April 3, 2014
#18/20 Army at BU Game Notes
BOSTON - Army (6-3, 4-1 Patriot League) and Patriot League newcomer Boston University (1-8, 1-4) meet for the first time on Saturday, April 5, in Boston, Mass. The No. 18/20 Black Knights bring the nation's top defense, a national ranking and a two-game win streak into the contest. The Terriers sit in a tie with Lafayette for seventh place in the Patriot League standings and are in search of their second league win and second of the season. An Army win on Saturday would clinch a 2014 Patriot League Tournament berth. The Black Knights have made the field in all nine seasons under head coach Joe Alberici.
HOW TO FOLLOW THE ACTION
Web: Patriot League Network will carry a video webcast of Saturday's game free. Visit the lacrosse schedule page of www.goARMYsports.com to access the link.
Live Stats: Visit the lacrosse schedule page of www.goARMYsports.com to access the GameTracker link.
Twitter: Follow @Army_Lacrosse for in-game scoring updates.
Fresh of back-to-back Patriot League wins over Lehigh (6-5) and Bucknell (11-6), Army jumped into the top 20 of both national polls on Monday. The Black Knights come in at No. 18 in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Coaches Poll and break into the Warrior Media Poll for the first time this season at No. 20. Army, which has won three of its last four games, earned a No. 20 ranking in the USILA Coaches Poll last week.
Army junior attackman John Glesener tied a career-high with five goals and finished with a game-high six points in the Black Knights' lone contest last week and earned Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week honors on Monday as a result. Glesener is the first Army player to earn a conference weekly award in 2014.
Glesener's game-best five goals in an 11-6 victory over Bucknell propelled Army to its fourth Patriot League win of the season last Saturday. The Preseason Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year added one assist for six points, leaving him one tally shy of a season high. Glesener scored four goals during the Black Knights' decisive 6-1 run, spanning the third and fourth quarters, to seal the team's second-straight win.
LEFTOVERS FROM ARMY VS. BUCKNELL
Army used a 6-1 run stretching the third and fourth quarters to turn a 6-4 halftime lead into a decisive 11-6 win over the visiting Bison.
The victory moved Army into sole possession of second place in the Patriot League standings at 4-1.
Junior attackman John Glesener extended his point scoring streak to 24 games with a season-best five goals.
Sophomore face-off specialist Alex Daly won 14-of-18 face-offs.
Army held Bucknell scoreless in the third quarter.
Sophomore close defenseman Austin Schultz, a transfer from Bucknell, enjoyed his best statistical outing to date with a career-best three ground balls and one caused turnover.
Army's offense reached double-digit goals for the fourth time in 2014.
Loyola (9-1, 5-0) remains firmly atop the Patriot League standings and continues to be the NCAA's top-ranked team in both national polls. No. 18/20 Army's lone conference loss of the season came at Loyola by a 7-6 score on March 15 in Baltimore, Md. The Black Knights sit alone in second place with a 4-1 conference mark, followed by Lehigh (4-2), No. 16/19 Colgate (3-2), Bucknell (3-3), Navy (3-3), Boston University (1-4), Lafayette (1-4) and Holy Cross (0-5). Loyola, Army and Colgate are currently ranked in both national polls, while Lehigh continues to receive votes in both listings.
SCOUTING THE TERRIERS
Patriot League newcomer Boston University (1-8, 1-4) enters this Saturday's game in search of its second win of 2014. The Terriers' lone victory this season came against Patriot League foe Lafayette by a 12-7 score on March 15 in Easton, Pa. Despite its lopsided record, BU is strong up the middle with Christian Carson-Banister in goal (10.44 GAA; .541 save %) and Sam Talkow in the face-off "x." Talkow is 17th nationally with a .595 win percentage and lands 18th in the NCAA with a 6.89 ground-balls-per-game average.
Offensively, the Terriers bring the nation's ninth-best man-up unit into Saturday's contest, converting on 48.3 percent of its attempts. Freshmen attackmen Ryan Johnston and Sam Tenney lead the team with 11 and 10 goals, respectively. Rookie attackman Pat Meyers' 15 points (7G, 8A) tops a group of five different players to own double-digit points.
With Carson-Banister anchoring the BU defense, the Terriers are yielding 10.33 goals per game to rank 38th in the country. Freshman close defenseman Greg Wozniak lands 17th in the NCAA averaging 1.78 caused turnovers per game.
With the expansion of the Patriot League to nine teams in 2014, the league's tournament will feature a new format this spring. In the past, the league's top four teams battled it out in a single weekend (semifinals and championship) for the Patriot League's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. This year, the top six teams will make the tournament field with the top two teams earning a bye. First-round games are slated to take place Tuesday, April 22, on the campus of the higher seed. The semifinals and championship will be played the following weekend, April 25 and 27, at the site of the highest seed and will air live on CBS Sports Network.
ON THE DEFENSIVE
For the better part of 2014, the Black Knights have represented the NCAA's top defense, holding opponents to an average of 5.56 goals per game. Seniors John Burk and Pat Hart join sophomore Austin Schultz in making up a veteran-laden Army close defense. Junior goalkeeper Sam Somers anchors the defense and enters this weekend's game atop the national statistics with a 5.44 goals-against average. He ranks third in the NCAA with a .615 save percentage. The Black Knights are the only NCAA team yet to surrender double-digit goals in 2014 and did so just twice in 2013. Army has also held opponents scoreless in 10 different quarters this season.
Army has played in four one-goal games in 2014 with all three losses coming by a single tally. In Army's lone one-goal victory, the Black Knights rallied from a 5-3 fourth-quarter deficit to defeat then-nationally ranked Lehigh, 6-5, on March 22 at Michie Stadium. Army's losses have included 6-5 vs. Massachusetts (Feb. 8), 9-8 (OT) vs. Rutgers (March 4) and 7-6 at current No. 1/1 Loyola (March 15).
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 to air live on CBS Sports Network. Davy Ryan (play-by-play) and Evan Washburn (color analyst) will be on the call.
Fans around the globe can listen to the game online via Knight Vision (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 on radio via 1340 WALL-AM, 1390 WEOK-AM (Hudson Valley) and 92.5 WBLR-FM (Watertown). 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 in advance. Placing an order online features a print-at-home option. Fan 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.