Six National TV Appearances Highlight Navy 2010 Schedule

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Six nationally-televised games and seven top 25-ranked opponents highlight the 2010 Navy men's lacrosse schedule released Friday by 16th-year Navy head coach Richie Meade. Navy will play its traditional six-game Patriot League slate, along with seven nonconference battles that include five programs in the Baltimore-Washington DC area.

"The way our schedule is laid out this year, we have big games in each month," said Meade " For us to be successful, we will have to come out of the gates playing well and be able to maintain some consistency throughout the year. It's a challenging schedule that features teams from not only the Patriot League, but also the ACC, the Big East, the CAA, the ECAC. It's a well-rounded schedule and will certainly be an exciting one for our fans."

Navy is on tap to play a pair of scrimmages (Jan. 30 vs. UMBC, Feb. 6 at Virginia) prior to officially kicking off the season on Feb. 13 at home against VMI (12:00 pm). The Mids' meeting against the Keydets marks the third consecutive year the two military institutions have met in what has been both programs' season opener. Anchored by Evan Sullivan's hat trick, Navy dealt VMI a 13-5 loss to take a 2-0 lead in the series.

Meeting for the first time in better than 15 years, Navy and Loyola will battle one another at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Feb. 20 at 12:00 pm. Though just 30 miles separate the two schools, they have just four previous meetings and only one in the last 60-plus years. The two teams established a series in 1939 and met three straight years before the dropping off. The last time Mids and Greyhounds faced off was in opening round of the 1993 NCAA?Tournament where Loyola thumped the Mids, 19-8, in Annapolis. Each program has a connection to the other as Loyola head coach Charlie Toomey was the Naval Academy Prep School head coach in 1993 before spending the next two seasons on Navy's staff as an assistant, including the 1995 campaign when Meade was named the Mids' head coach. Meanwhile, third-year Navy assistant coach Stan Ross is a graduate of Loyola and a four-year letterwinner as a close defenseman for the Greyhound program.

"This game on paper just made sense," said Meade. "We've had Ohio State on the schedule and Loyola was playing Notre Dame and at the end of the day, it made sense for us to play one another instead of each of us spending hours on the road to play and equally-competitive opponent. I'm excited to begin a series with Loyola."

Navy will close out its three-game home stand by playing host to North Carolina in an unusual Thursday night (7:00 pm) battle at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The first of six televised games for the Mids, it's the first of four that will be carried by CBS College Sports, the Home of Navy Athletics. The two programs have a long-standing rivalry that dates back to 1975 and the series is all square at 12 wins apiece. In classic Navy-North Carolina style, last year's game went down to the wire with the Tar Heels slighting the Mids, 9-8, in Chapel Hill. Seven of the last 11 meetings between the two teams have been decided by one goal.

The Mids kick off conference action on March 2 when they travel to Bethlehem, Pa. for the second straight year to face Lehigh. Though Navy owns a 27-1 series advantage, winning 24 in a row, the Mountain Hawks gave the Mids all they could handle in last year's contest. Navy came out the victor with a 10-8 decision, but the Mids were forced to score seven goals in the third period after Lehigh took an early 5-1 advantage. Game time is set for 7:00 pm.

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2009-12-04



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