March 11, 2009
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- Freshman goalkeeper RJ Wickham (Penn Yan, N.Y.) stopped 60.7 percent of the shots he faced in leading the nationally-ranked Navy lacrosse team to a pair of wins last week and was rewarded by being named the Patriot League's Rookie of the Week, it was announced by the conference office Tuesday afternoon. Wickham is the third Navy player to pick up weekly kudos from the league.
Wickham is the fourth different Midshipman and the first goalkeeper to garner rookie of the week recognition since Navy joined the conference in 2004. Wickham joins All-Americans Billy Looney and Nick Mirabito, along with current teammates Basil Daratsos (Niskayuna, N.Y.) and Tim Paul (Parkton, Md.) on the list of previous Navy players to nab the honor.
Wickham burst onto the scene on Feb. 28 when 15th-year Navy head coach Richie Meade inserted the newcomer into the starting lineup against Bucknell. Just the fourth freshman goalkeeper to start in program history, he is the first since two-time All-American and Kelly Award winner Mickey Jarboe, who remains active in the game and is among the short list of players invited to try out for the 2010 U.S. Team. Wickham earned his first collegiate win a week ago Tuesday, surrending just two goals while making three saves in the Mids' win over Mount St. Mary's. He followed up with an impressive performance against Lafayette where he stopped 14 shots on goal, the most saves by a Navy keeper since Colin Finnegan stepped in front of 14 shots by seventh-ranked Georgetown on March 31, 2007.
Including Tuesday night's road win over Lehigh, Wickham has made four starts in goal. He has given up 27 goals and owns a 6.75 goals-against average, while holding a 53.4 save percentage. With 31 saves, he stands fourth on the Mids' freshman leader board.
The Midshipmen will be back in action on Saturday afternoon (3:00 pm) when they battle Holy Cross. The two programs will meet in Worcester, Mass. for just the second time in school history and first since 2005. Navy owns a 5-0 series advantage over the Crusaders, outscoring Holy Cross 76-18. The Mids have scored 12 or more goals in four of the five contests, however, the last time Navy faced Holy Cross on its home field, the Mids escaped with an 8-5 win.
Saturday's game will be carried live on 1430 WNAV with Pete Medhurst calling the action beginning with the Navy Lacrosse Pregame Show airing at 2:45 pm. Additionally, Holy Cross will provide a video webcast (paid subscription) of the game via its internet site at www.GoHolyCross.com(.)
### Go Navy ###