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Mids Set to Open 2018 Lacrosse Season Sunday in Florida

Ryan Kern returns in goal for the Midshipmen
Ryan Kern returns in goal for the Midshipmen
Feb. 2, 2018

GAME 1: NAVY (0-0, 0-0 PL) at Jacksonville (0-0, 0-0 SoCon) | 2018 Media Center
 When Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018 | 12:00 PM (ET)
 Location D.B. Milne Field
 Television None
 Live Video ESPN3 | Ray Carnicelli and Booker Corrigan
 Listen None
 Live Stats Stats
 Game Notes Navy Get Acrobat Reader | Jacksonville Get Acrobat Reader | Patriot League Get Acrobat Reader
 Season Statistics Navy | Jacksonville | Patriot League
 Social Media @NavyAthletics   |  Facebook | Instagram

Game Day Storylines

Scene Setter:  The Navy men’s lacrosse team (0-0, 0-0 Patriot League) opens its 111th season of competition on Sunday when the Mids travel to Florida to play Jacksonville (0-0, 0-0 SoCon) at D.B. Milne Field.  Faceoff is slated for 12:00 PM.
Follow the Action:  The Navy-Jacksonville game will be streamed live by ESPN3 / WatchESPN with Ray Carnicelli and Booker Corrigan calling the action. There will be no radio coverage for Sunday’s game. Live stats will also be available at
Mids Picked Second:  Navy has been picked to finish third in the league behind defending Patriot League Tournament Champion Loyola and Army.  Midfielders Casey Rees and Greyson Torain were also named to the Preseason All-Patriot League Team.
Plebe Debut:  Three freshmen are expected to be significant contributors in Sunday’s opener.  Attackman Christian Daniel and defenseman Nick Franchuk are expected to be in the starting lineup, while Jeff Durden and senior George Uhrich will share time at long-stick defensive midfield.
Fact or Fiction:  This is the first meeting between Navy and Jacksonville. FICTION! The two programs met on Feb. 19, 2012, in what was just the second game Rick Sowell coached at Navy. Played at the Jacksonville Jaguars’ EverBank Field, Jacksonville hosted the Moe’s Southwest Classic that featured Navy vs. Jacksonville and Denver vs. Ohio State.  Jacksonville posted a 13-7 victory over the Mids in that inaugural meeting.
Tune-Up for 1 & 2:  Sunday’s contest will serve as a tune-up for both Navy and Jacksonville who play the nation’s No. 1 and 2 teams the following week.  Navy plays defending National Champion and top-ranked Maryland in College Park next Saturday (12:00 pm), while Jacksonville takes on Duke, who is #2 in the USILA Coaches Poll and #1 in the Media Poll.

Scouting the Dolphins
• Jacksonville head coach John Galloway guided the Dolphins to a 3-11 record a year ago, including a 3-4 mark in SoCon action, in what was his first season as head coach.  The Dolphins hit their stride at the end of the season, winning three (VMI, Mercer, Bellarmine) of their final five games.
• Jacksonville was picked to finish fourth in the 2018 SoCon Preseason Coaches Poll behind reigning SoCon Champion Air Force (47 points, 6 first-place votes), Richmond (43 points, 2 first-place votes), and Furman (37 points).
• Galloway will rely upon senior Preseason All-SoCon selections to lead the way for the Dolphins this spring.  Ryan Beville finished third on the team with 36 ground balls and caused four turnovers a year ago. The short-stick midfielder also recorded a pair of goals and three assists. Beville picked up at least one ground ball in each of his 12 appearances in 2017, and posted a season-high five at Duke (March 13) and against Air Force in the SoCon Tournament semifinals (May 4).
• A Second Team All-SoCon selection a year ago, midfielder McLean Chicquen led the team in goals scored (23) and points (35). He finished the season tied for fourth in the league averaging 2.50 points per game and seventh with 1.64 goals per game. He recorded at least one point in 12 of the Dolphins’ 14 games, including a pair of six-point performances against Mercer and Bellarmine.

Navy vs. Jacksonville - The Series
• Sunday’s contest marks just the second meeting between Navy and Jacksonville.  The inaugural meeting between the two programs was Feb. 19, 2012, in a game the Dolphins dominated and defeated Navy, 31-7.

• The following players have started at least 15 consecutive games heading into Sunday’s opener.

    Gms.    Player    Streak Started
    35    Jack Ray (Sr./A)    2015
    30    Greyson Torain (Jr./M)    2016
    16    Casey Rees (Sr./M)    2016

• Ray sat out the 2015 opener due to injury and saw limited time against Maryland the following game. Since the 2015 Maryland game, he’s started 35 consecutive games in which he was eligible to play (12 in 2015, 16 in 2016, 7 in 2017). He missed seven games a year ago with a broken foot, but started every game he played.
• Torain has started every game in which he has played at Navy.
• Rees started every game as a sophomore (16 gms) before suffering a season-ending knee injury in the fall of his junior year.  
• Defensemen Michael Strack and Steve Hincks, along with goalkeeper Ryan Kern started all 14 contests a year ago.

• The following players enter the Jacksonville game with scoring streaks of 5 or more games.

Player    Pt.    G    A    Last time w/o a pt.
Ryan Wade   10    2    7    Boston U., 2.25.17
Greyson Torain   8    6    2    at Penn, 3.7.17

• Wade has produced a point in each of the last 10 contests. He was held without a point in just one game a season ago - vs. Boston U.  He has produced an assist in each of the last seven games and played just three games in 2017 where he didn’t post an assist - Boston U., Penn, Lafayette.
• Torain, who has an eight-game point streak, was also held scoreless just once in 2017 - at Penn.

For Openers
• Navy owns a 93-16-1 record in season openers.  The Midshipmen had won 15 consecutive openers dating back to a 16-2 win over Saint Joseph’s in 2002 prior to dropping a 15-8 decision to Johns Hopkins last year.  
• Prior to the loss last season, Navy’s last loss in an opener was Feb. 24, 2001, when it dropped a 9-8 overtime game to UMBC.
• The Mids outscored their foes 209-63 (13.9-4.2) during that stretch of 15 wins from 2002-2016.  
• Sunday’s contest marks just the sixth time in the last 18 years that Navy has opened its season on the road and the second time in as many years. Navy played its 2000, ‘04, ‘05, ‘06 and ‘17 openers on the road.
• Meeting for just the second time in series history, this is the first time the two schools have met in a season opener.
• In what is Navy’s 111th season, this marks the 26th time Navy has opened its season in the month of February. The first time Navy played a game in the month of February was Feb. 29, 1992, when the Mids opened their season at #18 Penn State in a 16-9 losing effort.  It’s just the eighth time Navy has opened its season before Feb. 10 and 11th straight year it has opened prior to Feb. 15.
• The Navy-Jacksonville tilt will be the 12th game played in college lacrosse this season.  Vermont and Furman kicked the season off on Thursday with Vermont picking up a 12-6 victory at Furman.  Meanwhile, four other Patriot League teams will kick off their seasons this weekend when NJIT travels to Lehigh, Lafayette visits North Carolina, Providence plays at Boston U. and Bucknell plays host to Marist.

Navy to Host 2018 NCAA Quarterfinals
• Hofstra and Navy will be the host sites for this year’s quarterfinal games. Hofstra has previously hosted the quarterfinal round nine times, including last year, while Navy has hosted five times previously, most recently in 2015.
• Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., will be the site of the 2018 Division I semifinals and final, in addition to the Divisions II and III national championship games. These championships will represent the fifth time the home of the NFL’s New England Patriots has hosted the event. The championships also took place there in 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2017. Harvard University will serve as the host school.



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