Written by Alex Goff    Friday, 02 November 2012 17:54    PDF Print Write e-mail
Air Force Visits West Point
Colleges - Men's DI College

The Air Force Academy brings its best 15 in to West Point to take on Army Friday night in front of what is expected to be a packed crowd at the Anderson Rugby Complex at the US Military Academy.

Air Force beat Navy in wintry conditions earlier this fall. Rich Bristol photo.This is the first year in many to have all three military academies play each other 1sts v 1sts. Air Force already beat Navy in Colorado Springs, and Army and Navy are expected to face each other in the spring.

“We’re really looking forward to having the Air Force Academy here,” said Army Director of Rugby Rich Pohlidal. “It’s going to be a good game.”

“We’re very pleased to be able to play Army and Navy in the same season,” added Air Force Head Coach Joe Muehlbauer, whose team has been concentrating on 7s most of this fall. “We’ve been bouncing between 15s and 7s, and I think some of the players are looking forward to playing some serious 15s.”

No. 8 Larry Lundin was one player who Muehlbauer said was really champing at the bit to get back on the field.

“He’s a big man,” said the coach. “And I think he’s a great 7s player, although he doesn’t know it. But he really wants to get after it.”

Meanwhile Army will be without a few players, but Pohlidal has seen younger athletes from the team playing in the Empire Conference step up. Among those is sophomore flanker Collum Magee, who will don the #6 jersey Friday night thanks in large part to his performances this fall.

“We’ve been working hard to develop players this fall,” said Pohlidal. “But any time you play another military academy, it’s a big game.”