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Around the Yard: Navy men’s lacrosse fighting for Patriot League tourney spot

In this week’s Navy edition of around the yard, the men’s lacrosse team is fighting for a place in the Patriot League tournament, while baseball continued its winning ways.

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Men’s lacrosse fighting for Patriot League tourney spot

It’s been a disappointing 2019 campaign for the Mids who are 5-7 on the season and 3-4 in the Patriot League. The Mids have lost five of their last six games, but they still control their own fate.

Navy plays host to No. 16 Boston University on Friday, and a win would give it a place in the Patriot’s postseason tournament. If Navy loses, the Mids can still sneak in through a variety of scenarios you can read about in the link, which is not a position in which the Mids want to find themselves.

Navy will be good hands tomorrow as they are led by a pair of seniors who have been etching their names in the history books of Navy lacrosse. Both Ryan Wade and Greyson Torain reached Navy’s 100-career point club earlier this season; the pair is up to 115 and 128 points respectively. Wade currently owns the tenth longest points streak in the country, having tallied at least one goal or assist in 36 consecutive contests.

Keeper Ryan Kern is having quite the season of his own, and is only two saves shy of becoming just the 10th Navy goalie to record 400 career saves. Kern has already faced two of the countries top five scorers this season, and has the distinction of facing a third. Boston’s Chris Gray is coincidentally third in the country in terms of points per game with an average of 6.71 this season.

Boston has been on a tear this season earning a 10-4 record overall and 5-2 mark in the Patriot League. The Terriers will be a tough match-up for the Mids, but don’t count them out just yet. The Mids have had a variety of ups and downs this year, but there have been stretches that show they have the potential to keep up with anyone in the country.

Track & field heads to the Penn Relays

Men’s and women’s track & field will travel to the 125th annual Penn Relays in Philly.

The men’s team will compete in four track and 10 field events, the women will compete in four tracks and eight field. More than 30 Mids will represent Navy at the event.

The prestigious event begins today and goes through Saturday. Philadelphia is one of the greatest sports cities in the country, and has certainly been good to the Mids so it should be a great event.

Navy baseball has 11-run inning in rout of George Mason

The Mids had racked up 14 total runs by the end of the third inning in a highly efficient outing where Navy converted 19 hits into 18 runs in the contest.

Navy was led by shortstop Michael Coritz who racked up five RBIs, and first baseman Christian Hodge who tallied four RBIs. Five other Mids contributed at least one RBI.

Trent Topping took the mound in the middle of the fifth inning and ultimately got credit for the win before exiting the game after the sixth inning. Jackson Zoch needed only 16 pitches to retire the final five batters without allowing a base runner.

The Mids are now 31-14 on the season with a Patriot League record of 15-6. Navy plays host to Lehigh and Lafayette this weekend, to wrap up league play.