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Goalie switches have worked in the past at Navy - notably in 2004, when Matt Russell took over early in the season and led the Mids to the national title.

Russell graduated in 2006, and Navy has started four goalies in the 41 games since. Phelan’s sizzling return lends hope to Navy that its situation there is solved in time for a postseason push - not to mention in time to bolster the sagging total of dominant outings in the cage since Russell left.

“Every one that we’ve gotten, Tommy’s given us,” Meade said. “He’s a very good goalie in his way. With Tommy, you get what you get. He’s going to be in the middle of the goal. He’s going to stop some balls. He’s going to be consistent. We’re very fortunate right now we can go to a guy like that.”