Lacrosse Faces Furman Saturday In Face-Off For A Cause Event

Junior SSDM Al DeStefano

Junior SSDM Al DeStefano

Feb. 20, 2014

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Army (1-1) heads to the nation's capital seeking a second-straight win on Saturday, Feb. 22, as the Black Knights face-off against Furman for the first time in program history. In their first year of Division I competition, the Paladins are 0-3 on the season with losses to Lehigh, North Carolina and Air Force.

Set for a noon start at Catholic University's Cardinal Stadium, Army and Furman are the first game of the Face-Off For A Cause doubleheader, hosted by the Wounded Warrior Project. Catholic versus Randolph-Macon will be the second game. A youth clinic will precede both games at 10 a.m.

HOW TO FOLLOW THE ACTION
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Live Stats: Visit the lacrosse schedule page of www.goARMYsports.com to access the live statistics link.
Twitter: Follow @Army_Lacrosse for in-game scoring updates.

FACE-OFF FOR A CAUSE TICKET INFO
Tickets for Saturday's game are $5 with proceeds benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project. Face-Off For A Cause is an awareness event that is in its fourth year of showcasing match-ups between numerous top NCAA, MCLA and high school teams around the country. Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors. Thousands of wounded warriors and caregivers receive support each year through WWP programs and services designed to nurture the mind and body, and encourage economic empowerment and engagement. To learn more, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.

A RIVALRY RENEWED
There is nothing like the Army-Navy rivalry, regardless of sport. The two gentlemen coaching in this Saturday's Army versus Furman game know that all too well. Army head coach Joe Albericiis in his ninth season with the Black Knights, while Furman head coach Richie Meade served as Navy's head coach from 1994-2011. Meade, who took the Paladins' reins in May 2013, is also the current head coach of Team USA. Alberici holds a 4-5 record against Meade-led teams heading into Saturday's showdown.

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL
This season marked the earliest Army has played lacrosse in its 97-year history. The Black Knights kicked off 2014 with a Feb. 8 home meeting against UMass. The game was originally scheduled for Feb. 9, which would have matched the earliest start in program history, but moved up a day due to weather.

LET THE CONFERENCE PLAY BEGIN ...
With the addition of No. 9/10 Loyola and Boston University for the 2014 season, Patriot League play gets underway that much sooner. With the exception of Army, this Saturday marks the start of conference play for Patriot League teams. Colgate visits Lafayette, No. 15/14 Lehigh heads to Boston University, Loyola travels to Holy Cross and No. RV/20 Bucknell hosts Navy. The Black Knights begin their Patriot League slate next Saturday, March 1, at Lafayette.

CENTURY MAN
Junior attackman John Glesener poured in a game-high seven points on two goals and a career-best five assists in last Sunday's decisive 15-6 victory at VMI. With his third assist of the day, Glesener became the 30th member of Army's 100-point club. The Camillus, N.Y., native enters this weekend sitting on 104 points (49G, 55A). Tim Pearson'02 holds the record with 238 career points. Glesener's 55 career assists currently rank 16th on Army's career ledger.

LEFTOVERS FROM ARMY VS. VMI
• Junior attackman John Glesener tallied a career-high five assists to go with two goals en route to his 100th career point.
• Ten different Black Knights found the back of the net.
• Sophomore attackman Connor Cook tallied his first career hat trick.
• Sophomore attackman Will Mazzone (2G, 2A) and junior short stick defensive middie Al DeStefano (1G, 2A) both registered career-highs with four and three points, respectively.
• Sophomore face-off specialist Alex Daly scored six seconds into the second half for his third career goal.
• Seven rookies made their collegiate debuts.
• Freshman midfielder Matt Bowman scored his second career goal in as many games. • Junior goaltender Sam Somers gave up four goals and made eight saves before being relieved in the fourth quarter. Senior Bobby Sincero stepped in for the final 9:18 of the game.
• The win marked Army's first of 2014 and was the team's longest bus road trip of the year.

MAN DOWN!
Army's man-down unit has proven to be formidable through two games this season. The Black Knights have yet to give up a man-down goal, as UMass and VMI have combined to go 0-for-7 on extra-man chances.

SCOUTING THE PALADINS
Furman embarks on its first full season as a member of the Division I Atlantic Sun Conference. Under the direction of Team USA head coach Richie Meade, the Paladins are 0-3 to start the season with losses to No. 15/14 Lehigh (13-6), No. 3/3 North Carolina (19-3) and Air Force (15-6). Six different players scored single goals against Air Force, matching the team's best scoring output of the season. Furman is scoring 5.0 goals per game and allowing 15.67. Graham Dabbs leads the team with eight points on three goals and five assists. Clay Adams and Kenny Meinsen match Dabbs with a team-high three goals. Frazer Kinsley has started all three games in goal with Jake Gavin playing late in two contests so far this season.

DEFENSE DOES IT
Having given up double-digit goals just twice last season (L, 10-6 vs. Lehigh; L, 12-9 vs. Bucknell), Army finished the year with the nation's third-best scoring defense. The Black Knights surrendered 7.79 goals per game in 14 contests. The Black Knights land 15th nationally in caused turnovers (8.36 per game) and 10th in ground balls (33.07 per game). The defense has picked up right where it left off, yielding just six goals in each of its first two games of 2014.

IT'S A NUMBERS GAME
Avid Army fans will notice a few notable number changes this season. On the offensive end of the field, junior middie Alex Newsome now wears No. 4 rather than No. 45, while sophomore attackman Will Mazzone switched from No. 35 to No. 33. Also notable, sophomores Tim Coll (No. 1), Austin Schultz (No. 11) and Mike Perettine (No. 41) all switched things up a year into their collegiate careers.

SAVING GRACE
Junior goalkeeper Sam Somers established himself as one of the top goalies in the league last season and finished the year leading the entire nation with a 7.18 goals-against average. The Wilton, Conn., native picked up Patriot League second team honors and played all but one game a year ago. Somers won the starting goalkeeper position following a stellar performance at nationally ranked Syracuse. He recorded a career-high 18 saves and held the vaunted Orange attack to six goals. He held UMass to six goals in a tough 6-5 setback in last Saturday's season opener.

GOOD THINGS COME IN SMALL PACKAGES
Sophomores Will Mazzone (left) and Connor Cook (right) make up two-thirds of Army's starting attack in 2014. The duo measures 5-6 and 5-5, respectively, but are proof good things can come in small packages. Cook posted his first career hat trick last Sunday at VMI, while Mazzone tallied a career-high four points (2G, 2A) in the victory. Mazzone was an All-Patriot League Tournament pick last season.

WE'RE GOING STREAKING
• Junior attackman John Glesener brings a 17-game point-scoring streak into this weekend's contest. It currently ranks as the 23rd-longest point-scoring streak in the nation.
• Junior goaltender Sam Somers has held nine-straight opponents to single-digit goals.
• Junior midfielder Alex Newsome and senior tri-captain John Burk have started 17 and 16-straight games, respectively. Newsome led the team and ranked second in the Patriot League with eight man-up goals last season. Burk serves as a team tri-captain in 2014.

UP NEXT
Army's three-game road swing comes to a close when the team opens Patriot League play next Saturday, March 1, at Lafayette. The Black Knights are 32-0 all-time against the Leopards. The game will air live online, free of charge, on the Patriot League Network. Visit http://campusinsiders.com/network/patriot_league/live to access. It will mark the first game in the all-time series. Fans can also follow GameTracker (live statistics) from the game via the lacrosse schedule page of goARMYsports.com. Periodic scoring updates will be posted to @Army_Lacrosse on Twitter.

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