No. 16 Army Visits Colgate For Friday Night Showdown

Rookie Gunnar Miller

Rookie Gunnar Miller

April 17, 2014

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HAMILTON, N.Y. - Sixteenth-ranked Army (8-3, 6-1 Patriot League) enters this Friday's final Patriot League regular-season game having already claimed the No. 2 seed and accompanying first-round bye in next week's Patriot League Championships. Top-ranked Loyola, which captured the regular-season title in its first year in the league, will host the semifinal and championship games in Baltimore, Md., April 25 and 27. Colgate (8-4, 4-3), meanwhile, can earn the right to host a quarterfinal game versus Bucknell with a win over Army on Friday. Sixth-seeded Navy and No. 3 Lehigh round out the 2014 Patriot League Championship field.

The Last Meeting
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Army Shuts Down Colgate In 10-4 Win
Sophomore goalkeeper Sam Somers made 13 saves and sophomore attackman John Glesener tallied five goals as the Army lacrosse team picked up a dominating 10-4 win at Colgate on a windy Easter Sunday at Andy Kerr Stadium. The Black Knights clicked on all cylinders en route to their second Patriot League win of the season.

HOW TO FOLLOW THE ACTION
Television: None.
Radio: None.
Web: Patriot League Network will carry Friday's game live and free of charge. 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 live statistics link.
Twitter: Follow @Army_Lacrosse for in-game scoring updates.

PULLING RANK
Riding the momentum of four-straight victories, including last Saturday's 14-7 victory over rival Navy, the Army lacrosse team ascended to the No. 16 spot in both the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Coaches Poll and Warrior Media Poll. It is the fourth-straight week the Black Knights have been ranked and the highest national standing they have enjoyed this season.

RIVALRY REWIND: #18 ARMY 14, NAVY 7
April 12, 2014 | Michie Stadium
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Balanced scoring and a staunch defense propelled 18th-ranked Army to a 14-7 win over service academy rival Navy in front of a record crowd of 10,774 spectators on a sunny Saturday afternoon at Michie Stadium. The rivalry played out live on CBS Sports Network, as the Black Knights extended their current win streak to four games, defeated Navy for an unprecedented sixth game in a row to secure the annual "star," and sent the Class of 2014 out with a victory on Senior Day.

Nine different Army players scored goals in the victory. Sophomore attackman Connor Cook registered a career-high six points (3G, 3A) and his second career hat trick to lead all players. Junior John Glesener and sophomore Will Mazzone totaled three and two goals, respectively, as Army's attack exploded for eight goals on the day. For Glesener, it marked his 12th career hat trick. Middies Jimbo Moore, Alex Newsome, Gunnar Miller, Shea Mullins and Will O'Donnell netted single goals, along with junior long pole Michael Larrabee.

Earning his second career start, senior net minder Bobby Sincero made eight saves, including a game-high three in the fourth quarter to earn his second career victory and first of the season.

BRAGGING RIGHTS
Not only did last Saturday's game hold significance because it extended Army's unprecedented win streak against rival Navy to six games, but it means the Class of 2014 becomes the second-straight class to go undefeated against the Mids. Only the Classes of 2013 and 2014 have accomplished that feat, as Army has not succumb to Navy since 2009.

LEAGUE LOWDOWN
All but two seeds are set for the 2014 Patriot League Championships, set to begin with quarterfinal games on Tuesday, April 22, at the campus sites of the Nos. 3 and 4 seeds. By virtue of its current 7-0 record, Loyola won the regular-season title and will host the semifinal and championship games at Ridley Athletic Complex, April 25 and 27, respectively. Army and Loyola, respectively ranked No. 16 and No. 1 nationally as of Monday, earned first-round byes. Loyola will play Bucknell, Colgate or Navy on April 25 at 4:30 p.m. Army will face-off against Bucknell, Colgate or Lehigh in the 7:30 p.m. contest. The Patriot League Championship will play out on Sunday, April 27 at 1 p.m. with the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament on the line. All three games from Baltimore, Md., will air live on CBS Sports Network.

TOURNAMENT TICKETS
Tickets are on sale now for the 2014 Patriot League Men's Lacrosse Championship, set to be played April 25 and 27 at regular-season champion and top-ranked Loyola. Loyola will play in Friday's first semifinal at 4:30 p.m. against Bucknell, Colgate or Navy. Army will be the higher seeded team in the second semifinal, starting at 7:30 p.m., and play Bucknell, Colgate or Lehigh. Winners of the two semifinals will meet on Sunday, April 27, in the title game at 1 p.m. at Ridley Athletic Complex. Tickets for the Championships are now on sale with a $20 package for adults, which gives fans admission to all three games. Tickets for the individual days are also available. More information and links to purchase tickets are available at www.LoyolaGreyhounds.com/tickets.

SCOUTING THE RAIDERS
Colgate (8-4, 4-3) enters this Friday night's game receiving votes in the Warrior Media Poll. With a victory over Army, the Raiders would secure the No. 4 seed and right to host Bucknell in a Tuesday night first-round playoff game in Hamilton, N.Y.

Colgate is scoring 8.83 goals per game, while the defense is holding opponents to 7.83 goals per game to rank sixth in the NCAA. Freshman goaltender Brandon Burke is enjoying a solid rookie campaign. Through 12 starts, he lands seventh in the nation with a 7.81 goals-against average and 12th with a .555 save percentage. Junior Alex Kinnealey is winning .610 percent of his face-offs, which ranks 14th nationally. Senior close defenseman Bobby Lawrence, a first team All-Patriot League performer a year ago, leads the defense.

Offensively, junior attackman Ryan Walsh leads the team with 34 points on 23 goals and 11 assists. Brendon McCann and Kevin Adams compliment Walsh on attack, adding 29 and 18 points, respectively. Eric Foote and Matt Clarkson own 22 and 21 points, respectively, out of the midfield.

NOW WE'RE COOKING!
Sophomore attackman Connor Cook has started all 11 games this season, but the 5-foot-5 attackman picked the perfect time for a breakout performance. Cook's career-high six points on three goals and three assists could not have come at a better time, as he helped propel Army to a sixth-straight win over rival Navy last Saturday at Michie Stadium. Cook scored single goals in the first, third and fourth quarters, while also assisting fellow sophomore attackman Will Mazzone on the game-winner in a 14-7 victory. Cook is third on teh team with 24 points (13G, 11A) so far this season. He garnered Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week honors on Monday, along with being named to the Patriot League's honorable mention list.

BALANCING ACT
Last Saturday's 14-7 win over Navy proved to be another example of Army's balanced attack driving the Black Knights to victory. While junior attackman John Glesener takes the lion's share of the team's shots (126-of-426) and the opposing team's attention, plenty of other capable Army scorers are stepping up. Nine different players netted a goal in last week's win over the Mids, while the same can be said in a 15-6 win at VMI on March 15. A season-best 11 different players accounted for 13 goals in a 13-3 win over Holy Cross on March 8.

DEFENSE DELIVERS
For the majority of 2014, this week included, the Black Knights have represented the NCAA's top defense and are holding opponents to an average of 5.82 goals per game. Seniors John Burk and Pat Hart join sophomore Austin Schultz in making up a veteran-laden Army close defense. In addition, all four short stick defensive middies - juniors Al DeStefano, Billy Baird and Mike Larrabee, along with sophomore A.J. Canara. Tying it all together, junior goalkeeper Sam Somers leads the nation in goals-against average (5.43) and save percentage (.622). 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.

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS
The Black Knights have played in five one-goal games in 2014 and are 2-3 in those contests. Army's two one-goal victories have come against nationally ranked Lehigh (6-5) on March 22 at Michie Stadium and on April 5 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).

DRAWING ATTENTION FOR ATTENDANCE
Army and Navy played in front of the NCAA's largest on-campus, stand-alone game crowd last Saturday, as 10,774 fans descended on Michie Stadium to witness the 93rd meeting between the arch rivals. The game set a Michie Stadium record for lacrosse attendance and trails only Ohio State-Michigan, which played in front of 17,641 fans at The Shoe prior to the Buckeyes' spring football team, for the highest NCAA overall attendance this season.

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