I'm going to be traveling through Connecticut this afternoon with some friends, so I'm not going to be insanely monitoring today's lone tilt -- Manhattan, fresh off of a beating at the hands of Rutgers, visiting Army, which is looking for some answers after a somewhat disappointing showing in Amherst this past weekend. My future failure in pulling up a radio broadcast isn't because I'm not interested in this game -- anything featuring Garrett Thul dropping atomic bombs holds a certain level of amazement to me -- but rather I'm assuming that I'll be so enthralled with taking in the wonders of central Connecticut -- there's a hill! there's another hill! people live here on purpose?! -- that I'm not sure that I can balance lacrosse concerns with infinite scenic boredom. Sorry, pals and gal pals.
Anyway, here are the afternoon's highlights:
- Manhattan at Army (3:00 P.M.): The Jaspers look like they're heading for a curb-stomping on the Hudson today. The imbalance of talent here is just too pronounced, and it's just what the Black Knights likely need at this point in the season. There are a few things to keep an eye on, though, relative to Army's effort today: (1) The Black Knights' face-off play; (2) Army's shooting efficiency (both in raw shooting rate and the percentage of shots they put on cage); (3) The volume of stops that the Black Knights get out of the cage and the rate at which they get saves; (4) The team's groundball play, especially in non-faceoff scenarios (they were really outworked against Massachusetts); and (5) Army's turnover rate (with a special focus on the team's clearing game). Army looks like they'll provide a stream of this thing (no idea if this is a pay-American-currency-for-video situation), but you can also get the GameTracker here.
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