Army Hosts Johns Hopkins In Season Finale

Senior Garrett Thul

Senior Garrett Thul

May 2, 2013

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March to Michie

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army concludes the 2013 season on Friday night against perennial powerhouse Johns Hopkins. Both teams bring an 8-5 overall record into the regular-season finale. The Black Knights will honor the Class of 2013 as a part of pregame Senior Night festivities before taking on the Blue Jays at 7:36 p.m. in a game set to air live on CBS Sports Network. Army is coming off a semifinal loss to Bucknell in last weekend's Patriot League Tournament, while Johns Hopkins dropped an 8-4 game to defending national champion Loyola last weekend at Homewood Field.

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No. 10/8 Johns Hopkins Powers Past Army
No. 10/8 Johns Hopkins used an explosive second half to power past visiting Army, 13-6, Saturday afternoon on Senior Day at Homewood Field. The Black Knights trailed by a single goal, 4-3, at halftime but the Blue Jays used possession and efficient scoring to come up with the victory.

Television: CBS Sports Network will carry Friday's regular-season finale live. Dave Ryan (play-by-play), Evan Washburn (color analyst) are on the call.
Radio: 1390-AM, 1340-AM throughout the Hudson Valley.
Web: Knight Vision will carry an audio feed of the game on
Live Stats: Visit the lacrosse schedule page of to access GameTracker.
Twitter: Follow @Army_Lacrosse for in-game scoring updates.

After meeting on an annual basis throughout much of Army's 96-year history, the Army-Johns Hopkins series resumed in 2011 after a 14-year hiatus. In a series that dates back to Army's second year of lacrosse in 1921, the Blue Jays hold a 55-13 lead. The Black Knights' last win over Johns Hopkins came on April 17, 1982 at West Point.

Two of the most storied programs on the national stage, Army has been crowned a national champion eight times, while Johns Hopkins has captured the title nine times. Two of just seven programs across the country with at least 700 victories, the Blue Jays are the NCAA's winningest program with a 932-302-15 record. The Black Knights are 740-357-7 in their 96 years of lacrosse competition.

Lacrosse fans around the region have a new challenge - March to Michie. The initiative is an effort to set the Michie Stadium attendance standard for lacrosse when Army hosts Johns Hopkins this Friday. Army set its current attendance record of 10,192 for last season's Army-Navy game on April 14. The Black Knights currently sit 11th in the nation, averaging 1,447 spectators over five home games. Army beat rival Navy, 14-7, in front of a season-high 12,103 onlookers earlier this season at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

Army will be honoring the Classes of 1983 and 1993 during halftime of Friday night's game. Legendary head coaches Dick Edell (1977-83) and Jack Emmer (1984-2005) and players from both teams will be back at West Point. Members of the 1983 team made three NCAA Tournament appearances, while the 1993 team won three Patriot League titles (1991-93) and advanced to the NCAA Tournament second round. Edell and Emmer are both members of the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

Army will honor 10 players and two managers as a part of the West Point Class of 2013 Senior Night festivities prior to Friday night's contest. The only class to beat rival Navy five times (5-0 against the Mids), they are the last remaining members of the Black Knights' 2010 Patriot League Championship and NCAA Tournament team. The Class of 2013 has authored a 35-25 record during its four years at the Academy.

The Tewaaraton Foundation announced the 2013 Tewaaraton Award nominees, presented by Panama Jack, over the weekend and among them was Army sophomore attackman John Glesener. The 2013 Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year made the top-25 cut for the prestigious award, which is presented annually to the nation's top collegiate player. Five finalists will be announced May 9 and invited to the Tewaaraton Award Ceremony. The original watch lists were announced Feb. 22 and included Army senior attackman Garrett Thul. With additions made March 14 and April 11, they were ultimately comprised of 97 players.

Heading into the final weekend of the regular season, two of the Patriot League's most prolific goal scorers will battle it out for the conference's all-time goals record. 2012 Tewaaraton Award winner Peter Baum of Colgate is sitting on 163 goals and currently holds the league's record. The Raiders play at Maryland on Saturday afternoon. Army's Garrett Thul has totaled 161 goals over four years and sits in second place. Both players are their respective program leaders in goals and represent the top two active goal scorers in the country.

To say that freshman middie Alex Daly has been dominant over the last three games may be a bit of an understatement. He has won 80 percent (52-of-65) of his face-offs over the last three outings. Daly is coming off a brilliant 20-of-24 effort in his first Patriot League Tournament appearance against Bucknell last Saturday, while amassing a career-best 12 ground balls. He won the first 12 draws and went 19-of-22 in the face-off "x" in a 14-7 win at rival Navy on April 13. The following Saturday, he posted a 15-of-19 effort in the Black Knights' 14-5 victory at Holy Cross. Daly earned Patriot League Rookie of the Week plaudits on April 15, along with being named the national Cascade Rookie of the Week and the Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week that same afternoon. He is a first team All-Patriot League honoree and wears No. 88 in honor of his favorite athlete, Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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 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. Senior hockey player Cheyne Rocha became the second West Point cadet to win the Senior CLASS Award in 2013.

In addition to the aforementioned accomplishments, Buckley repeated as the Patriot League Men's Lacrosse Scholar-Athlete of the Year this week. He was tabbed the 2013 Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year as well.

• After No. 2 Bucknell scored the first three goals of the game, No. 3 Army countered with a four-goal spurt to lead 4-3 after the first quarter. The Bison took a 6-5 lead into halftime and the only three goals of the third quarter en route to the 12-9 win.
• The Black Knights scored the final three goals of the game, but the damage was already done.
• Freshman attackman Will Mazzone recorded his first career hat trick and finished with a career-high four points on the day. He earned All-Tournament Team honors.
• Freshman midfielder Alex Daly won 20-of-24 face-offs and earned All-Tournament Team plaudits.
• The Black Knights committed a season-high 20 turnovers against the Bison.
• Army held an advantage in shots (42-41) and ground balls (34-27).

Army is 73-36 (.670) in Michie Stadium over the last 15 seasons. The Black Knights are 3-2 at home this season, with wins coming against Manhattan (Feb. 13), VMI (Feb. 16) and Lafayette (March 23).

Having given up double-digit goals just twice this season (L, 10-6 vs. Lehigh; L, 12-9 vs. Bucknell), Army ranks fourth nationally in scoring defense. The Black Knights surrendering 7.69 goals per game through 13 contests. The Black Knights land 15th nationally in caused turnovers (8.77 per game) and eighth in ground balls (33.54 per game).

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 show good things can come in small packages. Mazzone is coming off his first career hat trick in the Black Knights' Patriot League Tournament semifinal contest and has totaled 19 points (11G, 8A) on the season. Cook started the first seven games of the season and owns 10 points (4G, 6A).

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 their final opportunity to watch the Black Knights on national television this Friday as the team hosts Johns Hopkins at 7:30 p.m. 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 its Patriot League Tournament showdown with Bucknell already aired on CBS Sports Network. Army has a 2-1 record in nationally televised games this season.

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