The Washington Times - April 7, 2012, 12:43AM

It was not a particularly pleasant Friday evening for the Navy lacrosse team.

It allowed 52 shots. It took 18 on its own. It managed only 19 groundballs.

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With those numbers in mind, it could have been a lot worse than a 13-6 loss at No. 12 Maryland.

All three of those numbers – plus, to be fair, goalie RJ Wickham’s 18 saves – got me thinking on the drive home from College Park how they stacked up to recent history. Say, back to 2001, which is how far the stats in the Navy media guides stashed in the D1scourse library go back to.

Let’s just say Friday left its place on multiple lists:

FEWEST SHOTS FOR NAVY (SINCE 2001)

16: at Johns Hopkins, 2003 (L, 17-3)

17: at Maryland, 2002 (L, 6-5)

18: Georgetown, 2003 (L, 4-3)
18: at Maryland, 2012 (L, 13-6)

19: at Penn State, 2003 (L, 5-4)

21: at Johns Hopkins, 2007 (L, 10-9)

22: at Rutgers, 2002 (W, 6-3)

MOST SHOTS ALLOWED BY NAVY (SINCE 2001)

54: Colgate, 2007 (W, 15-10)
54: at Lafayette, 2010 (L, 15-8)

52: at Maryland, 2012 (L, 13-6)

46: at North Carolina, 2004 (W, 9-8, OT)
46: Georgetown, 2011 (L, 9-8)

45: Johns Hopkins, 2009 (L, 15-7)

44: Massachusetts, 2002 (L, 13-10)
44: at Bucknell, 2005 (L, 8-7, OT)
44: Loyola, 2010 (L, 8-7, OT)

FEWEST GROUNDBALLS BY NAVY (SINCE 2001)

16: at Loyola, 2011 (L, 9-8)

18: Ohio State, 2003 (W, 13-10)
18: at Massachusetts, 2003 (L, 10-9)

19: at Army, 2010 (L, 11-8)
19: at Holy Cross, 2011 (W, 8-3)
19: at Maryland, 2012 (L, 13-6)

20: Georgetown, 2010 (L, 13-12, OT)

21: at Lafayette, 2004 (W, 14-1)

22: at Georgetown, 2004 (W, 7-5)
22: at Bucknell, 2007 (W, 6-3)
22: Bucknell, 2010 (W, 8-7, OT)

MOST SAVES BY A NAVY GOALIE (SINCE 2001)

21: Seth DiNola at Penn State, 2003 (L, 5-4)

20: RJ Wickham at Georgetown, 2011 (L, 9-8)

19: Jon Higdon at North Carolina, 2002 (L, 11-10, 6OT)
19: RJ Wickham vs. Loyola, 2010 (L, 8-7, OT)

18: RJ Wickham vs. Bucknell, 2010 (W, 8-7, OT)
18: RJ Wickham at Maryland, 2012 (L, 13-6)

17: RJ Wickham at Maryland, 2010 (L, 11-9)

16: Tommy Phelan vs. Maryland, 2009 (W, 10-4)
16: Tommy Phelan vs. Army, 2009 (W, 8-4)
16: RJ Wickham at Lafayette, 2010 (L, 15-8)
16: RJ Wickham vs. Holy Cross, 2010 (W, 12-3)
16: RJ Wickham vs. Holy Cross, 2012 (W, 13-7)

The overall single-game carnage over a 12-season stretch? Third most shots allowed, tied for third fewest shots, tied for fourth fewest groundballs and tied for fifth most saves.

Given the pressure applied to Wickham, the inability to get any loose balls and the vast shot disparity, the final margin could have been worse for the Mids. A lot worse.