Men's Lacrosse Climbs in National Polls
The Army West Point men's lacrosse team is 2-0 against nationally ranked opponents this season and climbed in this week's national polls. The Black Knights were voted 13th in the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll, while earning the 15th slot in this week's U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Coaches Poll. Army jumped up from the 19 slot last week after topping Rutgers, 10-9, on Saturday who was ranked 8/10 at the time. It was the second week in a row the Black Knights earned an upset victory over a ranked opponent. Brendan Nichtern scored the final tally of the game yet again to record his second-straight game-winner. Johnny Surdick paced the Cadets' defense with four caused turnovers and three ground balls. AJ Barretto backed Army's defensive unit with 13 saves and four ground balls. Rutgers averaged 16.5 goals per game heading into the weekend, but Army held the Scarlet Knights to nine. The Black Knights were a perfect 18-18 on clear attempts in the game and held an advantage in shots on goal (27-22) and caused turnovers (7-6). Rutgers' 20 turnovers hindered its performance compared to Army's 11.
The Cadets host Marist Tuesday for their home opener at Michie Stadium. The game is free for all fans and begins at 3 p.m.