44 Michael Hirsch
Hirsch in 2010 (Jr.): One of five Navy players to garner All-Patriot League recognition, one of three to be named to the first team ... a starter in every game on close defense, he returned to the field without skipping a beat after tearing his ACL in practice the week prior to te 2009 Maryland contest ... part of a unit that was ranked 13th nationally in scoring defense, giving up 8.67 goals per game ... 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 ... owned a team-best 17 takeaways, including 12 in Patriot League action ... turned in a career-best five caused turnovers against Lafayette ... picked up 26 ground balls, the third most on the team behind goalkeeper RJ Wickham (60) and faceoff specialist Robby Battle (41) ... the Mids put together two strong defensive efforts against Johns Hopkins (4-24) ... 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) ... Navy's defense held Lehigh off the scoreboard in the first and fourth quarters en route to an 8-3 win ... the Mids held Bucknell off the scoreboard for just under 29 minutes between the second and fourth quarters to build a 6-2 lead ... though Bucknell came back to tie the game and force OT, the Mids prevailed, 8-7 ... the defense did a marvelous job of holding Towson at bay for better than 20 minutes in the third and fourth quarters, but gave up the game-winner with six seconds left in the game ... Holy Cross did not score a goal against the Midshipmen until the 5:32 mark in the third quarter, as Navy thumped the Crusaders, 12-3 ... picked up three ground balls and caused a pair of turnovers against Maryland ... forced three Army turnovers in the regular-season meeting, while picking up two loose balls.
2009 (So.): Suffered a season-ending knee injury in practice on the Wednesday prior to the Maryland contest ... earned his first-career start in Navy's victory over Georgetown where he caused a turnover and grabbed a pair of grounders ... came into the Colgate game (regular season) in relief of Thomas Zimmerman late in the fourth and cause a Brandon Corp turnover to give the Mids the final possession of the game ... credited with both his first ground ball of the year, as well as his first caused turnover in Navy's loss to North Carolina.
2008 (Fr.): In his rookie season, saw action in eight of the 16 games, including his collegiate debut against VMI in the season opener ... 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 ... grabbed a pair of ground balls against Holy Cross in a game played at Texas Stadium, the former home of the Dallas Cowboys.
More on Hirsch: A 2006 graduate of Perkiomen Valley School, Hirsch spent the 2006-07 academic year at the Naval Academy Prep School ... a four-year lacrosse letterwinner, he led Perkiomen Valley to the 2006 Penn Valley Lacrosse League title with a 12-5 record ... garnered All-State (Pa.) recognition as a senior, while also being named an Under Armour All-American ... earned All-EPSLA lacrosse honors as a junior and senior ... named to the NAPS Superintendent's List ... sister, Jennifer, played soccer at Quinnipiac ... son of Joseph III and Linda Hirsch ... majoring in Systems Engineering ... named to the Commandant's List three times ... his service assignment is Submarines.