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Rees Gathers Weekly Honors, Mids Break into National Polls

March 30, 2015

The Midshipmen stand #1 in the Patriot League with a 5-1 record and are ranked for the first time since 2010.

The Midshipmen stand #1 in the Patriot League with a 5-1 record and are ranked for the first time since 2010.

USILA Coaches Poll | Cascade/Maverik Media Poll

ANNAPOLIS, Md. —  Following a spectacular defensive performance by the Navy men’s lacrosse team in its 14-6 victory over Boston University over the weekend, sophomore long pole Matt Rees (Sykesville, Md.) has been named the Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week.  In addition to Rees, Army’s Connor Cook (offense), Colgate’s Brandon Burke (goalkeeper) and Lehigh’s Adam Sawicki (rookie) were among those players recognized by the conference office as players of the week at their respective positions.

Rees’ play headlined a defensive effort that held Boston U., who entered the game in second place with a 3-1 conference record, to just six goals in a 14-6 Navy victory.  The Terriers came into the game ranked 10th nationally in scoring, averaging 13.13 goals per game, and had scored double figures in six of their eight games.  While four goals against Providence marked its season low, it was the fewest goals Boston U. has scored against a Patriot League team this season.  

Navy surrendered just two shots in the opening 15 minutes of play, 10 in the first half and 14 over the first three quarters.  The Mids’ smothering defense forced 15 of the Terriers’ 19 turnovers in the contest.

Rees played his best game in a Navy uniform, producing a career-high six caused turnovers which propelled him to 10th nationally in caused turnovers per game (1.70).  Additionally, he grabbed a team-best five ground balls and stands second on the team with 35 (3.50).  

Rees, who was also named the Naval Academy Athletic Association Athlete of the Week, is the third different Navy player to garner Patriot League Player of the Week honors this season with John Connors (Bellmore, N.Y.) earning goalkeeper of the week recognition on March 2 and Jack Ray (Wyckoff, N.J.) was named the league’s rookie of the week last Monday.  Rees is the first Navy player to receive defensive player of the week honors since Pat Kiernan on March 11, 2013.

Meanwhile, the Midshipmen, who will travel to Loyola on Saturday for a 2:30 pm contest at Ridley Athletic Complex, are ranked among the nation’s top 20 in both the coaches and media polls.  Boasting a 7-3 overall record including a first-place 5-1 mark in the Patriot League, Navy stands 18th in both the USILA Coaches Poll and Cascade/Maverik Media Poll.

The last time Navy was ranked in the historic USILA Coaches Poll (dates back to 1973) was the week of March 8, 2010.  The Mids finished that season with a 7-8 mark, including a 4-2 Patriot League record and played in the Patriot League Championship Game.

### Go Navy ###

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