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Navy lacrosse coach Sowell introduces 20 man recruiting class

Posted on 28 July 2014 by WNST Staff

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – With the graduation of 13 players off last year’s squad, fourth-year Navy men’s lacrosse coach Rick Sowell and his staff have welcomed 20 new faces to the Midshipmen lacrosse program this summer.

The Class of 2018 is represented by players from nine states, as far west as California and includes seven standouts hailing from the state of Maryland. Among those players from the Old Line State are Spencer Coyle, Steve Hincks, DJ Plumer and Nick Ramsey who were finalists for the C. Markland Kelly High School Lacrosse Award which has been awarded for the last 60-plus years to the best high school lacrosse player in the state of Maryland.

Meanwhile four of Navy’s recruits garnered All-America recognition (Hiram Carter, Noah Pounds, Nick Ramsey and Ray Wardell) and 11 led their respective programs as team captains. Additionally 17 received all-league honors and four were named their school’s athlete of the year.

“It’s a pleasure to welcome the Class of 2018 to the United States Naval Academy and to Navy Lacrosse,” said Sowell. “This is a rather large class that possesses the talent and desire to excel on the playing field. These young men have the character that it takes to become outstanding midshipmen and we expect them to make an immediate impact, both on the field and within the Brigade.”

 

Navy Men's Lacrosse Class of 2018
Hiram Carter         D          6-0     205    Apopka, Fla. / Lake Brantley
Spencer Coyle        A/M        5-9     175    Annapolis, Md. / St. Mary's
Taylor Esoldi        A/M        6-0     190    Encinitas, Calif. / Cathedral Catholic
Mike Germano         FO         6-0     185    Wilmette, Ill. / New Trier
Carson Hart          M          6-0     190    Wayland, Mass. / Wayland
Cortland Heneveld    M          6-3     205    East Hampton, N.Y. / East Hampton
Chris Hill           M/A        5-10    180    Novato, Calif. / Marin Catholic
Steve Hincks         D          6-3	210    Edgewater, Md. / South River
David Jones          M          6-4	195    Annapolis, Md. / Severn School
Justin Knode         M          5-11	196    Prince Frederick, Md. / Calverton School
Dave Little          A          6-1     190    Vienna, Va. / The Hill Academy
DJ Plumer            M          6-3     187    Stevensville, Md. / Kent Island
Noah Pounds          GK         5-8     185    Fair Lawn, N.J. / Ridgewood
Nick Ramsey          GK         6-0     185    Crofton, Md. / DeMatha Catholic
Jack Ray             A          6-6     255    Wyckoff, N.J. / Don Bosco Prep
Casey Rees           M          6-2     187    Sykesville, Md. / Boys' Latin
Michael Strack       LSM / D    6-1     190    North Babylon, N.Y. / St. Anthony's
George Uhrich        LSM/ D     6-4     205    Ambler, Pa. / La Salle College (HS)
Joseph Varello       M / FO     5-10    195    Kings Park, N.Y. / Smithtown West
Ray Wardell          M          6-5     220    Babylon, N.Y. / Babylon

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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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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 looks for first road win Saturday at Lehigh

Posted on 14 March 2014 by WNST Staff

2014 Navy Men’s Lacrosse Game Specifics
Game 5 Navy (3-3, 2-1 PL) at Lehigh (5-2, 2-1 PL)
Date and Faceoff March 15 at 2:00 pm ET
Location Bethlehem, Pa. | Ulrich Sports Complex (1,200)


Game Preview

• The Navy men’s lacrosse team (3-3, 2-1 Patriot League) will make its fifth trip to Bethlehem, Pa. in the last six years when the Mids make the trek Saturday to face conference foe Lehigh (5-2, 2-1 PL).  With faceoff slated for 2:00 pm at the Ulrich Sports Complex, the Mids and Mountain Hawks will meet for the 33rd time in the series history.
• 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 are coming off a 14-9 loss at Towson last Tuesday where the Mids trailed 9-1 at the half.  Despite scoring four goals in each of the last two quarters, the deficit was too great for Navy to overcome as it dropped its ninth consecutive road game.
• Like Navy, Lehigh also struggled to find the back of the net in its Tuesday evening road loss at 17th-ranked Yale.  The Mountain Hawks were held scoreless in the first and third periods and mustered just 17 shots the entire contest.  Turnovers also caused havoc, as Lehigh turned the ball over 21 times, 12 of which were unforced.

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 – Navy senior Tucker Hull has scored a point in each of the last 9 contests … the last time he did not score was against Lehigh on March 30, 2013.  Fellow attack T.J. Hanzscheowns Navy’s longest point and goal-scoring streak, having posted a point in 12 straight games.
8 – Navy starting attack Sam Jones has produced a combined 8 goals in the three previous games he has played against Lehigh, including 4 in last year’s contest.
7 – The Mids are ranked 7th nationally in three team categories:  faceoff winning percentage (61.3), man-down defense (79.2) and scoring defense (7.60).
6 – Freshman faceoff specialist Brady Dove, who is Navy’s all-time freshman faceoff wins leader, needs 6 wins on Saturday to take over the No. 15 spot on Navy’s career faceoff wins list.
5 – Just 5 players on the roster have produced points against Lehigh, including 4 seniors -Sam Jones (8-3=11), Erik Hoffstadt (2-0=2), Tucker Hull (1-1=2), T.J. Hanzsche (1-0=1) and Austin Heneveld (1-0=1).
4 – Hull needs 4 goals to join Navy’s all-time goals scored list with 73.  He would also join teammate Sam Jones as one of just nine active NCAA players to score 70 plus goals and register 50 assists.
3 – Jones needs just 3 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).
2 – Third-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell is 2 wins from earning his 100th collegiate victory.  He owns a 98-99 record in 15 years as a head coach.
1 – Navy senior long pole Pat Kiernan stands No. 1 on Navy’s career caused turnovers list with 59 over his four year career.  He leads Navy this season with 8 takeaways.

Navy vs. Lehigh – The Series
• Saturday’s contest between Navy and Lehigh marks the 33rd game in a series that began in 1910 … the Midshipmen own a commanding 28-4 series advantage.
• The Mids won the first three contests before suffering their first loss in the series, a 4-3 decision in 1913 … Navy had won 25 in a row against the Mountain Hawks until Lehigh dealt the Mids a 14-10 loss in Bethlehem in 2011.  That win has sparked a three-game winning streak by the Mountain Hawks over the Mids and none of the three games have been closer than four goals.
• Navy owns a 6-2 series advantage in games played in Bethlehem.
• Four of the last five games have been played in Bethlem and Saturday’s contest marks the second straight year.  The lone game to be played in Annapolis since 2009 was the 2012 contest in which Lehigh won, 9-4.
• Since Navy joined the league in 2004, the Mids have scored double-figure goals in six of the 12 contests … Navy has produced nine goals in three of the other six games during that stretch.
• Navy and Lehigh have met twice in the Patriot League Tournament, 2005 and 2006, with the Mids winning both.

Scouting the Mountain Hawks
• Seventh-year Lehigh head coach Kevin Cassese has led the 15th-ranked Mountain Hawks to a 5-2 record this spring which features Patriot League wins over Boston U. (10-7) and Bucknell (9-3) … Lehigh has also picked up wins over Furman (13-6), Marquette (13-6) and Villanova (7-6, 3OT) … its losses have come at the hands of nationally-ranked programs Loyola (14-7) and Yale (10-2).
• A staple for Cassese’s teams over the last several years has been the strength of its defense.  That continues to be the trend this year as the Mountain Hawks entered the week ranked fourth nationally, giving up 7.00 goals per game.  That mark slid to 7.43 after 17th-ranked Yale dealt Lehigh a 10-2 loss.
• One of the keys to the success of the defense is two-time Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year Matt Poillon … Poillon boasts a 55.0 save percentage which is 16th nationally and owns a 7.30 goals-against average.  Prior to the Yale loss, Poillon stood fourth in the country with a 6.74 GAA.
• Additionally, All-Patriot League defenseman Ty Souders and sophomore defenseman Tripp Telesco have been sensational.  Telesco leads the way with 14 caused turnovers and 19 grounders, while Souders has 5 takeaways and 16 grounders.
• The starting attack trio of Reid Weber, Patrick corbett and Dan Taylor has been sensational.  Weber and Taylor boast all-around games as both scorers and feeders with Weber pacing the team with 16 points on 9 goals and 7 assists while Taylor has 14 points on 9 goals and 5 assists.  Corbett, meanwhile, is the finisher, posting 14 points on a team-best 13 goals and 1 assist.
• Senior Ryan Buttenbaum has taken over the faceoff duties this year and has been solid.  He has won 75 of the 128 draws for a 58.6 wining percentage and leads the team with 34 ground balls.  He is ranked 15th in the country in faceoff winning percentage and 35th in ground balls per game
• According to the national statistics released prior to Lehigh’s contest at Yale on Tuesday, the Mountain Hawks were ranked among the nation’s top 20 in eight statistical categories.  They are among the top 10 in four stats.
• One weakness the Mountain Hawks do have is extra-man offense where they have scored on just 20 percent (5-25) of their opportunities and are ranked 58th.

Welcome to the Club!
• On March 12, 2013, Navy attackman Tucker Hull became the 30th player in program history to join the Mids’ elite list of 100-point scorers.
• Hull moved into 19th on Navy’s all-time scoring list with his 2 goals against Towson on Tuesday night.  With 120 points, he trails 18th-place Brendan Schneck (1977-78) by just 1 point and is 5 behind 17th-place Eddie McKinnon (1999-02).
• Meanwhile, Jones joined the elite 100-point list with 2 goals and an assist against arch rival Army on April 13, 2013.
• Jones stands 16th on Navy’s all-time scoring list with 129 points and trails 15th-place Rich Wehman (1980-83) by 1 point and is 3 behind Dennis Nealon (1988-91).
• Hull and Jones are only the fourth set of classmates in program history to reach 100 points.  Brendan Schneck (121) and Mike Hannan (101) from the Class of ‘78, Mike Herger (197) and Brian Keith (134) from the Class of 1990 and Ian Dingman (188) andBilly Looney (103) from the Class of 2007 are the others.
• Hull and Jones are just the 13th and 14th players at Navy, respectively, to reach the 100-point mark as juniors.  Mike Herger (109), Ian Dingman (102) and Brendan Schneck (121) accomplished it as sophomores.
• Jones, who led the team last spring with 33 points on 21 goals and 12 assists, has reached the 30-point milestone as a freshman, sophomore and junior … he is one of only 7 players in program history to achieve that feat, joining Paul Basile, James Chambers,Ian Dingman, Mike Herger, Jeff Long and Nick Mirabito.  Those players went on to score 30-plus in their senior years, as well.  Jones currently leads the team in scoring with 27 points on 15 goals and 12 assists.
• As a sophomore, Hull produced 47 points on 23 goals and 24 assists, becoming the Mids’ first 40-point scorer since Nick Mirabito turned in 46 points on 23 goals and 23 assists in 2008 … it’s the most points scored by a Navy player since 2006 when Jon Birsner dealt out 36 assists en route to his 54-point effort.
• Hull has turned in a goal in 32 of the 44 games he has played in during his career, including hat tricks 13 times … he has dealt out assists in 27 games and has posted 28 multi-point performances.
• Among the 44 games Jones has played in, he has scored a goal in 34 contests and produced an assist in 30 … he has recorded 22 multi-goal games, including hat tricks in 14 games … additionally, he has put up multiple points in 33 contests.
• In Navy’s 2012 opener against VMI, Hull and Jones combined to score 17 points, including 11 of the 14 goals … the last Navy tandem to combine for 11 goals was Brendan Schneck and Mike Hannan, who pitched in 6 and 5 goals, respectively, to help guide the Mids to a 16-8 win over Princeton on April 8, 1978.
• Jones turned in a remarkable 9-point (5-4) effort against the Keydets in 2012 … just two years later, Jones posted a career-best 10-point performance (4-6) against the Keydets … it’s the most points scored by a Navy player since Dennis Nealon produced 12 points against Washington College  on March 20, 1991.
• Hull, meanwhile, led the Mids with six goals in the 2012 VMI game … it was the most goals by a Navy player since Taylor Harris scored six against Holy Cross on March 26, 2006.  Teammate T.J. Hanzsche scored six goals against Holy Cross this season.
• Hull is one of only three players in program history to post three 8-point games in a season (2012) – 6-2 vs. VMI, 3-5 at Lafayette and 3-5 vs. Holy Cross … joins Mike Buzzell (1978) and Dennis Nealon (1990) … no Navy player has recorded four 8-point games in a season.
• Hull and Jones are among just 12 players in school history with 60 goals and 50 assists.  Jones, meanwhile, is one of just eight active players in the NCAA with 70 goals and 50 assists.
• Hull stands among the nation’s leaders in the following career categories (prior to the Towson contest): points (25th, 118), points per game (22nd, 2.74), goals (38th, 67), goals per game (43rd, 1.56), assists (T15th, 51), assists per game (19th, 1.16).
• Jones, meanwhile, is ranked among the nation’s leaders in the following career stats (prior to the Towson contest): points (T14th, 127), points per game (15th, 2.95), goals (T24th, 77), goals per game (27th, 1.79), assists (T17th, 50), assists per game (20th, 1.16).

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Navy visits Towson for in-state showdown Tuesday night

Posted on 11 March 2014 by WNST Staff

2014 Navy Men’s Lacrosse Game Specifics
Game 6 Navy (3-2, 2-1 PL) at Towson (4-2, 0-0 CAA)
Date and Faceoff March 11 at 7:00 pm ET
Location Towson, Md. | Johnny Unitas Stadium (11,198)


Game Preview

• The Navy men’s lacrosse team (3-2, 2-1 Patriot League) will step away from conference action and make the short trip to Towson to battle the 4-2 Tigers Tuesday evening.  The 13th edition of the Navy-Towson series is set for a 7:00 pm faceoff at Johnny Unitas Stadium.
• The game will be streamed online for FREE via TowsonTigers.com and NavySports.com.  Live stats will also be available at both sites NavySports.com.
• The Mids are coming off perhaps their best all-around performance of the season, dealing Lafayette an 11-3 loss last Friday in Annapolis.  With the game tied up at 2-2, Navy outscored the Leopards 9-1 over the last 36 minutes of action.
• Rookie Joe Seider and sophomore Chris Vetter each pitched hat tricks to lead Towson to a 12-9 victory over Marist last Friday night.  The Tigers scored 5 goals in the first and third quarters to secure the win.

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 – Navy senior Tucker Hull has produced a combined 9 points in the three previous games he has played against Towson.
8 – Hull has scored a point in each of the last 8 contests … the last time he did not score was against Lehigh on March 30, 2013.  Fellow attack T.J. Hanzsche owns Navy’s longest point and goal-scoring streak, having posted a point in 11 straight games.
7 – The Mids are ranked 7th nationally in three team categories:  faceoff winning percentage (61.3), man-down defense (79.2) and scoring defense (7.60).
6 – Hull needs 6 goals to join Navy’s all-time goals scored list with 73.  He would also join teammate Sam Jones as one of just nine active NCAA players to score 70 plus goals and register 50 assists.
5 – Navy senior attackman Sam Jones is ranked No. 5 nationally in points per game, averaging 5.00 points.
4 – Jones has produced hat tricks in 4 of the 5 games this season and has 14 over the course of his career.
3 – The Mids have won just 3 of their 11 road games over the last three years and have lost 8 straight.
2 – Third-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell is 2 wins from earning his 100th collegiate victory.  He owns a 98-99 record in 15 years as a head coach.
1 – Freshman Brady Dove won 12 of 17 draws against Lafayette last Friday to move into No. 1 on Navy’s faceoff wins list by a freshman with 67 on the year.  The record was previously held by Mike Haertel (1997) with 64.

Scouting the Tigers
• After dropping back-to-back games to nationally-ranked programs, third-year Towson head coach Shawn Nadelen has led the Tigers to wins in each of the last three contests.  Towson has wins over High Point (11-8), Georgetown (8-7), Mount St. Mary’s (9-1) and Marist (12-9), while dropping decisions to Johns Hopkins (15-8) and Loyola (20-4).
• The Tigers are coming off a 12-9 victory over Marist last Friday night that saw Towson twice score five goals in a quarter (1st, 3rd).
• Senior midfielder Thomas DeNapoli is leading the Towson offense with 20 points on a 9 goals and a team-high 11 assists.  He paced the team with 2 goals and 3 assists against Marist last Friday.
• Rookie attack Joe Swider has scored a team-high 10 goals and dealt out 3 assists, while fellow newcomer Ryan Drenner has contributed 11 points on 5 goals and 6 assists.
• While Nadelen has looked to four different players to take faceoffs this season, sophomore Conor Pequigney and freshman Alec Burckley have taken the majority of the draws.  Pequigney is 30 for 67 (44.8), while Burckley is 23 for 40 (57.5)
• Junior Tyler White has taken over the starting goalkeeper duties from Andrew Wascavage who graduated following the 2013 campaign.  White has given up 57 goals (9.77 GAA) and made 60 saves (51.3).
• Senior John Fennessy anchors the defensive unit which is surrendering 10 goals per game.  Fennessy leads the team with 7 caused turnovers and owns 12 ground balls.  Meanwhile, sophomore defenseman Nick Gorman owns a team-best 17 ground balls and has forced four turnovers by the opponent.

Navy vs. Towson – The Series
• Tuesday’s contest between Navy and Towson marks the 13th game in a series that, prior to 2010, was discontinued following the 1997 campaign.
• Navy holds a 7-5 series advantage winning, however Towson owns a 4-2 record in games played on its home field.
• The inaugural meeting was won by Navy, 13-9, but a regular series was not set up until the 1991 campaign … Navy and Towson met seven straight years before the series stalled out.
• Navy head coach Rick Sowell owns a 2-3 record against Towson all-time … he was 1-1 against the Tigers at Stony Brook and lost the only meeting with Towson while at Dartmouth.  In his first season at the Academy, he directed the Midshipmen to a 10-6 victory over the Tigers at Towson but fell short a year ago at home in an 8-7 loss.
• The winning team has reached double digits in nine of the 12 meetings, including four of the last five contests.

Navy Vs. the CAA
• The Mids own a 74-18 all-time record (80.4) against the current six-member Colonial Athletic Association, playing all six of the programs.
• While Navy has a flawless record against Drexel (1-0), it has seen the most action against Penn State (38 gms) and enjoyed great success against the Nittany Lions, winning 94.7 (36-2) of the games.  However, the last time the two programs played was in 2003 when they were both members of the ECAC Lacrosse League.
• This is the fourth straight year Navy has faced a team from the CAA.

Weekend Rewind
• The Mids are coming off perhaps their best all-around performance, scoring an 11-3 victory over Patriot League foe Lafayette last Friday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.  With the game tied up at 2-2, Navy outscored the Leopards, 9-1, over the last 36 minutes of action.
• Navy has now won 15 of the 16 games played in the series, including all 10 played in Annapolis.
• It was the fewest goals surrendered by Navy since its 8-2 win over sixth-ranked Johns Hopkins on April 21,2012.  Meanwhile, it was the fewest goals Lafayette has scored since dropping a 10-3 decision to Army on March 24, 2012.
• Navy’s starting offensive lineup scored 10 of the 11 goals and dealt out 3 of the 6 assists.
• Senior attack Sam Jones paced the team with 5 points on 3 goals and 2 assists.  It marked Jones’ 4th hat trick this season and the 14th over his career.
• Attack men T.J. Hanzsche and Tucker Hull extended their point scoring streaks.  Hanzsche owns a team-best 11-game point and goal-scoring streak, while Hull has produced a point in 8 straight games.
• Senior long pole Pat Kiernan scored his first goal of the season and 10th of his collegiate career … he is now tied as Navy’s top scoring defenseman of all-time with Zack Schroeder (2007-10).
• Freshman faceoff specialist Brady Dove won 12 of the 17 draws against Lafayette and in doing so became Navy’s all-time leader in faceoff wins by a freshman, posting 67 wins on 109 attempts through five games.  The previous record was 64 set in 1997 by Mike Haertel.  He also moved into 16th on Navy’s career faceoff wins leader board.
• Sophomore goalkeeper John Connors turned in 13 saves and a career-best 81.3 save percentage.
• Senior defenseman Nik Mullen held Lafayette leading scorer Brian Bock to just an assist.  Additionally, he posted in a career-high three caused turnovers and picked up two ground balls.

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Navy hosts Patriot League rival Lafayette Friday night

Posted on 06 March 2014 by WNST Staff

2014 Navy Men’s Lacrosse Game Specifics
Game 5 Navy (2-2, 1-1 PL) vs. Lafayette (1-3, 1-1 PL)
Date and Faceoff March 7 at 7:00 pm ET
Location Annapolis, Md. | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000)


Game Preview

• The Navy men’s lacrosse team (2-2, 1-1 Patriot League) seeks its second Patriot League victory of the season when the Mids play host to Lafayette (1-3, 1-1 PL) Friday evening.  The 16th edition of the Navy-Lafayette series is set for a 7:00 pm faceoff 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 are coming off an historical victory over Holy Cross at home last Saturday.  After Holy Cross trimmed Navy’s lead to one (4-3) midway through the second quarter, the Mids used a 9-0 run to blow the game open and eventually deliver Holy Cross a 21-12 loss.  Navy’s starting attack combined to score 14 of the 21 goals for the Mids.
• Despite an 8-7 win over conference foe Colgate, Lafayette was unable to bottle up the momentum and instead have been on the short end of its last two games against Army (8-6) and Delaware (9-6).  The Leopards and Blue Hens were knotted up (4-4) at the half, but Delaware outscored Lafayette 5-2 in the second half to cruise to the victory on Tuesday.

Taking the Field In …
10 – Navy has lost just five games (56-5) when scoring 10 or more goals since the start of the 2004 season … Navy is 10-0 under Sowell when scoring 10 or more goals (5-0 in 2012, 3-0 in 2013, 2-0 in 2014).
9 - Brady Dove needs 9 faceoff wins to tie record holder Mike Haertel (1997) for most wins by a freshman in program history with 64.
8 – Navy senior Tucker Hull has scored a combined 8 goals in the three previous games he has played against Lafayette.
7 – Hull has scored a point in each of the last 7 contests … the last time he did not score was against Lehigh on March 30, 2013.  Fellow attack T.J. Hanzsche owns Navy’s longest point and goal-scoring streak, having posted a point in 10 straight games.
6 – Hanzsche scored a career-high 6 goals against Holy Cross last Saturday.  It’s the most scored by a Navy player since Tucker Hull scored 6 against VMI on Feb. 11, 2012.
5 – Third-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell is 5-1 all-time against Lafayette, including a 2-0 mark as the Mids’ head coach.
4 – Friday marks Navys 4th home game this season.  The last time Navy played 4 of its first 5 games at home was in 2010 when the Mids faced VMI (W, 16-5), Loyola (L, 8-7 OT), North Carolina (L, 11-4) and Bucknell (W, 8-7) at home with a trip to Lehigh (W, 8-3) prior to Bucknell.
3 – Sowell is 3 wins from earning his 100th collegiate victory.  He owns a 97-99 record in 15 years as a head coach.
2 – Navy senior attack Sam Jones (74G, 48A) needs 2 assists to become just the seventh active player in DI lacrosse to have 60 career goals and 50 career assists.  ClassmateTucker Hull is one of the active six to have achieved this with 66 goals and 51 assists.
1 – Co-captain Pat Kiernan needs just 1 ground ball to move into 10th on Navy’s all-time ground balls leader board … he owns 154.

Scouting the Leopards
• Second-year head coach Jim Rogalski has his Lafayette Leopards nipping at the heels of some of the better programs in DI lacrosse this season.  While the Leopards are 1-3 on the year, they’ve lost their last two games by two goals each.
• Lafayette’s lone win of the year was an 8-7 victory over Colgate, while its losses have been against Stony Brook (18-10), Army (8-6) and Delaware (9-6).
• The attack combo of Brian Bock and Sonny Round has led the way, as the two have produced a team-best 8 points.  Bock has produced a team-high 7 goals and 1 assist, while Round has posted 3 goals and a team-high 5 assists.  Sophomore Robert Orazietti and middie Morgan Westby have also contributed four goals.
• Lafayette has had to rely upon a stiff defense to provide the offense an opportunity to possess the ball.  The Leopards are 66th among the 67 teams in DI lacrosse in faceoff winning percentage, winning just 27.1 percent of their draws.  Sophomore Adam Broeckaert is 13 for 53 (.245) and rookie Erik Cannon is 10 for 29 (.345).
• Senior Jake Hyatt has been a mainstay in goal for the Leopards with an 11.14 goals-against average and a 54.3 save percentage.  Hyatt’s 12.67 saves per game average stands 10th nationally.  However, sophomore Ben Falcone made the start Tuesday against Delaware where he surrendered 9 goals and made just 6 saves.

Navy vs. Lafayette – The Series
• Friday’s contest marks the 16th meeting between the two programs, and the 12th since the Midshipmen joined the Patriot League in 2004.  Navy leads the series, 14-1.
• The two teams first met in 1926 with Navy earning a 23-0 win … Navy and Lafayette battled one another three times between 1929-31 … the 1931 contest was the last time the two programs had met before the Mids joined the Patriot League.
• The Mids won 10 straight against the Leopards before dropping the program’s only loss to Lafayette on March 12, 2010 in Easton.
• Navy has scored double digits in 12 of the 15 games, while the Mids have held Lafayette to single digits 13 times.
• In the 15-game history, the Mids have outscored the Leopards, 192-75 … since joining the league in `04, Navy has outscored Lafayette, 128-74.

Weekend Rewind
• The Mids are coming off an historical victory over Holy Cross at home last Saturday.  After Holy Cross trimmed Navy’s lead to one (4-3) midway through the second quarter, the Mids used a 9-0 run to blow the game open and eventually deliver Holy Cross a 21-12 loss.
• Navy has now won 10 of the 11 games played in the series, including all 5 played in Annapolis.
• The 21 goals were the most scored by Navy since it dealt Holy Cross a 23-5 loss on April 18, 2004.  The nine-goal victory marked its largest margin of victory over a Patriot League team since its 12-3 win over the Crusaders in 2010. Meanwhile, the 33 combined goals are the most since second-ranked Virginia delivered a 24-13 blow to the Mids in Charlottesville on March 4, 1995.
• Navy’s starting attack combined to score 14 of the 21 goals for the Mids, including 6 byT.J. Hanzsche.  The six goals are the most scored by a Navy player since Tucker Hullscored six against VMI on Feb. 11, 2012.
• Hazsche, Hull and Taylor Harris (2006) are the only three Navy players to score six or more goals in a game since the beginning of the 1991 campaign.
• It’s also tied as the most goals scored by a Navy player in a Patriot League game since the Mids joined the league in 2004.
• Fellow attack Sam Jones turned in a career-high tying 5 goals, while Hull chipped in three goals.
• Attack men T.J. Hanzsche and Tucker Hull extended their point scoring streaks.  Hanzsche owns a team-best 10-game point and goal-scoring streak, while Hull has produced a point in 7 straight games.  Hull’s consecutive games with an assist streak came to an end, however, at 4.
• Midfielder Gabe Voumard  and attack Patrick Keena both produced career highs in points with four apiece.
• Freshman midfielder Colin Flounlacker scored his first collegiate goal.
• Freshman faceoff specialist Brady Dove won 19 of the 34 draws against Holy Cross.  The 19 wins by Dove tied as the third most in program history, just one off the record set in 1995 and later tied in 2004.  It’s the most wins since Logan West won 19 against Bucknell on March 3, 2012.  The 34 attempts are the most in school history, improving upon the previous mark of 32 set by Dan Sullivan (twice) in 1995.
• Navy used a 7-0 run in a nine-goal quarter to end the first half of the game with an 11-3 lead.  The last time Navy scored nine goals in a quarter was in its 23-5 win over Holy Cross in 2004 when the Mids scored nine goals not once, but twice in the game (first and third quarters).

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Navy offense explodes in blowout win over Holy Cross

Posted on 01 March 2014 by WNST Staff

ANNAPOLIS, Md. —  Anchored by sophomore T.J. Hanzsche’s (Berwyn, Pa.) career-high six-goal performance, the Navy men’s lacrosse team (2-2, 1-1 Patriot League) cruised to a 21-12 victory over Holy Cross (0-4, 0-2 PL) Saturday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

Eight different players combined to score the 21 goals for the Mids which were the most scored by Navy since it dealt Holy Cross a 23-5 loss on April 18, 2004.  Navy’s starting attack combined to score 14 of the 21 goals in what was its largest margin of victory over a Patriot League team since its 12-3 win over the Crusaders in 2010. Meanwhile, the 33 combined goals are the most since second-ranked Virginia delivered a 24-13 blow to the Mids in Charlottesville on March 4, 1995.

“This was a good win,” said Navy third-year head coach Rick Sowell.  “We’ve been knocking on that door this season, but we’ve come up a bit short.  We know we are capable of putting points on the board and today we were able to put all of the pieces together.  Wins are hard to come by, but it was nice to see the hard work that the players and staff have been putting in is paying off.

“The next game is always our biggest game,” added Sowell.  “We had lost two in a row, lost a conference game and throw in the fact that we lost to them (Holy Cross) a year ago and there was plenty of motivation to go out and win this game.”

Similar to a week ago at Bucknell, the Mids dominated the first quarter by opening up a 2-0 lead on goals by senior midfielder Pat Durkin (Germantown, Md.) and senior attack Sam Jones (Annapolis, Md.).  Then second-year attackPatrick Keena (Vienna, Va.) fed senior attack Tucker Hull (Charlotte, N.C.) from behind the cage and Hull’s shot found the back of the net less than two minutes into the second quarter to give Navy a 3-0 advantage.

Freshman attack Kevin Lux was able to provide a spark for the Crusaders, however, as he scored a pair of goals and added an assist in a 3-1 run by Holy Cross that got it to within one goal at 4-3 with 7:58 to play.

The Mids were able to regroup and put together a 7-0 run to close the half with an 11-3 advantage.  Five of the seven goals during the run were scored by seniors, including Jones who produced three goals and an assist.

The last time Navy scored nine goals in a quarter was in its 23-5 win over Holy Cross in 2004 when the Mids scored nine goals not once, but twice in the game (first and third quarters).

“I was really proud of the guys who remained composed when Holy Cross made a little run in the second quarter,” said Sowell.  “I took a timeout after they got to within one and said lets put the hammer down.”

Navy opened the third quarter with back-to-back goals by junior midfielder Gabe Voumard (Cape May, N.J.) and Durkin to push its lead to 10 at 13-3, but to Holy Cross’ credit, the Crusaders would continue to fight.  In fact, Holy Cross outscored Navy 6-5 in the third quarter and got to within six goals, but could never get any closer.  The Mids scored four in a row in the fourth quarter to push its lead back to 10 at 21-11, but an unassisted goal by junior midfielder Jamie Ward with 23 seconds remaining kept the loss to single digits.

Hanzsche, who extended his point and goal-scoring streak to 10 consecutive games, registered just his fourth career multi-goal performance.  Meanwhile, the six goals are the most scored by a Navy player since Hull scored six against VMI on Feb. 11, 2012.  It’s also tied as the most goals scored by a Navy player in a Patriot League game.  Taylor Harrisput up six against Holy Cross in a 17-3 win on March 26, 2006.  Hazsche, Hull and Harris are the only three Navy players to score six or more goals in a game since the beginning of the 1991 campaign.

Jones finished the day with six points on five goals and one assist to jump from 20th to 17th on Navy’s career scoring list with 122 points.  Additionally, he joined Navy’s all-time goals scored list where he stands 17th with 74 goals and is tied for 17th on the career assists list with 48.

Hull turned in his team-best 13th career hat trick with three goals in the victory.  He is now tied with Jamie O’Leary (1996-99) for 20th on Navy’s career points list and has produced a point in seven straight contests.

Keena had his best day in a Navy uniform, posting four points on a goal and a career-best three assists, while Voumard also finished with four points on two goals and two assists.

Meanwhile, Navy freshman faceoff specialist Brady Dove (Stevensville, Md), who came into the contest ranked 17th nationally in winning percentage, claimed 19 of the 34 draws he took (.556) and picked up a team-high seven ground balls.

Defensively, Navy played well with the exception of its third-quarter lull where it gave up six goals, the same number of goals it gave up in the other three quarters combined.  Senior co-captain Pat Kiernan (Ridgewood, N.J.) caused a team-high two turnovers and grabed five grounds balls to lead the way.

Eight different players scored for the Crusaders, including Terry McKenna who finished with four points on three goals and one assist while Sean Wilkinson had four points on one goal and three assists.

The Mids return to action next Friday when they play host to Lafayette at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium beginning at 7:00 pm.

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Navy opens Patriot League play Saturday at Bucknell

Posted on 21 February 2014 by WNST Staff

2014 Navy Men’s Lacrosse Game Specifics
Game 3 Navy (1-1, 0-0 PL) at Bucknell (1-1, 0-0 PL)
Date and Faceoff Feb. 22 at 3:00 pm ET
Location Lewisburg, Pa. | Christy Mathewson Stadium (13,100)


Game Preview

• Looking to bounce back after dropping a 9-8 overtime decision to Georgetown last Saturday, the Navy men’s lacrosse team (1-1) will travel to Lewisburg, Pa. on Saturday to face Bucknell (1-1) in both teams’ Patriot League opener … the 14th edition of the Navy-Bucknell series is set for a 3:00 pm faceoff at Christy Mathewson Stadium.
• The game will be streamed online for FREE via PatriotLeague.TV and NavySports.com.  Live stats will also be available at NavySports.com.
• Navy outscored Georgetown 5-1 over the final 24 minutes of play in a furious comeback in a game that was sent into overtime with a short-handed goal by T.J. Hanzsche with 53 seconds in regularion.  The Hoyas’ Jeff Fountain, however, scored the game-winner just under two minutes into the extra frame as Georgetown scored the 9-8 OT victory.
• Meanwhile, a four-goal run by Bryant in the opening quarter proved to be the difference in picking up a 12-9 victory over Bucknell last Sunday in Rhode Island.

A Win Over Bucknell Would …
• snap a 7-game skid in games played on the road dating back to 2012.
• snap a 3-game skid against the Bison.
• give Navy an 8-6 series advantage against the Bison and would clip Bucknell’s lead in games played in Lewisburg to 4-3.
• give Navy head coach Rick Sowell his first win over Bucknell as a head coach … he is 0-2 against the Bison.
• give Sowell a 97-98 career record and an 11-17 mark at Navy.
• push Navy’s all-time record to 761-325-14.
• give the Mids a 6-5 all-time record in Patriot League openers, including a 2-4 mark against Bucknell in openers.
• be Navy’s first win in a Patriot League opener since beating Lehigh, 8-3, in 2010.

Taking the Field In …
10 – Senior attack Sam Jones’ 10-point performance against VMI in the opener marked the most points scored by a Navy player since March 20, 1991, when Dennis Nealon recorded 12 (4G, 8A) against Washington College.  It was just the eighth time in program history that a Navy player has had double figured points.
9 – Navy has lost just five games (55-5) when scoring 10 or more goals since the start of the 2004 season … Navy is 9-0 under Sowell when scoring 10 or more goals (5-0 in 2012, 3-0 in 2013, 1-0 in 2014).
8 – Starting attack T.J. Hanzsche owns a team-best 8-game goal-scoring streak.  The last time he did not score a goal was on March 12 against Towson
7 – The Mids have lost 7 consecutive true road games dating back to the 2012 season.
6 – Co-captain Pat Kiernan needs 6 ground balls to move into 10th on Navy’s all-time ground balls leader board … he owns 149.
5 – Senior attack Tucker Hull has scored a point in 5 straight contests dating back to last season, including assists in each of the last 3.
4 – Third-year head coach Rick Sowell is 4 wins from earning his 100th collegiate victory.  He owns a 96-98 record in 15 years as a head coach.
3 – Navy senior attack Sam Jones needs 3 goals to join the Mids’ all-time top 20 goals scored list … he owns 69 heading into the weekend.
2 – Navy’s 2 goals against Bucknell a year ago marked the fewest scored by either team in the series’ 13-game history.
1 – Over the last six seasons, 29 (11-18) of the Mids’ 87 contests have been decided by 1 goal.

Scouting the Bison
• Ninth-year Bucknell head coach Frank Fedorjaka has directed his Bison to a 1-1 start this season, beating Delaware in the opener, 6-4, before droppin a 12-9 decision on the road to Bryant.
• Bucknell, who was voted to finish second this season in the Patriot League, stands 20th in the Warrior/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and is receiving votes in the USILA Coaches Poll this week.
• Ironically, Bucknell owned a two-goal decision over Mount St. Mary’s in the fourth, but gave up two goals in the final 1:35 to suffer its lone loss (12-11) of the season.
• Bucknell has seven returning starters on its roster, including 2013 Preseason All-Patriot League Team members David Dickson, Thomas Flibotte and Jackson Place.
• Flibotte, a sophomore midfielder, has scored a team-high 4 goals off 10 shots on goal.  Dickson, meanwhile, owns 4 points off 3 goals and 1 assist.  Second-year middie Kyle Shanahan (2-1) and sophomore attack Sean Doyle (1-2) each have 3 points to date.
• Place, a senior close defenseman has 4 caused turnovers and 4 ground balls.
• Junior Sam Grinberg has been solid in goal where he owns an 8.00 goals-against average and a 52.9 save percentage.  The first-year starter earned Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week honors following Bucknell’s win over Delaware where he made a career-high 12 stops and surrendered 4 goals.
• One area Bucknell has long struggled at is the faceoff game.  The Bison have won just 37.8 percent (14-37) of the draws this season.  They were 5-13 against Delaware and 9-24 against Bryant.  Senior Peter Burke (6-13) and junior Gavin Sullivan (7-21) have split the duties at the “x.”

Navy vs. Bucknell – The Series
• Saturday’s contest between Navy and Bucknell marks the 14th game in a series that began in 1996 …Bucknell has won four of the last six, including each of the last three.
• Navy had won three straight in the series before rookie Charlie Streep’s goal as time expired snapped the Mids’ winning streak in 2009 during the regular season.
• However, the Mids got sweet revenge on Bucknell’s home field when they scored a 9-8 win in the 2009 Patriot League Championship Game to earn an automatic bid to play in the NCAA Tournament.
• Seven of the 13 games in the series have been decided by one goal, including five of the last seven … three of the seven one-goal contests have entered into extra minutes … in 2010, midfielder Patrick Moran stuck his shot 1:20 into overtime to lead the Mids to an 8-7 OT win … meanwhile, in 2011 Navy scored four goals in the fourth, including a pair by Nikk Davis in the final 18 seconds of the game to send it into overtime … rookie Todd Heritage, however, found an opening and scored the game-winner for the Bison.
• Bucknell holds a 4-2 advantage in games played in Lewisburg.
• Last year the Bison dealt the Mids their worst loss in series history, beating Navy, 11-2, in Lewisburg.

Patriot League Success
• Since joining the Patriot League in 2004, Navy has put together a 53-21 (71.6) record against conference members, which includes an 11-2 (84.6) mark in the Patriot League Tournament … the Mids are 42-19 (68.9) in regular-season action.
• The Mids have lost regular-season contests to …
Army (4)    2008, ‘10, ‘11, ‘12, ‘13
Boston U. (0)    —
Bucknell (5)    2005, ‘09, ‘11, ‘12, ‘13
Colgate (4)    2006, ‘09, ‘11, ‘13
Holy Cross (1)    2013
Lafayette (1)    2010
Lehigh (3)    2011, ‘12, ‘13
Loyola (0)    —
… and dropped the program’s first Patriot League Tournament contest at the 2008 semifinals against eventual champion Colgate and its second to Army in the 2010 championship contest.
• Fifteen of the 21 losses were in games played either at the opponent’s field or at a neutral site.
• Navy owns a 25-6 record at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium against Patriot League competition since joining the conference in 2004 … the Mids are 19-6 during the regular season.
• The Mids have produced undefeated marks in conference action twice, 7-0 in 2004 and 6-0 in ‘07.
• Navy has won at least a share of the Patriot League regular-season title in five (2004-05-06-07-08) of the nine years it has been a member of the league.
• Additionally, the Mids have claimed the league’s tournament crown five times (2004-05-06-07-09).
• 31 different Mids have garnered All-Patriot League recognition, while 19 of the 31 have earned honors multiple times.
• With the addition of Boston U. and Loyola this season, the Patriot League has expanded to a nine-team league.

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Navy, Georgetown face-off Saturday for Scott Boyle Memorial Trophy

Posted on 14 February 2014 by WNST Staff

2014 Navy Men’s Lacrosse Game Specifics
Game 2 Navy (1-0, 0-0 PL) vs. Georgetown (1-0)
Date and Faceoff Feb. 15 at 12:00 pm ET
Location Annapolis, Md. | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000)


Game Preview

• The Midshipmen opened their 107th season of men’s lacrosse last Saturday by scoring their 13th consecutive victory in a season opener.  Navy will look to ride that momentum into Saturday when the Mids play host to longtime rival Georgetown.  The 24th edition of the Navy-Georgetown series is set for a 12:00 pm faceoff 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.
• Senior attack man Sam Jones anchored an offense that saw 11 players score in the Mids’ 18-5 victory over VMI last Saturday in the season opener.  Jones produced a career-high 10 points, while classmate Tucker Hull contributed five.  Meanwhile, rookie faceoff specialist Brady Dove was spectacular in his debut, winning 16 of the 21 draws he took.
• Georgetown, meanwhile, used a five-goal second quarter to propel it to a 10-4 victory over Mount St. Mary’s on Wednesday in its opener  Six different players scored, including Charles McCormick who recorded a hat trick.

Taking the Field In …
10 – Senior attack Sam Jones’ 10-point performance against VMI last Saturday marked the most points scored by a Navy player since March 20, 1991, when Dennis Nealon recorded 12 (4G, 8A) against Washington College.  It was just the eighth time in program history that a Navy player has had double figured points.
9 – Navy has lost just five games (55-5) when scoring 10 or more goals since the start of the 2004 season … Navy is 9-0 under Sowell when scoring 10 or more goals (5-0 in 2012, 3-0 in 2013, 1-0 in 2014).
8 – Navy starting attack scored 8 goals and posted 8 assists in the win over VMI.
7 – Starting attack T.J. Hanzsche owns a team-best 7-game goal-scoring streak.  The last time he did not score a goal was on March 12 against Towson.
6 – Navy won just 6 of the 19 faceoffs in last year’s game against Georgetown.
5 – Senior pole Pat Kiernan needs 5 ground balls to become only the 11th player in school history to grab 150 grounders in a career.
4 – Third-year head coach Rick Sowell is 4 wins from earning his 100th collegiate victory.  He owns a 96-97 record in 15 years as a head coach.
3 – Navy has lost 3 straight 1-goal games to Georgetown.  Over the last six seasons, 28 (11-17) of the Mids’ 86 contests have been decided by one goal.
2 – Navy scored 2 goals against VMI within just 9 seconds of one another (10:40-10:31, 2nd Qtr).  It’s the quickest back-to-back goals Navy has scored since 2012 when it punched in two straight at 9:09 and 9:04 in the first quarter.
1 – Senior attack Tucker Hull needs just 1 assist to become only the 16th player in Navy history to reach 50 assists.  He would also become one of 11 players in school history to score 60-plus goals and post 50-plus assists.

Remembering A Friend
• The winner of Saturday’s game will be presented the Scott Boyle Memorial Trophy … a longtime lacrosse official, Boyle suffered a heart attack and passed away while officiating the Navy-Georgetown game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on April 2, 2005.
• Boyle was a tremendous ambassador of the sport of lacrosse who was involved at every level of the game, whether it was little league, the collegiate level, the pros or even the World Games … he was well thought of throughout the lacrosse community.

A Win over Georgetown would …
• push Navy’s record to 2-0 for a second straight year and just the second time in the last five seasons.
• snap the Mids’ three-game skid against Hoyas, who have won 8 of the last 9 meetings.
• give Navy head coach Rick Sowell his first win over Georgetown as a head coach … he was 0-2 at St. John’s, 0-1 at Dartmouth and 0-1 at Navy in games against the Hoyas.
• give Sowell a 97-97 career record and an 11-16 mark at Navy.
• push Navy’s all-time record to 761-324-14.

Scouting the Hoyas
• Entering his second season as head coach of the Hoyas, Kevin Warne returns five starters off last year’s team that posted a 6-9 record including a 3-4 mark in BIG EAST action.
• Georgetown opened its 2014 campaign on Wednesday at home where the Hoyas got a lift in the second quarter from its offense to post a 10-4 victory over Mount St. Mary’s.  Georgetown scored five of its 10 goals in the second stanza.
• Among the starters returning for the Hoyas is a trio of returning All-BIG EAST selections, graduate student Tyler Knarr, and juniors Charlie McCormick and Reilly O’Connor.
• A year ago Knarr established a new Hoya record in single season ground balls with 112 and was among the nation’s top five in faceoff win percentage (62.2, 184-296).  Additionally, his 184 faceoff wins marked the second most in program history.  Knarr won 11 of his 18 draws against Mount St. Mary’s in the opener and grabbed a team-high eight ground balls.
• O’Connor led Georgetown and was among the BIG EAST leaders with his 56 points (26G, 30A) … also returning on attack is senior Jeff Fountain who produced 24 points (16G, 8A) … anchoring the midfield is McCormick, who punched in 19 goals and added 8 assists.  O’Connor posted one goal and one assist against Mount St. Mary’s, while Fountain dealt out two assists and McCormick produced a hat trick with three goals on nine shots.
• The biggest hole in Georgetown’s lineup will be on defense where the Hoyas lost all three starters from a year ago.  A preseason All-BIG EAST selection, senior John Urbank will be expected to plug a gap after contributing 39 ground balls and 22 caused turnovers in 29 career games.  Meanwhile, redshirt junior Jake Haley returns in goal after making the start in 13 games a year ago.  He owned an 11.14 goals-against average and saved just 48.4 percent of the shots he faced.

Navy vs. Georgetown – The Series
• Saturday’s contest between Navy and Georgetown marks the 24th game in a series that began in 1991 … the Hoyas own a 16-7 series advantage … Georgetown has won 10 of the last 12 which featured a five-game winning streak that was snapped by the Mids in 2009.
• Georgetown owns a 7-4 advantage in games played in Annapolis., including a 13-12 overtime decision on April 2, 2010, when the two teams last met at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• This is just the fourth time in series history that Georgetown has not been ranked when facing the Mids … the Hoyas were not ranked at the time of the 2009, `11 or `13 encounters.
• 14 of the 23 games have been decided by two goals or less, including each of the last eight contests.
• Eight of the 23 contests have been one-goal games, while five of the eight one-goal games have been decided in overtime … four of the five overtime contests have been played in Annapolis … last year’s 9-8 Georgetown victory was contested in Washington, D.C.
• Five of the last six meetings have been decided by one goal, all of which have been won by the Hoyas.
• 2012 marked the first time since the series began in 1991 that the two teams did not play one another.  Navy made the move two years ago to play all of its Patriot League opponents on weekends which meant Georgetown lost its traditional weekend spot to Lehigh.

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Navy lacrosse season begins Saturday against VMI

Posted on 07 February 2014 by WNST Staff

2014 Navy Men’s Lacrosse Game Specifics
Game 1 Navy (0-0, 0-0 PL) vs. VMI (0-0)
Date and Faceoff Feb. 8 at 12:00 pm ET
Location Annapolis, Md. | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000)
Television None
Video Streaming Navy All-Access/PatriotLeague.TV

Game Preview
• Navy opens up its 107th season of men’s lacrosse on Saturday afternoon when it plays host to VMI … action is set for 12:00 pm at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• Saturday’s contest will be streamed online for FREE via PatriotLeague.TV and NavySports.com.  Live stats will also be available at NavySports.com.
• The Navy-VMI tilt is one of 12 games slated for Saturday in what marks the second weekend of action among the Div. I ranks … Delaware captured a 10-3 victory over High Point last Saturday, while Lehigh scored a 13-6 win over Furman to officially kick off the season.
• Entering his 15th season as a collegiate head coach, Rick Sowell is in his third season leading the Midshipmen.  He directed Navy to a 6-6 record in his inaugural season which featured a 12-11 upset on the road against #12 Colgate and an 8-2 rout over sixth-ranked Johns Hopkins in Annapolis.  Meanwhile, last year Navy produced a 3-10 record that featured three one-goal losses.
• Navy returns six starters off last year’s team, including its top three scorers, senior attack men Tucker Hull and Sam Jones and junior midfielder Gabe Voumard.  Jones paced the team with 33 points on 21 goals and 12 assists, while Hull chipped in 21 points on 13 goals and 8 assists.  Voumard anchored the midfield with 20 points on 15 goals and 5 assists.
• Also returning to the lineup are second-year attack T.J. Hanzsche and senior midfielder Pat Durkin.  Durkin scored 11 goals and 2 assists, while Hanzsche started eight of the 10 games in which he played and finished with 10 goals and 1 assist.
• Preseason All-American Pat Kiernan returns for his senior season as one of the nation’s best long stick midfielders.  A year ago he led the Mids in ground balls with 68 and was second in caused turnovers with 26.  He ranked 12th nationally in caused turnovers (2.00) and 32nd in ground balls (5.23).
• Navy’s defense will no doubt have a new look this season.  Senior Nik Mullen, who contributed 13 caused turnovers and 22 ground balls last year returns, however, he will be joined by freshmen Chris Fennell and Matt Rees.  SophomoreJules Godino has been slowed by an injury, but is expected to return to the playing field this season.
• Taking over the goalkeeping duties this year is sophomore John Connors who saw a combined 52 minutes in five games a year ago.  He owned a 6.92 goals against average and a 60.0 save percentage.
• Also new to the lineup is rookie faceoff specialist Brady Dove, who hails from nearby Stevensville.  Dove has been solid in the Mids’ two scrimmages to date, but he will be supported by sophomores Sean Reilly and Pat Menezes, along with Kiernan.

Scouting the Keydets
• VMI head coach Brian Anken enters his fourth season hoping a more home-friendly schedule will help an exceptionally young program.  After playing just four home games a year ago that did not see VMI play at home until the seventh game of the season, the Keydets have seven games slated to be played at home this spring.  In fact, four of their first six games are at home.
• The Keydets, who posted a 1-12 record a year ago, return six of their 10 starters, however four of their top six scorers.  Junior attack Mike DeBlasio, who scored 12 goals and dealt out 5 assists is the team’s top returning scorer, while second-year midfielder Gage Snowbarger returns after netting 10 goals and adding three assists.
• VMI will have a new player in goal this spring after Matt Lindemann graduated with a 14.54 goals against average and a 51.6 save percentage.  Senior Evan Windisch is the only upperclass goalkeeper on the roster and he saw action in a pair of games a year ago.
• Traditionally a strong faceoff unit, VMI’s top two faceoff men from a year ago are gone, leaving Pat Hine who took just 23 of the 329 draws last spring.

2013 Navy-VMI Recap
• Erik Hoffstadt and Sam Jones scored hat tricks, while then-attack Austin Heneveld produced a career-high six-point effort to lead Navy to a 20-7 victory over VMI in both teams’ season opener at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• Twelve different players scored goals for Navy, including five first-time goal scorers in what marked the Mids’ largest scoring output since dealing Holy Cross a 23-4 loss on April 18, 2004.   Meanwhile the 13-goal win was Navy’s largest margin of victory since beating Holy Cross 16-3 on March 15, 2008.
• Navy jumped out to a 4-0 lead with goals by four different players, including Jones who scored the game’s first goal and his first of three goals on the day at the 11:10 mark.
• The Mids surrendered their first goal of the game with 55.5 seconds left when attack Bernie Mowbray set up behind the goal and found rookie attack Alex Henthorn cutting and he punched it in from seven yards out.
• Navy, though, would score the next seven goals to take an 11-1 lead going into the half.  Among those goals, Jones would secure his hat trick with a pair including a shot that had absolutely no angle from the left wing with 3:47 left in the half.  Jones now has 12 goals and five assists in the three games that he has played against VMI.
• The Mids opened up the second half much like they left off, scoring three in a row, including a sensational transition goal by defensive middie Cade Norris off one of a career-high four assists by Heneveld.
• Riding a 14-1 advantage with roughly eight minutes to play in the third quarter, head coach Rick Sowell began substituting freely on both ends of the field.  By game’s end, he played 47 of the 52 players on the roster (five players were not dressed due to injury), including all three goalkeepers.
• Meanwhile, Navy was hoping to improve in the faceoff department and found some success in newcomer Sean Reilly.  Reilly won 13 of the 18 draws he took, while senior Evan McGoogan who started the game was 3-for-6.
• Navy’s defense was stout, giving up just one goal in the first 37-plus minutes of action, including keeping the Keydets off the scoreboard the entire second period and half of the third.  Seniors Austin Miller and Jay Christopher were joined by freshman Jules Godino in the starting lineup with Godino producing two of the Mids’ 13 caused turnovers.  Junior long pole Pat Kiernan also caused a pair of turnovers and paced the Mids with six ground balls on the afternoon.

Navy vs. VMI – The Series
• Having met one another in the season opener in each of the last six seasons, Navy holds a 6-0 series advantage against VMI.  All six games have been played in Annapolis.
• The Midshipmen have scored double digits against the Keydets in each of the six previous meetings, while holding VMI to single digits in all six contests.
• VMI has held an advantage in the faceoff column in four of the last five meetings … after winning just 10 of 25 two years ago, Navy won the battle at the “x” last spring, 17-13.

Navy Vs. the Atlantic Sun
• The Mids own a 6-1 record (85.7) against the six-member Atlantic Sun, a newly-formed conference that includes start-up programs Furman and Richmond.  Navy’s lone loss against an Atlantic Sun foe was a 13-7 setback to Jacksonville in 2012.
• Navy’s contest against VMI on Saturday marks the 10th straight season the Mids have faced a team either currently in the MAAC or had previously been part of the MAAC at the time of the contest.  The Mids and Keydets have battled one another in the season opener in each of the last five years, this being the sixth.
• In 2005, Navy faced Providence who is now a member of the Big East, while in 2006 and ‘07 the Mids battled Saint Joseph’s who is now part of the Colonial Athletic Association.

For Openers
• Navy owns an 89-15-1 record in season openers, including wins in each of its last 12 dating back to a 16-2 win over Saint Joseph’s in 2002 … the Mids have outscored their foes 160-45 (13.3-3.8) during that stretch of 12 wins.
• The Mids have played 10 of their last 14 openers at home, including each of the last seven … Navy played its 2004, ‘05 and ‘06 openers on the road.
• Last year, Navy’s Erik Hoffstadt and Sam Jones produced hat tricks, while Austin Heneveld turned in a career-best six-point performance on two goals and four assists in a 20-7 win over VMI.

Fallen Hero Not Forgotten
• For the fourth consecutive year, Navy will honor the memory of fallen Navy SEAL and former Navy lacrosse player Lt. Brendan Looney (‘04), who was killed in Afghanistan on Sept. 21, 2010.
• Marty Gallagher wore the No. 40 jersey as Navy’s team captain in 2011.
• In each of the last three years, Navy’s players voted who among his teammates best represented what Looney stood for as a man, a warrior and a teammate.
• Senior co-captain Pat Kiernan has been selected by his peers to honor Looney by wearing jersey No. 40 this spring.

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