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Mids and Crusaders Clash Tuesday Under the Lights

First-Team All-Patriot League midfielder Greyson Torain
April 24, 2017

PL Quarterfinals // NAVY (6-7, 4-4 PL) vs. Holy Cross (4-9, 4-4 PL) | 2017 Media Center
 When Tuesday, April 25, 2017 | 6:00 PM (ET)
 Location Annapolis, Md. | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium | Directions
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Game Day Storylines

Scene Setter: Navy will play host to Holy Cross in the Patriot League Quarterfinals on Tuesday at 6:00 pm at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The Mids, who enter the game 6-7 overall and 4-4 in the Patriot League, are led by sixth-year head coach Rick Sowell, while the 4-9 Crusaders are under the direction of third-year head coach Judd Lattimore. Tuesday's contest marks the 15th meeting in a series that dates back to 2004.

Follow the Action: Tuesday's contest will be streamed online for FREE via the Patriot League Network with Pete Medhurst and Joe Miller handling the call. The game will also be carried live by 1430 AM / 99.9 FM WNAV with coverage beginning at 5:45 pm with the Navy Lacrosse Pregame Show. Live stats will be available at NavyStats.com.

More on the Patriot League Tournament:  Third-seeded Boston U. (11-3, 5-3 PL) will play host to sixth-seeded Lehigh (7-6, 4-4 PL) at 7:00 pm on Tuesday in the other Patriot League Quarterfinal.
    Top-seeded Loyola (8-5, 6-2 PL) and second-seeded Army (10-3, 6-2 PL) have opening-round byes. 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 pm against the lowest remaining seed, followed by the Army contest at 7:30 pm against the highest remaining seed.

Fact or Fiction: Navy has never faced Holy Cross in the Patriot League Tournament.  FACT!  The Crusaders are making just their second Patriot League Tournament appearance in program history and second in as many years. Seeded sixth, they lost to Bucknell last year in the quarters, 13-7.

Stifling Defense: Navy's defense has held each of its last three opponents to scoring droughts of at least 20 minutes - 33:00 at Holy Cross, 20:40 at Colgate, 22:00 vs. Army.  Navy went 2-1 in those contests.

Dove Closing in on Two More Records: Already Navy's all-time faceoff wins leader, the one record that has eluded senior Brady Dove is the Mids' single-season faceoff wins record.  Dove enters Tuesday night's contest needing 16 wins to break the record of 173 set in 2004 by Chris Pieczonka.  Additionally, Dove needs just three ground balls to break the school's single-season ground balls mark of 93 also set in 2004 by Pieczonka.

Tough at Home: The Mids are 4-2 in games played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium this season.  A win over Holy Cross would make this year's team just the sixth Navy team to win five games at home since 2004 when Navy made NMCMS its home for all home contests.  The Mids own a 132-80 all-time record at NMCMS, including a 64-33 mark from 2004 to the present.

Scouting the Crusaders
• Third-year Holy Cross head coach Judd Lattimore has led the Crusaders to a 4-9 record, including a 4-4 mark in Patriot League action. After dropping four straight games to Army, Brown, Marist and Navy, Holy Cross has won two of its last three contests.  The Crusaders dropped a 12-11 overtime decision to Boston University in their regular-season finale on Friday night and had they won the game, they would have been the #3 seed.
• The senior attack duo of Sean Kirkpatrick and Kevin Lux sit atop the Crusaders' scoring leader board with 37 and 36 points, respectively.  Kirkpatrick owns a team-high 26 goals and 11 assists, while Lux has 14 goals while dealing out a team-best 22 assists.  Senior attackman Jon Vogel, meanwhile, has punched in 21 goals and added six assists for 27 points.
• The Crusaders are averaging 8.77 goals per game (51st nationally), while their defense is giving up 10.92 goals per game (45th nationally).
• Holy Cross has held four opponents to single digits this season and three of those have resulted in wins.  On the flip side, the Crusaders have been held to single digits in seven of their 13 games, however, Holy Cross has reached double digits in each of its last three contests.
• Rookie keeper Jonathan Tesoro has played all but 4:11 of Holy Cross' 781 minutes.  He owns a 10.89 goals-against average and a 44.5 save percentage.
• The defense is averaging 9.00 caused turnovers per game which stands seventh nationally.  Henry Lilly and Matt Farrell are atop the HC list with 20 and 19 takeaways apiece, respectively, this spring.
• The Crusaders are winning just 38.0 percent (114-300) of the draws this season and stand 64th nationally.  Freshman Mike Martens (99-243, 40.7) has taken the bulk of the faceoffs this season, while classmate Charlie Keating is 13-48 (27.1) and senior Liam Driscoll is 2-9 (22.2).

Navy vs. Holy Cross - The Series
• Tuesday's contest marks the 15th meeting between Navy and Holy Cross overall and second this season.  The Mids own a 13-1 advantage in the series, including wins in each of the last four contests.  Navy defeated Holy Cross, 11-4, in a regular-season meeting played in Worcester, Mass. on April 2.
• Navy and Holy Cross have played one another five times in Worcester, Mass. (2005, `09, `11, `15, `16) 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 12 of the 14 contests, while putting up double-figure goals in 10 of the 14 (8 in 2005 and 2011, 7 in 2015).  The Mids' defense, meanwhile, has held Holy Cross to five or fewer goals in 10 of the 14 games.

Tourney Talk
• This is Navy's 11th Patriot League Tournament berth since joining the league in 2004 (14 yrs).
• This is the first Patriot League Tournament in which Navy has been the #4 seed and just the second time it has played in the quarterfinals since the tournament went to the current format in 2014.  
• The Mids have been crowned Patriot League Tournament Champions five times -  2004 (def. Hobart, 9-8), 2005 (def. Army, 15-8), 2006 (def. Army, 8-5), 2007 (def. Colgate, 15-9) and 2009 (def. Bucknell, 9-8).  They were the #1 seed for three of those title victories (2004, `05, `07).
• Navy owns an 11-5 record in the Patriot League Tournament, including a 0-1 mark in the quarterfinals.  The Mids dropped their inaugural quarterfinal contest as the #6 seed to third-seeded Lehigh, 10-6, in 2014.
• The Mids are 6-2 in Patriot League Tournament games played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.  They had won six straight games before dropping back-to-back semifinal contests to Army in 2015 and `16.
• Sixth-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell is 0-3 in the Patriot League Tournament, dropping a 10-6 decision to third-seeded Lehigh in the 2014 quarterfinals, an 11-7 loss to Army in the 2015 semis and a 9-3 loss to the Black Knights in last year's semis.
• This marks the first time in Navy's 11 tournament appearances that it will face Holy Cross.  Among the five other teams competing in the Patriot League Tournament this week, Navy is 3-3 vs. Army and 2-1 vs. Lehigh.  The Mids have never played Holy Cross, Boston U. or top-seeded Loyola.



 

 

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