Feb. 14, 2013
Friday's contest features the inaugural meeting between one of the game's most storied programs and one of its newest additions. Navy kicked off its 106th season of lacrosse last weekend, while Detroit is in just its fifth season competing at the Div. I level ... the Mids and Titans will face off at 7:00 pm at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
The Mids are coming off as good an all-around performance as fans have seen in recent memory, dealing VMI a 20-7 loss last Saturday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Twelve different players scored goals for Navy, including five first-time goal scorers - juniors Tyler Nechanicky and Sean Price, sophomore Troy Gargiulo and freshmen Patrick Keena and Kevin Wendel - in what marked the Mids' largest scoring output since dealing Holy Cross a 23-4 loss on April 18, 2004. Meanwhile the 13-goal win was Navy's largest margin of victory since beating Holy Cross 16-3 on March 15, 2008.
Detroit, meanwhile, is in search of its first win of the 2013 season after dropping a 14-8 decision to 19th-ranked Ohio State in Columbus last Saturday. The game was all square at the half (6), but the Buckeyes went on to outscore the Titans 8-2 in the second half to capture the win.
Friday's contest will be streamed online live via Navy All-Access with Pete Medhurst and Joe Miller calling the action. Live stats will be also be available on NavySports.com.
A Win over Detroit Would ...
give Navy a 2-0 start for the first time since 2009.
give Navy a 1-0 record against the Titans all-time.
give Navy head coach Rick Sowell a 1-0 all-time record against the Titans.
give Rick Sowell a 94-87 career record and an 8-6 mark at Navy.
give Navy a 9-1 record against the MAAC all-time and a 2-0 mark this season.
would push Navy's all-time record to 758-314-14.
Navy vs. Detroit - The Series
Friday's contest between the Mids and Titans marks the first in a series that features one of the most storied programs in Navy which is in its 106th season and Detroit, who is in its fifth year.
Scouting the Titans
Led by fifth-year head coach Matt Holtz, the Detroit Titans are in their fifth season of fielding a varsity program.
The Titans were 0-9 in their first season (`09), but have steadily improved with a 3-12 mark in 2010, a 6-10 record in 2011 and a 6-9 mark a year ago. Detroit has tied for second in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in each of the last two seasons.
Holtz returns six starters off last season's squad including junior attackman Shayne Adams who unleashed for a team-high 33 goals to go along with four assists a year ago. He also led the team with six extra-man goals. The Canadian scored two goals and added an assist in the Titans' loss to 19th-ranked Ohio State last weekend.
Also returning to the lineup is junior attackman Alex Maini who was one of the best all-around players on the roster last spring with 20 goals and 15 assists and an 80.7 shots on goal percentage. He took 57 shots with 46 on target.
Brandon Davenport (78-175, 44.6) and Tyler Corcoran (67-144, 46.5) split the faceoff duties a year ago, but neither found much luck against Ohio State last weekend and Holtz utilized five different specialists in search of some success. Ohio State won 18 of the 26 draws (69.2) in the game.
A.J. Levell started 13 of the 14 games a year ago in goal and returns for his senior season. Levell posted a 10.27 goals-against average in 2012 and owned a 54.1 save percentage. He played all 60 minutes against the Buckeyes last weekend, giving up 14 goals while making 17 saves (54.8).
Long pole Jordan Houtby anchors the defenisve unit after pacing the Titans with 39 caused turnovers in 2012 to go along with a team-best 66 ground balls. Also returning is senior close defenseman Jamie Hebden who turned in 21 takeaways and 38 grounders last spring.
Navy Vs. the MAAC
The Mids own an 8-1 record (88.9) against the seven-member Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Navy's lone loss was a 13-7 setback to Jacksonville last year.
Navy's contest against VMI last Saturday marked the ninth straight season the Mids have faced a team either currently in the MAAC or had previously been part of the MAAC at the time of the contest.
In 2005, Navy faced Providence who is now a member of the Big East, while in 2006 and `07 the Mids battled Saint Joseph's who is now part of the Colonial Athletic Association.
Taking the Field In ...
10 Navy has lost just five games (52-5) when scoring 10 or more goals since the start of the 2004 season ... Navy was 5-0 last season when reaching 10 goals and is 1-0 in 2013.
9 Since the start of the 2004 season, Navy has averaged 9.6 goals per game.
8 Eight of Navy's 2013 opponents are ranked or receiving votes in the 2012 USILA Coaches Preseason Poll - #2 Maryland, #4(T) Johns Hopkins, #10 Colgate, #11 Lehigh, #16 Fairfield and #18 Bucknell, while Georgetown and Army are receiving votes.
7 Long pole Pat Kiernan scored seven goals for the Midshipmen a year ago. He enters the season ranked fourth among the nation's active long pole career scorers with 11 points on 8 goals and 3 assists.
6 Navy will play six games at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in 2012 ... the Mids own a 43-19 record (69.4) in games played on their home field since the start of the 2004 campaign, outscoring its foes, 663-447.
5 Five Navy players scored their first collegiate goals in last weekend's opener against VMI, including freshmen Patrick Keena and Kevin Wendel.
4 Junior Austin Heneveld produced 4 assists in the win over VMI ... he came into the game with 0 career assists.
3 Juniors Erik Hoffstadt and Sam Jones each scored 3 goals in the opener vs. VMI ... it was Hoffstadt's first collegiate hat trick, while it was the seventh for Jones.
2 Junior Tucker Hull has been held without a point in just 2 of the 26 games he has played at Navy.
1 Over the last four seasons, 24 (10-14) of the Mids' 73 contests have been decided by one goal.
Navy improved to 90-15-1 all-time in season openers, including wins in each of the last 12, after handling VMI 20-7.
Navy has reached double figures in 11 of the 12 games during the winning streak. It's the eighth time in school history the Mids have reached 20 wins in an opener and the first time since dealing Dartmouth a 23-4 loss ion March 16, 1974.
Navy has now won 29 in a row when scoring 14 or more goals in a game.
Twelve different players scored goals for Navy, including five first-time goal scorers - juniors Tyler Nechanicky and Sean Price, sophomore Troy Gargiulo and freshmen Patrick Keena and Kevin Wendel.
It's the most Navy players to score in a single game since 18 players combined to score 23 goals against Holy Cross in a 23-5 win on April 18, 2004.
The 20 goals marked the Mids' largest scoring output since dealing Holy Cross a 23-5 loss on April 18, 2004.
The 13-goal win was Navy's largest margin of victory since beating Holy Cross 16-3 on March 15, 2008.
Junior midfielder Erik Hoffstadt pitched his first career hat trick with 3 goals and 1 assist.
Junior attackman Sam Jones produced his seventh career hat trick with 3 goals and 1 assist. In three games against the Keydets, he has scored 12 goals and added 5 assists for 17 points.
Junior attackman Austin Heneveld paced the Mids with 6 points on 2 goals and 4 assists, all of which were career highs. Came into the game without an assist in his previous 19 games and had scored just 4 career goals.
Heneveld scored a man-down goal at 9:40 in the second quarter. It marked the second straight season Navy has scored a man-down goal against the Keydets. It's also the last time the Mids scored a man-down goal.
Freshman faceoff specialist Sean Reilly won 13 of the 18 draws he took in his first collegiate game which marked the best faceoff day for a Navy specialist since Logan West won 78.6 (11-14) of his draws against Holy Cross on March 19, 2011.
Jules Godino became the first Navy rookie defenseman to start a game since Matt Vernam in 2009 and is the first freshman defenseman to start a season opener for the Mids since Chris Stebbings in 2000.
Making his first collegiate start in goal, senior team captain Nolan Hickey made five saves and surrendered four goals in 45 minutes of action.
Navy's 58 shots marked the most the Mids have taken since unleashing 60 against Holy Cross on April 18, 2004, when they beat the Crusaders, 23-4.
After posting a 5-0 record a year ago when holding their foes to 7 or fewer goals, the Mids have now won six in a row when achieving that feat.
Navy played 48 of its 52-man roster. The four players who did not play were injured and not dressed.