April 20, 2013
WORCESTER, Mass. - The Army lacrosse team clinched a spot in the Patriot League Tournament for an unprecedented ninth-straight season with a lopsided 14-5 win at Holy Cross on Saturday night at Holy Cross Field. Ten different Black Knights found the back of the cage, as Army dominated nearly every facet of the game en route to its eighth win on the season.
With the victory, Army (8-4, 4-2 Patriot League) grabbed the No. 3 seed and will play second-seeded Bucknell in the semifinal round of the 2013 Patriot League Tournament next Friday, April 26, at 4:30 p.m. Regular-season champion Lehigh will host the four-team event, April 26 and 28, in Bethlehem, Pa. No. 4 Colgate rounds out the field and will take on host Lehigh in a rematch of last season's championship game.
Freshman midfielder Alex Dalyput on a clinic for the second game in a row, winning 15-of-19 face-offs on the evening. His efforts helped Army dominate possession all game long, making any chance of a Holy Cross (6-8, 2-4) rally difficult for the home Crusaders.
Sophomore attackman John Glesener authored his seventh hat trick of the season to lead all scorers. Senior close defenseman Brendan Buckley scored a career-high two goals in transition, while freshman attackman Tim Coll matched Buckley with a career-best two goals. Senior attackman Garrett Thul, senior midfielders Alex Van Krevel and Pat Brennan, along with juniors middies Alex Newsome and Tyler Kamide added one goal each. Rookie attackman Connor Cook rounded out the scoring column with a single goal as well.
Army edged Holy Cross 35-33 in shots and held a 35-25 advantage in ground balls. Both teams scored man-up goals and registered 11 saves in the cage. Somers earned his seventh win of the season and reached double-digit saves for a fourth time.
Buckley got Army on the board with his second career goal. The senior tri-captain took the ball coast-to-coast on a clear and cashed in at the 11:14 mark. Almost exactly one minute later, Glesener hit Mazzone for a score at 10:13.
The Crusaders broke into the scoring column with an extra-man goal at the 7:58 mark. Army answered with back-to-back goals at 5:59 and 3:28 as the Black Knights carried a 4-1 lead into the second quarter. Van Krevel scooped a ground ball and fed Newsome on the run for Army's third goal, while senior tri-captain Andrew Boyd fed Cook from "x" for the team's fourth goal of the game.
The Black Knights scored all four goals of the second quarter and took a sizable 8-1 lead into intermission. Thul got things going with his first goal of evening, cashing in on a long possession with a rip from the left side at 11:04. Less than two minutes later, Glesener scored his second goal of the game on a 15-yard EMO rocket with 9:14 on the clock.
Army experienced a bit of déjà vu with its seventh goal of the game, as Buckley once again cleared the ball himself and scored his third career goal with 7:19 on the clock. It marked the Senior CLASS Award finalists' first career multiple-goal game.
Glesener's second goal of the day, a turnaround dagger around his defender, came at 4:59 and provided the 8-1 halftime margin. The Black Knights defense helped keep that score in tact over the waning minutes, however, killing a two-men down situation during which Holy Cross peppered Somers with some of the Crusaders' most opportune looks of the night.
Holy Cross came out of the break to pull within six goals, 8-2, at the 11:31 mark. Army answered with three unanswered scores - one each from Brennan, Glesener and Van Krevel - to take an 11-2 lead with just under three minutes to play in the third quarter. Sophomore midfielder Terry McKenna netted his second goal of the game for the Crusaders with 2:35 on the clock.
The Black Knights went on to outscore Holy Cross 6-4 over the final 30 minutes. Army netted the first three goals of the fourth quarter and took a 14-3 lead with 13:01 to go in the game. The Crusaders got two back before the final horn and fell out of Patriot League Tournament contention.
All three of next week's tournament games will be aired live on CBS Sports Network. Dave Ryan (play-by-play), Evan Washburn (color analyst) and Sheehan Stanwick Burch (sideline reporter) have the call.
Game Notes: Senior middie Matt Mezer led the team onto the field carrying the American flag ... Army improved to 23-0 all-time against Holy Cross ... junior close defenseman John Burk finished with three caused turnovers ... the teams combined for nine penalties ... Army has made the Patriot League Tournament every year under head coach Joe Alberici.