Oct. 29, 2013
Lehigh (2-11-1, 1-5-0) at Navy (10-3-2, 6-0-0)
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Glenn Warner Soccer Facility | Annapolis, Md.
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy men's soccer team (10-3-2, 6-0-0) will host Lehigh (2-11-1, 1-5-0) on Wednesday at 7:00 pm at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility. Joe Miller will call the game on the Patriot League Network and live statistics will be available.
Navy clinched a berth in the Patriot League postseason tournament with its 1-0 overtime win at Holy Cross last Saturday. Navy is tied with Army for first place in the league with matching 6-0-0 records and Navy is assured of at least a top three seed for the six-team tournament. Following the Lehigh game, Navy will host Loyola on Saturday and then face Army at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. on Nov. 8 in the regular season finale.
The win over Holy Cross on Saturday was Navy's ninth straight win, which is the longest winning streak since the program won nine in a row 47 years ago in 1966. Navy also has the longest active winning streak in the nation. Coastal Carolina previously had the longest streak (11), but the Chanticleers lost to Elon on Tuesday night.
Senior goalkeeper Gavin Snyder (Severna Park, Md.) and freshman forward Alex Evans (Lansdale, Pa.) each received Patriot League weekly honors for their play in Navy's win at Holy Cross and in Navy's 3-1 win over NJIT last Tuesday.
Evans scored the game-winning goal in overtime at Holy Cross and Snyder had five saves to post his sixth shutout of the season. Evans also had an assist against NJIT and Snyder made five saves to earn yet another win in goal.
Snyder is the league's goalkeeper of the week for the second straight week and Evans is the rookie of the week.
Snyder is 9-0-0 and is leading the NCAA in goals-against average (0.22) and save percentage (.943).
Sophomore Jamie Dubyoski (Catonsville, Md.) leads the Patriot League in points (20) and goals scored (9).
Navy has outscored its opponents, 18-2, during its nine-game winning streak and 25-12 on the season.
Navy is receiving votes in this week's College Soccer News Top 30 poll. The Mids are also eighth in the NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Region Poll and No. 37 in the national RPI rankings.
Head coach Dave Brandt has led Navy to his first 10-win season in Annapolis and the 13th 10-win season of his illustrious coaching career. Brandt's career coaching record currently stands at 285-58-28 for a .806 winning percentage.
Lehigh enters Wednesday's game at 2-11-1 overall and 1-5-0 in conference play. The Mountain Hawks most recently fell to Army on Saturday, 1-0, but did outshoot the Black Knights, 11-10.
Lehigh's lone conference win came over Loyola, 1-0, and its other win on the season was over Yale, 1-0. Lehigh has been outscored 21-3 this season and has been shutout in 11 of its 14 games.
Navy leads the all-time series against Lehigh, 29-18-7.
Navy will next host Loyola in its final home game of the regular season on Saturday, November 2 at 7:00 pm.
Fans are reminded that the general public does not have access to drive their vehicles on to the U.S. Naval Academy. Fans may park at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for $5 and take a shuttle that will run every 10 minutes starting one hour before each game and will continue running throughout the game and for one hour after.