(WEST POINT)- Holy cow. No, I believe the new internet chat terminology would be OMG!
While many would admit Navy is a team with a lot more depth than Army, none would have expected what transpired Saturday in front of a Michie Stadium record crowd of 7,114.
The Navy Lacrosse team may be on its way to a special season. Granted there is a lot more lacrosse to play and with the advent of automatic qualifiers from inferior leagues, nothing is set in stone for Navy's post-season hopes until they win the Patriot League Tournament, now likely headed to Annapolis April 30-May 1. Yes, I know Navy still has to play Lehigh and Holy Cross, but trust me, barring a break out of mono, chicken pox, or some other dreaded illness, this Navy team is not losing to those teams. Now the games against Georgetown, Maryland and Johns Hopkins will be even more eager to watch because this NAVY TEAM IS GOOD! Real good.
At one point Saturday afternoon, word filtered out that Army Coach Jack Emmer was looking for Wayne Gretzsky to try and win a face off. It sounds so simple, but if you win face offs, you will likely win the game because if the other team doesn't have the ball, they cannot score! OMG, imagine that.
While Richie Meade has had talented players in Annapolis in the past, no offense he has had plays as well as a unit as this one does. What was thought to be a one man band at the start of the year has blossomed into a highly skilled unit of sharpshooters. One wonders how good they would be on the rifle team!
In addition to All-American candidate Ian Dingman, Joe Bossi and Jon Birsner have proven to be equally adept at frustrating opposing goalkeepers. The Mids can coolly send three midfield units out, and outside of Hopkins, if their is a better faceoff trio working than Captain P, Mr. Looney, and battling Bucky Morris, I need to see the film.
I'm sure as soon as I'm writing this column, I may be jinxing the Blue and Gold lax stars. But you don't get this kind of acclaim unless you're getting it done.
Right now, the Mids are doing just that. Navy has proven to be the class of the Patriot League; next week, they have a chance to show the lax world that they may be a top-five contender.