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Navy and Lehigh to Battle Saturday in Front of National Television Audience

Senior Brady Dove has won just under 70 percent of the draws he has taken against the Mountain Hawks in four previous meetings.
March 24, 2017

GAME 10: NAVY (3-6, 1-3 PL) vs. Lehigh (4-3, 2-2 PL) | 2017 Media Center
 When Saturday, March 25, 2017 | 11:30 AM (ET)
 Location Annapolis, Md. | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium | Directions
 Tickets Buy Online | 1-800-US4NAVY | Available at the Stadium
 Television CBS Sports Network | Ben Holden and Sheehan Stanwick Burch
 Live Video None
 Listen Navy Lacrosse Radio Network (Pete Medhurst, Joe Miller)
 Live Stats Statbroadcast
 Game Notes Navy Get Acrobat Reader | Lehigh Get Acrobat Reader | Patriot League Get Acrobat Reader
 Season Statistics Navy | Lehigh | Patriot League
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Game Day Storylines

Scene Setter: Coming off an 11-6 victory over Dartmouth on Tuesday evening, Navy returns to Patriot League action on Saturday when it plays host to Lehigh.  Faceoff is set for 11:30 am at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The Mids, who enter the game 3-6 overall and 1-3 in the Patriot League, are led by sixth-year head coach Rick Sowell, while the 4-3 Mountain Hawks are under the direction of 10th-year head coach Kevin Cassese. Saturday’s contest marks the 37th meeting in a series that dates back to 1910.

Follow the Action:  Saturday’s contest will be televised live via CBS Sports Network with Ben Holden and Sheehan Stanwick Burch calling the action.  Additionally, Pete Medhurst and Joe Miller will provide the call on 1430 AM / 99.9 FM WNAV.  Radio coverage begins with the Navy Lacrosse Pregame Show at 11:15 AM.  The game will NOT be streamed online due to television coverage, however live stats will be available at NavyStats.com.

Meet the Mids:  Don’t forget Navy is holding its annual Meet the Mids event following Saturday’s game against Lehigh.  Members of the 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.

Fact or Fiction:  Senior Brady Dove is the only player in program history to win 100 or more faceoffs in a season four times.  FACT!  Dove owns the #2 (163 in 2014), #3 (158 in 2016), #6 (147 in 2015) and #13 (101 in 2017) single-season faceoff marks in Navy’s record book.

History to Be Made:  Two records are on the verge of being broken heading into this weekend.  After picking up five ground balls against Dartmouth, senior faceoff specialist Brady Dove heads into the Lehigh game with 298 ground balls.  With two more, he will become the first player in program history and just the fourth in Patriot League history to reach the 300 milestone.  Meanwhile, senior long pole Matt Rees needs just one caused turnover to tie and two to set the Navy career record currently held by former teammate Pat Kiernan (2011-14) who amassed 73.

Flounlacker Flourishes in Senior Season:  Midfielder Colin Flounlacker came into the season with 23 points on 16 goals and seven assists.  This season he has nearly matched that total with 21 points on 15 goals and six assists as a starter.  He has produced a goal or an assist in seven of the nine games, including a career-high six points against Penn where he scored a career-best four goals.

Thank You for Your Support!:  Today’s game day sponsor is Navy Mutual. 

Scouting the Mountain Hawks
• Lehigh enters Saturday’s contest with a 4-3 record overall and a 2-2 mark in Patriot League action.  Its wins are over NJIT (1-5), Jacksonville (13-12), Colgate (11-5) and Lafayette (15-7).  Meanwhile, the Mountain Hawks have losses to North Carolina (15-8), Holy Cross (14-8) and Army West Point (6-4).
• The Mountains Hawks are averaging 10.57 goals per game which stands 34th nationally and fourth in the Patriot League.
• The three-headed monster at attack is led by sophomore Andrew Pettit who has a team-high 29 points on a team-best 22 goals and 7 assists.  Three of his 22 goals have been scored a man up.  He stands sixth nationally, averaging 3.14 goals per game.
• Second-year attackman Tristan Rai has 24 points on 11 goals and 13 assists, while senior attackman Matt Raposo has 23 points on 11 goals and 12 assists.
• The Mountain Hawks are ranked 23rd nationally and third in the Patriot League with their 9.14 scoring defense.  Sophomore Chris Kiernan anchors the defense between the pipes where he owns an 8.85 goals-against average and a 51.7 save percentage.
• Sophomore Craig Chick has emerged as one of the best long poles in the biz, leading the country with three caused turnovers per game.
• Rookie Conor Gaffney has provided Lehigh’s faceoff game with a huge boost as he stands ninth nationally with his 63.3 winning percentage (93 of 147).  As a team, Lehigh is ranked sixth (61.6).  Gaffney also leads the team with 67 ground balls and is #2 nationally averaging 9.57 ground balls per game.
• Lehigh’s extra-man unit has scored on 8 of its 20 opportunities (40.0), while the man-down unit has given up 6 goals on 28 chances (78.6) and stands fifth nationally.

Navy vs. Lehigh - The Series
• Today’s contest between Navy and Lehigh marks the 37th game in a series that began in 1910.  The Mids own a decisive 30-6 series advantage.
• Navy won the first three contests before suffering its first loss in the series, a 4-3 decision in 1913.  The Mids had won 25 in a row against the Mountain Hawks until Lehigh dealt Navy a 14-10 loss in Bethlehem in 2011.  That win sparked a five-game winning streak by the Mountain Hawks over the Mids and none of the four games were closer than four goals.  Navy snapped that five-game skid in 2015 when it outscored Lehigh 4-2 in the final quarter to score a 13-12 victory in Annapolis.
• The Mids have now won two in a row after scoring a 12-7 win against the Mountain Hawks in Bethlehem last spring.  It was Navy’s first win in Bethlehem since March 2, 2010, when the Mids earned an 8-3 victory over Lehigh.
• Navy owns a commanding 22-2 series advantage in games played in Annapolis.  Lehigh’s two wins in Annapolis came in 1913 (4-3) and again in 2012 (9-4).
• Since Navy joined the league in 2004, the Mids have scored double-figure goals in eight of the 16 contests.  Navy has produced nine goals in three of the other eight games during that stretch.
• Navy and Lehigh have met three times in the Patriot League Tournament.  The Mids won in 2005 and ‘06, while the Mountain Hawks claimed the 2014 contest.


 

 

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