Navy takes on Colgate Saturday in Face-Off Classic

March 22, 2013 | WNST Staff

Game 9 Navy (3-5, 1-2 PL) vs. Colgate (6-2, 1-0 PL)
Date and Faceoff March 23 at 2:00 pm ET
Location Baltimore, Md. | M&T Bank Stadium (71,008)
Television ESPNU | Eamon McAnaney (Play by Play), Paul Carcaterra (Analyst)


Game Preview

• The Navy men’s lacrosse team will battle 2012 NCAA Tournament Quarterfinalst and Patriot League rival Colgate on Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md. in the first game of the 2013 Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic … meeting for the 16th time in series history, Navy and Colgate will face off at 2:00 pm, followed by Virginia vs. Johns Hopkins at 4:30 pm.
• The Midshipmen are coming off the program’s first loss to Holy Cross after the Crusaders dealt Navy a 7-5 defeat at Citi Field in Flushing, N.Y. at the Metropolitan Lacrosse Classic last Sunday  Holy Cross outscored the Mids, 4-1, over a 17-minute period that began in the second quarter and spilled into the second half, giving the Crusaders a lead they would not relinquish.
• Saturday’s game marks the fifth time Navy has played at M&T Bank Stadium.  The Mids defeated Princeton (8-7) in the 2004 NCAA Semifinals before dropping a 14-13 decision to Syracuse in the National Championship.  Meanwhile, Army and Navy squared off in the Day of Rivals event in 2009 and ‘10.  The Mids beat Army in 2009 (8-4), while the Black Knights nipped Navy in 2010 (7-6).
• Colgate, ironically, also played in the Metropolitan Lacrosse Classic, but eased its way past the Michigan after outscoring the Wolverines 4-1 in the second period.  Anchored by hat tricks from Peter Baum and Ryan Walsh, the Raiders posted a 10-7 victory en route to winning their third consecutive contest.
• Saturday’s contest will be carried live on ESPNU with Eamon McAnaney (play by play) and Paul Carcaterra (analyst) calling the action.

Scouting the Raiders
• In his second season, head coach Mike Murphy his led Colgate to a 6-2 mark with wins in each of its last three games.
• The Raiders opened the season by playing each of their first five games on the road.  To date, Colgate has played just two of its eight games at home.
• The Raiders have played just one ranked team this season, dropping a 19-3 decision to then seventh-ranked Cornell in Ithaca on March 2.
• Colgate is 1-0 in Patriot League action this season, dealing Holy Cross a 14-6 loss in Hamilton, N.Y. on March 9.
• The Raiders have done a nice job of taking care of the ball this season, committing just 13.5 turnovers per game which is the 12th-best mark in Div. I lacrosse.
• If there was a weak spot in Colgate’s game it would be extra-man offense and its goalkeeper play.  Colgate is 57th out of 63 teams in man-up offense, scoring goals on just 21.1 percent (4-19) of its opportunities.  Meanwhile, the Raiders are 59th in saves per game with Conor Murphy and Gordon Santry combining for just 8.88 saves per contest.
• The attack cominbination of Peter Baum and Ryan Walsh is one of the best in the country.  Baum, the reigning Tewaaraton Award winner, has put up 34 points on 23 goals and 11 assists, leading the team in all three categories.  He is ranked 12th in points per game (4.25), ninth in goals per game (2.88) and 48th in assists per game (1.38).  Meanwhile Walsh has produced 25 points on 20 goals and 5 assists.
• Faceoff specialist Robert Grabher is 24th nationally with a 53.3 win percentage (95-179).  He leads the team and is seventh in the country with an 8.13 ground balls per game average.
• As previously mentioned Conor Murphy and Gordon Santry have split time in goal with each player making 4 starts.  Murphy has produced a 7.73 goals-against average and is making stops on 53.8 percent of the shots he’s seen.  Santry, meanwhile, owns an 11.84 GAA and  41.8 save percentage.
• Junior defenseman Bobby Lawrence leads the way with 15 caused turnovers and is second on the team with 30 grounders.

Navy vs. Colgate – The Series
• Navy leads the all-time series with Colgate, 11-4, including wins in 3 of the last 4 contests.
• The two teams have met 13 times since the Midshipmen joined the Patriot League in 2004 … during that span, Navy has produced a 9-4 record and outscored Colgate, 141-100.
• Each of the last 5 contests between the two programs has been decided by 1 goal, including last year’s contest in which Navy’s Sam Jones targeted a shot with 3.4 seconds remaining in the game to lead the Mids to a 12-11 victory.
• Saturday’s contest marks the fifth game played on neutral soil between the two programs and third regular-season neutral site battle.  Navy defeated the Raiders in 2004 (21-6) and 2005 (11-6) in Orlando.
• Navy and Colgate have twice faced one another in the Patriot League Tournament and have been met with split results … in 2007, the Mids claimed a 15-9 win over the Raiders in the championship game, before dropping the program’s first Patriot League Tournament contest at the 2008 semifinals against eventual champion Colgate.

Weekend Rewind
• After Navy took a 2-1 lead, Holy Cross outscored the Mids, 4-1, over a 17-minute period that began in the second quarter and spilled into the second half, giving the Crusaders a lead they would not relinquish.
• It marked Holy Cross’ first win in a series that had seen Navy win the previous 9 games.
• Navy had won 7 straight game when holding its opponent to 7 or fewer goals, all of which were under Rick Sowell’s direction.
• The Mids played their fourth consecutive game without scoring an extra-man goal … the Mids were 0 for 3 against Holy Cross.
• The Navy-Holy Cross tilt marked just the second time a Div. I men’s lacrosse game has been played at a Major League Baseball Stadium.
• The first Div. I men’s lacrosse game to be played at an active MLB stadium was between Navy and Johns Hopkins on May 8, 1971.  The Mids dropped the Blue Jays, 9-6, in front of more than 18,000 fans.
• With a goal and an assist, junior attackman Sam Jones extended his point-scoring streak to 11 games and is the lone player on the roster to record a goal or an assist in every game this season.
• Sophomore midfielder Gabe Voumard continues to be a goal-scorer for the Mids as he registered his 12th goal of the season in Navy’s loss to Holy Cross.  Remarkably, 10 of his 12 goals have been unassisted.
• Junior midfielder Pat Durkin had his 19-game starting streak come to an end when he came off the sideline to lead the Mids with 2 goals and 1 assist against Holy Cross.
• Senior faceoff specialist Evan McGoogan tied his career high with 10 wins on his 16 attempts (62.5) against the Crusaders … he also picked up a career-high tying six ground balls.
• Junior long pole Pat Kiernan put together 5 ground balls and 3 caused turnovers to push himself higher in the national standings.  He is 13th in ground balls (6.75) and third in caused turnovers (2.63).

The Big Leagues
• In the last decade, Navy has played six games at NFL Stadiums, including four contests at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.  The Mids defeated Princeton at M&T Bank Stadium in the 2004 NCAA Semifinals before dropping a 14-13 decision to Syracuse in the National Championship two days later.  Navy faced Army in back-to-back years (2009, ‘10) at M&T Bank Stadium in the Inside Lacrosse-sponsored Day of Rivals which also featured Johns Hopkins vs. Maryland.
• In 2008, the Midshipmen defeated Holy Cross, 16-3, at Texas Stadium, now the former home of the Dallas Cowboys.
• Last February, Navy faced off against Jacksonville at EverBank Field, the home of the Jacksonville Jaguars, in the Moe’s Southwest Grill Classic.
• Last Sunday, the Mids dropped a 7-5 decision to Holy Cross at Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets, as part of the Metropolitan Lacrosse Classic Presented by Konica Minolta.  It was just the second time a Div. I men’s lacrosse game has been played at a Major League Baseball Stadium.
• The first Div. I men’s lacrosse game to be played at an active MLB stadium was between Navy and Johns Hopkins on May 8, 1971.  The Mids dropped the Blue Jays, 9-6, in front of more than 18,000 fans.

National Leader Board
• According to the latest national statistics released on Monday by the NCAA, the Mids are ranked among the top 20 in five categories.
• After producing 10 and 11 caused turnovers against Towson and Holy Cross, respectively, Navy maintained its position as the nation’s leader in the category, forcing 11.38 turnovers per game.  Junior long pole Pat Kiernan is #3 nationally, averaging 2.63 takeaways per game while senior close defenseman Austin Miller is #6, causing 2.38 turnovers per game.
• Navy’s man-down defense has lost its mojo as of late.  The Mids had not surrendered a man-down goal in 3 games and held their opponents to an 0-for-11 mark.  However, Navy has given up man-down goals on 7 of its last 13 opportunites over the last 3 contests.  The Mids are now ranked 13th, giving up goal on 75.7 percent (28-37) of the opportunities.
• Navy is ranked 10th in ground balls per game (34.38) which is a huge improvement over 2012.  The Mids were ranked 43rd in ground balls per game, averaging 27.67.
• The Mids are also ranked among the top 20 in scoring defense (17th, 8.75) and faceoff win percentage (20th, 52.9).

Kiernan Among Nation’s Top Poles
• Junior long stick defensive midfielder Pat Kiernan is one of the best at his position in the country.
• Kiernan leads Navy in both caused turnover and ground balls and is among the national leaders in both categories.  He is ranked third in caused turnovers per game (2.63) and 13th in ground balls (6.75).
• Kiernan was a machine against Towson where he registered a career-high 12 ground balls and won 8 of his 10 faceoffs.  Meanwhile, against Lafayette he picked up 7 ground balls and forced 7 Leopard turnovers.
• Additionally, he has garnered Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honors three times this season.
• He has produced 12 career points, including  a program-record 10 in 2012.
• He is tied for eighth in the country among active poles with 12 points behind Bryant’s Mason Poli (50 pts), Loyola’s Scott Ratliff (33), Brown’s Roger Ferguson (24), Maryland’s Jesse Bernhardt (17), Dillon Ayers of St. John’s (17), Mark Burns of Mount St. Mary’s (13) and Bellarmine’s Bobby Schmitt (13).  Syracuse’s Matt Harris also has 12 points
• He is second all-time in career points scored by a Navy defensemen, while his 9 goals are the most in program history.

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