Navy Men's Soccer at Holy Cross Saturday Night
Oct. 25, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy men's soccer team (9-3-2, 5-0-0) will seek a ninth straight win when playing at Holy Cross (6-5-1, 4-1-0) on Saturday at 7:00 PM at Smith Stadium in a Patriot League matchup. Live statistics and free live video on the Patriot League Network will be available.
Including the Holy Cross game, Navy has four remaining Patriot League games on the schedule. However, Navy would clinch a berth in the postseason tournament with a win over the Crusaders on Saturday. Army (5-0) and Navy are tied atop the Patriot League standings with 15 points and Holy Cross is third with 12 points.
Navy has won eight straight games since losing to now No. 7 UMBC, 3-2, in double overtime on September 17. Navy won its first six games of the streak via the shutout and then defeated Bucknell, 2-1, last Saturday and NJIT, 3-1, this Tuesday. Navy has outscored its opponents 17-2 during its eight-game winning streak.
The eight-game winning streak is the longest since Navy won eight in a row in 2000. The last time Navy won nine in a row was 1966, 47 years ago, when the Mids opened the season at 9-0-0 and eventually advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals.
Navy currently has the nation's second-longest winning streak at eight games behind only Coastal Carolina, who was won 10 straight. No. 8 Coastal Carolina plays Liberty Friday night. No. 21 UC Santa Barbara has won seven straight and plays at Cal Poly Friday.
Navy's defense has been a key part of the current eight-game winning streak. Center backs Joseph Greenspan (Westfield, N.J.) and Derek Vogel (Long Beach, Calif.) haven't come off the field during the streak (720 minutes) and have helped hold opponents to a 0.25 goals-against average and have limited opponents to just 3.75 shots on goal during that period.
Fellow defensemen Nick Dubee (Carolina, R.I.), Blake Busse (San Diego, Calif.) and reserve Zach Davis (Colorado Springs, Colo.) have always been solid on the backline.
Senior goalkeeper Gavin Snyder's (Severna Park, Md.) season debut coincided with the beginning of the streak in Navy's 3-0 win at George Washington on Sept. 21. Snyder is having a standout year with an 8-0-0 record, 0.25 goals-against average, .933 save percentage and five solo shutouts. Snyder is currently leading the NCAA in both goals-against average and save percentage.
Sophomore forward Jamie Dubyoski (Catonsville, Md.) is leading the team and the Patriot League in total points with 20. Dubyoski has nine goals and two assists. The nine goals and 20 points are the most by a Navy player in a single season since 2000 when Brye Gerhardt had nine goals and 21 points. Dubyoski has scored a goal in nine of Navy's 14 games. Dubyoski is ranked 15th in the NCAA in total goals scored.
Senior Martin Sanchez (Salisbury, Md.) leads the team and shares the Patriot League lead with six assists. The six assists are tied for the 10th-best single season total in program history. Sanchez has had a pair of two-assist games (Central Connecticut and Bucknell).
In the latest Patriot League rankings, Navy is leading the conference in goals scored per game (1.71) and shots per game (16.86).
Holy Cross enters Saturday night's game with a 4-1 conference mark. The Crusaders earned league wins over Loyola (3-1), Boston U. (1-0), Lafayette (1-0) and Colgate (3-2). The Crusaders fell to American (3-0).
The Crusaders have a pair of 10-point scorers this season. Joey DeVivo has five goals and Monty Sanders has three goals and four assists. Sanders and Josh Cintas (two goals, one assist) were named to the all-conference first team last year.
Goalkeeper Kevin Wright is 6-4-1 with a 1.20 goals-against average and a .809 save percentage. Both of his shutouts came in Patriot League play.
The two teams also played in Worcester last year, with Holy Cross getting a 2-1 win. With the teams tied 1-1 in the second half, Navy was whistled for a foul in its own box and Holy Cross was granted a penalty kick. Snyder stopped the initial PK, but Sanders was able to knock in the rebound. Geoff Fries (Broken Arrow, Okla.) scored Navy's lone goal in the contest.
Navy is ranked No. 8 in this week's NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Region Poll and Holy Cross is No. 10. Navy is also 37th in the national RPI rankings and Holy Cross is 102.
Navy will next host Lehigh on Wednesday at 7:00 PM.
Patriot League Standings Navy 5-0-0 Army 5-0-0 Holy Cross 4-1-0 American 2-2-1 Bucknell 2-2-1 Lafayette 2-3-0 Colgate 1-3-1 Boston U. 1-4-0 Lehigh 1-4-0 Loyola 0-4-1