The Mids trailed by as many as three on three different occasions before sending the game into extra minutes.
Navy has won 14 consecutive season openers, including nine in a row at home.
The Mids will make three regular-season TV appearances including the annual Army-Navy battle on April 16.
Five of the eight players were first-time honorees.
The Mids owned a 5-1 record in one-goal games this season.
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• 2015 Patriot League Academic HOnor Roll
Connors in 2016 (Sr.): Enters his senior year ranked 14th on the Mids’ career saves list with 273, trailing 13th-place Ray Finnegan (1973-74) by just 1 ... only the 20th player in school history to produce 200 saves and the 15th player to reach 250 over the course of their career.
2015 (Jr.): A Second-Team All-Patriot League selection, Connors finished the year ranked 16th nationally in goals-against average (8.57), 40th in save percentage (50.9) and 48th in saves per game (8.50) ... member of the Mids’ defensive unit that was ranked 13th 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 ... turned in 8 saves at Air Force, including a save with 5 seconds left in the game on a wide-open shot by Christopher Allen to secure the win ... led a defensive effort that held Army to its second-lowest offensive output of the season (7 goals) by fending off 9 shots. It was also the fewest goals the Cadets have scored in the series since 2010 ... jumped three spots on the Mids’ career saves list following his 8-save performance against Boston U. ... 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 but were held to just 6 in the 14-6 loss to the Mids ... while 4 goals against Providence marked its season low, it was the fewest goals the Terriers have scored against a Patriot League team this season ... the Mids’ man-down unit held BU scoreless on 6 attempts ... surrendered just 6 goals to Colgate (3.21), 2 of which were a man-up ... it was the fewest goals the Raiders have scored this year, as their previous low was 9 ... also made 9 saves in the win ... turned aside 12 shots on goal against Lehigh, including 6 in the final quarter and 3 in the final 3 minutes ... gave up 9 even-strength goals, as Lehigh was 3 for 3 on extra-man ... faced just 12 shots in the 45-minute span he played against Lafayette where he made 6 stops and gave up 3 goals ... struggled against 17th-ranked Johns Hopkins, allowing 13 goals while making just 6 stops ... produced 11 saves and surrendered 7 goals in Navy’s triple-overtime win over #14 Towson ... among his 11 saves were 2 in the second overtime frame ... he also became only the 20th player in school history to produce 200 saves over the course of their career ... earned USILA Defensive Player of the Week and Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week honors following his performance against #19 Holy Cross ... held the Crusaders to just 6 goals while making a season-high tying 13 saves ... Holy Cross came into the game averageing 11.5 goals per game. Made 7 of his 13 stops in the second quarter when the Crusaders launched 15 shots, targeting just one ... surrendered 8 goals to Bucknell in the Mids’ Patriot League opener with 3 of the 8 coming in man-down situations ... made 7 saves in the contest ... turned in 13 saves against #8 Maryland and held the Terps to 3 first half goals in an 8-1 loss.
2014 (So.): Finished the season ranked 18th nationally in goals-against average (9.14), 24th in save percentage (53.5) and 26th in saves per game (10.36) ... 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) ... turned aside 10 shots on goal against NCAA Tournament-bound Maryland ... produced 13 saves in Navy’s Patriot League Tournament Quarterfinals contest at Lehigh ... behind his 14-save effort, he anchored a defensive effort that held Johns Hopkins to its lowest scoring output of the season (6) and marked just the second time it was held to single digits this spring (lost 13-9 to North Carolina) ... garnered Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week recognition for his effort ... played a near-flawelss game against No. 1-ranked Loyola and picked up Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week honors for his performance ... turn aside 14 shots, his second-best save performance of his career ... helped anchor a defensive effort that held the nation’s fifth-ranked offense (13.70 GPG) to its fewest of the season ... surrendered 12 goals to 15th-ranked Lehigh and turned in 6 saves ... allowed a career-high 14 goals by Towson and made just 7 stops ... with 13 saves and a career-best 81.3 save percentage, he anchored 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 ... surrendered 11 goals in a 21-12 win against Holy Cross in just over 55 minutes of action and made 7 saves ... turned in his second collegiate double-figure save contest against Bucknell where he made 13 stops ... produced a career-high 17 saves in Navy’s overtime loss to Georgetown ... it’s the most saves made by a Navy player since Nolan Hickey turned away 18 shots against Bucknell on 3.2.13 ... also grabbed a career-high four ground balls ... made his first collegiate start in the Mids’ opener against VMI ... the five goals surrendered by the Mids 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 Johnson Hopkins 8-2 in the 2012 finale.
2013 (Fr.): Made appearances in five games where he made a combined nine saves ... the nine saves are tied as the seventh most by a freshman in school history ... it’s the most by a Plebe since RJ Wickham made 42 stops in 2009 ... made his collegiate debut in Navy’s opener vs. VMI ... made five stops and gave up two goals against the Keydets ... stepped in and played 4:32 against Bucknell after starter Nolan Hickey was flagged for a cross check ... made one save in the appearance ... played the final 8-plus minutes against Colgate and did not surrender a goal ... played the entire fourth quarter against Lehigh where he surrendered a pair of goals and made two stops ... surrendered a pair of goals and made one save in nearly 10 minutes of action against Johns Hopkins in the season finale.
More on Connors: A 2011 graduate of Chaminade High School in Mineola, N.Y., Connors spent the 2011-12 academic year at the Naval Academy Prep School ... a three-year lacrosse letterwinner, he garnered New York Catholic High School Athletics Association All-League honors as a junior and senior and was named a NYCHSAA All-American as a sophomore ... was a high school teammate of 2013 Navy team captain and graduate Nolan Hickey who was also a goalkeeper ... brother, Brendan, was a four-year letterwinner (2007-10) and two-year starter at attack for the Mids’ lacrosse team ... part of three NCAA Tournament qualifying teams, while leading Navy to a pair of Patriot League regular-season titles and two Patriot League Tournament crowns ... son of Edward and Susan Connors ... majoring in History, he owns a 3.13 grade-point average ... named to the Commandant’s List four times, including each of the last three semesters ... named to the 2015 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll ... his service assignment is Surface Warfare (Nuclear).