May 1, 2014
#19 Army at #5 Notre Dame Game Notes
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Army (9-4) and Notre Dame (8-5) enter the final week of the regular season ranked Nos. 19 and 5, respectively, in both national polls. The Black Knights are looking to get back on the winning track after snapping a five-game win streak in last Friday night's Patriot League semifinal loss to Lehigh (12-11). The Fighting Irish are fresh off winning the Atlantic Coast Conference title in their first season with the league. With Notre Dame's victory came the ACC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. This Saturday's noon face-off will air live on ESPNU with Mike Corey (play-by-play) and Quint Kessenich (color analyst) on the call. Check your local listings for channel information.
HOW TO FOLLOW THE ACTION
Television: Saturday's game can be seen live on ESPNU. Mike Corey (play-by-play) and Quint Kessenich (color analyst) have the call.
Web: ESPN3.com will carry the game live online.
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.
ARMY-NOTRE DAME CONNECTIONS
• Having celebrated his third-year anniversary at West Point in February, Army Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan is the younger brother of Notre Dame veteran head men's lacrosse coach Kevin Corrigan. The elder Corrigan is in his 26th year with the program, while Boo spent five years as an associate athletic director at Notre Dame. The younger Corrigan also graduated from Notre Dame in 1990.
• When Army and Notre Dame meet on Saturday, five players out of Long Island's St. Anthony's High School will take the field. The group includes Army senior tri-captain John Burk, junior LSM Jimbo D'April and freshman Tim Stackpole, along with Notre Dame's Will Gilmartin and Nick Koshansky.
INSIDE THE SERIES
Army and Notre Dame will meet on the lacrosse field for the first time since an 11-8 Black Knights' victory in 2002 at West Point. The Fighting Irish won the previous three meetings, the programs squared off for four-straight seasons during the Jack Emmer era from 1999-2002 before taking a 12-year hiatus in the series.
PATRIOT LEAGUE TOURNAMENT LEFTOVERS
• Third-seeded Lehigh upset No. 2 Army in the semifinal round of the Patriot League Tournament, scoring the game-winner with 3.7 seconds left in regulation. Sophomore Alex Daly won the ensuing face-off and Army got a final shot off, but Lehigh goalie Matt Poillon was there to make the stop.
• Neither team led by more than three goals in a game that featured six tie scores.
• Junior attackman John Glesener completed a hat trick in the first quarter alone and went on to tie a career-best five goals on the night. He added an assist for a team-high six points.
• Glesener and sophomore middie Jimbo Moore, who scored a goal and tallied an assist, represented Army on the Patriot League All-Tournament Team.
• The loss snapped Army's five-game win streak and marked the team's seventh one-goal game of 2014.
Going 5-1 in its last six games, Army held on to its national ranking for a sixth-straight week on Monday morning. The Black Knights landed No. 19 in both the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Coaches Poll and Warrior Media Poll. Last week, Army enjoyed a No. 15/14 ranking, its highest of the season.
GLESENER ON TEWAARATON AWARD RADAR
The Tewaaraton Foundation announced the 2014 Tewaaraton Award men's and women's top 25 nominees last Friday night and for the second year in a row, Army attackman John Glesener earned a nod. The lists include the top players across all three divisions of NCAA lacrosse and highlight the early contenders for the 2014 Tewaaraton Award. The Tewaaraton Award annually honors the top male and top female college lacrosse player in the United States. The selection committees are made up of top collegiate coaches and are appointed annually by the Tewaaraton Foundation. Five men's and five women's finalists will be announced on May 8 and will be invited to the May 29 ceremony in Washington, D.C. John Walker '06 and Jeremy Boltus '11 represent Army's two past Tewaaraton Award finalists. Glesener, who underwent off-season ACL surgery, leads Army with 50 points (37G, 13A) on the season. His 2.85 goals-per game average ranks ninth in the NCAA.
SCOUTING THE FIGHTING IRISH
No. 5/5 Notre Dame (8-5) enters this weekend's game fresh of winning the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament last weekend in its first year with the league. The Fighting Irish defeated Maryland (6-5) and Syracuse (15-14) en route to the title at PPL Park.
Sophomore attackman Matt Kavanagh leads the team and ranks 11th in the NCAA averaging 4.08 points per game. He has 53 points on the year, thanks to a balanced 28 goals and 25 assists. Junior attackman Conor Doyle, a three-year starter, is second on the team in scoring with 33 points (22G, 11A). Doyle owns five man-up goals, which is second on the team to Sergio Perkovic (seven) and John Scioscia (seven). Notre Dame owns the nation's second-ranked man-up offense.
Defensively, seniors Brian Buglione and Stephen O'Hara bring experience to the close defense. Rookie Garrett Epple rounds out the trio, which is averaging a 9.23 scoring defense but coming off giving up 14 goals to Syracuse in the ACC Championship game last Sunday.
Head coach Kevin Corrigan is in his 26th season with the program, which has finished as NCAA Quarterfinalists in 1995, 2000, 2008, 2011 and 2013 under Corrigan's watch.
For the majority of 2014, this week included, the Black Knights have represented the NCAA's top defensive unit and are holding opponents to an average of 6.38 goals per game. Seniors John Burk and Pat Hart join sophomore Austin Schultz in making up a veteran-laden Army close defense. In addition, all four short stick defensive middies - juniors Al DeStefano, Billy Baird and Mike Larrabee, along with sophomore A.J. Canara. The Black Knights have only surrendered double-digit goals once in 2014 - a 12-11 loss to Lehigh in last week's Patriot League semifinals - and did so just twice overall in 2013. Army has also held opponents scoreless in 12 different quarters this season.
The Black Knights have played in seven one-goal games in 2014 and are 4-3 in those contests. Army's three one-goal victories have come against nationally ranked Lehigh (6-5) on March 22 at Michie Stadium, April 5 at Boston University (8-7) and most recently April 18 at Colgate (8-7). All four of Army's losses this season have come by a single goal - 6-5 vs. Massachusetts (Feb. 8), 9-8 (OT) vs. Rutgers (March 4), 7-6 at current No. 1/1 Loyola (March 15) and most recently 12-11 vs. Lehigh in the Patriot League semifinals (April 25). The Black Knights have come out victorious in three of their last four one-goal tests.
Army head coach Joe Alberici does not shy away from talking about Army as a balanced attack and its proven success. While junior attackman John Glesener takes the lion's share of the team's shots (139-of-481) and the opposing team's attention, plenty of other capable Army scorers are stepping up. Nine different players netted a goal in the team's 14-7 win over Navy three weeks ago, while the same can be said in a 15-6 win at VMI on March 15. A season-best 11 different players accounted for 13 goals in a 13-3 win over Holy Cross on March 8.
THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT
While Army will bid farewell to nine senior players this season, the club will welcome back plenty of offense for the 2015 campaign as 122 of Army's 125 goals on the year have been scored by underclassmen.
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