Navy wraps season with visit to Hopkins Saturday

April 19, 2013 | WNST Staff

Game 13 Navy (3-9, 1-5 PL) at Johns Hopkins (7-4)
Date and Faceoff April 20 at 4:00 pm ET
Location Baltimore, Md. | Homewood Field (8,500)
Television ESPNU | Mark Dixon and Quint Kessenich

Game Preview

•  Navy (3-9, 1-5 Patriot League) will close out the 2013 campaign on Saturday afternoon when it travels to Baltimore to battle 11th-ranked Johns Hopkins (7-4) … the 87th edition of the Navy-Johns Hopkins game is slated for a 4:00 pm faceoff at Homewood Field.
• Saturday’s contest will mark the final collegiate game for Navy’s 11 seniors.
• The Mids are coming off a 14-7 loss to arch rival Army last Saturday in Annapolis … the Black Knights jumped out to a 4-1 lead and while Navy would close to within 2 early in the second half, Army’s attack combo of Garrett Thul and John Glesener was too much to overcome.
• Johns Hopkins, meanwhile, upset top-ranked Maryland last Saturday in College Park, 7-4, in what is one of the longest rivalries in the sport.
• Saturday’s contest will be televised by ESPNU with Mark Dixon (play by play) and Quint Kessenich (analyst) calling the action.

Navy vs. Johns Hopkins – The Series
• Saturday’s contest marks the 87th meeting between Navy and Johns Hopkins … it’s the 64th-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 58-27-1 advantage in the series, however Johns Hopkins’ amazing 36-game winning streak was snapped in 2010.  Navy again surprised the Blue Jays with an 8-2 victory last spring in Annapolis.
• Johns Hopkins owns a 27-7 record in games played against the Mids on its home field … the last time Navy scored a victory over the Blue Jays in Baltimore was May 10, 1969, when the Mids posted a 9-6 win.
• Seven of the last 14 games between Navy and Johns Hopkins have been decided by one goal, including five of the last 10 … additionally, four of the seven one-goal games have gone into extra minutes.
• Second-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell is 1-0 all-time against the Blue Jays.

Scouting the Blue Jays
• Thirteenth-year head coach Dave Pietramala has guided the 11th-ranked Blue Jays to a 7-4 record this spring which includes a 4-2 mark at home.
• Hopkins has losses to 12th-ranked Princeton (11-8), 11th-ranked Syracuse (13-8), 7th-ranked North Carolina (11-10 OT) and 20th-ranked Albany (10-9).
• Despite those disappointing losses, the Blue Jays are coming off a strong performance that saw them upset No. 1-ranked Maryland last Saturday in College Park, 7-4.  It was a game Hopkins never trailed in.
• Meanwhile, following its matchup against the Mids, Johns Hopkins will face Loyola next Saturday at Homewood Field before capping the regular season with a road trip to West Point to face Army on May 3.
• Sophomore attackman Wells Stanwick and junior attackman Brandon Benn lead the way for the Blue Jays as both have amassed 20-plus goals this season.   Stanwick is atop the scoring leader board with 38 points on 22 goals and 16 assists and owns the nation’s fourth-best shooting percentage at 55.0 percent.  Meanwhile, Benn has punched in a team-best 23 goals and added just one assist as the team’s second-leading scorer.
• Senior attackman Zach Palmer has split his 24 points in half with 12 goals scored and 12 assists dealt out.
• Hopkins stands sixth nationally in extra-man offense, punching in goals on 47.9 percent of its opportunities.  The Blue Jays have scored 23 goals on 48 attempts.  Rookie attackman Ryan Brown has been the sharpshooter on EMO’s, scoring 8 of his 13 goals a man up.
• One of the best faceoff teams in the country, Hopkins is led by senior Mike Poppleton who has won an amazing 66.5 percent (135-203) of his draws and stands No. 2 in the country behind Bryant’s Kevin Massa (71.6).  As a team, the Blue Jays are ranked third, winning 63.7 percent of their draws
• Senior Pierce Bassett has started all 10 games as the Blue Jays’ netminder.  He owns an 8.23 goals-against average and a 58.9 save percentage which is ninth best in the country.

Welcome to the Club!
• On March 12, Navy junior attackman Tucker Hull became the 30th player in program history to join the Mids’ elite list of 100-point scorers.  He is the first player to add his name to the list since 2011 when Andy Warner graduated with 101 points.
• Hull currently stands 24th on Navy’s all-time scoring list with 105 points, just one behind 23rd-place Matt Pawlikowski (1990-93).
• Meanwhile, last Saturday junior attackman Sam Jones joined the elite 100-point list with 2 goals and an assist against arch rival Army.
• Jones is ranked 25th on Navy’s all-time scoring list with 102 points, just one behind 24th-place Billy Looney (2004-07).
• Hull and Jones are only the fourth set of classmates in program history to reach 100 points.  Brendan Schneck (121) and Mike Hannan (101) from the Class of ‘78, Mike Herger (197) and Brian Keith (134) from the Class of 1990 and Ian Dingman (188) and Billy Looney (103) from the Class of 2007 are the others.
• Hull and Jones are just the 13th and 14th players, respectively, to reach the 100-point mark as a junior in program history.  Mike Herger (109), Ian Dingman (102) and Brendan Schneck (121) accomplished it as sophomores.
• Hull led Navy in scoring in each of his first two seasons and is once again one of the leaders this season as he stands No. 2 in scoring with 20 points on 13 goals and 7 assists.
• Jones, who leads the team with 33 points on 21 goals and 12 assists, has reached the 30-point milestone as a freshman, sophomore and junior … he is one of only 7 players in program history to achieve that feat, joining Paul Basile, James Chambers, Ian Dingman, Mike Herger, Jeff Long and Nick Mirabito.
• As a rookie, he and classmate Sam Jones anchored an offense with 38 points on 23 goals and 15 assists.  Last season, Hull produced 47 points on 23 goals and 24 assists.
• Hull is the Mids’ first 40-point scorer since Nick Mirabito turned in 46 points on 23 goals and 23 assists in 2008 … it’s the most points scored by a Navy player since 2006 when Jon Birsner dealt out 36 assists en route to his 54-point effort.
• With his 3 assists against Detroit, Hull joined the Mids’ all-time career assists list … he produced his 46th career assist against No. 1-ranked Maryland to tie to tie Owen McFadden (1964-66) for 17th on the list … he needs 2 to tie 16th-place Brendan Schneck (1977-78).

Fast Facts
• Sophomore attackmen Tucker Hull and Sam Jones have started every game (37) they have played in since their arrival in 2011 … junior midfielder Pat Durkin saw his 19-game starting streak come to an end against Holy Cross, however, he has started 24 of the last 25 games … meanwhile senior midfielder Bryce Dabbs has gotten the starting nod in 23 of the 24 games in which he’s played.
• At least one Navy player has turned in a hat trick in 36 of the last 58 games (dating back to the 2009 season), including seven of the 12 games this season … Sam Jones has registered a team-high 4 hat tricks this season and 10 for his career, while sophomore midfielder Gabe Voumard and junior attackman Tucker Hull have posted a pair of hat tricks …T.J. Hanzsche and Erik Hoffstadt have also turned in hat tricks for the Mids this spring.
• 48 of Navy’s 99 goals (48.5) this season have been unassisted, including 10 of Gabe Voumard’s 12 scores.  Last year 46 of Navy’s 109 goals (42.2) were unassisted.  Additionally, 13 of Sam Jones’ team-high 21 goals have been unassisted.
• Since 2004, Navy owns an amazing 55-2 record when holding its opponents to six or fewer goals, including a 13-1 mark in the last five seasons combined.
• Navy owns a remarkable 54-5 record when scoring 10 or more goals since 2004, including a 30-4 mark in the last five seasons (9-1 in 2009, 10-1 in 2010, 3-2 in 2011, 5-0 in 2012 and 3-0 in 2013).
• At least one pole has scored either a goal or dealt out an assist every year since 1994.  Last year, Pat Kiernan led the charge with 10 points on 7 goals and 3 assists.  He extended the Navy point scoring streak with a goal in the Mids’ win over Detroit.
• The 20-7 win over VMI in the opener marked the Mids’ largest scoring output since dealing Holy Cross a 23-5 loss on April 18, 2004.
• The 13-goal win was Navy’s largest margin of victory since beating Holy Cross 16-3 on March 15, 2008.
• The Midshipmen have scored man-down goals twice this season, marking the most man-down goals since scoring two in 2006.