April 5, 2014
BOSTON – No. 18/20 Army escaped Boston University with an 8-7 win in a historic first meeting between the two programs on Saturday afternoon at Nickerson Field. The Patriot League victory clinched a 2014 tournament berth for the Black Knights, who improved to 7-3 overall and 5-1 in Patriot League action.
The Black Knights secured a berth in the conference tournament for the ninth time under head coach Joe Alberici. The 2014 expanded format gives the league’s top two teams a first-round bye. Army currently sits in second place in the Patriot League standings, trailing No. 1/1 Loyola by one game. Third-place Lehigh hosted fourth-place Colgate for a 2 p.m. start on Saturday afternoon in Bethlehem, Pa.
Army led Boston University (1-9, 1-5 PL) by as many as four goals, 6-2 and 8-4, but ran into a gritty Terriers club that showed no quit. BU outscored the Black Knights 3-2 in the second half, with all three goals coming over the final 6:28, and had a chance to score the equalizer in the final minute. A late BU turnover allowed Army to regain possession and run out the clock for its third-straight victory.
“Today was a gutsy, hard-fought Patriot League win for our men,” Alberici said. “BU is a talented, well-coached team that has played extremely well at home all season. We’re happy to be walking away with the victory today.”
Junior attackman John Glesener scored twice to lead the Black Knights’ goal-scorers. Tim Coll, Connor Cook, Cole Johnson, Jimbo Moore and Alex Newsome each tallied single goals in the win. Glesener added a pair of assists to finish with a game-high four points, while Coll, Mazzone and Mullins totaled two points on a goal and assist.
The Terriers outshot Army 35-25 on the afternoon, held a 33-22 advantage in ground balls and won 11-of-17 face-offs. Army junior goalkeeper Sam Somers made nine saves, while BU’s Christian Carson-Banister totaled six stops. The Black Knights scored on one of two man-up chances, while BU went 2-of-5.
Army’s defense caused 13 of the Terriers’ 18 turnovers. Junior LSM Jimbo D’Aprile registered career highs in ground balls (five) and caused turnovers (four) to pace the Black Knights. Junior SSDM Al DeStefano matched a career-best with three caused turnovers.
Army threw the first punch of the game thanks to Moore’s rip that beat Carson-Banister high at 13:46. Fifty-seven seconds later, Glesener’s long rocket at 12:49 gave the Black Knights an early 2-0 advantage. BU answered with a man-up goal at the 5:58 mark to cut the deficit in half, 2-1, but would not score again in the opening quarter. Army, meanwhile, tacked on back-to-back goals thanks to goals from Cook and Glesener. The pair gave the Black Knights a 4-1 lead after the opening 15 minutes.
Despite Army carrying momentum into the second period, the Terriers struck first and pulled within 4-2 under three minutes into the action. As physical play picked up, Mullin’s fancy spin dodge through traffic put the Black Knights on top 5-2 at the 9:45 mark. Coll came around the crease to score his second goal of the season 40 seconds later as Army pushed its lead to 6-2 midway through the quarter. BU netted the final two goals of the half, inching the Terriers within 6-4 at halftime.
Army’s defense locked-down BU in the third, holding the Terriers scoreless on five shots. Newsome accounted for the lone third-quarter goal for Army, corralling a pass from Glesener and bouncing his shot past Carson-Banister with 4:36 remaining in the third.
A wild fourth quarter ensued as the Black Knights tallied their lone EMO goal of the contest 24 seconds into the action. Johnson snared Glesener’s pass from behind the cage and scored the eventual game-winner on Carson-Banister’s doorstep. Facing an 8-4 deficit, BU netted the final three goals of the contest, including its seventh with 56 seconds to go. BU won the ensuing face-off, but a costly turnover win the waning seconds gave the Black Knights the opportunity to run out the clock.
Adam Schaal led BU with three points on two goals and an assist.
Army welcomes service-academy rival Navy to Michie Stadium next Saturday, April 12. The teams clash for the 93rd time at 2 p.m. in a game that will air live on CBS Sports Network. Dave Ryan (play-by-play) and Evan Washburn (color analyst) have the call. Navy is coming off a 7-6 overtime loss to Loyola on Saturday afternoon in Annapolis, Md.
Fans can listen to the Knight Vision broadcast of next Saturday’s game via www.goARMYsports.com or follow along with GameTracker (live statistics). Links for both platforms can be found on the lacrosse schedule page of www.goARMYsports.com. The game can also be heard live on the radio via 1340 WALL-AM, 1390 WEOK-AM (Hudson Valley) and 92.5 WBLR-FM (Watertown, N.Y.). Periodic scoring updates will be posted to @Army_Lacrosse on Twitter.
Fans looking to attend next Saturday’s game should visit www.goARMYsports.com/tickets to purchase tickets. Unlike the previous five home lacrosse games, all seating will be reserved rather than general admission. Fans are highly encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance and use the print-at-home and mobile ticketing features now offered by the Army Ticket Office. Fans can also purchase tickets via 1-877-TIX-ARMY or by stopping by the Army Ticket Office, located at Gate 3 of Michie Stadium.
Black Knights Alley is slated for next Saturday’s game. The fanfest area will open at noon and be located between Kimsey Athletic Center and the Holleder Center and will feature face painting, interactive games, live music and more.
Game Notes: John Glesener stretched his point-scoring streak to 25games … Army recorded a one-goal win for the second time this season … Sam Somers held an 11th-straight opponent to single-digit goals … senior close defenseman Pat Hart led the team out of the tunnel with the American flag … sophomore middie Jimbo Moore made his second collegiate start … senior Bobby Sincero made his fourth appearance in goal … Army held an opponent scoreless for an entire quarter for the 11th time this season.