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Men’s Lacrosse Notebook: Academies look for a strong ranked weekend after an unbeaten week

All three matchups this week include a ranked opponent.

Oh, how sweep it is. All three academies won their games last week and currently sit over five hundred.

This week, all three games will include a top 20 team. Can the academies build on to their winning ways?

Results

Saturday

Navy 14, Holy Cross 8

No.16 Army 14, Loyola (MD) 12

Air Force 16, Marquette 9

Schedule

Saturday

Navy vs No.16 Boston University – NOON (ESPN+)

No.12 Army vs Bucknell – 1 p.m. (ESPN+)

No.18 Utah vs Air Force – 2 p.m. (Youtube)

Air Force

The Air Force Falcons are currently on their longest regular-season winning streak since 2016!

Over the weekend they extended their streak out to five with a 16-9 victory over Marquette on Saturday. The Falcons led from start to finish, dominating the Golden Eagles to close out its non-conference slate with a 5-4 record.

Leading the way as per usual, Brandon Dodd scored five goals for his fourth hat trick of the season.

He’ll look to carry that into conference play as Air Force opens its time in the ASUN with a matchup against nationally-ranked Utah on Saturday. The Utes have lost two of its last three.

Army

Army rallied over the weekend to beat Loyola (MD) by a score of 14-12 in a history-making game for one Black Knight.

After trailing by a score of 6-4 at halftime, Brandon Nichtern flipped a switch. He scored two of the Black Knights’ first four goals of the fourth quarter, assisting on another. Ridley Athletic Complex in Baltimore quickly became Nichtern Athletic Complex.

The goals gave Nichtern the most points in Black Knight history at 229 and the assist gave him the most in Army history at 243. Army’s 4-0 run ultimately pushed the Black Knights to a big victory over the Greyhounds.

“He is our leader and it was great to see him play the way he did, especially in the fourth quarter, as he was able to dissect the defense. I couldn’t be happier for him to be the all-time leading scorer. There are a lot of great players in the 105-year history of this program and this is a great accomplishment. His only focus is winning. It was very awesome for him to get it done impressively and win,” head coach Joe Aberici said postgame.

Army will look to build a winning streak as they travel to face Bucknell on Saturday. The teams last played in 2019 where Army win 15-13.

Navy

Don’t let the Midshipmen get hot! They’ve won three straight and will face its first ranked opponent of the season on Saturday as they visit No.16 Boston University.

Patriot League freshman of the week, Henry Tolker led the way in a 14-8 victory over Holy Cross last weekend, scoring four goals. Navy led for all but eight seconds, moving to 2-1 in league play.

“I think our guys played a little more confidently,” head coach Joe Amplo said after the victory.

That confidence will have to continue as they visit No.16 Boston University. The Terriers have won seven of its first eight but lost its last matchup to Navy, 13-12 in 2019.