Army-Navy Showdown Set For Saturday On National T.V.

Garrett Thul

Garrett Thul

April 11, 2013

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The 92nd installment of the storied Army-Navy rivalry is on tap for Saturday in a key Patriot League showdown at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. CBS Sports Network and the Armed Forces Network will carry the highly anticipated contest live at 2 p.m.

With the Patriot League Tournament just two weeks away, the Black Knights are looking to keep pace with the upper echelon of the conference and earn a ninth-straight tournament berth. Army (6-4, 2-2) is coming off a 9-8 loss to nationally ranked Bucknell last Saturday at Michie Stadium. Navy (3-8, 1-4) is out of Patriot League Tournament contention.

The Last Meeting
April 14, 2012
West Point, N.Y.
Army Clinches Tournament Berth With 9-6 Win Over Navy
Junior attackman Garrett Thul exploded for a game-high five goals and Army outscored Navy 3-0 in the fourth quarter as the Black Knights clinched a Patriot League Tournament berth with a 9-6 victory over the visiting Midshipmen. The 91st meeting between the rivals was played in front of 10,192 fans at Michie Stadium and was watched by a national television audience on CBS Sports Network.

Television: CBS Sports Network will carry Saturday's game live to a national audience. Dave Ryan (play-by-play), Evan Washburn (color analyst) and Sheehan Burch (sideline) are on the call. The broadcast will air on the Armed Forces Network to troops stationed worldwide.

Radio: 1390-AM, 1340-AM throughout the Hudson Valley.

Web: Knight Vision will carry an audio feed of the game on

Live Stats: Live statistics will be available for the game. Visit the lacrosse schedule page of to access the GameTracker link.

Twitter: Follow @Army_Lacrosse for in-game scoring updates.

• Army and Navy meet for the 92nd time on Saturday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• The all-time series dates back to 1924 when the first game was played at West Point, N.Y.
• The Black Knights are currently riding their longest win streak of the series, having won four in a row against their archrival.
• Navy holds a 57-31-3 lead in the all-time series and is 28-14-1 in Annapolis, Md.
• The winner of this annual contest is awarded the coveted gold star, which is fastened to the players' varsity jacket.
• Navy holds a 15-12-1 lead in the 2012-13 all-sport series between the academies.

(Ref.: Overall thoughts on the Army-Navy game)
"It's a game with great passion on both sides. It really comes down to playing with fire, but still managing your emotions throughout. That will be the test for our guys and hopefully we're up to the task."

(Ref.: Scouting Navy)
"Navy is coming off a good effort against top-ranked Maryland last week. They played very well and very together as a team. They're playing their best lacrosse heading down the home stretch. They're a very talented, well-coached team and it's going to take our greatest effort in order to come out with a victory.

(Ref.: Managing emotions during Army-Navy week)
"We'll spend a lot of time in the early part of the week talking about the tradition of the rivalry and its long-term significance. We'll talk about how things have played out in recent years and further in the past. The key is to give the guys an understanding of the rivalry and what it will mean for a lifetime. I rely a lot on the older guys to relay that to the younger guys throughout the week. Hopefully, it will bring us to a gradual boil come Saturday at 2 p.m."

Bucknell and Lehigh have locked up Patriot League Tournament berths and are the only teams to do so thus far. The Bison host the Mountain Hawks this Friday night in Lewisburg, Pa., with the winner earning the regular season title and right to host the four-team conference tournament, April 26 and 28. The remaining two spots are up for grabs and will be filled by a combination of Army, Colgate or Holy Cross.

Navy (3-8, 1-4 Patriot League) enters this weekend's contest on a five-game losing skid, most recently dropping an 11-8 decision to No. 1/1 Maryland at home on April 5. The Mids, who are out of Patriot League Tournament contention, registered their lone conference win against Lafayette (12-11) on March 9. Junior attackman Sam Jones has scored the lion's share of points this season with 30 (19G, 11A). Five other players have registered double-digit points over 11 games. Defensively, senior goalkeeper Nolan Hickey has started all 11 games and sports a 9.60 goals against average. Junior long stick midfielder Pat Kiernan, Navy's only preseason All-Patriot League pick, leads the team with 63 ground balls. Under the direction of second year head coach Rick Sowell, Navy was picked to finish fifth in the Patriot League preseason poll.

Army senior close defenseman Brendan Buckley is one of 10 NCAA Division I lacrosse student-athletes who excel both on and off the field and are finalists 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 11th 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.

• Neither team led by more than two goals, but a three-goal third quarter helped secure a 9-8 win for visiting No. 11/13 Bucknell at Army last Saturday.
• Senior attackman Garrett Thul tied Bucknell's Chase Bailey for a game-high three goals.
• Making his third start in a row, freshman attackman Will Mazzone registered a career-high four points on two goals and two assists. He netted Army's first two goals of the game.
• Army outdid Bucknell in nearly every statistical category, including shots (38-26), ground balls (29-25), face-offs (12-of-21) and caused turnovers (10-6).
• The Black Knights had possession over the final 1:41 and got two shots off in the final 20 seconds, but could not punch in the equalizer as Bucknell stayed perfect (4-0) in Patriot League play.
• The last eight meetings between Army and Bucknell have been decided by two goals or less.

The Black Knights will honor a fallen hero with "TK" stickers on their helmets for the rest of the season. Major Tom Kennedy, a former defenseman with the hockey program, was killed in action in Afghanistan in August at the age of 35. A member of the West Point Class of 2000, Kennedy later served as an officer representative with the hockey team, an avid athletic department supporter and Tactical Officer where impacted the lives of thousands of cadets. The lacrosse team joins Army hockey in honoring Maj. Kennedy's memory in the form of helmet stickers. The Black Knights will debut them Saturday and wear the stickers for the rest of the season.

Having given up double-digit goals just once this season (L, 10-6 vs. Lehigh), Army ranks sixth nationally in scoring defense. The Black Knights surrendering 7.6 goals per game through 10 contests. The Black Knights land seventh nationally in caused turnovers (9.8 per game) and 10th in ground balls (32.9 per game). See page 2 for a complete listing.

With just nine career starts under his belt, sophomore goalkeeper Sam Somers has established himself as one of the top goalies in the league. 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 second in the NCAA with a 6.79 goals-against average. His .600 save percentage lands sixth among NCAA Division I goalkeepers. Both statistics top the Patriot League. Somers recorded 13 saves in a 10-4 win over Colgate on March 31, marking his most saves in a win this season.

Sophomore John Glesener, who moved from the midfield to Army's attack this season, has proven that shift to be a brilliant one. Glesener has posted a hat trick in four of the last five games and stands as the Black Knights' points leader with 44 (23G, 21A). He punched in a career-high five goals in Army's 10-4 win at Colgate on Easter Sunday and five of six career hat tricks have occured this season (at UMass, at Rutgers, vs. Lehigh, vs. Lafayette, at Colgate). The Camillus, N.Y., native leads the Patriot League and ranks sixth in the NCAA, averaging 4.40 points per game.

Senior attackman Garrett Thul is now Army's all-time leading goal scorer with 154 tallies. The Flemington, N.J., native broke the 35-year-old career goals record when he tied a career-best seven goals in a 12-1 win over Michigan on March 2 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Fla. Thul passed Scott Finlay (1975-78), was named the Orange Bowl Lacrosse Classic Most Valuable Player and also picked up his second Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week award this season on March 5. He now stands second on the Patriot League career goals list and is second among the nation's active goal scorers.

Sophomore midfielder Alex Newsome showed flashes of talent with a two-goal freshman campaign, but the Richmond, Va., native has had a breakout 2013 season thus far. Starting all 10 games on the Black Knights' first midfield line, he is the team's third leading scorer with 20 points (14G, 6A). Newsome posted back-to-back hat tricks in Army victories over Manhattan (Feb. 13) and VMI (Feb. 16), which included a career-high four goals and two assists in a 14-8 win over the Keydets. He played in five games as a freshman.

Freshman Will Mazzone and classmate Connor Cook have split time starting as Army's third attackman this season. The duo measures 5-6 and 5-5, respectively, but prove that good things can come in small packages. Mazzone is coming of a career-high four-points (2G, 2A) against Bucknell on April 6. Cook started the first seven games of the season and has nine points (3G, 9A).

Fans won't miss a minute of Army lacrosse action if they take the lead and follow @Army_Lacrosse on Twitter, a feed that provides in-game score updates, links to feature stories and more. In addition, fans can follow head coach Joe Alberici at the handle @ArmyLaxCoach.

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 92nd meeting between Army and Navy, the Black Knights' Easter Sunday visit to Colgate and Army's regular-season home finale against perennial powerhouse Johns Hopkins are slated to 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.

It's no secret that lacrosse is fastest growing sport among youth in the United States, and it has shown as West Point over the last couple of years. This season, Army ranks 11th in the NCAA for home attendance averaging 1,447 fans per game. Army played in front of 2,939 spectators last Saturday against Bucknell, marking the largest non-Navy, non-Johns Hopkins crowd in program history.

The Black Knights head to Holy Cross next Saturday, April 20, for a 6 p.m. face-off in Worcester, Mass. A win over the Crusaders would clinch a Patriot League Tournament berth for Army.

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