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Navy wraps season with visit to Hopkins Saturday

Posted on 19 April 2013 by WNST Staff

Game 13 Navy (3-9, 1-5 PL) at Johns Hopkins (7-4)
Date and Faceoff April 20 at 4:00 pm ET
Location Baltimore, Md. | Homewood Field (8,500)
Television ESPNU | Mark Dixon and Quint Kessenich

Game Preview

•  Navy (3-9, 1-5 Patriot League) will close out the 2013 campaign on Saturday afternoon when it travels to Baltimore to battle 11th-ranked Johns Hopkins (7-4) … the 87th edition of the Navy-Johns Hopkins game is slated for a 4:00 pm faceoff at Homewood Field.
• Saturday’s contest will mark the final collegiate game for Navy’s 11 seniors.
• The Mids are coming off a 14-7 loss to arch rival Army last Saturday in Annapolis … the Black Knights jumped out to a 4-1 lead and while Navy would close to within 2 early in the second half, Army’s attack combo of Garrett Thul and John Glesener was too much to overcome.
• Johns Hopkins, meanwhile, upset top-ranked Maryland last Saturday in College Park, 7-4, in what is one of the longest rivalries in the sport.
• Saturday’s contest will be televised by ESPNU with Mark Dixon (play by play) and Quint Kessenich (analyst) calling the action.

Navy vs. Johns Hopkins – The Series
• Saturday’s contest marks the 87th meeting between Navy and Johns Hopkins … it’s the 64th-consecutive year the two programs have battled and it is the third-longest continuous series between Navy and another team on the lax field behind Army-Navy and Navy-Maryland.
• The Blue Jays own a commanding 58-27-1 advantage in the series, however Johns Hopkins’ amazing 36-game winning streak was snapped in 2010.  Navy again surprised the Blue Jays with an 8-2 victory last spring in Annapolis.
• Johns Hopkins owns a 27-7 record in games played against the Mids on its home field … the last time Navy scored a victory over the Blue Jays in Baltimore was May 10, 1969, when the Mids posted a 9-6 win.
• Seven of the last 14 games between Navy and Johns Hopkins have been decided by one goal, including five of the last 10 … additionally, four of the seven one-goal games have gone into extra minutes.
• Second-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell is 1-0 all-time against the Blue Jays.

Scouting the Blue Jays
• Thirteenth-year head coach Dave Pietramala has guided the 11th-ranked Blue Jays to a 7-4 record this spring which includes a 4-2 mark at home.
• Hopkins has losses to 12th-ranked Princeton (11-8), 11th-ranked Syracuse (13-8), 7th-ranked North Carolina (11-10 OT) and 20th-ranked Albany (10-9).
• Despite those disappointing losses, the Blue Jays are coming off a strong performance that saw them upset No. 1-ranked Maryland last Saturday in College Park, 7-4.  It was a game Hopkins never trailed in.
• Meanwhile, following its matchup against the Mids, Johns Hopkins will face Loyola next Saturday at Homewood Field before capping the regular season with a road trip to West Point to face Army on May 3.
• Sophomore attackman Wells Stanwick and junior attackman Brandon Benn lead the way for the Blue Jays as both have amassed 20-plus goals this season.   Stanwick is atop the scoring leader board with 38 points on 22 goals and 16 assists and owns the nation’s fourth-best shooting percentage at 55.0 percent.  Meanwhile, Benn has punched in a team-best 23 goals and added just one assist as the team’s second-leading scorer.
• Senior attackman Zach Palmer has split his 24 points in half with 12 goals scored and 12 assists dealt out.
• Hopkins stands sixth nationally in extra-man offense, punching in goals on 47.9 percent of its opportunities.  The Blue Jays have scored 23 goals on 48 attempts.  Rookie attackman Ryan Brown has been the sharpshooter on EMO’s, scoring 8 of his 13 goals a man up.
• One of the best faceoff teams in the country, Hopkins is led by senior Mike Poppleton who has won an amazing 66.5 percent (135-203) of his draws and stands No. 2 in the country behind Bryant’s Kevin Massa (71.6).  As a team, the Blue Jays are ranked third, winning 63.7 percent of their draws
• Senior Pierce Bassett has started all 10 games as the Blue Jays’ netminder.  He owns an 8.23 goals-against average and a 58.9 save percentage which is ninth best in the country.

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 24th on Navy’s all-time scoring list with 105 points, just one behind 23rd-place Matt Pawlikowski (1990-93).
• Meanwhile, last Saturday junior attackman Sam Jones joined the elite 100-point list with 2 goals and an assist against arch rival Army.
• Jones is ranked 25th on Navy’s all-time scoring list with 102 points, just one behind 24th-place Billy Looney (2004-07).
• Hull and Jones are only the fourth set of classmates in program history to reach 100 points.  Brendan Schneck (121) and Mike Hannan (101) from the Class of ‘78, Mike Herger (197) and Brian Keith (134) from the Class of 1990 and Ian Dingman (188) and Billy Looney (103) from the Class of 2007 are the others.
• Hull and Jones are just the 13th and 14th players, respectively, to reach the 100-point mark as a junior in program history.  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 20 points on 13 goals and 7 assists.
• Jones, who leads the team with 33 points on 21 goals and 12 assists, has reached the 30-point milestone as a freshman, sophomore and junior … he is one of only 7 players in program history to achieve that feat, joining Paul Basile, James Chambers, Ian Dingman, Mike Herger, Jeff Long and Nick Mirabito.
• 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 to tie to tie Owen McFadden (1964-66) for 17th on the list … he needs 2 to tie 16th-place Brendan Schneck (1977-78).

Fast Facts
• Sophomore attackmen Tucker Hull and Sam Jones have started every game (37) they have played in since their arrival in 2011 … junior midfielder Pat Durkin saw his 19-game starting streak come to an end against Holy Cross, however, he has started 24 of the last 25 games … meanwhile senior midfielder Bryce Dabbs has gotten the starting nod in 23 of the 24 games in which he’s played.
• At least one Navy player has turned in a hat trick in 36 of the last 58 games (dating back to the 2009 season), including seven of the 12 games this season … Sam Jones has registered a team-high 4 hat tricks this season and 10 for his career, while sophomore midfielder Gabe Voumard and junior attackman Tucker Hull have posted a pair of hat tricks …T.J. Hanzsche and Erik Hoffstadt have also turned in hat tricks for the Mids this spring.
• 48 of Navy’s 99 goals (48.5) this season have been unassisted, including 10 of Gabe Voumard’s 12 scores.  Last year 46 of Navy’s 109 goals (42.2) were unassisted.  Additionally, 13 of Sam Jones’ team-high 21 goals have been unassisted.
• Since 2004, Navy owns an amazing 55-2 record when holding its opponents to six or fewer goals, including a 13-1 mark in the last five seasons combined.
• Navy owns a remarkable 54-5 record when scoring 10 or more goals since 2004, including a 30-4 mark in the last five seasons (9-1 in 2009, 10-1 in 2010, 3-2 in 2011, 5-0 in 2012 and 3-0 in 2013).
• At least one pole has scored either a goal or dealt out an assist every year since 1994.  Last year, Pat Kiernan led the charge with 10 points on 7 goals and 3 assists.  He extended the Navy point scoring streak with a goal in the Mids’ win over Detroit.
• The 20-7 win over VMI in the opener marked the Mids’ largest scoring output since dealing Holy Cross a 23-5 loss on April 18, 2004.
• The 13-goal win was Navy’s largest margin of victory since beating Holy Cross 16-3 on March 15, 2008.
• The Midshipmen have scored man-down goals twice this season, marking the most man-down goals since scoring two in 2006.

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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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#15 Fairfield hands Navy first loss of season

Posted on 19 February 2013 by WNST Staff

FAIRFIELD, Conn. —  Preseason All-American midfielder Sam Snow scored Fairfield’s last three goals of the contest, including the game-winner with 4.1 seconds left, leading the 15th-ranked Stags (2-0) to a 10-9 victory over the Navy men’s lacrosse team (2-1) on a rainy Tuesday afternoon in Fairfield, Conn.

“No doubt this was a hard-fought game,” said second-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell.  “We had the shot to go ahead and just came up one play short.”

In one of the most exciting fourth quarters in recent memory, the game featured seven ties including five in final quarter of play.  After a scoreless third period, the two teams headed into the final quarter of play deadlocked at 4-4.  Neither team was able to get more than a one-goal lead in the final stanza as the teams went toe to toe over the final 15 minutes.

Junior attackman Tucker Hull gave the Mids a 5-4 lead just 34 seconds into the fourth period, but Fairfield’s Jordan Greenfield answered just seven seconds later after the Stags won the faceoff.

After being held without a point in the first three quarters, Snow came alive in the fourth and punched in the first of his team-high four goals with 13:06 remaining to push the Stags ahead, 6-5.  Snow’s goal was set up after Navy senior midfielder Bryce Dabbs’ pass to teammate Pat Durkin went awry and Nick Guida fed Snow.  To add insult to injury, Dabbs was called for a one-minute unreleasable illegal body check.  Navy, though, was able to kill off the penalty.

Four minutes later, sophomore midfielder Gabe Voumard put the Mids on his shoulders and scored back-to-back goals over a 35-second span to give the Mids a 7-6 advantage with 8:46 to play.  Voumard’s first goal was scored when Hull’s shot bounced off the pipe and into Voumard’s stick, while his second of the run came when he powered past his defender down the left alleyway.

Fairfield tied it at 7-7 when Greenfield fed Eric Warden from eight yards out on the right wing with 7:07 to go.

Navy junior attackman Sam Jones put the Mids back up at 8-7 when Hull fed Jones who found himself wide open in tight with just goalkeeper Jack Murphy to beat.

Snow scored back-to-back goals (5:04, 3:56) to give the Stags a 9-8 lead, including a tough-to-defend low-to-low shot with 3:56 remaining in the contest.  Voumard, however, answered with his fourth goal of the game at the 1:23 mark when he again powered his way past his defender and scored from seven yards out.

Navy’s Evan McGoogan won the ensuing faceoff but instead of Navy playing for the final shot, Dabbs took a 15-yard shot from the left wing that went straight into the stick of Murphy.  Fairfield, in turn, was able to set up for the final shot, as Greenfield found Snow in the middle of the field and was able to get off a diving ankle-biter for the game-winner with 4.1 seconds left in the contest.

The game spoiled a sensational performance by senior team captain Nolan Hickey who made a career-high 15 saves, including multiple door-stop shots.   On the opposite side, Murphy was also stellar in goal taking away 14 potential goals by the Mids.

While Voumard paced Navy with four goals, five other players contributed goals including senior midfielder Jay Mannwho became the 15th different Navy player to score a goal this season.

“I was a little disappointed early with Gabe in his lack of aggressiveness, but the light went on and he had a big fourth quarter for us,” said Sowell.  “He showed today that he certainly is capable of being a force.  We are expecting him to continue to step forward and be a leader on this team.”

Snow led Fairfield with four goals, while Greenfield chipped in two goals and two assists.

Meanwhile, Navy’s man-down defense was stellar, facing two one-minute unreleasable penalties and seven overall flags.  The Stags went 0-for-7 on extra-man, as the Mids have now squelched 18 of the 20 man-up opportunities by their foes.

“We’re committing foolish penalties which is a concern and we have to learn how to play with better control,” said Sowell.  “That said, I’m proud of the way we’ve been able to fight through these situations.”

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Navy announces 2012 lacrosse schedule

Posted on 04 December 2012 by WNST Staff

ANNAPOLIS, Md. —  Four games against teams who qualified for the 2012 NCAA Championship highlight the 2013 Navy men’s lacrosse schedule released by second-year head coach Rick Sowell on Tuesday.  Additionally, Navy will play host to six home games played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, including its April 5 contest against NCAA finalist Maryland.

“We are excited about the challenge our 2013 schedule presents,” said Sowell, who guided the Midshipmen to a 6-6 record in his first season and featured wins over nationally-ranked Colgate and Johns Hopkins.  “Parity in Division I lacrosse is at an all-time high and we’ll need to be on top of our game each and every week.”

The Midshipmen kick off their spring season with a pair of scrimmages on the road against two of the most successful programs in recent memory.  Navy will battle Duke, a team who has played in six consecutive NCAA Tournaments and was a semifinalist a year ago, in Durham on Jan. 26.  Meanwhile, the Mids are set to take on Virginia in Charlottesville on Feb. 2 in their final preseason tune-up.  Virginia has earned the second-most NCAA Tournament invitations with 35, including dates to the Dance in each of the last eight years, and has won five National Championships.

For the sixth consecutive year, Navy will play its season opener against VMI when the two teams face off on Feb. 9 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.  Last year attackmen Tucker Hull (Charlotte, N.C.) and Sam Jones (Annapolis, Md.) combined for 17 points, including 11 goals, as the Mids scored a 14-7 victory over the Keydets.

The Midshipmen will play the first of two new opponents on its 2013 schedule with a Friday, Feb. 15 contest against Detroit in Annapolis.  The Titans are in their fifth year as a Div. I program, returning 35 members from a squad that posted a 6-9 record and was the No. 2 seed in the MAAC Tournament last spring.

Just four days later, Navy will make the trek to Fairfield, Conn. to battle the Stags in a midweek meeting at Lessing Field in the inaugural meeting between the two programs.  Fairfield, which was elevated to a varsity program in 1993, won a program-record 12 games in 2012 and twice reached a program-best national ranking of 13th during the year.  For the second consecutive season the Stags upset the second seed to advance to the ECAC Championship Game, where it fell to eventual National Champion Loyola.

The Fairfield contest kicks off three consecutive road games for the Midshipmen.  Following it’s Tuesday matchup against the Stags, Navy rekindles its series with Georgetown on Sunday, Feb. 24.  A scheduling glitch in moving Patriot League foe Lehigh from a week day to a weekend pushed the annual tilt between the Mids and Hoyas off last spring’s schedule.  The two will pick the series in Washington, D.C., meeting for the 23rd time overall and the 23rd time in the last 24 years.

“I’ve always enjoyed adding new teams to the schedule and the addition of teams such as up-and-coming Detroit, as well as Fairfield, who is coming off the program’s most successful season and past rival Georgetown, we will have our hands full leading up to Patriot League play.  This will be a real test and prepare us for league play, a league that by all accounts is the best it has ever been.”

The Midshipmen begin their quest for the program’s sixth Patriot League title when they travel to Lewisburg, Pa. on Saturday, March 2.  Navy will face Bucknell in their league opener for the fifth time overall and the fourth time in the last five years.  While Navy holds a 7-5 advantage, six of the 10 league matchups have been decided by one goal, including five of the last six.

Navy plays its next three games over the course of just eight days with two of the three contests played in Annapolis.  Kicking things off will be a March 9 contest at home against Lafayette, a program Navy owns a 13-1 series record against.  Three days later (March 12), the Mids will briefly step away from Patriot League action to play host toTowson.  Last year the Mids outscored the Tigers 5-1 in the third period to overcome a 2-1 halftime deficit and go on to win by a 10-6 decision.

Navy plays its final game over the eight-day span on the road, traveling to Worcester, Mass. to face Patriot League foe Holy Cross.  The Mids staged a strong second half effort on both ends of the field outscoring the Crusaders 5-1 in the second half and holding them scoreless for the final 26 minutes of the contest en route to a 13-7 win.

Like the Bucknell series, the annual Navy-Colgate matchup has turned into its own rivalry.  Though the Mids have a handle on the series with an 11-4 advantage, the last five games have proven to be nail-biters with each of the last five meetings decided by a goal.  Last year Sam Jones slipped the defense on the crease, scoring the game-winner with 3.4 seconds left and leading the Midshipmen to a 12-11 victory over 12th-ranked Colgate.  The Raiders went on to finish the season with a 14-4 record and played their way into the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

This year’s Navy-Colgate matchup is slated to be played at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md. on March 23 as part of the 2013 Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic.  The Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic will feature the Mids and Raiders in the opener at 2:00 pm, followed by Virginia vs. Johns Hopkins at 4:30 pm.

“We are thrilled to participate in the 2013 Konica Minolta Face Off Classic,” added Sowell.  “To have the opportunity to play before a national audience at such a premier venue, M&T Bank Stadium, against a strong conference opponent is what every coach asks for.  Colgate had a great season last year and returns a very good team in 2013, if not better than the quarterfinal team of 2012.  If this game is anything like last year’s, then the fans are in for a real treat.”

Navy will travel to Lehigh on March 30 in what will be the fourth game played in Bethlehem between the two programs in the last five years.  Traditionally played in the middle of the week, the two programs made the decision to move the game to a Saturday for the first time since Navy joined the league in 2004.  The Mids own a 28-3 series advantage against the Mountain Hawks who a year ago finished 14-3 and earned an NCAA Tournament berth by way of winning the Patriot League Tournament.

Fans have been treated to some great battles between Maryland and Navy over the last decade and on April 5 the rivalry will continue as the two meet at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.  While the two programs have met 87 times, they have battled in each of the last 67 years which is the second-longest continuous series Navy has with another team (Army, 80-consecutive years).  Eight of the last 14 games between the two have been decided by one goal, while five of the last seven battles in Annapolis have been decided by two or fewer goals.

One of the sport’s longest and most cherished rivalries, the Army-Navy Star Game will be played on Saturday, April 13 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis in what will be the 92nd meeting between the two service academies.  The Mids own a 57-31-3 series advantage, including wins in 14 of the last 19 games.

“Having a chance to experience the intense Army-Navy rivalry on the road last season, I could not be more excited to play this game at Navy Marine Memorial Stadium before the entire Brigade and our passionate Navy lacrosse faithful, said Sowell.”

For the 10th straight year, Navy will close out the regular season by facing Johns Hopkins on April 20.  After losing 36 consecutive games to the Blue Jays from 1975-2009, the Midshipmen have taken two of the last three from Johns Hopkins including an 8-2 route in Annapolis last spring.  Navy, though, has not been able to enjoy a win at Homewood Field since 1969 when the Mids claimed a 9-6 win in Baltimore.

Finally, the four-team Patriot League Tournament is slated to be played April 26-28 at the site of the highest seed.  Since joining the league in 2004, the Midshipmen have played host to four of the eight tournaments and have claimed the title five times.  Navy owns an 11-2 all-time record in the Patriot League Tournament.

“The Patriot League has established itself as one of the toughest conferences in Division I,” said Sowell.  “Each of our Patriot League games will be intense and hard-fought battles.  Our focus will be to take one game at a time with the goal of competing in the NCAA Tournament as Patriot League Champions.”

Navy’s television schedule was unavailable at press time and will be released at a later date.

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