April 7, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - After winning a school-record 16 games and advancing to the NCAA Second Round last year, Navy head men's soccer coach Dave Brandt has put together a challenging schedule for the upcoming 2014 season. Four of Navy's 10 non-conference opponents played in the NCAA Tournament and home games against local powers Maryland and UMBC are sure to bring excitement to the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility.
"We are playing a number of NCAA teams and it will be a tough non-conference schedule," said Brandt, the 2013 Patriot League and NSCAA All-Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year. "It's a good non-conference schedule for us for sure, but obviously the Patriot League will be our focus and the league games are so important."
Navy went 16-4-2 with a perfect 9-0-0 mark in Patriot League play in 2013. The Mids won the Patriot League Regular Season and Tournament Championships and defeated VCU in the NCAA First Round before falling to Wake Forest in the second round. Navy finished the season ranked No. 25 in the NSCAA Coaches Poll.
After a home scrimmage against Binghamton on August 22, Navy will open the 2014 regular season with a pair of games in Colorado over Labor Day Weekend. The Mids will play fellow service academy Air Force (4-11-5 in 2013) on Friday, August 29 in what will be the first meeting between the two schools since 2008.
The Mids will stay in state of Colorado to play at Denver (13-3-4) on Sunday, August 31. The Pioneers won the Summit League Championship last season before being edged out of the NCAA First Round on penalty kicks by Louisville.
Navy will play its home opener at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility against Appalachian State (4-7-7) on Friday, September 5. The Mids and the Mountaineers tied, 1-1, in Davidson, N.C. in the 2013 season opener.
Navy will host 2013 national runner-up Maryland (17-4-5) on Monday, September 8. The Terrapins fell to national champ Notre Dame, 2-1, in the NCAA College Cup Final and finished the season ranked No. 2 in the national poll. Navy will be hosting Maryland for the first time since 1987.
The Appalachian State and Maryland games will be part of the annual Navy-UMBC joint Holiday Inn BWI Classic Tournament.
After defeating Central Connecticut State (9-9-1) in overtime, 2-1, last fall in the series opener in Annapolis, Navy will make a return trip to New Britain, Conn. for a matchup on Saturday, September 13.
Navy will host George Washington (5-10-2) on Tuesday, September 16. It was Navy's 3-0 win at George Washington last September that began the team's 15-game winning streak that carried the team all the way to the NCAA Second Round.
Navy will be back on the road on Saturday, September 20 to play at NJIT (7-9-2) in Newark, N.J. Navy posted a 3-1 win over NJIT last season in the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
Navy and Longwood will meet for the sixth time in the last eight seasons when the Mids host the Lancers (7-9-4) on Tuesday, September 23. Navy posted a 3-0 shutout in the last meeting in 2012.
The defending Patriot League Champions will open conference play at Boston University (6-10-1, 3-6-0) on Saturday, September 27. Navy won the inaugural meeting between the two schools, 1-0, last season.
Navy will play a strong non-conference opponent in George Mason (12-3-6) on Tuesday, September 30 at Glenn Warner. The Patriots received an automatic berth to the 2013 NCAA Tournament after winning the Atlantic 10 Championship. George Mason advanced on penalty kicks past William & Mary in the NCAA First Round before falling to New Mexico in the second round.
The Mids will return to conference play by hosting Lafayette (4-6-8, 2-5-2) on Saturday, October 4. Navy defeated Lafayette, 2-0, last season to earn a second straight win in the series.
Navy will play a midweek conference game on Wednesday, October 8 at home against American (7-8-5, 4-3-2). Navy defeated American last season, 1-0, in the third straight game between the two teams that was played in Washington, D.C.
Navy will play at Colgate (4-14-2, 3-5-1) on Saturday, October 11. The Mids defeated the Raiders, 3-0, in Annapolis last year.
Navy will begin its second three-game home stand of the season against Bucknell (13-6-1, 5-3-1) on Saturday, October 18. The Mids defeated the Bison, 2-1, in the regular season last year and then picked up a 1-0 win in the Patriot League Semifinals.
Navy will face its fourth NCAA Tournament team in UMBC (16-1-3) on Tuesday, October 21 in Annapolis. UMBC was seeded No. 16 and received a bye in the NCAA Tournament last year and finished the season ranked No. 14 in the NSCAA Coaches Poll. Navy and UMBC played a thrilling match in Baltimore last season, with the Retrievers sneaking out a 3-2 win in double overtime.
The rematch of the 2013 Patriot League Championship Game will take place in Annapolis on Saturday, October 25 when Navy hosts Holy Cross (9-9-2, 6-3-0). Navy defeated Holy Cross in overtime during the regular season, 1-0, and then won the league title game over the Crusaders, 2-0. Navy is 4-1 against Holy Cross over its last five games.
The Mids will close the regular season by playing its final three games away from home, beginning with a match at Lehigh (2-14-1, 1-8-0) on Wednesday, October 29. Navy earned a 2-1 win over the Mountain Hawks last season.
Navy will make the short trip to Baltimore to play at Loyola (7-8-2, 2-6-1) on Saturday, November 1. Navy took a 2-1 win in the Greyhounds' inaugural Patriot League season last fall.
For the third straight season, the Army-Navy Star Game will be played at PPL Park, the home of the Philadelphia Union, in Chester Pa. The first two games of the Army-Navy Cup at PPL Park went into extra time as the archrivals tied, 1-1, in 2012 before Navy beat Army (12-3-3, 6-2-1) in 1-0 double-overtime thriller in 2013. This year's Army-Navy match will be played Friday, November 7.
"I think going back to PPL Park is a good thing for both schools and the game in general," Brandt said. "It's a great atmosphere and part of that is on us to provide people who come with a good game to watch. I think it was this past year and we'll shoot for that again."
The first two games have drawn an average of 5,500 fans to PPL Park.
The six-team Patriot League Tournament will be held from Nov. 11-16. Two quarterfinal games will be played on Tuesday, November 11 and the regular season champion will host the league semifinals and championship game on Nov. 14 and 16. The NCAA First Round is Thursday, November 20.
Although Navy did lose six starters to graduation, Brandt will return three players in Jamie Dubyoski, Joseph Greenspan and Derek Vogel that each earned NSCAA All-Region and All-Patriot League First Team honors in 2013. Greenspan was also named to the NSCAA All-America Third Team.