March 31, 2016
BALTIMORE, Md. — Members of one of the top defensive units in the country this season, Navy junior defenseman Chris Fennell (Milford, N.J.) and junior long pole Matt Rees (Sykesville, Md.) have been named to the Inside Lacrosse Midseason First-Team All-America squad it was announced on Thursday.
Fennell and Rees are veteran members of a defensive crew that is ranked fourth nationally in scoring defense (6.88) and has held six of its eight opponents this spring to single digits, including each of the last four. The Mids held Delaware to just one goal in their Feb. 21 victory over the Blue Hens, the fewest goals scored against Navy since defeating Army West Point, 12-1, in the 2007 Patriot League Tournament Semifinals. Additionally, Navy’s defense has helped spark a 90.8 clearing percentage which is the nation’s fifth-best mark and it stands ninth nationally in caused turnovers per game (8.63).
A Third-Team All-America selection a year ago, Fennell was added to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List two weeks ago and after being named the 2015 Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, he was named the 2016 Preseason Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year. He is second on the team in caused turnovers with 14 and is called upon to defend the opponent’s most potent offensive threat each week. He is currently ranked 11th in the country in caused turnovers per game (1.75).
Rees has enjoyed a stellar junior campaign which has seen him active on both ends of the field. Navy’s leader in caused turnovers (15), he is ranked eighth in the country with his 1.88 caused turnovers per game average. Meanwhile, he is 26th nationally in ground balls per game (4.75), grabbing the second most on the team with 38.
Rees has also developed into a scoring threat this season with six points on five goals and an assist. His six points are tied as the fourth most in school history among close defenseman and long poles, while his five goals are tied as the fourth most.
Navy was the lone team from the Patriot League represented on the first team, while Army West Point attackman Cole Johnson was named to the second team.
The Mids (6-2, 4-1 Patriot League) will be back in action on Saturday when they play host to Holy Cross (1-9, 0-4 PL) at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium beginning at 12:00 pm. The contest will be streamed live via PatriotLeague.TV, while Pete Medhurst and Joe Miller will also call the action on 1430 AM / 99.9 FM WNAV and 1500 WFED.
2016 Inside Lacrosse Midseason All-Americans
(First Team / Second Team)
A – Dylan Molloy, Brown; Ben Reeves, Yale; Jake Froccaro, Villanova; Connor Cannizzaro, Denver / Shack Stanwick, Johns Hopkins; Dylan Donahue, Syracuse; Matt Schultz, Stony Brook; Cole Johnson, Army West Point
M – Myles Jones, Duke; Tyler Pace, Denver; Deemer Class, Duke; Challen Rogers, Stony Brook / Sergio Salcido, Syracuse; Bryan Cole, Maryland; Eric Scott, Yale; Zach Miller, Denver
FO – Will Gural, Brown / Trevor Baptiste, Denver
SSDM – Isaiah Davis-Allen, Maryland / Jack Adams, Towson
LSM – Matt Rees, Navy / Liam Byrnes, Marquette
D – Matt Landis, Notre Dame; Bobby Duvnjak, Harvard; Michael Quinn, Yale; Chris Fennell, Navy / Alec Tulett, Brown; Christian Burgdorf, Denver; Jarrod Neumann, Providence; Nick Mellen, Syracuse
GK – Jack Kelly, Brown / Shane Doss, Notre Dame
### Go Navy ###