Army Vies For Patriot League Championship Friday, Sunday




April 24, 2014

Patriot League Semifinal Notes Get Acrobat Reader

BALTIMORE, Md. - Winners of its last five games, Army (9-3) earned the second seed and accompanying first-round bye heading into this weekend's Patriot League Championships. The Black Knights will face No. 3 Lehigh, a team that defeated No. 6 Navy to reach the semifinal round. The Black Knights defeated the Mountain Hawks, 6-5, in the regular-season meeting on March 22 at Army's Michie Stadium. The winners of Friday's semifinal match ups will meet on Sunday, April 27, for the Patriot League Championship and automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Face-off is set for 1 p.m. All three games will air live on CBS Sports Network.

The Last Meeting
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March 22, 2014
West Point, N.Y.
Lacrosse Rallies Past No. 17/20 Lehigh, 6-5
In a game that featured two of the nation's top defenses, a low-scoring affair came as no surprise. Five different Army players found the back of the net and the Black Knights held No. 17/20 Lehigh to just one second-half tally in a 6-5 come-from-behind victory on Saturday afternoon at Michie Stadium.

HOW TO FOLLOW THE ACTION
Television: Friday and Sunday games can be seen live on CBS Sports Network. Dave Ryan (play-by-play) and Evan Washburn (color analyst) have the call.
Radio: 1390 WEOK-AM, 1340 WALL-AM throughout the Hudson Valley. 92.5 WBLR-FM in Watertown, N.Y. (Fort Drum).
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 five-straight victories, the Army lacrosse team ascended to the No. 14 spot in the Warrior Media Poll and came in at No. 15 in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Coaches Poll on Monday. It marks the fifth-straight week the Black Knights have been ranked and the highest national standing they have enjoyed this season.

ALBERICI EARNS PATRIOT LEAGUE WILLIAM LAWSON COACH OF THE YEAR
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. The award is newly named in memory of former longtime Lafayette head coach Bill Lawson, who passed away last summer. Lawson spent several years working West Point summer lacrosse camps with Alberici and his predecessor, Hall of Famer Jack Emmer.

In his ninth year along the banks of the Hudson, 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.

FOUR BLACK KNIGHTS NAMED TO ALL-PATRIOT LEAGUE TEAMS
When Patriot League officials announced their All-League Teams on Monday, Army placed four on the elite list. 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.

ARMY IN THE PATRIOT LEAGUE TOURNAMENT
Army is 4-8 in Patriot League Tournament games since the playoff format was established in 2004. Having participated in 10-straight Patriot League Tournaments, the Black Knights own the league's longest active streak for playoff appearances. Army will play as the second seed in this weekend's Patriot League Championships, marking its highest seeding since winning the title in 2010. Army is 0-1 when playing Friday night's semifinal foe Lehigh with the only contest coming in 2012.

SOMERS, SCHULTZ NAMED TO PATRIOT LEAGUE ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM
As the Patriot League continues to announce its 2014 men's lacrosse awards this week, junior goalkeeper Sam Somers and sophomore close defenseman Austin Schultzboth earned Academic All-Patriot League honors on Wednesday afternoon.

Not only does the pair help anchor an Army defense that ranks No. 1 in the NCAA in scoring defense, both carry well over the required 3.20 cumulative grade-point average to be considered for Academic All-Patriot League plaudits. Somers carries a 3.369 GPA and is a Philosophy major on the Nuclear Engineering track. The Wilton, Conn., native minors in Persian. Schultz owns a 3.783 GPA in Economics.

WE'RE GOING STREAKING
• Army's current five-game win streak is the program's longest since a six-game stretch during the entire month of March 2011.
• Junior attackman John Glesener brings a 27-game point-scoring streak into this weekend's contest. It is currently tied for the 16th best point-scoring streak in the nation.
• Army's defense has held 13-straight opponents to single-digit goals, a stretch that dates back to the final game of 2013.

TOURNAMENT TICKETS
Tickets are on sale now for the 2014 Patriot League Men's Lacrosse Championship, set to be played this Friday and Sunday at regular-season champion and top-ranked Loyola's Ridley Athletic Complex. Loyola will play in Friday's first semifinal at 4:30 p.m. against No. 4 Colgate. Army will be the higher seeded team in the second semifinal, starting at 7:30 p.m., and play No. 3 Lehigh. Winners of the two semifinals will meet on Sunday, April 27, in the title game at 1 p.m. 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 MOUNTAIN HAWKS
No. 18/18 Lehigh (12-4, 6-2 Patriot League) earned a bid to the Patriot League semifinals by virtue of its 10-6 win over sixth-seeded Navy on Tuesday night in Bethlehem, Pa. The Mountain Hawks are the No. 3 seed heading into this weekend's championships and are riding a three-game win streak. Lehigh enters Friday's game with the nation's second-ranked scoring defense, yielding 6.47 goals per game and trailing only Army in that category.

Lehigh won the 2013 Patriot League Tournament and fell at fifth-seeded North Carolina in the first round of last year's NCAA Tournament. Returning from that season's team are Patriot League Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year Matt Poillon and two-time All-American close defenseman Ty Souders. Thanks in large part to a stellar defense, Lehigh currently leads the league and ranks sixth nationally in caused turnovers (9.73 per game).

Offensively, Lehigh brings a three-pronged attack with a pair of juniors and a sophomore leading the way. Junior attackman Dan Taylor leads the team and ranks seventh in the NCAA averaging 4.36 points per game. He leads the team with 41 goals, 23 assists and 64 points this season. Sophomore attackman Reid Weber (40 points) and junior attackman Patrick Corbett (32 points) are second and third on the team in scoring, respectively.

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