Replacing record-setting faceoff specialist Brady Dove was one of the primary challenges facing the Navy men's lacrosse team this season. That task became more difficult when coach Rick Sowell learned that Joe Varello, the only experienced faceoff specialist on the roster, is not available. Sowell confirmed Monday that Varello has been suspended indefinitely from the team by Naval Academy officials because of an undisclosed rules violation. Varello did not play in Navy's season opener Sunday at Jacksonville, and his absence played a major role in the outcome. The Midshipmen lost 19 of 22 faceoffs for the game, and that enabled the host Dolphins to dominate possession en route to a 12-7 win. Varello has been allowed to practice with the team while his situation is reviewed by Captain Robert B. Chadwick II, the Commandant of Midshipmen at the Naval Academy. Sowell said the senior has been performing remediation, but still has additional steps to take. "We were hopeful last week that Joe would be cleared to play, but obviously that did not happen so we'll have to wait and see what happens," Sowell said. "All the feedback I had received indicated Joe was progressing well, so I do think it will be sooner rather than later."