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Mids Open Patriot League Play Saturday at Boston University

Senior faceoff specialist Joe Varello has provided a spark for the Mids over the last two contests.
Senior faceoff specialist Joe Varello has provided a spark for the Mids over the last two contests.
Feb. 22, 2018

GAME 4: NAVY (1-2, 0-0 PL) at Boston U. (2-1, 0-0 PL) | 2018 Media Center
 When Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 | 1:00 PM (ET)
 Location Boston, Mass. | Nickerson Field | Directions
 Television None
 Video Stream PatriotLeague.TV
 Listen 1500 WFED / 1430, 99.9 WNAV (Joe Miller)
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Game Day Storylines

• Scene Setter: Navy (1-2, 0-0 Patriot League) returns to the road this weekend when it makes the trek to Boston, Mass. on Saturday to open its 2018 Patriot League ledger against the Boston University Terriers (2-1, 0-0 PL). Navy and Boston U. will square off at Nickerson Field with faceoff slated for 1:00 pm.
• Follow the Action: Saturday’s contest will be carried live by 1500 AM WFED, as well as 1430 AM / 99.9 FM WNAV with Joe Miller handling the call.  Coverage begins with the Navy Lacrosse Pregame Show at 12:45 pm. The game will also be streamed online for FREE via PatriotLeague.TV, while live stats will be available at NavySports.com.
• League Opener Is Upon Us: Eight of the nine Patriot League teams will open up Patriot League play on Saturday. In addition to the Mids playing at Boston U.,  Lafayette travels to Loyola, Bucknell is at Colgate and Holy Cross meets Lehigh. Meanwhile, Army plays an out-of-conference matchup at Syracuse. Navy has struggled mightily in Patriot League openers, losing seven in a row including back-to-back one-goal decisions against the Terriers. This will be the 11th time in its 15 years of being a member of the Patriot League that Navy will open league play on the road.  Navy’s last win in a league opener was against Lehigh (8-3) on the road on March 6, 2010. The Mids are 5-9 all-time in Patriot League openers.
• Durden Lays Claim to League Honor: Freshman long-stick midfielder Jeff Durden was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week following his performance against UMBC that saw him post a career high five ground balls and cause a turnover.  He was part of a defense that held UMBC scoreless for better than 15 minutes while the Mids went on a 3-0 run to break a tie and clinch the 7-5 win in their home opener.  Durden is the first Navy defensive player (other than a goalkeeper) to be named rookie of the week.
• Fact or Fiction: Navy has never played five of his first six games on the road.  FICTION! In 1979, the Mids opened the season at Rutgers (L, 16-15), played their home opener the following week (W, 14-6), then played four in a row on the road at UMBC (W, 13-12), at Penn (W14-9), at #15 Princeton (W, 15-4) and at Hofstra (W, 19-12). This season, Navy played its first two games on the road before facing UMBC a week ago in its home opener. The Mids will be on the road the next three games (at Boston U., at Bucknell, vs. Penn in Sparks, Md.) before returning to Annapolis on March 10 against Lafayette.

Scouting the Terriers
• Fifth-year Boston U. head coach Ryan Polley has led the Terriers to a 2-1 record, defeating Providence (12-11 OT) and Dartmouth (10-4), while dropping a 15-9 decision to then eighth-ranked Ohio State on the road.
• Averaging 10.33 goals per game as a team, the Terriers’ offense is led by rookie attackman Chris Gray who has 12 points on 6 goals and a team-best 6 assists.  Meanwhile, junior attackman James Burr has amassed 10 points on a team-high 7 goals and 3 assists.
• Defensively, BU is allowing its foes 10.00 goals per game.  The Terriers are anchored in goal by sophomore Joe McSorley who owns a 54.5 save percentage and 9.95 goals-against average.  He has played all but 2:15 this season.
• The Terriers’ man-down unit has proven to be the best in the country this season, quashing all 6 extra-man opportunities by its opposition.  The extra-man unit, on the other hand, has also seen success, converting on 4 of the 8 opportunities and stand #13 in the country

Navy vs. Boston University - The Series
• Meeting for just the fifth time, the Midshipmen and Terriers are deadlocked at two wins apiece.  Both teams have a win at home, as well as a win on their opponent’s home field.  Saturday’s contest marks Navy’s third trip to Boston.
• The two teams met in Boston, Mass. on March 29, 2014, in what was the inaugural contest between the two programs. Navy posted a 13-7 win.  Meanwhile, the Mids dropped a double-overtime heartbreaker (10-9) to the Terriers in Boston in their last trip on Feb. 27, 2016.
• Each of the last two games between Navy and Boston U. have been decided by a goal with the Terriers winning both of them.

Patriot League Success
• Since joining the Patriot League in 2004, Navy has put together a 73-37 record (66.4) against conference members, which includes an 11-6 (64.7) mark in the Patriot League Tournament. The Mids are 62-31 (66.7) in regular-season action.
• Navy dropped the program’s first Patriot League Tournament contest in the 2008 semifinals against eventual champion Colgate and its second to Army in the 2010 championship contest.  
• Twenty-four of the 37 losses (64.9) have been in games played either at the opponent’s field or at a neutral site.
• Navy owns a 37-14 (72.5) Patriot League record at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, including a 31-10 (75.6) mark during the regular season.
• The Mids have produced undefeated records in conference action twice, 7-0 in 2004 and 6-0 in ‘07.
• Navy has won at least a share of the Patriot League regular-season title seven times (2004-05-06-07-08-15-16) since joining the league in 2004.
• Additionally, the Mids have claimed the league’s tournament crown five times (2004-05-06-07-09).

Young Talent Making an Impact
• Navy freshman attackman Christian Daniel made his collegiate debut in the opener against Jacksonville where he produced three points on a goal and a pair of assists. He followed up with an assist at Maryland and a goal and an assist against UMBC. He shares the team lead in points (6) and assists (4).
• The first Navy freshman attackman to start since Jack Ray in 2015, Daniel scored the Mids’ first goal of 2018, sticking his shot off an assist from Ray at the 9:29 mark in the opening quarter.
• Rookies Nick Franchuk and Andrew McKenna have each earned starting nods on defense this season in filling the void left after senior Steve Hincks was injured in the offseason.  Frankchuk got the call against Jacksonville, while McKenna has started the last two games.
• Freshman Jeff Durden has stepped into the long-stick midfielder role, a tall task left vacant following the graduation of two-time All-American Matt Rees. Durden leads the team with 10 ground balls and has 3 caused turnovers to date.  On Monday he was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week following his performance in the UMBC win (5GB, 1CT).
• Midfielder Logan Spilker and short-stick defensive midfielder Tim Griffin have also seen action. Spilker is a member of the Mids’ second midfield line and scored his first collegiate goal last week against UMBC, while Griffin saw time at Jacksonville and again against UMBC.





 

 

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