Jan. 9, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. - With the season-opener just over a month away, head coach Joe Alberici and the 2012 Army lacrosse team put its first official practice in the books on Monday afternoon when the squad took to Michie Stadium for the first time. Unseasonably mild temperatures and zero snow accumulation on the ground met the Black Knights, who held a spirited first session outdoors.
The Black Knights open the 2012 season in just 33 days when the team hosts preseason No. 18 Massachusetts on Friday, Feb. 10, at 3 p.m. Army plays its first three games at home, including Feb. 15 against Wagner and Feb. 18 versus VMI.
Junior attackman Garrett Thul and senior long stick midfielder Tim Henderson both garnered preseason All-America honors from Inside Lacrosse and are two of a crop of strong returners this spring. Henderson serves as a team tri-captain, along with senior attackman Devin Lynch and senior defensive midfielder Brian LoRusso.
The Black Knights added 16 freshmen to the fold for this season. Chief among them is highly touted midfielder John Glesener, who Inside Lacrosse lauded as the top post-graduate recruit in the country.
Alberici and his staff are well aware of the caliber of talent the program lost to graduation in May, but the expectations for this year's team have not wavered.
"We have a good understanding of what we've lost in this program; that's no secret," he said. "We've lost some All-Americans, but we also lost a lot of really quality guys that contributed a great deal to Army lacrosse in their four years here. There were some huge losses from 2011's team, but in the same regard, I'm optimistic about the 2012 team.
"I love the approach this team had in the fall," he continued. "They brought it every single day with maximum effort. We worked very hard on the details. The senior leadership has been outstanding. More than anything, that gives me cause for optimism with this team. My hope is we'll continue to get that strong leadership throughout the spring. We have a great combination of experienced players who will be playing larger roles than in the past and newcomers. I'm confident those experienced players can step-up to the job and the influx of a great freshmen class will add a lot to this team."
Army will play seven home games in 2012 to include a marquee match-up against rival Navy on April 14 at Michie Stadium. Tickets for the 2012 season are now on sale and can be purchased through www.goARMYsports.com, by calling 1-877-TIX-ARMY or by visiting the Army Ticket Office, located inside the Holleder Center.