Army baseball started the season in nightmarish fashion- losing 7 straight before picking up its first victory. To make matters even worse the proud Black Knight program suffered from a home series loss to rival Navy. However, since that ugly weekend versus the Mids the Cadets have been on a roll. The Black Knights have won 8 of 10 games and appear to be improving on a weekly basis.
Over the weekend Army swept four games at Lafayette 8-2, 2-1, 2-1, and 9-4. That great performance has put the Black Knight's record back at .500 (16-16) and has Army tied for the second best record in the Patriot League with a 7-5 record. Yes, one game ahead of 6-6 Navy. Army will face a tough final two series, however, as they must travel to Bucknell and then host league leading Holy Cross. You can bet Army will be up to the task and make a run for possible postseason play. With a coach Joe Sottolano directing matters and players like pitcher Chris Rowley, Patrick Mescher, Jacob Page and others, don't be surprised to see Army playing in the NCAA tournament in May.
While Black Knight baseball was handling business at West Point, twelve thousand fans watched Army lacrosse dominate Navy on Saturday in Annapolis, 14-7. Attack man Garrett Thul has always been a thorn in Navy's side and Saturday was no different as Thul scored 4 goals on 13 shots. Thul, a senior, has scored 19 goals in five career games against the Mids. Thul and his fellow seniors can be proud of the fact that they are the first Army class to defeat Navy five times. Sophomore John Glesener made 3 goals on 8 shots in Saturday's win.
If Army (7-4, 3-2 PL) can win against Holy Cross in the regular season finale next week, they will play in the Patriot League Tournament and have a shot at the NCAAs.
Army baseball, lacrosse win big
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