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Navy announces 2014-2015 basketball schedule

Posted on 19 June 2014 by WNST Staff

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Head coach Ed DeChellis has announced the Navy men’s basketball program’s 2014-15 schedule. The Mids will play 18 Patriot League conference games and 12 non-conference games. Navy will play 15 games at Alumni Hall.

Navy will open the 2014-15 season by hosting the inaugural ‘Veterans Classic at the Naval Academy’ onFriday, November 14. Tennessee will face VCU at Alumni Hall at 6:30 PM and Navy will host Michigan State at 9:00 PM. Both games will be televised on the CBS Sports Network.

Michigan State (29-9, 12-6 Big Ten) won the Big Ten Tournament Championship and advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight before falling to eventual national champion UConn. This will just be the second time that Navy has hosted a Big Ten team and the first since hosting Ohio State in 1932. Navy defeated Michigan State in overtime on Nov. 29, 1986, 91-90 in the only other meeting in series history. Then-senior David Robinson had 43 points and 16 rebounds.

Navy will begin competition in the four-game Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament on Sunday, November 16by playing a campus site game at Notre Dame. Notre Dame (15-17, 6-12 ACC) struggled in its first season in the ACC last year and had its first season with a losing record since 1999.

Navy will play a second campus site game at Providence on Thursday, November 20 before playing two games at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Providence (23-12, 10-8 BIG EAST) won the BIG EAST Tournament Championship last year before falling to sixth-seeded North Carolina in the NCAA Second Round.

Navy will meet Northeastern in the Springfield Bracket of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament on Saturday, November 22 at the Mohegan Sun Arena. Navy will then face either Manhattan or Binghamton in the championship or consolation game of the Springfield Bracket on Sunday, November 23.

Northeastern (11-21, 7-9 CAA) is led by 2014 CAA Defensive Player of the Year and all-league second-team honoree Scott Eatherton (15.9 ppg). Eatherton ranked fourth in the NCAA with his 19 double-doubles and was 10th in the country with 10.2 rebounds per game last year.

Manhattan (25-8, 15-5 MAAC) won the MAAC Tournament Championship last season before falling to fourth-seeded Louisville in the NCAA Second Round. Navy has defeated Binghamton (7-23, 4-12 America East) in each of the last two seasons.

Navy will open a three-game homestand by hosting Division III member Penn State Harrisburg on Wednesday, November 26 in Alumni Hall. This will be Navy’s first game against Penn State Harrisburg (8-17, 5-11 Capital Athletic Conference).

The Mids will welcome Saint Francis U on Saturday, November 29. Saint Francis U (10-21, 7-9 Northeast) edged Navy, 60-57, in an early-season matchup last year on Veterans Day. Navy’s rising junior Will Kelly had 12 points and 10 rebounds against the Red Flash.

Navy closes the three-game homestand by hosting Penn on Wednesday, December 3. Navy and Penn (8-20, 5-9 Ivy League) will meet for the 82nd time in series history and only Army (120 games) has faced Navy more than Penn.

The Mids will play at The Citadel on Saturday, December 6. Navy posted a 79-74 win over the Bulldogs (7-26, 2-14 SoCon) in Annapolis last season.

After playing one military college in The Citadel, Navy will renew the series with another as VMI travels to Alumni Hall for a game onTuesday, December 9. VMI (22-13) led the nation in scoring in its last season in the Big South. The Keydets will play in the SoCon in 2014-15.

Navy will close its non-conference slate with a pair of games against in-state opponents. Navy will play at Maryland Eastern Shore onSaturday, December 13 and following a break for final exams, Navy will host Towson on Monday, December 22.

Maryland Eastern Shore (6-24, 4-12 MEAC) will be under the direction of first-year head coach Bobby Collins. Collins was the head coach at Division II Winston-Salem State for the past eight years. Navy defeated UMES last season, 67-59.

After its impressive turnaround of going 1-31 in 2012 to 18-13 in 2013, Towson (25-11, 13-3 CAA) took another step forward last year with its 25 wins and run to the postseason CollegeInsider.com Tournament Quarterfinals.

Navy will open its 24th season of Patriot League play at home against Loyola on Wednesday, January 31. Navy will play at Loyola in its regular season finale on Saturday, February 28. Loyola (11-19, 6-12 PL) tied for seventh place in its first season in the Patriot League in 2014. In two very close games last year, Loyola defeated Navy in overtime, 63-57, in Baltimore and also escaped Annapolis with a two-point win (67-65).

Navy will play at Lafayette on Saturday, January 3 and the Leopards will travel to Annapolis for a game on Saturday, January 31. Lafayette (11-20, 6-12 PL) and Navy split the 2014 season series. Navy won in Annapolis, 79-71, and Lafayette earned the win in Easton. The Leopards played the majority of their conference games without all-league player Seth Hinrichs (16.4 ppg), who will return for his senior season.

Navy will host Boston University on Wednesday, January 7 and the game in Boston will be played on Wednesday, February 4. Boston (24-11, 15-3 PL) won the Patriot League Regular Season Championship in its first season in the league. The Terriers played in the NIT after falling to American in the conference tournament championship.

The Mids will play at Army on Saturday, January 10 this season and the Army-Navy Star Game will be contested in Annapolis onSaturday, February 7. Navy defeated Army (15-16, 10-8 PL) in the 2014 Star Game at West Point, 79-57, to extend its Star Series lead to 54-37. Worth Smith had 23 points and eight rebounds and Navy’s 22-point margin of victory was its largest in the Star Series since 1999.

Navy will play at Bucknell on Wednesday, January 14 and the Bison will make the return trip to Annapolis on Wednesday, February 11. The Mids snapped an eight-game losing streak to Bucknell (16-14, 11-7 PL) last season with a 62-61 win over the visiting Bison in Alumni Hall. Navy built a 16-point second-half lead and held off a furious Bucknell rally.

Colgate will travel to Annapolis for a contest on Saturday, January 17 and the Mids will make their annual trek to Hamilton, N.Y. onSaturday, February 14. Although Colgate (13-18, 6-12 PL) and Navy split during the regular season as each team won on its home court, it was the Raiders who eliminated Navy in the first round of the Patriot League Tournament with a 57-51 win in Hamilton.

Navy will play at Lehigh on Wednesday, January 21. The Mountain Hawks will play at Navy on Wednesday, February 18. Navy and Lehigh (14-18, 7-11 PL) had two very hard-fought games last season but Lehigh was able to come out with two wins. Lehigh edged Navy in overtime, 68-66, in Annapolis and then won in Bethlehem, 72-65.

Navy and Holy Cross will first meet in Worcester, Mass. on Saturday, January 24 before facing each other in Annapolis on Saturday, February 21. Holy Cross (20-14, 12-6 PL) posted its first 20-win season since 2007 and advanced to the league semifinals as the No. 3 seed. Holy Cross swept the season series with Navy.

Navy will host defending Patriot League Champion American on Wednesday, January 28. The Mids will play at American onWednesday, February 28. American (20-13, 13-5 PL) won its first Patriot League Tournament Championship since 2009 before falling to Wisconsin in the NCAA Tournament Second Round. American swept the season series with Navy.

The 2015 Patriot League Tournament begins on Monday, March 2 with two first-round games. The league quarterfinals will be playedWednesday, March 4 and the semifinals are Saturday, March 7. The Patriot League Championship is Wednesday, March 11. All 10 teams will qualify for the tournament and all games will be played at campus sites.


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Navy basketball to host Michigan State for CBS Veterans Classic event

Posted on 09 June 2014 by WNST Staff

CBS Sports Network Partners with Navy to Create Annual College Basketball Event, “Veterans Classic at the Naval Academy”
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – CBS Sports Network and the Naval Academy have partnered to create a new college basketball event, VETERANS CLASSIC AT THE NAVAL ACADEMY, an annual showcase bringing together top teams from across the country in celebration of Veterans Day. The inaugural event tips-off on Friday, Nov. 14, and features Tennessee vs. VCU at 6:30 PM, ET, followed by Michigan State vs. Navy at 9:00 PM, ET. CBS Sports Network also will feature on-site pre-game, halftime and post-game studio coverage, live from Alumni Hall in Annapolis, Md.
The event will take place each year through 2017, with Navy hosting and participating, along with other top teams from across the country. The Veterans Classic officially tips off CBS Sports Network’s 2014 college basketball schedule.
The three participating schools will have the rare opportunity to get a glimpse of what life is like as a midshipman at the Naval Academy. From touring the `Yard,’ to watching noon meal formation and eating lunch with the Brigade at King Hall, the teams will be immersed in the culture and tradition of the Naval Academy. The event will include a number of other unique experiences, including military demonstrations and receptions.
“We are excited to collaborate with the Naval Academy to honor our veterans and celebrate the beginning of the college basketball season with this annual event,” said Dan Weinberg, Senior Vice President, Programming, CBS Sports. “With three 2014 NCAA Tournament teams, we look forward to tipping off the season with a great night of college basketball.”
“This should be a terrific event over the next four years featuring some of the best college basketball teams in the country,” said Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk. “We are excited to be able to put on a first class event with our partners from CBS, while also honoring veterans from all the services. It will be an incredible opportunity for our basketball program to host some of the premier basketball programs in the country in Alumni Hall.”
CBS Sports Network will again feature an extensive college basketball schedule this year, including teams from the American Athletic Conference, BIG EAST, Mountain West, Atlantic 10, Conference USA and Patriot League, as well as a number of early season tournaments including the Paradise Jam, Cancun Challenge, Great Alaska Shootout and Corpus Christi Challenge.

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Navy football to play in Western Division of American Athletic Conference

Posted on 30 May 2014 by WNST Staff

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. – American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco has announced that two divisions of six teams each will begin play in the 2015 football season, culminating in the first American Athletic Conference Championship Game.

The East-West format was approved unanimously by the conference’s chief executive officers at the league’s annual meetings.

“This is an exciting step in the continued development of our conference,” said Aresco. “With our performance on the field and the exposure we received from our media partners, I couldn’t be more satisfied with our first year of American Athletic Conference football. Creating this divisional format will allow us to build upon that success. Our fans will enjoy our divisional play and the championship game that will be established in 2015.

“The East-West format we have adopted gives each division a distinct identity, provides long-term competitive balance and protects traditional rivalries while allowing each school to travel across the conference’s geographical footprint on a regular basis.”

With the addition of East Carolina, Tulane and Tulsa this summer, The American will be comprised of 11 member institutions: UCF, Cincinnati, UConn, East Carolina, Houston, Memphis, USF, SMU, Temple, Tulane and Tulsa in 2014-15. Navy joins as a 12th football member in 2015.

The East Division will include UCF, Cincinnati, UConn, East Carolina, USF and Temple. The West Division will consist of Houston, Memphis, Navy, SMU, Tulane and Tulsa. Each team will play a total of eight conference games, facing the other five teams in its own division as well as three from the other division, ensuring that each school will play every conference opponent at home and on the road at least once in a four-year cycle. The division winners will play for the conference title at the home site of the highest ranked divisional champion.

2015 American Athletic Conference Football
East Division West Division
UCF Houston
Cincinnati Memphis
UConn Navy
East Carolina SMU
USF Tulane
Temple Tulsa

The two-division format will come on the heels of a remarkable debut for The American in 2013 and what promises to be an equally successful 2014 campaign. The American was one of three FBS conferences – along with the Big Ten and the SEC – that had two 12-win teams in 2013, including UCF, which went 12-1 and defeated Big 12 champion Baylor in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.

The American has the most challenging nonconference schedule of any league in 2014, including scheduled games against 10 teams that were ranked in the top 25 of last year’s final USA Today Coaches’ Poll (South Carolina, Missouri, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Baylor, UCLA, Texas A&M, Wisconsin, Duke, Vanderbilt) and additional games against BYU (three), Georgia Tech, Miami and Penn State.

In addition to the divisional alignment announcement, Aresco confirmed two other football-related procedural items, which were approved by the conference’s athletic directors, to be implemented for the 2014-15 season:

·         2014 Regular Season Tiebreaker Procedure: For the 2014 season, the American Athletic Conference Football Champion will be the team that finishes the regular season with the highest winning percentage in conference games. If more than one team has the same winning percentage, the tied teams are declared co-champions. To determine the College Football Playoff/Host Bowl representative, the co-champion ranked highest by the College Football Playoff Committee will be eligible to receive the automatic bid shared with Conference USA, the Mid-American, Mountain West, and Sun Belt conferences.

·         Eighth Official: The American will add an eighth on-field official, who will be positioned behind the quarterback, for all of its conference games in 2014 for a one-season trial. The eighth official will also be used in all of Navy’s games in which game officials are assigned by The American. The conference’s head football coaches recommended implementation primarily to enhance student-athlete safety.

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QB Reynolds receives major honor from Naval Academy

Posted on 22 May 2014 by WNST Staff

Naval Academy Announces Major Athletic Award Winners


ANNAPOLIS, Md.– The United States Naval Academy announced its major athletic award winners Thursdayafternoon at the annual Prizes and Awards Ceremony at Alumni Hall.


Zach Duncavage (League City, Texas), a member of the indoor and outdoor track & field teams, was awarded the NAAA Sword for Men, which is presented to that man of the graduating class who is considered by the Association’s Athletic Council to have personally excelled in men’s athletics during his years of varsity competition.


Duncavage helped lead Navy to three Patriot League Indoor Track & Field Championships and the 2014 Patriot League outdoor title.  He was a two-time U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Second-Team All-American in the discus and a two-time NCAA Championship qualifier in that same event.  He will have an opportunity to qualify for a third NCAA Championship next week.


Duncavage won the Patriot League discus championship three times in his career, was the 2013 Patriot League Champion in the weight throw and the 2014 Patriot League Champion in the shot put.  He was named the Patriot League Field Athlete of the Meet in both the 2013 Patriot League Indoor Championship and the 2014 Patriot League Outdoor Championship. 


Duncavage, the 2014 indoor team captain, is the school record holder (192-8) and Army-Navy outdoor record holder (185-2) in the discus.


Duncavage is the 28th member of the men’s track & field team to win the sword in the 123-year history of the award and the first field athlete to win the award since the great high jumper Leo Williams in 1983.


The other three nominees for the NAAA Sword for Men were Cody Peterson (football), Pat Kiernan (men’s lacrosse) and Brendan West (sprint football)


Jade Geif (Lakeville, Minn.) of the women’s basketball team was awarded the Vice Admiral Lawrence Sword for Women, which is presented to that woman of the graduating class who is considered by the Association’s Athletic Council to have personally excelled in women’s athletics during her years of varsity competition.


Geif will go down as one of the best women’s basketball players in school history.  She was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Year in 2011, earned second-team all-league honors in 2012, and first-team accolades in 2013 and 2014.  Geif was also selected as the MVP of the 2011 and 2012 Patriot League Tournaments and was named to the all-tournament team in each of her four years.  She is the only player in league history to have been named to four all-tournament teams.


She helped Navy win a share of the 2011 and 2013 Patriot League regular-season titles and an outright league title – the first in school history – in 2014.  Navy advanced to the postseason in each of her four years after never before going to a postseason tournament.  The Mids won the Patriot League Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and earned a berth in the 2014 WNIT by winning the Patriot League regular-season title.


Geif was part of a senior class that set Navy records with 83 wins and 44 regular-season conference wins and tied the school record with 10 league tournament victories. 


She finished her career as the sixth all-time leading scorer in school history with 1,501 points and is the school’s all-time leading rebounder with 1,033 (over 100 more than the No. 2 player in school history).   She is the lone Navy women’s basketball player and joins David Robinson and Vernon Butler as the only Navy basketball players to have accrued over 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career.  Geif is one of only two players in program history to lead Navy in rebounds in each of her four years, and is one of two Mids to lead the team in field goal percentage in all four seasons. 


Geif is the eighth women’s basketball player to win the award in its 35-year history and the first since Angela Myers in 2011.


Other nominees for the award included Maressa Guynn (track & field), Erin Fortner (volleyball), Elizabeth Hoerner (women’s soccer), Aimee Gennaro (women’s lacrosse) and Katherine Ashton (crew)


Keenan Reynolds (Antioch, Tenn.) of the football team won the Thompson Trophy Cup, which is presented to that midshipman, male or female, who has done the most during the year to promote athletics at the Naval Academy.


Reynolds had one of the greatest seasons by a Navy football player in school history, rushing for 1,346 yards and 31 touchdowns, while throwing for 1,057 yards and eight touchdowns. His 31 rushing touchdowns was not only a school record, but an NCAA record for a quarterback as well. Reynolds was just the fourth player in NCAA history (any position) to rush for 30 or more touchdowns in a single season.


He finished the 2013 campaign No. 1 in the country in scoring per game (14.7 points per contest), tied for first in touchdowns (31) and tied for 11th in points responsible for per game (18.2). His 1,3446 rushing yards are the 14th most in NCAA history by a quarterback and the third most in school history by any player. His seven rushing touchdowns against San Jose State set an NCAA record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in any game and tied the NCAA record for rushing touchdowns by any player against an FBS opponent.


Reynolds scored 188 points in 2013, eclipsing the school record of 174 set by Bill Ingram in 1917. His 236 points responsible for (31 rushing touchdowns, eight passing touchdowns, one two-point conversion) shattered the previous school record of 198 set by Ricky Dobbs in 2009.


The Navy football team finished the 2013 campaign with a 9-4 record, won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy for the ninth time in the last 11 years, qualified for a bowl game for the 10th time in the last 11 years, won a bowl game for just the eighth time in school history and defeated Army for a series-record 12th-consecutive year.  The 2013 team is just the fifth in Navy’s 132-year history of playing football to win at least nine games in a season, beat Army and win a bowl game joining the 1957, 1978, 2004 and 2009 squads.


Reynolds is just the third sophomore to win the Thompson Cup in the 127-year history of the award and the first sophomore since Roger Staubach, who won the award in 1963.  The only other sophomore to win the award was Ben Martin (’46).


Other nominees for the award included Jade Seabrook (women’s soccer), Loren Generi (women’s lacrosse) and Sam Jones (men’s lacrosse)


Zach Davis (Colorado Springs, Colo.) of the men’s soccer team was awarded the men’s Coaches’ Calvert Award, which recognizes a graduating varsity letterwinner who displayed leadership, consistent effort, loyalty and dedication to the sport and who has taken their abilities beyond the expectations of the coach, peers and themselves.


Davis was the 2013 team captain and helped lead Navy to its best season in 25 years as the Mids finished 16-4-2, won the Patriot League regular season and tournament title and won an NCAA Tournament game for the first time since 1971.  The Mids finished the year ranked 25th in the nation by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.


Davis helped lead a Navy defense that finished 15th in the nation in goals-against average (0.70) and finish with a school record 11 shutouts.


Davis was also a standout in the classroom,  earning Capital One / CoSIDA Third Team Academic All-America honors as a senior and was a four-time Patriot League Men’s Soccer Academic Honor Roll selection.  He graduates tomorrow with a 3.60 GPA in oceanography and is ranked No. 2 in the class in military order of merit.


Davis is the fifth men’s soccer player to win in the 42-year history of the award and the first since Seth Walters in 1995.


Elizabeth Hoerner (Lititz, Pa.) of the women’s soccer team was awarded the women’s Coaches’ Calvert Award, which recognizes a graduating varsity letterwinner who displayed leadership, consistent effort, loyalty and dedication to the sport and who has taken their abilities beyond the expectations of the coach, peers and themselves.


Hoerner, the 2013 team captain, went 32-7-1 in her two seasons as the starting goalkeeper with 13 solo shutouts and four combined shutouts.  She was a two-time National Soccer Coaches Association All-Mid-Atlantic First-Team member and a two time First-Team All-Patriot League selection.  She was the Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year in both 2012 and 2013.


Hoerner was a star in the classroom as well as being named a First-Team All-American by Capital One / CoSIDA her senior year and was a two-time Patriot League Women’s Soccer Scholar Athlete of the Year.  She will graduate tomorrow with a 3.87 grade point average in Oceanography.


Hoerner is the fourth women’s soccer player in the 25-year history of the award to be recognized and the first since Traci Willemse in 2011.

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Maryland wraps regular season with win over Navy

Posted on 03 May 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Junior Jay Carlson scored two goals and added an assist on “Senior Day” to lead the No. 7 University of Maryland men’s lacrosse team to a 12-6 victory over Navy in front of 4,538 Saturday afternoon at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.

The Terrapins improve to 11-3 on the year, while the Midshipman end their season at 4-10.

Maryland started off the scoring at 12:07 with a transition goal. Senior Brian Cooper caused a Navy turnover in the Maryland box and senior Michael Ehrhardt picked up the groundball and pushed it up the field. He found junior Casey Ikeda breaking toward the goal and hit Ikeda with a good pass that Ikeda converted into his first career goal.

Navy answered back just over a minute later to tie things up at 1 with 10:54 remaining in the first quarter, but that was as close as the Mids would get. The Terps scored the game’s next five goals to build a 6-1 lead.

Freshman Connor Cannizzaro started off the scoring streak with an unassisted goal from the left alley at the 9:11 mark in the quarter.

Carlson scored his first of the day with 4:06 remaining to give Maryland a 3-1 lead. Carlson put back a rebound off of a shot from sophomore Henry West and tip-toed the crease for the finish.

Freshman Matt Rambo scored the final two goals of the first quarter to improve the lead to 5-1. Rambo’s first goal was another transition opportunity. Sophomore Matt Dunn caused turnover to start the break. Some crisp passes from Dunn to Cannizzaro to Carlson and finally to Rambo set up the easy score. The freshman’s second goal was an unassisted goal off a rocker step from the left alley with just eight seconds remaining in the first quarter.

Junior Joe LoCascio finished off Maryland’s scoring streak with 13:54 remaining in the second quarter when he was able to collect a pass from Rambo that a Navy defender tipped and finish from just outside the crease.

The Midshipman answered back with a goal by T.J. Hanzsche at 11:56 to cut the lead to 6-2.

Just over a minute later Carlson scored his second goal of the day. Ehrhardt came down on another unsettled opportunity for the Terps, but his shot was stopped by Navy goalie John Connors. But Connors couldn’t control the rebound and Carlson battled to get the loose ball and scored on the put back.

Navy got goals from Pat Kiernan and Tucker Hull, who led the Mids with two goals and an assist on the day, before then end of the first half to make it a 7-4 game in favor of the Terps.

But Maryland responded by opening up the second half with two straight goals to increase its lead to 9-4.

Junior Charlie Raffa won the opening faceoff of the half and dodged from the back of the crease and scored from the back of his stick for the first goal.

Senior Rustin Bryant followed with an unassisted goal from the left slot with 6:42 remaining in the third.

The Midshipman answered back with two goals of their own to cut the lead to 9-6. The first came from Pat Durkin at the 4:40 mark of the third and the next came from Austin Heneveld with 8:47 to play in the fourth.

The Terps finished off the game with three straight goals to give them a final score of 12-6.

LoCascio scored his second goal of the day with 3:27 remaining in the game when he ducked under a defender and finished from left goal line extended.

Maryland’s last two goals came with the Navy net empty. First freshman Colin Heacock scored his lone goal of the day with 56 seconds left, and redshirt sophomore Kevin Forster capped off the scoring with 19 seconds remaining with a shot from roughly 45 yards out.

Senior Niko Amato finished the day with 10 saves to go along with one caused turnover and a ground ball.

Raffa went 16-of-21 at the faceoff X with 11 ground balls to go along with his goal.

The Terrapins controlled the ground ball battled winning 46 groundballs to Navy’s 25. Carlson finished the day with seven groundballs, while Cannizzaro, Ehrhardt and Ikeda each had four.

The Maryland defense killed off three extra-man opportunities on the day.

The game marked the final regular season home game for nine Maryland seniors: Tyler Adelsberger, Amato, Bryant,Emmett Cahill, Mike Chanenchuk, Cooper, Ehrhardt, Thomas Guarino and Quinn Haley.

Maryland will find out its postseason fate when the NCAA tournament field is announced on the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship Selection Show at 9 p.m. on Sunday, May 4 on ESPNU.

Game Notes:
• With today’s 12-6 win Maryland is now 55-33-1 all-time vs. Navy and has won the last five meetings vs. the Midshipmen.
• With three points on two goals and an assist, junior Jay Carlson now has 18 multi-point and 15 multi-goal games for his career.
• With two points on two goals, junior Joe LoCascio now has nine multi-point and five multi-goal games for his career.
• With three points on three goals and an assist, freshman Matt Rambo now has nine multi-point and eight multi-goal games for his career.
• With his 11 groundballs, junior Charlie Raffa now has 100 for the season and becomes the first Terrapin to reach the 100-groundball mark in a season since Brian Haggerty had 100 in 1999.
• Raffa is just the fourth Terrapin to pick up 100 groundballs in a season since groundballs were officially kept in 1981. Andy Claxton (171 in 1991, 129 in 1990 and 127 in 1992) and Brian Haggerty (128 in 1998, 127 in 1997 and 100 in 1999) each did it three times, while Jack Francis had 106 in 1981.
• Raffa now has 2015 groundballs in his career and passed Kevin O’Leary (205, 1981-84) for seventh on Maryland’s all-time list.
• With his 10 saves, senior Niko Amato now has 601 for his career and joins Kevin O’Leary (705, 1981-84) and Brian Dougherty (658, 1993-96) as the only Terps to reach the 600-save mark for their careers.
• With three caused turnovers, senior Michael Ehrhardt now has 67 for his career and tied Ray Megill (2004-07) for 10th on Maryland’s all-time list.

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Maryland wraps regular season Saturday against Navy

Posted on 02 May 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The No. 7 Maryland men’s lacrosse team closes out its regular season slate by hosting Navy on Saturday, May 3, at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. Faceoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.

• Maryland is 10-4 following its 6-5 loss to Notre Dame in the ACC Semifinals on April 25. Senior Mike Chanenchuk continues to lead the team this season with 44 points on 28 goals and 16 assists. He is followed by freshman Matt Rambo, who has 29 points on 24 goals and five assists. Junior Charlie Raffa has won 142-of-212 (.670) faceoffs this season, which ranks third in the nation, with a team-best 89 groundballs. Senior Michael Ehrhardt has made a seamless transition to the long-stick midfield spot and has 47 groundballs, which leads all non-faceoff men, and a team-best 24 caused turnovers to go along with two goals and an assist. Senior Niko Amato has started every game of his college career (63 straight) and boasts a 7.27 goals-against average (4th in the NCAA) with a .573 save percentage (8th in the NCAA) this season.

• Navy is 4-9 on the season following a 10-6 loss at Lehigh in the Patriot League tournament quarterfinals on April 22. Senior attackman Sam Jones leads the Mids’ offense with 41 points on 23 goals and 18 assists. Sophomore John Connors has started all 13 games in net and has an 8.98 goals-against average with a .540 save percentage. Freshman Brady Dove has won 158-of-270 draws for a .585 winning percentage with 80 groundballs.


• The game will mark the final regular season game for nine Terrapin seniors: Tyler Adelsberger, Niko Amato, Rustin Bryant, Emmett Cahill, Mike Chanenchuk, Brian Cooper, Michael Ehrhardt, Thomas Guarino and Quinn Haley.

• The seniors will be honored in a pregame ceremony, so be sure to get to your seat early to help celebrate their terrific Terrapin careers.

• This senior class has a four-year record of 45-18 (.714), won an ACC championship and competed for another one, made it to two NCAA Final Fours and played in two NCAA championship games.


10 … Since 2002 Maryland has won 110 of the 119 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .924 winning percentage.
9 … Maryland is 128-27 in games since 2002 when it allows nine goals or less, for an .826 winning percentage.
8 … Niko Amato’s .572 save percentage ranks eighth in the NCAA.
7 … The Terps rank among the Top 10 in seven team statistics according to the NCAA.
6 … Six Maryland freshmen have combined to score 53 goals this season.
5 … Maryland head coach John Tillman is 5-0 all-time vs. Navy head coach Ricky Sowell.
4 … Mike Chanenchuk leads all current Terps with four career points vs. Navy.
3 … Maryland is one of just three teams in the NCAA allowing 7.0 or fewer goals per game.
2 … Charlie Raffa ranks second in the NCAA with a .670 faceoff winning percentage.
1 … Only one team – Maryland – has made the NCAA tournament every year since 2003.


• John Tillman is in his seventh season as a head coach, and fourth with the Terps, with a 65-37 career record for a 63.7 winning percentage. Tillman is 45-18 (.714) as Maryland’s head coach. He had a 20-19 record in three seasons as the head coach at Harvard.

• Rick Sowell is in his third season as the head coach of Navy and has a 13-26 (.333) record coaching the Mids. Overall, he is in his 15th season as a head coach with a record of 99-106 (.482).

• Tillman has a 3-0 career record against Navy, with the 2011, 2012 and 2013 meetings as the Terps’ head coach being the only decisions. He has a 5-0 record vs. Sowell-coached teams, having won both meetings vs. Sowell’s Stony Brook teams while Tillman was at Harvard.


• The Maryland-Navy rivalry is the second-longest in Terrapin lacrosse history with Maryland holding a 54-33-1 advantage, dating to 1924. The 54 wins are the second-highest number of victories Maryland has against any team. Maryland has defeated Duke 62 times.

• Maryland has won 16 of the last 21 meetings. Prior to Maryland’s current four-game winning streak in the series, the Mids had won five of the previous six meetings.

• When Navy and Maryland get together it’s fair to assume it is going to be a close game. During the past 33 meetings, 17 have ended with a winning margin of one or two goals, including four straight 6-5 Terp victories from 1999-2002.

• The 2013 meeting saw six Terps put up multiple-point games, including a four-point effort on two goals and two assists by junior Mike Chanenchuk, in Maryland’s 11-8 win over Navy on April 5 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Sophomore Charlie Raffa dominated the faceoff X, winning 14-of-21 draws with seven groundballs.

• The 2012 game was tied at 5-5 late in the second quarter, but Maryland scored eight of the game’s final nine goals to earn a 13-6 victory over Navy at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium on April 6. Senior Joe Cummings led the Terps with five points on three goals and two assists, while Owen Blye, Billy Gribbin and Drew Snider each chipped in two goals apiece. Curtis Holmes won 15-of-20 faceoffs with seven groundballs for the Terrapins.

• The 2011 meeting saw the Terps outscore the Mids 6-1 in the first quarter en route to a 10-4 victory at a rain-soaked Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. A balanced-scoring attack was led by long pole Brian Farrell, midfielder Jake Bernhardt and attackman Owen Blye, who each scored two goals. Leading the defense was Max Schmidt with three caused turnover and two groundballs. Dan Burns and Curtis Holmes also finished with three groundballs. Redshirt freshman goalie Niko Amato finished the game with four saves. Aiding in the defensive effort was another solid face-off effort from Holmes, who won 10-of-18 draws.

• In 2010 the Terps got back on the winning side of the ledger with an 11-9 home win. The attack unit of Grant Catalino, Travis Reed and Ryan Young combined for eight goals and five assists to pace the Terps. Maryland dominated the Mids when the ball was on the ground, winning the groundball battle 47-26. Brian Farrell and Max Schmidt led the way for the Terps with five groundballs each. Brian Phipps finished the afternoon with 10 saves, to go along with four groundballs

• The one-goal game streak came to an end with a one-sided 10-4 Navy victory in Annapolis in 2009. Will Yeatman and Ryan Young scored two goals apiece for the Terps, but that was all the offense could muster. Maryland had a 2-1 lead after the first quarter, but Navy outscored the Terps 6-0 in the second and third quarters combined to take control of the game.

• The run of one-goal games was pushed to four in 2008 with a game that could have been dubbed “A Tale of Two Halves.” The Mids scored all five of their goals in the first half, while the Terps did the same in the second half, but could only muster four scores to give Navy a 5-4 decision. Jason Carter was tremendous in the second half for Maryland in cage, stopping six Navy shots. Offensively the Terps were led by Dan Groot and Max Ritz, who each had a goal and an assist and Ryan Young, who had a pair of assists.

• In a double-overtime thriller on April 6, 2007 in Annapolis the Terps pulled out a miraculous 8-7 win over the Mids, thanks in large part to three tremendous individual efforts. All-America defender Ray Megill provided the initial spark, getting the Terrapins back in the game after the Mids went on a three-goal run to build a two-goal lead. Megill took his first-ever collegiate face-off, won the ball clean and scored to cut the Navy advantage to one. Navy maintained a one-goal lead as the seconds dwindled down. As the clock neared 0:00, junior midfielder Drew Evans laced a low-to-high shot from 16 yards to send the game into overtime. After the game went to a second OT, sophomore midfielder Dan Groot snapped Navy’s three-game winning streak with a tough shot from the left alley.

• The one-goal games continued in 2006 as the Mids pulled out a 7-6 victory at Byrd Stadium on April 8. The game , which was scheduled for April 7, was pushed back a day due to a large thunderstorm. It was another last-second goal that lifted Navy to the win over the Terps. This time it was attackman Ian Dingman scoring the game-winner with just eights seconds left in the game. Joe Walters scored a pair of goals for Maryland, while Bill McGlone, Max Ritz, Dan Groot and Xander Ritz scored the remaining Maryland goals.

• The 2005 game was another of those one-goal affairs as the Mids and Terps battled into the game’s final seconds before Navy emerged with a 9-8 win on Graham Gill’s game-winning goal with 14 seconds left in the contest.

• The most goals the Terps have ever scored on the Mids in a single game came in 1998’s 21-7 Maryland victory.

• Maryland has also won all four meetings in the NCAA Tournament. The Terps captured their last national championship in 1975 with a 20-13 win over Navy. Maryland also defeated Navy in NCAA semifinal games in 1971, 1976 and 1979.


• The 2014 NCAA Tournament bracket will be revealed live on ESPNU on Sunday, May 4 at 9 p.m. The Terps could potentially be a top-eight seed and would receive a bid to host a home game on the weekend of May 10-11. Details will be available on umterps.com.

• The two quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament will be held on May 17 at Shuart Stadium in Hempstead, N.Y., and May 18 at Delaware Stadium in Newark, Del. The first round and quarterfinal games will be aired exclusively on ESPNU. The NCAA Semifinals and Championship game will be held at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, on Saturday, May 24 and Monday, May 26, respectively, and will be televised on ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD.


• One axiom of lacrosse is that if you score 10 goals or more your chances of winning are pretty good. Well, a look at the results since 2002 shows that when Maryland scores 10 or more goals there’s not just a pretty good chance the Terrapins will win; it’s an almost certainty. Since 2002 Maryland has won 110 of the 119 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .924 winning percentage.

• Maryland scored 10, but fell at North Carolina, 11-10, on March 24, 2012 and again came out on the losing end, despite scoring 11 in a 13-11 loss at Colgate on May 5, 2012. The Terps scored 11 vs. Johns Hopkins on April 16, 2011, but the Blue Jays won the game in overtime, 12-11. On April 3 of last season the Terps lost to No. 1 Virginia by a final of 11-10, giving Maryland its only loss when scoring 10 or more goals in 2010. In 2009 the Terps lost to Georgetown, 13-10 on Feb. 21 and lost again when scoring 10 in the ACC Semifinals in a 16-10 defeat at North Carolina. Prior to that, Maryland had not lost when scoring 10 or more goals since dropping an 11-10 decision to Virginia in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament in Durham, N.C. The Terrapins got to 10 goals in the 100th game against Johns Hopkins, but the Blue Jays took the game 14-10. Virginia is the only team to beat the Terps twice when allowing 10 or more goals. The Wahoos did it first in 2002 with another 11-10 decision.


• The Terps have been extremely impressive (winning 92.4 percent of its games since 2002) when it scores 10 or more goals, they have been nearly as impressive when holding opponents to less than 10 goals during that span.

• Since 2002 Maryland is 128-27 in games, for a .826 winning percentage, when it has held opponents under 10 goals. The Terps have played 206 total games since 2002. Maryland has held opponents to nine goals or less 75.2 percent of the time.


• Since 2005 the Terps are a remarkable 68-4 (.944) when shooting 30% or better in a game. The only four losses were: 13-10 to Georgetown in 2009 (the Terps shot 10 of 30 for 33.3% vs. the Hoyas), 11-10 to No. 1 Virginia on April 3, 2010 (10 of 33 for 30.3%), 12-11 in overtime on April 16, 2011 to No. 3 Johns Hopkins (11 of 28 for 39.3%) and 13-11 at Colgate on May 5, 2012 (11 of 31 for 35.5%).

• Maryland is 10-3 on the year and shot 30% or better in six of its 10 victories and just barely missed that mark in the win at Syracuse.

W- Mount St. Mary’s: 16 goals, 44 shots = 36.4%
W- UMBC: 14 goals, 45 shots = 31.1%
W- at Syracuse: 16 goals, 55 shots = 29.1%
W- Duke: 10 goals, 44 shots = 22.7%
W- at Stony Brook: 11 goals, 48 shots = 22.9%
W- Villanova: 12 goals, 39 shots = 30.7%
W- at Michigan: 13 goals, 42 shots = 31.0%
L- at North Carolina: 8 goals, 30 shots = 26.7%
W- Virginia: 9 goals, 33 shots = 27.3%
W- Robert Morris: 19 goals, 36 shots = 52.8%
L- at Johns Hopkins: 6 goals, 31 shots = 19.4%
W- at Notre Dame: 12 goals, 40 shots = 30.0%
L- vs. Notre Dame: 5 goals, 37 shots = 13.5%

• If 30% is the benchmark, then 40% shooting is in a class all to itself and Maryland has shot 40% or better in 16 games since the start of the 2008 season. Out of those 16 games, Maryland shot 50% or better in five of them.


• Thirteen proved to be an unlucky number for senior Mike Chanenchuk, who saw his 35-game point scoring streak, which dated back to the Johns Hopkins game on Apr. 14, 2012, come to an end in the Terps’ 6-5 loss to Notre Dame in the ACC semifinals. Overall, for his Maryland career Chanenchuk has tallied at least one point in 41 of 44 games.

• Chanenchuk’s point-scoring streak was the second longest since the 2004 season. The only other point-scoring streak longer belongs to Joe Walters, who had at least one point in 45 straight from Feb. 2004 to April 2006. Here’s a look at the Terps’ 20+ game point-scoring streaks since 2004.

45 – Joe Walters (2/28/04 – 4/30/06)
35 – Mike Chanenchuk (4/14/12 – present)
29 – Xander Ritz (2/26/05 – 4/30/06)
26 – Bill McGlone (2/28/04 – 4/23/05)
22 – Grant Catalino (3/3/08 – 3/28/09
20 – Max Ritz (5/6/06 – 5/13/07)
20 – Joe Cummings (5/28/11 – 5/28/12)

• In conjunction with his point-scoring streak, Chanenchuk also had an impressive 23-game goal-scoring streak going, but that came to an end in the 11-6 loss at Johns Hopkins on April 12 when he regiatered three assists, but didn’t score a goal. Prior to the Hopkins game, the last time Chanenchuk did not score a goal for the Terps was in the 23-6 season-opening win over Mount St. Mary’s on Feb. 8, 2013.

• The Terp with the longest current point-scoring streak is now junior Joe LoCascio, who has had at least one point in six straight games.


• With four goals in his first college game, a 16-3 win over Mount St. Mary’s (Feb. 8), Matt Rambo became just the ninth Maryland men’s lacrosse freshman to record a hat trick since 1998. He followed that up with another hat trick in the 14-3 win over UMBC (Feb. 15) to become the first Terp to record back-to-back hat tricks in his first two collegiate games since Grant Catalino in 2008. Rambo netted his third hat trick of the season with four goals in the Terps’ 13-5 win at Michigan (March 18) and then added his fourth with three goals in the 19-6 win over Robert Morris (April 2).

• Connor Cannizzaro scored his first hat trick with three goals in the Terps’ 16-8 win at Syracuse to become the 10th Terp freshman with a hat trick since 1998. This marks just the second time since 1998 that two freshman have recorded hat tricks in the same season. Cannizzaro netted his second career hat trick vs. Villanova on March 14 and added his third at Notre Dame on April 20.

• Game-by-game stats haven’t been saved since the 1998 season, so the following chart can only go back to then, but here’s a look at freshman hat tricks (consecutive games are underlined):

Andrew Combs (1 in 1998): 3-0=3 vs. Towson, Mar. 7
Mike LaMonica (1 in 1999): 3-0=3 vs. Penn State, Mar. 17
Mike Mollot (1 in 2000): 3-4=7 vs. Hofstra, May 14 (NCAA first round)
Dan LaMonica (3 in 2001): 3-1=4 vs. Duke, Mar. 4; 3-1=4 vs. Johns Hopkins, Apr. 14; 3-1=4 vs. Virginia, Apr. 20 (ACC semifinals)
Joe Walters (6 in 2003): 4-1=5 at Towson, Mar. 8; 4-2=6 vs. Bucknell, Mar. 114-0=4 vs. Butler, Mar. 25; 3-1=4 at Virginia, Mar. 29; 4-0=4 at Navy, Apr. 5; 3-1=4 vs. UMBC, Apr. 25
Grant Catalino (3 in 2008): 4-0=4 at Georgetown, Feb. 23; 3-1=4 at Mount St. Mary’s, Feb. 26; 4-3=7 vs. Yale, May 3
Travis Reed (4 in 2008): 4-1=5 at Mount St. Mary’s, Feb. 26; 3-0=3 at Duke, Mar. 1; 3-0=3 vs. Providence, Mar. 3; 3-2=5 vs. Virginia, Mar. 29
John Haus (1 in 2010): 3-0=3 vs. North Carolina, Apr. 23 (ACC semifinals)
Matt Rambo (4 in 2014): 4-2=6 vs. Mount St. Mary’s, Feb. 8; 3-0=3 vs. UMBC, Feb. 15; 4-0=4 at Michigan, Mar. 18; 3-0 vs. Robert Morris, April 2
Connor Cannizzaro (3 in 2014): 3-1=4 at Syracuse, Feb. 22; 3-0=3 vs. Villanova, Mar. 14; at Notre Dame, April 20


• Senior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk scored five of the Terps’ 10 goals in the team’s 10-6 win over No. 1 Duke on March 1, 2014. That performance marks just the ninth time since 1998 that a Maryland player scored at least 50 percent of the team’s goals in a victory (with a five-goal minimum). Chanenchuk is the first Maryland player since 1998 to accomplish the feat at home.

• Here’s a look at Terps who have scored 50% or more of the team’s goals (min. 5 goals) in wins since 1998:

Mike Chanenchuk, 5 goals in 10-6 win vs. Duke (3/1/14)
Jay Carlson, 5 goals in 10-7 win at Villanova (3/16/13)
Joe Walters, 6 goals in 11-4 win at Johns Hopkins (4/15/06)
Joe Walters, 5 goals in 9-6 win at North Carolina (3/25/06)
Xander Ritz, 5 goals in 8-7 OT win at Duke (3/4/06)
Joe Walters, 6 goals in 12-11 win vs. Virginia in ACC finals (4/25/04)
Buggs Combs, 6 goals in 10-4 win at Delaware (3/17/01)
Scott Hochstadt, 6 goals in 9-4 win at Yale (5/1/99)
Scott Hochstadt, 7 goals in 14-11 win at Virginia in ACC finals (4/19/98)

• There are a couple others earlier than 1998, which includes a minimum of six goals scored (which is the minimum for the single-game records):

Rob Wurzburger, 6 goals in 12-7 win at Towson (3/26/88)
Dick Corrigan, 9 goals in 17-10 win over Navy (4/26/58)


• During the March 30 game vs. Virginia, Maryland honored military men and women injured in the line of duty with a partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project. The Terrapins wore special Under Armour Freedom uniforms that were auctioned off at umterps.com. The auction raised more than $25,000 with 100% of the proceeds going directrly to the Wounded Warrior Project. The Maryland men’s lacrosse program and the Maryland athletics department thank everyone for their generous support.


• Maryland senior long stick midfielder Michael Ehrhardt is one of 10 lacrosse student-athletes who excel both on and off the field that were selected as finalists for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate men’s lacrosse.

• To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. The complete list of finalists follows this release.

• Fans can vote once per day per device – computers, tablets, smart phone – so be sure to VOTE EHRHARDT every day!


• Senior goalie Niko Amato became the first goalie in the history of the ACC to be named to the all-conference team for the fourth time in his career. He is just the fifth player ever to be a four-time honoree with Duke attackman Jordan Wolf joining him as the sixth player with his fourth selection this season.

Four-Time All-ACC Selections
Niko Amato (G, MD): 2011-14
Jordan Wolf (A, Duke): 2011-14
Michael Watson (A, UVa): 1994-97
Roddy Marino (A, UVa): 1983-87
Scott Gerham (M, UVa): 1981-84
Pete Worstell (M, MD): 1977-78, 1980-81
Stan Cockerton (A, NC State): 1977-80

• Senior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk, senior defender Michael Ehrhardt, junior defender Goran Murray and junior faceoff specialist Charlie Raffa are all first time honorees.

• The five All-ACC selections are the most for the Terps since 2006 when they also placed five on the all-conference team.


• The Terps boast an all-time record of 756-256-4 (.746), dating back to the first varsity team in 1924 (a team was not fielded in 1944 and 1945 due to World War II). Maryland has finished every one of its previous 88 seasons with a .500 or better record, including last season when the Terps went 12-6. The program reached the 700-win milestone with a 15-6 victory over Penn on April 14, 2009 at Ludwig Field and became just the fourth program with 750 wins with a 16-8 win at No. 2 Syracuse on Feb. 22, 2014.

• During the decade of the 2000s, Maryland went 111-49 for a .694 win percentage, making it the winningest decade in Terrapin lacrosse history. In the decade of the 1990s, Maryland posted a 95-47 record. The .669 winning percentage matched Maryland’s win percentage of the 1980s when the Terps went 83-41 and also compiled a .669 win percentage. So far, Maryland is 56-22 in the 2010’s for a .722 winning percentage.


• Maryland’s 15-6 victory over Penn on April 14, 2009 was the program’s 700th victory in 84 seasons of varsity men’s lacrosse. The Terps join Johns Hopkins, Syracuse, Navy, Army and Cornell as the only programs with 700 or more Division I wins.

• Two things that make Maryland’s accomplishment all the more impressive is that the Terps reached the 700-win plateau in just their 84th season. Only Syracuse reached win No. 700 in as few seasons, but it took the Orange 53 more games than Maryland. In fact, Maryland needed only 940 games to reach 700 wins and only Johns Hopkins needed fewer games (932) to hit the historic number, but the Blue Jays did so in their 105th season.


Inside Lacrosse
Face-Off Magazine Preseason All-Americans
Michael Ehrhardt (1st)
Niko Amato (2nd)
Goran Murray (2nd)
Mike Chanenchuk (3rd)

National Player of the Week
Mike Chanenchuk (Mar. 3)

Preseason All-ACC
Niko Amato
Michael Ehrhardt
Goran Murray

Offensive Player of the Week
Mike Chanenchuk (Mar. 4)
Connor Cannizzaro (Apr. 22)

Defensive Player of the Week
Niko Amato (Feb. 25)
Niko Amato (Mar. 4)
Niko Amato (Apr. 1)
Charlie Raffa (Apr. 22)

Niko Amato (4th selection)
Mike Chanenchuk (1st selection)
Michael Ehrhardt (1st selection)
Goran Murray (1st selection)
Charlie Raffa (1st selection)

ACC All-Tournament Team
Goran Murray

University of Maryland
Terp of the Week
Charlie Raffa (Feb. 28)
Connor Cannizzaro (Apr. 23)


• Maryland’s 12-8 win at Notre Dame on April 20, 2014 extended the Terps’ streak of double-digit win seasons to 12, which is the longest active streak in NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse. (Special thanks to Patrick Stevens of the D1scource.com).

• There are only four programs with a current streak of at least five-straight 10-win seasons:

Maryland (12): 2014 (10-3), 2013 (10-4), 2012 (12-6), 2011 (13-5), 2010 (12-4), 2009 (10-7), 2008 (10-6), 2007 (10-6), 2006 (12-5), 2005 (11-6), 2004 (13-3), 2003 (12-4)
Notre Dame (8): 2013 (11-4), 2012 (13-3), 2011 (11-3), 2010 (10-7), 2009 (15-1), 2008 (14-3), 2007 (11-4), 2006 (10-5)
Duke (8): 2014 (12-3), 2013 (16-4), 2012 (15-5) 2011 (14-6), 2010 (16-4), 2009 (15-4), 2008 (18-2), 2007 ( 17-3)
North Carolina (6): 2014 (10-4), 2013 (13-4), 2012 (11-6), 2011 (10-6), 2010 (13-3), 2009 (12-6)

• Cornell’s string of seven-straight 10+ win seasons came to an end in 2012 with a 9-4 final mark. Virginia’s streak of eight-consecutive seasons with 10+ wins ended in 2013 with a 7-8 record, while Siena saw its run of six 10-win seasons end with an 8-9 mark this season.


• Maryland has had 52 games on ESPNU since 2006. Maryland is 28-24 (.538) all-time in games broadcast on ESPNU.

• The Terps are scheduled to play five games (at North Carolina, vs. Virginia, at Johns Hopkins, at Notre Dame and the ACC tournament semifinals) on ESPNU in 2014.


• Maryland has played 80 different opponents in its 89 seasons, including the first-ever meeting between the Terps and Michigan and then vs. Robert Morris earlier this season. In the Terps’ 80 first-time meetings Maryland is 76-4 (.950) in those games. Adelphi (12-13, 1982), Army (0-3, 1923), Syracuse (3-10, 1927) and Yale (3-5, 1925) are the only schools to beat the Terps the first time the schools met on a lacrosse field.


• Many school’s refer to their sports programs as families, but the Maryland men’s lacrosse program is truly a family affair. Since 2001, the Terps have had 13 sets of brothers, including three on this season’s roster, don the red and black together for at least one season.

Harry & Thomas Alford: 2004-05-06-07
Jake & Jesse Bernhardt: 2010-11-12-13
Justin & Owen Blye: 2009-10-11
Brian & Kevin Cooper: 2011-12-13
Billy & Bobby Gribbin: 2012-13
Brendan & Ian Healy: 2003-04-05
Bryn & Curtis Holmes: 2010
Bryn & Travis Holmes: 2007
Dan & Mike LaMonica: 2001-02
Chris & Willy Passavia: 2001-02-03
Brian & Michael Phipps: 2007
Max & Xander Ritz: 2005-06
Mark & Michael White: 2008-09-10-11

• The 2014 season is the first since 2000 that the Terps have not had a brother combination on the roster.


• Maryland has an 85-3-1 (.961) lifetime record in season openers dating back to the 1924 season. The Terps have won their last 19 openers and 26 of the last 27, with the only loss coming to Duke in 1993, when they fell to Duke 9-5 on March 6.

• After losing their 1925 opener to Yale, 5-3, the Terps went on to win 40 consecutive season openers from 1926 through 1967. The streak was broken when Maryland tied Princeton, 6-6, in the 1968 opener. Following the deadlock, Maryland went on to win its next 14 openers, giving the Terps a 54-0-1 record over a 57-year span (Maryland did not field a team in 1944 and 1945 due to World War II.)


• After beating Mount St. Mary’s to open the 2013 season the Terps have an 20-game winning streak in season openers. Five of those wins came against Villanova (1994-98) and the last nine over Denver, Mount St. Mary’s (three times), Air Force, Hobart, Duke, Georgetown (four times), Bellarmine (twice), Presbyterian, Detroit Mercy and Hartford. Over the 21-year stretch, Maryland outscored its foes 306-108 (an average score of 14.6-5.1) in those games.

• The Terps have not allowed more than seven goals to any opponent in a season opener over the last 21 years. Maryland has not allowed an opponent to score 10 or more goals in a season opener since Syracuse beat the Terps, 16-13 on March 9, 1983.


• Led by senior defender Michael Ehrhardt, four Maryland men’s lacrosse student-athletes were chosen in the 2014 Major League Lacrosse collegiate draft.

• Ehrhardt was chosen seventh overall by the Charlotte Hounds, becoming the eighth Maryland player to be taken in the first round, joining Lee Zink (2004, 5th), Chris Passavia (2004, 6th), Joe Walters (2006, 1st), Bill McGlone (2006, 5th), Ray Megill (2007, 9th), Joe Cinosky (2008, 9th) and Jesse Bernhardt (2013, 4th).

• Senior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk was the next Terrapin off the board, also joining the Hounds as the 11th overall selection.

• The third Terp to be selected was senior goalie Niko Amato, becoming the first Terp to join the Florida Launch, with the 29th overall selection.

• The final Terp to be drafted was senior short-stick defensive midfielder Brian Cooper, who earned the distinction of being 2014’s MLL equivalent of “Mr. Irrelevant” as the final selection of the draft, going with the 64th overall selection to the Chesapeake Bayhawks.


• Five Maryland men’s lacrosse alumni were named to the 30-man roster for the U.S. National Team that will compete at the 2014 FIL World Championships from July 10-19 in Denver.

• Jesse Bernhardt (2013), Dan Burns (2011), Jeff Reynolds (2009), Drew Snider (2012) and Lee Zink (2004) made the team, which was selected from an original pool of 98 players through a seven-month selection process.

• Maryland’s five selections are tied for the most of any college program with Johns Hopkins, which also has five alums among the 30-man roster.


• Four players have been named team captains for the 2014 season. The quartet, which was selected by a combination of team vote and coaches’ input, consists of seniors Tyler Adelsberger, Niko Amato, Mike Chanenchukand Michael Ehrhardt.


• The University of Maryland’s men’s lacrosse team will compete in the Big Ten Conference beginning with the 2015 season, following an announcement from the conference office on June 3, 2013 that the Big Ten has secured six men’s teams when Johns Hopkins was accepted as a sport affiliate member for men’s lacrosse only beginning with the 2014-15 academic year to give the Big Ten six men’s programs, joining Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers.

• The six programs that will comprise Big Ten men’s lacrosse boast 56 national championships, with schools that have competed for more than a century. Johns Hopkins has been an independent since 1883 and leads all schools with 44 national championships. Maryland has claimed 11 national titles, while Rutgers has also won a national championship. The Scarlet Knights launched men’s lacrosse in 1887, followed by programs starting in 1913 for Penn State, 1924 for Maryland and 1953 for Ohio State. Michigan instituted a men’s lacrosse program in 2012. Maryland, Ohio State and Penn State each qualified for the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship in 2013, with the Buckeyes advancing to the quarterfinals.




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Navy wraps 2014 season Saturday at Maryland

Posted on 02 May 2014 by WNST Staff

2014 Navy Men’s Lacrosse Game Specifics
Game 14 Navy (4-9, 3-5 PL) at #8 Maryland (10-3, 4-1 ACC)
Date and Faceoff May 3 at 1:00 pm ET
Location College Park, Md. | Byrd Stadium (54,000)

Game Preview
•  Navy (4-9, 3-5 Patriot League) will close out the 2014 season on Saturday afternoon when it makes the short trip to College Park to face eighth-ranked Maryland (10-3, 4-1 ACC).  The 89th meeting between the Mids and the Terps is slated for a 1:00 pm faceoff at Byrd Stadium.
• Saturday’s contest will mark the final collegiate game for Navy’s 13 seniors –Pat Durkin, Austin Heneveld, Erik Hoffstadt, Tucker Hull, Sam Jones, co-captain Pat Kiernan, co-captain Matt Morrison, Nik Mullen, Sean Price, Ben Sampson, Trevor Shafran, Matt Steffensand Paul Zimmerman.
• Navy earned its first trip to the Patriot League Tournament since 2010, however, the sixth-seeded Mids dropped a 10-6 decision to third-seeded Lehigh last Tuesday in Bethlehem.   Navy trailed by just one going into the final quarter, but a 4-0 run by the Mountain Hawks sealed the win for Lehigh
• Maryland is coming off a tough 6-5 loss to Notre Dame last Friday in the ACC Semifinals.  It marked the second straight week the two program met as the Terps dealt the Irish a 12-8 loss in South Bend just a week prior.  Maryland comes into the weekend having lost three of its last five contests.
• Saturday’s game will be carried live by 1430 AM / 99.9 FM WNAV with Pete Medhurst and Joe Miller handling the call.  Coverage begins with the Navy lacrosse pregame show at 12:45 pm.  The game will also be streamed online via NavySports.com ($9.95 fee).  Live stats will also be available at NavySports.com.

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 – The Mids’ 58.5 (116 of 284) faceoff winning percentage is their best mark since posting a 59.1 percentage (188 of 318) 9 year ago.
8 – Navy has lost the faceoff battle just 3 times this season.  The Mids have lost 8 in a row when the opposition wins more faceoffs.  Maryland’s Charlie Raffa is ranked 2nd nationally (67.0) and Navy’s Brady Dove is 15th (58.5).
7 – Senior Tucker Hull has punched in multiple goals in 7 games this season, including 4 of the last 5 games (3 vs. Lehigh-PL Quarters, 2 vs. Boston U., Loyola, Johns Hopkins).
6 – Senior Sam Jones needs 2 assists to become only the 6th player in program history to score 80 goals and deal out 60 assists.  He has scored 85 goals and posted 58 assists.
5 – The winner of each of the last 5 Navy-Maryland games has scored double digits.  Prior to that, neither team reached 10 goals in 10 consecutive games (1999 thru 2008).
4 – Senior co-captain Pat Kiernan owns a team-best 22 caused turnovers this spring which stands 4th on Navy’s single-season list.  He is the only player in program history to top 20 takeaways in a season multiple times.
3 – Navy has 3 seniors (Erik Hoffstadt, Matt Steffens, Paul Zimmerman) who will graduate with honors in May.
2 – Freshman Brady Dove stands 2nd on Navy’s single-season faceoff wins list with 158.  He is 15 wins behind record holder Chris Pieczonka who set the record in 2004 with 173 (16 gms).
1 – Third-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell is just 1 win shy of earning his 100th collegiate victory.  He owns a 99-106 record in 15 years as a head coach.

Scouting the Terrapins
• Under the direction of fourth-year head coach John Tillman, Maryland enters Saturday’s contest ranked eighth in the nation via the USILA Coaches Poll after putting together a 10-3 mark to date.  The Terps’ losses have come against nationally-ranked foes North Carolina (11-8), Johns Hopkins (11-6) and Notre Dame (6-5) in the ACC Semifinals.  Meanwhile their victories are against Mount St. Mary’s (16-3), UMBC (14-3), Syracuse (16-8), Duke (10-6), Stony Brook (11-8), Villanova (12-10), Michigan (13-5), Virginia (9-6), Robert Morris (19-6) and Notre Dame (12-8).
• The Terps are ranked among the nation’s top 10 in seven statistical categories, including three in the top 5.  Maryland stands No. 3 in scoring defense, holding its opponents to just 7.00 goals per game.  Villanova (W, 12-10), North Carolina (L, 11-8) and Johns Hopkins (L, 11-6) are the only teams to reach double figures against the Terps.
• Anchoring the defensive effort for the Terps is senior keeper Niko Amato who stands fourth nationally in goals-against average (7.27) and eighth in save percentage (57.3).
• Senior long pole Michael Ehrhardt has registered a team-best 24 caused turnovers and picked up 47  ground balls, while starting defenseman Casey Ikeda and Brian Cooper have 14 takeaways apiece.
• Meanwhile, Maryland has been held to single digits just four times this season.  The Terps stand 15th in scoring offense, averaging 11.62 goals per game.
• Six players have scored double-digit goals for Maryland this season, including senior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk who leads the team in goals (28), assists (16) and points (44).  Rookie attackman Matt Rambo has also topped 20 goals this season, turning in 29 points on 24 goals and 5 assists as the team’s second-leading scorer.
• Faceoff specialist Charlie Raffa has been spot-on this spring where he has won 142 of the 212 draws he has taken this spring for a 67.0 percentage.  He is ranked No. 2 nationally in winning percentage and with an 8.09 ground balls per game average, he stands 10th.
• Maryland is also one of the nation’s best in clearing percentage, failing on just 16 of its 203 attempts.
• If there was an area of weakness for the Terps it would be their man-down defense which has surrendered 16 goals on 37 attempts.

Navy vs. Maryland – The Series
• Saturday’s contest between Navy and Maryland marks the 69th-consecutive year the two programs have met … it’s the second-longest continuous lacrosse series between Navy and another opponent … only Army has played Navy longer (82 straight years).
• Maryland leads the series, 54-33-1, and head into the weekend having won four in a row against the Mids after Navy had won five of the previous six contests.
• The Terps own a 23-13 mark in games played on their home field, winning two straight … the Mids won three in a row (2004, `06, `08) prior to Maryland’s current home winning streak.
• Eight of the last 15 games played between the two teams have been decided by one goal.  meanwhile, four of the last seven games played at Byrd Stadium have been decided by one goal.
• Navy’s 9-6 win over Maryland in 2004 is the only document win by the Mids over a No. 1-ranked opponent in program history.

Program Ties
• Fourth-year Maryland head coach John Tillman served as an assistant coach at the Naval Academy from 1996-07 and was the offensive coordinator his last six years.  Tillman was on staff during the Mids’ memorable Memorial Day ride in 2004 when Navy faced Syracuse in the National Championship Game.
• One of Tillman’s pupils at the Academy, J.L. Reppert (Class of 1999), is in his third season as an assistant coach at his alma mater.  Reppert also served as an assistant on Tillman’s coaching staff at Harvard in 2009.  Tillman was also an assistant coach at Navy when current volunteer assistant coach Mickey Jarboe, Class of 2000, enjoyed a stellar career at the Academy as a two-time All-American and Kelly Award winner.
• Maryland grad and Terrapin associate head coach Ryan Moran spent three seasons (2006-08) as an assistant coach for the Midshipmen.  Moran also served as the head coach at the Naval Academy Prep School during the 2005 campaign.
• Moran and third-year Navy assistant coach Ryan Wellner are both graduates of Chaminade High School.  Wellner was a senior (`96) when Moran was a freshman (`99).  Moran’s father, Jack, gave Wellner his first coaching position in 2003 at Chaminade.
• Maryland senior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk’s father, Mike, was a three-time All-American for the Midshipmen from 1977-79.  The elder Chanenchuk was a member of four NCAA semifinal teams and served as co-captain of the 1979 squad that ironically dropped a 15-10 decision in the NCAA semifinals to the Terps.

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Navy announces Ohio State, Army game kickoff times

Posted on 25 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Game Times Announced For Navy Football Home Games And Neutral Site Games Against Ohio State And Army

Season Tickets On Sale Now


ANNAPOLIS, Md.—The Navy football team, coming off a 2013 campaign that saw the Midsfinish with a 9-4 record, win the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy for the ninth time in the last 11 years, qualify for a bowl game for the 10th time in the last 11 years, win a bowl game for just the eighth time in school history and defeat Army for a series-record 12th-consecutive year, will face a challenging 2014 schedule that features five games at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and three neutral site games in the Baltimore-Washington corridor.  Additionally, this year marks Navy’s final year as an independent as the Mids will join the American Athletic Conference in 2015.  Once again, all Navy home and neutral site games will be televised by CBS Sports or CBS Sports Network.


The Mids will play seven teams that were bowl eligible in 2013, including two of college football’s most storied programs, Ohio State and Notre Dame.


“This exceptional schedule is terrific for our fans to attend up to eight games within a 25 minute drive of Annapolis,” said Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk.  “The base season ticket package covers our traditional home games in Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, while the additional match-ups in NFL venues allow for optional purchasing opportunities for fans to be there for all the action, all fall long.  Navy football is Navy family and this is a great schedule for all to see the Midshipmen in some of the finest venues in the nation right in our backyard.”


“This will once again be an incredibly challenging schedule for our football team,” said Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalo.  “With seven teams on our schedule that were bowl eligible a year ago, our team will have to work extremely hard this off-season to accomplish all of our goals next year.  It’s also exciting to have eight games locally (five in Annapolis, two in Baltimore, one in Landover) as it will give the thousands of Navy fans in the area, and even those who are looking for a college team to root for and have never seen us play, an opportunity to come out and support this incredible group of young men.”


Navy will open up the 2014 campaign with a bang as it plays host to the Ohio State Buckeyes at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 30 in a game that will be televised nationally by CBS Sports Network at 12 noon.


Ohio State is coming off a 12-2 season and is 24-2 over the last two years under Urban Meyer.  This will be the second time in six years that Navy has opened up against Ohio State.  In 2009, Navy went into Columbus and nearly pulled off the upset before losing 31-27 on an intercepted two-point conversion that was returned for two points in the final minute.


The following week (Sept. 6), Navy will travel to future American Athletic Conference foe Temple (2-10 in 2013), as the two teams will tangle at Lincoln Financial Field.  The Mids are 10-0 all-time at Lincoln Financial (9-0 vs. Army, 1-0 vs. Temple). 


The Mids will be back on the road the following week (Sept. 13) as they travel to San Marcos, Texas to take on the Bobcats of Texas State (6-6 in 2013).  It will be Navy’s first trip to San Marcos.


The Mids will play their first game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 20 when Navy plays host to one of the Big Ten’s newest members, Rutgers, in a 3:30 PM contest that will be televised live by CBS Sports Network. 


The Scarlet Knights were 6-7 a year ago and played in the Pinstripe Bowl against Notre Dame. 


Navy will be looking for payback the following week as it plays host to Western Kentucky on Saturday, Sept. 27 in a 3:30 PM contest that will be televised live by CBS Sports Network. 


The Hilltoppers are coming off an 8-4 campaign, including a 19-7 victory over Navy in a game that starting quarterback Keenan Reynolds was knocked out of in the second quarter on a helmet-to-helmet hit.


Navy travels to Colorado Springs on Saturday, Oct. 4 to take on Air Force in the first game of the round-robin competition between Navy, Air Force and Army for the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy.  The game is scheduled to kick at 1:30 PM in Colorado Springs (3:30 in Annapolis) and will be televised nationally by CBS Sports Network.


Navy defeated Air Force last year, 28-10, in Annapolis and will look to beat Air Force for the 10th time in the last 12 meetings. Air Force finished 2-10 a year ago.


Navy returns home to face VMI on Oct. 11 in a 3:30 PM game that will be televised by CBS Sports Network and then, after a week off, will welcome San Jose State on Oct. 25 in a rematch of one of the best games in all of college football a year ago. 


The Spartans, who finished 6-6 on the year including an upset of undefeated Fresno State in the season finale, lost to Navy a year ago, 58-52, in triple overtime as Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds ran for an NCAA-record (for a quarterback) seven rushing touchdowns, including the game-winning 25-yard touchdown run.  The San Jose State game will kick at1:00 PM and will be televised by CBS Sports Network.


The following week the Mids will take the short trip down Route 50 to take on the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame (9-4) at FedExField in Landover, Md.  in a game that will be televised by CBS Sports.  Game time is still to be announced.


Last year, Notre Dame outlasted Navy, 38-34, in a game that featured an incredible nine lead changes.  This will be the first meeting between Navy and Notre Dame at FedExField since 1998.


After another off-week, the Mids return to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium to face a Georgia Southern team (Nov. 15) that will be in its first full year as a Football Bowl Subdivision team.  Last year, as a transitional FBS squad, the Eagles went 7-4 including a 26-20 upset victory over Florida in The Swamp.  CBS Sports Network will televise the game starting at 3:30 PM.


After a third off-week in six weeks, the Mids will return to the gridiron on Friday, Nov. 28to take on South Alabama (6-6) in Mobile, Ala.  It will be Navy’s first trip to Mobile to play the Jaguars. No game time has been set as of yet for the South Alabama game.


Navy will have a fourth off-week after the South Alabama game before playing Service Academy rival Army at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium.  The game will be televised by CBS Sports and will kick at 3 PM.


Navy will be going for a record 13th win in a row against its biggest rival.  It will be the first Army-Navy game in Baltimore since 2007 when the Mids beat the Black Knights, 38-3.  Army head coach Jeff Monken was an assistant at Navy for that game.


Season tickets are currently on sale at navysports.com or by calling 1-800-US4-NAVY. The direct link to the ticket info page is here: http://bit.ly/LNw2FX


Single game tickets are also available to Admiral’s Row members only.  To become a member of Admiral’s Row go here: http://bit.ly/1lFSSSA

With six wins in 2014, the Mids will appear in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.  A date has not yet been set for the bowl game.



2014 Navy Football Schedule

Date                         Opponent                                    Location                            Time                        TV

August 30                vs. Ohio State                             Baltimore, Md.                  12 noon                  CBS SN

Sept. 6                     at Temple                                    Philadelphia, Pa.                TBA                          TBA

Sept. 13                   at Texas State                              San Marcos, Texas              TBA                          TBA

Sept. 20                  Rutgers                                        Annapolis, Md.                  3:30 PM                  CBS SN

Sept. 27                  Western Kentucky                      Annapolis, Md.                  3:30 PM                  CBS SN

Oct. 4                       at Air Force                                  Colorado Springs, Colo.     3:30 PM                   CBS SN

Oct. 11                    VMI                                               Annapolis, Md.                  3:30 PM                  CBS SN

Oct. 25                    San Jose State (HC)                    Annapolis, Md.                  1:00 PM                  CBS SN

Nov. 1                      vs. Notre Dame                           Landover, Md.                   TBA                         TBA

Nov. 15                    Georgia Southern                       Annapolis, Md.                  3:30 PM                  CBS SN

Nov. 28                     at South Alabama                        Mobile, Ala.                        TBA                         TBA

Dec. 13                    vs. Army                                      Baltimore, Md.                  3:00 PM                  CBS

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Navy eliminated from Patriot League Tournament by Lehigh

Posted on 22 April 2014 by WNST Staff

BETHLEHEM, Pa. —  Two-time defending Patriot League Champion Lehigh outscored Navy 4-1 in the fourth quarter to secure a 10-6 victory over the Midshipmen in the Patriot League Tournament Quarterfinals played Tuesday evening at the Ulrich Sports Complex in Bethlehem, Pa.  The third-seeded Mountain Hawks will face Army in the semifinals of the Patriot League Tournament, while top-seeded Loyola will battle the No. 4 seed Colgate.

“It was another hard-fought battle for the Midshipmen,” said third-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell.  “We have had a long stretch against some really talented teams (Loyola, Army, Johns Hopkins, Lehigh) and there’s a lot of emotion that goes into those games.  I’m extremely proud of the way we came out and competed against a team that got us pretty good a month ago.  Lehigh is a talented team and well coached and at the end of the night they made a few more plays than us.

“We knew we were a better team than what showed up the last time we played here,” added Sowell.  “But I think it was a combination of it being a playoff game and the confidence we have gained over the last few weeks.  We certainly wanted to leave it all on the field tonight and I honestly couldn’t have been more proud of the effort my team gave.”

Navy opened the game with the hot hand as seniors Tucker Hull (Charlotte, N.C.) and Sam Jones (Annapolis, Md.) joined forces to put the Midshpmen up 1-0 six minutes into the contest thanks to a transition goal that was generated by a takeaway from rookie John Trainor (Northport, N.Y.).

Lehigh answered with just over three minutes to go in the opening quarter when Kurtis Kaunas fired in a five-yarder from the left wing.

The Mids took the lead once again when sophomore midfielder Kevin Wendel (East Islip, N.Y.) out-raced Lehigh defenseman Sam Lawrence and scored his third collegiate goal to put Navy up 2-1 with 2:29 remaining in the first quarter.

Reid Weber slipped his defender and poked in his shot three minutes into the second quarter, queing  a 4-0 run by the Mountain Hawks.  Three of the next four goals were extra-man strikes as Lehigh owned a 5-2 lead with 9:25 to go in the first half.

Navy finally stopped the Lehigh run when Jones threaded his scoop shot through multiple defenders, as well as three-time All-Patriot League goalkeeper Matt Poillon, as Navy trailed 5-3 at the half.

The Mids trimmed the lead to one four minutes into the third quarter when senior middie Austin Heneveld (East Hampton, N.Y.) found a wide-open Hul standing on the left crease for his second goal of the contest.

Lehigh pushed its lead back to two when the Mids were unable to clear the ball out of the defensive box and Matt Smith punched in his fourth goal of the year from 10 yards out.

With under 30 seconds to go in the third period, Navy set up a play that saw Jones use a roll dodge to get free of middie Alan Henderson and post his second goal of the game with just 5.6 seconds left.

Down 6-5 heading into the final period of play, the Mids were unable to get anything going on the offensive end of the field while the Mountain Hawks scored four in a row, including an empty net goal with two minutes to play, to take a 10-5 lead.

The Mids scored a final time with 1:23 left in the contest when Hull produced his 14th collegiate hat trick with an unassisted strike from five yards out.

“We were able to get to within one a few times, but we just couldn’t get that goal to pull us even.  Looking back that four-goal run they made in the second quarter was tough to come back from, but we did not give up until the clock hit zero.”

Hull and Jones paced the Mids with three points apiece as Hull became just the 14th player in program history to reach 80 career goals.  Meanwhile, Jones moved into a tie for 10th place on Navy’s all-time points list with 143 points alongside Hall of Famer James Chambers (1946-49).

John Connors (Bellmore, N.Y.), who was named the Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week on Monday, played a strong game between the pipes, finishing the contest with 13 saves including six in the third quarter.  Senior long pole Pat Kiernan (Ridgewood, N.J.) turned in a team-best three caused turnovers, while also playing a huge role on the wings of faceoffs helping Navy freshman Brady Dove (Stevensville, Md.) win 13 of the 19 draws.  Kiernan grabbed a team-best seven ground balls and jumped from sixth to fourth on Navy’s career ground balls list with 185.  It’s the most ground balls by a Navy player since William Wallace set the record playing from 2004-07.

Dove, who was named a Second-Team All-Patriot League player, has now won 158 faceoffs this season which are the second most in school history behind record holder Chris Pieczonka who set the record with 173 in 2004 and played in five more games.  Meanwhile, he stands eighth on Navy’s career faceoff wins list.

Five different players scored goals for the Mountain Hawks, including Kaunas who produced three goals and added an assist.  Meanwhile, Poillon anchored the defense with 15 saves including four in the final quarter of play.

The Mids will close out the 2014 campaign a week from Saturday with a 1:00 pm contest against fifth-ranked Maryland.

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Hopkins wins defensive showdown at Navy

Posted on 18 April 2014 by WNST Staff

ANNAPOLIS, MD – The sixth-ranked Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team capped a tough stretch of three games in seven days with a gutty 6-5 win at Navy before a crowd of 8,655 at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium Friday night. The Blue Jays previously topped Maryland (11-6) and Mount St. Mary’s (17-2) to open the three-game run and the Midshipmen gave them all they could handle before Hopkins forced a late turnover and ran out the clock to run its winning streak to four games.

In a game that saw both teams score just twice in the second half, it was Navy that had momentum and possession late, but a pair of big plays – a save by senior Eric Schneider on a left-handed runner by Gabe Voumard and a deflected pass by junior co-captain Michael Pellegrino that eventually gave the Blue Jays possession in the final 15 seconds – proved to be the difference.

Schneider bailed the Blue Jays out with his 17th save on Voumard’s shot with 1:01 remaining as he swept across the field and got his hands free from 12 yards out. Still, the Blue Jays weren’t out of danger as they failed to clear the ball cleanly and Navy regained possession and called timeout with 34 seconds remaining.

The Midshipmen worked the ball around to Schneider’s left, but an Austin Heneveld pass to the middle was deflected by Pellegrino and junior John Kelly came up with the ground ball near midfield before Navy was called for a hold with 12 seconds remaining that effectively sealed the win for the Blue Jays.

Johns Hopkins never trailed in the game, but the Blue Jays could never quite put the Midshipmen away and needed the late-game heroics of Schneider, Pellegrino and the defense to seal the victory.

It took less than a minute for Hopkins to open the scoring as Brandon Benn finished from in tight on a nifty feed to the crease from Wells Stanwick. Voumard answered just under three minutes later as he had time and room from 12 yards and beat Schneider up high.

That score held until early in the second quarter, when Hopkins took a two-goal lead on the strength of back-to-back goals by Benn in a span of just 28 seconds. He scored from the wing at the back end of a transition chance that was jump-started by a Schneider save and sophomore Connor Reed then drew a slide off a dodge and found Benn alone five yards to the right of goalie John Connors, who gave up the inside post as Benn completed his 18th career hat trick.

T.J. Hanzsche and Tucker Hull wrapped goals around an extra-man tally by Ryan Brown for the Blue Jays to account for a 4-3 score at the half and Hopkins pushed that lead to three goals less than seven minutes into the third quarter as Holden Cattoni blew a low shot past Connors off a feed from Reed and Benn found the same spot midway through the period to make it 6-3.

The three-goal cushion was down to two when Sam Jones found the top corner from straight away in an extra-man situation with 5:22 remaining in the third and Hull added his second of the game nearly 15 minutes later to make it 6-5 with 5:27 left in regulation.

The Midshipmen fired four more shots at Schneider and the Blue Jay defense in the final four minutes, but two missed the mark and Schneider got the better of Hull and then Voumard to help seal Johns Hopkins’ ninth win of the season.

Schneider’s 17 saves are the second-highest total of his career and six of those 17 came in the final 15 minutes. He anchored a defense that held its third straight opponent to six goals or less.

Benn’s four goals push his career total to an even 100, which makes him the 17th player in school history to reach the century mark. Brown (1g, 1a) and Reed (2a) were the only other multi-point scorers for the Blue Jays.

Navy got 14 saves from Connors and the Midshipmen held decided advantages in shots (46-29) and ground balls (27-10), but Schneider and the Blue Jay defense got the stops they needed down the stretch to close out the win and polish off the rugged seven-day run.

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