The Mids trailed by as many as three on three different occasions before sending the game into extra minutes.
The Midshipmen return to action on Tuesday against fifth-ranked Johns Hopkins.
Navy improved to 6-1 all-time against the Falcons.
Navy has won 14 consecutive season openers, including nine in a row at home.
The Midshipmen scored five straight goals in the second half and held the Cadets off the scoreboard for nearly 23 minutes.
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Rees in 2016 (Jr.): Enters his junior year eighth on Navy’s career caused turnovers list with 29, including a team-best 20 this season.
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 NCAA.com Defensive Player of the Week recognition following his performance against Boston U. (3.28) 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 sophomore midfielder on the Mids’ lacrosse team ... son of Cliff and Susan Rees ... majoring in Economics.