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Surdick Gains Army’s Highest Athletic Achievement
5/24/2019

Surdick Gains Army’s Highest Athletic AchievementAfter an outstanding four-year career on the men's lacrosse team, Johnny Surdick was honored with the United States Military Academy's most prestigious athletic honor as he was presented with the Army Athletic Association Award. The AAA trophy is awarded annually to the male and female cadet-athletes who display the "most valuable service to intercollegiate athletics during a career as a cadet." This year marks the 115th anniversary of the AAA Award, which was first presented to football's Horatio Hackett in 1904. Abby Halbrook of the cross country and track and field team is the women's recipient of the AAA Award. Surdick is the fourth men's lacrosse only athlete to achieve this honor and first defensemen. Among Cadets who played football and lacrosse, he is the sixth AAA winner and third defensemen. He is the third men's lacrosse AAA Award recipient in nine years. Read more.

Halbrook Earns Prestigious AAA Award
5/24/2019

Halbrook Earns Prestigious AAA AwardAfter completing one of the most storied careers in the history of the Army West Point track and field program, three-year captain Abby Halbrook received the United States Military Academy's most prestigious athletic honor, the Army Athletic Association Award. The AAA trophy is awarded annually to the male and female cadet-athletes who display the "most valuable service to intercollegiate athletics during their career as a Cadet." Johnny Surdick of the men's lacrosse team was the male recipient of the honor. In the 115th year of the award, Halbrook becomes the 12th women's track and field athlete and just the third women's cross country athlete to earn the honor. Halbrook is a 12-time varsity letterwinner and is among one of the most accomplished athletes in the history of the program. In 2018, she was honored with the Mike Krzyzewski Award for Excellence in Teaching Character Through Sport. The Tyler, Texas, native is a seven-time Patriot League individual champion in track and field and a 13-time Army-Navy Star Meet titlist. She led her team to five Army-Navy Star Meet victories and finished her career 4-0 against Navy at the indoor Star Meet. In 15 Star Meet events, Halbrook was defeated by a Naval Academy runner just once. Read more.

Surdick Earns Prestigious Schmeisser Award
5/23/2019

Surdick Earns Prestigious Schmeisser AwardFollowing an outstanding senior season, Johnny Surdick of the Army West Point men's lacrosse team was named the William C. Schmeisser Award winner by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association on Thursday. The award is annually presented to the most outstanding defensive player in the nation. Surdick also earned First Team USILA All-America honors for the first time in his career. Firstie goalie AJ Barretto was tabbed a Second Team All-American and plebe attacker Brendan Nichtern garnered All-America Honorable Mention recognition.

"I am really proud and happy for John winning the most prestigious award that a defenseman can win," said head coach Joe Alberici. "Being selected as the Nation's best defender is one of greatest honors you can have, and it is so well deserved. He consistently matched up the opponent's best offensive player, and no matter if they were midfield or low attack, we based our defense around him being able to take that individual out of play. We relied on him at the wing on the faceoff, in ground ball play and to ignite our transition. He is very worthy of this honor." Surdick is the ninth Cadet in Army's history to earn the Schmeisser Award with Bob Henry being the last in 1981. Read more.

Raymond Reels in ECAC Rookie of the Year Honors
5/23/2019

CDT Caroline Raymond '22Plebe Caroline Raymond was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Rookie of the Year on Thursday afternoon, while yearling Jackie Brattan collected All-ECAC Second Team honors. Raymond, who became the first cadet in program history to receive a postseason major award after being named the Patriot League Rookie of the Year earlier this month, put forth a historic season for the Black Knights' program during her plebe campaign. She set a single-season program record after totaling 67 points, marking the first-ever 60-point season by a cadet. Raymond additionally broke the single-season assists record with 24 helpers. The Mahopac, N.Y., native put up 18 multi-point performances and logged seven hat tricks. She finished second in single-season scoring after tallying 43 goals, while finishing inside the top 10 in the Patriot League in goals per game (2.39), assists per game (1.33) and points per game (3.72). Read more.

Black Knight Awards Celebrate 2018-19 Year
5/23/2019

Black Knight Awards Celebrate 2018-19 YearThe Army West Point Athletic Association held the 2019 Black Knight Awards ceremony on Wednesday morning at Robinson Auditorium in Thayer Hall. The department's premiere year-end event honored teams and individuals for their successes throughout the 2018-19 season. After finishing the season with an 11-2 record, winning the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl and capturing the Commander in Chief's Trophy for the second straight year, the football program took home the Team of the Year award for the third straight year. In its 12th year of existence, the Black Knight Awards honored the best that Army West Point's 30 athletic teams had to offer in 2018-19 in an award-show format similar to the ESPY Awards. Rich DeMarco, Assistant Athletic Director for Multimedia and Broadcasting, emceed the event and guided an audience that included West Point Superintendent Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, Commandant of Cadets Brig. Gen. Steve Gilland, Dean of the Academic Board Brig. Gen. Cindy Jebb, Command Sgt. Maj. Jack Love and Army West Point Interim Director of Athletics Dan McCarthy just to name a few. Read more.

34 Women Making History at West Point
5/22/2019

CDT Serica Hallstead '20The class of 2019 has the highest number of African American women graduates. The group of 34 female African American graduates is the largest in our 217-year history. When diplomas are awarded on Saturday morning, there also will be 19 Hispanic women standing in line, the largest number thus far. Women entered West Point for the first time in 1976, which was also the nation's bicentennial. Of 119 females, 62 graduated in 1980.

"As with anything that is new, there is sometimes hesitation and reluctance to change," Brig. Gen. Anne Macdonald said in 2010, on the 30th anniversary of her historic class. "Unfortunately, there was animosity toward us. Really, the reaction from the men ran the gamut. Some were curious, some ignored us, some were helpful, and some were hostile and difficult."

In the class of 2019, cadet Isabella Minter told InsideEdition.com she was grateful to belong "to a dynamic class of black women who have persevered and endured far more than anyone can truly realize." Full story »

Cadets Break Patriot League Men's Points Record
5/21/2019

CDT Serica Hallstead '20Following five Patriot League men's championship victories during the 2018-19 campaign, Army West Point posted a record 77 points and finished first in the men's league's presidents' cup race. The Black Knights won league championships in men's cross country, men's indoor track and field, men's golf, men's lacrosse and baseball en route to surpassing Navy's 2015-16 total of 76.5. The Patriot League Presidents' Cup is awarded to the member institution with the highest cumulative sports point total for their Patriot League standings in sponsored men's and women's sports. Points are awarded based upon a combination of an institution's regular-season and tournament finishes in each sport. If there is no Patriot League tournament (football), points are awarded based upon final regular-season standings. If there is no regular-season competition and the champion is determined by a Patriot League Championship (cross country, golf, rowing, swimming and diving, track and field), points are awarded based upon final tournament standings. Read more.

Brattan Garners All-Region Accolades
5/21/2019

CDT Serica Hallstead '20Yearling Jackie Brattan of the Army West Point women's lacrosse team earned IWLCA All-Northeast Region Second Team honors on Tuesday afternoon. It marks the first time in program history that a Cadet was recognized by the IWLCA with postseason all-region distinction. "We are so proud to see continued recognition of Jackie's accomplishments this season," Noto Family Head Women's Lacrosse Coach Kristen Skiera said. "Jackie's skill, intensity and execution on the draw and offensive end has helped propel our program to new heights. The level of maturity and urgency she played with this season as just a sophomore is so impressive. She was consistently one of the most dominant players on the field all season long and warrants recognition as one of the top players in the country. We could not be more proud of Jackie and excited for what lies ahead for her and the team." Brattan had a historic season for the Black Knights, wreaking havoc on opposing defenses en route to receiving First Team All-Patriot League honors. The yearling attack led Army, finished second in the league and inside the top-20 nationally in goals scored with 63. Along with her scoring prowess, she capped her second campaign with 65 points and 105 draw controls. Both were single-season program milestones as she was the second Cadet to ever post a 50-point season and the first to eclipse 100 draw controls. Read more.

Baseball Goes Back-To-Back To Claim Title Over Navy
5/20/2019

CDT Serica Hallstead '20For the second-straight season the Army West Point baseball team was crowned Patriot League champions after defeating rival Navy, 4-3, here Sunday afternoon. The Black Knights and Midshipmen met for the second consecutive year in the Patriot League championship series and Army again came out on top to earn back-to-back titles. This was the third time in program history the Cadets achieved that feat, as they also did so in 2012 & 2013 and 2004 & 2005. Army increased its league-leading title count to nine with the win. Sunday's contest was a back-and-forth affair as both teams took turns holding the lead. The Black Knights ultimately finished things off in the top of the ninth when Jeremiah Adams singled to left field to score Anthony Giachin from third. Cam Opp then closed the door on the Mids in the bottom half to earn his fifth win of the year. Ironically, Opp was also the man to put the final stamp on Army's 2018 Patriot League title as he recorded the save a year ago as well. The Black Knights continue their season in the NCAA tournament on May 31-June 2. Army has to wait until the NCAA Selection Show on Monday, May 27th, to find out which regional it will be going to. The show will be broadcast live on ESPNU at 12 p.m. Read more.

Men's Lacrosse Celebrates Record Setting Season at Banquet
5/20/2019

CDT Serica Hallstead '20Following a historic season, head coach Joe Alberici and the Army West Point lacrosse players, coaches, families and support staff celebrated the season and the Class of 2019 at its annual team banquet at West Point's Kimsey Athletic Center. The program reached a record-setting 13 wins in 2019. The 13th victory was for the Patriot League Championship title. The coaching staff distributed 10 team awards during the afternoon, while Alberici honored the senior class with talks about outstanding character and servant leadership on and off the field. The coaching staff then announced the 2019-20 team captains. Players and support staff gathered as Major "A" letters were presented to each athlete by position. Following the presentation of the letters, Alberici continued with the official distribution of the team's Player of the Game certificates, along with the mention of the All-Patriot League players and Patriot League All-Academic Team selections. The program then turned to celebrating the senior class as Alberici recounted anecdotes and highlights of the senior members careers. The afternoon continued with the presentation of 10 team awards. Read more.

Hallstead Tabbed First Team Academic All-District
5/17/2019

CDT Serica Hallstead '20The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) has announced that cow Serica Hallstead of the Army West Point Swimming and Diving Team received Google Cloud Academic All District At-Large First Team honors. CoSIDA recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performance on the field and in the classroom. She is now eligible for Google Cloud Academic All-America honors, which will be announced in June.

Hallstead additionally received Academic All-Patriot League recognition earlier this season by excelling both in the classroom and on the boards. As a Life Science major, she carries a 3.98 grade-point average and is now a two-time all-district recipient. The Canandaigua, N.Y., native had a successful season, claiming first-place finishes on both boards in five different meets, including at the annual Star Meet opposite Navy. Following a fourth-place finish on the 1-meter and a fifth-place showing on the 3-meter at the league championships, she went on to compete at the NCAA Zone A Diving Championships.

Cadets Visit Restorative Neurological Clinic at the Burke Neurological
5/17/2019

Cadets Visit Restorative Neurological Clinic at the Burke NeurologicalCadets Elizabeth Huuki '20, Channah Mills '20, Alanna Appel '20, and Sydney Alekseyev '21 visited the Restorative Neurological Clinic at the Burke Neurological Institute in White Plains, NY, which is an affiliate of Weill Cornell Medicine. Together with Cadets Mathew McDonough '20 and Richard Delzell '20, and under the combined mentorship of Drs. J. Kenneth Wickiser and John W. Cave, cadets assisted the RNC this semester in processing and analyzing clinical evaluations and quality-of-life surveys to track the progress of subjects over 6-week therapy sessions to determine the impact of robotic-assisted upper limb extremity training. This visit provided an opportunity for Cadets to observe how robotic-assisted therapies are conducted and experience several of the robotic devices for themselves.

T&F Sends 12 Cadets to NCAA East Regionals
5/17/2019

T&F Sends 12 Cadets to NCAA East RegionalsThe NCAA has announced that 12 members of the Army West Point Men's Track and Field Team have qualified to compete in a program-record 15 events at the NCAA East Region Preliminary Championships. The event will take place from May 23 to 25 at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Fla. The following Cadets have qualified to compete: 800 Meter Run: Jackson Sullivan, Jr. - 1:50.01 110. Meter Hurdles: Justin Young, Fr. - 13.89. High Jump: Jeff Giannettino, Sr. - 2.16m (Academy Record). Shot Put: Geoff Kirk, So. - 17.82m (Academy Record), Michael Renard, Jr. - 17.68m Jamir Gibson, Fr. - 17.32m. Discus Throw: Jamir Gibson, Fr. - 58.64m (Academy Record), Michael Renard, Jr. - 56.71m Grant Alter, Jr. - 55.47m Geoff Kirk, So. - 55.10m Kenneth Brinson, Sr. - 53.94m. Hammer Throw: Jacob Stauffer, Jr. - 60.29m. Javelin Throw: August Cook, So. - 72.45m (Academy Record) Grayson Hill, Jr. - 64.73m. Read more.

Cadet Urban Youth Outreach
5/17/2019

Cadet Urban Youth OutreachThe Domestic Affairs Forum took their urban youth outreach to the next level with the implementation of a Civics workshop to 600 ninth grade students in West New York, NJ. The workshop focused on the presidency and civic participation. The leaders kicked off the session with a short lecture and mock election speeches. They then broke out into classrooms, where cadets facilitated activities and small group discussions.

Bass Club at the Army Bass Anglers Invitational
5/17/2019

Bass Club at the Army Bass Anglers InvitationalThe Bass Club competed in the Army Bass Anglers Invitational on Lake Fork, TX - one of the 10 best bass lakes in the country. Bass Club anglers were paired with Army Bass Angler Pro-Staff (all active, retired or veterans) and fished off of their boats. Great fishing aside, cadets enjoyed fellowship with and mentorship from senior officers and NCOs.

Cadets Visit the Department of Justice
5/17/2019

Cadets Visit the Department of JusticeTen cadets from the C3MO traveled down to the Eastern District of NYC to learn about the Department of Justice and discuss the values of Duty, Honor, and Country with federal judges. They met with Daniel Mandell, a local lawyer with connections to the judges of the courthouse. In the morning, they saw an arraignment and spoke with the presiding judge. Afterwards, they stood behind the Judge's bench in a naturalization ceremony, speaking on the history of NYC and West Point in the country's foundation. Then, they led the 120+ crowd of newly naturalized US citizens in the pledge of allegiance. At noon, they met with seven federal judges over lunch to discuss their jobs, any dissonance between morality and sentencing requirements, and their roles as federal employees. After lunch, they talked to Judge Sterling Johnson Jr., a supporter of West Point and its cadets, about his life story and changes in the relationships between civilians and the Army. Last, they received a brief about the U.S. Marshall service and had a discussion with the manager of the east district of NYC and took a tour of their facilities throughout the courthouse.

Photo: with Judge Sterling Johnson Jr. in his office

Giachin, Hurtubise Named Academic All-District
5/16/2019

CDT Justin Williamson '20Army West Point yearling Anthony Giachin and cow Jacob Hurtubise were named to the 2019 Google Cloud Academic All District® Baseball Team, selected by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), which recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom. Both are now eligible for Google Cloud Academic All-America® honors, with the first and second teams being announced in June. Giachin boasts an impressive 4.04 GPA in Mechanical Engineering, while Hurtubise holds a 3.68 GPA in Operations Research. Giachin etched his name into the program's record book earlier this year when he broke Army's single-season doubles mark (19) against Lafayette on May 6th. He currently leads the Patriot League in hits (69), runs batted in (61), and doubles (22). Hurtubise is tops in the league with a .363 batting average and has 65 hits and five doubles to his name this season. The Zionsville, Ind., native also leads the conference with a .536 on-base percentage, 65 runs scored, 63 walks, and 40 stolen bases. Read more.

Second Annual Urban Affairs Conference
5/16/2019

Second Annual Urban Affairs ConferenceThe Department of Social Sciences (SOSH), with assistance from the Department of Civil & Mechanical Engineering (CME) and Department of Geography & Environmental Engineering (GENE), hosted the second annual Urban Affairs Conference which included over 100 attendees and 13 presentations throughout the day. This conference was designed to facilitate interaction between the West Point community and their civilian counterparts to better understand current urban issues. This year's conference included students and/or faculty from Columbia University (SIPA), Bard College, MIT, NYU, and Manhattan College. Presenters had a wide variety of career experience as well, members of academia, military officers, government officials, and non-profit organizations. The keynote speaker, Honorable Matt Collier '75 was the highlight of the conference as he discussed his experience as mayor of Flint, MI and connected it to the concepts of leadership and service that he learned while at West Point. Perhaps most valuable however, was the networking and relationship building between a variety of schools, faculty members, and practitioners that had great ideas for future collaboration in the urban space.

Grappling Claims Three Individual Championships
5/16/2019

Grappling Claims Three Individual ChampionshipsThe Grappling Team gave an outstanding performance in their final tournament. The team placed 6th among 30 teams competing in the North American Grappling Association (NAGA) World Championships and claimed three individual championships.

Theatre Arts Guild and Gospel Choir Cadets Visit NYC
5/16/2019

Theatre Arts Guild and Gospel Choir Cadets Visit NYCTheatre Arts Guild and Gospel Choir Cadets joined together for a day of culture in New York City. In the afternoon, Cadets saw Hamilton on Broadway meeting some of the cast, and stage crew learning how they reset the stage on a 2-show day. Cadets Aloma and Shala got a treat by handling the pistols from the duel scene and recreated the Burr/Hamilton duel on the stage. That same evening, Cadets journeyed further downtown to see White Noise, an off-Broadway production at the famous Public Theater. The show is towards the end of its sold out run. At the show, a cadet (who is from Kosovo) happened to see her Ambassador also attending the show. The Ambassador procured a meeting with the cast. They spoke with actors Daveed Diggs, Thomas Sadoski, and Sheria Irving.

Black Knights Wrap Up Round Two at NCAA Regionals
5/15/2019

CDT Justin Williamson '20The Army West Point golf team continued it play at the NCAA Regionals at UT Golf Club on Tuesday. The Black Knights finished with a team score of 305 (+21) in the second round and is tied for 13th with Prairie View A&M with an overall score of 614 (+46). Texas is in the lead at 10-under for the regional after firing a -16 as a team on Tuesday. Justin Williamson remained Army's top player on the leaderboard and is at 6-over for the tournament with a 4-over 75 in round two. He was 1-under through the first nine but had a tough few holes to close out his round at +4. There are five players at the top of the leaderboard at 4-under and three are from Texas and two from Pepperdine.

Williamson is in a tie for 37th on the leaderboard. He flipped the script from day one on the first nine as he went 1-under with a birdie on hole six. Williamson's back nine was a bit tough, going 5-over to finish at 4-over on the day. Williamson sunk a long putt down a ridge on 18 to birdie the final hole of the day. Rookie Tom Katsenes improved in his second round and fired a 3-over 74, which was three strokes better than Monday's round. He birdie two of the first four holes to get out to an early low score. He had 12 pars on the day with seven coming on the back nine. Team captain Nick Turner finished 5-over with a score of 76 and is 12-over for the tournament. Turner posted two birdies and nine pars during his round. Read more.

Cadets Conduct Laboratory Training on Surgical Procedures
5/15/2019

Cadets Conduct Laboratory Training on Surgical ProceduresPremedical cadets from the Class of 2019 enrolled in Human Anatomy traveled to Bethesda, MD, to conduct laboratory training and simulations on various surgical procedures at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USUHS) and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC). The cadets engaged in practical demonstrations of anatomical forensics by Dr. Guinevere Granite, PhD, Director and Human Anatomy Course Coordinator at USUHS, who has been featured on the Smithsonian Channel's documentary, Secrets: Bog Bodies. The cadets attended lectures on military surgical operations by CAPT Eric Elster, MD, Chair of the Department of Surgery at USUHS and WRNMMC and COL Fred Lough '70, MD, Deputy Chair of the Department of Surgery at USUHS and WRNMMC, and then they engaged in surgical orientation in the human cadaver lab at USUHS. Finally, the cadets were trained on cutting-edge neuro-vasculature clearing techniques, cranium drilling and patching techniques, and radiology- and imagery-assisted surgical techniques by technicians and physicians from industry leading companies and hospitals in the National Capitol Region.

U.S. Institute of Peace Simulation Exercise
5/15/2019

U.S. Institute of Peace Simulation Exercise The U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) conducted a simulation exercise as one of the culminating events for the Conflict and Settlement course. The exercise featured national reconciliation talks between the major parties to the conflict in Afghanistan. Cadets were assigned roles such as: the U.S. Department of State, the government of Afghanistan, the Taliban, Russia, China, and many more. They used course concepts to develop negotiating strategies and identify the motivations, opportunities, and challenges for all parties involved. USIP ran two iterations of the simulation with separate groups and then conducted a joint AAR to compare the two group's efforts. They also provided real world perspective as one of their team members described her recent engagement with the Taliban during talks in Doha, Qatar.

Men's Club Volleyball at the Nationals
5/15/2019

Men's Club Volleyball at the NationalsThe Men’s Club Volleyball Team had their best Nationals performance recently. There were 240 men's teams present in 5 divisions. The team in the second-best division, Division II. They were undefeated coming out of two days of pool play going into the gold bracket. The Cadets made it through to the finals and then lost a close match to St. Louis University 25-23. They played very consistently at a very high level all weekend.

Functional Fitness at the CrossFit Collegiate Championship
5/15/2019

Functional Fitness at the CrossFit Collegiate ChampionshipFour members of the USMA Functional Fitness club competed at the inaugural CrossFit Collegiate Championship at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Over the course of two days, the team competed in events that included swimming, running, weight lifting, and gymnastic skills to determine the fittest college in the country. The USMA team represented the Academy with grit, determination, and a high degree of fitness, but came up short of a podium visit. They are looking forward to earning another spot in next year’s collegiate nationals in the fastest growing collegiate sport in the country. The Cadets put this together: https://spark.adobe.com/page/PfOn0IT0a9Ozn/

Williamson Leads Army at NCAA Regionals
5/14/2019

CDT Justin Williamson '20The Army West Point Golf Team kicked off the NCAA Regionals on Monday morning. The Black Knights finished with a team score of 309 (+25), which is tied with Prairie View A&M for 13th on the team leaderboard. Pepperdine and Texas share the lead at the top at 6-under par as a team. Justin Williamson was Army's top player in round one with a 2-over score of 73. He recovered from a tough start to turn it on during the back nine to get closer to even par. Pierceson Coody of Texas is the leader after the first day on the individual leaderboard as he fired a 5-under 66. Army is competing in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2016. It is the first appearance under head coach Chad Bagley. Williamson is in a tie for 29th on the leaderboard. He had a tough first nine holes, going 5-over through nine, but recovered to shoot a 33 (-3) on the back nine. He posted four birdies during the round including two of the last three holes. Williamson sunk a long putt down a ridge on 18 to birdie the final hole of the day. Rookie Tom Katsenes finished with a 6-over 77 in his first action in an NCAA Tournament. Read more.

Baseball Advances to Championship Series After 5-3 Win
5/14/2019

Baseball Advances To Championship Series After 5-3 WinThe Army West Point Baseball Team is heading back to the Patriot League Championship Series after a 5-3 win over Holy Cross here Sunday night. After the two teams split a doubleheader on Saturday it all came down to a decisive Game 3 to determine the winner of the Patriot League semifinal series. Unfortunately, mother nature stepped in and forced what ended up being a eight hour rain delay. The contest was originally scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. but was pushed back until 9 p.m. due to rain. The Black Knights didn't seem to mind as they jumped out to a 2-0 advantage after two innings. The visitors then added three additional runs throughout the fourth and fifth inning to create a 5-0 gap between the teams. Holy Cross wouldn't go down without a fight though as it scored three unanswered runs over the final three innings to make things interesting at the end. Army would eventually register the final out of the game to secure the win and their second-straight trip to the league championship series. Read more.

Surdick, Barretto Named All-Americans by IL Media
5/14/2019

CDTs Johnny Surdick '19 and AJ Barretto '19Firstie defender Johnny Surdick and firstie goalie AJ Barretto garnered All-America honors by the Inside Lacrosse Media, announced during the NCAA First Round on Sunday. Media All-Americans are voted on by members of the media who vote in the weekly Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. "This is a tremendous recognition for two standout four-year players in the Army Lacrosse Family," said head coach Joe Alberici. "Johnny and AJ have impacted our program since the day they stepped onto Academy grounds and they were at their very best this year, often shinning brightest in our biggest moments.

Surdick, the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, earned first team recognition for the first time in his career. As a cow, Surdick was voted to the second team. The firstie captain had a tremendous impact on Army's success this season. Surdick led the team in ground balls (64) and caused turnovers (36). The next best on the team in caused turnovers totals 15. The Odenton, Md., native boasts 176-career ground balls and 103 caused turnovers.

Barretto had his best season in cage for Army with a 13-5 record. The Patriot League Tournament MVP finished the year with the second-best goals against average in the NCAA at 8.58. Barretto totaled 201 saves during his firstie campaign and a .576 save percentage to rank sixth nationally. The Darlington, Md., native finished his career with 572 saves which slates him fourth in the Black Knights' record books. His 13 wins in a single-season was a program record for the Black Knights as well. This is Barretto's first Inside Lacrosse Media All-America honor in his career. Read more.

Track & Field Fights Through Weather At ECAC/IC4As
5/14/2019

Battling through tough weather conditions, the Army West Point Track and Field Team had an impressive showing at the second day of the ECAC/IC4A Championships on Sunday. Yearling Kedrin Jefferson fought through the wind and rain to take home the 200 meter dash. Cow Calli McMullen placed second in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.94.

Head Coach Mike Smith said: "We brought a skeleton crew to this meet because of final exams. The ones we took did a nice job of competing and performed well in less than ideal circumstances. The weather today was about as bad as you could expect, and we got what we could from it. Kedrin and Calli were the obvious highlights for us. The marks were not what they wanted, but there was really no way they could have run very fast in the conditions out there. So they made the best of it. Read more.

Giachin, Hurtubise, Opp Garner Academic Praise
5/14/2019

CDTs Anthony Giachin '21 Jacob Hurtubise '20 and Cam Opp '19The Army West Point Baseball Team saw three honored with Academic All-Patriot League nods on Thursday. Army tied for the league lead with three cadet-athletes selected to the academic squad. Anthony Giachin, Jacob Hurtubise and Cam Opp were each one of the 13 athletes acknowledged on the team. Firstie left-handed pitcher Cam Opp (economics, 3.578 GPA) earned his third academic all-league nod, while teammate and Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year Jacob Hurtubise (operations research, 3.678 GPA) is a second-time all-academic team selection. Nine of the 13 Academic All-Patriot League selections were named to the one of the two All-Patriot League teams as well. The Black Knights yearling third baseman Giachin (mechanical engineering, 4.041 GPA) garnered his first academic praise Thursday. To be eligible for the Scholar-Athlete of the Year award and the Academic All-Patriot League Team, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average and be a starter or key player in his/her sport. Freshmen or students in their first academic year at their school are not eligible for the honor. Read more.

Women's Tennis Celebrates Championship Season at Banquet
5/14/2019

The Army West Point Women's Tennis Team celebrated its 2018-19 campaign with its annual year-end banquet last week.

The Black Knights finished with a record of 22-8, their most wins since the 2014 season. Army captured its second consecutive Patriot League title and 15th overall with a thrilling 4-3 victory over top-seeded Boston University in the championship match to earn a berth to the NCAA Tournament. The Cadets traveled to Seattle to face the 10th-ranked Huskies of Washington, taking 26 games in the 4-0 setback. Read more.

Firsties Honored at West Point Twilight Meet
5/14/2019

During its lone home outdoor meet of the year, the Army West Point Track and Field Team honored its firstie class while competing against athletes from over 40 universities. While much of the short-distance team was inactive ahead of this weekend's IC4A/ECAC Championships, a majority of the team saw some action in the event at West Point's Shea Stadium on Thursday. Among them were firsties Abby Halbrook, Cassie Mundekis, Ben Boswell, Kenneth Brinson, Mikey Singer and Jeff Giannettino, who were competing at West Point for the final time. The team's remaining seniors (Andre Vaughn, Kevin Dyer, Ben Sims and Marcus Denham) did not see any action at the meet. Prior to the start of the evening's running events, Coach Mike Smith introduced each of the firsties and each was presented the AD's Coin by interim athletic director Dan McCarthy at midfield. The group is among the most accomplished classes in program history with three league championships (two men's cross country and one men's indoor track& field) and twelve active program records among them. Read more.

Army Ultimate Frisbee Places 3rd
5/14/2019

Army Ultimate Frisbee Places 3rdArmy Ultimate placed 3rd out of 12 teams in Hudson Valley Conference Championships. Army Beat Vassar College 11-5 in the first game of the tournament by scoring multiple breaks (turnovers) and playing solid offense on the defensive line. Army's second game against Hartford was the most difficult one. Although Army took half with two breaks (6-4), Hartford almost came back, and the game went to universe point which Army won 10-9. Saint Rose, was the weakest team Army played in the tournament, and Army was able to keep its defensive line in for most of the game and still win 11-3.

Wesleyan pulled out ahead 11-9. Because of the loss against Wesleyan, Army was the second team in the pool, and played Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in the next game. The winner of this game automatically received a bid to Regionals, and the loser had to play another game, only the winner of which got a seed to Regionals. Army was able to win the game 13-9, even though RPI made multiple questionable foul calls on the goal line, leading to turnovers in situations that should have been Army scores. For a team that did not make it out of the Conference last year placement in Regionals a large success.

Bass Fishing FLW Northern Region National Qualifier
5/14/2019

Bass Fishing FLW Northern Region National QualifierThe Bass Fishing Club competed in the FLW Northern Region National Qualifier on Smith Mountain Lake, VA. Three teams all brought fish to the scales with the top team of Rocco Caywood '19 and Frankie Turner '20 placing 31st out of 95 boats. The next qualifier is May 31 on the Potomac River.

Investment Theory Final Projects Distinguished Panel
5/14/2019

Investment Theory Final Projects Distinguished PanelThe finance curriculum hosted a series of final projects from the "Investment Theory" course. A distinguished panel of longtime SOSH (Department of Social Sciences) friends assembled to help judge the Investment Portfolio presentations. The panel included: Tony Guerrerio (Wedgewood Partners), Rich Swift (GreyArc Global Investors), Clay DeGiacinto (Axonic Capital), Pat Wilkison (Integrity Partners Venture Capital), Greg Shufro (Shufro Rose Wealth Management) and Mickey Strasser (UBS).

Mona Yacoubian Speaks with International Affairs Cadets
5/14/2019

Mona Yacoubian Speaks with International Affairs CadetsMona Yacoubian from the U.S. Institute of Peace spoke with cadets from the International Affairs Forum about the civil war in Syria. Students from the courses on Conflict and Settlement and State Building also attended. Ms. Yacoubian provided the audience with a brief history of the war, incorporating concepts from both courses. She shared her worry that this war has the potential to unravel the liberal world order and that the most disturbing features of this civil war may become the norm in future civil wars such as the competitive involvement of great powers, the use of chemical weapons, and the generally high level of destructiveness. She also shared her concerns about U.S. strategy as the administration considers reducing U.S. military commitments to Syria. During her visit, Ms. Yacoubian also had the opportunity to visit with West Point’s Combatting Terrorism Center to share some of the findings from her ongoing work with the Congressional Syria Study Group.

Climbing Earns Service Academy Cup for 10th Year
5/10/2019

Climbing Earns Service Academy Cup for 10th YearThe Army West Point Competitive Climbing Team competed in the Collegiate National Competition in Murfreesboro, TN. The team put up a strong performance defeating Air Force and Navy; earning the Service Academy Cup 10 years in a row. CDT Elizabeth Bradley '22 earned a 7th place overall finish in the female bouldering category.

Army Cycling Ranked 2nd in the Nation
5/10/2019

Army Cycling Ranked 2nd in the NationArmy West Point Cycling finished their season strong in Burlington, VT. West Point riders brought their team to be ranked 2nd in the nation and Eastern conference. Here are the results: Elizabeth Huuki: Women’s A, 4th Place in Road Race, 1st in Circuit: Aidan Doyle: Men’s B, 5th in Road Race; Andrew Mergen: Men’s A, 6th in Road Race, 5th in Circuit; Keller Balsam: Men’s B, 6th in Circuit; Phoebe Lee: Women’s C, 1st in Circuit; and Steve Lee: Men’s C, 3rd in Circuit.

Cadets Attend the Tribeca Film Festival
5/10/2019

Cadets Attend the Tribeca Film FestivalWest Point film forum attended two screenings at the Tribeca film festival 2019 in NYC. Friday night cadets viewed “This is Spinal Tap”. Micheal McKean, Christopher Guest, and Harry Shearer, along with Director Rob Reiner fielded audience questions. Elvis Costello guest appeared. Saturday, director Francis Ford Coppola took a few minutes to meet with cadets to talk about “Apocalypse Now Final Cut” before the premier of this 40th anniversary release of the film.

Crew at the Kerr Cup
5/10/2019

Crew at the Kerr CupAt the Kerr Cup, crew faced stiff competition from many Division I programs including Yale, Lafayette, Drexel, Temple, and Villanova. The Men’s Novice 4 placed 4th in the Grand Finals, Women’s Novice 8 2nd, Men’s Novice 8 2nd and 3rd, and Varsity Men’s 8 2nd in Petite Finals.

Boxing at the Andover Invitational
5/10/2019

Boxing at the Andover InvitationalThe Army West Point Boxing team traveled up Andover, MA to compete in the Andover invitational. The team took seven boxers to compete.

The Army West Point boxing team closed out another championship season with their End of Year banquet. The guest speaker was CSM Kenny, who shared insights from an enlisted perspective to the future officers.

40th West Point National Orienteering Meet
5/10/2019

Over the weekend, the West Point Orienteering Team held its 40th West Point National Meet. The event in-volved a Middle, Sprint, and Long course over the two days. Over 300 Orienteers from all over the world, in-cluding the US and Canadian national teams, traveled to West Point to participate in this event. The event also included an Alumni dinner, which afforded our Cadets the opportunity to interact with past Orienteers. CDT Brigitte Bordelon `20 A-4 served as the meet’s director and led the team to the largest and most successful National Meet to date. The team now shifts their focus to TEEs and summer training.

Drill Team Ceremonial Firing Party
5/10/2019

Drill Team Ceremonial Firing PartyService as Ceremonial Firing Party for the Annual National Tadeusz Kosciuszko Observance at West Point, NY. Members of the USMA Black Knight Drill Team, led by CDT Polcynski '20, served for the first time in the club's history as members of a ceremonial firing party. Cadets supported the international partnership between the US, Poland, and Lithuania with their demonstration of discipline. Speeches commemorated the partnership between the US, Poland, and Lithuania as well as the 20th Anniversary of Poland’s Membership in NATO and 15th Membership of Lithuania in NATO. Video: https://www.facebook.com/USMADrillTeam/videos/365274357444917/

COL (R) Gayton '87 Financial Op-Ed in Fox Business
5/10/2019

COL (R) Gayton '87 Financial Op-Ed in Fox BusinessFor many years the Department of Social Sciences (SOSH) has been charged with improving the financial literacy of cadets. This mission has gained in importance in recent years as we view cadets as the future emissaries of financial literacy to their platoons and companies. While the department approaches this mission from many angles, it is never enough as financial literacy is a life skill that is often under-taught, or in many cases, incorrect or harmful information is taught or passed on. Teaching sound financial advice for saving and encouraging avoidance of "get rich fast" plans is the main goal. SOSH faculty alumnus COL(R) Jamie Gayton published this op-ed on the continuing need for improved financial literacy in the military: Military Financial Literacy.

Hurtubise Top Defender; 7 Cadets Earn Recognition
5/9/2019

Army Baseball Recognition 2019Army West Point Baseball saw a conference-leading seven cadet-athletes earn All-Patriot League distinction on Wednesday, including garnering a major award. Cow centerfielder Jacob Hurtubise was selected as the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, marking the second-straight season the Cadets received major award praise. Hurtubise showed off his range in centerfield, leading all Patriot League outfielders with 118 putouts to go along with a .992 fielding percentage. The Zionsville, Ind., native also had two outfield assists. He along with the Army defense helped contribute to the Black Knights' league-low 3.92 team ERA. In conference play alone, Hurtubise recorded a league-high 64 putouts in centerfield with a 1.000 fielding percentage.

In total seven Black Knights registered All-Patriot League accolades, including four on the first team. Five cadet-athletes received all-league honors for the second time in their careers; firstie pitcher Daniel Burggraaf (first team), yearling third baseman Anthony Giachin (first team), firstie pitcher Tyler Giovinco (second team), Hurtubise (first team) and firstie pitcher Cam Opp (second team). To close out Army's selections was Trey Martin (first team) and Jeremiah Adams (second team). Patriot League baseball major awards and all-league honors were voted on by conference head coaches, who could not select their own student-athletes or themselves. Army returns to action this Saturday when it travels to Worcester, Mass., for the Patriot League tournament semifinals. Read more.

Ethics Debate Places 3rd at Business Competition
5/9/2019

Ethics Debate Places 3rd at Business CompetitionTwo cadets of the Ethics Debate Forum (Gabrielle Alford and Nathan Frederickson) placed 3rd overall at the Mount Saint Mary’s University Business Ethics Case Competition. Seven teams from across the country participated. The teams applied a variety of ethical principles and standards in their evaluation of a historical case to offer an in-depth assessment of the characters, decisions, and events.

CDT Tan Takes First in Shakespeare Monologue Competition
5/9/2019

CDT Tan Takes First in Shakespeare Monologue CompetitionCongratulations to CDT Paul Tan for taking first place in this year’s Shakespeare Monologue Competition.

Mooradian Highlights League Academic Awards
5/9/2019

CDT Lynne Mooradian '20The Patriot League announced Wednesday that seven members of the Army West Point Track and Field program have received academic honors for the 2019 outdoor track and field season. Headlining those awards with the league's highest academic honor is cow Lynne Mooradian, who was named Patriot League Women's outdoor track Scholar Athlete of the Year. The Hanover, Pa., native has been no stranger to academic accolades during her tenure at West Point, as she has now claimed the honor in three consecutive seasons after winning the award for the 2019 indoor track and field season and the 2018 outdoor track and field season. "Lynne is one of our stars and I mean that in the most descriptive way," head coach Mike Smith said. "She is brilliant. What she does on a daily basis and how she does it is remarkable." Read more.

Black Culture & Arts Forum Visits Baltimore
5/9/2019

Black Culture & Arts Forum Visits BaltimoreThe Black Culture & Arts Forum took a trip to Baltimore recently. They explored the city’s architecture and public memorials, visited the historic Peabody Library, and toured the Walters Art Museum and the Baltimore Museum of Art. Cadets attended Having Our Say: The Delaney Sister’s First Hundred Years, at the Arena Player’s Theater, the oldest continuously-operating Black community theater in Baltimore, and spoke with the cast afterward. The group also enjoyed local Black art (culinary and otherwise) at the Lexington market and throughout the city.

Mitchell Named Academic All-League
5/9/2019

CDT David Mitchell '19For the third consecutive year, senior captain David Mitchell was named to the Academic All-Patriot League team, as announced by the conference Wednesday morning. Mitchell has had seven straight Dean's List semesters (every semester enrolled), and will graduate with Honors in International Relations, with a minor in Cyber Engineering. Boasting a 3.645 grade-point average, Mitchell also earned a scholarship to pursue his master’s degree in Israel. The Castle Rock, Colo. native led a young team, that included five plebes, as Patriot League runners-up in his firstie year. He has won nearly 40 dual singles matches, and nearly 40 doubles victories in his career with Army West Point. He is also a three-time Second Team All-Patriot League player ('16-'18). Read more.

Negotiations for Leaders Final Simulation Exercise
5/9/2019

Negotiations for Leaders Final Simulation ExerciseBehavioral Sciences and Leadership's (BS&L) West Point Negotiation Project conducted the final simulation exercise for the course, Negotiations for Leaders. In this exercise, 67 cadets negotiated with simulated villagers and security forces as well as partners from a NATO military unit. The cadets needed to draw upon concepts and frameworks to negotiate in both bilateral and multi-party settings across cultures.

Cadet Debate at the Bard Prison Initiative
5/9/2019

Four cadets on the Army Debate Team participated in a debate with four inmates at the Fishkill Correctional Facility as part of the Bard Prison Initiative (BPI). The debate was the first of its kind conducted at the Fishkill facility. The debate highlighted the merits of the BPI program and gave cadets the opportunity to make a positive impact on inmates at Fishkill. Although there were no formal judges for the debate, cadets performed very admirably as many of the inmates and Bard College faculty commented how professional and well-prepared the cadets were for the debate.

Joyner Adds Patriot League Scholar-Athlete Honors
5/9/2019

CDT Ana Joyner '21Yearling Ana Joyner of the Army West Point women's tennis team was named the 2019 Patriot League Women's Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the conference announced Wednesday morning. Joyner recently earned her second player of the year nod on Friday prior to the team's 15th appearance in the NCAA Tournament at No. 10 Washington. She became the first Cadet to earn Patriot League Player of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors in the same season. The Las Cruces, N.M., native boasts a 3.619 grade-point average as a Systems Engineering major. Joyner remained a constant in the top singles flight for the Black Knights, posting an overall record of 18-13 in singles action. She went 2-0 in the Patriot League Tournament at the No. 1 position with wins over Navy in the semifinals and Boston U. in the championship match. Joyner moved into a tie for sixth in program history with Allyson Toce with 21 wins as the No. 1 singles position. Read more.

String Ensemble Jams with the Cadet Rock Band
5/9/2019

String Ensemble Jams with the Cadet Rock BandCadets from the String Ensemble show-cased their incredible talent and had a blast playing with the Cadet Rock Band; the four songs performed together were real crowd pleasers. This is a partnership that they would like to continue.

Baseball Earns 30th Win in Regular Season Finale
5/9/2019

Baseball Earns 30th Win In Regular Season FinaleThe Army West Point Baseball Team registered its most runs since 2008 following a 23-11 rout of Villanova here Wednesday afternoon. The Black Knights scored multiple runs in each of the opening six innings to put the game away early. Army's final runs total was its most since it defeated Sacred Heart 27-12 back in 2008. Jacob Hurtubise swiped two bases in the game to tie the Patriot League all-time record with 99. He now needs just one more steal to surpass Bucknell's Ian Joseph (1998-01). Six cadet-athletes registered at least two hits on the day, with Josh White earned a team-high three. Andre Walden led the Black Knights with five runs batted in, while White and Anthony Giachin chipped in four RBI apiece. White closed out his day crossing home plate an impressive four teams to tie Hurtubise for a team-best. Jacob Carte earned the win on the mound after allowing four hits, four runs, three earned and one walk in 3.0 innings. Read more.

KARS Cadet Night with the Korean Parents Association
5/9/2019

KARS Cadet Night with the Korean Parents AssociationMembers of the Korean American Relations Seminar (KARS) went to the New York Country Club in New Hempstead, NY to attend the annual KARS Cadet Night with the West Point Korean Parents Association. This event is meant to celebrate the achievement of the First Class cadets in the club who have worked tiringly to make it to graduation. This was a formal banquet and distinguished old grad and KARS alumnus Mr. Terry Yun '91 joined them. The CIC of the club presented a plaque to the President of the West Point Korean Parents Association in appreciation for all the support they provided throughout the year.

MacAfee Receives Prestigious Coach K Award
5/8/2019

Dalton MacAfee Receives Prestigious Coach K AwardFirstie captain Dalton MacAfee of the Army West Point Hockey Team was among the recipients of the Mike Krzyzewski Award for Excellence in Teaching Character Through Sport on Monday. The winners were announced at the Cadet Mess Hall during the 13th annual luncheon where Coach K recognizes West Point athletes and coaches for their outstanding commitment to the development of noble character through athletic participation and leadership.

Krzyzewski, a 1969 USMA graduate and former basketball player and coach, presented the awards, a certificate and medal. The awards recognize West Point athletes and coaches for their outstanding commitment to the development of noble character through athletic participation and leadership. The cadet recipient exemplifies the Army values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage both on-and-off the "fields of friendly strife." Dubbed the "Coach K" awards, MacAfee was recognized for not only his athletic success but also for his commitment to excellence and respect for his teammates, opponents, and the sport. Read more.

Cadets Visit Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
5/8/2019

Cadets Visit Icahn School of Medicine at Mount SinaiMajor Armand Balboni, OIC, led members of the West Point Premedical Society (WPPMS) on a visit to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in NYC, where they were hosted by the student veterans club and Drs. Mueller and Parkas of the Deans Office. Cadets enjoyed a tour of the medical school, hospital, and the anatomy lab, as well as discussions about the admissions process. The trip concluded with an invitation and acceptance by Drs. Mueller and Parkas to visit WPPMS at West Point this fall.

Giachin Picks Up Player of the Week Nods
5/8/2019

CDT Anthony Giachin '21Army West Point Baseball saw third baseman Anthony Giachin capture his second Patriot League Baseball Player of the Week accolade on Tuesday. The yearling batting .440 (11-for-25) with seven runs, 12 RBI, four doubles and a home run to lead the Black Knights to a 4-2 week, including 3-1 in league play. He posted a .720 slugging percentage and reached base at a .516 clip during the week as well. Giachin also broke Army West Point's single-season doubles record, giving him 20 for the season, the sixth-best total in NCAA DI. The Livingston, N.J., native notched five putouts and 16 assists to his already solid resume for the week. Giachin garnered College Sports Madness Patriot League Player of the Week nods as well after his impressive week for the Cadets. He and the rest of the Army team welcome Villanova for a midweek contest on Wednesday before they travel to Worcester, Mass., for the Patriot League semifinals against Holy Cross this weekend.

Cadets Conduct a STEM Workshop
5/8/2019

Cadets Conduct a STEM WorkshopCadets from the National Society of Black Engineers conducted a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workshop for approximately fourteen students from Highland Falls Intermediate School (HFIS). This workshop coincided with their HFIS's STEM Week. HFIS students participated in a Bridge Design Challenge.

Drayton, Ballesteros Collect Postseason Honors
5/8/2019

CDTs Taylor Drayton '21 and Emily Ballesteros '20Yearling Taylor Drayton and cow Emily Ballesteros of the Army West Point softball team earned postseason honors from the Patriot League, the conference announced on Tuesday afternoon. Drayton earned her second first team honors in as many years, while Ballesteros was named to the second team for the second year in a row.

Drayton improved upon an impressive rookie campaign by either matching or surpassing her totals from 2018 in nearly every offensive category. The Clayton, N.C., native was the Black Knights' most explosive weapon at the plate, finishing in the top 3 in every offensive statistic. She accumulated a .287 average (43-for-150) with eight doubles, six home runs, 30 runs scored and 27 RBI. The yearling outfielder added 14 walks and was hit by five pitches while going a perfect 10-for-10 on stolen base attempts.

Ballesteros produced her third 40-hit season, hitting .286 with 20 runs scored and 19 RBI. The Chino Hills, Calif., native added two doubles and a home run while drawing 15 walks and was hit by eight pitches. She tallied six multi-hit games and three in which she drove in multiple RBI. Ballesteros was one of Army's most consistent hitters, contributing two hitting streaks of 11 games or more. She blasted her first collegiate grand slam in the series finale at Boston University on April 28. Read more.

MILCHEM Enrichment by Picatinny Arsenal Personnel
5/8/2019

MILCHEM Enrichment by Picatinny Arsenal PersonnelFor the fourth year in a row, cadets in General Chemistry I were exposed to cutting edge science and engineering during the Military Chemistry (MILCHEM) enrichment presented by personnel from Picatinny Arsenal in Wharton, NJ. Cadets witnessed applications of the concepts they learned throughout the semester on topics related to explosives chemistry, Nano particles, and gas laws. MILCHEM provides a direct connection between the intellectual capital at USMA and premier Army Research Laboratories. Cadets routinely discover exciting aspects of chemistry during MILCHEM that translate to AIADs over the summer and develop into projects they pursue during and beyond their time at West Point.

History Department Celebrates Firsties
5/8/2019

History Department Celebrates FirstiesThe West Point Department of History bade a fond farewell to its graduating Firsties from the Class of 2019. This celebration marked the end of an incredible Projects Day where many of successfully presented their thesis and other academic research. Faculty, cadets, and family members gathered together in Cullum Hall to celebrate the past four years of dedication and hard work. We wish all cadets the best of luck as they embark on their Army careers.

Smith Honored with Coach K Award
5/8/2019

Coach Mike Smith Honored With Coach K AwardArmy West Point director of track and field and cross country Mike Smith was honored as a recipient of the Mike Krzyzewski Award for Excellence in Teaching Character Through Sport on Monday. Krzyzewski, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame coach of the Duke men's basketball program, is a 1969 USMA graduate and former Army basketball player and coach. Coach K presented the recipients their awards at the Cadet Mess Hall during the 13th annual awards presentation. The winners were recognized for their outstanding commitment to the development of noble character through athletic participation and leadership.

"I am honored and humbled to be recognized for this award," Smith said. "When I got into this profession, I got into it just thinking I'd go to practice and teach kids to run faster, jump higher and throw far. Having taken a job at the premier leadership institution in the world, I've come to realize that this job is about more than coaching. Receiving this award from one of the greatest coaches in the history of sports is a tremendous honor to me. I got to spend an afternoon with a man who reached the pinnacle of his sport on more than one occasion and I hope I am able to apply some of the things I learned to our craft." Read more.

Hillel – Jewish Warrior Weekend
5/8/2019

Hillel – Jewish Warrior WeekendAbout 35 Jewish Cadets from West Point, the Air Force Academy, Texas A&M, and other ROTC Cadets came together in Colorado for faith, fellowship, and fun. The weekend began with the group meeting with Lt Gen Silveria, Superintendent of the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA). Lt Gen Silveria provided an opportunity for a question and answer session and provided superb thoughts for all which included that we should be unabashedly proud of our individual services as well as that we should always go to war as a joint force, as that is when we are at our best. The group went on a tour of the Air Force Academy, had a VTC conference with Mr. Joshua London of the Jewish Institute for National Security of America (JINSA), headed up to Denver to visit the Mizel Museum and then the entire group went to enjoy bowling and some pizza. The superb student leadership of each school enabled the weekend to be a resounding success with CDTs Ben Fernquist, Sammi Ponsell, and Andrei Rosu leading the effort from West Point. The conduct of the events over the weekend demonstrates the diversity of young leaders at the Academies along with the Corps of Cadets from Texas A&M and other ROTC Cadets.

Cadets Visit the Walter Hoving Home in Garrison
5/8/2019

Cadets Visit the Walter Hoving Home in GarrisonFour cadets visited the Walter Hoving Home in Garrison, NY. The students and teachers received a tour of the Hoving Home, dined with those there. The mission of the Hoving Home is to provide a loving community devoted to rebuilding shattered lives that empowers women. Hoving Home is committed to helping women heal and rebuild their shattered lives through Unshattered – a non-profit social enterprise employing women winning their fight against addiction by teaching them how to hand-make bags out of repurposed material.

Cadets at the Eugene Marathon
5/8/2019

Cadets at the Eugene MarathonThe Army West Point Marathon Team represented the United States Military Academy well at the Eugene Marathon. Great conditions and a favorable course added to the motivation for the runners to achieve success. Plebe runners Kyle Stacks and Nick McDonald placed 1st and 2nd in their age group as well as Emily Dinallo and Ava Lusskin placing 1st and 4th for their age groups respectively. First time marathoner Autumn Shea placed 3rd in her age group as well.

Football Receives the CIC Trophy from President Trump
5/7/2019

Football Receives the CIC Trophy from President TrumpArmy Football yesterday received the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy yesterday at the White House from President Donald Trump. Darnell Woolfolk shown speaking as President Donald Trump grabs his shoulders during the presentation of the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy in the Rose Garden. The Black Knights returned to The White House in back-to-back years for the first time in program history with the two-straight CIC Trophy titles. Coach Monken spoke on behalf of the team and praised their commitment to the program, the Academy and to the American people. As part of the ceremony the Black Knights presented the President with a home black jersey with the No. 45 and the team's Big Red One helmet worn at the 2018 Army-Navy Game in honor of the 1st Infantry Division's founding during World War I.

Photo courtesy of Alex Brandon/AP

West Point Hosts 44th Hudson Valley Special Olympics
5/7/2019

West Point Hosts 44th Hudson Valley Special OlympicsWest Point hosted more than 1500 athletes and coaches for the 44th Hudson Valley Special Olympics. More than 1,000 cadets and members of the community volunteered as sponsors and escorts, while a dozen corps squad and competitive club cadet teams cheered on the athletes at Shea Stadium, Arvin Gymnasium and Gillis Field House. The event provided the Corps of Cadets with an extremely beneficial leader development experience as well as a meaningful service opportunity within the Greater Hudson Valley Community.

Photo by Cadet Crystal Zhang

Medal of Honor Social at Cullum Hall
5/7/2019

Medal of Honor Social at Cullum HallCadets had a wonderful opportunity to “meet, greet, mix and mingle” with three Medal of Honor recipients Paul “Buddy” Bucha, Gary Beikirch, William Swenson along with Martha Raddatz the ABC News chief global affairs correspondent. The Medal of Honor Social was held in Cullum Hall and the West Point Museum brought a great display of historical artifacts for viewing.

WPB Men's Handball Takes 13th Consecutive Championship
5/7/2019

WPB Men's Handball Takes 13th Consecutive ChampionshipWest Point Black Men's Team Handball took 1st Place at the 2019 Men's Team Handball Collegiate National Championship. This is the 13th consecutive national championship for WPB. WPB faced UNC in the championship winning 29-24. West Point Gold earned 5th Place.

Women's Team Handball are National Champions
5/7/2019

Women's Team Handball are National ChampionsWomen's Team Handball traveled to University of North Carolina to compete in the 2019 College Team Handball Nationals. They beat Penn State and UNC in the first round, beating UNC 24-18 and Penn State 28-11. They then played UNC on in the championship game and beat them 19-14 to gain the title of national champions.

Equestrian Rides on the Plain to Honor Grant
5/7/2019

Equestrian Rides on the Plain to Honor GrantThe West Point Equestrian team honored the memory of Ulysses S. Grant in the unveiling of his statue on the plain. Firstie riders Matilda Brady and Amanda Roper were supported by teammates on the ground Emma Lawson '21 and Kirby Horne '20. This was likely the first time that cadets have ridden on the plain in many years.

37 Cadets Get Certified as Scuba Divers
5/7/2019

37 Cadets Get Certified as Scuba Divers The USMA Scuba team took 37 cadets to Dutch Springs, PA, to certify them as scuba divers. In true West Point tradition, the four firsties, on the team participated in their "final dive" by descending 25-30 feet into the lake wearing their Dress Gray uniform. Command Sargent Major Thomas Kenny, USCC, also joined the group on Sunday for a few dives.

Photo by Cadet Hallie Pound

Baseball Splits Twin Bill; Will Be 3rd Seed in Postseason
5/7/2019

CDT Jacob Hurtubise '20With a doubleheader split against Lafayette here Monday afternoon the Army West Point baseball team will be the third seed in the upcoming Patriot League tournament. The Black Knights defeated their host 16-7 in the seven-inning opener before dropping a 5-1 decision in the nightcap. Army closes the Patriot League regular season tied with Holy Cross for second place at 15-10. Unfortunately, the Crusaders hold the head-to-head tie breaker after they won the season series, 3-2. The Cadets will now travel to Holy Cross this weekend for the Patriot League semifinals beginning Saturday. Blake Ledoux and Jacob Hurtubise tallied three hits apiece on the day to lead the Black Knights' offense. Ledoux, John McKenna and Jeremiah Adams brought home three runs batted in, while McKenna, Tim Simoes and Andre Walden accounted for three runs each. Daniel Burggraaf earned the win for Army in Game 1, going 5.0 innings allowing six hits and seven runs. Ray Bartoli was tagged with the loss in the second game after giving up four hits and four runs in 4.1 innings. Read more.

Irregular Warfare Group Training
5/7/2019

Irregular Warfare Group TrainingAll logistic support (latrines, bus, LRC, and vehicle requests) went according to plan during the three-day training period. The interaction with the local law enforcement in Hyde Park (Police, Sheriff, and Mills-Norrie Park Rangers) was impressive. The USMA reputation and credibility were greatly enhanced by this training exercise. The Cadets endured cold, complex decision making in an ambiguous environment, and simulated moral, ethical, legal, and safety problems. The training was Cadet let and executed. The OIC and NCOIC helped to plan and coordinate the training with the local authorities and citizens to develop a real-world irregular warfare training environment. Three Cadets independently stated this was the best training they have received while at USMA. This exercise is the cornerstone and all training that occurs throughout the year leads up to this event.

Men's Lacrosse Rise in National Polls
5/7/2019

CDT Nate Jones '19After winning the Patriot League Championship, the Army West Point men's lacrosse team is on the rise this week and are up to as high as 12th in ranked in this week's national polls. The Black Knights are 12th in the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and are 14th in the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Coaches Poll. Army is now 13-4 on the year with three wins against nationally ranked programs. The Black Knights defeated UMass in the season opener before routing Rutgers in more non-conference action, and then topped Loyola in the Patriot League Semifinals 7-5. The Cadets are 3-2 against ranked opponents this season and are 2-1 against opponents ranked inside the top-10.

Army is heading to fourth-seeded Penn for the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The first-round matchup is set for 5 p.m. at Franklin Field in Philadelphia. The Black Knights are making their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2010 and it is their 20th time in program history making the NCAA field. Army received an automatic bid after claiming the Patriot League Championship with an 11-7 victory over Lehigh on Sunday. Tickets are available through the Penn Athletics Ticket Office, by clicking here.  Pricing is $15 for adults and $7 for youth. Fans can also contact the ticket office by calling (215) 898-6151.

Men's Lacrosse Crowned Patriot League Champions!
5/6/2019

Men's Lacrosse Crowned Patriot League Champions! For the first time in nine years the #18/19 Army West Point Men's Lacrosse Team is Patriot League Champions after defeating Lehigh, 11-7, Sunday afternoon at the Ridley Athletic Complex. Army captured its 12th league title, the most of any school surpassing Navy's 11. The Black Knights found themselves down 5-3 at the half following five unanswered goals by Lehigh in the second quarter. Fortunately, Army regrouped after the break outscoring its foe 8-2 in the remaining two quarters to secure its second Patriot League Tournament crown.

Plebe Brendan Nichtern led the Army attack with three goals and three assists to finish with six points on the day. All three of those goals came during the Black Knights' 6-0 fourth-quarter run to close out the game. Lehigh had extended its lead to 7-5 with 13 minutes to play but Army never lost hope as it watched Nichtern fire a shot past James Spence a little more than a minute later to cut the deficit down to one. That goal jump started a Black Knights' rally that saw the Massapequa, N.Y., native score two more times, along with goals from Tommy Marino, Sean O'Brien and Nate Jones. Read more.

McMullen Headlines Postseason Awards
5/6/2019

McMullen Headlines Postseason AwardsWhile both the Army West Point Men's and Women's Track and Field Teams finished second at the Patriot League Championships, several Cadets claimed major awards at the event. Headlining those awards is cow Calli McMullen, who was named Patriot League Women's Track Athlete of the Meet. McMullen claimed gold in the 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash and the 4x100 meter relay. She also set three Army program records, posting Academy best times in the 100 meter, 200 meter and with her individual split in the 4x400 meter relay.

The Haddock, Ga., native was the meet's highest point scorer. This marks the second consecutive season that she has claimed the award at the Outdoor Championships, as she won the same three events in 2018. In addition, two Black Knights continued their impressive freshman campaigns, as Justin Young and Emily Mikoud were named Patriot League Men's and Women's Rookie of the Meet. The two claimed the same awards after an impressive showing at the Indoor Championships in February. Young was dominant in the 110 meter hurdles, posting a meet record with a 13.89 time in the event. He also placed second in the 400 meter hurdles and 4x400 meter relay. The Wylie, Texas, native was a four time Patriot League Rookie of the Week in his first season at West Point and also claimed Patriot League Male Athlete of the Week on two occasions. Read more.

Men's T&F Place Second At League Championships
5/6/2019

CDT Justin Young '22The Army West Point, Men's Track and Field Team finished second at the Patriot League Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday. The Black Knights posted several top finishes on Saturday, but it was not enough as Navy won its sixth straight outdoor title. Plebe Justin Young continued his impressive rookie season, finishing first in the 110 meter hurdles and second in the 400 meter hurdles. Firstie Jeff Giannettino closed out his final Patriot League Championship with his second consecutive individual championship victory in the high jump. Read more.

Projects Day 2019
5/6/2019

Projects Day 2019More than 800 cadets presented the results of their year-long capstone and independent research projects at Projects Day 2009, the 20th anniversary of the United States Military Academy's annual showcase of presentations, poster sessions, theses defenses, performances and more that represent the best of cadet intellect, creativity, and tenacity. Projects ran the gamut from artificial intelligence, 3-D reconstructions, and genomics to U.S. foreign military relations, sovereignty in cyberspace, and Shakespeare. [View Photos]

“Our nation, as well as our Army, is expecting a lot from our graduates regarding the challenges we face," said BG Cindy Jebb '82, Dean of the Academic Board. “Projects Days is a chance to show how West Point is working on these challenges."

While cadets gained in-depth knowledge about their own specific subject areas, the hundreds of hours they spent working on their projects also provided them with valuable general lessons they can take into their careers as Army officers. Read more.

Baseball Postseason Bound After Doubleheader Sweep
5/6/2019

 Baseball Postseason Bound After Doubleheader Sweep The Army West Point Baseball Team earned its third-straight postseason berth here Saturday afternoon following a twin bill sweep of Lehigh. The Black Knights registered a 3-2, seven-inning win in the opener before taking a thrilling 8-7, 13-inning win in the nightcap. While the Cadets know they are playoff bound they are still unsure about their seed in the Patriot League Tournament. They are currently tied with Holy Cross for second place at 14-9 with two games remaining. The Crusaders hold the tiebreaker over Army though after having won the season series, 3-2. Jacob Hurtubise finished an impressive 5-for-8 in the doubleheader, while Anthony Giachin followed closely behind at 4-for-9.

Andre Walden reeled in a team-high four runs batted in and they all came from one swing of the bat as he drilled his first career grand slam in a Black and Gold uniform during Game 2. Trey Martin added three RBI to Army's final total as well. Tyler Giovinco and Cam Opp were both credited with wins. Giovinco allowed six hits and two runs in 6.1 innings during the opener, while Opp pitched 5.0 innings of relief work in the nightcap giving up just one walk. Both earned multiple strikeouts as well with Giovinco notching six and Opp five. A highlight from the day was Hurtubise breaking Army's career walks record. The junior now has 126 to his name. Giachin also tied the Black Knights' single-season doubles record after notching two in the games on Saturday. The Livingston, N.J., native sits tied with Kevin McKague's 2008 mark of 19. Read more.

Men's Lacrosse to Face #4 Penn in NCAA First Round
5/6/2019

Men's Lacrosse to Face #4 Penn in NCAA First RoundThe Patriot League Champion Army West Point Men's Lacrosse Team is heading to fourth-seeded Penn for the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The first-round matchup is set for Saturday May 11, 5 p.m. at Franklin Field in Philadelphia. The Black Knights are making their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2010 and it is their 20th time in program history making the NCAA field. Army received an automatic bid after claiming the Patriot League Championship with an 11-7 victory over Lehigh on Sunday.

Tickets are available through the Penn Athletics Ticket Office, by clicking here.  Pricing is $15 for adults and $7 for youth. Fans can also contact the ticket office by calling (215) 898-6151.

Giants Invite Woolfolk to Rookie Camp
5/6/2019

Giants Invite Woolfolk to Rookie CampArmy West Point fullback Darnell Woolfolk has accepted an invitation to the rookie minicamp for the New York Giants. The Giants camp will begin with the first practice starting Friday and running until Sunday.

This team captain finished his career tied for third in program history with 37 touchdowns after compiling 14 during his final campaign. He rushed for a career-best 956 yards in 2018 and ended his tenure ninth all-time in Academy lore with 2,368 yards. He recorded a career-high performance in Army's thrilling victory over Temple on Oct. 21, 2017 when he scored three touchdowns and accumulated 132 rushing yards. The Endwell, N.Y., native was also selected to the 2018 East-West Shrine Game following his impressive senior season.

Academy Note
The Defense Department has rescinded its 2016 policy allowing military service academy athletes to be recruited directly into professional sports as of April 29, 2017. Our military academies exist to develop future officers who enhance the readiness and the lethality of our military services. Graduates enjoy the extraordinary benefit of a military academy education at taxpayer expense. Upon graduation, military officers will serve their minimum commitment of two years prior to pursuing careers as professional athletes.

The department has a long history of officer athletes who served their nation before going into professional sports including Alejandro Villanueva, Roger Staubach, Chad Hennings and David Robinson.

Softball Takes Finale on Senior Day
5/6/2019

Softball Takes Finale on Senior DayThe Army West Point Softball Team won its final game of the regular season with a 7-0 victory over Saint Peter's on the tail end of a doubleheader on Friday evening at the Army Softball Complex. Prior to the games, Army honored firsties Ashley Yoo, Mae Wadyka, Izzy Gates, Renee Poirier, Maddie Kim and Carrie Reilly. Yearling Taylor Drayton paced the Army offense with three hits, three RBI and two runs in the second game, while Reilly tallied three hits on the day with two runs and a walk. Yearling Megan Muffett added three walks and a run scored. In the circle, Poirier was dominant in the first game, allowing just six hits and a run in 7.0-plus innings of work while walking two and striking out five. Cow Macey Newbary excelled in the night cap, earning her 10th win of the season with a complete game shutout. The Missoula, Mont., native scattered five hits and three walks while fanning a career-high 10 Peacocks. Read more.

Conlin, Huttepain Earn All-League Honors
5/6/2019

Conlin, Huttepain Earn All-League HonorsThe Patriot League announced its All-League honors Friday, with Army West Point Men's Tennis getting one player each on the first and second teams.

Cow Myles Conlin earned a spot on the First Team for the second straight season and Plebe Diego Huttepain on the Second Team. "Myles had a great year, playing very good tennis at No. 1," said Head Coach, Jim Poling. "He had some very good, tough matches down the stretch that will only improve his game going into his senior year."

Conlin finished the spring season with an 11-9 singles record, with all matches being played at the No. 1 position. The Alameda, Calif. native was 4-1 versus PL opponents this season, and finished the year winning five of his last six finished matches.

Huttepain finished his first collegiate season with a 10-11 singles record overall -- 4-2 against league opponents. Read more.

Women's Tennis Closes Out Season at NCAAs
5/6/2019

Women's Tennis Closes Out Season at NCAAsThe Army West Point Women's Tennis Team capped its 2019 campaign with a 4-0 setback against No. 10 Washington in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday evening. The Black Knights finished the year with an overall record of 22-8, their most wins in a season since 2013. The Huskies improved to 20-4 and will face 34th-ranked Princeton in the regional final on Saturday.

The Black Knights competed against the Huskies for the second time in program history. It was the first meeting between Army and Washington since 2001. Army finished with 22 wins, the most in a season since 2013. Einck finished her career tied for ninth in program history with a singles record of 69-26 and a doubles record of 76-31. The Geneva, Ill., native's .726 winning percentage in singles is the highest among any Army player with at least 69 wins. McCormick closed out her career with a combined 97 wins to her name, including 37 in singles play and 60 in doubles action. Read more.

Brattan, Burns Named to All-Tournament Team
5/6/2019

Brattan, Burns Named to All-Tournament TeamFollowing the Army West Point Women's Lacrosse Team's first-ever appearance in the Patriot League Tournament, Jackie Brattan and Maddie Burns were named to the all-tournament squad. Brattan compiled nine points on eight goals and an assist in a pair of postseason games. In the 12-9 quarterfinal round victory against Lehigh, the yearling tallied four goals and an assist to go with seven draw controls and two caused turnovers. The seven draws helped her become the first cadet in program history to total 100 in her career. She followed that performance with a four-goal outing against No. 14 Navy in the semifinal round. Her four goals gave her 63 for the year, making her the first cadet to eclipse the 60-goal mark in a single season.

Burns was a catalyst in Army's win over Lehigh in the quarterfinals after coming up with 10 saves and limiting the Mountain Hawks to just nine goals. Her play was crucial down the stretch, making eight saves in the second half to allow the Black Knights to hold their lead before ultimately securing the win. The cow netminder then saved 13 shots in a semifinal loss to service-academy rival Navy in the semifinals.

Atlanta Falcons Visit West Point
5/3/2019

Orienteering Takes 15th Consecutive Championship at QuanticoMembers of the Atlanta Falcons organization spent two days this offseason visiting the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Falcons' players, coaches, and front office members had the opportunity to thank individuals within the Academy for all that they do, as well as partake in leadership activities and learn more about the history of West Point.

Dan Quinn, the recipient of the NFL's 2016 Salute to Service Award understands the importance of the military, and strives to implements their teamwork and brotherhood into the game of football. "West Point has been the best leadership laboratory ever to help develop and go through failures. The cadets, they fail a lot - not in the classroom, but they put them in tough scenarios where they have to battle back and show resiliency." - Falcons head coach Dan Quinn

Players, coaches, and front office members participated in three leader reaction courses. The course highlights the opportunity to strengthen team bonding and gives individuals the chance to showcase leadership qualities. Full story.

Orienteering Takes 17th Consecutive Championship at Quantico
5/3/2019

Orienteering Takes 15th Consecutive Championship at QuanticoThe West Point Orienteering Team participated in the Quantico Intercollegiate Championships. The event involved a Middle, Relay, and Long course throughout the two-day competition. As a result of their stellar performance, the team won their seventeenth consecutive Intercollegiate Championship. Individually, CDT Brigitte Bordelon '20 A-4 finished second overall in the female collegiate category, and CDT Joseph Heindrichs '21 C-4 finished fourth in the male collegiate category.

Taekwondo Takes 1st at ECTC
5/3/2019

Taekwondo Takes 1st at ECTCThe Army Taekwondo Team travelled to Burlington, Vermont to compete in their fifth and final ECTC tournament of the season. The team performed exceptionally well, taking first place overall for the first time in the Division One league, dethroning Cornell who previously held the title for over the past five years.

Notable mentions go out to the Women's A2 and C1 teams, as well as Men's B1 and C1 teams for winning Gold medals in their sparring divisions. The Women's A2 team consists of CDTs Taylor Reim, Ashley Rivera and Nicole Nettles. The Women's C1 team consists of CDTs Abigail Vickery, Jane Yan, and Hannah Staton. The Men's B1 team consists of CDTs Joshua Havermale, Richard Sung, and Madison Curry. The Men's C1 team consists of CDTs Seungchul Lee, Jeremy Good, and Jordon Huck. The Women's B1 team and Men's A1 team also did well, earning Bronze in their sparring divisions. The Women's B1 team consists of CDTs Maggie Shi, Nathania Nuno, and Sarah Juhn. The Men's A1 team consists of CDTs Matt Galea, Tae-young Kim, and Peter Cha.

Additionally, four members medaled in Poomsae: Sarah Juhn and Richard Sung earning Bronze, and Abigail Vickery and Joshua Havermale earning Silver. Overall, the team performed very well at this tournament and have established a new dominance in the ECTC.

Cadets Present at the HEART Conference
5/3/2019

Cadets Present at the HEART ConferenceCadets Anmol Narang and Joe Kyburz gave a presentation titled "Characterization of Multilayered Composite Heavy Oxide Inorganic Scintillators" as representatives of Team Zebra 2019 Hardened Electronics and Radiation Technology (HEART) conference in San Diego, CA recently. Team Zebra (CDT Anmol Narang, CDT Joe Kyburz, CDT Tom Weatherford, CDT Nick Donze, CDT Seth Bailer, MAJ Jake Capps, MAJ Gabe Lucero, and LTC Pete Chapman) have been researching the characteristics of a novel inorganic scintillator capable of fast neutron detection this year to determine its suitability in nuclear security applications. CDT Weatherford presented the group's work at the DTRA RD-NT NSERC-Military Academy Research Symposium (N-MARS) at DTRA HQ and the team will submit their findings for publication in the Journal of Radiation Effects in the fall of 2019.

Turner Named PL Scholar-Athlete of the Year
5/3/2019

Firstie Nick Turner was named the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the second-straight year, it was announced by the league on Thursday. To be eligible for the Scholar-Athlete of the Year award and the Academic All-Patriot League Team, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade-point average (GPA) and be a starter or key player in his/her sport. Freshmen or students in their first academic year at their school are not eligible for the honor.

The Patriot League Men's and Women's Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Academic All-Patriot League Team honors student-athletes who excel both on and off the field. The awards are nominated and voted on by the Patriot League golf sports information directors. Turner, a two-time First Team All-Patriot League selection, tied for first at the 2019 Patriot League Men's Golf Championship at 2-under par, before bowing out in a three-way playoff. He helped Army West Point to the program's 12th team title.

The electrical engineering major carries a 3.768 cumulative GPA and earns his second-consecutive scholar-athlete of the year and academic all-League honor. Turner and his teammates are headed for the Austin Regional in the NCAA Tournament and will be competing on May 13-15 at the University of Texas Golf Club. Read more.

Hockey Recognized for Academic Achievement by NCAA
5/3/2019

The Army West Point hockey team was one of nine in Division I recognized by the NCAA for scoring in the top 10% of the sport in the most recent Academic Progress Rate results. Army, Clarkson, Colgate, UConn, Minnesota, Yale, Holy Cross, Brown, Princeton and Nebraska Omaha. The NCAA has recognized more than 1,300 programs from 321 schools for academic excellence after they scored in the top 10% of their sports in the most recent Academic Progress Rate results.

The APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams. Largely as a result of an increase in perfect scores, teams earning Public Recognition Awards increased to 1,328, up by 44 from the previous academic year. APRs for programs in the top 10% ranged from 987 to a perfect 1,000, and the number of teams posting perfect scores increased to 1,214, marking an increase of 26 teams from last year Academic Progress Rate Public Recognition Awards Search. Of the teams recognized, 471 competed in men's or mixed sports, and 857 competed in women's sports. Read more.

Cadets Visit STERIS IsoMedix Facility in Chester
5/3/2019

Cadets Visit STERIS IsoMedix Facility in ChesterMAJ Sablan and 43 Nuclear Engineering cadets visited the STERIS IsoMedix Facility in Chester, NY. Cadets learned about the radiation applications involved in sterilizing everyday products. Cobalt-60 was received by the faculty from Canada as a result of neutron activation and then observed to be loaded into the irradiation bay. Cadets also learned of the political and physical security concerns surrounding the handling of this type of material. Events and partnerships such as this help to ensure that West Point continues to be at the forefront of the nuclear engineering field.

Crew at the Knecht Cup
5/3/2019

Crew at the Knecht CupMarking the first competition of the spring season for most of the Army Crew Team competing in the Knecht Cup gaining valuable racing experience in preparation for the championship regattas. The team did extremely well against several top varsity and club teams. These are the same teams that Army will compete against at their National Championship event this month. The Novice Women's 8 won a silver medal finishing second in their event. The Varsity Women's 8 won a bronze medal finishing third in their event. The Novice Men's 8 won a bronze medal finishing third in their event.

Football Mini Plans Now On Sale
5/3/2019

The Army West Point ticket office has announced that mini plans for the 2019 football season at Michie Stadium are on sale now.

Fans can create their own Army West Point football mini plan by choosing any three home games this season. Mini plans are starting as low as $100 for upper deck/end zone seating and $115 for sideline seating.

To purchase your mini plan online for the upcoming season, Click Here.

Fans can also call the ticket office at 877-TIX-ARMY (849-2769) or the Army A Club at 845-938-2322.

Professor Damodaran Speaks with Cadets
5/3/2019

Professor Damodaran Speaks with CadetsThe “Dean of Valuation" joined cadets in “Financial Statements Analysis". Prof Aswath Damodaran of NYU Stern School of Business brought his 33 years of experience in teaching finance to talk to the cadets about the importance of looking past the numbers when analyzing companies. Professor Damodaran is featured regularly on CNBC and in the Wall Street Journal and is one of the most respected finance professors in the field.

Schultz Repeats as Academic All-PL Selection
5/2/2019

CDT Griffin Schultz '19Firstie defender Griffin Schultz of the Army West Point Men's Lacrosse Team was named to the Academic All-Patriot League team for the second straight year. Schultz was one of 14 student-athletes throughout the Patriot League to earn the honor.

"In my estimation, Griffin represents the very best of this institution and has excelled in the classroom and has excelled on the playing field," said head coach Joe Alberici. "He epitomizes what a cadet-athlete is all about. What makes me particularly proud of Griffin is that nothing has been given to him - it has all been earned. He has worked hard to become an indispensable member of our defense and is the same way in the classroom. He chose a challenging major and has earned everything he's got. He is going to be a hell of an Army officer."

Schultz boasts a 3.774 grade-point average with an Economics major and Systems Engineering track. The firstie has made the Dean's List all seven eligible semesters and has not produced a single semester GPA below a 3.5. In his limited spare time, Schultz tutors his teammates in Economics and Physics. Read more.

Cadets Visit Multiple Intelligence Institutions
5/2/2019

Cadets Visit Multiple Intelligence InstitutionsWest Point Department of History majors enrolled in "Spies in their Own Words," had the opportunity to visit several intelligence institutions and talk with influential members of the intel community. During the trip, West Point cadets visited the NSA - National Security Agency (NSA), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), US Army Cyber Command, and The Institute of World Politics.

Army Golf Heading to Austin for NCAA Regional
5/2/2019

Army Golf Heading to Austin for NCAA RegionalThe Army West Point Golf Team will be heading to the Austin Regional for the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. The regional will take place at the University of Texas Golf Club and is set for May 13-15.

Army will be making its 12th appearance as a team in this year's tournament. The Black Knights enter the NCAA Regionals after winning the Patriot League Championship last weekend by eight strokes with a 1-over score after three rounds. This is Army's first appearance in the NCAAs since the 2016 season and first under head coach Chad Bagley, who is in his second season at the helm of the Black Knights.

Texas is the top seed in the regional and the Black Knights are the 14th seed.

Regional Studies in World History
5/2/2019

Regional Studies in World History The Audiovisual Librarian of the USMA Library, Mr. Mike Arden, spoke to West Point Department of History cadets enrolled in "Regional Studies in World History - Africa." Mr. Arden shared experiences from his time in the Peace Corps in Liberia during the 1980s and provided context for the cadets' study of the Liberian civil wars. In preparation for this discussion, cadets watched the film "Pray the Devil Back to Hell," about the role of Liberian women in bringing peace and democratic elections to the country after the conflict.

Karate Takes First in the NACKC Tournament
5/2/2019

Karate Takes First in the NACKC TournamentThe Army Martial Arts Team traveled to Boston, Mass. to compete in the NACKC National Collegiate Karate Tournament. The team performed exceptionally, winning the tournament over-all and claiming the title of National Karate Champions. Notable mentions go out to the Women's Beginner and Intermediate team for winning Gold medals in their "kumite" or sparring divisions. The Women's Beginner team consisted of CDTs Abigail Vickery, Jane Yan, and Kimi Walker. The Women's Intermediate/Advanced team consisted of CDTs Taylor Reim, Sarah Juhn, and Wonha Kim. The Women's Advanced as well as the Men's Beginner and Intermediate teams also placed, earning Silver medals in their "kumite" or sparring divisions. The Men's Beginner team consisted of CDTs Jeremy Good and Chris Jin. The Men's Intermediate team consisted of CDTs Madison Curry, Brock Curry, and Chris Jin. The Men's Advanced team earned Bronze in their "kumite" or sparring division and consisted of CDTs Matthew Galea, Benjamin Turner, and Richard Sung. Additionally, the Women's Beginner team earned Silver medals in their "kata" or form division.

Pistol at the East Coast Steel Challenge
5/2/2019

Twelve members of the Pistol Team competed in the East Coast Steel Challenge competition in New Tripoli, PA. The competition included eight stages, each with five steel targets. For each stage, targets were of different sizes and arrayed at varying distances. Each competitor shot each stage five times with the slowest time being dropped. Out of 25 competitors in the Production Division, Ethan Wilson ’22 finished 2nd with a cumulative time of 141.8 seconds. Keegan Buros '20 - 4th (151.26), Brandon Hottois '19 - 5th (152.79), Caleb Roth '19 - 7th (161.37), Austin Myers '20 - 8th (174.74), Christian Mardaga '21 - 9th (178.22), MacAllister Heric '21 - 10th (185.51, Eris Dragland '19 - 11th (186.89), Hyun Yim '19 - 13th (197.56), Sean Min '21 - 16th (245.53), Ben Meure '22 - 20th (282.79), and Emily Schultz '20 - 21st (283.42).

Army-Navy Ticket Pre-Sale
5/2/2019

Army-Navy Ticket Pre-SaleArmy West Point Athletics has announced that the Army-Navy presale has begun on Wednesday, May 1, and will continue until tickets are sold out.

With the growing popularity of the Army-Navy football game and increased interest from our alumni and supporters in securing tickets through Army West Point Athletics, they are making several changes to the purchase process, streamlining the ordering process with a membership-level based availability beginning on May 1 and increasing the number of supporters that have access to purchase tickets and improving location by reducing the number of tickets that can be purchased at each membership level.

This will provide members with more expedited answers for club and priority level requests. Army A Club members also have access to purchase single game home and away tickets at their respective level before the general public on July 24.

For more information, visit armygameday.com, contact the Army A Club at 845-938-2322 or the Army Ticket Office at 1-877-TIX-ARMY.

Robotics (RRC) Wins Best Poster at We Robot
5/2/2019

Robotics (RRC) Wins Best Poster at We RobotThe Robotics Research Center (RRC) won the Best Poster Award at We Robot 2019. We Robot 2019 was held in Coral Gables, FL and hosted by the University of Miami School of Law. It is an interdisciplinary conference on the legal and policy questions relating to robots. The topic of the poster was "How Robots and Autonomous Weapon Systems are Changing the Norms and Laws of War" and it represented collaboration between the Department of English and Philosophy (DEP) and the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS). This semester, six sections of Philosophy examined the ethical and legal considerations of autonomous weapons systems. These Cadets will complete a project designed to encourage them to explore, both in the classroom and in robotics lab environments, artificial intelligence (AI) powered robots, drones, self-driving cars, and emerging human on and out of the loop technologies such as robot swarms. The poster was presented by Mr. Dominic Larkin and Dr. William Barry.

Marathon at the NIRCA in Oxford, Ohio
5/2/2019

Marathon at the NIRCA in Oxford, OhioThe Marathon Team returned to the NIRCA (National Intercollegiate Running Club Association) Half Marathon Championships in Oxford, Ohio for a shot at a national championship. Battling the elements and a tough field the team showed grit and determination and produced several impressive individual and team achievements. The men placed second as a team with an average time over 13.1 miles of 01:17:15. Chase Hogeboom '21 placed 9th overall for the men. On the women's side, the Marathon team won third place overall with an average time of 01:34:30. Autumn Shea '20 placed eighth for the females and Emily DiNallo '22 placed 4th. With these placings, Chase, Autumn and Emily are NIRCA Half-Marathon all Americans.

Ethics Debate Team Successfully Defends Title
5/1/2019

Ethics Debate Team Successfully Defends TitleThe Ethics Debate team won the Military Ethics Case Competition hosted by Navy (also involving USAFA, USCGA, USMMA, and VMI). The cadets successfully defended the title that they won last year. This year’s case required them to develop a strategy to prevent and/or mitigate moral injury through a platoon’s pre-deployment, mid-deployment, and post-deployment efforts.

Dominant Second Half Lifts Men's Lacrosse Past Holy Cross
5/1/2019

Dominant Second Half Lifts Men's Lacrosse Past Holy CrossFueled by a 9-1 run, the #18/19 Army West Point Men's Lacrosse Team downed Holy Cross Tuesday afternoon in the Patriot League Quarterfinals, 14-5 at Michie Stadium. Holding fifth-seeded Holy Cross scoreless for almost 40 minutes of action, the fourth-seeded Black Knights outscored the Crusaders 7-1 in the second half. Brendan Nichtern headlined the day with a career-high six assists and added two goals in his postseason debut.

The second team All-Patriot League selection is tied for the single-season assists record in Army's 102 years as a program with 45. He ranks first alongside First Team All-America honoree Jeremy Boltus and Jeff Bryan, who set the single-season records previously in 2011 and 2003, respectively. The Black Knights were led by firstie captain Nate Jones' four goals. He added two helpers in the game. Miles Silva and Nicholas Garofano each recorded a hat trick on the day to mark the second time this season three or more Army players netted at least three goals apiece. Johnny Surdick reached the 100-career caused turnover milestone with his two today. The firstie captain notched three ground balls in the effort. Read more.

Glee Club Performs in Jacksonville with Grad Support
5/1/2019

Glee Club Performs in Jacksonville with Grad Support49 members of the Glee Club were hosted by the community of Jacksonville, FL, with special support from local USMA grads and families with cadets currently studying at West Point. The Glee Club performed at Terry Parker High School and Beaches Chapel School remaining after the concerts to mingle with the audience and answer questions of parents and interested students. They then performed at St Paul's By-the-Sea, which is a fine venue with a highly acclaimed concert series, providing valuable visibility for the Club and the Academy. They were joined there by many Old Grads in singing the Alma Mater.

Paintball Hosts 32nd Annual Spring Combat Classic
5/1/2019

Paintball Hosts 32nd Annual Spring Combat ClassicThe Army West Point Paintball club hosted the 32nd Annual West Point Spring Combat Classic. The Spring Combat Classic is part of a semiannual scenario paintball event based on historical battles that plays host to hundreds of players from across the region. The event was held at Lake Frederick and was based on the Brecourt Manor Assault from the Normandy Campaign of WWII. In addition to providing the players a world-class experience in scenario paintball, the event provides leadership development opportunities for the Cadet chain of command, requiring them to plan, resource, and execute a large event. Do you have what it takes to play scenario paintball? If so, look for the Fall Combat Classic in September.

Baseball Eases Past Sacred Heart, 12-1
5/1/2019

CDT Anthony Giachin '21The Army West Point Baseball Team took down Sacred Heart, 12-1, here Tuesday afternoon in an out-of-conference midweek matchup. The Black Knights controlled much of Tuesday's contest, jumping out to a 4-0 lead before the Pioneers tallied their lone run of the game. Army responded though with eight unanswered runs to ultimately put the game away. Anthony Giachin had himself a day, finishing 3-for-4 with seven runs batted in and two runs scored. He was one RBI short of tying the Academy's single-game record, which he achieved in the Cadets' victory over Air Force earlier this season. Andre Walden and Trey Martin added two hits each, with Martin chipping in two RBI as well. Jacob Hurtubise drew a game-high four walks to break the Academy single-season record. The cow surpassed his mark from last season (50) and now has 52 walks drawn on the year. He is also one walk away from tying Zach Price's career mark of 125, achieved from 2009-12. Read more.

Cadets Judge eCYBERMISSION Competition
5/1/2019

Cadets Judge eCYBERMISSION CompetitionIn support of the Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP), 367 cadets from various courses within the Chemistry and Life Science Department participated as student virtual judges for the 2019 eCYBERMISSION competition. eCYBERMISSION is an annual web-based science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) competition for students in grades six through nine. In judging 1,818 mission folders, these cadets provided encouragement, support, and timely feedback for 6th - 9th grade participants from across the country.

Ta Kwon Do Trains in Los Angeles
5/1/2019

Ta Kwon Do Trains in Los AngelesRecently the Ta Kwon Do Team Traveled to Los Angeles, California to train. They spent the first night training internally with the ECTC All Star Team and ECTC Coaches Dan Chuang and Andrew Park. Recently, Coach Park was named a Regional Coach by the national Ta Kwon Do organization, USAT. Both provided great insight for the athletes. Cadets were exposed to a national team coach as well, Coach Chase Graham, who introduced high-level skills and ideas for the athletes. Lastly, the Cadets trained with Coach Richard Lee, who is responsible for landing multiple athletes on the U.S. National Team and invited dozens of athletes to come in and train with the cadets.

Cadets Visit Permanent Mission of the Republic of Kazakhstan
5/1/2019

Cadets Visit Permanent Mission of the Republic of KazakhstanTwelve cadets from the Russian Language Forum visited the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the United Nations. Cadets met with representatives of the mission: H.E. Mr. Kairat Umarov, Amassador, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the UN, and Counsellors Colonel Yerulan Akylbayev and Anuar Zhainakov.

CDT Tyler Skidmore'21 wrote about this trip section: "The trip to the Permanent Mission of Kazakhstan to the United Nations was extremely interesting and informative. I had already traveled to the Kazakhstani Military Academy over spring break, so the trip helped put their method of officer training and education into the broader context of Kazakhstan’s international security policy and objectives. The Republic of Kazakhstan seems to want to join the world stage as a problem-solver. Their commitment to countering terrorism with educational programs for regions afflicted with terror as well as with military support to the U.N. Peacekeeping Forces is indicative of this. The Kazakhstani diplomats were very friendly and were eager to answer any questions that we had about their country. They exuded a sense of pride and optimism for the future of their country and for the future of the world. It was a fantastic opportunity to put the language and culture skills we learn in the classroom to practice. I would highly recommend this trip to any students of Russian, especially those interested in international policy."

Army Takes Third at the Crew Classic in San Diego
5/1/2019

Army Takes Third at the Crew Classic in San DiegoArmy Crew had a very successful trip to San Diego to compete in the Crew Classic. The team increased racing experience against west coast schools which are some of the fastest collegiate rowing teams in the country. Both men and women finished third in their final. The team also supported the Freedom Rowers at the event, a rowing category for wounded warriors. Army Crew helped prepare the boats before the Freedom Rower’s race and helped receive the boats after the racing was done. This was a great opportunity to connect with their military brothers and sisters.

Surdick Earns Defender of the Year Distinction
4/30/2019

CDT Johnny Surdick '19After a standout senior season, Johnny Surdick was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year highlighting the Army Men's Lacrosse Team's postseason accolades. Surdick also achieved First Team All-Patriot League recognition, while plebe Brendan Nichtern, cow Matt Manown, cow Tom Rigney and firstie AJ Barretto received second team honors.

The Major Awards and All-League teams were voted on by the nine Patriot League head coaches who could not vote for their student-athletes or themselves. "Johnny has been a dominant force in our defense throughout his career," said head coach Joe Alberici. "Few programs ask more of a defenseman than we did of John. We asked him to play wing on faceoff on top of guarding the opposing team's top threat in the midfield or at close defense, and typically with little support. He is very deserving of this latest accolade and I couldn't be prouder." Surdick is a three-time All-Patriot League First Team selection and a two-time Preseason Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year.

Surdick ranks amongst Army's greats on defense in the team's 102-year history. The Odenton, Md., native leads the team with 53 ground balls averaging 3.79 per game. He ranks sixth nationally in caused turnovers per game (2.21). The senior captain helped anchor Army's defense which allowed just 8.93 goals per game ranking third in the country. Read more.

Kosciuszko Squadron Polish Culture Trip
4/30/2019

Kosciuszko Squadron Polish Culture TripLed by Polish Culture Forum CIC Braden Blejski, '20, Cadets John Snurkowski '19, Bart Grzybowski '21 (Polish International Cadet), and semester-exchange cadets from Poland Remek Trybus and Magda Zapala traveled to Washington, DC to take part in wide-ranging cultural immersion and regional awareness activities. Foreign Area Officers from the Pentagon Poland Desk LTC Jerzy Matyszczuk and Michael Tobias (DFL alum and former-Russian instructor) provided cadets with a broad-ranging overview of contemporary US/NATO joint activities with Polish Armed Forces.

Cadets visited the Institute for World Politics (IWP) for a brief by IWP Director John Lenczowski and Kosciuszko Chair, DR Marek Chodakiewicz and met with Lithuanian Defense Attaché COL Alvydas Siuparis and former Vice-Defense Minister BG (R) Jonas Kronkaitis. They also visited the Polish Embassy at the invitation from the Polish Defense Attaché MG Cezary Wisniewski to discuss joint NATO operations and forward basing of US and other units on Polish soil.

On the final day of the trip cadets visited Arlington Cemetery to observe changing of the guard. While there they also paid respects at the grave of the Forum's original founder and one of its strongest supporters, LTG Edward Rowny, who died last year at the age of 100 after a decades-long career in the Army and US diplomacy. Among his many accomplishments: the renewed presence of Polish cadets at USMA on both the four-year and semester-exchange programs.

Women's Lacrosse Collect Program-Best Five All-League Honors
4/30/2019

Women's Lacrosse Collect Program-Best Five All-League HonorsHighlighted by Caroline Raymond's Patriot League Rookie of the Year award, the Army West Point Women's Lacrosse Team placed a program-best five cadets on the all-league teams on Monday afternoon. Jackie Brattan and Samantha Stewart collected first team all-league honors, while Maddie Burns, Manuela Cortes and Caroline Raymond received the second team nod.

"I am super proud to see five of our cadet-athletes recognized for all-league selections this year," Noto Family Head Women's Lacrosse Coach Kristen Skiera said. "It is a true testament to the strength and success of our team as a whole that so many team members were recognized this season." Raymond made her mark on the program during her rookie campaign, compiling a team-best 62 points on 42 goals and a team-high 23 assists. She was the third cadet in program history to score over 50 points in a single season and the first to eclipse the 60-point mark.

The five-time Patriot League Rookie of the Week honoree scored in 16 of the 17 games she played in while recording six hat tricks. The Mahopac, N.Y., native additionally set the single-game program record of nine points after tallying five goals and four helpers in a road win at Boston University on April 19. Read more.

USMA Model Arab League at NUMAL
4/30/2019

USMA Model Arab League at NUMALCadets of the USMA Model Arab League club traveled to Georgetown University in the nation’s capital to compete in the National University Model Arab League competition (NUMAL) representing the State of Libya. The Cadets debated in sessions of the Joint Defense Council, Council on Palestinian Affairs, Council on Political Affairs, Council of Arab Social Affairs Ministers, Council of Arab Economic Affairs Ministers, Council of Arab Environmental Affairs Ministers, Summit of Arab Heads of State, and a Special Council on Women and Children. The club qualified for the National University competition at the Northeast Regional Competition held in Boston, MA in November. Graduating members from the Class of 2019 include Jacqueline Parga, Patrick Cowan, Lauren Hudak, and Joel Macklin - their knowledge and experience will be missed. Cadet-in-Charge Anchor Losch and her leadership team are eagerly preparing for the upcoming 2020 season.

Raymond Receives Fifth Rookie of the Week Nod
4/30/2019

CDT Caroline Raymond '22For the fifth time in her plebe season, Caroline Raymond of the Army West Point Women's Lacrosse Team was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week. The Mahopac, N.Y., native posted her sixth hat trick of the season after tallying a trio of scores on just four shots in a home win over Bucknell in the regular season finale on Thursday. She also added a ground ball and a caused turnover opposite the Bison.

Raymond's offensive output gave her 62 points, making her the first cadet in program history to tally over 60 points in a single season. Raymond and the Black Knights return to action on Thursday at 8 p.m. when they take on 14-ranked Navy in a service-academy rivalry matchup at Ridley Athletic Complex in Baltimore.

CDT Acevedo Wins O'Donnell Poetry Award
4/30/2019

CDT Acevedo Wins O'Donnell Poetry AwardCongratulation to CDT Michael Acevedo, this year 's O'Donnell award for poetry winner.

Women's Tennis Travel to Washington for NCAAs
4/30/2019

Women's Tennis Travel to Washington for NCAAsThe Army West Point Women's Tennis Team learned it is headed to Seattle, Washington to face the host 10th-ranked Washington Huskies in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, the association announced during its annual selection show on Monday evening. "Well this is my last season, and this team has meant a lot to me," said firstie captain Kirby Einck. "It's given me opportunities I never thought were possible, and to be able to wear the name Army on my chest one more time is something I'll never forget. I couldn't think of representing a better institution."

The Black Knights will be making their 15th appearance in the national tournament and second in a row. The Cadets secured the automatic qualifying bid as the Patriot League champion after defeating top-seeded Boston University, 4-3, on Sunday with yearling Hannah Boubel securing the victory by taking a three-set thriller in the No. 5 singles position. This will be the program's second trip to the Emerald City after facing the Huskies back in 2001. Read more.

Cadets Take First at Microbiology Meeting
4/30/2019

Cadets Take First at Microbiology MeetingProfessor Michael Labare, Dr. George Kennedy, and research cadets attended the regional meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in Portsmouth, NH. Cadets Giovanna Ferguson-Lewis '20 (Life Science), Johannah Buehrer '20 (Life Science), Kristina Mackey '21 (Chemistry), and Michaela Labare (University of New England) won first place for student posters with their poster, "Destruction of Ascaris suum Eggs Internal Structures by Short-Chain Fatty Acids." Cadets Julia Bush '19 (Life Science) and Miguel Pantano '19 (Life Science) won third place for their poster, "Protecting the Warfighter from Pathogens."

Women's Team Handball Trains with the USA Beach Team
4/30/2019

Women's Team Handball Trains with the USA Beach TeamWest Point Women’s Handball traveled to Los Angeles California to train with the Team USA Beach Handball team. Beach Handball is an adaptation of the Olympic sport, Team Handball, but on a more difficult playing surface (sand) and it rewards highly skilled shots like 360-degree spins and alley-oops passes. Under the tutelage of the Beach Handball National Team coach, Juliano de Oliveria, the team quickly learned the new sport and then played several complete games against each other augmented with some of the national team members.

Pistol Tactical Live-Fire Training in Ohio
4/30/2019

The Pistol Team traveled to West Union, Ohio recently for a few days of very intensive tactical live-fire training. Team members received training in shooting on the move, 4-man stack to clear live fire shoot houses in daylight and low light conditions, stress shoots, providing covering fire while other team members maneuvered, and shooting from in and around vehicles. The training was excellent and team members left with valuable skills that will save lives in hostile situations.

Men's Lacrosse Consistent in National Polls
4/30/2019

Men's Lacrosse Consistent in National PollsThe Army West Point Men's Lacrosse Team is ranked in this week's national polls. The Black Knights are 19th in the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and are 18th in the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Coaches Poll. Army is now 10-4 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 2-2 against ranked opponents this season and have defeated a team ranked inside the top-10.

It is the second time in three years the Black Knights have reached 10 wins. In Alberici's tenure, the Black Knights boast five years with 10 or more victories, four of which come in the last five seasons.

The Cadets host Holy Cross on Tuesday for the Patriot League Quarterfinals. The game is set for 3 p.m. at Michie Stadium and fans can purchase tickets at this link.

CLS Faculty Develop Case Study for Teaching Science
4/30/2019

CLS Faculty Develop Case Study for Teaching ScienceAn inter-disciplinary team from Chemistry & Life Science (CLS) developed a case study that was accepted for publication by the peer-reviewed National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science. The authors, LTC Melissa Eslinger, LTC Carl Lundell, and MAJ Ryan Rodriguez, who are members of the biological education research group (BERG), prepared a case study focused on predicting reactions of various military explosives and associated stoichiometric equivalents by applying the Ideal Gas Law. The case, "A Calculated Bang: Explosive Predictions & the Ideal Gas Law" will be available to national educators in the coming months.

Women's Tennis Claims Second Straight PL Crown
4/29/2019

The third-seeded Army West Point Women's Tennis Team outlasted top-seeded Boston University, 4-3, to claim its second consecutive Patriot League Championship at the Central Pennsylvania Tennis Center on Sunday afternoon. The Black Knights improved to 22-7 on the year, while the Terriers closed out their season with a record of 14-9.

Army claimed the pivotal doubles point for the 22nd time this season with both the No. 1 team of rookies Stephanie Dolehide and Caroline Vincent and the No. 3 team of yearlings Hannah Boubel and Sasha Inchauste winning in a 7-6 tiebreaker. The Black Knights never conceded their advantage to the Terriers and saw Boubel clinch the title with a three-set thriller in the fifth singles flight. Read more.

West Point at Grant's 197th Birthday Celebration
4/29/2019

West Point at Grant's 197th Birthday CelebrationThe West Point Cadet Color and Honor Guards, West Point Band and Military Police Firing Squad assisted with the National Parks Services' celebration of Ulysses S. Grant's 197th birthday at his tomb in New York City Saturday. Brigadier General Cindy Jebb, Dean of the Academic Board-West Point, laid the presidential wreath during the ceremony.

Army Golf Hoists Patriot League Crown
4/29/2019

Army Golf Hoists Patriot League CrownThe Army West Point Golf Team won its league-best 12th Patriot League Championship with a 10-under final round on Sunday afternoon at Seven Oaks Golf Course at Colgate. The Black Knights completed two rounds on Sunday to earn the title by eight strokes over Lafayette. The Black Knights shot 13-under par in the final 36 holes to claim the crown and finished the tournament at 1-over par. Nick Turner finished in a tie for first place on the individual leaderboard at 2-under par but, bowed out in the three-player playoff after the first hole. Turner improved after his day one 73, to shoot a 3-under par 69 in round two and then even par in his final round. The Leopards finished second at 9-over par as a team and the host Raiders were third at 10-over. Head coach Chad Bagley was named the Patriot League Coach of the Year, while Turner was a first team selection. The Black Knights placed three on the second team with Justin Williamson, Matt Plunkett and Sam McGee earning postseason honors. Read more.

USMA Distinguished Scholars
4/29/2019

USMA Distinguished ScholarsJoin us in celebrating the remarkable academic talents of the Class of 2019. So far this year, 20 cadets have received acceptance to medical school. Other honors include two Schwarzman and three Marshall Scholars, one Churchill Scholarship, one Anna Sobel Levy Scholarship, four Fulbright Scholars, one Knight-Hennessy Scholarship, and one National Science Foundation Fellowship. Additionally, two members of the Class of 2020 received Truman Scholarships.

Women's Lacrosse Bests Lehigh to Advance to Semifinals
4/29/2019

Women's Lacrosse Bests Lehigh to Advance to Semifinals

The Army West Point Women's Lacrosse Team collected another major milestone for the program after claiming its first-ever Patriot League Tournament win on Sunday afternoon at Michie Stadium. The Black Knights (14-4) took care of business on their home field by defeating Lehigh (8-9), 12-9, to advance to the semifinals of the league tournament. It was a strong defensive outing for an Army squad that has now held the opposition to single-digit goals in four consecutive contests.

Seven different cadets combined to cause 10 turnovers as Lauren Bredenburg led the way with three and Jackie Brattan chipped in with a pair. What made the difference was Maddie Burns' play in between the pipes. The cow netminder had a stellar second half, allowing just three goals and totaling eight saves to prevent the Mountain Hawks from making a comeback. Offensively, Brattan paced the attack with a team-best five points on four goals and an assist. Caroline Raymond also came away with a hat trick after scoring three times. Rilee Scott, Manuela Cortes and Taylor Andrews each found the back of the net once, while Samantha Stewart tallied two scores to go along with two assists. Read more.

Giannettino Highlights Weekend Results
4/29/2019

CDT Jeff Giannettino '19While most of the team was off in preparation for next week's Patriot League Championships, the Army West Point Track and Field Team send a group of field athletes out for competition this weekend. Highlighting the weekend was firstie Jeff Giannettino, who competed at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa. The firstie captain is a Des Moines native, and aimed to compete at the event since he arrived at West Point four years ago. The result was a good one, as Giannettinio tied his Academy record with a 2.16 meter jump.

While Giannettino was the only Black Knight in Iowa, several throwers competed at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia. Michael Renard was a bright spot for the Cadets on Friday, winning his discus throw event with a 56.29 meter throw. It is just the third throw in program history to reach over 56 meters. Teammate Jamir Gibson set a new program record with a 58.64 meter throw last weekend.

On the women's side, Emily Mikoud set a new career best in the shot put. Her 14.75 meter throw puts her at the top of the Patriot League charts.

DFL Spanish Forum Visits Chilean Embassy
4/29/2019

DFL Spanish Forum Visits Chilean EmbassyAs the Army prioritizes building relationships and learning from other cultures, the Spanish Forum remains at the forefront of educating and immersing cadets in language and culture. The Spanish Forum traveled to Washington D.C. to visit the Chilean Embassy and participate in the 20th Annual Inter-American Defense Board's Cultural Day. Led by Cadet Stephanie Myles, eight cadets from the Spanish Forum gained regional and cultural experience, while practicing their language skills.

Cadets visited the Chilean Embassy speaking with both its diplomatic and military missions and received a brief in Spanish regarding the Chilean Military Mission's role and responsibilities. The visit was highlighted by a rare meet-and-greet with Chile's Ambassador to the United States Alfonso Silva Navarro. The event hosted embassy and military staff from across the Western Hemispheric region to familiarize others with their own unique culture. Cadets experienced cultures and customs from 14 different countries. Major General Luis Rodriguez Bucio, the Head of the Council of Delegates, personally invited the Spanish Forum and welcomes more USMA cadet participation in the future.

Harvey, McCormick Named NWCA Scholar All-Americans
4/29/2019

CDTs Ben Harvey '20 and Cael McCormick '20Cows Ben Harvey and Cael McCormick of the Army West Point Wrestling Team added to their academic honors for 2019 by being named Scholar All-Americans by the National Wrestling Coaches Association on Friday. On April 9, both Harvey and McCormick earned the EIWA Academic Achievement Award. Harvey collected his second national academic recognition after being named to the NWCA All-Academic team as a yearling. McCormick garnered his first national honor for academics. Harvey and McCormick were two of the 143 wrestlers recognized by the organization representing 57 different schools. The Black Knights were one of 40 teams with multiple Scholar All-Americans. "Both of these men represent the work ethic and commitment to excellent that our program stands for," head coach Kevin Ward said.

"Both are ranked top-20 nationally and excel in the classroom. That kind of success doesn't happen by accident, but is the result of their discipline, ability to focus on their priorities and their commitment to chasing greatness in all they do." Read more.

Hovren Earns All-Met Accolades for Third Time
4/29/2019

Hovren Earns All-Met Accolades for Third TimeFirstie Madison Hovren added another postseason honor to her career accolades as she was named All-Met First Team by the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association. Hovren was selected to the first team for the third-straight year and finishes her career with six postseason award citations between the MBWA and the Patriot League.

Hovren finished the season as the Patriot League leader in scoring and rebounding. The firstie averaged 19.1 points per game and grabbed 13.1 boards per contest. She reached double digits in 24-straight games to finish out her career and scored over 20 points in each of her last six outings. She became Army's all-time leader in rebounds in a single season by recording 394 in 30 games played during her firstie campaign.

The forward also became the third player in school history to reach 1,000 rebounds in a career after grabbing 11 against Navy on Feb. 16. She is only the second player in Army history to reach 1,500 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career. The Spokane, Wash., native passed Erin Anthony for second all-time in rebounds and capped her career with 1,071 boards.

Hovren is Army's all-time leader in double-doubles with 56 in her career and had 23 of them in the 30 games played during the 2018-19 season. Read more.

CLS Presents at the ACS National Meeting
4/29/2019

CLS Presents at the ACS National MeetingCLS faculty and cadets from the Chemistry, Life Science, and Chemical Engineering programs attended and presented research at the American Chemical Society National Meeting and Expo entitled "Chemistry for New Frontiers" in Orlando, FL. Dr. Dawn Riegner and CDTs Jess Lewis '19 and Haven Bethune '20 presented "Synthesis and Characterization of Electrospun Polymer fibers Doped with Quantum Dots," while LTC Bull, MAJ Kaminski (PANE), and CDT Kenji Onaka '19 presented "Analysis of Synthetic Nuclear Melt Glass (urban) using x-ray Fluoroscopy" and "Development of Synthetic Nuclear Melt Glass Representative of an Urban, Post-detonation Environment for Forensic Analysis." COL Burpo also attended and presented his research on "DNA Biotemplated 3-D Copper Nanowire Composite Films" and "Gelatin-cellulose Nanofiber Biotemplated Platinum Nanowire Porous Fibers."

Nichtern Top-Ranked Freshman by Inside Lacrosse
4/29/2019

CDT Brendan Nichtern '22Plebe attacker Brendan Nichtern of the Army West Point Men's Lacrosse Team received high praise on Saturday when Inside Lacrosse ranked him the top rookie in the country during their midseason review. Nichtern has been the anchor of the Black Knights' offensive tempo this season with big games against ranked opponents. In his collegiate debut, Nichtern scored the game-winning goal against then-ranked 18/19 Massachusetts. To top that performance, the Massapequa, N.Y., native netted the game-winner when the Cadets topped then-ranked 8/10 Rutgers. This season, Nichtern has set new standards at Army for plebe scoring to include points (58) and assists (34). Nichtern has 39 assists on the season, which puts him in a tie with Tim Pearson '02 for fifth all-time in single-season helpers. He passed Tom Cafaro '71 and Tom Sheckells '65, whom each had 34 and 35 in a single season, respectively. He also passed Cole Johnson '17, Jeff Bryan '04 and Jeremy Boltus '10 and they each had 38 in a single season. Read more.

Big First Half Sends #18/19 Men's Lacrosse Past NJIT
4/29/2019

CDT Nate Jones '19Thanks to a high-scoring first half, the No. 18/19 Army West Point Men's Lacrosse Team came away with a 19-6 victory at NJIT in the regular-season finale. Army will be the fourth seed going into the Patriot League Tournament and will host fifth-seeded Holy Cross tomorrow. The Black Knights were led by Nate Jones, who tallied five goals and an assist for six points, while Brendan Nichtern finished with five points on five assists. Miles Silva had four goals in the win and Nicholas Garofano and Sean O'Brien added two scores as well. AJ Barretto earned the victory in the cage with eight saves in one half of work. Matt Koziol had three saves in the second half and Greg Coleman stopped two shots in the fourth quarter. Evan Condon was great at the faceoff today with a career high 10 wins in 12 total faceoffs. NJIT'S Aaron Forster was most of the Highlanders' attack with four goals and assist for five points. Alexzander Hunt and Riley Guma split time in net for NJIT. Hunt made six saves, while Guma stopped seven Army shots. Read more.

USMA Unveils General Grant Bronze Sculpture
4/26/2019

USMA Unveils General Grant Bronze SculptureOn April 25, 2019, the U.S. Military Academy unveiled a 1.25 times life-size bronze sculpture of General Ulysses S. Grant, Class of 1843. A gift of the Honorable Robert A. McDonald '75 and his wife, Diane, the 7.5-foot high portrait sculpture rests on a 4.5-foot high granite pedestal and faces the Plain, roughly halfway between the Thayer and Sedgewick monuments. The Grant Monument is the work of master sculptor Paula Slater and fulfills the National Defense Authorization for Fiscal Year 2017 request to place a statue of Grant at West Point to mark his sesquicentennial as the 18th president of the United States. View photos. Read more.

Men's Volleyball Qualifies for the Regionals
4/26/2019

Men's Volleyball Qualifies for the RegionalsThe Men’s Volleyball Team qualified to participate in the Regional Championships after winning the North D1 Division in Syracuse. Army earned three slots of the D1 North All-Star Team with CDT Michael Gulczynski earning overall league MVP.

Fireworks! Ignites Confidence in Girls
4/26/2019

Fireworks! Ignites Confidence in GirlsThe Fireworks! outreach team facilitated its final lesson of the academic year with the 4th and 5th grade girls of Meadow Hill Elementary School.

Combat Weapons Team Host RMC
4/26/2019

Combat Weapons Team Host RMCMembers of the Combat Weapons Team hosted their counterparts from the Royal Military College of Canada for the first time on a two-day exchange. The program began with shooting drills at the Tronsrue Marksmanship Center, followed by a series of intense competitions outdoors at range 4 & 5. The day ended with a shoot off between West Point and RMC cadets with West Point Cadet, Eli Garrard emerging as the victor.

CDTs Yan, Buckingham and Hudson Win Arts Award
4/26/2019

CDTs Yan, Buckingham and Hudson Win Arts AwardCongratulations to the winners of the Sannes-Pinnel Studio Arts award, cadets Jane Yan, Catherine Buckingham, and Cameron Hudson.

Women's Lacrosse Cap Regular Season with Win Over Bucknell
4/26/2019

The Army West Point Women's Lacrosse Team continued its winning ways after defeating Bucknell, 15-5, in the regular season finale on Thursday night at Michie Stadium. It was a strong finish to the 2019 campaign as the Black Knights (13-4, 6-3 Patriot League) won six of their last seven and set program records in overall and league wins. With the victory over the Bison (4-13, 2-7 Patriot League) and Navy's win against Boston University on Thursday, Army locked up the third seed in the Patriot League Tournament. The Cadets will take on the winner of tomorrow's game between Lehigh and American in the quarterfinal round at Michie Stadium on Sunday at 1 p.m.

The Black Knights received contributions from all over the field against Bucknell and were led in scoring by a five-point effort from Jackie Brattan. The yearling attack posted four goals and her first assist of the season. Samantha Stewart and Caroline Raymond also tallied hat tricks with three goals apiece. Cameron Manor and Taylor Andrews each chipped in with two goals, while Manuela Cortes tallied one. Rilee Scott and Olivia Carter effectively set up their teammates, combining for five assists. Defensively, Maddie Burns had a solid showing in goal after coming away with 10 saves to hold the Bison to single-digit goals. Read more.

Cadets Visit Green Brook Flood Risk Mgmt Project
4/26/2019

Cadets Visit Green Brook Flood Risk Mgmt ProjectCivil & Mechanical Engineering (CME) cadets visited the US Army Corps of Engineers New York District Green Brook Flood Risk Management Project. Cadets are applying the Army Design Methodology to address complex and challenging problems and Robert Greco, Roy Messaros, and Alek Peterson of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) have been right there with the cadets all the way; through site visits, teleconferences, and briefings. The ongoing USACE/CME partnership is yielding knowledge and inspiration for our future Civil Engineers.

Fly Fishing Club Trip to Beaverkill
4/26/2019

Fly Fishing Club Trip to BeaverkillThe cadets made it out to a historic covered bridge on the Beaverkill. They met a local supporter from Mid-Hudson Trout Unlimited for a day of fishing and enjoying the outdoors. A successful trip for the cadets, who filled the role of OIC for the trip, but the fish did not cooperate, they call it "fishing, not catching". The club is thankful for everyone that makes a trip like this possible.

West Point Normandy Staff Ride
4/26/2019

West Point Normandy Staff RideAs part of the West Point Department of History Normandy Staff Ride, cadets examined D-Day from the strategic, operational, and tactical perspectives of the various nations, units, and individuals who participated in Operation Overlord. Cadets walked the terrain and studied well known places like Sword, Juno, Gold, Omaha, and Utah Beaches; they visited Pegasus Bridge and discussed the actions of the British 6th Airborne Division and American airborne units at places like Brecourt Manor and La Fiere Bridge. Additionally, cadets grappled with more ambiguous topics like memorialization of death, leadership challenges, and morality in warfare.

Surdick Voted Tewaaraton Award Semifinalist
4/26/2019

Firstie defender Johnny Surdick of the Army West Point men's lacrosse team was voted a prestigious Tewaaraton Award Semifinalist, announced by the committee on Thursday. Surdick is one of the 25 nominees up for the award across all three divisions. 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.

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

The senior defender ranks atop the Patriot League and nation in caused turnovers per game (2.31) all while guarding the opponent's top offensive weapon. Throughout his career, Surdick has amassed 165 ground balls and 97 caused turnovers in just 57 games played. Read more.

The Investment Club Visits Harvard Business School
4/26/2019

The Investment Club Visits Harvard Business SchoolThe Investment Club visited Harvard Business School (HBS) where they received classes from HBS faculty on finance, company / stock investment research, and managing risk in investing. The final stop on the Investment Club’s trip to Boston was to meet with Bentley University’s Student Investment Group that manages a fund of $1.1M. The Bentley students shared some best practices for managing their club as well as provided cadets feedback on some stock pitch projects that the cadets had put together.

ELEX Visits Several NSA Labs
4/26/2019

ELEX Visits Several NSA LabsSix members of the Electronics Experimenters Club (ELEX) visited several labs at the National Security Agency (NSA) near Ft. Meade, Maryland. Cadets Mary Clare Cassidy '20, Cali Evans '21, Mike McPherson '21, Shane Murphy '21, Isaac Hagberg '22, Camron Jones '22, MAJ Joshua Groen, and Mr. Chip Schooler all had a chance to see how electrical and mechanical engineering skills are utilized by the nation's intelligence community, in pursuit of national security objectives. The NSA tour began with a visit to NBP302, NSA's Industrial Controls Security research organization. After a good discussion building the foundation of industrial controls, they toured the NBP302 lab space where domestic and foreign allied SCADA infrastructures are simulated to develop defensive measures.

In addition, cadets received a briefing on summer detail opportunities at the NSA. Next, cadets traveled to College Park, Maryland to tour the Laboratory for Telecommunication Sciences. Here cadets were briefed on several emerging technologies including robotics, indoor localization, specialized applications of image processing, and an IOT vulnerabilities lab. Finally, cadets finished the tour at the Laboratory for Physical Sciences where they were exposed to cutting edge research in Photonics, Quantum Computing, Fuel Cells, and fabrication facilities. That evening, the Cadets were hosted at the Navy Academy by their Midshipman counterparts and enjoyed a social evening in Annapolis with the Midshipmen. In addition to gaining an understanding of cutting-edge research, the trip was an excellent opportunity to broaden cadet's understanding of the DoD enterprise in general.

CDT Ryu Awarded the 2019 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
4/25/2019

CDT Ryu Awarded the 2019 NSF Graduate Research FellowshipCongratulations to CDT Madeline Ryu (Life Science '19) for being awarded the 2019 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF)! The NSF GRFP helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions. As the oldest graduate fellowship of its kind, the GRFP has a long history of selecting recipients who achieve high levels of success in their future academic and professional careers. The reputation of the GRFP follows recipients and often helps them become life-long leaders that contribute significantly to both scientific innovation and teaching.

Madeline Ryu was born and raised in San Jose, CA. She is a Life Science Major and Nuclear Science Minor at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Throughout her academic career, she has worked with COL F. John Burpo in the Multi-Functional Materials Laboratory at West Point, where she has co-authored publications on her work with aerogels and nanofibers, which have various biological, medical, and chemical applications. Her research is focused on enhancing the capabilities of biosensors through biologically templated nanomaterials. She has also worked in labs across the world such as in Seoul, South Korea with Sogang University's Biometric Lab (in collaboration with Harvard University's Disease Biophysics Group) and in Australia with the Australian Army Malaria Institute. Madeline is also a Goldwater Scholarship recipient. Upon graduating from the Military Academy, she plans to pursue a medical degree to become a doctor in the Army. Madeline has received the NSF GRFP through which she can potentially pursue a Materials Science and Engineering degree at Stanford University. She has already been accepted to the University of California San Diego School of Medicine and the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine.

Softball Sweeps Rider in Midweek Tilt
4/25/2019

CDT Madi Gilmore '22The Army West Point softball team swept its non-league midweek doubleheader against Rider at the Army West Point Softball Complex on Wednesday afternoon. Ten Black Knights recorded a hit on the day, led by firstie Ashley Yoo and plebe Madi Gilmore with three apiece. Yoo scored a pair of runs while Gilmore drove in a team-high three RBI and had one of the team's two extra-base hits with a triple.

In the circle, firstie Renee Poirier impressed in game one by scattering five hits and two walks over 6.0 innings of work while allowing just one earned run. The Plainville, Mass., native produced four punch outs in the game and picked up her 32nd career victory to move into a tie with Shawna Bleyl and Leigh Harrell for sixth in program history. She added to her career saves total in the second game with her first of the season. Read more.

The West Point Soccer Club Caps Winning Season
4/25/2019

The West Point Soccer Club Caps Winning SeasonThe West Point Club Soccer team finished their season with an inter-service round robin tournament in Annapolis. The team led off with a victory over the Coast Guard Academy 1-0. Cadet James Murphy had the winning goal. The following day Army lost a tough, physical match to the Navy rivals. After a scoreless first half, the midshipmen came out with two quick goals in the second half that Army was not able to recover from. The final score was 3-1. Cadet Jack Jakada had the sole strike for West Point. The team finished the 2018-19 season with a winning 5-3-2 record to include a historic over-time match with the Mexican Military Academy that resulted in a riveting loss in penalty kicks during an international December matchup.

Climbing Practice on Shawangunk Ridge
4/25/2019

Climbing Practice on Shawangunk Ridge10 cadets and 3 OR's headed out to the Shawangunk ridge for a day of climbing. With excellent weather conditions, the team used their skills to set up several top ropes while cadets Jared Ells '19 led his first outdoor lead as did CDT Zach Lindsay '21, a great accomplishment for both. The mountaineering team included: Jared Ells '19, Angela Martone '19, Chris Rieping '19, George Plantenga '21 Christian Witkop '21, Gerrit Rummel '21, Zach Lindsay '21, Justin Gittemeier '21, Ben Mustonen '21, and Nicole Maus '21.

Cadets Visit Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
4/25/2019

Cadets Visit Walter Reed National Military Medical CenterMAJ Armand Balboni led the West Point Pre-Medical Society (WPPMS) on its annual excursion to the Washington, D.C. area to visit Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Uniformed Services University School of Medicine, and Georgetown University School of Medicine. The purpose of the trip was to provide 34 aspiring future Army physicians the opportunity to shadow and learn from healthcare professionals at the military’s premier medical center, as well as to expose them to the learning environment and culture at both the DoD’s medical school and a representative civilian medical school. Every cadet enthusiastically asked questions during Q&A sessions with students at both medical schools, as well as during their respective shadowing experiences with physicians and surgeons.

Crew Outreach with Wounded Warrior Rowers
4/25/2019

Crew Outreach with Wounded Warrior RowersThe varsity crews competed against Division I-III and club programs from around the country. Both crews placed 3rd in each of their finals and conducted outreach with Wounded Warrior rowers and Athletes Without Limits in San Diego.

Phi Kappa Phi Honors
4/25/2019

Phi Kappa Phi HonorsCongratulations to the West Point Department of History faculty and cadets who received honors and awards from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Professor Sam Watson, MAJ David Krueger '08, CPT(P) Jim Villanueva '08, CDT Daniel Berardino '20, and CDT Levi Knapper-Grant '19 were all recipients of the 2019 Peter L. Zhu Scholastic Achievement Award. For his leadership of the Department of History, as well as his extensive contributions to the field, COL Ty Seidule was inducted into the Honor Society as a Distinguished Faculty Alumnus. The West Point Department of History continues to be one of the premier broadening opportunities for U.S. Army officers of all branches. USMA faculty offer valuable contributions to their field through quality scholarship and they excel in their primary mission to Educate, Train, and Inspire Leaders of Character.

Cycling Divided and Conquered
4/25/2019

Cycling Divided and ConqueredEight Army riders traveled to Hanover, NH and Middlebury, VT for a total of three races, and the remaining racers crushed the field at Coxsackie, NY. Hanover: Men’s D, Matt Cohane 1st; Women’s A, Liz Huuki, 1st; Men’s B, Rowan Crowley, 6th; Men’s C, Kyle Herschberger, 6th, and Brian Brady, 10th. Middlebury: Women’s A, Liz Huuki, 4th; Men’s B, Rowan Crowley, 8th; Men’s C, Kyle Herschberger 7th and Ro-wan Crowley 9th. Coxsackie: Aidan Doyle, 4th, Jake Bueno, 5th, Keller Balsam, 5th.

CLS Hosts Dr. Carlos Garcia
4/25/2019

CLS Hosts Dr. Carlos GarciaChemistry & Life Science (CLS) hosted Dr. Carlos Garcia (Professor and Associate Chemistry Department Chair, Clemson University) and CPT Bryan Lagasse '10 who is completing his master's degree in Chemistry with Professor Garcia as his advisor. Dr. Garcia and CPT Lagasse shared their expertise and research with faculty during the seminar period, and with the Class of 2019 chemistry majors during their Advanced Chemistry Laboratory course. Their visit greatly facilitated discussions on the potential for future research collaborations and Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) opportunities.

Men's Boxing Wins 4th Consecutive Title
4/24/2019

Men's Boxing Wins 4th Consecutive TitleThe Army Boxing team competed in the National Collegiate Boxing Championships. The Men’s team won its 4th consecutive team title, the tenth in twelve years. The Women’s team placed second overall. The National Title holders are: Adaya Queen, Joshua Lewis, Briana Dorsey, Toese Tia, John Koffman, Adrian Albin, and Carlan Ivey. Carlan Ivey is the first West Point cadet to win four National Titles, one each year at the academy.

Three Black Knights Win Weekly League Awards
4/24/2019

The Patriot League announced Tuesday that three members of the Army West Point track and field team have received weekly awards after the team's performance at the Princeton Larry Ellis Invitational this weekend. From the men's team, plebe Justin Young was named Patriot League Male Track Athlete of the Week. The Wylie, Texas, native set personal and league bests in his two individual races, posting a 14.04 in the 110 meter hurdles and a 51.71 in the 400 meter hurdles. Young has been no stranger to league weekly awards in his rookie campaign, as he has won four Patriot League Rookie of the Week awards in addition to his two Patriot League Male Track Athlete of the Week honors.

"Justin is positioning himself for a great championship season," head coach Mike Smith said. "He is putting together strong performances and has shown a level of consistency that will serve him well in the coming weeks. He hasn't mastered either the 110 HH or 400H races yet, so I expect that his times will continue to improve." Plebe Jamir Gibson also received recognition from the league, winning Patriot League Male Rookie of the Week. The Zion, Ill., native broke the Army West Point discus record with his 58.64 meter throw on Saturday. The mark is the best in the Patriot League this season and ranks fifth in the East Region and 14th in all of the NCAA. Gibson joins teammates Michael Renard and Geoff Kirk in breaking Academy throwing records in 2019. Read more.

Men's Lacrosse Locks In Fourth Seed for League Tournament
4/24/2019

The Army West Point Men's Lacrosse Team has clinched the fourth seed for the upcoming Patriot League Tournament. The Black Knights will host a quarterfinal game on Tuesday, April 30 at 3 p.m.

Tickets can now be purchased for the quarterfinal by calling the Ticket Office. The opponent will be solidified on Friday night as the rest of the league battles it out that evening. The winner of the quarterfinal contest will travel to the host (still to be determined) for the semifinals and championship.

Pipes and Drums at the Tartan Day Parade
4/24/2019

Pipes and Drums at the Tartan Day ParadeApproximately 20 cadets from the Pipes and Drums marched at the head of the Tartan Day Parade in NYC recently, playing Celtic as well as military music as a band and with several other bands from the Tri-state area.

Men's Lacrosse Ranked in National Polls
4/24/2019

The Army West Point Men's Lacrosse Team is ranked in this week's national polls. The Black Knights are 19th in the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and are 18th in the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Coaches Poll.

Army is now 9-4 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 2-2 against ranked opponents this season and have defeated a team ranked inside the top-10.

The Black Knights complete the regular season Friday with a game against NJIT. Army will then set its sight on the Patriot League Tournament.

Surdick Top Defensive Pick in PLL Draft
4/24/2019

In the inaugural Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) College Draft on Tuesday night, Johnny Surdick was the top overall defensive pick. The fistie defender was the sixth overall choice by the PLL Chaos. The PLL is a brand new league created by the world's best lacrosse players and launches on June 1st. Surdick, who hails from Odenton, Md., is a two-time Patriot League Preseason Defensive Player of the Year and has been named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List for the last two seasons. The firstie defender ranks atop the Patriot League and nation in caused turnovers per game (2.31) all while guarding the opponent's top offensive weapon. Throughout his career, Surdick has amassed 165 ground balls and 97 caused turnovers in just 57 games played. Army's top pick in any lacrosse draft was in 2015 when attacker John Glesener was chosen fifth in the Major Lacrosse League College Draft.

Men's Soccer to Host Maryland for Spring Season Finale
4/24/2019

The Army West Point Men's Soccer Team will close out its 2019 spring slate by facing off against the defending national champion, Maryland, on May 4.

Head coach of the Black Knights, Russell Payne, will welcome his alma mater to the banks of the Hudson for a 2 p.m. match at Malek Stadium at Clinton Field.

Admission to the match will be free and feature a postgame autograph session from the players.

Flying Flies the New Piper Cherokee
4/24/2019

Flying Flies the New Piper CherokeeThe Flying Team enjoyed a long day of training at Newburgh Stewart airport and were able to fly the newly- leased Piper Cherokee that just happens to have a black and gold paint scheme! Team members practiced precision power on and power off landings, navigation, simulator and the pre-flight events.

Gibson Tabbed AWPAA Athlete of the Week
4/24/2019

After breaking the program record in the discus throw on Saturday, freshman Jamir Gibson of the Army West Point men's track and field team has been selected as the Army West Point Athletic Association Player of the Week.

Gibson's throw of 58.64 meters at the Princeton Larry Ellis Invitational shattered a 17-year standing record and placed him among the top performers in the nation. The Zion, Ill., native now ranks fifth in the East Region and fourteenth in the NCAA in discus. In addition, he is the top ranked discus thrower under the age of 20.

The plebe also received recognition from the Patriot League this week, as he earned Patriot League Male Rookie of the Week honors.

Regional Climbing Competition in Poughkeepsie
4/24/2019

Regional Climbing Competition in PoughkeepsieThe West Point Climbing Team competed in the CCS Regional Competition in Poughkeepsie, NY. The team earned 4th place overall and 11 members of the team earned a qualifying spot for nationals. Of note, CDT Elizabeth Bradley '22 earned 3rd place in Female Bouldering and 2nd place in Female Speed categories.

Baseball Wins Season Series over Navy, Star Secured
4/23/2019

Baseball Wins Season Series over Navy, Star SecuredFor the first time since 2014 the Army West Point Baseball Team claimed the season series over service-academy rival Navy here Sunday afternoon. After their 7-5 victory in the rubber match of the weekend, the Black Knights won the overall season series, 3-2. The Cadets jumped out to an early 2-0 edge in the first but the Mids answered in the second to pull the game even at 2-2. The score remained tied until the Black Knights registered an impressive five runs on five hits in the sixth inning to break the contest open at 7-2.

The home side tried to rally and even cut the deficit to 7-5 in the bottom of the ninth but yearling reliever Harry Flannery Jr. sat all four batters he faced down in order to secure the win. Starting pitcher Sam Messina was solid on the hill for Army, allowing just three hits and two unearned runs in 5.1 innings. The firstie righty struck out a game-high six during his time on the mound. For the second-straight contest, the Black Knights saw eight of the nine batters in their lineup record at least one hit. The top of the lineup did most of the damage on the day with Jacob Hurtubise, Drake Titus, Anthony Giachin, and Trey Martin all posting two hits each. Hurtubise and Martin both chipped in two runs batted in as well, while Titus crossed home plate a team-high two times. Read more.

Softball Bests Bucknell in Series Finale
4/23/2019

CDT Emily Ballesteros '20The Army West Point Softball Team built off the momentum from Saturday's game one victory and competed its way to a 4-2 victory over Bucknell in the series finale on Sunday.

Cow Emily Ballesteros provided the key base knock for the Black Knights in the series-clinching victory with a two-RBI single in the fourth, while yearling Ally Snelling added a double earlier in the inning.

The combination of cow Macey Newbary and plebe Jolie Duong kept the Bison off balance all day in the circle. Newbary picked up her ninth win of the season after scattering six hits and two earned runs over 4.0 innings of work, while Duong notched her first-career save. The Houston, Texas, native closed out the final three innings of the game without allowing a base runner and fanning two hitters. Read more.

Burns and Raymond Reel in Weekly League Honors
4/23/2019

CDTs Maddie Burns '20 and Caroline Raymond '22Maddie Burns and Caroline Raymond of the Army West Point Women's Lacrosse Team received Patriot League weekly awards on Monday afternoon. The Black Knights went 2-0 on the week, picking up a pair of road victories over Colgate and Boston U. en route to clinching the program's first-ever Patriot League Tournament berth.

Burns, who reeled in her second goalkeeper of the week award of the season, was stellar in goal this past week. The junior totaled 22 saves and came away with two wins to give her 10 on the year. In a Wednesday afternoon meeting with Colgate, Burns stopped 10 shots to help Army capture the road victory. Several days later, she made nine of her 12 saves in the first half against Boston U. to allow the Black Knights to grab a lead they would never relinquish before securing the win. It marked the program's first-ever win over the Terriers.

Raymond, a four-time Patriot League Rookie of the Week recipient, continued her stellar play with a 14-point week on nine goals and five assists. The rookie started with four goals and an assist to push the Cadets past Colgate in Hamilton, N.Y., on Wednesday. She then paced an offensive attack at Boston U. on Saturday with a single-game program record nine points on five goals and four assists. The five goals were a career-best for the Mahopac, N.Y., native. Read more.

Hockey Celebrates Season at Year-End Banquet
4/23/2019

Hockey Celebrates Season at Year-End BanquetIn front of the 2018-19 team, coaches, staff, family and friends, the Army West Point Hockey Team handed out awards at the annual banquet in Washington Hall. In addition to the team awards given out, the Black Knights announced Zach Evancho as the team captain for the 2019-20 season as well as Dominic Franco and Alex Wilkinson as alternate captains.

Henry "Hal" Beukema Award - Dalton MacAfee. The award honors Henry "Hal" Beukema who died in a plane crash in 1954 after attaining the rank of major. The team Most Valuable Player award has been given out every year since 1955 and is voted on by team members.

The Gunning Award - Ian Mansfield. The award is named after Michael J. Gunning, a cadet letterman who died following a hit-and-run accident. It is presented in recognition of the cadet who displays the qualities of academic excellence, selfless dedication to his teammates, a trusted friend, and a player who demonstrates true love for the game. Read more.

Davis Competes In NCAA Gymnastics Finals
4/23/2019

CDT Mathew Davis '22After qualifying as an individual in the all-around category, Army West Point plebe Mathew Davis competed in the finals of the NCAA Championships on Saturday. Davis posted an all-around score of 76.698 which placed him 14th overall in the category. The freshman's top event of the night was floor exercise. He ranked 28th among the nation's best.

Davis started his day on the parallel bars where he recorded a score of 11.833, then moved over to the high bar, posting a 12.300 score. He then posted his best score of the day, recording a 13.833 on floor. On pommel horse, Davis turned out a 11.933. Next were the still rings, where he produced a 13.233 mark. Davis closed out his first NCAA Championship performance on vault where he posted a score of 13.566.

It was the second consecutive year a Black Knight qualified for the NCAA Championship finals in all-around.

Women's Lacrosse Clinches Home Game in League Tournament
4/23/2019

Women's Lacrosse Clinches Home Game in League TournamentThe Army West Point Women's Lacrosse Team guaranteed itself a home game in the quarterfinals of the Patriot League Tournament following a 15-9 road win over Boston University on Saturday afternoon. Tickets are now on sale.

Michie Stadium will host its first-ever women's lacrosse league tournament game on Sunday, April 28 at 1 p.m. with the opponent still to be determined.

General admission tickets and pricing for the event and can be viewed here.

Track & Field Records Set at Larry Ellis Invitational
4/23/2019

CDT Jamir Gibson '22The Army West Point Men's Track and Field Team competed at the Princeton Larry Ellis Invitational on Saturday.

The day was highlighted by several program record setting performances by the Black Knights. Kedrin Jefferson broke his own record to improve the Academy 200m mark to 21.01. Plebe Jamir Gibson smashed the school discus mark with a throw of 58.64 meters. The throw topped Travis Pendleton's 17-year record of 57.27m that stood since 2002.

Plebe Justin Young won both of his races, claiming the top spot in the 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles. Read more.

McMullen Leads Women's Track & Field at Princeton
4/23/2019

CDT Calli McMullen '20The Army West Point Women's Track and Field Team competed at the Princeton Larry Ellis Invitational on Saturday. The day was highlighted by another record setting performance by cow Calli McMullen. The standout sprinter was all over the leaderboard, posting an Academy best 24.12 mark in the 200m dash, besting her own record by .01 seconds. McMullen also anchored the victorious 4x100m relay team and placed third in the 400m dash.

Head Coach Mike Smith said: "We had some weather issues that forced us to do some shuffling around, but the women did a nice job of adapting and we had some nice improvements. Our women's 4x100 looked great today. Handoffs were pretty good and they had a nice win.

Calli McMullen stole the show today. She ran a really nice 400m race and will go much faster in that race later on. That put her second on the all-time list. I know she wants to break the school record in that event. It is only a matter of time before she takes that down. Then she broke her own record in the 200 with a wind legal 24.12. She is going to go well under 24 seconds when things warm up in the next few weeks." Read more.

Katsenes Leads the Way at RTJ Shootout
4/23/2019

CDT Tom Katsenes '22The Army West Point Golf Team had three players in the top 10 after the first day of the RTJ Shootout at the Seven Oaks Golf Course at Colgate University. The individual tournament concluded the first round of two this weekend with Dean Daime of Colgate leading the way with a 3-under 69 on the opening round. Tom Katsenes is Army's top player on the leaderboard following an opening round 71 (-1), which is tied for third. He had four birdies on the day for the Black Knights. Fellow rookie Andrew Watts finished day one with an even par round of 72 and tied for the lead in birdies during his round with five on the day. Sam McGee was tied with Watts on an even par round of 72. McGee and Watts are tied for sixth heading into the second day.

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.

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