scoring streak, senior co-captain Taylor Reynolds has already topped his point total from a year ago (12) with his seven goals and six assists.
3    Sophomore long pole Pat Kiernan has scored three goals in the last two games … he was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week on Saturday after scoring two goals, causing four turnovers and picking up five ground balls at Lafayette last Saturday.
2    Tucker Hull is ranked No. 2 in the country in points per game, averaging 5.33 … his is also ranked ninth in goals per game (2.83) and eighth in assists per game (2.50).
1    Over the last four seasons, 23 (9-14) of the Mids’ 66 contests have been decided by one goal … Navy has lost five-straight one-goal games.

More on the Crusaders
• Jim Morrissey is in his first full season as head coach at Holy Cross after taking over interim duties midway through the season last spring … he has the Crusaders off to their best start since 1985 with a 4-3 record.
• Holy Cross has wins over Hartford (15-14 OT), Jacksonville (13-11), Mercer (12-6) and Vermont (9-8), while dropping contests to St. John’s (17-7), Harvard (14-9) and Colgate (13-9).
• Junior attackman James Kennedy has been the sparkplug for the Crusaders, pacing the team in points (28), goals (16) and assists (12) … a year ago he led Holy Cross with 33 points on 20 goals and 13 assists.
• Meanwhile, junior midfielder John Hannan has punched in 15 goals for the Crusaders, the exact total he finished the 2011 season with.
• Senior A.J.Guarente has taken the vast majority of the draws this season, winning 52.1 percent (74-142) … junior Tim Pond has won 15 of the 32 (46.9) faceoffs he has taken this season.
• Senior Greg Peterson has been a force to be reckoned with on defense, causing a team-high 11 turnovers, while junior long pole Matt Ward owns seven takeaways.
• Second-year goalkeeper Kenny O’Connor owns a 10.16 goals against average, while making saves on 50 percent of the shots he’s seen.

Series History
• Saturday’s contest marks just the ninth meeting between Navy and Holy Cross … the Mids own an 8-0 advantage in the series, including a 23-5 victory over the Crusaders in the inaugural meeting in Annapolis in 2004.
• Three of the previous eight meetings have been played in Annapolis, three in Worcester and
• Navy and Holy Cross have played one another three times in Worcester, Mass. (2005, ‘09, ‘11) and three times in Annapolis (2004, ‘06, ‘10) and twice in Dallas, Texas … in 2007, the two teams squared off at SMU’s Ford Field and in 2008, they battled at the historic Texas Stadium, the prior home of the Dallas Cowboys.
• Navy has scored eight or more goals in all eight games, while putting up double-figure goals in six of the eight (8 in 2005 and 2011) … the Mids’ defense, however, has held Holy Cross to five or fewer goals in every game.

2011 Navy-Holy Cross Recap
• Navy used a crippling defense and took advantage of 10 Holy Cross penalties to post an 8-3 victory over the Crusaders at Hart Turf Field in Worcester, Mass.
• The story of the game came down to possession.  Not only did faceoff specialist Logan West control 11 of the 14 draws in the game, Navy also possessed the ball a great deal of the contest due to Holy Cross racking up nearly 10 minutes of penalty time.  Navy scored goals on five of its 10 extra-man opportunities, including the game’s first goal at the 2:23 mark in the opening period.  Freshmen attackmen Tucker Hull and Harrison Chaires worked together to put the Mids on the the scoreboard in what would be a lead they’d not relinquish.
• Chaires punched in his second of three extra-man goals at 12:29 in the second quarter with Jay Mann finding him for a nifty shot.
• Hull, who was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week earlier in the week, then put Navy up 4-0 with back-to-back goals, including his first man-up goal of the year at the 10:26 mark,
• Navy’s defense smothered Holy Cross the entire first half and after nearly 35 minutes of scoreless play, the Crusaders got on the board thanks to an unassisted goal by junior midfielder Andrew Morici.
• Navy, though, went on to score three unanswered goals in the span of two minutes. The run began when junior attackman Taylor Reynolds found senior middie Andy Warner for the goal at the 8:03 mark.  It was one of only three even-strength goals by the Mids in the contest.  A minute later, at the 7:05 mark, Warner pumped in an unassisted extra-man goal.  Meanwhile, Chaires turned in his first-collegiate hat trick with his third man-up goal of the afternoon off an assist from Hull.
• Chaires is the first Navy player to score three extra-man goals in a single game since All-American Adam Borcz talled three against Penn State on April 14, 2001.
• The Mids were not done, however, extending their lead to 8-1 on a Brian Striffler-to-Sam Jones goal at the 4:30 mark.
• Navy made a change between the pipes following Jones’ goal, giving senior Mike Haas just his second-career appearance in goal.  Haas would give up a pair of goals in the final four-plus minutes, including a garbage goal with 17 seconds remaining in the game to senior attackman Colin Flood.
• The three goals are the fewest the Mids’ defense have surrendered since last year’s Navy-Holy Cross tilt in which the Mids won, 12-3, in Annapolis.  Ironically, it’s also the last time Navy held an opponent scoreless for a half.  In last year’s game, Navy jumped out to a 4-0 halftime lead before the crusaders scored in the 39th minute.
• With his two-goal, one-assist effort against the Crusaders, Warner extended his point streak to 20-consecutive games which is tied as the 18th-longest streak in the country.  Meanwhile, he is just four points shy of becomming only the 29th player in program history to score 100 points in a career.  The last player to join the list was Nick Mirabito who amassed 158 points from 2005-08.
• Meanwhile, West continues to roll at the “x.”  Over the last three games, he has won 46 of the 66 draws (.697) he has taken.  During the Mids’ four-game slied, he won 20 of the 53 faceoffs (.377) he took.

Navy-Towson Rewind
• After finding itself in a 2-1 hole at the half, the Mids scored seven of the first eight goals of the second half to catapult Navy to a 10-6 victory over Towson on Tuesday night … the Mids opened the second half on a 5-0 run and held the Tigers scoreless until the 56-second mark in the third quarter.
• The win gave the Mids their first two-game winning streak since last year when the Mids won three in a row over this same three-game stretch against Lafayette, Towson and Holy Cross.
• The win snapped a nine-game losing streak by the Mids when trailing at the half, including an 0-2 mark this season.
• The win also snapped 11-game losing streaks when the opponent has more shots and when the opponent has a better clearing percentage.
• Sophomore attackman Sam Jones had his nine-game point-scoring streak snapped … the last time he did not contribute a point was last year’s Colgate contest (3-26) in which the Mids los, 5-4.
• Sophomore attackman Tucker Hull came into the game ranked No. 2 nationally in scoring, averaging 5.40 points per game … after a quiet first quarter, he rallied the Mids, producing two goals and two assists during the Mids 5-0 run to open the second half … he finished the game with two goals and three assists.
• Six players extended scoring streaks – Taylor Reynolds with four-straight games with a goal, Hull with six-straight games with a point, Bryce Dabbs with five-straight games with a point, Erik Hoffstadt with four-straight games with a point, Gabe Voumard with two-straight games with a goal and Pat Kiernan with two-straight games with a goal.
• The first half featured more turnovers (20) than shots (18) between the two teams.

A Tip of the Hat
• Navy sophomore attackman Tucker Hull is tied for 20th among the nation’s career hat trick leaders.
• Hull has punched in three or more goals in eight of the 19 games over his two-year career, including four of the six contests this season.
• Hull is the only sophomore listed among the top 20.
• Hull stands alongside Siena’s Danny Martinsen and Chris Roth.
• Siena’s Bryan Neufeld leads the pack with 24-career hat tricks.