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Mids and Greyhounds Set to Clash Saturday in Baltimore

Tewaaraton nominee and two-time All-American Chris Fennell
March 17, 2017

GAME 8: Navy (2-5, 1-2 PL) at #17 Loyola (3-3, 2-0 PL) | 2017 Media Center
 When Saturday, March 18, 2017 | 1:00 PM (ET)
 Location Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex | Directions
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Game Day Storylines

Scene Setter:  The Mids will play their third consecutive game on the road when they make the short trip to Baltimore on Saturday afternoon to face Loyola.  Faceoff is set for 1:00 pm at Ridley Athletic Complex. The Mids, who enter the game 2-5 overall and 1-2 in Patriot League action, are led by sixth-year head coach Rick Sowell, while the 3-3 Greyhounds are under the direction of 12th-year head coach Charley Toomey. Saturday's contest marks the 10th meeting in the series and the fourth since Loyola joined the Patriot League in 2014.

Follow the Action:  The Navy-Loyola game will be carried live by 1430 AM / 99.9 FM WNAV with Pete Medhurst handling the call.  Coverage begins with the Navy Lacrosse Pregame Show at 12:45 pm.  The game will also be streamed online for FREE via PatriotLeague.TV, as well as on Twitter. Live stats will be available at

Bunyan Brigade:  Four defensive players currently rank among the program's top nine in career caused turnovers, including three in the top four.  Senior long pole Matt Rees stands #2 on the list with 69 takeaways, just five off Pat Kiernan's (2011-14) school record 74.  Four-year starting defenseman Chris Fennell is #3 with 57, while senior short-stick defensive middie John Trainor is tied for fourth with 45.  Junior short-stick defensive middie DJ Plumer is ninth with 33.

Fact or Fiction:  Four of the last five meetings between Navy and Loyola have been decided by a combined four goals. FACT! The Greyhounds won three consecutive one-goal games against the Mids (8-7 OT in 2010, 9-8 in 2011, 7-6 2OT in 2014), while Navy captured a 10-9 victory over Loyola in Annapolis last spring.  The two teams did not meet in 2012 or `13 and the 2015 game saw Loyola defeat Navy, 17-7, in Baltimore.

Program Ties:  Loyola head coach Charley Toomey served as the Naval Academy Prep School head coach during the 1993 season before joining the Navy coaching staff as an assistant for two years.  He served under Bryan Matthews (1994) and Richie Meade (1995).

Looking for 300:  Senior faceoff specialist Brady Dove needs 10 ground balls to become the first Navy player to amass 300 for his career. There are only four players who have reached 200 - Dove (290), William Wallace (222), John Duthie (214) and Steve Looney (207). He would also become just the fourth player in Patriot League history to reach that milestone, joining Colgate's Peter Strid (384), Lehigh's Ryan Snyder (313) and Colgate's Chris Eck (305).

Shots Shots Shots:  Navy stands 23rd in the country in shot percentage (31.1) this spring, scoring 68 goals on 219 shots.  The last time Navy finished the year shooting better than 30 percent was in 2012 when it posted a 31.1 shot percentage, driving in 109 goals on 351 shots.  Sophomore midfielder Greyson Torain leads Navy with his 37.5 shot percentage (12G, 32Sh).

Scouting the Greyhounds
• In his 12th season as head coach at Loyola, Charley Toomey has directed his Greyhounds to a 3-3 record that features a flawless mark in Patriot League action.
• The Patriot League preseason favorite, Loyola is 2-0 in the conference, earning wins over Lafayette (18-5) and Holy Cross (16-9).
• In addition to its Patriot League wins, Loyola has an 11-7 win over then-#14 Towson.  All three of the Greyhounds losses have been against nationally-ranked programs - 16-15 loss to Virginia, 14-13 overtime loss to Johns Hopkins and a 15-7 loss at Duke last Saturday.
• Leading the way for the Greyhounds is All-American attackman Pat Spencer, who has recorded 33 points on 10 goals and 23 assists.  He is ranked #4 nationally in points per game (5.50) and #2 in assists per game (3.83).  Meanwhile, sophomore middie Alex McGovern is second on the team with 20 points on nine goals and 11 assists.
• Sophomore Jacob Stover stands between the pipes where he is giving up 10.95 goals per game and owns a 48.5 save percentage.  Junior Grant Limone has seen action in four games in a back-up role where he has surrendered 14 goals (10.71 GAA) and made 16 stops (53.3).
• Senior Graham Savio has been solid at the faceoff "x" where he has won 91 of the 156 draws (58.3) he has taken this season.  He has taken all but 12 faceoffs this year.  He stands #21 nationally in faceoff winning percentage and his 8.50 ground balls per game rank sixth nationally.
• While Loyola has held three of its last four opponents to single digits, the Greyhounds are giving up 11.00 goals per game and stand 44th in the country.  Virginia scored 16, Johns Hopkins scored 14 and Duke scored 15 in their wins over the Greyhounds
• On the flipside, Loyols stands #7 in scoring offense averaging 13.33 goals per game and is shooting 32.7 percent.  Their extra-man unit has scored on 45.5 percent of its opportunities which is 20th nationally.
• Clearing the ball on 92.4 percent of its opportunities, Loyola is #4 in the country.  It is also #4 in ground balls per game (35.83).

Navy vs. Loyola - The Series
• The two programs are meeting for just the 10th time overall and the fourth time since Loyola joined the Patriot League in 2014.
• Loyola owns a 5-4 advantage, winning five of the last six meetings.  Navy's 10-9 win over the Greyhounds last spring in Annapolis marked its first win over Loyola since 1943.
• Saturday's contest marks just the third game in the series played in Baltimore with the Greyhounds winning both - 9-8 in 2011 and 17-7 in 2015.
• The two programs first met on May 6, 1939, with Navy scoring a 14-4 victory.  The Mids also took wins over Loyola in 1942 (12-8) and 1943 (8-1).  However, the two teams would not meet again until the NCAA Tournament in 1993.  The Greyhounds dealt the Mids a 19-8 to end their season.
• The two programs rekindled the series in 2010 with Loyola scoring an 8-7 decision in overtime and a year later the Greyhounds earned a 9-8 come-from-behind win over the Mids in Baltimore.

Clash of the Titans
• Saturday's contest between Navy and Loyola will focus on a pair of matchups, the first being Loyola's All-American attackman Pat Spencer vs. Navy's All-American defenseman Chris Fennell.
• Both players were named to the 2017 Tewaaraton Award Watch List at the end of February and both are susperstars at their respective positions.
• Spencer leads the Greyhounds with 33 points on 10 goals and 23 assists, while Fennell has been the heart and soul of the Navy defense for the past four seasons.
• In last year's battle, Spencer was held to one goal and two assists, while Fennell was part of a defense that held the Greyhounds to just two first-half goals.
• The second matchup features two of the best faceoff specialists in Patriot League history in the form of Loyola's Graham Savio and Navy's Brady Dove.  
• Dove stands #6 in the country and #1 in the Patriot League with his 66.1 winning percentage (84-127), while Savio is #21 nationally with his 58.3 winning percentage (91-156).
• Savio stands #2 on the Patriot League's all-time faceoff wins list with 596, while Dove is at his heels with 552.  Both are trying to become just the second and third players in league history to win 600 draws.
• In last year's battle, Dove won 13 of the 22 draws he took, while Savio was 9 of 17.

Save the Date
• Navy will hold its annual Meet the Mids event following its game against Lehigh on March 25 at 11:30 am.
• Members of the Navy lacrosse team will be available for autographs on the Blue Concourse, with the first 300 kids in line for the postgame autograph session receiving a Navy lacrosse "Meet the Mids" t-shirt, compliments of Annapolis area Papa John's and Chick-fil-A.  



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