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Navy Men's Soccer to Host Bucknell Friday in PL Semifinals

Martin Sanchez

Nov. 14, 2013

Game Information
Patriot League Semifinals

#4 Bucknell (13-5-1) vs. #1 Navy (13-3-2)
Friday, November 15, 2013 at 4:00 PM
Glenn Warner Soccer Facility | Annapolis, Md.
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Patriot League Semifinals
#2 Army (12-3-2) vs. #3 Holy Cross (9-8-1)
Friday, November 15, 2013 at 7:30 PM
Glenn Warner Soccer Facility | Annapolis, Md.
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ANNAPOLIS, MD. - The Patriot League Regular Season Champion Navy men's soccer team will host two league semifinals on Friday evening and the 2013 Patriot League Championship on Sunday at 1:00 PM at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility. Top-seeded Navy (13-3-2, 9-0-0 PL) will host #4 Bucknell (13-5-1, 5-3-1 PL) on Friday at 4:00 PM in the first semifinal and #2 Army (12-3-2, 6-2-1 PL) will meet #3 Holy Cross (9-8-1, 6-3-0 PL) in the second semifinal at 7:30 PM.

Live streaming video of all three games will be available for free on the Patriot League Network with Joe Miller on the play-by-play. Live statistics for all games will also be available. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for youth. All college students with a college ID, including midshipmen, receive free admission. Only one ticket is needed to attend both semifinals on Friday.



The winner of the 2013 Patriot League Men's Soccer Championship will receive an automatic berth to the 48-team NCAA Tournament. The selection show is Monday at 12 noon on and the NCAA First Round is Thursday, November 21.

Navy is currently ranked No. 21 in the Top Drawer Soccer poll and No. 30 in the College Soccer News poll. The Mids are receiving votes in the NSCAA Top 25 poll.

Navy has the nation's longest active winning streak at 12 straight games. The 12-straight wins are the most for Navy since winning 25 in a row during the 1964-65 seasons. That streak encompassed Navy's 1964 NCAA Championship and the 25-game winning streak is the longest such streak in NCAA history.

Head coach Dave Brandt, in his fifth season at Navy, led Navy to its first regular season title since 1991, its first year in the Patriot League. The Mids set a league record with its nine conference wins and at 9-0-0 and had just the second Patriot League season with no losses and no ties (Lehigh, 2006: 7-0-0).

During Patriot League play, the Mids led the league in scoring offense (1.67 goals per game) and goals-against average (0.32), while shutting out six of nine opponents.

Navy has received a number of accolades this postseason and raked in a league-best eight all-conference selections. Brandt was named the coach of the year, Jamie Dubyoski was named the offensive player of the year and Joseph Greenspan was named the defensive player of the year.

Martin Sanchez and Derek Vogel joined Dubyoski and Greenspan on the all-league first team, while Guy Skord and Nick Dubee were named to the all-league second team. Gavin Snyder and Dave Arnold were named to the third team.

Dubyoski leads Navy with 21 points on nine goals and three assists and Greenspan is second with six goals and 12 points. Sanchez leads Navy and the Patriot League with nine assists. Snyder is 12-0-0 with seven shutouts. He ranks first in the NCAA in save percentage (.971) and is second in goals-against average (0.33).

Navy is seeking its 11th NCAA Tournament appearance and its first since 1988. This season is the 25th anniversary of the 1988 NCAA Tournament team.

Navy is making its ninth appearance in the Patriot League Tournament and its second as the top seed. Navy is 3-5-3 all-time in the league tournament and has advanced to the league title game three times (1995, 1996 and 1999). Navy is seeking its first Patriot League Tournament title.

This weekend will also mark the first time that the Patriot League Men's Soccer Tournament has been held at Glenn Warner Soccer Facility (built in 2001).

Navy defeated Bucknell, 2-1, in Lewisburg on October 19. Bucknell's Austin Lenart scored in the sixth minute, but Vogel evened the game in the 56th minute and Arnold scored the game-winner in the 72nd minute.

Bucknell has gone 5-1 since its loss to Navy and defeated #5 Colgate in the quarterfinals on Tuesday, 3-1. Bucknell got two early goals from Jonathan Grad and Chris Thorsheim and added a late goal in the 90th minute by Jesse Klug.

Bucknell ranks second to Navy in overall scoring offense (1.58 goals per game) and is third in the league in goals-against average (0.72).

Mayowa Alli, Klug and Thorsheim were named to the All-Patriot League First Team, while Joe Meyer and goalkeeper Mike Lansing were second-team honorees.

Klug leads the team with 23 points (10 g, 3 a) and Thorsheim is second with 17 points (8 g, 1 a). Lansing is 10-5-1 with a 0.74 GAA.

This will be the first meeting between Navy and Bucknell in the postseason tournament.

Parking/Shuttle Information
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 at 3:00 PM on Friday and running until 10:30 PM. The shuttle will run from 12 noon to 4:00 PM on Sunday.

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