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Mids Return Home to Play Host to Holy Cross on Saturday

Navy owns a 13-2 all-time record against the Crusaders.


Mids Open Patriot League Play Saturday at Boston University

This is the third straight season Navy will play the Terriers in its conference opener.


Durden Garners Men’s Lax Patriot League Rookie of the Week Honors

Jeff Durden is the first-ever Navy defensive player to earn the league's rookie of the week honor.


Mids Picked to Finish Third in Patriot League Preseason Men’s Lax Poll

Navy opens its season Sunday at Jacksonville.


2016-17 Navy Athletics Season In Review

Overall Record: 306-185-6 (.622)


Navy vs. Dartmouth MLax - 3.21.17

Navy vs. Dartmouth MLax - 3.21.17


Navy vs. Bucknell MLax - 3.4.17

Navy vs. Bucknell MLax - 3.4.17


Navy vs. Boston U. MLax - 2.25.17

Navy vs. Boston U. MLax - 2.25.17


Navy-Maryland MLax 2.11.17

Navy-Maryland MLax 2.11.17


Navy-Johns Hopkins MLax 2.7.17

Navy-Johns Hopkins MLax 2.7.17

• 2016 Third-Team All-American
• 2016 First-Team All-Patriot League
• 2015 Second-Team All-Patriot League

Rees in 2017 (Sr.): Enters his senior year second on Navy’s career caused turnovers list with 55 and trails record holder Pat Kiernan (2011-14) by 19.

2016 (Jr.): A Third-Team All-American who also garnered First-Team All-Patriot League recognition ... among 10 players added to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List on April 8 ... a member of the Mids’ starting defensive unit that finished the 2016 campaign ranked #2 in the country and #1 in the Patriot League in scoring defense (7.38) ... it’s the Mids’ lowest goals-against average since they surrendered a stingy 6.50 goals per game in 2008. Navy (16 gms), Monmouth (14 gms) and Detroit (12 gms) allowed the fewest goals in the country with 118 ... Navy gave up double digit goals in 6 of its 16 games in 2016 ... the Mids have held 15 of their last 29 opponents to scoring droughts of 20 minutes or more ... led the team in caused turnovers (25) and and was second in ground balls (62) ... ranked #16 nationally in caused turnovers per game (1.63) and #41 in ground balls per game (3.88) ... his 26 takeaways (third on the Navy single-season list), just 6 off the school record, are the most by a Navy player since Austin Miller posted 30 in 2013 ... his 62 ground balls are tied as the 15th most in a Navy single season ... part of a unit that held Brown to 11 goals, the second fewest by the Bears over the course of the season (10 vs. Harvard), in the NCAA Quarterfinals ... Brown came into the contest as the nation’s top-scoring offense, averaging 16.76 goals per game ... punched in his seventh goal of the year, while forcing 2 turnovers and grabbing a pair of ground balls against the Bears ... the Mids held #3 Yale to 10 goals, nearly three (12.53) under its average coming into the contest ... Navy’s “D” allowed just 3 goals in the second half ... Rees turned in 2 caused turnovers and 2 ground balls ... Navy held Army to just 2 goals in the first half of the Patriot League Tournament Semifinals, including 0 in the second quarter ... the Mids’ defense held the Black Knights off the scoreboard for 23:44 between the first and third quarters ... the Mids held Sacred Heart (4.22) to just 1 goal en route to capturing their 10th win of the season ... it’s the first time since 1970 that a Navy defense has held two opponents to 1 or fewer goals in the same season ... the Mids defeated the University of Baltimore, 19-0, and a week later dealt the Philadelphia Lacrosse Club a 15-1 loss ... the year before, Navy held two Div. I programs to one or fewer goals, posting an 11-0 win over Hofstra and a 23-1 victory over the University of Baltimore ... contributed 4 ground balls and a caused turnover in the Mids’ win over Sacred Heart ... Navy’s defense held Army West Point to three goals under its average (12.91 GPG) which stood 11th nationally ... tallied four ground balls and forced two turnovers in Navy’s Star Game win over Army West Point ... after falling behind 2-0 to Colgate, the Mids went on an 8-0 run and held the Raiders scoreless for 21 minutes (21:05) during a stretch in the first and second quarters ... scored his sixth goal of the season in Navy’s win over Colgate, while grabbing 6 ground balls and forcing 2 turnovers ... after giving up a goal with 4.9 seconds left in the opening quarter, the Mids held Holy Cross off the scoreboard for the next 24-plus minutes and opened up a 5-1 lead ... Navy also held the Crusaders scoreless for the final 18:18 of the contest ... the three goals scored by Holy Cross since dropping a 13-3 decision to Army West Point in 2014 ... grabbed 3 ground balls and forced a turnover in the Mids’ 12-3 win over Holy Cross ... Navy went on an 8-1 run against Lehigh (11:48 2Qtr - 0:37 3Qtr) to take a 9-3 lead after the Mids’ defense held the Mountain Hawks to scoring droughts of 17:10 and 13:09 ... turned in 2 caused turnovers, 2 ground balls and scored in transition in Navy’s victory at Lehigh ... part of a defensive unit that held Lafayette scoreless for the first 19:12 of the game and the final 19:51 en route to an 11-4 win ... the four goals scored were a season low by the Leopards and it marked the third straight meeting in the series that Navy’s defense has held Lafayette to five or fewer goals ... corraled a career-high 8 ground balls and forced a turnover in Navy’s win over Lafayette ... scored for the fourth time this season in Navy’s win over #15 Loyola ... had a second shot saved ... grabbed 2 grounders in the game ... earned his second Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week citation after anchoring an effort that held Bucknell , who was averaging 11.75 goals per game, to a season-low 6 goals in what was also the fewest goals scored by the Bison in the series since 2008 ... Bucknell was held scoreless for nearly 30 minutes (28:26) between the second and fourth quarters ... paced the Mids with 3 caused turnovers and six ground balls at Bucknell ... scored a goal in his third consecutive game when he used a John Trainor pass to thread his shot past Boston U. goalkeeper Christian Carson-Banister in the league opener ... also contributed 5 ground balls and 3 caused turnovers .... part of a defensive unit that held Delaware to just one goal ... it was the fewest goals scored by a Navy opponent since the Mids defeated Army West Point in the semifinals of the 2007 Patriot League Tournament, 12-1 ... it was also the fewest goals scored by a Delaware team since dropping an 8-1 decision to Fairleigh Dickinson in 1969 ... punched in his second career goal off an assist from DJ Plumer just 14 seconds into the game against the Blue Hens ... earned Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week recognition on Feb. 8 after forcing 6 Air Force turnovers and picking up a team-high tying 7 ground balls in the win ... followed up with a 2-point effort against #5 Johns Hopkins where he registered his first collegiate goal AND first collegiate assist in the double-overtime loss ... also grabbed a team-high tying 5 grounders.

2015 (So.): Garnered Second-Team All-Patriot League recognition after transitioning from close defense to long pole ... member of the Mids’ defensive unit that finished the season ranked #13 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 ... led the team in caused turnovers with 20 and was ranked 27th nationally with 1.43 takeaways per game ... the 20 caused turnovers marks the 5th-best single-season mark in program history ... his 43 ground balls were second most on the team ... contributed a pair of ground balls and record two takeaways in Navy’s Patriot League Tournament Semifinal game against Army West Point ... part of a defensive effort that held Army West Point to its second-lowest offensive output of the season (7 goals) which also marked the fewest goals the Cadets have scored in the series since 2010 ... picked up 4 ground balls against #20 Loyola ... garnered Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week and Defensive Player of the Week recognition following his performance against Boston U. where he caused a career-high 6 caused turnovers and scooped up a team-best 5 ground balls ... forced 2 turnovers and picked up a career-best 6 ground balls at Colgate ... produced a then career-high 5 ground balls and 2 caused turnovers in the loss to #17 Johns Hopkins ... turned in 4 ground balls and posted 3 takeaways in the Mids’ triple overtime win against #14 Towson ... moved into Navy’s top 20 career caused turnovers record book after posting 1 of the Mids’ 2 takeaways in the road win at #19 Holy Cross ... also scooped up 3 ground balls and put a shot on goal ... grabbed 4 ground balls in the league opener against Bucknell ... forced a turnover and picked up a ground ball against #8 Maryland ... made his debut at long pole in the Mids’ opener against VMI where he grabbed 3 ground balls and caused a turnover.

2014 (Fr.): A starter in all 14 games on close defense, he is the first Navy freshman to start every game on defense since Chris Stebbings in 2000 ... 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) ... registered a pair of ground balls and a takeaway in Navy’s loss against Maryland in the season finale ... produced a pair of ground balls and caused a turnover in the Mids’ Patriot League Tournament loss at Lehigh ... part of 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 (lost 13-9 to North Carolina) ... individually he grabbed a ground ball and caused a turnover ... called upon to guard Hopkins’ Ryan Brown who came into the game ranked 11th nationally in points per game (4.30) and third in goals per game (3.20) ... Brown scored an extra-goal and dealt out an assist in the game ... member of the Mids’ defensive unit that held Loyola, the nation’s fifth-ranked offense (13.70 GPG), to its fewest of the season ... one of just three teams to hold the Greyhounds to single digits ... played one of the best games of his career at Boston U. where he caused a pair of turnovers and grabbed 3 ground balls ... picked up a career-high 4 ground balls against Colgate ... part of 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 … it was the fewest goals Lafayette has scored since dropping a 10-3 decision to Army on March 24, 2012 ... grabbed a pair of ground balls and caused a turnover against the Leopards as well as in the OT loss to Georgetown ... made his collegiate debut as a starting member of the Mids’ defensive unit in the opener against VMI ... picked up 3 ground balls and caused a turnover ... the 5 goals surrendered by the Mids in the opener 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 Johns Hopkins 8-2 in the 2012 finale.

More on Rees: A 2012 graduate of Boys’ Latin School of Maryland in Baltimore, Md., Rees attended the Naval Academy Prep School during the 2012-13 academic year ... a three-sport standout, he earned letters in basketball (3), football (3) and lacrosse (3) ... earned Honorable Mention All-Metro honors in lacrosse his senior year ... served as captain of the lacrosse team as a senior ... selected as the MVP at NAPS and was also a team captain ... also considered Georgetown and UMBC ... father, Cliff, is a 1988 graduate of the Naval Academy and was a member of three NCAA Tournament basketball teams ... his Plebe year Navy lost in the second round, while in 1986 David Robinson led the Mids to the Elite 8 where they fell to Duke ... Navy lost in the opening round of the 1987 NCAA Tournament ... brother, Casey, is a junior at the Naval Academy and is an All-American midfielder on the lacrosse team ... majoring in Economics ... son of Cliff and Susan Rees ... his service assignment is Surface Warfare.


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