Lacrosse Travels to College Park to Meet Defending National Champions
|GAME 2: NAVY (0-1, 0-0 PL) at #1 Maryland (0-0, 0-0 Big Ten) | 2018 Media Center|
|When||Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 | 12:00 PM (ET)|
|Location||College Park, Md. | Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium | Directions|
|Video Stream||BTNPlus ($)|
|Listen||Navy Lacrosse Radio Network (Joe Miller - Live cut-ins during Army-Navy basketball games)|
|Live Stats||Follow here|
|Game Notes||Navy | Maryland | Patriot League|
|Season Statistics||Navy | Maryland | Patriot League|
|More on the Mids||Media Guide|
|Social Media||@NavyAthletics | Facebook | Instagram|
Game Day Storylines
Scene Setter: After opening the 2018 season on the road last Sunday at Jacksonville, Navy (0-1, 0-0 Patriot League) will play its second straight road game when it travels to College Park to battle defending National Champion and top-ranked Maryland (0-0, 0-0 Big Ten) on Saturday. Faceoff is slated for 12:00 PM at Capital One Field and Maryland Stadium.
Follow the Action: Saturday's contest will be streamed ($ subscription) live on BTN2GO.com(.) The Navy women's (11:00 am) and men's (1:30 pm) basketball teams are playing at Army on Saturday where Pete Medhurst will have full coverage on 1430 AM / 99.9 FM WNAV. Meanwhile, Joe Miller will provide live radio cut-ins from College Park throughout the game. Live stats will be available at NavyStats.com(.)
Mids Picked Third: Navy has been picked to finish third in the Patriot League behind defending Patriot League Champion Loyola and Army. Midfielders Casey Rees and Greyson Torain were also named to the Preseason All-Patriot League Team.
Fact or Fiction: This is the first time in the Rick Sowell era that Navy has played its first two games of the season away from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. FACT! In fact, it's been more than a decade since the Mids last played their first two games on the road. In 2005, the Mids opened their season against Providence (W, 9-2) at a neural site in Branford, Conn. and followed up with an 11-5 victory over 17th-ranked Ohio State in Columbus.
The Rankings: For the 44th time in the last 46 years, Navy will play a team ranked in the top 5 when it meets Maryland on Saturday. The only two years Navy did not face a foe ranked among the top 5 were 2000 and 2015. This will be the first time Navy has played a team ranked #1 in the country since dropping a 7-6 double-overtime decision to Loyola in 2014. Navy's only win over a #1 team? Maryland in 2004.
Scouting the Terps
Top-ranked Maryland opens its 93rd season when it faces Navy on Saturday. The Terps are 88-3-1 all-time in season-openers, winning each of their last 24 openers dating back to 1994.
The Terps are led by eighth-year head coach John Tillman who has guided Maryland to six NCAA semifinal appearances, five title games and the 2017 National Championship.
Coming off the program's first NCAA Championship since 1975, Maryland returns six All-Americans, including first-team midfielder Connor Kelly. He is joined by Jared Bernhardt (A/M), Dan Morris (GK), Matt Neufeldt (LSM), Tim Rotanz (M) and Bryce Young (D).
Maryland returns its entire first-line midfield which amassed 129 points on 99 goals and 30 assists
Maryland head coach John Tillman served as an assistant coach at the Naval Academy from 1996-07 and was the offensive coordinator his last six years. Tillman was on staff during the Mids' memorable Memorial Day ride in 2004 when Navy faced Syracuse in the National Championship Game.
One of Tillman's pupils at the Academy, J.L. Reppert (`99) served as an assistant at his alma mater for three seasons (2012-14) under current Navy head coach Rick Sowell. Reppert, who served as an assistant on Tillman's coaching staff at Harvard in 2009, joined the Maryland staff in the fall of 2014.
2010 Navy grad Zack Schroeder, meanwhile, is in his second year as Director of Lacrosse Operations at Maryland.