Navy - Johns Hopkins Preview

Navy Sports Information game notes for Saturday's lacrosse showdown with #1 Johns Hopkins

Saturday, April 24 - Noon (ET)
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
Annapolis, Md.

Radio: WNAV (1430 AM)
Television: CSTV and CN8, Carter Blackburn (play-by-play), Quint Kessinich (color), Joe Beninati (sideline)
Series History: Johns Hopkins leads, 49-25-1 (last meeting: L, 17-3 on 4/19/03)

Streak Stats: The Mids hold a 10-1 mark this season with a 7-0 record in the Patriot League ... the nine-game winning streak is the longest for Navy since the 1966 season when the Mids posted a perfect 9-0 record and won the National Championship ... in 1965, the Mids were undefeated, winning 10-straight games ... Navy has not won 11 games in a season since the 1978 season when it finished 11-3 ... 11 wins is the most in school history.

Series Stats: Johns Hopkins has won the last 29 meetings between the two schools ... the last time Navy won was on May 4, 1974 ... the Mids posted a 13-12 decision over the Blue Jays in Annapolis ... Hopkins' 29-game winning streak is the longest in NCAA Division I lacrosse history by one school over another ... in four of the last-six meetings, the score has been decided by two goals or less, including a one-point margin three times ... the last time the game was played in Annapolis, Johns Hopkins rallied late in the second half for a 9-8 victory ... overall, five one-goal games have been played during the streak and 13 have been decided by three goals or less ... the last-three Navy-Hopkins games played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium have resulted in one-goal decisions in favor of the Blue Jays.

By the Numbers: When looking at the seven statistical categories tracked by the NCAA, Navy has a sizeable edge over Johns Hopkins ... the Mids are ranked No. 1 in four categories: scoring defense (6.64), face-off win percentage (.660), scoring margin (7.00) and win percentage (.909) ... Navy is No. 2 in scoring offense (13.64) behind Syracuse (13.9) ... the Blue Jays are only ranked in the top three in two categories: scoring margin (2nd with 5.0) and win percentage (2nd with .889).

History Happens: With second-ranked Navy playing host to top-ranked Johns Hopkins Saturday, the NCAA Tournament seeding is at stake as well as the prospect of Navy defeating its intrastate archrival for the first time in 30 years ... with all of the excitement surrounding the matchup, the regular-season, single-game college lacrosse attendance record is in jeopardy ... on April 18, 1987, top-ranked Maryland defeated #4 Hopkins, 11-7, at Byrd Stadium in front of 19,850 fans ... on April 20, 2002, the last time Navy and Johns Hopkins played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, 15,271 fans attended the game.

Hopkins Hoopla: Johns Hopkins is coming off a 14-10 victory over Maryland last Saturday in the 100th meeting between the two lacrosse powers ... with the win, the Blue Jays improved to 8-1 this season * their only loss was a 9-8 overtime decision at Virginia on March 27 ... Johns Hopkins is 33-3 (.917) in its last 36 regular-season games ... Conor Ford leads the Blue Jays with 21 goals and seven assists ... Greg Peyser is the top-ranked face-off specialist in the nation, winning 57 of his 80 attempts this season (.712) ... goalkeeper Scott Smith holds a 7.11 goals-against average and a .585 save percentage with a 7-1 record this season ... back-up keeper Jesse Schwartzman has seen time in six games this season and earned one start against Penn in the first game of the season ... he has allowed 14 goals and picked up 18 saves.

Navy vs. No. 1s: Navy won its first contest in the program's history versus a top-ranked opponent at Maryland on April 10 ... the Mids headed into the game with an 0-20 record against No. 1-ranked teams since the national polls started in 1973 ... this will be only the second time in school history that the Mids have faced two top-ranked opponents in a season ... in 1989, Navy dropped a 7-5 decision to No. 1 Johns Hopkins on April 29 and then lost to No. 1 Syracuse, 18-11, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on May 22.

Patriot League Perfection: The Mids completed their regular season conference schedule with a perfect 7-0 mark ... in their first year in the league, the Mids posted an undefeated regular season and earned the No. 1 seed in the postseason tournament ... the eight teams in the Patriot League are playing a round-robin schedule during the regular season .... the top-four teams will play in the championship tournament on April 30 (semifinals) and May 2 (finals) in Annapolis ... the winner earns an automatic bid to the 16-team NCAA Tournament ... the Mids' best conference record prior this year was in 2000 when they went 5-1 during their first year in the ECAC ... Navy played as an independent before that season.

Tournament Talk: Navy and Hobart have clinched spots in the Patriot League Tournament, but three teams are in a race for the last two spots ... on Saturday, Colgate will play at Bucknell and Army will play host to Hobart ... if Army wins, it is in the tournament ... if Colgate wins, it is in the tournament ... but if Bucknell beats Colgate and Hobart beats Army, the teams would finish in a three-way tie (all 4-3), which would be broken by the PL tiebreaker procedure.

Non-League Notes: Traditionally, Navy has faced one of the toughest non-league schedules in the country ... this year is no different, as its schedule features five non-conference contests, including Saturday's game versus Johns Hopkins ... all five of the Mids' non-league opponents are currently ranked in the top 10.

Navy versus Non-Conference Opponents*
Year: Record ... Wins Against
2000:4-3 (.571) ... Radford, Air Force, Mount St. Mary's, Army
2001: 4-3 (.571) ... Radford, Lehigh, Mount St. Mary's, Army
2002: 5-3 (.625) ... St. Joseph's, Stony Brook, Lehigh, Mount St. Mary's, Army
2003: 4-3 (.571) ... Marist, Ohio State, UNC, Stony Brook
2004: 3-1 (.750) ... UNC, Georgetown, Maryland
Overall: 20-13 (.606) ... Air Force, Army (3), Georgetown, Lehigh (2), Marist, Maryland, Mount St. Mary's (3), North Carolina (2), Ohio State, Radford (2), St. Joseph's, Stony Brook (2)
*Navy played as an independent until the 2000 season when it joined the ECAC.

Rankings Report: Navy's 9-6 win at Maryland boosted the Mids to No. 2 in the STX/USILA, media and InsideLacrosse Power polls ... it is the highest ranking for Navy since 1975, when it ended the season at No. 2 ... the Mids compiled a 10-5 record that year and played Maryland in the NCAA Championship ... in the Mids' 21st attempt against a No. 1 team, they knocked off Maryland by a convincing 9-6 margin, their first win over a top-ranked team ... the Terps' loss boosted Johns Hopkins back into the No. 1 spot ... Navy is 4-0 against top-10 teams this season with wins over then-No. 4 North Carolina, 9-8 (ot), on March 5; then-No. 9 Army, 18-10, on March 27; then-No. 4 Georgetown, 7-5, on April 3; and then-No.1 Maryland, 9-6, on April 10 ... all four games have been played on the road.

Russell Review: Sophomore Matt Russell was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week for three-consecutive Mondays after leading the Mids to back-to-back-to-back wins against top-10 teams ... Russell took over the starting role in goal at North Carolina on March 5 and has led Navy to nine-straight wins since the switch ... Russell limited the top-ranked Terps * who averaged 12.75 goals per game * to only six goals (and only two in the second half), while picking up 12 saves as Navy knocked off Maryland in College Park ... Russell recorded a career-high 14 saves at Georgetown and allowed only five goals in the contest ... at Army, he picked up 13 saves as the Mids clinched a Patriot League Tournament berth in the 18-10 win ... he is ranked No. 2 in the country with a 6.12 goals against average.

Meade Milestone: Head coach Richie Meade is two victories away from his 100th-career win ... Meade led the University of Baltimore to 27 wins and has picked up 71 victories at the helm of the Navy program.

Convincing Conquests: Navy has posted three wins this season by double-digit margins and another four victories by five or more goals ... the Mids are tied with Maryland as the nation's leader in scoring margin (5.56) ... Navy posted 23 goals against Holy Cross, the most by any NCAA Division I team this year ... 18 Mids scored in the game ... Navy also has the second-highest single-game total this season with 21 goals against Colgate ... the Mids' 18-goal effort at Army is tied for the 10th-best performance this year.

Navy Notations: With 10 wins this season, the Mids have surpassed their total number of victories from last season ... Navy ended the 2003 campaign with a 6-7 record ... Navy has not won 10 games since 1978 ... that year, the Mids finished the campaign with an 11-3 mark ... sophomore Ian Dingman leads Navy 45 points on 27 goals and 18 assists ... senior Joe Bossi leads the squad with 30 goals while sophomore Jon Birsner leads Navy with 19 assists ... 22 different Midshipmen have scored at least one goal this season and 21 Mids have tacked on at least one assist ... junior Chris Pieczonka and Tommy Wallin give the Mids a tremendous edge in the draw circle ... Pieczonka has won 112 of his 167 (.671) face-off attempts this season, while Wallin had a stunning performance in D.C. on April 3, winning nine of his 10 attempts at Georgetown ... Wallin has taken 37 of his 54 (.685) attempts this year ... sophomore Matt Russell took over the starting role in goal at North Carolina and has picked up a 9-0 record in the net ... Russell continues to put on a show each week, as he picked up 12 saves and allowed only six goals in 60 minutes against then-No. 1 Maryland ... Russell has 76 saves on the year and has allowed 52 goals in his 510 minutes (6.11 GAA).

Tewaaraton Watch: Sophomore Ian Dingman, a preseason All-American, is on the list of 30 candidates in line to receive the fourth annual Tewaaraton Trophy ... the Tewaaraton Trophy is recognized as the pre-eminent lacrosse award honoring the top female and male varsity collegiate lacrosse players in the United States.

Giving up Goals: The Navy defense has made it tough for opponents to score this year ... the Mids lead the Patriot League in scoring defense, allowing only 73 goals in 11 games for a 6.62 average ... the Mids' scoring defense is ranked No. 1 in the nation ... on the offensive side, the Mids are ranked No. 2 in the country in scoring with a 13.64 average, behind Syracuse with a 13.9 goals per game average ... Navy is also atop the national rankings in scoring margin with a 7.00 average ... the second-ranked team is Johns Hopkins with a 5.00 average margin.

DiNola Details: Junior Seth DiNola started in goal in all 13 games last season and the first two contests this year ... after the loss to Ohio State, the coaches made a switch at goal and DiNola committed to the field full-time ... he has traded in his goalie stick for a pole and short stick ... he has played in each of the last-four games at the wing position for face-offs, as well as in the defensive midfield.

Brothers in Arms: Last season, Navy had three pairs of brothers, but this season the Mids have a trio of Looneys ... Brendan Looney is a senior defensive midfielder, Steve Looney is a sophomore midfielder and Billy Looney is a freshman midfielder ... all three graduated locally from DeMatha Catholic in Hyattsville, Md. ... Dan Harris and Taylor Harris share the same last name, but are not related ... Dan hails from Manlius, N.Y., while Taylor is out of Clifton, Va.

Patriot League Praise: With a 7-0 record in league play and an 10-1 mark overall, the Mids have racked up a collection of weekly honors ... keeper Matt Russell was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week for three-straight weeks ... Russell has been a powerhouse in the net, as the Mids have won three-straight road games against top-10 opponents ... the sophomore picked up 12 saves and limited then-No. 1 Maryland to six goals ... he was also honored after the Mids shut down Georgetown for a 7-5 win on April 3 ... Russell collected a career-high 14 saves and allowed only five goals ... Russell earned his first honor after the Mids' 18-10 drubbing of Army ... the win gave Navy sole possession of first place in the conference and clinched a Patriot League Tournament berth ... Jon Birsner, Joe Bossi and Ian Dingman were each named the League's Offensive Player of the Week this season, while Mitch Hendler was named the Defensive Player of the Week.

Multiple Madness: Joe Bossi seems to like the back of the net when he faces Patriot League opponents ... he scored at least three goals in each of the seven conference matches ... Bossi scored a career-high five goals against Lehigh, recorded four goals against Hobart and netted three goals against Lafayette, Bucknell, Colgate, Army and Holy Cross ... he has dropped in at least two goals in the last-eight games ... Ian Dingman might wear the number one on his jersey, but when it comes to scoring, he prefers larger numbers ... Dingman tallied a career-high five goals at Lafayette and against Colgate, dropped in four goals against Bucknell, recorded a hat trick at Army and netted a pair of goals at North Carolina and at Maryland ... he has 14 multiple-goal games in his career (out of 24 games played) and 13 multiple-assist contests ... Jon Birsner recorded the eighth multi-assist game of his career with a pair of assists at Maryland ... he scored three goals at Army, only the second multi-goal game of his career (he started his career with a two-goal effort against Marist).

Face-Off Facts: The Mids take an early advantage over their opponents, having won 173 of the 262 face-offs this season ... Navy is atop the national standings with a .660 average ... Chris Pieczonka has won 112 of his 167 face-offs (.671), already giving him the third-best single-season total in school history ... Pieczonka is No. 3 in the country, behind Johns Hopkins' Greg Peyser, who is ranked No. 1 after winning 57 of his 80 attempts (.713) ... Pieczonka is third in the Navy record book with 165-career face-off wins ... the Mids have one of the best back-up players in Tommy Wallin ... on April 3, he battled the No. 1 face-off specialist in the country at Georgetown and came away with a 5-of-6 advantage over Andy Corno ... he won nine of his 10 attempts during the game and 37 of his 54 face-offs (.685) this season ... Wallin's .685 winning percentage ranks him atop the league standings ... his 37 wins give him the 18th-best single-season total in school history and the 10th-best career total.

Premier Performances: Twelve Navy players have scored their first career goal this season ... three plebes scored their first goals against Holy Cross on April 18 ... David Cohn, Ben MacNeil and William Wallace each tabbed their first score against the Crusaders ... Dan Harris notched his first-ever goal just 1:31 into the contest at Georgetown ... Conor McKenzie netted his first goal against Colgate, and then added three more during the game for good measure ... Steve Looney picked up his first-career goal against Bucknell * and then recorded his first multi-goal game with a three-goal showing against Hobart ... Chris Pieczonka picked up his first goal at North Carolina on March 5, just six seconds into the fourth quarter, giving the Mids a 7-4 lead ... the face-off specialist added Navy's only other fourth-quarter goal to put the Mids ahead 8-7 with 8:12 to go in regulation ... senior Matt Midura netted his first-career goal against UNC ... Taylor Harris, who made only one appearance as a freshman, has seen action in both games this year and scored his first goal against Ohio State on Feb. 28, giving the Mids a 3-1 lead in the first quarter ... three Mids found the back of the net in the 14-1 victory over Lafayette on Feb. 21 ... Dwayne Osgood was sidelined with knee injuries his first two seasons but played in his first game against the Leopards and scored his first collegiate goal on an extra-man opportunity in the fourth quarter ... Billy Looney and Trevor Hoselton also notched their first career goals in the season opener.

Preseason Potpourri: Navy began the 2004 campaign with a No. 14 preseason ranking by Lacrosse Magazine ... three Mids were selected to Face-Off Magazine's Preseason All-America Honorable Mention squad: sophomore attack Ian Dingman, junior midfielder Graham Gill and team captain Thomas Morris (long stick) ... Dingman came off the bench in 11-of-13 games to lead the Mids in scoring with 40 points on 23 goals and 17 assists ... in his sophomore season, Dingman has scored 21 goals and 13 assists ... Gill started every game last season and produced 22 points on 13 goals and nine assists ... Gill has been active in both of Navy's wins over top-five opponents ... he netted three goals to help the Mids upend then-No. 4 North Carolina and scored twice as Navy downed then-No. 4 Georgetown ... Morris was named Navy's defensive MVP last year, despite missing two games because of a nearly severed finger.

Television Time: Navy fans will have the chance to see the Mids' final regular-season contest against Johns Hopkins (Apr. 24) on College Sports Television ... the game will also be simulcast live on CN8 ... Carter Blackburn will handle play-by-play duties, while Quint Kessinich, a four-time All-America goalie at Johns Hopkins, will provide color commentary and Joe Beninati will bring an added dimension to the telecast with sideline interviews ... CSTV is available on Adelphia and Insight cable systems and is also available on DirecTV (ch. 610) ... in addition to the live national telecast, the game will be carried to American troops in 177 countries and territories on the American Forces Network on Tuesday, April 27, at 12 a.m. ET ... American Forces Network programming is distributed to overseas Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine bases, as well as United States embassies and U.S. Navy ships at sea.

Radio Review: Pete Medhurst will be back calling the action on WNAV-1430 AM for Navy's final regular season game this weekend ... Medhurst is a veteran of Navy broadcasts, as he co-hosts the Navy pre-game football show ... Medhurst has also picked up the call for Navy men's and women's basketball.

World Wide Web: For a complete report on Navy Athletics,
checkout www.NavySports.com ... the latest information from the Patriot League is available at www.PatriotLeague.com.

Service Selection Saga: The members of the Class of 2004 recently learned where they're headed after graduation!
Ben Bailey ... Naval Flight Officer
Jared Bosanko ... Surface Warfare Officer
Joe Bossi ... Navy Pilot
Dan Eddy ... Navy Pilot
Brendan Looney ... Intelligence
Matt Midura ... Navy Pilot
Thomas Morris ... Navy Pilot
Adam Reel ... Navy Pilot


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