No. 4 Maryland (7-1) rebounded from its first loss of the season by outlasting then-No. 13
Navy (3-7) absorbed its fourth consecutive loss last Saturday when Lehigh pulled out a 12-7 decision. The setback eliminated the Midshipmen from consideration for the Patriot League tournament, which is composed of the top four teams in the conference.
Here are a few factors that could influence the outcome at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in
1) Limit Maryland's transition offense. The Terps are one of the most proficient teams at turning defense into offense, and they proved that in the victory over the Cavaliers when senior long-stick midfielder Jesse Bernhardt scored twice in unsettled situations. Bernhardt has recorded three goals and two assists this season, and senior short-stick defensive midfielder Landon Carr has posted two goals and three assists. Navy coach Rick Sowell said the key revolves around the Midshipmen offensive players being selective with their shots and avoiding attempts that redshirt junior goalkeeper Niko Amato can stop and begin the transition. "We have to try to limit opportunities in transition and be smart, and part of that has to do with how we play on the offensive end," Sowell said. "If we're taking crazy shots that are relatively easy saves for Niko, that's going to allow them to get out and run."
2) Don’t overextend against Navy’s offense. The Midshipmen are one of the national leaders in turnovers per game, coughing up the ball 17.9 times this season. Navy’s starting six offensive players have been particularly generous as they have combined to give the ball away 87 times. Maryland could tilt the game’s balance by having its long poles apply pressure whenever a Midshipmen touches the ball, but coach