Russell began the 2004 season as a backup at goalkeeper and ended the year as a First-Team All-American.
The last time Navy beat a No. 1-ranked team was in the spring of 2004. Members of the 2004 team will be honored at halftime of Saturday's contest for their historic run to the National Championship Game.
The Midshipmen won a school-record 15 games en route to their National Championship appearance in 2004.
The annual Meet the Mids even will take place following Navy's conteset against the Raiders.
2006 Face-Off Preseason First-Team All-American
2005 Second-Team All-American
2005 Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year
2005 Face-Off Preseason First-Team All-American
2004 First-Team All-American
2004 Kelly Award Winner
2004, '05 First-Team All-Patriot League
Russell in 2005:
One of Navy's most decorated players, was named a Second-Team All-American, a First-Team All-Patriot League selection and the Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year ... for the second-straight year, he, along with Jon Birsner, was the recipient of the Lt. Robert T. Bianchi Award, presented to Navy's most valuable player ... owns a 26-5 career record ... owned the nation's second-best goals-against average of 6.69, allowing 106 goals in nearly 952 minutes of play ... stopped 55.8 percent of the shots his opponents put on goal ... with 276 saves, he is ranked 11th on the Mids' all-time save list ... owned a 5.77 GAA in Patriot League play, giving up 34 goals, while making 49 saves ... gave up double-digit goals just twice, 11 against Georgetown and 10 against Virginia ... had a great NCAA Tournament, making a combined 25 saves in two games, including a season-high 13 stops against Delaware in the first round ... suffered a severe ankle injury 48 hours before the Maryland game ... at 1 p.m. on the day of the game, doctors advised Russell against playing ... trainer Ray Chronister helped treat Russell's ailing ankle to get him ready for the Terrapins ... made 10 saves in the win against the Terps ... twice named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week ... earned the honor Feb. 28 after a pair of wins over Providence and nationally-ranked Ohio State and again on March 22, following the Mids' victories over Lafayette and Colgate ... picked up 46 ground balls, including a career-high eight against Virginia in the NCAA Tournament.
Entered the season as a backup keeper to Seth DiNola and ended the season not only as Navy's starter, but as a First-Team All-American and recipient of the 2004 Kelly Award, honoring the nation's top goalkeeper ... the fifth Navy player to win the Kelly Award and the first since Mickey Jarboe claimed the award in 1999 and `00 ... the Mids' first First-Team All-American since Jarboe donned the honor in the same years he won the Kelly Award ... alongside teammate Steve Looney, was awarded the coveted Lt. Robert T. Bianchi Award as Navy's Co-Most Valuable Player ... ranked No. 2 in the nation in goals-against average, allowing just 6.69 goals per game ... one of only two players (Brendan Callahan, Stony Brook) in the country to give up fewer than seven goals per outing ... combined with Navy's close defensemen to become the nation's second-ranked scoring defense ... played the final-30 minutes of the season opener at Lafayette where he gave up one goal and saved three shots on goal ... used as a riding attackman against Ohio State, but did not see action in the cage ... following Navy's 12-9 loss to the Buckeyes, he was inserted into the starting line-up against North Carolina ... the change in goal turned the tide for the Mids, as they won nine-consecutive games, including a 9-6 victory over Maryland, Navy's first documented win over a top-ranked team ... Navy's nine-game winning streak tied as the program's longest in its 90-plus year history ... suffered his only loss of the season against No. 1-ranked Johns Hopkins ... guided Navy through the NCAA Tournament, defeating Ivy League foes Penn, Cornell and Princeton ... forced to leave the National Championship Game against Syracuse with eight minutes remaining in the contest due to a broken collarbone ... played for more than a quarter with the injury before succumbing with the game tied at 11-11 ... made double-digit saves in seven contests, including a career-high 14 saves against fourth-ranked Georgetown ... with 142 career saves, he ranks 18th on Navy's all-time saves list ... needs 33 saves to pass two-time Kelly Award winner Dennis Wedekind ... faced a career-high 46 shots against North Carolina in a game that Russell credits as the most important game of his career ... garnered First-Team All-Patriot League recognition after posting a 6.02 GAA and .535 save percentage ... finished the league season undefeated at 6-0 ... credited with 58 grounders which tied (Dan Sullivan `95, Will Reynolds `94) for the 14th most in a Navy single season.
Served the majority of his freshman campaign as a back-up to starting keeper Seth DiNola ... earned 15 minutes of action against NCAA Tournament runner-up Johns Hopkins ... allowed one goal, while making a pair of saves ... faced seven shots against the Blue Jays ... picked up three ground balls.
A 2001 graduate of Fairfield College Prepatory School ... a two-time All-American and four-year letterwinner in lacrosse, while also lettering two years in soccer ... led Fairfield Prep to the Connecticut Division I state championship final in 2001 and two Southern Connecticut Conference titles as a prep ... served as lacrosse team captain his junior and senior seasons ... named team MVP his senior campaign ... a three-time All-Southern Connecticut Conference honoree, while being named all-state twice ... named Inside Lacrosse's National High School Player of the Week in April of 2000 ... named county MVP three times by the New Haven Register ... earned academic all-conference recognition in soccer as a senior ... named to the Commandant's List four times at the Academy, while earning Superintendent's List recognition in the fall ... older brother, Rob, played and served twice as lacrosse captain at St. Lawrence University and was drafted by the Philadelphia Barrage of the MLL ...younger brother, Kevin, plays for St. Lawrence on attack and was named the 2005 Liberty League Rookie of the Year ... son of Bob and Katy Russell.
Up Close With Russell
Full Name -- Matthew Mackay Russell
Hometown -- Madison, Conn. (Fairfield College Prep)
Born -- Dec. 19, 1982, in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Major -- International Relations
Service Assignment -- Special Warfare