Mids and Hoyas Square Off For Scott Boyle Memorial Trophy
Feb. 14, 2014
The Midshipmen opened their 107th season of men's lacrosse last Saturday by scoring their 13th consecutive victory in a season opener. Navy will look to ride that momentum into Saturday when the Mids play host to longtime rival Georgetown. The 24th edition of the Navy-Georgetown series is set for a 12:00 pm faceoff at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
Saturday's contest will be carried live by 1430 AM / 99.9 FM WNAV with Pete Medhurst and Joe Miller handling the call ... coverage begins with the Navy lacrosse pregame show at 11:45 am ... the game will also be streamed online for FREE via PatriotLeague.TV and NavySports.com. Live stats will also be available at NavySports.com.
Senior attack man Sam Jones anchored an offense that saw 11 players score in the Mids' 18-5 victory over VMI last Saturday in the season opener. Jones produced a career-high 10 points, while classmate Tucker Hull contributed five. Meanwhile, rookie faceoff specialist Brady Dove was spectacular in his debut, winning 16 of the 21 draws he took.
Georgetown, meanwhile, used a five-goal second quarter to propel it to a 10-4 victory over Mount St. Mary's on Wednesday in its opener Six different players scored, including Charles McCormick who recorded a hat trick.
Taking the Field In ...
10 - Senior attack Sam Jones' 10-point performance against VMI last Saturday marked the most points scored by a Navy player since March 20, 1991, when Dennis Nealon recorded 12 (4G, 8A) against Washington College. It was just the eighth time in program history that a Navy player has had double figured points.
9 - Navy has lost just five games (55-5) when scoring 10 or more goals since the start of the 2004 season ... Navy is 9-0 under Sowell when scoring 10 or more goals (5-0 in 2012, 3-0 in 2013, 1-0 in 2014).
8 - Navy starting attack scored 8 goals and posted 8 assists in the win over VMI.
7 - Starting attack T.J. Hanzsche owns a team-best 7-game goal-scoring streak. The last time he did not score a goal was on March 12 against Towson.
6 - Navy won just 6 of the 19 faceoffs in last year's game against Georgetown.
5 - Senior pole Pat Kiernan needs 5 ground balls to become only the 11th player in school history to grab 150 grounders in a career.
4 - Third-year head coach Rick Sowell is 4 wins from earning his 100th collegiate victory. He owns a 96-97 record in 15 years as a head coach.
3 - Navy has lost 3 straight 1-goal games to Georgetown. Over the last six seasons, 28 (11-17) of the Mids' 86 contests have been decided by one goal.
2 - Navy scored 2 goals against VMI within just 9 seconds of one another (10:40-10:31, 2nd Qtr). It's the quickest back-to-back goals Navy has scored since 2012 when it punched in two straight at 9:09 and 9:04 in the first quarter.
1 - Senior attack Tucker Hull needs just 1 assist to become only the 16th player in Navy history to reach 50 assists. He would also become one of 11 players in school history to score 60-plus goals and post 50-plus assists.
Remembering A Friend
The winner of Saturday's game will be presented the Scott Boyle Memorial Trophy ... a longtime lacrosse official, Boyle suffered a heart attack and passed away while officiating the Navy-Georgetown game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on April 2, 2005.
Boyle was a tremendous ambassador of the sport of lacrosse who was involved at every level of the game, whether it was little league, the collegiate level, the pros or even the World Games ... he was well thought of throughout the lacrosse community.
A Win over Georgetown would ...
push Navy's record to 2-0 for a second straight year and just the second time in the last five seasons.
snap the Mids' three-game skid against Hoyas, who have won 8 of the last 9 meetings.
give Navy head coach Rick Sowell his first win over Georgetown as a head coach ... he was 0-2 at St. John's, 0-1 at Dartmouth and 0-1 at Navy in games against the Hoyas.
give Sowell a 97-97 career record and an 11-16 mark at Navy.
push Navy's all-time record to 761-324-14.
Scouting the Hoyas
Entering his second season as head coach of the Hoyas, Kevin Warne returns five starters off last year's team that posted a 6-9 record including a 3-4 mark in BIG EAST action.
Georgetown opened its 2014 campaign on Wednesday at home where the Hoyas got a lift in the second quarter from its offense to post a 10-4 victory over Mount St. Mary's. Georgetown scored five of its 10 goals in the second stanza.
Among the starters returning for the Hoyas is a trio of returning All-BIG EAST selections, graduate student Tyler Knarr, and juniors Charlie McCormick and Reilly O'Connor.
A year ago Knarr established a new Hoya record in single season ground balls with 112 and was among the nation's top five in faceoff win percentage (62.2, 184-296). Additionally, his 184 faceoff wins marked the second most in program history. Knarr won 11 of his 18 draws against Mount St. Mary's in the opener and grabbed a team-high eight ground balls.
O'Connor led Georgetown and was among the BIG EAST leaders with his 56 points (26G, 30A) ... also returning on attack is senior Jeff Fountain who produced 24 points (16G, 8A) ... anchoring the midfield is McCormick, who punched in 19 goals and added 8 assists. O'Connor posted one goal and one assist against Mount St. Mary's, while Fountain dealt out two assists and McCormick produced a hat trick with three goals on nine shots.
The biggest hole in Georgetown's lineup will be on defense where the Hoyas lost all three starters from a year ago. A preseason All-BIG EAST selection, senior John Urbank will be expected to plug a gap after contributing 39 ground balls and 22 caused turnovers in 29 career games. Meanwhile, redshirt junior Jake Haley returns in goal after making the start in 13 games a year ago. He owned an 11.14 goals-against average and saved just 48.4 percent of the shots he faced.
Navy vs. Georgetown - The Series
Saturday's contest between Navy and Georgetown marks the 24th game in a series that began in 1991 ... the Hoyas own a 16-7 series advantage ... Georgetown has won 10 of the last 12 which featured a five-game winning streak that was snapped by the Mids in 2009.
Georgetown owns a 7-4 advantage in games played in Annapolis., including a 13-12 overtime decision on April 2, 2010, when the two teams last met at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
This is just the fourth time in series history that Georgetown has not been ranked when facing the Mids ... the Hoyas were not ranked at the time of the 2009, `11 or `13 encounters.
14 of the 23 games have been decided by two goals or less, including each of the last eight contests.
Eight of the 23 contests have been one-goal games, while five of the eight one-goal games have been decided in overtime ... four of the five overtime contests have been played in Annapolis ... last year's 9-8 Georgetown victory was contested in Washington, D.C.
Five of the last six meetings have been decided by one goal, all of which have been won by the Hoyas.
2012 marked the first time since the series began in 1991 that the two teams did not play one another. Navy made the move two years ago to play all of its Patriot League opponents on weekends which meant Georgetown lost its traditional weekend spot to Lehigh.