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Mids Open 2017 Lacrosse Season Tuesday at Johns Hopkins

Feb. 6, 2017

GAME 1: #10 NAVY (0-0, 0-0 PL) at #8 Johns Hopkins (0-0, 0-0 Big Ten) | 2017 Media Center
 When Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017 | 5:00 PM (ET)
 Location Baltimore, Md. | Homewood Field | Directions
 Television ESPNU (Quint Kessenich, Paul Carcaterra)
 Live Video Watch ESPN (Quint Kessenich, Paul Carcaterra)
 Listen Navy Lacrosse Radio Network (Pete Medhurst, Joe Miller)
 Live Stats Stats 
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Game Day Storylines

• Scene Setter:  Navy (0-0, 0-0 Patriot League) will open up its 110th season of men's lacrosse when the Mids travel to historic Homewood Field in Baltimore to battle long-time rival Johns Hopkins (0-0, 0-0 Big Ten) on Tuesday evening.  Faceoff is slated for 5:00 PM.
• Follow the Action:  The Navy-Johns Hopkins game will be televised by ESPNU with Quint Kessenich and Paul Carcaterra calling the action.  Additionally, Pete Medhurst and Joe Miller will provide the call on 1430 AM / 99.9 FM WNAV.  Radio coverage begins with the Navy Lacrosse Pregame Show at 4:45 PM.  The game will also be streamed online via WatchESPN, while live stats will be available at
• Poll Position:  Navy opens the season ranked #10 in the USILA Poll and #11 in the Maverik Media Poll.  It's the second straight season Rick Sowell's Mids have opened the year among the national rankings (#18 a year ago).  However, it's the first time Navy has been ranked among the top 10 to start the season since 2007 when it stood #9 in the USILA rankings.  That team went on to finish 11-4, won the Patriot League regular-season and tournament crowns and earned an NCAA Tournament bid.
• Season-opener Streak:  The Mids own a 93-15-1 record all-time in season openers, winning each of their last 15.  Navy has outscored its foes 209-63 during that stretch of wins.  Tuesday's contest marks just the fifth time in the last 17 years that Navy has opened its season on the road and the first time since 2006 when it posted a 12-2 win at Saint Joseph's.
• Fact or Fiction:  Navy has played Johns Hopkins in a season opener.  Fact!  One must look way back to 1908 and 1909, Navy's first two seasons of lacrosse.  The Mids lost to Johns Hopkins, 6-1, in 1908 in what was the program's first game.  The Blue Jays also defeated the Mids, 7-4, in the following year's opener.
• ICYMI:  Five Navy players were named Preseason All-Americans by Inside Lacrosse, including two-time All-American defenseman Chris Fennell who was selected to the first team.  Joining him on the list were long-stick midfielder Matt Rees (second team), midfielder Greyson Torain (honorable mention) and short-stick defensive middie John Trainor (honorable mention).  Junior midfielder Casey Rees (third team) was also named a Preseason All-American before suffering a likely season-ending knee injury.
• New Faces:  Rick Sowell returns just five starters off last year's team and only three of those five are expected to be in the starting lineup for Tuesday's opener.  In his third year as a starter, Jack Ray will anchor the attack, second-year starter Greyson Torain will lead the midfield and four-year starter Chris Fennell will guide the defense.  Casey Rees, as previously mentioned, is out for the year, while junior Hiram Carter will be used in a myriad of roles on defense this season.
• Mids Picked Second:  Winners of back-to-back Patriot League regular-season titles, Navy has been picked to finish second in the league behind defending Patriot League Tournament Champion Loyola.
• Plebe Makes Debut in Goal:  Ryan Kern will be the first Navy freshman goalkeeper to start an opener since two-time All-American and Kelly Award winner Mickey Jarboe did it in 1997  Jarboe made 18 saves in his debut and led Navy to an 11-10 victory over UMBC after holding the Retrievers to just two goals in the second half.  Kern, Jarboe and Scott Bartkowski (1980) are the only freshman goalkeepers believed to have started  the opener since freshman were eligible to play by the NCAA.
• Defensive Minded:  A year ago, Navy stood #2 in the country in scoring defense (7.38) and allowed double digit goals in six of their 16 games.  The Mids (16 gms), along with Monmouth (14) and Detroit (12) allowed the fewest goals in the country with 118.  Since 2000, Navy has held Johns Hopkins to single digits just seven times and is 2-5 in those contests.  In five meetings under Rick Sowell, Navy has held the Blue Jays to single digits twice (2012, 2014) and is 1-1 in those games.


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