Oct. 24, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy water polo team will be back in action this Saturday as it begins its stretch run of regular season action by hosting No. 13 St. Francis N.Y. at 10 a.m. at the Scott Natatorium.
Following their meeting with the Terriers, the Mids will close out the regular season next weekend with home events versus Mercyhurst (Nov. 1), George Washington (Nov. 2) and Johns Hopkins (Nov. 2).
Navy and St. Francis met earlier in the 2013 season in Providence, R.I. at the Bruno Fall Invitational. On Sept. 15, the Terriers came back to defeat the Mids by an 11-9 score. Navy held a 9-7 lead in the early portion of the fourth quarter.
Last Time Out
The Mids were idle from competition this past weekend. In its most recent action, Navy dropped a pair of CWPA Southern division road games on Saturday, Oct. 12. The Mids first fell at Bucknell, 11-10, before coming up short versus #12 Princeton by a 16-11 score.
Sophomores Robert Sutherland and Carl Dowzicky led Navy with a combined 11 goals on the day. Sutherland tallied seven goals, while Dowzicky found the back of the net four times. Junior Jack Finch also had a strong offensive performance for the Mids with 11 points on two goals and nine assists.
Sophomore goaltender Garrett Sabesky had a solid game versus Bucknell as he made nine saves.
Scouting the Competition
#13 St. Francis N.Y. (13-8, 7-1 CWPA North):
A 2012 NCAA Final Four combatant, the Terriers coming into Saturday's game on a two-game winning streak. In its roller coaster season, St. Francis won seven of eight games between Sept. 15 and Oct. 6. Seven of the Terriers' eight losses this year have come against ranked opposition.
St. Francis most recently played at Fordham on Monday, Oct. 21 and earned a 6-5 win over the Rams in CWPA North action.
Offensively, St. Francis is led by four high-scoring attackers, who each have registered more than 30 goals on the season. Vuk Vujosevic is the team's point leader with 33 goals and 18 assists, while Lazar Komadinic (32g-17a-49p) and Bosko Stankovic (33g-12a-45p) follow close behind. Ilija Djuretic is SFC's fourth-leading point scoring with 40 points on 33 goals and seven assists.
In goal, Igor Mladenovic has seen the majority of the time and has posted a .513 save percentage.
Quoting the Coach
Interim Head Coach Stanicic on this Saturday's competition...
"This will be another one of our tough non-division games. St. Francis' particular style of play is always tough for us. They are excellent with the ball and have exceptional outside shooters. It will come down to our ability to stop them defensively and to score on our power plays and counter-attacks. We will have to stay focused and disciplined throughout the game and not get too eager. For a team with four sophomores in the staring line-up that can be a challenge."