LAX: Army Advances to Patriot Semis

If the Army West Point rebranding is going to result in postseason contests like the lacrosse game against Loyola on Tuesday night then fans are going to be in for a wild ride. The Black Knights first trailed 10-5 and then were down 11-6 with just 11:51 to go in the game. Facing elimination from the tournament however..

..Army West Point rallied in incredible fashion and tied the game with 5:36 to go courtesy of five straight goals.

With the game seemingly destined for overtime Army would complete the comeback, with John Glesener scoring an 18-yard shot from the top-right side of the box with just 5.7 seconds left in regulation. This goal, as you can probably imagine, sparked wild celebration among the Army players as the Loyola team stood stunned and dumbfounded after their epic collapse.

The victory, combined with #3 Bucknell holding serve against #6 Lehigh later on Tuesday night, sets up a mouthwatering contest on Friday as Army square off against top seeded Navy. The irony here is that Navy are the top seed in part because of their own epic comeback over Army when the teams met just a couple of weeks ago. With pride and a place in the Patriot League Tournament final on the line this will be one of the better, and most intense, Army/Navy lacrosse matchups in recent memory.

If Army is to beat Navy this time they will need some more timely stops from goalkeeper Sam Somers. With the Loyola game tied at 11-11 after the Black Knights stunning comeback, Loyola had two huge advantages to kill the momentum and take back the lead. A goal in either of these situations would likely have proven to be decisive as the game was so finely balanced. The second save in particular, with just over four minutes to go, was highlight worthy as Somers shut down Loyola’s best attacker Zach Herreweyers on a one on one break. Herreweyers had been lively all day, he already had two goals, and to stop a guy who had 47 goals on the season in that situation is no easy task.

The loss was a double blow for Loyola as it pushed their record under .500 for the season (7-8) which makes them ineligible for the NCAA Tournament. Army though has no such worries and march on to Annapolis. Top Stories