When Navy’s Sam Jones told the academy’s website that his three-goal, two-assist performance in the team’s 12-11 upset of then-No. 12 Colgate Saturday was a welcome sight after being mired in a slump of sorts, the sophomore attackman wasn’t necessarily talking about goals and assists.
“It’s not really about points to me,” the Annapolis native and Severna Park graduate said Tuesday. “You can play a perfectly good game and come away zero-and-zero. I felt like I was turning the ball over way too much there in the middle of the season. I just felt like I wasn’t playing like me. It happens to everybody, and that’s the fun part. Everybody has streaks where they’re not playing as well as they’d like, and that’s the fun part about being an athlete. You get to go back out there and try to figure it out. When it happens in more than one game, it gets really, really frustrating, but it’s all fun. It’s all part of the game.”
In four games prior to Saturday’s win, Jones finished with two points or less. But despite his struggles, Jones still ranks second among the No. 17 Midshipmen in goals (13), assists (11) and points (24).
Jones admitted that he has made a conscious decision to dodge more and initiate with confidence.
“We watched a lot of film, and I’ve just noticed that [against] Towson and Lafayette, I wasn’t going to the cage like I was capable of,” Jones said. “So that became a priority for me.”
Jones is regarded as a cerebral player by his teammate, sophomore attackman Tucker Hull, but he couldn’t say what was different about his outburst against the Raiders.
“That’s just part of the game,” Jones said. “You go out and play as hard as you can and sometimes it goes your way and sometimes it doesn’t. I don’t think there was anything particularly different that I’ve been doing. Things just kind of seemed to be going my way Saturday.”