Army vs. Navy Men's Lacrosse Showdown Set for Saturday in Annapolis
|GAME 13: Army (10-1, 6-0 PL) vs. NAVY (5-7, 3-4 PL) | 2017 Media Center|
|When||Saturday, April 15, 2017 | 12:00 PM (ET)|
|Location||Annapolis, Md. | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium | Directions|
|Tickets||Buy Online | 1-800-US4NAVY | Available at the Stadium|
|Television||CBS Sports Network (Dave Ryan, Evan Washburn)|
|FREE Video Stream||None due to TV coverage|
|Listen||Navy Lacrosse Radio Network (Pete Medhurst, Joe Miller)|
|Game Notes||Navy | Army | Patriot League|
|Season Statistics||Navy | Army | Patriot League|
|More on the Mids||Media Guide|
|Social Media||@NavyAthletics | Facebook | Instragram|
Game Day Storylines
• Scene Setter: Navy will play host to Service Academy rival Army West Point in its regular-season finale on Saturday afternoon (12:00 PM) at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The Mids, who enter the game 5-7 overall and 3-4 in the Patriot League, are led by sixth-year head coach Rick Sowell, while the 10-1 Black Knights are under the direction of 12th-year head coach Joe Alberici. Saturday's contest marks the 98th meeting in a series that dates back to 1924.
• Follow the Action: Saturday's contest will be televised live via CBS Sports Network with Dave Ryan and Evan Washburn 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 11:45 AM. The game will NOT be streamed online due to television coverage, however live stats will be available at NavyStats.com.
• Senior Salute: Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Adm. Ted Carter, Athletic Director Chet Gladchuk and Head Coach Rick Sowell will honor Navy's 11 senior lacrosse players and support staff, as well as their families, in a pregame ceremony on Saturday.
• Fact or Fiction: Navy has had the fewest extra-man attempts in the country this season with just 20. FACT! VMI (11 gms) and Penn (9 gms) are tied with the second fewest with 21. Navy is 7 for 20 (.350) this spring and ranked 38th nationally.
• Patriot League Tournament: With just two weeks left in the Patriot League regular season, it is still too close to call who will qualify for the six-team Patriot League Tournament set to begin on Tuesday, April 25 with two quarterfinal games involving the #3 through #6 teams. Army, the lone undefeated team in the league, and Loyola are the only two teams who have secured a spot in the tournament. Navy (3-4) and Lehigh (3-4) have just one remaining league game, while Boston U. (3-3), Holy Cross (3-3), Colgate (2-4), Bucknell (2-4) and Lafayette (1-5) have two left.
• Showdown at the "X": Saturday's contest features two of the top four faceoff specialists in the country in seniors Dan Grabher from Army and Brady Dove from Navy. Dove stands #3 nationally having won 67.4 percent (147-218) of his draws this season, while Grabher is right behind in fourth with a 67.2 winning percentage (129-192). Dove stands third all-time in the Patriot League in career wins with 615, while Grabher is just outside of the otp 10 with 415.
• Playing the Top 10: #8 Army will be the fourth team ranked among the nation's top 10 that Navy has played this season (#8 Johns Hopkins, #2 Maryland, #10 Penn). It's the most top-10 ranked opponents Navy has played during the regular season since 2008 when the Mids faced #6 Cornell, #4 Georgetown, #3 Maryland and #7 Johns Hopkins.
Scouting the Black Knights
• Twelfth-year Army head coach Joe Alberici has directed the Black Knights to a 10-1 record, including a flawless 6-0 mark in Patriot League play. After dropping a 12-10 decision at Rutgers on Feb. 18, Army has won nine straight games.
• Army's defense has been stout, holding its opponents to just 7.09 goals per game which is #2 nationally. On the other side of the field, the Black Knights' offense stands 13th nationally, averaging 12.18 goals per game. They have been held to single digits just twice this season, a 9-2 win at UMass in the opener and a 6-4 win at Lehigh on March 11.
• All-Patriot League attackman Cole Johnson leads the offense with 37 points on team highs in both goals (22) and assists (15). Junior middie David Symmes has 26 points on 18 goals and 8 assists, while second-year attackman Nate Jones has produced 24 points on 21 goals and 3 assists.
• Sophomore keeper AJ Barretto owns a 7.37 goals-against average (#5 in the country) and boasts a 53.5 save percentage.
• The faceoff game has been consistently strong this season. Army has won 64.1 percent (159-248) of its draws and is ranked #4 nationally - just behind the Mids. Junior Dan Grabher leads the way with a 67.2 winning percentage (129-192) and stands #4 nationally.
• Grabher has also led the charge in the ground ball category where Army is ranked #3 with its 35.36 average. Grabher is #5 in the country, averaging 8.00 ground balls per game.
Army Vs. Navy - The Series
• Saturday's contest marks the 98th contest between Army and Navy on the lacrosse field, meeting for the 85th consecutive year. It's the longest continuous lacrosse series between Navy and another team.
• Navy owns a 59-35-3 series advantage and has won 16 of the last 25 contests in the series.
• The Mids also own a 54-32-3 advantage in Star Games, winning 13 of the last 19 including each of the last two.
• Navy has won each of the last two Star Games, however, Army has come back to defeat the Mids in the Patriot League Tournament Semifinals in both years.
• The Mids lead the series in Annapolis 29-17-1, however the Black Knights have won two in a row on the Mids' home field.
• Army and Navy have met twice in a season on seven previous occasions. In 1978 and `81, the two also met in the NCAA Tournament. The two have met in the Patriot League Tournament in 2005, `06, `07, `10, `15 and `16.
• Navy has scored eight or more goals in 23 of the last 30 contests against Army. However, the Mids have scored double figures just three times in the last 12 games against Army. Navy has held Army to single digits in 11 of the 19 games since joining the league in 2004.
Breaking Down the Rivalry
All-Time Army-Navy Record - Navy Leads, 1041-789-41 (56.7)
2016-17 Overall Record vs. Army - 15-10 (60.0)
2016-17 Star Game Record vs. Army - 11-9 (55.0)
• Saturday's Army-Navy men's lacrosse game is one of three remaining Star competitions for the 2016-17 season. In addition to lacrosse, the Army-Navy men's tennis match will also be played on Saturday beginning at 1:00 pm in West Point. The Army-Navy baseball series is slated to be played in West Point on April 22-23.
• Navy needs just one win among the final three Star competitions to secure the Army-Navy Star Series presented by USAA. Should the Mids defeat Army in either the lacrosse game or tennis match on Saturday, Navy will win the Star Series for the 19th time in the last 21 years.
• A year ago, the two teams were in a similar situation going into the lacrosse game with Navy holding an 11-8-1 advantage. Navy midfielder Casey Rees scored the game-winning goal in overtime to clinch the Star Series for the Midshipmen.
Army, Navy Among Winningest Programs
• Navy is one of just seven Div. I lacrosse programs that has produced 700 wins.
• With 788 wins, Navy is the fourth-winningest team in Div. I men's lacrosse history behind Johns Hopkins (969), the only program to top 900 wins, Syracuse (890) and Maryland (800).
• Navy faced two of the top three winningest programs in the first two games of the season - Johns Hopkins (L, 15-18) and Maryland (L, 15-12) - and will face arch rival Army, who stands #5 on the list, in Annapolis on Saturday.