Army knocked off a giant last Sunday. They have a much easier opponent this weekend, but nonetheless, a formidable one who they lost to earlier in the season.
Their actions on the field pale in comparison to what they will do when their time is up at the Point. And, of course, they don’t need reminding. It’s who they are. They’ve chosen a path not too many would take and go the distance without you questioning their effort.
The distance they will go on the field this weekend against Cornell is still up in the air. But their effort isn’t questionable. Read the excerpts from a recent New York Times article below.
The conditioning, discipline, and focus on detail, teamwork and leadership helped Army do more with less, the coaches and players say. And Tyler Oates, a senior who plans to attend Airborne and Ranger training before heading, he assumes, to Afghanistan, said West Point’s training for war was just as applicable to sports.
“We never go on the field saying, ‘We’re going to give them a heck of a fight,’ or ‘We’re going to play our best,’ ” he said, adding: “You’re not going to go into Afghanistan saying ‘I hope I do all right.’ That’s life or death, not win or lose, but what makes you think the way you approach a lacrosse game should be different than the way you approach a training exercise or when you actually go to war?”