LAX: Army falls in Patriot Tourney

The AWP men’s lacrosse team came up one upset short of a title over the weekend in Annapolis. After beating #4 Loyola in the play in round, Army was able to avenge a late regular season loss by beating the #1 seed and hosts Navy 11-7 in the semifinal. Army then advanced to the Championship game to face #2 Colgate which was coming off of an 18-5 dismantling of Bucknell in the other semifinal game.

The game was a back and forth affair early. Colgate took a 2-0 with 5:04 left in the first quarter, but a Black Knights surge at the end of the period saw the scores tied at 2-2 at the first break. Army West Point was able to carry that momentum over into the second quarter when a goal from Cole Johnson gave Army West Point its first, and only, lead of the game at 3-2. The game however turned for good when Cameron Williams scored three straight goals for Colgate, part of his four goals on the day, giving the Raiders a two goal cushion which Army was never able to fight back into.

With goals being traded throughout the game Army West Point was able to close within two again just 1:28 into the final frame when a Connor Cook goal made the score 9-7. Again though every Army West Point rally was met with a counter punch as Colgate were determined to hang onto the lead and close out their second ever Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse Title. It was not to be for the Black Knights on this occasion as a late empty net goal as the clock ran down proved to be the final scoring of a hard fought match which finished 11-8 in Colgate’s favor.

One of the oddities of the lacrosse season is that the Patriot League Tournament actually happens before teams are finished playing their regular season schedules. That is why on Saturday Army returns to the field at Michie Stadium to take on the number one team in the nation, Notre Dame. A win over the Irish would go a long way toward easing the pain of the tournament defeat.

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