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On Point: A Call to Service
4/19/2019

Cadets are constantly training how to best serve in the U.S. Army throughout their 47-month journey at West Point. For some, however, the call to service does not end there. Melanie Allen of the Army West Point Women's Tennis Team came to the U.S. Military Academy with the purpose of serving others.

Whether it be adults, children or any number of different varieties of people, one of Allen's greatest motivators when deciding to attend USMA was the ability to serve in multiple capacities. During her four years at Army, she has taken three seven-day trips to the Dominican Republic to provide assistance to those who are less fortunate. Upon her return stateside, she is always amazed at how much the Dominicans have impacted her outlook on life more so than what she was able to do for them.

Please take some time to watch the On Point feature: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DR9crQg8qw

New Orienteering Team Members Receive Designation
4/19/2019

New Orienteering Team Members Receive DesignationThe Orienteering Team's newest members received their respective jobs on the Team after opening envelopes that revealed their designated section, similar to Branch Night. The team then celebrated with pizza and a short section in-brief.

Allison '80 Addresses and Encourages Cadets
4/19/2019

Allison '80 Addresses and Encourages CadetsMarene N. Allison '80 addressed the Class of 2022 as the 2019 Castle Lecture Series speaker at Robinson Auditorium. The Castle Lecture Series endowed by the James C. and Dorothy P. Castle Fund brings in leaders in computer science, computer engineering, and information technology to share their knowledge and expertise and to inspire the cadets. Past Castle Lecture speakers have included Vint Cerf, co-inventor of the internet protocol, and Meg Whitman, former CEO of Hewlitt-Packard.

Allison is currently the Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Johnson & Johnson and is responsible for protecting the company's Information Technology systems and data of 265 subsidiary companies in 60+ countries. Allison graduated as part of the first class to include women at the USMA and she was commissioned in the Military Police Corps. After serving in the Army, Allison served as a Special Agent in the FBI before eventually moving into the corporate world.

In a talk titled, "The Road Less Taken," Allison shared her story of overcoming societal stereotypes to inspire them about the potential that each one of them had to lead others and to pursue their dreams. She also shared her current role as CISO to inform cadets the cyber security challenges and threats that she sees every day and which the cadets will have to face as future Army officers. After the lecture, Allison took time to meet and speak further with members of the Class of 2022.

West Point Annual Balloon Satellite Launch
4/19/2019

West Point Annual Balloon Satellite LaunchThe West Point Astronomy and Amateur Radio Clubs joined for their annual Balloon Satellite Launch. Thirteen cadets from across the academic spectrum were joined by three faculty members (Astronomy: Dr. Paula Fekete, LTC Diana Loucks, HAM Radio: LTC Stephen Hamilton) as well as other HAM operators from across the community for the operation. The official launch time was 1:59:00 EDT from Salt Springs State Park in Pennsylvania, and the last official transmission prior to landing was at 5:27:30 EDT on Limeridge Road, Poughquag, NY, for a total flight time of 3 hrs. and 28.5 minutes.

The payload (the big white Styrofoam box) achieved an altitude of 103549.2126 ft prior to balloon burst and included several experiments and fun items including a Geiger-counter (highest measurements were 3668 CPM and 220080 μSv/hr pending post processing), and a WiFi detection experiment detected MySpectrumWiFib8-2G at 32852.69029 ft. A few other experiments were on board including a weather sensor to detect pressure and temperature, as well as imagery devices to include the first ever Pi-cam.

Women's Lacrosse Sets Program Mark in Road Win Over Colgate
4/18/2019

Women's Lacrosse Sets Program Mark in Road Win Over ColgateBehind a gritty road performance, the Army West Point Women's Lacrosse team captured a 12-9 victory over Colgate at Beyer-Small '76 Field on Wednesday night. The win marked the 11th of the season for the Black Knights (11-4, 4-3 Patriot League), setting a new single-season program record. It was also the Cadets fourth league win, tying a single-season program mark. It was an all-around effort on the field against the Raiders (6-8, 4-3 Patriot League), with Jackie Brattan and Caroline Raymond leading the offensive charge with a combined 10 goals. Brattan tied her career-best scoring total with six, while Raymond put four of her shots into the back of the net. The Black Knights' had a ton of success in the draw circle, coming away with 15 wins, compared to the Raiders' eight. Brattan and Samantha Stewart had five draw controls apiece, while Juliana Dworschak tallied four. Maddie Burns shined in a strong defensive outing for Army by coming away with 10 saves. The cow netminder posted five stops in each of the halves. Read more.

Women's Lacrosse Claims Patriot League Tournament Berth
4/18/2019

History was made on Wednesday night when the Army West Point Women's Lacrosse Team clinched a spot in the Patriot League for the first time in program history.

"It's very exciting to think about playing in the postseason with this team for the first time in program history," Noto Family Head Women's Lacrosse Coach Kristen Skiera said. "We set out as a team in August with this goal in mind, so I am so proud of our 42 players for making that goal a reality. We look forward to finishing the regular season strong in our remaining games and are excited for the opportunity to compete for a Patriot League Tournament championship."

The Black Knights took care of business after claiming a 12-9 road victory over Colgate, setting a new single-season mark for wins with 11. It was also the fourth Patriot League win of the season, which tied a program-best mark that was set a season ago. Army will be fighting for seeding in the Patriot League Tournament with two more games left to play in the regular season. The Cadets will trek to Massachusetts this Saturday for a 12 p.m. meeting with Boston U., before heading back home to square off against Bucknell next Thursday at 6 p.m.

SOSH Welcomes LTG(R) H.R. McMaster '84
4/18/2019

SOSH Welcomes LTG(R) H.R. McMaster '84The SOSH Department welcomed LTG(R) H.R. McMaster back to West Point to deliver the annual Class of 1952 Distinguished Lecture, moderated by Department Head COL Suzanne Nielsen. In his remarks, General McMaster shared with cadets many of the leadership lessons he first learned at West Point as a cadet and later as a faculty member, calling his time on the West Point faculty “the Army assignment that best prepared me to succeed as a senior leader, a general officer, and as the National Security Advisor.” He also spoke about the many foreign policy challenges that America faces in the international system today and the plans and processes that he established as National Security Advisor to best meet those challenges. Also in attendance were members of the West Point Class of 1952, whose generous endowment supports the SOSH Department’s thriving guest lecture program throughout the academic year.

Softball’s Late Surge Earns Midweek Split at Albany
4/18/2019

CDT Carrie Reilly '19The Army West Point Softball Team erased a two-run deficit in the final inning of game two to earn a split in its midweek doubleheader at Albany on Wednesday. The Black Knights dropped a 12-8 decision in a high-scoring first game before coming away with a 3-2 victory in the night cap. Yearling Taylor Drayton remained hot at the plate with her fourth-straight multi-hit performance in game one, launching a pair of home runs while driving in four runs and scoring three times.

Yearling Taylor Livingston earned a team-high three hits on the day, while firstie Carrie Reilly and yearling Ally Snelling provided Army with a pair of doubles. Yearlings Grace Mattimore and Megan Muffett also recorded two hits on the afternoon. Plebe Jolie Duong was impressive in the circle during game two, scattering four hits and two runs (earned) over 7.0 innings of work. The Houston, Texas, native allowed just one walk while striking out five Great Danes. Game 1: Albany 12, Army 8. The Great Danes earned the first lead of the game after Katie Falotico plated Mariah Miramontez with a groundout to second in the opening frame. Army provided a response in the top of the second by posting a 4-spot on three hits and three walks. The Black Knights had their first five hitters reach base with Carrie Reilly drawing a bases-loaded walk to even the score. Read more.

Cadets Visit NBC News Studios
4/18/2019

Cadets Visit NBC News StudiosWest Point cadets in the Mass Media and American Politics course traveled to New York City to meet with media practitioners and gain a firsthand appreciation for news reporting and media production. The cadets visited The Wall Street Journal, sitting in on the morning news meeting with senior editors and meeting with Main Street columnist Bill McGurn and Political Editor Jeanne Cummings. They then went to the NBC News studios at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, toured the studios, met with the executive producer of The Rachel Maddow Show, sat down with Lester Holt, anchor of the NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, and even peaked in on the Saturday Night Live set.

Women's Tennis Tops St. Francis Brooklyn on Senior Day
4/18/2019

Women's Tennis Tops St. Francis Brooklyn on Senior DayThe Army West Point Women's Tennis Team closed out the 2019 regular season with a 5-2 victory over St. Francis Brooklyn at the Malek Tennis Center on Wednesday. Prior to the match, Army honored seniors Melanie Allen, Kirby Einck and Genevieve McCormick for their service and dedication to the program over the last four years. All three firsties excelled in the final home match of their careers, earning wins in both singles and doubles action. The Black Knights finished the regular season with a 19-7 record, while the Terriers dropped to 3-13 on the year.

This was the first-ever meeting between the Black Knights and Terriers. Einck posted her 67th career singles victory, two shy of tying Carolyn Pitman and Diana Alquero for ninth on Army's all-time list. The Geneva, Ill., native added the 74th doubles win of her career as she moved within three of cracking the team's top-10 list. Allen notched her fifth singles dual win of the year. The Cape Coral, Fla., native earned her 50th career doubles victory. McCormick tallied her 30th career singles dual win. Read more.

Chemistry Welcomes Class of 2022 Chemistry Majors
4/18/2019

Chemistry Welcomes Class of 2022 Chemistry MajorsThe Chemistry Program hosted a dinner to welcome sixteen Class of 2022 chemistry majors into the department. Plebes, upper-class Cadets, and faculty participated in the dinner, which celebrated all chemistry majors and provided an opportunity for camaraderie and team building among the attendees.

Baseball Captures Midweek League Win
4/18/2019

Baseball Captures Midweek League WinThe Army West Point Baseball Team got back on track Wednesday when it defeated Holy Cross, 8-5, here Wednesday in a midweek Patriot League contest. The Crusaders took a 4-3 lead in the third but the Cadets rallied back to score three runs in the fourth and two in the sixth to ultimately put the game away. Logan Smith had a solid performance on the mound in relief. The junior allowed just one hit, one run and one walk in 3.2 innings. Firstie Cam Opp then came in to secure the win, giving up only three hits in 2.2 innings for his fourth save of the year. The two combined to strike out six during their time on the hill.

Leading Army's offense was Anthony Giachin and Trey Martin, who both registered two hits on the day and multiple runs batted in. The two scored one run apiece, while Martin brought home a team-best three RBI and Giachin two. The Cadets compiled four extra base hits in the game coming from the bats of Martin, Giachin, Drake Titus and Jeremiah Adams. Martin drilled his team-leading sixth home run, while Adams added to his total as well with his third. Giachin and Titus both notched a double for their 15th and fifth of the year, respectively. Giachin is now four doubles away from tying Kevin McKague's program record of 19 in a season. McKague achieved that feat in 2008. Jacob Hurtubise and Josh White each recorded a stolen base in the contest. Read more.

USMA Black wins Sandhurst 2019
4/17/2019

USMA Black wins Sandhurst 2019As soon as the second-place team was announced, USMA Black knew they had won.

Score updates throughout the two-days of the 51st Sandhurst Military Skills Competition had kept them on edge as they bounced in an out of first place. Sometimes, they'd hear they were atop the leaderboard. Other times, their Family and friends who had gathered to cheer them on would spur them ahead with the news they had fallen into second or even third place.

But following two days, more than 27-miles of rigorous rucking and 13 obstacles - including physical fitness, marksmanship and land navigation challenges - USMA Black stood above the competition.

"We were in a lot of anticipation this year because this was the first year where throughout the day, almost on the hour, they would post updated rankings," Class of 2020 Cadet Kevin Shinnick, USMA Black squad leader, said. "We all trusted each other, we trusted that we could win and that's exactly what we did."

The win by USMA Black marked only the third win by a U.S. Military Academy team since 1993 when Sandhurst expanded to include ROTC and service academy teams from throughout the country and competitors from international military academies. USMA Company B3 broke through in 2011, but USMA Black now stands above as they add this year's victory to the title they claimed in 2017.

Three members returned from the 2017 team to compete this year making them the first West Point cadets to win two Sandhurst titles since the expansion. Read more.

Softball Sweeps Weekly Patriot League Awards
4/17/2019

CDTs Taylor Drayton '21 Macey Newbary '20 and Jolie Duong '22The Army West Point Softball Team swept the weekly awards from the Patriot League following its historic series victory over Lehigh, the conference announced on Tuesday. Yearling outfielder Taylor Drayton was named the player of the week for the first time in her career, while cow right-hander Macey Newbary collected her first-ever pitcher of the week honor. Rookie outfielder/pitcher Jolie Duong garnered her second rookie of the week accolades of the season after earning the award on March 19. All three players provided a pivotal spark for the Black Knights en route to their first regular season series victory over Lehigh in 27 years.

Drayton had three multi-hit games and batted .412 (7-for-17) on the week with a double and a home run versus the Mountain Hawks. The second-year outfielder added four RBI and six runs scored, while going a perfect 3-for-3 on stolen bases. Drayton posted team highs in hits, runs scored and stolen bases, while tying for the most extra-base hits with two. On the year, Drayton leads the team in runs scored (22), ranks second in home runs (4), extra-base hits (9) stolen bases (10) and total bases (49), and is third in RBI (17) and doubles (5).

Newbary provided two stellar pitching performances for the Black Knights on the weekend, going 2-0 in 12.1 scoreless innings. The Missoula, Mont., native scattered eight hits and two walks while striking out four Lehigh hitters. She improved to 8-5 to tie Duong for the team-lead in wins while setting a new personal best in victories in a season. She extended her scoreless inning streak to 14.2 frames, while not allowing an earned run in more than 16 innings of work. Newbary owns the third-lowest earned-run average in the Patriot League at 2.30 while limiting opposing hitters to a .239 average against.

Duong went 5-for-10 (.500 avg.) on the week with two doubles, four RBI and a run scored. The Houston, Texas, native recorded a hit in all three games at Lehigh, including a pair of multi-hit efforts in Saturday's doubleheader. She drove in a season-high three runs in the series opener. Read more.

Bridge Building at Fahnestock State Park
4/17/2019

Bridge Building at Fahnestock State ParkCadets were recently building a bridge at Clarence Fahnestock State Park in Cold Spring, NY. In the photo, CDT Mary Bahr, CE '19 is driving lag bolts for the main diaphragm for this 32ft pedestrian span.

Drayton Tabbed AWPAA Athlete of the Week
4/17/2019

CDT Taylor Drayton '21Yearling Taylor Drayton of the Army West Point Softball Team was named the Army West Point Athletic Association Athlete of the Week for her outstanding performances on the diamond last week. Drayton earned her first weekly honor from the AWPAA and becomes the first softball player to be named AWPAA Athlete of the Week since April 3, 2018 when Courtney Springman did so. She led the Black Knights to their first regular season series victory over Patriot League rival Lehigh since 1992 to keep the team's postseason hopes alive. The Clayton, N.C., native recorded multiple hits in all three games while driving in three runs and scoring five more.

Drayton hit .412 (7-for-17) on the week with a double and a home run. The second-year outfielder added four RBI and six runs scored while going a perfect 3-for-3 on stolen bases. Drayton posted team highs in hits, runs scored and stolen bases, while tying for the most extra-base hits with two. On the season, Drayton leads the team in runs scored (22), ranks second in home runs (4), extra-base hits (9) stolen bases (10) and total bases (49) and is third in RBI (17) and doubles (5).

The Black Knights trek up to the University of Albany for a midweek doubleheader on Wednesday slated for 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively, before returning home for a weekend series against Bucknell.

5th Celebration of West Point Authors
4/17/2019

5th Celebration of West Point AuthorsWest Point recently hosted the 5th Celebration of West Point Authors on behalf of the Dean of the Academic Board - West Point. Dr. Elizabeth Samet of the Department of English and Philosophy spoke about Ulysses S. Grant as a writer, and the United States Military Academy Special Collections and Archives displayed artifacts from and relating to Grant. It was a great event!

Two Black Knights Earn League Weekly Honors
4/17/2019

CDTs Michael Renard '20 Marshall Beatty '22After posting league best scores in their respective events at the Bison Outdoor Classic, Army West Point track and field cow Michael Renard and plebe Marshall Beatty received weekly accolades from the Patriot League on Tuesday.

Renard was named Patriot League Male Field Athlete of the Week after recording a league leading score in the discus throw. His 56.71 meter throw was the best of his career at Army and ranks seventh in the NCAA East Region. This marks Renard's second league honor, after he earned the weekly award in March after setting the Army West Point program record in the shot put.

"Mike's success is not a surprise," head coach Mike Smith said. "He has committed himself to the process of getting better and the results are a reflection of a lot of hard work."

Plebe Marshall Beatty continued his impressive rookie campaign by recording a Patriot League-best time in the 5000 meter run on Sunday. Beatty's 14:11.41 mark stands ten seconds faster than the second leading time on the list. The performance earned the Missoula, Mont., native Patriot League Rookie of the Week. Read more.

10th Annual West Point Negotiation Project Workshop
4/17/2019

10th Annual West Point Negotiation Project WorkshopWest Point recently held the 10th Annual West Point Negotiation Project Workshop. Colonel Todd Woodruff, Director of the West Point Leadership Center spoke to the attendees during opening breakfast. CDT Rodriguez '19 and CDT Stewart '20 taught active listening skills at the Workshop.

Martin Tabbed Patriot League Player of Week
4/17/2019

CDT Trey Martin '19Army West Point Baseball saw Trey Martin named the Patriot League Player of the Week on Tuesday afternoon. This was Martin's second career conference weekly honor and first of the season.

He batted .500 (8-for-16) with five runs and eight RBI to help Army finish 4-1 last week, including taking two of three games from Lafayette. The senior infielder hit two home runs and drove in six  to help sweep a doubleheader from Manhattan as well. The Corbin, Ky., native went 5-for-11 with two RBI and two runs scored in a three-game series with the Leopards. Martin currently leads the team and is third in the league with a .330 batting average. His 25 season RBI is second on the team as well.

Army is back in action Wednesday when it welcomes Holy Cross for a midweek conference game before it travels to Annapolis, Md., this weekend for a three-game series with Navy.

Cadets Get Certified "Safety at Sea" at USNA
4/17/2019

Eight cadets and two OICs traveled to the Naval Academy to become certified in the US Sailing Association's "Safety at Sea" training. This training is required for most off-shore races involving large boats in bigger bodies of water. The training consists of Sailor-Overboard techniques, Coast Guard capabilities, off-shore communications, medical prevention and treatment for seasickness and exposure, and other training related to life-threatening situations encountered while at sea. The seminar was the best training available in the United States on these topics and included practical demonstrations on the water. The cadets represented West Point very well and were recognized by the Superintendent of USNA in his welcome address.

USMA Model UN at NYUMUNC
4/17/2019

USMA Model UN at NYUMUNCTen cadets from USMA Model UN traveled to New York City to participate in New York University's Model UN Conference (NYUMUNC), hosted by New York University. NYUMUNC presented the West Point MUN team with the opportunity to develop public speaking skills, gain knowledge of international affairs, and represent the Army and the Academy in a professional and positive way to an international student audience. Schools in attendance included Princeton University, Harvard University, American University, and the University of Maryland, among others.

The conference ended with 6 of 10 cadets earning individual awards, with the entire team performing well and displaying exceptional speaking skills, negotiation, and cooperative problem solving with over 300 other students from domestic and international universities. The following cadets were individually recognized for their outstanding performances: Joseph Kyburz '20, Hunter Arnold '21, Nicholas Cunningham '20, Benjamin Snyder '21, Dana Cody '20 and Noah Kim '22. The following cadets were also integral to the team's success: Madeline Whitehead '21, Dillon Reynolds, Wesley Swain '20 and Neil Krishnan '20.

Ultimate Frisbee at the Haverford Tournament
4/17/2019

Ultimate Frisbee at the Haverford TournamentArmy Ultimate Frisbee recently played their final regular season tournament in Haverford, PA. Army went 2-4 playing many high caliber teams, including the number six and number twenty-four teams in the country according to Ulti-world. Army started off strong on Saturday but was sitting 4 out of 7 offensive players due to injuries, and the Defensive line was not able to play consistently enough to work the disc down the field, leading to many turnovers. While disappointed with the specific results of this tournament, Army is still quite positive about its post season prospects with Nationals as the final goal. Army has been working hard to prepare and be at its fullest potential for the upcoming Sectionals.

CLS Hosts BG Bonner, CBRNE Command
4/17/2019

CLS Hosts BG Bonner, CBRNE CommandChemistry and Life Science (CLS) hosted BG James E. Bonner, CG, 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) Command, during his visit to West Point to meet with Cadets, FA 52 Officers, and Department Heads from D/CLS and D/PNE. Firsties who branched CBRN and EOD, and Cadets enrolled in D/CLS courses were invited to meet with BG Bonner and his team for branch specific and Army at large professional development discussions, while FA 52 Officers had the opportunity to learn more about the 20th CBRNE Command for future assignment opportunities. Engagements with Department leadership facilitated relationship building between USMA and 20th CBRNE Command.

Softball Claims First Series Over Lehigh in 27 Years
4/16/2019

CDT Taylor Drayton '21The Army West Point Softball Team picked up a 5-3 victory over Lehigh to secure its first series victory over the Mountain Hawks since 1992 on Sunday morning at Leadership Park. Yearling Taylor Drayton led the Black Knights with her third multi-hit effort of the weekend, while second-year Grace Mattimore tied the Clayton, N.C., native with two RBI in the game. Yearling Ally Snelling also reached base in three of her four plate appearances. In the circle, cow Macey Newbary was a force for the Cadets once again, scattering five hits over six innings of shutout ball.

The Missoula, Mont., native finished the weekend without allowing a run in 12.1 innings of work and allowed just eight hits and two free passes. Army broke the scoreless tie in the first inning when Drayton blooped a single toward the second base bag that scored Ashley Yoo from third. Mattimore added to the lead with a two-run single with the bases loaded which chased Lehigh starter Parker Boyd from the circle with one out in the opening frame. The home side answered with three runs of its own in the bottom of the inning to tie the game. Both sides strengthened their defensive efforts over the next four innings until a sacrifice fly from Yoo plated Jolie Duong to put Army back in the lead, 4-3, in the top of the sixth. The Black Knights added an insurance run in the seventh inning to seal the victory on an RBI single by Drayton that scored Megan Muffett who led off with a double. Read more.

Christiansen, Hopkins, Riley to Lead Football in 2019
4/16/2019

Christiansen, Hopkins, Riley to Lead Football in 2019The Army West Point Football Team has named its team captains for the upcoming 2019 season. Rising firsties Cole Christiansen, Kelvin Hopkins Jr., and Elijah Riley have all been selected by their peers to lead the Black Knights to what they hope is another historic year.

Christiansen returns for his second stint as a team captain. Last season he was second on the team with 77 total tackles, including 42 solo shots. The Suffolk, Va., native added 12 tackles for a loss of 24 yards and one sack for six yards.

Under center last year Hopkins Jr. became the first player in academy history to throw and rush for 1,000 yards in the same season. He also registered five rushing touchdowns in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl to tie the Army single-game record. The Charlotte, N.C., native closed out his first year as the primary play caller with 17 rushing touchdowns, which tied Carlton Jones and Trent Steelman for a single-season program record. 

Riley became a key leader in Army's secondary a year ago. He finished third on the team with 55 tackles to go along with his 39 solo grabs. The Port Jefferson, N.Y., native chipped in 7.5 tackles for a loss of 27 yards and 10 pass breakups.

The Black Knights kick off their season August 30 when they host Rice at Michie Stadium.

CDT Tavassoli Takes 3rd at the Spoken Russian Olympiada
4/16/2019

CDT Tavassoli Takes 3rd at the Spoken Russian OlympiadaCDTs Nicholas Tavassoli, Steve Berrios, and Emma San Martin all competed in the annual Spoken Russian Olympiada, hosted this year at SUNY-Binghamton. The cadets were prepared for the competition by Dr. Olga Dobrunoff. Dr. John Pendergast coordinated the cadets' participation. CDT Tavassoli distinguished himself by placing 3rd place overall among all the students competing from five different colleges. After the competition, all participants enjoyed a meal of Slavic dishes: borscht, pierogis (stuffed dumplings), goluptsy (stuffed cabbage) and sausage with sauerkraut.

Men's Lacrosse Rising in National Polls
4/16/2019

Men's Lacrosse Rising in National PollsThe Army West Point Men's Lacrosse Team rose to 17th in this week's national rankings after topping service academy rival Navy, 9-8, in overtime on Saturday. The Black Knights climbed three spots in both the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Coaches Poll.

Army is now 9-3 on the year with two wins against nationally ranked teams. The Black Knights defeated UMass in the season opener before routing Rutgers in more non-conference action. The Cadets are 2-1 against ranked opponents this season and have defeated a team ranked inside the top-10.

Army is set to face eighth-ranked Loyola this weekend on CBS Sports Network at 2:30 p.m.

Women's T&F Closes Out Bison Classic
4/16/2019

CDT Cassie Mundekis '19The Army West Point Women's Track and Field Team closed out the second and final day of the Bison Outdoor Classic with a solid showing on Sunday. The Black Knights posted several contending finishes on the day including four top five finishes. Cow Lynne Mooradian placed in the top ten in both hurdle events, finishing fourth in the 400 meter hurdles and sixth in the 100 meter hurdles.

"Great conditions last night set the table for our women and they took advantage of the opportunity. We did not compete our entire team today as we build towards the conference meet, but our middle distance and distance runners needed a test and they responded well to the challenge." said coach Smith. Read more.

Classroom in the Sky over the Hudson Valley
4/16/2019

Classroom in the Sky over the Hudson ValleySpring time means cadets in West Points Academic Flight program take their lessons in the air during the course flight labs. Here CDT Chris Banga '19 takes data in one of the department's C-182 aircraft to analyze how well theory matches reality when it comes to the lift equation.

Women's Rugby Claims Sacred Heart 7s Title
4/16/2019

Women's Rugby Claims Sacred Heart 7s TitleThe Army West Point Women's Rugby Team captured first place at the Sacred Heart 7s Tournament Saturday, defeating Mount Saint Mary's in the final. Hailey Hodsden led the way for the Black Knights with a staggering 10 tries in the five matches. Hodsden scored two of those in the Cadets' 21-12 victory over the Knights of Mount Saint Mary's. Army finished the day 4-1, with wins over Malloy, UNE, Sacred Heart, and split with Mount Saint Mary's. Firstie Jill Bottarini scored four tries for Army, two coming in the Black Knights 32-0 win over Malloy. Kaitlyn Lewis added seven conversions, and scored a try. Read more.

Business Ethics Takes 3rd at Mount Saint Mary's
4/16/2019

Business Ethics Takes 3rd at Mount Saint Mary's The Cadet Business Ethics Bowl Team led by Cadets Gabrielle Alford and Nathan Frederickson, placed 3rd overall at the Ethics Case Competition at Mount Saint Mary's University. Seven teams from across the country came together to participate in an analysis and debate of historical case studies from the business world. The teams applied a variety of ethical principles and standards in their evaluation of the case to offer an in-depth assessment of the characters, decisions and events.

It’s a Senior Day Sweep for Army Baseball
4/16/2019

It’s a Senior Day Sweep for Army BaseballThe Army West Point Baseball Team defeated Lafayette in a doubleheader here Saturday for two wins on senior day. The Black Knights earned a 4-2, seven-inning win in Game 1, before notching a 10-2 victory in the nightcap. With the day's outcomes, Army increases its winning streak to six straight. Prior to the opener, nine firsites were acknowledged for their dedication to the team over the last four years. Daniel Burggraaf, Jacob Carte, Mike Gagliardi, Tyler Giovinco, Matt Hudgins, Trey Martin, Sam Messina, Cam Opp and Josh White were the cadet-athletes honored Saturday.

Giovinco and Burggraaf both registered wins on the day, with Opp earning his team-leading third save. Giovinco got the starting nod in Game 1, allowing seven hits and two runs in 6.0 innings. Burggraaf shut the Leopards down in the nightcap, giving up just four hits, one run and three walks in 5.2 innings. The two combined to strike out 10 batters during their time on the hill. John McKenna, Andre Walden, and Martin led the team with three hits each in the twin bill. Tim Simoes recorded a team-best three runs batted in, while five different Cadets notched two runs each.

The Class of 2019 is now one win away from reaching 100 wins in their Army careers. Read more.

Cadet Capstone Tackles the Army's Problem with Corrosion
4/16/2019

Cadet Capstone Tackles the Army's Problem with CorrosionThe DoD Corrosion Policy and Oversight (CPO) Office is funding the cadets in the Corrosion Capstone to design and build a device capable of detecting corrosion. The Corrosion Capstone team will compete in the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) University Student Design and Applied Solutions Competition (USDASC) in Houston, Texas. Additionally, the team is looking forward to briefing their results at West Point's Projects Day in May. Cadet Fulton welds the structure together. Cadet Valdes sands specific shapes into the structure for testing.

Men's Lacrosse Claims Star in Iconic 100th Meeting
4/16/2019

Men's Lacrosse Claims Star in Iconic 100th MeetingIn the historical 100th meeting between the Army West Point and Navy Men's Lacrosse Teams, the Black Knights left Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium with a thrilling 9-8 overtime victory to secure a star in the Army-Navy Star Series presented by USAA.

The Black Knights only won six faceoffs in the game, but the most crucial one came in overtime. Evan Condon battled the ball loose enabling Marcus Hudgins to pick it up for the offensive possession. With the shot clock winding down, Matt Manown set his eyes on the goal. The cow used a spin move to gain the preferred angle to goal and let it rip to send Army home victorious.

Manown was one of six goal scorers for the Black Knights. Nate Jones led the charge with a game-high three goals for a hat trick, while Brendan Nichtern finished with a team-best five points on two goals and three assists.

With the win, Army clinched a berth in the Patriot League playoffs. Read more.

Cycling Races the Hilly Countryside of Lewisburg
4/16/2019

Cycling Races the Hilly Countryside of LewisburgArmy West Point Cycling raced in the hilly countryside of Lewisburg, PA near Bucknell University recently. Road Race Results: Liz Huuki, 3rd Place Women’s A; Brian Brady, 5th Place Men’s C; Eric Kulkarni (4th) and Jake Bueno (5th) Men’s D Circuit Race Results: Andrew Mergen, 7th Place Men’s A; Liz Huuki, 1st Place Women’s A; Matt Cohane, 1st Place Men’s D.

Cadets Judge Dutchess Country Regional Science Fair
4/16/2019

Cadets Judge Dutchess Country Regional Science FairCadets from the West Point American Chemical Society Student Section served as judges at the 60th Dutchess County Regional Science Fair (DCRSF). DCRSF is the first regional science fair in New York and is the longest running regional science fair that is affiliated with the International Science and Engineering Fair. Faculty and cadets were inspired by the highly motivated fifth through twelfth graders who presented their projects and also impressed by the caliber of the senior division projects.

Men's Team Handball at NETHL Tournament
4/16/2019

West Point's Black and Gold Men's handball team made the trip south for their final NETHL tournament of the season. Both teams split the day, with each going 1-1. Black started the day off with a win after a furious second half comeback over NYC-2 but couldn't carry that momentum into their afternoon match against NYC-1. Gold struggled out of the gate falling to NYC-1 but bounced back and took the afternoon game against NYC-2.

Combat Weapons Compete in Limited Division
4/16/2019

Combat Weapons Compete in Limited DivisionThe Combat Weapons Team competed in the Limited Division at the Superstition Mountain Mystery 3-Gun Competition in Mesa, AZ. The competition consisted of a mix of rifle, pistol, and shotgun based events with rifle targets out to 500 meters. CDT Robert Sobeski placed 18th overall in the Limited Division. The stages tested a variety of skills, from reloads, to shooting on the move, to target discrimination utilizing "hostage" targets. This competition was a humbling experience for the team as it was the first time they have competed with shotguns and with rifles beyond 300 meters. With this new insight into national level competitions, the team can build a Program of Instruction for AY20 which will set them up for success.

Army Takes 1st at Air Force Research Labs Design Competition
4/12/2019

Army Takes 1st at Air Force Research Labs Design CompetitionCadets from the Civil & Mechanical Engineering Department and Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Department, competed in the 2019 Air Force Research Labs Service Academy Design Competition at Niceville, FL. After presenting and demonstrating their device, Army took home 1st Place, defeating both Air Force and Navy. Check out this demo video of their work: https://youtu.be/FhaaDzL3K74

On Point: More Than a Game
4/12/2019

On Point: More Than a Game - Autism AwarenessThe Army West Point Baseball Team is making it a team goal to help bring awareness to an important cause… Autism. With April being Autism Awareness Month, the Black Knights have continued to support and honor not only those affected but the teachers and aids who work tirelessly with some of the most vulnerable students. This cause is especially meaningful to the Army Baseball Family as head coach Jim Foster's daughter, Delaney has autism.

For the third-straight year the Army baseball team hosted an Autism Awareness Weekend and this year's event was their most successful to date. "Special education teachers don't get a ton of recognition because normally they only have a couple of students," Narelle Foster said. "This is just one little thing we're able to do to let those teachers know that they're doing the hard work and it's really appreciated."

Please watch the On Point feature: https://youtu.be/fevijRup9NI

Combat Weapons Crushes the Competition at Nationals
4/12/2019

Combat Weapons Crushes the Competition at NationalsThe West Point Combat Weapons Team competed at the Sig Sauer Relentless Warrior match, a national level competition held at the Sig Sauer Academy in Epping, New Hampshire. USMA competed against teams from the United States Naval Academy, Air Force Academy, Coast Guard Academy, Merchant Marine Academy, Virginia Military Institute, and Texas A&M. The competition consisted of seven stages that tested the competitor's ability to engage targets at various distances, critical thinking, accuracy, speed and mental endurance.

The USMA team smashed the competition and placed first overall, with Bobby Sobeski '19 placing first and taking home the title of Top Gun for the match. Also placing in the top ten from USMA were 4th place Jordan Bailey '19, 6th place Carlos Pineda '20, 7th place Preston Wiley '19, 9th place Samuel Pool '20, and 10th place Thomas Musgrove '20. CDT Carlos Pineda '20 was also recognized as the most accurate shooter in the match overall and the M17 Excellence in Competition Champion for being the most accurate with the Army's new M17 pistol.

In total, USMA brought 18 Cadets to compete at Relentless Warrior with the majority placing in the top third of a field of 82 competitors. Combat Weapons Team Coach Gary Salman was also awarded the "Spirit of the Warrior" award for his dedication to developing leaders of character that embrace the combat mindset. Gary has worked with the Combat Weapons Team for over 15 years and is the cornerstone to the success at competition the team has and will continue to have.

Cadets Speak with Students about Engineering
4/12/2019

Cadets Speak with Students about EngineeringAssistant Professor Major Ruth Mower from the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering took three Cadets to the Lower Hudson Valley Engineering Expo to represent West Point and the diversity of engineering programs offered at USMA. Cadets Adrian Baraza, Robert Simons, and Andres Rodriguez, Student Chapter Cadet leadership and members from the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) club, did an excellent job providing high school and middle school students information they needed to pursue educational opportunities in engineering at West Point. They talked to over 100 students and parents during the four-and-a-half-hour event and provided much information for potential candidates, representing a diverse population, from the USMA Admissions Office.

Climbing in the Gunks
4/12/2019

Climbing in the GunksEight cadets headed out to Shawangunk ridge for a day of climbing recently. Despite harsh conditions the team set up five top ropes getting first time climber Shane Hickman '22 some outdoor experience. When the weather took a turn for the worst the team took advantage of the situation and had a workshop of placing gear and making anchors. The mountaineering team included: Jared Ells '19, Angela Martone '19, Ian Navarro ’20, Christian Witkop ’21, Gerrit Rummel '21, Zach Lindsay ’21, Justin Gittemeier ’21, Shane Hickman '22, and Mitch Gilley ’22.

Cadets Dig Deep
4/12/2019

Cadets Dig DeepCadets Hardaway and Richardson '19 dug deep in partnership with Bannerman Island Trust, a local Non-governmental Organization (NGO), to create an improved experience on the historic island. Capstone projects are a critical component of modern engineering education at West Point.

ELEX Cadets Volunteer at FIRST Robotics Regionals
4/12/2019

ELEX Cadets Volunteer at FIRST Robotics RegionalsThree members of the Electronics Experimenters Club (ELEX) volunteered as judges and scorers at the Long Island FIRST Robotics Regional Championships at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. Cadets Adam Patula '19, Jared Fritz '19, Nolan Pierce '22 and MAJ Joshua Groen supported the event and the Academy's outreach mission in New York City. The competition consisted of over 45 teams, including teams from Turkey, China, and Brazil.

The Cadets applied their technical skills, including the skills they have learned and honed at ELEX, in evaluating the robots' design and performance, and in suggesting improvements to the teams. Their duties included interviewing the students and discussing how they built their robots to solve a specific challenge. The cadets' understanding of robotic drive systems, PID control and operation, and power delivery systems were invaluable in providing informed assessments, and they made a significant contribution in the judges' room.

The cadets talked with students about their future and enlightened them about West Point. Making a lasting impression many expressed interests in expanding West Point's support in their schools and communities.

UAV Recovery with No Runway
4/12/2019

UAV Recovery with No RunwayWhat do you do when Army operators need to recover an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) without a runway? This capstone team designed a system that can successfully recover an RQ-7 Shadow from the air to the ground operating unit without damage to the UAV using air.

Cadets Observe the Art of Chocolate Making
4/12/2019

Cadets Observe the Art of Chocolate MakingLTC April Miller and cadets from the Chocolate Club, part of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Club, visited Krause’s Chocolates in Saugerties, NY to observe their technique in the art of chocolate making. These techniques will be incorporated in their future projects.

Special Olympics Planning is Well Underway
4/11/2019

Special Olympics Planning is Well UnderwayThe Special Olympics Hudson Valley Region Spring Games will be held at USMA (Shea Stadium) Saturday May 4 from 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM. The Hudson Valley Regional Athlete Congress for the Special Olympics recently visited the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership to experience cadet life and offer guidance to the cadets running this year's games. Hope to see you there!

Football Places Three on NFF Hampshire Honor Society
4/11/2019

Football Places Three on NFF Hampshire Honor SocietyThree Army West Point Football players were acknowledged by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame as members of the 2019 NFF Hampshire Honor Society. Army's selections were Kenneth Brinson, Andy Davidson, and Max Regan. The Hampshire Honor Society is composed of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college careers. An all-time high of 1,661 players from a record 426 schools qualified for membership in the society's 13th year.

"We are pleased to see another record number of athletes honored by the Hampshire Honor Society this year," said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. "For more than a decade, it has become a powerful vehicle for schools to recognize their college football players who have distinguished themselves both academically and athletically, and we congratulate the schools and each of these young men for their commitment to excellence in all aspects of their lives." Nominated by their respective schools, members of the NFF Hampshire Honor Society must have: Completed their final year of playing eligibility in 2018; Achieved a 3.2 cumulative grade point average throughout entire course of undergraduate study; Met all NCAA-mandated progress toward degree requirements; Been starters or significant contributors throughout the 2018 season. Read more.

Home Runs Spark Doubleheader Sweep for Baseball
4/11/2019

CDT Trey Martin '19The Army West Point Baseball Team took both games of a doubleheader with Manhattan here Wednesday afternoon. The Black Knights defeated the Jaspers 12-6 in Game 1 before earning a 4-1 victory in the nightcap. Both contests were limited to seven innings. Six cadet-athletes posted at least two hits in the twin bill with Trey Martin, John McKenna and Jeremiah Adams leading the way with three hits each. Martin added a team-best six runs batted in, including his first career grand slam. Drake Titus chipped in three RBI, while Tim Simoes reeled in two. Starting pitchers Mike Gagliardi and Anthony LoRicco both registered their first wins of the season. Gagliardi allowed five hits and two runs in 3.0 innings during the opener.

LoRicco then followed suit giving up just three hits, one run and one walk in 4.0 innings of Game 2. The two combined to strike out nine batters. Martin drilled two home runs on the day, one in each contest, shifting his season number to a team-best five. Carter Macias also tallied a long ball in the nightcap for his first career blast. In the games, Army finished with six doubles, one triple and three home runs, compared to five total extra base hits for the Jaspers. Logan Smith, Ray Bartoli, Brock Daugherty, and Ben DeLaubell each got work in for the Black Knights in relief. Smith and Bartoli both logged three innings, allowing just two hits. As a pitching staff, the Cadets totaled 20 strikeouts to only 11 for the Jaspers. Jacob Hurtubise notched a team-high three walks, and went a perfect 4-for-4 on stolen bases, he now has 29 on the year to lead the conference. Read more.

Davis Earns AAA Athlete of the Week Nod
4/11/2019

CDT Mathew Davis '22Rookie all-arounder Mathew Davis was tabbed the Army West Point Athletic Association Athlete of the Week after his outstanding performance at the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships.

The Frisco, Texas, native ranked second in the meet with a 79.050 score. He championed the floor exercise with a career-high 14.400. Davis was also the first-place finisher on parallel bars, turning out a 13.150. Davis was honored as the ECAC Rookie of the Year on Saturday.

The Black Knights qualified for the NCAA Championships as a team for the first time since 2015. Davis and the Cadets will compete at the University of Illinois April 19-20.

Triathlon at the Nationals in Tempe
4/11/2019

Triathlon at the Nationals in TempeThe West Point Triathlon team raced at USA Triathlon Collegiate Nationals in Tempe, Arizona. Over 2 days and 3 races, the team finished with 6th place finish out of 100+ teams. Despite a very competitive field, the team gave everything, and they cannot wait for next year to continue to crush everyone.

Some of the Top finishes:

  • Emily Landeryou '21 -1st place in the Draft Legal race and 8th in the Olympic Race
  • Thatcher Shepard '20- 10th place in Draft Legal race
  • Hannah White '20 - 13th place in Olympic race
  • Sarah Martin '21 - Fastest woman Olympic run time
  • Rylie Fry '22 - 6th fastest woman Olympic swim time
Softball Splits Midweek Twin Bill Versus Marist
4/11/2019

CDT Grace Mattimore '21The Army West Point softball team split its midweek doubleheader against Hudson Valley rival Marist at the Army Softball Complex on Wednesday afternoon. The Black Knights opened the day with a 6-0 victory following a display of power from yearlings Grace Mattimore and Taylor Drayton who combined for three home runs. The Red Foxes evened the series on the day with a 5-1 win in the night cap. Mattimore's return to the starting lineup yielded a great return for the Cadets as the Ashburn, Va., native led the squad with four hits, three RBI, two home runs and two runs scored on the afternoon. Drayton added a home run in the opener. Firstie Ashley Yoo, cow Emily Ballesteros and yearling Ally Snelling each added multiple hits on the day with Ballesteros and Snelling tallying a double apiece. On the rubber, firstie Renee Poirier marveled in the opener with a complete game shutout. The Plainville, Mass., native allowed just two hits and two walks in the outing while striking out three Red Foxes. Read more.

Equestrian at the IHSA Regional Championship
4/11/2019

Equestrian at the IHSA Regional ChampionshipThe Army Equestrian Team represented West Point admirably at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association's Regional Championship. The top qualifiers from nine highly competitive teams in the Northeast region came together at Centenary University Equestrian Center in Long Valley, NJ to test their equitation skills. Matilda Brady '19 competed in Intermediate flat, earning an impressive top four finish and an invitation to compete in the regional Battle in the Saddle competition. Karissa Stubblefield '22 rode to a top five finish in the walk-trot-canter final, and Amanda Roper '19 achieved a top nine finish in the walk-trot-canter final. Additionally, Victoria Kearns '22 placed fourth in her walk-trot class, which also earns her an invitation to Battle in the Saddle, and Suzanna Del Rio '21 earned a top six finish in the regional walk-trot finals. The all demonstrated incredible dedication to and mastery of their respective skills.

Gymnastics Punches Ticket to NCAA Championships
4/10/2019

Gymnastics Punches Ticket to NCAA ChampionshipsFor the first time since 2015, the Army West Point Gymnastics Team has qualified for the NCAA Championships. In previous seasons, only individual qualifiers have been tabbed to compete. It is the fifth time under Dr. Doug VanEveren that Army has qualified as a team for NCAAs.

The Black Knights are the 12th-seed in the championships and will compete in the April 19th 7 p.m. session. Three teams and the top three all-around competitors not on one of the qualifying teams, plus the top three individuals on each event not already qualified on a team or as an all-around competitor, will advance from each pre-qualifying session to the finals. Finals competition will take place April 20.

Tickets for the championships are available for single session or weekend prices. Competition will be held at the State Farm Center on the campus of the University Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Full information on the championships can be found here. The Black Knights will compete against No. 1 Oklahoma, host No. 4 Illinois, No. 5 Penn State, No. 8 Iowa and No. 9 Ohio State. Firstie captain Cole Casanova and Mathew Davis will represent the Black Knights in the All-Around competition. Read more.

Glee Club Honors Malek '59 in Washington DC
4/10/2019

Glee Club Honors Malek '59 in Washington DCTwenty-five members of the Glee Club traveled to Washington DC to support the funeral of Fredrick V. Malek '59. At the funeral, the Club performed The Corps and the Alma Mater and led the congregation in the singing of hymns. Among those paying respects to the Malek family at the National United Methodist Church were approximately 2,000 of some of the most influential persons in American business and government. At the reception in the historic Anderson House on Embassy Row, the Club performed God Bless America and On Brave Old Army Team and then socialized with guests of the Malek family.

Men's Lacrosse Ranks 20th in National Polls
4/10/2019

Men's Lacrosse Ranks 20th in National PollsThe Army West Point Men's Lacrosse Team ranks 20th in this week's national rankings. The Black Knights dropped four spots in both the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Coaches Poll. Army is now 8-3 on the year with two wins against nationally ranked teams. The Black Knights defeated UMass in the season opener before routing Rutgers in more non-conference action. The Cadets are 2-1 against ranked opponents this season and have defeated a team ranked inside the top-10. Army is set to face Loyola at the end of April, a squad that currently sits at No. 2 this week. The Black Knights take on service academy rival Navy this Saturday. The game will be on CBS Sports Network at 3:30 p.m.

Triathlon Hosts Annual Northeast Duathlon Conference
4/10/2019

Triathlon Hosts Annual Northeast Duathlon ConferenceThe Army West Point Triathlon Team hosted its annual Northeast Collegiate Triathlon Conference duathlon at Camp Buckner. Approximately 70 athletes came and competed in the run-bike-run event. Most athletes were collegiate racers from the conference to include athletes from Columbia, Cornell, Rutgers and Northeastern Universities. Cadet Emily Landeryou '21 was the first female finisher and the top Collegiate women's finisher. Based on their performances, CDT Landeryou and Cadet Waverly Schnetzler '22 both qualified to compete in the USAT Collegiate Nationals.

NSBE attend the National Convention
4/10/2019

NSBE attend the National ConventionThe Local National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) chapter participated in the NSBE National convention by attending talks catered on professional development as engineers while motivating the significance of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) outreach. The Cadets had a great and impactful experience.

Men's Volleyball at the Anaheim Competition
4/10/2019

Men's Volleyball at the Anaheim CompetitionThe Men’s Volleyball Team (Division 2) Faced top-level (Division 1) competition at the Nationals in Anaheim, California. They went 3-3 in the tournament and posted a 9th place finish out of 32 teams. During pool play they beat San Diego State and Utah State but fell to UC Davis, the 20th ranked D1 team in the nation, in 3 games and the following day fell to UC Berkeley in their challenge match. Following the loss to UC Berkeley, they found themselves in the Silver Bracket, which is a single elimination bracket. They came out strong and beat Northern Arizona University but then lost to San Francisco University in three games. The team gave it their all against and knows what they need to improve moving forward.

Stewart Named League's Midfielder of the Week
4/9/2019

CDT Samantha Stewart '20Samantha Stewart of the Army West Point Women's Lacrosse Team collected Patriot League Midfielder of the Week honors for the second consecutive week.

The midfielder was a key contributor in the Black Knights' 16-14 league win over Lafayette on Saturday, helping the Cadets extend their winning streak to three games. Against the Leopards, Stewart tied her career-high with six points after tallying three goals and a trio of assists. She added three ground balls and a pair of draw controls to her stat line.

Stewart recorded her sixth hat trick of the season and moved up in the program's all-time ranks. The New Canaan, Conn., native climbed to third in all-time assists and second in ground balls.

Stewart and the Black Knights will look to stay hot when they trek to Annapolis, Md., on Saturday for a service-academy rivalry matchup with No. 14 Navy slated for 1 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.

The West Point Writing Archives
4/9/2019

The West Point Writing Archives"I had forgotten the power of embedded images and stylish language to seduce, reveal, control. Forgot too, their capacity to help us pursue the human project—which is to remain human and to block the dehumanization of others." -Toni Morrison, "The Fisherwoman"

"Writing can build a bridge between people across time, space, and language--a common theme of our composition course. Unfortunately, it can also be used to manipulate, control, deceive, and ultimately, destroy any hope of a bridge through dehumanization, stereotyping, derogatory humor, or euphemism. The West Point archives brilliantly set up a display of historical writing showcasing destructive language that my composition students examined and analyzed for themselves." - CPT Dey, Department of English and Philosophy (DEP) faculty member.

Baseball vs. Manhattan Twin Bill Moved To Wednesday
4/9/2019

Baseball vs. Manhattan Twin Bill Moved To WednesdayDue to projected inclement weather Tuesday, Army West Point Baseball's doubleheader with Manhattan has been shifted to Wednesday 4/10.

Army and Manhattan were originally scheduled to kick off their twin bill today, but will just move everything back a day to avoid incoming rain.

The two teams will play two seven-inning games beginning at 3 p.m. at Doubleday Field.

Continue to check back with GoArmyWestPoint.com for any further schedule changes.

Ambassadors Levine and Lute Speak with Cadets
4/9/2019

Ambassadors Levine and Lute Speak with CadetsAmbassadors Jeff Levine and Douglas Lute (also a former SOSH faculty member) discussed AMB Lute's recent pamphlet "NATO at 70: An Alliance in Crisis." They also discussed the critical role Estonia plays in NATO as one of the most vulnerable states on the NATO-Russia border and as one of the most consistently supportive states within the alliance.

Black and Gold Game Football Captains Revealed
4/9/2019

Black and Gold Game Football Captains RevealedHead coach Jeff Monken and the Army West Point Football Team have announced their honorary captains for the annual Black and Gold Game on April 12. The Black Knights are saluting five former Black Lion award winners and an honorary coach for their upcoming game on Friday night the 12th. Among those being recognized and serving as the honorary coach that night will be Don Holleder, who yielded his role as a first-team All-American end in 1954 to become Army's starting quarterback in 1955. Representing him on Friday will be his daughter Katie Fellows and granddaughter Taylor Wilkinson.

The program will be welcoming back five former Army football players as well who received the coveted Black Lion Award during their time as a cadet. Serving as team captains for the Black Team will be Will Sullivan '05 and Trent Steelman '13, with Ryan Brence '08, John Plumstead '09, and David Books '12 the team captains for the Gold Team. Also in attendance on Friday will be five teammates of Holleder. Frank Burd '56, Joe Cygler '57, COL Art Johnson '57, BG Pete Lash '56, and David Schorr '57 will all serve as honorary guests for the night.

The start time of the Black and Gold Game is set for 7 p.m.

Model Arab League Cadets Travel to Qatar
4/9/2019

Model Arab League Cadets Travel to QatarThree Cadets from the West Point Model Arab League traveled to Qatar during recently on a study visit sponsored by the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations. Cadets DeMar Gale ’20, Gabrielle Milanesa ’20, Jordan Lawson ’21, and Department of Foreign Languages (DFL) Arabic Desk Chief MAJ Clay Hardwick joined cadets from the Virginia Military Institute and The Citadel to learn about U.S.-Qatar relations and gain a better understanding of the country and its role in the broader Middle East. During the trip, the cadets visited the Qatar Military Academy, the U.S. embassy, and a U.S. military unit at one of the Qatari military bases. They also visited several important civilian sites, including Education City - a bilateral effort that allows Qatari and international students the opportunity to study at several U.S. universities' branch campuses in Qatar. The trip gave the cadets insight into the military and economic ties that underpin our strong bilateral relationship.

Orienteering Team at the Cincinnati Flying Pig Invitational
4/9/2019

Orienteering Team at the Cincinnati Flying Pig InvitationalThe USMA Orienteering Team competed in the Cincinnati Flying Pig Invitational in Olive Hill, KY. The team sent 10 competitors for the 3-day competition lasting from Friday to Sunday. Army Orienteers navigated through some of the toughest topography Kentucky has to offer, crossing rivers and navigating through steep cliffs. Overall the team competed exceptionally and is better prepared to defend their national championship for the 16th consecutive year later this month. Cadets Joey Heindrichs '20, C4 and Daniel Riley '22, D4 received medals for their performances in the Men's 20 and Under category.

Army Takes Third at the Pistol Championships
4/9/2019

The Pistol Team, based on Sectional Match scores, was one of the top ten teams in the country invited to the National Intercollegiate Pistol Championships held at Ft. Benning, GA recently. The Pistol Team placed 3rd overall with a 3-event aggregate score of 6238. The varsity team from the Coast Guard Academy placed first and the varsity from Ohio State placed second. Army was third in Free Pistol, second in Standard pistol, and third in Air pistol.

Skeet & Trap at the Camp Fire Club of America
4/9/2019

Skeet & Trap at the Camp Fire Club of AmericaThe Camp Fire Club of America hosted the Skeet & Trap Team to an incredible shoot on their beautiful grounds in Chappaqua, NY. Always ready to throw the cadets a curveball compared to the standard skeet and trap shot at Range 10, the Camp Fire members did not disappoint with a 100 round competition consisting of horseshoe trap, American skeet, a challenging round of wobble trap, and an impressive five stand setup. After a great day of shooting, the Camp Fire Club narrowly edged out West Point by 5 targets. The Top 5 cadet guns were: Cadets Trey Merrill '19, Ean McCool '20, Thomas Hamm '21, Hunter Jerome '20 and Chandler Jones '20.

Men's Tennis Remains Undefeated in Conference
4/8/2019

CDT Diego Huttepain '22The Army West Point Men's Tennis Team extended its win streak to seven Sunday at the Malek Tennis Center, as the Black Knights took down Lehigh, 4-2. After dropping the early doubles point, Army (12-12, 6-0) put its foot on the gas heading into singles play. Myles Conlin evened the score at one with a dominant 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 1. Lehigh (10-7, 3-2) would get its second point with a win at No. 6. The Black Knights would reel off the next three points with a trio of three-set thrillers. Firstie David Mitchell would provide the clincher with his win at No. 3. Myles Conlin continues to play well at the No. 1 position, picking up his ninth win. Plebe Diego Huttepain also picked up his ninth win this spring. Fellow plebe Nikita Larichev moved to 7-6 this season in singles play. Read more.

Corbin Leadership Forum with Ms. Joanne Lipman
4/8/2019

Corbin Leadership Forum with Ms. Joanne LipmanJoanne Lipman, the bestselling author of That’s What She Said, and one of the nation’s leading journalists, spoke to members of the West Point Leadership Center, Corbin Leadership Forum and broader West Point Community. The title of her talk was: After #MeToo: What Next? In her talk, she provided evidence-based findings on issues such as unconscious bias, childrearing, brain differences, communication, and culture and how this knowledge enables men as well as women to join together to close the gender gap. Ms. Lipman most recently was Chief Content Officer of Gannett and Editor-in-Chief of USA Today and the USA Today Network, comprising the flagship publication plus 109 local newspapers. In that role, she oversaw more than 3,000 journalists and led the organization to three Pulitzer prizes. Ms. Lipman began her career as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, ultimately rising to deputy managing editor – the first woman to attain that post.

Baseball Walks Off Against Lehigh to Capture Series
4/8/2019

Baseball Walks Off Against Lehigh to Capture SeriesThe Army West Point Baseball Team earned a thrilling 3-2 extra innings victory over Lehigh here Sunday afternoon. With the walk-off win, the Black Knights captured the weekend series, 2-1, after the two teams split Saturday's doubleheader. Anfernee Crompton scored Army's game-winning run after Carter Macias reached base thanks to a two-out fielding error. Blake Ledoux singled to kickoff the 11th inning before Crompton came in to pinch run for the yearling. Drake Titus then shifted him to second on a sacrifice bunt before he touched home two batters later. Jacob Hurtubise, Tim Simoes and Ledoux each registered two hits in the game. John McKenna led all players with two runs batted in following his single in the third inning. Cam Opp was credited with the win after pitching 5.0 innings, allowing just three hits and two walks. The firstie struck out five during his time on the hill as well. Read more.

Women's Lacrosse Secures Senior Day Win at Michie
4/8/2019

Women's Lacrosse Secures Senior Day Win at MichieThe Army West Point Women's Lacrosse Team extending its winning streak to three games after besting Lafayette, 16-14, in a senior day Patriot League showdown at Michie Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Black Knights (10-3, 3-2 Patriot League) had seven different goal scorers, including five with multi-goal outings, in the home victory over the Leopards (5-8, 1-4 Patriot League). In one of her final games on the banks of the Hudson, senior Manuela Cortes put forth a dominant offensive outing after she tallied four goals on just five shots. She also handed out a pair of helpers for six points, tying her career high. Samantha Stewart and Caroline Raymond also finished with hat tricks, while Stewart added a trio of assists and ground balls to her stat line. The duo of Jackie Brattan and Taylor Andrews combined for four of the Cadets' 16 goals after scoring two apiece. In goal, Hannah Slomkowski played a major role in the contest, coming away with seven saves and her second win of the year.

Army reached the 10-win mark for the second straight year. Brattan became Army's all-time single-season scoring leader with 41 goals. She recorded double-digit draw controls for the second time this year after notching 10. Cortes posted her seventh hat trick of the year. It was the senior's second four-goal performance of the season. Stewart tallied her sixth hat trick of the season. The cow passed Erin Jollota for third in all-time assists. She tied Kiersten Spencer for second in program history with 74 career ground balls. Raymond took sole possession of ninth in all-time scoring with 25 goals. The plebe posted her third-career hat trick. Olivia Carter had a three-point game after scoring once and dishing out two helpers. Army was 14-of-15 on clears and a perfect 10-of-10 in the second half. The Black Knights improved to 2-2 all-time versus Lafayette. Read more.

Cadets at the "Burn This" Revival
4/8/2019

Cadets at the "Burn This" RevivalCadets had an amazing day of theatre arts in NY City. They saw a revival of a powerful play, Burn This, set in 1980s NY City, and starring Adam Driver and Keri Russell. After the play, the Cadets had the opportunity to see backstage and meet Adam Driver in person. He talked to them about Arts in the Armed Forces, some of the work he did to prepare for his role in Burn This, and some of the history of the Hudson Theater. Mr. Driver, a Marine before he was an actor, talked to the Cadets about how everyone who sees this play, Burn This, takes away different reflections and observations. The Cadets were relating the stories from the play to their lives at West Point during the drive home. After the show, Cadets explored the Theatre District, with some heading to museums and finding new restaurants and others seeing a second show, King Lear.

Army Golf Places 13th at Clemson Invite
4/8/2019

CDT Nick Turner '19The Army West Point Golf Team finished in a tie for 13th at the Clemson Invitational, which concluded on Sunday. The Black Knights ended up with a team score of 888 (+24) and was tied with Elon for 13th place on the team leaderboard. Eighth-ranked Georgia Tech won the invitational with a three-day score of 812 (-52). The Yellow Jackets went 19-under as a team during the final round on Sunday. Team captain Nick Turner had a good week and finished in a tie for 33rd on the player leaderboard with a final score of 217 (+1). Turner carded a 2-over 74 on Sunday and recorded one birdie in his final round. Matt Plunkett ended up 50th overall with a 5-over tournament and a final round 75 (+3). Justin Williamson was 7-over after the three rounds and added a 4-over 76 on Sunday, which included four birdies. Clemson's Bryson Nimmer, who is the 15th-ranked player in the nation, won the individual title as he shot under 70 all three days, including an 8-under 64 in the third round. Army will have its final tune-up before Patriot League Championships with a visit to the championship course at Colgate for the RTJ Individual Shootout on April 20-21. Read more.

Women's Tennis Picks Up Two Wins in Rhode Island
4/8/2019

CDT Ana Joyner '21The Army West Point Women's Tennis Team captured a pair of 5-2 road victories at Bryant and the University of Rhode Island on Saturday. The Black Knights improved to 17-6 on the season, while the Bulldogs fell to 7-7 and the Rams dropped to 6-7. Army remains perfect at 7-0 against Bryant in the series dating back to 2010. The Black Knights improved to 5-1 in the all-time series with Rhode Island. Army earned its first win of the season after dropping the doubles point against Bryant. Einck documented her 65th career victory. Joyner tallied her 15th win of the year. The Las Cruces, N.M., native tied Amy Bratton and Annie Weber for eighth in program history with her 18th career dual win in the top flight. Bou notched her 10th singles dual win of the season. Waldman collected her 15th singles win of the season. The Acworth, Ga., native remained perfect in singles duals at 7-0 this year and 9-0 in her career. Pidgeon improved to a perfect 9-0 in singles duals. Read more.

Women's Rugby Captures Brown 7s Tournament Title
4/8/2019

Women's Rugby Captures Brown 7s Tournament TitleThe Army West Point Women's Rugby Team went 4-0 Saturday on its way to winning the Brown 7s Tournament in the Black Knights second event of the spring season.

"The Army women worked very hard throughout the day to improve their quality of play," said Assistant Coach, Lara Vivolo. "As coaches, we feel they accomplished this by lowering the number of errors. It was great to see them clicking as a squad." Army scored wins over Norwich, West Chester, and Brown, before taking down Quinnipiac 24-5 to finish the day.

Army moves to 7-2 overall in 7s play this spring. Cow Sam Sullivan led the Black Knights with eight tries to extend her team lead this spring to 17. Plebe McKenzie Borchers chipped in 13 conversions, giving her 22 total through two weeks. Eleanor Burnett was second on the team with four tries on the day. Kaitlyn Schwarting was right behind with three total tries in the four matches. Read more.

Jewish Choir & Hillel Community Service
4/8/2019

Jewish Choir & Hillel Community ServiceEight Cadets from West Point joined 29 students from the Hillel of Boston University for a week of community service and Jewish community fellowship between America and Brazil through coordination and support by the Hillel of Rio. Group activities included conducting service projects at two different elementary schools to repaint their sports court and paint murals on their recess area walls, clean up their sustainability garden, and provide English speaking interactions for the students in the classroom and during recess. The two Hillel groups enjoyed the sites of Rio de Janeiro with trips to the Copacabana beach, Corcovado Mountain (Christ the Redeemer Statue), Sugar Loaf Mountain, the Museum of Tomorrow, and the Botanical Garden. Fellowship events consisted of sunrise runs along Copacabana beach, different reflection sessions with Boston University Hillel, samba dance lessons, a variety of meals, meeting with Hillel of Rio members, Shabbat services, and a guest speaker opportunity with Mr. Osias Wurman, Honorary Consul of Israel. The West Point Jewish Chapel Choir performed numerous songs for over 150 school children from the Pedro Ernesto Public School who in turn had some of their students perform for us and shared lunch with faculty from the school.

Gymnastics Claims Second at ECAC Championships
4/8/2019

Gymnastics Claims Second at ECAC ChampionshipsThe Army West Point Gymnastics Team claimed second on Saturday at the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships with a 390.650 score. Elliott Herman and Mathew Davis were both crowned champions on the day. Three Black Knights picked up major awards including Davis as ECAC Rookie of the Year, Cole Casanova as ECAC Co-Senior Athlete of the Year and Rex Scott as ECAC Most Improved Gymnast. The Black Knights await their fate for NCAAs and will find out qualifying teams tonight. Davis ranked second in the All-Around (79.050) and Casanova finished fourth (77.300). The plebe produced the top score on parallel bars with a 13.150. Davis turned in a career-best performance on floor exercise which was scored 14.400. Erik Del Cid was close by with a 14.000, also a career-high to place fourth. He was second on vault today with a 14.250. Herman championed the still rings with a 13.850. The mark was a career-high for the firstie. The Black Knights combined for a 69.550 on floor exercise, 0.100 off from the program record. Read more.

SOSH Faculty Presenting at the ISA Annual Convention
4/8/2019

SOSH Faculty Presenting at the ISA Annual ConventionCPT Kyle Wolfley traveled to Toronto with other faculty from SOSH to present a research paper at the 2019 International Studies Association Annual Convention. His paper entitled "Military Statecraft and the Use of Multinational Exercises in World Politics" seeks to illuminate the changing use of military power over the last few decades and more specifically answer why the number of multinational military exercises increased significantly after the Cold War. Using statistics of over 1,000 multinational exercises from 1980-2016, his results reveal that major powers such as the US, China, and Russia used exercises as a means to manage the uncertainty wrought by ambiguous non-state threats. However, in today’s complex and competitive environment, major powers are increasingly using military training to hedge against one another, which is why a better understanding of exercises as a foreign policy tool will help scholars and practitioners alike understand the changing role of military power.

Also, Dr. Max Margulies presented his research on "The Puzzling Persistence of Male-only Conscription." This paper examines why states with strong records of gender-equality in other domains continue to conscript only men. It provides important insights on the relationship between the state, military service, and citizenship at a time when more and more countries are debating re-instituting conscription and opportunities for women in the armed forces."

Two Cadets Receive Midseason All-America Nods
4/8/2019

CDTs Johnny Surdick '19 and AJ Barretto '19Firsties Johnny Surdick and AJ Barretto received Midseason All-America nods from Inside Lacrosse on Friday evening. Surdick was voted to the first team, while Barretto was named to the Honorable Mention list. Surdick is a staple for Army's defense which ranks third nationally in goals allowed per game at 8.30. The Odenton, Md., native leads the team with 2.40 caused turnovers per game. After his five last week against Bucknell, he jumped to the seventh slot in the country. Surdick eclipsed 150 career ground balls earlier this season. Barretto's .605 save percentage is the fourth-best in college lacrosse at the halfway point of his senior campaign. The Darlington, Md., native's goals-against average is tops in the Patriot League and ranks third nationally at 8.27. Barretto is five saves shy from 500 in his career. He currently ranks seventh on the all-time saves list at Army. Surdick is one of three Patriot League members to make the first team. Barretto joins four others on honorable mention. Read more.

Army Names McCarthy '90 Interim Athletic Director
4/5/2019

Army Names McCarthy Interim Athletic DirectorThe Army West Point Athletic Association has appointed Dan McCarthy '90 Interim Director of Athletics as the department conducts a nationwide search for the Athletic Director position. McCarthy assumes his duties effective immediately. He transitions into this new role after the departure of Boo Corrigan, who was named the Director of Athletics at North Carolina State University earlier this spring.

"First, it's important that we thank Boo Corrigan for all that he has done for Army West Point Athletics over the past eight years," McCarthy said. "His time as the Director of Athletics has truly been transformational and his visionary leadership has positioned the athletic department for continued success.

"We wish Boo, his wife Kristen, and their children all the best as he transitions into his new role.  The Corrigan family has contributed so much to the U.S. Military Academy and the West Point community and they will be sorely missed."

McCarthy has been with the department since the start of the 2017-18 season and was added to Corrigan's executive staff prior to the 2018-19 academic year. He joined the staff as the Associate Athletic Director for Administration after spending a season as the Director of Football Operations. McCarthy was on Jeff Monken's staff after retiring from the military in 2017 after 27 years of service, attaining the rank of Colonel.

"I'd like to thank our Superintendent, LTG Williams, for the trust he has placed in me to lead the great coaches and staff in the athletic department during this time of transition," McCarthy added. "I am humbled by the opportunity and proud to serve the more than 1,000 cadet-athletes that are on our teams in providing them with an extraordinary Division I athletic experience while developing leaders of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor and Country." Read more.

CDT Conrow Reflects on West Point
4/5/2019

CDT Conrow Reflects on West PointThe West Point Department of History is committed to building a diverse and effective team to develop Leaders of Character. Hear Cadet Morgan Conrow reflect on her identity as a History Major and the experiences with our faculty that have developed her into a better scholar and leader over the course of her forty-seven-month experience at West Point. From the perspective of the faculty, the most difficult part of the spring semester is the knowledge that we will soon farewell an incredible class of historians as they commission as officers in the U.S. Army.

Judo Dominates at the Collegiate Championships
4/5/2019

Judo Dominates at the Collegiate ChampionshipsThe Judo Team worked hard to set up and host the 2019 Collegiate Judo Championships. The team won three out of the four divisions taking home the Men's Novice, Women's Novice, and Men's Standard divisions.

Cadets in Washington DC Learn About Policymaking
4/5/2019

Cadets in Washington DC Learn About PolicymakingCadets of the Domestic Affairs Forum traveled to Washington, DC to learn about the American policymaking process and civil-military relations from staffers on Capitol Hill and at the Pentagon. Cadets toured the Capitol building, including the floor of the House of Representatives and the Speaker's balcony. They met with Sean O'Keefe, a Professional Staff Member for the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Will Goodwin '15, Military Legislative Assistant for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, to discuss the authorizations process, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), life as a congressional staffer, and their career paths. They traveled to the Pentagon and met with several former faculty members now serving in various offices, including those of the Secretary of the Army, the Under Secretary of the Army, the Director of the Army Staff. Discussions included civil-military relations, the Army budgeting process, the Army Renaissance according to Secretary of the Army Mark Esper, global integration, and how to build relationships and be successful in a work environment like the Pentagon.

Brattan Tabbed AWPAA Athlete of the Week
4/5/2019

CDT Jackie Brattan '21Yearling Jackie Brattan of the Army West Point Women's Lacrosse Team was named the AWPAA Athlete of the Week on Tuesday afternoon. Brattan had quite the offensive showing in a 2-0 week for the Black Knights that featured the program's first-ever wins over Holy Cross and Lehigh. The second-year attack had 11 points on 11 goals to go with nine draw controls, three ground balls and a caused turnover. She was electric in the Black Knights' 19-13 home win over the Crusaders on Wednesday, scoring a career-high six goals to pair with six draw controls. Her performance gave her sole possession of fifth in all-time points at the Academy.

The Garden City, N.Y., native followed that up with a five-goal effort in a 16-13 road victory at Lehigh on Saturday. Brattan needed just seven shots to reach her scoring total. Four of her goals came in the second half to help Army capture the come-from-behind win. Her back-to-back high-scoring outings made her the first cadet in program history to tally five or more goals in two straight contests. Brattan has paced the team offensively with a Patriot League-best 39 goals to pair with eight hat tricks. She is currently tied with Rachel Hornick for first in single-season hat tricks.

The Black Knights will return to action on tomorrow when they play host to Lafayette for a Patriot League matchup slated for 3 p.m. at Michie Stadium.

Crew Spring Training in Clemson
4/5/2019

Crew Spring Training in ClemsonArmy Crew conducted spring training operations on Hartwell Lake, Clemson, SC. Cadet Mary Bahr '19, D3 served as the lead planner for the FTX-equivalent trip section. The Crew Team Leadership produced a comprehensive 4-phased OPORD (Operations Order) including load plans, drivers training & movement plans, billeting, provisions, and detailed task lists to ensure a successful operation.

The varsity squads departed with nine DCA 12-pax vans pulling tailored safety / coaching launches, two Crew trucks pulling 20 tailored racing shells, and all equipment necessary for off-site training operations. All Crew property was safely transported to and from the off-site practice location. By all accounts, the operation was a tremendous success. All teams conducted rigorous morning and afternoon practices, accelerating their preparation for the spring sprint season. During the training the team got to compete against several programs and interact with grads. Professor Kiesling, the Novice Head Coach and History Professor, led a 90-minute staff ride overview and discussion at the Cowpens National Battlefield.

Boxing at the Eastern Regional Tournament
4/5/2019

Boxing at the Eastern Regional TournamentArmy Boxing recently travelled to the University of Connecticut to compete in the Eastern Regional Tournament. The winners were Ahliyah Lablue, Carlan Ivey, Eba Obiomon, John Koffman, Adrian Albin, Ejakhian Obiomon, and Elias Manning. Every boxer that went to Regionals will be competing in the National Championships at the University of Reno.

Cadets Storm Ashore on Omaha Beach
4/4/2019

Cadets Storm Ashore on Omaha BeachAs part of the West Point Department of History Normandy Staff Ride, cadets "stormed ashore" in the Fox Green sector of Omaha Beach at a similar tide to the men of the 16th Regimental Combat Team on June 6, 1944. Participating in this exercise enabled cadets to understand and empathize with the difficulties faced by the 1st Infantry Division on D-Day. Reflecting on his experience during the trip, CDT Jake Stachurski '20, states "I firmly believe that education should take place in and out of an academic setting, and this staff ride provided me a chance to learn something more than just words on a page. I could see those words jump off the page; the maps came to life as I walked the beaches and listened to the stands given by my colleagues. This experience taught me so much more than a lecture ever could."

Rabble Rousers to Compete at NCA Nationals
4/4/2019

Rabble Rousers to Compete at NCA NationalsThe Army West Point Rabble Rousers are headed to 2019 National Cheerleading Association Cheer and Dance Championship in Florida. The 2019 NCA & NDA Collegiate National Championship is taking place in Daytona Beach, Fla., and the competition starts today and will conclude on Saturday. The event kicked off this morning at 9 a.m. with Army's routine happening in the late afternoon.

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"It's hard to put into words how special this weekend in Daytona will be for this team that's about to compete," head coach Matt Feye said. "They have worked so hard to for this moment. They're the best of the best and every year the talent pool continues to grow and becomes hungrier and more talented. Through my three years of coaching the Rabs, this program has grown to represent so much more to me than I have ever imagined. What I'm most proud of is how this program focuses not only on personal victories but the victories of those alongside them, their teammates. When they take the mat at Nationals there is no one person, it's about team unity and how to push each other through the hard times and how to work hard. We are the United States Military Academy and we are going to make a name for our program and the academy."

The Black Knights are competing in the Small Coed Division IA, which is comprised of 12 teams from around the nation in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

Army is making its first appearance at nationals since 2006 and the Black Knights are sending a roster of 18 cadet-athletes.

Cadets at the Harvard WorldMUN
4/4/2019

Cadets at the Harvard WorldMUNTwelve cadets of the United States Military Academy Model United Nations Team traveled to Madrid, Spain to participate in Harvard World Model United Nations Conference (WorldMUN), hosted by Harvard University and Universidad Rey Juan Carlos. The conference ended with multiple individual awards given to cadets, with the entire team performing well and displaying exceptional speaking skills, negotiation, and cooperative problem solving with over 2,000 other students from domestic and international universities.

Offensive Outburst Lifts Softball Past Iona in DH
4/4/2019

CDT Julia Wyatt '21The Army West Point Softball Team collected its first doubleheader sweep of the season with a pair of road victories over Iona on Wednesday afternoon. The Black Knights, who improved to 17-19 on the season, came away with a 5-3 win in game one before collecting a 10-1 run-rule victory in five innings in the night cap. Their bats came to life in the midweek twin bill as the Cadets scored 15 runs on 16 hits on the afternoon. Leading the offensive effort was senior Ashley Yoo, cow Emily Ballesteros and yearling Ally Snelling, who each recorded three hits on the afternoon. Yearling Julia Wyatt provided the power with the team's only extra-base hit of the day with a three-RBI double and paced the squad with four runs driven in. Snelling scored a team-high three runs. Plebe Jolie Duong was masterful in the circle during game one. After a rough first inning, she scattered six hits and three runs (one earned) over 7.0 innings of work. The Houston, Texas, native issued just one free pass while striking out seven. In game two, senior Renee Poirier continued to build upon her recent success with another masterful outing. The veteran right-hander tossed a three-hit complete game, going 5.0 innings and striking out five Gaels. Yoo and Ballesteros tallied their 25th hits of the year. Yoo collected her ninth multi-hit game of the year and 26th of her career. Read more.

Triathlon Trains in Arizona for the Nationals
4/4/2019

Triathlon Trains in Arizona for the NationalsThe Army West Point Triathlon Team traveled to Arizona during spring break to conduct its annual training trip in preparation for the USA Triathlon Collegiate Nationals in this weekend. Despite unusually wet and cold weather, the cadets managed to conduct all the critical training to get ready for nationals. The training was supervised by the Head Coach, Amy Maxwell and made use of all the available terrain in the Scottsdale area to include trail runs, flat and hilly rides and transition practices. Each cadet averaged between 200 and 300 miles of swimming, cycling and running during the week. The team completed a day-trip to Tucson to climb the iconic Mount Lemon. The climb consisted of over 6,600 feet of elevation over the 30-mile ride uphill. The cadets also previewed and practiced on the Collegiate Nationals course in Tempe.

GEN(R) McChrystal Speaks at Robinson Auditorium
4/4/2019

GEN(R) McChrystal Speaks at Robinson AuditoriumGeneral Stanley McChrystal (R) visited West Point to make a presentation in Robinson Auditorium to the Cadets. The event was sponsored by Department of Military Instruction (DMI). Following the lecture, the Book Store hosted a book signing in the Robinson Auditorium Rotunda.

Ultimate Frisbee Takes Second
4/4/2019

Ultimate Frisby Takes SecondThe Army Ultimate Frisbee Team placed second out of sixteen teams in the Spring Awakening Tournament in Vineland NJ. Saturday, winds were at a consistent 25 miles per hour, with gusts up to 40 miles per hour, but Army was able to go 3-1 for the day beating Skidmore, Dickinson, and Rhode Island in 3 crosswind games, and lost the final game of the day to Boston University, a Division I Ultimate team, in the opening coin toss in an upwind downwind game where no team won a single upwind point.

On Sunday, Army went 2-1, losing in the finals by 2 points, which was determined in the final minutes. The wind was still quite present, but only around 10 miles per hour. In the finals, Army played the Bowdoin “Clowns” who placed 5th at DIII nationals last year. The game was quite close, but a few crucial errors by Army led to them losing by 2 in over-time. This tournament was a great success for the Army team and bolstered their confidence for the upcoming post season run.

Cadet Social Development - Wine Tasting
4/4/2019

Cadet Social Development - Wine TastingCadets were recently developing their palate as they learn the See – Swirl - Smell – Sip and Savor techniques during a company wine tasting event. Instruction included understanding what the wine label indicates, learning how to properly open a bottle of wine and why certain wines taste better if given some time to "aerate".

Annual Laura Walker Memorial Tournament
4/3/2019

1LT Laura Walker '03Women's Team Handball held their annual Laura Walker Memorial tournament starting with an opening ceremony to honor 1LT Laura Walker who was killed in action in 2005. The first part of the tournament featured a brigade open with a total of 10 teams comprised of cadet company teams, battalion teams, BTD, DPE, and Water Polo. Competing on both Friday and Saturday, the brigade open tournament ended with a championship game between I4 and BTD that went into overtime with I4 barely emerging as the champions and BTD in 2nd place. C3 battled with DPE and managed to scrape out a 3rd place victory. On Sunday, Women's Team Handball hosted Penn State and New York City Handball as part of the Northeast Team Handball League. The Black team played Penn State twice, to make up some missed games from the fall, defeating them both times with final scores of 23 to 11 and 21 to 11. Very promising results as they prepare for the Collegiate National Championship at the end of this month.

First Galaxy Imaged with 16-inch Telescope at West Point
4/3/2019

First Galaxy Imaged with 16-inch Telescope at West PointSpiral galaxy M66 is the largest of a galaxy triplet located in the constellation of Leo. This galaxy is remarkable for three reasons: its peculiar, asymmetric spiral arms, its unusual central bulge, or central dust cloud, heated up by older stars (many other galaxies have younger stars in their center), and a powerful "Type Ia" supernova observed in it in 1989. Supernovas, nearly identical events, are important "mile markers" helpful in determining the scale of the universe. M66 is located roughly 35 million light years away, so that light recorded by CDT Norah Stapleton and Dr. Paula Fekete, with the help of consultant Pat Knoll, left the galaxy when land mammals were just evolving on Earth. It took a 3300-second exposure (five minutes shy of an hour) to collect all those ancient photons!

Men's Tennis Shutout Marist
4/3/2019

CDT Myles Conlin '20The Army West Point Men's Tennis Team continued its stellar play of late, capturing a 7-0 sweep of Marist, Tuesday at the Lichtenberg Tennis Center. After clinching the doubles point, Army (10-12, 4-0 PL) continued its strong play heading into singles. Diego Huttepain and Myles Conlin cruised to straight set wins at No. 3 and No. 1. Plebe Nikita Larichev provided the clincher at No. 4, with a 7-5, 6-0 win over John Oxner. This is the fourth straight shutout for Army. The Black Knight move to 16-5 all-time against Marist. Army picked up its 15th doubles point of the season. David Mitchell and David Gorshein picked up their team leading 12th doubles win of the year. Cow Anant Mundra picked up his ninth singles win of the spring season. Plebe Diego Huttepain is on a three-match win streak, and is now 8-9 in singles play. Read more.

Annual Marathon Fallen Comrades Run
4/3/2019

Annual Marathon Fallen Comrades RunThe Army West Point Marathon Team hosted their annual Fallen Comrades Run to highlight historic West Point to over 900 participants. Runners from The United States Naval Academy, Royal Military College of Canada, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine Academy, neighboring universities, and the local community tackled a grueling 13.1 course. Each mile was dedicated to a fallen member of the Long Gray Line. Cadet in Charge Daniel Whitfield '19 lead the planning, coordination, and execution of the race to ensure a safe and successful event.

Three from Women's Rugby Named All-Americans
4/3/2019

CDTs Gio Ferguson-Lewis '20 Sam Sullivan '20 and Sally Varner '20Gio Ferguson-Lewis, Sam Sullivan, and Sally Varner were announced by NIRA as 2018-19 Tier One All-Americans this week for their performance during the 15s season. Ferguson-Lewis is an All-American for the third straight year. She was second on the team in tries (5) and third among the Cadets in total points (25). The cow flanker scored two tries against Norwich in the NIRA Quarterfinals. "Gio is such a durable and consistent part of this team ever since she was a plebe," added LeClerc. "She is such a pivotal presence for this team with her on field examples." This is the second consecutive All-American honor for Sullivan. The cow led the Black Knights in tries (10) and total points (50). The Fayetteville, N.C. native had a season high four tries in Army's 50-0 win over rival Navy. She also scored two tries against Norwich in the NIRA Quarterfinals -- a 61-3 win by the Black Knights. "Sam is one of the most prolific and consistent offensive threats in the country," said Head Coach, Bill LeClerc. "She has been identified by National Team coaches as a potential future Eagle." Read more.

Cycling Crushes the Competition in Plainville
4/3/2019

Cycling Crushes the Competition in PlainvilleThe Army West Point Cycling Team traveled to Plainville, CT for an icy day of racing and crushed the competition. In the Men’s A Category: Andrew Mergen, 3rd Place. In the C Category: Brian Brady, 1st Place.

Nichtern Tabbed Patriot League Rookie of the Week
4/2/2019

CDT Brendan Nichtern '22Plebe attacker Brendan Nichtern of the Army West Point Men's Lacrosse Team was tabbed the Patriot League Rookie of the Week, announced by the league on Monday. It is Nichtern's third Rookie of the Week honor this season.

For the third time this season, the rookie scored the game-winner in a tight contest. Nichtern's four-goal and four-assist performance helped the Black Knights to a 15-13 victory at Bucknell this past weekend.

He tied career-highs this weekend leading the Cadets in goals (4), assists (4) and points (8). Nichtern boasts an average of 5.6 points per game in Patriot League contests and he leads Army with 44 points this season.

The Black Knights host Boston U. at Michie Stadium on Saturday. The contest will begin at 12 p.m.

West Point Wargames at the Simulations Center
4/2/2019

West Point Wargames at the Simulations CenterCadets in History of the Military Art employed the state-of-the-art Simulations Center at West Point to wargame the 1942 German offensive on the Eastern Front. Cadets engaged in critical thinking to develop solutions to the logistical and manpower issues plaguing the Germans during Case Blue and the Battle of Stalingrad, while also understanding the increasingly sophisticated doctrine of a more experienced and determined Soviet Army.

Stewart, Burns Collect Weekly League Honors
4/2/2019

CDTs Samantha Stewart '20 and Maddie Burns '20Samantha Stewart and Maddie Burns of the Army West Point Women's Lacrosse Team earned Patriot League weekly honors Monday afternoon. Stewart was tabbed the midfielder of the week, while Burns was awarded the goalkeeper of the week nod. The duo received the weekly recognition from the league after helping the Black Knights go 2-0, picking up the program's first-ever wins over Holy Cross and Lehigh last week.

Stewart, who finished with 11 points on four goals and seven assists, was all over the field in the pair of contests. In Wednesday's meeting with the Crusaders at Michie Stadium, Stewart scored just one goal, but was a key distributor of the ball. The New Canaan, Conn., native handed out a career-high four assists to go along with three ground balls and a game-high eight draw controls. Over the weekend, Stewart recorded her fifth hat trick of the season after posting three goals and three assists in a 15-13 road win against Lehigh. The junior added two ground balls and three draw controls to her stat line.

Burns played a major role in the Black Knights' success this past week while defending the Army goal. The junior recorded a season-high 15 saves, three shy of tying the Academy record, in a home win over Holy Cross on Wednesday. Her play in the second half was pivotal as the Ridgefield, Conn., native thwarted the Crusaders' comeback efforts by making eight saves. She followed that performance with an 11-save outing in a road win at Lehigh on Saturday. Once again Burns was crucial down the stretch, stopping seven shots in the final frame. In the closing 18 minutes, the Cadets went ahead by a goal and Burns made five stops the rest of the way to hand Army the lead for good. Read more.

Russian Language Forum Cooking Lesson
4/2/2019

Russian Language Forum Cooking LessonThe Russian Language Forum participated in a cooking lesson, during which Dr. Dobrunoff taught cadets how to cook traditional Russian and Ukrainian dishes. After cooking, the club members ate together and practiced speaking Russian.

"I really enjoyed learning more about the differences between Russian and American culture. Talking to the upperclassmen also helped me learn a bit more about their experiences using the Russian language at home and abroad. Most importantly, the food was amazing. I had never tried a few of the things we made, but now I would be heavily inclined to order them if I were to go to a Russian restaurant." - CDT Nicholas Tavassoli '22 said about the experience.

Men's Lacrosse Charge Ahead in National Rankings
4/2/2019

Men's Lacrosse Charge Ahead in National RankingsThe Army West Point Men's Lacrosse Team ranks as high as 15th in this week's national rankings. The Black Knights remain 16th in the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and charged ahead two spots to 15th in the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Coaches Poll.

Army is now 8-2 on the year with two wins against nationally ranked teams. The Black Knights defeated UMass in the season opener before routing Rutgers in more non-conference action. The Cadets are 2-1 against ranked opponents this season and have defeated a team ranked inside the top-10.

Army is set to face Loyola at the end of April, a squad that currently sits at No. 2/3 this week.

Dr. David Goldstein Visits Cadets in Genetics
4/2/2019

Dr. David Goldstein Visits Cadets in GeneticsDr. David Goldstein, Director of Columbia University Institute for Genomic Medicine, visited cadets enrolled in genetics (CH388) to discuss precision medicine initiatives. He provided an overview of genomics and how genetic information can be used to improve diagnosis and patient treatment. Following the lessons, Dr. Goldstein met with various investigators within the Center of Molecular Science to discuss genomics collaborations between USMA and interested parties.

D1A Rugby Playoff Bracket Set
4/2/2019

D1A Rugby Playoff Bracket SetThe 2019 D1A playoff bracket is now set, with the Army West Point men's rugby team taking on Arkansas State, April 13 at noon from the Anderson Rugby Complex. "Arkansas State, with a heavy international player influence, has consistently been one of the top collegiate programs in the country over the last decade," said head coach, Matt Sherman. "We're excited at the challenge and opportunity to host and compete against such a strong program, as well as to improve on our performance last weekend, where we felt our execution was below the standards we set for ourselves."

Army (9-4-1) captured the No. 2 seed in the East Bracket after winning the Rugby East title during the fall season. Both the Black Knights and Red Wolves have notable games this season against several playoff teams. The Cadets beat Penn State, 31-0 on Oct. 27, fell to Lindenwood, 26-7 on March 2, and most recently lost a close affair to Navy, 17-10 in March 30.

Arkansas State (5-3) went 1-1 against Lindenwood (W, 29-23 on Feb. 9, L, 16-0 on March 9), lost to reigning National Champion Life, 27-15 on Feb. 16, and also fell to Navy, 19-14 on March 3. The winner of the first round matchup will take on the winner of No. 3 seed Wisconsin and the No. 6 seed Lindenwood in the quarterfinals on April 20. The D1A National Championship is set for May 4.

The Army-Arkansas State game will be streamed through FLORUGBY.  For more on Army West Point men's rugby, follow on Twitter at ArmyWP_MRugby.

Strong Pitching, Hitting Leads Softball to Series Win
4/1/2019

CDT Renee Poirier '19A strong pitching performance by firstie Renee Poirier of the Army West Point Softball Team and a balanced offensive effort guided the Black Knights to an 8-0 run-rule victory in the series finale at Lafayette on Sunday afternoon.

The Black Knights, who improved to 15-19 on the season and 4-2 in Patriot League play, received a stellar pitching performance from Poirier in the circle as the Plainville, Mass., native struck out seven over 5.0 innings of work while allowing just two hits.

The offense was clicking early and often as the visitors slugged nine hits on the afternoon, including a Taylor Drayton home run and a double by Ally Snelling. Snelling boasted a game-high three hits with her double to go along with a walk, run scored and RBI. Drayton drove in a team-high three runs in the game as well. Read more.

Men's Lacrosse Rallies Back, Defeats Bucknell 15-13
4/1/2019

Men's Lacrosse Rallies Back, Defeats Bucknell 15-13With the game tied with two minutes remaining, the 18th-ranked Army West Point Men's Lacrosse Team rallied back with two goals in the final 40 seconds of play to defeat Bucknell 15-13 on the road Saturday. Army improves to 8-2 on the year and 4-1 in Patriot League action. For the third time this season, freshman Brendan Nichtern scored the game-winning goal for the Black Knights. Nichtern tallied the final two goals of the contest and registered a team-leading eight points on the day on four goals and four assists. Nate Jones and Miles Silva also had four goals in the game. Jones eclipsed the 100-career goals mark in today's effort and now ranks 12th all-time with 101. He is also the 12th cadet in the 102 seasons of Army Men's Lacrosse to accomplish this feat. Johnny Surdick led the way defensively with five caused turnovers and five ground balls. Jones eclipsed the 100-career goals mark in today's effort and now ranks 12th all-time with 101. He is also the 12th cadet in the 102 seasons of Army men's lacrosse to accomplish this feat. Jones finished the game with a season-high four goals. Nichtern netted his third game-winning goal of the season in the game. The plebe tied his career-high in goals (4), assists (4) and points (8). Read more.

Cadets Participate in Wreath Laying Ceremony in Normandy
4/1/2019

West Point cadets recently participated in a wreath laying ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery. While there, cadets reflected on the sacrifices of the 9,380 service members buried on the bluffs above Omaha Beach. Reflecting on his time at the cemetery, CDT Kevin Moore '21 said, "The most impactful moment of the trip for me was our visit to Normandy American Cemetery on Omaha Beach. In my lifetime, I have never seen, nor do I believe I will ever see again, such a pristine and hallowed ground. Looking out over the impeccably straight rows of crosses, my breath was taken away. Following the wreath-laying ceremony, I decided to walk among the headstones and read many of their inscriptions. I tried to say each man's name and think about their home state, imagining the lives they led before the war. While this may not seem significant, it resonated with me. Each stone cross lying in that field represents a life, full of relationships and memories sealed long ago. Yet, each one also serves as a reminder of the sacrifice of these relationships and memories for the United States and the world."

Baseball Sweeps Doubleheader at Bucknell
4/1/2019

CDT Trey Martin '19The Army West Point Baseball Team swept a Patriot League doubleheader at Bucknell here Saturday afternoon to improve to 4-2 in conference play. The Cadets earned a 4-3, seven-inning victory in the opener before registering a 16-9 win in the nightcap. Anthony Giachin, Trey Martin, Josh White and Jacob Hurtubise led the Army offense with four hits each on the day. Giachin also accounted for a team-best five runs, while Martin led the Black Knights with three runs batted in. Army saw Tyler Giovinco and Logan Smith both notch wins on the mound. Giovinco allowed five hits and three runs in 6.0 innings in Game 1, while Smith gave up one hit, one run and one walk in 1.1 innings in Game 2.

Giovinco recorded his team-leading fifth win on the hill. Cam Opp and Anthony LoRicco were both credited with saves. Army's pitching staff combined for nine strikeouts, while the Bison compiled 14. The Black Knights turned three double plays in the twin bill to two for the home side. Martin tallied two triples in the nightcap to shift his season number to three. The senior also tied sophomore Andre Walden for a team-best three home runs after going yard in the opener. Five Black Knights accounted for two or more runs throughout the doubleheader. Giachin, White and Hurtubise each converted on a stolen base. The Cadets allowed six extra base hits on the day, including four home runs in the nightcap. Read more.

Cadets Visit McCann Erickson Advertising
4/1/2019

Cadets Visit McCann Erickson AdvertisingCPT Kevin Kumlien took approximately Forty marketing students to New York City to work with personnel from the McCann Erickson Advertising Company. The trip has become an annual affair for students enrolled in the marketing course and is always a highlight of the semester.

Late Surge Propels Women's Lacrosse Past Lehigh
4/1/2019

CDT Caroline Raymond '22The Army West Point Women's Lacrosse Team finished on a 5-1 run to claim the program's first-ever victory over Patriot League foe Lehigh on Saturday night. It was a high-scoring affair as the Black Knights (9-3, 2-2 Patriot League) needed double-digit goals to leave the Lehigh Valley with a 15-13 win against the Mountain Hawks (4-7, 0-4 Patriot League). The Cadets were in an early hole, but the scoring efforts of Jackie Brattan, Caroline Raymond and Samantha Stewart propelled Army to its second consecutive league win. The trio combined for 13 of the team's 15 goals as Raymond and Brattan posted five apiece, while Stewart added three. Stewart also played a pivotal role as a distributor, handing out a team-best three assists for six points. Read more.

Casanova, Del Cid Earn All-America Honors
4/1/2019

CDT Cole Casanova '19Cole Casanova of the Army West Point Gymnastics Team soared above the competition in Saturday's individual finals of College Nationals when he stuck his landing for a 14.700 on vault.

Casanova was the champion of the event to earn All-America honors for the first time in his career. The 14.700 was a career-high for Casanova and tied Army's program record on the apparatus. The next closest score was a 14.500.

Erik Del Cid also garnered All-America honors as he placed sixth. The yearling posted a 13.900 in the final day of competition.

The Black Knights compete next Saturday in Springfield, Mass., for the ECAC Championships. 

English Hosts Dr. Viet Thanh Nguyen
4/1/2019

English Hosts Dr. Viet Thanh NguyenThe Department of English and Philosophy welcomed Dr. Viet Thanh Nguyen to West Point last week where he addressed the plebe Introduction to Literature course. Emigrating to the U.S. from Vietnam at the age of four, Dr. Nguyen grew up with an understanding of what is to be a refugee, an experience that informs his Pulitzer Prize winning book, The Sympathizer. Dr. Nguyen also participated in a seminar with cadets enrolled in the literature course "Power and Difference." Recently awarded both Guggenheim and MacArthur Foundation fellowships, Dr. Nguyen is currently the Aerol Arnold Chair and Professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California.

Three Qualify for Individual Gymnastics Finals
4/1/2019

Three Qualify for Individual Gymnastics FinalsThe Army West Point Gymnastics Team ranked fourth after the first day of College Nationals with a 383.200 score. Cole Casanova placed second in the all-around after turning out a 77.400. Three Cadets advanced to Saturday's individual finals. Mathew Davis qualified on floor exercise and still rings, while Casanova and Erik Del Cid will represent Army on vault. Casanova was the Black Knights' top all-around competitor with an 77.400. The Black Knights posted their fourth-best vault score of the season with a team 69.650. Davis was the Cadets' leader on floor exercise (13.950) and still rings (13.300). Casanova notched a 14.200 on vault, a team best. Matthew Martin had a team-best 12.400 on pommel. Leading the squad on parallel bars was Casanova, Davis and Elijah-Ty Phelps. All three competitors had a 12.450. On high bar, Rex Scott and Casanova each earned 12.400 pacing Army on the apparatus. Read more.

Columbia University Genomic Medicine Faculty Visits Cadets
4/1/2019

Columbia University Genomic Medicine Faculty Visits CadetsThe Director for Clinical Genetics, Ms. Louise Bier, and bioinformatician Dr. Nick Strong from Columbia University visited the Genetics course to guide cadets through patient focused case studies based on exome sequencing data. Cadets analyzed four patients with differing phenotypes and compared their genomic mutations to identify candidate genes, then utilized various databases (i.e., ClinVar) to identify significant variants while gaining practical experience for future use in the clinic. The visit is part of a new collaboration between Columbia University's Institute for Genomic Medicine and the Department of Chemistry and Life Science.

CDT McGovern '19 Receives Fullbright Award to France
3/29/2019

CDT McGovern '19 Receives Fullbright Award to FranceCongratulations to CDT Meaghan McGovern, Class of 2019, for being awarded a Fulbright award to France. Named after Senator J. William Fulbright from Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has been devoted to increasing mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries since 1947. With oversight from the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Fulbright is the world's largest and most diverse international educational exchange program.

Meaghan McGovern, from Congers, NY, studies Physics and Computer Science while on the premedical track at West Point. She has conducted research in the Department of Chemistry & Life Science as part of the Clinical Biochemistry Team under the direction of Dr. Kevin O'Donovan, Dr. Ken Wickiser, and alongside laboratory technicians Mr. Jamie Reilly and Mr. Jesse Trump. Meaghan’s research with CLS has focused on matrix metalloproteinases as blood biomarkers that could predict the progression of osteoarthritis, inform injury recovery regiments, and help reduce combat evacuations for knee injuries.

Cadet McGovern won a Fulbright award for her grant proposal, “Biomedical Impacts and Applications of Heat Nanosources for Individualized Medicine.” She will pursue a two-year masters in Molecular Photonics for Biology and Nanotechnology at École Normale Supérieure in Paris, France.

Following her two-year masters program in Paris, Meaghan will attend medical school. She has already been accepted to the Jacobs School of Medicine at SUNY Buffalo, Penn State College of Medicine, and the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine.

Cadets Present the Colors at Yankees Opening Day
3/29/2019

Cadets Present the Colors at Yankees Opening DayWest Point cadets presented the National Colors and Old Glory in Yankee Stadium for the New York Yankees Opening Day against Baltimore Orioles.

Cadets and Faculty Publish Lyme Disease Study
3/29/2019

Cadets and Faculty Publish Lyme Disease StudyA case study co-authored by Life Science (Thomas Weiss '19, Peter Zhu '19) and premedical cadets (Hannah White '20, Mech Eng), CLS faculty (LTC Jason Barnhill, MAJ Michael Washington, Dr. J. Kenneth Wickiser), and Keller Army Community Hospital physician (LTC Michael Posner) was recently published online. A physical copy of the article, "Latent Lyme Disease Resulting in Chronic Arthritis and Early Career Termination in a United States Army Officer," which features research by 2LT Peter Zhu, was sent to the Zhu family.

MG Evans Visits West Point
3/29/2019

MG Evans Visits West PointMajor General John R. Evans, Commanding General of U.S. Army Cadet Command (ROTC) recently visited West Point to receive an overview at the Department of Military Instruction. MG Evans also received a historic tour of West Point and met with leadership to continue to build strong partnerships between USMA and ROTC.

Cadet Staff Ride to Oahu, Hawaii
3/29/2019

Cadet Staff Ride to Oahu, HawaiiThe West Point Department of History conducted a staff ride to Oahu, Hawaii where cadets examined the causes and consequences of American expansion into the islands. Cadets visited sites such as the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, the Iolani Palace, Schofield Barracks, Pacific Historic Parks - Diamond Head State Monument, Pearl Harbor, the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Waikiki, and the North Shore. Cadets pursued answers to historical questions and sought to better understand how Hawaii went from an independent island kingdom, to a strategic U.S. territory, to the 50th state in the Union. Cadets also attempted surfing and attended a luau to experience unique Hawaiian culture and understand the legacy of U.S. expansion into Hawaii. The group gained a deeper appreciation for the state and people of Hawaii and greater knowledge about an often-overlooked aspect of American history.

Army Splits Midweek Twin Bill at Siena
3/29/2019

CDT Carrie Reilly '19The Army West Point Softball Team split its midweek doubleheader at Siena after winning game one, 3-1, and falling in game two, 1-0, on Thursday. Cow right-hander Macey Newbary dazzled once again in the circle in the first game, allowing just one run on seven hits while striking out five in her fifth complete game of the season. The Missoula, Mont., native has won three of her last four outings. Firstie Renee Poirier was equally impressive in the night cap, surrendering a lone run on five hits and fanning four.

Offensively, firstie Carrie Reilly led the team with three hits on the day, including a double, and stole two bases. Yearling Taylor Livingston added a pair of base knocks on the afternoon, including a double of her own. She also drove in one of Army's three runs on the day. Plebe Madi Gilmore provided the spark in the first game with an RBI single to open the scoring for the visiting squad. Read more.

MIT Haystack & Millstone Hill Observatories Trip
3/29/2019

MIT Haystack & Millstone Hill Observatories TripLTC Diana Loucks and Dr. Paula Fekete escorted thirty-one cadets from the Space Physics course to MIT Haystack & Millstone Hill Observatories recently. Attendees were given a glimpse into the complementary aspects of both academic and operational Space. They received briefings regarding the Space Situational Awareness network, asteroid and exoplanet discovery, and ionospheric sensing. Attendees also received a tour of the Haystack and Millstone Hill Observatories.

Cyber Policy Team of the 9/12 Policy Challenge
3/28/2019

Cyber Policy Team of the 9/12 Policy ChallengeThe West Point Cyber Policy Team performed well at the Cyber 9/12 Policy Challenge recently. Both West Point teams advanced to the semifinal round with just thirteen others from the original field of thirty student teams. The 'Knights of the Cyber Table' finished 6th overall out of thirty teams in the student track and were also recognized with the 'Order of Thor' award as the best military team in the entire competition. The 'Blackjacks' also finished 12th out of thirty teams in the student track.

Strong Pitching, Timely Hitting Helps Baseball Earn Win
3/28/2019

che Army West Point baseball team defeated Siena, 6-1, here Wednesday afternoon in a midweek out-of-conference matchup.

The Black Knights scored three runs early and never really looked back. Siena cut into the deficit in the third with one run on three hits but two additional runs for the visitors in the sixth ultimately put the game away. The Cadets added one final run in the ninth to close things out.

Five of Army's six runs in the game came with two outs. Blake Ledoux and Jacob Hurtubise recorded timely hits when they both converted on two-out RBI-singles. Ledoux accounted for all three of the Black Knights' runs in the opening frame, before Hurtubise followed suit in the sixth by bringing home two runs with his hit.

With all Army pitchers on an innings limit, starter Ray Bartoli notched the win after going 2.1 innings allowing three hits and one run. Read more.

Alibaba Group Founder Addresses Student Leaders
3/28/2019

Alibaba Group Founder Addresses Student LeadersMr. Jack Ma, founder and executive chairman of the Alibaba Group, addressed a diverse group of over 100 student leaders during the 2019 McDonald Conference of Leaders Character. Mr. Ma spoke on the conference's theme of Leading with Character in a Technology Driven World. Pictured here, Mr. Ma accepts a token of appreciation from conference founding benefactor Mr. Bob McDonald, conference host and head of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership, Colonel Everett Spain, and the cadet is charge of the conference, First Class Cadet TaNia Nash.

Renard Named AWPAA Athlete of the Week
3/28/2019

CDT Michael Renard '20Michael Renard of the Army West Point Men's Track and Field Team has been named Army West Point Athletic Association Athlete of the Week.

The cow set the Academy shot put record on Saturday with a throw of 17.68 meters at the Penn Challenge in Philadelphia, Pa. The mark broke Kris Terrill's record of 17.38 set in 1998.

The Apex, N.C., native was also named Patriot League Field Athlete of the Week earlier this week.

The Black Knights will return to action on April 6 for the Army-Navy Outdoor Star Meet in Annapolis, Md.

CDT Purdy '21 Speaks to H.S. Students
3/28/2019

CDT Purdy '21 Speaks to H.S. StudentsCDT Lucas Purdy '21, recently went back to his high school in Portsmouth, Ohio to speak with students about what it takes to become a West Point Cadet.

Purdy, a 2017 graduate of Portsmouth High School was back home this week, visiting with family and speaking to high school students about what it takes to become a West Point Cadet.

Purdy told about 30 students at PHS choosing the military for his studies is beneficial because, essentially he is getting about $500,000 in education, room and board without paying tuition. “It’s tuition free,” he told the students. “Free room and board, meals are free and you get a monthly stipend. It’s not much, but you don’t have to pay for much.” Read more.

Women's Lacrosse Secures Home League Win Over Holy Cross
3/28/2019

Women's Lacrosse Secures Home League Win Over Holy CrossThe Army West Point Women's Lacrosse Team picked up its first Patriot League win of the season after defeating Holy Cross, 19-13, on Wednesday afternoon at Michie Stadium. The Black Knights (8-3, 1-2 Patriot League) had contributions from all over the field in the program's first-ever victory over the Crusaders (3-7, 1-2 Patriot League). Jackie Brattan paced an offensive attack that saw eight different Cadets tally a score. The yearling netted a career-high six goals, while adding six draw controls and a pair of ground balls.

Olivia Carter posted her first collegiate hat trick and paired her trio of goals with an assist for four points. Manuela Cortes, Caroline Raymond, Rilee Scott and Megan Raftery each notched two goals in the contest. Raymond teamed up with Samantha Stewart as the top-two facilitators, combining to dish out seven helpers. Stewart showed her presence on the draw as well, coming away with eight draw controls. Defensively, Nia Crump, Charlotte Spencer and Scott combined for seven caused turnovers, while three other Cadets had at least one. In between the pipes, it was Burns who shined for Army as the cow goalie recorded 15 saves. Read more.

The Historic Weapons Shoot
3/28/2019

The Historic Weapons Shoot The Historic Weapons Shoot is one of the highlights of the year for the West Point Department of History. On April 20, the past will come alive for select cadets who will learn about and fire a variety of weapons that have shaped history. Watch CPT(P) Jim Villanueva explain the history behind the Thompson submachine gun - one of the incredible weapons which cadets will be able to fire in April.

Renard Wins League Weekly Award
3/27/2019

CDT Michael Renard '20After setting the Army West Point program record in the shot put on Saturday, cow Michael Renard has been named Patriot League Male Field Athlete of the Week. Renard's throw of 17.68 meters was the top distance in the Patriot League this season and broke the Army West Point record of 17.38 that was set by Kris Terrill in 1998. 

"Mike has done a nice job since coming in as a freshman," head coach Mike Smith said. "He experienced little success in high school, but has worked very hard and is a great example of the value of perseverance and determination."

In addition to Renard, cow Calli McMullen of the Army women's track team received honorable mention for the second consecutive week. McMullen claimed the team's lone individual victory in the 400m dash and anchored the 4x100 meter relay team to a victory.

The Black Knights now turn their attention to the Army-Navy Outdoor Star Meet in Annapolis on April 6. 

Tom Brokaw Visits West Point
3/27/2019

Tom Brokaw Visits West PointMr. Tom Brokaw, NBC News special correspondent and author, visited West Point recently. He ate lunch with faculty and cadets from the Mass Media and American Politics course and the Domestic Affairs Forum cadet group. Afterward, Mr. Brokaw delivered a guest lecture to cadets of the American Politics course. Mr. Brokaw spoke about the general state of international affairs, the intersection of media and American politics, challenges with civic discourse, and the changes in news media spanning from his start in the news business in the 1960s to today.

Opp Selected Senior CLASS Award Nominee
3/27/2019

CDT Cam Opp '19Army West Point baseball saw firstie pitcher Cam Opp named a candidate for the 2019 Senior CLASS Award. Opp is one of 30 NCAA baseball student-athletes who excel both on and off the diamond. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. "For the three years I have had the privilege of getting to know and coach Cam Opp, he is someone who has stood out as a tremendous person and team leader," head coach Jim Foster said.

"He has turned himself into an elite college baseball player and has always been an extremely bright individual and great cadet-athlete. He is someone who is very committed to being the best he can be in all facets of cadet life. Cam is a two-time Academic All-Patriot League recipient and has worked hard to be primed for a solid senior season. "To cap off his West Point career, Cam will graduate and serve in the highly-coveted Aviation branch. I think Cam has a very bright future and is an outstanding candidate for the Senior CLASS Award." Opp excels across all pillars at the Academy and is recognized not only by his teammates but also the academy's leadership for his accomplishments. Academically, Opp boasts a 3.578 grade-point average. For this feat, he dons the golden "wreath and star" on his military uniform for the Superintendent's Award for Excellence to distinguish his top-5 percent ranking across all four pillars. He has earned Dean's List honors every semester he's been enrolled, while also garnering the Distinguished Cadet Award, Master of the Sword Award and a German Proficiency Badge. Opp is the captain of the Fed Challenge Team as well, which is a Federal Reserve-sponsored collegiate competition. Read more.

Men's Lacrosse Climbs in National Polls
3/27/2019

Men's Lacrosse Climbs in National PollsThe Army West Point Men's Lacrosse Team climbed in both national polls this week. The Black Knights rank 16th in the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and 17th in the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Coaches Poll.

The Black Knights are 2-1 against ranked opponents and defeated a team in the top-10. Army is set to face two more teams who make the list including No. 6 Loyola and Boston U. who is receiving votes.

The Cadets hit the road to take on Patriot League foe Bucknell on Saturday.

Surdick Receives Defensive Player of the Week Nod
3/26/2019

CDT Johnny Surdick '19Firstie captain Johnny Surdick of the Army West Point Men's Lacrosse Team has been named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week. This is Surdick's second weekly honor this season. Surdick, who hails from Odenton, Md., led the Black Knights' defense with a game-high three caused turnovers and five ground balls.

With his five ground ball pickups, Surdick eclipsed 150-career ground balls. On Saturday, Army caused 10 turnovers compared to Colgate's four, while Army held Colgate to eight goals which ties the second-lowest mark this season. The firstie ranks second in the Patriot League in caused turnovers per game (2.30) and 16th nationally.

The Black Knights travel to Bucknell on Saturday for a 1 p.m. Patriot League matchup.

Grappling Martial Arts Takes 7th Overall
3/26/2019

Grappling Martial Arts Takes 7th OverallThe West Point Grappling Martial Arts Team had an outstanding performance from all cadets. The team took 7th place overall in adult competition and 5th place in the No-Gi category with an overall win/loss ratio of 11/3.

Nordic Skiing at Regionals in Vermont
3/26/2019

Nordic Skiing at Regionals in VermontNordic Skiing traveled to Jericho, VT recently for the Regionals. Saturday's events were Classic Sprint Relay races. In the women's race, CDT Caroline Homer joined a team that included skiers from UVM and Wellesley and placed 7th with a time of 49:06, while CDT Dorothy Dennis joined two Skidmore skier and finished at position 13 with a time of 54:24. In the men's event, CDTs Lucas Purdy, Michael Hall, and Tyler Stansbury closed out the field with a finish time of 54:37. On Sunday, in the 15k Skate races, CDT Homer placed 24th with a time of 59:15, and CDT Dennis closed out the field with a time of 1:29:36, finishing in 44th place. In the men's event, CDT Hall lead the West Point skiers with a 38th place finish (54:59), with CDT Purdy finishing in 50th place (1:19:31) and CDTs Stansbury and Spencer closing out the field with times of 1:21:15 and 1:41:25, respectively. The men's team placed 6th in Eastern Regionals for the U.S. Cross-Country Ski Association (USCSA) and advanced to the Nationals. CDT Homer qualified for Nationals as an individual female skier (since USMA did not have a full female team this season.)

Softball Captures Series Win Over Holy Cross
3/25/2019

CDT Taylor Drayton '21The Army West Point Softball Team split its first Patriot League double header of the season against Holy Cross to earn a series victory at the Army Softball Complex on Sunday. Army outlasted the Crusaders in the series finale, 2-1, to capture the series victory following a 2-0 Holy Cross win in the first game behind plebe Kelly Nelson's first career no-hitter to force a rubber match. Yearlings Taylor Drayton and Ally Snelling, along with firstie Izzy Gates, led the Army offense with a hit apiece.

Drayton provided the big blast with a solo home run, while Snelling doubled. In the circle, firstie Renee Poirier tossed a complete game in the night cap, allowing just three hits and a run while not issuing a walk. Rookie Jolie Duong went 5.1 innings in game one and struck out five. Drayton blasted her second home run of the season and fourth of her career. The Clayton, N.C., native scored her 25th career run. Snelling slugged her fifth double of the year. Poirier tossed her first complete game of the season and 31st of her career. Read more.

Men's Tennis Undefeated Weekend
3/25/2019

CDT David Mitchell '19The Army West Point Men's Tennis Team continued its hot start to the Patriot League season with two more wins Saturday at the Lichtenberg Tennis Center. The Black Knights (9-12, 4-0) claimed a pair of 4-0 sweeps over Lafayette and Loyola to remain undefeated in conference play. "The four wins were something that we needed for us," said Associate Head Coach, Randy Rowley.

"The schedule had been extremely tough and the guys accepted and embraced the fact that the teams we were playing were tough. All along we had seen the opportunities of things we needed to work on and now we have something to build on." Army earned its 13th and 14th doubles points of the season. David Mitchell and David Gorshein picked up two wins together for their 11th win as a pair this spring. Plebe Diego Huttepain won two singles matches on the day to give him seven on the year. Firstie Grant Patterson also went 2-0 in singles play, moving his record to 4-3 this spring. Read more.

Men's Lacrosse High Tempo Offense Breezes Past Colgate
3/25/2019

Men's Lacrosse High Tempo Offense Breezes Past ColgateThe 18th-ranked Army West Point Men's Lacrosse Team topped Colgate 13-8 Saturday thanks to its high tempo offense. Ten of the Black Knights' 13 goals were assisted to give Army 23 points on the day. Five players recorded double-digit goals in the victory, while seven garnered multiple points in the performance. Brendan Nichtern netted a goal and dished out a career-tying four assists in the effort while picking up a career-high eight ground balls. Tommy Marino posted a career-high two goals in the game as Sean O'Brien, Miles Silva, Matt Manown and Nate Jones were also in the double-digit goal category. AJ Barretto made eight stops versus the Raiders and Johnny Surdick and Jordan Cole led the team with three caused turnovers.

For the ninth time this season, the Black Knights were the first team to strike. Manown fed a short pass into the slot where Miles Silva was waiting for the score to put Army ahead 1-0. Less than a minute later, Alex Alacqua passed across the offensive zone to Jeremy Angle who fired a shot and goal from the right side. The Raiders scored three-straight however to claim a 3-2 lead to start the second quarter. Nichtern connected with Jones at the 12:30 mark to tie things up at 3-3, but Colgate scored again to take its final lead of the game. A 3-0 run by the Cadets allowed them to take control of the game. Nichtern garnered a ground ball behind the net and scored on a wide lefty crease roll before assisting on the next two goals in the streak. O'Brien and Jones were the goal scorers. Colgate broke the run by scoring a man-up goal, but Army answered back with a man-up goal of its own. Read more.

Jewish Chapel Choir Concert in Massachusetts
3/25/2019

Elements of the Jewish Chapel Choir traveled to Newton, Massachusetts to visit Synagogue, Temple Reyim. The Cadets participated in Friday evening services, singing part of the prayer service. Following Services, the choir delivered a concert which included religious pieces, National Anthems and the Armed Forces Medley. The highlight of the evening for the congregation was the question and answer session. Saturday morning the Choir was back at Temple Reyim for Sabbath services which included a Bar Mitzvah. Taking advantage of a few hours of free time, the cadets took the "T" into Boston proper and walked parts of the Freedom Trail. They closed the Sabbath celebration leading the Havdalah prayer service and providing another concert for all gathered and especially for those who had missed their performance on Friday evening. More question and answer ensued as cadets spent time speaking with a cadet candidate for the Class of 2023.

McMullen Highlights Solid Penn Challenge
3/25/2019

CDT Calli McMullen '20The Army West Point Women's Track and Field Team competed at the Penn Challenge at the University of Pennsylvania on Saturday. Among the standouts was cow Calli McMullen, who captured the Black Knights lone individual victory with a win in the 400-meter dash. McMullen was also the anchor on the victorious 4x100 meter relay team. Head Coach Mike Smith said, "We had some really strong results in the field events today. The cool temperatures and the strong winds made things difficult on the track today, but our throws marks were outstanding again.

Once again, the throwers carried the day for us. There were some nice marks from that group in the discus and the hammer throw. It is not just the improvements that stand out to me; rather the consistency of the marks those women are achieving. Abigail Green and Emily Mikoud have jumped up into the top-five all time in both the hammer and the discus and they are only plebes. So, as they hone their technique, they may throw even further. I am really impressed with how they are handling themselves.

On the track, we competed well in winning a few events. Calli looked great in the 400 in less than ideal conditions and the 800 women did a nice job of challenging for the win. On the whole it was a positive day. We came here to work on a few things as we approach the main part of the season and by and large we accomplished what we came here to do." Read more.

Army Baseball Splits Sunday Doubleheader
3/25/2019

Army Baseball Splits Sunday DoubleheaderThe Army West Point baseball team finished their Patriot League opening weekend at .500 after a doubleheader split with service-academy rival Navy here Sunday afternoon. The Black Knights dropped their opener against the Mids 5-2 but rebounded in Game 2 for a 5-2 victory of their own. With Sunday's outcomes, Army closed its weekend at 2-2 following a twin bill split with Bucknell on Saturday. Firstie Sam Messina recorded his fourth win on the year Sunday to match classmate Tyler Giovinco for a team high. Messina registered five strikeouts as well.

Blake Ledoux and Anthony Giachin tallied three hits each on the day to lead the Cadets. Giachin chipped in a team-best three runs batted in as well, including two that came from one swing of the bat in Game 1. His long ball handed Army an early 2-0 edge after the first inning and gave the sophomore his second home run of the year. Jacob Hurtubise and Trey Martin both added two RBI during the second inning of Game 2 following back-to-back singles. Despite a solid performance in the opener, Daniel Burggraaf was tabbed with the loss after going 7.0 innings allowing seven hits and five runs, three of which were earned. The senior did manage to fan six during his time on the hill. Read more.

Wrestling, Harvey Caps Season in Blood Round
3/25/2019

CDT Ben Harvey '20Cow 174-pounder Ben Harvey of the Army West Point wrestling team finished his season one-win shy of being an All-American for the second year in a row on the second day of the NCAA Championships at PPG Paints Arena on Friday evening. Harvey fell to reigning NCAA champion Zahid Valencia of Arizona State in his first match as Army's first quarterfinalist since Matt Kyler in 2010. The New Palestine, Ind., native wrestled in the blood round for the second time in as many years but dropped an 11-2 major decision to the 9-seed Devin Skatzka of Minnesota. Head coach Kevin Ward - "Our guys continued to wrestle very hard and I am really proud of the fight they showed. Bottom line, we just didn't get it done in some matches. There were no bad calls or anything, we just made too many mistakes and let some wins slip away. Read more.

Triathlon Competes at Clermont Draft Legal Challenge
3/25/2019

Triathlon Competes at Clermont Draft Legal ChallengeThe Triathlon Team traveled to Clermont, FL to participate in the Clermont Draft Legal Challenge. The cadets each participated in two races, one on Saturday and another on Sunday. Unique to these races were that they were draft legal, a format not as widely available yet the same format as a few races at Collegiate Nationals. Each day the team competed in the Under 25 Elite Development Race which was an extremely competitive field since the top finishers were awarded their elite/professional status. The cadets raced well with notable results by CDT Thatcher Shephard who placed in the top 15 on day one and CDT Hannah White who placed in the top 20 both days. The results also solidified the roster of cadets who will compete in the draft legal events at Collegiate Nationals.

Barretto Joins Tewaaraton Award Watch List
3/22/2019

CDT AJ Barretto '19Firstie goalie AJ Barretto of the Army West Point Men's Lacrosse Team was named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List, announced by the committee on Thursday. Barretto makes his first appearance on the list which is made up of the top players across all three divisions of NCAA lacrosse. Teammate Johnny Surdick is also on the watch list.

The Tewaaraton Award annually honors the top male and female college lacrosse player in the United States. The selection committees are made up of premier collegiate coaches and are appointed annually by The Tewaaraton Foundation.

The Tewaaraton Foundation was founded at the University Club of Washington, DC and first presented in 2001, the Tewaaraton Award is recognized as the preeminent lacrosse award, annually honoring the top male and female college lacrosse player in the United States. Endorsed by the Mohawk Nation Council of Elders and U.S. Lacrosse, the Tewaaraton Award symbolizes lacrosse's centuries-old roots in Native American heritage. The Tewaaraton Foundation ensures the integrity and advances the mission of this award. Each year, the Tewaaraton Award celebrates one of the six tribal nations of the Iroquois Confederacy – the Mohawk, Cayuga, Oneida, Onondaga, Seneca and Tuscarora – and presents two scholarships to students of Native American descent. To learn more about The Tewaaraton Foundation, please visit tewaaraton.com.

This season, Barretto has been on fire in net backing the best scoring defense in the country at 7.75. Barretto's .639 save percentage is the second best in college lacrosse through week six. Read more.

History Department Movie Night
3/22/2019

History Department Movie NightThe West Point Department of History hosted another Movie Night to view the award-winning 2015 film, Concussion, starring Will Smith. Eighteen cadets attended the viewing and participated in an interdisciplinary discussion led by the USCC Brigade Surgeon, Major Amina Moghul, and History Department faculty, Majors Ed Hoogland and Nate Clason. MAJ Moghul provided valuable insight on the impact of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) on the human brain and how the Army and West Point - The U.S. Military Academy handle concussions. Cadets discussed concussions at West Point and how the Academy and the Army have changed the way they identify and treat concussions and traumatic brain injuries. After watching the movie, cadets discussed the personal journey of the Nigerian immigrant, Dr. Bennet Omalu, as he confronted the NFL, the city of Pittsburgh, and the United States with scientific evidence indicating that football can lead to brain damage. The cadets demonstrated the ability to think critically not only about concussions, but about their own culture and cultural assumptions that were challenged by Dr. Omalu and his research.

Harvey Leads Army’s Charge on Day One of NCAAs
3/22/2019

CDT Ben Harvey '20Cow 174-pounder Ben Harvey led the Army West Point wrestling team on the first day of the NCAA Wrestling Championships at PPG Paints Arena on Thursday. The Black Knights currently sit in a tie for 25th with Purdue at 7.5 points after combining to go 6-9 with a fall on the first day of competition. Army opened the tournament with a 4-4 mark in Session I, including a fall by 165-pound cow Cael McCormick. Army added upset wins by the 24th-seeded McCormick, 22nd-seeded Harvey and 20th-seeded cow Lucas Weiland (157 lbs.). Harvey provided the Cadets with another upset victory in the second round in overtime with a 5-3 victory over 6-seed David McFadden of Virginia Tech to advance to the quarterfinals. He became Army's first quarterfinalist since 149-pounder Matt Kyler in 2010.

Cow 184-pounder Noah Stewart added the squad's other win in Session II with a 6-4 decision over 21-seed Nick Gravina of Rutgers to pick up his first win at NCAAs as he advances to the second day of competition. The Black Knights set a program record with five different wrestlers earning a win in the same NCAA Championship. The previous program best was four set by the 1966 squad with Bob Steenlage, Bob Robbins, Ray Sepata and Russ Baker all earning a victory. Army has won six matches at the national tournament for the just the seventh time in program history. Chalifoux, Shie, McCormick and Stewart all made their debut at the NCAA Championships. Harvey became the 11th wrestler in program history to record six career wins at the national tournament. Read more.

SAME Attends Banquet in New Windsor
3/22/2019

SAME Attends Banquet in New WindsorTwo cadets from the West Point Student Chapter of the Society of America Military Engineers (SAME) along with the Civil Engineering Club attended the National Engineers Week 2019 Banquet in New Windsor, NY. The cadets and OICs heard an engaging and educational brief from Mr. Adam Bosch, Bureau of NYC Water Supply, on the operating, protecting and maintaining of the world's greatest waterworks, the NYC Water Supply. The cadets enjoyed a wonderful evening meeting many local engineer leaders from our local region.

Men's Team Handball at Ohio State
3/22/2019

Men's Team Handball at Ohio StateThe Black and Gold Men's Handball Teams made their way to Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio recently. Both teams started the tournament with three straight victories which led to West Point Black earning the #1 seed and Gold earning the #2 seed. However, Gold lost their first game of the championship round to finish in 7th place. Black won their first game but fell to Toronto in the semis to finish in 3rd overall.

Competitive Climbing at the CCS Bouldering Competition
3/22/2019

Competitive Climbing at the CCS Bouldering CompetitionSeven members of the Army West Point Competitive Climbing Team competed in the Collegiate College Series (CCS) bouldering competition at Gravity Vault in Flemington, New Jersey. CDT Lily McDonough earned 14th place for overall female and CDT Aaron Finch earned 8th place for overall male.

SAME NYC Post Meeting
3/21/2019

SAME NYC Post MeetingThree faculty members from the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering took seven Cadets from different departments to the quarterly Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) New York City Post evening meeting. The event was held in the Harvard Club. The USMA SAME student chapter is a multidisciplinary academic club which exposes cadets to public/private engineering partnerships which are instrumental to the infrastructure of our nation in times of peace and war. SAME is dedicated to STEM initiatives and attendees of the meeting enjoyed a presentation and discussion by COL Thomas Asbery, Commander of the New York District of the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and COL Patrick Kinsman, Commander of the Norfolk District of the USACE, regarding Coastal Resiliency Programs. Participation in this event enabled networking with key leaders in business, construction and administration within New York City and enriched West Point's interaction as well demonstrates the close relationship between the NYC SAME Post and the USMA SAME Student Chapter.

Baseball Notches First Home Win, 9-5, Over Hofstra
3/21/2019

CDT Ray Bartoli '21The Army West Point Baseball Team earned its first home win of the season here Wednesday afternoon after it defeated Hofstra, 9-5. The Black Knights trailed 1-0 early but responded with nine runs over a five-inning span to create a 9-1 gap between the teams heading into the sixth. The visitors then tried to rally in the ninth and did manage to score four runs but the Black Knights turned a double play before striking out the final batter to secure the win. Pitcher Ray Bartoli was impressive in his second career start, going 5.0 innings allowing just two hits and one unearned run. The yearling also recorded three strikeouts in his first collegiate win. Andre Walden led the Black Knights' offensive output, finishing 3-for-5 with a run batted in and two runs scored. Seven of Army's nine cadet-athletes in the lineup registered at least one hit. Jacob Hurtubise, Jeremiah Adams and John McKenna all posted a team-best two RBI each. Anthony Giachin joined Walden with a game-high two runs scored. Read more.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Visit
3/21/2019

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum VisitThe West Point Department of History faculty from the West Point Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and faculty from the Department of Law accompanied forty-two cadets to Washington, D.C. for a two-day program on "Law, the Holocaust, and War Crimes" at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Cadets spent a full day exploring the Museum's permanent exhibit, followed by workshops led by distinguished Museum scholars and legal experts that examined the role of law and institutions in enabling Nazi Germany to commit genocide. An expert on the law of war offered a practical workshop titled "What would you do, Lieutenant?" The visit culminated with a presentation by and discussion with Holocaust survivor Marty Weiss, who shared his gripping stories of persecution, loss, and survival at Auschwitz.

The visit inspired powerful self-reflection among the cadets. “Early detection of potential atrocities is crucial,” one cadet wrote. “As military officers, we will be among the first responders.” Another noted that “as a future officer, I understand that loyalty is not the same as honor. To this end, I must place my obligations as a professional and human being to supersede social norms and peer pressure. I will not go along to get along!” A third concluded that “this trip should be mandatory for all cadets. This trip section helped me learn essential evils and goodness of humanity. More importantly, the structure of the program has enabled the most worthwhile self-reflection I have done…This reflection has helped me bolster my commitment to stamping out evil acts where I see them because my eyes have been opened to the horrific depths of a failure to act.”

Aviation Gets in Some More Prep
3/21/2019

Aviation Gets in Some More PrepThe Flying Team enjoyed good weather, getting in several iterations of competition landings at Stewart. The team also had a visit from a 2015 grad, 1LT Pete Scherer, a USAF KC-10 pilot who had volunteered to help coach and mentor the team in preparation for competition this April.

Cadet Trip to NYC
3/21/2019

Cadet Trip to NYCThe Muslim Cadet Association ate lunch at Korai Kitchen, a Bangladeshi restaurant, and met with the owner. During lunch, the Cadets discussed the current conflict between India and Pakistan and what position Bangladesh might take should actual war break out. Cadets met with the owner and offered to provide a tour of West Point if she visited. Finally, Cadets attended "Asr" prayer at the Sunni Rizvi Jamia Mosque prior to returning to USMA. This trip section developed ties with the greater NYC community and deepened their knowledge of South Asian political affairs.

Turner Earns Weekly Patriot League Honors
3/21/2019

CDT Nick Turner '19Nick Turner earned his first League accolade by carding a 5-over par 221 at the 54-hole Schenkel Invitational at Forest Heights, Country Club in Statesboro, Ga. He finished with seven birdies on the weekend and was steady for the Black Knights throughout the tournament and after he shot an opening round 72.

The Black Knights are back on the course at the Clemson Invitational on April 5 for the three-day tournament.

Cadet Annual 14th Annual Outreach
3/21/2019

Cadet Annual 14th Annual OutreachThe Cadet Catholic Chapel Choir (directed by Mrs. Emily Lapisardi) and Protestant Chapel Choir (directed by Mr. Craig Williams) traveled to Easton, PA for the 14th consecutive year to conduct their annual outreach event. Accompanying the choir were LTC Glenn Robertson (EECS), Dr. Eileen Kowalski (D/CLS), and CPT Edwin Den Harder (HIST). The trip was an excellent developmental experience for the Cadets, especially the Choir President, CDT Mary McCurry ‘19. Housed with the generous families of the host parish, St. Rocco's in Martins Creek, PA, cadets sang in the musical liturgy of one service on Saturday and two on Sunday with a total congregation of approximately 500 parishioners. This event is the first time the choirs have conducted a joint trip section to this area. It is an excellent opportunity for team building amongst these two groups who often perform together on other trips sections and events such as the Combined Choir Concert and the National Prayer Break-fast.

Spring Football Practice Continues After Break
3/21/2019

Spring Football Practice Continues After BreakThe Army West Point Football Team continued its spring practice schedule on Tuesday evening at Howze Field.

Rich DeMarco met up with quarterback Kelvin Hopkins and captain Cole Christiansen following the second practice of the spring.

Duong Collects Weekly Patriot League Honors
3/20/2019

CDT Jolie Duong '22Rookie Jolie Duong of the Army West Point softball team was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week following her impressive performance over last week's games in Florida.

Duong shouldered most of the workload in the circle, working to a 2-0 record in a team-high 18.0 innings of work. The Houston, Texas, native posted an earned-run average of 2.33 on the week and dropped her season ERA by 0.3.  She struck out 16 opposing hitters on the week, including eight against Monmouth on Friday to tie her season high.

The Black Knights will open Patriot League play this weekend with a home series against Holy Cross on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday's doubleheader is slated for 12 p.m. and 2 p.m., while Sunday's series finale is scheduled to begin at noon. Read more.

Army’s Incredible Alpine Ski Season img in folder
3/20/2019

Army's Incredible Alpine Ski Season 2019Army just returned from Nationals at Snow King in Jackson Hole, WY where the men’s alpine team and Cadet Heather Graham ’22 competed against some of the nation’s top collegiate skiers. Over five days they competed in several events on very aggressive courses, learning from the experience and hoping to come back even stronger next season. The team thanks all the parents and alumni who came out and supported the team during the season. Special thanks to Coach Bob McIntee, whose hard work and dedication made it possible for the team to compete at the national level for a second year in a row.

Young Named Patriot League Rookie of the Week
3/20/2019

CDT Justin Young '22Army West Point plebe Justin Young has been named Patriot League Rookie of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. At the UC Irvine Spring Break Collegiate Invitational, Young posted a Patriot League best time of 14.08 in his victory in the 110-meter hurdles. He also helped record a league best time in the 4x400 meter relay and placed second in the 400-meter hurdles. "Justin is doing a nice job of adapting to collegiate training and competition," head coach Mike Smith said. "He is a very good competitor and that has given him an edge at a lot of meets. He will continue to improve as he races more frequently." It has been an accolade filled rookie year for the Wylie, Texas, native, as his indoor campaign was highlighted by three Rookie of the Week awards and a Track Athlete of the Week award en route to his Patriot League Rookie of the Meet performance at the 2019 Patriot League Indoor Championship. In addition to Young, senior Jeff Giannettino, who set a Patriot League best mark in the high jump, and junior Calli McMullen, who posted a league best in the 200-meter dash, received honorable mention for their respective sports.

Cadets Attend South Korean Celebration
3/20/2019

Cadets Attend South Korean CelebrationThe Korean American Relations Seminar cadet club was invited to attend the South Korea's Independence Day Movement celebration at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea at the United Nations. On January 15th, NY State Senate and Assembly passed a joint resolution to commemorate the Centennial of March 1st Movement.

Water Polo Ties for Third
3/20/2019

Water Polo Ties for ThirdThe Army Water Polo Team sent a partial roster to one of their traditionally most competitive tournaments of the year in UC Davis. They successfully defeated Long Beach 18-2 and host UC Davis's 'A' Squad 8-5. In a closely contested semi-final match, the cadets fell 11-10 to Cap City Red, a strong master's team sporting several recently graduated Division 1 players on their roster. Unable to play their final game in order to return in time for the stand-down day on Monday, the cadets tied for 3rd/4th in the 16-team tournament.

Crew 5th Annual Golden Oar Run
3/20/2019

Crew 5th Annual Golden Oar RunThe Army Crew Team hosted its 5th annual Golden Oar Run, memorializing fallen and wounded former rowers and members of the team. The team was joined by Team Red, White and Blue (RWB) and many former rowers in this somber event.

History Dept. Hosts Professor French
3/20/2019

History Dept. Hosts Professor FrenchThe West Point Department of History was thrilled to host Professor John French for a guest lecture on the impacts of Africans to Brazilian history. Professor French is the author of numerous publications and is a Professor of History as well as African and African-American Studies at Duke University. Cadets enrolled in the African and Latin America stems of the Regional Studies in World History course were particularly excited to explore the interconnected histories of the regions which they study. During his visit to the Academy, Professor French also had an opportunity to visit many of our own historic sites, including the Great Chain, Battle Monument, and Cullum Hall which honors our fallen graduates.

Army Boxing Travels to Ohio
3/20/2019

Army Boxing Travels to OhioArmy Boxing travelled to the University of Miami in Ohio. The winners were Vonn Grant, Aung Moe, Calvin Hart, and Sydney Sandburg.

Debate-Model UN at UCBMUN
3/20/2019

Nine cadets from USMA Model United Nations team traveled to San Francisco, CA to participate in University of California Berkeley Model UN Conference (UCBMUN), hosted by UC Berkeley. UCBMUN presented the West Point MUN team with the opportunity to develop public speaking skills, gain knowledge of international affairs. Schools in attendance included University of Chicago, Florida International University, UCLA, and Claremont McKenna, among many others.

Cadets participated in several interesting debate topics including but not limited to the recognition of genocide in the UN Security Council, civil administration of 1960s Indonesia in the Ad-Hoc Committee, and representation of women of color in social movements in the NAACP, among many others. Cadets had the unique opportunity to hear from Herb Behrstock, a UN Administrator with 35 years of experiences as an international civil servant, who discussed his role in multi-lateral China-Russia-North Korea negotiations.

Additionally, CDTs Govern and Mccurry visited Ken Hicks ‘74, former CEO for Foot Locker and Payless Shoes and donor for the Model UN team, who imparted career advice and wisdom to the visiting cadets. The conference ended with multiple individual awards given to cadets, with the entire team performing well and displaying exceptional speaking skills, negotiation, and cooperative problem solving with over 300 other students from domestic and international universities. The following cadets were individually recognized for their outstanding performances: CDT John Lorenz ’20, Amanda Mcdonough ’22 and Katie McCurry '19.

Collins Added to Football Staff
3/20/2019

Head coach Jeff Monken announced the hiring of coaching veteran Jim Collins as Army West Point's new Director of Player Personnel. Collins arrives at West Point after 11 years at the helm of Saginaw Valley State. Collins will head the player personnel department and contribute to all recruiting efforts. In 11 seasons, Collins led SVSU to the NCAA Division II playoffs on three different occasions in 2009, 2011, and 2013. His program won a share of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division Championship in both his 2011 and 2012 seasons, as well as claiming the North outright in 2013.

In his tenure at SVSU, Collins coached an All-American at the linebacker position, at the receiver position, and at the safety position, while also helping three to Academic All-American praise. In addition, Collins tutored the GLIAC Player of the Year, the two-time GLIAC Offensive Back of the Year, two Defensive Back of the Year and GLIAC Freshman of the Year. Collins has also had over 100 of his athletes attain status on the All-Academic team. Read more.

Cyber Beats Navy & Everyone Else at Net Wars
3/19/2019

Cyber Beats Navy & Everyone Else at Net Wars The West Point Cyber Team A (aka bitsforeveryone) beat Navy and all other teams during the Net Wars competition at SANS St Louis. Congratulations!

Chalifoux Added as NCAA Qualifier for Army
3/19/2019

CDT Trey Chalifoux '20125-pounder Trey Chalifoux '20 of the Army West Point Wrestling Team has been added to the field of the NCAA Championships as an alternate, the association announced late Monday afternoon. Chalifoux becomes the seventh Cadet to qualify for nationals this season, joining firstie Rocco Caywood (197 lbs.), cows Lucas Weiland (157 lbs.), Cael McCormick (165 lbs.), Ben Harvey (174 lbs.) and Noah Stewart (184 lbs.) and plebe Corey Shie (141 lbs.). This marks just the third time in program history there will be at least seven Black Knights and first since 1987. The only other time was when Army sent a program-record eight wrestlers to the national tournament in 1968. The Nashville, Tenn., native owns a 19-13 record on the season, including a personal-best 6-2 mark in duals. He has scored four bonus point victories with one fall, one technical fall and two major decisions. Chalifoux recently placed sixth at the EIWA Championships on March 8-9, reaching the podium for the third consecutive season. The Black Knights will compete in the NCAA Championships at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh from Thursday to Saturday. Read more.

Barretto, Silva Headline Patriot League Weekly Awards
3/19/2019

CDTs AJ Barretto '19 and Miles Silva '20AJ Barretto and Miles Silva of the Army West Point men's lacrosse team were awarded Patriot League weekly honors, announced by the league on Monday. Barretto earns his second Goalie of the Week honor of the season, while Silva was named Offensive Player of the Week for the first time in his career. Firstie goalie Barretto continues to raise the bar in net for the Black Knights. After facing 62 shots in two games, he allowed just 11 goals to boast an incredible 5.81 goals against average this week. He set a new career-high in saves against Holy Cross with 19 to increase his week total to 27.

Barretto started the game against the Crusaders with 11 saves to ensure the senior's .711 save percentage. The Darlington, Md., native recorded nine ground balls in Army's 2-0 week. Barretto's five versus Holy Cross tied his career-high as well. Barretto's .617 save percentage for the season ranks his second nationally and his 7.95 goals against average is third in the country. Currently, he backs the country's third-best scoring defense at 8.00. Silva had a career week for the Cadets and was the point leader in both contests. The junior attacker scored a career-high eight goals in the team's 15-6 victory over Binghamton, accounting for 53.3% of Army's offensive production. Read more.

Corbin Forum Cadets Keeping Busy
3/19/2019

Corbin Forum Cadets Keeping BusyCDT Lauren Liebow went to a writing workshop and made networking connections with some screenwriters and literary critics. CDT Robert Norwood made networking connections with a film-maker who offered to stay in touch on advice for using film media to raise awareness on important issues. The Cadets attended special screenings of films on topics ranging from ISIS in Iraq to cyber bullying to corruption in South Africa, and the Jane Collective from the 1970s. Cadets were invited to a youth brunch and had discussions with other college students from Barnard, Ithaca, and Notre Dame.

Novice Crew at the Indoor Rowing Championships
3/19/2019

Novice Crew at the Indoor Rowing ChampionshipsSeven members of the novice crew team competed in Boston, MA recently in the C.R.A.S.H.-B. World Indoor Rowing Championships. They all pulled personal records. Coach Kiesling placed second in her category. CDT Kirsten O'Keefe placed fourth in the women's category against numerous professional and world class rowers with a time of 7:35.0.

Marathon at the Silvermine 25K in Norwalk
3/19/2019

Marathon at the Silvermine 25K in NorwalkThe Marathon Team laced up again to compete in the next installment of the Boston Buildup Series: The Silvermine 25K. The cadets enjoyed relatively warm conditions in Norwalk, CT. Second Class Cadet Murray Johnston finished 2nd Overall. Fourth Class Cadet Emily Dinallo was the first female finisher from the team. The team is continuing to increase their training volume and intensity in preparation for the National Intercollegiate Running Club Association (NIRCA) Half marathon Championships at University of Miami, OH on April 14.

Cadet Bibliophilic Trip to NYC
3/19/2019

Cadet Bibliophilic Trip to NYCRecently cadets from several West Point majors joined Colonel Dave Harper on a bibliophilic trip to New York City. Cadets set type and printed a broadside at the Center for Book Arts, talked to world-renowned experts and found treasures at the New York Antiquarian Book Fair, and joined Columbia University students and members for a very bookish dinner at the Grolier Club.

Ward Named Finalist for NWCA Coach of the Year
3/19/2019

Ward Named Finalist for NWCA Coach of the YearArmy West Point Head Wrestling Coach Kevin Ward has been named a finalist for the Division I National Coach of the Year by the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) presented by Defense Soap.

Ward is in his fifth season at West Point and has guided the Black Knights to an 8-3 record in 2018-19, including a 7-1 mark against EIWA opponents. Army captured the EIWA dual crown following its 22-10 victory over service-academy rival Navy on February 23 before posting a fourth-place finish at the conference tournament. The Cadets were the only team to place all 10 of their wrestlers and achieved this impressive feat for just the second time in program history. They also eclipsed the 100-point plateau for just the third time in program history by nearly doubling the team's total score from a year ago. Read more.

Cadet Q&A Session with Over 200 Students
3/18/2019

Cadet Q&A Session with Over 200 StudentsArmy West Point Football players Jabari Laws, Arik Smith, Kemonte Yow all from the Class of 2022, and Jonathan King '21, participated in a Question and Answer session with over 200 elementary and middle school students from the Newburgh school district recently before the showing of the Illusionist at Eisenhower Hall Theatre at West Point.

Men's Volleyball Wins North Div Championship
3/18/2019

The Men’s Volleyball Team won the north division championship. During pool play they went 2-1. They beat SUNY Cortland and Cornell but lost to Buffalo in two games. Following pool play they entered into a single elimination tournament as the number three seed. The team beat the sixth seed, Binghamton, in the first round in two games. They then beat Syracuse, the number two seed, in the semifinals in two games to the championship game, losing the first game of the championship match to Buffalo, but then winning the match in three games. The team will represent the north division at the conference championships in April.

Solid All-Around Effort Lifts Baseball to 11-2 Victory
3/18/2019

CDT John McKenna '21The Army West Point Baseball Team took Game 2 of its weekend series with Ohio here Saturday afternoon after defeating the Bobcats 11-2. The Cadets scored nine of their 11 runs with two outs and registered their second-most runs batted in this season with 11. Army jumped out to a 6-0 lead and never really looked back. The only blemish on the day came in the bottom of the fourth inning when the Bobcats tallied two runs on two hits to pull within 6-2. The Black Knights responded with five unanswered runs to ultimately put the game away. Four cadet-athletes earned multiple hits in the game in John McKenna, Andre Walden, Jeremiah Adams, and Tim Simoes.

Accounting for a game-high four runs was McKenna, while Simoes touched home plate twice. Walden led all players with four RBI, three of those coming from one swing of the bat. The yearling handed the Cadets a 5-0 advantage in the third inning after he drilled his second long ball of the year. Army's two-man pitching staff of starter Sam Messina and reliever Anthony LoRicco helped Army's cause as well. Messina gave up just four hits, two runs and two walks in 6.0 innings of work. The Phoenix, Ariz., native also posted a season-best eight strikeouts. LoRicco then came in to close out the final 3.0 innings. The rookie registered his first career clean sheet as he did now allow a runner to get on base during his time on the hill. He added two strikeouts to Army's final total as well. Read more.

Army Gymnastics Take Down Tribe and Pride
3/18/2019

Army Gymnastics 2019The Army West Point Gymnastics Team excelled in Saturday's tri-meet against William & Mary and Springfield. The Black Knights took away the most points on the day (394.000) to take down William & Mary (391.950) and Springfield (375.250). For the third week in a row, Mathew Davis won the all-around with a 79.750 and Cole Casanova was second at 79.150. The Cadets won the pommel horse (63.550), still rings (65.500) and parallel bars (64.300). The Black Knights improved from last week on the parallel bars, still rings and floor exercise (67.850). Davis championed the floor exercise (14.100), while Casanova ranked first on parallel bars (13.500). Erik Del Cid led all competitors with a 14.350 on vault. Del Cid matched his career-high mark on the vault today. He also set a career-high on floor exercise in the meet after turning out a 14.000 to place second. Kiernan Reagan's 13.250 on parallel bars surpassed his career-high. He was the runner-up. Read more.

Barretto Backs Men's Lacrosse in Win over Crusaders
3/18/2019

CDT AJ Barretto '19Backed by firstie goalie AJ Barretto's career-high 19 saves, the 18th-ranked Army West Point Men's Lacrosse Team topped Holy Cross 7-6 on the road Saturday. Miles Silva and Nate Jones both had hat tricks in today's victory. Jones finished with four points. The Army defense caused 10 turnovers and were led by Jones in the effort with two of his own on the ride. Through a heavy defensive battle, the Black Knights came out on top of the Crusaders 7-6. The first goal of the game wasn't scored until 10 minutes in. Brendan Nichtern went to pass the ball into the middle of the zone, but it deflected off a Crusaders' stick and bounced into net. Silva brought the score to 2-0 in favor of Army with 1:23 on the clock after he picked up a ground ball in front of the cage and scored on Jonathan Tesoro. To start off the second quarter, the Black Knights struck again to pad their lead at 3-0. Matt Manown drove towards the goal and dished the ball over to Alex Alacqua on the left side. Without taking a cradle or even touching his feet to the ground, Alacqua moved the ball to Jones who went bar down in the scoring play. Holy Cross netted its first of the contest with 7:04 on the clock in the second frame. Before the goal, Barretto made 11-straight saves. The Black Knights closed out the quarter with another Silva ground ball and goal with 1:21 to go in the half. It was all about the Crusaders to start the next half with four consecutive goals in the third quarter to charge ahead 5-4. Silva ended the run with a behind-the-back score with an impossible angle off a pass from Jones. Jones netted the next two for the Black Knights for unassisted scores. Read more.

West Point Leadership, Ethics, Diversity and STEM Workshop
3/18/2019

West Point Leadership, Ethics, Diversity and STEM WorkshopThe U.S. Military Academy is the preeminent leadership development institution in the world and its mission of developing the next generation of leaders doesn't start and finish at the gates of the academy. Through its office of Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity, West Point hosts Leadership, Ethics, Diversity and STEM workshops throughout the country to teach leadership, ethics and morality to students and educators in underserved areas.

The office hosted its fourth annual LEADS event at Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi. The daylong event brought together JROTC cadets from throughout the Jackson Public School System and surrounding areas to learn about what it means to be a leader. There were STEM demonstrations where students could try out virtual reality headsets and participate in small experiments. Read more.

Men's T&F Shows Depth at Spring Break Invitational
3/18/2019

CDT Jeff Giannettino '19The Army West Point Men's Track and Field Team showed its strength in a quality showing at the UC Irvine Spring Break Collegiate Invitational on Saturday. The Black Knights combined for seven victories and 20 top-three finishes, topping the team leaderboard by over 100 points with a score of 248. "This has been a great week for us. The weather has been ideal and we were able to get a lot of good work in. The meets are really secondary to the training. Having said that, I am really pleased with how things went for us. Our men picked up right were they left off indoors. Our throws group continues to put up good marks. The shot, discus and hammer were strong events for us with big improvements across the board. We didn't win any of those events, but we were competing to win and our young guys are getting better and better. In those events, repetition is important and we got a lot of reps this weekend. That will pay off down the road. On the track, we won quite a few events today and we put up some really competitive times. Justin Young impressed me. His hurdle race was not very clean, so that 14.08 is a great opener and there is a lot of room for improvement. Kedrin Jefferson also looked very strong in the 200. He is going to run very fast this spring. As a whole, the team competed very well after a demanding week of work. We can now get ourselves back into the rhythm of school and look ahead to the Penn challenge next weekend." said Head Coach Mike Smith. Read more.

Pistol Wins Match Over MIT
3/18/2019

The Pistol Team hosted MIT for an intercollegiate pistol match recently. Army won the overall match with a 3-event aggregate score of 6304 to MIT's 6077. MIT won the Air Pistol event with a score of 2154 to Army's 2150. Army put the B Team on the scoring team hoping they would rise to the challenge, but they narrowly lost. Army won the Free Pistol event with a score of 2014 to MIT's 1842. Army also won the Standard Pistol event with a team score of 2140 to MIT's 2081.

Women's Swim & Dive Caps Season at CSCAA National
3/18/2019

CDT Serica Hallstead '20The Army West Point Women's Swimming and Diving Team closed out it's 2018-19 season at the CSCAA National Invite in 22nd with 96 points. Meaghan McGovern finished 11th in the 1650 free with a time of 16:51.06. In the 100 IM, Isabelle Malinowski came in 11th after touching the wall at 57.75. Serica Hallstead recorded a score of 220.20 on the 1-meter, which was good for 14th. She then took 17th with a score of 227.40 on the 3-meter. "It was a great way to finish a very successful season with a strong showing at the national invite," head coach Mickey Wender said. "It was a great experience and a building block for our young ambitious team."

Women's Track and Field Contends at UC Irvine
3/18/2019

Women's Track and Field Contends At UC IrvineThe Army West Point Women's Track and Field Team showed several strong performances in a good team effort at the UC Irvine Spring Break Collegiate Invitational. Army placed second with 183 team points, finishing just two points behind first place finishing Utah State. The Black Knights totaled five event victories, four of which came on the track. This has been a great week for us. The weather has been ideal and we were able to get a lot of good work in. The meets are really secondary to the training. Having said that, I am really pleased with how things went for us. We had some really impressive performances today. Our captains led us in a number of events. Calli McMullen is getting better and better. Her 200 today, while not a win, was a really good opening race. She has looked good all week in training and is handling a large workload. That will pay off later in the Spring. Lynne Mooradian was a little rusty in the 400mh, but still managed to win it and is also handling a lot of work. We ask a lot of her and she always gets the job done. Abby Halbrook had a light racing schedule after a loaded week of training and managed to put up a really strong 800m race. She is a good racer and that showed today in an event that is a little out of her comfort zone." said Head Coach Mike Smith. Read more.

GEN Sir Carleton-Smith Visits West Point
3/18/2019

GEN Sir Carleton-Smith Visits West PointGeneral Sir Mark Carleton-Smith, Chief of the General Staff, British Army, visited The United States Military Academy at West Point and spoke to the Class of 2020 during the 73rd annual Kermit Roosevelt Lecture Series recently.

Photo: Courtesy of Mike Lopez

Hockey Bounces Back, Forces Game Three with AIC
3/18/2019

Hockey Bounces Back, Forces Game Three with AICThe Army West Point hockey team bounced back on Saturday night to continue on in the 2018-19 season with a 2-1 victory over top-seeded American International. The Yellow Jackets scored the first of the night, but the senior class led the Black Knights' comeback with the pair of goals. Trevor Fidler scored the equalizer with 2:23 to go in the second period on the power play before Dalton MacAfee, assisted by Taylor Maruya and Tipper Higgins, netted the game-winner 7:50 into the final frame. Matt Penta had an outstanding performance in net with 21 saves and just one goal allowed.

Army's firstie class led the way with four points tonight. For the second time this season, MacAfee scored the game-winning goal. It was the third of the senior captain's career. MacAfee continues to lead the Black Knights in points. The Needham, Mass., native has nine scores this season and 34 points. In his career, MacAfee has 16 tallies and 71 points. Fidler scored a goal for the second time in three games for Army. He garnered goal number six of the year and his 13th point. Fidler increased his career goal total to 26 and his points to 56. His goal was also on the power play to mark his third power play of the year and ninth of his career. Maruya dished out his fifth assist of the year and notched point nine. He continues his career on and has 23 helpers and 36 points. Higgins now has five assists in 2018-19 and nine points. Read more.

Softball Caps Spring Break Against Columbia, La Salle
3/18/2019

CDT Taylor Drayton '21The Army West Point Softball Team closed out its annual Spring Break trip to Florida by earning a split against Columbia and La Salle at the USF Michelle Smith Pediatric Cancer Spring Invitational at the Eddie C. Moore Complex on Saturday. The Black Knights topped the Lions, 9-7, before dropping a hard-fought 3-1 battle versus the Explorers. Army moved to 10-16, while the Lions dropped to 4-9 and the Explorers improved to 5-9. Firstie Ashley Yoo paced the team offensively by going a combined 4-for-5 on the afternoon with two RBI. Yearling catcher Ally Snelling added three hits from the early game, while plebe Bianca Gonzalez and second-year Taylor Drayton posted two hits on the day. Gonzalez legged out the squad's only triple of the day, while Snelling, Drayton and yearling Julia Wyatt each showcased their power by recording a double. Drayton matched Yoo as the only Cadets with multiple RBIs between the two games. It was a complete team effort in the circle today as firstie Renee Poirier, cow Macey Newbary, yearlings Madison Bryant and Drayton and plebe Jolie Duong all toed the rubber for Army. Drayton tossed a team-high 5.2 innings against La Salle, scattering five hits while striking out five. Read more.

Women's Swimming Climbs Standings in Cleveland
3/18/2019

CDT Rebecca Morel '21The Army West Point Women's Swimming Team leaped five spots in the standings at the CSCAA National Invitational on Friday night. The Black Knights currently sit in 24th, out of 44 competing schools, with 45 points. Army is 14 away from a Campbell squad that ranks 23rd. The Black Knights opened the day with a 19th-place finish in the 200 medley relay. Lauren Carag, Rebecca Morel, Isabelle Malinowski and Meaghan McGovern combined to post a time of 1:44.11. McGovern later scored for Army in the 200 free after recording a time of 1:51.07, which was good for 18th. In the 100 breast, Morel notched a 16th-place finish at 1:03.62. Carag highlighted the 100 back once she touched the wall at 54.67. Her time was good a fifth-place showing. "It was a good day for both our men and women," head coach Mickey Wender said. "Lauren Carag swam a courageous 100 back to lead for 85 yards. All in all, we saw a lot of improvement and we're looking forward to wrapping things up tomorrow."

Women's Swim & Dive Set Academy Record at National Meet
3/15/2019

CDT Isabelle Malinowski '21The Army West Point Women's Swimming and Diving Team finished the opening day of the CSCAA National Invitational on Thursday with 15 points. The 15 points have the Black Knights sitting in 29th in a field of 42 schools. Lauren Carag highlighted the 50 back for the Black Knights by winning the B-Final. The freshman posted an Academy and plebe record of 25.16. Carag later swam the opening leg of the 400 medley squad that finished 19th. Rebecca Morel, Isabelle Malinowski and Meaghan McGovern joined Carag and finished at 3:47.29. "I'm very proud of our 15 swimmers who qualified and are competing at the national invitational in Cleveland," head coach Mickey Wender said. "It's been a great experience so far. Lauren Carag's school record in the 50 back was awesome. The best is yet to come." UP NEXT The Black Knights will resume competition tomorrow with the preliminaries beginning at 9:30 a.m. and the finals set for 6 p.m.

Drill Takes 2nd in Platoon Exhibition
3/15/2019

Drill Takes 2nd in Platoon ExhibitionNineteen members of the USMA Black Knights Drill Team competed against twenty-three schools from Army ROTC programs from across the United States, as well as the Naval and Air Force Academies in the 2019 College Drill Nationals at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. The team competed in six competitive categories and earned 3rd place overall and 2nd place in the Platoon Exhibition category.

Men's Swim & Dive Ranks Ninth at National Meet
3/15/2019

CDT James Bilbrey '21The Army West Point Men's Swimming and Diving Team finished the opening day of the CSCAA National Invitational on Thursday with 156.5 points. The 156.5 points have the Black Knights sitting in ninth in a field of 24 schools. The relay squad of Nathan Hein, Hogan Harper, Kevin Lin and Evan Zhang opened the finals with a 10th-place finish in the 200 free relay. The foursome posted a time of 1:22.25. In the 50 fly, Hein took eighth at 22.42. Hein's finish came after James Bilbrey finished fourth in the B-Final at 22.39. Zhang scored for the Black Knights with a fifth-place showing in the 50 breast. Lawrence Quintana took fourth in the B-Final at 25.59. In the B-Final of the 500 free, Lin (4:32.13) and Jack Venker (4:32.51) finished fifth and sixth, respectively. Harper rounded out the B-Final in the 50 back with a time of 23.69. The 200 IM was highlighted by Brian McKenrick's sixth-place finish at 1:46.33. Hein finished ninth in the 50 free with a time of 20.75. His performance came after Harper took sixth in the B-Final at 20.75. Army finished the opening day by placing fifth in the 400 medley relay. McKenrick, Zhang, James Bilbrey and Hein posted a time of 3:14.65. Read more.

Fencing Beats Navy
3/15/2019

Fencing Beats NavyThe West Point Fencing team competed at the NIWFA women’s championship and the MACFA men’s championship. The women’s team won best club team and the women’s epee team placed third. The team beat Navy. Women's Epee earned 3rd place and the entire team finished 5th overall. 19 teams participated most of which are Varsity D1 teams. Women's fencing foiled Navy again earning their 3rd star. The team won best sportsman award and CDT Sharpsten won recognition as a scholar/athlete. Great showing by the Men's Fencing Team. The epee team placed 12th out of 15, the foil team placed 11th and the saber team placed 8th. CDT Papa was selected to compete in the individual tournament, but was eliminated in the first round. The team was awarded the annual Sportsmanship Award for the second year in a row.

Women's Team Handball Wins in Philly
3/15/2019

Women's Team Handball Wins in PhillyThe Army Women's Team Handball traveled to the Philadelphia where a new women's handball team is forming. The PA Team Handball club hosted their first ever match when they invited 10 members of Army West Point's women's team handball to compete with them. As the teams were preparing the court, several members like CDT Holland Pratt, '22 used the time to focus and get their mind set for the game. Both teams worked on their fundamentals of flowing the ball around the defense to create openings and then attacking those openings. They also worked on coordinating the defense to cover the attackers. Several players worked on making successful attacking drives like CDT Maggie Weir, '22. West Point won the tightly contested match 23 to 18. After the match the team was privileged to have a guided tour of the Battleship New Jersey which fought in WW2, Korea, Vietnam and the Lebanon conflict.

MacAfee Receives AHA All-Conference Honors
3/15/2019

CDT Dalton MacAfee '19Firstie captain Dalton MacAfee of the Army West Point hockey team received Atlantic Hockey All-Conference honors, announced by the league on Tuesday. "Dalton has had an exceptional year on the ice for us, but what people don't realize are his leadership abilities," said head coach Brian Riley. "On the ice, he has been our most valuable player and played in every situation possible and, as a result, he logs big minutes every game. His leadership has enabled this team to have a high belief factor even during the toughest of times. He is very deserving of this recognition, and it's good to see that his ability is recognized by other coaches throughout the league."

MacAfee was named to the second team as he earned post season honors for the first time in his illustrious career at Army. Named a senior captain for the 2018-19 season, MacAfee was a leader for the Black Knights on and off the ice. The defenseman from Needham, Mass., topped the Black Knights with 25 assists and 38 points in the regular season. He rarely left the ice as he served on the top power play and penalty kill units. Of his 33 points, MacAfee posted a league-high 20 on the power play with 16 being assists. He has been the anchor of the nation's fifth-best power play with the team converting at 26.1-percent, scoring 37 times. The 37 power play goals ranked third-best in the country. Read more.

Pipes and Drums in The Highland Falls Parade & Celtic Day
3/15/2019

Pipes and Drums in The Highland Falls Parade & Celtic DayPipes and Drums Cadets participated in the Highland Falls St Patrick's Day parade, marching from MyTown Mart down Main Street to Thayer Gate. They paused at several locations along the route to playing different songs.

They also visited Greenwood Lake in support of Celtic Day at the American Legion. Cadets interacted with the community and veterans, including a WWII veteran who ate lunch with several of the upperclass cadets. The band performed twice and cadets took several opportunities to speak with grade school students about the Academy and the Army.

Army Baseball Sweeps Stephen F. Austin
3/14/2019

CDT Tim Simoes '21The Army West Point baseball team defeated Stephen F. Austin here Wednesday night, 8-5, to sweep the midweek series. Army shifted to .500 (7-7) on the year after the win and have now registered at least seven runs in six of its seven victories this year. The Black Knights jumped in front early 4-0 but saw their host rally back to knot the score in the sixth inning. Fortunately for the Cadets they used a big seventh inning to ultimately put the game away. Anthony Giachin finished the night 3-for-5 with a run batted in and three runs scored. Andre Walden and Tim Simoes chipped in two hits each, while both also added multiple RBIs. Walden brought home three runs and Simoes reeled in two. Army received solid pitching in the game, beginning with starter Logan Smith. The cow allowed just three hits and three runs (two earned) in 5.0 innings on the mound. Harry Flannery then came in for relief and closed out the final 4.0 innings. The Garrett Park, Md., native gave up four hits and two runs (one earned) in his first win of the year. Read more.

Davis Tabbed ECAC Gymnast of the Week
3/14/2019

CDT Mathew Davis '22Plebe all-arounder Mathew Davis was tabbed the Eastern College Athletic Conference Gymnast of the Week after his career-high day against Springfield. The Frisco, Texas, native won the meet with a new personal standard of 81.100. He championed the floor exercise (14.150) and still rings (13.750).

On vault, Davis captured career-high marks of 14.250. He was third on parallel bars (13.600) to lead Army gymnasts, while ranking third again on high bar at 13.150. The Black Knights compete at William & Mary this Saturday with in a tri-meet. Springfield will also be in attendance for the 1 p.m. meet. Read more.

Softball Tops Butler in Midweek Tilt
3/14/2019

CDT Taylor Livingston '21The Army West Point softball team rebounded with an 8-3 victory over Butler at the Eddie C. Moore Complex on Wednesday. The Black Knights improved to 8-14 on the season, while the Bulldogs dropped to 8-12. Four Black Knights recorded multiple hits in the game, led by Bianca Gonzalez's three-hit effort. Taylor Drayton, Emily Ballesteros and Taylor Livingston also added two hits each. Ballesteros scored a team-high two runs, while Livingston drove in two. Army collected the victory with a balanced offense, with seven players scoring a run and driving one in. In the circle, Macey Newbary, Jolie Duong and Renee Poirier stymied the Butler offense, scattering six hits in the afternoon. Newbary tossed the first three innings before Duong entered. The rookie from Houston, Texas allowed just one hit in 2.0 innings of work while fanning a pair of Bulldogs. Poirier returned to form to shut the door through the final two innings, giving up just one hit as well. Butler captured an early lead for the second day in-a-row with a two-spot in the bottom of the first. Gonzalez provided a response for the Black Knights the following inning when she cut the lead in half with an RBI single that plated Ballesteros. Read more.

Climbing at the Collegiate Climbing Competition
3/14/2019

Climbing at the Collegiate Climbing CompetitionTwelve members of the competitive climbing team competed at the Indoor collegiate climbing competition, in the disciplines of sport, bouldering, and speed, at Gravity Vault in Hoboken, NJ CDT Elizabeth Bradley '22 earned 2nd Place in Female Bouldering. CDT Jessica Reimchen and CDT Matthew Bassette earned 8th place in Female and Male Speed Climbing respectively. CDT Keegan Fitzpatrick and CDT Christopher Dean earned 8th and 9th place in the discipline of Sport Climbing.

Men's Team Handball Fights Hard to Championships
3/14/2019

Men's Team Handball Fights Hard to ChampionshipsThe Army West Point Handball Team traveled without their firsties due to 100th night. The firsties are starters at 6/7 of the positions. So, to compensate for the loss they combined both the "JV" and "Varsity" teams and CPT Walsh as a stand-in OIC and substitute player. This was the first tournament playing with this combined team. They played the UVA's Alumni Team, Long Island Tigers, one of North Carolina's Alumni Teams, and NYACK day one, ending the day 3-1, only losing to NYACK by 6. This allowed the team into the semifinals as the 3rd ranked team, winning the first playoff game against another one of North Carolina's alumni teams but, being defeated in the championship by NYACK. Kendrick Thomas was the high goal scorer.

Cadet Travels to Bosnia for Academic Development
3/14/2019

Cadet Travels to Bosnia for Academic DevelopmentCadet Caneel Dixon ’20, had the opportunity to work in Bosnia and Herzegovina this summer as part of her Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD). “I learned how to educate and lead people whose ages ranged from 4 to 40. Every day I would teach four English classes at various levels. All of my students, regardless of age, were extremely excited and ready to learn. For almost everyone I taught, this was their first chance to speak with a native English speaker and learn about the United States from a U.S. citizen instead of in the news. Additionally, I was able to travel on the weekends to see natural wonders across Bosnia. It is truly a beautiful country and I am so grateful for this experience to broaden my perspective and appreciate another culture,” Dixon said of her experience abroad.

USMA’s Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) program is a key component of the Margin of Excellence, which is made possible through the generous donations of graduates, parents and friends of West Point. Cadets spend two to four weeks, primarily during the summer academic break, conducting academically enriching studies, service, research, and cultural immersions. In the summer of 2018, approximately 450 cadets traveled internationally, and more than 650 traveled domestically.
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Powerlifting at the USPA National Powerlifting Competition
3/13/2019

Powerlifting at the USPA National Powerlifting CompetitionArmy Powerlifting competed in the USPA Collegiate National Powerlifting Competition, held at Ohio University. Army’s male team won its first team USPA Collegiate National Championship. In addition to numerous state and national records, APL’s Brendan Brown (83kg) and Elaine Haggard (60kg) became individual national champions, placing 1st in their weight classes. Brendan Brown, Brian Degori, and Jonathan Linden set new junior world records in the squat, bench, and deadlift.

Army Rifle Ranked Sixth in Postseason Poll
3/13/2019

Army Rifle Ranked Sixth in Postseason PollThe Army West Point Rifle Team was ranked sixth in the final College Rifle Coaches Association Poll.

The designation comes after the Black Knights placed sixth at the 2019 NCAA Rifle Championship in Morgantown, W.V., this past weekend. It is the highest ranking for the team this season.

The Cadets saw consistent improvement over the course of the season after being ranked 12th in the preseason CRCA poll. 

Krueger Collects AWPAA Athlete of the Week Honors
3/13/2019

CDT Mason Krueger '21Due to his outstanding performance against Mercyhurst in the First Round of the Atlantic Hockey Tournament Playoffs, Mason Krueger of the hockey team was named the Army West Point Athletic Association Athlete of the Week. The Bettendorf, Iowa, native posted four critical points in the team's pair of victories including an assist on Friday night, and two goals and a helper on Saturday. For the second time in three games, Krueger scored two goals. His pair of scores came within a three-minute span which helped lift the Black Knights past the Lakers and to clinch the series.

Krueger's three points on Saturday was a career-high and his two goals tied his career-best. The Black Knights went 4-0 against Mercyhurst on the road this past season after only winning one game prior to the 2018-19 season. The Cadets continue on to the Atlantic Hockey Tournament Quarterfinals with a best-of-three series at top-seeded AIC Friday through Sunday. Read more.

Lewis Named to Academic All-Patriot League Team
3/13/2019

CDT Jess Lewis '19Firstie Women's Basketball Captain Jess Lewis was named to the Academic All-Patriot League Team for her tireless work on and off the court. Lewis was one of five members of the team and she earned the honor for the first time in her career. Voting for the Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Academic All-Patriot League team is conducted by the League's women's basketball sports information directors. She has a 3.83 grade point average as a Life Sciences major at West Point and also contributes to the Academy in many ways. She is the Brigade Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Officer at West Point as well as the Patriot League SAAC Officer. She was named to the Dean's List every semester as a cadet and has been named a distinguished cadet as well. Lewis will attend medical school following graduation with aspirations of becoming a doctor. Read more.

Model United Nations Forum at HNMUN
3/13/2019

Ten cadets of USMA Model United Nations team traveled to Boston, Massachusetts to participate in Harvard National Model United Nations Conference (HNMUN) hosted by Harvard University. HNMUN presented the West Point MUN team with the opportunity to develop public speaking skills, gain knowledge of international affairs, and represent the United States Army and the Academy in a professional and positive way to an international student audience with many universities in attendance.

Through participation in this conference, the cadets in attendance had the unique opportunity to build relationships with the United States' future civilian leadership, as well as those from foreign schools in attendance, through participation through the debate sessions and social events hosted by the conference. The conference ended with multiple individual awards given to cadets, with the entire team performing well and displaying exceptional speaking skills, negotiation, and cooperative problem solving with over 1,600 other students from domestic and international universities. The following cadets were individually recognized for their outstanding performances: John Lorenz '20, Katarina Christianson '21, Benjamin Snyder '21 and William Hogan '22. The following cadets were also integral to the team's success: Joseph Kyburz '20,  Jacob Bozlee '21, Hunter Hill '20, Joseph Moore, Wesley Swain '20 and Maxwell McVicar '20.

Caywood, Shie Earn At-Large Bids to NCAAs
3/13/2019

CDTs Rocco Caywood '19 and Corey Shie '22Rookie 141-pounder Corey Shie and firstie 197-pounder Rocco Caywood of the Army West Point Wrestling Team earned at-large bids to the NCAA Championships in Pittsburgh, the organization announced Tuesday afternoon. The Black Knights now have six wrestlers in the national tournament, along with cows Lucas Weiland (157 lbs.), Cael McCormick (165 lbs.), Ben Harvey (174 lbs.) and Noah Stewart (184 lbs.). This is the most NCAA qualifiers for Army since the 2008 season. Shie became the first plebe Cadet to qualify for the NCAA Championships since Bryce Barnes in 2013 after finishing fourth place at the conference tournament.

The Fairfield, Ohio, native owns a 26-14 record in his first collegiate season, including a team-best 16 bonus point wins on seven falls, two technical falls and seven major decisions. Caywood qualified for the second straight year after collecting an at-large bid last season. The Toledo, Ohio, native went 1-2 last season at NCAAs and currently sports a record of 25-6 following his seventh-place finish at the EIWA Championships. Shie, Weiland, McCormick, Harvey, Stewart and Caywood will compete at the NCAA Championships at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh from March 21-23. Read more.

Army Baseball Victorious Over Stephen F. Austin in Extras
3/13/2019

CDT Mike Gagliardi '19The Army West Point Baseball Team got back in the win column after taking down Stephen F. Austin, 5-4, here Tuesday night in extra innings. A Blake Ledoux RBI-walk in the top of the 12th proved to be the deciding factor as Army registered its sixth win of the year. The Black Knights loaded the bases with one out following a single and two walks. Ledoux then stepped into the batters box to earn the Cadets' third-straight walk, breaking the 4-4 deadlock. Cam Opp closed out the game in the bottom half of the 12th for his second win of the year on the mound. Opp finished his night giving up a hit and a walk in 1.1 innings. Anthony Giachin, Trey Martin, and Jeremiah Adams led Army with two hits each. Ledoux finished with a team-high two RBI, while five different Black Knights' recorded a run in the game. Martin and Drake Titus both registered a double for their fifth and first of the year, respectively. Martin also converted on a sacrifice bunt. Jacob Hurtubise and Titus each earned a stolen base. Mike Gagliardi pitched the first four innings, giving up four hits and three runs. Anthony LoRicco and Ray Bartoli joined Opp in coming in for relief. LoRicco allowed four hits and one run in 4.0 innings of work, while Bartoli pitched 2.2 innings giving up a hit and a walk. Army allowed three extra base hits during the game, including the game-tying home run in the seventh inning. The Black Knights' four-man pitching staff compiled nine strikeouts, while SFA registered 11 throughout its nine pitchers used. Read more

Silva’s Career Day Lifts Army Past Binghamton
3/13/2019

CDT Miles Silva '20Led by attacker Miles Silva's career-high eight goals, the No. 18 Army West Point Men's Lacrosse Team topped Binghamton on the road, 15-6. Silva scored six goals in a row for the Black Knights including a natural hat trick. Nate Jones contributed a goal and four assists to also post a career-high in points with five. Brendan Nichtern tied his career-high four helpers in the game. AJ Barretto led the team in ground balls with four and made eight saves in the victory. For the seventh-straight game, the Black Knights were the first to get on the board. Jeremy Angle recorded his first tally of the year 6:07 into the action. A minute later, Nicholas Garofano drove to the right side of the cage, pulling Nate Jones' defender off him for the easy dump and score. With 5:38 on the clock, Johnny Surdick caused a turnover in Army's defensive zone. Marcus Hudgins picked up the ground ball and set up a quick transition goal for James Pryor, the first of his career. To start off the second quarter, Angle netted another off the iso play. Matt Manown put the Black Knights ahead 5-0 after he split three Binghamton defenders. The Bearcats scored their first of the day with 11:04 on the clock, but 20 seconds later the Cadets forced a failed clear to set up a score. Silva initiated the caused turnover and Jones picked up the loose ball. He found Pryor in the middle of the zone and the rookie scored his second of the game. Read more.

Aviation Gets Some More Flying Time In
3/13/2019

Aviation Gets Some More Flying Time InCadets from the Flying Team had the opportunity to work on power-on landings at Newburgh Stewart Airport in preparation for next month's competition against Navy and Coast Guard. Galen Quiros and John Bass worked out precise power settings and turning points on the runway we should be key to use during the event. Van Moreau worked his landings as well, on a sunny day with a bit of a cross wind.

Parents Enjoy Plebe Parent Weekend
3/12/2019

Parents Enjoy Plebe Parent WeekendPlebe Parent Weekend was an opportunity for Class of 2022 Parents to tour a variety of buildings around West Point, meet staff, faculty, and TAC Teams, attend a parade and attend a formal banquet in the Cadet Mess. Nearly 700 parents attended WPAOG Plebe-Parent Breakfast, one of the many activities during Plebe-Parent Weekend. For the 9th year, the event brought together families for food and camaraderie, as well as the opportunity to connect with WPAOG staff to learn about the many services and resources WPAOG provides to cadets and their families during their time at West Point and beyond. Patrick Ortland '82, COO of WPAOG, spoke with families and emphasized the importance of keeping the Long Gray Line connected. Click to see more photos from this weekend.

Scott Tabbed League's Midfielder of the Week
3/12/2019

CDT Rilee Scott '20Cow Rilee Scott of the Army West Point Women's Lacrosse Team was named the Patriot League Midfielder of the Week on Monday afternoon.

Scott helped Army improve to 7-0 on the year after recording her first hat trick of the season. Her three-goal performance helped the Black Knights best Virginia Commonwealth, 14-12, on Friday to give Army a perfect 5-0 mark at Michie Stadium this season during the non-league slate.

The Berwyn, Pa., native also added a career-high two assists and a pair of ground balls against the Rams. The five points was a career best for the cow who tallied her second multi-goal game of the season.

Women's Lacrosse Receives Votes in Inside Lacrosse Poll
3/12/2019

Women's Lacrosse Receives Votes in Inside Lacrosse PollThe Army West Point Women's Lacrosse Team is receiving votes in the Inside Lacrosse weekly poll for the second straight week. The Black Knights are 7-0 on the year after coming off a 14-12 home win over Virginia Commonwealth on Friday. That win also helped Army finish a perfect 5-0 at Michie Stadium during the non-league slate.

The Cadets, who are the ninth-best scoring offense in the country, are currently just one of eight teams in Division I that are undefeated. Army also sits second in the nation in draw control percentage, while ranking inside the top-20 in scoring defense.

Equestrian Strong at IHSA Horseshow
3/12/2019

Equestrian Strong at IHSA HorseshowThe Army West Point Equestrian Team showed strong at its first IHSA horseshow of second semester recently, hosted by the region's alumni riders. The team traveled to the Crosswinds Equestrian Center in Lagrangeville, NY to compete against ten highly competitive colleges in the Northeast region. Not only were there five top three finishes in multiple categories of the competition, but two team members qualified for the regional finals later this season. Amanda Roper '19 won her walk-trot-canter class, pointing out into the Novice division and assuring her regional qualification. Victoria Kearns '22 also won her walk-trot class, which earned her enough points to qualify for regionals and the walk-trot-canter division next season. Additionally, Madyson Paul '21 earned second in her novice fences class, Karissa Stubblefield '22 earned third in her novice flat class, and Wyatt Flynn '22 earned third in his walk-trot class. The team is continuing to excel as its members prepare to finish the season strong.

Men's Lacrosse 18th in National Polls
3/12/2019

Men's Lacrosse 18th in National PollsThe Army West Point Men's Lacrosse Team maintained its status across the national polls this week. Army ranks 18th in both the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and in the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Coaches Poll.

Army boasts a 2-1 record against ranked opponents this season and are 1-0 versus teams in the top-10.

Ranked teams that are on Army's upcoming schedule include Loyola (No. 8/9), Colgate (No. 19) and several receiving votes. Navy, Boston U. and Navy all make the list from the Patriot League.

Snelling, Muffett Lead Softballs Charge Versus St. Francis
3/12/2019

CDT Megan Muffett '21The Army West Point Softball Team closed out the first leg of its Florida trip with a dominant 9-1 run rule victory over St. Francis (PA) on the final day of the USF Clearwater Parks and Recreation Showcase on Sunday. The Black Knights improved to 7-13 on the season, while the Red Flash dropped to 8-15. Megan Muffett and Ally Snelling led attack with a pair of two-hit efforts, including a home run for Muffett and a two-RBI double by Snelling. The duo added multiple RBI in the game with Muffett driving in a game-high four runs. Cow Macey Newbary provided a masterful performance in the circle, limiting St. Francis to just one run while scattering five hits over six innings of work. She walked one and struck out three batters.

The Missoula, Mont., native retired the side in order in three of the six innings. Army exploded for five runs in the third inning after producing its largest two-out rally of the season. After rookie Jolie Duong earned a one-out walk, she stole second with two outs. The Houston, Texas, native scored two batters later, taking advantage of a throwing error to tie the game. Emily Ballesteros walked in the next at-bat to load the bases for Snelling who belted a ground-rule double over the right field wall. Muffett followed with a screaming single up the middle to plate Ballesteros and Snelling to cap the five-run frame. Newbary came out the next inning and shut down SFU in order as part of a stretch where she retired nine-straight hitters. Read more.

Nunn Receives Second Team All-American Honors
3/12/2019

CDT Payne Nunn '19Army West Point Rifle fistie co-captain Payne Nunn has been named to the Second Team All American team in Air Rifle by the NRA and received honorable mention All-American honors from the CRCA. "I am incredibly proud of Payne," head coach Web Wright said. "This is a great honor." The Virginilina, Va., native had a strong final campaign for the Black Knights, helping guide a young group to its first NCAA Championship appearance since the 2013-14 season. "He arrived at West Point with little experience, but he had a lot of drive and work ethic." Wright said. "He was a walk-on who listened and took to heart what I told him and within a season, he was traveling with the team. By his yearling year, he made the conference finals. By his junior year, he qualified for NCAAs as an individual competitor. In his firstie year, he motivated the team to set multiple program records and a berth into the program's first NCAA Championship since 2014." Nunn set the Army program record in air rifle with a 597 score against North Carolina State earlier this season. Read more.

Pipes and Drums Takes Second Place
3/12/2019

Recently Pipes and Drums traveled to Celtic Hall in Albany where they played several hours with other bands and received some constructive criticism on both piping and drumming. They competed in the Grade Five Junior Band Competition and took second place.

Hockey Completes Sweep, Advances to Quarterfinals
3/12/2019

Hockey Completes Sweep, Advances to QuarterfinalsAfter scoring three goals in under three minutes, the Army West Point hockey team completed its sweep of Mercyhurst in the Atlantic Hockey First Round with a convincing 5-1 victory over the Lakers on Saturday. The Lakers tallied the first score of the night, but five unanswered by Army pushed the team past the higher-seeded opponent. Army went 5-0-1 against Mercyhurst this season. Heading into the year, the Black Knights had only won one contest at the Mercyhurst Ice Center. This season, the Cadets went 4-0 on the road. Mason Krueger and Brendan Soucie led the team with three points apiece. Mercyhurst scored the opening goal of the night 11:43 into the action on the man advantage. The Black Knights answered back exactly two minutes later with a power play goal of their own. Alex Wilkinson controlled a pass along the perimeter working the puck to Dalton MacAfee along the blue line. MacAfee fired a shot and Dominic Franco was waiting on the doorstep to jam the puck home for the score. The goal was scored 31 seconds into the power play. Read more.

Wrestling Finishes Fourth at EIWA Championships
3/12/2019

CDT Cael McCormick '20The 23rd-ranked Army West Point wrestling team finished the 115th Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) Championships with a fourth-place finish at Binghamton's Events Center on Saturday. The Black Knights earned 106.5 team points after placing in all 10 weight classes for just the second time in program history. It was the second-most points by an Army team at the EIWA Championships in program history behind the 1987 squad's 135.25 mark. Cow Cael McCormick was the lone finalist for Army and was one of four NCAA qualifiers. Joining McCormick were his classmates Lucas Weiland, Ben Harvey and Noah Stewart. Head coach Kevin Ward was named the EIWA Coach of the Year. Army earned a top-eight finish in all 10 weight classes for just the second time in program history and first since 1987. The Black Knights eclipsed the 100-point mark as a team for just the third time in program history and first since 1987. It was the second-highest point total in program history behind the EIWA Championship squad from 1987 who scored 135.25 points. Army earned a top-four finish for the third time in the last four years, the seventh such stretch in program history. It was the first time since 1989-92 that the Cadets put together a streak of three top-four finishes in four years. The Black Knights posted multiple pins at the tournament for the first time since 2014. McCormick earned runner-up honors in his first appearance at the EIWA Championships. He is the first finalist for Army since Russ Parsons in 2017 and the first at 165 pounds since Gale Stockdale in 1945. Read more.

Army Chess Beats Navy
3/8/2019

Army Chess Beats NavyThe chess team played in the Amateur Team East Open chess tournament recently. There were six matches over the course of the weekend with each lasting four to five hours, so each cadet got twenty-four hours of chess playing time. Army beat Navy 2-1-1 in the head to head competition.

NYC International Ball
3/8/2019

NYC International BallCadets got to enjoy the International Ball in New York City recently. Flawlessly executing their reception etiquette and having a once in a lifetime experience.

100th Night Make-Up Demonstration
3/8/2019

100th Night Make-Up DemonstrationFirstie Ladies came out for a girls beauty night with the Clinique Makeup artists. Color matching, make overs, and semi-formal makeup styles were demonstrated. Plus, wonderful comradery with goodie bags for all.

Army Boxing Getting it Done
3/8/2019

Boxing Hosts Crandal University-Canada and UCONNThe Army West Point Boxing team hosted Crandal University-Canada and UCONN boxers in six bouts. The men's team went a perfect 6-0 in those bouts. Winners at the event were: CDTs Michael Mathews, Will Naumann, Devan Greenfield, Brian Draper, Isaiah Queen, and John Koffman.

The 63rd Annual Brigade Boxing Open was held at Crest Hall. In attendance were the Chief of Staff of the Army, GEN Mark Milley along with West Point Leadership. The event featured the top two boxers in 11 weight classes. The winners will represent the team in the regional com-petition at UCONN in this month. There were 3 women's bouts and 8 men's. The winners from the night were: CDTs Carlan Ivey, Calvin Hart, Menna Mohammed, Shane Ferry, Vonn Grant, John Koffman, Emma Begin, AJ Farrow, Elias Manning, Corrine Kurz and Joshua Lewis. The men's team went a perfect 6-0 in those bouts. Winners at the event were: CDTs Michael Mathews, Will Naumann, Devan Greenfield, Brian Draper, Isaiah Queen, and John Koffman.

The team also participated in a competition in Atlanta, Georgia ultimately winning the championship in three weight classes.

The French Forum Travels to Quebec City
3/8/2019

The French Forum Travels to Quebec CityDr. Julia Praud traveled to Quebec City with ten cadets from the French Forum recently. During the weekend, students used their French language skills while exploring this historic city, experiencing Quebecois culture and cuisine, and enjoying the Winter Carnival. Visiting the Hôtel de Glace and enjoying a cultural dinner at L'Echaudé with the group were highlights of the trip.

Alpine Skiing at the Atlantic Regionals
3/8/2019

Alpine Skiing at the Atlantic RegionalsThe Alpine Skiing Freestyle team competed in the Atlantic Regionals in Seven Springs PA. After a long and competitive season, the team finished in 5th place overall. The Alpine team continues to show that The United States Military Academy is going to be one of the top teams in the conference for years to come.

Glee Club Winter Training & Team-Building
3/8/2019

Glee Club Winter Training & Team-BuildingWest Point Glee Club conducted Winter Training & Team-Building at the HNA Palisades Conference Center. The cadets prepared new music for spring concerts at the Cadet Chapel March 22, in Jacksonville, FL April 12-13 and at the Graduation Concert May 22. Four of the new works were commissioned by the Glee Club from prominent composers. Sectional and full group practices, breakout sessions, and a Saturday evening dance party with Kazz Music Orchestra providing live music made for a productive weekend of work and camaraderie.

Brattan Tabbed AWPAA Athlete of the Week
3/7/2019

CDT Jackie Brattan '21Yearling Jackie Brattan of the Army West Point Women's Lacrosse Team was named the AWPAA Athlete of the Week on Wednesday.

Brattan played a pivotal role in the Black Knights' thrilling 15-14 come-from-behind home victory over Monmouth this past Saturday. The Garden City, N.Y., native notched her fifth hat trick of the year after tallying a team-high four goals opposite the Hawks. She also set the program record with 11 draw controls, marking the first time in program history that a cadet recorded double-digit draw controls in a game.

Her dominance on the draw is what gave Army the edge in the second half and allowed the Cadets to stage a 7-0 run. After the Hawks won the first draw control of the half, Brattan went on to win nine straight, keeping possession in favor of the Black Knights. In the final stanza, the yearling netted all four of her goals, including the game-tying score with 43 seconds left to play. Brattan is currently the leading scorer in the Patriot League with 19 goals on the season, while ranking inside the top-20 nationally.

Army will return to action on Friday at 4 p.m. for a non-league matchup with Virginia Commonwealth at Michie Stadium.

Firstie 100th Night Banquet
3/7/2019

Firstie 100th Night BanquetSaturday February 16, 2019 marked 100 days left for the class of 2019. They celebrated at the 100th Night class banquet with guest speaker Anthony Noto.

Mr. Noto is a class of 1991 West Point graduate and CEO of Social Finance, Inc. Cadets enjoyed dressing in their civilian semi-formal attire.

Women's Lacrosse Receives Votes in National Poll
3/7/2019

Women's Lacrosse Receives Votes in National PollFollowing Saturday's thrilling 15-14 come-from-behind victory over Monmouth, the Army West Point Women's Lacrosse Team is receiving votes in the Inside Lacrosse Poll.

The Black Knights are 6-0 to start the year and are receiving votes in a national poll for the first time in program history. As one of just nine undefeated teams left in Division I, Army boasts the 10th-best scoring offense in the nation with 15.8 goals per contest, while ranking second in draw control percentage (.669).

The Cadets will look to stay red-hot as they close out a three-game home stand on Friday against Virginia Commonwealth slated for 4 p.m. at Michie Stadium.

Equestrian Competes at Centenary University
3/7/2019

Equestrian Competes at Centenary UniversityThe Equestrian Team traveled to the Centenary University Equestrian Center in Long Valley, NJ to compete against eight highly competitive colleges in the Northeast region. Matilda Brady '19 shined in her intermediate over fences and open flat classes, earning third and second place, respectively. Karissa Stubblefield '22 earned third in her novice flat class. Denali Jackson earned third place in her debut competition as a walk-trot-canter rider. Wyatt Flynn '22 and Emma Lawson '21 both won their respective walk-trot classes. Eight accomplished riders will represent the Army team proudly at IHSA regionals on March 30, 2019 at the Centenary University Equestrian Center.

Class of 2020 Ring Show
3/7/2019

Class of 2020 Ring Show The Directorate of Cadet Activities (DCA) Cadet Store hosted the Class of 2020 Ring Show. This milestone for the Cow class is an welcome event during their 47 month experience.

Women's Team Handball at the Northeast Tournament
3/7/2019

Women's Team Handball at the Northeast TournamentThe Army Women's Team Handball traveled to Boston, MA to play in a Northeast Team Handball League tournament hosted by the Boston Team Handball club.

On the way to the tournament, the team stopped at the Old North Bridge at the Concord Battlefield. On April 18, 1775, the very beginning of the Revolutionary War, 300 British troops marched out from Boston (preceded by Paul Revere) to destroy weapons caches at Lexington and Concord. At the North Bridge they met with almost 400 colonial militiamen (the Minute Men) who took the high ground and exchanged volleys with the British troops until the British retreated back to Boston while the Minute Men harassed them along the line of retreat. The first American colonial victory of the Revolutionary War.

The team then played club teams from Boston and New York, with Black and Gold both playing two games. Gold continues to improve while they worked on synchronizing their defense and learning various offensive plays. Black fought hard against Boston, leading through most of the game but then fell behind in the last four minutes losing by four points. The last game of the day was Black playing again New York, a very tough team to beat each year. An exciting game that saw the lead traded back and forth throughout and ending in a 21-point tie!

Jones, Surdick Highlight Senior CLASS Award List
3/6/2019

CDTs Nate Jones '19 and Johnny Surdick '19 Nate Jones and Johnny Surdick, two captains of the Army West Point Men's Lacrosse Team, join thirty of the top NCAA men's lacrosse student-athletes who excel both on and off the field and were selected as candidates for the 2019 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate lacrosse. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I 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.

The 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists later in the season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced in conjunction with the 2019 NCAA Men's Lacrosse National Championship in May. Read more.

Ottman Named to Academic All-League Team
3/6/2019

CDT Tom Ottman '19For the third straight year, firstie Tom Ottman of the Army West Point Men's Swimming and Diving Team received Academic All-Patriot League honors on Tuesday.

To be considered for Academic All-Patriot League, a sophomore-standing student-athlete must maintain a minimum of a 3.20 cumulative grade point average and must have competed in the Patriot League Championships, unless missed due to injury. The Sports Information Directors then cast their votes from a pool of candidates.

Ottman, a Physics major, compiled a 3.409 grade-point average. The Scottsdale, Ariz., native was named First Team All-Patriot League after his performance at the league championships in Lewisburg, Pa., from Feb. 20-23. He placed inside the top five in the 1650 free as well as the 500 free. He also added an eighth-place showing in the 200 free. Read more.

Genetics Hosts LTC Jonathan Roginski
3/6/2019

Genetics Hosts LTC Jonathan RoginskiThe genetics course hosted a visit by LTC Jonathan Roginski, Director of Network Science to discuss bioinformatics and genetic counseling recently. Based on an inter-disciplinary case study co-authored by USMA Faculty (LTC Melissa Eslinger, MAJ Ryan Rodriguez, and LTC Roginski), the cadets examined assembled databases within NCBI to interrogate genetic testing results. Beginning with results that a patient would receive from a genetic testing service, cadets explored the biological, ethical, and sociological aspects of the case as it relates to clinical care and genetic counseling. These focused case studies bring direct applications of course content into the classroom using contemporary perspectives.

Hallstead and Wineinger Collect Academic Honors
3/6/2019

CDTs Serica Hallstead '20 and Kara Wineinger '19Cow Serica Hallstead and firstie Kara Wineinger of the Army West Point Women's Swimming and Diving Team collected Academic All-Patriot League honors on Tuesday. To be considered for Academic All-Patriot League, a sophomore-standing student-athlete must maintain a minimum of a 3.20 cumulative grade point average and must have competed in the Patriot League Championships, unless missed due to injury. The Sports Information Directors then cast their votes from a pool of candidates.

Hallstead, a Life Sciences major, carries a 4.080 grade-point average and makes her second consecutive appearance on the academic all-league team. The Canandaigua, N.Y., native finished fourth on the 1-meter and fifth on the 3-meter board at the league championships. She was practically unbeatable during the regular season, claiming first-place finishes on both boards in five different meets. Wineinger also received academic all-league honors for the second straight year. The Mathematical Sciences major holds a 3.955 GPA and finished inside the top three in both individual events at the league championships. Her times in the 100 breast (1:01.31) and 200 breast (2:14.11) were both Academy records. Read more.

Davis Named NCAA Gymnastics Rookie of the Week
3/6/2019

CDT Mathew Davis '22After his outstanding performance in Army's meet at Air Force, Mathew Davis of the Army West Point Gymnastics Team was named the NCAA Gymnastics Rookie of the Week. Davis was the top all-around competitor last weekend with marks of 79.950, his second-best score of the season. The Frisco, Texas, native championed both the floor exercise and the vault. He turned out a 14.100 on floor and posted marks of 14.000 on vault to tie his career-high. Davis was third on parallel bars with a 13.400 to tie his career-best score.

The Black Knights return to the Lou Gross Center March 9 for senior day. Competition will begin at 1 p.m. against Springfield. 

Men's Lacrosse Stands Strong in National Polls
3/6/2019

Men's Lacrosse Stands Strong in National PollsThe Army West Point Men's Lacrosse Team maintained its status across the national polls this week. Army shifted a spot in both the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and in the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Coaches Poll.

The Black Knights are 17th in the Inside Lacrosse Poll, while ranking 16th in the USILA Coaches Poll. Army boasts a 2-1 record against ranked opponents this season and are 1-0 versus teams in the top-10.

Ranked teams that are on Army's upcoming schedule include Loyola (No. 2/3), Navy (No. 19/20) and several receiving votes. Bucknell, Boston U. and Colgate all make the list from the Patriot League. 

Funk Receives All-Patriot League Honors
3/5/2019

CDT Tommy Funk '20Tommy Funk of the Army West Point Men's Basketball Team was named All-Patriot League Third Team on Monday afternoon. This marks Funk's second career postseason honor from the league after he was named to the all-rookie squad as a freshman. It has been a season to remember for the Warrington, Pa., native who became Army's all-time assists leader and broke the single-season assists record, which he originally set a season ago. Funk additionally became the first Cadet in program history to record 500 career helpers. As the starting point guard, has led the Patriot League in assists per game this season while ranking inside the top-25 nationally with 6.1 to pair with a 2.1 assist-to-turnover ratio. Funk has handed out five or more helpers in a game on 23 different occasions. Additionally, he tallied three double-doubles after dishing out double-digit assists in three outings.

Funk's talents extend past his court vision, as the junior is averaging 12.3 points per game, which ranks inside the top-25 in the Patriot League. He has connected on 43 percent of his shots from the field and 37 percent of his attempts from long range. Funk posted 20 double-digit scoring outings and four 20-point performances this season, including a career-best 26 opposite Lehigh on Feb. 20. He will enter the Patriot League Tournament matchup with Lehigh on March 7 just four points shy of becoming the 35th Cadet in program history to join the 1,000-point club. That would also make him just the eighth player in Patriot League history to record 1,000 career points and 500 assists.

Cadets Teach H.S. Students in Mississippi
3/5/2019

Cadets Teach H.S. Students in MississippiWest Point cadets and leaders from universities throughout Mississippi taught local high school students about leadership, ethics and STEM during the annual LEADs event at Jackson State University.

Raymond Collects Third Rookie of the Week Honor
3/5/2019

CDT Caroline Raymond '22For the third time in her young career, Caroline Raymond of the Army West Point Women's Lacrosse Team was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week.

"Caroline has such great composure as a freshman," Noto Family Head Women's Lacrosse Coach Kristen Skiera said. "She is so humble and I don't think entirely aware of all the things she is capable of. What most people don't get to see is that day in and day out, she asserts her dominance and power in practice so that the team trusts her with the ball in her stick when it comes game time. She continues to diversify her game and I could not be prouder of her."

Raymond received the honor after a clutch performance in the Black Knights' 15-14 come-from-behind victory over Monmouth on Saturday. The rookie played a large role to help her squad overcome a six-goal second-half deficit by scoring three goals in the final stanza for her first collegiate hat trick. With 10:39 remaining, Raymond tallied her first score to trim the deficit to five and spark an Army run. Her second goal of the contest cut the Monmouth lead to three with 6:41 left to go, before she sealed the comeback win for the Black Knights by scoring the game-winning goal with 17 seconds left. In her first season with the squad, the Mahopac, N.Y., native has tallied 10 goals and 10 assists in six outings.

Raymond and the Black Knights will return to action on Friday when they host Virginia Commonwealth for a 4 p.m. non-league contest at Michie Stadium.

American Society for Microbiology Biothreats Meeting
3/5/2019

American Society for Microbiology Biothreats MeetingMajor Michael Washington and Dr. Chris Kovacs accompanied Cadets Thomas Weiss'19, Daniel Whitfield'19, Jaqueline Hamrick'20, and Julianne Meany'21 for both poster and oral presentations on Acinetobacter baumannii research at the 2019 American Society for Microbiology Biothreats meeting in Arlington, VA. Cadets Whitfield and Hamrick presented their poster, "Relationship between Biofilm Formation, Antibiotic Resistance, and Virulence in Acinetobacter baumannii Evaluated through Csu Operon Knockouts" and Cadets Weiss and Meany presented their poster and talk, "Preliminary Investigations into Phage-Antibiotic Combinations for Defeating Multiple Drug Resistant Bacteria."

Hovren Takes Home Player of the Week Honors
3/5/2019

CDT Madison Hovren '19Firstie Madison Hovren was named Patriot League Player of the Week on Monday after a pair of double-doubles last week against Colgate and Boston University. Hovren produced double-doubles last week versus Colgate (35 points, 14 rebounds) and Boston University (23 points, 11 boards). Her 35-point performance against the Raiders tied her career-high in scoring and was her third 30+ point performance this season. She currently leads the Patriot League in points (19.0) and rebounds per game (12.9). She has scored in double digits in 23-straight games heading into the regular-season finale at Bucknell. The 35 points were the third time this season she has scored over 30 points and she has 54 career double-doubles and 21 in 2018-19.

The Black Knights are headed to Bucknell for a Wednesday night matchup with the Bison, which is set for a 6 p.m. start time. Army is hosting a first round game in the Patriot League Tournament on Saturday, March 9, at 1 p.m. and tickets are now available. The opponent has yet to be determined, but the Army West Point Ticket Office have tickets on sale right now Tickets are set at $8 with seniors and youth tickets at $4. Fans can purchase online or by calling 1-877-TIX-ARMY.

Cadets Analyze German Offensives in France
3/5/2019

Cadets Analyze German Offensives in FranceWest Point Department of History faculty are always looking for bold and innovative techniques for the classroom. USMA cadets in History of the Military Art analyzed five different German offensives in France from 1870 to 1940 using the "Fields of Despair" board game. Cadets used the game to visualize German campaign plans and evaluate the reasons for success or failure before discussing the evolution of modern warfare.

Army Baseball Walks It Off Against Tulane, 7-6
3/4/2019

CDT Cam Opp '19The Army West Point Baseball Team scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to walk off against Tulane, 7-6, here Sunday afternoon. The Black Knights and Green Wave put together an exciting final few frames as the teams combined for eight of the game's total 13 runs after the fifth inning. Army trailed 6-5 heading into the bottom of the ninth inning but never wavered. Jacob Hurtubise earned a one-out walk to get the tying run on board. The cow then did what he does best and stole back-to-back bases to shift himself into a prime position. After the Green Wave recorded the second out of the inning, Hurtubise tied the game by scoring on a wild pitch. Fortunately for the Black Knights the inning was far from over. Anthony Giachin and Josh White posted consecutive walks before Army scored the game-winning run on a fielding error to complete the comeback. Jeremiah Adams and Trey Martin led the Army offense with two hits each, while five different Black Knights posted a run batted in. Read more.

T&F Firsties Set Records at ECAC Championships
3/4/2019

CDTs  Abby Halbrook '19 and Cassie Mundekis '19Army West Point firsties Abby Halbrook and Cassie Mundekis set program records in their individual races at the ECAC Championships at Boston University this weekend. Mundekis was the first to compete, posting a 2:08.65 in the 800-meter run to best her own program record of 2:08.89 from the 2017 Patriot League Championship. The Manito, Ill., native also holds the academy record for the 1000-meter run and 4x400-meter relay. In the 3000-meter final, Abby Halbrook posted a time of 9:36.26 to set a new Army West Point record. The record was previously held by Catherine Gaffigan, who ran a 9:40.05 at the Princeton Relay in 1995. The Tyler, Texas, native also holds the school record for the mile run.

Cassie's 800 on Saturday was exactly what she wanted. She set a fast early pace that did not let up. She stayed with it and finished strong to improve on her previous best. Abby has not been able to race the 3K very much and this was the first time she had been in a race that went strong from the gun. She finished well and had a nice improvement. Read more.

Women's Swim & Dive Takes Second at ECAC Championships
3/4/2019

Women's Swim & Dive Takes Second at ECAC ChampionshipsThe Army West Point Women's Swimming and Diving Team earned a second-place finish at the ECAC Championships after compiling 674 points. Navy won the three-day meet in its home pool with a score of 762.5, while Bucknell rounded out the top-three, in a field of 20, with 322 points. Kim Sembrano highlighted the 200 back with a second-place time of 2:01.18. Hollis Clark also scored for Army, finishing in sixth at 2:04.60. The Black Knights dominated the 100 free, led by Lexus Van Hoven's top time of 50.95 to win the event. Mia Rankin (51.29) and Sammie Edwards (51.43), finished third and fourth respectively. Brianna Romaine (51.52) and Nicole Parry (51.70) also scored in the A-Final with finishes in sixth and seventh. Whitney Chang continued her successful weekend by posting a second-place finish in the 200 fly at 2:00.24. Army won the final event of the meet once Edwards, Romaine, Parry and Rankin clocked in at 3:24.53 in the 400 free relay. Read more.

Men's Swim & Dive Finishes Second at ECAC Championships
3/4/2019

CDT Brady Almand '20The Army West Point Men's Swimming and Diving Team came in second at the ECAC Championships with a total score of 613.5 Navy won the three-day meet with a score of 754.5, while Marist rounded out the top-three, in a field of 21, with 398 points. Jack Venker posted a fourth-place finish in the 1650 free after recording a time of 15:34.19. The 100 free was highlighted by Billy Webber's fourth-place time of 44.84. Sean Martin (44.85), Graham Ungrady (45.44), Josh Zock (45.55) and Nick Isenhower (45.57) followed Webber and rounded out the field in the A-Final. Brady Almand notched the top time for the event win in the 200 breast at 1:59.84. Ty Dang also placed inside the top-three, coming away with a third-place finish at 2:00.76. The meet came to a close once Kevin Doo, Webber, Ungrady and Martin won the 400 free relay with a time of 2:58.21. "It was a great weekend at the ECAC Championships," head coach Mickey Wender said. "Our two runner-up finishes against some very talented teams was well earned. Our young team learned a lot. This will be a building block for the future. I'm proud of the way we performed." Several Cadets will trek to Cleveland, Ohio, from March 14-16 to compete in the CSCAA Collegiate Classic hosted by Cleveland State.

Late Rally Sparks Thrilling Home Win for Women's Lacrosse
3/4/2019

Late Rally Sparks Thrilling Home Win for Women's LacrosseWith seven unanswered goals in the final 11 minutes of play, the Army West Point Women's Lacrosse Team staged a thrilling, 15-14, come-from-behind victory over Monmouth on Saturday at Michie Stadium. The Black Knights (6-0) trailed 14-8 with 11:26 left in the game, before four different cadets combined to score seven goals and extend Army's winning streak to six games. Offensively, Jackie Brattan led the attack against the Hawks (3-1) and continued her hot start to the season after putting in four scores on seven shots to pair with a program-best 11 draw controls. Caroline Raymond played an immense role in the comeback efforts by scoring a career-high three goals in the second half for her first collegiate hat trick. Samantha Stewart chipped in with two goals to go along with a team-best five ground balls, six draw controls and a pair of caused turnovers. Cameron Manor and Megan Raftery also tallied multi-goal performances in the contest. Read more.

Men's Tennis Sweeps Double Header
3/4/2019

Men's Tennis Sweeps Double HeaderThe Army West Point Men's Tennis Team capped off a stellar weekend with two more sweeps Sunday at the Lichtenberg Tennis Center. The Black Knights (5-9) defeated both Fairfield and Fairleigh Dickinson 4-0 to end an undefeated two days. "It was a very important weekend," said Head Coach Jim Poling. "We had to get our guys feeling what it's like to win matches again. They played well, they fought, and they had confidence. We're now looking forward to going to California to play three teams out there, so this weekend was a big step forward for us." The three shutouts over the last two days are the first of the year for the Black Knights. Army moves to 8-1 all-time against Fairfield. The Black Knights now hold a 16-1 advantage all-time versus the Knights of Fairleigh Dickinson. Army won its seventh and eighth doubles points of the year. Cow Myles Conlin earned his sixth win of the spring season from the No. 1 position and also provided the clinching point against Fairfield. Freshman Diego Huttepain went 3-0 this weekend in singles play. Read more.

Davis Leads Gymnastics Against Air Force
3/4/2019

CDT Mathew Davis '22Led by rookie Mathew Davis, the Army West Point Gymnastics Team posted 389.950 points against Air Force's 394.250 on Saturday afternoon. Davis was the top all-around competitor today with marks of 79.950, his second-best score of the season. Davis championed both the floor exercise and the vault. He turned out a 14.100 on floor and posted marks of 14.000 on vault to tie his career-high. Cole Casanova was second in the all-around with a 78.950. The Black Knights won on floor exercise (67.500 – 67.400), pommel horse (63.500 – 63.150) and vault (68.650 – 67.500). Davis was first on floor with his 14.100 score. Casanova, Elliott Herman and Mitchell McHugh all tied for fourth at 13.550.

Matthew Martin led the Black Knights on pommel horse for the second straight week after posting a 13.450. He ranked second, as Brandon Shively followed suit with a 13.250. On still rings, Casanova turned out the top Cadet score with a 13.700 to place third. Davis followed with a 13.500 which was good for fourth. Davis produced the top marks on vault (14.000) as Casanova (13.850) placed second and Erik Del Cid (13.800) was fifth. Casanova notched a 13.450 on the parallel bars to rank second in the event. Davis was third with a 13.400 to tie his career-best score. Air Force pulled away from Army in the high bar with a five-point advantage. Davis (12.900) placed third and was followed by Rex Scott (12.350) in sixth. The Black Knights return to the Lou Gross Center March 9 for senior day. Competition will begin at 1 p.m. against Springfield.

Women's Tennis Caps Weekend with Third Straight Shutout
3/4/2019

CDT Melanie Allen '19The Army West Point Women's Tennis closed out the weekend with its third consecutive shutout following a 7-0 victory over Quinnipiac on Saturday at the Lichtenberg Tennis Center. The Black Knights improved to 12-5 on the season, while the Bobcats fell to 3-6. Army jumped to 14-1 in the all-time series with Quinnipiac. The Black Knights improved to 9-2 on their home court. It was the first time since March 23-25 of last season Army shutout three straight opponents. Allen posted the 25th singles dual victory of her career. The Cape Coral, Fla., native competed at the No. 3 singles position for the first time in her career. Bou and Boubel tied DiMaio for the most singles dual wins on the team with their eighth of the year. Joyner earned her fifth win at the No. 1 doubles position this season and 19th of her career. Vincent became the eighth Cadet this season to reach double-digit singles wins with her 10th victory.

After Spring Break, the Black Knights will begin Patriot League play against Lafayette, Holy Cross and Loyola on March 22-23. Read more.

Firsties Lead Charge in Hockey Comeback Effort
3/4/2019

Firsties Lead Charge in Hockey Comeback EffortDown 3-2 with nine minutes remaining, the Army West Point hockey team rallied back to force a 3-3 tie with Bentley on senior night. Dalton MacAfee netted the game-tying score forcing the extra time. The Black Knights killed off a lengthy 5-on-3 to preserve the tie.

Prior to the game, Army honored its five seniors; Trevor Fidler, Tipper Higgins, MacAfee, Ian Mansfield and Taylor Maruya. The Black Knights outshot the Falcons for the second night in a row, 30-19. Army closes out its home slate with a 4-8-3 record at Tate Rink for the 2018-19 campaign. The nation's sixth-best team on the man-advantage recorded its 34th powerplay goal of the season. The Black Knights' have the fourth-most powerplay tallies in the nation behind No. 4 Minnesota State (38), No. 5 Quinnipiac (37) and No. 2 UMass (36). Krueger potted his seventh and eighth goals of the season in his first multi-goal effort. The sophomore has tallied 10 career goals and 19 points. It marked the first time this season Krueger has scored in three consecutive games. He added his third powerplay goal of the season. Read more.

Second Half Surge Pushes Men's Lacrosse Past Lafayette
3/4/2019

Second Half Surge Pushes Men's Lacrosse Past LafayetteAfter outscoring Lafayette 7-1 in the second half, the Army West Point men's lacrosse team defeated the Leopards 12-5 in the Patriot League opener. Ethan Barangan was excellent for the Black Knights on the faceoff, going 18-for-20 with a career-high 11 ground balls. Freshman attacker Brendan Nichtern set a new career-high with eight points on the day. He scored four goals and added four assists in the effort. Matt Manown and Nate Jones added four points apiece. Manown added a career-best eight ground balls in the contest. Johnny Surdick led the Cadets defensively with four caused turnovers. For the fifth game in a row, the Black Knights scored the first goal of the game. Nichtern started the scoring efforts off an assist by Manown at 8:43 in the first quarter. The Leopards netted their first of the game five minutes later to tie the game. Army answered with two straight tallies to boast a 3-1 lead heading into the second. Jones posted back-to-back goals 29 seconds apart with assists coming from Sean O'Brien and Nichtern. Lafayette opened the second quarter with two consecutive scores to tie things up. The Cadets scored a pair of goals in a 42 second span to regain their lead. Read more.

Six Cadets Earn All-Patriot League Recognition
3/1/2019

CDT Cecelia Croman '19The Army West Point Women's Swimming and Diving Team received six postseason all-league honors after finishing second at last week's Patriot League Championships. "We are very proud of our All-Patriot League team selections," head coach Mickey Wender said. "It was a highly-contested competitive meet. All 10 schools have improved immensely. To have multiple cadets recognized on the all-league team is a great accomplishment."

Individuals who win events at the Patriot League Swimming & Diving Championships automatically qualify for the All-League first team, while runner-up finishers are guaranteed a second-team spot. Both teams are back-filled by points, meaning a second-team member can move up to the first team if they accumulated enough points during the meet. Only individual points count. In her Patriot League Championships debut, Mia Rankin was the lone cadet to earn first team all-league honors. Whitney Chang, Cecelia Croman, Meaghan McGovern and Kara Wineinger each received all-league recognition for the second time in their careers. Serica Hallstead collected her third consecutive all-league accolade. Read more.

CME Hosts Soldier Design Competition
3/1/2019

CME Hosts Soldier Design CompetitionFifteen teams from across three departments presented project ideas, with cadets from Departments of Civil and Mechanical Engineering (CME), Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Systems Engineering (SE), and Chemistry and Life Science (CLS) competing for nine slots to advance to the Soldier Design Competition (SDC) Semi-finals Facebook Live event to be held on April 24. Six teams will ultimately travel to Lincoln Lab to compete against MIT students on April 30. Winners included a novel silencer for a M249, a tactical generator monitoring system, an Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV) deployment device, and a tunable rucksack.

Men's Swimming & Diving Places 10 on All-League Squads
3/1/2019

Men's Swimming & Diving Places 10 on All-League SquadsThe Army West Point Men's Swimming and Diving Team placed 10 Cadets on the postseason all-league teams following last week's second-place finish at the Patriot League Championships. "We are very proud of our All-Patriot League team selections," head coach Mickey Wender said. "It was a highly-contested competitive meet. All 10 schools have improved immensely. To have multiple cadets recognized on the all-league team is a great accomplishment." Individuals who win events at the Patriot League Swimming & Diving Championships automatically qualify for the all-league first team, while runner-up finishers are guaranteed a second-team spot.

Both teams are back-filled by points, meaning a second-team member can move up to the first team if they accumulated enough points during the meet. Only individual points count. Five Cadets repeated as all-league performers, including Kevin Doo, Nathan Hein, Brian McKenrick, Tom Ottman and Jay Yang. Doo, Hein and McKenrick have each earned a pair of all-league honors during their time at the Academy, while Yang has been named to an all-league team in each of the last three seasons. Ottman, the team's co-captain, has been an all-league swimmer in all four years with the Black Knights. In their debuts at the Patriot League Championships, Evan Zhang and Josh Zock collected first team recognition, while Daniel Alaimo, Kevin Lin and Tyler Kim earned second team honors. This marks the third straight season that Army had double-digit Cadets on the all-league teams. Read more.

Competitive Climbing Aids Sandhurst Black Team
3/1/2019

Competitive Climbing Aids Sandhurst Black TeamThe Competitive Climbing Team aided the Sandhurst Black Team recently in learning various rappelling techniques for their upcoming competition.

Cadets Interview Soviet WWII Veterans
3/1/2019

Cadets Interview Soviet WWII VeteransCadets from the Department of Foreign Languages traveled to Brighton Beach to interview three Russian Jewish WWII veterans of the Soviet Army about their experiences in the war. All three interviews were conducted in Russian and will have English translations when they are posted.

The Greenwich Country Club Hosts Skeet & Trap
3/1/2019

The Greenwich Country Club Hosts Skeet & TrapRecently, the Greenwich Country Club was kind enough to host the West Point Skeet & Trap Team in Connecticut for some friendly competition in skeet, trap, and sporting clays. Following the competition, which the cadets won by 30 targets, the GCC members treated the team to a delicious lunch and awards ceremony.

Cadets in Dushanbe Visit the Opera
3/1/2019

Cadets in Dushanbe Visit the OperaCadets studying Persian in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on Semester Abroad Program organized a visit to the opera together with other study-abroad students and their language partner, Omid. Cadets watched “Khosrow o Shirin” a love story from the Iran epic, the Shahnameh (1010 AD) and reported that due to the high register of the performance, it was clearer for them to understand it than everyday Tajik.

Ski Patrol Training in Vermont
3/1/2019

Ski Patrol Training in VermontThe West Point Ski Patrol enjoyed some truly outstanding training recently at Mount Snow in Vermont. This was the first time the patrol trained there and are looking forward to a long relationship between the two patrols. Patrollers and candidates worked sled and toboggan drills, practicing evacuating patients on challenging terrain. Everyone enjoyed team bonding over meals, music and games at the Dumaine B&B.

 

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