The Navy Midshipmen and Army Black Knights’ men’s lacrosse teams will face off, Saturday, April 13, for their 100th meeting. The game will begin at 3:30 p.m. (EST) at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland. They game is featured on CBS Sports Network.
Entering the game, the Black Knights have the better record of 8-3 (4-2 Patriot League). Navy is 5-5 on the season with a 3-3 record in league play. Despite coming into this game as an apparent underdog, the Midshipmen own the series against Army with a record of 61-35-3. Furthermore, Navy has won 15 of the last 21 meetings. The Midshipmen have gotten the best of Army in their last four games, and therefore, the Black Knights will be looking to spoil Navy’s win streak.
Army’s defense has been outstanding this season, allowing just under nine goals per game on average. This puts them fourth in the country in goals allowed per game and first in the Patriot League. Black Knight senior goalkeeper, AJ Barretto, paired with All-American Johnny Surdick, make Army an incredibly difficult team to score against. On offense, Miles Silva is a scoring machine, with a total of 28 goals this season. The Midshipmen will need to slow him down if they want a chance.
Navy has a dominant duo of their own, but on the offensive side of the ball. Two seniors, Greyson Torain and Ryan Wade, account for a large chunk of Navy’s offensive production. The two Midshipmen going head-on against Army’s defensive stars will make for an exciting and competitive match.
The Midshipmen also have a star goalkeeper of their own. Ryan Kern, a junior who has started between the pipes since he was a freshman, needs only nine saves to break into Navy’s top 10 in all-time saves. With still another year left to play, Kern may very well become Navy’s best goalkeeper ever.
If you haven’t seen them, you should! Navy will be wearing special “throwback” uniforms for their 100th game against Army. The porthole mesh shirts date back to the traditional Lax uniforms of the 1990’s. The special uniforms also highlight the Navy Mascot of Bill the Goat.
Some say if you look good, you feel good, and you play good. The Midshipmen will need every edge they can get in order to compete with an exceptional Army team and continue their win streak over the Black Knights.