Mids Put Three-Game Winning Streak on the Line Against No. 12 Colgate
March 22, 2012
Riding a three-game winning streak, the Navy men's lacrosse team travels to Hamilton, N.Y. on Saturday to play 12th-ranked Colgate ... meeting for the 15th time in series history, the Mids and Raiders will face off at 2:00 pm at Andy Kerr Stadium.
Navy outscored Holy Cross, 5-1, in the second half of last Saturday's 13-7 win, while holding the Crusaders scoreless for the final 26 minutes of the contest ... sophomore attackman Tucker Hull turned in his third eight-point game of the season by leading the Mids with three goals and five assists ... meanwhile, senior keeper RJ Wickham produced a season-high 16 saves to keep the Crusaders at bay while eclipsing the 400-career save milestone.
Meanwhile, Colgate ran its winning streak to five in a row with a 12-6 victory over then 13th-ranked Fairfield last Saturday ... junior attackman Peter Baum anchored the attack with six points on four goals and two assists, while attackmen Ryan Walsh and Brendon McCann along with middie Jeff Ledwick all contributed a pair of goals.
Saturday's contest will be broadcast over the radio waves by WNAV 1430 AM/99.9 FM with Pete Medhurst handling the call ... coverage begins with the Navy Lacrosse Pregame Show at 1:45 pm ... the game will also be streamed online via Colgate All-Access with live stats available at www.NavySports.com.
Taking the Field In ...
10 Navy has lost just five games (50-5) when scoring 10 or more goals since the start of the 2004 season ... Navy is 4-0 this season when reaching 10 goals ... Colgate has scored 10 or more goals in seven of its eight games, winning all seven.
9 Sophomore attackman Tucker Hull has recorded nine hat tricks in his 20-game Navy career, including five this season ... Hull has also produced eight points in a game three times this season, including a three-goal, five-assist effort against Holy Cross last Saturday.
8 Behind a season-best 16-save performance, senior goalkeeper RJ Wickham became just the eighth player in school history to produce 400-career saves ... he stands eighth on the career saves list with 411.
7 The Mids' four wins this season have been when they held their foe to seven or fewer goals.
6 Since 2004, Navy owns an amazing 54-2 record when holding its opponents to six or fewer goals, including a 12-1 mark in the last four seasons combined.
5 Riding a five-game point-scoring streak, senior co-captain Taylor Reynolds has already topped his point total from a year ago (12) with his nine goals and six assists (15).
4 Just four players (Nikk Davis, Tucker Hull, Taylor Reynolds and Jordan Seivold) on the current roster have scored goals against Colgate, all of which have turned in just one goal.
3 Over the last three games, sophomore long pole Pat Kiernan has scored five goals and added an assist ... in the Mids' win over Holy Cross, he scored a career-high tying two goals and dealt out his first-career assist.
2 Tucker Hull is ranked No. 2 in the country in points per game, averaging 5.71 ... his is also ranked 11th in goals per game (2.86) and second in assists per game (2.86).
1 Over the last four seasons, 23 (9-14) of the Mids' 67 contests have been decided by one goal ... Navy has lost five-straight one-goal games ... each of the last four Navy-Colgate games has been decided by one goal with each team winning two of the four.
More on the Raiders
In his first season as head coach, former Army assistant Mike Murphy has the 12th-ranked Colgate Raiders sitting atop the Patriot League with a 1-0 record ... meanwhile the Raiders, who boast a 7-1 record, are off to the program's best start since the 1993 team opened its season with an 8-1 mark.
Colgate, whose only blemish on the year was 9-6 hiccup to Dartmouth, has won five in a row over the likes of Robert Morris (24-14), Hobart (18-8), Holy Cross (13-9), Binghamton (17-8) and Fairfield (12-6).
Junior attackman Peter Baum has been sensational for the Raiders ... as the nation's No. 1 scorer, he has registered 46 points (5.75) on 33 goals and 13 assists.
Freshman attackman Ryan Walsh has made a strong case for Patriot League Rookie of the Year honors, producing 29 points on 19 goals and 10 assists and is the team's second-leading scorer.
Junior Robert Grabher has won 96 of his 175 faceoffs (54.9) and is ranked 24th nationally ... additionally, he is No. 5 in ground balls, averaging 6.88 per contest.
Senior Jared Madison has anchored the defense from the cage where he owns an 8.60 goals-against average and a 51.1 save percentage.
Meanwhile senior Kevin Gordon and sophomore Bobby Lawrence are pacing the team with 14 takeaways apiece ... Lawrence is also second on the team in ground balls with 25.
Navy leads the all-time series with Colgate, 10-4, including wins in two of the last three contests.
Just three (2006, `08, `10) of the 14 contests have been played in Hamilton, N.Y. with Navy claiming wins in two of the three.
The two teams have met 12 times since the Midshipmen joined the Patriot League in 2004 ... during that span, Navy has produced an 8-4 record and outscored Colgate, 129-89.
Each of the last four contests between the two programs has been decided by one goal, including the last trip to Hamilton in which the Mids were forced to come from behind to win eventually win in overtime, 10-9.
Navy and Colgate have twice faced one another in the Patriot League Tournament and have been met with split results ... in 2007, the Mids claimed a 15-9 win over the Raiders in the championship game, before dropping the program's first Patriot League Tournament contest at the 2008 semifinals against eventual champion Colgate.
2011 Navy-Colgate Recap
Navy scored the game's first-two goals, but scoreless lulls of 21 and 31 minutes in the first and second halves, respectively, allowed Colgate to score a 5-4 win over the Mids and snap Navy's three-game winning streak. Colgate, the only Patriot League foe who has beaten the Mids on their home field since Navy joined the league in 2004, has now won two in a row against the Mids at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
Navy jumped out to a 2-0 lead with back-to-back goals within a minute of one another by senior midfielder Kevin Doyle (8:09), followed by a speed dodge goal by Nikk Davis (7:15).
While the Mids looked to have the game well in hand, they were dealt a blow when senior midfielder Andy Warner got tangled up with a Colgate player and Warner suffered a blow to the head. For precautionary reasons, Warner was held out of competition for roughly 15 minutes of game play. Although Warner did return to the game midway through the second quarter, Navy's offense never seemed to get the swagger back in its step.
In fact, Colgate rattled off three-straight goals to take a 3-2 advantage with 5:15 to play in the opening half. Rookie midfielder Jimmy Ryan kicked off the run with a left alley dodge past Navy defensive midfielder Jordan Seivold, sending his shot from 10 yards out past Navy keeper RJ Wickham with 47 seconds left in the first quarter. Faceoff specialist Jim Carroll won the faceoff to open the second frame and found the nation's sixth-ranked goal scorer Peter Baum for the equalizer at 14:54. The Raiders took the lead with 5:15 remaining in the second when Warner's errant pass was picked up by Colgate defenseman Greg Perkins and off to the races they went. The Navy turnover led to one of three transition goals by Colgate, this one by long pole Dave Tucciarone.
The Mids finally got themselves back on the scoreboard when Warner found freshman attackman Tucker Hull for a five-yard shot just to the right of the goal at the 1:12 mark. The assist by Warner extended his point scoring streak to 21-straight games dating back to last year's Lehigh contest.
Navy's efforts were short-lived, however, as Carroll won the ensuing faceoff for the Raiders and got the ball to senior middie Rob Bosco. Filling the middle, Bosco passed the ball off to Baum on the left wing, who fired off a shot that appeared to hit defenseman Michael Hirsch before taking a hop and finding its way into the goal with 1:01 left to take a 3-2 advantage going into halftime.
The third quarter featured several shots that would never find the back of the net until the 4:30 mark when the Raiders perfectly executed their transition game that resulted in a Ben McCabe goal from roughly seven yards out and extended their lead to 5-3.
After barraging Colgate keeper Jared Madison with 11 shots over the final 2:19 of the game, the Mids finally were able to get within one. But the eight-yard unassisted goal by junior attackman Taylor Reynolds came too late for the Mids, as he scored with just two ticks left.
Navy-Holy Cross Rewind
Navy outscored Holy Cross, 5-1, in the second half of last Saturday's 13-7 win, while holding the Crusaders scoreless for the final 26 minutes of the contest
The win gave the Mids their first three-game winning streak since last year when the Mids won three in a row over this same three-game stretch against Lafayette, Towson and Holy Cross.
Navy is now 4-0 this season when holding its opponent to seven or fewer goals.
Sophomore attackman Tucker Hull turned in his third eight-point game of the season by leading the Mids with three goals and five assists ... it also marked his fifth hat trick of the year and ninth of his career.
Navy's first two goals of the game were scored by long stick defensive midfielders ... sophomore Pat Kiernan punched in the game's first goal and went on to finish the game with two goals and an assist ... meanwhile, in just his second-career appearance, sophomore Ben Sampson notched his first-collegiate goal in the opening period.
Six players extended scoring streaks - Taylor Reynolds with five-straight games with a goal, Hull with seven-straight games with a point, Erik Hoffstadt with fiver-straight games with a point and Pat Kiernan with thtree-straight games with a goal.
Junior midfielder Bryce Dabbs saw his five-game goal-scoring streak snapped against Holy Cross after being held scoreless on two shots.
Behind a season-best 16-save performance, senior goalkeeper RJ Wickham became just the eighth player in school history to produce 400-career saves ... he stands eighth on the career saves list with 411.
An Old Fashioned Duel Between 1 and 2
Not only do the nation's top two point producers hail from Patriot League institutions according to this week's NCAA statistics report, Colgate junior Peter Baum and Navy sophomore Tucker Hull are set to square off Saturday in Hamilton, N.Y..
Baum, who owns the nation's seventh-leading scoring streak at 35-consecutive games, is leading the country with his 5.75 points per game, while Hull stands No. 2, averaging 5.71 points per contest.
Baum is also the nation's top goal producer (4.13), while Hull is 11th, scoring 2.86 goals per game.
Hull has registered hat tricks in five of the seven games this season.
Hull, who possesses a more balanced game, is ranked No. 2 in assists per game, dealing out 2.86 per contest.
Kiernan Among Navy's Top Scoring Defensemen
Navy sophomore long stick defensive midfielder Pat Kiernan has produced eight-career points, including seven this season.
He is ranked third all-time for career points scored by a Navy defensemen, while his seven goals are tied as the most.
Among the NCAA's top active defensemen, he is just outside of the top five ... there are only five defensemen in the entire nation who have scored 10 or more career points.
For a single season, Kiernan's seven points are tied as the most by a Navy player alongside Zack Schroeder who produced seven points on three goals and four assists in 2009.
Meanwhile he has turned in more goals this season (6) than any Navy defenseman in program history.
Patriot League Success
Since joining the Patriot League in 2004, Navy is 51-14 (78.1) against conference members, which includes an 11-2 mark in the Patriot League Tournament ... the Mids are 40-12 in regular-season action.
The Mids have lost regular-season contests to ...
Army (3) 2008, `10, `11
Bucknell (4) 2005, `09, `11, `12
Colgate (3) 2006, `09, `11
Lafayette (1) 2010
Lehigh (1) 2011
... and dropped the program's first Patriot League Tournament contest at the 2008 semifinals against eventual champion Colgate and its second to Army in the 2010 championship contest.
Ten of the 14 losses were in games played either at the opponent's field or at a neutral site.
Navy owns a 27-4 record at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium against Patriot League competition since joining the conference in 2004 ... the Mids are 21-4 during the regular season.
The Mids have produced undefeated marks in conference action twice, 7-0 in 2004 and 6-0 in `07.
Navy has won at least a share of the Patriot League regular-season title in five (2004-05-06-07-08) of the seven years it has been a member of the league.
Additionally, the Mids have claimed the league's tournament crown five times (2004-05-06-07-09).
31 different Mids have garnered All-Patriot League recognition, while 19 of the 31 have earned honors multiple times.
Hull Hauls in the Points
Seven games into the season, Navy sophomore attackman Tucker Hull has already eclipsed his team-high 38 points from a year ago.
Hull is the first 40-point scorer for the Mids since Nick Mirabito turned in 46 points on 23 goals and 23 assists in 2008.
He is just 12 points shy of joining Navy's single-season top 20 points list ... 20th-place Mike Hannan produced 52 points during the 1978 season ... Mike Buzzell holds the scoring record with 85 points in 1979.
Meanwhile, Hull is just 22 points shy of joining Navy's list of elite 100-point scorers ... there are just 29 current members of the group with the last player joining the list just a year ago, as Andy Warner graduated with 101-career points.