We’re in the midst of the Patriot League tournament for lacrosse, and thanks to a big win in the first round for the Black Knights, the Army and Navy women’s teams are set to square off in another match up. Tonight they’ll face off at a little after 8:30 pm in Baltimore, Md at the Ridley Athletic Complex at Loyola but before the big game let’s take a look at who and what you should be looking out for on the field.
The Last Meeting
The pair’s last meeting was the first and only time the Midshipmen and Black Knights competed against each other this year, and it was for the Star. It was a difficult road for Army as the Black Knights struggled from the onset. While they’ve had a great season thus far, and are sitting at 14-4, 6-3 PL, the far younger program wasn’t able to put up a fight in the first half. The Mids dominated with an 8-0 lead to set the precedent for the rest of the afternoon that would ultimately result in a 21-8 victory for Navy.
Kelly Larkin has been at the forefront of Navy women’s lacrosse. During the last game, the Mids tallied 21 goals on 38 shots. Larkin led the Mids with nine points, four goals, and five assists. Attacker Nicole Victory followed close behind with 8 points, including two goals and six assists.
Top scoring Cadet of the game, Jackie Brattan nailed one of her ten hat tricks of the season during this match up and notched three goals and one assist. Freshman attacker Caroline Raymond , who was recently named Patriot League Rookie of the Year, finished with five points on two goals and three assists during the loss.
Semifinal Showdown! ⚓️ #GoNavyBeatArmy pic.twitter.com/kuNCdvj43K— Navy Womens Lacrosse (@NavyWLax) May 2, 2019
Patriot League Details
Even with only a four-year program, the Black Knights have made quite an entrance for themselves. With a 14-4 overall record, they’re the No. 3 seed in the Patriot League after advancing to the conference tourney semifinals with their 12-9 victory over the six seed Lehigh. This appearance in the Patriot League tournament is the first in program history for Army.
Some may view the Mids’ more experienced program as having a vast advantage. Navy earned the No. 2 seed in this year’s tournament for the fourth straight season, and it’s not without mentioning that Larkin was named Patriot League Attacker of the Year and is currently first in NCAA DI with 6.12 points per game. She made history this season as the first player in Patriot League history to post three 100-point seasons.
The 2019 Women’s Lacrosse Academic All-Patriot League Team features women from both teams including Sophomore Midfielder Megan Raftery representing Army and Senior defensemen Anne Richter and Marie Valenti for Navy.
Bringing the battle to Baltimore!— Army W.Lacrosse (@ArmyWP_WLax) May 2, 2019
No. 14 Navy
You can tune into the action, here. After tonight’s slated games, the winners advance to Saturday’s championship game at Ridley Athletic Complex in Baltimore, Md. You’ll be able to watch that match on CBS Sports Network at 12 PM ET.