Chris Fennell has made every start this season for Navy, but the freshman defenseman’s 11th start is in question.
Fennell injured his right leg in the second half of the team’s 7-6 double-overtime loss to No. 1 and Patriot League foe Loyola on Saturday and was sidelined for the remainder of the game. Coach Rick Sowell said it’s too early to determine whether Fennell – who ranks second on the Midshipmen (4-6 overall and 3-4 in the conference) in caused turnovers with 13 and has collected 17 ground balls – can play at No. 13 Army (7-3, 5-1).
“He’s doing well,” Sowell said on Tuesday afternoon. “We’re trying to get him ready, but we’ll see, I guess. Not wanting to give anything away, he’s sore. We didn’t even do much yesterday. So it’s tough to say. He just had treatment on it, and we’ll see him later today and see how he feels. He’s pretty sore, but we’ll see.”
If Fennell cannot play, sophomore Jules Godino is likely to be tabbed to join senior Nik Mullen and freshman Matt Rees (Boys’ Latin) as starting defensemen. Godino has recorded two ground balls and three caused turnovers in seven contests, but Sowell said Godino has been the team’s fourth defenseman.
“We feel good about Jules Godino,” Sowell said. “Jules was a starter for us in the fall and then he suffered an injury back in the fall, and Chris and Matt took advantage of the opportunity. But Jules has been playing a bunch in the past month, and he’s been getting some good playing time. He’s ready to take that next step. We’ve considered him a starter. We’ve felt we’ve had four really good defensemen, and so Jules will step in there, and we expect him to play at a high level.”