• Fresh off its 12-7 victory over Patriot League foe Lafayette this past Saturday, the Navy men’s lacrosse team will step away from conference action to face Towson on Tuesday evening … meeting for just the 11th time in series history, the Mids and Tigers will face off at 7:30 pm at Johnny Unitas Stadium.
• The Mids are coming off their most complete game of the season which featured a balanced offensive attack … eight different players scored goals for the Midshipmen, including Tucker Hull, who pitched his fourth hat trick of the season, and rookie middie Gabe Voumard and sophomore long pole Pat Kiernan, who scored two goals apiece … the Mids dismantled a Lafayette defense that came into the game as the nation’s third-ranked scoring defense, giving up fewer than seven goals.
• Towson is coming off a 10-8 win over Mount St. Mary’s, but needed a three-goal fourth quarter to capture the win … the Mount held an 8-7 lead with nine minutes to go in the game, but the Tigers scored three in a row, including the game-winner by Matt Hughes with four minutes remaining.
Taking the Field In …
10 Navy has lost just five games (48-5) when scoring 10 or more goals since the start of the 2004 season … Navy is 2-0 this season when reaching 10 goals.
9 Sophomore attackman Sam Jones pushed his point-scoring streak to nine-straight games after dealing out an assist against Lafayette last Saturday … he opened the season with a remarkable nine-point (5-4) effort against VMI … it’s the most points scored by a Navy player since Dennis Nealon produced 12 points against Washington College on March 20, 1991.
8 Sophomore attackman Tucker Hull has recorded eight hat tricks in his 18-game Navy career, including four this season … Hull has also produced eight points in a game twice this season, including a three-goal, five-assist effort against Lafayette.
7 The Mids’ two wins this season have been when they held their foe to seven goals.
6 Four players lead Navy with six takeaways apiece this season, including sophomore long pole Pat Kiernan who force four Lafayette turnovers on Saturday.
5 Five of Navy’s 2012 opponents are ranked in the 2012 USILA Coaches Poll – Johns Hopkins (2), Maryland (7), North Carolina (T11), Lehigh (T11) and Colgate (17) – while Bucknell is also receiving votes.
4 Navy has lost four of the five games against Towson which were played on the Tigers’ home field … Navy’s lone win at Towson was an 8-7 decision on April 17, 1993 … the Mids have lost three in a row in Towson.
3 Sophomore midfielder Erik Hoffstadt has scored points in each of the last three games and all three points (1G, 2A) have come on extra-man.
2 Six different players scored two goals (Nikk Davis, Tucker Hull, Sam Jones, Jay Mann, Taylor Reynolds, Andy Warner) in last year’s 14-11 win over Towson.
1 Over the last four seasons, 23 (9-14) of the Mids’ 65 contests have been decided by one goal … Navy has lost five-straight one-goal games.
More on the Tigers
• First-year head coach Shawn Nadelen has led the tigers to a 2-2 record, nearly equalling last year’s win total (3-10) … the Tigers have bookend wins over Jacksonville (12-10) and Mount St. Mary’s (10-8) with losses to nationally-ranked Johns Hopkins (12-6) and Loyola (13-6) in between).
• Eleven different players have scored goals for the Tigers this season, including senior attackman Sean Maguire who has produced 10 points on a team-high eight goals and two assists … meanwhile second-year midfielder Thomas DeNapoli stands second in scoring with nine points on seven goals and two assists … DeNapoli is coming off a strong performance against Mount St. Mary’s, netting a hat trick.
• Sharing time in goal are senior Travis Love and junior Andrew Wascavage … Wascavage has played in all four games, giving up 34 goals (11.33 GAA) and making 33 stops (49.3) … Love has played in two games, surrendering nine goals (9.00) and posting 12 saves (57.1).
• Junior Matt Thomas has handled the majority of the faceoff duties (26-57, 45.6), while juniors Warren Kalkstein (6-19, 31.6) and Ian Mills (7-11, 63.6) have also pitched in.
• Towson, meanwhile, is ranked No. 2 nationally in shot percentage (37.4) and is seventh in extra-man offense (57.1) … the Tigers struggle mightily on man-down, however, as they are ranked 60th (41.7).
• Tuesday’s contest between Navy and Towson marks only the 11th game in a series that, prior to 2010, was discontinued following the 1997 campaign.
• Navy holds a narrow 6-4 advantage, losing four of the five games played at Towson … conversely, the Mids are 5-0 in games played in Annapolis.
• The inaugural meeting was won by Navy, 13-9, but a regular series was not set up until the 1991 campaign … Navy and Towson met seven straight years before the series stalled out.
• Navy head coach Rick Sowell owns a 1-2 record against Towson … he was 1-1 against the Tigers at Stony Brook and lost the only meeting with Towson while at Dartmouth.
2011 Navy-Towson Recap
• Navy scored the game’s final six goals while the defense held Towson scoreless over the last 18 minutes of play to earn a 14-11 victory over the Tigers at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis.
• Both teams utilized extended runs throughout the game, as momentum shifted from one sideline to the other. Towson opened up a 3-0 lead with under five minutes to go in the opening frame, before the Mids heated up and poked in a pair of goals, including a beautiful lefty shot from freshman Sam Jones on the right wing with under 40 seconds to play.
• The Mids knotted the game at 3-3 when junior attackman Taylor Reynolds used his speed to wrap around the left side of the cage and fire off a rocket to the right post. Not only did the shot come hard an fast out of Reynolds’ stick, he had almost no angle as was witnessed by keeper Travis Love who never budged.
• The two teams would trade goals over the next two minutes before Towson would once again mount a run that featured sophomore attackman Matt Hughes scoring the first of his game-high three goals.
• Trailing 7-4 with five minutes remaining in the opening half, the Mids, much like the Bucknell game, rallied and scored three goals in the final three minutes including two in the final minute. Sophomore middie Jay Mann stuck his five-yard shot in at the three-minute mark, followed by a well-executed extra-man goal by Jones on the crease with 51.8 seconds left. Navy evened the score at seven-all when senior midfielder Andy Warner found rookie attackman Tucker Hull open just behind the plane of the goal and Hull turned his shoulder and sent his ankle-biter in with just 1.7 seconds before intermission. Warner was credited with assists on all three goals just before the half.
• Scoring its fourth-consecutive goal, Navy struck first in the second half as Warner sent his pass across the field to junior midfielder Nikk Davis who then found Hull for the goal at 13:46.
• Navy’s lead, however, would be short-lived, as an extra-man goal by senior attackman Tommy Beach at the 9:36 mark triggered a four-goal run by the Tigers. Hughes would score two of the four goals, including the last in the run that had Navy’s coaching staff bewildered. Junior midfielder Carl Iacona was clearly offside, so obvious, in fact, that Iacona dropped the ball because he thought the official had whistled him for the infraction. Once the madness subdued, Iacona wisely snatched the ball up and took off for the goal. Chased down around the crease, he made a diving pass to Hughes, who curled around the left side of the net and sent his shot past Navy junior keeper RJ Wickham.
• With 3:04 remaining in the third quarter, Towson held an 1-8 advantage. Remarkably, it would be the Tigers’ final goal of the game.
• Meanwhile, after being held scoreless for better than 12 minutes, Navy finally got on the scoreboard when freshman Harrison Chaires’ shot on extra-man bounced off the keeper’s stick and over his head for the goal.
• While Chaires’ goal certainly pushed the momentum in the Mids’ favor, Navy went on to score three goals in three minutes to start the final quarter, including a goal by Warner with 10:06 to play that put the lead back in Navy’s hands. Meanwhile the goal just 32 seconds prior to Warner’s was a high-to-low beauty that hugged the left post by senior midfielder Kevin Doyle who notched his first goal of the season.
• Navy extended its lead with an unassisted goal by Mann with 3:55 remaining and Warner put the game out of reach when he broke free from a double-team that included the goalkeeper, and punched in his second goal of the evening on an open goal.
• Warner led all players with a career-high eight points on two goals and six assists. He is the first Navy player to register eight points in a game since Jon Birsner dealt out eight assists against Colgate on March 19, 2005. Meanwhile, the six assists by Warner are the most by a Navy player since Birsner produced six helpers against Holy Cross on March 26, 2006.
• While Navy’s offense continued to shine, so, too did faceoff specialist Logan West, who finished the contest just one win shy of tying the school’s all-time single-game record. West won 19 of the 29 draws and picked up eight ground balls along the way.
• Mark Goers, the Director of Physical Education Operations who has been with the Navy lacrosse program since 2002, is a 1995 graduate of Towson … he is the Tigers’ all-time leader in faceoff win percentage (70.2) and ranks fourth with 375 faceoff wins.
• First-year Towson assistant coach Anthony Gilardi served as an assistant coach at Navy from 2009-11 under Richie Meade.
• In a game that featured three times and three lead changes, the Mids utilized a four-goal run in the second half to take the lead for good and capture their first Patriot League victory of the Rick Sowell era.
• The win snapped a three-game losing streak by the Mids who had last seen a win nearly a month prior against VMI on Feb. 11.
• The win also snapped a two-game road losing streak dating back to last season when the Midshipmen were a dismal 1-6 on the road.
• Sophomore attackman Sam Jones, who dealt out an assist in the second quarter, extended his point-scoring streak to nine-straight games. His goal-scoring streak, however, was snapped at five games as he came up empty against the Leopards.
• Sophomore attackman Tucker Hull scored three goals and added five assists en route to producing his eighth-career hat trick and the fourth this year (VMI-6, Jacksonville-3, Bucknell-3, Lafayette-3).
• Freshman Gabe Voumard turned in back-to-back goals for the Mids early in the game, marking his first-collegiate points.
• Second-year long pole Pat Kiernan played his most complete game, causing a team-high four turnovers, picking up five ground balls and scoring a career-high two goals.
• Sophomore attackman Austin Heneveld scored his first goal of the season, while junior Jordan Seivold, who is playing both ways this season, recorded his first point in what was his first appearance of the year.
Meet the Mids
• Navy will hold its annual “Meet the Mids” event this Saturday following its game against Holy Cross (12:00 pm) at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
Patriot League Boasts Nation’s Top Two Scorers
• The nation’s top two point producers hail from Patriot League institutions according to this week’s NCAA statistics report.
• Colgate junior Peter Baum is leading the country with his 5.83 points per game (26G, 9A), while Navy sophomore attackman Tucker Hull stands second, averaging 5.40 points per contest (15G, 12A).
• Baum is also the nation’s top goal producer (4.33), while Hull is tied for ninth, scoring 3.00 goals per game.
• Hull has registered hat tricks in four of the five games this season.
• Hull is also ranked among the top 10 in assist per game, dealing out 2.40 per contest.
A Tip of the Hat
• Navy sophomore attackman Tucker Hull is tied for 18th among the nation’s career hat trick leaders.
• Hull has punched in three or more goals in eight of the 18 games over his two-year career, including four of the five contests this season.
• Hull is the only sophomore listed among the top 20.
• Hull stands alongside Siena’s Danny Martinsen and Chris Roth.
• Siena’s Bryan Neufeld leads the pack with 24-career hat tricks, while Denver senior Mark Matthews is just one behind.
• Through five games, Navy has scored 79 points on 50 goals and 29 assists … so, too, has Navy’s opponents … as in the exact same totals, 79 points on 50 goals and 29 assists.
• Having played just two Patriot League games, Navy has scored 21 goals, as has its foes, Bucknell (14) and Lafayette (7).