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Men’s Lacrosse Notebook: Navy upsets Army in an all-time classic

Navy seemingly knocks Army off the NCAA bubble.

That was a high-level lacrosse game played at Mitchie Stadium on Saturday!

Navy pulled off the upset in overtime against No.5 Army, seemingly knocking the Black Knights off the NCAA Tournament bubble. Such is lacrosse.

Results

Saturday

Navy 12, No.4 Army 11 (OT)

Robert Morris 11, Air Force 10

Schedule

Friday

Bucknell vs Navy – 7 p.m. (ESPN+)

No.16 Army vs No.15 Boston University – 8 p.m. (ESPN+)

Saturday

Bellarmine vs Air Force – 2 p.m. (YouTube)

Army – Navy

If you want to get someone interested in lacrosse, I highly recommend showing them the second half and overtime of this year’s Army-Navy game.

Heading into the break, Army held a 6-3 lead over the Midshipmen. It was looking like they would ease their way to their first victory in the series at Mitchie Stadium until 2014. That was until the Mids scored the first three goals of the second half including back-to-back ones by co-captain Nick Cole.

From there, they would trade the lead back-and-forth, forcing an extra frame as the score was knotted up at 11. Jack Sweeney would take the matter into his own hands, scoring the game-winner for the Midshipmen just 58 seconds into overtime.

“That was a great college lacrosse game,” Navy head coach Joe Amplo said postgame, “I’m proud of our guys for hanging in there and finding a way to win this game.”

The result also more than likely knocked the Black Knights off the NCAA Tournament bubble. They sat six spots out heading into this game and are even further out. Just look at its ranking, from four to 16.

The Black Knights will look to clinch the two-seed and end Boston University’s unbeaten league season on Friday. An Army win and Lehigh loss to Loyola give the Black Knights just that.

For Navy, a win against Bucknell and an Army loss will clinch them a first-round home game in the Patriot League tournament. The Midshipmen are playing their best lacrosse of the season, winning two big games at the end of the season.

“The entire season we have talked about playing our best at the end of the season and we will continue to strive to play our best,” Amplo said after last weekend’s victory.

The Patriot League Tournament begins on Tuesday, May 3rd with all games being on campus sites.

Air Force

Air Force got sloppy, losing a crucial ASUN matchup against Robert Morris over the weekend by a score of 11-10. The loss clinched the Falcons either the three or four seed in the ASUN Tournament.

It was a nice start for Air Force as they came out fast and furious, scoring three unanswered. They would lose the final three quarters, turning the ball over 25 times on the afternoon.

They had a chance late to tie it up but couldn’t do so. Brandon Dodd picked up his ninth hat trick of the season, scoring five goals.

The Falcons will finish their season against Bellarmine before heading to Huntsville, Alabama for the conference tournament. A loss and they open the conference tournament against Utah. A win and they get a chance at revenge at Robert Morris.