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Alberici Says - Taken the majority of faceoffs the last two years ... strong, tough player ... worked hard on his technique in the "x" in the fall, along with improving ground ball skills ... expected to be a leader in gaining possessions off the faceoff.
2011: Continued in his role as Army's primary faceoff specialist ... won 47.8 percent (133-of-278) of his battles in the "x" ... took 278 of Army's 327 face-offs on the season ... played in 14 games ... won a season-high 14 face-offs in a 12-9 win over Lehigh (Mar. 22) at Michie Stadium ... the Mountain Hawks' face-off unit entered the game as the nation's second-ranked unit in the country ... Sipperly won 14-of-24 face-offs and played a key role in Army's first league victory of the season ... scored first career points as a junior ... tallied single goals in back-to-back wins over Wagner (Mar. 13) and Rutgers (Mar. 19) ... finished third on the team with 44 ground balls ... scooped a career-high six ground balls in the decisive win over Lehigh.
2010: Developed into the team's primary faceoff specialist ... won 46.4 percent of his faceoffs (83-of-179) ... ranked tied for sixth on the squad with 27 ground balls ... won a career-high 12 faceoffs against Holy Cross (Apr. 24) ... posted 11 faceoff wins versus Rutgers (Mar. 20), Syracuse (May 16) and Cornell (May 23) ... won eight faceoffs in the Patriot League Tournament championship game versus Navy (May 2) ... won at least one faceoff in 15 of the 16 games he played in.
2009: Appeared in five games during the season ... made collegiate debut in the season opener against VMI (Feb. 14) ... also logged minutes against Lehigh (Mar. 17), Bucknell (Apr. 4), Lafayette (Apr. 14) and Duke (Apr. 18) ... went 3-of-6 on faceoffs against the Blue Devils.
Prior To West Point: Standout at Greenwich High School for coach (and father) Robert Sipperly ... appointed team captain as a junior and for senior season ... also captained the football and basketball teams ... rushed for over 1,000 yards on the gridiron as a senior tailback ... played lacrosse during his prep year at USMAPS for coach Tom Hansen.
Personal: Derek Cassard Sipperly is the son of Robert and Julie Sipperley ... born May 22, 1989 in Albany, N.Y. ... has two brothers, Trevor and Dan, and a sister, Isabelle ... enjoys watching football in his spare time ... majoring in Systems Engineering.