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Around the Yard: Post Season Soccer, Basketball Season is Here, and Prepping for Army Navy

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NCAA Football: Army at Navy Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports

Army Navy Series Highlighted by CBS

Fans of service academy football will not want to miss the CBS special this weekend.The special is part of the CBS build-up to the Annual Army Navy game this December and will reflect on four of the most impact match-ups between the two programs over the course of the rivalry. Even if you can’t watch it live, you’ll want to set your DVR.

Navy

Navy Lacrosse Standout Highlighted by US Lacrosse Magazine

Kelly Larkin, who has been the backbone of a surging women’s lax program, gets profiled by US Lacrosse. The highlights include the possibility of Larkin finishing as an all time great, not just in the Navy record books, but in the NCAA’s – yea, she’s that good.

Navy Women’s Basketball Dominates in Season Opener

Basketball season has officially kicked off, and the Navy Women’s team is looking to make a statement about this season very early. Despite not having their star sophomore Jennifer Coleman, Navy crushed visiting Stevenson with an impressive defensive outing. Navy begins a four game road trip starting this Saturday with a match-up against Clemson. Our very own Justin Mears will be in attendance.

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Lady Black Knights Dominate in Patriot League Quarter-Final

It wasn’t even close for the visiting Raiders who were getting blown out before the half by a score of 3-0. The Black Knights put another in the back of the net for good measure in the second half on their way to a shutout victory. Army travels to Annapolis, where Navy hosts the semi-finals and finals this weekend. The Black Knights will take on #2 Holy Cross on Friday night.

Army Agrees to Deal with Belk Bowl

In a shrewd move, Army Director of Athletics Mike Buddie secured at least two more potential bowl bids for the Black Knights between the 2020 and 2025 seasons. This marks the second bowl tie in for the Army, as they also recently secured spots for the Independence Bowl as well. This is a critical step for the Division I Independent program, as nearly all bowls are now affiliated with conferences. Deals like these are a smart way to compete for the coveted spots and prevent a talented program like Army-West Point from being left without a home during bowl season.

Air Force

Falcons Earn All Conference Honors for Women’s Soccer

Three Cadets were recognized by the Mountain West Conference for their excellence this season. The most impressive of the bunch has got to be freshman Lexi Romero who was named both the Offensive Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year, while also earning All-Conference First Team and All-Newcomer Team honors. Two of her teammates were also recognized: Junior Alex Giggie was named All-Conference Second team, and fellow freshman Kayla Milford made the All-Newcomer Team. The Falcons finished their season a respectable 10-7-1, with talent like this coming back next season, the future looks very bright for this squad.

Men’s Basketball Tips Off this Week

The Falcons will host Idaho State on Thursday night in Clune Arena. Head Coach Dave Pilipovich is 5-2 in season openers, and this season will mark Air Force’s 21st year as a member of the Mountain West. The team will have quick-turn around and host Texas State this Saturday.