March 21, 2013
Army vs. Lafayette Game Notes
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WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army (4-3, 0-1) turns its attention to Lafayette (2-6, 0-2) as the Black Knights seek their first Patriot League win of the season on Saturday at Michie Stadium. Face-off is set for noon. Army is coming off a 10-6 loss to nationally ranked Lehigh last week, while Lafayette comes in having dropped a 13-6 decision to nationally ranked Bucknell the same day. The Black Knights are undefeated in 31 meetings against the Leopards. Army downed Lafayette 10-3 last spring in Easton, Pa., but the previous three meetings were decided by just one goal.
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The Last Meeting
March 24, 2012
Strong Second Quarter Spells 10-3 Win At Lafayette
Junior attackman Garrett Thul netted three goals and senior midfielder Devin Lynch totaled four points (3G, 1A) as the Army lacrosse team used a four-goal second quarter to lift it to a 10-3 win at Lafayette on Saturday afternoon at Fisher Stadium. The win was the Black Knights' first Patriot League victory and first triumph on the road.
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SATURDAY ON THE FIELD
• Army great Scott Finlay '79 returns to Michie Stadium and will take part in a special pregame presentation to senior Garrett Thul. Thul broke Finlay's 35-year-old goal scoring record in a win over Michigan earlier this season.
• Michie Stadium will have a moment of silence prior to today's contest in honor of Kathy Quigley, head women's lacrosse coach at Seton Hill University. Quigley and her unborn child were tragically killed in a bus accident on the way to a game last Saturday.
HOME SWEET MICHIE
Army is 72-35 (.673) in Michie Stadium over the last 15 seasons. The Black Knights are 2-1 at home this season, with wins coming against Manhattan (Feb. 13) and VMI (Feb. 16).
ALBERICI SOUND BITES: THE LAFAYETTE GAME
(Ref.: Takeaways from the Lehigh game)
"We were disappointed with how that game ended up and not just with the result but how we got there. We're a team that doesn't beat itself and we felt like there were a plethora of errors - turnovers, sloppy stickwork, mental errors - that really plagued us. Lehigh is a top-15 team and didn't need any of our help to beat us."
(Ref.: Scouting Lafayette)
"Their record is a bit deceiving and they have a lot of young talent. Lafayette plays with a great deal of energy, which was evident last week when we scouted them against Bucknell. They do a lot of different things defensively and it's going to take our best to come out on top."
(Ref.: Importance of Saturday's game)
"When we play a league opponent, we look at it as a game and a half. In a seven-team lacrosse league, we only have six opportunities to work towards a Patriot League Tournament (top four teams) bid. These league games are huge and we need to attack this one. Our guys are hungry to get that first conference win."
With just six career starts under his belt, sophomore goalkeeper Sam Somers has showed much promise in the early going. After a bit of a battle to start the season, Somers won the starting job after a career-high 18-save performance at nationally ranked Syracuse on Feb. 24. The Wilton, Conn., native has been in the cage for all but five minutes since that game and currently ranks fifth in the nation with a 7.2 goals-against average. His .600 save percentage land sixth among NCAA Division I goalkeepers, which also tops the Patriot League.
LEFTOVERS FROM THE LEHIGH GAME
• Sophomore attackman John Glesener led all players in scoring for the second game in a row. He recorded a second-straight hat trick with three goals and an assist.
• Army faced its third nationally ranked opponent of the season and suffered its first home loss.
• Senior close defenseman Brendan Buckley tied a career high with five caused turnovers.
• Senior attackman Garrett Thul registered a career-high two assists. He finished the game with one goal.
• Sophomore middie Alex Newsome and freshman attackman Will Mazzone also scored single goals.
• Army inched within 7-5 at the end of the third quarter, but No. 16/15 Lehigh scored three of the final four goals of the game to secure the win.
Under the direction of first-year head coach Jim Rogalski, Lafayette is off to a 2-6 start to the 2013 season. The Leopards opened the year with an impressive 11-10 overtime victory at Georgetown, but have dropped their only two Patriot League games thus far - at Navy (12-11) and vs. Bucknell (13-6). Lafayette battled Bucknell last Saturday in Easton, Pa., in a game that was 7-5 after three quarters. The Bison then used a 6-1 run to close the game and moved up to No. 15/16 in the national polls. The Leopards have lost four games in a row heading into Saturday's contest.
An attack-focussed offense has the top three scorers on the team coming up front. Sophomore attackmen Sonny Round (18G, 10A) and Brian Bock (16G, 11A) own 28 and 27 points, respectively. Rookie attackman Kevin Wanke is third on the team in scoring with 18 points (14G, 4A). Junior goalkeeper Jake Hyatt has logged all 375:00 in goal this season and is fifth in the country making 13.63 saves per game.
While Army owns a 31-0 all-time record against Lafayette, recent games have not lacked competitiveness. The Black Knights came up with a convincing 10-3 win over the Leopards last season in Easton, Pa., but the previous three meetings were decided by just a single goal - 13-12 (2009), 15-14 (2010), 7-6 (2011).
FOR THE RECORD
Senior attackman Garrett Thul is now Army's all-time leading goal scorer with 144 tallies. The Flemington, N.J., native broke the 35-year-old career goals record when he tied a career-best seven goals in a 12-1 win over Michigan on March 2 at Sun Life Stadium (Miami, Fla.). Thul passed Scott Finlay (1975-78), was named the Orange Bowl Lacrosse Classic MVP and also picked up his second Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week this season on March 5. He now stands second on the Patriot League career goals list and is second among the nation's active goal scorers.
GLESENER GETS IT DONE
Sophomore John Glesener, who moved from the midfield to Army's attack this season, has proven that shift to be a brilliant one thus far. Glesener has posted a hat trick in each of the last two games and now stands as the Black Knights' points leader with 28 (14G, 14A). Three of his four career hat tricks have come this season (at UMass, at Rutgers, vs. Lehigh). The Camillus, N.Y., native ranks third in the Patriot League in both assists per game (2.00) and points per game (4.00).
NEW KID ON THE BLOCK
Sophomore midfielder Alex Newsome showed flashes of talent with a two-goal freshman campaign, but the Richmond, Va., native has had a breakout beginning to 2013. Starting all six games on the Black Knights' first midfield line, he is the team's third leading scorer with 17 points (12G, 5A). Newsome posted back-to-back hat tricks in Army victories over Manhattan (Feb. 13) and VMI (Feb. 16), which included a career-high four goals and two assists in a 14-8 win over the Keydets. Of Newsome's 34 shots taken, 21 have been on cage and 12 have resulted in goals. He played in five games as a freshman.
Army senior close defenseman Brendan Buckley is one of 20 NCAA Division I lacrosse student-athletes who excel both on and off the field and are candidates for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award. The candidates must be a senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
Buckley, a team tri-captain, carries a 3.987 cumulative grade-point average and ranks 18th in his class of 1,079 cadets. He posted a 4.0 GPA in the fall semester and was a first team Academic All-American last spring. The reigning Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year and two-time all-league honoree, Buckley has been named to the Dean's List all seven semesters at West Point and has been honored with the Distinguished Cadet Award and Superintendent's Award for Excellence. An Engineering major, Buckley branched Field Artillery and posted with the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Schweinfurt, Germany.
Leadership is inherent at West Point, and this season's roster has relied heavily on nine seniors to serve as the example for a young roster. The Black Knights' list 16 rookies and 14 sophomores, making up the fifth-youngest roster in the nation with 30 underclassmen. Those ranked above Army include Delaware (33), Holy Cross (33), Syracuse (32) and Air Force (31). Maryland ties Army with 30 underclassmen on its 2013 ledger.
Plenty of rookies were thrown into the fire out of the gate, and several have stepped up to the challenge. Attackman Connor Cook has started all seven games as the Black Knights' third attackman and scored at least one point in five of those contests. Will Mazzone (3G, 3A) and Tim Coll (1A) have also rotated in for Cook. Also impressive so far this season, midfielder Alex Daly has taken the majority of Army's face-offs and is 45-of-99 (.455) in the "x."
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ARMY ON T.V.
Army lacrosse fans around the country will have the opportunity to watch the Black Knights on national television at least three times this spring. Thanks to an extensive Patriot League television package, the highly anticipated 96th meeting between Army and Navy, the Black Knights' visit to Colgate and Army's regular-season home finale against perennial powerhouse Johns Hopkins will air live on CBS Sports Network. In addition, the 2013 Patriot League Lacrosse Tournament will be carried by CBSSN in its entirety. Army will also have several games broadcast to regional television audiences. Those games included Syracuse (Time Warner Cable) and Michigan (Sun Sports).
Season tickets start at just $19 for youth, students and senior citizens. An adult season ticket can be purchased for $25. Single-game tickets are $4 for youth, students, senior citizens and groups of 10 or more, while adults can be purchased for $6. Prices increase to $6 and $10 for the same contingents, respectively, for the May 3 meeting with Johns Hopkins.
MAY I HAVE YOUR ATTENDANCE, PLEASE?
It's no secret that lacrosse is fastest growing sport among youth in the United States. That was highly evident last season with an increased interest in Army lacrosse. The Black Knights ranked as high as fifth in the nation in attendance last spring and finished the year second amongst Patriot League schools with an average of 2,293 fans per home game.
Army visits rival Colgate next Sunday, March 31, in Hamilton, N.Y. Face-off is set for noon and can be seen live on CBS Sports Network. The Black Knights came up short in a 15-13 decision last spring at Michie Stadium.