7 Jon Birsner
Navy's starters combined to score 15 of the 21 goals in the win over the Keydets.
Russell began the 2004 season as a backup at goalkeeper and ended the year as a First-Team All-American.
The Mids are playing Lehigh on the road for the fifth time in the last six years.
2006 Face-Off Preseason Honorable Mention All-American
2005 Honorable Mention All-American
2005 Second-Team All-Patriot League
2005 Face-Off Preseason Honorable Mention All-American
Birsner in 2005:
A 2005 Honorable Mention All-America selection, he is the point man in Navy's offensive scheme ... along with Matt Russell, was the recipient of the Lt. Robert T. Bianchi Award presented to Navy's most valuable player ... arguably one of the most underrated players in the country ... a starter in the 14 games in which he played ... sat out two games after being hampered by back and hamstring injuries ... Navy's leading scorer with 42 points on 11 goals and a team-best 31 assists, which ranks 12th on the Mids' single-season assists list ... produced an assist in 11 of the 14 contests and goals in eight games, including five straight beginning with Maryland ... has recorded 29 multi-point games during his career, including 11 in 2005 ... a Second-Team All-Patriot League selection, he is tied with Mike Chanenchuk for eighth on Navy's career list with 69 assists ... turned in an eight-assist effort against Colgate in Orlando, the most assists since Paul Basile's eight against Brown in 1986 ... became just the 25th player in program history to reach the 100-point barrier with a one-goal, five-assist effort against Army in the Patriot League Championship game ... responsible for three of Navy's top-four scoring games, including his eight-point effort (all assists) in the win over Colgate ... produced three goals and three assists against Lehigh during the regular season in what was one of his finest games of the season ... two of his 11 goals were scored in man-up situations, including his score in the Mids' victory over Maryland ... tallied 26 grounders, including a season-high four against Maryland.
Arguably Navy's most underrated player ... finished the season as Navy's third-leading scorer, but was snubbed from any postseason accolades ... led the Mids with 29 assists, the 15th-most (tied) single-season assists in school history ... added 11 goals for 40 points ... ranked 16th in the nation in assists per game, averaging 1.61 per contest ... owned a 75.6 shots-on-goal percentage, the highest percentage on the team ... a starter in all 18 games on attack ... performed admirably in two of the most important games of the season ... produced a career-high six points on three goals and three assists in Navy's 18-10 victory over arch rival Army ... turned in a five-point effort in the National Championship Game against Syracuse with two goals and three assists ... in the Mids' four games in the NCAA Tournament, he tallied three goals, while dealing out seven assists ... recorded 19 points on five goals and a team-high tying 14 assists in Patriot League action ... produced a career-high four assists in Patriot League regular-season games against Lafayette and Colgate ... scored the game winner against Lehigh ... scored the game-winning goal against Princeton to lead Navy to its first National Championship appearance since 1975 ... scooped up a personal-best six ground balls against the Tigers.
One-of-two freshmen among Navy's top-five scorers, Birsner was the Mids' fourth-leading scorer with 18 points on nine goals and nine assists ... played in all 13 games, earning four starts including the final-three games of the year ... produced a point (goal or assist) in 11 of the 13 contests (0 vs. Rutgers and Maryland) ... scored goals in each of the first-four games, including two goals against Marist in the season opener ... recorded two multi-assist efforts, including a pair of assists against Army to go along with a goal in the season finale ... scored a goal and posted an assist in the Mids' one-goal loss to Georgetown ... provided the assist which knotted the game at two apiece in the third quarter against the Hoyas ... sent the Georgetown game into overtime after scoring on an unassisted goal with 1:29 remaining in regulation ... posted 14 ground balls, including a career-high three against Stony Brook and Academy rival Air Force.
A 2001 graduate of MacArthur High School ... lettered in lacrosse (4), football (3) and wrestling (3) as a prep ... earned all-conference and all-county lacrosse recognition his sophomore through senior campaigns as both an attackman, as well as a midfielder ... earned all-league kudos in wrestling as a junior ... named all-conference and all-county in `00 and `01 as a quarterback and tailback for MacArthur's football team ... son of Donald and Anne Birsner.
Up Close With Birsner
Full Name -- Jonathon Michael Birsner
Hometown -- Levittown, N.Y. (MacArthur)
Born -- Dec. 20, 1982, in Mineola, N.Y.
Major -- Economics
Service Assignment -- Surface Warfare