Men's Soccer to Host Holy Cross in Patriot League Title Game
Nov. 16, 2013
Patriot League Championship
#3 Holy Cross (9-8-2) at #1 Navy (14-3-2)
Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 1:00 PM
Glenn Warner Soccer Facility | Annapolis, Md.
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The top-seeded Navy men's soccer team (14-3-2) will seek its first NCAA Tournament berth in 25 years when the program hosts third-seeded Holy Cross (9-8-2) on Sunday at 1:00 PM in the Patriot League Championship at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility.
Free live video will be available on the Patriot League Network with Joe Miller on the play-by-play. Live statistics 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.
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 NCAA.com and the NCAA First Round is Thursday, November 21.
Navy is seeking its first Patriot League Tournament title and is playing in its fourth title game. Navy also advanced to the Patriot League title game in 1995, 1996 and 1999. Holy Cross has won one Patriot League Championship (2002).
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 13 games. The 13-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.
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.
The Mids advanced to the league championship by defeating Bucknell, 1-0, on Friday evening. Senior Dave Arnold scored a goal in the 58th minute off an assist from freshman Sam Bascom. The goal was Arnold's third of the season and his second game-winning goal against the Bison this year. Arnold also tied the Navy program record for career games played (71) and he is expected to break that record on Sunday with his 72nd career appearance.
Senior Gavin Snyder made a season-high eight saves in the win against Bucknell to improve to 13-0-0 on the season. Snyder leads the Patriot League in goals-against average (0.30) and save percentage (.929). The shutout against Bucknell was his eighth of the season, which is the second-best single season total in program history.
Navy has shutout nine opponents this season overall, tying a program record. Head coach Dave Brandt is seeking the 13th NCAA Tournament berth as a head coach. Brandt took Messiah to the NCAA Division III Tournament in each of his 12 seasons at the school. Brandt won six national championships at Messiah.
Earlier this week the Patriot League released its major award winners and all-league teams. 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. Arnold and Snyder were named to the All-Patriot League Third Team.
Holy Cross advanced in a penalty kick shootout, 4-3, past Army on Friday night in the second semifinal after drawing 1-1 through regulation and two overtime periods. Army had taken a 2-0 lead after the first two rounds, but Holy Cross made its last three penalty kicks to even the score at 3-3 after five rounds. That forced a sixth round and after Holy Cross goalkeeper Kevin Wright made a save and senior Dane Kaney buried his shot to end the shootout.
Monty Sanders leads Holy Cross with 16 points on four goals and eight assists. Wright is 9-6-2 in goal and has a 1.17 goals-against average.
Sanders was named to the all-league first team, Josh Cintas (4 g, 2 a) was named to the second team and Tommy Uttaro (3 g, 2 a) and defender Luke Melody were named to the third team.
Navy defeated Holy Cross in the regular season meeting at Worcester on October 26. Freshman Alex Evans scored the golden goal in the 96th minute of overtime off an assist from Sanchez. Snyder made five saves in goal for the shutout.
Navy and Holy Cross are 1-1 against each other in the Patriot League Tournament. Navy defeated Holy Cross, 2-0, in the semifinals in 1995 and the Crusaders defeated Navy, 1-0, in the 2001 semifinals. Navy has won three of its lasts four games against Holy Cross.
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 12 noon on Sunday and running until 4:00 PM.