• Navy will look to snap its three-game losing skid on Saturday when the Midshipmen travel to Easton, Pa. to face Lafayette … meeting for the 14th time in series history, the Mids and Leopards will face off at 12:00 pm at Rappolt Field.
• The Mids enter Saturday’s contest having lost three in a row, including last week’s Patriot League opener against a Bucknell team who had lost three games by a combined four goals … while Navy doubled up the Bison in faceoff wins (19-8), the Mids had a difficult time holding onto the ball once they gained possession … meanwhile, the defense gave up a pair of four-goal runs to the Bison in the second and third quarters.
• Lafayette is coming off a tough 9-6 loss to Rutgers … the Leopards scored the first goal of the game, but gave up four-consecutive goals to the Scarlet Knights … while the Leopards would get to within two goals on four different occasions, they could never put together a run to even the score … Lafayette also scored just one extra-man goal on five Rutgers penalties.
• Saturday’s contest will NOT be broadcast over the radio due to the lack of press box facilities … live stats, however, will be available at NavySports.com.
Taking the Field In …
10 Navy has lost just five games (47-5) when scoring 10 or more goals since the start of the 2004 season … Navy is 1-0 this season when achieving that feat … the Mids are 10-0 when scoring 10 or more goals against Lafayette.
9 Nine different players have provided points for the Mids this season, including Sam Jones and Tucker Hull who have recorded points in all four contests.
8 Sophomore attackman Sam Jones pushed his point-scoring streak to eight-straight games after his two-goal effort against Lafayette last Saturday … he opened the season with a remarkable nine-point (5-4) effort against VMI … it’s the most points scored by a Navy player since Dennis Nealon produced 12 points against Washington College on March 20, 1991.
7 Sophomore attackman Tucker Hull has recorded seven hat tricks in his 17-game Navy career, including three this season … he led the Mids with six goals against VMI in the opener on Feb. 11 … it’s the most goals by a Navy player since Taylor Harris scored six against Holy Cross on March 26, 2006.
6 Starting attackman Sam Jones paced Navy in last year’s win over Lafayette with a six-point performance … he punched in three goals and dealt out three assists in his first-collegiate game against the Leopards.
5 Saturday’s contest marks just the fifth game played in Easton, Pa. in what will be the 14th meeting … eight of the remaining nine games have been played in Annapolis.
4 Only four of the 57 points scored by the Midshipmen this season have been by non-starters … Erik Hoffstadt has two points on a goal and an assist, Pat Kiernan has a goal and Jay Mann has an assist.
3 Three of Navy’s 2012 opponents are ranked in the 2012 USILA Coaches Poll – Johns Hopkins (2), North Carolina (4) and Maryland (5) – while Army and Colgate are receiving votes.
2 Navy has lost two-straight true road games (Jacksonville was played at a neutral site) … last season the Mids were 1-6 on the road.
1 Over the last four seasons, 23 (9-14) of the Mids’ 64 contests have been decided by one goal … Navy has lost five-straight one-goal games.
More on the Leopards
• Tenth-year Lafayette head coach Terry Mangan has led the Leopards to a 2-2 record this season, already matching last year’s win total … the Leopards have claimed wins over Providence (10-5) and Wagner (19-2), while dropping contests on teh road to Binghamton (10-8) and Rutgers (9-6).
• Rookie attackman Brian Bock leads the way as the team’s top point producer with three goals and nine assists … he is ranked 14th nationally in assists per game (2.25) … senior middie Doug Prusoff is the team’s leading goal scorer with eight, while senior attack and senior midfielder Greg Allis have pitched in seven goals … Allis s ranked 14th in the country in shot percentage, scoring seven goals off 14 shots (50.0).
• Junior Anthony Zawadzki has taken the bulk of the faceoffs this season, winning 21 of 46 (45.7), while rookie Jake O’Brien has won 10 of 23 (43.5).
• Three keepers have played for the Leopards – sophomore Andrijk Andrusko, sophomore Jake Hyatt and junior Ed Stubits. Hyatt opened the year as the starter against Providence and played the first 30 minutes of the Binghamton game. Andrusko, however, has been the starter in each of the last two contests. Andrusko was Lafayette’s starter a year ago.
• Lafayette is the nation’s third-stingiest defense, giving up just 6.50 goals per game, while its offense is ranked 22nd, putting up 10.75 goals per contest … the Leopards have given up 10 goals just once this season and held two foes to five or fewer goals … Lafayette, however, is dreadful in the hustle stat – ground balls … picking up just 19 grounders per game, the Leopards are ranked 59th out of 61 teams.
• Saturday’s contest marks the 14th meeting between the two programs, and the 10th since the Midshipmen joined the Patriot League in 2004. Navy leads, 12-1.
• The two teams first met in 1926 with Navy earning a 23-0 win … Navy and Lafayette battled one another three times between 1929-31 … the 1931 contest was the last time the two programs had met before the Mids joined the Patriot League.
• The Mids won 10 straight against the Leopards before dropping the program’s only loss to Lafayette on March 12, 2010 in Easton.
• Navy has scored double digits in 10 of the 13 games, while the Mids have held Lafayette to single digits 12 times.
• In the 13-game history, the Mids have outscored the Leopards, 168-57 … since joining the league in ‘04, Navy has outscored Lafayette, 104-56.
• While this is Rick Sowell’s first contest against the Leopards since taking the Navy post last June, he enters Saturday’s game with a 3-1 record against Lafayette as head coach at previous schools — 2-0 at Stony Brook, 1-1 record at St. John’s.
2011 Navy-Lafayette Recap
• Navy jumped out to an 8-0 lead early in the second quarter and never looked back as the Mids dealt Patriot League foe Lafayette a 15-6 loss at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• Navy opened the game on an 8-0 run, featuring a 7-0 advantage after the first quarter of play. Junior Nikk Davis, who scored a pair of goals in the final 18 seconds of play to force overtime at Bucknell, punched in the game’s first goal less than two minutes into the contest. The flood gates opened from there and continued into the second quarter where sophomore middie Jay Mann scored 52 seconds into the second frame with a 10-yarder from the right wing to cap the 8-0 run.
• Lafayette finally got on the scoreboard with 11:42 to go in the second quarter when all-league attackman Tom Perini capitalized on an extra-man opportunity, sending a hard-driven shot past Navy keeper RJ Wickham from 10 yards out. Just 36 seconds later, Navy defenseman Peter Rogers got caught up in the netting and Lafayette midfielder Will Heffernan capitalized by curling around and sticking his shot.
• After nearly 10 minutes without a goal, Navy senior middie Andy Warner send his 12-yard shot top shelf to give the Mids a 9-2 advantage with 5:03 to go in the opening half.
• The Leopards put together a run to close out the half with Heffernan scoring his second of the day, beating Navy defenseman Michael Hirsch on the crease, followed by an unassisted goal by Doug Prusoff who bullied his way past defensive middie Jordan Seivold and somehow threaded his shot past Wickham.
• Senior midfielder Franklin Floyd trimmed the Mids’ lead to four at 9-5 just minutes into the third period when he cleared the ball and waltzed into the box untouched.
• The Mids would gain control, however, scoring back-to-back goals just 22 seconds apart, including a strike by senior pole Tom Mansfield, who, racing down the field in transition, scored his first-collegiate goal.
• A roll dodge by Prusoff midway through the third period resulted in a Lafayette goal, but Navy’s defense would keep the Leopards off the scoreboard for the final 22 minutes of the game to preserve the win.
• Navy, meanwhile, scored three more in the third and once in the fourth to produce the most goals in a game since defeating VMI last year, 16-5. Freshman attackman Tucker Hull scored a pair of goals in the third quarter, including a man down goal with 5:32 to go. Lafayette’s Perini took a shot following a Navy penalty which took out the legs of one of his own players. Following a stoppage of play, the ball was awarded to Navy. A heads-up play, team captain Marty Gallagher sent a long pass to Taylor Reynolds who fed Hull on the doorstep.
• It was the Mids’ first man-down goal since Joe Lennon pumped one in at Army on April 12, 2008.
• Seven different players scored for Navy, including three – Hull, Warner and freshman Sam Jones – who recorded hat tricks.
• Defensively, the Mids held the Leopards to six goals, the fewest a Navy team has given up since defeating Holy Cross, 12-3, on March 20, 2010.
On The Road Again
• Navy will play half of its 12-game slate away from its home venue, Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, in 2012. Five of the six are true road games, while the sixth is a neutral site contest against Jacksonville which was played at EverBank Stadium, the home of the Jacksonville Jaguars, on Feb. 19.
• The Mids have lost two-straight road games dating back to last season.
• Last year, 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.
• Four of Navy’s first five games of the 2011 campaign were played away from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and unfortunately, the Mids were on the losing end of all four games, including a pair of one-goal decisions to Loyola and Bucknell.
• Since the beginning of the 2004 campaign, Navy has lost 21 of its 48 true road games (neutral sites not included).
• The last time the Mids only managed one road win was in 1999 … Navy defeated Penn in its road opener, but lost at Duke, Delaware, Hofstra and Johns Hopkins … in 1996, the Mids were winless on the road.
Meet the Mids
• Navy will hold its annual “Meet the Mids” event on Saturday, March 17, following its game against Holy Cross (12:00 pm) at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• Navy’s starting lineup has accounted for 36 of the team’s 38 goals (94.7), 17 of the 19 assists (89.5) and 53 of the 57 points (93.0) this season … sophomore midfielder Erik Hoffstadt has two points on a goal and an assist, second-year long pole Pat Kiernan has a goal and defensive midfielder Jay Mann has an assist to account for the remaining points.
• Sophomores Tucker Hull and Sam Jones have produced points in each of the Mids’ four games, while Jones in the only player to score a goal in all four.
• Dating back to 2009, at least one Navy player has turned in a hat trick in 26 of the last 39 games, including all four contests this season … Hull has managed to pitch hat tricks three times this season, recording a career-high six goals against VMI (2-11) in the opener and three against Jacksonville (2-19) and Bucknell (3-3) … he was held without a goal against North Carolina (2-25), but dealt out three assists.
• Six different players recorded hat tricks a year ago, but only Hull (4) and Jones (3) produced more than one.
• Senior keeper RJ Wickham moved into ninth place on the Mids’ all-time saves leader board following his 12-save performance against North Carolina two weeks ago … with 375 saves, he now trails 2004 Kelly Award winner and three-time All-American Matt Russell who amassed 380 saves from 2003-06.
• Senior draw specialist Logan West became only the fourth player in school history to reach the 200-win milestone when he went 15-for-24 against Jacksonville (2-19) … he stands fourth all-time on the career wins list and needs 38 wins to move into third.
• Senior close defenseman Matt Vernam has started 44-straight games for the Midshipmen … other players with lengthy starting streaks include senior goalkeeper RJ Wickham (38) and senior midfielder Nikk Davis (34).
• Since 2004, Navy owns an amazing 53-2 record when holding its opponents to six or fewer goals, including an 11-1 mark in the last four seasons combined.
• Navy owns a remarkable 47-5 record when scoring 10 or more goals since 2004, including a 9-1 mark in 2009, a 10-1 record in ‘10, a 3-2 mark in ‘11 and a 1-0 record in ‘12.
• Navy has lost nine-straight games when scoring seven or fewer goals … in the Lafayette series, the Mids have never been held to seven or fewer goals
• All seven of Navy’s goal against Jacksonville (2-19) were unassisted … the last time Navy was held without an assist was on April 24, 1999, when Johns Hopkins defeated the Mids, 11-1 … Jamie O’Leary scored the unassisted goal for Navy in the third quarter.