After trailing 6-2 in the first period, the Army West Point Men's Lacrosse team stormed back to victory against the No. 4 ranked Syracuse Orange yesterday afternoon, 18-11.
The Black Knights 18 goals were the first time that Army has put up that many points against the Orange since the 1968 season and is the first time they have held a top five opponent to under 11 points since their overtime win against No. 4 Notre Dame in 2017.
Bobby Abshire and Brendan Nichtern were the driving force for the Black Knight offense, each netting four goals apiece while accounting for five combined assists. In addition to the two powerhouse attackers, Army also had three other members of their offense post hat-tricks on the day including Gunner Philipp, Aidan Byrnes and Nickolas Edinger.
Wyatt Schupler was lights out for Army in the net, recording 12 saves on 23 shots faced while also grabbing three ground balls. The cow was key in halting the Orange offense, holding them scoreless for 12 total minutes between the end of the first and second periods.
Much of what allowed Army to produce offensively was a direct result of their ability to execute on second chance opportunities off Syracuse's turnovers. The Black Knights were 6-of-6 on the clear in the second and 13-of-14 through two periods, giving them the ability to take an 8-7 advantage after being down four, while recording two separate 3-0 runs.