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Connors Named Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week

March 2, 2015

Junior John Connors anchored a defense that surrendered just six goals to #19 Holy Cross on Saturday.

Junior John Connors anchored a defense that surrendered just six goals to #19 Holy Cross on Saturday.

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. —  Navy junior John Connors (Bellmore, N.Y.) has been named the Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week After following a spectacular defensive effort staged by the Navy men’s lacrosse team on Saturday in a 7-6 victory over 19th-ranked Holy Cross.  In addition to Connors, Loyola’s Zach Herreweyers (offense), Army’s Tim Stackpole (defense) and Boston U.’s Jack Wilson (rookie) were among those players recognized by the conference office as players of the week at their respective positions.

Connors, who has been honored three times over his career by the Patriot League, played one of his best games in a Navy uniform serving as the backbone of a Navy defensive unit that held the previously undefeated Crusaders to their lowest scoring output (6 goals) of the season.  It was the first time Holy Cross had been held to single digits this season as the Crusaders came into the game averaging 11.50 goals per game in wins over nationally-ranked Loyola and Fairfield.

The second-year starter made a season-high tying 13 saves in the game, turning aside seven of the 15 shots he faced in the second period alone.  He also closed the door on two point-blank shots in the fourth quarter to help the Mids secure their first win over a ranked team since dealing sixth-ranked Johns Hopkins an 8-2 loss at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on April 21, 2012. It was also Navy’s first victory over a ranked team on the road since March 24, 2012, when the Mids clipped 12th-ranked Colgate, 12-11, in Hamilton, N.Y.

The Mids will be back in action on Tuesday when they play host to 14th-ranked Towson.  Due to inclement weather projected for Tuesday evening, the game has been pushed up form 7:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.  There will NOT be a video stream of the game, however, 1430 AM / 99.9 FM WNAV will carry the game live with Pete Medhurst and Joe Miller calling the action and live stats will be provided via NavySports.com.  Additionally, fans will be admitted free of charge to the game.

### Go Navy ###

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