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Strong finish leads Army men’s lax over Lafayette

Photo by Mark Wellman/Army West Point Athletics

Maybe, it was the cold and rainy weather at soggy Michie Stadium Friday night.

Or, maybe, it was a stubborn Lafayette defense or perhaps, some missed opportunities in the first half by
the Army men’s lacrosse team.

Regardless of the reason, the favored Black Knights were tied with Lafayette, 6-6, with less than
five minutes left in the third quarter with many on the Lafayette sidelines smelling a chance to pull off a big upset.

But, the Army offense came to life, outscoring the Leopards, 13-3 in the final 20 minutes of the contest to come away with a deceiving 17-9 victory in the second Patriot League game of the season for both teams. Army won its fifth straight, improving to 5-1 (2-0 in the Patriot League).

“I was not displeased with the way we played in the first half and into the third quarter,” Army coach Joe Alberici said. “We had a few shots that hit the pipe and we kept a lot of pressure of them throughout the early part of the game. We finally were able to break through and go on that great run to put the game away.”

Once again, junior midfielder Jake Morin led the Black Knights in scoring, notching four goals. Fellow classmates Reese Burek, who Alberici said was questionable after missing a couple of practices due to injury, Paul Johnson and a suddenly-hot Bailey O’Connor each notched three goals for Army.

On defense, AJ Pilate held Peter Lehman, Lafayette’s leading scorer coming into the game, to just one goal and senior goal Knox Dent made 10 saves in the net.

“I was impressed with how our offense just kept attacking and how we kept gaining possession of the ball despite not having our best day at faceoff,” Alberici added. “I think it showed a lot of what type of team we are and should help us as we face teams like Lehigh (4-1) and Loyola (4-2) in coming weeks.”

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