The View From The Booth

GoMids.com contributor Pete Medhurst offers his opinions on the Navy men's lacrosse team and his outlook for the rest of the season.

Talk about tough. The Navy lacrosse team could very well be 10-0,should be 10-0, and probably feels they should be 10-0. Most fans feel they should be 10-0.

Ok, ok. Reality is they are 8-2, suffering back-to-back one goal losses to Maryland and Georgetown.

Lets look at the positives.

In each of the two losses the Mids have held multiple two goal leads and have let the opponents back in via self-inflicted wounds. Poor clearing, poor decision making in the box on offense and momentary lack of focus (See the fact Ray Megill had never taken a faceoff for Maryland until Friday night) have cost the Mids.

Give the opposition credit. The shot Maryland's Drew Evans scored on to tie the game with 7 seconds left was a thing of beauty. Could Navy have kept that from happening, sure. Perhaps better execution on offense when they had the ball could have prevented the Terps from getting the ball back at all.

This Navy team had few national expectations coming into the season. We know this team has a couple of All-American candidates. We know Colin Finnegan can play in goal. We know Navy has one of the best face-off tandems in the country. We know Navy has one of the best leaders in all of coaching on the sidelines.

Sure, its two losses in a row and the team is upset with the results, but two one-goal losses to top-10 programs is hardly reason to panic.

Up next, Army. The Mids have won 11 in a row and nine consecutive Star games. It is perhaps the best opponent for the Mids as no extra motivation is needed for this game. The marquee says it all. The pride on the line for the two programs is well documented and it promises to be a great game.

The best news of the weekend is Navy will host the Patriot League Tournament April 27 and 29. Winning that tourney guarantees navy a berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Mids can secure a likely first round home game by winning out. The first step, beating Army.

No need to roll out the panic button yet....

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