Navy visits Towson for in-state showdown Tuesday night

March 11, 2014 | WNST Staff

2014 Navy Men’s Lacrosse Game Specifics
Game 6 Navy (3-2, 2-1 PL) at Towson (4-2, 0-0 CAA)
Date and Faceoff March 11 at 7:00 pm ET
Location Towson, Md. | Johnny Unitas Stadium (11,198)


Game Preview

• The Navy men’s lacrosse team (3-2, 2-1 Patriot League) will step away from conference action and make the short trip to Towson to battle the 4-2 Tigers Tuesday evening.  The 13th edition of the Navy-Towson series is set for a 7:00 pm faceoff at Johnny Unitas Stadium.
• The game will be streamed online for FREE via TowsonTigers.com and NavySports.com.  Live stats will also be available at both sites NavySports.com.
• The Mids are coming off perhaps their best all-around performance of the season, dealing Lafayette an 11-3 loss last Friday in Annapolis.  With the game tied up at 2-2, Navy outscored the Leopards 9-1 over the last 36 minutes of action.
• Rookie Joe Seider and sophomore Chris Vetter each pitched hat tricks to lead Towson to a 12-9 victory over Marist last Friday night.  The Tigers scored 5 goals in the first and third quarters to secure the win.

Taking the Field In …
10 – Navy has lost just five games (57-5) when scoring 10 or more goals since the start of the 2004 season … Navy is 11-0 under Sowell when scoring 10 or more goals (5-0 in 2012, 3-0 in 2013, 3-0 in 2014).
9 – Navy senior Tucker Hull has produced a combined 9 points in the three previous games he has played against Towson.
8 – Hull has scored a point in each of the last 8 contests … the last time he did not score was against Lehigh on March 30, 2013.  Fellow attack T.J. Hanzsche owns Navy’s longest point and goal-scoring streak, having posted a point in 11 straight games.
7 – The Mids are ranked 7th nationally in three team categories:  faceoff winning percentage (61.3), man-down defense (79.2) and scoring defense (7.60).
6 – Hull needs 6 goals to join Navy’s all-time goals scored list with 73.  He would also join teammate Sam Jones as one of just nine active NCAA players to score 70 plus goals and register 50 assists.
5 – Navy senior attackman Sam Jones is ranked No. 5 nationally in points per game, averaging 5.00 points.
4 – Jones has produced hat tricks in 4 of the 5 games this season and has 14 over the course of his career.
3 – The Mids have won just 3 of their 11 road games over the last three years and have lost 8 straight.
2 – Third-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell is 2 wins from earning his 100th collegiate victory.  He owns a 98-99 record in 15 years as a head coach.
1 – Freshman Brady Dove won 12 of 17 draws against Lafayette last Friday to move into No. 1 on Navy’s faceoff wins list by a freshman with 67 on the year.  The record was previously held by Mike Haertel (1997) with 64.

Scouting the Tigers
• After dropping back-to-back games to nationally-ranked programs, third-year Towson head coach Shawn Nadelen has led the Tigers to wins in each of the last three contests.  Towson has wins over High Point (11-8), Georgetown (8-7), Mount St. Mary’s (9-1) and Marist (12-9), while dropping decisions to Johns Hopkins (15-8) and Loyola (20-4).
• The Tigers are coming off a 12-9 victory over Marist last Friday night that saw Towson twice score five goals in a quarter (1st, 3rd).
• Senior midfielder Thomas DeNapoli is leading the Towson offense with 20 points on a 9 goals and a team-high 11 assists.  He paced the team with 2 goals and 3 assists against Marist last Friday.
• Rookie attack Joe Swider has scored a team-high 10 goals and dealt out 3 assists, while fellow newcomer Ryan Drenner has contributed 11 points on 5 goals and 6 assists.
• While Nadelen has looked to four different players to take faceoffs this season, sophomore Conor Pequigney and freshman Alec Burckley have taken the majority of the draws.  Pequigney is 30 for 67 (44.8), while Burckley is 23 for 40 (57.5)
• Junior Tyler White has taken over the starting goalkeeper duties from Andrew Wascavage who graduated following the 2013 campaign.  White has given up 57 goals (9.77 GAA) and made 60 saves (51.3).
• Senior John Fennessy anchors the defensive unit which is surrendering 10 goals per game.  Fennessy leads the team with 7 caused turnovers and owns 12 ground balls.  Meanwhile, sophomore defenseman Nick Gorman owns a team-best 17 ground balls and has forced four turnovers by the opponent.

Navy vs. Towson – The Series
• Tuesday’s contest between Navy and Towson marks the 13th game in a series that, prior to 2010, was discontinued following the 1997 campaign.
• Navy holds a 7-5 series advantage winning, however Towson owns a 4-2 record in games played on its home field.
• The inaugural meeting was won by Navy, 13-9, but a regular series was not set up until the 1991 campaign … Navy and Towson met seven straight years before the series stalled out.
• Navy head coach Rick Sowell owns a 2-3 record against Towson all-time … he was 1-1 against the Tigers at Stony Brook and lost the only meeting with Towson while at Dartmouth.  In his first season at the Academy, he directed the Midshipmen to a 10-6 victory over the Tigers at Towson but fell short a year ago at home in an 8-7 loss.
• The winning team has reached double digits in nine of the 12 meetings, including four of the last five contests.

Navy Vs. the CAA
• The Mids own a 74-18 all-time record (80.4) against the current six-member Colonial Athletic Association, playing all six of the programs.
• While Navy has a flawless record against Drexel (1-0), it has seen the most action against Penn State (38 gms) and enjoyed great success against the Nittany Lions, winning 94.7 (36-2) of the games.  However, the last time the two programs played was in 2003 when they were both members of the ECAC Lacrosse League.
• This is the fourth straight year Navy has faced a team from the CAA.

Weekend Rewind
• The Mids are coming off perhaps their best all-around performance, scoring an 11-3 victory over Patriot League foe Lafayette last Friday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.  With the game tied up at 2-2, Navy outscored the Leopards, 9-1, over the last 36 minutes of action.
• Navy has now won 15 of the 16 games played in the series, including all 10 played in Annapolis.
• It was the fewest goals surrendered by Navy since its 8-2 win over sixth-ranked Johns Hopkins on April 21,2012.  Meanwhile, it was the fewest goals Lafayette has scored since dropping a 10-3 decision to Army on March 24, 2012.
• Navy’s starting offensive lineup scored 10 of the 11 goals and dealt out 3 of the 6 assists.
• Senior attack Sam Jones paced the team with 5 points on 3 goals and 2 assists.  It marked Jones’ 4th hat trick this season and the 14th over his career.
• Attack men T.J. Hanzsche and Tucker Hull extended their point scoring streaks.  Hanzsche owns a team-best 11-game point and goal-scoring streak, while Hull has produced a point in 8 straight games.
• Senior long pole Pat Kiernan scored his first goal of the season and 10th of his collegiate career … he is now tied as Navy’s top scoring defenseman of all-time with Zack Schroeder (2007-10).
• Freshman faceoff specialist Brady Dove won 12 of the 17 draws against Lafayette and in doing so became Navy’s all-time leader in faceoff wins by a freshman, posting 67 wins on 109 attempts through five games.  The previous record was 64 set in 1997 by Mike Haertel.  He also moved into 16th on Navy’s career faceoff wins leader board.
• Sophomore goalkeeper John Connors turned in 13 saves and a career-best 81.3 save percentage.
• Senior defenseman Nik Mullen held Lafayette leading scorer Brian Bock to just an assist.  Additionally, he posted in a career-high three caused turnovers and picked up two ground balls.

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