Cadets set for tough task in Syracuse

West Point will face No. 1 Syracuse on May 16 in the NCAA Tournament. (Danny Wild/USMA)

The Army lacrosse team will play two-time defending champion Syracuse in the first round of the NCAA Division I Championships, this Sunday, May 16, at 7:30 p.m. at the Carrier Dome.

Army is coming off it’s Patriot League championship win over Navy on May 2 at Michie Stadium, which earned them an automatic spot in the national tourney.

Army's Jeremy Boltus leads a strong offensive attack. (Danny Wild/USMA)

“Our guys are fired up to be part of the tournament and be one of final 16 teams standing,” said Army head coach Joe Alberici. “We were pretty certain we would get a tough draw, and Syracuse certainly fits the bill. We are going to go to work on them this week and we hope to come out on Sunday playing our best lacrosse.”

Army is making its 16th overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament. (Danny Wild/USMA)

“Syracuse is a tough team. It definitely helps that they are a familiar opponent and we know a lot of their strengths and weaknesses,” said junior attackman and Baldwinsville, N.Y. native Jeremy Boltus. “But they are a different team than when we first saw them, just like we are a different team too. It will be a tough task, but it is amazing opportunity to be playing in the last game on Sunday night in the first round of the tournament against the two-time defending champs.”

The Black Knights have played the Orange 57 times since first meeting in 1921

For a preview of the game, check out Army’s recent story, featuring one of my photos from the championship game.

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