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Navy’s tough season continues with loss to Army

Posted on 13 April 2013 by WNST Staff

ANNAPOLIS, Md. —  Army attackmen John Glesener and Garrett Thul combined to score 11 points to lead the Black Knights (7-4, 3-2 Patriot League) to a 14-7 victory over the Navy men’s lacrosse team (3-9, 1-4 PL) Saturday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.  It was Army’s fifth straight win in a series that Navy leads, 57-32-3.

“There’s no amount of words to make you understand how it feels to lose to Army,” said Navy junior attackman Sam Jones (Annapolis, Md.).  “You play to win this game.  I love how hard my teammates play.  We just have to keep fighting, but playing hard isn’t a consolation for winning.”

“I congratulate Army,” said Navy second-year head coach Rick Sowell.  “They played on heck of a game.  We didn’t have an answer for some of the individual matchups.

“Great players can supercede good schemes and they certainly did that today.”

The story of the game from the get-go was possession.  Army nominated the faceoff category, taking 19 of the 23 draws on the afternoon.  Rookie Alex Daly was responsible for all but one faceoff as he single-handedly won the majority of the draws and keyed a pair of Black Knight goals including the game’s first goal which was scored just six seconds in.  That goal, the first of three goals by John Glesener, sparked a four-goal run by the Black Knights.

“We threw everything but the kitchen sink out there to find something that would work, but we just had no answer,” said Sowell regarding the Mids’ faceoff woes.

Navy finally got on the scoreboard with 4:03 remaining in the opening quarter when freshman Patrick Keena (Vienna, Va.) fed junior attackman Tucker Hull (Charlotte, N.C.), who faked Army keeper Sam Somers high, then low and back high for the first of his three goals.

The Mids trimmed Army’s lead to one at 4-3 scoring the first two goals of the second period.  Jones found a wide-openT.J. Hanzsche (Berwyn, Pa.) standing on the crease for an extra-man strike at 11:09 and two minutes later Jones came up with a loose ball and fired in the first of his two goals on the afternoon.  Hanzsche has now scored a goal in each of the last five contests for the Mids.

Army, however, put together its own run that featured a pair of extra-man goals including senior attackman Kip Haddock’s first goal of the season.  Meanwhile, five seconds after Army’s second extra-man goal in the run, Daly won another faceoff and fed Garrett Thul for a goal to put the Black Knights up 7-3 at the end of the half.

Navy came out of the locker room with the hot hand and rallied, scoring a pair of goals in the first 90 seconds of the game and just 30 seconds apart.  Hull slipped defenseman John Burk and threaded the needle past Somers at the 14:00 minute mark.  Junior middie Pat Durkin (Germantown, Md.) took advantage of rookie iddie Shea Mullins losing his footing and fired in his 11th goal of the season to get Navy within two at 7-5.

The Black Knights answered quickly when Thul, the nation’s second-leading goal scorer, sent a highlight reel wrap-around shot past two defenseman which triggered a five-goal run by Army to take a 12-5 lead into the final quarter.

Each team scored a pair of goals in the final quarter of play for the final, 14-6.

Hull paced the Mids with his 11th career hat trick and second of the season as he moved into 24th on Navy’s all-time scoring list with 105 points.  he now trails 23rd-place Matt Pawlikowski (1990-93) by just one point.  Meanwhile, Jones joined Hull among Navy’s 100-point scorers as he registered a pair of goals and an assist.  It’s just the fourth time in program history that classmates have reached 100 points – Brendan Schneck and Mike Hannan from the Class of ‘78, Mike Herger and Brian Keith from the Class of ‘90 and Ian Dingman and Billy Looney from the class of ‘07.

Jones is the 31st player in Navy’s 106-year history of lacrosse to score 100 points and is just the 14th to score 100 points in three seasons.  With 102 points, he stands 26th on Navy’s all-time scoring list.

Senior captain Nolan Hickey (Chaminade, N.Y.) played his final game on his home field and gave an admirable effort with 15 saves.  It was his seventh double-digit save performance of his career and the fifth game with 15 or more saves.

Glesener guided the Black Knights with seven points on three goals and four assists, while Thul punched in a team-best four goals.  Seven players were responsible for the remaining seven goals.

Navy will play its season finale next Saturday when it pays a visit to Homewood Field to face longtime rival Johns Hopkins.  Game time is slated for 4:00 pm and will be nationally televised by ESPNU with Quint Kessenich and Mark Dixon calling the action.

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Navy welcomes Army Saturday for annual rivalry game

Posted on 12 April 2013 by WNST Staff

Game 12 Army (6-4, 2-2 PL) vs. Navy (3-8, 1-4 PL)
Date and Faceoff April 13 at 2:00 pm ET
Location Annapolis, Md. | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000)
Television CBS Sports Network, Armed Forces Network | Dave Ryan, Evan Washburn, Sheehan Stanwick Burch


Game Preview

• Bragging rights will be on the line this Saturday when  Navy (3-8, 1-4 Patriot League) battles arch rival Army (6-4, 2-2 PL) in the annual Star Game … the 92nd edition of the Army-Navy Game is slated for a 2:00 pm faceoff at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis.
• Saturday’s contest will mark the final collegiate game for Navy’s 11 seniors … those 11 players and their parents, along with three support staff members from the Class of 2013, will be honored in a pregame ceremony..
• Navy is looking to bounce back after dropping an 11-8 decision to No. 1-ranked Maryland last Friday evening in Annapolis.  The Terps jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but the Mids rallied to score 5 straight and hold a 5-3 second quarter lead.  The Terps, however, regrouped in the second half and a 6-2 run would be the difference maker in the come-from-behind victory .
• Army is coming off a tough one-goal loss to Bucknell.  Although the Black Knights held a 5-3 halftime advantage, the Bison would scored five of the next six goals to take a lead it would not relinquish en route to the 9-8 win at West Point. Army was held scoreless the entire third quarter, giving way to Bucknell.
• Saturday’s contest will be televised by CBS Sports Network with Dave Ryan (play by play), Evan Washburn (analyst) and Sheehan Stanwick Burch (analyst) calling the action.  The Armed Forces Network will also carry the game for our troops bases overseas.

Army vs. Navy – The Series
• Today’s contest marks the 91st meeting between Army and Navy on the lacrosse field, meeting for the 81st-consecutive year … it’s the longest continuous lacrosse series between Navy and another team.
• Navy owns a 57-31-3 series advantage that included 13-straight wins by the Midshipmen between 1998 and 2007 … the Mids have won 14 of the last 19 contests in the series.
• The Mids also own a 52-30-3 advantage in Star Games, winning 11 of the last 15.
• Army, however, has won five of the last six games in the series, including each of the last four games overall and three-consecutive Star Games.
• Navy owns a 28-14-1 advantage in games played in Annapolist, including seven of the last eight.
• There have been only six times in the 90-game history (dating back to 1924) in which the two programs have battled twice in one season (1978 and 1981 in the NCAA Tournament; 2005, ‘06, ‘07 and ‘10 in the Patriot League Tournament).
• Navy has scored eight or more goals in 21 of the last 24 games against Army … the Mids have held the Black Knights to single digits in nine of the 13 games since joining the league in 2004 … Army has reach double digits just twice in the last nine games against the Mids.

Scouting the Black Knights
• Eighth-year Army head coach Joe Alberici has directed the Black Knights to a 6-4 overall mark, including a 2-2 Patriot League record.
• All four of Army’s losses – Massachusetts, Syracuse, Lehigh and Bucknell – have been against nationally-ranked foes … meanwhile, the Black Knights have wins over Lafayette and Colgate in Patriot League action.
• Army is coming off a tough one-goal loss to Bucknell … the Black Knights held a 5-3 halftime advantage, but the Bison would scored five of the next six goals to take a lead it would not relinquish … Army was held scoreless the entire third quarter, giving way to Bucknell.
• The Black Knights are ranked among the top 10 in scoring defense (#6), holding their foes to 7.60 goals per game, in caused turnovers (#7), posting 9.80 takeaways per contest and in ground balls per game (#10), grabbing 14.7 per contest.
• Army’s two lowest rankings are in shot percentage (#55, 24.1) and saves per game (#50, 10.0).
• Sophomore midfielder John Glesener is atop the scoring leader board for the Black Knights with 44 points on 23 goals and a team-best 21 assists.  Glesener is the only Army player with double digit assists.  He is ranked sixth nationally in points per game and 13th in assists per outing.
• Senior attackman Garrett Thul is the sharp-shooter of the team with a team-best 32 goals, including 5 extra-man strikes.  He is ranked No. 2 in the country with his 3.20 goals per game average behind Cornell’s Steve Mock who is posting 3.70 goals per game.
• Second-year midfielder Alex Newsome has scored 7 of his 14 goals on extra-man.
• Army has used 5 different face-off men this season, however, rookie Alex Daly has taken the majority.  He has won 49.7 percent (78-157) of his draws this season and is pacing the team in ground balls with 40.
• First-year starting keeper Sam Somers has been solid in goal, surrendering 6.79 goals per game and posting a 60.0 save percentage.  He is ranked No. 2 nationally in GAA and sixth in save percentage.
• All-Patriot League defenseman Brendan Buckley is one of three players on the team with double figure caused turnovers and leads the team with 18 takeaways.

Senior Salute
• The Naval Academy Athletic Association will recognize the senior class and its parents prior to start of Saturday’s contest against Army.
• Navy’s 11-player senior class has amassed a 20-30 record, including a 10-13 Patriot League mark.
• The following is a list of Navy’s seniors and their service assignments.

Jay Christopher    Navy Pilot
Bryce Dabbs    Supply Corps
Brye French    Marine Corps Ground
Nolan Hickey    Marine Corps Ground
Brendan Lewis    Naval Flight Officer
Jay Mann    Special Warfare
Evan McGoogan    Special Warfare
Austin Miller    Marine Corps Ground
Cade Norris    Special Warfare
Peter Rogers    Surface Warfare, LHD-1 WASP (Norfolk, Va.)
Chris Talarico    Marine Corps Ground

Kiernan Among Nation’s Top Poles
• Junior long stick defensive midfielder Pat Kiernan is one of the best at his position in the country.
• Kiernan leads Navy in ground balls and is second in caused turnovers.  Additionally, he is among the national leaders in both categories.  He is ranked eighth in caused turnovers per game (2.55) and 21st in ground balls (5.73).
• He is Navy’s record holder for career caused turnovers (50), a stat introduced in 2009 … with 25 caused turnovers this season, he is ranked No. 3 on the Mids’ single-season list … also ranked ninth (14, 2012) and tied for 13th (11, 2011) on the chart.
• Kiernan was a machine against Towson where he registered a career-high 12 ground balls and won 8 of his 10 faceoffs.  Meanwhile, against Lafayette he picked up 7 ground balls and forced 7 Leopard turnovers.
• He is ied for 16th on Navy’s career ground balls list with 134 alongside Eddie McKinnon (1999-02) and Joe Donnelly (1985-88) … he needs 5 to tie 15th-place Matt Pawlikowski (1990-93) … meanwhile, he is 11th on the Mids’ single-season chart with 63 grounders … it’s the most ground balls by a Navy player since 2008 when draw specialist Mikelis Visgauss grabbed 80.
• He also stands 19th on the Mids’ career faceoff wins list, winning 22 of the 43 draws (51.2) he has taken.
• Additionally, he has garnered Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honors three times this season.
• He has produced 12 career points, including  a program-record 10 in 2012.
• He is tied for eighth in the country among active poles with 12 points behind Bryant’s Mason Poli (54 pts), Loyola’s Scott Ratliff (40), Brown’s Roger Ferguson (27), Maryland’s Jesse Bernhardt (19), Dillon Ayers of St. John’s (18), Bellarmine’s Bobby Schmitt (16) and Mark Burns of Mount St. Mary’s (13).  Syracuse’s Matt Harris and Air Force’s Kyle O’Brien also have 12 points
• He is second all-time in career points scored by a Navy defensemen, while his 9 goals are the most in program history.

Welcome to the Club!
• On March 12, Navy junior attackman Tucker Hull became the 30th player in program history to join the Mids’ elite list of 100-point scorers.  He is the first player to add his name to the list since 2011 when Andy Warner graduated with 101 points.
• Hull currently stands 25th on Navy’s all-time scoring list with 102 points, just one behind 24th-place Billy Looney(2004-07).
• Meanwhile, junior attackman Sam Jones is ONE point away from 100.  Should Jones reach that milestone, it would be 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 is just the 13th player in program history to reach the 100-point mark as a junior.  Mike Herger (109), Ian Dingman(102) and Brendan Schneck (121) accomplished it as sophomores.
• Hull led Navy in scoring in each of his first two seasons and is once again one of the leaders this season as he stands No. 2 in scoring with 17 points on 10 goals and 7 assists.
• As a rookie, he and classmate Sam Jones anchored an offense with 38 points on 23 goals and 15 assists.  Last season, Hull produced 47 points on 23 goals and 24 assists.
• Hull is 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.
• With his 3 assists against Detroit, Hull joined the Mids’ all-time career assists list … he produced his 46th career assist against No. 1-ranked Maryland last Friday to tie to tie Owen McFadden (1964-66) for 17th on the list … he needs 2 to tie 16th-place Brendan Schneck (1977-78).

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Navy eyes stunner Friday against Maryland

Posted on 04 April 2013 by WNST Staff

Game 11 Navy (3-7, 1-4 PL) vs. #1 Maryland (7-1, 2-1 ACC)
Date and Faceoff April 5 at 7:00 pm ET
Location Annapolis, Md. | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000)
Television CBS Sports Network | Dave Ryan (Play by Play), Evan Washburn (Analyst)


Game Preview

• After playing its last three games on the road, the Navy men’s lacrosse team returns home to Annapolis where it will play host to No. 1-ranked Maryland on Friday … the 88th meeting between the Mids and the Terps is slated for a 7:06 pm faceoff at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• The Midshipmen are coming off a 12-7 loss to 18th-ranked Lehigh last Saturday in Bethlehem, Pa.  After trading goals in the opening minutes, the Mountain Hawks went on a 5-0 run and would not relinquish the lead.  Junior attackman Sam Jones played a role in six of the seven goals for the Mids.
• Friday’s contest marks the first time Navy has been matched up against the No. 1-ranked team in the country since dropping a 9-8 overtime decision to Johns Hopkins on April 23, 2005.  Meanwhile, the Mids’ lone documented win over a top-ranked team was a 9-6 win over Maryland in 2004.
• Meanwhile, Maryland bounced back from its 10-8 loss to ACC rival North Carolina by dealing 17th-ranked Virginia a 9-7 loss in Charlottesville last weekend.  Sophomore attackman Jay Carlson scored three goals and junior goalie Niko Amato made 14 saves to help secure the win for the Terps.
• Friday’s contest will be televised by CBS Sports Network with Dave Ryan (play by play) and Evan Washburn (analyst) calling the action.

Navy vs. Maryland – The Series
• Friday’s contest between Navy and Maryland marks the 68th-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 (next week is the 81st-straight year the two have met).
• Maryland leads the series, 53-33-1, however, the Midshipmen have won five of the last nine contests, including two of the last four games played in Annapolis (2004, ‘09).
• Maryland also holds a 28-20-1 series advantage over the Mids in games played in Annapolis.
• Eight of the last 14 games played between the two teams have been decided by one goal, including four of the last eight meetings … meanwhile, five of the last seven games played in Annapolis have been decided by two or fewer goals.
• 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.

Scouting the Terps
• Under the direction of third-year head coach John Tillman, Maryland enters Friday’s contest ranked No. 1 in the nation with a 7-1 record.  The Terps’ lone loss this season was a 10-8 loss to North Carolina in College Park two weeks ago.
• The Terps are ranked among the nation’s top 10 in nine statistical categories, including shot percentage (37.3) where they lead the country.  Maryland not only boasts the third-ranked scoring offense, averaging 13.38 goals per game, it also stands No. 3 in scoring defense, holding its opponents to 7.25 goals per contest.
• Loyola is the only team who has scored double figures against the Terps this season and even a 10-goal performance by the Greyhounds would not be enough in a 12-10 Maryland victory.  No other team has scored more than 8 against the Terps this season.
• Meanwhile, Maryland has scored double figures in 6 of its 8 games.  North Carolina held the Terps to 8 in a 10-8 upset, while Maryland scored 9 in its 2-goal win over Virginia a week ago.
• Six players have scored double-digit goals for Maryland this season, including senior midfielder Kevin Cooper who leads the team in goals (15), assists (13) and points (28).  Sophomore attackman Jay Carlson has also punched in a team-high tying 15 goals.
• Junior Niko Amato has been nearly flawless this season in goal for the Terps where he is ranked fourth nationally with a 7.09 goals-against average and seventh in save percentage (60.0).
• Faceoff specialist Charlie Raffa has been spot-on this spring where he has won 82 of the 143 draws he has taken this spring for a 57.3 percentage.  He is ranked 12th nationally and with a 7.13 ground balls per game average, he is 10th.
• All-American long pole Jesse Bernhardt has registered 12 caused turnovers and 32 ground balls, while defenseman Michael Ehrhardt owns 36 ground balls and nine takeaways.

Program Ties
• Third-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 second 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 second-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 junior 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 semifinalist teams and served as co-captain of the 1979 squad that ironically dropped a 15-10 decision in the NCAA semifinals to the Terps.

Home Field Advantage
• 2013 marks the 52nd season Navy has played at least one game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• Navy owns a 44-20 record (68.8) in games played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium since the start of the 2004 campaign, outscoring its foes, 693-473.
• Since playing its entire home schedule at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium beginning in 2004, Navy has lost back-to-back games at home just 5 times … in 2006, the Mids lost to Georgetown, 9-5, and then suffered a 9-8 setback against Johns Hopkins … in 2008, Navy again lost regular-season decisions to the Hoyas and Blue Jays before the Mids’ season concluded with a 10-4 loss to Hopkins in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament … Navy lost back-to-back home games in 2010 to Loyola, 8-7 OT, and North Carolina, 11-4 … in 2011, Navy dropped a one-goal decision to Colgate, a 10-4 contest to No. 7 Maryland and a 14-9 decision to Army … last season, the Mids dropped a one-goal heart breaker to fourth-ranked North Carolina and followed up with a 14-9 loss to Bucknell in the league opener.
• In its 106-year history, Navy has lost 3 straight home games just 5 times …
1980    #1 Virginia, #2 Johns Hopkins, #9 N. Carolina
1985    Washington College, N. Carolina, Army
2003    #13 Rutgers, Air Force, #4 Georgetown,
#4 Maryland
2008    #4 Georgetown, #7 Johns Hopkins,
#4 Johns Hopkins
2011    Colgate, #7 Maryland, #17 Army
… and four-straight home games just once
2003    #13 Rutgers, Air Force, #4 Georgetown,
#4 Maryland
• The 2003 campaign marks the only season in which Navy has lost 4 straight home games at the stadium.
• Having played at least a game a year at the stadium for 42 consecutive years, Navy stepped away in 2003, allowing for state-of-the-art renovations to take place, including the Field Turf surface and two video boards … Navy has played all of its home games at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium since the beginning of the 2004 campaign.
• Navy had won 20 consecutive home games against Patriot League foes before dropping a 10-9 decision to Colgate in 2009.
• Opponents have scored double digits against the Mids just 15 times in games played on their home field over the last 10 seasons … Navy has held 21 of its 65 opponents to five or fewer goals since 2004 in games played at home (includes 2010 game vs. VMI played at Rip Miller Field).

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Navy starts slow, falls to Lehigh to continue slump

Posted on 30 March 2013 by WNST Staff

BETHLEHEM, Pa. —  Junior attackman Sam Jones (Annapolis, Md.) played a role in six of the Mids’ seven goals, but it wouldn’t be enough as the 18th-ranked Lehigh men’s lacrosse team dealt Navy a 12-7 loss on a sunny afternoon at Ulrich Sports Complex in Bethlehem, Pa.  The Mids, who have lost seven of their last eight games, are now 3-7 overall and 1-4 in Patriot League contests, while the Mountain Hawks are 7-4 and 3-0 in conference action.

“We really didn’t get settled in until the second quarter,” said second-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell.  “Give Lehigh credit, their offense got going quickly and it was an uphill battle for us from there.

“Our defense has played tough all year, but we just haaven’t been able to find a way to get the ball into the back of the net on the offensive side.”

Lehigh scored the game’s first goal when Navy senior defenseman Austin Miller’s (North Bethesda, Md.) clearing pass was intercepted by Dante Fantoni and he quickly found Alex Drake for the goal at 13:43.  The Mids answered two minutes later when Jones scored the first of his season-high four goals on an unassisted strike.

At the 8:27 mark, senior midfielder Noah Molnar targeted a 15-yard shot that slipped past Navy keeper Nolan Hickey’s (Chaminade, N.Y.) left shoulder and sparked five straight goals by the Mountain Hawks.

After being held without a goal for nearly 16 minutes, Navy finally scored its second goal of the game at the 10:46 mark in the second quarter when senior faceoff specialist Evan McGoogan (Cranberry Township, Pa.) won the draw and fed Jones for the goal.  It was McGoogan’s first collegiate point.

With a 6-2 halftime advantage, Lehigh extended its lead by scoring the first three goals of the third quarter including sophomore attackman Dan Taylor’s third goal of the game.

The Mids got on the scoreboard at the 4:46 mark in the third when, on a timer-on situation, Jones sent a cross-the-field pass to rookie attackman T.J. Hanzsche (Berwyn, Pa.) who was anchored on the right crease and stuffed in his sixth goal of the season.

Lehigh answered two minutes later when Kurtis Kaunas fired off another long shot at Hickey to give Lehigh a 10-3 lead after three quarters of play.

Navy put together as fine a quarter as they’ve had in recent weeks when it scored four goals in the final 15 minutes.  Junior midfielder Erik Hoffstadt (Dover, Del.) kicked it off with an extra-man goal 14 seconds into the final stanza off an assist from Jones.

Lehigh answered with back-to-back goals by Kyle Stiefel and Patrick Corbett, who took advantage of the goalie change from Hickey to rookie John Connors at the beginning of the fourth quarter.

Navy, however, regrouped and scored the final three goals of the game, including a pair by Jones.

Jones finished the game with four goals and two assists, marking his third-career six-point game the first of the season.  He is the third Navy player this season to register six points and first since fellow attackman Tucker Hull (Charlotte, N.C.) put up six against Detroit in mid-February.  Meanwhile, he is the first player to post four goals in a game since Gabe Voumard’s (Cape May, N.J.) four-goal effort in a one-goal loss to Fairfield in mid-February.

Meanwhile, Jones came into the contest 10 points shy of the century mark but is now just four points short of becoming the 31st player in program history to reach the elusive 100-point milestone.  Hull scored his 100th point earlier this season against Towson.

Miller led Navy with a career-high eight ground balls and two caused turnovers, while Jones, defenseman Jay Christopher (Winston-Salem, N.C.) and long pole Pat Kiernan (Ridgewood, N.J.) also contributed a pair of takeaways.

McGoogan, meanwhile, won 11 of the 21 faceoffs he took and in doing so moved from 15th to 13th on Navy’s career faceoffs won list with 98.  He trails 12th-place Michael Schaal by 11.

Nine different players accounted for Lehigh’s 12 goals with Taylor (3) and Corbett (2) being the lone multi-goal scorers on the day for the Mountain Hawks.  Reigning Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year Matt Poillon came up with nine saves for Lehigh, while Dante Fantoni and Tripp Telesco registered three caused turnovers.

After three straight games on the road, the Mids finally return home on Friday when they play host to No. 2 Maryland at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.  CBS Sports Network will televise the contest beginning at 7:00 pm with Dave Ryan and Evan Washburn calling the action.

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Navy tries to snap losing skid Saturday at Lehigh

Posted on 29 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Game 10 Navy (3-6, 1-3 PL) at Lehigh (6-4, 2-0 PL)
Date and Faceoff March 30 at 1:00 pm ET
Location Bethlehem, Pa. | Ulrich Sport Complex (1,200)


Game Preview

• Looking to snap a three-game losing skid, the Navy men’s lacrosse team will battle 2012 Patriot League Champion Lehigh on Saturday in Bethlehem, Pa. … meeting for the 32nd time in series history, the Mids and 18th-ranked Mountain Hawks will face off at 1:00 pm at Ulrich Sports Complex.
• The Midshipmen were dealt their third conference loss of the year last Saturday when Colgate attackmen Peter Baum and Ryan Walsh combined for 7 goals in leading the Raiders to an 11-3 win over Navy in Baltimore at the Face-Off Classic.  Colgate jumped out to a 4-0 lead and after Navy clipped the lead to 2 at 4-2, the Raiders held the Mids off the scoreboard for 31 minutes and rattled off 7 straight goals of their own en route to the victory.
• Meanwhile, after finding itself down 2-1 after the first quarter of play, Lehigh’s David DiMaria (3G) helped the Mountain Hawks outscore Holy Cross 7-3 the rest of the way to post an 8-5 victory over the Crusaders last Saturday in Worcester, Mass.

Scouting the Mountain Hawks
• Sixth-year Lehigh head coach Kevin Cassese has led the 18th-ranked Mountain Hawks to a 6-4 record this spring which features Patriot League wins over Army (10-6) and Holy Cross (8-5) … Lehigh has also picked up wins over Saint Joseph’s (14-1), Villanova (11-9), VMI (18-2) and Penn State (12-10) … its losses have come at the hands of Denver (18-10), Air Force (15-10), Penn (6-4) and Massachusetts (6-4).
• Similar to last year, Lehigh fields one of the nation’s best defensive units, giving up just 7.80 goals per game and owning a #7 national ranking.
• One of the keys to the success of the defense is reigning Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year sophomore Matt Poillon … Poillon boasts a 59.1 save percentage which is sixth nationally and his 7.65 goals-against average is the ninth best in the country.
• Additionally, All-Patriot League defenseman Ty Souders leads the way with 17 caused turnovers and 21 grounders while Mike Noone has 14 takeaways and 16 ground balls.
• Newcomer Tripp Telesco has recently stepped up his production on the defensive end and was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week this past Monday.
• Senior David DiMaria is pacing the Mountain Hawks with 40 points on 20 goals and 20 assists and is ranked 16th in points per game (4.00) and assists per game (2.00).
• Fellow starting attackmen Dan Taylor and Dante Fantoni have contributed 27 (15-12) and 26 (16-10) points, respectively.
• Senior Ryan Snyder has taken the bulk of the draws for Lehigh once again this season, winning 81 of the 153 faceoffs (52.9) and is ranked 28th nationally.  He also is pacing the team in ground balls (49), averaging 4.90 per contest.
• While Lehigh is ranked in the top 20 in just two categories, the Mountain Hawks fall no worse than 38th in any given stat.  Averaging 10.70 saves per game, Lehigh is ranked 38th, while its 29.5 ground balls per game average is 37th.

Navy vs. Lehigh – The Series
• Saturday’s contest between Navy and Lehigh marks the 32nd game in a series that began in 1910 … the Midshipmen own a commanding 28-3 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.  The Mountain Hawks put together their first winning streak against the Mids by tacking on a 9-4 victory over the Mids last spring.
• Last year’s game marked the first time Navy and Lehigh had met in Annapolis since 2008 … the two played one  another three-straight years in Bethlehem … Saturday’s game marks the fifth among the last six contested in Bethlehem.
• Navy owns a 6-1 series advantage in games played in Bethlehem … the Mids’ lone loss at home was the 2011 game.
• Since Navy joined the league in 2004, the Mids have scored double-figure goals in six of the 11 contests … Navy has produced nine goals in three of the other five games during that stretch.
• Navy and Lehigh have met twice in the Patriot League Tournament, 2005 and 2006, with the Mids winning both.

Weekend Rewind
• Colgate jumped out to an early 4-0 lead and weathered a short-lived rally by the Mids en route to dealing Navy its third straight loss.  After Navy cut the lead to two at 4-2, the Mids were held scoreless for over 30 minutes while Colgate reeled on 7 consecutive goals en route to the 11-3 victory last Saturday in Baltimore at the Face-Off Classic.
• It was the third time this season that Navy has experienced 20-plus minute dry spells – 51:08 vs. Bucknell, 31:02 vs. Colgate, 22:17 vs. Towson.
• The game marked the second straight in which Navy played its foe at a professional sports venue … the previous week the Mids faced Holy Cross at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets.
• Navy snapped its four-game streak of being held without an extra-man goal when rookie Patrick Keena found the back of the net in the second quarter … Keena has scored 3 of the Mids’ 6 man-up goals this season.
• Junior attackman Sam Jones had his 11-game point-scoring streak snapped by the Raiders … going into the game, he was the only player on the roster to have scored a point in every game this season.
• Meanwhile, sophomore midfielder Gabe Voumard also had his 7-game goal-scoring streak end against Colgate.
• Junior midfielder Sean Price fed Austin Heneveld for the Mids’ final goal of the game … it was Price’s first collegiate assist.
• Rookie T.J. Hanzsche has scored in three games for the Mids and in all three games he has been responsible for Navy’s first goal of the game.
• Senior defenseman Austin Miller recorded 3 caused turnovers in the loss to move into a tie with former teammateMichael Hirsch (2008-11) for second on the Mids’ all-time caused turnover list.  He owns 37, while teammate Pat Kiernan has registered 48 over his career.

Scoring Adventures
• Navy is outscoring its opponents 19-13 in the opening quarter of its 9 games this season, however, the competition has outscored the Mids, 27-19, in the final quarter.
• The Mids own a 41-32 scoring advantage in the first half, but trail 48-36 in the second half (does not include the OT goal by Bucknell).
• In Patriot League games, Navy has been outscored by 18 (40-22) … Navy is struggling in the middle portion of its conference games as the opponent has outscored the Mids 22-10 in the second and third quarters combined.
• Navy averaged 12.0 goals per game (48G) in its first 4 contests … over the last 5 games, Navy is average 5.8 goals per game (29G).
• Overall, the Mids are averaging 8.56 goals per game (77G) and in Patriot League contests they are averaging 5.50 goals per contest (22G) … in nonleague contests, Navy is averaging 11.00 goals per game (55G).
• In 4 of Navy’s 6 losses this season, it has taken an early lead and lost.
• Navy owned a 4-1 lead in the second quarter over Georgetown and lost in OT, 9-8.
• The Mids held a 2-1 advantage against Bucknell and were outscored 10-0 over the last 50 minutes to lose 11-2.
• Against Towson, Navy held 3-0 and 4-1 leads before succumbing, 8-7.
• The Mids jumped out to a 2-1 advantage over Holy Cross early in the second quarter, but dropped a 7-5 decision.

National Leader Board
• According to the latest national statistics released on Monday by the NCAA, the Mids are ranked among the top 20 in five categories.
• Navy has maintained its position as the nation’s leader in caused turnovers for the last 3 weeks, forcing 11.44 turnovers per game.  Junior long pole Pat Kiernan is #4 nationally, averaging 2.56 takeaways per game while senior close defenseman Austin Miller is #5, causing 2.44 turnovers per game.
• Navy’s man-down defense has lost its mojo as of late.  The Mids had not surrendered a man-down goal in 3 games and held their opponents to an 0-for-11 mark.  However, Navy has given up man-down goals on 8 of its last 17 opportunites over the last 4 contests.  The Mids are now ranked 12th, giving up goal on 75.6 percent (31-41) of the opportunities.
• Navy is ranked 11th in ground balls per game (33.56) which is a huge improvement over 2012.  The Mids were ranked 43rd in ground balls per game, averaging 27.67.
• The Mids are also ranked among the top 20 in scoring defense (20th, 9.00) and faceoff win percentage (20th, 53.2).

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Navy overwhelmed by Colgate in Face-Off Classic

Posted on 23 March 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, Md. —  Attackman Ryan Walsh and Peter Baum combined for seven goals and three assists to lead the Colgate men’s lacrosse team (7-2, 2-0 Patriot League) to an 11-3 victory over Navy (3-6, 1-3 PL) Saturday afternoon in the opening game of the Konica Minolta Faceoff Classic played at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

“At the end of the day, Colgate was the better team from start to finish,” said second-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell.  “You have to tip your hat to Colgate, they played a really good game.”

Colgate opened the game scoring four in a row, including back-to-back goals just seven seconds apart by Walsh and fellow attackman Brendon McCann.  Walsh found McCann cutting up the middle with 7:11 to go in the first period and at 7:04 McCann returned the favor, feeding Walsh for a point blank shot to give the Raiders a 4-0 lead.

Rookie attackman T.J. Hanzsche (Berwyn, Pa.) finally got the Mids on the scoreboard when he beat Colgate defenseman Kevin Boyle and fired in his diving shot from the right crease with 2:34 remaining in the quarter.

Navy closed to within two (4-2) with 9:57 to play in the second quarter when freshman Patrick Keena (Vienna, Va.) picked up the loose ball after his initial shot was saved by keeper Conor Murphy and he stuffed the ball into the net on extra-man as he was tackled to the ground.

After nearly 16 minutes without a goal, Colgate’s Walsh came around the left side of the goal and bulled his way past Navy senior defenseman Jay Christopher to spark a seven-goal run by the Raiders.

Colgate held a 6-2 lead at the half and pushed it to 9-2 after three quarters of play.  The Raiders scored the first two goals of the fourth quarter before Navy’s 31-minute scoring drought ended when junior middie Sean Price (Millersville, Md.) found classmate Austin Heneveld (East Hampton, N.Y.) cutting into the middle of the field and Heneveld found the seam for the Mids’ third and final goal.

The two teams combined for 41 turnovers including 25 in the second half, while the Mids were just 14 for 20 on clears and Colgate was 19 for 29.

Navy’s starting attack and midfield scored just one point in the game, while its bench combined for two goals and an assist.  Leading scorer Sam Jones was held without a point for the first time in 12 games.  The last time he did not score a point was in last year’s conference loss to Lehigh (3-30) in Annapolis.

“Right now we don’t have a lot of flow or pace on the offensive end,” said Jones, who is just 10 points shy of becoming one of only 31 players in program history to score 100 points.  “We aren’t creating good opportunities for ourselves and when we do, we fail to capitalize.  We’re hesitant and I think that results in us not taking very high percentage shots.”

Senior faceoff specialist Evan McGoogan (Cranberry Township, Pa.) was a bright spot on the stat sheet for the Mids, winning 8 of the 15 draws he took and grabbed a team-high tying five ground balls.

Walsh led Colgate with seven points on four goals and three assists, while Paul contributed three goals and starting middie Jimmy Ryan added two goals and an assist.

The Mids return to action next Saturday when face Lehigh in Bethlehem, Pa. in what will be their third straight game away from Annapolis.  Game time is slated for 1:00 pm.

“I find it hard to believe that our guys are going o throw in the towel,” added Sowell, regarding Navy’s final four regular-season games.  “It’s part of who I am, but it’s also what I’ve learned from this team.  We’re gong to stick through this and see it through to the end.  When we win, we’ll win with class and when we have a loss, we’ll lose with class.  But on Monday we are going to prepare for the next game and have the team ready to go for Lehigh.”

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Navy takes on Colgate Saturday in Face-Off Classic

Posted on 22 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Game 9 Navy (3-5, 1-2 PL) vs. Colgate (6-2, 1-0 PL)
Date and Faceoff March 23 at 2:00 pm ET
Location Baltimore, Md. | M&T Bank Stadium (71,008)
Television ESPNU | Eamon McAnaney (Play by Play), Paul Carcaterra (Analyst)


Game Preview

• The Navy men’s lacrosse team will battle 2012 NCAA Tournament Quarterfinalst and Patriot League rival Colgate on Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md. in the first game of the 2013 Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic … meeting for the 16th time in series history, Navy and Colgate will face off at 2:00 pm, followed by Virginia vs. Johns Hopkins at 4:30 pm.
• The Midshipmen are coming off the program’s first loss to Holy Cross after the Crusaders dealt Navy a 7-5 defeat at Citi Field in Flushing, N.Y. at the Metropolitan Lacrosse Classic last Sunday  Holy Cross outscored the Mids, 4-1, over a 17-minute period that began in the second quarter and spilled into the second half, giving the Crusaders a lead they would not relinquish.
• Saturday’s game marks the fifth time Navy has played at M&T Bank Stadium.  The Mids defeated Princeton (8-7) in the 2004 NCAA Semifinals before dropping a 14-13 decision to Syracuse in the National Championship.  Meanwhile, Army and Navy squared off in the Day of Rivals event in 2009 and ‘10.  The Mids beat Army in 2009 (8-4), while the Black Knights nipped Navy in 2010 (7-6).
• Colgate, ironically, also played in the Metropolitan Lacrosse Classic, but eased its way past the Michigan after outscoring the Wolverines 4-1 in the second period.  Anchored by hat tricks from Peter Baum and Ryan Walsh, the Raiders posted a 10-7 victory en route to winning their third consecutive contest.
• Saturday’s contest will be carried live on ESPNU with Eamon McAnaney (play by play) and Paul Carcaterra (analyst) calling the action.

Scouting the Raiders
• In his second season, head coach Mike Murphy his led Colgate to a 6-2 mark with wins in each of its last three games.
• The Raiders opened the season by playing each of their first five games on the road.  To date, Colgate has played just two of its eight games at home.
• The Raiders have played just one ranked team this season, dropping a 19-3 decision to then seventh-ranked Cornell in Ithaca on March 2.
• Colgate is 1-0 in Patriot League action this season, dealing Holy Cross a 14-6 loss in Hamilton, N.Y. on March 9.
• The Raiders have done a nice job of taking care of the ball this season, committing just 13.5 turnovers per game which is the 12th-best mark in Div. I lacrosse.
• If there was a weak spot in Colgate’s game it would be extra-man offense and its goalkeeper play.  Colgate is 57th out of 63 teams in man-up offense, scoring goals on just 21.1 percent (4-19) of its opportunities.  Meanwhile, the Raiders are 59th in saves per game with Conor Murphy and Gordon Santry combining for just 8.88 saves per contest.
• The attack cominbination of Peter Baum and Ryan Walsh is one of the best in the country.  Baum, the reigning Tewaaraton Award winner, has put up 34 points on 23 goals and 11 assists, leading the team in all three categories.  He is ranked 12th in points per game (4.25), ninth in goals per game (2.88) and 48th in assists per game (1.38).  Meanwhile Walsh has produced 25 points on 20 goals and 5 assists.
• Faceoff specialist Robert Grabher is 24th nationally with a 53.3 win percentage (95-179).  He leads the team and is seventh in the country with an 8.13 ground balls per game average.
• As previously mentioned Conor Murphy and Gordon Santry have split time in goal with each player making 4 starts.  Murphy has produced a 7.73 goals-against average and is making stops on 53.8 percent of the shots he’s seen.  Santry, meanwhile, owns an 11.84 GAA and  41.8 save percentage.
• Junior defenseman Bobby Lawrence leads the way with 15 caused turnovers and is second on the team with 30 grounders.

Navy vs. Colgate – The Series
• Navy leads the all-time series with Colgate, 11-4, including wins in 3 of the last 4 contests.
• The two teams have met 13 times since the Midshipmen joined the Patriot League in 2004 … during that span, Navy has produced a 9-4 record and outscored Colgate, 141-100.
• Each of the last 5 contests between the two programs has been decided by 1 goal, including last year’s contest in which Navy’s Sam Jones targeted a shot with 3.4 seconds remaining in the game to lead the Mids to a 12-11 victory.
• Saturday’s contest marks the fifth game played on neutral soil between the two programs and third regular-season neutral site battle.  Navy defeated the Raiders in 2004 (21-6) and 2005 (11-6) in Orlando.
• Navy and Colgate have twice faced one another in the Patriot League Tournament and have been met with split results … in 2007, the Mids claimed a 15-9 win over the Raiders in the championship game, before dropping the program’s first Patriot League Tournament contest at the 2008 semifinals against eventual champion Colgate.

Weekend Rewind
• After Navy took a 2-1 lead, Holy Cross outscored the Mids, 4-1, over a 17-minute period that began in the second quarter and spilled into the second half, giving the Crusaders a lead they would not relinquish.
• It marked Holy Cross’ first win in a series that had seen Navy win the previous 9 games.
• Navy had won 7 straight game when holding its opponent to 7 or fewer goals, all of which were under Rick Sowell’s direction.
• The Mids played their fourth consecutive game without scoring an extra-man goal … the Mids were 0 for 3 against Holy Cross.
• The Navy-Holy Cross tilt marked just the second time a Div. I men’s lacrosse game has been played at a Major League Baseball Stadium.
• The first Div. I men’s lacrosse game to be played at an active MLB stadium was between Navy and Johns Hopkins on May 8, 1971.  The Mids dropped the Blue Jays, 9-6, in front of more than 18,000 fans.
• With a goal and an assist, junior attackman Sam Jones extended his point-scoring streak to 11 games and is the lone player on the roster to record a goal or an assist in every game this season.
• Sophomore midfielder Gabe Voumard continues to be a goal-scorer for the Mids as he registered his 12th goal of the season in Navy’s loss to Holy Cross.  Remarkably, 10 of his 12 goals have been unassisted.
• Junior midfielder Pat Durkin had his 19-game starting streak come to an end when he came off the sideline to lead the Mids with 2 goals and 1 assist against Holy Cross.
• Senior faceoff specialist Evan McGoogan tied his career high with 10 wins on his 16 attempts (62.5) against the Crusaders … he also picked up a career-high tying six ground balls.
• Junior long pole Pat Kiernan put together 5 ground balls and 3 caused turnovers to push himself higher in the national standings.  He is 13th in ground balls (6.75) and third in caused turnovers (2.63).

The Big Leagues
• In the last decade, Navy has played six games at NFL Stadiums, including four contests at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.  The Mids defeated Princeton at M&T Bank Stadium in the 2004 NCAA Semifinals before dropping a 14-13 decision to Syracuse in the National Championship two days later.  Navy faced Army in back-to-back years (2009, ‘10) at M&T Bank Stadium in the Inside Lacrosse-sponsored Day of Rivals which also featured Johns Hopkins vs. Maryland.
• In 2008, the Midshipmen defeated Holy Cross, 16-3, at Texas Stadium, now the former home of the Dallas Cowboys.
• Last February, Navy faced off against Jacksonville at EverBank Field, the home of the Jacksonville Jaguars, in the Moe’s Southwest Grill Classic.
• Last Sunday, the Mids dropped a 7-5 decision to Holy Cross at Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets, as part of the Metropolitan Lacrosse Classic Presented by Konica Minolta.  It was just the second time a Div. I men’s lacrosse game has been played at a Major League Baseball Stadium.
• The first Div. I men’s lacrosse game to be played at an active MLB stadium was between Navy and Johns Hopkins on May 8, 1971.  The Mids dropped the Blue Jays, 9-6, in front of more than 18,000 fans.

National Leader Board
• According to the latest national statistics released on Monday by the NCAA, the Mids are ranked among the top 20 in five categories.
• After producing 10 and 11 caused turnovers against Towson and Holy Cross, respectively, Navy maintained its position as the nation’s leader in the category, forcing 11.38 turnovers per game.  Junior long pole Pat Kiernan is #3 nationally, averaging 2.63 takeaways per game while senior close defenseman Austin Miller is #6, causing 2.38 turnovers per game.
• Navy’s man-down defense has lost its mojo as of late.  The Mids had not surrendered a man-down goal in 3 games and held their opponents to an 0-for-11 mark.  However, Navy has given up man-down goals on 7 of its last 13 opportunites over the last 3 contests.  The Mids are now ranked 13th, giving up goal on 75.7 percent (28-37) of the opportunities.
• Navy is ranked 10th in ground balls per game (34.38) which is a huge improvement over 2012.  The Mids were ranked 43rd in ground balls per game, averaging 27.67.
• The Mids are also ranked among the top 20 in scoring defense (17th, 8.75) and faceoff win percentage (20th, 52.9).

Kiernan Among Nation’s Top Poles
• Junior long stick defensive midfielder Pat Kiernan is one of the best at his position in the country.
• Kiernan leads Navy in both caused turnover and ground balls and is among the national leaders in both categories.  He is ranked third in caused turnovers per game (2.63) and 13th in ground balls (6.75).
• Kiernan was a machine against Towson where he registered a career-high 12 ground balls and won 8 of his 10 faceoffs.  Meanwhile, against Lafayette he picked up 7 ground balls and forced 7 Leopard turnovers.
• Additionally, he has garnered Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honors three times this season.
• He has produced 12 career points, including  a program-record 10 in 2012.
• He is tied for eighth in the country among active poles with 12 points behind Bryant’s Mason Poli (50 pts), Loyola’s Scott Ratliff (33), Brown’s Roger Ferguson (24), Maryland’s Jesse Bernhardt (17), Dillon Ayers of St. John’s (17), Mark Burns of Mount St. Mary’s (13) and Bellarmine’s Bobby Schmitt (13).  Syracuse’s Matt Harris also has 12 points
• He is second all-time in career points scored by a Navy defensemen, while his 9 goals are the most in program history.

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Navy falls to Holy Cross in Metropolitan Lacrosse Classic

Posted on 17 March 2013 by WNST Staff

FLUSHING, N.Y. —  Holy Cross midfielder Terry McKenna scored four goals while Michael Ortlieb made 12 stops between the pipes to lead the Crusaders (4-3, 1-1 PL) to a 7-5 victory over the Navy men’s lacrosse team (3-5, 1-2 PL) Sunday afternoon at Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets.  Sunday’s contest marked just the second Div. I men’s lacrosse game played at a Major League Baseball venue, as Citi Field played host to the Metropolitan Lacrosse Classic presented by Konica Minolta.

“I’m certainly disappointed by the result today,” said second-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell.  “Give credit to Holy Cross.  They played good enough to beat us, so I have to tip my cap to them.

“It was a great opportunity to play in this even.  We came up here to get a win, first and foremost, so the result definitely put a damper on an otherwise great experience.”

McKenna carried the Crusaders on his shoulders, scoring the first three goals for Holy Cross, including the game’s first marker at 4:29 on an unassisted strike from eight yards out on the left wing.

The Mids knotted the game with a minute remaining in the opening period when rookie attackman T.J. Hanzsche (Berwyn, Pa.) beat Holy Cross defenseman Daniel Schmader and curled around for a left shot up the middle.

Navy took its lone lead of the game when junior Pat Durkin (Germantown, Md.) set up at the top of the box and found second-year midfielder Gabe Voumard  (Cape May, N.J.) cutting to the crease for his 12th goal of the season 26 seconds into the second quarter.

The Crusaders answered with back-to-back goals scored by McKenna just 1:27 apart to give them a 3-2 advantage with just under 12 minutes to go in the half.

Navy tied things up when Durkin scored the first of his game-high two goals.  Junior Sam Jones (Annapolis, Md.) fed Durkin who drew the double team and spun his way for a low side-winder at 6:47 in the second.

Holy Cross took the lead for good when James Kennedy and Myles Gillespie collaborated for an extra-man goal from just three yards out with 5:00 to go in the first half.

The Crusaders extended their lead to two goals less than four minutes into the third quarter when reserve Chris Smith launched a 13-yard shot from the left side.

Navy answered a minute latr when Durkin beat defenseman Matt Ward and sent his diving left-handed shot past Ortlieb to get the Mids to within one with 10:22 to go in the third.

Holy Cross pushed their lead to two at 6-4 when McKenna fed leading scorer Clay Haarmann for its second extra-man goal of the game with 1:47 to go in the quarter.

The Mids again trimmed the lead to one, 6-5, with 11:51 remaining when Jones set up behind the goal and curled around the left side, beating Reed Kennedy for his game-high  13th goal.

McKenna sealed the win for the Crusaders with his fourth goal of the game, taking a pass from Haarmann and lodging his shot into the back of the net from 15 yards out with 5:16 to go.

Durkin paced the Mids with three points on two goals and assist, while Hanzsche, Jones and Voumard all pitched in goals.

Senior Evan McGoogan (Cranberry Township, Pa.)  played a solid game, winning 10 of the 16 draws he took and led the Mids with six ground balls.

Junior long pole Pat Kiernan (Ridgewood, N.J.), meanwhile, picked up five ground balls and caused three turnovers to lead the defense, while senior keeper Nolan Hickey (Garden City, N.Y.) surrendered all seven goals and made 10 saves.

“I thought today was more about what we did and didn’t do vs. what they did,” added Sowell.  “We didn’t shoot well, but that’s been our Achilles heel all year.  There are a number of things that have plagued us.  We’re in a rut right now that we can’t seem to get ourselves out of, but we have to figure it out in a hurry.”

The Midshipmen return to action next Saturday when they face Colgate in a Patriot League matchup at the Konica Minolta Faceoff Classic.  Game time is slated for 2:00 pm at M&T Bank Stadium. The game can be seen on ESPNU.

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Navy battles Holy Cross Sunday at Citi Field

Posted on 16 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Game Preview
• The Navy men’s lacrosse team will play the first of two neutral site contests in consecutive weeks when it travels to Flushing, N.Y. on Sunday to take part in the Metropolitan Lacrosse Classic presented by Konica Minolta  … meeting for just the 10th time in series history, Navy and Holy Cross will face off at 12:00 pm at Citi Field.
• Following the Navy-Holy Cross tilt, Colgate and Michigan will take center stage with a 3:00 pm contest.
• Towson held the Midshipmen without a goal over the final 22 minutes of play while the Tigers scored the final three goals of the game to earn an 8-7 victory over Navy last Tuesday in Annapolis.  Navy twice held a 3-goal lead over the Tigers, but the Mids were unable to find the back of the net and their 4-game home winning streak came to an abrupt end.
• Holy Cross, meanwhile, is also looking to bounce back after a 14-6 loss to Patriot League foe Colgate.  The Raiders racedout to a 6-2 halftime lead and never opened the door to allow the Crusaders back into the game.
• Sunday’s contest will be carried live on ESPN3 with Eamon McAnaney (play by play), Quint Kessenich (analyst) and Paul Carcaterra (analyst) calling the action.

Scouting the Crusaders
• In his third season as head coach Jim Morissey has led the Crusaders to a 3-3 record, including an 0-1 mark in Patriot League action.
• Holy Cross wins over Hartford (11-9), Sacred Heart (11-9) and Rutgers (9-8), while dropping decisions to St. John’s (11-9), Harvard (16-12) and Colgate (14-6).
• After opening the season with their first two games at home, the Crusaders have since played four in a row on the road and Sunday’s game will make the fifth away from Worcester.  Holy Cross has held its own, posting a 2-2 mark in its four road games.
• Leading the way for Holy Cross in the scoring column is sophomore attackman Clay Haarmann who owns 17 points on a team-high 15 goals and 2 assists.
• Senior midfielder John Hannan has produced 13 points on 12 goals and 1 assist, while senior attackman James Kennedy also owns 13 points on 6 goals and a team-best 7 assists.
• Junior Kenny O’Connor has started four games in goal for the Crusaders, while rookie Michael Ortlieb has made appearances in three games and started two.  O’Connor owns an 11.15 goals-against average with a 41.3 save percentage, while Orlieb his warded off 53.1 percent of the shots sent his way and is giving way to 11.19 goals per game.
• Perhaps the weakest link in the Crusaders’ game is faceoffs.  Holy Cross is ranked 61st out of 63 teams, winning just 36.9 (55 of 149) percent of its draws this season.  They have 7 different players at the “x” this season with sophomore Tyler Purdue (29 of 77, 37.7) and senior Tim Pond (19 of 52, 36.5) taking the majority of the faceoffs.
• The two areas that Holy Cross has flourished in this season are turnovers per game, where they are ranked  sixth and averaging just 12.67 per contest, and man-down defense, giving up goals on 30.8 percent of the opportunities.  The Crusaders stand 10th nationally in man-down defense.
• Nearly 70 percent (69.0) of Holy Cross’ goals have been unassisted this season, as the Crusaders have 18 assists on 58 goals.
• On the year Holy Cross has been outscored 67-58.  It owns a 32-29 advantage in the opening half, including an 18-10 margin in the second quarter, but the Crusaders’ opponents hold a 38-26 scoring advantage in the second half, including a 28-17 edge in the third quarter.

Navy vs. Holy Cross – The Series
• Sunday’s contest marks just the 10th meeting between Navy and Holy Cross … the Mids own a flawless 9-0 advantage in the series, including a 23-5 victory over the Crusaders in the inaugural meeting in Annapolis in 2004.
• Navy and Holy Cross are meeting at a neutral site for the third time in series history, as the Mids and Crusaders previously met in Dallas, Texas in back-to-back years.
• In 2007, the two programs faced one another at SMU’s Ford Stadium where the Mids dealt Holy Cross a 12-2 loss.  It was Navy’s first trip to Texas since the Mids defeated Johns Hopkins, 9-6, on May 8, 1971, at the Houston Astrodome.
• In 2008, Navy and Holy Cross were part of the Ford Patriot Cup which featured two high school games, along with two Div. I men’s lax games (Rutgers vs. Army).  Navy scored a 16-3 win over the Crusaders at Texas Stadium, the former home of the Dallas Cowboys.
• Navy and Holy Cross have played one another three times in Worcester, Mass. (2005, ‘09, ‘11) and four times in Annapolis (2004, ‘06, ‘10, ‘12).
• Navy has scored eight or more goals in all nine games, while putting up double-figure goals in seven of the nine (8 in 2005 and 2011) … the Mids’ defense, meanwhile, has held Holy Cross to five or fewer goals in eight of the nine games.  Last year the Crusaders scored a series-high seven goals in a losing effort.

Tuesday Rewind
• Navy jumped out to a 3-0 lead and later led 4-1, but was unable to keep the hot hand as Towson scored the final 3 goals of the game and held the Mids scoreless for the final 22 minutes in an 8-7 Tiger victory.
• It’s the second time this season Navy’s has been held scoreless for 20-plus minutes (51:08 by Bucknell).
• Junior attackman Tucker Hull punched in his ninth goal of the year at 7:17 in the third quarter in what would be his 100th collegiate point.  He is just one of 30 players in the program’s 106-year history to reach the milestone
• Junior attackman Sam Jones extended his point-scoring streak to 10 games and is the lone player on the roster to record a goal or an assist in every game this season.  He turned in a goal and 2 assists against the Tigers.
• Sophomore midfielder Gabe Voumard continues to create offense for himself as he ran his unassisted goal total to 10 on Tuesday.  He has scored 11 goals on the year.
• Senior midfielder Bryce Dabbs registered his fourth collegiate multi-goal effort and the second of the season with his 2 goals against Towson.
• Junior long pole Pat Kiernan played a whale of a game, picking up a career-high 12 ground balls while winning 8 of the 10 faceoffs he took.
• Senior Cade Norris played one of his best games in a Navy uniform, grabbing seven ground balls on the defensive end of the field while senior close defenseman Austin Miller matched his career best in caused turnovers with 4.

One-Goal Decisions
• Navy has played 74 one-goal games (of 246) since the start of the 1996 season, winning just 30 (40.5) of those contests.
• Among those 74 games, 26 of them have gone into extra minutes with Navy winning 11 (42.3).
• Over the last six seasons, 28 of the Mids’ 79 contests have been decided by one goal and Navy has produced wins in just 11 of those contests.  Over the last four seasons, the Mids are just 5-13 in one-goal affairs.
• In 2007, Navy played a program-record seven one-goal games, including five that were decided in overtime.
• Navy was 1-1 a year ago in one-goal decisions, marking the first time since 1996 that it had not played at least three one-goal games.
• The Mids are 1-3 this season in one-goal contests, dropping a 10-9 decision to 15th-ranked Fairfield, a 9-8 overtime game to Georgetown – both in the same week – and an 8-7 heartbreaker to Towson this past Tuesday in Annapolis.  Meanwhile, Navy gave up 2 goals in the final 17 seconds of its game against Lafayette to edge the Leopards, 12-11.

National Exposure
• Since the start of 2004, 54 Navy lacrosse games have been televised.
2004    4-2 (6)    CSTV 1-1    ESPN 2-1    WMAR 1-0
2005    3-3 (6)    CSTV 3-0    ESPN 0-3
2006    3-4 (7)    CSTV 2-4    ESPN 1-0
2007    2-3 (5)    CSTV 2-1    ESPN 0-1    MASN 0-1
2008    3-5 (8)    CBS C 1-2    ESPN 2-2    MASN 0-1
2009    5-2 (7)    CBS C 3-0    ESPN 1-2    MASN 1-0
2010    3-5 (8)    CBS C 3-3    ESPN 0-2
2011    0-3 (3)    CBS  0-2    ESPN 0-1
2012    1-3 (4)    CBS  1-2    ESPN 0-0    NBC 0-1
2013    0-0 (4)    CBS  0-0    ESPN 0-0    NBC 0-0
CBS Sports Network: 16-15    ESPN: 6-12
NBC Sports Network:  0-1    MASN: 1-2    WMAR: 1-0
• 4 regular-season contests are on tap to be aired this season, including 2 by CBS Sports Network.
• CBS Sports Network is airing both of the Patriot League Tournament semifinal contests (April 26 at 4:30 and 7:30) as well as the championship (April 28 at 3:00 pm).
• ESPN3 which is an internet-based affiliate will carry Sunday’s Metropolitan Lacrosse Classic from Citi Field which features the Mids against Holy Cross at 12:00 pm, followed by Colgate vs. Michigan.
• The Mids own a 24-30 record when their games are televised (since ‘04) … Navy is 16-15 on CBS Sports Network all-time and 6-12 on the ESPN family of networks … the Mids are also 1-0 on local Baltimore station WMAR, 1-2 on MASN and 0-1 on NBC Sports Network.
• The Mids own a 66-22 record in games that have not been televised since the start of 2004.

Patriot League Success
• Since joining the Patriot League in 2004, Navy is 53-17 (75.7) against conference members, which includes an 11-2 (84.6) mark in the Patriot League Tournament … the Mids are 41-14 (74.5) in regular-season action.
• The Mids have lost regular-season contests to …
Army (3)    2008, ‘10, ‘11, ‘12
Bucknell (5)    2005, ‘09, ‘11, ‘12, ‘13
Colgate (3)    2006, ‘09, ‘11
Lafayette (1)    2010
Lehigh (2)    2011, ‘12
… 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.
• Twelve of the 17 losses were in games played either at the opponent’s field or at a neutral site.
• Navy owns a 25-5 record at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium against Patriot League competition since joining the conference in 2004 … the Mids are 19-5 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.

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Navy continues hot home play with win over Lafayette

Posted on 10 March 2013 by WNST Staff

ANNAPOLIS, Md. —  T.J. Hanzsche (Fr./Berwyn, Pa.), Sam Jones (Jr./Annapolis, Md.) and Gabe Voumard (So./Cape May, N.J.) pitched in hat tricks for the Mids, while long pole Pat Kiernan (Jr./Ridgewood, N.J.) posted a career-high seven caused turnovers and picked up seven ground balls to lead the Navy men’s lacrosse team to a 12-11 victory over Patriot League foe Lafayette Saturday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.   The Midshipmen are now 54-5 when scoring 10 or more goals since the start of the 2004 season, including 8-0 over the last two seasons.

The win snapped a three-game skid by the Mids that featured a pair of one-goal losses to Fairfield and Georgetown.  Meanwhile it also extended Navy’s home-game winning streak to four in a row dating back to last year’s regular-season finale against Johns Hopkins.

The game featured multiple runs by both teams as the see-saw affair was highlighted by six ties.

“We tried to get away from them several times, but just couldn’t shake them,” said second-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell.  “Jim Rogalski is doing a heck of a job with his team.  Their attack is tough, but we felt confident we could match up well.”

The Mids opened the game scoring back-to-back goals just 37 seconds apart, including the game’s first goal at 12:40 by Hanzsche.  The rookie attackman received his first collegiate starting nod and became the 16th different Navy player to score a goal this season.

“We weren’t looking for T.J. to be the answer, but we were hoping he’d be part of the solution for us.  He played calm and within himself and definitely took advantage of the opportunities he was presented with.  I think he’s a dynamic player.”

Lafayette evened the score by the end of the quarter with sophomore attackman Brian Bock scoring the first of his game-high four goals and rookie attackman Kevin Wanke punching in his first of four goals with an extra-man strike.

Navy and Lafayette exchanged goals in the second quarter, however a turnover on a failed clear attempt by Sonny Round was converted into the go-ahead goal by the Mids when short stick defensive middie Cade Norris (Sr./Honeoye Falls, N.Y.) found Jones to give the Mids a 4-3 halftime advantage.

Navy took a two-goal lead when Voumard found a seam on the left wing just 1:13 into the second half.

Lafayette responded with three straight goals over a one-minute, 14-second span to take its first lead in the game at 6-5 with 10:51 to go in the third quarter.  Bock scored the first two goals, including a near point blank shot after a turnover by Navy defenseman Nik Mullen (Jr./Wading River, N.Y.) in front of the Navy goal, while Bock provided the assist on the third goal in the run.

The Mids stunted the Leopards’ run at 8:52 when attackman Tucker Hull (Jr./Charlotte, N.C.) came around the left side of the goal and Jones found him to knot the game at 6-6.

Lafayette came right back two minutes later with rookie middie Brendan Dunlap scoring from 15 yards out on a 5-on-3 advantage and giving Lafayette the lead once again.

Navy, though, would score the final two goals of the third quarter, both by Hanzsche, to regain the lead by quarter’s end.  The second of Hanzsche’s goals was scored off a heads-up play by midfielder Jay Mann (Sr./Cockeysville, Md.).  After an offside call against Lafayette with four seconds remaining in the period, Navy took advantage of the quick whistle and Mann found Hanzsche just outside of the crease for a buzzer beater.

While Bock’s extra-man goal at 13:16 in the fourth quarter once again tied the game (8-8), Navy went on to score four of the next five goals to take a lead it would not relinquish.

The Midshipmen held a comfortable 12-9 lead with 2:18 remaining, but a disciplined Lafayette team scored twice in the final 17 seconds which included its fourth extra-man goal of the game against the nation’s top-ranked man-down squad.  The Mids came into the contest having given up just two goals in 24 extra-man opportunities, but surrendered the four goals on Lafayette’s six attempts.

Hanzsche, Jones and Voumard paced Navy with each scoring three goals and adding an assist, while Hull is now just one point shy of the 100-point list after posting a pair of goals in Saturday’s win.  Midfielder Bryce Dabbs (Sr./Damascus, Md.) also scored a goal and dealt out an assist.

Kiernan played a nearly flawless game as he caused seven of Lafayette’s 17 turnovers, while contributing a team-high tying seven ground balls.  Close defenseman Austin Miller (Sr./North Bethesda, Md.) also picked up seven ground balls in a solid defensive effort by the Mids.  Senior keeper Nolan Hickey (Garden City, N.Y.) finished the game with 13 saves, including nine in the opening half.

Navy just edged Lafayette in the faceoff battle, taking wins on 14 of the 26 draws.  Rookie Sean Reilly (Doylestown, Pa.) won 11 of the 21 for the Mids, while pole Pat Menezes (Fr./Wading River, N.Y.) was 2 for 3 in his first appearance at the “x” and Evan McGoogan (Sr./Cranberry Township, Pa.) was 1-for-2.

Lafayette was anchored by its starting attack which accounted for eight of the 11 goals, including four each by Bock and Wanke.

The Midshipmen return to action on Tuesday when they play host to Towson at 7:00 pm at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

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