4 Tom Palesky
Tom Palesky


Plano, Texas

High School:
Plano (USMAPS)

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 199


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Alberici Says - Named an honorable mention Preseason All-American by Inside Lacrosse magazine ... All-America candidate ... very good stopper of the ball ... great in the clearing game, helping the team transition from defense to offense ... his best attribute is his leadership ... relentless worker ... extremely positive with the team ... type of guy that defenders want to play in front of ... continues to work on his understanding of what we want out of the defense ... continues to improve his game every day ... poised for an outstanding senior season.

2010: Earned Honorable Mention All-America honors ... named to the All-Patriot League second team ... selected as the Patriot League Tournament Most Valuable Player after helping to lead Army to its first-ever tournament title ... tabbed the Inside Lacrosse National Player of the Week following the Patriot League Tournament ... also earned Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week plaudits following the conference tournament ... made 199 saves, the sixth-highest single-season total in Academy history ... finished with a 9.32 goals-against average and a .556 save percentage ... ranked fourth on the team with 35 ground balls ... recorded double digits in saves 13 times in 17 starts ... began the season with an 11-save performance against VMI (Feb. 20) ... named Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week after stopping 21 shots in Army's setback to Syracuse (Feb. 28) ... registered 11 saves against Air Force (Mar. 13) ... turned aside 10 shots in the Black Knights victory over Rutgers (Mar. 20) ... named Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week after making 14 saves in Army's Patriot League opener against Lehigh (Mar. 23) ... posted back-to-back 11-save performances against Colgate (Apr. 3) and Bucknell (Apr. 10) ... stopped eight shots in the Black Knights' Star Game victory over Navy (Apr. 17) ... made 18 saves in Army's victory at Lafayette (Apr. 20) ... credited with 10 saves versus Holy Cross (Apr. 24) ... posted 17 saves in the Patriot League Tournament semifinals versus Bucknell (Apr. 30) ... recorded 12 stops as Army knocked off Navy in the Patriot League Tournament championship (May 2) ... registered 13 saves in Army's thrilling double overtime victory over Syracuse in the NCAA Tournament first round ... finished season with an 11-save effort opposite Cornell in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals.

2009: Finished 10th in the nation and led the Patriot League with a .591 save percentage ... also led the conference with 12.75 saves per game and was second with an 8.89 goals against average ... 204 saves was the third-highest single-season total in Academy history ... tied for second on the team with 38 ground balls ... was credited with double-digit save totals in 13 of 16 games ... only needed to make three saves in 45 minutes of work versus VMI (Feb. 14) to pick up his first collegiate victory in his first start at Army ... made 11 saves in 53 minutes of work at Syracuse (Feb. 20) ... stopped a career-best 22 shots against Cornell (Feb. 28) ... named the Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week (Mar. 10) after making 17 saves and scooping four ground balls against Bryant (Mar. 4) and totaling nine stops against Air Force in a pair of wins ... notched 11 saves at Rutgers (Mar. 14) ... made 14 saves and was credited with an assist against Lehigh (Mar. 17) ... had back-to-back 18-save performances at Holy Cross (Mar. 21) and against Hofstra (Mar. 24) ... tallied 14 stops against Colgate (Mar. 29) and 12 versus Bucknell (Apr. 4) ... stopped seven Navy shots (Apr. 11) ... logged 14 saves against Lafayette (Apr. 14) before making 12 saves and picking up a career-best five ground balls at Duke (Apr. 18) ... finished the season with two 11-save outings against Bucknell in the Patriot League Semifinals (Apr. 24) and Penn (May 2) ... named the Jack Rust Defensive Team MVP.

2008: Made five appearances in goal as backup to four-year starter Adam Fullerton ... made first showing in season opener versus VMI (Feb. 16) ... also logged a game played at Syracuse (Feb. 24) ... made two stops in 9:49 played against Air Force (Mar. 1) ... stopped all three shots faced in 8:22 played against Holy Cross (Mar. 22) ... also went in at Lafayette (Apr. 15).

Prior To West Point: Three-year letterman at Plano H.S. for coach and former Army All-American goalie Kevin MacGibbon USMA `80 ... earned All-America honors as a senior after landing All-District selection as a junior and All-State as a sophomore ... also served as captain during senior year ... played for one year at USMAPS for coach Tom Hansen ... set prep school record with a save percentage of .740 and earned Athlete of the Year honors.

Personal: Thomas Joseph Palesky is the son of Ted and Ann Palesky ... was born April 15, 1988 in Plano, Texas ... twin brother, Nick, is a senior at West Point ... older sister, Katie, played basketball for two seasons and was a member of the USMA Class of 2009 ... also has an older brother, Matt, who is in the Air Force ... majoring in Geospatial Information Science.

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