March 17, 2008
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Navy senior lacrosse players Nick Mirabito (Binghamton, N.Y.) and Jordan DiNola (Ballston Lake, N.Y.) have been named the Patriot League Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, the league office announced Monday afternoon. It is the second time this season the offensive-defensive punch has been honored by the Patriot League.
Mirabito is coming off one of the most successful weeks of his collegiate career, producing 12 points on four goals and eight assists in wins over Lehigh (14-3) and Holy Cross (16-3). The four-year starting attack began the week with a two-goal, career-high four-assist performance against Lehigh. He was spectacular in the early moments of the game, providing a goal or an assist on four of Navy's first five scores. He followed up with another spectacular two-goal, four-assist effort in the Mids' victory over the Crusaders at the 2008 Ford Patriot Cup held in Dallas, Texas. This time around, Mirabito had a hand in each of the Mids' first five goals en route to the biggest goal output by Navy since last year's 19-8 win over North Carolina.
Recording a point (goal/assist) in 52 of the 53 games in which he has played, Mirabito has turned in a point in 12 consecutive games including seven straight with a goal and 11 in a row with an assist. He is pacing the team with 29 points on 13 goals and 16 assists, all of which are Navy highs. Ranked 10th on Navy's career points list with 141, he is just five points shy of joining the Patriot League's all-time top 10 point producers.
While Mirabito provided the spark on offense, DiNola, the Mids' team captain and 2008 Patriot League Preseason Defensive Player of the Year, anchored a defensive unit that was nothing short of spectacular. The Mids held Lehigh and Holy Cross to a combined 36 shots, six of which were generated into goals. Navy held Lehigh without a shot in the first quarter of the game, while Holy Cross was able to muster just two shots in the entire first half. Navy held Lehigh scoreless in the first and third quarters, while surrendering just one goal in the first 47 minutes of action. Meanwhile, Holy Cross didn't get on the scoreboard until three minutes into the second half.
For his part, DiNola marked Lehigh's leading scorer Ricky Cornetta who managed a last second shot at the end of the opening half of play. He was held scoreless in the game. Meanwhile, he kept Holy Cross leading scorer Edison Parzanese under wraps. Parzanese finished the game with three shots and a fourth quarter assist on extra-man.
Navy's defense as a whole has been solid the entire year, holding five of its seven opponents scoreless in the opening quarter of play. Giving up 4.71 goals per game, the defense is ranked No. 3 in the country, while the Mids' man-down squad is ranked 10th, holding its opponents scoreless on 80 percent of their opportunities.
The eighth-ranked Midshipmen will be back in action on Wednesday when they play host to 12th-ranked Bucknell. Action is set for 4:00 pm at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
Single-game tickets for Navy home lacrosse games may be purchased by stopping by the Navy Ticket Office at Ricketts Hall, by calling 1-800-US4-NAVY, via the internet at www.navysports.com or at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on game day. Tickets prices are $8 for adults and $5 for students, while groups of 20 or more will be offered a discounted ticket with advance notice.
For those fans unable to attend the game, be sure to log onto www.wnav.com to hear the Voice of Navy Lacrosse Pete Medhurst call the action. Additionally, the game will be shown live via Navy All-Access which is located on Navy's web site at www.NavySports.com or follow the game via Gametracker which is also located on www.NavySports.com(.)
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