Army Visits Lafayette For Patriot League Opener Saturday

Shea Mullins

Shea Mullins

Feb. 27, 2014

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EASTON, Pa. - Army (2-1, 0-0 Patriot League) heads to the Lehigh Valley seeking a third-straight win on Saturday, March 1, as the Black Knights open Patriot League play against Lafayette (1-1, 1-0) in Easton, Pa. Face-off is set for 11:30 a.m. at Rappolt Field. The Black Knights have defeated VMI (15-6) and Furman (12-2) in each of the last two weeks and are 32-0 all-time versus the Leopards. Lafayette is coming off an 8-7 win over Colgate in the conference opener last Saturday in Easton.

The Last Meeting
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Army Cruises Past Lafayette For First League Win
Attackmen Garrett Thul (6G) and John Glesener (4G, 4A) combined for 14 points as the Army lacrosse team clicked on all cylinders in a 15-6 win over visiting Lafayette on Saturday afternoon at Michie Stadium. Earning their first Patriot League win of the season, the Black Knights recorded a season-high number of goals and held a sixth opponent to single-digit scoring in front of nearly 2,000 spectators.

HOW TO FOLLOW THE ACTION
Television: None.
Radio: None.
Web: The Patriot League Network will webcast the game live. Visit the lacrosse schedule page of www.goARMYsports.com to access the link.
Live Stats: Visit the lacrosse schedule page of www.goARMYsports.com to access the GameTracker link.
Twitter: Follow @Army_Lacrosse for in-game scoring updates.

ARMY IN PATRIOT LEAGUE OPENERS
Since its first Patriot League season in 1991, Army is 17-6 all-time in Patriot League openers. Included in that record is a 5-0 mark against Lafayette in conference lid-lifters. The Black Knights fell 10-6 against Lehigh in last year's conference opener and faced the Leopards in the 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994 and 2006 season openers.

DO YOUR JOB, PREVAIL
As a precursor to last weekend's Face-Off For A Cause event, hosted by the Wounded Warrior Project, the teams from Army, Furman and Catholic University enjoyed a Mission BBQ dinner and inspirational speeches from wounded warriors. Two speakers were 2005 West Point graduates Erik Mineo and Ben Harrow, both of whom suffered wounds while in combat. Mineo's mantra earned recognition in this week's Inside Lacrosse Winners and Losers column - "Look to the man at your left, look to the man at your right, do your job, prevail."

LET THE CONFERENCE PLAY BEGIN ...
With the addition of Loyola and Boston University for the 2014 season, Patriot League play got underway earlier than ever as eight of the nine teams opened conference play last weekend. The only exception was Army, which visits Lafayette this Saturday. Last Saturday's winners included Lehigh over Boston University, Lafayette over Colgate, Loyola over Holy Cross and Bucknell over Navy. Currently ranked No. 7/8 Loyola and No. 14/14 Lehigh moved up in both national polls this week. Bucknell and Army are receiving votes in both listings.

LEFTOVERS FROM ARMY VS. FURMAN
• Junior attackman John Glesener led all players with four goals and one assist. It marked Glesener's eighth career hat trick.
• Sophomore attackman Will Mazzone tallied his second career hat trick with three goals and one assist.
• Sophomore attackman Connor Cook turned in a career-high four points (1G, 3A).
• Freshman attackman Cole Johnson registered his first career hat trick.
• For the first time since April 20, 2010, three different players recorded a hat trick in the same game.
• Junior Sam Somers started the game and made five saves. Seniors Bobby Sincero and Zeric Butters earned time late in the game. For Butters, it marked his collegiate debut.
• Army's two goals allowed were the fewest by the program since a 12-1 win over Michigan on March 2, 2013.
• The game marked the first in the Army-Furman series. The Paladins are in their first season playing at the Division I level.

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 14 goals through its first three games of 2014. With a 4.67 scoring defense, the Black Knights enter this weekend ranked second in the country.

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. Somers' 4.38 goals-against average through three games this season is good for second among NCAA Division I goalkeepers.

CENTURY MAN
Junior attackman John Glesener poured in a game-high seven points on two goals and a career-best five assists in a decisive 15-6 victory at VMI on Feb. 16. 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 109 points (53G, 56A). Tim Pearson '02 holds the record with 238 career points. Glesener's 56 career assists currently rank 16th on Army's career ledger.

WE'RE GOING STREAKING
• Junior attackman John Glesener brings an 18-game point-scoring streak into this weekend's contest. It currently ranks as the 26th-longest point-scoring streak in the nation.
• Junior goaltender Sam Somers has held 10-straight opponents to single-digit goals.
• Junior midfielder Alex Newsome and senior tri-captain John Burk have started 18 and 17-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 breaks from Patriot League play for its only midweek game of the season. The Black Knights host Rutgers on Tuesday, March 4, at 7 p.m. It will mark the team's second game in Michie Stadium this spring. For tickets, visit www.goARMYsports.com/tickets. For those who cannot attend the game, it will be streamed live via Knight Vision on goARMYsports.com. Fans living in the Hudson Valley can listen live on 1390 WEOK-AM and 1340 WALL-AM, along with 92.5 WBLR-FM in Watertown, N.Y. (Fort Drum). 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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