Vernam in 2011 (Jr.): A three-year starter at defense who has started 40-straight games dating back to the 2009 Mount St. Mary's contest ... member of the Mids' man-down unit over the last three seasons, including the 2009 squad that finished the year ranked No. 1 nationally ... Navy yielded just six extra-man goals in 40 attempts (85.0 penalty killing %) ... Navy squelched 27 of its opponents' 40 attempts (.675) ... grabbed a career-high tying three ground balls in the Mids' one-goal loss to Colgate ... garnered Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honors after holding Lafayette's Tom Perini to just one extra-man goal ... Perini was the league's top-scoring player (at the time) and the nation's second-leading career goal scorer ... turned in a caused turnover against Bucknell ... also credited with a shot in trying to beat the 10-man ride ... caused one turnover and grabbed a grounder in Navy's Patriot League opener against Lehigh ... grabbed his first ground ball of the season, as well as his first caused turnover in the Mids' loss at North Carolina (2-25).
2010 (So.): Part of a defensive unit that was ranked 13th nationally in scoring defense, giving up 8.67 goals per game ... member of the Mids' man-down unit that surrendered 20 goals on 59 attempts (66.1 penalty killing %) ... however, over the last nine games, Navy surrendered just eight goals on 29 attempts (72.4) ... the first six games, foes scored 12 goals on 30 attempts ... turned in four caused turnovers on the year, including a season-best two against Georgetown ... five of his six takeaways were recorded in the last six contests of the year ... grabbed 13 grounders, including three each against Loyola and Towson ... dealt out an assist in Navy's last-second loss at Towson ... the Mids put together two strong defensive efforts against Johns Hopkins ... held the Blue Jays scoreless for 19:16 between the end of the first and third quarters, enabling the Mids to take a 6-5 halftime lead ... after Hopkins took an 8-6 lead at 3:40 in the third quarter, Navy held the Jays scoreless the rest of the game (22:30) ... Navy's defense held Lehigh off the scoreboard in the first and fourth quarters en route to an 8-3 win ... the Mids held Bucknell off the scoreboard for just under 29 minutes between the second and fourth quarters to build a 6-2 lead ... though Bucknell came back to tie the game and force OT, the Mids prevailed, 8-7 ... the defense did a marvelous job of holding Towson at bay for better than 20 minutes in the third and fourth quarters, but gave up the game-winner with six seconds left in the game ... Holy Cross did not score a goal against the Midshipmen until the 5:32 mark in the third quarter, as Navy thumped the Crusaders, 12-3 ... picked up three ground balls and caused a pair of turnovers against Maryland ... forced three Army turnovers in the regular-season meeting, while picking up two loose balls.
2009 (Fr.): Saw action in 15 of the 16 games and emerged as a starter in each of the last 12 contests ... member of Navy's man-down unit ... the Mids yielded just six extra-man goals in 40 attempts (.850) ... Navy's man-down unit finished the season ranked No. 1 nationally, while the Mids were No. 7 in scoring defense (7.69) ... played a fine game against 2009 Tewaaraton Award finalist and First-Team All-American Ned Crotty of Duke in the first round of the NCAA Tournament ... Crotty scored one goal and added a pair of assists against the Mids ... Crotty is No. 1 in assists per game (2.94) and No. 2 in points per game (4.22) ... caused a pair of Bucknell turnovers in the conference championship (4-26), including early in the game when he jarred the ball loose and it resulted in a transition goal by Brendan Connors and gave Navy a 1-0 lead in the game ... a rookie, he matched up against Colgate's Brandon Corp, the nation's No. 1-ranked point producer ... Corp scored the opening goal of the game, but teammate Tom Mansfield lost his footing and allowed Corp to score ... Vernam held Corp scoreless for the final 66 minutes of the game ... Corp averaged 4.46 points per game, while being ranked No. 6 in assists per game (1.92) and No. 11 in goals per game (2.54) ... having faced Colgate twice this season, the Raiders were 0 for 6 against the Mids' man-down unit ... 0 for 4 in the first meeting and 0 for 2 in the Patriot League Semis ... the Mids gave up a whopping 15 goals against Johns Hopkins, the most since the Blue Jays scored 17 against the Mids in 2003 ... the Mids' defense held Army to a season-low four goals en route to a 8-4 win in the Star Game ... gave up just one goal against Army in its four man-up chances ... paired up with Army's Brooks Korvin, holding him to a goal scored late in the fourth quarter ... Navy held Maryland (4-3) to a season-low four goals en route to a 10-4 upset win ... it was the largest margin of victory by the Mids in the series since 1992 ... matched up against 6-6, 260-pound Will Yeatman from Maryland ... did a solid job against the powerful attackman ... helped squelch Georgetown on five of its six extra-man opportunities ... tasked with shutting down Georgetown's leading scorer Ricky Mirabito ... did not relinquish a goal in settled play ... forced two Holy Cross turnovers, including delivering a huge hit to break up a play in the middle of the box and set up a transition play for Navy ... scooped up a ground ball in his collegiate debut against VMI in the opener ... played one of his strongest game this far in Navy's loss at Bucknell where he caused a pair of turnovers ... followed up by forcing three turnovers by Mount St. Mary's and picked up three ground balls.
More on Vernam: A 2007 graduate of Shoreham-Wading River High School, Vernam spent the 2007-08 academic year at the Naval Academy Prep School ... a three-sport athlete who earned letters in lacrosse (4), wrestling (2) and soccer (1) ... led Shoreham-Wading River to the state lacrosse title in 2007 behind an 18-3 record ... received Honorable Mention All-America recognition as a senior ... was a staff member for the school newspaper ... Navy freshman defensive midfielder Nik Mullen also attended Shoreham-Wading River ... son of Donald and Susan Vernam ... majoring in Economics.