Russell began the 2004 season as a backup at goalkeeper and ended the year as a First-Team All-American.
The Midshipmen won a school-record 15 games en route to their National Championship appearance in 2004.
DiNola in 2004:
Opened the season as the Mids' starting goalkeeper ... moved to long stick defensive midfielder after the second game of the year and nestled into the position nicely ... one of the most athletic players on the team, the position allows him to exploit the opposition's weakness ... produced his first-career assist when he made a diving throw to Joe Bossi near mid-field on the near sideline against Bucknell ... grabbed 21 ground balls over the course of the season.
Awarded the starting job after a fierce battle with rookie keeper Matt Russell ... perhaps the most athletic player on the team ... started all 13 contests, playing 766:07 minutes between the pipes ... played 12 complete games ... gave up 111 goals, while posting 111 saves for an 8.69 goals-against average and a 50.0 save percentage ... ranked second in conference action in GAA, allowing 8.34 goals ... posted a 55.3 save percentage in ECAC Lacrosse League play ... produced a career-high 21 saves at Penn State, while totaling double-digit saves in six contests during the season ... faced 41 shots against the Nittany Lions, stopping 21, while allowing five PSU goals ... had a strong effort against North Carolina where he stopped 12 of the 20 shots he faced in a game which featured four overtime periods ... stopped shots in each of the last two OT periods, including a point-blank shot in the fourth overtime ... earned ECAC Defensive Player of the Week March 3 for his efforts against the Tar Heels ... finished the year with 38 ground balls, including a career-high six at Massachusetts ... member of the Patriot League Honor Roll after turning in a 3.53 grade-point average for the spring 2004 semester.
Earned minutes (11:42) in three contests -- St. Joseph's, Stony Brook and Johns Hopkins ... warded off the only shot on goal against him in the Mids' season opener against St. Joseph's.
An All-America lacrosse goalkeeper at The Albany Academy who lettered in lacrosse (4), soccer (4) and basketball (2) ... garnered First-Team All-Western New England recognition from 1999-01 ... lacrosse team captain his final two years of competition ... MVP of the 2001 Royal Palm Lacrosse Tournament ... led The Albany Academy lax team to the sectional title his freshman year and a No. 14 ranking in the nation his sophomore season with a 14-1 record ... earned third-team all-league recognition as a point guard for his prep basketball team, while serving as team captain ... a standout soccer player, named First-Team All-Section 2 and first-team all-league as a senior ... was a finalist for the Soccer Sectional Player of the Year ... brother, Dustin, is a Class of `03 graduate of the Academy and was a member of the Navy lacrosse team ... brother, Jordan, is a freshman at the Naval Academy and is also a member of the lacrosse squad ... son of Gary and Susan DiNola.