This week had every result possible in a lacrosse weekend as Navy picked up a sweep, Army a split, and Air Force a loss.
Navy picked up the sweep as they went up to Long Island and showed Hofstra and Manhattan how they play lacrosse in Maryland, keeping both to six goals in victories.
On the banks of the Raritan, No.10 Army gave No.6 Rutgers a battle but bounced back with a midweek sloshing of Siena.
For Air Force, it was another tough travel scenario as they had to head to New York to face Colgate. They lost, but the good news is three straight home games for the Falcons.
This week, five games to get back on track or gain some momentum for all, as Army and Air Force each play a pair.
Navy 13, Hofstra 6
Colgate 11, Air Force 8
No.6 Rutgers 13, No.10 Army 10
Navy 9, Manhattan 6
No.15 Army 20, Siena 10
NJIT vs No.15 Army – NOON (ESPN+)
High Point vs Navy – NOON (ESPN+)
Canisius vs Air Force – 2 p.m. (YouTube)
No.13 Jacksonville vs Air Force – 3 p.m. (YouTube)
No.15 Army vs No.9 Syracuse – 4:30 p.m. (ACC Network)
It was a defense and faceoff weekend for the Midshipmen as they took a sweep of New York teams on Long Island. They had two scoreless quarters, allowing only six goals in each game.
The Midshipmen opened its weekend against a ruckus crowd in Hampstead, beating the Hofstra Pride by a score of 13-6.
“I was impressed with our intensity and focus right from the start of the game,” Navy head coach Joe Amplo said postgame, ”We played the way we want to play tonight. It was a Navy lacrosse win.”
Navy’s defense was spot on in the first half, allowing a goal in the first quarter and nothing in the second. They would lead 7-1 at halftime and roll to a win behind 1,176 fans and four goals from Dane Swanson.
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To cap their weekend, the Midshipmen faced Manhattan at Hofstra. It was close through the first three quarters, but the Midshipmen stymied the Jaspers in the fourth, not allowing a goal. They ultimately ended up winning, 9-6
A lot of the momentum was given on the faceoff as per usual in a lacrosse game, as the Mids combined to win 16 of its 18 faceoffs.
“The story of the game was our faceoff guys. We lose that game if they aren’t as dominate as what they were,” Amplo said postgame.
The Midshipmen will host High Point on Saturday at Noon.
After a week full of first-half struggles, Army battled and pulled together a 1-1 record. There were a lot of positives to take from both games, but the Black Knights pride themselves on taking no moral victories.
On Saturday, the Black Knights took a trip down to Piscataway to face No.6 Rutgers in a top ten showdown. They trailed 7-1 with ten minutes remaining in the first half, but a 7-1 run of their own knotted the game up at eight in the third quarter.
“I am proud of how our men and battled after going down 7-1 to tie it at 8-8 in the third,” Black Knights head coach Joe Alberici said postgame.
From there, it was all Scarlett Knights, but they showed promise in a 13-10 defeat.
“No moral victories in this program but there was a lot of positive we can build upon,” Alberici said postgame.
The Black Knights would then shift its focus on a midweek game with Siena.
It was a weird first half as the team was knotted up at four. Siena’s Chris Yanchoris made 11 of his 16 saves in the first two frames.
In the second half, they outscored Siena by a score of 16-6, beating the Saints by ten. Brendan Nichtern put together a stellar performance dishing out a career-high seven assists and career-high ten points. He also became the sixth Black Knight to ever score 200 points.
“The biggest thing was we just stuck to the game plan,” said Nichtern, “My teammate did an awesome job of finding space, and putting the ball in the net in the second half.”
The Black Knights host NJIT on Saturday and will play another top 20 battle against Syracuse on Wednesday.
Air Force traveled 1,750 miles east to Hamilton, New York to face the Colgate Raiders. The game was ultimately decided in the fourth quarter as Air Force could not convert on 13 shot attempts.
The Falcons led 6-4 at halftime but were outscored 7-2 in the second half, something that has become familiar with Air Force this season.
With its first home games of the season this weekend, the Falcons have a good chance at knotting their first win (0-3). On Saturday, they host Canisius and on Sunday they host nationally-ranked Jacksonville.