Fennell Headlines Navy’s List of Men’s Lacrosse All-League Selections
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — Four members of the fourth-seeded Navy men’s lacrosse team were named to the 2017 All-Patriot League Team announced Monday, including Chris Fennell (Sr. / Milford, N.J.) who was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year for a third consecutive year. Three of Navy’s four all-league selections were named to the 15-player first team, while one was selected to the second team.
First-Team All-Patriot League
Chris Fennell - Sr. | D | Milford, N.J. | Delaware Valley; 2015-16-17 First-Team All-Patriot League; 2015-16-17 Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year
Matt Rees - Sr. | LSM | Sykesville, Md. | Boys’ Latin; 2016-17 First-Team All-Patriot League, 2015 Second-Team All-Patriot League
Both three-time All-Patriot League selections, Chris Fennell and Matt Rees have served as the linchpins of Navy’s defense over the past four seasons. Navy’s defensive unit has been ranked among the top 25 in each of their four seasons, including last year’s remarkable year that saw the Mids stand #2 nationally in scoring average (7.38). This season, the Mids are 23rd in the country allowing 9.46 goals per contest. They have held 28 of their last 43 opponents to single digits, including eight of their 13 foes this spring. Additionally, Navy has held 19 of its last 42 opponents to scoring droughts of 20 minute or more, including each of its last three foes this season.
A starter in every game in which he’s played (53) over his four-year career, Fennell stands #3 on the Mids’ career caused turnovers list with 65, including 12 this season. His marks of 23 and 17 caused turnovers in 2016 and 2015 stand #6 and #11(T), respectively, on Navy’s single-season caused turnovers list. Additionally, he has produced 33 ground balls this season and 125 for his career. He has 10 career points (5G, 5A), including four (2G, 2A) this season. The 10 points are the fourth most by a Navy close defenseman or long-stick midfielder, while his five goals are the fifth most.
A 2016 and ‘17 Tewaaraton Award nominee and two-time All-American, Fennell has drawn the opponent’s top offensive player in each of his four years. He played a pivotal role in Navy’s Star Game victory 10 days ago that saw the Mids hold #8 Army off the scoreboard for the first 22 minutes and the final 18-plus minutes of a 10-6 win that clinched the Mids’ Patriot League Tournament berth.
A unanimous first-team selection this spring, Fennell will graduate as the only player in league history to be named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year three times. One of only 12 players in Navy history to earn All-Patriot League honors three or more times, he is just the sixth Navy player to earn first-team honors three times.
Rees, meanwhile, is one of the most feared long-stick defensive midfielders in the game and adds his name to Navy’s list of three-time All-Patriot League selections after being named to the first time on Monday. Navy’s leader in caused turnovers in each of the last three seasons, he is the Mids’ all-time leader in the category with 81 and is on the cusp of joining the NCAA’s all-time top 25. He has recorded 26 caused turnovers in each of the last two years which are the third most in a Navy season, while his 20 takeaways in 2015 are the ninth most. Amassing 180 ground balls over four seasons, he stands eighth on the Mids’ all-time list. A dangerous player in transition, Rees has recorded 16 career points and is the top scoring close defenseman or long-stick defensive midfielder in school history with 15 goals.
First-Team All-Patriot League
Greyson Torain - So. | M | Glen Burnie, Md. | DeMatha Catholic; 2017 First-Team All-Patriot League
A first-time All-Patriot League selection and a unanimous pick by the league’s coaches, Greyson Torain is Navy’s second-leading scorer overall and top out of the midfield. He has amassed 35 points on a team-high 21 goals and 14 assists this spring and is one of 15 different midfielders in program history who have scored 30 or more points in a season. His 35 points are tied as the seventh most in Navy history among middies. Torain is currently the top point producer among midfielders in the Patriot League and is seventh among his position leaders on a national level. A starter in every game over the last two seasons for the Mids, one of Torain’s most remarkable stats is 30 of his 38 career goals have been unassisted, including 18 of 21 this season.
Second-Team All-Patriot League
Brady Dove - Sr. | FO | Stevensville, Md. | Kent Island; 2014-16-17 Second-Team All-Patriot League, 2015 First-Team All-Patriot League
Just the 13th Patriot League player, including the only faceoff specialist, and the first Navy player to earn All-Patriot League recognition four times, Brady Dove has rewritten the Navy record books over his career. The Mids’ all-time faceoff wins record holder with 626, he stands third all-time in Patriot League history and is just outside of the top 25 in NCAA history. He is also one of just 24 players in NCAA history who has won 100 or more faceoffs all four years. He has has won more faceoffs than any other player as a freshman, sophomore and senior and was just 15 off the junior class record (173) set by Chris Pieczonka during Navy’s run to the NCAA Championship Game in 2004.
Dove, perhaps, saved his best season for last as he has been on a tear this spring. He is ranked #4 nationally and #1 in the Patriot League in faceoff winning percentage (158-236, 66.9) and is #12 in the country ground balls per game (7.00). Dove broke the program and Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium single-game records by winning 21 (of 29) faceoffs against #2 Maryland in Navy’s second game of the 2017 campaign. He later equalled the mark against Lehigh, this time winning 21 of 25 draws against his Mountain Hawk foe who stood #9 in the country at the time of the contest. In that same game, Dove grabbed a career-high 17 ground balls en route to breaking the Mids’ single-game ground balls record set by Logan West (12) against Bucknell in 2012. Dove is also Navy’s career ground ball leader with 339 and is second all-time in the Patriot League, trailing Colgate’s Peter Strid who amassed 384 from 1993-96.
There are only two records that have eluded Dove over his four seasons and he will have the opportunity to break both of them heading into the Patriot League Tournament this week. With 158 faceoff wins this spring, he is tied for third on Navy’s single-season faceoff wins list and trails record holder Chris Pieczonka (2004) by 15. Meanwhile, he needs two ground balls to tie and three to break Pieczonka’s single-season ground balls mark set in 2004.
The 2017 Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse Tournament kicks off on Tuesday when fourth-seeded Navy plays host to fifth-seeded Holy Cross at 6:00 pm and third-seeded Boston University plays host to sixth-seeded Lehigh at 7:00 pm in quarterfinal action. Top-seeded Loyola will play the lowest remaining seed in Friday’s first semifinal beginning at 4:30 PM at Ridley Athletic Complex, while second-seeded Army will play highest remaining seed in the second semifinal at 7:30 PM.
The winners of the two semifinals will meet on Sunday in the title game at 1:00 PM at Ridley Athletic Complex. The semifinals and championship game will be televised live on CBS Sports Network.
Tickets ($10 adults / $5 Youth) for Navy’s quarterfinal contest may be purchased at the games or in advance by calling 1-800-US4-NAVY, logging on to NavySports.com, or stopping by the Navy Ticket Office located in Ricketts Hall. The Navy Ticket Office is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. There will also be a $5 charge to park at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
2017 Men's Lacrosse All-Patriot League Team
Offensive Player of the Year: Pat Spencer, Loyola
Defensive Player of the Year: Chris Fennell, Navy
FO Specialist of the Year: Dan Grabher, Army
Goalkeeper of the Year: Christian Carson-Banister, Boston U.
Rookie of the Year: Griffin Brown, Colgate
Coach of the Year: Ryan Polley, Boston U.
A * Cole Johnson, Army / Sr
A * Cal Dearth, Boston U. / Sr
A * Will Sands, Bucknell / Jr
A * Pat Spencer, Loyola / So
M David Symmes, Army / Jr
M Sean O’Brien, Bucknell / Jr
M Brian Sherlock, Loyola / Sr
M * Greyson Torain, Navy / So
D Johnny Surdick, Army / So
D Dominick Calisto, Boston U. / Sr
D Craig Chick, Lehigh / So
D * Chris Fennell, Navy / Sr
FO Dan Grabher, Army / Sr
LSM Matt Rees, Navy / Sr
GK * Christian Carson-Banister, Boston U. / Sr
* unanimous selections
A Jack Wilson, Boston U. / Jr
A Andrew Pettit, Lehigh / So
A Alex McGovern, Loyola / So
M Brendan Homire, Boston U. / Jr
M Kevin Lux, Holy Cross / Sr
M Romar Dennis, Loyola / Sr
D Reaves Klipstein, Army / Sr
D Matt Gilray, Bucknell / Jr
D Eddie Bouhall, Lehigh / Sr
D Jack Carrigan, Loyola / Sr
FO Brady Dove, Navy / Sr
LSM Greg Wozniak, Boston U. / Sr
SSDM Brian Begley, Loyola / Jr
GK Christian Klipstein, Bucknell / So
GK Brandon Burke, Colgate / Sr
### Go Navy ###