Navy Makes the First of Two-Consecutive Road Trips with Saturday Contest at Lafayette

Setting the stage
• Inside the Game: Navy (6-5, 2-3 Patriot League) will play the first of two-consecutive road games when it travels to Easton, Pa. on Saturday to battle Lafayette (4-8, 1-5 Patriot League). Faceoff is slated for 12:00 pm at Fisher Stadium. The Mids are led by Joe Amplowho owns a 15-10 record in three seasons at the helm of the Navy program, while Patrick Myers has posted an 8-36 record in 4 seasons as the Leopards’ head coach.
• Follow the Action: Saturday’s contest will be streamed via ESPN+ (subscription based). Additionally, the game will be carried live on 1430 AM / 99.9 FM WNAV, as well as 1500 AM WFED with coverage beginning at 11:45 am with the Navy Lacrosse Pregame Show. Live stats will also be available on NavySports.com(.)

Game Day Storylines
• 25 Games and Counting: Navy’s Patrick Skalniak (Jr/M) enters Saturday’s contest at Lafayette riding a 25-game point-scoring streak. Skalniak, Navy’s leading scorer this season with 38 points (22-16), has amassed 72 points on 39 goals and 33 assists during the streak which dates back to his first-collegiate game on Feb. 7, 2020 against Manhattan. Maryland’s Logan Wisnauskas owns the nation’s longest point-scoring streak at 67-consecutive games (every game of his career).
• 30-Point Midfielders: Patrick Skalniak (Jr) became the program’s 17th different player to reach 30 points in a season when he contributed 6 points (3G, 3A) in the Mids’ 11-10 win at Johns Hopkins (3.18). Skalniak is tied for fifth on the Mids’ single-season scoring chart by players with a team-high 38 points (22-16). He is just 2 points shy of becoming only the fifth player in school history to register 40 or more points in a season – 44 by Bob DeSimone (1975), 48 by Ryan Wade (2019), 53 by Glen Miles (1986) and 53 by Brian Keith (1989). Dane Swanson (So), meanwhile, needs just 4 points to join Skalniak on the 30-point list.
• Tolker Eyes Freshman Top-10 Lists: Henry Talker (Fr/A) is on the verge of joining the ranks of some of the best rookies in program history. A starter in 10 of the 11 games this season, he has amassed 24 points on 17 goals and 7 assists. Tolker needs 6 points to become only the 14th freshman in Navy history to reach 30 points. Meanwhile, he is 5 goals shy of reaching the top 10 in goals by a freshman and 3 assists shy of joining that list, as well.
• An Eye on the Prize: A (Navy) win over Lafayette combined with a Lehigh win over Colgate would clinch a playoff spot for the Mids in the 2022 Patriot League Tournament slated to begin May 3 with quarterfinals action.

Scouting Lafayette
• Fourth-year Lafayette head coach Patrick Myers has guided the Leopards to a 4-8 record, including a 1-5 mark in the Patriot League this season. The 4 wins matches that from 2019 after posting a combined 0-17 record during 2020 and ’21.
• The Leopards are coming off a strong 21-11 victory at Holy Cross last Saturday – it was their first Patriot league win since March 11, 2017 (9-8 vs. Navy). Lafayette lost 36-consecutive league games and played 1,854 days without a conference win.
• Lafayette is averaging 12.50 goals per game, the fourth most in the league. Peter Lehman (So/A) leads the way with 45 points on 25 goals and a team-high 20 assists, while Kalman Kraham (So/A) has produced 35 points on a team-best 27 goals and 8 assists.
• The Leopards are allowing 14.33 goals per game, the eighth most in the conference. Gabe Cummins (Fr/GK) has played in 8 of the 12 games and owns an 11.81 goal-against average and a 42.9 save percentage. As a team, Lafayette owns a 38.1 save percentage.

Navy vs. Lafayette – The Series
• Saturday’s contest marks the 23rd meeting between the two programs, and the 19th since the Midshipmen joined the Patriot League in 2004. Navy leads the series 20-2.
• Navy and Lafayette first met in 1926 with the Mids earning a 23-0 win. The two teams battled one another three times between 1929-31 before the series went on pause. The two programs would not meet again until the Mids joined the Patriot League.
• The Mids won 10 straight against the Leopards before dropping the program’s game to Lafayette on March 12, 2010 in Easton. Navy won seven in a row before falling a second time, again in Easton, by a 9-8 count in 2017.
• Navy has scored double digits in 18 of the 22 games, while the Mids have held Lafayette to single digits 19 times.
• In the 22-game history, the Mids have outscored the Leopards, 281-117.

Road Rules
• The Mids owns a 228-179-4 (56.0) all-time record in true road games and a 15-13 (53.6) mark in neutral site games.
• Since the beginning of the 2004 campaign, Navy has won 54 of its 109 (49.5) true road games.
• Navy has had a losing record on the road in 6 of the last 13 years. The Mids are 4-6 under Joe Amplo.
• The Mids are due to play 6 true road games this season, along with a neutral site contest (Manhattan at Hofstra). Navy is 2-2 on the road to date and 1-0 on neutral ground.
• Prior to the Mids’ win at Loyola last year, their last win on the road against a nationally-ranked opponent was a memorable one. On April 21, 2018, Navy scored 2 goals in the final minute, including the game-winner with two-tenths of a second left, to defeat #9 Syracuse 13-12 at the Carrier Dome.

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