May 6, 2014
As we inch closer and closer to graduation here at West Point, there is certainly no shortage of postseason excitement happening in Army Athletics.
Men’s Tennis Set For NCAA Tournament
Just two days after capturing the 2014 Patriot League Championship over Navy, the Army men's tennis team learned that it will face fourth-seeded Virginia in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament this Saturday, May 10, at the University of Virginia.
Baseball & Softball Begin Postseason Runs
The Army baseball and softball teams both begin the Patriot League postseason this weekend. Baseball, which won a share of the Patriot League regular-season title, earned the second seed and hosts third-seeded Lehigh for a best-of-three Patriot League Semifinal series beginning Saturday at 1 p.m. Softball visits regular-season champion Lehigh for the double-elimination tournament starting Thursday at 12:05 p.m. Winners of both tournaments will earn the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Kim Sets Sights On NCAA San Antonio Regional
Plebe golfer Peter Kim learned he will travel to the Briggs Ranch Golf Club in San Antonio, Texas, to compete in the NCAA Regionals on May 15-17. Kim, who won the individual title at the Patriot League Championships earlier this month, becomes the first Black Knight to qualify for the regionals since William Park did it in 2012.
Track & Field Wraps Up Patriot League Championships
Christopher Kittle (decathlon) and Clyde Wilson (800-meter) both won individual Patriot League titles last weekend to highlight the Black Knight men finishing fourth at the conference championship meet. In addition, Army’s men claimed the 4x400 meter relay title. The Army women placed fifth.
Lacrosse Ends 2014 Nationally Ranked In USILA Coaches Poll
The Army lacrosse team capped the 2014 season with an 18-17 loss at ACC Champion and fifth-ranked Notre Dame last Saturday in South Bend, Ind. The Black Knights scored the most goals against a Notre Dame team since 2004, but came up just short in their fifth one-goal loss of the season. Army finished the year ranked No. 20 in the final USILA Coaches Poll.
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Baseball (32-16, 15-5 Patriot League)
- Starting pitchers Gunnar Carroll and Nick Dignacco were named to the first team and four other players collected second-team accolades when the Patriot League announced its postseason awards on Tuesday.
- Shortstop Alex Jensen, third baseman Harold Earls, outfielder Jon Crucitti and designated hitter Mark McCants were listed with the second team, giving Army six all-league selections in total.
- Baseball made history last Friday night, hosting Cincinnati for a non-conference tilt and the first night game played at Doubleday Field at Johnson Stadium. Baseball was the first organized sport at West Point in 1890 and began playing games at its current location in 1909. A host of upgrades have been added over the years and Friday night, the latest was celebrated.
- The Black Knights shared the regular season crown and earned the No. 2 seed after tie-breaking procedures. Army will host Lehigh in a best-of-three series beginning Saturday, May 10 at noon. Two games will be played Saturday. Sunday's if necessary third game is set for 1 p.m.
- Army has won eight Patriot League regular season championships and is seeking its eighth tournament title.
- Plebe Peter Kim will travel to the Briggs Ranch Golf Club in San Antonio, Texas, to compete in the NCAA Regionals, May 15-17.
- Kim won the individual title at the Patriot League Championships earlier this month to become the first Black Knight to qualify for the regionals since William Park did so in 2012.
- Kim will join nine other individuals in San Antonio on Thursday, May 15 to begin a 54-hole tournament, which is set to conclude Saturday, May 17. Briggs Ranch Golf Club, a par-72, 7,206-yard course, will also host 13 teams over the three days of competition.
- Kim is one of 45 golfers who will compete as an individual at the NCAAs. He will play in a group of 10 golfers, while the remaining 35 competitors will be spread out over the other five regional sites. Eugene, Ore., and Raleigh, N.C., will also host 10 individuals, while Auburn, Ala., Columbia, Mo., and Sugar Grove, Ill., will welcome five.
- The lowest scoring five teams and the low individual not part of an advancing team from each of the six regionals will all participate in the NCAA Championships at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan. The 30-team, six-individual field will begin competition on May 23.
Lacrosse (9-5, 7-1 Patriot League)
- Army scored the most goals on a Notre Dame team since 2004, but it was not enough as the No. 19 Black Knights came up just short in an 18-17 shootout at the fifth-ranked Fighting Irish on Saturday afternoon at a sold-out Arlotta Stadium.
- Cow attackman John Glesener lit up the scoreboard with a career-best six goals, while yearling attackmen Will Mazzone and Connor Cook both collected hat tricks for the Black Knights.
- In the first meeting between the two programs in 12 years, the game did not disappoint, featuring eight ties, 35 goals and no more than a three-goal lead for either club. It was a game of runs all afternoon, as Army crawled out of an early 4-1 deficit but later let a 14-11 lead slip away.
- Glesener earned Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week and Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week honors on Monday afternoon. Glesener is a Tewaaraton Award top 25 nominee. The list will be trimmed down to five national finalists this Thursday night.
- All five of Army’s losses this season came by one goal.
- The Black Knights finished 2014 ranked No. 20 in the final USILA Coaches Poll.
- Army graduates nine senior players this May, but returns greater than 90 percent of its scoring for 2015.
Softball (22-25, 9-6 Patriot League)
- Softball held its Senior Day last weekend, honoring four-year starters Amanda Nguyen and April Ortenzo.
- All-Patriot League honorees and major award winners will be announced later this week. Please check www.goARMYsports.com for that announcement.
- Defending champion Army will play as the No. 4 seed in this weekend’s Patriot League Tournament with the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament on the line.
- Regular-season champion Lehigh will host the double-elimination tournament May 8-10 at Kaufman Field in Bethlehem, Pa.
- Army will face the top-seeded Mountain Hawks in Thursday's opener at 12:05 p.m.
- On Friday, the winners from the two opening rounds meet in Game 3 starting at 10:35 a.m. followed by Game 4 between the losers of Thursday's games meeting in an elimination game at 1:05 p.m. The final game (Game 5) on Friday is at 3:35 p.m. between the winner of Game 4 versus the loser of Game 3 to decide who advances to Saturday's championship round.
- The tournament concludes Saturday with the two remaining teams (winner of Game 3 vs. the winner of Game 5) vying for the league's title and NCAA berth. The first game is at 12:05 p.m. with the second scheduled for 2:35 p.m. if necessary.
Men’s Tennis (20-5, 7-0 Patriot League)
- Following its Patriot League Championship win over Navy last Sunday, the Army men's tennis team learned it will face fourth-seeded Virginia in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament this Saturday, May 10. Army's first round match will take place at the University of Virginia.
- Army makes its sixth trip to the NCAAs in program history, and its fourth under 12th-year head coach Jim Poling. The Black Knights last reached the national tournament in 2011 and faced No. 8 Stanford in the opening round.
- Army has gone 20-5 so far this season, marking just the fourth 20-win year in program history. The squad finished a perfect 7-0 in Patriot League regular-season competition before topping Lafayette, Lehigh and Navy in the conference tournament.
- Cow Alex Van Velzer and yearling Harrison McCormick were selected to the Patriot League All-Academic Team Monday afternoon. Additionally, Van Velzer garnered the conference's Scholar-Athlete of the Year accolades. The all-academic nod is the first for both McCormick and Van Velzer.
Track & Field
- The Army track and field teams concluded the Patriot League Championship meet last weekend. The Black Knight men placed fourth with 113 points behind Navy (239), Bucknell (176) and Boston University (139.50). Army's women notched a fifth-place finish after collecting 91 points.
- Christopher Kittle and Clyde Wilson of the Army men's track & field team each won individual titles in the final day of competition at the Patriot League Championships on Saturday at Navy's Ingram Field. Kittle claimed first in the decathlon, while Wilson won the 800-meter race. The men's 4x400 meter relay squad also came away with a first-place finish.
- Providing highlights for the women, Jennifer Comfort turned in the top finish for the Army women on Saturday, as she placed second with a personal best of 4:27.32. Her time was one of three in the event to break the ECAC standard of 4:30.94.
- The teams now look ahead to the ECAC/IC4A Championships, hosted by Princeton the weekend of May 16-17.