Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/10/11
From Press Releases
Senior defensive midfielder Marty Gallagher (Haverford School), a fixture among Navy’s defensive unit over the last three seasons, has been selected by his teammates to serve as the Midshipmen’s lacrosse captain during the 2010-11 campaign.
“I am honored to have been elected team captain by my teammates,” said Gallagher. “I am extremely excited for this season and the opportunity to serve the Navy Lacrosse program to the best of my ability.”
It marks the eighth straight year a defensive player has been named captain of the Navy lacrosse team. The trend began in 2004 when long stick midfielder Thomas “Bucky” Morris anchored a Navy squad that would set a school record for wins and play in the National Championship.
Morris was followed by goalkeeper-turned-long stick midfielder Seth DiNola in 2005 and in 2006, Navy was represented by co-captains Matt Russell on defense and Jon Birsner on offense. Navy’s next three captains all played pivotal roles as close defensemen in the likes of Andrew Dow in 2007, three-time All-American Jordan DiNola in 2008 and Honorable Mention All-American Andy Tormey in 2009. Last year’s captain, Anthony Arena, provided leadership as a member of the defensive midfield corps.
Gallagher has played in all 47 games since arriving in Annapolis, but last year was asked to step into a leadership role among the defensive midfielders. Having had the most experience among the d-middies, he helped anchor a defensive unit that was ranked 13th nationally in scoring defense and gave up 8.67 goals per game.
In Patriot League play, the Mids surrendered the fewest goals (44) and paced the league with their 7.33 goals per game scoring defense. In 2008, the Mids were ranked third nationally in scoring defense (6.50 gpg) and and seventh (7.69 gpg) in 2009. Individually, he was one of two players on the roster last spring to register double-digit takeaways, as he caused 10 turnovers in the 15 contests.
Additionally, Gallagher has been a member of the Mids’ man-down defense over the last two seasons. In 2009, Navy was ranked No. 1 in the country, giving up just six goals in 40 attempts, warding off 85.0 percent of the opponents’ extra-man opportunities. This past season, Navy owned a 66.1 man-down percentage.
Showing he has a knack for the offensive side of the field, Gallagher scored an extra-man goal to help Navy rally back from a four-goal deficit in the second half to a win over Colgate in overtime. The following game he intercepted a pass on the defensive end of the field and fed long stick midfielder Zack Schroeder who scored and sent the Mids’ game against nationally-ranked Georgetown into overtime.
The Midshipmen kick off the 2011 campaign this Saturday when they play host to VMI. Game time is set for 12:00 pm at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
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