Navy improved to 6-1 all-time against the Falcons.
Navy has won 14 consecutive season openers, including nine in a row at home.
Navy Picked Second In Preseason Patriot League Lacrosse Poll; Time Change for 2016 Opener vs. Air Force
The Midshipmen claimed a share of the Patriot League regular-season crown last spring with a 6-2 conference record.
The Midshipmen open their 109th season of men's lacrosse on Feb. 6 against Air Force.
The Mids will make three regular-season TV appearances including the annual Army-Navy battle on April 16.
2015 Navy vs. Boston U. MLax
2015 Navy vs. Lehigh MLax
2015 Navy vs. Johns Hopkins MLax
2015 Navy vs. Towson MLax
2015 Navy vs. Bucknell MLax
• 2015 First-Team ECAC DI All-Star
• 2015 Patriot League All-Tournament Team
• 2015 Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year
• 2015 First-Team All-Patriot League
• 2015 Lt. Robert T. Bianchi Award Winner (Navy)
• 2015 Coach Willis P. Bilderback Award Winner (Navy)
Fennell in 2016 (Jr.): Enters his junior year having started 24 consecutive games ... stands 7th on Navy’s all-time caused turnovers list with 30 and trails fifth-place Andy Tormey (2006-09) and Matt Vernam (2009-12) by 2.
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 is 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.