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Navy doubled up by Army in annual rivalry battle

Posted on 13 April 2014 by WNST Staff

WEST POINT, N.Y. —  Navy senior attackman Sam Jones (Annapolis, Md.) and junior middie Gabe Voumard (Cape May, N.J.) scored two goals each but it would not be enough as the high-powered Army offense (8-3, 6-1 Patriot League) outmuscled the Mids and scored a 14-7 victory over the Navy men’s lacrosse team (4-7, 3-5 PL) Saturday afternoon at Michie Stadium in West Point, N.Y.

“I have to take my hat off to Army.  They played an all-around great game,” said third-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell.  “They were hot early on in the game and while we were able to cut into the lead a number of times, we could never get back to within one.  They took our punch, if you will, and were able to counter almost every time.”

Army wasted little time in making a statement in the game, scoring its first goal just six seconds into the contest.  In a mirror image of last year’s contest, sophomore faceoff specialist Alex Daly won the draw and fed All-American attackman John Glesener who fired in his shot from 10 yards out on the left wing.

Navy, though, answered just 51 seconds later when Jones ducked under his defender and sent his diving shot from the left crease past Army keeper Bobby Sincero.  Sincero was inserted into the starting grid after an injury sidelined Sam Somers.  Somers has been the cornerstone of Army’s defense this season and stands No. 1 in the country in goals-against average and No. 2 in save percentage.

Jones’ goal, however, would be the last for the Mids until late in the second quarter as Army put together a 5-0 run that featured five different scorers.

After nearly a 28-minute scoring drought, Navy punched in a goal with 1:14 left in the half when Jones found classmateAustin Heneveld (East Hampton, N.Y.) who split a pair of defenders and sent an eight-yarder past Sincero.

Just nine seconds later, however, Army midfielder Michael Larrabee answered to again put the Black Knights up by five.

Navy, though, would get the final say in the half as co-captain Pat Kiernan (Ridgewood, N.J.) intercepted an Army pass and ran the length of the field to find Jones for the transition goal and trim Army’s lead to four (7-3) at the break.

The Mids, who were outshot 21-8 in the opening half, scored two of the first three goals to start the second half with senior Tucker Hull (Charlotte, N.C.) and Gabe Voumard (Cape May, N.J.) sticking shots.

Army again put together a 3-0 run with three goals scored by three different players to gain its largest lead of the game at six (11-5) with 3:13 to play in the third.

Navy long pole Ben Sampson (Doylestown, Pa.) picked up the loose ball on the ensuing faceoff and drilled his first goal of the season and second of his career to get Navy within five (11-6) with 3:01 to play in the third.

The Mids, however, could get no closer than five, as Army scored three of the game’s final four goals to deal Navy its sixth straight loss in the series.

“I think we started to loosen up a bit to start the second half, but they were able to counter.  When they went on their little run, it really made it tough for us to gain any momentum.”

Nine different players scored goals for the Black Knights, including starting attackmen Connor Cook (3), John Glesener (3) and Will Mazzone (2) who combined to score eight goals.  Cook played a hand in six of Army’s 14 goals, as he added a team-best three assists.

Sincero played a fine game in what was just his fifth appearance in between the pipes this season, making eight saves.

Meanwhile, Daly won 14 of the 25 draws for the Black Knights and picked up six ground balls.

“I know Army was without Sam Somers, who is an outstanding goalkeeper, but they have an awfully good defense in front of whomever is in goal,” added Sowell.  “They also have a great faceoff guy who was able stir up some transition plays for them and lead to some goals.  They are just a good all-around team.

“That said, I’m certainly proud of my guys and how hard they played.  Today’s game got away from us, but we will continue to work hard and prepare for the games ahead of us.”

Both Jones and Voumard paced the Mids with three points on two goals and an assist, while Kiernan turned in three caused turnovers and four ground balls.

While Army secured a bye in the Patriot League Tournament due to start Tuesday, April 22, the Mids also claimed one of the six playoff spots thanks to wins by Bucknell over Lafayette and Colgate over Holy Cross this weekend.

The Mids will be back in action next Friday when they play host to nationally-ranked Johns Hopkins in what will be the final home game for Navy’s 13 seniors.  Faceoff is slated for 7:00 pm at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and will be televised live by CBS Sports Network.

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Navy receiver Tillman wins Admiral Mack Award

Posted on 11 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Rising Sophomore Wide Receiver Jamir Tillman Wins The Admiral Mack Award


ANNAPOLIS, Md.-Rising sophomore wide receiver Jamir Tillman (Las Vegas, Nev.) was named the winner of the Vice Admiral William P. Mack Award on Friday afternoon in Bellino auditorium.

The Admiral Mack Award is presented to the most improved player during spring football drills as voted on by the coaching staff. It is just the fourth time a wide receiver has earned the honor in the 39-year history of the award.  The last wide receiver to win the award was Jeff Gaddy in 2001.  The other two receivers to win the award were Ross Scott in 1994 and Shaun Stephenson in 1995.

“Jamir Tillman had a very good spring camp and has a bright future in this offense,” said Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo.  “He worked hard in the offseason and has gotten stronger.  He will provide Keenan Reynolds a big target next year and has really improved on his blocking.”

Currently listed as a starter at wide receiver, he played in seven games last fall as a plebe and caught two passes for 12 yards.

Tillman is a 2013 graduate of Bishop Gorman High School, where he earned varsity letters in football, basketball and track & field.  He was an All-State selection in football as a senior, catching 58 passes for 958 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was rated the 16th-best player in the state of Nevada and served as team captain his senior year.

He was a member of four state championship football teams at Bishop Gorman and two state championship basketball teams.  The Bishop Gorman football team was ranked 15th in the country his senior year.  He hails from the same high school as former Navy football players Evan Palelei and Sam Womack.

Tillman’s father, Cedric, played in the NFL for the Denver Broncos (1992-96) and Jacksonville Jaguars (1997).

The Admiral Mack Award was initiated in 1976 and is named in honor of Vice Admiral William P. Mack, the Naval Academy Superintendent from 1972-75, who was a strong supporter of the school’s intercollegiate athletic program.  Admiral Mack’s widow, Elsie, was on hand to present the award to Tillman.

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Navy, Army renew historic rivalry Saturday in West Point

Posted on 11 April 2014 by WNST Staff

2014 Navy Men’s Lacrosse Game Specifics
Game 11 Army (7-3, 5-1 PL) vs. Navy (4-6, 3-4 PL)
Date and Faceoff April 12 at 2:00 pm ET
Location West Point, N.Y. | Michie Stadium (38,000)
Television CBS Sports Network | Dave Ryan & Evan Washburn
Video Streaming None

Game Preview

• Bragging rights will be on the line this Saturday when  Navy (4-6, 3-4 Patriot League) travels to West Point to battle its arch rival Army (7-3, 5-1 PL) in the annual Star Game.  The 93rd edition of the Army-Navy Game is slated for a 2:00 pm faceoff at Michie Stadium.
• Saturday’s contest will be televised by CBS Sports Network with Dave Ryan (play by play) and Evan Washburn (analyst) calling the action.  There will be no video stream available for this contest.
• Live stats will be available at NavySports.com.
• The Mids are looking to bounce back after dropping a heart-breaking 7-6 double-overtime decision at home to top-ranked Loyola last Saturday.  A goal by Navy junior midfielder Gabe Voumard in the fourth quarter sent the game into extra minutes, but it was Brian Schultz who fired in the game-winning goal 1:12 into the second overtime frame.
• Meanwhile, Army comes into the game riding a three-game winning streak after narrowly escaping Boston with a win over the Terriers.  The Black Knights dominated the early stages of the game, but BU scored five of the game’s last seven games and came a goal shy of upsetting Army in its inaugural season.

Scouting the Black Knights
• Ninth-year Army head coach Joe Alberici has directed the Black Knights to a 7-3 overall mark, including a 5-1 Patriot League record.
• Army’s losses have been by a combined THREE goals.  The Black Knights dropped a 6-5 decision to Massachusetts in their opener, a 9-8 overtime decision to Rutgers and a 7-6 decision on the road against then-No. 2 Loyola.  Army has reaped the benefits of close games, as well, scoring a 6-5 win over nationally-ranked Lehigh, an 8-6 victory over Lafayette and an 8-7 road win last Saturday over Boston U.
• The Black Knights dominated the early stages of their game against Boston U., however, the Terriers put together a furious rally over the last seven minutes of the contest.  BU scored the game’s last three goals, but came up a goal short.
• The Black Knights are ranked No. 1 in the country in scoring defense, surrendering just 5.70 goals per game.  No team has reached double digits against Army this season.  Rutgers came the closest in a 9-8 OT win.
• Meanwhile, army stands ninth in scoring margin (+3.50) and 10th in man-down defense (72.0)
• Army’s two lowest rankings are in saves per game (#62, 9.00) and shot percentage (#55, 23.8).
• Junior attackman John Glesener is atop the scoring leader board for the Black Knights with 37 points on a team-best 26 goals and 11 assists.  He owns 4 of Army’s 8 extra-man goals.  He is ranked 20th nationally in points per game (3.70) and goals per outing (2.60).
• Sophomore attackman Will Mazzone has split his 24 points evenly with 12 goals and 12 assists, while classmate Connor Cook has amassed 18 points on 10 goals and 8 assists.
• Sophomore Alex Daly has won 96 of his 155 draws (.619) this season and stands 13th nationally in winning percentage.  He did not, however, play against Boston U. last weekend.
• 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.
• In his second season as the starting keeper, junior Sam Somers has been solid outstanding.   He is ranked No. 1 nationally in goals-against average (5.43) and No. 2 in save percentage (62.2).
• Junior long stick midfielder Jimbo D’April has been solid on defense where he has produced a team-best 14 caused turnovers and has 22 ground balls.

Army vs. Navy – The Series
• Saturday’s contest marks the 93rd meeting between Army and Navy on the lacrosse field, meeting for the 82nd-consecutive year … it’s the longest continuous lacrosse series between Navy and another team.
• Navy owns a 57-32-3 series advantage that included 13-straight wins by the Midshipmen between 1998 and 2007 … the Mids have won 14 of the last 20 contests in the series.
• The Mids also own a 52-31-3 advantage in Star Games, winning 11 of the last 16.
• Army, however, has won six of the last seven games in the series, including each of the last five games overall and four-consecutive Star Games.
• The Mids lead the series at West Point, 27-16-2, however Army has won three in a row on its home field.  Navy’s last win at Michie Stadium was an 11-10 decision on April 15, 2006.
• There have been only six times in the 92-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 25 games against Army … the Mids have held the Black Knights to single digits in nine of the 14 games since joining the league in 2004 … Army has reach double digits three times in the last 10 games against the Mids.

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 – Senior co-captain Pat Kiernan stands 9th on Navy’s career ground balls list with 171 … it’s the most ground balls by a Navy player since William Wallace set the record with 222 from 2004-07.
8 – Army leads the country in scoring defense (5.70) this season, however, Navy has scored eight or more goals in 21 of the last 25 games against the Black Knights.
7 – With his goal last Saturday against Loyola, senior Sam Jones became one of just 7 players in program history who have scored 80 goals and dealt out 50 assists … he has posted 80 goals and 54 assists.
6 – n his 3 previous appearances against Army, senior attackman Tucker Hull has scored 6 goals, including 3 in last year’s contest.
5 – Rookie Brady Dove needs 3 faceoff wins to move into 5th place on Navy’s single season faceoff wins list.  His 126 faceoff wins this spring are the most since Mikelis Visgauss won 126 in 2008.
4 – 4 Patriot League players are ranked among the nation’s top 20 in faceoff winning percentage, including Army’s Alex Daly (61.9) who is 13th and Navy’s Brady Dove (58.6) who is 18th.
3 – Navy is 3 goals shy of topping its goal total from a year ago.  The Mids scored 103 goals (7.92) in their 13 games last season and through 10 games this spring have scored 101.
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 99-103 record in 15 years as a head coach.

On the Road Again
• Since the beginning of the 2004 campaign, Navy has lost 29 of its 59 road games (neutral sites not included).
• Navy had lost 10 straight games on the road dating back to 2012, but finally got a check in the win column two weeks ago at Boston U.   The Mids dropped back-to-back games to Maryland and Army in 2012, were 0-5 a year ago and dropped contests at Bucknell (9-6), Towson (14-9) and Lehigh (13-2) this season before dealing the Terriers a 13-7 loss.
• Navy has had a losing record on the road in four of its last five years.  The Mids were 2-4 in 2010, 1-6 in 2011, 3-2 in 2012, 0-5 in 2013 and 1-3 in 2014.
• Six of Navy’s 13 games this season will be played away from its home venue, Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium – at Bucknell (L, 9-6), at Towson (L, 14-9), at Lehigh (L, 13-2), at Boston U. (W, 13-7), at Army and at Maryland.
• Navy has averaged 11.8 goals in its 6 home games this season and just 7.5 goals in its 4 road games.  Meanwhile, the Mids’ opponents have scored 46 goals (7.7) in games played in Annapolis vs. 43 on the road (10.8).

Patriot League Tournament
• With the addition of Loyola and Boston U. this season, the Patriot League Tournament will expand to six teams and feature a quarterfinal round where the top two seeds receive a bye.  The 2014 Patriot League Quarterfinals will be played Tuesday, April 22, with the semifinals on Friday, April 25 and the championship on Sunday, April 27.
• The No. 3 and 6 seeds will face one another, while the No. 5 seed will travel to the No. 4 seed.
• Those winners will then join the top two seeds in the weekend semifinal and championship rounds, played at the site of the highest overall seed in the tournament. The brackets will re-seed after the quarterfinal round.
• While the playoff scene remains murky, Loyola, Army and Lehigh have clinched a spot in the tournament.  Meanwhile, Loyola has secured one of the top two seeds to earn an opening-round bye.
• Among the six teams vying for the final three spots in the tournament, Navy is the only team with just one conference game left.
• Colgate is 3-3 with games against Holy Cross and Army, Bucknell is 3-3 with games against Lafayette and Loyola, Holy Cross is 1-5 with games against Colgate and Boston U., Boston U. is 1-5 with games against Loyola and Holy Cross and Lafayette is 1-5 with games against Bucknell and Lehigh.
• This weekend’s lineup includes Lafayette at Bucknell on Friday night (7:30 pm), with Saturday contests between Holy Cross and Colgate (1:00pm), Boston U. and Loyola (1:00 pm) and Army vs. Navy (2:00 pm).  Lehigh has a nonconference matchup against Georgetown on Saturday (7:00 pm).

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Schultz scores 2OT winner as Loyola survives Navy upset bid

Posted on 05 April 2014 by WNST Staff

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Brian Sherlock picked up the ground ball off the second overtime’s opening faceoff, raced into the box and fedJustin Ward on the low left side, and Ward found Brian Schultz across the crease to score the game-winner for top-ranked Loyola University Maryland in a 7-6 win over the U.S. Naval Academy on Saturday afternoon in Patriot League action.

Ward’s assist on the goal 12 seconds into the second overtime was his third of the game, capping a day in which he led all players with four points. Sherlock had a Loyola-high two goals.

A late third-quarter goal by Ward gave the Greyhounds (10-1 overall, 6-0 Patriot League) their first advantage of the game. He came around a Pat Laconi screen and launched an 11-yard shot that pushed Loyola in front, 6-5, with 2:53 to go in the quarter.

Navy (4-6, 3-4), however, scored the fourth quarter’s lone goal, a Gabe Voumard bouncer with 9:32 on the clock. The Midshipmen also went man-up after Voumard was hit late and Loyola was assessed a one-minute penalty.

The Greyhounds, however, killed the penalty – Navy did not score on three extra-man possession in the game – and got the ball back after a Midshipmen penalty.

Navy blocked a Nikko Pontrello shot on the ensuing possession, but Pontrello caused a penalty on the Midshipmen clear to get possession back for the Greyhounds. Against a Navy zone, Loyola took seven shots, but none found the net.

John Conners made three of his 14 saves in the series, one hit a post and three others went wide of the cage.

Conners saved a Zack Sirico attempt with less than two minutes to go, giving Navy possession and an attempt for a final shot. Following a Midshipmen timeout, however, Navy gave the ball back to the Greyhounds after a 30-second violation. Loyola did not get a shot off, and the game headed to overtime.

Navy won the faceoff to start extra time and settled into its offensive end. A T.J. Hanzsche shot went high 1:11 into the period, but the Midshipmen backed up the shot to retain possession.

Off the restart, Navy worked the ball to Sam Jones on the mid-right side, and he found a cutting Tucker Hull on the doorstep with a pass. Hull whipped a behind-the-head shot that hit the elbow of Loyola goalkeeper Jack Runkel before hitting hard off the far post and away from harm.

Loyola cleared the ball after Joe Fletcher picked up one of his seven ground balls, but Conners was there again to save a Pontrello shot. Navy cleared, and Patrick Kenna had a shot go wide, giving possession back to Loyola, but a turnover late thwarted a Greyhounds’ scoring chance.

To start the second overtime, Graham Savio flipped the ball toward Sherlock who collected it and beat everyone form midfield into the box before finding Ward.

Loyola led for just eight-minutes, 23 seconds of regulation, and Navy led 3-1 after the first quarter on goals by Hull, Voumard and Jones. Sherlock scored one of his two on a 13-yard sidearm rip off a Ward assist 1:33 into the first, but it was the Greyhounds’ only goal of the stanza.

Tyler Albrecht got Loyola within a goal at 11:33 in the second, scoring off a left-alley dodge, but Pat Durkin tallied a Navy goal less than a minute later.

Loyola made it 4-3, a score the teams would take to the locker room, when Ryan Fournier caused a turnover on the defensive end and then scored from Pat Laconi’s assist on the offensive side at 6:50.

Hull tallied the second half’s first goal, running from behind the cage to score low with 11:32 on the third-quarter clock, but Romar Dennis dodged past a player and fed Sherlock for a bounce-shot goal at 8:43, pulling Loyola back within one.

The Greyhounds then tied the game for the first time since early in the first quarter when Kevin Ryan scored an extra-man goal off a Ward pass with 4:02 on the clock. Ward would then give Loyola the lead 1:09 later.

Despite Navy winning 10-of-17 faceoffs, Loyola had a 29-24 advantage in ground balls, and the Greyhounds committed three fewer turnovers, 14-11. Runkel posted eight saves in goal for the Greyhounds.

Laconi caused three turnovers, and Fletcher had seven ground balls and a caused turnover. He also held Hanzsche without a point for the first time in 15 games. It is the second week in a row Flethcer had primary marking responsibilities on a player who had a long point streak snapped. Colgate’s Ryan Walsh had scored in 42-straight prior to last weekend.

The Greyhounds return to Ridley Athletic Complex for the first time in three weeks for a 1 p.m. game on Saturday, April 12, against Boston University.

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#1 Loyola faces Navy for first time as conference foe Saturday

Posted on 04 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds at Navy Midshipmen

Saturday, April 5, 2014  |  12:00 p.m.

Annapolis, Md. | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium

Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

Loyola University Maryland plays the second of two-straight Patriot League road games on Saturday, April 5, when it travels to nearby Annapolis, Md., for a 12 noon game versus the U.S. Naval Academy.

The Greyhounds’ current nine-game winning streak is tied for the nation’s longest with Cornell. The Big Red are 9-0 this season.

Two Loyola players – Joe Fletcher and Jack Runkel – won Patriot League weekly honors on Monday, bringing the Greyhounds’ total to 16 out of a possible 28 awards this year.

On Monday, Runkel became the first player to win five Goalkeeper of the Week awards in a single year, and Fletcher is the first to earn four or more Defensive Player of the Week laurels.

Justin Ward and Nikko Pontrello combined for nine points and were on the scoring or assisting end of 7-of-10 Loyola goals Saturday at Colgate.

Pontrello continues to lead the nation in total goals scored with 37 this season. Ward is second in total assists with 33. Pontrello is second in goals per game (3.7), and Ward is third in assists per game (3.3).


Last Time Out

Jeff Chase tied Saturday’s game at then-No. 17 Colgate University with 12-yard shot 5:31 into the third quarter, starting a 4-0 Loyola run that led to a 10-8 Patriot League victory over the Raiders.

After Chase’s goal, Justin Ward scored back-to-back goals, and Nikko Pontrello added one of his three to put Loyola in front, 8-5, with 2:31 left in the period.

Colgate got two goals, however, before the end of the frame to trail by just one entering regulation’s final 15 minutes.

Graham Savio won the fourth quarter’s opening faceoff and ran into the box only to see his shot clang off the crossbar. Ryan Fournier secured a high ground ball and fed Pontrello on the crease, however, for a goal 11 seconds into the quarter.

Matt Clarkson responded with a goal at 13:33 for Colgate, but Ward fed Matt Sawyer for a 13-yard shot with 4:05 left on the clock to put Loyola up two.

The Raiders got off four shots on the following possession, but none were from inside 12 yards, and Jack Runkel made a save on the only one on goal.

Runkel finished with 12 saves, while Pat Laconi caused three turnovers.

Follow The Action

Saturday’s game, and all non-televised Patriot League games, will be broadcast on the Patriot League Network. Additionally, all of Loyola’s non-televised home games will be available on the free HD network.

Log on to PatriotLeague.tv to watch the home games on your computer, web-enabled televisions and most mobile devices.


In The Polls

With Saturday’s win at then-No. 17 Colgate, Loyola remained in the No. 1 spot of both the USILA coaches and Warrior/Inside Lacrosse media polls.

The Greyhounds have been ranked No. 1 at some point in each of the last three seasons, most recently in the first polls of the 2012 season.


Series History

Loyola and Navy will meet for just the ninth time in series history despite being located less than 26 miles from each other as the crow flies. The teams have met only two times during the regular-season since 1943. Navy leads the all-time series, 5-3, but Loyola has won each of the last three games.

The Greyhounds and Midshipmen played a two-game series to open the 2010 and 2011 seasons with Loyola coming away victorious in both. The Greyhounds had only the slightest margins in each game, winning 8-7 in 2010 and 9-8 a year later.

Navy led the February 19, 2011, meeting by five, 7-2, with 5:53 to play in the second quarter, but Loyola held the Midshipmen scoreless for more than 28 minutes to rally for the win. Patrick Fanshaw tied the game at 7-7 with three seconds left in the third quarter, and he then scored the game-winner with 1:08 left in regulation.


Get To Ten

Since Charley Toomey became head coach at Loyola in 2006, the Greyhounds have scored 10 or more goals on 64 occasions. After defeating Colgate, 10-8, on Saturday, Loyola has won 81.3 percent of those games (52-12).


Since 2012

Loyola has the best winning percentage in NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse since the start of the 2012 season. The Greyhounds are 38-7 during that stretch (18-1 in 2012, 11-5 in 2013 and 9-1 this season) for a .844 mark.

Only Duke has won more games (40) than Loyola during the run, but the Blue Devils are second to the Greyhounds in winning percentage by more than eight percent (40-12, .769).


Chart Toppers

A pair of Greyhounds attackers are at or near the top of two offensive categories through games of Monday, March 31, in both total goals and assists. Nikko Pontrello paces Division I with 37 goals, while Justin Ward is second with 33 assists.

The duo is the No. 2 point-scoring tandem in the country with 87 combined points (Ward, 44; Pontrello, 43). Albany’s Lyle (48) and Miles (44) have a combined 105.


Schedule Says

Loyola has jumped out to a 9-1 start this season and the nation’s number one ranking while playing one of the best schedules in Division I. Loyola’s first 10 opponents are 54-35 overall as of March 30, and their combined winning percentage of .607 is the fifth-best opponent winning percentage in the nation. Only the opponent winning percentages of Yale (.768), Syracuse (.734), Penn (.732) and Albany (.615) are better.


Pontrello Putting Up Points

Nikko Pontrello had his 10th multi-goal game is as many contests to open the season on Saturday when he scored three against Colgate. Through games of Monday, March 31, Pontrello leads the nation in total goals with 37.

He scored two in the season-opener at Virginia and then had three each against Penn State and Towson before scoring a career-high six goals at Holy Cross. He then tallied four at Lehigh, five against Duke, three at Georgetown and five versus Lafayette.

Two of his goals have been game-winners in one-goal contests. Pontrello scored 19 seconds into overtime to give Loyola a 12-11 win at Penn State, and he then tallied one with 51.4 seconds left in regulation to push the Greyhounds past Georgetown, 10-9.

Pontrello leads the Greyhounds with 37 goals and is second behind Justin Ward for the team-lead with 43 points through 10 games.

He leads the Patriot League and is second nationally in goals per game (3.70), while he is second and 11th in points per game (4.30).


Stopping Shots

After opening the season with a .214 save percentage in the opener at Virginia, Jack Runkel has played to a .643 mark, saving 99 out of 156 shots on goal he’s faced. In a six-game stretch  against Towson, Holy Cross, Lehigh, Duke and Army, Runkel made 61 saves and allowed just 26 goals (.701).

The senior goalkeeper, who earned 2012 NCAA Championships All-Tournament honors, has a goals against average of 7.24 this season and a cumulative saves percentage of .607 through nine games. He is fourth in the nation in both saves percentage and  goals against average.

In three years as a starter for the Greyhounds, Runkel has a 7.81 goals against average and .560 saves percentage; he is fifth in Loyola’s Division I history (since 1982) with 400 career saves. Runkel’s record between the pipes is 36-6. He is second in wins among active goalkeepers, trailing only Maryland’s Niko Amato who has 42 victories. Amato (as of Monday), however, Amato is a four-year starter, while Runkel did not start until early in his sophomore season.

Runkel picked up his fourth-straight Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week honor on March 17, becoming the first player in League history to win any of the weekly honors (Offensive, Defensive, Goalkeeper or Rookie) four-consecutive times. His honor on March 31 made him the first player in League history to earn five in a season.


Record-Setting Quarterback

Justin Ward has continued to be the quarterback of the Greyhounds’ offense this year, passing out 27 assists in the last seven contests. He is second in the nation in total assists (33), and he is also third in the country and tops in the Patriot League, with 3.30 assists per game this year. His 33 assists are already fifth-most in school Division I single-season history, five shy of tying Sean Heffernan’s single-season record from 1994.

With four assists against Duke, Ward set Loyola’s career Division I record (since 1982) in total assists, eclipsing the mark of 83 set from 1989-92 by Jim Blanding. Following his three at Colgate, Ward now has 100 in his career. Gary Hanley holds the all-time Loyola record with 160 assists. Ward is also tied for ninth in school Division I history in total points with 150.

Ward is in his third year as a starter on attack for the Greyhound after earning USILA All-America Honorable Mention last year after finishing tops on the team in points (62) and assists (35) and second in goals (27). His 62 points ranked tied for fifth in school single-season Division I history, and his 35 assists check in at third on that list.


Taking Care Of The Ball

Loyola continues to lead the nation in fewest turnovers per game, averaging 10.2 through 10 contests. The Greyhounds have committed 1.6 fewer turnovers per game than the second-place team in the nation, North Carolina.


Near The Top At Both Sides

The Greyhounds are also one of just two teams to be in the top five of scoring offense and defense at the Division I level. Loyola’s goals per game (14.11) rank fourth, and its goals allowed (7.33) are tied for fifth.

North Carolina is the other team in the top five for both, matching the Greyhounds in goals allowed while it is second in goals per game (14.78).

While it is tied for fifth nationally in scoring defense, Loyola is just fourth in the Patriot League in the category. Army (1st, 5.50), Lehigh (2nd, 6.67) and Colgate (4th, 7.11) all rank ahead of the Greyhounds nationally. In conference games, however, Loyola and Army are tied at 5.25 per contest.


Man-Up Success

Loyola has converted on just under half of its man-up possessions this year, scoring 14 goals on 30 opportunities. Its .467 success rate is good for 12th in NCAA Division I through games of Monday, March 31.

Nikko Pontrello leads the way with five man-up goals, while Kevin Ryan has three and Matt Sawyer and Brian Schultz each have two.

Eight of Loyola’s extra-man goals have been assisted by Justin Ward.


Fletch, White And Blue

Senior defender Joe Fletcher was the lone current collegiate player selected as part of one of 52 players who made up the United States Men’s National Team training roster this fall, and the day before Loyola’s season-opener, he found out he is one of 30 players who made the cut for the team that will compete at the 2014 World Cup in Denver.

Against Holy Cross, Fletcher set a career-high with eight ground balls, eclipsing his previous total of seven set on three different occasions. In a pair of games against Towson and the Crusaders, he had 11 ground balls and three caused turnovers.

He later had seven ground balls and causing a turnover against Duke. He also was primarily responsible for holding the Blue Devils’ All-American attacker Jordan Wolf to one goal.

Versus Colgate, Fletcher was matched up against Ryan Walsh, and he held the Raiders’ leading scorer without a goal or assist for the first time in his career, a total of 42 prior games.

Fletcher has been named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week four times this year, the most any player in conference history has earned the award. He is second on the Greyhounds with 44 ground balls and caused turnovers (14). His 59 career caused turnovers are third all-time at Loyola behind the 90 of P.T. Ricci and 88 of Scott Ratliff.


Not Just Defensive Midfield

Short-stick defensive midfielder Pat Laconi was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week on March 3 after matching his career-high with two goals at Lehigh.

The senior, who is a team co-captain and Preseason All-American, had a goal an assist versus Army and a goal at Georgetown, bringing his season totals to six goals an one assist. He now has 11 goals and 10 assists in his four-year career.

Laconi posted four ground balls, matching his career-high, and three caused turnovers at Colgate, the final of each coming with less than 25 seconds remaining to help seal the win. His team-leading 17 caused turnovers this season have brought his career total to 59, fourth most in school history.


Games Of Runs

Loyola has used significant runs in all 10 of its games this season, and it has had five stretches of seven or more unanswered goals. In all the Greyhounds have 17 runs of 3-0 or better. Here is a look at their four best scoring stretches:

Opponent Run Time Covered   Opponent Run Time Covered
at Holy Cross 14-0 38:58   Lafayette 12-0 26:53
Towson 10-0 16:38   at Virginia 9-0 14:18



Five-Plus For Two

Matt Sawyer scored six goals, and Nikko Pontrello tallied five for the Greyhounds on March 9 against Duke, marking the first time in over a decade that two Loyola players have scored five or more in the same game.

The last pair to do so was Gavin Prout (six) and Tim Goettelmann (five) in a 14-9 win on March 25, 2000, at 14th-ranked Brown University.


Schultz Stepping Up

In his first year as a starter on attack for the Greyhounds, senior Brian Schultz has parlayed his opportunity into a solid start to the season. Through 10 games, Schultz has scored 18 goals, second most on the team, and assisted on nine, second behind team-leader Justin Ward.

Entering this season, Schultz had seen most of his playing time on extra-man opportunities for the Greyhounds, posting a combined three goals and five assists.


Tewaaraton Watch Trio, Senior CLASS Award Pair

Two of Loyola’s senior co-captains were named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List when it was released in February. Joe Fletcher and Justin Ward were among the 50 players nationally to receive recognition.

They were also two of 20 players nationally to be named candidates for the Senior CLASS Award that seniors who have performed at a high level athletically and in the classroom and who have used their platforms as student-athletes to make positive impacts in the community.

In addition to the senior duo that is on the Tewaaraton Award Watch List, junior attacker Nikko Pontrello was also named to the group on March 20.

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Navy hosts Loyola for Patriot League battle Saturday

Posted on 04 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Game Preview
• Fresh off a 13-7 victory over Boston U. a week ago, Navy (4-5, 3-3 Patriot League) will kick off a stretch of three consecutive games against nationally-ranked opponents when it battles No. 1-ranked Loyola (9-1, 5-0 PL) on Saturday.  Action is slated for 12:00 pm at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• The game will be streamed online for FREE via PatriotLeague.TV and NavySports.com.  Live stats will also be available at NavySports.com.
• The Mids snapped a three-game losing skid last Saturday when they made their inaugural trip to Nickerson Field and dealt the Boston University Terriers a 13-7 loss.  Eight different players scored goals for the Midshipmen, including defensemen Pat Kiernan and Jules Godino, while sophomore attackman T.J. Hanzsche produced his third hat trick of the year.
• Loyola earned its ninth straight win by scoring a 10-8 victory over Colgate on the road last Saturday.  After trailing 5-4 in the early minutes of the third quarter, the Greyhounds staged a 4-0 run and took the lead for good as Loyola secured a spot in the Patriot League Tournament in its first season as a member of the conference.

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    Senior co-captain Pat Kiernan stands 9th on Navy’s career ground balls list with 166 … it’s the most ground balls by a Navy player since William Wallace set the record with 222 from 2004-07.
8    8 of Gabe Voumard’s 10 goals this season have been unassisted … over his three-year career, 22 of his 27 goals have been unassisted.
7    Just 2 opponents have won the faceoff battle against the Mids this season, however Navy has lost 7 straight games when the opponent has won more draws.
6    Just 6 Navy players have scored 80 goals and dealt out 50 assists … senior attackmanSam Jones needs just 1 goal to add his name to the list (79G, 54A)
5    Sam Jones has scored all but 5 of his points this year at home … he has punched in 26 (16-10) of his 31 (17-14) points in front of his hometown crowd.
4    4 of Patrick Keena’s 9 points this spring have come on extra-man offense, scoring a goal and adding 3 assists.
3    Sophomore attackman T.J. Hanzsche is coming off his 3rd hat trick of the season … meanwhile, he has produced at least one point in 15 consecutive games.
2    The last two games between Navy and Loyola have been decided by a combined 2 points … the Greyhounds defeated Navy 8-7 OT in 2010 and 9-8 in 2011.
1    With games over the next month against #1 Loyola (9-1), #4 Maryland (9-1), #10 Johns Hopkins (5-3) and #18 Army (6-3), Navy stands No. 1 in the country for the toughest remaining schedule.  Those four teams have a combined record of 29-8.

Scouting the Greyhounds
• Under the direction of ninth-year head coach Charley Toomey, the Loyola Greyhounds enter today’s matchup as the No. 1-ranked team in the country and are riding a nation’s-best (along with Cornell) nine-game winning streak.  Loyola opened the season with a controversial 14-13 overtime loss at Virginia on Feb. 6 and have rolled since.  The Greyhounds have wins over Penn State (12-11 OT), Towson (20-4), Holy Cross (16-4), Lehigh (14-7), Duke (14-7), Army (7-6), Georgetown (10-9), Lafayette (21-4) and Colgate (10-8).
• The preseason Patriot League favorite, the Greyhounds are atop the conference standings as the lone unbeaten in league play at 5-0.  Loyola is the only school who has secured a spot in the six-team Patriot League Tournament slated for the week of April 21.
• Loyola is ranked among the nation’s top 5 in eight of the 15 statistical categories.  The Greyhounds are ranked No. 1 in turnovers per game (10.20), No. 2 in winning percentage (.900), No. 3 in points per game (21.80) and scoring margin (+6.30), No. 4 in assists per game (8.10), clearing percentage (.931) and scoring defense (7.40) and fifth in scoring offense (13.70).  If there was a chink in the armor, it would be the Greyhounds’ man-down defense whish is ranked 53rd (.565).
• Attackmen Justin Ward and Nikko Pontrello complement one another quite nicely as Ward leads the team with 44 points on 11 goals and 33 assists, while Pontrello has produced 43 points on 37 goals and six assists.  Ward is 10th nationally in poins per game (4.40) and third in assists per game (3.30), while Pontrello stands 11th in points per game (4.30) and is second in goals per game (3.70).
• Senior keeper Jack Runkel is ranked fourth nationally in goals-against average, giving up 7.24 goals per game and his 60.7 save percentage is the fourth best in the country.  As a team, Loyola has given up double digits just twice this season, those coming in the first two games of the season.

Navy vs. Loyola – The Series
• The two programs are meeting for just the seventh time and the first time under third-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell.
• The series is split at three wins apiece, as Navy won the first three games and Loyola has won the last three.
• Saturday’s contest marks the series’ sixth game to be played in Annapolis.  The only game played on Loyola soil was in 2011.
• The two programs first met on May 6, 1939, with Navy scoring a 14-4 victory.  The Mids also took wins over Loyola in 1942 (12-8) and 1943 (8-1).  However, the two teams would not meet again until the NCAA Tournament in 1993.  The Greyhounds dealt the Mids a 19-8 to end their season.
• The two programs rekindled the series in 2010 with Loyola scoring an 8-7 decision in overtime and a year later the Greyhounds earned a 9-8 come-from-behind win over the Mids in Baltimore.

2011 Navy-Loyola Recap
• Fourteenth-ranked Loyola overcame a five-goal deficit to earn a 9-8 victory over Navy on Feb. 19, 2011.  A goal by attackman Patrick Fanshaw with 1:08 remaining in the contest sealed the win for the Greyhounds.
• Navy took 17 of its 24 shots in the opening half and scored seven goals. Meanwhile, in the second half, Navy lost nine of the 10 faceoffs and managed just seven shots in the entire half.  In the third quarter alone, Loyola outshot the Mids, 16-1, and owned a 10-1 ground ball advantage.
• A goal by Mike Sawyer at the 6:46 mark sparked a four-goal run by the Greyhounds in the third quarter and was capped by a goal by Fanshaw with 3.7 seconds left in the period that knotted the game at seven apiece.
• Loyola draw specialist John Schiavone won all five faceoffs in the third quarter to keep the ball out of Navy’s hands.  In fact, Navy got off just one shot in the third quarter while throwing the ball away five times.
• The Mids fought their way back and after more than 28 minutes of being held scoreless,Sam Jones found sophomore midfielder Jay Mann who unleashed a long bounce shot that snuck its way in at 7:48.
• The game remained deadlocked at 8-8 for nearly seven minutes before Chris Basler would find Fanshaw who exposed a missed switch by Navy and stuck a lefty shot past Wickham for the game-winner (1:08).
• Navy did have one last shot with five seconds to go in the game, but a shot by Andy Warner was snatched out of the air by keeper Jake Hagelin to preserve the win.

2004 Squad to Be Honored
• The 2004 Navy lacrosse team will be recognized at halftime of next Saturday’s home game against Loyola.
• Most considered the Mids’ season a Cinderella story.  But the blood, sweat and tears spoke volumes for the Navy squad that fought to play in the program’s first National Championship game since 1975.
• Over the course of the season, several milestones were achieved, including winning a school-record 15 games.  In addition to recording the most wins in Academy history, Navy earned its highest ranking — No. 2 — for five-consecutive weeks.  Its 9-6 win over Maryland in College Park was the program’s first win over a No. 1-ranked program and one-of-six Navy wins over top-10 ranked teams.
• Along the way, the Mids scored an 18-10 win on the road against ninth-ranked Army in what was the seventh win amidst a 13-game winning streak against their arch rivals (1998-07).
• After sweeping through the Patriot League with a 7-0 record in its first season as a member of the league, Navy conquered Colgate and Hobart in the league’s postseason tourney to earn the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
• By virtue of its Patriot League Tournament title, Navy earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament in what was its first appearance in the postseason tournament since 1999.
• The Midshipmen went on to gain the nation’s support as they fought their way through the NCAA Tournament, first defeating Penn handily, 11-5, at home and then surviving a battle against seventh-seeded Cornell (6-5) on the Big Red’s home turf.  Navy made it to the coveted national semifinals where it withstood multiple rallies by eighth-ranked Princeton to earn an 8-7 victory and punch its ticket to play in the NCAA Championship Game.  In a back and forth contest, Syracuse scored three goals with under five minutes remaining in the game to edge the Mids, 14-13, with better than 40,000 fans looking on.
• Seven Midshipmen garnered All-America honors, including keeper Matt Russell who was named a First-Team All-American and the winner of the Ens. C. Markland Kelly Award as the nation’s top goalkeeper.    Ian Dingman (Second Team), Ben Bailey (Third Team), Mitch Hendler (Third Team), Joe Bossi (Honorable Mention), Graham Gill (Honorable Mention) and Steve Looney (Honorable Mention) also garnered All-America recognition.  Meanwhile, Richie Meade was the recipient of the Morris Touchstone Memorial Award, given to the National Coach of the Year.

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Heneveld leads way in Navy’s win over Boston University

Posted on 29 March 2014 by WNST Staff

BOSTON, Mass. — Navy senior midfielder Austin Heneveld (East Hampton, N.Y.) notched his first career hat trick, while sophomore attackman T.J. Hanzsche (Berwyn, Pa.) also turned in a three-goal performance to lead the Midshipmen (4-5, 3-3 Patriot League) to a 13-7 win over Boston University (1-8, 1-4 PL) on Saturday afternoon in what marked the inaugural meeting between the two programs.

“It really felt good to get the win today,” said Navy head coach Rick Sowell, who is just one win shy of scoring his 100th collegiate victory. “The focus has been there and we’ve been practicing hard, so it was nice to see our players reap the rewards today. The path doesn’t get any easier over the next few weeks for our team, but we are looking forward to the challenge and meeting it head-on.”

The two teams exchanged a pair of goals in the opening quarter and was capped by a decisive goal by junior midfielder Gabe Voumard (Cape May, N.J.), who went high to high past BU keeper Christian Carson-Banister with just eight seconds left.

Navy took its first lead of the day three minutes into the second period when senior attackSam Jones (Annapolis, Md.) caught an errant shot by Hanzsche and found Eric Hoffstadt (Dover, Del.) cutting up the middle. The Terriers knotted the game at three apiece when rookie middie Cal Dearth targeted a 15-yard shot from up the middle with 7:31 to go in the period.

The Mids’ defense was relentless over the final five minutes of the opening half, as its aggressiveness led to a pair of transition goals. Following a BU turnover, Navy senior co-captain and long pole Pat Kiernan (Ridgewood, N.J.) ran the length of the field and punched in his 12th career goal and third of the season. Kiernan’s goal sparked a 4-0 run by the Mids that the featured three goals in under two minutes.

Hanzsche looked to have scored a goal with roughly three minutes to play in the half, but it was waived off as he stepped in the crease. The trail official, however, called Boston U. for being offside and Navy retained possession. The Mids made the Terriers pay as senior attack Tucker Hull (Charlotte, N.C.) found Voumard cutting from the middle for the goal at 2:44.

Navy scored its second transition goal of the day when Alex Heyward (Charlotte, N.C.) checked the ball on the defensive end and the loose ball was picked up by fellow short stick d-middie John Trainor (Northport, N.Y.). Trainor found sophomore defenseman Jules Godino (Summit, N.J.) at the top of the box and Godino found enough space to thread his shot past Carson-Banister. It was Godino’s first collegiate goal and Trainor’s first career assist.

The Mids capped off their 4-0 run, as Hanzsche intercepted a hail Mary pass by Dominick Calisto in the middle of the Mids’ box and gave Navy a comfortable 7-3 advantage at the break.

“It was really nice to be able to find other ways to score today,” said Sowell. “Our defense played a really solid game today and led to Pat Kiernan and Jules Godino scoring some goals. When you can score in transition, it naturally takes the pressure off any offense. Quite honestly to rely on your six-on-six offense to score the bulk of your goals is tough, so I give credit to our guys for finding other ways of scoring. It really opens up the game when you can convert those opportunities.”

The two teams would again exchange a pair of goals in the third period, including a each with under 10 seconds to go. Jones made a spectacular wrap-around dive on the left side of the cage with eight seconds left to put the Mids up by five (9-4), but the Terriers answered by winning the faceoff and Sam Tenney beat the buzzer to trim the Navy lead to four at the end of three quarters.

BU used the momentum of Tenney’s buzzer beater to score the first two goals of the fourth quarter to get within two goals. The Mids would buckle down on both ends of the field over the final 10 minutes of action and outscore the Terriers 4-0 to secure the 13-7 win.

The win not only snapped a three-game losing skid by the Mids, but it marked their first road win in 11 contests dating back to 2012.

While Heneveld and Hanzsche paved the way for the Mids with hat tricks, six other Midshipmen contributed goals.

Defensively, Navy produced a season-high 13 caused turnovers, including a career-best three by Heyward.

Meanwhile, freshman Brady Dove (Stevensville, Md.) edged out BU’s Sam Talkow in the faceoff war, 12-11. Dove, who is just 23 wins out of 10th on Navy’s career faceoff wins list, came into the game ranked 19th nationally, while Talkow, the reigning Patriot League Rookie of the Week, was 14th.

Tenney (3), Death (2) and Ryan Johnston were responsible for all seven of BU’s goals, while Carson-Banister anchored the defense with 12 saves.

The Mids will be back in action next Saturday when they play host to the nation’s No. 1-ranked team Loyola. Faceoff is slated for 12:00 pm at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.


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Navy, Boston U square off for first time ever Saturday

Posted on 29 March 2014 by WNST Staff

2014 Navy Men’s Lacrosse Game Specifics
Game 8 Navy (3-5, 2-3 PL) at Boston U. (1-7, 1-3 PL)
Date and Faceoff March 29 at 1:00 pm ET
Location Boston, Mass. | Nickerson Field (10,412)

Game Preview

• Saturday’s contest features the inaugural meeting between one of the game’s most storied programs and one of its newest additions.  Navy is in the midst of its 107th season of men’s lacrosse, while Boston U. is in its first season competing at the Div. I level.  The Mids (3-5, 2-3 Patriot League) and Terriers (1-7, 1-3 PL) will face off at 1:00 pm at Boston U.’s Nickerson Field.
• The game will be streamed online for FREE via PatriotLeague.TV and NavySports.com.  Live stats will also be available at NavySports.com.
• The Midshipmen, who have struggled away from the friendly confines of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium this season, enter the weekend on a three-game skid, dropping decisions to Towson, Lehigh and Colgate.  After giving up double digits just once in its first five games of the year, Navy has surrendered 10-plus goals in each of its last three contests.
• Boston U. dropped six straight games before earning its lone win of the season, a 12-7 victory over Lafayette two weeks ago.  The Terriers, however, are coming off a 7-3 loss at Bucknell last week.  BU has scored double digits just once in its eight games this season, while allowing 10 or more goals five times.

Taking the Field In …
10 – Navy has lost just five games (57-5) when scoring 10 or more goals since the start of the 2004 season … Navy is 11-0 under Sowell when scoring 10 or more goals (5-0 in 2012, 3-0 in 2013, 3-0 in 2014).
9 – Starting attackman Sam Jones needs 2 goals to become 1 of 7 Navy players all-time and 1 of 9 current Div. I players to score 80 career goals and dish out 50 assists.
8 – The Mids have given up just 8 extra-man goals this season and are ranked 12th nationally in man-down defense (73.3)
7 – Just 2 teams have won the faceoff battle against the Mids this season, however Navy has lost 7 straight games when the opponent has had more faceoff wins.
6 – Only 6 of Austin Heneveld’s shots in Patriot League play have not been put on goal this season (20 Sh, 14 SOG).
5 – Sophomore attack T.J. Hanzsche has put up multiple points in 5 of the 8 games this seasons … meanwhile, he has produced at least 1 point in 14 consecutive games.
4 – 4 of Patrick Keena’s 9 points this spring have come on extra-man offense, scoring a goal and added 3 assists.
3 – Senior attack Tucker Hull needs 3 goals to join Navy’s all-time goals scored list with 73.
2 – Jones needs just 2 points to become only the seventh player in school history to reach the 30-point milestone in each of his four seasons and the first since Nick Mirabito (2005-08).
1 – Navy senior long pole Pat Kiernan stands No. 1 on Navy’s career caused turnovers list with 64 over his four-year career.  He leads Navy this season with 13 takeaways and is ranked 28th nationally with 1.63 caused turnovers per game.

Scouting the Terriers
• Boston U. has eased into Div. I men’s lacrosse under first-year head coach Ryan Polley.  While the Terriers have been rewarded with a win in just one of their eight games this season, they have been on the cusp multiple times.  BU’s lone win was a 12-7 victory on the road against Patriot League foe Lafayette on March 15.  Meanwhile, the Terriers have losses against Mercer (17-6), Canisius (9-3), Lehigh (10-7), Providence (10-7), Vermont (13-9), Colgate (7-5) and Bucknell (7-3).
• While Boston U. ranks among the bottom 17 teams in 10 statistical categories, the Terriers are one of the best in extra-man offense.  BU has scored on 44.0 percent (11-25) of its man-up opportunities with rookie attackman Ryan Johnston and freshman middie James Clarke accounting for a combined 7 of the 11 goals this season.
• Johnston has turned in 11 points on a team-best 9 goals and 2 assists this season, while 3 of Clarke’s 4 goals have been on extra-man
• Freshman attackman Pat Myers, meanwhile is pacing the team with 15 points on 7 goals and a team-best 8 assists, while rookie attackman Adam Schaal has posted 13 points on 7 goals and 6 assists.
• Florida native Sam Talkow has been phenomenal at the faceoff “x” where he is ranked 14th nationally with a 61.4 winning percentage (89-145).  He has taken all but 14 draws (Elliott Burr, 3-14) for the Terriers, as BU as a team stands 17th in the country (57.9).
• Although BU is giving up 10.00 goals per game, the defense is averaging 8.38 caused turnovers per contest which is the 17th-best mark in DI lacrosse.  Leading the way are rookie defensemen Greg Wozniak, a starter in 6 of the 8 contests, and Cam Pincus, who has started 7 of the 8 games.  Wozniak owns a team-best 14 takeaways and 15 ground balls, while Pincus has posted 11 caused turnovers and 11 grounders.
• Freshman keeper Christian Carson-Banister owns a 10.11 goals-against average and a 54.7 save percentage.  He is averaging 11.75 saves per game which stands 10th nationally.

Navy vs. Boston U. – The Series
• Saturday’s contest between Navy and Boston U. marks the inaugural meeting in the series.

Patriot League Tournament
• With the addition of Loyola and Boston U. this season, the Patriot League Tournament will be expanded to six teams and will feature a quarterfinal round where the top two seeds receive a bye.  The 2014 Patriot League Quarterfinals will be played Tuesday, April 22, with the semifinals on Friday, April 25 and the championship on Sunday, April 27.
• The No. 3 and 6 seeds will face one another in one quarterfinal, while the No. 5 seed will travel to the No. 4 seed.
• Those winners will then join the top two seeds in the weekend semifinal and championship rounds, played at the site of the highest overall seed in the tournament. The brackets will re-seed after the quarterfinal round.
• Five teams (Army, Boston U., Colgate, Holy Cross, Loyola) have played four of the eight conference games, while the other five teams (Bucknell, Lehigh, Lafayette, Navy) have already played five Patriot League contests.
• Loyola is atop the standings and is the lone undefeated team at 4-0, while Holy Cross is the only winless team at 0-4.

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Navy freshman McKamey dies after collapsing during practice

Posted on 25 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Naval Academy Midshipman Will McKamey Passes Away at Baltimore Shock Trauma

ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Midshipman Fourth Class (freshman) Will McKamey, 19, of Knoxville, Tenn., passed away while in a coma Tuesday at Baltimore Shock Trauma.

The death comes three days after Midshipman McKamey collapsed during football practice on Saturday morning.  Since then, his family has been at his bedside and they have been overwhelmed with support from classmates, teammates, coaching staff and Naval Academy leadership.

“We are all so very heartbroken by the death of Midshipman Will McKamey,” said Naval Academy Superintendent VADM Mike Miller.  “This is devastating news for his family, his classmates, his teammates and the entire Naval Academy family. We offer our deepest condolences to Will’s family, friends and shipmates in the wake of this tragedy.”

Midn McKamey was an Oceanography major in 3rd Company, and he was member of the varsity football team.  

“During this most difficult of times, first and foremost, our prayers and thoughts turn to Randy, Kara and their beautiful family,” said Ken Niumatalolo, USNA Head Football Coach.  “Our deepest and most sincere condolences go out to their entire family and friends.  As our Navy football family mourns the loss of one of our brothers, we also celebrate and honor his life. He loved his family, his friends and his teammates.  The Brotherhood loves you!  Keep the ball “high and tight” in Heaven.”

Funeral arrangements are pending, and more information will be provided as it becomes available. 

The Naval Academy will continue to support Will’s family, friends, and loved ones during this time of grief. 

Grief counseling services and support are available to midshipmen, faculty and staff through chains of command, our chaplains, and the Midshipmen Development Center. 

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Navy slotback McKamey remains in coma after Saturday collapse

Posted on 23 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Navy freshman slotback Will McKamey remains in a hospital after collapsing during the Midshipmen’s Saturday morning practice in Annapolis. McKamey’s family offered this statement Sunday.

“There is no new news.  We still have only small responses from Will. Our entire family appreciates each and every one that has reached out to us. The photos of Will, the support, the prayers, seeing everybody rally around us has been unbelievable. It amazes me how this one kid is touching so many…from coast to coast. Our God is using Will for a huge platform right now. I know many of you wish you could be here with us, but know that the Navy family has stepped in for our Knoxville family and they are providing an unbelievable support system. Pray for the Navy football players and coaches as well, they are all here and doing everything in their power to pull Will through.”

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