March 29, 2013
Army at Colgate Game Notes
HAMILTON, N.Y. - Getting into the meat of its Patriot League slate, Army (5-3, 1-1) heads to Colgate (7-2, 2-0) for an Easter Sunday match-up on national television. CBS Sports Network will air the game as the Black Knights look to carry momentum from a 15-6 conference win over Lafayette last Saturday at Michie Stadium. Receiving votes in both national polls, Colgate is coming off an 11-3 victory over Navy in the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic last weekend. The Raiders have won each of the last three games against Army, albeit by a combined five goals.
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The Last Meeting
March 31, 2012
West Point, N.Y.
No. 17 Colgate Defeats Army, 15-13, In Shootout
Junior attackman Andrew Boyd totaled a career-high four goals and Army reached double-digit scoring for the second-straight game, but the Black Knights could not overcome No. 17 Colgate's high-powered offense in 15-13 loss in Patriot League lacrosse action on an overcast Saturday afternoon at Michie Stadium.
CBS Sports Network will carry Sunday's game live to a national audience. Dave Ryan (play-by-play) and Evan Washburn (color analyst) are on the call. Radio:
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While the Patriot League continues to grow in national prominence, it is hard to argue bigger heavy hitters than seniors Garrett Thul (Army) and Peter Baum (Colgate). The duo will go down as two of the top offensive players in the league and have quite the race ahead of them. The reigning Tewaaraton Award winner, Baum broke the Patriot League's career goals record a month ago and maintains a slight edge over Thul - 156-150. Baum and Thul also rank as the nation's top two hat trick men with 33 and 27, respectively. Both became their program's all-time leading goal scorers this season and are on the Tewaaraton Award Watch List.
ALBERICI SOUND BITES: THE COLGATE GAME
(Ref.: Takeaways from the Lafayette game)
"I was very happy with the win, but more than that, I was extremely pleased in the way we played in all facets of the game. We played inspired Army lacrosse, had great energy, got out in transition and executed on both sides of the ball."
(Ref.: Entering the Colgate game coming off a win)
"It certainly gave us something to build off of. Colgate is a whole different challenge and has one of the most potent offenses we'll see this year. I was very happy with the play of our close defense and D-middies against Lafayette. They'll need to perform like that again this week to give us a chance."
(Ref.: Colgate's offense)
"In my opinion, Colgate has one of the top one-two punches in the country with Peter Baum and Ryan Walsh on attack. But what makes them such a scary offense is that including those guys, they roll six deep of players who can really hurt you offensively. It's unrealistic to think we're going to shut them down completely, but it will be our goal to keep them under control. A big piece of our defense will be our offense. We'll need to value the ball and grind out solid possessions. Colgate can't score if the ball isn't in their stick."
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Army heads to Hamilton, N.Y., in search of its second road win of the year. The Black Knights' last road trip resulted in a 10-8 victory at Rutgers on March 9.
With just six career starts under his belt, sophomore goalkeeper Sam Somers has showed much promise in the early going. After a bit of a battle to start the season, Somers won the starting job after a career-high 18-save performance at nationally ranked Syracuse on Feb. 24. The Wilton, Conn., native has been in the cage for all but 10 minutes since that game and currently ranks third in the nation with a 6.89 goals-against average. His .598 save percentage lands fourth among NCAA Division I goalkeepers. Both statistics top the Patriot League.
LEFTOVERS FROM THE LAFAYETTE GAME
• Army, which led wire-to-wire, used a five-goal second quarter as a springboard to a 15-6 win over Lafayette last Saturday. It marked the Black Knights' first Patriot League win of the year and third victory at Michie Stadium.
• Sophomore attackman John Glesener posted his third-straight hat trick and led all players in scoring with a career-high eight points (4G, 4A). He scored the eventual game-winner with 11 seconds remaining in the first half.
•Senior attackman Garrett Thul led all players in goals (six). He added three ground balls to the effort.
•Junior long stick middie Jimbo D'Aprile turned in his first performance to date, leading all players with three caused turnovers and adding a career-high four ground balls.
• Freshman middie Alex Daly won 11-of-21 face-offs and registered a career best seven ground balls to lead all players.
• Army's 15 goals marked a season-high for the Black Knights. They also held an opponent to single-digit goals for a sixth time this season.
• Army improved to 32-0 all-time against Lafayette.
• Army played in front of its largest home crowd of the season, as 1,813 spectators were on hand for the win.
Picked to finished second in the Patriot League preseason poll, Colgate is off to a 7-2 start to the season and is receiving votes in both national polls. The Raiders ranked as high as ninth in the nation earlier this season and recently collected Patriot League wins over Holy Cross (14-6) and Navy (11-3). Colgate defeated the Mids last Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium as a part of the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic.
Under the direction of second-year head coach Mike Murphy, the Raiders boast one of the nation's most potent one-two punches in attackmen Peter Baum and Ryan Walsh. Baum, last season's Tewaaraton Award winner as the nation's top men's lacrosse player, ranks sixth in the nation averaging 2.89 goals per game. Walsh lands 16th nationally averaging 2.67 goals per game. Goalkeeper Conor Murphy anchors the defense in his first season as the starter. His 6.91 goals-against average ranks fourth in the country.
The Raiders, last year's Patriot League Tournament runners-up, are coming off their best season in program history in 2012. Colgate defeated previously unbeaten UMass in the opening round of last year's NCAA Tournament before falling to Duke in the second round at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.
While Army owns a 26-8 all-time record against Colgate, the most recent encounters have been thrillers. Two of the last five meetings have gone to overtime with all five being decided by a combined seven goals. Last season, the Black Knights held a 9-8 lead after three quarters, but the Raiders exploded for five goals in the fourth as Colgate escaped Michie Stadium with a 15-13 win.
Army fans watching Sunday's game may see a familiar face on the Colgate sidelines. Current Colgate head coach Mike Murphy spent eight years as an assistant coach on Army's staff. He worked for Hall of Fame head coach Jack Emmer before he retired in 2005 and remained under current mentor Joe Alberici for six seasons. Murphy, now in his second season as Colgate, is at his first head coaching post. Alberici's son, Max, was the ring bearer in Murphy's wedding to wife, Jennifer, in 2008.
GLESENER GETS IT DONE
Sophomore John Glesener, who moved from the midfield to Army's attack this season, has proven that shift to be a brilliant one thus far. Glesener has posted a hat trick in each of the last three games and now stands as the Black Knights' points leader with 36 (18G, 18A). He is coming off a career-high eight points (4G, 4A) in Army's 15-6 win over Lafayette last Saturday. Four of his five career hat tricks have come this season (at UMass, at Rutgers, vs. Lehigh, vs. Lafayette). The Camillus, N.Y., native leads the Patriot League and ranks seventh in the NCAA, averaging 4.50 points per game.
Army senior close defenseman Brendan Buckley is one of 20 NCAA Division I lacrosse student-athletes who excel both on and off the field and are candidates for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award. The candidates must be a senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
Buckley, a team tri-captain, carries a 3.987 cumulative grade-point average and ranks 18th in his class of 1,079 cadets. He posted a 4.0 GPA in the fall semester and was a first team Academic All-American last spring. The reigning Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year and two-time all-league honoree, Buckley has been named to the Dean's List all seven semesters at West Point and has been honored with the Distinguished Cadet Award and Superintendent's Award for Excellence. An Engineering major, Buckley branched Field Artillery and posted with the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Schweinfurt, Germany.
Army's last Senior CLASS Award finalist in lacrosse was Andrew Maisano, who won the award following the Black Knights' 2010 Patriot League championship season.
Leadership is inherent at West Point, and this season's group has relied heavily on nine seniors to serve as the example for a young roster. The Black Knights' list 16 rookies and 14 sophomores and make up the fifth-youngest roster in the nation with 30 underclassmen. Those ranked above Army include Delaware (33), Holy Cross (33), Syracuse (32) and Air Force (31). Maryland ties Army with 30 underclassmen on its 2013 ledger.
Plenty of rookies were thrown into the fire out of the gate, and several have stepped up to the challenge. Attackman Connor Cook has started seven games as the Black Knights' third attackman and scored at least one point in six of those contests. Will Mazzone (4G, 3A) and Tim Coll (1G, 2A) have also rotated in on attack. Also impressive so far this season, midfielder Alex Daly has taken the majority of Army's face-offs and is 56-of-120 (.467) in the "x." Mike Perettine and A.J. Canara scored their first collegiate points in a 15-6 win over Lafayette last Saturday.
While Army said goodbye to a valuable Class of 2012 in May, the team returned its top two point-producers from a year ago this season. Senior Garrett Thul and sophomore John Glesener totaled 43 and 33 points, respectively, in 2012. Thul's 39 goals led the team, as did Glesener's 17 assists. Currently the Patriot League's top scoring duo, Glesener's 4.50 points per game lead the league and Thul's 4.12 land second.
ARMY ON T.V.
Army lacrosse fans will have the opportunity to watch the Black Knights on national television at least three times this spring. Thanks to an extensive Patriot League television package, the highly anticipated 96th meeting between Army and Navy, the Black Knights' visit to Colgate and Army's regular-season home finale against perennial powerhouse Johns Hopkins will air live on CBS Sports Network. In addition, the 2013 Patriot League Lacrosse Tournament will be carried by CBSSN in its entirety. Army has also had two games broadcast to a regional audience this season - at Syracuse (Time Warner Cable) and against Michigan (Sun Sports).
Single-game tickets are $4 for youth, students, senior citizens and groups of 10 or more, while adults can be purchased for $6. Prices increase to $6 and $10 for the same contingents, respectively, for the May 3 meeting with Johns Hopkins. Season tickets start at just $19 for youth, students and senior citizens. An adult season ticket can be purchased for $25.
MAY I HAVE YOUR ATTENDANCE, PLEASE?
It's no secret that lacrosse is fastest growing sport among youth in the United States. That was highly evident last season with an increased interest in Army lacrosse. The Black Knights ranked as high as fifth in the nation in attendance last spring and finished the year second amongst Patriot League schools with an average of 2,293 fans per home game. Eight games into the 2013 season, Army ranks 15th in home attendance, averaging a Patriot League-best 1,074 fans over four home games thus far.
Army hosts the hottest team in the Patriot League on Saturday, April 6, as No. 7/6 Bucknell comes to Michie Stadium for a noon face-off. The Bison are currently atop the Patriot League standings and have beaten four nationally ranked opponents this spring.
For fans attending the Army-Bucknell game, there will be plenty of pre and in-game activities to enjoy. Mirrored after that put on for a football Saturday, Black Knights Alley will open at 10 a.m. on Mills Rd. between the east stands and Lusk Reservoir. In addition, a military-style Boot Camp will be offered with details posted on www.goARMYsports.com early next week. Fans are encourages to arrive early and partake in any or all aspects of the game day experience.