• Navy (5-6, 3-3 Patriot League) will close out the 2012 campaign on Saturday afternoon when it plays host to sixth-ranked Johns Hopkins (9-2) … the 86th edition of the Navy-Johns Hopkins game, presented by PNC Bank and STX, is slated for a 12:00 pm faceoff at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• Saturday’s contest will mark the final collegiate game for Navy’s seven seniors … those seven players and their parents, along with one support staff member from the Class of 2012, will be honored in a pregame ceremony.
• The Mids are coming off a 9-6 loss to arch rival Army last Saturday at West Point … the two teams were deadlocked at 6-6 going into the final quarter of play, but Black Knights senior midfielder Devin Lynch scored two of the three goals in the final stanza to seal the win for Army.
• Johns Hopkins, meanwhile, battled ninth-ranked Maryland at Homewood Field a week ago in what is one of the longest rivalries in the sport … the Terps scored the final six goals of the game to turn a 6-3 deficit into a 9-6 victory.
• Saturday’s contest will be televised by CBS Sports Network with Dave Ryan (play by play) and Evan Washburn (analyst) calling the action.
• The Naval Academy Athletic Association will recognize the senior class and its parents prior to start of Saturday’s contest against Johns Hopkins.
• Navy’s seven-player senior class has amassed a 27-28 record, including an 13-11 Patriot League mark.
• Navy captured the Patriot League Tournament title in 2009 when this class was in just its first season.
• It’s also the last class to punch its ticket to the NCAA Tournament, facing third-ranked Duke in the 2009 tournament.
• This class was part of the team that enjoyed the Mids’ first win over Johns Hopkins since 1974 when Andy Warner scored the game-winner in OT against the Blue Jays in 2010.
• Goalkeeper RJ Wickham is the lone member of the class who has received All-America recognition. He is also the only member of the class who has received All-Patriot League kudos, picking up first-team honors in 2010, while also being named the Patriot League Goalkeeper of the year that same season.
• Team captains Taylor Reynolds and Logan West have been honored for their academic success by the Patriot League.
• The following is a list of Navy’s seniors and their service assignments.
Ian Crumley Surface Warfare
• USS ASHLAND (LSD-48) , Little Creek, Va.
Jay Darling Surface Warfare
• MCM Crew Bulwark – San Diego, Calif.
Nikk Davis Marine Corps Ground
Taylor Reynolds Surface Warfare
• USS SAN DIEGO (LPD-22), San Diego, Calif.
Matt Vernam Surface Warfare
• USS SAN DIEGO (LPD-22), San Diego, Calif.
Logan West Special Warfare
RJ Wickham Surface Warfare
• USS ANCHORAGE (LPD-23), San Diego, Calif.
AJ Herrera (Mgr) Navy Pilot
Taking the Field In …
10 Navy has lost just five games (51-5) when scoring 10 or more goals since the start of the 2004 season … Navy is 5-0 this season when reaching 10 goals … Johns Hopkins, meanwhile, stands 7-0 in games in which it has produced 10 goals.
9 Senior attackman Taylor Reynolds owns nine-career multi-point contests, including 2-plus points in six of the last nine games.
8 Tucker Hull is one of only three players in program history to post three eight-point games in a season – 6-2 vs. VMI, 3-5 at Lafayette and 3-5 vs. Holy Cross … he joins Mike Buzzell (1978) and Dennis Nealon (1990) … no Navy player has ever recorded four eight-point games in a season.
7 Tucker Hull is ranked No. 7 in the country in points per game, averaging 4.18 … his is also ranked seventh in assists per game (2.09) and 37th in goals per game (2.09).
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 … Johns Hopkins, who is averaging 10.22 goals per game, has been held to six goals just once this season, a 9-6 loss to Maryland last Saturday.
5 Just five players on the Navy roster (Harrison Chaires, Nikk Davis, Sam Jones, Jay Mann, Taylor Reynolds) have scored goals against Johns Hopkins and none of them have more than one goal in the series … four of the five scored their goal in last year’s meeting in Baltimore.
4 Navy has won four in a row when leading after the third quarter and stands 5-1 on the year when achieving that feat.
3 Senior Logan West moved into third on Navy’s all-time faceoff wins list following last week’s contest at Army … he owns 262 victories.
2 Sophomore long pole Pat Kiernan is one of only two defensemen in the country (Bryant’s Mason Poli, 12-5-17) to register 10 points this season … he is coming off a one-goal, one-assist effort against Army last week … he has amassed 10 points on seven goals and three assists this spring.
1 Over the last four seasons, 24 (10-14) of the Mids’ 71 contests have been decided by one goal … Navy had lost five-straight one-goal games prior to its 12-11 victory over No. 12 Colgate on March 24 … five of the last nine games between Navy and Johns Hopkins have been decided by one goal.
More on the Blue Jays
• In his 11th season as head coach of the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays, Dave Pietramala has directed his team to a 9-2 record with losses to nationally-ranked programs North Carolina (13-9) and Maryland (9-6) … while the Blue Jays opened up winning their first eight games, they have stumbled in two of their last three.
• The Blue Jays are the nation’s fourth-ranked scoring defense, surrendering just 6.82 goals per game … they have held seven of their 11 opponents to six or fewer goals, including each of their last two.
• Junior keeper Pierce Bassett serves as the cornerstone to the Hopkins defense, boasting a 6.92 goals-against average which is the fifth best in the country, while his 56.0 save percentage is 13th best.
• Junior defenseman Tucker Durkin (no relation to Navy’s Pat Durkin), leads the team with 15 caused turnovers.
• Junior attackman Zach Palmer leads what is the nation’s 22nd-ranked offense … the Blue Jays are averaging 10.55 goals per game, topping the 10-goal mark seven times this spring … Palmer is pacing the team with 34 points on 15 goals and a team-best 19 assists.
• Sophomore attackman Brandon Benn leads Hopkins in goals with 22, while middies Rob Guida and John Ranagan have pitched in 13 apiece.
• Always one of the top faceoff units nationally, Hopkins is ranked 12th, winning 56.5 percent of the draws to date … junior Mike Poppleton spearheads the unit, winning 61.5 percent (107-174) of the faceoffs, while rookie Drew Kennedy has won 53.7 percent (22-41).
• Pietramala’s team is one of the best in taking care of the ball, turning it over just 13.09 times per game which is the sixth-best mark in DI lacrosse … on the other hand, the Blue Jays are ranked 58th out of 61 teams in caused turnovers, forcing just 5.73 per contest.
• Saturday’s contest marks the 86th meeting between Navy and Johns Hopkins … it’s the 63rd-consecutive year the two programs have battled and it is the third-longest continuous series between Navy and another team on the lax field behind Army-Navy and Navy-Maryland.
• The Blue Jays own a commanding 58-26-1 advantage in the series, however Johns Hopkins’ amazing 36-game winning streak was snapped the last time the two programs met in Annapolis (4-24-10) when the Mids claimed a 9-8 victory over the Jays in overtime.
• Johns Hopkins owns a 31-18-1 record in games played against the Mids in Annapolis … the last time the Blue Jays handed the Mids a loss on their home field was on May 17, 2008, when Johns Hopkins scored a 10-4 win over Navy in the NCAA Quarterfinals.
• Seven of the last 13 games between Navy and Johns Hopkins have been decided by one goal, including five of the last nine … additionally, four of the seven one-goal games have gone into extra minutes including the last game played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• First-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell has never played Johns Hopkins in any of his three previous posts.
2011 Navy-Johns Hopkins Recap
• Anchored by senior Kyle Wharton’s four goals and second-year attackman Zach Palmer’s career-high five assists, second-ranked Johns Hopkins raced out to a 10-0 halftime lead before dealing Navy a 14-5 loss at Homewood Field in Baltimore.
• The Blue Jays jumped on Navy early, scoring a pair of goals in the opening 51 seconds of the game. Similar to last year’s contest, the Blue Jays built a comfortable first-quarter lead as they opened up a 6-0 advantage with senior attackman Chris Boland opening the game and closing out the first period with goals.
• Hopkins kept it rolling, pushing its lead to 10-0 at the half, as eight different players scored goals in the opening 30 minutes of play.
• After winning its first faceoff of the game to open up the second half, Navy finally got a tally on the scoreboard when rookie attackman Sam Jones curled around the left side of the cage and fired off a seven-yarder that caught the inside right post.
• Hopkins, though, would go on a 3-0 run that spanned just under two minutes and featured back-to-back extra-man goals just seven second apart to take a 13-1 lead. Navy got the final say of the third quarter, however, as Jones found classmate Harrison Chaires open on the crease for what would be Chaires’ seventh extra-man goal of the year.
• That goal would help turn the momentum in favor of the Mids, as Navy scored the next three goals to open the final stanza. Forty-two seconds into the fourth, Navy cleared the ball and senior Andy Warner used the open field to his advantage. Navy’s leader in assists this year, Warner spotted junior middie Nikk Davis stationed at the crease and Davis scored the turnaround punch.
• With 12:07 to go, junior attackman Taylor Reynolds managed to slide his shot in on a tough turnaround blast off an assist from senior Sean Dinn. Less than 10 minutes later, Dinn would score his first-collegiate goal, running in from the left wing and going top shelf on Pierce Bassett.
• Hopkins closed out the game with Greg Edmonds’ first goal of the season with just 39 seconds left.
• Although the Blue Jays dominated all of the stat categories after the opening half, Navy closed the gap over the final 30 minutes of action. Hopkins owned a 41-32 advantage in shots, a 35-30 lead in ground balls and a 15-6 decision in faceoffs. Navy keeper RJ Wickham turned away seven shots, while Bassett made eight saves on the night for the Blue Jays.