Russell began the 2004 season as a backup at goalkeeper and ended the year as a First-Team All-American.
The last time Navy beat a No. 1-ranked team was in the spring of 2004. Members of the 2004 team will be honored at halftime of Saturday's contest for their historic run to the National Championship Game.
The Midshipmen won a school-record 15 games en route to their National Championship appearance in 2004.
Face-Off Preseason Second-Team All-American
Honorable Mention All-American, First-Team All-Patriot League, Face-Off Preseason Honorable Mention All-American
Earned Honorable Mention All-America recognition after leading the Mids from the midfield with 34 points on 24 goals and 10 assists ... named First-Team All-Patriot League, scoring 14 points on six goals and eight assists in conference play ... along with teammate Ben Bailey, was awarded the Lt. j.g. Donald MacLaughlin Award as the Mids' top midfielder ... produced in big games ... scored multiple goals against North Carolina (3), Army (2), Georgetown(2), Hobart (3-PL Championship), Penn (2), Cornell (2), Princeton (2) ... scored seven goals and added an assist in Navy's postseason run to the National Championship ... posted a season-high four points against Hobart in the Patriot League Championship, scoring three goals and adding an assist ... responsible for two game-winning goals. both of which were for the record books ... scored the game winner against top-ranked Maryland, leading the Mids to their first documented win over a No. 1-ranked team ... his second goal of the game led Navy to a 6-5 victory over Cornell and sent it to the Final Four ... grabbed a career-high nine ground balls against Syracuse in the National Championship ... scored two or more goals seven times during the season, including four of the final-five contests ... owned multi-assist games three times, all of which were against Patriot League foes ... named a 2004 Pre-Season Honorable Mention All-American by Face-Off Magazine.
One of Navy's premier midfielders over the course of the season ... a starter in every contest, produced 22 points on 13 goals and nine assists as the Mids' third-leading scorer ... scored goals in seven of Navy's 13 contests, including an amazing five goals at Ohio State ... nearly single-handedly won the OSU game for the Mids, scoring four of Navy's final-six goals, including three of the final four ... scored a pair of goals against UMBC in the Mids' lone ECAC Lacrosse League victory, including a man-down goal ... produced a pair of assists in games against Academy rival Air Force, as well as at Penn State ... recorded one game-winning goal, that being at Ohio State ... scooped up 21 ground balls, including four against Air Force.
Navy's sixth-leading scorer with nine points on three goals and six assists ... also sixth on the team in ECAC scoring with a pair of goals and assists for four points ... saw action in 12 of Navy's 13 contests, earning four starts ... produced two goals and an assist against ECAC foe Massachusetts -- his first goal and assist in a Navy uniform ... dealt out a pair of assists at Mount St. Mary's ... had surgery in the middle of January to repair a medial meniscus tear in his right knee which was suffered in the fall.
A three-year letterwinner in soccer at Shawnee High School ... his high school did not have a lacrosse team, so he played with the South Jersey Lacrosse Club ... captain of the South Jersey Lacrosse Club in 2000 and led the team in ground balls ... member of the Shawnee soccer team that won the 1998 state championship ... garnered all-state soccer recognition his senior campaign ... uncle, Dom Starsia, is the head coach of the Virginia lacrosse program ... son of William III and Christine Gill.