Navy Uses 5-0 Run to Pull Away from Holy Cross

“Honestly, the other players make me look good,” said Hull, who is the nation's No. 2 scorer, averaging better than five points per game. “My teammates are working to get open all of the time and I just happen to be the one with the ball in my stick.”

Reynolds, Kiernan, Hoffstadt and senior midfielder Nikk Davis (Cockeysville, Md.) scored two goals apiece, while Sampson and sophomore attack Sam Jones (Annapolis, Md.) each got into the scoring column.

Wickham put together one of his strongest days in goal with a season-best 16-save performance, while giving up seven goals to the Crusaders. With the 16 saves, Wickham became just the eighth goalkeeper in the program's 105-year history to reach the 400-save milestone. Ironically, he is the first Navy keeper since Mickey Jarboe, the Mids' current goalkeeper coach, achieved the feat in 2000, stopping 701 shots over his four-year career.

Meanwhile, Navy continued to be riddled at the faceoff x, as senior Logan West (Berlin, Md.) managed just two wins in 11 attempts. Junior Evan McGoogan (Cranberry Township, Pa.), however, came on to find some success getting the ball to his wings, as he was credited with wins on eight of his 13 draws.

The Midshipmen will be back in action next Saturday when they make the trip North to Hamilton, N.Y. to battle 17th-ranked Colgate, who is off to a 7-1 start including a 1-0 mark in Patriot League play. Faceoff is slated for 2:00 pm at Andy Kerr Stadium The game will be carried live by 1430 WNAV with Pete Medhurst calling the action.

“We are in the same situation we were in last year (a three-game winning streak going into the Colgate game),” added Hull. “It's going to be tough moving forward with the schedule that we play, but we can't have last year. We want to win.”

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. – With the Crusaders trailing 8-7 with 10:57 left in the third quarter, the Midshipmen then netted five consecutive goals as Holy Cross fell to Navy, 13-7, on Saturday afternoon in Patriot League action at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 4-4 overall (0-2 PL), while the Midshipmen improve to 4-3 overall (2-1 PL).

The Crusaders were led by junior Myles Gillespie (Rye, N.Y.) who scored two goals. Senior captain A.J. Guarente (Gaithersburg, Md.) led the team with five ground balls, while he won 13 of 22 face-offs. Sophomore Ryan Troy (Summit, N.J.) led the Crusaders with two caused turnovers.

The Mids were led by Tucker Hull who posted three goals and five assists for eight points. Nikk Davis and Pat Kiernan each tallied two goals and one assist.

Kiernan gave Navy an early 1-0 lead with a goal off a pass by Hull just eight seconds after the opening face-off. The Crusaders then answered with a goal by junior captain James Kennedy (Summit, N.J.) to tie the game with 10:11 left in the first quarter. After the Mids netted three straight goals to move out to a 4-1 lead, senior Andrew Morici (Manhasset, N.Y.) found the back of the net off an assist from sophomore John Daugherty (Stafford, Va.) for the last goal of the first quarter.

Navy then scored the first three goals of the second quarter to increase its lead to 7-2 with 10:36 remaining. Freshman Clay Haarmann (Mendham, N.J.) ended the Mids' scoring streak when he found the back of the net with 8:32 left. Then with 4:01 remaining, junior John Hannan (Manhasset, N.Y.) tallied a goal off a pass from freshman Terry McKenna (Summit, N.J.) to make it a 7-4 contest. After Hull netted a man-up goal, Gillespie and senior Nick Rabiecki (Maplewood, N.J.) each scored for the Crusaders as Navy took an 8-6 lead to the half.

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