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Mids to Make Trek to Snowy Northeast to Battle Holy Cross

All-American defenseman Chris Fennell scored a goal and dealt out an assist in last year's win over Holy Cross.
March 31, 2017

GAME 11: NAVY (4-6, 2-3 PL) at Holy Cross (2-7, 2-2 PL) | 2017 Media Center
 When Sunday, April 2, 2017 | 11:05 AM (ET)
 Location Worcester, Mass. | Kuzniewski Field | Directions
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Game Day Storylines

Scene Setter: Coming off a pair of wins last week, Navy will look to use that momentum to its benefit when it travels to Worcester, Mass. on Sunday to face Holy Cross. Faceoff is set for 11:05 am at Kuzniewski Field. The Mids, who enter the game 4-6 overall and 2-3 in the Patriot League, are led by sixth-year head coach Rick Sowell, while the 2-7 Crusaders are under the direction of third-year head coach Judd Lattimore. Saturday’s contest marks the 14th meeting in a series that dates back to 2004, the same year Navy joined the Patriot League in men’s lacrosse.

Follow the Action:  The Navy-Holy Cross game will be streamed online for FREE via PatriotLeague.TV, while live stats will be available at The game, however, will NOT be aired on the radio due to a scheduling conflict with the change in day.

Fact or Fiction:  Junior attackman Dave Little stands among the nation’s top 10 in shooting percentage. FACT!  Little is shooting 50 percent on the nose, scoring 17 goals on 34 shots this spring and is ranked #8 in the country. A week ago the first-year starter scored 9 goals on 9 shots. As a team, Navy is shooting 32.4 percent with 100 goals on 309 shots. Navy hasn’t finished the year shooting 30 percent or better since 2012 (31.1). The Mids are currently ranked 17th nationally in shooting percentage.

Looking for #600:  Senior specialist Brady Dove needs 10 faceoff wins to become the first player in program history and just the third in Patriot League history with 600 career faceoff wins.  Already Navy’s career faceoff wins record holder (590), he is chasing Patriot League record holder Chris Eck of Colgate (2005-08) who amassed 664 wins and Loyola senior Graham Savio who has 638 wins.

Lucky 13:  Midfielder Greyson Torain has produced a combined 13 points in the last two contests. Against Dartmouth, he turned in a career-high 7 points on 3 goals and 4 assists. He followed up with a 6-point effort on 1 goal and a career-best 5 assists against Lehigh.  Torain is the Mids’ second-leading scorer with 28 points on a team-best 16 goals and 12 assists.

Road Block:  Two of Navy’s final three regular-season games are on the road, beginning with Saturday’s contest at Holy Cross. Navy is just 1-4 in games played away from Annapolis this season, including 0-2 in Patriot League games (Lafayette, Loyola).

May I Assist You:  Navy’s assist production is up this season. The Mids are averaging 6.00 assists per game which stands 31st nationally. The last time Navy finished a season averaging at least 6.00 assists per game was 2007 when the Mids recorded 94 assists in 15 games for a 6.27 average. In its last two games, Navy has averaged 9.5 assists (7 vs. Dartmouth, 12 vs. Lehigh).

Scouting the Crusaders
• Third-year Holy Cross head coach Judd Lattimore has led the Crusaders to a 2-7 record, including a 2-2 mark in Patriot League action.  The Crusaders have wins over Lehigh (14-8) and Bucknell (10-8) and losses to Providence (10-4), Vermont (14-8), Harvard 912-9), Loyola (16-9), Army West Point (10-4), Brown (17-14) and Marist (8-5).
• The senior attack duo of Sean Kirkpatrick and Kevin Lux sit atop the Crusaders’ scoring leader board with 22 points apiece.  Kirkpatrick owns 15 goals and 7 assists, while Lux has 11 goals while dealing out a team-high 11 assists.  Senior middie Marc Buermann has punched in a team-high 16 goals and added four assists to round out the 20-plus point scorers.
• The Crusaders are averaging 8.56 goals per game (53rd nationally), while their defense is giving up 11.44 goals per game (50th nationally).
• Holy Cross has held three opponents to single digits this season and two of those three games have resulted in wins.  On the flip side, the Crusaders have been held to single digits in seven of their 10 games.
• Rookie keeper Jonathan Tesoro has faced 330 shots (31 more and in one fewer game than Navy’s Ryan Kern). He has played all but 4:11 of Holy Cross’ 540 minutes.  Tesoro has an 11.42 goals-against average and a 45.7 save percentage.
• The defense, however, is averaging 8.78 caused turnovers per game which stands seventh nationally.  Henry Lilly and Matt Farrell are atop the HC list with 13 apiece this spring.
• The defense has had to fight extraordinarily hard due to the lack of faceoff wins.  The Crusaders are winning just 35.7 percent (75-210) of the draws this season and stand 67th nationally.  Freshman Mike Martens (60-154, 39.0) the bulk of the faceoffs this season, while classmate Charlie Keating is 13-47 (27.7) and senior Liam Driscoll is 2-9 (22.2).

Navy vs. Holy Cross - The Series
• Saturday’s contest marks the 14th meeting between Navy and Holy Cross.  The Mids own a 12-1 advantage in the series, including wins in each of the last three contests.
• Navy and Holy Cross have played one another four times in Worcester, Mass. (2005, ‘09, ‘11, ‘15) and six  times in Annapolis (2004, ‘06, ‘10, ‘12, ‘14, ‘16).
• Meanwhile, Navy and Holy Cross have met on neutral ground three times.  
• In 2007, the two programs faced one another at SMU’s Ford Stadium where the Mids dealt Holy Cross a 12-2 loss.  It was Navy’s first trip to Texas since the Mids defeated Johns Hopkins, 9-6, on May 8, 1971, at the Houston Astrodome.
• In 2008, Navy and Holy Cross were part of the Ford Patriot Cup which featured two high school games, along with two Div. I men’s lax games (Rutgers vs. Army).  Navy scored a 16-3 win over the Crusaders at Texas Stadium, the former home of the Dallas Cowboys.
• In 2013, Holy Cross earned its first victory over the Midshipmen, securing a 7-5 victory in a game that was played at Citi Field, the home of Major League Baseball’s New York Mets.  It was just the second Div. I men’s lacrosse game played at a Major League Baseball venue.
• Navy has scored eight or more goals in 11 of the 13 contests, while putting up double-figure goals in nine of the 13 (8 in 2005 and 2011, 7 in 2015).  The Mids’ defense, meanwhile, has held Holy Cross to five or fewer goals in nine of the 13 games.

Records Fall in Win over Lehigh
• A number of individual school and Patriot League records were set in last Saturday’s win over Lehigh.  Here’s a look at those performances.
• Junior attackman Dave Little broke Patriot League, Navy and Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium records with his nine-goal performance.  It broke a 74-year-old school record held by Robert Booze who scored eight against Drexel in 1943. The stadium record was six by seven different players, while the conference record was eight which was also accomplished by six players.
• The nine goals are also the most goals scored by a player in Div. I this season and tied as the 18th most in Div. I history.
• Senior Brady Dove tied the school and Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium records for faceoff wins in a game.  Dove won 21 of the 25 draws he took against Lehigh, tying the record he previously set on Feb. 11 of this season with 21 wins on 29 draws against Maryland.
• Dove also broke the school and Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium records for most ground balls, picking up 17 against the Mountain Hawks.  The previous school and stadium record was 14 by Logan West vs. Bucknell on March 3, 2012.  The mark is the second best in Div. I this season, as Yale’s Conor Mackie grabbed 18 on the same day Dove had his 17.
• Dove also became the first Navy player and one of five in Patriot League history to reach 300 ground balls.
• Senior long stick midfielder Matt Rees caused three turnovers and in doing so set the school record for career caused turnovers, moving past former teammate Pat Kiernan (2011-14) who had 74.
• Little was named the Corvias Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week, the Alpha Lacrosse National Player of the Week (Inside Lacrosse) and the Epoch/US Lacrosse Player of the Week.  Dove was named the Corvias Patriot League Faceoff Specialist of the Week.



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