April 21, 2014
WEST POINT, N.Y. - After guiding Army to its highest Patriot League finish since 2010, head lacrosse coach Joe Alberici earned Patriot League William Lawson Coach of the Year honors for the second time, as announced by conference officials on Monday afternoon. Alberici's plaudits highlighted a group of four Army players who garnered All-Patriot League honors in the same announcement.
Junior attackman John Glesener and sophomore face-off specialist Alex Daly repeated as first team honorees, while junior goalkeeper Sam Somers and senior close defenseman Pat Hart earned second team mentions.
In his ninth year along the banks of the Hudson, Alberici has his Black Knights riding a five-game win streak and a top-20 ranking in both national polls during that entire stretch. The Auburn, N.Y., native also earned Coach of the Year honors in 2008. The Black Knights are 9-3 on the season with all three losses coming by a single goal and are currently ranked No. 15/14 in the national coaches and media polls, respectively. Army's 7-1 league record is a program best.
"I am beyond humbled with this news," Alberici said. "It's even more meaningful now given its namesake. Bill Lawson was a tremendous friend and mentor to me and the entire Army Lacrosse Family. He gave so much to this game, meant so much to so many and is truly, truly missed.
"This award is not mine, but rather a tribute to the hard work and dedication of a remarkable group of players and coaches I have the privilege of working with everyday," he added. "I couldn't be happier for John (Glesener), Alex (Daly), Sam (Somers) and Pat (Hart). They are all extremely deserving of this recognition, and I know would trade it all to come away with a Patriot League Championship this weekend."
Glesener and Daly were both member of the Preseason All-Patriot League Team.
Now a three-time All-Patriot League honoree, Glesener leads the team and ranks third in the league averaging 2.67 goals per game. His 44 points (32 goals, 12 assists) are 16 points more than any other player on Army's roster. The Tewaaraton Award candidate owns six hat tricks on the year, including each of the Black Knights' last two games. He has started all 12 games and scored a season-high five goals in an 11-6 win over Patriot League foe Bucknell on March 29.
Daly copped first team all-conference status following a stellar rookie campaign in 2013. A year later, the New Market, Md., native currently ranks 14th nationally with a .593 face-off percentage. Daly's 70 ground balls lead the team and land third in the league (6.36 per game). In addition to his invaluable contributions in the "x," Daly owns two goals and as many assists. He has taken .884 percent of Army's face-offs this season.
Earning All-Patriot League second team honors for the second year in a row, Somers remains the NCAA leader in goals-against average (5.43) and save percentage (.622). A native of Wilton, Conn., Somers has held every opponent he's faced to single-digit goals, while also adding 27 ground balls on the year. He has played in 10 games on the season, but has been sidelined with injury over Army's last two contests.
Hart put an exclamation point on his collegiate career with his first all-league citation coming as a senior. The close defenseman out of West Tisbury, Mass., has helped anchor an Army defense that ranks No. 1 in the country with a 5.92 scoring defense. Hart has covered the opponent's top attackman in all 12 games and played a key role in the Black Knights holding every opponent to single-digit goals this season. Hart owns 13 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers heading into this weekend's playoffs.
Earning the No. 2 seed in the 2014 Patriot League Championships came with a first-round bye for the Black Knights. Army will face No. 3 Lehigh, No. 4 Colgate or No. 5 Bucknell in Friday's second semifinal at 7:30 p.m. Top-seeded Loyola is set to host the semifinal and championship games at Ridley Athletic Complex. The Greyhounds will play in Friday's first semifinal at 4:30 p.m. against Bucknell, Colgate or No. 6 Navy. Winners of the two semifinals will meet on Sunday in the title game at 1 p.m.
Tickets are on sale now for this weekend's tournament games and can be purchased at www.LoyolaGreyhounds.com/tickets. CBS Sports Network will air all three semifinal and championship games live, while the Army Sports Network will air the Black Knights' call on www.goARMYsports.com and on the radio at 1390 WEOK-AM, 1340 WALL-AM throughout the Hudson Valley and 92.5 WBLR-FM in Watertown, N.Y. (Fort Drum). Periodic scoring updates will be posted to @Army_Lacrosse on Twitter.
2014 All-Patriot League Teams and Major Award Winners
John Glesener, Army, Jr., A
Dan Taylor, Lehigh, Jr., A
Justin Ward, Loyola, Sr., A
Nikko Pontrello, Loyola, Sr., A
Thomas Flibotte, Bucknell, So., M
Matt Clarkson, Colgate, Jr. M
Brian Sherlock, Loyola, Fr., M
Gabe Vournard, Navy, Jr., M
Jackson Place, Bucknell, Sr., D
Bobby Lawrence, Colgate, Jr., D
Tripp Telesco, Lehigh, So., D
Joe Fletcher, Loyola, Sr., D
Pat Laconi, Loyola, Sr., SSDM
Alex Daly, Army, So., FOS
Jack Runkel, Loyola, Sr., GK
David Dickson, Bucknell, Jr., A
Ryan Walsh, Colgate, Jr., A
Sam Jones, Navy, Sr., A
Eric Foote, Colgate, So., M
Terry McKenna, Holy Cross, Jr., M
Kurtis Kaunus, Lehigh, Jr., M
Kevin Ryan, Loyola, Sr., M
Pat Hart, Army, Sr., D
Ty Souders, Lehigh, Sr., D
Nik Mullen, Navy, Sr., D
Pat Kiernan, Navy, Sr., LSM
Alex Kinnealey, Colgate, Jr., FOS
Brady Dove, Navy, Fr., FOS
Sam Somers, Army, Jr., GK
Matt Poillon, Lehigh, Jr., GK
Offensive Player of the Year - Justin Ward, Loyola, Sr., A
Defensive Player of the Year - Joe Fletcher, Loyola, Sr., D
Rookie of the Year - Brandon Burke, Colgate, Fr., GK
Goalkeeper of the Year - Jack Runkel, Loyola, Sr.
Coach of the Year - Joe Alberici, Army