Six National TV Appearances Highlight Navy 2010 Schedule

Since joining the Patriot League in 2005, the annual Navy-Bucknell contest has become a spirited battle. While Navy holds a 6-3 advantage, the two teams swapped wins a year ago. The Bison took the regular-season contest when 2009 Patriot League Rookie of the Year Charlie Streep poked in the game-winner as time expired. Navy, though, took a more important win, a 9-8 victory over top-seeded Bucknell in the Patriot League Championship to punch the Mids' ticket to their sixth consecutive NCAA Tournament. This year's much-anticipated battle will take place on Saturday, March 6 in a game that will be televised by CBS College Sports (3:00 pm)?at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

Lafayette will play host to Navy on March 12 under the lights (7:00 pm), as the Leopards are hoping to snap their 10-game losing streak to the Mids. Navy has scored double digits against Lafayette in eight of their 10 meetings, including last year's 14-9 victory last year in Annapolis.

Navy will take a break from Patriot League play when it makes the short trip to Towson. Much like the Loyola series, Navy and Towson have not met since the mid-90s. The two programs battled yearly from 1991-97. but have not met since the Tigers' 14-6 victory in '97. Navy will travel to Towson on March 16 (7:00 pm) to face off for the ninth time in series history.

After playing three straight years away from Annapolis, Holy Cross will return to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on March 20 (12:00 pm). Navy, who owns a 6-0 series lead, has outscored the Crusaders 40-8 in the two contests played in Annapolis, however, Holy Cross is a much-improved team. Meade won't have to explain that to the Mids after Navy found itself in a 4-3 deficit going into the final quarter of action last year. Navy won that game, 10-5.

Like the Bucknell series, the annual Navy-Colgate matchup has turned into its own rivalry. Though the Mids have a handle on the series with a 9-3 advantage, the two teams have swapped victories in each of the last two years. In 2008, the Mids bested the Raiders during the regular season but were dealt a 12-9 blow in the opening round of the league tournament, suffering its first tournament loss since joining the Patriot League. Last year, Colgate defeated the Mids in Annapolis, handing Navy its first conference loss at home since joining the league. Navy, though, upended Colgate in the first round of the Patriot League Tournament, as Joe Lennon scored the last three goals of the game to lead the Mids to a 9-8 triple overtime win.

In what will be just the third meeting between the two in Hamilton, N.Y., Navy and Colgate will face one another on Saturday, March 27 beginning at 3:00 pm.

The next four games on Navy's docket are against long-time rivals. Leading off is the April 2 contest at home against Georgetown, a team the Mids have faced every year since 1991. While the Hoyas own a 13-7 series advantage, attackman Brendan Connors scored three goals to anchor the offense and keeper Tommy Phelan stymied Georgetown with 15 saves to help lead the Mids to a 10-8 victory. The Navy win snapped a five-game skid by Navy in the series. The contest is slated for a rare Friday evening and will be aired live by CBS College Sports.

The following week will pit Navy against Maryland at the Terps' Byrd Stadium. Fans have been treated to some great battles between the Mids and Terps over the last decade. Eight of the last 11 games have been decided by one goal, including four of the last five. Last year, Navy dominated Maryland in Annapolis as Bruce Nechanicky scored three goals and added on a fourth to lead the Mids to a 10-4 rout over the Terps. A national audience will be able to watch the April 2 game on ESPNU starting at 12:00 pm.

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2009-12-04



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