|2014 Navy Men's Lacrosse Game Specifics
||Patriot League Quarters - Navy (4-8, 3-5 PL) at No. 18 Lehigh (11-4, 6-2 PL)
|Date and Faceoff
||April 22 at 7:00 pm ET
||Bethlehem, Pa. | Ulrich Sports Complex (1,200)
||WNAV (1430 AM, 99.9 FM) | Pete Medhurst & Joe Miller
| Game Notes
The Last Meeting
March 15, 2014
Lehigh Smothers Navy, Scores 13-2 Win
The Lehigh men's lacrosse team (6-2, 3-1 Patriot League) scored 10 of the game's first 11 goals and held the Mids off the scoredboard for better than 30 minutes as the Mountain Hawks earned a 13-2 victory over Navy (3-4, 2-2 PL) Saturday afternoon at Ulrich Sports Complex.
Sixth-seeded Navy (4-8, 3-5 Patriot League) will begin its quest for a sixth Patriot League Tournament title when it travels to Bethlehem, Pa. to battle third-seeded Lehigh (11-4, 6-2 PL) on Tuesday at 7:00 pm.
The Mids, who are coming off a heart-breaking 6-5 loss to sixth-ranked Johns Hopkins last Friday evening, are making their first trip to the Patriot League Tournament since 2010 when they dropped an 11-8 decision to Army in the championship game.
Eighteenth-ranked Lehigh, meanwhile, has won five of its last six games, including a 17-6 victory over arch rival Lafayette last Friday. The Mountain Hawks are the two-time defending Patriot League Tournament Champions, beating Colgate (16-4) in 2012 and Bucknell (11-5) in 2013.
Fourth-seeded Colgate (8-5, 4-4 PL) will play host to Bucknell (7-7, 4-4 PL) at 4:00 pm on Tuesday in the other Patriot League Quarterfinal.
Top-seeded Loyola (12-1, 8-0 PL) and second-seeded Army (9-3, 7-1 PL) received opening-round byes in what is the first year of the expanded six-team Patriot League Tournament. In its first season as a member of the conference, Loyola will play host to the semifinals slated for Friday and the championship game on Sunday. The tournament will be re-seeded following the quarterfinal games with Loyola playing its semifinal contest at 4:30 on Friday, followed by the Army contest at 7:30 pm.
Both Patriot League semifinal contests will be televised live by CBS College Sports with Dave Ryan (play by play) and Evan Washburn (analyst) calling the action. Sunday's championship game will also be broadcast by CBS College Sports beginning at 1:00 pm.
Tuesday's contest at Lehigh will be carried live by 1430 AM / 99.9 FM WNAV with Pete Medhurst and Joe Miller handling the call. Coverage begins with the Navy lacrosse pregame show at 6:45 pm.
The game will also be streamed online for FREE via PatriotLeague.TV(.) Live stats will be available at NavySports.com.
Taking the Field In ...
10 - Navy has lost just five games (58-5) when scoring 10 or more goals since the start of the 2004 season ... Navy is 12-0 under Sowell when scoring 10 or more goals (5-0 in 2012, 3-0 in 2013, 4-0 in 2014).
9 - Junior short stick defensive midfielder Alex Heyward has 9 caused turnovers this season. He recorded a career-best 3 takeaways against Lehigh earlier this season.
8 - This is Navy's 8 Patriot League Tournament appearance and first since 2010. The Mids have claimed the title five times and own an 11-2 record in the conference tournament.
7 - Senior attackmen Tucker Hull and Sam Jones have each been held without a point in just 7 games over their careers (50 games). Neither Hull, nor Jones scored a point against Lehigh earlier this season.
6 - Hull has punched in multiple goals in 6 games this season, including 3 of the last 4 games (2 vs. Boston U., Loyola, Johns Hopkins).
5 - Freshman Brady Dove stands 4th on Navy's single-season faceoff wins list with 145. He needs 5 wins to become one of only 4 players in school history to win 150 draws in a single season.
4 - Kiernan is pacing the Mids with 19 caused turnovers this spring and is ranked 4th on Navy's all-time single season list. He needs just 1 caused turnover to become the program's third different player to post 20 takeaways in a season and first to do it multiple times.
3 - Jones needs 3 assists to become only the sixth player in program history to score 80 goals and deal out 60 assists. He has scored 83 goals and posted 57 assists.
2 - Jones needs just 2 points to become just the second Navy player in the last eight years to score 40 points. Hull scored 47 in 2012.
1 - Third-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell is just 1 win shy of earning his 100th collegiate victory. He owns a 99-104 record in 15 years as a head coach.
Scouting the Mountain Hawks
Seventh-year Lehigh head coach Kevin Cassese has led the 17th-ranked Mountain Hawks to an 11-4 record this spring, including a 6-2 mark in Patriot League play and a No. 3 seed in the Patriot League Tournament. Lehigh's losses have come at the hands of nationally-ranked programs Loyola (14-7), Yale (10-2), Army (6-5) and Princeton (10-9, 2OT).
A staple for Cassese's teams over the last several years has been the strength of its defense. That continues to be the trend this year as the Mountain Hawks enter the week ranked fourth nationally, giving up just 6.47 goals per game. Loyola (14), Yale (10) and Princeton (10) are the only teams who have score double digits against Lehigh this season.
One of the keys to the success of the defense is two-time Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year Matt Poillon ... Poillon boasts a 58.4 save percentage which is 16th nationally and owns a 6.30 goals-against average.
Additionally, defensemen Tripp Telesco and Dylan O'Shaughnessy have been sensational. Telesco leads the way with 32 caused turnovers and 37 grounders, while O'Shaughnessy has 20 takeaways and 28 grounders.
Meanwhile, the starting attack trio of Reid Weber, Patrick Corbett and Dan Taylor has been sensational. Weber and Taylor boast all-around games as both scorers and feeders with Taylor pacing the team with 61 points on 39 goals and 22 assists while Weber has 38 points on 22 goals and 16 assists. Corbett, meanwhile, is the finisher, posting 30 points on 26 goals and 4 assists.
Senior Ryan Buttenbaum has taken over the faceoff duties this year where he has settled in as one of the nation's leaders. He has won 126 of the 219 draws for a 57.5 wining percentage and leads the team with 59 ground balls. He is ranked 15th in the country in faceoff winning percentage and 35th in ground balls per game
According to the national statistics released on Monday, the Mountain Hawks are ranked among the nation's top 20 in eight statistical categories. They are among the top 10 in four stats.
One weakness the Mountain Hawks do have is extra-man offense where they have scored on just 20 percent (5-25) of their opportunities and are ranked 58th.
Navy vs. Lehigh - The Series
Tuesday's contest between Navy and Lehigh marks the 34th game in a series that began in 1910 ... the Midshipmen own a commanding 28-5 series advantage.
The Mids won the first three contests before suffering their first loss in the series, a 4-3 decision in 1913 ... Navy had won 25 in a row against the Mountain Hawks until Lehigh dealt the Mids a 14-10 loss in Bethlehem in 2011. That win has sparked a four-game winning streak by the Mountain Hawks over the Mids and none of the four games have been closer than four goals.
Navy owns a 6-3 series advantage in games played in Bethlehem.
Five of the last six games have been played in Bethlehem and Tuesday's contest marks the third consecutive game played on Lehigh's home field. The lone game to be played in Annapolis since 2009 was the 2012 contest in which Lehigh won, 9-4.
Since Navy joined the league in 2004, the Mids have scored double-figure goals in six of the 13 contests ... Navy has produced nine goals in three of the other seven games during that stretch.
Navy and Lehigh have met twice in the Patriot League Tournament, 2005 and 2006, with the Mids winning both.