Army Lacrosse on National Television
With both teams coming off of big wins, Army took out Lafayette 15-6 while Colgate crushed Navy 11-3, this game has the potential to be something special. Games between the two teams have been close in recent years, but Army has come out on the wrong end of the result the last three times they have played including a 15-13 reverse last year. With the Raiders receiving votes in both national polls an upset by the Black Knights would be the perfect springboard for the last three Patriot League contests including the annual grudge match with Navy.
The game promises to be a close, exciting matchup (these two always play each other close) and it should be high scoring as both the Black Knights and the Raiders have attackmen who are rated as among the best in the entire country. The man to watch for Colgate is Peter Baum, last season's Tewaaraton Award winner as the nation's top men's lacrosse player, who ranks sixth in the nation averaging 2.89 goals per game. Far from a one man team however, the Raiders also have Ryan Walsh on the squad who is close behind Baum ranking 16th nationally at 2.67 goals per game. For Army to pull the upset it is essential that one of these two threats is kept under their scoring season average and essentially out of the game.
Army are going to need the programs all time leading goal scorer Garrett Thul to have one of those games where he just takes over. Thul did exactly that last time out against Lafayette where he scored six of the Black Knights 15 goals. Adding to his 27 career hat tricks would be one way of making sure Army is in the contest late with a chance to win.
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