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Navy set to hold FanFest Saturday rain or shine

Posted on 01 August 2014 by WNST Staff

Navy Football Media Day/Fan Fest Presented By Beach Boys Papa John’s Will Be HeldTomorrow Rain Or Shine

ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Navy Football Media Day/Fan Fest presented by Beach Boys Papa John’s will be held tomorrow from 10:00 AM-12 noon rain or shine.  The current weather forecast calls for rain in the early morning on Saturday, but just a 20 percent chance from 9:00 AM-12 noon.  Regardless, the team will be at Navy-Marine Corps on Saturday signing autographs on the blue side concourse.

Navy fans should enter the parking lot on Saturday through Gate 5 on the Blue or Press Box side.  Admission is free and there is a $5 charge to park. Fan Fest activities will include interactive inflatable games, giveaways and live music. The first 250 kids will receive a free t-shirt. 

The Navy Football Press Conference will be carried live and in HD by Campus Insiders starting at 10:00 AM.  To watch the press conference click here:http://campusinsiders.com/live/1457

Campus Insiders is your source for college sports news and information, including live video programming of sporting events and press conferences.  Campus Insiders is also the home of the Patriot League Network, where last year 100 Navy sporting events were broadcast for free including men’s and women’s soccer, water polo, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s swimming, wrestling, men’s and women’s lacrosse and baseball.  It also carried Naval Academy’s graduation ceremonies.

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Navy announces FanFest event August 2

Posted on 19 July 2014 by WNST Staff

Navy fans are invited to the 2014 Navy Football Fan Fest/Media Day on Saturday, August 2 from 10 a.m.-12 noon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

Navy players will sign autographs on the blue side (press box side) concourse from 10:00-11:00 AM., before moving down to the field to interact with the fans on the field.

Fan Fest activities will include interactive inflatable games, giveaways and live music. The first 250 kids will receive a free t-shirt. Fans attending should enter the parking lot through Gate 5 off of Taylor Avenue and enter the stadium on the Blue or press box side. There will be a $5 charge for parking and admission to the event is free.

Fans will also be able to purchase football tickets and merchandise. For more information contact Kris Morgenthaler (410) 293-8712 or at whitacre@usna.edu.

The 2014 Navy football team will report to camp on Wednesday, July 30 and the first practice will be held on Thursday, July 31.

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Military Bowl to return to Annapolis December 27

Posted on 24 June 2014 by WNST Staff

2014 MILITARY BOWL® PRESENTED BY NORTHROP GRUMMAN SET FOR SATURDAY, DEC. 27 AT NAVY-MARINE CORPS MEMORIAL STADIUM

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Military Bowl® presented by Northrop Grumman, benefiting the USO, today announced that its 2014 game will kick off on Saturday, Dec. 27 at 1 p.m. ET at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md. It will be televised nationally on ESPN.

This year’s game is the first in a six-year cycle that will match a team from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) against an opponent from the American Athletic Conference. The Military Bowl now has long-term partnerships in place with both conferences, ESPN and Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

“With a new conference matchup and many new exciting Bowl Week events in the works, we are certain that the 2014 game will be our best yet,” Military Bowl President & Executive Director Steve Beck said. “A Saturday afternoon kickoff is great not only for football fans in the local community but also for those traveling to the region. We look forward to hosting the teams and fans in the National Capital Region this December.”

This past year, for the fourth consecutive bowl season, the Military Bowl provided $100,000 to the USO and thousands of complimentary tickets to military personnel and their families. As part of the 2013 Military Bowl gameday activities, Northrop Grumman donated a specially equipped van to the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore for wounded warrior transportation.

The 2013 matchup between Maryland and Marshall attracted more than 30,000 fans to the festivities at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The Thundering Herd defeated the Terrapins 31-20 in Annapolis.

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Ravens announce two open Training Camp practices

Posted on 11 June 2014 by WNST Staff

2014 RAVENS TRAINING CAMP PRACTICES

The Baltimore Ravens’ 2014 training camp, will feature free individual stadium practices for the third-consecutive year at M&T Bank Stadium and Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. Additionally, by entering a lottery on the Ravens’ official website, fans in limited numbers will have an opportunity to win free tickets to training camp practices held at 1 Winning Drive in Owings Mills.

The M&T Bank Stadium practice will showcase the Ravens’ first-ever Fireworks Night on Monday, July 28, an event highlighted by post-practice autographs for children and a fireworks/laser show. The Ravens’ practice at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium will take place on Monday, Aug. 4 and feature a youth football clinic on the field prior to practice. There will also be an autograph session for children following practice.

Practices for both of these venues are free and open to the public and will have interactive fan events, including the player autograph signings for children, fun-filled activities designed specifically for younger fans, giveaways and cheerleader/mascot meet-and-greets. (Further details for both events are below.)

 

FAN LOTTERY FOR TRAINING CAMP PRACTICES

The Ravens can safely host up to 300 people on the fields of their Owings Mills training complex, and fans who are randomly chosen through the online drawing will be invited to view one of the team’s 12 open training camp sessions at the Under Armour Performance Center. The first full-team training camp practice is July 24, and the last is Aug. 14.

Beginning Thursday, June 12 at 10 a.m., fans may enter a lottery at http://www.baltimoreravens.com/trainingcamp to attend one training camp practice at the Under Armour Performance Center. All lottery submissions must be made by Tuesday, July 1 at 5 p.m., and the Ravens will contact fans who are chosen for these practices no later than Sunday, July 13. Details – including parking, practice day/time and procedures – will be communicated to winning recipients upon notification.  

 

STADIUM TRAINING CAMP FAMILY PRACTICES 

Event:                                   Fireworks Night at M&T Bank Stadium (Baltimore, MD) – Free and Open to the Public

When:                                  Monday, July 28

Practice Start Time:        7 p.m.

Gates Open:                      5:30 p.m.

Parking:                               Stadium lots open at 4 p.m. and are available for cold tailgating. The parking fee is $10.                

Details:                                Highlighted by a post-practice player autograph session for children and afireworks/laser show, the Fireworks Night practice will also feature entertainment that includes Baltimore’s Marching Ravens, cheerleaders, official mascot Poe and live mascots Rise and Conquer. The Ravens Team Store and concession stands will also be open.

 

Event:                                   Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium Practice (Annapolis, MD) – Free and Open to the Public

When:                                  Monday, Aug. 4

Practice Start Time:        7 p.m.

Gates Open:                      5:30 p.m.

Parking:                               Lots open at 4 p.m. and are available for cold tailgating.

  • ·     $10 for cars and $25 for buses
  • ·     Parking may be purchased via www.navysports.com
  • ·     If Navy lots become full, nearby off-site locations are available with stadium shuttles.

Details:                                Baltimore’s Marching Ravens, cheerleaders, official mascot Poe and live mascots Rise and Conquer will be in attendance. The Ravens Team Store will be on site, and concession stands will be open. Prior to practice, the Ravens will host a RISE youth football clinic on the field featuring area players and teams. (More information about clinic registration, which begins June 23, will be shared at a later date.)

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Navy announces Ohio State, Army game kickoff times

Posted on 25 April 2014 by WNST Staff

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

Season Tickets On Sale Now

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

 

 

2014 Navy Football Schedule

Date                         Opponent                                    Location                            Time                        TV

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

Sept. 6                     at Temple                                    Philadelphia, Pa.                TBA                          TBA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hopkins tries to extend win streak Friday at Navy

Posted on 17 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Television: CBS Sports Network

The Game: Johns Hopkins (8-3) plays its third game in seven days as the Blue Jays make the short trip to Annapolis to take on Navy (4-7). Game time is set for 7 pm at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium with a national television broadcast on CBS Sports Network.

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins picked up its third win in 11 days as the Blue Jays topped host Mount St. Mary’s, 17-2, on Monday. Navy fell to rival Army, 14-7, last Saturday. The loss is Navy’s second straight and fifth in its last six games.

Series History: Johns Hopkins and Navy are meeting for the 87th time in a series that dates to a 6-1 Blue Jay victory in 1908. The Blue Jays picked up a 15-4 victory at Homewood Field last season, but Navy has won two straight in Annapolis, including a decisive 8-2 victory in 2012. JHU leads the series 58-27-1.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Navy with an all-time record of 941-306-15 (.752). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.

Poll Position: Johns Hopkins is ranked sixth in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and fifth in the Warrior/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. Navy is not ranked this week in either poll.

Closing on Mr. Scott: Dave Pietramala picked up his 155th victory as the head coach at Johns Hopkins with the 17-2 victory at Mount St. Mary’s and he continues to close in on the record for most career coaching victories at Homewood. Only Bob Scott, who won 158 games as the head coach at JHU from 1955-74, has won or coached (214) more games than Pietramala at Johns Hopkins.

Career Win Number 178: In addition to his 155-53 (.745) mark as the head coach at JHU, Dave Pietramala also postd a 23-17 record in three seasons as the head coach at Cornell and now boasts an overall record of 178-70 (.718). Pietramala’s 178 wins rank 10th among active Division I coaches.

New Blue: The Johns Hopkins lineup features six new starters after a large senior class departed Homewood last spring. The six are spread throughout the lineup and include Eric Schneider (G), Rob Enright (D), John Kelly (D), Holden Cattoni(M), Connor Reed (M) and Ryan Brown (A). Brown did start four games at midfield last season, but made the move to his natural attack position this season, and Enright had five career starts through his first two seasons.

New Blue II: In addition to the six new starters in the lineup, the overall Blue Jay roster is also vastly different than a year ago. Gone are 11 seniors who exhausted their eligibility and in their place are 17 freshmen.

Youth Will be Served: Johns Hopkins is fielding one of the youngest rosters in the nation this season as 17 of the team’s 49 players are freshmen and 29 are either freshmen or sophomores. Only nine of the 49 are seniors and two of those nine – Eric Schneider and Phil Castronova – have an extra year of eligibility and are planning to return for the 2015 season.

For Starters: Entering the 2014 season, the entire 49-man Johns Hopkins roster counted a total of 132 combined career starts to its credit. Of those 132, Rob Guida (38), Jack Reilly (30), Brandon Benn (29) and Wells Stanwick (17) accounted 114, or 86.7%. No other returning player had started more than five games for the Blue Jays. By contrast, last year’s 11-man senior class graduated with a combined 321 starts with six of those 11 players earning 45 or more starts during their careers.

An Offensive Group: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Navy averaging 12.64 goals per game and the Blue Jays have scored at least 10 goals in all but one game this season. Entering the game against Navy, JHU ranks ninth in the nation in scoring offense, fifth in assists per game (8.1) and 10th in points per game (20.7).

Sharing the Ball: An effective part of the Blue Jay offense this season has been the ability to move the ball and that has shown up in the percentage of the team’s goals that have been assisted thus far. Through 11 games, 89 of JHU’s 139 goals have been assisted, or 64.0%. Only three times since 2003 has Johns Hopkins finished a season with more than 60% of its goals being assisted. The 2003 team assisted on 67.4% of its goals, while the 2004 (64.3%) and 2009 (62.4%) teams also eclipsed the 60% mark.

Extra, Extra: Johns Hopkins converted on three of its four extra-man opportunities against Mount St. Mary’s and is now 21-of-37 (.568) for the year. The Blue Jays rank fourth in the nation in extra-man offense heading into the Navy game.Brandon Benn (6 EMO goals), Holden Cattoni (6), Ryan Brown (4) and Wells Stanwick (3) have combined to score 19 of JHU’s 21 EMO goals this season.

Kennedy, Faceoff Unit Shine: Behind the efforts of junior Drew Kennedy, Johns Hopkins ranks 11th in the nation in faceoff winning percentage entering this week’s game at Navy. On the year, the Blue Jays have won 168-of-271 (.620) as a team on the year.
For his part, Kennedy has been a workhorse as he is 152-of-239 (.636) through 11 games and also has a team-high 109 ground balls thus far. He ranks among the national leaders in faceoff winning percentage (11th) and ground balls per game (3rd / 9.9) after winning 9-of-11 with nine ground balls at Mount St. Mary’s.

Holding Them Down: The Blue Jays have held the opposition scoreless for long stretches at key points this season. The 11 teams Johns Hopkins has played thus far have 14 scoreless droughts of 11 minutes or longer and 11 of 15 minutes or longer. JHU held Maryland scoreless for stretches of 20:11 to open the game and 18:52 immediately after the Terps scored their first goal and then held Mount St. Mary’s off the board for 44:56 to open the game.

More Holding: Johns Hopkins has held each of its 11 opponents under its season scoring average (current average) thus far. Recently, the Blue Jays held Albany to just eight goals (just over half of what the Great Danes entered the game averaging) and Maryland to just six goals (less than half the Terps’ average entering the game). In all, JHU has held nine of its 11 opponents to nine goals or less.

A Final Holding: The Johns Hopkins defense has not allowed a first-quarter goal in the last three games. The Blue Jays led Albany, 5-0, Maryland, 1-0, and Mount St. Mary’s, 2-0, at the end of the first quarter and haven’t allowed a first quarter goal since UNC scored with 51 seconds left in the first period of its game at JHU on March 29. The scoreless stretch for the opposition in the first quarter now stands at 45:51 and the Blue Jays have allowed just one goal in the last 55:25 of the first quarter.

Second Quarter Defense Nearly the Same: While the Blue Jays haven’t allowed a first quarter goal in the last three games, they’ve been nearly as effective in the second quarter over the same period of time. In wins against Albany, Maryland and Mount St. Mary’s the Blue Jays have allowed a total of just two goals in the second quarter. The Great Danes and Terps both managed a second-quarter goal against the Blue Jays after being held scorelessin the first. Mount St. Mary’s didn’t score until the final four seconds of the third quarter.

Attack Driven: Johns Hopkins’ starting attack unit of senior Brandon Benn, junior Wells Stanwick and sophomore Ryan Brown is being counted on to lead the way offensively for the Blue Jays this season and the trio has been up to the task thus far. They have combined for at least three goals and seven points in all 11 games this season, with 11 goals against UMBC and nine goals against both Towson and Princeton. The trio has a pair of 16-point games to its credit (Towosn, UMBC) and a 14-point effort as well (Princeton). The three started the first 10 games together before Brown sat out the game at Mount St. Mary’s.

Second-Longest Game in School History: The triple overtime game against Ohio State in the season-opener ranks as the second-longest game in the history of the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse program. The longest game in school history was a four-overtime game against Virginia on March 24, 2001.

In Overtime: With the 11-10 loss at Virginia, Johns Hopkins is now 20-11 all-time in overtime under head coach Dave Pietramala; this includes the 10-9 triple overtime victory against Ohio State in the season opener. The Blue Jays have won four of their last six overtime games dating back to late in the 2011 season.

State Rivalries: Johns Hopkins improved its record to 65-8 (.890) under head coach Dave Pietramala in games played against teams from the state of Maryland with the 17-2 victory at Mount St. Mary’s. Including this week’s game at Navy, the Blue Jays will play six games this season against in-state rivals.

Poll Position: The Blue Jays are ranked sixth in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll. The Johns Hopkins Athletic Communications Office uses the USILA Poll to represent JHU’s official ranking at the time of a game. Prior to falling out of the top 20 of the USILA Poll on April 26 and May 3, 2010 (JHU was receiving votes in both polls), the Blue Jays had been ranked in the top 20 in 367 consecutive polls dating back to the first poll in 1973.

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Navy looks to beat Hopkins for third straight time Friday night

Posted on 17 April 2014 by WNST Staff

2014 Navy Men’s Lacrosse Game Specifics
Game 12 Navy (4-7, 3-5 PL) vs. Johns Hopkins (8-3)
Date and Faceoff April 18 at 7:00 pm ET
Location Annapolis, Md. | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000)
Television CBS Sports Network | Brent Stover & Evan Washburn


Game Preview

• The Navy men’s lacrosse team (4-7, 3-5 Patriot League) will look to capture its third straight victory over Johns Hopkins (8-3) in Annapolis when it plays host to its longtime rival Friday under the lights.  The 88th edition of the Navy-Johns Hopkins game is slated for a 7:00 pm faceoff at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• Friday evening’s contest will mark the final collegiate game played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for Navy’s 13 seniors … those 13 players and their families will be honored in a pregame ceremony..
• The game will be televised by CBS Sports Network with Brent Stover (play by play) and Evan Washburn (analyst) calling the action.  There will be no video stream available for this contest.
• The Mids are looking to bounce back after dropping a tough 14-7 decision to archrival Army last Saturday at West Point.
• Meanwhile, the Blue Jays are riding a three-game winning streak that includes an impressive 11-6 victory over nationally-ranked Maryland last Saturday.

Navy vs. Johns Hopkins – The Series
• Tonight’s contest marks the 88th meeting between Navy and Johns Hopkins … it’s the 65th-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 59-27-1 advantage in the series, however Johns Hopkins’ amazing 36-game winning streak was snapped in 2010, when the Mids dealt the Blue Jays a 9-8 overtime loss.
• While Johns Hopkins owns a 31-19-1 lead in games played in Annapolis, the Mids have won each of the last two played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.  The first of the two was the 9-8 extra-frame victory by the Mids in which Andy Warner scored the game winner.  Meanwhile, in 2012, Navy dismantled the Blue Jays in an 8-2 route.
• Seven of the last 15 games between Navy and Johns Hopkins have been decided by one goal … additionally, four of the seven one-goal games have gone into extra minutes.
• Third-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell is 1-1 all-time against the Blue Jays.

Taking the Field In …
10    Navy has lost just five games (58-5) when scoring 10 or more goals since the start of the 2004 season … Navy is 12-0 under Sowell when scoring 10 or more goals (5-0 in 2012, 3-0 in 2013, 4-0 in 2014).
9    Navy is 9-9 under Rick Sowell in games played at home.  The Mids are 3-3 in games played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium this season.
8    Freshman Brady Dove stands 8th on the Mids’ all-time single-season ground balls list with 70 this spring.  It’s the most ground balls by a Navy player since Mikelis Visgausspicked up 80 in 2008.
7    7 of the last 15 games between Navy and Johns Hopkins have been decided by one goal.  Additionally, four of the seven one-goal games have gone into extra minutes.
6    Junior midfielder Gabe Voumard has produced multiple goals in 6 games this season, including each of the last 3 games.
5    Senior long stick midfielder Pat Kiernan is just 8 ground balls shy of moving into the top 5 on the Mids’ career ground balls list.  He has 175 and is ranked eighth.
4    Kiernan is pacing the Mids with 19 caused turnovers this spring and is ranked 4th on Navy’s all-time single season list.  He needs just 1 caused turnover to become the program’s third different player to post 20 takeaways in a season and first to do it multiple times.
3    Senior Sam Jones leads Navy with 35 points (20-15) … he is 3 points shy of matching his career best of 38 set his freshman year.
2    Tucker Hull has been held without a goal in just 2 games this season (Georgetown, Lehigh) and without a point just once (Lehigh).
1    Third-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell is just 1 win shy of earning his 100th collegiate victory.  He owns a 99-104 record in 15 years as a head coach.

Scouting the Blue Jays
• In his 14th season at Johns Hopkins, head coach Dave Pietramala has his Blue Jays playing at the top of their game at the right time of the year.  The Blue Jays won their first five games of the year, before stumbling in consecutive games to nationally-ranked programs Syracuse (12-10), Virginia (11-10 OT) and North Carolina (13-9).  Hopkins snapped its losing streak against Albany and has since won three in a row, including an 11-6 win over No. 3 Maryland last weekend at Homewood Field.
• Johns Hopkins is ranked among the top 20 in 10 statistical categories, including extra-man offense where it is ranked fourth nationally.  The Blue Jays have scored 21 goals on 37 opportunities (56.8) and are coming off a 3-for-4 performance at Mount St. Mary’s Monday evening.
• The Blue Jays are also ranked among the nation’s best in assists per game (5th), points per game (10th), face-off winning percentage (11th), scoring margin (11th), scoring offense (12th), shot percentage (14th), winning percentage (15th), ground balls per game (17th) and scoring defense (17th).
• Johns Hopkins, however, is ranked 65th in caused turnovers per game (5.5) and clearing percentage (83.7).
• Two of the top point producers in the country are on Hopkins’ roster this season.  Ranked ninth in points per game (4.55) and fourth in assists per game (3.27) is junior attackman Wells Stanwick.  He has produced 50 points on 14 goals and a team-best 36 assists.  Meanwhile, sophomore attackman Ryan Brown stands 11th in points per game (4.30) and third nationally in goals per game (3.20).  Brown owns 43 points on a team-best 32 goals and 11 assists.
• Senior attackman Brandon Benn (27) and sophomore middie Holden Cattoni (20) have also topped 20 goals this season.
• Senior Eric Schneider directs the defense from between the pipes where he owns an 8.11 goals-against average and has stopped 54.6 percent of the shots he has faced this season.  The defense has surrendered double digits in three games this season, all three losses.
• Following Hopkins tradition, Pietramala once again has one of the premiere faceoff men in the country.  Junior Drew Kennedy owns a 63.6 winning percentage and is coming off a 9-for-11 effort against Mount St. Mary’s.  entering the week, he was ranked 11th nationally with a 62.7 winning percentage.  Kennedy has also picked up a team-best 109 ground balls and stands third in the country, grabbing better than 10 a game.

Senior Salute
• The following is a list of Navy’s seniors and their service assignments upon graduation in May.
Pat Durkin – Marine Corps Ground
Austin Heneveld – Navy Pilot
Erik Hoffstadt – Submarines
Tucker Hull – Marine Corps Ground
Sam Jones – Special Warfare
Pat Kiernan – Surface Warfare, MCM Crew Dominant
Matt Morrison – Special Warfare
Nik Mullen – Surface Warfare, MCM Crew Dominant
Sean Price – Marine Corps Ground
Ben Sampson – Surface Warfare, USS Princeton (CG 59)
Trevor Shafran – Navy Pilot
Matt Steffens – Surface Warfare, USS Comstock (LSD 45)
Paul Zimmerman – Marine Corps Ground
• MCM – Mine Countermeasures, CG 59 – Guided Missile Cruiser, LSD 45 – Dock Landing Ship

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Navy hosts Loyola for Patriot League battle Saturday

Posted on 04 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Game Preview
• Fresh off a 13-7 victory over Boston U. a week ago, Navy (4-5, 3-3 Patriot League) will kick off a stretch of three consecutive games against nationally-ranked opponents when it battles No. 1-ranked Loyola (9-1, 5-0 PL) on Saturday.  Action is slated for 12:00 pm at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• The game will be streamed online for FREE via PatriotLeague.TV and NavySports.com.  Live stats will also be available at NavySports.com.
• The Mids snapped a three-game losing skid last Saturday when they made their inaugural trip to Nickerson Field and dealt the Boston University Terriers a 13-7 loss.  Eight different players scored goals for the Midshipmen, including defensemen Pat Kiernan and Jules Godino, while sophomore attackman T.J. Hanzsche produced his third hat trick of the year.
• Loyola earned its ninth straight win by scoring a 10-8 victory over Colgate on the road last Saturday.  After trailing 5-4 in the early minutes of the third quarter, the Greyhounds staged a 4-0 run and took the lead for good as Loyola secured a spot in the Patriot League Tournament in its first season as a member of the conference.

Taking the Field In …
10    Navy has lost just five games (58-5) when scoring 10 or more goals since the start of the 2004 season … Navy is 12-0 under Sowell when scoring 10 or more goals (5-0 in 2012, 3-0 in 2013, 4-0 in 2014).
9    Senior co-captain Pat Kiernan stands 9th on Navy’s career ground balls list with 166 … it’s the most ground balls by a Navy player since William Wallace set the record with 222 from 2004-07.
8    8 of Gabe Voumard’s 10 goals this season have been unassisted … over his three-year career, 22 of his 27 goals have been unassisted.
7    Just 2 opponents have won the faceoff battle against the Mids this season, however Navy has lost 7 straight games when the opponent has won more draws.
6    Just 6 Navy players have scored 80 goals and dealt out 50 assists … senior attackmanSam Jones needs just 1 goal to add his name to the list (79G, 54A)
5    Sam Jones has scored all but 5 of his points this year at home … he has punched in 26 (16-10) of his 31 (17-14) points in front of his hometown crowd.
4    4 of Patrick Keena’s 9 points this spring have come on extra-man offense, scoring a goal and adding 3 assists.
3    Sophomore attackman T.J. Hanzsche is coming off his 3rd hat trick of the season … meanwhile, he has produced at least one point in 15 consecutive games.
2    The last two games between Navy and Loyola have been decided by a combined 2 points … the Greyhounds defeated Navy 8-7 OT in 2010 and 9-8 in 2011.
1    With games over the next month against #1 Loyola (9-1), #4 Maryland (9-1), #10 Johns Hopkins (5-3) and #18 Army (6-3), Navy stands No. 1 in the country for the toughest remaining schedule.  Those four teams have a combined record of 29-8.

Scouting the Greyhounds
• Under the direction of ninth-year head coach Charley Toomey, the Loyola Greyhounds enter today’s matchup as the No. 1-ranked team in the country and are riding a nation’s-best (along with Cornell) nine-game winning streak.  Loyola opened the season with a controversial 14-13 overtime loss at Virginia on Feb. 6 and have rolled since.  The Greyhounds have wins over Penn State (12-11 OT), Towson (20-4), Holy Cross (16-4), Lehigh (14-7), Duke (14-7), Army (7-6), Georgetown (10-9), Lafayette (21-4) and Colgate (10-8).
• The preseason Patriot League favorite, the Greyhounds are atop the conference standings as the lone unbeaten in league play at 5-0.  Loyola is the only school who has secured a spot in the six-team Patriot League Tournament slated for the week of April 21.
• Loyola is ranked among the nation’s top 5 in eight of the 15 statistical categories.  The Greyhounds are ranked No. 1 in turnovers per game (10.20), No. 2 in winning percentage (.900), No. 3 in points per game (21.80) and scoring margin (+6.30), No. 4 in assists per game (8.10), clearing percentage (.931) and scoring defense (7.40) and fifth in scoring offense (13.70).  If there was a chink in the armor, it would be the Greyhounds’ man-down defense whish is ranked 53rd (.565).
• Attackmen Justin Ward and Nikko Pontrello complement one another quite nicely as Ward leads the team with 44 points on 11 goals and 33 assists, while Pontrello has produced 43 points on 37 goals and six assists.  Ward is 10th nationally in poins per game (4.40) and third in assists per game (3.30), while Pontrello stands 11th in points per game (4.30) and is second in goals per game (3.70).
• Senior keeper Jack Runkel is ranked fourth nationally in goals-against average, giving up 7.24 goals per game and his 60.7 save percentage is the fourth best in the country.  As a team, Loyola has given up double digits just twice this season, those coming in the first two games of the season.

Navy vs. Loyola – The Series
• The two programs are meeting for just the seventh time and the first time under third-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell.
• The series is split at three wins apiece, as Navy won the first three games and Loyola has won the last three.
• Saturday’s contest marks the series’ sixth game to be played in Annapolis.  The only game played on Loyola soil was in 2011.
• The two programs first met on May 6, 1939, with Navy scoring a 14-4 victory.  The Mids also took wins over Loyola in 1942 (12-8) and 1943 (8-1).  However, the two teams would not meet again until the NCAA Tournament in 1993.  The Greyhounds dealt the Mids a 19-8 to end their season.
• The two programs rekindled the series in 2010 with Loyola scoring an 8-7 decision in overtime and a year later the Greyhounds earned a 9-8 come-from-behind win over the Mids in Baltimore.

2011 Navy-Loyola Recap
• Fourteenth-ranked Loyola overcame a five-goal deficit to earn a 9-8 victory over Navy on Feb. 19, 2011.  A goal by attackman Patrick Fanshaw with 1:08 remaining in the contest sealed the win for the Greyhounds.
• Navy took 17 of its 24 shots in the opening half and scored seven goals. Meanwhile, in the second half, Navy lost nine of the 10 faceoffs and managed just seven shots in the entire half.  In the third quarter alone, Loyola outshot the Mids, 16-1, and owned a 10-1 ground ball advantage.
• A goal by Mike Sawyer at the 6:46 mark sparked a four-goal run by the Greyhounds in the third quarter and was capped by a goal by Fanshaw with 3.7 seconds left in the period that knotted the game at seven apiece.
• Loyola draw specialist John Schiavone won all five faceoffs in the third quarter to keep the ball out of Navy’s hands.  In fact, Navy got off just one shot in the third quarter while throwing the ball away five times.
• The Mids fought their way back and after more than 28 minutes of being held scoreless,Sam Jones found sophomore midfielder Jay Mann who unleashed a long bounce shot that snuck its way in at 7:48.
• The game remained deadlocked at 8-8 for nearly seven minutes before Chris Basler would find Fanshaw who exposed a missed switch by Navy and stuck a lefty shot past Wickham for the game-winner (1:08).
• Navy did have one last shot with five seconds to go in the game, but a shot by Andy Warner was snatched out of the air by keeper Jake Hagelin to preserve the win.

2004 Squad to Be Honored
• The 2004 Navy lacrosse team will be recognized at halftime of next Saturday’s home game against Loyola.
• Most considered the Mids’ season a Cinderella story.  But the blood, sweat and tears spoke volumes for the Navy squad that fought to play in the program’s first National Championship game since 1975.
• Over the course of the season, several milestones were achieved, including winning a school-record 15 games.  In addition to recording the most wins in Academy history, Navy earned its highest ranking — No. 2 — for five-consecutive weeks.  Its 9-6 win over Maryland in College Park was the program’s first win over a No. 1-ranked program and one-of-six Navy wins over top-10 ranked teams.
• Along the way, the Mids scored an 18-10 win on the road against ninth-ranked Army in what was the seventh win amidst a 13-game winning streak against their arch rivals (1998-07).
• After sweeping through the Patriot League with a 7-0 record in its first season as a member of the league, Navy conquered Colgate and Hobart in the league’s postseason tourney to earn the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
• By virtue of its Patriot League Tournament title, Navy earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament in what was its first appearance in the postseason tournament since 1999.
• The Midshipmen went on to gain the nation’s support as they fought their way through the NCAA Tournament, first defeating Penn handily, 11-5, at home and then surviving a battle against seventh-seeded Cornell (6-5) on the Big Red’s home turf.  Navy made it to the coveted national semifinals where it withstood multiple rallies by eighth-ranked Princeton to earn an 8-7 victory and punch its ticket to play in the NCAA Championship Game.  In a back and forth contest, Syracuse scored three goals with under five minutes remaining in the game to edge the Mids, 14-13, with better than 40,000 fans looking on.
• Seven Midshipmen garnered All-America honors, including keeper Matt Russell who was named a First-Team All-American and the winner of the Ens. C. Markland Kelly Award as the nation’s top goalkeeper.    Ian Dingman (Second Team), Ben Bailey (Third Team), Mitch Hendler (Third Team), Joe Bossi (Honorable Mention), Graham Gill (Honorable Mention) and Steve Looney (Honorable Mention) also garnered All-America recognition.  Meanwhile, Richie Meade was the recipient of the Morris Touchstone Memorial Award, given to the National Coach of the Year.

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Balanced Navy attack not enough to top Colgate

Posted on 22 March 2014 by WNST Staff

ANNAPOLIS, Md. —  Seven different players scored for the Midshipmen, but it would not be enough to stifle a potent Colgate offense that dealt Navy a 10-7 loss in men’s lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.  Navy fell to 3-5 on the year, including 2-3 in Patriot League action, while the Raiders, who are ranked 18th in the Warrior/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll, improved to 7-2 and 3-1 in conference play.

“We did an awful lot of good things today, but give credit to Colgate who just made more plays than us,” said third-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell.  “Overall there are some good things that we did today and we need to stay the course.”

The Midshipmen looked to have the hot hand early, as they opened up a 2-0 lead six minutes into the contest.  Senior attackman Sam Jones (Annapolis, Md.) scored his 16th goal of the season just under two minutes into the game and classmate Pat Durkin(Germantown, Md.) punched in an unassisted goal at 8:57.

Colgate answered Durkin’s goal with an uncontested shot by leading scorer Ryan Walsh at the 7:15 mark.  With the goal, Walsh extended his streak of consecutive games with a point to 42 which is the fourth-longest active streak in Div. I lacrosse this season.

Navy pushed its lead back to two when Durkin carried the ball down the right side of the box and found senior attackTucker Hull (Charlotte, N.C.) anchored on the left crease and Hull fired in his 70th collegiate goal at the 3:35 mark.  Hull now joins the ranks of just 12 players in Div. I lax this season who have amassed 70 goals and 50 assists over their careers.

Colgate, however, would score the final two goals of the first period, including a goal by sophomore middie Eric Foote with 44.2 seconds remaining in the quarter, to even the score at 3-3.

The Raiders scored on a high-to-high shot by Brendon McCann to open the second quarter and take its first lead of the contest at 13:19.

Navy’s T.J. Hanzsche (Berwyn, Pa.) answered at the 11:51 mark when he curled around the right side of the cage and punched in his shot from seven yards out.  The goal extended Hanzsche’s point/goal-scoring streak to 14 straight games.

That goal, however, would be Navy’s last for more than 30 minutes of action, and Navy would score the next three goals to take a 7-4 lead less than three minutes into the fourth quarter.

“I thought we picked up right where we left off in practice this week and scored a few early,” said Sowell.  “Unfortunately we had that long drought and Colgate had a number of quality possessions.  They are good all around, but in particular they have a solid offense.”

Navy finally found the back of the net at 11:11 in the fourth quarter and closed to within two (5-7) when senior midfielderAustin Heneveld (East Hampton, N.Y.) split the double team on the right wing and sent his shot past Colgate rookie goalkeeper Brandon Burke.

Colgate, who had five different goal scorers in the game, saw three different players stick goals over a five-minute span to give the Raiders a 10-5 advantage.

The Mids tried to rally over the final two minutes of the contest, as a transition goal by senior long pole Pat Kiernan(Ridgewood, N.J.) and a faceoff win and goal by freshman Brady Dove (Stevensville, Md.) trimmed the lead to three with 1:47 to play in the game, but it would not be enough to overcome the deficit.

McCann and Foote led the way for Colgate with three goals apiece, while Burke was solid in goal with seven saves.

Navy keeper John Connors (Bellmore, N.Y.) made nine stops, including four each in the second and fourth quarters.  Connors also caused a pair of Colgate turnovers, while Kiernan forced three.

The faceoff game ended nearly even as Colgate junior Alex Kinnealey won 11 draws, while Dove won 10 for the Mids.  Kinnealey took control early in the game, winning eight of the 11 draws in the first 30 minutes of action, however Dove won seven of the 10 in the second half.  Kinnealey came into the contest winning 61.3 percent of his faceoffs, while Dove had won 61.0 percent.

“We anticipated if (the faceoff battle) being a big challenge for us,” said Sowell.  “Brady has been great all season for us, but today he came up against a matchup that gave him some trouble.  Sometimes you come across a player that trumps your move.  I thought he did a good job of adjusting in the second half.”

The Mids will be back in action next Saturday when they make the trek to north to face Boston U. in the inaugural game between the two programs.  Faceoff is slated for 1:00 pm.

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Navy returns home Saturday to face Colgate

Posted on 21 March 2014 by WNST Staff

2014 Navy Men’s Lacrosse Game Specifics
Game 8 Navy (3-4, 2-2 PL) vs. Colgate (6-2, 2-1 PL)
Date and Faceoff March 22 at 12:00 pm ET
Location Annapolis, Md. | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000)


Game Preview

• After playing its last two games on the road, the Navy men’s lacrosse team (3-4, 2-2 Patriot League) returns home Saturday to battle conference foe Colgate (6-2, 2-1 PL).  Faceoff is slated for 12:00 pm at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• The game will be streamed online for FREE via PatriotLeague.TV and NavySports.com.  Live stats will also be available at NavySports.com.
• The Mids’ struggles with road play continued last week with a pair of road losses to Towson (14-9) and Lehigh (13-2).  Sophomore attack T.J. Hanzsche handled the highlights for the Mids, scoring both of the Mids’ goals as he pushed his consecutives games with a point (and goal) to 12.
• Colgate is coming off a 15-10 loss against No. 4 Cornell this past Tuesday, snapping a four-game winning streak by the Raiders.  Colgate won those four games (Bucknell, Hobart, Boston U. and Binghamton) by a combined of six goals.

Meet the Mids Set for Saturday
• Navy will hold its annual Meet the Mids event following its game against Colgate on Saturday.
• 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 Annapolis area Papa John’s and Chick-fil-A.
• For more information on the event or to purchase tickets, call 1-800-US4-NAVY or visit NavySports.com(.)

Taking the Field In …
10 – Navy has lost just five games (57-5) when scoring 10 or more goals since the start of the 2004 season … Navy is 11-0 under Sowell when scoring 10 or more goals (5-0 in 2012, 3-0 in 2013, 3-0 in 2014).
9 – The Mids have reached double digits in 9 of the 16 games they have played against Colgate, winning all 9 of the games.
8 – Navy is 8-6 under third-year head coach Rick Sowell when leading after the first quarter of play.  The Mids have held the lead after the first 15 minutes of action if 5 of their 7 games this season and own a 3-2 mark in those contests.
7 – Among starting attack Sam Jones’ 15 goals this season, 7 have been unassisted.  As a team, 31 of Navy’s 75 goals (41.3) have been unassisted.
6 – Freshman faceoff specialist Brady Dove, who is Navy’s all-time freshman faceoff wins leader, needs 6 wins on Saturday to become just the 14th player in school history to win 100 draws over the span of a career.
5 – Senior midfielder Pat Durkin has scored 5 goals this season and all 5 have been scored at home.
4 – Senior attack Tucker Hull needs 4 goals to join Navy’s all-time goals scored list with 73.  He would also join teammate Sam Jones as one of just nine active NCAA players to score 70 plus goals and register 50 assists.
3 – Jones needs just 3 points to become only the seventh player in school history to reach the 30-point milestone in each of his four seasons and the first sinceNick Mirabito (2005-08).
2 – Sowell is 2 wins from earning his 100th collegiate victory.  He owns a 98-99 record in 15 years as a head coach.
1 – Navy senior long pole Pat Kiernan stands No. 1 on Navy’s career caused turnovers list with61 over his four year career.  He leads Navy this season with 10 takeaways.

Scouting the Raiders
• In his third season as head coach at Colgate, Mike Murphy has led the Raiders to a 6-2 mark winning four in a row prior to Tuesday night’s 15-10 loss to fourth-ranked Cornell.  In addition to the loss again The Big Red, Colgate dropped an 8-7 decision to Lafayette in its Patriot League opener on Feb. 22.
• Colgate owns a 2-1 Patriot League mark, picking up wins over Bucknell (9-8) and Boston U. (7-5), while stumbling against Lafayette (8-7).
• Anchoring the Colgate offense is junior All-Patriot League attackman Ryan Walsh who has posted 28 points on 18 goals and 10 assists.  He enters today’s game boasting a 41-game point-scoring streak which is the fourth longest behind Duke’s Jordan Wolf (48), St. John’s Kieran McArdle (44) and Albany’s Miles Thompson (41).  Thirteen (8-5) of Walsh’s 28 points have been scored in Patriot League contests.
• Four other players have turned in 10 points or more this season, including sophomore attack Kevin Adams whose 15 points have been scored off goals, while senior attack Brendon McCann has split his gave evenly with 17 points on 10 goals and 7 assists.  McCann is coming off a 3-goal, 1-assist performance against Cornell.
• The Raiders have relied upon the play of freshman Brandon Burke in goal to lead the defense.  Burke owns a 7.07 goals-against average and a 57.6 save percentage.  Prior to Tuesday’s game against Coglate where he surrendered 15 goals and made 10 saves, Burke had been ranked fifth nationally in saves per game (9.43) and was No. 2 in GAA, giving up 5.93 goals per game.  In his three Patriot League appearances, he has posted a 7.00 GAA and a 56.2 save percentage.
• Junior middie Alex Kinnealey has been strong at the faceoff position, winning 61.3 percent (84-137) of the draws he has taken this season, including 59.6 percent (31-52) in conference play.  Going into the Cornell game, he stood 10th nationally in faceoff winning percentage (62.7).  Additionally, he paces the team with 50 ground balls.
• All-league defenseman Bobby Lawrence has been stellar in his senior season, producing a team-best 17 caused turnovers.  He is ranked 11th nationally in caused turnovers per game  (2.1).

Navy vs. Colgate – The Series
• Navy leads the all-time series with Colgate, 11-5, including wins in 3 of the last 5 contests.
• The two teams have met 14 times since the Midshipmen joined the Patriot League in 2004.  During that span, Navy has produced a 9-5 record and outscored Colgate, 144-111.
• Five of the last six contests between the two programs has been decided by one goal, including the 2012 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.
• Today’s contest marks the eighth game played in Annapolis with Navy holding a 5-2 advantage.  Colgate has won each of the last two games played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, scoring a 10-9 win in 2009 and a 5-4 decision in 2011.
• 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.

Kiernan Among Nation’s Top Poles
• Senior long stick defensive midfielder Pat Kiernan is one of the best at his position in the country.
• Kiernan, a 2014 Preseason All-American, was among the national leaders in both caused turnovers (12th, 2.00) and ground balls (32nd, 5.23) last season.
• He is Navy’s record holder for career caused turnovers (61), a stat introduced in 2009.  With 26 caused turnovers last season, he finished the year ranked No. 3 on the Mids’ single-season list.  He is also ranked ninth (14, 2012) and tied for 13th (11, 2011) on the chart.
• He is tied with ninth-place Matt Russell (2003-06) on the career ground balls list with 159, trailing eighth-place Chad Donnelly who posted 172 from 1997-2000.  Meanwhile, he turned in 68 grounders last spring to etch his name in at ninth on the Mids’ single-season chart.  It’s the most ground balls by a Navy player since 2008 when draw specialist Mikelis Visgauss grabbed 80.
• He is also 19th on the Mids’ career faceoff wins list, winning 24 of the 54 draws (44.4) he has taken.
• Kiernan has produced 13 career points, including  a program-record 10 in 2012.
• He is tied for seventh in the country among active poles with 13 points.
• Kiernan is tied as the all-time leader in career points scored by a Navy defensemen, while his 10 goals are the most at Navy.

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