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Army, Navy Gearing Up For 100th Meeting In Men's Lacrosse

April 12, 2019
One of the greatest rivalries in college sports is reaching a new milestone.

The Army and Navy men's lacrosse teams will play for the 100th time at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium April 13.

The Midshipmen enter the game 5-5 overall and 3-3 in the Patriot League. Navy snapped a three-game losing streak with a 16-11 victory against Colgate April 6.

Army enters the game ranked 20th in the Division I Media Poll and is 8-3 overall and 4-2 in the conference. Both teams are chasing No. 2 Loyola in the Patriot League standings.

The series began in 1924, and Navy holds the all-time lead 61-35-3. The Midshipmen have also won 18 of the last 27 contests in the series, including a 9-8 victory last season.

Navy senior midfielder Ryan Wade has scored a goal or an assist in 34 consecutive games, dating back to Feb. 25, 2017. He also leads the team with 37 points (16 goals, 21 assists). Sophomore Christian Daniel (Northern) is second on the team with 31 points (22 goals, nine assists), followed by senior Greyson Torain (DeMatha) with 30 points (22 goals, nine assists).

The Mids will face a tough challenge from the Black Knights, who got off to a quick start with victories against then-No. 18 Massachusetts and No. 8 Rutgers. Army is riding a four-game winning streak and is allowing just 8.91 goals per game, fourth in the country and best in the Patriot League.

Senior goalie AJ Barretto is sixth nationally in save percentage (57.7), and fourth in goals-against average (8.89). Senior defenseman Johnny Surdick, a 2018 All-American, has 2.55 caused turnovers per game, which ranks fourth among all defenseman. 

The attack is led by freshman Brendan Nichtern, who leads the team with 49 points (22 goals, 27 assists). He is 19th nationally in points per game (4.45) and 10th in assists per game (2.45). Junior Miles Silva has amassed all 28 of his points on goals.

This game also is critical to the Patriot League standings. Loyola (5-0) and Lehigh (5-1) have already clinched playoff berths for the six-team Patriot League Tournament that begins April 30. Navy needs one win or one loss by Colgate and Bucknell during the final three weeks to clinch a playoff bid.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Navy Athletics