16th-Ranked Navy Heads to Mount St. Mary's on Tuesday
March 2, 2009
• The 16th-ranked Navy Midshipmen (2-2, 0-1 Patriot League) will look to snap their two-game skid when they head to Emmitsburg, Md. to face Mount St. Mary’s ... faceoff is slated for 3:00 pm at the Waldron Family Stadium.
• The Midshipmen are coming off their second consecutive one-goal loss, dropping an 8-7 decision to Bucknell in both teams’ Patriot League opener on Saturday ... Navy was forced to overcome a four-goal deficit in the fourth quarter and thanks to a Joe Lennon goal with 1:30 remaining, the Mids tied the game at seven all ... as time expired, however, Bucknell freshman midfielder Charlie Streep scored on a point-blank shot to lead the Bison past the Mids.
• Mount St. Mary’s, meanwhile, has played just one game to date, a Feb. 24 contest against top-ranked Virginia ... the Cavaliers jumped out to an 8-0 lead before The Mount got their first goal on the board ... Virginia won the game, 10-2.
• Tuesday’s Navy-Mount St. Mary’s contest will NOT be carried on the radio, however, an audio broadcast of the game will be available (free) via the internet at NavySports.com ... click on the Navy All-Access icon to access the audio feed.
A Win Over Mount St. Mary’s Would ...
• give head coach Richie Meade his 150th win in his 19-year coaching career ... he owns a 149-100 record overall, including a 122-77 mark in his 15 seasons at Navy.
• give Navy a 7-0 series advantage over The Mount.
• snap the Mids’ two-game losing streak.
• be Navy’s first road win since upsetting fourth-seeded North Carolina in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament a year ago.
Previewing Mount St. Mary’s
• Tom Gravante opened his 14th season as The Mount’s head coach with a tough 10-2 loss to No. 1-ranked Virginia a week ago.
• Virginia held Mount St. Mary’s scoreless until the fourth quarter when the Cavs held an 8-0 lead.
• Virginia turned in a 60-16 shots advantage, leaving T.C. DiBartolo to ward off a career-high 21 shots.
• The Mount once again have a young squad with 29 of the 43 players on the roster out of the freshman (18) and sophomore (11) classes. In last week’s game against Virginia, five of the 10 starters were out of the rookie class.
• Baltimore native Cody Lehrer poked in his first collegiate goal in what was his first varsity appearance, as did Loyola-Blakefield product Keith McKinley.
Navy vs. Mount St. Mary’s — The Series
• Tuesday’s contest between Navy and Mount St. Mary’s is just the seventh game in a series that began in 1998 ... Navy has won all six previously played games, outscoring the Mount, 78-33.
• The two programs met one another for five straight years before discontinuing the series for five years (2003-07).
• Four of the six games in the series have been played in Annapolis ... the Mids defeated Mount St. Mary’s 13-5 in 2000 in what was the first game played in Emmitsburg ... the last time the two teams met in Emmitsburg was in 2002 with Navy taking a 10-5 decision ... this will be the first time Navy has played at the newly-opened Waldron Family Stadium.
The Last Time
• Navy’s starting attack scored six goals and pitched in five assists to lead the 10th-ranked Midshipmen to a 12-5 victory over Mount St. Mary’s at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• Senior Nick Mirabito led the Mids with five points on a team-best three goals and two assists ... Navy saw Tim Paul punch in two goals, while assisting on two others and senior Gregory Clement turned in a goal and an assist.
• The game got off to a slow start as both teams found it difficult to take care of the ball. Though Mount St. Mary’s seemed to have possession for much of the early portion of the game, it managed just one shot in the opening 15 minutes.
• Navy finally got on the scoreboard when Paul fed Clement from behind the goal and Clement stuck the ball over rookie keeper T.C. DiBartolo’s shoulder at 4:37.
• Navy added to its lead just before the end of the quarter when sophomore Brendan Connors found Michael Beggins who ripped a 10-yarder from the left side with 51 seconds remaining.
• Mount St. Mary’s briefly stopped the Mids by scoring an extra-man goal at 12:09 in the second stanza. Top returning scorer Joe Derwent worked with Geery Grant to narrow Navy’s lead to just one (2-1).
• The Mids went on to score the next three goals to lead 5-1 with 3:27 to go in the opening half. Among the three goals was a nice transition play that begin behind the Mount St. Mary’s cage with defensive midfielder Bobby Lennon picking up the loose ball. Lennon sent an outlet pass to mid-field where Zack Schroeder quickly found Paul. Paul took off with only the keeper to beat and after cocking back, he unleashed a powerful shot that rippled the back of the net before DiBartolo realized it was out of Paul’s stick.
• It was the Mount who got the final say by half’s end as Dan Mohr stationed himself on the far left crease where Jim O’Shea threaded a pass and Mohr scored on an ankle biter to send Mount St. Mary’s to the locker room down, 5-2.
• Navy opened up an 8-2 lead four minutes into the final half by scoring three quick goals, including an extra-man strike by midfielder Joe Lennon 21 seconds into the half.
• The two teams traded goals to wind down the third period with the Mids holding a comfortable 9-3 lead.
• The fourth quarter featured five goals, three by Navy and a pair by the Mount. Two of Navy’s three goals in the final stanza were scored by sophomore local product Patrick Moran, who finished with two goals and an assist.
• The Mount, whose team is made up of half freshmen, were led by Mohr and O’Shea who each pitched in a pair of goals to go along with Geery’s strike. Making just his second collegiate appearance, DiBartolo was sensational in the goal early on, making 13 stops.
• Four Navy players have produced points in all four games, including three who have punched in goals in all four games.
• Junior attackman Tim Paul has scored a goal AND dealt out an assist in all four games.
• Junior attackman Brendan Connors not only has scored a goal in all four games, he’s produced two goals in each contest.
• Junior middie Patrick Moran has scored a goal in all four games, including three on extra-man.
• Sophomore attackman Andy Warner is the fourth amigo, however he has not goal or assist streak intact.
• Tuesday’s contest marks the 250th collegiate game Richie Meade has coached in his 19-year career ... ironically, it is also the 200th game since he became the Mids’ head coach in 1995.
• Tim Paul has scored multiple points in 19 contests during his three-year career at Navy, however, last Saturday’s contest against Bucknell marked the first time the multiple points didn’t come from the goals column ... he scored one goal and added a pair of assists ... the other 18 games he has had multiple points, he has also scored multiple goals.
• Navy’s starting attack and midfield have accounted for 26 of the 36 goals (.722) this season and 20 of the 28 assists (.714).
• The last time Navy started its season 2-2 was in 2002 when it produced an 8-5 record ... ironically, that team also won its first two games of the year before dropping two in a row ... another coincidence was the fact the Mids dropped a one-goal decision to North Carolina in Chapel Hill to start the losing skid.
Fresh Face in Goal
• Last Saturday, freshman RJ Wickham not only made his first appearance in a varsity game, he was called upon to be the Mids’ starting keeper.
• Wickham is one of just 18 Navy keepers all-time to play in a game as a freshman.
• He is only the fourth Navy freshman to get a starting nod in goal, joining Scott Bartkowski, Steve Nims and Mickey Jarboe.
• Bartkowski started 10 of the 11 games he played in during the 1980 campaign, Nims turned in 126 saves as a freshman in 1983, while Jarboe, a two-time Kelly Award winner, started every game during his four-year career, including 12 contests in 1997 as a rookie.
• Wickham made six saves and gave up eight goals against Bucknell in his first contest minding the goal.
• Just one game into his career, he already ranks eighth on Navy’s all-time freshman saves list with six.