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Dawson on Mantica -- "Ben is one of the seniors who will be counted on to win, as well as be a mentor to the younger players. He is a fierce competitor who will continue to be a force on the team."

2008-09 -- Along with classmate Nils Mattsson, turned in the second-most wins of 2008-09 with a 25-6 record ... primarily Navy's No. 3 player, the 25 wins are tied as the fourth most by a player during Craig Dawson's nine-year coaching ledger at Navy ... heads into his senior campaign with 64 career wins, the sixth most by a Midshipmen during the Dawson era ... began the year by winning 10 in a row and featured a spectacular win over 77th-ranked Bilal Khan of Denison in a five-game marathon match ... won six of his last seven matches of the year, including all three matches at the CSA Team Championship ... knocked off Bates' Jordan Greenberg in the opening round in a four-game decision before cruising past Steve Severson of Amherst in three games ... concluded the year with a 3-1 decision over Adam Greenberg of Brown ... played only three extra-game matches during the year, winning all three of them.

2007-08 -- Put together a strong sophomore campaign that ended with a 17-9 record ... played mostly between No. 4 and 5 on the ladder ... opened the year by winning seven of the first eight matches on the sked, dropping a three-gamer to highly-ranked Western Ontario ... picked up a strong 9-2, 9-0, 9-0 win over Denison's Mike McDonald ... earned a 3-2 victory over Rochester's Edwin Goncharuk during the regular season ... down 2-1, he came back to win games four (9-3) and five (9-6) to take the match win over Goncharuk on the road ... swept Franklin & Marshall's Seth Cruice, 9-7, 9-1, 9-1, to help lead the Mids to a 6-3 match win over the Diplomats ... behind a 3-1 victory over Raymond Carta, he helped anchor a Navy win over Bowdoin in the opening round of the CSA Team Champinship ... dropped a five-game heartbreaker against Cornell's Dillon Aldrich in at the team tournament.

2006-07 -- One of seven players on the Navy roster that topped 20 wins a year ago ... in his rookie campaign, Mantica turned in a 22-8 record, primarily seeing action as Navy's No. 6 player on the ladder ... opened his collegiate campaign by winning his first seven matches, all three-game sweeps ... claimed wins in 11 of his last 13 competitions, including wins against Brown's Patrick Davis (3-0) and Bates' Chip Russell (3-2) at the CSA Team Championship ... his win over Russell was particularly important considering he dropped a five-game against him during the regular season ... earned a five-game win over Franklin & Marshall's Edward Bryan en route to leading the Mids to a 6-3 team win ... defeated Amherst's Andrew Kriete in four games to help the Mids earn their first win over the Lord Jeffs since their 7-2 victory on Dec. 4, 1991.

High School -- A 2006 graduate of Binghamton High School, Mantica was a four-year tennis letterwinner ... in addition, he garnered one letter in football ... he was named to the All-Metro tennis team in 2006.

Personal -- Full name is Benjamin Samuel Mantica ... son of Robert and Sarah Mantica ... born Sept. 4, 1987, in Pittsburgh, Pa ... majoring in History ... a five-time member of the Commandant's List ... also named to the Superintendent's List twice and made his debut on the Dean's List in the Spring of `09 ... stands among the top 20 percent of his class in military order of merit and the top 30 percent in academic order of merit.

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