• The Navy men’s lacrosse team (4-7, 3-5 Patriot League) will look to capture its third straight victory over Johns Hopkins (8-3) in Annapolis when it plays host to its longtime rival Friday under the lights. The 88th edition of the Navy-Johns Hopkins game is slated for a 7:00 pm faceoff at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• Friday evening’s contest will mark the final collegiate game played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for Navy’s 13 seniors … those 13 players and their families will be honored in a pregame ceremony..
• The game will be televised by CBS Sports Network with Brent Stover (play by play) and Evan Washburn (analyst) calling the action. There will be no video stream available for this contest.
• The Mids are looking to bounce back after dropping a tough 14-7 decision to archrival Army last Saturday at West Point.
• Meanwhile, the Blue Jays are riding a three-game winning streak that includes an impressive 11-6 victory over nationally-ranked Maryland last Saturday.
Navy vs. Johns Hopkins – The Series
• Tonight’s contest marks the 88th meeting between Navy and Johns Hopkins … it’s the 65th-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 59-27-1 advantage in the series, however Johns Hopkins’ amazing 36-game winning streak was snapped in 2010, when the Mids dealt the Blue Jays a 9-8 overtime loss.
• While Johns Hopkins owns a 31-19-1 lead in games played in Annapolis, the Mids have won each of the last two played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The first of the two was the 9-8 extra-frame victory by the Mids in which Andy Warner scored the game winner. Meanwhile, in 2012, Navy dismantled the Blue Jays in an 8-2 route.
• Seven of the last 15 games between Navy and Johns Hopkins have been decided by one goal … additionally, four of the seven one-goal games have gone into extra minutes.
• Third-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell is 1-1 all-time against the Blue Jays.
Taking the Field In …
10 Navy has lost just five games (58-5) when scoring 10 or more goals since the start of the 2004 season … Navy is 12-0 under Sowell when scoring 10 or more goals (5-0 in 2012, 3-0 in 2013, 4-0 in 2014).
9 Navy is 9-9 under Rick Sowell in games played at home. The Mids are 3-3 in games played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium this season.
8 Freshman Brady Dove stands 8th on the Mids’ all-time single-season ground balls list with 70 this spring. It’s the most ground balls by a Navy player since Mikelis Visgausspicked up 80 in 2008.
7 7 of the last 15 games between Navy and Johns Hopkins have been decided by one goal. Additionally, four of the seven one-goal games have gone into extra minutes.
6 Junior midfielder Gabe Voumard has produced multiple goals in 6 games this season, including each of the last 3 games.
5 Senior long stick midfielder Pat Kiernan is just 8 ground balls shy of moving into the top 5 on the Mids’ career ground balls list. He has 175 and is ranked eighth.
4 Kiernan is pacing the Mids with 19 caused turnovers this spring and is ranked 4th on Navy’s all-time single season list. He needs just 1 caused turnover to become the program’s third different player to post 20 takeaways in a season and first to do it multiple times.
3 Senior Sam Jones leads Navy with 35 points (20-15) … he is 3 points shy of matching his career best of 38 set his freshman year.
2 Tucker Hull has been held without a goal in just 2 games this season (Georgetown, Lehigh) and without a point just once (Lehigh).
1 Third-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell is just 1 win shy of earning his 100th collegiate victory. He owns a 99-104 record in 15 years as a head coach.
Scouting the Blue Jays
• In his 14th season at Johns Hopkins, head coach Dave Pietramala has his Blue Jays playing at the top of their game at the right time of the year. The Blue Jays won their first five games of the year, before stumbling in consecutive games to nationally-ranked programs Syracuse (12-10), Virginia (11-10 OT) and North Carolina (13-9). Hopkins snapped its losing streak against Albany and has since won three in a row, including an 11-6 win over No. 3 Maryland last weekend at Homewood Field.
• Johns Hopkins is ranked among the top 20 in 10 statistical categories, including extra-man offense where it is ranked fourth nationally. The Blue Jays have scored 21 goals on 37 opportunities (56.8) and are coming off a 3-for-4 performance at Mount St. Mary’s Monday evening.
• The Blue Jays are also ranked among the nation’s best in assists per game (5th), points per game (10th), face-off winning percentage (11th), scoring margin (11th), scoring offense (12th), shot percentage (14th), winning percentage (15th), ground balls per game (17th) and scoring defense (17th).
• Johns Hopkins, however, is ranked 65th in caused turnovers per game (5.5) and clearing percentage (83.7).
• Two of the top point producers in the country are on Hopkins’ roster this season. Ranked ninth in points per game (4.55) and fourth in assists per game (3.27) is junior attackman Wells Stanwick. He has produced 50 points on 14 goals and a team-best 36 assists. Meanwhile, sophomore attackman Ryan Brown stands 11th in points per game (4.30) and third nationally in goals per game (3.20). Brown owns 43 points on a team-best 32 goals and 11 assists.
• Senior attackman Brandon Benn (27) and sophomore middie Holden Cattoni (20) have also topped 20 goals this season.
• Senior Eric Schneider directs the defense from between the pipes where he owns an 8.11 goals-against average and has stopped 54.6 percent of the shots he has faced this season. The defense has surrendered double digits in three games this season, all three losses.
• Following Hopkins tradition, Pietramala once again has one of the premiere faceoff men in the country. Junior Drew Kennedy owns a 63.6 winning percentage and is coming off a 9-for-11 effort against Mount St. Mary’s. entering the week, he was ranked 11th nationally with a 62.7 winning percentage. Kennedy has also picked up a team-best 109 ground balls and stands third in the country, grabbing better than 10 a game.
• The following is a list of Navy’s seniors and their service assignments upon graduation in May.
Pat Durkin – Marine Corps Ground
Austin Heneveld – Navy Pilot
Erik Hoffstadt – Submarines
Tucker Hull – Marine Corps Ground
Sam Jones – Special Warfare
Pat Kiernan – Surface Warfare, MCM Crew Dominant
Matt Morrison – Special Warfare
Nik Mullen – Surface Warfare, MCM Crew Dominant
Sean Price – Marine Corps Ground
Ben Sampson – Surface Warfare, USS Princeton (CG 59)
Trevor Shafran – Navy Pilot
Matt Steffens – Surface Warfare, USS Comstock (LSD 45)
Paul Zimmerman – Marine Corps Ground
• MCM – Mine Countermeasures, CG 59 – Guided Missile Cruiser, LSD 45 – Dock Landing Ship