March 8, 2014
Final Stats |
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Eleven different Army players found the back of the net, including six who scored their first career goals, as the 20th-ranked Black Knights rolled past visiting Holy Cross, 13-3, in the team's Patriot League home opener Saturday afternoon at Michie Stadium.
"I thought we came out physically, emotionally and mentally prepared to face a very good Holy Cross team today," said Army head coach Joe Alberici. "I was especially pleased with putting forth such a balanced effort. We're going to need to build on that effort heading into one of the toughest weeks of the season next Saturday at Loyola."
The Black Knights improved to 4-2 overall and 2-0 in Patriot League play. Holy Cross dropped to 1-5 on the year and 0-3 against conference foes.
Army outshot the Crusades 51-31 and committed just seven turnovers on the afternoon. The Black Knights forced four of Holy Cross' 15 miscues.
Junior attackman John Glesener led all players with his 10th career hat trick. The 2014 Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year netted all three goals in the second half to help Army put the game away. Joining Glesener in the scoring column were Alex Newsome, Cole Johnson, Tyler Kamide, Gunnar Miller, Shea Mullins, Tim Stackpole, Andrew Michalowski, Jimbo D'Aprile, Luke Poulos and Mike Larrabee. Johnson, Newsome, David Tarsa and A.J. Canaraeach registered one assist.
The Black Knights scored three times in transition as two long poles (Stackpole, D'Aprile) and a defensive middie (Larrabee) all notched goals.
Defensively, Army held Holy Cross to a season-low three goals. Junior starting goalie Sam Somers made 10 saves before senior Bobby Sincero entered to make two stops over the final nine minutes. Army totaled 26 ground balls, including a team-high five from sophomore face-off specialist Alex Daly.
Army scored the first three goals of the game. D'Aprile went coast-to-coast for his first career goal and the ice-breaker at 12:42 of the first. Kamide and Poulos both scored in the final six minutes of the quarter to give Army a 3-0 cushion after the first 15:00. All three goals came unassisted and for Poulos, marked his first career goal.
The Crusaders got on the board to open the second quarter as Marc Buermann wrapped around the goal and beat Somers at 13:01. After nearly 10 minutes of scoreless lacrosse, the Black Knights went back up by three, 4-1, when Canara hit Johnson in stride for a goal with 3:25 remaining in the half. The margin stood at the break.
Including Johnson's, Army scored eight unanswered goals spanning the second, third and fourth quarters to put the game out of Holy Cross' reach. Stackpole's transition goal, the first of his career, opened the second-half scoring. Glesener went on to register back-to-back goals and give the Black Knights a 7-1 lead. Mullins, Larrabee, Miller and Newsome went on to score in order before Holy Cross' Terry McKenna stopped the bleeding at 12:24 of the fourth.
Twenty-four seconds later, Daly won the face-off and Glesener ripped his third of the game into the upper left corner of the goal to complete the hat trick. Army's Michalowski and Holy Cross' Jack Spencer each netted goals over the final eight minutes of the game.
Army hits the road to take on No. 5/5 Loyola for the first time since 1943 next Saturday, March 15, at noon. The Greyhouds joined the Patriot League in 2014 and are the preseason favorite in their first year in the conference. The game will air live online free of charge on Patriot League Network. In addition, GameTracker (live statistics) will be available. To access both links, visit the lacrosse schedule page of goARMYsports.com. Periodic scoring updates will be posted to @Army_Lacrosse on Twitter.
Game Notes: Army owns a 24-0 lead in the all-time series with Holy Cross ... senior goaltender Bobby Sincero led the team onto the field with the American flag ... he went on to make his third appearance of the year... John Glesener stretched his point-scoring streak to 21 games ... Sam Somers held a seventh-straight opponent to single-digit goals.