Army Hosts No. 11/13 Bucknell For Saturday PL Showdown

Al DeStefano

Al DeStefano

April 4, 2013

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WEST POINT, N.Y. - Looking to capitalize on momentum gained in last Sunday's 10-4 win at Colgate, Army (6-3, 2-1 Patriot League) welcomes nationally ranked Bucknell (9-2, 3-0) to Michie Stadium on Saturday in a key Patriot League match-up. the Black Knights have won their last two games of the season and three of the last four meetings against the Bison. Bucknell has four wins over top-20 teams and is ranked 11th in the latest USILA Coaches Poll.

The Last Meeting
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April 7, 2012
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Lynch's 2OT Game-Winner Ends No. 15 Bucknell Win Streak
For the second time in his career, senior midfielder Devin Lynch provided a double-overtime game-winning goal. This time around, Lynch's score with 3:30 on the clock put the exclamation point on a 6-5 Army win over No. 15 Bucknell in Patriot League lacrosse action at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium. The Black Knights' victory ended an eight-game win streak for the Bison.

HOW TO FOLLOW THE ACTION
Television: None.
Radio: 1390-AM, 1340-AM throughout the Hudson Valley.
Web: Knight Vision will carry the game via webcast. Fans can find the "watch" link on the schedule page of www.goARMYsports.com.
Live Stats: Live statistics will be available for the game. Visit the lacrosse schedule page of www.goARMYsports.com to access the GameTracker link.
Twitter: Follow @Army_Lacrosse for in-game scoring updates.

ARMY CLEANS UP PATRIOT LEAGUE WEEKLY AWARDS
One day removed from a convincing 10-4 win at Colgate on Easter Sunday, the Black Knights took home three of four Patriot League weekly awards the following afternoon. Sophomore Sam Somers earned his second career Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week award after a stellar 13-save performance. Earning their first conference awards of the season, sophomore John Glesener and senior Brendan Buckley garnered Patriot League Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week honors, respectively. Glesener scored a career-high five goals against the Raiders, while Buckley helped shut down Tewaaraton Award winner Peter Baum and hold him without a point for the first time in 54 games. Buckley was also named the Baltimore Sun National Player of the Week plaudits later in the week.

ALBERICI SOUND BITES: THE BUCKNELL GAME
(Ref.: Looking back at the 10-4 win over Colgate)
"I was happy with the win, but more pleased with the way we played. Everybody contributed and played their roles. We played hard; we played tough. It was a very gratifying victory against an outstanding Colgate team."

(Ref.: Sam Somers and John Glesener efforts against Colgate)
"When you look at our lineup, we have a lot of young guys playing. Certainly, John (Glesener) and Sam (Somers) shined on Easter Sunday. Those guys are both real team guys and would be the first to give their teammates a lot of credit for their success. Hopefully, we'll continue to get big games from them."

(Ref.: Assessing Garrett Thul midway through his final season)
"One of the things that's been consistent in making plays on the ground, and he has been giving maximum effort in the riding game. That's what we need him to do. Sometimes the goals come in bunches and sometimes they don't. A lot of attention is paid to him and rightfully so when you score 151 career goals. Garrett is a marked man and has been able to fight through that."

(Ref.: Scouting Bucknell)
"Bucknell presents a lot of problems because they are so well-balanced. They're terrific on the offensive end with a lot of freshmen contributing to their success. There are about seven guys who can really hurt you and explode for big games. Defensively, they're top 10 in the country and have a goalie (Kyle Feeney) who is capable of making some spectacular saves and taking some goals off the board. They also do a lot in the riding game, more so than any other opponent we've seen this season. We have a lot of work ahead, but our formula will remain the same this week."

GO TO THE HEAD OF THE CLASS - VOTE FOR BUCKLEY HERE!
Army senior close defenseman Brendan Buckley is one of 10 NCAA Division I lacrosse student-athletes who excel both on and off the field and are finalists 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 11th 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.

Army's last Senior CLASS Award finalist in lacrosse was Andrew Maisano, who won the award following the Black Knights' 2010 Patriot League championship season.

LEFTOVERS FROM THE COLGATE GAME
• Army jumped on Colgate with five unanswered goals to start the game. The Black Knights never looked back in a decisive 10-4 road win.
• It marked Army's first win over Colgate in Hamilton, N.Y., since 2006.
• Sophomore attackman John Glesener posted his fourth-straight hat trick and led all players in scoring with a career-high five goals (5G, 1A). He scored Army's final three goals of the game.
• Senior close defenseman Brendan Buckley marked reigning Tewaaraton Award winner Peter Baum all afternoon. He played an integral part in Baum being held without a point for the first time in 54 games. Buckley was named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week after the standout performance.
• Sophomore goalkeeper Sam Somers recorded 13 saves - his most in an Army win this season. Somers made four saves in the final quarter to help stave off any notion of a Colgate rally.
• Freshman middie Alex Daly won 10-of-17 face-offs and registered five ground balls in the win.
• Army held Colgate's potent offense to four goals - the Raiders' second-lowest scoring output of the season.

SCOUTING BUCKNELL
With four wins over top 20 programs this season (Massachusetts, Drexel, Cornell, Albany) Bucknell (9-2, 3-0) has continued to climb the national polls and enters this weekend at No. 11/13. A Bison team that relies heavily on the production of a balanced offense, they lead the league averaging 11.27 goals per game. Sophomore David Dickson tops the team with 40 points (5G, 35A), while junior Todd Heritage and senior Chase Bailey have scored 27 and 22 goals, respectively. Senior Kyle Feeney, a first team All-Patriot League performer last year, anchors a Bucknell defense that ranks ninth in scoring defense allowing 8.0 goals per game. Senior close defenseman Mike Huffner was a preseason All-Patriot League selection and was recently tabbed a Senior CLASS Award finalist.

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS
While Army owns a 26-10 all-time record against Bucknell, the most recent encounters have been thrillers. Two of the last four meetings have gone to overtime, including last season's thrilling 6-5 double-OT Army win in Lewisburg, Pa. The last seven games have all been played within two goals.

HONORING TK
As Army celebrates Military Appreciation Day on Saturday, the Black Knights will honor a fallen hero with "TK" stickers on their helmets. Major Tom Kennedy, a former defenseman with the hockey program, was killed in action in Afghanistan in August at the age of 35. A member of the West Point Class of 2000, Kennedy later served as an officer representative with the hockey team, avid athletic department supporter and Tactical Officer where he impacted the lives of thousands of cadets. The lacrosse team joins Army hockey in honoring Maj. Kennedy's memory in the form of helmet stickers. The Black Knights will debut them Saturday and wear the stickers for the rest of the season.

DEFENSE DOES IT
Following a 10-4 win over Colgate on Easter Sunday, Army jumped to fifth place in the national statistical report for scoring defense. The Black Knights are allowing just 7.44 goals per game, while also ranking ninth averaging 9.78 ground balls per game. See page 2 for a complete listing.

SAVING GRACE
With just seven career starts under his belt, sophomore goalkeeper Sam Somers has established himself as one of the top goalies in the league. 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 10 minutes since that game and currently leads the nation with a 6.46 goals-against average. His .623 save percentage lands third among NCAA Division I goalkeepers. Both statistics top the Patriot League. Somers recorded 13 saves in a 10-4 win over Colgate last weekend, marking his most saves in a win this season. He was named the CBS Sports Network Player of the Game and later Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week.

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. Glesener has posted a hat trick in each of the last four games and stands as the Black Knights' points leader with 42 (23G, 19A). He is coming off a career-high five goals in Army's 10-4 win at Colgate last Sunday. Five of his six career hat tricks have come this season (at UMass, at Rutgers, vs. Lehigh, vs. Lafayette, at Colgate). The Camillus, N.Y., native leads the Patriot League and ranks sixth in the NCAA, averaging 4.67 points per game.

FOR THE RECORD
Senior attackman Garrett Thul is now Army's all-time leading goal scorer with 151 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 in 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 award 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.

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 2013 season thus far. Starting all nine games on the Black Knights' first midfield line, he is the team's third leading scorer with 19 points (13G, 6A). 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. He played in five games as a freshman.

OH CAPTAIN(S), MY CAPTAIN(S)
Seniors Andrew Boyd, Brendan Buckley and Garrett Thul were selected to serve as team tri-captains for the 2013 season. Buckley and Thul are both preseason All-America selections and returning All-Patriot League players, while Boyd started 13 games and scored a career-best 15 points in 2012.

YOUNG GUNS
Leadership is inherent at West Point, and this season's group has relied heavily on nine seniors to serve as the example for a young roster. The Black Knights' list 16 rookies and 14 sophomores and make 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 seven games as the Black Knights' third attackman and has nine points (3G, 6A). Will Mazzone (4G, 3A) and Tim Coll (1G, 2A) have also rotated in on attack with Mazzone starting each of the last two games. Also impressive so far this season, midfielder Alex Daly has taken the majority of Army's face-offs and is 66-of-137 (.467) in the "x." Mike Perettine and A.J. Canara scored their first collegiate points in a 15-6 win over Lafayette on March 23.

HOME SWEET MICHIE
Army is 73-35 (.676) in Michie Stadium over the last 15 seasons. The Black Knights are 3-1 at home this season, with wins coming against Manhattan (Feb. 13), VMI (Feb. 16) and Lafayette (March 23).

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.

ARMY ON T.V.
Army lacrosse fans 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' recent visit to Colgate and Army's regular-season home finale against perennial powerhouse Johns Hopkins are slated to air live on CBS Sports Network. In addition, the 2013 Patriot League Lacrosse Tournament will be carried by CBSSN in its entirety. Army has also had two games broadcast to a regional audience this season - at Syracuse (Time Warner Cable) and against Michigan (Sun Sports).

TICKET TIME
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. Season tickets start at just $19 for youth, students and senior citizens. An adult season ticket can be purchased for $25.

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. Nine games into the 2013 season, Army ranks 15th in home attendance, averaging a Patriot League-best 1,074 fans over four home games thus far.

ON DECK
Army visits rival Navy next Saturday, April 13, at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The Black Knights have dominated the series as of late, winning each of the last four games against the Mids. In a series that dates back to 1924, this will mark the 92nd meeting in the all-time series, which Navy leads 57-31-3.

Navy hosts No. 1/1 Maryland in a Friday night affair this weekend. The Mids are 3-7 overall and 1-4 in Patriot League play.

The winner of the annual Army-Navy showdown is presented with the coveted gold "Star" to pin on their varsity letter.

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