Feb. 25, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -
Less than 24 hours removed from the most outstanding performance of his young career, sophomore Sam Somers garnered his first career Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week honor on Monday afternoon. Despite coming out on the losing end of a 6-2 defensive struggle at No. 18/18 Syracuse, Somers stood tall and recorded a career-high 18 saves in the setback.
Somers made his third career start on Sunday and first in the venerable Carrier Dome. His first time playing a full 60:00 game, Somers' 18 saves were more than any other Patriot League goalkeeper this season. They are also the most stops made by an Army goalkeeper since Tom Palesky '11 recorded 20 at nationally ranked Syracuse in 2011.
A Wilton, Conn., native, Somers made seven of his 18 saves in the third quarter and saw 24 shots on goal for the afternoon. He helped an Army defense yield fewer goals to an opponent than it has in any other game this season. Somers added two ground balls and dropped to 1-2 on the year.
This marks the second week in a row Army has nabbed a Patriot League weekly honor. Senior attackman Garrett Thul earned his first conference Player of the Week nod last Monday.
Somers and the Black Knights look to rebound this Saturday as the team heads south to take on Michigan in the final game of the Orange Bowl Lacrosse Classic. Face-off is set for 7:30 p.m. at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Fla.