If you take the total score of all five games that Army men’s and women’s lacrosse has played this year the score would be 83-20 in favor of the Black Knights.
The men’s team is up to #9 in the Inside Lacrosse Top 25 and #7 in the coaches poll. The Black Knights have allowed one first-half goal and it came in their third game.
The Black Knights lead the nation in scoring defense (3.00 goals allowed per game) and rank second in scoring margin (14.00).
Now one might think that Army’s competition has been weak to start the season, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. They opened the season by drubbing #18/#19 UMass, followed by a dominant win against unranked NJIT, then played #19/#20 Rutgers I’m sure you can guess how that went.
Plebe goalie Wyatt Schupler had big shoes to fill after taking over for AJ Barretto but he has been just fine, giving up 2.71 goals a game and leading the country with a .838 save percentage.
The Black Knights have two matchups this week. Starting with a trip to Marist on Tuesday, then they travel upstate to Syracuse to take on the #5 team in the country on Sunday at 1 pm est on the ACC Network.
The women’s team is unranked but also murdering their opponents. Through their two games, they have scored 32 goals (14th in the country with 16 goals per game) and only given up 11 goals (6th in the country with 5.5 goals per game). In their first game against Marist, they had a second-half shutout en route to a 16-4 win.
The teams to leading scorers Jackie Brattan (9) and Caroline Raymond (6) are looking to lead the Black Knights to their second straight 4-0 start when they play Iona (who they beat 18-8 last season) on Wednesday and then a weekend matchup against Hartford.
This is a special time for lacrosse on the Hudson River, Army has two solid teams poised to make a run at the NCAA Tournament. This week will tell us a lot about both teams, and the men’s team has a chance to crack the top five with a win on Sunday.