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Mids Return Home to Play Host to Holy Cross on Saturday

Navy owns a 13-2 all-time record against the Crusaders.


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Navy opens its season Sunday at Jacksonville.


2016-17 Navy Athletics Season In Review

Overall Record: 306-185-6 (.622)


Naval Academy Announces Major Athletic Award Winners

Chris Fennell receives the NAAA Sword for Men


Fennell, Rees and Torain Garner USILA All-America Honors

Chris Fennell is Navy's first three-time All-American since Jordan DiNola took honors in 2006-07-08.


2017 Major Athletic Award Winners

Recipients of the USNA's major athletic awards for the 2016-17 academic year


Navy vs. Army MLax - 4.15.17

Navy vs. Army MLax - 4.15.17


Navy-Maryland MLax 2.11.17

Navy-Maryland MLax 2.11.17


Navy-Johns Hopkins MLax 2.7.17

Navy-Johns Hopkins MLax 2.7.17


2016 Navy-Army MLax PL Tourney

2016 Navy-Army MLax PL Tourney

• 2016 USILA Second-Team All-American
• 2015 USILA Third-Team All-American
• 2015, ‘16 Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year
• 2015, ‘16 First-Team All-Patriot League • 2015, ‘16 First-Team ECAC DI All-Star
• 2015, ‘16 Patriot League All-Tournament Team
• 2015, ‘16 Coach Willis P. Bilderback Award Winner (Navy)
• 2015 Lt. Robert T. Bianchi Award Winner (Navy)

Fennell in 2017 (Sr.): Was selected to serve as co-captain alongside John Trainor ... enters his final season having started all 40 games in which he has played, including each of the last 29 ... missed the final four games of his freshman year after suffering a broken leg (right) in the third quarter of the Mids’ loss to No. 1-ranked Loyola (4.5.14) ... stands #3 on Navy’s career caused turnovers list with 53, trailing teammate Matt Rees by 2 and record holder Pat Kiernan (2011-14) by 21.

2016 (Jr.): A Second-Team All-America selection, he is Navy’s first player to earn multiple All-America citations since defenseman Jordan DiNola (2006-07-08) ... he is the first Mid to twice be named to one of the top three teams since midfielder Billy Looney was named to the third team as a sophomore (2005), second team as a junior (2006) and first team as a senior (2007) ... a unanimous First-Team All-Patriot League selection, he was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year for a second consecutive year ... joins Jordan DiNola (2008) as the only Navy players to be named the Patriot League’s Defensive Player of the Year ... he is the only player in program history to earn the award twice and the first in league history to earn it in back-to-back seasons since Army’s Bill Henderson did so in 2010 and 2011 ... the recipient of the Coach Willis P. Bilderback Award, presented to Navy’s Outstanding Defensive Player ... it’s the second straight year he has earned the award ... among 15 players added to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List on March 17 ... a member of the Mids’ starting defensive unit that finished the 2016 campaign ranked #2 in the country and #1 in the Patriot League in scoring defense (7.38) ... it’s the Mids’ lowest goals-against average since they surrendered a stingy 6.50 goals per game in 2008 ... Navy (16 gms), Monmouth (14 gms) and Detroit (12 gms) allowed the fewest goals in the country with 118 ... Navy gave up double digit goals in 6 of its 16 games in 2016 ... the Mids have held 15 of their last 29 opponents to scoring droughts of 20 minutes or more ... finished the year second on the team with 23 caused turnovers and was 30th nationally averaging 1.44 takeaways per game ... the 23 caused turnovers tied as the fifth most in a Navy single season ... part of a unit that held Brown to 11 goals, the second fewest by the Bears over the course of the season (10 vs. Harvard), in the NCAA Quarterfinals ... Brown came into the contest as the nation’s top-scoring offense, averaging 16.76 goals per game ... the Mids held #3 Yale to 10 goals, nearly three (12.53) under its average coming into the contest ... Navy’s “D” allowed just 3 goals in the second half ... Navy held Army to just 2 goals in the first half of the Patriot League Tournament Semifinals, including 0 in the second quarter ... the Mids’ defense held the Black Knights off the scoreboard for 23:44 between the first and third quarters ... turned in 3 ground balls and caused a team-best 2 turnovers against the Black Knights ... the Mids held Sacred Heart to just 1 goal en route to capturing their 10th win of the season ... it’s the first time since 1970 that a Navy defense has held two opponents to 1 or fewer goals in the same season ... the Mids defeated the University of Baltimore, 19-0, and a week later dealt the Philadelphia Lacrosse Club a 15-1 loss ... the year before, Navy held two Div. I programs to one or fewer goals, posting an 11-0 win over Hofstra and a 23-1 victory over the University of Baltimore ... turned in four ground balls and caused one turnover in Navy’s win over Sacred Heart ... held his foe to just one shot in the contest ... held Maryland leading scorer Matt Rambo without a goal on 10 shots ... anchored a defensive effort that held Army West Point to three goals under its average (12.91 GPG) which stood 11th nationally ... held the nation’s 12th-leading goal scorer Cole Johnson of Army to just 1 goal on 10 shots ... Johnson scored the game’s first goal ... Fennell also caused 2 turnovers and grabbed a ground ball. ... forced a huge Army turnover with five seconds left in regulation to force extra minutes ... after falling behind 2-0 to Colgate, the Mids went on an 8-0 run and held the Raiders scoreless for 21 minutes (21:05) during a stretch in the first and second quarters ... forced one Colgate turnover and grabbed a season-high tying 5 ground balls ... after giving up a goal with 4.9 seconds left in the opening quarter, the Mids held Holy Cross off the scoreboard for the next 24-plus minutes and opened up a 5-1 lead ... Navy also held the Crusaders scoreless for the final 18:18 of the contest ... the three goals scored by Holy Cross since dropping a 13-3 decision to Army West Point in 2014 ... turned in the first 2-point game of his career in the Mids’ win over Holy Cross, scoring his first goal of the season and adding an assist ... also grabbed 2 ground balls and caused a turnover ... Navy went on an 8-1 run against Lehigh (11:48 2Qtr - 0:37 3Qtr) to take a 9-3 lead after the Mids’ defense held the Mountain Hawks to scoring droughts of 17:10 and 13:09 ... part of a defensive unit that held Lafayette scoreless for the first 19:12 of the game and the final 19:51 en route to an 11-4 win ... the four goals scored were a season low by the Leopards and it marked the third straight meeting in the series that Navy’s defense has held Lafayette to five or fewer goals ... paced the team with a career-high 5 caused turnovers against the Leopards ... Navy’s defense held Bucknell, who was averaging 11.75 goals per game, to a season-low 6 goals in what was also the fewest goals scored by the Bison in the series since 2008 ... Bucknell was held scoreless for nearly 30 minutes (28:26) between the second and fourth quarters ... paced the Mids with 4 caused turnovers and 5 ground balls against Boston U. in the league opener ... earned Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week recognition on Feb. 22 after anchoring a defensive effort that held Delaware to just one goal ... it was the fewest goals scored by a Navy opponent since the Mids defeated Army West Point in the semifinals of the 2007 Patriot League Tournament, 12-1 ... it was also the fewest goals scored by a Delaware team since dropping an 8-1 decision to Fairleigh Dickinson in 1969 ... turned in his first career assist on a transition goal by defensive middie John Trainor in the Mids’ season-opener against Air Force ... dealt out his second assist in as many games in a double-overtime loss to #5 Johns Hopkins ... also recorded 2 caused turnovers ... held Shack Stanwick without a goal on 6v6 action with Stanwick scoring the game-winner when the Mids were a man down.

2015 (So.): Recovered from a broken leg that saw his rookie season end prematurely and burst onto the national stage where he earned USILA Third-Team All-America recognition as a starting member of Navy’s defensive unit ... additionally, was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, First-Team All-Patriot League, a First-Team ECAC DI All-Star, and a member of the Patriot League All-Tournament Team ... was the recipient of the Lt. Robert T. Bianchi Award, presented to Navy’s Most Valuable Player, as well as the Coach Willis P. Bilderback Award, presented to Navy’s Outstanding Defensive Player ... member of the Mids’ defensive unit that finished the season ranked #13 in the country in scoring defense (8.57) and held 10 of its 14 opponents to single digits ... the Mids’ defense also held 7 of its last 12 opponents to scoring droughts of over 20 minutes - Holy Cross 29:55, Towson 24:38, Lafayette 22:50, Bucknell 20:18, Colgate 21:42, Army West Point 23:17, Army West Point (2) 22:46 ... was second on the team with 17 takeaways and was ranked 43rd nationally averaging 1.21 caused turnovers per game ... he was tied for 7th on the Mids’ single-season caused turnovers list ... named to the Patriot League All-Tournament Team after holding three-time First-Team Patriot League selection John Glesener to one goal and one assist after he came into the contest averaging better than three points per game ... part of a defensive effort that held Army to its second-lowest offensive output of the season (7 goals) which also marked the fewest goals the Cadets have scored in the series since 2010 ... garnered Patriot League and ECAC Defensive Player of the Week honors after holding Army West Point’s two-time All-America attackman John Glesener to just one goal after the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year entered the game ranked 27th with a 3.82 scoring average ... also pitched in 5 ground balls and 2 caused turnovers ... part of a defensive unit that held Boston U. to just 6 goals ... the Terriers came into the game ranked 10th nationally in scoring, averaging 13.13 goals per game, and had scored double figures in 6 of their 8 games ... while 4 goals against Providence marked its season low, it was the fewest goals Boston U. has scored against a Patriot League team this season ... forced two Boston U. turnovers and grabbed 2 ground balls ... contributed a ground ball and a takeaway in containing Colgate’s Ryan Walsh ... produced 3 ground balls and 2 caused turnovers in the win over Lehigh ... caused a turnover and scooped up 3 grounders at Lafayette ... picked up a career-best 7 ground balls against #17 Johns Hopkins and caused 1 turnover ... punched in his second goal of the year, taking the ball coast to coast to spark a 4-goal run by the Mids in an 8-7 triple overtime win against #14 Towson ... also grabbed 3 ground balls and caused a turnover ... paced the Mids with a career-best 4 caused turnovers and 3 ground balls in their league opener against Bucknell ... also scored a man-down goal which was also his first collegiate goal ... turned in 1 takeaway and a ground ball against #8 Maryland ... returned to the starting lineup against VMI (2.8) in the opener where he grabbed 6 ground balls and caused 1 turnover.

2014 (Fr.): Tied for 16th on Navy’s all-time caused turnovers list and tied for 13th on the single-season chart with 13 takeaways ... part of a defensive unit that was ranked 20th in the country in scoring defense (9.36), 22nd in man-down defense (66.7) and 21st in caused turnovers per game (7.71) ... suffered a season-ending broken leg (right) in the third quarter of the Mids’ loss to No. 1-ranked Loyola in early April ... member of the Mids’ defensive unit that held Loyola, the nation’s fifth-ranked offense (13.70 GPG), to its fewest of the season ... one of just three teams to hold the Greyhounds to single digits ... scooped up a pair of ground balls and forced two Colgate turnovers, matching his career high ... produced three ground balls and turned a career-high tying two caused turnovers against No. 15 Lehigh ... grabbed a career-high 4 ground balls and caused 2 turnovers in the Mids’ loss at Towson ... helped anchor a defensive effort that helped lead the Mids to an 11-3 win over Lafayette … it was the fewest goals surrendered by Navy since its 8-2 win over sixth-ranked Johns Hopkins on April 21,2012 … meanwhile, it was the fewest goals Lafayette has scored since dropping a 10-3 decision to Army on March 24, 2012 ... contributed a pair of ground balls and a caused turnover against the Leopards ... turned in a career-best two caused turnovers against Georgetown ... made his collegiate debut as a starting member of the Mids’ defensive unit in the opener against VMI ... picked up three ground balls and caused a turnover ... the five goals surrendered by the Mids in the opener were the fewest scored by VMI in the series since 2010 when Navy won 16-5 ... it was the fewest goals allowed by Navy since defeating Johns Hopkins 8-2 in the 2012 finale.

More on Fennell: A 2012 graduate of Delaware Valley Regional High School in Frenchtown, N.J., Fennell spent the 2012-13 academic year at the Naval Academy Prep School ... a three-sport athlete, he earned letters in basketball (3), football (3) and lacrosse (4) ... two-time All-State (N.J.) and all-county selection in lacrosse ... served as team captain of the football and lacrosse teams his junior and senior years ... garnered All-State and all-county recognition in football his junior and senior seasons ... member of the football team that won the sectional championship in 2011 ... also considered Drexel ... son of Robert and Irene Fennell ... majoring in Economics ... his service assignment is Surface Warfare.


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