|Feb. 9, 2016. 7:00 P.M.||#5 Johns Hopkins vs. #18 Navy||Patriot League Network|
Things to keep an eye on.
- Navy: The Midshipmen had a bit of a slow start against a spirited Air Force group. However, Navy was able to overcome the early deficit and cruise to a nice opening day win. Navy's defense was lights out in the second half and held the Falcons without a shot for long periods throughout the 3rd and 4th quarter. If BOSS Sowell's lot can replicate that performance on Tuesday, Navy might be 2-0 come Wednesday morning..
Navy hasn't faired well against the Jays historically, but the Midshipmen have won two games within the last six years, both of which came at Annapolis. If Navy can dictate the pace of the game early, they may make it difficult for Hopkins to get a rhythm on offense. Hopkins will be breaking in a handful of new starters at attack and midfield and may not hit the ground running immediately in the first half.
It will be interesting to see if Hopkins attacks on defense, as Navy likes to take its time when it has possession. Should Navy score a couple quick goals to take an early lead and then try to shorten the game with long possessions, it might force the Jays to extend their defense, which is also breaking in a fair number of starters.
- Hopkins: It is always difficult to get a read on Hopkins in the preseason. Despite a great job producing videos and content, when it comes to actual actionable information before the season starts, Petro and the boys follow the same cardinal rule as we do here at CC.
Nevertheless, we'll get our first glimpse at a reloaded Hopkins squad that loss major contributors on both offense and defense. While the new offense will have some different faces, I'm willing to go out on a ledge and say we should see Ryan Brown in the starting lineup tomorrow.
Shout out to @HopkinsSports for this great video on the eve of tomorrow's game.
- Patrick Keena, Navy: Keena had a great game against Air Force, leading Navy with 6 total points on 3 goals and 3 assists. The senior is one of Navy's best scoring threats and the team will need his leadership and point production to take down the Jays.
- Greyson Torian, Navy: The freshman out of Glen Burie, MD had a fantastic first game. Greyson bagged a hat-trick, with all three tallies coming in the second half. Greyson's first goal, near the 3:00 mark, helped to tie the game at 5 and capitalized on a Keena goal less than a minute beforehand. Navy took the lead shortly thereafter and never looked back.
- Dove Brady, Navy: The junior FOGO had a very solid game against Air Force. Brady went 12-19 at the dot and he will be needed in this match-up. Navy will look to use as much clock as possible early in the game and keep it close going into the 4th. A +50% night from Brady would be big for the midshipmen.
- Wilkins Dismuke, Hopkins: Wilkins was one of the best HS players ever out of Colorado, and was a starter for the early part of 2015. Jays fans everywhere are hoping Wikins can bring some of that Rocky Mountain luck to Charm City this year and help replace some of the production they lost from the graduation of Wells Stanwick. Wilkins can play, hopefully he gets his shot on Tuesday.
- Holden Cattoni, Hopkins: The De Winton, Alberta product had a slow start to 2015 with multiple injuries hampering him through much of February and March, and yet Holden still finished sixth on the squad in points. Cattoni was a 2014 Honorable Mention USILA All-American and Hopkins is pretty formidable when he is rolling. With the loss of two projected midfield starters, Hop will lean on Holden even more in 2016 to fill that unexpected loss in production.
College Crosse Prediction:
- Hopkins: This one is going to be pretty lit. Navy always plays Hopkins tough, it usually gets chippy, and this is the first game of the season for the Jays. Last year Hop jumped out to an 8-1 lead, but the Midshipmen battled back and made the game a lot closer than the final score indicated. I think this will be a similar tough game for Hop, but the Jays should pull it out.
This should be a great game. The College Crosse Game Thread will go up an hour or so before the game. Please make a SB Account and join in on the #Banter. It's always more fun with diverse points of views in the
Trap House coments section. See you all tomorrow.
Oh ... I almost forgot, if you are interested in that sort of thing, here it is.