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Navy Men's Lax to Face 17th-Ranked Penn Tuesday at Tierney Field

Junior Ryan Wade has dealt out and an assist in each of the last 12 contests.
Junior Ryan Wade has dealt out and an assist in each of the last 12 contests.
March 5, 2018

GAME 6: NAVY (3-2, 2-0 PL) vs. #17 Penn (2-2, 0-0 Ivy League) | 2018 Media Center
 When Tuesday, March 6, 2018 | 7:00 PM (ET)
 Location Sparks, Md. | Tierney Field
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Game Day Storylines

Scene Setter: Winners of three in a row, Navy will look to extend its winning streak when it battles 17th-ranked Penn in a neutral site contest Tuesday evening. Faceoff is set for 7:00 pm at Tierney Field located in Sparks, Md. at the US Lacrosse national headquarters. The Mids, who enter the game 3-2 overall and 2-0 in Patriot League action, are led by seventh-year head coach Rick Sowell, while the 2-2 Quakers are under the direction of ninth-year head coach Mike Murphy. Tuesday’s contest marks the 54th meeting in a series that Navy leads, 47-6, and dates back to 1914.
Follow the Action: The Navy vs. Penn contest will be carried live by 1430 AM / 99.9 FM WNAV with Pete Medhurst and Joe Miller handling the call. Coverage begins with the Navy Lacrosse Pregame Show at 6:45 pm. The game will NOT be streamed. Live stats will be available at NavyStats.com.
Fact or Fiction: Navy has never played a regular-season neutral site game during Rick Sowell’s seven-year tenure. FICTION! Tuesday night’s game at Tierney Field will be the fourth regular-season game played at a neutral site under Sowell’s watch, but the first game not played at a professional sports venue. In 2012, the Mids played Jacksonville at EverBank Field, home to the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars.  In 2013, the Mids’ played back-to-back games at neutral sites - Holy Cross at CitiField, home to the MLB’s New York Mets, and Colgate at M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens.
Rees, Torain Among the Elite: All-American midfielders Casey Rees and Greyson Torain were among the 50 players named to the 2018 Tewaaraton Award Watch List on March 1. The Navy pair join Patriot League players Johnny Surdick and David Symmes of Army, Jack Wilson of Boston U., Will Sands of Bucknell and Loyola’s Pat Spencer on the list.  Navy also has two players on the women’s preseason watch list - Jenna Collins and Kelly Larkin.
2-0 in the Patriot League: With road wins over Boston University (10-8) and then-ranked #20 Bucknell (13-8), Navy opens the Patriot League season 2-0 for the first time since 2010. The Mids’ win over Boston U. two weeks ago marked the program’s first win in a Patriot League opener since defeating Lehigh on the road, 8-3, on March 6, 2010.
Extra, Extra: Navy is still looking for its first extra-man goal of the 2018 season. The Mids are 0 for 8 this spring. Last year, Navy scored just 7 extra-man goals on 24 attempts.
Moving on Up: Senior Joe Varello is ranked among the nation’s top 10 in faceoff winning percentage. He has won 53 of the 80 draws he has taken this season for a 66.3 winning percentage where he stands #7. He has matched or improved his single-game career high in each of his four appearances this season, including a career-best 15 wins at Bucknell on Saturday. Heading into the Penn game, he stands 11th on the Mids’ career wins list with 142 and needs 12 to tie (Dan Sullivan, 1993-95) for 10th on the list.
May I Assist You?: Junior midfielder Ryan Wade has dealt out an assist in each of the last 12 games.  Meanwhile, 34 of the 49 goals Greyson Torain has scored over his career have been unassisted, including 4 of 9 this season.

Scouting the Quakers
• Led by ninth-year head coach Mike Murphy, Penn enters its game against the Mids with a 2-2 record and fresh off a 10-7 loss to Penn State.  The Quakers opened the year with a 12-9 win over Michigan before falling to third-ranked Maryland on the road, 13-6. Penn came back three days later to stun top-ranked Duke, 10-9, in Philadelphia.
• The Quakers are 2-0 this season when scoring double digits and 0-2 when their opponent reaches double figures.
• Junior attackman Simon Mathias is pacing the team with 12 points on 7 goals and a team-best 5 assists.  Meanwhile, senior middie Kevin McGeary owns 11 points on a team-high 9 goals and a pair of assists.
• Defensively, Penn is led in goal by junior Reed Junkin who has given up 36 goals (9.60), while making 33 saves (47.8).  
• Six different players have taken faceoffs for the Quakers this season, however, senior Chris Santangelo has taken the bulk.  He is winning just 45.6 percent (31-68) of the draws he has taken and was 3-15 against the Mids a year ago.  Richie Lenskold is 35, Jason Walker is 1-4, Jack Ullrich is 0-2, Tyler Dunn is 0-4 and Anthony Giuliani is 0-4.
• Penn has converted 2 of its 7 extra-man opportunities (28.6), while the defense has given up 3 goals among the opponents’ 11 opportunities (72.7).
• A disciplined team, Penn is averaging just 9.25 turnovers per game which stands #1 nationally.
• The Quakers are also an excellent clearing team, successful on 93.1 percent of their clears and ranked #7 in the country.
• Penn is ranked 67th nationally in ground balls, picking up just 20.25 per game.

Navy vs. Penn - The Series
• Tuesday’s contest between Navy and Penn marks the 54th game in a series that began in 1914.  Prior to last spring’s contest in Philly, the last time the two teams met during the regular season was on March 13, 1999, when the Mids captured a 12-8 victory at Franklin Field.
• The Mids lead the series, 47-6, but saw their 13-game winning streak against the Quakers snapped in last year’s 11-9 loss in Philly.
• This will be the first time the two programs have met on neutral soil.

Offensive Explosion
• After averaging just 6.00 goals in its first three contests (7 vs. Jacksonville, 4 vs. Maryland, 7 vs. UMBC), Navy has topped double digits in each of its last two games (10 vs. Boston U., 13 vs. Bucknell), averaging 11.5 goals in Patriot League play.
Christian Daniel (3G, 2A), Jack Ray (4,1) and Greyson Torain (3,2) each produced 5-point games in the win over Bucknell. Ironically, the last time Navy had three players with 5 points apiece was the 2017 Bucknell game - Ryan Wade (0,5), Chris Hill (4,1) and Torain (4.1).
• It was Daniel’s first career hat trick, while Ray and Torain have notched 3-plus goals in each of the last two contests.
• The last time Navy had three players with hat tricks was April 16, 2016, when Patrick Keena, Casey Rees and Kevin Wendel scored three goals apiece en route to an 11-10 overtime win at Army.


 

 

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