Navy Men's Soccer Hosts UMBC on Tuesday Night in Annapolis
P.J. Suess and the Navy men's soccer team hosts UMBC on Tuesday night.
Oct. 15, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Coming off its first loss in over a month, the Navy men's soccer team looks to rebound on Tuesday night at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility against a strong UMBC squad. Kick-off is slated for 7:00 PM and live stats will be provided on NavySports.com(.)
The Midshipmen are coming off a disappointing 2-1 loss to Lehigh and enter Tuesday's match with a 5-3-3 overall record and a 1-1-2 Patriot League mark. In its last eight games, Navy is 4-1-3 and have outscored its opponents, 18-9, during that span. UMBC comes to Annapolis with a 6-4-4 record and a 1-2-1 mark in the America East Conference.
Elementary and Middle School Night -- All elementary and middle school kids receive $3 admission.
High School Night -- All high school students receive $3 admission by showing their school ID.
Fan Appreciation Night -- All fans who wear Navy to the game receive the group ticket rate of $3!
Navy's 2-1 loss to Lehigh on Saturday night was the team's first in a span of 35 days since a 2-0 loss to nationally-ranked High Point. The setback snapped a seven-game unbeaten streak, which had been the program's longest since the 2000 team started the year with a 10-game unbeaten streak (9-0-1).
Navy is ranked sixth in the latest NSCAA / Continental Tire Mid-Atlantic regional rankings and is the highest-ranked Patriot League team. Bucknell is eighth and American is ninth. The new rankings will be coming out on Monday afternoon.
Navy has scored a goal in eight straight games, its longest streak since scoring in 10 straight games to start the 2000 season. During the current eight-game stretch, Navy has outscored its foes, 18-9.
Navy has outscored its opponents in the first half, 13-8, including 12-4 in the last seven games, scoring its 12 goals on 53 shots.
The Midshipmen lead the Patriot League in goals per game (1.82) and shots per game (16.73). Navy ranks 39th in the country in scoring offense.
Individually, Joseph Greenspan (So. / Westfield, N.J.) leads the Midshipmen with 12 points, four goals and four assists while Alex Wilson (Jr. / Phoenix, Ariz.) is right behind him with 10 points, three goals and four assists.
Greenspan ranks tied for third in the Patriot League with 12 points and leads the league with 45 shots. He set the school record a year ago with 61 shot attempts. In addition, his four goals rank tied for fourth in the Patriot League and all four of his goals have come during league play.
Twelve different players have scored goals for the Midshipmen and two more have added assists as 14 different players have scored points for the Midshipmen. Last year's team saw 12 players score goals and 17 players tally points.
Gavin Snyder (Jr. / Severna Park, Md.) has played all but 45:00 in goal, registering a 1.32 GAA and a .694 save percentage while making 34 saves. He stopped a career-high six shots a week and a half ago against Bucknell and ranks fourth in the Patriot League in GAA.
Navy freshmen, sophomores and juniors have scored 18 of Navy's 20 goals and have dished out all 14 assists, accounting for 50 of Navy's 54 points (92.6 percent) this season. Freshmen have scored 10 of those points (3 g, 4 a).
UMBC comes into Tuesday's game with a 6-4-4 mark and is coming off an impressive 5-1 win over future Patriot League member Boston U. on Saturday night. In that contest, Pete Caringi scored eight points (3 g, 2 a), having a hand in all five Retriever goals.
UMBC started the year 4-2-2, but is just 2-2-2 in its six games since. The Retrievers are outscoring foes, 21-15, on the season.
Caringi leads the Retrievers with eight goals and 20 points, while Milo Kapor has dished out a nation's best 10 assists.
Phil Saunders has played all 1,340 minutes in goal with a 1.01 GAA and a .773 save percentage while stopping 52 shots.
As a team, UMBC is outshooting foes, 179-146, an average of 12.8 to 10.4 shots per game. The Retrievers have recorded 106 corner kicks to opponents' 55.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Navy is 3-2-0 at home this year and 16-11-3 under head coach Dave Brandt.
When Navy scores at least one goal in a game this year, the Midshipmen are 5-1-3, losing to Lehigh on Saturday.
Navy is 20-2-4 under Brandt when scoring first; 7-24-2 when opponents score first.
Navy is 23-2-1 under Brandt when scoring at least two goals; when holding opponents to zero or one goal, Navy is 24-7-11.
Navy is 3-19-1 under Brandt when allowing foes to score at least two goals; when Navy scores zero or one goal, Navy is 4-24-11 under Brandt
Navy leads the all-time series with UMBC by a 16-3-4 margin and is 2-0-3 in the last five meetings, dating back to 2002. Head Coach Dave Brandt is 1-0-1 against the Retrievers, defeating UMBC, 2-0, in 2010 before earning a 1-1 draw last year.
UMBC's last win in the series came in 1998 in Baltimore. Its last win in Annapolis came in 1993 as the Mids are 3-0-1 in the four games since that last meeting.
Navy travels to the Nation's Capital on Saturday, Oct. 20, to face Patriot League-leader American in a rematch of last year's Patriot League Tournament semifinal, won by American on penalty kicks. Kick-off is slated for 1:00 PM at Reeves Field on the campus of American University.
Tuesday's game with UMBC will be the last home game until Nov. 3, when Navy closes its season against Colgate.
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