March 9, 2013
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PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Sophomore attackman John Glesener led all players with a career-high four goals as the Army lacrosse team edged Rutgers, 10-8, on Saturday afternoon at the RU Stadium Complex. A back-and-forth contest all afternoon, Glesener scored a clutch insurance goal with 1:31 remaining to clinch the Black Knights' fourth victory of the season.
In the 66th-straight meeting between the two programs, Army (4-2) out-shot Rutgers (2-5) 41-28 and scored two man-up goals en route to the win. Senior attackman Garrett Thul netted a pair of scores in his home state, while Alex Newsome, Pat Brennan, Alex Van Krevel and Matt Ghidotti each scored single goals. Glesener was one of seven Black Knights with one assist apiece.
Earning a second consecutive victory, the Black Knights scored four of the first five goals of the game to build a 4-1 lead midway through the second quarter. The Scarlet Knights scored twice in the final three minutes of the half to pull within 4-3 at intermission. Army scored a game-high four goals in the third quarter and led 8-6 on a Thul goal with 20 seconds left in the quarter. The teams traded goals a combined four goals in the fourth quarter, including Glesener’s clutch goal and a timely face-off win for rookie Alex Daly to keep possession and keep the ball out of Rutgers’ stick.
Sophomore goalkeeper Sam Somers made nine saves in his third win of the season. The Black Knight defense caused 11 of Rutgers’ 17 turnovers, including a career-high four CTs from sophomore Sean Jollota.
Rutgers rookie Kris Alleyne made 13 saves to anchor the Scarlet Knights defense, while Nick Depaolera netted a team-high two goals.
Thul opened the scoring with his 142nd career goal, taking a pass from Newsome in transition just 2:57 into the game. The Scarlet Knights’ Steve DiGiovanni leveled the score at 1-1 less than one minute later. The Black Knights retaliated with back-to-back goals from “x” as Glesener (9:42) and Newsome (3:01) both found the goal. Freshman attackman Connor Cook assisted on Newsome’s lone goal of the game.
The teams played through seven scoreless minutes to start the second quarter before Ghidotti registered his first goal of the season on a pass from Glesener with 7:57 on the clock. Trailing 4-1, Rutgers tallied the final two goals of the half to make it a 4-3 halftime score in favor of visiting Army.
The Black Knights wasted little time getting the second half rolling, as senior tri-captain Andrew Boyd hit Van Krevel for Army’s fifth goal at the 14:28 mark. The 5-3 lead was short-lived, however, as the a Scott Klimchak goal just 12 seconds later once again made it a one-goal game.
Momentum swung back Army’s way over the next five minutes, as Glesener completed his third career hat trick with back-to-back goals at the 10:55 and 9:18 marks, respectively. The Camillus, N.Y., native’s first goal of the spurt was scored EMO, while senior midfielder Pat Brennan earned the assist on the second score to match the Black Knights’ largest lead of the game, 7-4.
A pesky Rutgers club scored the next two goals unanswered, but a Thul goal with 20 seconds to play in the third quarter gave the Black Knights a lift. The program’s all-time leading goal scorer came around the right post to put the ball in unassisted to put Army up 8-6 at the start of the fourth quarter.
A wild final 15 minutes saw each team score twice, but Daly won three of four face-offs to help Army possess the ball throughout much of the final frame. Brennan scored his second goal of the season on a pass from junior middie Tyler Kamide to make it 9-7 Army with 8:05 to play. The Scarlet Knights scored man-up with 6:54 on the clock to inch within 9-8 as DePaolera beat Somers.
More than five scoreless minutes ensued before Glesener netted his fourth goal of the day, a rocket with 1:31 remaining just after a Rutgers penalty had expired. Daly won the face-off and Army hung on for the victory.
Saturday’s game marked the team’s final tune-up before Patriot League play gets underway next week. Army hosts nationally ranked Lehigh on Saturday, March 16. A noon face-off at Michie Stadium is scheduled.
Game Notes: John Glesener tied his career-high with five points (4G, 1A) for the second game in a row … he led Army in scoring last season against Rutgers as well (3G, 2A) … former Army great Scott Finlay ’79 was in attendance … Finlay held the program’s goal-scoring record (140) for 35 years before Garrett Thul broke it last weekend against Michigan … the victory was Army’s sixth-straight against Rutgers ... the series dates back to 1923 … senior goalkeeper Evan Danahy carried the American flag onto the field pregame.