Navy Lax to Face Jacksonville on Sunday at Moe's Southwest Grill Classic
The Midshipmen are looking for their first 2-0 start since 2009.
Feb. 17, 2012
• Navy will look to push its record to 2-0 when it makes the journey to Florida to take part in the Moe’s Southwest Grill Classic on Sunday ... Navy will face host Jacksonville in the second game of a doubleheader which features Denver vs. Ohio State at 2:00 pm, followed by the Mids and Dolphins at 4:00 pm. The game will be played at EverBank Field, home of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars.
• Last week the Mids opened their 105th season of lacrosse as well as the Rick Sowell coaching era by earning a 14-7 win over VMI in Annapolis. Sophomore attackmen Tucker Hull and Sam Jones combined to score 17 points, including 11 of the Mids’ 14 goals.
• Jacksonville, meanwhile, is in search of its first win since edging VMI, 13-12, on April 24, 2011 ... the Dolphins dropped their opener last Saturday at home against Towson, 12-10 ... Jacksonville held a 7-5 halftime advantage, but gave up seven second-half goals, including four in the final quarter of play.
• Sunday’s contest will be televised by NBC Sports Network (formerly Versus) with Brent Harris (play by play) Evan Washburn (analyst) and Amber Theoharis (sideline) calling he action.
• The Navy-Jacksonville game will also be broadcast over the radio waves by WNAV 1430 AM/99.9 FM with Pete Medhurst handling the call, beginning with the Navy Lacrosse Pregame Show at 3:45 pm ... additionally, live stats will be available at NavySports.com.
More on the Dolphins
• Entering just their third season as a Div. I program, Jacksonville is led by first-year head coach Guy Van Arsdale who spent the last two seasons as the head coach at Colorado College (Div. III).
• The Dolphins opened the 2012 campaign last Saturday, dropping a two-goal decision to visiting Towson ... Jacksonville held a 7-5 halftime advantage, but gave up seven second-half goals, including four in the final quarter of play.
• Five of Jacksonville’s top-six scorers from a year ago return, including junior midfielder Cameron Mann who topped the team with 37 points on 18 goals and 19 assists ... he pitched in three goals and one assist in the loss against Towson last week.
• Freshman attackman Ari Waffle led all scorers in the opener with five points on three goals and two assists.
• Also returning are junior attackman TJ Kenary, who posted 21 goals and seven assists, senior attackman Max Gurowski, who led the team with 20 assists and six goals, while junior middie Donovan Lange scored 14 goals and added six assists.
• Sophomore Will Vogt played a solid game, winning 12 of the 19 draws he took and pacing all players with eight ground balls ... Vogt won 51.7 percent (134-259) of the draws he took in 2011 and led the team in grounders.
• Dolphins keeper sophomore Peter Deluca gave up all 12 goals, while making 10 saves in the contest ... Deluca owned a 50.8 save percentage a year ago, while surrendering 11.60 goals per game.
Navy vs. Jacksonville - The Series
• Sunday’s contest between the Mids and the Dolphins marks the inaugural game of the series.
• Of the 60 other Div. I teams who field men’s lacrosse teams, the Midshipmen have played 40 of them.
• Jacksonville will be crossed off the list of 20 teams Navy has not played when the two meet on Sunday.
• The following is a list of teams Navy has not played in its 105-year history (first year of DI lax): Albany (2000), Bellarmine (2005), Binghamton (2002), Bryant (2009), Denver (1999), Detroit (2009), Fairfield, Hartford (1985), Jacksonville (2010), Manhattan, Mercer (2011), Michigan (2012), Notre Dame (1981), Quinnipiac (1999), Robert Morris (2005), Sacred Heart (2000), Siena (1977), Vermont, Villanova (1981), Wagner (2000).
Navy Vs. the MAAC
• The Mids are undefeated against the seven-member Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, producing a 7-0 overall record, including a 1-0 mark in 2012.
• Last Saturday, the Mids kicked off the 2012 campaign by defeating VMI, 14-7, which marked the eighth-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 newly-formed Big East, while in 2006 and ‘07 the Mids battled Saint Joseph’s who has moved to the Colonial Athletic Association. The Mids have battled VMI in each of the last five seasons’ openers.
Taking the Field In ...
10 - Navy has lost just five games (47-5) when scoring 10 or more goals since the start of the 2004 campaign ... Navy is 1-0 this season.
9 - Senior goalkeeper RJ Wickham needs nine saves to move into ninth on the Mids’ all-time saves list ... he has turned away 346 shots over his career and trails 1990 graduate Louis Brown who amassed 355 saves.
8 - Navy has lost eight-straight games when scoring seven or fewer goals ... the Mids were held to seven or fewer goals just three times a year ago.
7 - The Mids’ 7-0 run that covered the first two quarters against VMI last week marked the school’s largest run since scoring eight straight against Lafayette last spring.
6 - Sophomore attackman Tucker Hull led Navy with six goals against VMI in the opener ... it’s the most goals by a Navy player since Taylor Harris scored six against Holy Cross on March 26, 2006.
5 - Sophomore attackman Sam Jones pushed his point scoring streak to five in a row thanks to a remarkable nine-point (5-4) effort against VMI ... it’s the most points scored by a Navy player since Dennis Nealon produced 12 points against Washington College on March 20, 1991.
4 - Four of Navy’s 2012 opponents are ranked in the 2012 USILA Coaches Preseason Poll - Johns Hopkins (2), North Carolina (6), Maryland (7), Bucknell (12), while Army and Colgate are receiving votes.
3 - With a 751-308-14 record, Navy is the third-winningest program in Div. I men’s lax behind Johns Hopkins (912-294-15) and Syracuse (821-312-16).
2 - Navy’s Rick Sowell and Jacksonville’s Guy Van Arsdale are two of the 15 schools around the country to have first-year coaches this season.
1 - Over the last four seasons, 22 (9-13) of the Mids’ 61 contests have been decided by one goal.
Navy 14, VMI 7 — A Look Back
• Navy improved to 89-15-1 all-time in season openers, including 11 in a row, after handing VMI a 14-7 loss.
• Navy has reached double-figures in 10 of the 11 games during the winning streak.
• Navy has now won 28 in a row when scoring 14 or more goals in a game.
• Navy sophomore attackmen Tucker Hull and Sam Jones combined to scored 17 points, including 11 of the 14 goals against the Keydets. The last Navy tandem to combine for 11 goals was Brendan Schneck and Mike Hannan, who pitched in six and five goals, respectively, to help guide the Mids to a 16-8 win over Princeton on April 8, 1978.
• Hull paced the Mids with a career-high school goals, marking the most goals by a Navy player since Taylor Harris scored six against Holy Cross on March 26, 2006.
• Jones pitched in five goals and four assists, as he became the first Navy player to produce nine points since Dennis Nealon’s 12-point effort against Washington College on March 20, 1991.
• Sophomore midfielder Pat Durkin scored his first-collegiate goal in making just his second-career start.
• Senior faceoff specialist Logan West jumped from sixth to fourth on the Mids’ all-time faceoff wins list following a 10-for-25 effort against VMI ... he has won 185 draws over four seasons.
• Junior midfielder Bryce Dabbs, junior defenseman Austin Miller and sophomore defenseman Nik Mullen made their first-collegiate starts in Navy’s opener ... for Dabbs, it was his first-career appearance.
• Short stick defensive midfielder Cade Norris picked up a career-best three ground balls while causing a personal-high four turnovers.
• Since the start of 2004, 50 Navy lacrosse games have been televised.
2004 4-2 (6) CSTV 1-1 ESPN 2-1 WMAR 1-0
2005 3-3 (6) CSTV 3-0 ESPN 0-3
2006 3-4 (7) CSTV 2-4 ESPN 1-0
2007 2-3 (5) CSTV 2-1 ESPN 0-1 MASN 0-1
2008 3-5 (8) CBS C 1-2 ESPN 2-2 MASN 0-1
2009 5-2 (7) CBS C 3-0 ESPN 1-2 MASN 1-0
2010 3-5 (8) CBS C 3-3 ESPN 0-2
2011 0-2 (2) CBS 0-2 ESPN 0-1
2012 0-0 (4) CBS 0-0 ESPN 0-0 NBC 0-0
CBS Sports Network: 15-13 ESPN: 6-12
NBC Sports Network: 0-0 MASN: 1-2 WMAR: 1-0
• Four regular-season contests are on tap to be aired this season, including this weekend’s game against Jacksonville.
• NBC Sports Network, formerly known as Vs., will carry the Navy-Jacksonville game live from EverBank Field, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars ... the Moe’s Southwest Grill Classic will feature Denver vs. Ohio State at 2:00 pm, followed by the Mids at Dolphins at 4:00 pm.
• CBS Sports Network will televise the Mids’ March 30 matchup against Lehigh at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, along with the annual Army-Navy game slated for April 14 at West Point, N.Y. and the Mids’ regular-season finale at home against Johns Hopkins on April 21.
• Additionally, CBS Sports Network will televise both Patriot League Tournament Semifinal contests on April 27, along with the championship game on April 29.
• Last year, CBS Sports Network carried rivalry games at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium against Maryland and Army, while ESPNU aired Navy’s contest at Johns Hopkins.
• The Mids own a 23-27 record when their games are televised (since ‘04) ... Navy is 15-13 on CBS Sports Network all-time and 6-12 on the ESPN family of networks ... the Mids are also 1-0 on local Baltimore station WMAR and 1-2 on MASN.
• Sunday’s contest marks the first time the Mids have appeared on the NBC network and it is believed to be the first college games to be aired by the network.
• The Mids own a 59-16 record (78.7) in games that have not been televised since the start of 2004.
• Starting attackmen Tucker Hull and Sam Jones scored at least one point in 12 of the 13 contests a year ago.
• Jones enters Sunday’s contest having scored a point (g/a) in each of the last five contests ... the last time he did not score a point was on March 26, 2011, in the Mids’ 5-4 loss to Colgate.
• Among the 14 games over the last two years, Jones has scored a goal in 12 contests and produced an assist in 10. He has recorded eight multi-goal games, including hat tricks in four games. Additionally, he has put up multiple points in 12 of the 14 contests.
• Hull, meanwhile, has turned in a goal in 11 of the 14 games, including hat tricks five times. He has dealt out assists in 11 games, as well. He has posted 10 multi-point performances.
• Dating back to 2009, at least one Navy player has turned in a hat trick in 23 of the last 36 games ... Hull and Jones combined to score 11 of the Mids’ 14 goals in their opener against VMI last Saturday.
• Six different players recorded hat tricks a year ago, but only Hull (4) and Jones (3) produced more than one.
• While Harrison Chaires paced the Mids with seven extra-man goals a year ago, Hull played a role in 11 of the Mids’ 19 extra-man goals, scoring five times and providing the assist on an additional six goals. Navy is off to a slow start in its extra-man game, coming up empty on its four opportunities against VMI.
• Since 2004, Navy owns an amazing 53-2 record when holding its opponents to six or fewer goals, including an 11-1 mark in the last four seasons combined.
• Navy owns a remarkable 47-5 record when scoring 10 or more goals since 2004, including a 9-1 mark in 2009, a 10-1 record in ‘10, a 3-2 mark in ‘11 and a 1-0 record in ‘12.
• Close defenseman Matt Vernam has started 41-straight games heading into his senior campaign ... other players with lengthy starting streaks include senior goalkeeper RJ Wickham (35) and senior midfielder Nikk Davis (31).
• Hull and Jones combined to scored 11 of the Mids’ 14 goals against VMI ... the last Navy tandem to achieve that feat was Brendan Schneck and Mike Hannan, who pitched in six and five goals, respectively, to help guide the Mids to a 16-8 win over Princeton on April 8, 1978.