• Navy (4-9, 3-5 Patriot League) will close out the 2014 season on Saturday afternoon when it makes the short trip to College Park to face eighth-ranked Maryland (10-3, 4-1 ACC). The 89th meeting between the Mids and the Terps is slated for a 1:00 pm faceoff at Byrd Stadium.
• Saturday’s contest will mark the final collegiate game for Navy’s 13 seniors –Pat Durkin, Austin Heneveld, Erik Hoffstadt, Tucker Hull, Sam Jones, co-captain Pat Kiernan, co-captain Matt Morrison, Nik Mullen, Sean Price, Ben Sampson, Trevor Shafran, Matt Steffensand Paul Zimmerman.
• Navy earned its first trip to the Patriot League Tournament since 2010, however, the sixth-seeded Mids dropped a 10-6 decision to third-seeded Lehigh last Tuesday in Bethlehem. Navy trailed by just one going into the final quarter, but a 4-0 run by the Mountain Hawks sealed the win for Lehigh
• Maryland is coming off a tough 6-5 loss to Notre Dame last Friday in the ACC Semifinals. It marked the second straight week the two program met as the Terps dealt the Irish a 12-8 loss in South Bend just a week prior. Maryland comes into the weekend having lost three of its last five contests.
• Saturday’s game will be carried live by 1430 AM / 99.9 FM WNAV with Pete Medhurst and Joe Miller handling the call. Coverage begins with the Navy lacrosse pregame show at 12:45 pm. The game will also be streamed online via NavySports.com ($9.95 fee). Live stats will also be available at NavySports.com.
Taking the Field In …
10 – Navy has lost just five games (58-5) when scoring 10 or more goals since the start of the 2004 season … Navy is 12-0 under Sowell when scoring 10 or more goals (5-0 in 2012, 3-0 in 2013, 4-0 in 2014).
9 – The Mids’ 58.5 (116 of 284) faceoff winning percentage is their best mark since posting a 59.1 percentage (188 of 318) 9 year ago.
8 – Navy has lost the faceoff battle just 3 times this season. The Mids have lost 8 in a row when the opposition wins more faceoffs. Maryland’s Charlie Raffa is ranked 2nd nationally (67.0) and Navy’s Brady Dove is 15th (58.5).
7 – Senior Tucker Hull has punched in multiple goals in 7 games this season, including 4 of the last 5 games (3 vs. Lehigh-PL Quarters, 2 vs. Boston U., Loyola, Johns Hopkins).
6 – Senior Sam Jones needs 2 assists to become only the 6th player in program history to score 80 goals and deal out 60 assists. He has scored 85 goals and posted 58 assists.
5 – The winner of each of the last 5 Navy-Maryland games has scored double digits. Prior to that, neither team reached 10 goals in 10 consecutive games (1999 thru 2008).
4 – Senior co-captain Pat Kiernan owns a team-best 22 caused turnovers this spring which stands 4th on Navy’s single-season list. He is the only player in program history to top 20 takeaways in a season multiple times.
3 – Navy has 3 seniors (Erik Hoffstadt, Matt Steffens, Paul Zimmerman) who will graduate with honors in May.
2 – Freshman Brady Dove stands 2nd on Navy’s single-season faceoff wins list with 158. He is 15 wins behind record holder Chris Pieczonka who set the record in 2004 with 173 (16 gms).
1 – Third-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell is just 1 win shy of earning his 100th collegiate victory. He owns a 99-106 record in 15 years as a head coach.
Scouting the Terrapins
• Under the direction of fourth-year head coach John Tillman, Maryland enters Saturday’s contest ranked eighth in the nation via the USILA Coaches Poll after putting together a 10-3 mark to date. The Terps’ losses have come against nationally-ranked foes North Carolina (11-8), Johns Hopkins (11-6) and Notre Dame (6-5) in the ACC Semifinals. Meanwhile their victories are against Mount St. Mary’s (16-3), UMBC (14-3), Syracuse (16-8), Duke (10-6), Stony Brook (11-8), Villanova (12-10), Michigan (13-5), Virginia (9-6), Robert Morris (19-6) and Notre Dame (12-8).
• The Terps are ranked among the nation’s top 10 in seven statistical categories, including three in the top 5. Maryland stands No. 3 in scoring defense, holding its opponents to just 7.00 goals per game. Villanova (W, 12-10), North Carolina (L, 11-8) and Johns Hopkins (L, 11-6) are the only teams to reach double figures against the Terps.
• Anchoring the defensive effort for the Terps is senior keeper Niko Amato who stands fourth nationally in goals-against average (7.27) and eighth in save percentage (57.3).
• Senior long pole Michael Ehrhardt has registered a team-best 24 caused turnovers and picked up 47 ground balls, while starting defenseman Casey Ikeda and Brian Cooper have 14 takeaways apiece.
• Meanwhile, Maryland has been held to single digits just four times this season. The Terps stand 15th in scoring offense, averaging 11.62 goals per game.
• Six players have scored double-digit goals for Maryland this season, including senior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk who leads the team in goals (28), assists (16) and points (44). Rookie attackman Matt Rambo has also topped 20 goals this season, turning in 29 points on 24 goals and 5 assists as the team’s second-leading scorer.
• Faceoff specialist Charlie Raffa has been spot-on this spring where he has won 142 of the 212 draws he has taken this spring for a 67.0 percentage. He is ranked No. 2 nationally in winning percentage and with an 8.09 ground balls per game average, he stands 10th.
• Maryland is also one of the nation’s best in clearing percentage, failing on just 16 of its 203 attempts.
• If there was an area of weakness for the Terps it would be their man-down defense which has surrendered 16 goals on 37 attempts.
Navy vs. Maryland – The Series
• Saturday’s contest between Navy and Maryland marks the 69th-consecutive year the two programs have met … it’s the second-longest continuous lacrosse series between Navy and another opponent … only Army has played Navy longer (82 straight years).
• Maryland leads the series, 54-33-1, and head into the weekend having won four in a row against the Mids after Navy had won five of the previous six contests.
• The Terps own a 23-13 mark in games played on their home field, winning two straight … the Mids won three in a row (2004, `06, `08) prior to Maryland’s current home winning streak.
• Eight of the last 15 games played between the two teams have been decided by one goal. meanwhile, four of the last seven games played at Byrd Stadium have been decided by one goal.
• Navy’s 9-6 win over Maryland in 2004 is the only document win by the Mids over a No. 1-ranked opponent in program history.
• Fourth-year Maryland head coach John Tillman served as an assistant coach at the Naval Academy from 1996-07 and was the offensive coordinator his last six years. Tillman was on staff during the Mids’ memorable Memorial Day ride in 2004 when Navy faced Syracuse in the National Championship Game.
• One of Tillman’s pupils at the Academy, J.L. Reppert (Class of 1999), is in his third season as an assistant coach at his alma mater. Reppert also served as an assistant on Tillman’s coaching staff at Harvard in 2009. Tillman was also an assistant coach at Navy when current volunteer assistant coach Mickey Jarboe, Class of 2000, enjoyed a stellar career at the Academy as a two-time All-American and Kelly Award winner.
• Maryland grad and Terrapin associate head coach Ryan Moran spent three seasons (2006-08) as an assistant coach for the Midshipmen. Moran also served as the head coach at the Naval Academy Prep School during the 2005 campaign.
• Moran and third-year Navy assistant coach Ryan Wellner are both graduates of Chaminade High School. Wellner was a senior (`96) when Moran was a freshman (`99). Moran’s father, Jack, gave Wellner his first coaching position in 2003 at Chaminade.
• Maryland senior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk’s father, Mike, was a three-time All-American for the Midshipmen from 1977-79. The elder Chanenchuk was a member of four NCAA semifinal teams and served as co-captain of the 1979 squad that ironically dropped a 15-10 decision in the NCAA semifinals to the Terps.