Friday Night Lax Classic - Mids vs. Terps
April 5, 2012
• Looking to bounce back after stumbling against No. 7 Lehigh a week ago, the Navy lacrosse team will face another tough challenge when it travels to College Park Friday evening to battle the 12th-ranked Terrapins of Maryland ... face off is set for 7:00 pm at Byrd Stadium.
• The Midshipmen were the dominant team for the first 20 minutes of their contest last Friday against Lehigh, however the Mountain Hawks showed why they are the nation’s No. 1-ranked defense, as they held Navy scoreless for the final 42 minutes of the game. Lehigh dealt the Mids their first loss in five games, while the Mountain Hawks became the first team in the country to reach 10 wins this spring.
• Maryland dropped its second-straight game of the season as Virginia scored seven of the final eight goals to overcome a two-goal deficit in the third quarter last Friday. Virginia outscored the Terps 5-1 in the fourth period to secure the 12-8 victory.
• Friday’s contest will be broadcast over the radio waves by WNAV 1430 AM/99.9 FM and WFED 1500 AM with Pete Medhurst handling the call ... coverage begins with the Navy lacrosse pregame show at 6:45 pm ... the game will also be streamed online via TerpsTV (may also be access via Navy All-Access with a paid subscription through umterps.com) with live stats available at www.NavySports.com.
Taking the Field In ...
10 Navy has lost just five games (51-5) when scoring 10 or more goals since the start of the 2004 season ... Navy is 5-0 this season when reaching 10 goals ... Maryland has scored 10 or more goals in six of its nine games this season, posting a 5-1 record.
9 Senior attackman Taylor Reynolds owns nine-career multi-point contests, including six of the last seven games.
8 Tucker Hull is one of only three players in program history to post three eight-point games in a season - 6-2 vs. VMI, 3-5 at Lafayette and 3-5 vs. Holy Cross ... he joins Mike Buzzell (1978) and Dennis Nealon (1990) ... no Navy player has ever recorded four eight-point games in a season.
7 Sophomore long pole Pat Kiernan has produced nine points on seven goals and two assists over his career ... the seven goals are tied as the most by a defenseman in school history, along with Bucky Morris (2001-04) and Zack Schroeder (2007-10).
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 ... Maryland has not been held to six goals this season and has scored nine or more goals in each of its last three games against Navy.
5 Friday’s contest marks Navy’s second game this season played on grass ... the Mids, however, have lost five straight on a natural surface.
4 Navy is 5-1 this season when beginning the fourth quarter with an advantage, winning four in a row ... Navy’s lone loss when achieving that feat was a one-goal loss to North Carolina who outscored the Mids 4-0 in the final stanza.
3 Navy is 3-0 in true road games this season, dealing Lafayette (12-7), Towson (10-6) and Colgate (12-11) losses ... the Jacksonville game is considered a neutral site game as it was played at EverBank Field, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
2 Tucker Hull is ranked No. 5 in the country in points per game, averaging 4.67 ... his is also ranked 20th in goals per game (2.44) and sixth in assists per game (2.22).
1 Over the last four seasons, 24 (10-14) of the Mids’ 69 contests have been decided by one goal ... Navy had lost five-straight one-goal games prior to its 12-11 victory over No. 12 Colgate on March 24.
• Second-year Maryland head coach John Tillman served as an assistant coach at the Naval Academy from 1996-07 and was the offensive coordinator his last six years ... Tillman was on staff during the Mids’ memorable Memorial Day ride in 2004 when Navy faced Syracuse in the National Championship Game.
• One of Tillman’s pupils at the Academy, J.L. Reppert (Class of 1999), is in his first season as an assistant coach at his alma mater ... Reppert also served as an assistant on Tillman’s coaching staff at Harvard in 2009 ... Tillman was also an assistant coach at Navy when current volunteer assistant coach Mickey Jarboe, Class of 2000, enjoyed a stellar career at the Academy as a two-time All-American and Kelly Award winner.
• Maryland grad and fourth-year Terrapin assistant coach Ryan Moran spent three seasons (2006-08) as an assistant coach for the Midshipmen ... Moran also served as the head coach at the Naval Academy Prep School during the 2005 campaign.
• Moran and first-year Navy assistant coach Ryan Wellner are both graduates of Chaminade High School ... Wellner was a senior (‘96) when Moran was a freshman (‘99) ... Moran’s father, Jack, gave Wellner his first coaching position in 2003 at Chaminade.
• Maryland junior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk’s father, Mike, was a three-time All-American for the Midshipmen from 1977-79 ... the elder Chanenchuk was a member of four NCAA semifinalist teams and served as co-captain of the 1979 squad that ironically dropped a 15-10 decision in the NCAA semifinals to the Terps.
• Friday evening’s contest between Navy and Maryland marks the 67th-consecutive year the two programs have met ... it’s the second-longest continuous lacrosse series between Navy and another opponent ... only Army has played Navy longer (next week is the 80th-straight year the two have met).
• Maryland leads the series, 52-33-1, however, the Midshipmen have won five of the last eight contests, including three of the last four games played in College Park (2004, ‘06, ‘08).
• Maryland also holds a 22-13 series lead in games played on its home field.
• Eight of the last 13 games played between the two teams have been decided by one goal, including four of the last seven meetings ... meanwhile, four of the last six games played at Byrd Stadium have been decided by one goal.
• Just six players on Navy’s roster have seen action in more than one game against Maryland - seniors Nikk Davis (3 gm), Matt Vernam (3), Logan West (2), RJ Wickham (2) and juniors Jordan Seivold (2), Jay Mann (2) ... meanwhile, five players have punched in goals against Maryland, including three sophomores (Harrison Chaires, Tucker Hull, Sam Jones).
• Navy’s 9-6 win over Maryland in 2004 is the only document win by the Mids over a No. 1-ranked opponent in program history.
2011 Navy-Maryland Recap
• Anchored by back-to-back goals by starting midfielder Jake Bernhardt, Maryland outscored Navy 6-1 in the opening quarter and never looked back, as the Terps earned a 10-4 victory over the Midshipmen on a soggy evening at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• The Terrapins scored four goals in the opening five minutes of the contest, while surrendering just one goal to the Midshipmen over the first 23-plus minutes of action.
• Maryland senior Ryan Young got the evening started by running behind the right side of the cage and sticking his lefty shot past Navy keeper RJ Wickham just two minutes into the contest. A little more than a minute later, middie Joe Cummings targeted his eight-yarder on the run from the right wing to give Maryland a 2-0 lead.
• Navy trimmed the lead to one when midfielder Jay Mann fired his shot top shelf from roughly 10 yards out with 11:27 to go.
• Maryland countered by scoring back-to-back goals just 48 seconds apart (10:55, 10:07) to push ahead, 4-1. By quarter’s end, the Terps had built a 6-1 advantage with goals at 3:26 (Bernhardt) and 3:14 (Grant Catalino) and Navy was left to fight its way out of a huge hole.
• After better than 18 scoreless minutes, Navy finally got on the board at the 6:30 mark in the second quarter when middie Nikk Davis made the hockey assist from the top of the box, passing off to defensive middie Marty Gallagher who then made the extra pass to attackman Tucker Hull. Hull punched in the transition goal from three yards out.
• The Mids had little time to celebrate, as Maryland’s Curtis Holmes won the ensuing draw and promptly passed off to long pole Brian Farrell who fired in his shot from 15 yards out in what would be his first of two goals on the evening. The Terps carried the 7-2 lead into the locker room at half.
• Maryland opened up the second half with attackman Owen Blye bouncing in an eight-yarder to give the Terps a six-goal advantage.
• Navy answered with 3:14 remaining in the third quarter when Gallagher once again got into the mix on transition and found attackman Harrison Chaires for the low-to-low seven-yarder.
• The Terps scored two quick goals in the first three-plus minutes, including Farrell’s second goal that was generated by an errant pass by Mann just over a minute into the final stanza. Blye punched in his second goal of the game at the 12:15 mark to give Maryland it largest lead of the game at 10-3.
• The Mids managed to put up one more goal in the game on a beauty by freshman Sam Jones. Senior Andy Warner split the middle and saw Jones cutting in from the left wing, finding him on the doorstep for Jones’ team-best 22nd goal of the 2011 campaign.
More on the Terps
• After leading Maryland to the NCAA Championship Game in his inaugural season as head coach, former Navy assistant coach John Tillman has guided the Terps to a 5-3 record in 2012.
• The Terps opened the season with wins over Hartford (12-6), Georgetown (16-11) and Duke (10-7), have since lost three of their last five ... Maryland’s losses have come against unranked UMBC (8-7) and nationally-ranked ACC foes North Carolina (11-10) and Virginia (12-8) ... heading into Friday night’s clash with the Mids, Maryland is looking to snap a two-game losing skid.
• Maryland owns a balanced offensive arsenal that includes four players with 10 or more goals and seven players with double-digit points ... anchoring the offense, however, is senior midfielder Joe Cummings who leads the team in points (22) and goals (14).
• Junior attackman Owen Blye and junior midfielder John Haus sport the most balanced games on the team ... Blye has eight goals and nine assists, while Haus has punched in nine goals and added seven assists.
• All-American faceoff specialist Curtis Holmes has won 50 percent (66-132) of the draws he has taken this season, while rookie Charlie Raffa has come on to take 31 faceoffs, including 15 against Virginia a week ago. He is winning at a 41.9 percent clip
• Collectively, Lehigh’s defense is ranked No. 11 in the country, surrendering just 8.0 goals per game.
• Sophomore goalkeeper Niko Amato is ranked eighth in the country with his 7.31 goals-against average, while he stands seventh nationally with a 59.6 save percentage.
• Four Maryland players have registered double-figure takeaways this spring, including junior pole Jesse Bernhardt who is ranked 16th with 1.88 caused turnovers per contest ... second-year close defenseman Brian Cooper is 27th, posting 1.63 takeaways a game.
• As a team, the Terps are ranked eighth in caused turnovers, averaging 9.0 per gam ... on the flip side, Maryland has taken care of the ball and is sixth in turnovers per game, posting 13.25 an outing.
• The one area Maryland has struggled with this season is man-down defense ... stopping 58.1 percent of their opponents’ opportunities, the Terps are 46th out of 61 teams ... the faceoff “x” has been another area of concern recently, as Maryland is ranked 38th with a 47.2 win percentage.
On The Road Again
• Navy will play half of its 12-game slate away from its home venue, Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, this season. Five of the six are true road games, while the sixth is a neutral site contest against Jacksonville which was played at EverBank Stadium, the home of the Jacksonville Jaguars, on Feb. 19.
• Navy stands 3-0 on the road this season with wins over Lafayette (3-10), Towson (3-13) and Colgate (3-24).
• The Mids snapped a two-game road losing streak by dealing Lafayette a 12-7 loss in their first true road game of the season.
• Since the beginning of the 2004 campaign, Navy has lost 21 of its 50 road games (neutral sites not included).
• Last year, Navy produced a 1-6 record in games played away from Annapolis ... its lone road victory was an 8-3 decision over Holy Cross on March 19.
• Lehigh scored eight-straight goals while holding Navy scoreless for better than 40 minutes to defeat the Mids, 9-4, last Friday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis.
• The loss to the Mountain Hawks snapped a four-game winning streak by the Mids, their longest since 2009.
• The Mids were held to a season-low four goals ... Navy has now lost 10-straight when scoring seven or fewer goals, including twice this season (Jacksonville).
• The loss also marked the Mids’ eighth-consecutive loss to a top-10 team ... their last victory over a team ranked in the top 10 was a 10-4 decision over No. 8 Maryland on April 3, 2009.
• Navy held Lehigh scoreless for 22:21 between the first and second quarters, the second-longest drought by a Navy opponent this season ... the Mids were able to build a 4-1 advantage over that time.
• On the flip side, the Mids were held scoreless for 42:02 from the 12:02 mark in the second quarter until the end of the game.
• Navy’s goals at 9:09 (Taylor Reynolds) and 9:04 (Logan West) in the opening quarter marked the quickest goals by the Mids this season.
• Extending their point scoring streaks were starting attackmen Tucker Hull and Taylor Reynolds ... Hull has produced a point in nine-straight games and a goal in six-consecutive games ... Reynolds has turned in a goal in each of the last seven contests.
• Senior midfielder Nikk Davis was held without a point for the first time in six games, while midfielder Pat Durkin and long pole Pat Kiernan had their four-game point-scoring streaks snapped, as well.
• Navy registered season lows in the following - points (5), goals (4), goals in a quarters (tie-0), shots (23), shots on goal (10), ground balls (tie-23) and faceoff attempts (16).
A Closer Look at Navy’s Schedule
• Six of Navy’s opponents this season are among the nation’s top 20 teams according to this week’s edition of the USILA Coaches Poll, including three in the top 10.
Rk Team Record Pts. LW
3 Johns Hopkins 8-1 185 (4) 1
7 Lehigh 10-1 131 7
9 North Carolina 8-3 107 11
12 Maryland 5-3 95 9
15 Bucknell 8-3 57 16
17 Colgate 8-2 39 17
• Three of the seven Patriot League teams are ranked in this week’s installment of both the USILA Coaches Poll and the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll, while the Midshipmen are receiving votes in each poll ... Lehigh (7/7), Bucknell (15/13) and Colgate (17/16) are all ranked among the nation’s top 20.
• Five of Navy’s 2012 opponents finished the 2011 campaign ranked among the nation’s top 20 teams according to the final installment of the USILA Coaches Poll.
• Navy’s 2012 schedule features games against four programs who received NCAA Tournament bids a year ago — Bucknell, Johns Hopkins, Maryland and North Carolina.
• Since the start of the 2004 season, Navy has played 65 of its 133 games against teams ranked in the top 25, posting a 32-33 record (49.2) ... two of the losses have come against the No. 1-ranked team in the country at the time (Johns Hopkins twice).
• Since the start of the 2000 campaign, 95 of Navy’s 185 games have been against ranked teams ... in those games, Navy is 44-51 (46.3).
• In games against unranked foes since 2000, Navy is 73-17 (81.1) ... the losses have come against UMBC (‘01), Air Force and Penn State (‘03), Bucknell (‘05, ‘09, ‘11, ‘12), Colgate (‘06, ‘08, ‘09, ‘11), Towson (‘10), Army (‘10 twice), Lehigh (‘11), Georgetown (‘11) and Jacksonville (‘12).