The Midshipmen have won 12 straight season openers.
Gallagher in 2011 (Sr.): Elected by his peers to serve as Navy's team captain for the 2011 season ... will wear jersey No. 40 in honor of fallen Navy SEAL and former Navy lacrosse player Lt. Brendan Looney, who was killed in Afghanistan on Sept. 21, 2010.
2010 (Jr.): Among Navy's talented corps of short stick defensive midfielders who played a prominent role his junior year, seeing action in every game ... ranked No. 2 on the team in caused turnovers with 10, including at least one caused TO in nine of the 15 contests ... member of the Mids' man-down unit that surrendered 20 goals on 59 attempts (66.1 penalty killing %) ... however, over the last nine games, Navy surrendered just eight goals on 29 attempts (72.4) ... the first six games, foes scored 12 goals on 30 attempts ... part of a unit that was ranked 13th nationally in scoring defense, giving up 8.67 goals per game ... grabbed a career-high tying three ground balls against Loyola and in Navy's overtime loss to Georgetown ... the Mids put together two strong defensive efforts in their win over Johns Hopkins ... held the Blue Jays scoreless for 19:16 between the end of the first and third quarters, enabling the Mids to take a 6-5 halftime lead ... after Hopkins took an 8-6 lead at 3:40 in the third quarter, Navy held the Jays scoreless the rest of the game (22:30) ... scored a rare extra-man goal in Navy's come-from-behind win on the road against Colgate ... followed up with an assist against Georgetown in which the Mids came up a goal short in overtime.
2009 (So.): A short stick defensive midfielders who is also a member of Navy's man-down unit ... the Mids yielded just six extra-man goals in 40 attempts (.850) ... Navy's man-down unit finished the season ranked No. 1 nationally, while the Mids were No. 7 in scoring defense (7.69) ... having faced Colgate twice during the season, the Raiders were 0 for 6 against the Mids' man-down unit ... 0 for 4 in the first meeting and 0 for 2 in the Patriot League Semis ... gave up just one goal against Army in its four man-up chances ... the Mids' defense held Army to a season-low four goals en route to a 10-4 win in the Star Game ... Navy held Maryland to a season-low four goals en route to a 10-4 upset win ... it was the largest margin of victory by the Mids in the series since 1992 ... helped squelch Georgetown on five of its six extra-man opportunities ... worked together with Zack Schroeder on the faceoff wing to score his first collegiate goal on just his second career shot in the Mids' win over Holy Cross ... last year, grabbed eight grounds balls in 16 contests, while in eight games in `09 he picked up 24 loose balls ... took his first-collegiate shot (on goal) on a transition play by the Mids, only to have it gobbled up by Bucknell keeper Nick Sciubba.
2008 (Fr.): Emerged as a regular in the defensive middie cycle on the field ... competed in all 16 contests, including six conference appearances ... helped Navy secure a No. 3 national ranking in fewest goals allowed per game (scoring defense), surrendering 104 goals in 16 games (6.50) ... going into the NCAA quarterfinals, the Mids had been ranked No. 1 for seven consecutive weeks ... the Mids held 10 of their 16 opponents to seven or fewer goals, winning 22 in a row when achieving this feat ... Navy held seven of its foes scoreless in the opening stanza ... turned in his first-collegiate point when he fed teammate Tim Paul for the Mids' first goal in their regular-season matchup against Johns Hopkins ... grabbed a season-best three ground balls in Navy's win over Holy Cross.
More on Gallagher: A 2006 graduate of the Haverford School, Gallagher spent the 2006-07 academic year at the the Naval Academy Prep School ... earned four letters each in lacrosse and football ... led Haverford to the 2004, `05 and `06 lacrosse league championship, while in 2005 it won the state title ... served as team captain of the football team his senior year ... garnered all-city recognition as a quarterback and defensive back ... named to the NAPS Superintendent's List ... son of Martin and Colleen Gallagher ... majoring in Systems Engineering ... has been named the Commandant's List in each of the last three semesters, including this past fall when he turned in his highest grade-point average (3.29) since his arrival in Annapolis ... his service assignment is Submarines.