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Lacrosse preview, round-up: Army men to face No. 19 Rutgers, Air Force set to battle Utah

Each Service Academy lacrosse team is off to a decent start this season. Also, Navy’s Kelly Larkin was named to the Tewaarton Watch List.

Air Force is 1-1 on the 2020 lacrosse season after beating Duke and losing to Denver.
Mitchell Northam, Against All Enemies

The 2020 lacrosse season is fully underway now, as each men’s and women’s teams at the Service Academies have at least one game under their belts. And each team has at least one win on their resume too.

Let’s take a look at how each team has done so far and what’s ahead for them this weekend.

Air Force men

After upsetting No. 5 Duke on the road to open their season, the Falcons fell at home last Saturday to No. 9 Denver. Air Force just couldn’t contain JJ Sillstrop, who notched five goals for Denver. For Air Force, Trey Lervick had two goals and an assist.

The Falcons are still ranked No. 17 in both the Inside Lacrosse and USILA Coaches Poll. They’ll have the chance to improve that ranking on Saturday when they hit the road to face a 1-1 Utah team in Salt Lake City. That game begins at noon Mountain Time on the Pac-12 Network.

Navy women

Since losing in overtime to Virginia to open the season, the Navy women bounced back in a big way this past Wednesday, putting up 19 goals in a win over St. Joe’s. Powering Navy to a victory was Kelly Larkin, as she racked up five goals and five assists in a dominant performance.

Earlier this week, Larkin — a senior attack from Alexandria, Virginia — was named to the watch list for the Tewaarton Award for the fourth time in her career. The trophy is sort of the Heisman for lacrosse. Larkin is a three-time All-American and is Navy’s career leader in points and assists.

Larkin and the No. 13 Mids are back in action on Sunday, hosting No. 16 Duke. That game is on Stadium, beginning at noon ET.

Navy men

The Joe Amplo era at Navy got off to a good start last Friday, as the Mids rolled to a 9-4 season-opening win over Manhattan. Daniel Christian tallied two goals and two assists, and goalkeeper Ryan Kern had 14 saves.

Navy will look to double its win total this Saturday, hosting Furman for the first time ever in Annapolis. The Paladins are 1-1 this season. That game begins at noon ET on Stadium.

Army women

The Black Knights started their 2020 campaign in a big way Wednesday, putting up 16 goals in a impressive performance against Marist. Leading the charge was Carolina Raymond, who scored five goals and dished out a pair of assists.

On Saturday, the Black Knights hit the road for the first time this season, traveling to Columbia. That contest begins at 1 p.m. ET.

Army men

These Black Knights are 2-0 this season and have dominated in both of their victories. In their wins over No. 18 UMass and NJIT, Army outscored their opponents 38-5. In 82 minutes of play this season, Army goalkeeper Wyatt Schupler has allowed just four goals while notching 15 saves.

In the Black Knights’ win over NJIT, Brendan Nichtern notched three goals and five assists.

Army’s schedule doesn’t get any easier. On Saturday, the No. 13 Black Knights host No. 19 Rutgers. It should be a good test for Army, and will let us know how they stack up against other ranked opponents. That game begins at noon ET on Stadium.