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Around the Base: Navy men’s soccer replaces Syracuse with Virginia – Links for 9/25/20

Navy will play Virginia tonight instead of Syracuse in men’s soccer. More links on Army, Navy and Air Force athletics.

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2019 Men’s College Cup
Mitchell Northam

Navy’s shortened men’s soccer season took another turn Wednesday when the Mids had to cancel their game vs. Syracuse because of a positive COVID-19 test within the Orange.

Contact tracing meant that Syracuse would be unable to field a team. The game was originally set for this Friday.

However, Navy quickly found a replacement opponent, turning to another ACC school in Virginia. The Mids will face the ‘Hoos in an exhibition game Friday night in Charlottesville.

Virginia are the defending national runner-up’s, as the ‘Hoos lost in penalty kicks to Georgetown in the 2019 College Cup. Navy has an all-time record of 11-4-0 against Virginia.

No fans will be allowed to attend the game.

Navy is still set to play the other game on its schedule, on Oct. 18 at N.C. State. A date and time for meetings with Army hasn’t yet been announced.

Onto the links…


Cincinnati’s History Versus Army Football (Clayton Trutor, Down The Drive)

Army Black Knights: A first look at the Cincinnati Bearcats’ next opponent (Keith Jenkins, Cincinnati Enquirer)

Task ahead looms large for Army (Ken McMillan, Times Herald-Record)

Army West Point vs. Cincinnati Football Prediction and Preview (Kevin McGuire, Athlon Sports)

No. 22 Army seeks road breakthrough at No. 14 Cincinnati (Joe Kay, AP via Lancaster Online)

Monken football coach, family man (Ken McMillan, Times Herald-Record)

A few Army notes…

  • The Black Knights are ranked 19th in the Athletic’s weekly rankings.
  • Army’s men’s soccer team will play two games against the Merchant Marine Academy this season. They’ll play at Kings Point on Sept. 26 and at Wes Point on Oct. 3. This will be their first meeting since 1983. The Black Knights have a 17-1-1 all-time record against the Division III side. Army will provide a video stream of the game at West Point.


Navy women’s soccer falls to visiting Pittsburgh in overtime with midshipmen in attendance (Tim Schwartz, Capital Gazette)

Dalen Morris is Navy’s starting QB again after leading dramatic comeback at Tulane (Kareem Copeland, Washington Post)

G5 Drive: Marshall’s wait after a landmark win, and inside Navy’s comeback (Chris Vannini, The Athletic)

St. Xavier lineman Evan Brown excited to continue Kentucky pipeline to Navy football (Jason Frakes, Louisville Courier Journal)

A few Navy notes…

Air Force

Navy begins preparation for Air Force football without knowing who remains on the Falcons roster (Brent Briggeman, Colorado Springs Gazette)

Turnbacks will leave Air Force football missing majority of the defense as games approach (Brent Briggeman, Colorado Springs Gazette)

BREAKING NEWS: Hello Mountain West Football (Graham Gibson, Mountain West Connection)

A few Air Force notes…

Elsewhere in sports and the military…

  • Justin Robinson – the son of Navy legend and NBA champion David Robinson – signed a professional contract with KK Mornar Bar, a team based in Montenegro. Robinson played his college basketball at Duke. While he was a reserve who didn’t rack up minutes, he was seen as a quiet veteran leader on teams filled with one-and-done talents. He played more often as a senior, averaging 2.8 points and 1.5 rebounds per-game while shooting 42.9% from three-point range. He had 29 points and 14 rebounds across his final three collegiate games.
  • Like 2020, college football was very different during World War II (Brenden Welper,

For what it’s worth, Campbell was much better against Clemson, punting 10 times for 418 yards – a 41.8-yard average. His longest was 51 yards and he had two punts downed inside Clemson’s own 20.