April 18, 2014
HAMILTON, N.Y. - Sixteenth-ranked Army extended its win streak to five games with an 8-7 victory at Patriot League foe Colgate on Friday night under the lights at Andy Kerr Stadium. Junior John Glesener paced the Black Knights' attack with his 13th career hat trick.
The Black Knights improved to 9-3 overall and 7-1 in Patriot League action. Colgate dropped to 8-5 and 4-4, respectively.
Army freshman attackman Cole Johnson tallied two goals, while Connor Cook, Alex Carros and Luke Poulos each netted single goals in the win. Carros, Jimbo D'Aprile, Alex Daly and Will Mazzone added assists.
Colgate's Brendon McCann, who scored two goals over the final five minutes to keep things close, ended the game with a team-high three goals.
Colgate outshot Army 31-21 and held a 28-26 advantage in ground balls, including four from Army senior close defenseman Pat Hart. The teams went a combined 1-for-10 EMO with the Raiders scoring once in six tries, five of which came in the second quarter.
Army senior goaltender Bobby Sincero went the distance and made eight saves, as did Colgate's Brandon Burke.
The Raiders drew first blood with a Ryan Walsh goal 5:10 into the contest. After nearly 10 minutes of scoreless play, Poulos leveled the score at 1-1 with his second goal of the season with 5:18 remaining in the opening stanza. Glesener's first goal of the contest, scored after shaking his defender with authority at the 1:32 mark, gave the Black Knights a 2-1 lead that stood at the end of the first.
The teams played scoreless through the first 10 minutes of a chippy second period, one that featured five of Army's six penalties on the night. Glesener's second score of the game, a turnaround shot at 4:50, marked the only goal of the frame and gave the Black Knights a 3-1 halftime advantage.
Colgate scored two of the first three goals of the second half, all of which came in a busy first three minutes. Glesener got his third of the night unassisted at 13:19, and the Black Knights later pushed the lead to 5-3 at the 8:45 mark, as Jimbo D'Aprile fed Cole Johnson in stride for a pretty transition goal. Carros followed with his first goal of the season, taking full advantage of a rebound shot with 5:34 remaining in the period. Colgate stopped the modest two-goal spurt, scoring on a rebound of its own at the 1:52 mark to pull within 6-4 at the end of 45 minutes.
The Black Knights reestablished a three-goal advantage, 7-4, as Daly won the face-off and fed Johnson for his second score of the night just seven seconds into the final quarter. Colgate's Walsh answered with the only EMO score of the day, beating Sincero high at 12:01 and pulling the Raiders within 7-5. The Black Knights retaliated in a hurry as Cook scored over the shoulder on a feed from Mazzone. Cook's lone goal of the night, scored at 11:14, gave the visitors an 8-5 edge.
A pair of unassisted Colgate goals over the final 4:52 kept the game interesting, but Army hung on for its seventh Patriot League victory and fourth on the road.
Army earned the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Patriot League Championships, giving the Black Knights a bye into next Friday night's semifinal round. Regular-season champion and top-ranked Loyola, which edged Army 7-6 during the regular season, will host the semifinal and championship games, April 25 and 27, at Ridley Athletic Complex. All three games will air live on CBS Sports Network. Depending on this Tuesday's first-round outcomes, Army will face Bucknell, Colgate or Lehigh in next Friday's semifinals. Tickets are on sale now at www.Loyola Greyhounds.com/tickets. Live statistics and Knight Vision audio links are available on the lacrosse schedule page of goARMYsports.com. Periodic scoring updates will be posted to @Army_Lacrosse on Twitter.
Game Notes: John Glesener stretched his point-scoring streak to 27 games ... senior student assistant coach Alex Brammer led the team out of the locker room bearing the American flag ... freshman middie Matt Donovan, a native of nearby Cazenovia, N.Y., made his collegiate debut ... Colgate honored 10 players during pregame Senior Night festivities ... Army won a second-straight contest against the Raiders, who will host Bucknell in Tuesday night's first-round game ... the other will feature No. 6 Navy at No. 3 Lehigh ... Army won its third one-goal game of the year and has played in six ... Army's seven Patriot League wins are the program's most conference victories ever ... the Patriot League expanded from seven to nine teams in 2014.