Inside Lacrosse Preview: No. 27 Navy

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Navy men's lacrosse coach Rick Sowell
Navy men's lacrosse coach Rick Sowell

Jan. 24, 2013

By Christian Swezey

The attack has back all but 14 goals it scored last season. The midfield has back all but 10 goals. Of the top five defensemen, four started at least one game last year and the fifth is a plebe.

There are reasons for confidence as Navy enters its second season under coach Rick Sowell and his staff. Last year’s 6-6 record fell short of expectations but did include wins over NCAA Quarterfinalists Colgate and Johns Hopkins.

One never has to look very far to find history at Navy. Practice earlier this week was held indoors on the turf in Halsey Field House; in an earlier incarnation, Halsey hosted Navy’s home basketball games, including those played by NBA Hall of Famer David Robinson from 1984-87.

One thing that has been consigned to history by the lacrosse team: Last year’s 8-2 win over Johns Hopkins that ended the regular season.

“It was a great win, a very memorable win,” says junior Sam Jones, a starting attackman. “But it was to cap a season that wasn’t very successful.”

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