The Mids owned a 5-1 record in one-goal games this season.
The Midshipmen scored five straight goals in the second half and held the Cadets off the scoreboard for nearly 23 minutes.
Navy, who has won 5 straight Patriot League games, is looking to clinch its ninth Patriot League Tournament appearance with a win on Saturday.
The Mids scored the first seven goals of the second half to jump out to a 12-3 lead.
The Midshipmen scored four of the final five goals of the game to improve to 3-1 in Patriot League play.
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Wendel in 2015 (Jr.): A starter at midfield in all 14 games, he was Navy’s fourth-leading scorer and top among midfielders with 24 points on 20 goals and 4 assists ... his 20 goals were tied as the second most on the team behind leader Jack Ray who scored 22 goals ... scored a goal in 10 of the 14 games this season after scoring goals in just 2 games his sophomore year ... produced multiple goals in 8 of the 14 contests ... scored a goal and dealt out an assist in Navy’s win over Air Force in the finale ... paced the Mids with 3 points on 2 goals and an assist in the Mids’ Patriot League Tournament Semifinal game against Army West Point ... produced his third hat trick of his career with 3 goals on 6 shots in the win over Boston U. ... one of his 3 goals was scored a man up ... had his 6-game point-scoring streak snapped against Colgate as he was held scoreless despite taking 5 shots ... turned in his fifth multi-goal effort of the year with 2 goals on 3 shots against Lehigh, including what would be the game-winner with 3:38 left in the contest ... produced just his second career hat trick with 3 goals at Lafayette on 5 shots ... scored a goal and assisted on the Mids’ lone extra-man strike against #17 Johns Hopkins ... contributed a pair of goals in Navy’s 8-7 triple overtime victory against #14 Towson ... also grabbed a career-best 3 ground balls ... punched in the Mids’ first extra-man goal of the year off an assist from T.J. Hanzsche in Navy’s 7-6 win at #19 Holy Cross ... it was his first career extra-man strike ... scored a pair of goals and added an assist in Navy’s league opener against Bucknell ... scored a goal and assisted on another to erase Navy’s 2-goal deficit late in the fourth quarter to even the game at 7-7 ... turned in his first collegiate hat trick in the Mids’ opener against VMI.
2014 (So.): A starter in 2 of the 14 games in which he played ... started the Maryland game where he put 2 of his 3 shots on goal, but was unable to find the back of the net ... fired off an unassisted goal against Lehigh in the Patriot League Tournament Quarterfinals ... took a career-high four shots in the contest ... registered his first collegiate assist in Navy’s win over Lafayette ... made his second career start in the Mids’ win over Holy Cross (3.1) where he took just one shot ... one of 11 different players to score goals against VMI in the opener.
2013 (Fr.): Appeared in 12 of the 13 games as a freshmen, including making his collegiate debut in Navy’s opener vs. VMI ... registered his first career goal in the win over the Keydets ... earned his first collegiate start in Navy’s loss at Citi Field against Holy Cross.
More on Wendel: A 2011 graduate of East Islip High School in East Islip, N.Y., Wendel spent the 2011-12 academic year at the Naval Academy Prep School ... earned four letters in lacrosse, while also playing hockey ... a two-time all-county lacrosse selection ... member of the National Honor Society ... brother, Bobby, played lacrosse at Suffolk Community College and Mercy College ... son of Robert and Fiona Wendel ... majoring in Oceanography.