April 9, 2014
#18 Army vs. Navy Game Notes
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army (7-3, 5-1 Patriot League) and service-academy rival Navy (4-6, 3-4) will write the 93rd installment of the historic rivalry on Saturday at Michie Stadium. Airing live on CBS Sports Network, the Black Knights seek an unprecedented sixth-straight victory over the Mids in a 2:07 p.m. face-off at Michie Stadium. Army is coming off a third-straight win to clinch a spot in the 2014 Patriot League Tournament, while Navy is fresh off a 7-6 double-overtime loss to No. 1/1 Loyola last Saturday in Annapolis, Md.
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The Last Meeting
April 13, 2013
Army Dominates Navy To Win Unprecedented Fifth-Straight Star
Army sophomore midfielder John Glesener scored a game-high seven points on three goals and four assists while senior attackman Garrett Thul added four goals to lead the Black Knights to a 14-7 road victory over Navy in the 92nd meeting between the rivals. In a game aired live on CBS Sports Network, it marked an unprecedented fifth-straight star win in the storied series for Army.
Saturday's game can be seen live on CBS Sports Network. Dave Ryan (play-by-play) and Evan Washburn (color analyst) have the call. Check your local listings for channel information. Radio:
1390 WEOK-AM, 1340 WALL-AM throughout the Hudson Valley. 92.5 WBLR-FM in Watertown, N.Y. (Fort Drum). Web:
An audio only webcast of Saturday's game is available via Knight Vision
. Live Stats:
Visit the lacrosse schedule page of www.goARMYsports.com to access the GameTracker link
for in-game scoring updates.
Riding the momentum of three-straight victories, Army moved up to No. 18 in this week's Warrior Media Poll, announced Monday afternoon. It's the highest the Black Knights have been ranked in the media poll this season, while they are receiving votes in this week's United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Coaches Poll.
INSIDE THE RIVALRY
Army and Navy meet for the 93rd time on Saturday afternoon at Michie Stadium.
The all-time series dates back to 1924 when the first game was played at West Point, N.Y.
The Black Knights are currently riding their longest win streak of the series, having won five in a row against the Mids.
Navy holds a 57-32-3 lead in the all-time series and is 28-16-2 in games played at West Point.
The winner of this annual contest is awarded the coveted gold star, which is fastened to the players' varsity jacket. Army's Class of 2014 currently owns three stars.
Navy holds a 12-11 lead in the 2013-14 all-sport series between the academies. Army collected star wins in women's tennis and women's outdoor track and field last weekend.
LEFTOVERS FROM ARMY VS. BOSTON UNIVERSITY
Army and Boston University met for the first time in program history last Saturday, April 5, in Boston, Mass.
The 8-7 win clinched a Patriot League Tournament berth for Army, one of three conference teams to do so thus far.
The victory extended Army's win streak to three games. The Black Knights improved to 3-1 on the road.
Junior attackman John Glesener extended his point scoring streak to 25 games with four points (2G, 2A).
Army held BU scoreless in the third quarter, marking the 11th quarter the Black Knights have held an opponent scoreless this season.
Junior LSM Jimbo D'Aprilerecorded career highs in ground balls (five) and caused turnovers (four). The Black Knights totaled a season-best 13 caused turnovers on the day.
After last weekend's games, three of the six spots in the 2014 Patriot League Men's Lacrosse Tournament are filled by Loyola (6-0), Army (5-1) and Lehigh (5-2). Loyola remains firmly atop the Patriot League standings and continues to be the NCAA's top-ranked team in both national polls. No. 18 Army's lone conference loss of the season came to the Greyhounds by a 7-6 score on March 15 in Baltimore, Md. The Black Knights sit alone in second place with a 5-1 conference mark, followed by No. 20/19 Lehigh (5-2), RV/RV Colgate (3-3), Bucknell (3-3), Navy (3-4), Boston University (1-5), Lafayette (1-5) and Holy Cross (1-5). Loyola, Army and Lehigh are currently ranked in the national polls, while Colgate is receiving votes in both listings.
SCOUTING THE MIDS
Navy (4-6, 3-4) enters Saturday's game in sixth place in the Patriot League standings following a 7-6 double-overtime loss to current No. 1/1 Loyola last Saturday in Annapolis, Md. Of the Mids' four victories this season, three have come against Patriot League competition and include a 21-12 win over Holy Cross, an 11-3 victory against Lafayette and, most recently, a 13-7 win at Boston University on March 29.
Navy is scoring 10.1 goals per game, while the Mids defense lands 18th in the NCAA yielding 8.9 goals per game. Navy also ranks in the nations top 25 in face-off winning percentage (15th; .584), man-down defense (22nd; .686), scoring margin (21st; 1.2), ground balls per game (22nd; 30.7) and caused turnovers per game (16th; 8.3).
Senior attackman Sam Jones, a four-year starter, leads the team with 32 points (18G, 14A). Sophomore T.J. Hanzsche (20G, 2A) and senior Tucker Hull (15G, 5A) own 22 and 20 points, respectively, as Jones' fellow attackmen. Gabe Voumard (18 points), Pat Durkin (12) and Austin Heneveld (10) round out the Mids' double-digit point scorers.
Defensively, Navy leans on sophomore goalkeeper John Connors, who has started every game and owns an 8.67 GAA and a .536 save percentage. Connors turned away 14 shots against top-ranked Loyola last Saturday en route to Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week honors. Preseason All-American LSM Pat Kiernan is averaging 1.6 caused turnovers per game, which ranks 24th in the country. Primary face-off specialist Brady Dove is in the midst of a standout rookie campaign as well. Dove's .586 face-off win percentage lands fifth in the league and 18th in the NCAA.
The Mids seek their first win over Army and first Patriot League Tournament berth under current head coach Rick Sowell, who is in his third season with the program.
With the expansion of the Patriot League to nine teams in 2014, the league's tournament will feature a new format this spring. In the past, the league's top four teams battled it out in a single weekend (semifinals and championship) for the Patriot League's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. This year, the top six teams will make the tournament field with the top two teams earning a bye. First-round games are slated to take place Tuesday, April 22, on the campus of the higher seed. The semifinals and championship will be played the following weekend, April 25 and 27, at the site of the highest seed and will air live on CBS Sports Network. After last weekend's games, three of the six spots in the 2014 Patriot League Men's Lacrosse Tournament are filled by Loyola (6-0), Army (5-1) and Lehigh (5-2). The six-team tournament is the largest playoff of any conference.
THE LONG GRAY LINE
Army will forgo its traditional home white uniforms in favor of its gray jersey tops and shorts for Saturday's game against Navy. The Black Knights reserve the gray uniforms, a nod to West Point's "Long Gray Line," only for games against other military schools. Since debuting the look in 2008, the Black Knights are 9-1 against other military schools, including five wins over rival the Mids, when wearing gray. Army sported the gray uniforms for the 2010 Patriot League Championship game when the Black Knights beat Navy, 11-8, at Michie Stadium.
PRESERVING THE PAST
The Army lacrosse tradition runs deep with roots dating back to the program's first game in 1907. Members of two of the most celebrated teams in program history will be back at West Point this Saturday as the Army Lacrosse Family pays homage to the 1959 and 1969 national championship teams. Both clubs defeated Navy in the final game of the regular season to earn a share of the national titles. National Lacrosse Hall of Fame coach James "Ace" Adams directed the then-Cadets both seasons. Lt. Ray Enners Award winners Pete Cramblet (1970) and Tom Cafaro (1971) were both members of the 1969 club, while Don Tillar captured the Schmeisser Memorial Cup as the nation's top defenseman following the 1959 national championship season. Members of both teams will be honored both pregame and during halftime festivities this Saturday.
SALUTE TO SENIORS
Army will honor 10 players and student assistant coach Alex Brammer as a part of the West Point Class of 2014 Senior Day festivities prior to Saturday afternoon's contest. The Class of 2014, which includes team tri-captains John Burk, Nick Isnardi and Tyler Kamide, is a perfect 4-0 against rival Navy and has authored a 31-23 record over the last four years thus far. In addition, this senior class has made the Patriot League Tournament all four seasons.
ON THE DEFENSIVE
For the better part of 2014, the Black Knights have represented the NCAA's top defense, holding opponents to an average of 5.7 goals per game. Seniors John Burk and Pat Hart join sophomore Austin Schultz in making up a veteran-laden Army close defense. Junior goalkeeper Sam Somers anchors the defense and enters this weekend's game atop the national statistics with a 5.43 goals-against average. He ranks second in the NCAA with a .622 save percentage. The Black Knights are the only NCAA team yet to surrender double-digit goals in 2014 and did so just twice overall in 2013. Army has also held opponents scoreless in 11 different quarters this season.
Army has played in five one-goal games in 2014 and is 2-3 in those contests. In Army's two one-goal victories have come against nationally ranked Lehigh (6-5) on March 22 at Michie Stadium and last Saturday at Boston University (8-7). All three of Army's losses this season have come by a single goal - 6-5 vs. Massachusetts (Feb. 8), 9-8 (OT) vs. Rutgers (March 4) and 7-6 at current No. 1/1 Loyola (March 15).
Army visits fourth-place Colgate next Friday, April 18, under the lights at Andy Kerry Stadium for a 7 p.m. start. Fans can also follow the game live online free of charge on Patriot League Network. In addition, live statistics will be made available. To access both links, visit the lacrosse schedule page of goARMYsports.com. Periodic scoring updates will be posted to @Army_Lacrosse on Twitter.