Navy Loses Heartbreaker to Army, 9-8, in Men’s LAX
The Navy Midshipmen lost a heartbreaker to the Black Knights of Army, 9-8, Saturday afternoon in men’s lacrosse action. In the 100th meeting of the rival schools’ LAX programs, the Mids took the 20th-ranked Black Knights to OT before Matt Manown scored his 15th goal of the season with 2:34 left on the clock for the Army victory.
With the loss, Navy falls to 5-6 overall and 3-4 in the Patriot League. Army improves to 9-3 on the season and 5-2 in the conference.
Navy kept the game close throughout, trailing only 4-3 at the end of the first. At the half, Army held its largest lead of the afternoon, 6-3. The Mids outscored the Knights five goals to two in the second half, scoring three in the final period to force the game to overtime.
Individually, Army’s AJ Barretto had another nice game in goal, picking up nine saves while allowing eight goals-against. On the Navy side, Ryan Kern recorded a fantastic 18 saves to counter his nine goals-against.
Leaders in point-scoring were Army’s Brendan Nichtern with five points on two goals and a team-leading three assists. Christian Daniel scored four points for Navy, all on goals. The Mids’ Ryan Wade extended his point-scoring streak to 35 games, with one goal and two assists.
Nick Barry continued his magnificent rookie campaign, winning 14 of 20 faceoffs for Navy. The Black Knights only managed to win six draws, using a three-man platoon system. Evan Condon took the last draw for Army, winning the ball at the ‘x’ with only 4:00 to go in overtime.
Up next for Army will be Loyola Maryland on April 20th. Navy takes on Syracuse next Saturday.