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Mids Battle Boston U. in Patriot League Opener on Saturday

Senior long-stick middie Matt Rees has a remarkable 11 caused turnovers in his three previous meetings against Boston U.
Feb. 24, 2017

GAME 4: #18 NAVY (1-2, 0-0 PL) vs. Boston U. (3-0, 0-0 PL) | 2017 Media Center
 When Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 | 12:00 PM (ET)
 Location Annapolis, Md. | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium | Directions
 Tickets Buy Online | 1-800-US4NAVY | Available at the Stadium
 Television None
 Live Video Stream Patriot League Network (Joe Miller)
 Listen Navy Lacrosse Radio Network (Joe Miller)
 Live Stats Stat Broadcast
 Game Notes Navy Get Acrobat Reader | Boston U. Get Acrobat Reader | Patriot League Get Acrobat Reader
 Season Statistics Navy | Boston U. | Patriot League
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Game Day Storylines

Scene Setter:  Winners of back-to-back Patriot League regular-season titles, Navy (1-2, 0-0 Patriot League) opens its 2017 Patriot League ledger on Saturday against the only team to defeat the Mids a year ago in conference action.  The Mids will play host to Boston University (3-0, 0-0 PL) at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium with faceoff slated for 12-Noon.

Follow the Action:  Saturday's contest will be streamed live online (free) via NavySports.com with Joe Miller handling the call. Live stats will be available at NavyStats.com. The lacrosse game will NOT be carried by 1430 AM / 99.9 FM WNAV, rather the radio station will pick up the Navy vs. Bucknell men's basketball game with Pete Medhurst on the call at 12-Noon.

Fact or Fiction:  Navy is undefeated under sixth-year head coach Rick Sowell in Patriot League openers. FICTION! In fact, Navy has struggled mightily in Patriot League openers, losing six in a row including last year's double-overtime loss to Boston U. on the road. Navy, though, has played only two of its 13 Patriot League openers at home - Bucknell in 2012 and 2015.

A Force to Be Reckoned With:  Senior long-stick defensive middie Matt Rees has 10 caused turnovers and 16 ground balls in three games this season. He is #2 nationally in caused turnovers per game (3.33).  ELEVEN of his 65 career caused turnovers have been against Boston U. He is now just 10 caused turnovers from breaking the Mids' career record of 74.

Key Matchup at Faceoff:  The faceoff game has the potential to feature two of the best in the biz. Boston U.'s Sam Talkow and Navy's Brady Dove have been going toe-to-toe in the wins column for four years.  Dove, Navy's career faceoffs leader, has won 508 of the 858 (59.2) draws he has taken and stands #3 all-time in the Patriot League. Talkow has been sidelined so far this season with an injury, however, his status is questionable for Saturday's game. He stands #4 on the all-time Patriot League wins list with 490. Last year he was third in the country with his 69.5 faceoff percentage and was the PL Faceoff Specialist of the Year.

Kern Earns Patriot League Award:  Navy's first freshman goalkeeper to earn Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week honors, Ryan Kern anchored a defensive effort that held Delaware, the nation's fifth-best scoring offense (15.50 g/gm), to a season-low five goals last Saturday in Navy's 11-5 victory. The Mids also kept the Blue Hens off the scoreboard for better than 14 minutes on two different occasions, including the first 14:44 of the contest when Navy jumped out to a 4-0 lead. Kern turned in a career-best 14 saves in the contest, including five of Delaware's first seven shots of the game. He closed out the game making stops on 73.7 percent of the shots the Blue Hens put on goal.

Second Half Blues:  Navy has been outscored 22-14 in the second half this season, including 13-5 in the third quarter.  Even in its 11-5 win over Delaware last Saturday, the Mids were without a goal in the third period.  In turn, Navy has a 9-4 edge in the first quarter.

Scouting the Terriers
• Fourth-year Boston U. head coach Ryan Polley has led the Terriers to a 3-0 record, defeating Providence (8-7 2OT), UMass Lowell (18-8) and Hartford (12-5) all on the road.
• Averaging 12.67 goals per game as a team, the Terriers' offense is led by senior midfielder turned attackman Cal Dearth who owns 12 points on 7 goals and 5 assists.  Junior attackman Ryan Hillburn has 8 points on 3 goals and 5 assists and a team-best 2 extra-man goals.
• Defensively, BU is holding its foes to just 6.67 goals per game and has yet to give up double digit goals.  As a team the Terriers stand #8 in scoring defense, while senior keeper Christian Carson-Banister is eighth with his 6.38 goals against average.  Carson-Banister has made 42 saves and is #4 in save percentage, stopping 70 percent of the shots he's faced.
• One of the best faceoff men in the country, senior Sam Talkow, has yet to play in a game for the Terriers as he nurses a shoulder injury.  However, BU hasn't missed a beat behind junior Joe Stucky who has won 60 percent (36-60) of the draws he has taken thus far.  He currently stands 18th nationally and with his 6.38 ground balls per game he ranks 15th.
• One of the areas BU has struggled this season is ball protection.  The Terriers are ranked 51st in the country, averaging 16.00 turnovers per game.  BU is also 57th in clearing percentage (49 of 59).

Navy vs. Boston University - The Series
• Meeting for just the fourth time, the Midshipmen own a 2-1 lead in the series.  Saturday's contest marks just the second time the Terriers will have played in Annapolis.
• 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.
• In 2015, Navy captured a 14-6 victory over the Terriers in what was their first trip to Annapolis.
• Last year, rookie James Burr scored the game-winner to lead BU to a 10-9 double-overtime victory over the Mids.

Tip of the Hat
• Since the start of the 2004 season, at least one Navy player has turned in a hat trick in 129 of the last 196 games. Among those 129 games, the Mids have won 91 of them.  
• Navy put together an 8-0 record in 2015 when at least one player scored three or more goals. Last season, the Mids were 9-4 with at least one player pitching a hat trick.  This season, Navy is 1-1 with Ryan Wade posting 4 goals against #2 Maryland and Drew Smiley and Greyson Torain teaming up to score three apiece in last Saturday's win at Delaware.
• Six different players recorded hat tricks for the Mids last season, including midfielder Casey Rees who registered 8 of his 9 career hat tricks.

Save the Date
• Navy will hold its annual Meet the Mids event following its game against Lehigh on Saturday, March 25 at 11:30 am.
• Members of the Navy lacrosse team will be available for autographs on the Blue Concourse, with the first 300 kids in line for the postgame autograph session receiving a Navy lacrosse "Meet the Mids" t-shirt, compliments of Annapolis area Papa John's and Chick-fil-A.  


 

 

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