Navy has released its men's lacrosse schedule for the 2015 season. Here is a breakdown of the slate that awaits the Midshipmen, who went 4-10 last year but earned the sixth and final spot in the Patriot League tournament.
10: Ten goals was the magic number for Navy. In each of last year's four wins, the team scored at least 10 times.
9: The Midshipmen graduated nine players who contributed significantly to last year's squad. The program will especially miss attackmen Sam Jones and Tucker Hull, defenseman Nik Mullen and long-stick midfielder Pat Kiernan.
8: For the eighth year in a row, Navy will open the season against VMI. The program has never lost to the Keydets, outscoring them by an average of 9.4 goals.
7: The Midshipmen play host to seven games at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis for the second year in a row. They had played just six games at home in each of their previous three seasons.
6: Navy will attempt to snap a six-game losing skid to Army when the Black Knights visit on April 11. The Midshipmen have not beaten Army in Annapolis since April 27, 2007.
5: The Midshipmen will open the season with three consecutive games at home for the first time since 2010. Since the NCAA tournament was added for the 1971 campaign, the program's longest stretch of home games to open the season is five (1973, 1987 and 1994).
4: In five games against Air Force, Navy has won four times and will travel to tangle with the Falcons on May 2. The two sides last met on March 25, 2003.
3: The Midshipmen will play against three opponents that qualified for last year's NCAA tournament. They will play host to Maryland on Feb. 14 and visit Johns Hopkins on March 7 and Loyola on April 4.
2: Navy and Maryland will meet on Feb. 14, marking only the second time in the programs' histories that they will clash before April. The series is the second-longest in Navy's history, taking a backseat only to the academy's rivalry with Army.