No. 20 Army Welcomes Holy Cross Saturday

Junior middie Alex Newsome

Junior middie Alex Newsome

March 7, 2014

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WEST POINT, N.Y. - No. 20 Army (3-2, 1-0 Patriot League) looks to rebound from a 9-8 overtime loss to Rutgers Tuesday night at Michie Stadium as the team returns to Patriot League play against Holy Cross (1-4, 0-2) on Saturday at noon. The Crusaders are fresh off their first win of the year, an 11-9 victory at first-year program Richmond on Tuesday. Despite Army's loss, it sits in second place in the league standings at 1-0 with a victory over Lafayette last Saturday in Easton, Pa. The Black Knights are 23-0 all-time against Holy Cross.

The Last Meeting
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April 20, 2013
Worcester, Mass.
Army Runs Past Holy Cross To Clinch Patriot League Tournament Berth
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.

HOW TO FOLLOW THE ACTION
Television: None.
Radio: 1340 WALL-AM, 1390 WEOK-AM (Hudson Valley), 92.5 WBLR-FM (Watertown, N.Y.).
Web: Knight Vision 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.

SCOUTING THE CRUSADERS
Holy Cross enters Saturday's game fresh off its first win of the 2014 season, an 11-9 triumph at first-year program Richmond on Tuesday night in Virginia. The Crusaders lost games to St. John's (15-13), Loyola (16-4), Harvard (17-9) and Navy (21-12) to start the season and are 1-4 on the year. Saturday marks Holy Cross' fourth-straight road contest.

The Crusders are scoring 9.80 goals per game and giving up 15.60. Junior middie Terry McKenna enters the game tied with Army's John Glesener for fourth in the league averaging 2.40 goals per game. McKenna's 3.20 points per game land sixth. He was the only Crusader to be named to the Patriot League preseason all-league team. Sophomore attackman Sean Wilkinson is tied with McKenna with 16 points (7G, 9A) on the year, followed by junior attackman Clay Haarmann with 10 points (6G, 4A). Sophomore goaltender Michael Ortlieb has started all five games and owns a 15.76 goals-against average to go with a .404 save percentage.

GLESENER NAMED TO TEWAARATON AWARD WATCH LIST
The Tewaaraton Foundation announced the 2014 Tewaaraton Award men's and women's watch lists presented by Panama Jack last week and for the second year in a row, Army attackman John Glesener earned a nod. The lists include the top players across all three divisions of NCAA lacrosse and highlight the early contenders for the 2014 Tewaaraton Award. The Tewaaraton Award annually honors the top male and top female college lacrosse player in the United States. The selection committees are made up of top collegiate coaches and are appointed annually by the Tewaaraton Foundation. Five men's and five women's finalists will be announced on May 8 and will be invited to the May 29 ceremony in Washington. John Walker '06 and Jeremy Boltus'11 represent Army's two past Tewaaraton Award finalists.

SCHEDULE SENSE
This week marks the only time in the 2014 regular season that Army is slated to play two games. The Black Knights fell 9-8 in overtime to Rutgers on Tuesday night at home and will face Holy Cross at Michie Stadium on Saturday at noon. Army is slated to take an off day Sunday befor resuming practice to prepare for preseason Patriot League favorite No. 5/5 Loyola on Saturday, March 15, in Baltimore, Md.

ARMY NATIONALLY RANKED FOR FIRST TIME IN 2014
On the heels of three-straight victories, the Army lacrosse team turned out a No. 20 national ranking in Monday's United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Coaches Poll. The Black Knights are receiving votes in the most recent Warrior Media Poll. Earning its first national ranking of the season, Army rebounded from a 6-5 season-opening loss to now No. 13/10 Massachusetts to defeat VMI, Furman and Lafayette in order. The Black Knights' were last ranked in the national polls at No. 19 the week of April 22, 2013. Army is one of three Patriot League teams ranked in the USILA Top 20 listing, joining No. 5 Loyola and No. 16 Lehigh. Lacrosse Magazine also ranked Army No. 20 in their Monday rankings.

LEFTOVERS FROM ARMY VS. RUTGERS
• Rutgers rallied from a 5-1 deficit to snap Army's three-game win streak with a 9-8 overtime win. The Scarlet Knights used a 6-0 run stretching the second and third quarters to steal the upset.
• Junior middie Alex Newsome recorded his third career hat trick.
• Sophmore SSDM Jimbo Moore netted his first collegiate goal in the first quarter and went on to record a career-high two goals in the loss.
• Junior attackman John Glesener extended his point-scoring streak to 20 games.
• Army did not have an EMO chance.
• The game marked Army's second one-goal loss of the season.
• Army outshot Rutgers 40-28 and held a 29-22 advantage in ground balls.
• Sophomore middie Alex Daly won 14-of-21 face-offs.

LEAGUE LOWDOWN
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 two weeks ago. The Black Knights were the final team to open Patriot League action, which it did with an 8-6 win at Lafayette last Saturday. With wins over Holy Cross and Lehigh, Loyola sits atop the early standings at 2-0. Lehigh, Colgate, Bucknell, Navy and Lafayette are all 1-1 heading into this weekend's games.

HOME SWEET MICHIE
Saturday marks the third of six home games for the Black Knights this season. Only 15 Football Bowl Subdivision stadiums, and just six east of the Mississippi River, are older than the fabled venue. Michie Stadium has played host to the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Tournament seven times, most recently in 2001. Army is 73-39 in Michie Stadium over the last 16 years, including a 6-1 mark in 2010 when the Black Knights defeated rival Navy to win the Patriot League title. The Black Knights also went 6-1 at home in 2005 and defeated three nationally ranked opponents at Michie.

MAN DOWN!
Army's man-down unit has proven to be formidable through five games this season. The Black Knights have surrendered just one EMO goal this season, as opponents are 1-for-14. With a .923 kill percentage, Army's man-down unit ranked third nationally heading into this week.

TWEET, TWEET
Fans won't miss a minute of Army lacrosse action if they take the lead and follow @Army_Lacrosse on Twitter, a feed that provides in-game score updates, links to feature stories and more. In addition, fans can follow head coach Joe Alberici at the handle @ArmyLaxCoach.

UP NEXT
Army hits the road to take on No. 5/5 Loyola for the first time since 1943 on Saturday, March 15, at noon. The Greyhouds joined the Patriot League in 2014 and are the preseason favorite in their first year in the conference. Fans can also follow The game will air live online free of charge on Patriot League Network. In addition, GameTracker (live statistics) will be available. To access both links, visit the lacrosse schedule page of goARMYsports.com. Periodic scoring updates will be posted to @Army_Lacrosse on Twitter.

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