The academies have some work to do.
On Tuesday, Patrick Stevens came out with his first bracketology and none of them were in the field. Army was the closest, being five spots out.
With a win against Colgate this week, they’ll get a little closer. Both, Air Force and Navy will have to win out. It’s a long path ahead.
No.16 Boston University 16, Navy 9
No.12 Army 10, Bucknell 9
No.18 Utah 10, Air Force 8
Air Force vs Detroit Mercy – 11 a.m. (YouTube)
Loyola (MD) vs Navy – 1 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
Colgate vs No.12 Army – 3:30 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
Trailing 9-7 with four minutes remaining, it looked like Army was going to drop a game they couldn’t afford. Brendan Nichtern, Paul Johnson, and Reese Burek had something to say about that, scoring three unanswered and picking up Army’s second consecutive win.
“I am just really proud of the poise and mental toughness the Army team showed today,” head coach Joe Alberici said postgame.
The Black Knights trailed 6-4 at halftime but responded strongly in the third quarter. For the first time on the afternoon, they would go on a 3-0 run, carrying a 7-6 lead into the final frame.
Bucknell would respond with three more but Nichtern’s 100th career goal snapped the drought and helped lead Army to a big road win.
All Nichtern for career goal No. 1️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ #GoArmy | #FamilyToughnessTradition pic.twitter.com/cItNuF3v68— Army M.Lacrosse (@ArmyWP_MLax) April 2, 2022
Faceoffs and saves were another big difference, as Will Coletti and Wyatt Schupler won weekly league honors in their respective categories.
The Black Knights will look to move to 5-1 in Patriot League play with a nationally televised game against Colgate.
It’s better that Navy doesn’t remember what happened in Boston on Saturday afternoon.
They fell by a score of 17-9 and it was never close.
“We didn’t put our best effort on the field today,” head coach Joe Amplo said postgame, “We have a long way to go and need to put in a lot of hard work to be able to compete with the likes of the top teams in our league like Boston.”
BU opened the game on an 8-0 run and did not look back from there. The Midshipmen were able to cut the Terrier lead down to five but nothing more.
They’ll look to rebound with a win on national television against rival Loyola (MD).
Air Force gave a tough effort against nationally-ranked Utah on Saturday but snapped its five-game winning streak with a 10-8 deficit.
It was fight throughout the first half as the Utes only led by one at the break. The Falcons would only score one goal in the third quarter though, helping Utah to run away.
There was no lack of effort as the Falcons outshot the Utes by 11 and were nearly equal on clearing the ball. It was not enough though.
The Falcons will look for its first their first Atlantic Sun win as they travel to Detroit Mercy this weekend.