LAX: Army a fifth seed in Patriot Tourney

Consecutive losses to close out the regular season saw the Army West Point men’s lacrosse team slip to the fifth seed in the Patriot League Tournament. The result of dropping to the #5 seed is that the Black Knights will have to travel to Baltimore on Tuesday afternoon for a 4 p.m. matchup with the #4 seed Loyola Greyhounds.

The top of the Patriot League was as competitive as it has been in recent memory and as recently as a week ago Army West Point had the number one seed, and crucially home-field advantage, in their sights. Losses to Navy and Colgate however dropped the Black Knights to a 4-4 Patriot League record, two games behind Navy and Colgate who tied for the regular season title with records of 6-2.

The clash with Loyola will be the first meetings of the two schools in the postseason, but in their regular season meeting this year the Greyhounds were able to defeat the Black Knights 12-10 at West Point. If the previous game is anything to go by then stopping Zach Herreweyers will be the key for Army as he scored five of the 12 goals Loyola was able to muster. The Black Knights also need to do a better job of converting opportunities to goals as Loyola goalie Grant Limone made 18 saves during the first meeting.

If Army West Point can get the better of Loyola then they will face either #1 Navy or #2 Colgate on Friday in Annapolis. The Patriot League Tournament is reseeded after the first round, with tournament host’s Navy playing the lowest seeded team left in the competition, while Colgate faces the higher seed. With the results going the way they did on Friday night, Bucknell (who won in overtime) jumped up to be the #3 seed and they will face the #6 seed Lehigh. Lehigh are the only team with a losing conference record (3-5) in the tournament as the bottom three schools miss out.

With Army having lost by three goals to Navy and Colgate in their last two games it is difficult to work out which team they would rather face in the semifinals. Certainly though, the Black Knights need to reverse their momentum if they want to be a major player in the 2015 Patriot League Lacrosse Tournament. Top Stories