LAX: Navy Comeback Blows Away Army

With both bragging rights and potentially home field advantage in the Patriot League Tournament on the line, the Mids staged a surging comeback to defeat Army in men’s lacrosse on Saturday. Navy scored seven of the final eight goals in the game to come back from 6-3 down and shock the Black Knights by a final score of 10-7.

Navy held the prolific Army attack to its second fewest goals of the 2015 season on their way to beating the 13th ranked Black Knights. The win gives the Mids at least a share of the Patriot League regular season title as they stand at 6-2 with all their games completed. Loyola and Colgate can also claim a share of the title as they both have records of 5-2 in league play with one game remaining. This is the sixth time that the Mids have claimed at least a share of the regular season championship.

Navy head coach Rick Sowell, who is in his fourth year with the Mids, had the following to say about the epic comeback win.

"It's tough to put the words to what just happened on the field. The willingness of this team to scrap and hustle. It's not always pretty, but they bang and fight and find a way to get it done. I'm so proud of my players. I don't know if I've coached a team with this much chemistry. If you have a team that believes, has good chemistry and holds each other accountable, you can go a long way."

The game was a pure test of character for a Navy side which had lost six in a row to the Black Knights, including the last two games in Annapolis. When Army jumped out to a 4-1 lead, with goals from four different players, it was hard to see any way in which the Mids could recover against the second best defensive team in the nation. Even when Navy went on a run and pulled Army back to 4-3, the Black Knights responded with two quick goals to make it 6-4 and looked to be putting the game out of reach.

The turning point though came with four seconds left in the third quarter when Jack Ray found enough space to score his 17th goal of the season. This seemed to stun Army and Navy poured in the goals, scoring six straight during a fourth quarter blitz which gave the Mids a 10-6 lead. A late consolation goal was all Army could muster in the final period of play.

Navy will be the #1, 2 or 3 seed in the Patriot League Tournament depending on what happens in games this Friday when Loyola travel to Bucknell and Colgate visit West Point to play Army. We will of course have all the seeding and matchup information here when it becomes available.

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