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Morgan opens season at Army Friday night

Posted on 30 August 2013 by WNST Staff

The Bears (0-0) will march north to face Army in the season opener on Friday (Aug. 30) at Michie Stadium. The Black Knights (0-0) enter the 2013 season under the leadership of head coach Rich Ellerson. Army completed the 2012 season with a 2-10 overall record.  Morgan State posted a 3-8 record last season and was 2-6 in MEAC play. Donald Hill-Eley, ranked third among winning coaches at MSU, enters his 12th year as head coach of the Bears.  Game time at Michie Stadium is scheduled for 7 p.m. and will be televised live by the CBS Sports Network.

• Morgan State and Army will meet for the first time in history.

• MSU will enter the 2013 season with a number of veterans … the Bears’ roster includes 12 seniors and 15 juniors.
• The Bears return its top receiver from last season in Andrew King … King, a Columbia (Md.) product, had 25 catches for 334 yards (13.4) and scored a pair of touchdowns as a true sophomore.
• The Bears backfield lost All-MEAC running back Travis “Juice” Davidson to graduation, however the backfield is loaded with talented young players like Lamont Brown,Tracy Martin and Orlando Johnson who will compete for the starting RB spot.
• The returning quarterback duo of Seth Higgins and Robert Council combined for 1,560 passing yards (140-of-301) and five  touchdowns  in 2012.
•  Joe Rankin returns as a shutdown cornerback for the Bears and finished with 46 tackles and lead the MEAC  with five picks in 2012.
•  NT Demarco Bisbee leads a defensive line unit that returns 10 lettermen from last season … Bisbee posted 41 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and
3.5 sacks in 2012.
•  LB Christopher Robinson was among the league leaders with 13.5 tackles for loss (No. 4), to go along with 40 tackles and 8.5 sacks.
•  Chris Flowers helped lead the Bears to a No. 1 ranking in the MEAC in kickoff return avearge (23.0 avg) and his 27.8 kick return average ranked No. 8 in the FCS last season.
•  The Bears added four new coaches to the 2013 staff … the new coaches are: Jerry Holmes (DC), Greg Gregory (OC), LeAndre Creamer (DB) and Marcus Gladden (OL).

Morgan State enters its 115th season of football, and the 12th under head coach Donald Hill-Eley.

FOR OPENERS … In MSU’s football history, the Bears have posted a 51-34 record in season-openers since 1930. Donald Hill-Eley has recorded a 6-6 mark in lid-lifters.  Eddie P. Hurt, who was far-and-away the most successful MSU coach in season-opening contests. During his tenure in Baltimore, Hurt posted a 23-6 mark in contests that christened the season (since 1930). Currently MSU is on a stretch of winning nine of its last 20 opening games since 1989.NON-CONFERENCE GRADE … The Bears are14-20 (.411) overall in non-conference play under Donald Hill-Eley. The Bears will open the 2013 campaign with four consecutive road games against non-conference opponents, starting with Army (8/30), followed by trips to Robert Morris (9/7), Liberty (9/14) and Western Kentucky (9/21).

CAMPAIGNING FOR SUCCESS … The Bears enter 2013 looking to post their fourth winning season, all under Donald Hill-Eley, the most in over 30 years since Earl C. Banks posted 11 straight winning season from

TV APPEARANCES … Morgan State will be making a pair of national television appearances this fall. CBS Sports Network is scheduled to broadcast the Bears’ Aug. 30th matchup at Army (Michie Stadium), followed by MSU’s road contest against South Carolina State on Nov. 14th that will be aired by ESPNU.

OFFENSIVE NOTES … Morgan State will unveil its newly designed spread attack offensive formation Friday against Army for the first time. The offense is geared toward getting as many as six offensive players “in space” and making the defense have to account for all six…or try. Behind a rebuilt and reconditioned offensive line that features a pair of 11-game starters from 2012 with RT Karim Barton, and Clarence Swain moving from right guard to center. Morgan State’s go-to men will include:
• QB Seth Higgins, who completed 42-of-106 passes for 445 yards in 2012;
• QB Robert Council, completed 98-of-195 passes for 1115 yards and five TDs, and rushed for 302 yards on 80 carries;
• RB Lamont Brown III, who will start against Army as a redshirt-freshman;
• WR Andrew King, who led the team last year with 25 receptions for 334 yards (13.2 avg), including a pair of touchdowns;
• WR Chris Flowers, who averaged 12.4 yards per reception as a junior in 2012, will continue to be a threat to score as a return specialist (27.8 kick return avg);
• TE Nate Ingram had five receptions for 109 yards (21.8 avg) and a touchdown in just four games before leaving the 2012 season due to a broken ankle suffered in practice.

DEFENSIVE NOTES … The defensive line will be the foundation on this side of the ball, but solid play from a veteran secondary that has six players who have started in their career will be huge while the young linebacker starters get acclimated. Here’s a few to watch on defense:
• NT Demarco Bisbee is expected to anchor the line for the Bears up front, the 300-pound interior player had 41 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks in 2012 as a redshirt-freshman;
• DB Joe Rankin, whose 5 interceptions and 11 pass defenses in 2012 was among the tops in the conference while starting all 11 games.
• LB Christopher Robinson, whose 13.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks in 2012 led the team;
• DB Nate Ayers, who was the team’s fifth leading tackler with 50 stops last year, including three interceptions and three forced fumbles.

ARMY TIES … First-year MSU offensive coordinator Gordon “Greg” Gregory returns to the place where he not only formally coached, but was also a commissioned officer with the rank of captain from 1982-85. Gregory served as an assistant in several capacities at Army, beginning in 1982 when he was hired to work with Cadet receivers.  Gregory moved to guide tight ends and was the junior varsity coach in 1984, beginning a two-season stint leading the program’s running backs the next fall.  In 1987, Gregory was shifted to quarterbacks coach, becoming offensive coordinator in 1989 before being promoted to associate head coach in ’91. During his 16 seasons at Army, the Cadets advanced to four bowl games – the Cheery Bowl, Peach Bowl, Hancock Sun Bowl, and the Poulan/Weed Eater Independence Bowl.

BEARS NAME TEAM CAPTAINS  The MSU Bears wrapped up the preseason by naming the team captains for the 2013 season. The leadership group is comprised of two seniors, OL Karim Barton (Los Angeles, Calif.) and CB Joe Rankin (Germantown, Md.); along with two juniors, LB Christopher Robinson (Baltimore, Md.) and WRAndrew King (Columbia, Md.). The captains were voted on by the team.

CHANGES … A few player have changed numbers and positions since Morgan State last took the field for a game. Among the more notable changes:
• QB Seth Higgins is now wearing jersey No. 10;
• DB Nate Ayers is now wearing jersey No. 22;
• LB Ta’Quon Jackson is now wearing jersey No. 9;
• Former tight end Heleaince Gates has switched to the other side of the ball as a starting defensive end.
• Former right guard Clarence Swain has moved into the starting center position.
• Andrew Mitchell was moved from the o-line to d-line as a defensive end.

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Hopkins wraps regular season with win over Army

Posted on 03 May 2013 by WNST Staff

WEST POINT, NY – The 14th-ranked Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team held host Army to just one goal over the final 37minutes and the Blue Jays got four goals from junior Brandon Benn and three from freshman Ryan Brown in a 9-4 win over the Black Knights before a crowd of 10,340 at Michie Stadium Friday night. The win is the 19th straight for Johns Hopkins against Army.

Johns Hopkins will now wait until Sunday night to learn if it has earned an at-large bid to the upcoming NCAA Tournament. The Blue Jays have qualified for the NCAAs in each of the last 41 years. That streak is the longest active streak of qualifying for the NCAA Tournament in any Division I team sport.

The Blue Jays (9-5) led just 4-3 at the half, but scored twice in the third quarter to give themselves some breathing room. The second of Benn’s four goals opened the second half scoring as he was on the back end of a quick pass to the crease from sophomore Wells Stanwick to polish off an unsettled situation and give JHU a 5-3 lead at the 10:14 mark.

That lead held for just under five minutes, when Benn again capped a transition opportunity, this one off a slick pass to the backside from junior James Malm.

The Black Knights (8-6) ended a 27-minute scoring drought just over five minutes into the fourth quarter as Pat Brennan ripped a 10-yarder from the wing just inside the near post to slice the deficit to 6-4.

Any hopes for an Army comeback were dashed in the middle of the quarter as the Blue Jays struck for three goals in a four-minute span to put the game away.

Benn got his hands free in the slot and junior Rob Guida hit him in stride for his fourth goal of the game at the 7:46 mark and Brown polished off the second hat trick of his career with back-to-back goals in a 42-second span to close the scoring.

The Blue Jays needed just 66 seconds to open the scoring as junior Guida dodged to the middle of the field and drew a slide before slipping a pass to senior 
Lee Coppersmith, who ripped home a 12-yarder to stake JHU to the early lead.Fittingly, the strong defensive effort was capped when senior Pierce Bassett recorded the 500th save of his career on Army’s final shot of the game and the four goals allowed marked the third time in four games JHU has held the opposition to just four.

The one-goal lead held through the first quarter for the Blue Jays as Bassett posted four of his 14 saves on the night in the first period. His counterpart, sophomore Sam Somers, was also on his game early as he posted five saves in the opening 15 minutes.

The offenses got going in the second quarter as the teams combined for six goals, including five in the opening eight minutes of the period.

The Blue Jays doubled their lead 81 seconds into the second quarter on an unassisted goal by Stanwick, who got his hands free after dodging from behind the goal, but Army struck twice in a span of just 40 seconds to knot the game a two. Alex Newsome scooped up a ground ball in front of the cage and fired into an open net to end Army’s 18-minute game-opening scoring drought and All-American Garrett Thul fired home an extra-man goal 40 ticks later to tie the game.

Brown and Thul traded goals midway through the period to force the second tie of the game before junior Brian Benn fired home an extra-man goal of his own in the final four minutes of the half to give the Blue Jays the 4-3 halftime lead. The two third-quarter goals extended the lead and Army scored just Brennan’s goal after intermission.

#14 Johns Hopkins (9-5) 1-3-2-3/9
Army (8-6) 0-3-0-1/4

GoalsJ: Benn-4, Brown-3, Coppersmith, Stanwick. A: Thul-2, Brennan, Newsome. AssistsJ: Guida-3, Coppersmith, Greeley, Malm, Palmer, Stanwick. A: Ghidotti, Glesener, Perettine. SavesJ: Bassett-13, Schneider-1. A: Somers-11. Shots: J-35. A-32. EMOJ: 2-for-8. A: 1-for-7. Attendance: 10,340.


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Hopkins wraps regular season with trip to Army

Posted on 02 May 2013 by WNST Staff

Television:  CBS Sports Network

The Game: Johns Hopkins (8-5) hits the road for the final time in the regular season as the Blue Jays head to West Point to take on Army (8-5).

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins had its two-game winning streak snapped as the Blue Jays fell to Loyola, 8-4, last Saturday at Homewood Field. Army also had a two-game winning streak snapped as the Black Knights fell to Bucknell, 12-9, in the Patriot League semifinals last Friday.

Series History: This week’s game will be the 69th in a series that dates to a 3-2 Johns Hopkins win in 1921. The Blue Jays have won 55 of the first 68 games between the two teams and have currently won 18 straight in the series.

Program Ties – I: Johns Hopkins sophomore defenseman Eddie Schurr is the older brother of Army freshman defenseman Kevin Schurr.

Program Ties – II: Johns Hopkins freshman faceoff specialist Craig Madarasz is the cousin of Army freshman LSM Brendan Madarasz.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Army with an all-time record of 932-303-15 (.752). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.

1,250 and Counting: Last week’s game against Loyola was the 1,250th in the history of the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse program.

That’s 102 Games Over .500: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala picked up his 169th career win with Johns Hopkins’ victory over Navy on April 20 and he now stands at 169-67 overall. Included in that mark is a 146-50 record at JHU and a 23-17 record in three seasons as the head coach at Cornell.
Pietramala ranks second all-time in school history in career coaching victories as only Hall of Fame coach Bob Scott (158 wins from 1955-74) has more victories than Pietramala while patrolling the sidelines at Homewood.

May Day: Johns Hopkins has won 14 straight regular season games in the month of May. JHU’s last regular season loss in May came on May 8, 1999, when Hofstra nipped the Blue Jays, 9-8, in overtime. Johns Hopkins is 34-10 (.773) in games played in May under head coach Dave Pietramala (2001-present).

Must be the Speech: There must be something to what Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala says in the locker room that sparks the Blue Jays as Johns Hopkins holds decided scoring advantages in the first and third quarters through 13 games. JHU has outscored the opposition 45-26 in the first quarter and 41-26 in the third. The Blue Jays also hold a 29-21 scoring margin in the second quarter and a 37-31 advantage in the fourth quarter.

Balancing Act: Johns Hopkins counts nine players with six or more goals and nine players with 12 or more points through 13 games. In all, 18 different players have found the back of the net for JHU and 22 players have at least one point.

It’s Been a While – Part I: Johns Hopkins held Navy to just four goals – and none in the final 28 minutes – in the recent 15-4 victory. This defensive effort came seven days after JHU held Maryland to four goals in a 7-4 win. This marks the first time the Blue Jays have held back-to-back opponents to four goals or less since 2008, when JHU held Hofstra (10-4) and Navy (10-4) to four goals in victories in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament.

It’s Been a While – Part II: More than six years had passed since Johns Hopkins last won a game when scoring seven goals or less. Prior to the 7-4 win at Maryland, the Blue Jays’ last win when scoring seven or less came on March 3, 2007, when JHU topped Princeton, 7-6, in double overtime in the Face-Off Classic at M&T Bank Stadium. Ironically, the win against Princeton that day came one week after a one-goal loss to Albany; as did this year’s win at Maryland.

The Key to Victory – Part I: Johns Hopkins is 7-1 on the year when scoring in double figures. The Blue Jays are 1-4 when scoring fewer than 10 goals. JHU scored its first win of the season when scoring less than 10 goals with the 7-4 win at Maryland.

The Key to Victory – Part II: Johns Hopkins is 8-1 on the year when holding the opposition to less than 10 goals. On the flip side, JHU is 0-4 when allowing 10 goals or more.

EMO Among Nation’s Best: The Blue Jay extra-man offense is 25-of-59 (.424) on the year and currently ranks eighth in the nation in man-up offense. Seven different players have scored at least one extra man goal for the Blue Jays with freshman Ryan Brown (8), junior Brandon Benn (6) and sophomore Wells Stanwick (4) leading the way. Brown’s eight extra man goals are already the most by a Johns Hopkins player since 2004, when Matt Rewkowski had 12 and Conor Ford had eight.

Welcome Back: Junior midfielder Rob Guida returned to the lineup at Maryland after missing eight games with an injury. Guida took his customary spot on Johns Hopkins’ first midfield and scored one goal with two ground balls to his credit. He added another goal and two more GBs against Navy and now has three goals, one assist and eight ground balls on the year. Two of his goals are extra-man tallies.

Kaestner Enjoys Career Day: Senior attackman John Kaestner fueled JHU’s 15-4 win against Navy with the most productive game of his career. Starting for an injured Zach Palmer, Kaestner totaled career highs of three goals, three assists and six points to go along with three ground balls on the day.
Despite playing in just nine of JHU’s 13 games, Kaestner is tied for sixth on the team in scoring with nine goals and seven assists for 16 points. In 21 career games played before this season, he had four goals and two assists.
He also represents the third-generation of Kaestners to play at JHU as his grandfather (Benjamin “Bud” Kaestner, Jr.) and uncle (Benjamin “Hank” Kaestner, III) both played lacrosse at Johns Hopkins, are members of the All-Time Johns Hopkins Team and the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame. His uncle was a two-time recipient of the Schmeisser Award as the nation’s top defenseman (1966 & 1967), His father, John, played lacrosse at Maryland, was a three-time All-American and the 1972 recipient of the Turnbull Award, which is presented annually to the nation’s top attackman.
In addition, Kaestner’s two older sisters were also accomplished Division I lacrosse players. His oldest sister, Ashby, earned All-America honors three times at Georgetown, while another sister, Christie, played at Duke and was a First Team All-America pick for the Blue Devils.

Stanwick Leads Team in Scoring: Sophomore attackman Wells Stanwick had a nine-game streak with multiple points come to an end at Maryland as he was held scoreless for the first time this season, but he bounced back in a big way in the 15-4 win over Navy with one goal and a career-high five assists for six points. He added one assist last week against Loyola.
Stanwick continues to lead the team in scoring with 23 goals and 22 assists for 45 points on the year and he has far surpassed his goal (9), assist (13) and point (23) totals from last season. He currently ranks fourth in the nation in shooting percentage (.500).
Stanwick has recorded at least two points in 10 of the 12 games he has played in this season and, despite not registering a point at Maryland, still has 37 points in his last nine games (4.1/game).
Stanwick enjoyed the finest game of his career in the 19-9 win over Mount St. Mary’s earlier this season as he totaled five goals and four assists for nine points. Previously he had never had more than two goals, three assists or four points in a game. Stanwick is the first Johns Hopkins player to post nine points in a game since Kyle Barrie had five goals and four assists in a 17-3 win over Navy in 2003. He is also the first JHU player with back-to-back six-point games since Dan Denihan did it against Villanova (8), Ohio State (6) and Maryland (7) during the 2000 season.

Poppleton Rolls On: Senior Mike Poppleton continues to enjoy a standout season as he won 15-of-17 faceoffs and grabbed 10 ground balls in the win over Navy and was 11-of-15 with six ground balls and one goal against Loyola. His effort against Navy marked the 11th time in is career he has won 14 or more faceoffs in one game.
Poppleton, who ranks second in the nation in faceoff winning percentage, is now 161-of-235 (.685) on the year and leads the team with 89 ground balls. He also improved to 351-of-545 (.644) in his career with his showing last week against Loyola and now ranks seventh in school history in career faceoffs won and attempted.

Palmer Ranks Third in Scoring: Despite missing games against Maryland and Navy after suffering an injury in practice, senior attackman Zach Palmer is still ranked third on the team in scoring with 12 goals and 12 assists on the year. He posted three goals and one assist at North Carolina and added one goal against Albany before missing the games against Maryland and Navy.
Palmer now has career totals of 71 goals and 68 assists for 139 points. He enters this week’s game against Army needing just two assists to become the 11th player in school history to amass 70 goals and 70 assists.

Benn Leads Team in Goals: Junior Brandon Benn continues to pace the team in goals (30) and ranks second in points (31) after punching up a career-high-tying five goals against Navy and two more last week against Loyola. He has scored 60 of his 65 career goals since the start of the 2012 season and has scored at least one goal in all 12 games he has played this season and 15 straight dating back to last season.
With 30 goals last season and 30 more this year, he is the first Johns Hopkins player to score 30 or more goals in back-to-back years since Dylan Schlott in 1998 (48) and 1999 (41).

What Brown Does For Us: Freshman Ryan Brown has stepped in and made an immediate impact for the Blue Jays in his first year at Homewood. Brown has 14 goals and four assists through 13 games and leads the team with eight extra-man goals. He has registered at least one point in nine of 13 games this season and his eight extra-man goals are the most by a Johns Hopkins player since 2004, when Matt Rewkowski (12) and Conor Ford(8) led a potent JHU extra man unit.
Brown fired home the first hat trick of his career and added an assist for a career-high four points in the 15-8 win over Virginia and added two goals at North Carolina. He now has six multi-point and four multi-goal games to his credit this season.

Sanders Breaks Through: Junior midfielder Rex Sanders entered the 2013 season with one career goal to his credit. He has already far surpassed that total as he has scored 13 goals through 13 games. Sanders ranks fifth on the team in goals (13) and ranks ninth in points (13).

Cattoni Emerging: Freshman Holden Cattoni played in two of the Blue Jays’ first three games, but didn’t register a point in those two outings.
That changed quickly as the hard-shooting lefty punched up back-to-back two-point games against Princeton and Mount St. Mary’s. He fired home a pair of goals against the Tigers and added one goal and one assist against the Mount. He scored an extra man goal against Syracuse, added one goal and one assist vs. Virginia, one goal against Albany and an assist vs. Navy. He now has six goals and three assists for nine points on the year.

Bassett Among National Win Leaders: Senior Pierce Bassett enters this week’s game against Army with a 7.90 goals against average and a .592 save percentage after posting 12 saves while allowing eight goals in last week’s game against Loyola. He currently ranks eighth in the nation in both save percentage and goals against average.
Bassett enjoyed one of his finest games of the season against Virginia as he posted 16 saves and allowed just seven goals in 59:02. The 16 saves are tied for the second-highest total of his career and he followed that with a 15-save performance against Albany and a 12-save showing against Maryland. He ranks seventh in school history with 487 career saves and passed Larry Quinn (462 saves • 1982-85) on the career saves list with his 12 against the Terps.
Bassett also enters this week’s game against Army tied for third among active Division I goalies in career wins after picking up number 35 against Navy.

Durkin Fuels Defense: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala has the luxury of returning the nation’s top defensive player in senior co-captain Tucker Durkin, who has picked up right where he left off a year ago and was recently named one of the 25 nominees for the 2013 Tewaaraton Award.
Durkin has been on a roll of late as the three players he has primarly covered in his last three games – Albany’s Lyle Thompson, Maryland’s Kevin Cooper and Loyola’s Justin Ward, combined for two assists in the three games. He held Thompson, the nation’s leading scorer at better than seven points per game, scoreless, while Cooper and Ward managed just one assist each.
Durkin currently ranks third on the team in ground balls (32) and leads the team with 16 caused turnovers. He is the anchor of a Johns Hopkins defense that ranks ninth nationally in scoring defense (8.08).

Lightner, Reilly Round Out Starting Defense: While senior Tucker Durkin has drawn the most headlines among JHU’s close defensemen, the Blue Jays also count talented senior Chris Lightner and junior Jack Reillyamong the key pieces to their defensive puzzle.
Lightner ranks fourth on the team with 31 ground balls and also has eight caused turnovers to his credit, while Reilly has 14 ground balls and ranks second on the team with 13 caused turnovers. Lightner had five ground balls and two caused turnovers in the recent win at Maryland.

Scoring Droughts Abound: Despite the new rules in place this season that aim to quicken the pace (and thus increase scoring), the Johns Hopkins defense has been able to hold the opposition scoreless for long stretches.
In the win at top-ranked Maryland, the Blue Jay defense was dialed in from the opening whistle and held the Terps off the scoreboard for stretches of 11:23, 22:02 and 13:13. Senior goalie Pierce Bassett and close defensemen Tucker Durkin, Chris Lightner and Jack Reilly combined to hold Maryland’s starting attack unit to one goal and one assist and the Terps’ potent first midfield managed just three goals and one assist. This is the first time this season JHU has held the opposition scoreless for 11 minutes or more three different times in one game.
The four goals the Blue Jays allowed at Maryland are the fewest Johns Hopkins has allowed against a team ranked in the top five since April 5, 1986, when JHU topped third-ranked North Carolina, 16-4
The Blue Jays followed that with another strong showing as they held Navy to just four goals on 22 shots and twice held the Midshipmen scoreless for stretches of 20 minutes or longer.

• The Blue Jays have held the opposition scoreless for 11 minutes or more 21 times this season.
• The Blue Jays have held the opposition scoreless for 15 mnutes or more 13 times this season.
• The Blue Jays have held the opposition scoreless for 20 minutes or more seven times this season.

State Rivalries: Last week’s 8-4 loss to Loyola was JHU’s first in six games this season against a team from the state of Maryland. Johns Hopkins’ record is now 61-8 (.884) under head coach Dave Pietramala in games played against teams from the state of Maryland. JHU went 5-1 this year against in-state teams.

Poll Position: The Blue Jays are ranked 14th in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and 16th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. The Johns Hopkins Athletic Communications Office uses the USILA Poll to represent JHU’s official ranking at the time of a game. Prior to falling out of the top 20 of the USILA Poll on April 26 and May 3, 2010 (JHU was receiving votes in both polls), the Blue Jays had been ranked in the top 20 in 367 consecutive polls dating back to the first poll in 1973.

More Poll Position: Including this week’s USILA Poll, there have been 408 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 406 of those 408 polls. The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 381 of the 408 and the top five in 299 of those 408. Johns Hopkins has been ranked number one 104 times since the poll debuted in 1973.

I’m Honored: The Blue Jays return four players who earned All-America honors last season in seniors Tucker Durkin, Pierce Bassett and John Ranagan and junior Rob Guida. Durkin earned First Team All-America honors on defense, while Ranagan and Guida grabbed second team honors at midfield. Bassett earned honorable mention honors in goal and he, Durkin and Ranagan are two-time All-America selections for the Blue Jays.

Odd, But True: Years ending in “3” have been kind, and unkind, to the Blue Jays. Since the formation of the NCAA Tournament in 1971, Johns Hopkins has advanced to the NCAA Championship game three times (1973, 1983, 2003) and the NCAA Semifinals once (1993) in the years ending in three. JHU fell in each of those three title games with the three loses coming by a total of four goals. In each of those instances the Blue Jays subsequently won a national championship within two years.

Representing the Stars and Stripes – Part I: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala will serve as an assistant coach for the United States at at the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championships in Denver Colorado. Pietramala will serve under Richie Meade, the head coach at Navy from 1995-2011.

Representing the Stars and Stripes – Part II: Johns Hopkins sophomore defender Rob Enright was a member of the United States Team that won the 2012 FIL U-19 World Championship in Turku, Finland. Enright is the 17th Johns Hopkins player to represent the United States at the U-19 Championships since the formation of the event in 1988.

Working Overtime: The loss at North Carolina snapped a three-game winning streak for the Blue Jays in games that have gone to overtime. With the loss the Blue Jays are now 19-10 all-time in overtime under head coach Dave Pietramala.

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Navy’s tough season continues with loss to Army

Posted on 13 April 2013 by WNST Staff

ANNAPOLIS, Md. —  Army attackmen John Glesener and Garrett Thul combined to score 11 points to lead the Black Knights (7-4, 3-2 Patriot League) to a 14-7 victory over the Navy men’s lacrosse team (3-9, 1-4 PL) Saturday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.  It was Army’s fifth straight win in a series that Navy leads, 57-32-3.

“There’s no amount of words to make you understand how it feels to lose to Army,” said Navy junior attackman Sam Jones (Annapolis, Md.).  “You play to win this game.  I love how hard my teammates play.  We just have to keep fighting, but playing hard isn’t a consolation for winning.”

“I congratulate Army,” said Navy second-year head coach Rick Sowell.  “They played on heck of a game.  We didn’t have an answer for some of the individual matchups.

“Great players can supercede good schemes and they certainly did that today.”

The story of the game from the get-go was possession.  Army nominated the faceoff category, taking 19 of the 23 draws on the afternoon.  Rookie Alex Daly was responsible for all but one faceoff as he single-handedly won the majority of the draws and keyed a pair of Black Knight goals including the game’s first goal which was scored just six seconds in.  That goal, the first of three goals by John Glesener, sparked a four-goal run by the Black Knights.

“We threw everything but the kitchen sink out there to find something that would work, but we just had no answer,” said Sowell regarding the Mids’ faceoff woes.

Navy finally got on the scoreboard with 4:03 remaining in the opening quarter when freshman Patrick Keena (Vienna, Va.) fed junior attackman Tucker Hull (Charlotte, N.C.), who faked Army keeper Sam Somers high, then low and back high for the first of his three goals.

The Mids trimmed Army’s lead to one at 4-3 scoring the first two goals of the second period.  Jones found a wide-openT.J. Hanzsche (Berwyn, Pa.) standing on the crease for an extra-man strike at 11:09 and two minutes later Jones came up with a loose ball and fired in the first of his two goals on the afternoon.  Hanzsche has now scored a goal in each of the last five contests for the Mids.

Army, however, put together its own run that featured a pair of extra-man goals including senior attackman Kip Haddock’s first goal of the season.  Meanwhile, five seconds after Army’s second extra-man goal in the run, Daly won another faceoff and fed Garrett Thul for a goal to put the Black Knights up 7-3 at the end of the half.

Navy came out of the locker room with the hot hand and rallied, scoring a pair of goals in the first 90 seconds of the game and just 30 seconds apart.  Hull slipped defenseman John Burk and threaded the needle past Somers at the 14:00 minute mark.  Junior middie Pat Durkin (Germantown, Md.) took advantage of rookie iddie Shea Mullins losing his footing and fired in his 11th goal of the season to get Navy within two at 7-5.

The Black Knights answered quickly when Thul, the nation’s second-leading goal scorer, sent a highlight reel wrap-around shot past two defenseman which triggered a five-goal run by Army to take a 12-5 lead into the final quarter.

Each team scored a pair of goals in the final quarter of play for the final, 14-6.

Hull paced the Mids with his 11th career hat trick and second of the season as he moved into 24th on Navy’s all-time scoring list with 105 points.  he now trails 23rd-place Matt Pawlikowski (1990-93) by just one point.  Meanwhile, Jones joined Hull among Navy’s 100-point scorers as he registered a pair of goals and an assist.  It’s just the fourth time in program history that classmates have reached 100 points – Brendan Schneck and Mike Hannan from the Class of ‘78, Mike Herger and Brian Keith from the Class of ‘90 and Ian Dingman and Billy Looney from the class of ‘07.

Jones is the 31st player in Navy’s 106-year history of lacrosse to score 100 points and is just the 14th to score 100 points in three seasons.  With 102 points, he stands 26th on Navy’s all-time scoring list.

Senior captain Nolan Hickey (Chaminade, N.Y.) played his final game on his home field and gave an admirable effort with 15 saves.  It was his seventh double-digit save performance of his career and the fifth game with 15 or more saves.

Glesener guided the Black Knights with seven points on three goals and four assists, while Thul punched in a team-best four goals.  Seven players were responsible for the remaining seven goals.

Navy will play its season finale next Saturday when it pays a visit to Homewood Field to face longtime rival Johns Hopkins.  Game time is slated for 4:00 pm and will be nationally televised by ESPNU with Quint Kessenich and Mark Dixon calling the action.

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Navy welcomes Army Saturday for annual rivalry game

Posted on 12 April 2013 by WNST Staff

Game 12 Army (6-4, 2-2 PL) vs. Navy (3-8, 1-4 PL)
Date and Faceoff April 13 at 2:00 pm ET
Location Annapolis, Md. | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000)
Television CBS Sports Network, Armed Forces Network | Dave Ryan, Evan Washburn, Sheehan Stanwick Burch

Game Preview

• Bragging rights will be on the line this Saturday when  Navy (3-8, 1-4 Patriot League) battles arch rival Army (6-4, 2-2 PL) in the annual Star Game … the 92nd edition of the Army-Navy Game is slated for a 2:00 pm faceoff at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis.
• Saturday’s contest will mark the final collegiate game for Navy’s 11 seniors … those 11 players and their parents, along with three support staff members from the Class of 2013, will be honored in a pregame ceremony..
• Navy is looking to bounce back after dropping an 11-8 decision to No. 1-ranked Maryland last Friday evening in Annapolis.  The Terps jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but the Mids rallied to score 5 straight and hold a 5-3 second quarter lead.  The Terps, however, regrouped in the second half and a 6-2 run would be the difference maker in the come-from-behind victory .
• Army is coming off a tough one-goal loss to Bucknell.  Although the Black Knights held a 5-3 halftime advantage, the Bison would scored five of the next six goals to take a lead it would not relinquish en route to the 9-8 win at West Point. Army was held scoreless the entire third quarter, giving way to Bucknell.
• Saturday’s contest will be televised by CBS Sports Network with Dave Ryan (play by play), Evan Washburn (analyst) and Sheehan Stanwick Burch (analyst) calling the action.  The Armed Forces Network will also carry the game for our troops bases overseas.

Army vs. Navy – The Series
• Today’s contest marks the 91st meeting between Army and Navy on the lacrosse field, meeting for the 81st-consecutive year … it’s the longest continuous lacrosse series between Navy and another team.
• Navy owns a 57-31-3 series advantage that included 13-straight wins by the Midshipmen between 1998 and 2007 … the Mids have won 14 of the last 19 contests in the series.
• The Mids also own a 52-30-3 advantage in Star Games, winning 11 of the last 15.
• Army, however, has won five of the last six games in the series, including each of the last four games overall and three-consecutive Star Games.
• Navy owns a 28-14-1 advantage in games played in Annapolist, including seven of the last eight.
• There have been only six times in the 90-game history (dating back to 1924) in which the two programs have battled twice in one season (1978 and 1981 in the NCAA Tournament; 2005, ‘06, ‘07 and ‘10 in the Patriot League Tournament).
• Navy has scored eight or more goals in 21 of the last 24 games against Army … the Mids have held the Black Knights to single digits in nine of the 13 games since joining the league in 2004 … Army has reach double digits just twice in the last nine games against the Mids.

Scouting the Black Knights
• Eighth-year Army head coach Joe Alberici has directed the Black Knights to a 6-4 overall mark, including a 2-2 Patriot League record.
• All four of Army’s losses – Massachusetts, Syracuse, Lehigh and Bucknell – have been against nationally-ranked foes … meanwhile, the Black Knights have wins over Lafayette and Colgate in Patriot League action.
• Army is coming off a tough one-goal loss to Bucknell … the Black Knights held a 5-3 halftime advantage, but the Bison would scored five of the next six goals to take a lead it would not relinquish … Army was held scoreless the entire third quarter, giving way to Bucknell.
• The Black Knights are ranked among the top 10 in scoring defense (#6), holding their foes to 7.60 goals per game, in caused turnovers (#7), posting 9.80 takeaways per contest and in ground balls per game (#10), grabbing 14.7 per contest.
• Army’s two lowest rankings are in shot percentage (#55, 24.1) and saves per game (#50, 10.0).
• Sophomore midfielder John Glesener is atop the scoring leader board for the Black Knights with 44 points on 23 goals and a team-best 21 assists.  Glesener is the only Army player with double digit assists.  He is ranked sixth nationally in points per game and 13th in assists per outing.
• Senior attackman Garrett Thul is the sharp-shooter of the team with a team-best 32 goals, including 5 extra-man strikes.  He is ranked No. 2 in the country with his 3.20 goals per game average behind Cornell’s Steve Mock who is posting 3.70 goals per game.
• Second-year midfielder Alex Newsome has scored 7 of his 14 goals on extra-man.
• Army has used 5 different face-off men this season, however, rookie Alex Daly has taken the majority.  He has won 49.7 percent (78-157) of his draws this season and is pacing the team in ground balls with 40.
• First-year starting keeper Sam Somers has been solid in goal, surrendering 6.79 goals per game and posting a 60.0 save percentage.  He is ranked No. 2 nationally in GAA and sixth in save percentage.
• All-Patriot League defenseman Brendan Buckley is one of three players on the team with double figure caused turnovers and leads the team with 18 takeaways.

Senior Salute
• The Naval Academy Athletic Association will recognize the senior class and its parents prior to start of Saturday’s contest against Army.
• Navy’s 11-player senior class has amassed a 20-30 record, including a 10-13 Patriot League mark.
• The following is a list of Navy’s seniors and their service assignments.

Jay Christopher    Navy Pilot
Bryce Dabbs    Supply Corps
Brye French    Marine Corps Ground
Nolan Hickey    Marine Corps Ground
Brendan Lewis    Naval Flight Officer
Jay Mann    Special Warfare
Evan McGoogan    Special Warfare
Austin Miller    Marine Corps Ground
Cade Norris    Special Warfare
Peter Rogers    Surface Warfare, LHD-1 WASP (Norfolk, Va.)
Chris Talarico    Marine Corps Ground

Kiernan Among Nation’s Top Poles
• Junior long stick defensive midfielder Pat Kiernan is one of the best at his position in the country.
• Kiernan leads Navy in ground balls and is second in caused turnovers.  Additionally, he is among the national leaders in both categories.  He is ranked eighth in caused turnovers per game (2.55) and 21st in ground balls (5.73).
• He is Navy’s record holder for career caused turnovers (50), a stat introduced in 2009 … with 25 caused turnovers this season, he is ranked No. 3 on the Mids’ single-season list … also ranked ninth (14, 2012) and tied for 13th (11, 2011) on the chart.
• Kiernan was a machine against Towson where he registered a career-high 12 ground balls and won 8 of his 10 faceoffs.  Meanwhile, against Lafayette he picked up 7 ground balls and forced 7 Leopard turnovers.
• He is ied for 16th on Navy’s career ground balls list with 134 alongside Eddie McKinnon (1999-02) and Joe Donnelly (1985-88) … he needs 5 to tie 15th-place Matt Pawlikowski (1990-93) … meanwhile, he is 11th on the Mids’ single-season chart with 63 grounders … it’s the most ground balls by a Navy player since 2008 when draw specialist Mikelis Visgauss grabbed 80.
• He also stands 19th on the Mids’ career faceoff wins list, winning 22 of the 43 draws (51.2) he has taken.
• Additionally, he has garnered Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honors three times this season.
• He has produced 12 career points, including  a program-record 10 in 2012.
• He is tied for eighth in the country among active poles with 12 points behind Bryant’s Mason Poli (54 pts), Loyola’s Scott Ratliff (40), Brown’s Roger Ferguson (27), Maryland’s Jesse Bernhardt (19), Dillon Ayers of St. John’s (18), Bellarmine’s Bobby Schmitt (16) and Mark Burns of Mount St. Mary’s (13).  Syracuse’s Matt Harris and Air Force’s Kyle O’Brien also have 12 points
• He is second all-time in career points scored by a Navy defensemen, while his 9 goals are the most in program history.

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 25th on Navy’s all-time scoring list with 102 points, just one behind 24th-place Billy Looney(2004-07).
• Meanwhile, junior attackman Sam Jones is ONE point away from 100.  Should Jones reach that milestone, it would be 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) andBilly Looney (103) from the Class of 2007 are the others.
• Hull is just the 13th player in program history to reach the 100-point mark as a junior.  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 17 points on 10 goals and 7 assists.
• 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 last Friday to tie to tie Owen McFadden (1964-66) for 17th on the list … he needs 2 to tie 16th-place Brendan Schneck (1977-78).

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Reynolds’ poise, execution in final drive against Army stuff of legend

Posted on 08 December 2012 by Glenn Clark

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – I hope those watching the 113th Army/Navy game Saturday afternoon didn’t come away from the game thinking “if (Navy QB) Keenan Reynolds is doing this already, imagine what he could do for the next three years.”

It’s not as if it isn’t possible that the true freshman from Antioch, TN doesn’t have grand heights attainable during his next three years of eligibility in Annapolis. It’s just that when a teenager accomplishes what Reynolds did Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field, it deserves to stand alone without any future context.

The United States Naval Academy has made wins over the United States Military Academy a bit of habit in recent years, claiming 11 straight victories. Most haven’t been quite as gut-wrenching as Saturday’s 17-13 victory.

Before Saturday, Navy hadn’t trailed Army in the fourth quarter of any game since 2001-the year Army last defeated the Midshipmen. This time the contest moved past the midway point of the fourth quarter with the Black Knights not only leading Navy 13-10, but also in possession of the football inside the Navy 20 yard line.

It was a situation wholly unprecedented for any Navy player, but it would take only eight plays for the nervous energy hanging over the Brigade of Midshipmen to turn into an exuberant celebration. More importantly, it would take four particularly key plays from Reynolds that won’t soon by forgotten by military faithful. It would take an uncommon level of confidence, moxie and ability from a young man his age to make it happen.

“Before the drive started, I told the guys, ‘this is the one'” Reynolds explained after the game. “We have to go down and score. They all looked at me and were like, ‘Let’s go!'”

“Keenan comes in, uses his man voice and calls the play, and does a really good job” WR Brandon Turner added. “And the way he talks and the way his huddle prescense is, because I played quarterback in high school so I know how important that is to what extent, he makes you want to believe in him.”

Facing 4th & 5 from the Navy 19 yard line, Army chose to trot out K Eric Osteen for a 37 yard field goal attempt instead of attempting a conversion that would leave them tantalizingly close to a game sealing touchdown. The kick would sail wide left and give the Midshipmen the ball back with 6:57 to play. The Mids would immediately find trouble, but Reynolds connected with Geoffrey Whiteside for 10 yards on 3rd & 8 to reverse fortune and gain momentum. He wouldn’t look back.

Two plays later, Reynolds escaped a crowded pocket and juked a defender before tip-toeing down the right sideline to gain 11 yards and another first down. He then through a beautiful downfield ball to Turner that the 6’4″ receiver would easily haul in 49 yards downfield to set up a 1st and goal from the Army 8 yard line. The receiver would later describe the throw as the best he had received from Reynolds all season.

On the very next play, Reynolds waltzed into the endzone on a quarterback follow to punctuate an incredible game-turning drive and fully etch his name in Army-Navy lore.

The situation was unusual for Navy against Army, but it wasn’t the first time in Reynolds’ short tenure as Navy’s starting quarterback that he was faced with adversity. In fact, Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo said after the game he wasn’t surprised at all by the remarkable heroics of the game’s Most Valuable Player.

“If he can come into the Air Force game down by eight in the fourth quarter with eight minutes left at their place and have clear eyes and not miss a beat and not seem nervous, I don’t know if he can be in a tougher situation.”

Reynolds worked mop-up duty for the Mids in early season blowout losses to Notre Dame (in Dublin, Ireland) and at Penn State. He entered a hopeless situation in the 4th quarter of a shutout loss to San Jose State in the Mids’ fourth game of the season as well. But he didn’t officially become the Naval Academy’s starting quarterback until the Midshipmen were desperate.

Sitting at 1-3 on the season, the Midshipmen found themselves 9:03 away from losing grip on their most significant preseason goals in Colorado Springs, CO October 6. They trailed Air Force 21-13, with a loss assuring they could not win back the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy from the Falcons and meaning they would have to finish the season 5-2 just to get bowl eligible. Niumatalolo benched then starter Trey Miller in favor of Reynolds, who quickly navigated a six play, 75 yard drive that would tie things up after a two point conversion by FB Noah Copeland. Reynolds would put together another TD drive in overtime to finish off the Falcons and completely turn Navy’s season around.

Niumatalolo described Navy’s win Saturday as “indicative of the season” they had. Perhaps in no way more than in the resolution of their freshman quarterback. When everything mattered most, the young man was absolutely unflappable.

Keenan Reynolds isn’t even yet 19 years old.

It’s hard to fathom the type of poise it took to author a comeback. It’s hard to put into words the intensity of an Army/Navy game. It’s hard to imagine a young man roughly six months removed from prom clinging to the term “I.M.A.N-It’s Not About Me” in the waining moments to give his team salvation. (Reynolds said I.M.A.N. has been a rallying cry for the entire Navy football program this season.)

“There’s something about the kid, and just the way he led us on that last drive, it was unbelievable” Turner described. “In one of the biggest games as a freshman, he came in and beat one of the better Army teams the last few years. That’s incredible. That’s remarkable.”

I couldn’t say it any better.


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Navy, Army square off for 113th time Saturday in Philly

Posted on 07 December 2012 by WNST Staff

Game 12 Army (2-9) vs. Navy (7-4)
Date and Kickoff Dec. 8, 2012 at 3:00 pm ET
Location Philadelphia, Pa. | Lincoln Financial Field (68,532)
Television CBS Sports
TV Talent Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (analyst), Tracy Wolfson (sideline)

Setting the Stage

• Army and Navy will meet on the gridiron for the 113th time when they square off on Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.  Kickoff is set for 3:10 pm Eastern.
• The winner of the Army-Navy game will take home the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy, which is presented annually to the winner of the football competition among the three major Service Academies and is named in honor of the President of the United States.  Navy has won the trophy 12 times, while Army has claimed it six times.  This year’s game marks the first time since 2005 that the trophy was on the line in the Army-Navy game and just the sixth time since the trophy’s inception in 1972.
• Navy is 2-3 all-time against Army when the two teams met with the trophy on the line.
• Navy enters the contest looking to defeat Army for a series-record 11th straight year.  Before Navy started this historical run, the longest winning streak in the series, which was first played in 1890, was five games (by both teams).  Navy has outscored Army, 349-112 (34.9-11.2) during its 10-game winning streak.
• The Mids have won 13 of the last 15 games against Army dating back to 1997.
• Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo is trying to become just the third coach in school history to start his coaching career at Navy with a 5-0 record against Army.  Paul Johnson turned in a 6-0 mark against West Point (2002-07), while Wayne Hardin won his first five games (1959-63) before losing.
• CBS Sports Network will air the Army-Navy Special Presented by USAA on Friday at 7:00 pm ET as the network looks ahead to Saturday’s game.
•    CBS Sports Network will air two special editions of INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL on Saturday prior to the game.  INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL ARMY-NAVY MARCH ON presented by USAA (12:00-1:30 pm, ET) and INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL ARMY-NAVY TAILGATE presented by USAA (1:30-2:30 pm, ET).  Hosts Adam Zucker and Brent Stover will be joined at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia by analysts Randy Cross, Brian Jones and Ron Zook, as well as special guests from the academies. The MARCH ON SPECIAL features the March-On of the Brigade of Midshipmen and Corps of Cadets as they march onto Lincoln Financial Field, while ARMY-NAVY TAILGATE previews the game with in-depth news and analysis, as well as interviews from both head coaches.
• CBS Sports will start their coverage at 2:30 pm with a 30-minute pregame show followed by the 113th playing of the Army-Navy game at 3:00 pm with Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson and Tracy Wolfson calling the action.
• Dial Global Radio Network has the national radio rights with John Tautges, Terry Donahue and Lewis Johnson calling the action.  Dial Global will also air a one-hour pregame show starting at 2:00 pm.

Game Day Festivities
• The March-On of the Brigade of Midshipmen will take place at 12:16 pm and the March-On of the Corps of Cadets will take place at 12:46 pm.
• The Service Academy exchange of Cadets and Midshipmen will take place at 2:46 pm, while the Golden Knights and Leapfrogs will jump at 2:50 pm.
• The National Anthem will be sung by the Army Glee Club at 3:00 pm.
•    Army will take the field with an Army fly-over at 3:06 pm, while Navy will take the field with a Navy fly-over at 3:07 pm.

Scouting Army
•    The 2-9 Black Knights destroyed Air Force (41-21) and defeated Boston College (34-31) of the ACC while suffering losses to San Diego State (42-7), Northern Illinois (41-40), Wake Forest (49-37), Stony Brook (23-3), Kent State (31-17), Eastern Michigan (48-38), Ball State (30-22), Rutgers (28-7) and Temple (63-32).
•    Army is the No. 1 rushing team in the country, averaging 369.8 yards per game.
• Senior quarterback Trent Steelman is 26th in the country in rushing, averaging 104.7 yards per game, and 22nd in scoring, averaging 9.1 points per game.  He has rushed for a school-record 1,152 yards and a program-record 44-career rushing touchdowns, passing Army Heisman Trophy winner Glenn Davis.
• Slot back Raymond Maples has rushed for 1,059 yards and two touchdowns on 196 carries and ranks 36th in the nation in rushing.
•    Linebacker Geoffrey Bacon has had a phenomenal season, ranking seventh in the country with 11.1 tackles per game.
• Linebacker Nate Combs is 25th in the country in tackles for a loss, averaging 1.3 per game.

The Last Time … 
Navy 27, Army 21    Dec. 10, 2011 | Landover, MD.
•     Senior Jon Teague kicked fourth quarter field goals of 23 and 44 yards as Navy defeated Army, 27-21, for a record 10th consecutive year, in front of a crowd of 80,789 at FedExField that included President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.
• Navy jumped out to a 14-0 lead thanks to a pair of Army fumbles.  Army’s Raymond Maples fumbled a pitch and senior defensive end Jabaree Tuani recovered the ball at the Army 26 on the Black Knights’ second possession of the game.
• Six plays later, senior quarterback Kriss Proctor scored from the four to give Navy the early advantage.
• After the two teams traded punts, Army’s Jared Hassin was stripped of the ball by Tuani and junior outside linebackerBrye French recovered the ball at the Navy 45.
• On the first play after the Army fumble, Proctor scrambled for 32 yards down to the Army 23.  Six plays after that, Proctor executed a perfect double option on third-and-eight from the 10 pitching to senior fullback Alexander Teich for the touchdown.
• Army, however, would come right back and cut Navy’s lead in half, as quarterback Trent Steelman directed an eight-play, 67-yard drive that was capped off by a 34-yard touchdown run to make the score 14-7.
• After the Navy offense went three and out, Army was back in business moving 63 yards in seven plays with Malcolm Brown diving over from the three to tie the game at 14 with just 49 seconds left in the first half.
• Navy took the opening kickoff of the second half and moved 48 yards in five plays to retake the lead at 21-14.  After Teich’s 48-yard kickoff return put the Navy offense in business at the Army 48, backup fullback Delvin Diggs had back-to-back carries that picked up 18 yards down to the Army 30.  Junior slot back Gee Gee Greene ran for 20 more yards on first down and, after a Teich eight-yard run down to the two, Proctor scored his second TD of the day.
• Once again Army would come right back, marching right through the Navy defense in six plays with Steelman hitting Brown with a 25-yard touchdown pass on third-and-seven to tie the game at 21.
• The Mids would take advantage of an Army punt by driving 75 yards in 18 plays with Teague capping the drive with a 23-yard field goal to give Navy a three-point lead.  The Mids were forced to kick a field goal after lineman Graham Vickers jumped on third-and-goal from the Army 1.
• On the ensuing kickoff, freshman Noah Copeland forced Army returner Scott Williams to cough up the ball and Navy freshman Jordan Drake recovered it at the Army 27.  Teague would turn the Army miscue into points with a 44-yard field goal to give Navy a 27-21 lead.
• Army got the ball back and quickly moved down the field and had the ball first-and-10 at the Navy 28 when the Navy defense came up big.
• After Brown rushed for four yards on first down, Army tried to catch Navy napping by throwing the ball but Steelman was dropped by junior linebacker Matt Warrick for a loss of five yards.  Steelman would pick up four yards on third down as Tra’ves Bush came flying up from the safety position to make the stop and then on fourth down Steelman was sacked for a loss of one by Warrick to give the ball back to the Midshipmen with 4:31 left.

The Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy
• The Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy is presented annually to the winner of the football competition among the three major service academies — Army, Navy and Air Force — and is named in honor of the President of the United States.
• Navy has dominated of late, winning the trophy a Service Academy record seven-consecutive years from 2003-09 and winning a Service Academy record 15 straight games against Air Force and Army in the process.  Air Force has won the trophy each of the last two years.
• Navy has won the trophy a total of 12 times: 1973, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1981, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.
• When there is no clear-cut winner,  the trophy remains with the winner of the previous year’s competition.  • The three-sided trophy stands two-and-a-half-feet tall and is engraved with the academy seals.  Reproductions of the three mascots — the Army Mule, the Navy Goat and the Air Force Falcon — are ensconced on the respective sides of this bauble.  The trophy is sponsored by the West Point Association of Graduates, the Naval Academy Alumni Association and the Air Force Association of Graduates.
• The year in which the trophy is won is engraved on AA plate gracing the respective academy’s side of the trophy.

Service Academy Dominance
• Navy has amassed a 82-44 (.651) overall record in the last 10 years, while Air Force is 68-55 (.553) and Army is 32-87 (.269).  The Mids are 17-2 against the other two Service Academies since 2003.

Dominant Era in Army-Navy History
• Navy’s 27-21 victory over Army in 2011 was its 10th consecutive win over the Black Knights, the longest streak in series history by either team.
• The Mids have won those 10 in a row against Army in dominant fashion, outscoring the Black Knights, 349-112 (34.9-11.2).

Our Nation’s Future Leaders
• Navy’s 28 seniors received their Service Assignments on Wednesday, November 28. Graduates of the Naval Academy serve a minimum of five years in the Navy or Marine Corps, while pilots serve eight years upon earning their wings.
•    18 seniors will be commissioned Ensigns in the United States Navy, while 10 will be commissioned 2nd Lieutenants in the Marine Corps.

Service Assignments for the Class of 2013
Andrew Barker, Surface Warfare
Matt Brewer, Marine Corps Ground
Tra’ves Bush, Surface Warfare
Josh Cabral, Naval Flight Officer
Evan Campbell, Marine Corps Ground
Prentice Christian, Surface Warfare
Billy Coats, Marine Corps Pilot
Matt Couch, Supply Corps
Josh Dowling-Fitzpatrick, Navy Pilot
Jerad Fehr, Special Warfare (SEALS)
Brye French, Marine Corps Ground
Jonathan Gazaille, Supply Corps
Gee Gee Greene, Surface Warfare
Beau Haworth, Suface Warfare
Wes Henderson, Navy Pilot
John Howell, Marine Corps Pilot
Tyler Lynch, Naval Flight Officer
John Michael Nurthen, Civil Engineer
John O’Boyle, Marine Corps Ground
Ryan Paulson, Navy Pilot
Kahikolu Pescaia, Navy Pilot
Joe Ryan, Marine Corps Ground
Matt Shibata, Marine Corps Ground
Bo Snelson, Marine Corps Ground
Collin Sturdivant, Naval Flight Officer
Brandon Turner, Surface Warfare
Matt Warrick, Marine Corps Ground
Keegan Wetzel, Submarines (Nuclear)

Navy Quick Hitters
• Navy has been the dominant Service Academy over the last decade, posting an 18-2 record against Army (10-0) and Air Force (8-2) in the last 20 meetings combined, winning seven consecutive Commander-In-Chief’s Trophies from 2003-09 and going to nine bowl games in the last 10 years.  Navy has amassed an 82-44 (.651) overall record in the last 10 years, while Air Force is 68-55 (.553) and Army is 32-87 (.269).  The 82 wins are the 21st most in the country over the last decade.
• The Midshipmen punched their ticket to the Dec. 29 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl at AT&T Park in San Francisco with a 24-17 victory over Florida Atlantic on Nov. 3. It will be Navy’s 18th bowl appearance all-time, including its ninth in the last 10 years. The Mids will take on Arizona State.
• Ken Niumatalolo has led the Midshipmen to a 39-25 (.609) record in his fifth season as head coach.  He is fourth all-time at Navy in career wins.  Niumatalolo holds Navy coaching records for most wins in the first two (18), three (27), four (32) and five seasons (39) of a career.
• Navy’s four losses this season (Notre Dame, Penn State, San Jose State and Troy) have come at the hands of opponents who are a combined 35-13 (.729).  Notre Dame (12-0) is ranked No. 1 in the country and will play in the BCS National Championship Game, while San Jose State (10-2) is ranked 24th in the country.
• Navy has played six bowl eligible teams this year (counting Penn State who will not be going to a bowl due to NCAA sanctions) and compiled a 3-3 record against the six programs.  The Mids defeated Air Force (6-6), Central Michigan (6-6) and East Carolina (8-4) and lost to Notre Dame (12-0), Penn State (8-4) and San Jose State (10-2).
• Over the last nine games (7-2), Navy has outscored the opposition in the second half, 146-80.  The Navy defense has allowed just eight touchdowns in the second half of the last nine contests.
• The Mids have turned the ball over 12 times in their four losses and five times in their seven wins.
•     Senior outside linebacker Keegan Wetzel scored a perfect 1600 on his SAT and is believed to be the only current FBS player in the country to accomplish such a feat.  He carries a 3.89 GPA in systems engineering and is an Academic All-America candidate.  Wetzel has also been a force on the field for the Midshipmen, recording 63 tackles (fourth most on the team), a team-high 13.5 tackles for a loss, a team-high six sacks, has forced a fumble and recovered a fumble.  He is just two sacks away from third on Navy’s single-season sacks list.
• Keenan Reynolds is the first freshman to start at quarterback for Navy since Jim Kubiak started five games in 1991.  Meanwhile, he is just the third freshman in school history to start at quarterback (the other was Alton Grizzard in 1987). Reynolds is 5-1 as a starting quarterback with wins over Central Michigan, Indiana, East Carolina, Florida Atlantic and Texas State and a loss to Troy.  He also came off the bench with Navy down eight points to Air Force and led the Mids to an overtime victory.  Kubiak won just one game as a freshman starter (beat a 5-5 Army team) and Grizzard won two (lost to Army).  Reynolds is the first Navy quarterback to win his first four career starts since senior Bob Powers, who won his first six career starts in 1979.
• Sophomore punter Pablo Beltran is averaging 45.1 yards per punt (34 punts) this season and should his average hold, he would become the school’s single-season record holder. John Skaggs currently holds the single-season punting record at 44.8 yards per punt in 2001.  Beltran would stand 10th nationally if he qualified (must average 3.6 punts per game).
• Navy was 4-0 during the month of October after going 0-5 last year in October. It is the first time Navy went undefeated in the month of October since 1996.  That Navy team finished 9-3 and defeated California in the Aloha Bowl.
• Navy owns a 6-3 record all-time in overtime games, winning six of its last seven.
• Navy owns an 82-44 (.651) record over the last 10 years after posting a 3-30 (.091) mark from 2000-02.  The 82 wins are the 21st most in the country over the last decade.
• Navy is trying to finish No. 1 in fewest penalties and fewest penalty yards per game for the second consecutive year and for the third time in the last four seasons.  The Mids are currently second in penalties (3.4 /gm) and in penalty yards per game (26.5).
• Navy is 3-0 this year and 30-4 (.882) under Niumatalolo when scoring first and 4-4 this year and 9-21 (.300) under Niumatalolo when the opponent scores first.
• The Mids are 3-0 ths year and  24-3 (.889) under Niumatalolo when leading after the first quarter and 4-4 this year and 15-22 (.405) under Niumatalolo when trailing or tied after the first stanza.
• Navy is 6-0 this year and 27-4 (.871) under Niumatalolo when leading at the half and 1-4 this year and 11-22 (.333) under Niumatalolo when tied or trailing at the half.
• Navy is 5-0 this year and 31-3 (.912) under Niumatalolo when leading after three quarters and 2-4 this year and 7-23 (.233) under Niumatalolo when tied or trailing after three quarters.
•    Navy owns a 19-7 (.731) record in games played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium under Niumatalolo and is 20-18 (.526) away from home.

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