WEST POINT, N.Y. – Life is through to the D1A semifinals after defeating Army in West Point 55-29 in the quarterfinals.
A tight first half opened up in the second with Life’s speed and counterattack proving too much for the cadets.
A kicking battle in the first ten minutes saw each team testing for weaknesses. It was the eventual victors who couldn’t seem to find a way out of their own half and Army who opened the scoring with a penalty kick. Life’s Joe Cowley answered with a penalty of his own and the two were knotted up after 13 minutes.
Cam Dolan, who was appearing in his first game since tearing his ACL playing for the USA Select XV last year, scored Life’s opening try. Dolan started on the wing for Life, a departure from his usual spot in the loose forwards possibly to ease the star back into the physicality of the D1A playoffs. The move was brilliant as Dolan handled Army’s kicking game expertly and loomed as a constant threat to turn the ball over on chase when Life kicked.
At the half, it was 22-10 in Life’s favor, but only because of a try just before the whistle by the Running Eagles.
It was still a very managable game at that point for Army, but Life came out swinging in the second, scoring two quick tries to bring the score to 36-10.
The pace of the game was dictated by Life and it took Army a good 60 minutes to adapt, but by then the Black Knights were in a deep hole they fought hard to come out of, but ultimately couldn’t.
Life will now play the winner of Arkansas State vs. Kutztown being played in Jonesboro, Ark., today.