Bragging rights will be on the line this Saturday when Navy (4-6, 3-4 Patriot League) travels to West Point to battle its arch rival Army (7-3, 5-1 PL) in the annual Star Game. The 93rd edition of the Army-Navy Game is slated for a 2:00 pm faceoff at Michie Stadium.
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Saturday’s contest will be televised by CBS Sports Network with Dave Ryan (play by play) and Evan Washburn (analyst) calling the action. There will be no video stream available for this contest.
• The game will also be carried live by 1430 AM / 99.9 FM WNAV, as well as 1500 AM WFED with Pete Medhurst and Joe Miller handling the call. Coverage begins with the Navy lacrosse pregame show at 1:45 pm. Live stats will also be available at NavySports.com.
• The Mids are looking to bounce back after dropping a heart-breaking 7-6 double-overtime decision at home to top-ranked Loyola last Saturday. A goal by Navy junior midfielder Gabe Voumard in the fourth quarter sent the game into extra minutes, but it was Brian Schultz who fired in the game-winning goal 1:12 into the second overtime frame.
• Meanwhile, Army comes into the game riding a three-game winning streak after narrowly escaping Boston with a win over the Terriers. The Black Knights dominated the early stages of the game, but BU scored five of the game’s last seven games and came a goal shy of upsetting Army in its inaugural season.
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Scouting the Black Knights
• Ninth-year Army head coach Joe Alberici has directed the Black Knights to a 7-3 overall mark, including a 5-1 Patriot League record.
• Army’s losses have been by a combined THREE goals. The Black Knights dropped a 6-5 decision to Massachusetts in their opener, a 9-8 overtime decision to Rutgers and a 7-6 decision on the road against then-No. 2 Loyola. Army has reaped the benefits of close games, as well, scoring a 6-5 win over nationally-ranked Lehigh, an 8-6 victory over Lafayette and an 8-7 road win last Saturday over Boston U.
• The Black Knights dominated the early stages of their game against Boston U., however, the Terriers put together a furious rally over the last seven minutes of the contest. BU scored the game’s last three goals, but came up a goal short.
• The Black Knights are ranked No. 1 in the country in scoring defense, surrendering just 5.70 goals per game. No team has reached double digits against Army this season. Rutgers came the closest in a 9-8 OT win.
• Meanwhile, army stands ninth in scoring margin (+3.50) and 10th in man-down defense (72.0)
• Army’s two lowest rankings are in saves per game (#62, 9.00) and shot percentage (#55, 23.8).
• Junior attackman John Glesener is atop the scoring leader board for the Black Knights with 37 points on a team-best 26 goals and 11 assists. He owns 4 of Army’s 8 extra-man goals. He is ranked 20th nationally in points per game (3.70) and goals per outing (2.60).
• Sophomore attackman Will Mazzone has split his 24 points evenly with 12 goals and 12 assists, while classmate Connor Cook has amassed 18 points on 10 goals and 8 assists.
• Sophomore Alex Daly has won 96 of his 155 draws (.619) this season and stands 13th nationally in winning percentage. He did not, however, play against Boston U. last weekend.
• Army has used 5 different face-off men this season, however, rookie Alex Daly has taken the majority. He has won 49.7 percent (78-157) of his draws this season and is pacing the team in ground balls with 40.
• In his second season as the starting keeper, junior Sam Somers has been solid outstanding. He is ranked No. 1 nationally in goals-against average (5.43) and No. 2 in save percentage (62.2).
• Junior long stick midfielder Jimbo D’April has been solid on defense where he has produced a team-best 14 caused turnovers and has 22 ground balls.
Army vs. Navy - The Series
• Saturday’s contest marks the 93rd meeting between Army and Navy on the lacrosse field, meeting for the 82nd-consecutive year ... it’s the longest continuous lacrosse series between Navy and another team.
• Navy owns a 57-32-3 series advantage that included 13-straight wins by the Midshipmen between 1998 and 2007 ... the Mids have won 14 of the last 20 contests in the series.
• The Mids also own a 52-31-3 advantage in Star Games, winning 11 of the last 16.
• Army, however, has won six of the last seven games in the series, including each of the last five games overall and four-consecutive Star Games.
• The Mids lead the series at West Point, 27-16-2, however Army has won three in a row on its home field. Navy’s last win at Michie Stadium was an 11-10 decision on April 15, 2006.
• There have been only six times in the 92-game history (dating back to 1924) in which the two programs have battled twice in one season (1978 and 1981 in the NCAA Tournament; 2005, ‘06, ‘07 and ‘10 in the Patriot League Tournament).
• Navy has scored eight or more goals in 21 of the last 25 games against Army ... the Mids have held the Black Knights to single digits in nine of the 14 games since joining the league in 2004 ... Army has reach double digits three times in the last 10 games against the Mids.
Taking the Field In ...
10 - Navy has lost just five games (58-5) when scoring 10 or more goals since the start of the 2004 season ... Navy is 12-0 under Sowell when scoring 10 or more goals (5-0 in 2012, 3-0 in 2013, 4-0 in 2014).
9 - Senior co-captain Pat Kiernan stands 9th on Navy’s career ground balls list with 171 ... it’s the most ground balls by a Navy player since William Wallace set the record with 222 from 2004-07.
8 - Army leads the country in scoring defense (5.70) this season, however, Navy has scored eight or more goals in 21 of the last 25 games against the Black Knights.
7 - With his goal last Saturday against Loyola, senior Sam Jones became one of just 7 players in program history who have scored 80 goals and dealt out 50 assists ... he has posted 80 goals and 54 assists.
6 - n his 3 previous appearances against Army, senior attackman Tucker Hull has scored 6 goals, including 3 in last year’s contest.
5 - Rookie Brady Dove needs 3 faceoff wins to move into 5th place on Navy’s single season faceoff wins list. His 126 faceoff wins this spring are the most since Mikelis Visgauss won 126 in 2008.
4 - 4 Patriot League players are ranked among the nation’s top 20 in faceoff winning percentage, including Army’s Alex Daly (61.9) who is 13th and Navy’s Brady Dove (58.6) who is 18th.
3 - Navy is 3 goals shy of topping its goal total from a year ago. The Mids scored 103 goals (7.92) in their 13 games last season and through 10 games this spring have scored 101.
2 - Tucker Hull has been held without a goal in just 2 games this season (Georgetown, Lehigh) and without a point just once (Lehigh).
1 - Third-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell is just 1 win shy of earning his 100th collegiate victory. He owns a 99-103 record in 15 years as a head coach.
On the Road Again
• Since the beginning of the 2004 campaign, Navy has lost 29 of its 59 road games (neutral sites not included).
• Navy had lost 10 straight games on the road dating back to 2012, but finally got a check in the win column two weeks ago at Boston U. The Mids dropped back-to-back games to Maryland and Army in 2012, were 0-5 a year ago and dropped contests at Bucknell (9-6), Towson (14-9) and Lehigh (13-2) this season before dealing the Terriers a 13-7 loss.
• Navy has had a losing record on the road in four of its last five years. The Mids were 2-4 in 2010, 1-6 in 2011, 3-2 in 2012, 0-5 in 2013 and 1-3 in 2014.
• Six of Navy’s 13 games this season will be played away from its home venue, Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium - at Bucknell (L, 9-6), at Towson (L, 14-9), at Lehigh (L, 13-2), at Boston U. (W, 13-7), at Army and at Maryland.
• Navy has averaged 11.8 goals in its 6 home games this season and just 7.5 goals in its 4 road games. Meanwhile, the Mids’ opponents have scored 46 goals (7.7) in games played in Annapolis vs. 43 on the road (10.8).
Patriot League Tournament
• With the addition of Loyola and Boston U. this season, the Patriot League Tournament will expand to six teams and feature a quarterfinal round where the top two seeds receive a bye. The 2014 Patriot League Quarterfinals will be played Tuesday, April 22, with the semifinals on Friday, April 25 and the championship on Sunday, April 27.
• The No. 3 and 6 seeds will face one another, while the No. 5 seed will travel to the No. 4 seed.
• Those winners will then join the top two seeds in the weekend semifinal and championship rounds, played at the site of the highest overall seed in the tournament. The brackets will re-seed after the quarterfinal round.
• While the playoff scene remains murky, Loyola, Army and Lehigh have clinched a spot in the tournament. Meanwhile, Loyola has secured one of the top two seeds to earn an opening-round bye.
• Among the six teams vying for the final three spots in the tournament, Navy is the only team with just one conference game left.
• Colgate is 3-3 with games against Holy Cross and Army, Bucknell is 3-3 with games against Lafayette and Loyola, Holy Cross is 1-5 with games against Colgate and Boston U., Boston U. is 1-5 with games against Loyola and Holy Cross and Lafayette is 1-5 with games against Bucknell and Lehigh.
• This weekend’s lineup includes Lafayette at Bucknell on Friday night (7:30 pm), with Saturday contests between Holy Cross and Colgate (1:00pm), Boston U. and Loyola (1:00 pm) and Army vs. Navy (2:00 pm). Lehigh has a nonconference matchup against Georgetown on Saturday (7:00 pm).