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Previewing Army West Point’s 2018 Schedule

After barely missing out on the NCAA Tournament last season, can the Black Knights make it in 2018?

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The Army West Point Black Knights are the 24th team in our 2018 schedule preview series and the seventh team from the Patriot League. The Black Knights had a great 2017, but could not get past Loyola for the second straight season in the Patriot League Championship.

Here’s the entire 2018 schedule:

Army West Point’s 2018 Schedule

Date Road Team Home Team Special Notes Last Year's Meeting(s)
Date Road Team Home Team Special Notes Last Year's Meeting(s)
2/10 UMass Army West Point 9-2 W
2/17 Rutgers Army West Point 12-10 L
2/19 NJIT Army West Point 19-6 W
2/24 Army West Point Syracuse 14-13 W
3/3 Army West Point Lafayette Patriot League 14-4 W
3/10 Lehigh Army West Point Patriot League 6-4 W
3/17 Holy Cross Army West Point Patriot League 10-4 W
3/24 Army West Point Colgate Patriot League 10-8 W
3/31 Bucknell Army West Point Patriot League 11-10 W
4/7 Army West Point Boston University Patriot League 11-10 W, 10-7 W
4/14 Navy Army West Point Patriot League 10-6 L
4/20 Army West Point Loyola Patriot League 14-6 L, 13-4 L
5/5 Army West Point Notre Dame 10-9 W/OT

One change to the schedule, which is the exclusion of VMI. NJIT moves up in their place.

Let’s check out some notable games on this schedule:

Best Nonconference Game: @ Syracuse

After coming a post short of tying the game at the end of regulation in 2016, the Black Knights came out on the better end of a last-second shot by David Symmes. They’re always a tough team to prepare for on the Syracuse end, and they’ve slowly been making progress as a squad altogether.

Best Conference Game: vs. Navy

There is no need to explain why this is the best conference game, even though Loyola will also be good. It’s Army-Navy. And if Army doesn’t beat Navy after their football team did it again this year, bring in football head coach Jeff Monken to coach the team.

Under The Radar Game: vs. Lehigh

Loyola, BU, and Navy will be tough games for sure, but Lehigh might be a darkhorse to make some noise in the Patriot League this season. They have a stud junior class led by Tristan Rai and Craig Chick, and only lost to the Black Knights by two goals last year in Bethlehem. There’s also a chance both teams could meet in the Patriot League quarterfinals.

Possible Upset: @ Colgate

Eight of their games last year were decided by three goals or fewer. Colgate was one of those games, which was a two-goal game. Army needs to be stronger in Patriot League play if they want to leave a stronger mark heading into May and as a possible at-large team if they don’t win the Patriot League, which will probably mean beating Loyola.