Navy Notables – 12/23/14

Good morning.  It’s gameday, so we’re gonna keep this one really short.

Navy men’s basketball picked up a big win over Towson last night after having lost 4 of their prior 5 games.  The game saw the return of Worth Smith to the lineup, who had been out since the opening game against Michigan State with a knee injury.  His impact was immediate and substantial.  Smith had 13 points in the first half en route to 20 for the game.  He also added 9 rebounds and 2 blocks in 28 minutes of play.  Brandon Venturini also had a big game with 19 points.  Defensively, Navy held Towson to just 29% shooting from the field.  Navy will open Patriot League play on New Year’s Eve when they host Loyola at 4pm.

Mid-morning update:

The final tally: 10,800 ticket sold, including 7,000 donated.  BZ, tell your squad leader.

Quick hits:

  • Over at, Nelson Rice has a great piece on Keenan Reynolds.  It weaves interviews with parents and coaches through his performance at the Army-Navy game this year.
  • If you need some doom and gloom to get you in the right mindset for tonight, you can go read a couple of stories about how Rocky Long has fared against Navy and Air Force.


Navy Notables – 12/21/14

Good Morning!  We’re about 36 hours from kickoff for the Poinsettia Bowl (9:30pm EST on the 23rd).  I hope everyone either took the 24th off or has some 5 Hour Energy ready for the next morning.  Let’s get to the news.

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Navy Notables – 12/19/14

Good morning – we’re less than a week away from Christmas, so that means we’re just days away from the bowl game!  If you can’t go, you can still donate tickets.  As of Wednesday night, the Navy Athletics Facebook page reported that we have ticket donations from each of the 50 states and are less than 1,000 away from selling 10,000 total tickets to the game.  That’s really something.  The fact that Navy’s fan base continues to gobble up tickets to bowl games is a major reason why Chet and company were able to consistently line up bowl games while we were an independent.  And it’s a big reason why Navy will always be in the running for the most attractive American bowls in the future.

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Navy Notables – 12/15/14

Sir, there are 362 days until Navy beats Army to make it 14 in ’15, Sir!

Good morning!  I hope everyone has recovered from watching the Army-Navy game this weekend.  It was a fantastic outing in Baltimore – one that I can not wait to repeat in 2016.  Don’t get me wrong, the Linc is a fantastic venue for the game.  But I do love the ease of getting in to Baltimore and home in one relatively short day.  Having College Gameday there made it all that much better.  FYI, if you were at the game and forgot to record Gameday, you can still catch it archived on watchESPN.  Also, if you were at the game, you may have missed the tease that lead in to the broadcast on CBS.  Go watch it now – it was great as always.

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Navy Notables – 12/5/14

It was a pretty quiet yesterday in Navy sports news, so we’ll be brief today.

In case you missed them, there were a couple of pieces on the blog yesterday you should read.  Mike addressed Army’s absence at the Army-Navy media luncheon and explained why Chet said what he said.  Later in the day, slhnavy91 took a look at the Poinsettia Bowl and who the potential opponents may be.

Alabama’s Rivals site has a nice article on the Kelly family playing football at Navy and Bama.  Mike Kelly is a youngster outside linebacker for the Midshipmen, while older brother Ryan is a junior and 2-year starter at center for the Crimson Tide.

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Navy Notables – 12/4/14

The bench for Navy women’s basketball came alive on Tuesday and lead the Mids to a come-from-behind 55-51 victory over visiting Towson.  After struggling to 30 points in the first 31 minutes of the game, the ladies outscored the Tigers 25-10 in the closing 9 to secure the victory.  Of the 55 points scored by Navy, 42 came off the bench.  It was not a game for those who like to see effective shooting: Towson was 0-14 from three while Navy shot just 5-of-26.  And both teams shot below 37% for the game.  But when it came to crunch time, Navy got the hot hand.  Over those final 9 minutes, Navy was 50% from beyond the arc, 64% from the field, and 82% at the free throw line.  This victory ends a six game home stand where the Mids went 5-1.  This weekend they fly out to the Pacific Northwest for a pair of games against Portland State and Oregon.

Men’s basketball fell at home last night to previously winless Penn 57-46.  It was pretty much over by halftime as the Quakers closed on a 28-11 run.  Navy did clamp down in the 2nd half, allowing just 19 points.  But the Mids were themselves just 33% from the field in the final 20 minutes, including a paltry 2-for-12 from three.  This isn’t the start to the season we may have expected after watching Navy hang with Michigan State in the opener.  But we also didn’t expect so many injuries.  As Bill Wagner of the Capital Gazette writes, Navy Coach Ed DeChellis has used a lot of freshmen in a year when we expected to have more depth.  Yes, it’s disheartening, but the team should be healthier for the start of Patriot League at the end of the month.

Men’s soccer senior defender Joseph Greenspan has been selected as a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy, the top individual award in collegiate soccer, by the National Coaches Soccer Association of America (NSCAA).  This continues a string of accolades for Greenspan, who won his second consecutive Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year award this year.  He is one of just two defenders among the 16 semifinalists.  Greenspan anchored a Navy defense that had a 0.65 goals against average and tallied 9 clean sheets in 20 matches.  We’ll keep an eye out for the announcement of All-American teams, as Greenspan is sure to be present on a good many of those as well.

Women’s soccer senior defender Jade Seabrook was named to the All-Mid-Atlantic Region First Team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America for the third consecutive year (a 1st for Navy).  Previously, Seabrook had been named the Patriot League defender of the year.  She lead the team in minutes played with 1,832 and tallied 11 points on 4 goals and 3 assists.

Senior men’s basketball guard Kevin Alter has been nominated for the Allstate NABC Good Works Team.  The award is designed to recognize student-athletes who are involved with their communities and dedicate their time to helping others.  Alter volunteers with Covenant House, a homelessness shelter in Washington DC and works with his hometown (Rumson, NJ) to raise money for Homes for Our Troops.

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