Mids Back on the Road for Patriot League Battle at Lehigh
Midfielder Brian Striffler scored his first collegiate goal in last year's win over Lehigh.
March 9, 2009
• After a quick stop in Annapolis last Saturday to top Patriot League foe Lafayette, 15th-ranked Navy (4-2, 1-1 Patriot League) is back on the road where it will face its next two opponents ... kicking things off is a Tuesday evening battle in Bethlehem, Pa., featuring the Mids against Lehigh (1-4) in what will be the Mountain Hawks’ league opener ... faceoff is slated for 7:00 pm at the Ulrich Sports Complex.
• Eleven different Midshipmen found the back of the net to lead Navy to a 14-9 victory over Lafayette Saturday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium to remain unbeaten on its home field ... sophomore attackman Andy Warner turned in his first collegiate hat trick, while junior Tim Paul dealt out a personal-best three assists en route to his career-high five point performance ... defensively, rookie keeper RJ Wickham came up with a career-high 14 saves to salvage the win.
• An extra-man goal by Will Scudder, his first of the year, broke a 9-9 tie, giving Lehigh the lead for good as the Mountain Hawks picked up their first win of the season, an 11-9 decision over Dartmouth on Saturday ... after falling behind 4-0, Lehigh put together a 6-0 run to get back into the game.
• The game will be broadcast over the radio waves by WNAV (1430 AM, Annapolis; wnav.com) with Pete Medhurst handling the call, beginning with the Navy lacrosse pregame show at 6:45 pm ... in addition, the game will be streamed online (audio only) at NavySports.com, as well as (video) on LehighSports.com(.)
A Win Over Lehigh Would ...
• be Richie Meade’s 125th win in 15 seasons as Navy’s head coach ... a week ago, he reached 150 career wins thanks to a 6-2 victory over Mount St. Mary’s.
• extend Navy’s winning streak against the Mountain Hawks to 24 in a row dating back to 1920.
• give head coach Richie Meade a 10-0 record against Lehigh.
• give the Mids a winning record in the Patriot League at 2-1.
• improve Navy’s record to 38-5 against opponents from the conference.
• give Navy five wins, the halfway point in extending their streak of consecutive seasons with 10 or more wins ... the Mids have reached that milestone in each of the last five years.
• After losing its first four games of the season, including back-to-back one-goal decisions to Saint Joseph’s (9-8) and Brown (13-12), Lehigh earned its first win of the season last Saturday at Dartmouth.
• Nine different players accounted for Lehigh’s 11 goals in its 11-9 win over the Big Green, including a pair by Ricky Cornetta and Kyle Gentile.
• After finding itself down by a 4-0 margin, the Mountain Hawks put together a 6-0 run to get themselves back into the game ... meanwhile, an extra-man goal by Will Scudder, his first of the year, broke a 9-9 tie, giving Lehigh the lead for good.
• In addition to losses to Saint Joseph’s and Brown, second-year head coach Kevin Cassese has seen his team drop games to North Carolina (14-6) and Stony Brook (16-6).
• Lehigh has been outscored 61-43 this season, including 21-9 in the opening quarter.
• Leading the way for the Mountain Hawks is junior attackman Chris Lubin who has scored 10 goals, while junior attackman Brian Bienemann has turned in nine goals and three assists ... Cornetta has managed to balance scoring and playmaking, turning in seven goals and six assists.
• Unable to settle on a keeper, second-year Morgan Haller and rookie Conor Murphy have both started between the pipes this season ... Murphy is giving up 10.80 goals per game, while Murphy has surrendered 13.60 goals per contest.
• Tuesday’s contest marks the fourth out of the last five games played on the road ... Navy will be back on the road on Saturday, as well, making the trek to Worcester, Mass. to face Holy Cross.
• Since the beginning of the 2004 campaign, the Mids have lost 10 of their 31 road games (does not include neutral site contests).
• The Mids are 1-2 on the road this season, losing both game by one goal (North Carolina, 9-8, Bucknell, 8-7).
Navy vs. Lehigh — The Series
• Tuesday’s contest between Navy and Lehigh marks the 28th game in a series that began in 1910 ... Navy owns a commanding 26-1 series advantage.
• The Mids won the first three contests before suffering their only loss in the series, a 4-3 decision in 1913 ... Navy enters the game having won 23 in a row against the Mountain Hawks.
• Since Navy joined the league in 2004, the Mids have scored double-figure goals in four of the seven contests ... Navy has produced nine goals in each of the other three wins during that time.
• Navy and Lehigh have met twice in the Patriot League Tournament, 2005 and 2006.
• Tuesday’s contest marks just the fifth (1930, 2001, 2005, 2007) meeting between the two programs in Bethlehem and only the sixth away from Annapolis ... Navy is 4-0 in games played on Lehigh’s home field, including 3-0 under head coach Richie Meade.
The Last Time
• Turning in his first collegiate hat trick, midfielder Sean Standen was one of eight different players to score for the Mids as 11th-ranked Navy rolled to a 14-3 victory over Lehigh at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• Navy's defense complemented its offense, holding Lehigh without a shot in the opening period and just 23 for the game.
• The Mountain Hawks scored their first goal of the game at 8:29 in the second and would not score again until two minutes into the fourth quarter.
• The Mids opened up a four-goal lead early in the second quarter. Patrick Moran punched in a pair of goals, including the game's opening marker just 1:05 into the contest. Nick Mirabito, meanwhile, fed Navy's final three goals in the run.
• Lehigh briefly interrupted Navy's run when Max Dahlem fired in a shot off an unsettled play at 8:29.
• Navy answered seven minutes later when Gregory Clement scored an extra-man goal off a pass from none other than Mirabito. His goal at 1:39 was the first of six straight goals for the Mids.
• The Mids ended the half leading 6-1 after Clement tucked in his second goal with just 14 ticks remaining in the opening half. Keeper Matt Coughlin stepped up and made a sensational save against defenseman Dan Honeywell, he then sent the outlet pass to Tim Paul who was stationed at mid-field. Paul sprinted towards the box and made the pass to Clement who sent it sailing over the shoulder of Lehigh’s Eric Spirko.
• Navy outscored Lehigh 4-0 in the third quarter, which featured several impressive plays by the Mids. Defensive midfielder Geoff Leone grabbed the ball after Lehigh was offside and threw it from the sideline to Mirabito, who was unmarked on the crease, and scored.
• The Mids owned a 10-1 lead after three quarters and went on to outscore the Mountain Hawks 4-2 in the final stanza. Scoring his first collegiate goal was rookie Brian Striffler who punched in the first goal of the fourth quarter for the Mids at the 10-minute mark.
• Three Navy players (Brendan Connors, Patrick Moran, Andy Warner) have produced points in all six games this season.
• Junior attackman Brendan Connors not only has scored a goal in all six games, he’s produced two goals in four of the six.
• Junior middie Patrick Moran has also scored a goal in every game, including a team-best three on extra-man.
• Sophomore attackman Andy Warner is the third amigo to produce a point ... he has turned in goals in five of the six games.
• Warner is coming off a career-high three-goal outburst in the win over Lafayette (3-7) ... his previous best was one goal scored in six different contests over the last two seasons.
• After being held without a point by Mount St. Mary’s last Tuesday, junior attackman Tim Paul turned in a career-high five points in the win over Lafayette (3-7) ... he punched in a pair of goals and dealt out a career-best three assists ... prior to the Mount St. Mary’s contest, he had scored a goal AND dealt out an assist in every game.
• Tim Paul has scored multiple points in 20 contests during his three-year career at Navy, however, the Bucknell game 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 19 games he has had multiple points, he has also scored multiple goals.
• Navy’s starting attack and midfield have accounted for 30 of the 42 goals (.714) this season and 23 of the 33 assists (.697).
• Rookie RJ Wickham is coming off a career-high 14-save effort in only his third appearance in goal ... had he made one more stop, it would have been the most saves by a Navy keeper since Seth DiNola made 21 stops against Penn State ... nonetheless, the 14 saves by Wickham are the most by a Mid since Colin Finnegan stepped in front of 14 shots by Georgetown on March 31, 2007.
• Navy snapped a five-game losing streak when surrendering 8-10 goals in a game, by holding off Lafayette on Saturday who put up nine goals on the Mids.
• The Mids also managed to snap a six-game losing streak when the opponent has a higher clearing percentage ... Lafayette and Navy each had 28 clear attempts, however, the Leopards were successful on one more than Navy.
• Navy has found balance on the offensive side of the field as of late ... six different players accounted for the six goals against Mount St. Mary’s, while 11 players were responsible for the Mids’ 14 goals against Lafayette ... in all, 13 different players have produced goals for Navy this season.
• Navy has outscored its opponents by a narrow 29-25 margin in the first half, but comes out a much different team in the second where it owns a 27-14 scoring advantage.