Posted on 09 March 2012 by WNST Staff
Posted on 03 March 2012 by WNST Staff
|2012 Navy Men’s Lacrosse Game Specifics|
|Game 4||Navy (1-2, 0-0 PL) vs. Bucknell (0-3, 0-0 PL)|
|Date and Faceoff||March 3, 2012 at 12:00 pm ET|
|Location||Annapolis, Md. | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000)|
• Navy will look to snap its two-game losing skid on Saturday when the Midshipmen open Patriot League action against Bucknell … it marks the first time in program history that Navy will open Patriot League play at home, playing its previous eight openers on the road … meeting for just the 12th time in series history, the two will face off at 12:00 pm at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• The Mids are coming off a disappointing 9-8 loss to fourth-ranked North Carolina last Saturday in Annapolis that saw Navy hold a comfortable lead early in the game … the Mids held a held a 3-0 advantage after the first and maintained it’s three-goal advantage with a 6-3 lead at the half … the Tar Heels rallied in the fourth, outscoring the Mids 4-0, to squeeze past Navy … meanwhile, the stat of the game for a second-straight year was Carolina winning 18 of the 20 draws … in the last two games against the Tar Heels, Navy has won just six of the 42 faceoffs.
• Bucknell is coming off its second overtime loss of the season, a 13-12 decision on the road against No. 9 Villanova … the Bison were down by as many as three goals in the first half, but a goal by Todd Heritage with 1:22 to play in the game sent it into extra minutes … Villanova capitalized on an early penalty by Bucknell in the extra frame to win the game.
Taking the Field In …
10 Navy has lost just five games (47-5) when scoring 10 or more goals since the start of the 2004 season … Navy is 1-0 this season when achieving that feat.
9 Nikk Davis (3), Tucker Hull (4) and Sam Jones (2) combined to score nine of Navy’s 12 goals in last year’s overtime loss to the Bison … in four games, Davis has scored three goals and added five assists against the Bison.
8 Eight different players have provided points for the Mids this season, including Sam Jones and Pat Durkin who have scored goals in all three contests.
7 Sophomore attackman Sam Jones pushed his point-scoring streak to seven-straight games after his one-goal, two-assist effort against North Carolina last Saturday … he opened the season with a remarkable nine-point (5-4) effort against VMI … it’s the most points scored by a Navy player since Dennis Nealon produced 12 points against Washington College on March 20, 1991.
6 Sophomore attackman Tucker Hull has recorded six hat tricks in his 16-game Navy career, including two this season … he led the Mids with six goals against VMI in the opener on Feb. 11 … it’s the most goals by a Navy player since Taylor Harris scored six against Holy Cross on March 26, 2006.
5 Each of the last five games between Navy and Bucknell have been decided by one goal … the Mids are 3-2 in those contests
4 In the fourth quarter this season, the Mids have been held to just three goals … they have been outscored 7-3 in the final quarter this season with that four-goal margin coming in last week’s loss to No. 4 North Carolina.
3 Three of Navy’s 2012 opponents are ranked in the 2012 USILA Coaches Poll – Johns Hopkins (2), North Carolina (4) and Maryland (5) – while Army and Colgate are receiving votes.
2 Senior midfielder Nikk Davis scored two goals in the final 18 seconds (0:18, 0:07) of last year’s Bucknell game to send the contest into extra minutes.
1 Over the last four seasons, 23 (9-14) of the Mids’ 63 contests have been decided by one goal … Navy has lost five-straight one-goal games.
More on the Bison
• It’s been heartbreak city for the Bison this season, dropping three games by a combined four goals, including overtime losses to nationally-ranked Delaware (11-10) and Villanova (13-12).
• Seventh-year head coach Frank Fedorjaka has put together a tough early-season schedule for the Bison, playing three of their first four games on the road … Saturday’s contest against the Mids marks the third-straight road game for Bucknell.
• The Bison turned in a 14-3 record a year ago and claimed the Patriot League Regular-Season and Tournament crowns.
• Fedorjaka returns seven starters from last year’s team, including First-Team All-Patriot League Billy Eisenreich who has moved from the midfield to attack this season … the senior is pacing the team with 11 points on six goals and a team-high tying five assists.
• Attackman Todd Heritage was one of the team’s top rookies a year ago and has returned to form this season where he has scored a team-best seven goals … meanwhile, rookie midfielder David Dickson has recorded nine points on four goals and five assists for the Bison this season … Dickson picked up Patriot League Rookie of the Week honors this past Monday after a two-goal, three-assist effort against Villanova.
• Junior Kyle Feeney has returned to the goal where he has surrendered 34 goals (11.29), while making 39 saves (53.4).
• Junior Ryan Gutkowski has taken over the faceoff duties this season, winning 28 of his 56 draws (50.0), while picking up a team-high 13 ground balls … his backup, rookie Gavin Sullivan, has won seven of 18 (38.9) draws.
• Saturday’s contest between Navy and Bucknell marks the 12th game in a series that began in 1996 … Navy holds a 7-4 advantage, including wins in five of the last seven contests.
• 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 11 games in the series have been decided by one goal, including each of the last five … three of the seven one-goal contests have entered into extra minutes, including each of the last two … in 2010, midfielder Patrick Moran stuck his shot 1:20 into overtime to lead the Mids to an 8-7 OT win … meanwhile, last year 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.
• Navy holds a 4-1 advantage in games played in Annapolis, including wins in each of the last four … the only game the Mids have dropped to Bucknell in Annapolis was the series’ inaugural game on April 3, 1996 … no surprise, the Bison edged the Mids by one goal, 6-5.
2011 Navy-Bucknell Recap
• Bucknell attackman Todd Heritage took a feed from Billy Eisenreich and tucked it past Navy keeper RJ Wickham to lead the Bison to a dramatic 12-11 double-overtime victory over Navy at Christy Mathewson Stadium. The Mids scored four goals in the final 3:47 of regulation, including two in the final 18 seconds to send the game into OT.
• After Navy midfielder Nikk Davis scored the game’s opening goal at the 12:49 mark in the first period, Bucknell went on a four-goal scoring spree that featured three goals in just over a minute (7:46, 7:14, 6:29). The Mids, however, fought their way back, thanks in part to winning a handful of faceoffs. In fact, an extra-man goal by freshman Sam Jones, followed by a nicely set up play by Jones to fellow rookie Tucker Hull pulled Navy to within one by the end of the first quarter.
• Navy tied the game at 4-4 just over two minutes into the second quarter when Jones found Brian Striffler cutting up the middle. Over the next six minutes the two teams traded goals, but back-to-back goals by Bison senior Ryan Klipstein gave Bucknell 7-5 advantage heading into halftime.
• Bucknell pushed its lead to four at 9-5 with back-to-back goals to open the third stanza. Heritage scored just 44 seconds into the second half, while Eisenreich gave the Bison their largest lead of the game with a 10-yard shot up the gut with 12:41 remaining in the third.
• The Mids climbed back into the game when Hull scored his third and fourth goals of the game. The second of the two was generated by a save from Wickham who brought the ball up the field. Wickham found Jones who then passed it off to short stick defensive middie Jordan Seivold who quickly sent the outlet to Hull who then cranked it in and got the Mids to within two once again at 9-7.
• Navy’s defense played a solid in the second half, keeping the Bison off the scoreboard for nearly 20 minutes. At the 10:30 mark in the fourth, defensive midfielder Brye French attempted to throw his clearing pass across the field, but instead threw it right into the stick of Bucknell’s Charlie Streep at the top of the offensive box. With the goal left vacated by Wickham, Streep sent a shot to the wide open goal. Navy defenseman Michael Hirsch, however, made a spectacular play, diving at the shot and deflecting it away in what would have been a sure goal for the Bison.
• Mike Danylyshyn gave Bucknell its first goal since the 12:41 mark in the third period when he used a roll dodge to break free of Navy defensive midfielder Marty Gallagher to give the Bison a three-goal cushion with 7:54 to play in regulation.
• Navy simply would not quit, as it ralled over the final four minutes to force overtime. Senior midfielder Andy Warner sent a hard shot with nearly no angle that caught the inside of the pipe at the 3:47 mark. With 1:59 left, Warner found Jones cutting to the goal with Jones sticking the shot to bring the Mids to within one (10-9).
• However, a push by midfielder Jay Mann would prove costly for the Mids, as Navy surrendered an extra-man goal to Bucknell’s Chase Bailey with 1:15 to go.
•Draw specialist Logan West, who had struggled mightily over the previous few weeks, won back-to-back faceoffs to put the ball in the Mids’ hands. In fact, in the fourth quarter he won five of the seven draws.
• With 18 seconds remaining, Warner sent a high pass to Davis who was forced to make an acrobatic catch and then punched it in for the goal. West won the ensuing faceoff and the Mids went racing down the field where Hull found Davis for the game-tying goal with just seven ticks left on the clock.
• West continued to own the “x” coming up with the faceoff again, but an errant pass between Davis and Warner put the ball back into Bucknell’s hands. The Bison brought the ball down the field and worked it around. Navy’s defense slid and left Heritage wide open on the crease for the game-winner.
• Navy heads into its ninth season as a member of the Patriot League where it has put together a 38-11 (77.6) record.
• The Mids own a 5-3 record in Patriot League openers, including a 1-2 mark against Bucknell.
• Remarkably, Saturday’s contest marks the first time Navy has opened its Patriot League season at home … the Mids have played seven openers on the road and one, vs. Bucknell, in San Diego.
Patriot League Success
• Since joining the Patriot League in 2004, Navy is 49-13 (79.0) against conference members, which includes an 11-2 mark in the Patriot League Tournament … the Mids are 38-11 in regular-season action.
• The Mids have lost regular-season contests to …
Army (3) 2008, ‘10, ‘11
Bucknell (3) 2005, ‘09, ‘11
Colgate (3) 2006, ‘09, ‘11
Lafayette (1) 2010
Lehigh (1) 2011
… 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.
• Ten of the 13 losses were in games played either at the opponent’s field or at a neutral site.
• Navy owns a 26-3 record at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium against Patriot League competition since joining the conference in 2004 … the Mids are 20-3 during the regular season – dropping a 10-9 decision to Colgate in 2009, a 5-4 loss to the Raiders in 2011 and a 14-9 decision to arch rival Army in ‘11 – and 6-0 in the conference tournament.
• 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 seven 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 Midshipmen have garnered All-Patriot League recognition, while 19 of the 31 have earned honors multiple times.
• In 2008, three-time All-American Jordan DiNola was selected as the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year … though Navy has fielded the nation’s top-ranked scoring defense five times since joining the league, DiNola was the first Mid to be named the league’s top defensive player.
Meet the Mids
• Navy will hold its annual “Meet the Mids” event on Saturday, March 17, following its game against Holy Cross (12:00 pm) at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• Members of the Navy men’s lacrosse team will be available for autographs on the Blue Concourse, with the first 300 kids in line for the postgame autograph session receiving a Navy lacrosse “Meet the Mids” t-shirt, compliments of Beach Boys Papa John’s and Chick-fil-A.
Posted on 29 February 2012 by WNST Staff
Posted on 29 February 2012 by WNST Staff
Posted on 29 February 2012 by WNST Staff
The Terps return home for Senior Day on Sunday, March 4, for a 2 p.m. matchup with Virginia…
The Terrapins will leave Tuesday, March 6 for the 2012 ACC Tournament, to be played at Philips Arena in Atlanta, with its open practice day coming on Wednesday.
Posted on 27 February 2012 by WNST Staff
Terps will play six home games in 2012, including matchups with Florida State, Georgia Tech and Connecticut
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The 2012 Maryland football schedule, which includes league home games against Florida State and Georgia Tech, and a nonconference tilt with Connecticut, was announced jointly Monday by the Atlantic Coast Conference and the University.
Maryland will open 2012 season, the second under head coach Randy Edsall, on Saturday, Sept. 1 with a game against William & Mary, the first of six home contests.
The Terps, who face eight bowl teams from last year, will not play consecutive road or home games throughout 2012.
After a road trip to Temple on Sept. 8, the Terps return home on Sept. 15 to face Connecticut, where Edsall spent 12 years as head coach.
The Terps will face interstate rival West Virginia on Sept. 22 in Morgantown. Maryland and WVU will be facing each other for the third straight year after taking two years off in the series.
Maryland will enjoy a bye (Sept. 29) before entering conference play with a home game against Wake Forest (Oct. 6).
The Terps will play at border rival Virginia on Oct. 13 before facing a pair of Atlantic Division foes in NC State (Oct. 20 at home) and Boston College (Oct. 27 on the road).
Georgia Tech then visits College Park for the first time since 2007 on Nov. 3 and a road game against defending Atlantic Division champion Clemson follows on Nov. 10.
The Terrapins will face Florida State on Nov. 17, the final home contest for its senior class, before closing out the regular season at North Carolina on Nov. 26. The Terps and Tar Heels have not faced each other since 2008.
Game times will be announced at a later date. League home games are selected on a 12-day option by ESPN or the ACC Network. During the season, ESPN can choose certain ACC games on a six-day window. Times for early-season nonconference home games are announced in the summer.
Season tickets are now available for purchase and renewal. A variety of season ticket options are available starting as low as $114. There are also family 4-packs available for $420 and season-ticket holders have the ability to spread their cost over six monthly installments.
Fans can purchase tickets by going to www.umterps.com or by calling the Terrapin Ticket Office at (301) 314-7070 or 1-800-IMA-TERP. Single-game tickets will be available at a later date.
Sept. 1 William & Mary
Sept. 8 @ Temple
Sept. 15 Connecticut
Sept. 22 @ West Virginia
Sept. 29 Open
Oct. 6 Wake Forest
Oct. 13 @ Virginia
Oct. 20 NC State
Oct. 27 @ Boston College
Nov. 3 Georgia Tech
Nov. 10 @ Clemson
Nov. 17 Florida State
Nov. 24 @ North Carolina
Home games in bold and played at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium; Times are TBA
Posted on 26 February 2012 by WNST Staff
ANNAPOLIS, Md. —The fourth-ranked North Carolina men’s lacrosse team scored the game’s final four goals, including the game-winner by senior attackman Thomas Wood with 1:16 remaining in the game, to post a 9-8 come-from behind victory over Navy on Saturday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. UNC scored six of the game’s final seven goals as the Tar Heels rallied from four goals down on three different occasions.
“It was a heck of a game,” said Navy first-year head coach Rick Sowell. “I am very proud of Navy’s perfromance and I thought for the first time the things we’ve worked on in practice actually showed up in the game. Unfortunately our effort was not good enough to get a win against an oustanding North Carolina team, but I think we have a lot to take away from this game.”
The Midshipmen dominated the opening half of play on both ends, taking a 3-0 lead after the first quarter and a 6-3 advantage into halftime. Junior midfielder Bryce Dabbs (Damascus, Md.) had an All-America-like performance over the first 30 minutes of play, scoring three of the Mids’ first four goals including each of the first two, while senior co-captain Taylor Reynolds (Babylon, N.Y.) pitched in a pair of goals in the opening half.
Navy scored six goals on 10 shots on goal in the first 30 minutes and overcame a 10-1 disadvantage in faceoffs against the nation’s leading draw specialist R.G. Keenan. Defensively, senior goalkeeper RJ Wickham (Penn Yan, N.Y.) turned away eight Carolina shots, as the Tar Heels put 11 of their 14 shots on cage.
With a 6-3 lead, Navy opened the second half with a two-man advantage after Marcus Holman and Thomas Wood were flagged for slashing and a cross check, respectively, as Wickham was advancing the ball. The Mids, however, failed to capitalize as starting defenseman Kieran McDonald forced a Dabbs turnover.
Navy was able to get the ball right back, however, as UNC’s Mark McNeill coughed up the ball. Just minutes later, the Mids pushed their lead to 7-3 thanks to an unassisted goal by sophomore midfielder Pat Durkin (Germantown, Md.), his second marker of the contest. UNC, though, would answer when Princeton transfer Jack McBride found Joey Sankey sitting on crease for the Tar Heels’ fourth goal of the game.
Senior faceoff specialist Logan West (Berlin, Md.) won the ensuing faceoff and Navy proceeded to hold onto the ball, meticulously looking for a quality shot for nearly three minutes. The Mids were stingy with their shots throughout the third and fourth quarters, taking caution of making any unforced errors.
“In the first half we wanted to control the tempo,” said first-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell. “We weren’t afraid to attack the goal, but we wanted to be sure we had quality possession. In the third quarter, I think we went a little too far the other way.
“We weren’t necessarily trying to shorten the game, we were just working for quality possessions. We were trying not to be reckless. At the same time, you have to give credit to North Carolina whose defense was outstanding in the second half.”
Carolina got to within two at the 3:17 mark in the third quarter when it utilized its man-advantage and Pat Foster used a stick face to bounce one in against Wickham.
It was Navy, however, that looked to take the momentum into the final quarter, as the Mids capitalized on a gutsy play by Dabbs with under five seconds to go in the third. With the ball loose, Dabbs came up with the possession on the far midline and was able to get it to teammate Tucker Hull (Charlotte, N.C.) before getting obliterated by a handful of UNC players. Hull grabbed the ball at the top of the box and quickly found fellow attackman Sam Jones (Annapolis, Md.) cutting, sticking the shot past Carolina keeper Steven Rastivo and getting the fans on their feet.
Despite the hometown fan encouragement, North Carolina came to life in the fourth quarter, scoring a game-high four goals and relying upon its veterans to rally the Tar Heels’ way back into the game. UNC’s leading scorer Davey Emala was held without a goal until the 12:12 mark in the fourth when he took advantage of a failed clear by the Mids. Although the Mids double-teamed Emala, he was able to thread his shot in past Wickham.
The Mids had a chance to answer back when at the 9:38 mark UNC’s Tyler Morton was flagged for a 30-second push. Navy sophomore midfielder Erik Hoffstadt (Dover, Del.) fired off a hard shot from roughly 10 yards out that would ricochet off the cross bar and go out of play.
Hoffstadt’s shot was the Mids’ lone shot of the fourth quarter, as the Tar Heels outshot Navy, 15-1.
Meanwhile, Wood, who sat out Carolina’s first three games of the season with an injury, scored two of the Tar Heels’ final three goals of the game, while Holman, an All-American, scored the equalizer with 4:33 remaining in the contest.
Wood led the way for the Tar Heels with his three goals, while Holman scored two goals and added four assists. Keenan won 18 of the game’s 20 faceoffs and picked up 11 ground balls.
Dabbs led the Midshipmen with his first-collegiate hat trick, while Jones scored a goal and added a pair of assists and Hull pitched in three assists. Reynolds and Durkin each finished with a pair of goals, while Hoffstadt turned in an assist.
Defensively, Wickham provided the necessary spark in goal, making eight first-half saves and 12 total on the day, while senior Ian Crumley (Oakton, Va.) and junior Jay Christopher (Winston-Salem, N.C.) filled in nicely on defense for the short-handed Mids.
Sowell sat eight players for violating team rules, including starting defenseman Nik Mullen (Wading River, N.Y.), while the Mids were already without starting long pole Pat Kiernan (Ridgewood, N.J.), who broke his hand two weeks ago.
“We had a few guys who let their teammates down and as a result were suspended for this game,” said Sowell. “This is about the team, about the program and holding players accountable.
“I feel good about what’s ahead of us,” added Sowell. “For whatever reason we didn’t play well last weekend and I don’t have an answer for that. But if we can play like we did today, I think there are a lot of wins out there for us. We have to continue to work hard and hopefully the ball will bounce our way the next time.”
The Midshipmen will be back in action next Saturday when they open Patriot League action and play host Bucknell. Faceoff is slated for 12:00 pm at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
Posted on 25 February 2012 by WNST Staff
|2012 Navy Men’s Lacrosse Game Specifics|
|Game 3||Navy (1-1, 0-0 PL) vs. #4/5 North Carolina (3-0)|
|Date and Faceoff||Feb. 25, 2012 at 12:00 pm ET|
|Location||Annapolis, Md. | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000)|
|Video Streaming||Navy All-Acces|
• After dropping a tough 13-7 decision to Jacksonville a week ago at the Moe’s Southwest Grill Classic in Florida, Navy returns home Saturday to play host to nationally-ranked (4/5) North Carolina … the Mids are looking to avenge last year’s two-goal loss (10-8) against the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill … the 27th edition of the Navy-Carolina series is set for a 12:00 pm faceoff at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• The Mids are coming off a frustrating loss that saw Jacksonville score six second-quarter goals and take an 8-2 lead into the half … while the Mids clipped the lead to 10-7 with 14 minutes to play in the game, the Dolphins’ defense would be stout and the offense would be accurate in dealing Navy its first loss of 2012.
• Ten different players pitched in goals to lead North Carolina an 18-8 victory over Detroit last Saturday in Chapel Hill … the Tar Heels owned an 8-3 lead at the half, but an eight-goal third period put the game out of reach as UNC improved to 3-0 on the season.
Taking the Field In …
10 Navy has lost just five games (47-5) when scoring 10 or more goals since the start of the 2004 season … Navy is 1-0 this season when achieving that feat.
9 Over the last 13 Navy-Carolina meetings, the winning teams has scored nine or more goals 12 times with the one exception being the 2008 NCAA Tournament contest that Navy won, 8-7.
8 Navy scored eight goals against the Tar Heels a year ago … four of the five players who accounted for the eight goals return this year and three of the four are sophomores – Tucker Hull (2), Sam Jones (2), Taylor Reynolds (2) and Harrison Chaires (1).
7 Seven different players have provided points for the Mids this season … Tucker Hull, Sam Jones and Pat Durkin have scored goals in both contests.
6 Sophomore attackman Tucker Hull has recorded six hat tricks in his 15-game Navy career, including two this season … he led the Mids with six goals against VMI in the opener on Feb. 11 … it’s the most goals by a Navy player since Taylor Harris scored six against Holy Cross on March 26, 2006.
5 Sophomore attackman Sam Jones pushed his point scoring streak to six-straight games after scoring a goal against Jacksonville last Sunday … he opened the season with a remarkable nine-point (5-4) effort against VMI … it’s the most points scored by a Navy player since Dennis Nealon produced 12 points against Washington College on March 20, 1991.
4 Four of Navy’s 2012 opponents are ranked in the 2012 USILA Coaches Preseason Poll – Johns Hopkins (3), North Carolina (4), Maryland (7), Colgate (20), while Army, Bucknell, Towson and Jacksonville are receiving votes.
3 This is the third-straight year in which Navy and Johns Hopkins have faced one another on Feb. 25.
2 In each of Navy’s two games this season, the opponent has scored two goals on two shots on goal.
1 Over the last four seasons, 22 (9-13) of the Mids’ 62 contests have been decided by one goal.
• Carolina rookie attackman Jimmy Bitter is the younger brother of former Navy lacrosse standout and 2009 graduate Matt Bitter.
• Navy junior defensive midfielder Jordan Seivold grew up with Carolina Blue running through his veins … his father, Joe, was a four-time All-American lacrosse player at UNC during the mid-80s, earning first-team honors in 1984 and `85 … his uncle, Gary, was a three-time All-American who was named the MVP of the 1986 NCAA Championship in which North Carolina won … his older brother, Johnny, was a midfielder for Carolina from 2001-04 … meanwhile, his mother, Joan, was an All-American soccer player for the Tar Heels and won two national championships … Jordan grew up in Chapel Hill and also lived in Efland before moving to Minneapolis, Minn. in his eighth-grade year.
More on the Tar Heels
• In his fourth season as head coach, Joe Breschi has his fourth-ranked Tar Heels off and running with a 3-0 record … North Carolina opened the season with a 14-10 victory over then 17th-ranked Penn State and followed up with a 20-7 victory over Mercer and an 18-8 win over Detroit.
• As one of the most proficient offenses in the country, North Carolina is averaging 17.3 goals per game, while the defense is giving up 8.3 goals per outing.
• Seventeen different players have accounted for the Tar Heels’ 52 goals, including the attack combination of Davey Emala and Jimmy Bitter who are leading the team with seven goals apiece.
• Sophomore midfielder Pat Foster has dealt out a team-high five assists to complement his three goals this season … two of his three goals, meanwhile, have been scored on extra-man offense.
• The Tar Heels have been without two of their top three scorers from a year ago … both Nicky Galasso (So., A) and Thomas Wood (Sr., A) have been sidelined with injuries … Galasso was the nation’s top-scoring freshman a year ago with 56 points on 24 goals and 32 assists, while Wood produced 34 points (21-13).
• Sophomore R.G. Keenan is one of the nation’s top faceoff specialist … he has won 48 of the 61 draws (78.7) to date and has scooped up a team-high 18 ground balls.
• Redshirt junior goalkeeper Steve Rastivo has surrendered 19 of the 25 goals and owns an 8.44 goals-against average … meanwhile, he has made 30 saves for a 61.2 save percentage.
• The Tar Heels own a staggering 146-89 advantage (+57) in ground balls, thanks in part to the faceoff play.
• North Carolina holds a slight 14-12 series lead over the Mids … after Navy put together a five-game winning streak (2003-07) over UNC, the Tar Heels have now won four of the last five including each of the last three.
• The Mids hold an 8-4 edge in games played in Annapolis, winning three of the last four … UNC, however, dealt Navy a seven-goal loss (11-4) in its last trip to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on this exact date two years ago.
• In terms of regular-season meetings, Navy has won six of the last nine.
• Seven of the last 13 games in the series have been decided by one goal.
• The two teams had met every year during the regular season since 1996, however a scheduling glitch in `08 prevented them from their annual contest … ironically, the two teams would end up meeting in the `08 NCAA Tournament with the Mids scoring an 8-7 win.
2011 Navy-North Carolina Recap
• No. 12 North Carolina scored four of the game’s final five goals to secure a 10-8 victory over Navy at Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill. A typical Navy-North Carolina duel, fans were treated to an up-and-down game that featured five ties, including three in the second half of play.
• Both teams put together impressive runs in the opening half of play, including four-straight goals by the Midshipmen that was spearheaded by freshman attackman Tucker Hull, who netted Navy’s first goal of the game with just 16 ticks remaining in the opening period. Freshmen Sam Jones and Harrison Chaires, along with senior Andy Warner would all punch in goals for the Mids as Navy built a 4-1 advantage with 7:22 remaining in the first half.
• Carolina sliced into the lead on a pretty play from senior attackman Billy Bitter just 32 seconds later. However, Navy took a 5-2 advantage with under six to go when a save by junior keeper RJ Wickham led to a fantastic transition goal by the Mids. Wickham sent his outlet pass to second-year defensive midfielder Jordan Seivold who was off to the races. Sprinting from end to end, he found Jones who targeted a long shot from the left corner.
• North Carolina, though, found a hot stick thanks to freshman faceoff specialist R.G. Keenan who was near perfect on the evening. He kept generating possession for the Tar Heels and over the course of one minute and 30 seconds, the Tar Heels scored three goals and knotted up the game at 5-5. The equalizer came from defenseman Ryan Flanagan, who sent his shot right through Wickham’s legs.
• Navy wasted little time in breaking the tie coming out of intermission, as Jones perfectly threaded his pass from behind the goal to junior attackman Taylor Reynolds who, despite being triple teamed, fired in his point-blank shot.
• The Mids’ lead would be short-lived, however, as middie Jimmy Dunster’s shot on the run managed to catch the inside post, tying the game for the third time at 6-6.
• A resilient Navy team fought back to take the lead for a final time in the game when a slide to Warner resulted in an uncovered Hull, who scored for the second time in the game on a two-yarder at the 12:35 mark.
• The Mids held the lead for the better part of four minutes, but Carolina rookie Nicky Galasso began taking control of the game, fueling the Tar Heels. First he found Dunan Hutchins cutting in from the left side of the crease to tie the game and then he took a pass from Will Campbell and snuck it past Wickham on a lefty low to low shot. Galasso’s goal at 7:57 in the third was North Carolina’s first lead since scoring the game-opening goal.
• Nearly three minutes later, midfielder Jay Mann sent a hard shot that would be deflected back into play by Carolina keeper Chris Madalon. Reynolds scooped up the ball and spun around to pocket his second goal of the contest and send the game into its fifth tie.
• Following a Navy timeout with two minutes to play in the third quarter, middie Pat Foster gave the Tar Heels the lead for good, when he sent a 10-yard shot from a tough angle on the left wing in past Wickham.
• Flanagan provided the insurance goal just six seconds into the final quarter, picking up the ball off a faceoff win by the Heels and firing it in for his second goal of the evening.
• The Tar Heels dominated the game in almost every category, including winning 18 of the 22 faceoffs. Meanwhile, they owned a 40-28 advantage in shots and a 42-23 edge in ground balls. Neither team scored an extra-man goal, including the Mids who were 0 for 4.
Navy Vs. The ACC
• The Mids own a 100-94-1 (51.5) record against the four-member Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).
• Navy has faced all four teams multiple times, including long-standing rivalries with Maryland and North Carolina.
• Navy, who trails North Carolina 14-12 in its series, has faced the Tar Heels every year since 1996 … the series first began in 1975.
• The Mids, who battle Maryland on April 6 in College Park, have faced the Terps 86 times and have played one another every year since 1946 … the series first began in 1924.
• Virginia owns a 31-18 advantage over Navy with the two last meeting in the NCAA Quarterfinals in 2005.
• Navy leads the series with Duke, 24-10, last meeting in the 2009 NCAA Tournament.
Jacksonville 13, Navy 7 — A Look Back
• Jacksonville outscored Navy 6-1 in the second quarter to put the game out of reach for the Mids, as the Dolphins dealt Navy a 13-7 loss last Sunday in the second game of the Moe’s Southwest Grill Classic played at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla.
• Navy never held the lead in the game, as Jacksonville took a 2-0 lead right out of the gates.
• Although the final score would not reflect it, Navy dominated Jacksonville in nearly every statistical category — shots 42-24, ground balls 36-18, faceoffs 15-9, turnovers 12-20, caused turnovers 12-3.
• One category Jacksonville did lead was saves … Peter DeLuca came up with 17 saves, while Navy’s RJ Wickham and Nolan Hickey combined for just six saves … Wickham was replaced by Hickey at the half in what was Hickey’s first collegiate appearance.
• Navy senior faceoff specialist Logan West won 15 of the 24 draws he took against the Dolphins … in doing so, he became just the fourth player in program history to reach the 200-win milestone for his career.
• Sophomore attackman Tucker Hull paced the Mids with three goals, marking the second-consecutive game in which he has pitched a hat trick … he opened the season with a six-goal effort against VMI.
• Sophomore attackman Sam Jones extended his point scoring streak to six straight games dating back to last year’s Georgetown games, scoring a goal against the Dolphins.
• Junior close defenseman Austin Miller replaced an injured Pat Kiernan on the wing of faceoffs, picking up a career-high six ground balls.
• Junior Jay Christopher made his first-career start on defense.
Posted on 19 February 2012 by WNST Staff
Navy Men’s Lacrosse Team Falls To Jacksonville, 13-7
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—T.J. Kenary scored four goals and added an assist, while Donovan Lang added two goals and two assists as Jacksonville (1-1) defeated Navy (1-1), 13-7, Sunday afternoon in the Moe’s Southwest Grille Classic at EverBank Field in Jacksonville. Jacksonville goalie Peter DeLuca was strong in the cage for the Dolphins with 17 saves.
“Obviously we didn’t get what we came down for,” said Navy head men’s lacrosse coach Rick Sowell. “At the end of the day, Jacksonville just played better than us.”
Navy dominated the game statistically as the Mids outshot the Dolphins 42-24, had 36 ground balls to Jacksonville’s 18, won 15 of the 24 face-offs, committed just 12 turnovers while forcing 20 turnovers and converted all 15 clear attempts.
Statistics, however, can be deceiving at times as only 24 of Navy’s 42 shots were on goal and the majority of the shots that were on goal ended up being easy saves for DeLuca. The Mids were also 0-4 on extra-man opportunities and are now 0-8 on the year.
On the defensive end of the field, Navy goalies R.J. Wickham (30 minutes, 4 saves, 8 goals allowed) and Nolan Hickey (30 minutes, 2 saves, 5 goals allowed) combined for just six saves while giving up 13 goals. The Navy defense was also hampered by the absence of defensive longstick midfielder Pat Kiernan, who was out with a broken hand.
Navy trailed 10-4 late in the third quarter before scoring three quick goals, one at the end of the third quarter by Bryce Dabbs and two to start the fourth quarter by Tucker Hull and Pat Durkin, to cut the Jacksonville lead in half at 10-7. The Mids had several opportunities to get even closer, but poor shot selected doomed the comeback bid.
“We had our opportunities today, we just didn’t take advantage of them,” said Sowell. “There was a sense of urgency to get shots off, but unfortunately some of those shots weren’t very good.”
Hull led the Midshipmen with three goals, while Durkin scored twice. Sam Jones and Dabbs each had a single tally. All seven of Navy’s goals were unassisted.
“We put ourselves in a hole by coming out and turning the ball over early and those turnovers led to goals,” said Sowell. “I thought we settled down after that, but we just could never get things going our way.”
Navy will be back in action on Saturday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium when they take on the No. 6 North Carolina Tar Heels (3-0) at 12 noon.
Posted on 18 February 2012 by WNST Staff
|Opponent||No. 19/RV Delaware Blue Hens|
|Date||Saturday, February 18, 2012|
|Location||Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex|
|TV | Radio||Hounds Unleashed|
|Series Record||Loyola leads, 21-6-1|
|Last Meeting||Loyola 9, Delaware 6 – Feb. 22, 2003 at Loyola|
Loyola University Maryland opens its 73rd season of men’s lacrosse on Saturday, February 18, 2012, when it hosts the University of Delaware at 1 o’clock.
The game will also mark the start of the third season of play for the Greyhounds at Ridley Athletic Complex.
The Greyhounds and Blue Hens will meet for the 29th time on the lacrosse field but the first time in nearly a decade. Loyola last played Delaware on February 22, 2003, a 9-6 victory by the Greyhounds on their former home pitch, Curley Field.
Loyola leads the all-time series between the teams, 21-6-1. The Blue Hens won six of the first 10 meetings between the teams, but the Greyhounds have won each of the last 18 games.
In The Polls
Loyola is receiving votes in both the USILA Coaches and Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Polls. Delaware, meanwhile, checks in at No. 19 in the USILA preseason rankings and is also receiving votes in the media version.
Greyhounds Picked Second In ECAC
The Greyhounds were picked to finish second in the ECAC Lacrosse Leagues by the head coaches of their peer schools. Loyola received 54 points in the poll, trailing only Denver University which had 61.
Preseason Honors For Pair
Junior attack Mike Sawyer and junior long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff were both named to the Preseason All-ECAC Team by the conference’s coaches. Sawyer led the Greyhounds in points and goals last season, while Ratliff topped the squad in caused turnovers.
Sawyer was also named to the Face-Off Yearbook Preseason All-America Honorable Mention last month.
Mike Sawyer returns in 2012 as the team’s leading scorer after finishing last year with 31 goals and five assists for 36 points. He took 124 shots during the 2011 season, 59 more than anyone else on the team.
The Greyhounds also welcome back one of their top scorers from two seasons ago. Eric Lusby, who will play as a graduate student this year, returns to the lineup after missing all but two games last year following a knee injury in the 2010 NCAA Championships. Lusby scored 20 goals and assisted on five from the Greyhounds’ midfield in 2010.
Two other players who scored 10 or more goals a year ago are back in 2012 for the Greyhounds Patrick Fanshaw returns after tallying 12 goals, six of the extra-man variety, last season, and Davis Butts is also back after tallying 10 goals and five assists.
Loyola’s midfield will be bolstered by the addition of two transfer student-athletes that have joined the program. Juniors Chris Layne and Sean O’Sullivan will suit up for the Greyhounds after spending previous seasons at North Carolina and Army, respectively.
Layne, who is the younger brother of former Loyola All-American Steve Layne, scored five goals as a sophomore on the Tar Heels’ second midfield after playing in 15 games as a short-stick midfielder during his first season in Chapel Hill.
O’Sullivan played two seasons at West Point, scoring 16 goals as a midfielder in 2010. He earned All-Patriot League Second Team honors following his sophomore season, as well.
The Greyhounds return two starters on close defense, their top two long-stick midfielders and top three short-stick defensive middies in 2012, forming a cohesive group on the defensive end of the field.
Senior co-captain Dylan Grimm is joined on defense by another returning starter, junior Reid Acton. Grimm finished his first year as a starter, 2011, with 22 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers, while Acton tallied 19 and 15, also in his first season as a starter.
The duo is joined by sophomore Joe Fletcher who played in 13 games and started one as a freshman. Fletcher saw considerable time as an extra-man and fourth defender for the Greyhounds a year ago.
Scott Ratliff and Kevin Moriarity created a formidable long-stick midfield duo last year, combining for 50 ground balls and 22 caused turnovers. Ratliff also added three goals and three assists on the offensive end of the field.
Josh Hawkins, Pat Laconi and Kyle Duffy return as short-stick middies for the Greyhounds after each saw action in all 13 games last year.
New Look In Goal
Loyola will feature a new starter in goal this season after 2011 graduate Jake Hagelin started 53 of the Greyhounds’ last 55 games since taking over between the pipes at the start his freshman season in 2008.
A pair of goalkeepers are likely to see the field for the Greyhounds to start the season, as they have split time throughout practice and scrimmages. Junior Michael Bonitatibus and sophomore Jack Runkel both made their collegiate debuts last year against Duke and will anchor Loyola’s defense from inside the crease.
Record At Ridley
Loyola will open its third season at Ridley Athletic Complex when it plays Delaware where the Greyhounds have experienced considerable success on Awalt Field.
Loyola is 8-3 in 11 home games at Ridley after going 4-1 last season at home.
Second Half Scoring
Loyola outscored its opponents 69-52 after halftime last season (including two overtime goals) despite being outscored 54-39 in the first halves of games.
The Greyhounds scored 34 third-quarter goals to their opponents’ 27. In 2010, they outscored opponents 41-24 in the third quarters of games and 76-55 overall after halftime.