March 16, 2013
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WEST POINT, N.Y. - For the second week in a row, Army sophomore attackman John Glesener put up a hat trick to lead the Black Knights, but this Saturday it was not enough to produce a victory as his team suffered a 10-6 loss to No. 16/15 Lehigh in the Patriot League opener for both teams at Michie Stadium.
Glesener paced Army's (4-3) attack with three goals en route to his third hat trick of the season. Senior attackman Garrett Thul punched in one goal and added a career-high two assists, while sophomore Alex Newsome and freshman Will Mazzone added single goals.
Earning its second-straight victory, Lehigh (5-3) got three goals out of middie Brian Hess and two each from David DiMaria and Alex Drake. Reigning Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year Matt Poillon, making his second start of the season, finished with 15 saves.
A sluggish first half cost the Black Knights in the four-goal setback. Army trailed 6-2 at the half, while both teams tallied four second-half goals. Thul, Newsome and Mazzone all scored as Army out-tallied the Mountain Hawks 3-1 in the third quarter and pulled within 7-5.
Lehigh responded with a 3-1 run to close the game and escape with its third-straight win over the Black Knights.
"I felt like we battled hard and played much better in the second half," said eighth-year head coach Joe Alberici. "We had some things happening for us that we needed to have happen. I'm proud of our guys and their effort; they competed and stayed with it. On the other side, part of playing Army lacrosse is knowing moral victories are not part of the game."
Lehigh out-shot Army 34-29 and held a 37-21 advantage in ground balls. The Mountain Hawks won 14-of-20 face-offs - 13 of which were courtesy of second team all-league performer Ryan Snyder. Lehigh committed 21 turnovers on the day, while Army surrendered 18. The Black Knights scored the only man-up goal of the afternoon.
The Mountain Hawks jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but the Glesener got the Black Knights on the board with a goal with 56 seconds left in the opening quarter to slice Lehigh's lead in half.
The second quarter was all Lehigh, scoring four goals to Army's one - Glesener's eight-yard score from Tyler Kamide. The Mountain Hawks took a 6-2 lead into the locker room.
Army came out swinging to open the third, as Thul fed Mazzone for goal just outside the crease at the 11:08 mark for the Black Knights' third goal of the game. Lehigh answered less than four minutes later to lead 7-3, but Thul and Newsome scored back-to-back over the final 3:04 to inch Army within 7-5 at the end of 45 minutes of action. Thul's goal came just after a Lehigh penalty expired as fellow senior Kip Haddock tallied his first assist of the season. The Mountain Hawks were called for a cross check not long after - capping a stretch of three-straight Lehigh penalties - which allowed Newsome to net the lone man-up goal of the game. Glesener earned the assist to round out his four-point effort.
Lehigh went back up by three, 8-5, less than two minutes into the fourth quarter on a Dan Taylor goal. The Mountain Hawks continued to wear down Army's defense with long possessions and cashed in again with 9:17 remaining to go up 9-5. Glesener's third goal of the game with 6:11 left sparked the Black Knights, but Lehigh quickly took possession and continued to eat up the clock. The Mountain Hawks scored their final goal with 1:17 remaining.
Army continues a two-game homestand when it hosts Lafayette next Saturday, March 23, at noon. Tickets are available and can be purchased online at www.goARMYsports.com, by phone at 1-877-TIX-ARMY or in person at the Army Ticket Office, located at Gate 3 of Michie Stadium.
Game Notes: Lehigh was the third nationally ranked opponent Army has faced this season ... the loss was Army's first at home this season ... Army is now 17-6 all-time in Patriot League openers ... Garrett Thul pushed his record number of career goals to 144 ... senior tri-captain Brendan Buckley tied a career high with five caused turnovers ... he also led the team with three ground balls ... freshman Alex Daly took all but one of Army's face-offs ... sophomore Sam Somers made his sixth start in the cage for the Black Knights.