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Men's Lacrosse Travels to Navy

March 6, 2014

Lafayette vs. Navy
March 7 | 7:00 p.m.
| Annapolis, Md. | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
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Game Preview
The Leopards travel to Annapolis, Md. for a Patriot League contest against the Midshipmen of Navy. Opening faceoff is slated for 7 p.m. at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The game can be seen live on the Patriot League Network.

Scouting the Midshipmen
Navy is coming off a 21-12 dismantling of Holy Cross on Saturday. Sam Jones has been the driving force of the Navy attack as his team high in goals (12) and assists (8) give him the most points (20) on the Navy roster. Jones and T.J. Hanzsche (11 goals, one assist) sit in second and third respectively in goals per game in the Patriot League. Tucker Hull is the third Midshipman to have double digit points this season with seven goals and four assists. At the faceoff dot, Brady Dove has taken 55 of his 92 draws, picking up a team leading 26 ground balls along the way. Pat Kiernan has scooped up 15 ground balls while causing a team high six turnovers. In goal, John Connors has allowed 32 goals in four starts for a goals-against average of 8.37 His 44 saves on 131 shots give him a .579 save percentage.

Coaching Matchup

The Leopards are coached by Jim Rogalski, who is in his second season on College Hill. Rogalski has a 22-27 career mark after going 18-15 in two seasons at Scranton prior to last season’s 3-10 campaign. Rick Sowell is in his third season at Navy. The Washington College grad has a career 97-99 record in his career, including time with Dartmouth, St. John’s (N.Y.), Stony Brook and Navy.

Against Navy
The Maroon and White are looking for their second all-time win over Navy.

Leopards’ Attack
Brian Bock leads the way with eight points on seven goals with an assist. Robert Orazietti and Morgan Westby each have pocketed four goals of their own. The Leopard scoring has been spread evenly with 10 different players notching a goal. Six have handed out at least one assist. Sonny Round leads Lafayette with five assists.

Defensive Stand
Erik Cannon and Mac Ahsler each have corralled 12 ground balls with Matt Evans right behind them with 11. In the turnover department, Ahsler has been relentless, causing a team high seven. Evans and Round have forced four apiece. Goalkeeper Ben Falcone got his first start of the season against Delaware, knocking away six shots in the game. Jake Hyatt started the other three Leopard contests, compiling 38 saves while allowing 32 goals on 108 shots faced.

Around the Patriot League
Loyola, Colgate and Lehigh all stand at 4-1 overall. Army’s 3-2 mark rounds out the teams with .500 records overall. Bucknell and Navy sit at 2-2 overall. Lafayette and Holy Cross each have one win on the young campaign, while Boston University is searching for its first win. In league action, Loyola sits at 2-0, Army is 1-0. Colgate, Lehigh, Bucknell, Navy, and Lafayette each hold 1-1 records, with Boston University and Holy Cross yet to collect a league win. 

What’s Next?
The Maroon and White return to Easton on March 15 to take on the Terriers of Boston University at 3:30 p.m.