April 15, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army lacrosse team won an unprecedented fifth consecutive game against Navy on Saturday and a large part of the Black Knights' convincing 14-7 victory was rookie Alex Daly's effort in the face-off "x." For his standout performance, Daly picked up Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week honors for the first time on Monday morning.
A rookie from New Market, Md., Daly won 19-of-22 face-offs and added career highs in points (two assists) and ground balls (nine). Despite Navy throwing multiple opponents in the "x," Daly dialed in and won all 12 first-half bouts. Navy did not win a face-off until just over a minute into the third quarter. It marked the most wins in Daly's collegiate career and was the most by an Army player since 2003.
In addition to his exploits in the "x," Daly helped initiate Army's offense with a pair of assists. He fed sophomore attackman John Glesener for a goal just six seconds into the game as the Black Knights took a quick 1-0 lead. Daly won the face-off and found Glesener on the left side as the duo tied the Academy record for the quickest goal to start a game for the second time this year. Daly later assisted on a similar play, but this time finding senior attackman Garrett Thul for this third goal of the game with 1:30 remaining in the first half.
Following the victory, eighth-year head coach Joe Alberici said, "Unquestionably, the key to the game was our dominance in the face-off. I've never had a freshman play such a large role in the Army-Navy game as Alex Daly did today. He was phenomenal in there."
Daly is the third lacrosse player to earn AAA Athlete of the Week honors, joining Glesener (March 25) and Thul (March 4).
Daly and the Black Knights improved to 7-4 overall and 3-2 in Patriot League play. Army heads to Holy Cross on Saturday, April 20, with a chance to clinch the final spot in the 2013 Patriot League Tournament. Face-off is set for 6 p.m. in Worcester, Mass.