The biggest reason Navy has played well in the last month (except for Saturday’s loss) is the insertion of Tommy Phelan into the starting lineup.
The senior has just rolled up 15 saves or more in each of his four starts, the first time a Navy goalie has reached double figures in four consecutive games since Mickey Jarboe in 1999.
Moreover, it’s the first a Navy goalie has gone for 15 or more in four straight games since Jarboe did it seven straight times in 1997. That’s an insane accomplishment, even moreso because that’s how Jarboe began his career.
So Phelan is keeping some pretty good company. If he pulls off another such performance later today against Colgate, Navy will probably be a step closer to reaching its sixth straight NCAA tournament.
—- Patrick Stevens