Navy is looking to snap a five-game skid against No. 8 Maryland
Russell began the 2004 season as a backup at goalkeeper and ended the year as a First-Team All-American.
Navy's 13 seniors will play their final collegiate game when the two programs face off at 1:00 pm at Byrd Stadium.
The Mids haven't played a team ranked No. 1 in the country since 2005.
Mickey Jarboe and Pete Taylor are among 10 men and women who will be inducted this Saturday (Jan. 19).
One of the most decorated players in Navy lacrosse history, Mickey Jarboe is in his fifth season as a member of Rick Sowell’s coaching staff after joining the program as the volunteer assistant in the summer of 2011.
His experience played a huge role in mentoring keeper RJ Wickham in his senior year (‘12), directing him to All-Patriot League recognition for a second time in his career. Wickham anchored the defensive efforts for the Mids from the goal where he was ranked ninth nationally in saves per game (11.25) and 10th in save percentage (.570). Collectively, Navy’s defense was ranked 14th nationally where it allowed 8.92 goals per game, while the man-down unit gave up just 10 extra-man goals on the year and was ranked eighth.
In 2013, Jarboe helped hone team captain Nolan Hickey into a solid netminder having seen action in just one game prior to taking over the reigns as the starter his senior season. Hickey was ranked 26th nationally in saves per game (10.92) and was 31st in save percentage (53.0). He registered seven double-digit save games, including five with 15 or more stops.
After stepping into the starting role between the pipes in 2014 where he posted a 9.14 GAA and was ranked 18th in the nation, John Connors (‘16) developed into a Second-Team All-Patriot League player last spring and owned the country’s 16th-best goals against average at 8.57. It’s the lowest GAA by a Navy keeper since 2010 when Wickham garnered All-America honors.
Jarboe is one of only 13 players in the history of Div. I lacrosse to win the Ens. C. Markland Kelly Award, presented to the nation’s top goalkeeper, multiple times. He received the award in 1999 when he guided the Mids to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1994 and a year later was presented the award a second time. Meanwhile, he is one of seven goalkeepers in program history to earn the award and joins Dennis Wedekind as Navy’s only two-time Kelly Award winners.
A two-time First-Team All-American, Jarboe was the 2000 recipient of the Naval Academy Sword for Men which is presented annually to that midshipman of the graduating class to have personally excelled in athletics during his years of varsity competition. A native of Towson, Md., Jarboe concluded his college career as Navy’s career saves leader with 701 stops and ranks No. 2 in single-season saves, recording 215 in 1999. He is one of only three players in program history to make 200-plus saves in a single season.
Jarboe graduated from the Naval Academy in May of 2000 with a bachelor of science degree in political science. He was commissioned an ensign in the United States Navy where he would spend the next nine-and-a-half years as a helicopter pilot. A Lt. Cmdr. select, Jarboe spent his last duty command in San Diego, Calif. where he was a helicopter instructor before leaving the Navy in March of 2010.
While committed to his responsibilities as a helicopter pilot in the Navy, he also took advantage of a once in a lifetime opportunity of playing professional lacrosse. Jarboe was acquired by the now defunct Los Angeles Riptide in 2007 and alongside former Navy midfielder Graham Gill, was named a Major League Lacrosse All-Star. A year later, he was named the Warrior Goalkeeper of the Year and an MLL All-Star for a second-straight year as he led the Riptide to Championship Weekend for a second-consecutive season.
The Riptide showed particular allegiance to the Naval Academy, as the 2007 team fielded seven former Navy lacrosse players. Joining Jarboe were Gill (‘05), Sean Donnelly (‘92), Mitch Hendler (‘05), Chris Pieczonka (‘05), Matt Russell (‘06) and Jon Birsner (‘06).
He was inducted into the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame in January of 2013.
Jarboe, who now resides in Annapolis with his wife Katie, is currently employed by Havtech as a Sales Engineer