Oct. 31, 2013
Loyola (6-7-2, 1-5-1) at Navy (11-3-2, 7-0-0)
Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Glenn Warner Soccer Facility | Annapolis, Md.
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Patriot League-leading Navy men's soccer team (11-3-2, 7-0-0) will put its NCAA-best 10-game winning streak on the line when the squad hosts Loyola (6-7-2, 1-5-1) on Saturday at 7:00 PM at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility. Ben Gordon-Goldstein will have the call on the Patriot League Digital Network and live statistics will be available.
At 7-0-0 in league play, first-place Navy has already clinched a berth in the Patriot League postseason tournament with two games remaining. Army (6-1-0) and Holy Cross (5-2-0) have also clinched berths to the six-team tournament. Navy could clinch the league's regular season title on Saturday with a win over Loyola AND an Army loss or tie to Lafayette.
Army and Navy will meet in the Army-Navy Cup II at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. on Friday, November 8 in this year's Star Game. Depending on what happens Saturday, the Army-Navy game could determine the league's regular season championship.
Navy won its 10th-straight game on Wednesday by outlasting Lehigh, 2-1. Senior defenseman Nick Dubee (Carolina, R.I.) scored in the 21st minute to put Navy on the board. After Lehigh evened the match at 1-1 in the 84th minute, Navy continued to pressure and Lehigh let in an own goal in the 85th minute to give Navy the 2-1 win.
Senior goalkeeper Gavin Snyder
(Severna Park, Md.) made four saves in the contest to improve to 10-0-0 on the season. He enters Saturday's game with a conference best 0.30 goals-against average and .925 save percentage and entered the week leading the NCAA in both categories.
Navy's 10-straight wins are the most in a single season since Navy won 10 in a row in 1965. That streak was part of a 25-game winning streak that dated back to the previous season and encompassed Navy's 1964 NCAA Championship.
Navy's seven Patriot League wins are a new program record. Navy's previous record for conference wins in a season was in 1991, its first year in the league, when the team went 6-1-0 and won its only Patriot League Regular Season title.
Saturday's game against Loyola will feature the top two point-scorers in the Patriot League. Loyola's Larry Ndjock leads the league with 21 points on 10 goals and one assist and Navy forward Jamie Dubyoski (Catonsville, Md.) is second with 20 points on nine goals and two assists.
Ndjock led Loyola to a 3-1 win over American on Wednesday, Loyola's first-ever Patriot League win. Ndjock registered five points on two goals and one assist and tallied his fifth game-winning goal of the season.
Connor Thompson and Stephen Dooley each have 10 points for the Greyhounds and goalkeeper Zach Kane is 2-7-1 with a 1.68 goals-against average.
Loyola opened the season with a 5-0-1 non-conference mark, but began to struggle as Patriot League play began. Loyola was 0-5-1 in conference games before getting the win over American on Wednesday.
Navy is 1-1-1 all-time against Loyola, who is in its first year as a member of the Patriot League. The teams last met in 2011 and tied, 3-3, in a game that was suspended with six minutes to go because of lightning.
Navy will next meet Army at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. on November 8. The Patriot League Tournament will begin the following week.
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.