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Navy's Sowell downplays groin injury to Hull

During Saturday’s telecast of No. 17 Army’s 9-6 victory over Navy, the CBS Sports Network tandem of Dave Ryan and Evan Washburn mentioned sophomore attackman Tucker Hull’s inability to use his speed against Black Knights junior defenseman Brendan Buckley due to a hernia injury.

Midshipmen coach Rick Sowell, however, disputed that characterization Tuesday afternoon. He acknowledged that Hull is dealing with a sore muscle and that the injury is in the groin area.

“He’s been dealing with an injury, but it hasn’t been a hernia,” Sowell said. “It’s not that. It’s more of a muscle issue than a hernia.”

Since his three-goal, five-assist performance in Navy’s 13-7 victory over Holy Cross March 17, Hull has totaled three goals and three assists in his last four starts, including zero points in the loss to Army.

But Sowell said Hull’s limited production is not linked to the injury.

“This injury is a recent injury,” Sowell said. “If you look at who we’ve played against and who has defended him, I think that’s had more to do with it than him being injured. This injury happened a week ago. So it has nothing to do with the games between Holy Cross and Maryland. Maryland’s got some pretty good defensemen, Lehigh’s got some pretty good defensemen, Colgate is not bad either. So I think that has more to do with who we’re playing against than anything else.”

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