Navy Lax Makes First of Three Straight Road Stops
Feb. 18, 2013
Off to a 2-0 start for the first time since 2009, Navy will play the first of three consecutive road games when it travels to Connecticut to face 15th-ranked Fairfield on Tuesday ... the Mids and Stags will battle one another at Alumni Field with faceoff slated for 3:00 pm
The Mids are coming off an 11-7 victory in which the defense was sensational and surrendered just 3 goals over the first 3 quarters. The Stags scored 3 of their 7 goals over the final 7:37 of the contest. Junior attackman Tucker Hull paced the Mids with 6 points on 3 goals and 3 assists, while junior long pole Pat Kiernan scored a goal to go along with his career-high 11 ground balls and 2 caused turnovers.
Fairfield used a 4-goal fourth quarter to stage a come-from-behind win over Bryant on Saturday, scoring 5 of the game's final six goals. Junior attackman Jordan Greenfield scored a career-high 4 goals to anchor the comeback, including 3 of the team's final four goals.
An audio broadcast of Tuesday's contest will be streamed online live via Navy All-Access with Pete Medhurst and Joe Miller calling the action. Fairfield will offer a video broadcast of the contest for $8.95. Live stats will be also be available on NavySports.com.
A Win over Fairfield would ...
give Navy a 3-0 start for the first time since 2007 when the Mids opened the year winning their first 8 contests.
give Navy a 1-0 record against the Stags all-time.
give Navy head coach Rick Sowell a 1-2 all-time record against the Stags.
give Rick Sowell a 95-87 career record and a 9-6 mark at Navy.
give Navy a 16-5 all-time record against the ECAC Lacrosse League, including its first win over an ECAC foe since beating Ohio State, 8-6, on Feb. 14, 2009.
push Navy's all-time record to 759-314-14.
be the Mids' first win over a ranked team since last year's season finale when they dealt 6th-ranked Johns Hopkins an 8-2 loss in Annapolis.
Scouting the Stags
Led by fifth-year head coach Andy Copelan, Fairfield opened up its 21st varsity season on Saturday with an 8-6 victory over Bryant. The Stags were to have opened their season on Feb. 11, however, mother nature had other ideas as the game was snowed out.
The Stags are ranked 15th in both the USILA Coaches Poll, as well as the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll.
Fairfield is anchored by a pair of USILA Preseason All-Americans in senior midfielder Sam Snow and junior midfielder Michael Roe. Snow led the Stags with 43 points last spring, but was held to just one goal on eight shots in the opener on Bryant. Roe, meanwhile, was ranked seventh nationally a year ago in faceoff percentage, winning 61 percent of the draws he took while pacing the team with 79 ground balls. Roe was just 2-for-9 from the "x" against Bryant on Saturday, while the Stags were 3-for-18 as a team..
Junior Jack Murphy is in his first season as a starter in goal after two-time ECAC Goalkeeper of the year and Honorable Mention All-American Charlie Cipriano graduated. Murphy gave up six goals to Bryant and posted a 64.7 save percentage in his starting debut..
Fairfield won a program-record 12 games in 2012, including a seven-game win streak to start the year The Stags reached as high as 11th in the national polls and finished the year ranked 17th, also a program best.
Fairfield held 11 of its 16 teams to single digits a year ago and in addition to the graduated Cipriano, defenseman Greg Perraut aided in keeping the Stags' foes off the scoreboard. Perraut has started every game since his arrival at Fairfield
Junior attackman Jordan Greenfield, who scored just three goals a year ago, broke out for four goals against Bryant in the opener. He took five shots on goal in the game.
Navy vs. Fairfield - The Series
Tuesday's contest between the Mids and Stags marks the first in a series.
While Navy has never squared off against Fairfield, second-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell faced the Stags twice while he was the head coach at St. John's (2005-06). He posted an 0-2 record with the last meeting a 7-2 loss on April 29, 2006.
Navy Vs. the ECAC Lacrosse League
The Mids own a 15-5 record (75.0) against the eight-member ECAC lacrosse League and have played four of the eight programs. Navy has never played Bellarmine, Denver Fairfield or Michigan.
The Mids have a flawless 4-0 record against Hobart, matching 4-1 marks against Air Force and Ohio State and a .500 record (3-3) against Loyola, who will be joining the Patriot League next spring.
Navy's last ECAC opponent was Loyola who staged an incredible second-half comeback to beat the Mids 9-8 in Baltimore on Feb. 19, 2011.
On a side note, Navy spent four seasons as a member of the ECAC Lacrosse League. An independent for 92 years, Navy joined the league in 2000 and exited the conference following the 2003 campaign to join the Patriot League in 2004. The Mids produced a combined 13-9 record over four seasons in the ECAC Lacrosse League.
Taking the Field In ...
10 Navy has lost just five games (53-5) 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 2-0 in 2013.
9 Since the start of the 2004 season, Navy has averaged 9.6 goals per game.
8 Under Rick Sowell, Navy is 8-1 when leading after the third quarter. Navy is 2-0 this season.
7 Seven of Navy's 2013 opponents are ranked or receiving votes in the 2012 USILA Coaches Preseason Poll - #1 Maryland, #4 Johns Hopkins, #10 Colgate, #12 Lehigh and #15 Fairfield, while Bucknell and Lafayette are receiving votes.
6 Navy has won 6 straight games when one of its players scores a hat trick. Last year Navy was 7-3 when accomplishing this feat and this year the Mids are 2-0.
5 Juniors Pat Durkin and Sam Jones head into the Fairfield game riding 5-game point scoring streaks. Durkin has scored a goal in each of the 5 games.
4 Junior Austin Heneveld produced 4 assists in the win over VMI ... he came into the game with 0 career assists.
3 Junior attackman Tucker Hull produced 3 goals and 3 assists in Navy's win over Detroit on Friday. The 3 assists pushed him into the Mids' all-time top 20 list where he stands tied for 20th with 43.
2 Junior Tucker Hull has been held without a point in just 2 of the 27 games he has played at Navy.
1 Over the last four seasons, 24 (10-14) of the Mids' 74 contests have been decided by one goal.
Navy improved to 2-0 with its 11-7 win over Detroit. The Mids are 2-0 for the first time since 2009 when Navy opened the year with back-to-back wins over VMI (13-5) and Ohio State (8-6).
After 12 different players scored goals for Navy in its opener against VMI, nine different players punched in goals against Detroit. Junior attackman Tucker Hull was the lone multiple-goal scorer with 3.
Hull now owns 10-career hat tricks and stands tied for 21st nationally.
Hull also pitched in 3 assists which pushed him into a tie for 20th on the Mids' all-time career assists list with 43 alongside Karl Rippelmeyer (1958-60) and Marty Mason (1972-75).
Junior pole Pat Kiernan scored a man-down goal with 8:16 remaining in the contest. It's the second straight game that Navy has scored a man-down goal and the first time since 2006 that the Mids have scored 2 man-down goals in a season.
In addition to scoring, Kiernan picked up a career-high 11 ground balls and caused 2 turnovers. His previous high was 6 against Bucknell last year.
Senior faceoff specialist Evan McGoogan won a career-best 10 of his 15 faceoffs against the Titans for a 66.7 win percentage. He also picked up a career-high 4 ground balls
Making just his second collegiate start in goal, senior team captain Nolan Hickey made a career-best 7 saves and surrendered 7 goals.
After posting a 5-0 record a year ago when holding their foes to 7 or fewer goals, the Mids have now won 7 in a row when achieving that feat including twice this season.
On the Road Again
Since the beginning of the 2004 campaign, Navy has lost 23 of its 52 road games (neutral sites not included).
Seven of Navy's 13 games this season will be played away from its home venue, Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Five of the seven are true road games, while the Mids will face Patriot League foes Colgate and Holy Cross at a neutral site on back-to-back weekends.
Navy will battle Holy Cross on March 17 (12:00 pm) at Citi Field in Flushing, N.Y. as part of the four-team Metropolitan Lacrosse Classic Presented by Konica Minolta which will also feature Colgate vs. Michigan.
Meanwhile, the Mids will participate in the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic played at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore where they will meet Colgate at 2:00 pm.
Navy played half of its 12-game slate in 2012 on the road. Five (3-2) of the six were true road games, while the sixth was a neutral site contest against Jacksonville which was played at EverBank Stadium, the home of the Jacksonville Jaguars, on Feb. 19.
In 2011, Navy produced a 1-6 record in games played away from Annapolis ... its lone road victory was an 8-3 decision over Holy Cross on March 19.
Kiernan Takes League Honor ... Again
Navy junior long stick midfielder Pat Kiernan received Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honors for a second straight week after displaying an all-around sensational effort in the 11-7 win over Detroit on Friday.
Kiernan anchored a defensive unit that surrendered just 3 goals in the first 3 quarters of action, and was part of a man-down unit that yielded just one goal in seven opportunities.
He marked Detroit's Mike Birney, who led the Titans with a hat trick the previous week in a loss to then-No. 19 Ohio State. Birney's lone score against the Mids was an extra-man strike
Kiernan grabbed a career-high 11 ground balls to go with two caused turnovers, and scored a man-down goal for the ninth of his career.
In addition to Kiernan, Army's Garrett Thul (offense), Lehigh's Matt Poillon (goalkeeper) and Colgate's Gordon Santry (rookie) were among those players recognized by the conference office as players of the week at their respective positions.
Plenty of Goals to Go Around
Last season, 13 different players scored at least 1 goal for the Mids. Just 2 games into the 2013 campaign and 14 different players have punched in goals.
A whopping 12 different players scored goals against VMI, marking 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.
Starting midfielder Gabe Voumard and junior long pole Pat Kiernan are the latest to add their names to the list with goals against Detroit.
The Mids averaged 9.08 goals per game in both 2011 and 2012, finished the 2012 campaign ranked 39th nationally.
The last time Navy finished the season scoring double digits was in 2007 when the Mids averaged 11.00 goals per game.
Navy returns four of its top five scorers off last year's team, including its top two - junior attackmen Tucker Hull and Sam Jones.