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Navy Mens Lax vs. VMI


by SSN Thanks Cheryl Gargiulo

Sam Jones had four goals and six assists as Navy defeated Virginia Military Institute, 18-5, in the season opener for both teams at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis.

Navy freshman Brady Dove (Kent Island, Md.) won 16 of 21 face-offs. He could be a significant factor this season: The Midshipmen haven’t won more than 49 percent on face-offs since 2008. That also was the last time Navy reached the NCAA Quarterfinals.

Meantime, Hull finished with three goals and two assists and seniors Austin Heneveld and Pat Durkin each added two goals for the Midshipmen.

Navy’s second midfield — Heneveld, sophomore Kevin Wendel and senior Sean Price — was on the field for five goals, or one more than the starting midfield of Durkin, Voumard and senior Erik Hoffstadt.

Eleven different players punched in goals for the Midshipmen, including three first-time scorers — junior attack Jack Hinderland (Webster, N.Y.), junior middie Tim Roy (Flemington, N.J.) and freshman faceoff specialist Brady Dove (Stevensville, Md).

Navy’s defense, which started freshmen Chris Fennell (Milford, N.J.) and Matt Rees (Sykesville, Md.), as well as first-year starting keeper John Connors (Bellmore, N.Y.) in goal, surrendered just five goals, the fewest in the series since 2010 when Navy beat the Keydets, 16-5. It’s also the fewest goals Navy has allowed in a game since turning in an 8-2 victory over nationally-ranked Johns Hopkins on Feb. 21, 2012.