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Krueger, Zimmerman Claim Atlantic Hockey Honors

Krueger, Zimmerman Claim Atlantic Hockey HonorsThe Atlantic Hockey Association announced that Army West Point firsties Mason Krueger and John Zimmerman have been named the conference's Player of the Week and Defensive Player of the Week respectively.

Krueger was an offensive force centering the Black Knights' top line this week, posting three goals and an assist in Army's two games against LIU. On Saturday, Krueger netted his first career hat trick in Army's 5-3 win over the Sharks at Tate Rink. Following Colin Bilek's hat trick a game prior, the pair became the first Army duo since 2007 to record hat tricks in consecutive games. Krueger also became the first Black Knight to complete a natural hat trick since Mark Duebe in 2011.

Leading Army's top defensive pair, the firstie captain Zimmerman contributed on both the offensive and defensive ends for the Black Knights. Entering the weekend with two assists, Zimmerman recorded three helpers in the series against LIU.

Gymnastics Sweeps ECAC Weekly Awards

Gymnastics Sweeps ECAC Weekly AwardsThe Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) announced that Army West Point gymnasts Jacob Nauman and Connor Cavanagh have received weekly honors for the week ending in January 17.

Nauman was named ECAC Gymnast of the Week after capturing the vault title with a 14.0 score. He competed in five events for the Black Knights in their virtual meet against Penn State.

Cavanagh received two honors from the conference, as he was named ECAC Specialist of the Week for his performance on vault, and ECAC Rookie of the Week. He shared the vault title with Nauman with an even 14.0 score.

The Black Knights are scheduled to compete against Oklahoma in a virtual meet on January 30.

Hockey Fights Back For Road Victory

Hockey Fights Back For Road VictoryThe Army West Point Hockey team fought back from a 2-0 deficit to take down Atlantic Hockey foe Holy Cross 3-2 at Hart Center Rink yesterday.

“Great team win tonight against a very good Holy Cross team,” Head Coach Brian Riley said. “It felt like a playoff game with the physical intensity out there. We got behind early, but I give the guys credit for sticking with it and getting better and better as the night went on.”

After falling behind on a pair of Holy Cross goals in the first, Army turned the tide to get on the scoreboard on an outstanding individual effort by Tucker DeYoung. The firstie stick-handled his way through the Holy Cross defense before firing home his fourth goal of the season.

Army would even the game midway through the second when plebe Mitch Machlitt sent a backhanded pass into the slot to find a wide-open Colin Bilek who scored his team-leading eighth goal of the season. Thomas Farrell would give the Black Knights the lead in the third, when he one-timed a John Keranen pass to the back of the net for the game-winner, his first goal of the campaign. Read more.

Strong Defensive Effort Powers Women’s Basketball past BU

Strong Defensive Effort Powers Women’s Basketball past BUThe Army West Point women's basketball team topped previously unbeaten Boston University, 54-43, Sunday afternoon at Christl Arena. Sarah Bohn led the way for the Black Knights with 13 points. Alisa Fallon was the Cadets other scorer to reach double digits in scoring with 10 points. In just 18 and a half minutes of play, Kate Murray contributed nine points and seven boards.

Army put up a strong defensive effort in both games. BU entered the weekend averaging 72.3 points per game. They averaged 51.0. Bohn notched her second double-digit scoring effort of the year and the 13th of her career. This was Fallon's eighth game in double figures this season and the 28th of her career. The Black Knights held the Terriers to just one field goal in the second quarter, as they shot 1-for-13 in the frame. After scoring most of their points from beyond the arc in Saturday's contest, the Black Knights had 24 points in the paint. In roughly 18 minutes of play Sabria Hunter had seven points and seven rebounds. Army held the Terriers to a season-low 19 points in the first half. Read more.

Rifle Tops NC State in Virtual Match

Rifle Tops NC State in Virtual MatchThe Army West Point Rifle team topped NC State, 4668-4656, in a virtual Great America Rifle Conference (GARC) match at the Tronsrue Marksmanship Center.

Plebe Kyle Kutz had the highest aggregate score of the day with a tally of 1173. His mark of 583 in smallbore was the top total of the day, while classmate Anusha Pakkam was right behind him with a score of 582.

“The team had a good vibe heading into the match today,” Kutz said. “I started out a little rough but was able to pick it back up in the end and finish strong. I'm looking forward to our match against Akron next weekend.”

Aggregate: ARMY 4668, NC State 4656. Kyle Kutz had the top score of the day with 1173. Pakkam had the second highest tally with 1171.

Smallbore: ARMY 2323, NC State 2297. Army had the top three scores in smallbore with three members reaching the 580-mark. Kyle Kutz (583) and Anusha Pakkam (582) earned the top two spots, while senior captain Clayton Hanson posted the third best mark with a score of 580. Read more.

Wrestling Commands 30-18 Victory Over Hofstra

Wrestling Commands 30-18 Victory Over HofstraThe Army West Point Wrestling team welcomed conference opponent Hofstra University to Gillis Field House this past Sunday afternoon for their second dual matchup of the year. Army commanded another dominant victory on home turf, moving past the Pride 30-18.

The Black Knights had an early 6-0 advantage right from the beginning as the Pride had to take a forfeit at 125lbs. Hofstra returned the favor at 133lbs to tie the match 6-6 after Garret Lambert secured a fall at 2:52 over Mark Montgomery.

Army used the loss as momentum, notching victories in the next two bouts. Logan Brown wrestled his way to a powerful 13-4 major decision victory to increase the Black Knight's lead.

P.J. Ogunsanya then grabbed his second pin of the season against Hofstra's Charles Kane. The junior took a quick 10-0 lead in the first only to overpower Kane for a fall at 2:10, giving Army a 16-6 advantage.

Despite a tough loss in the 157lb slot to move the score back within four, Beau Guffey wrestled his way to a 6-1 decision against Reece Heller. The Pride were able to move the score to the closest margin of the day (19-18) at 174lbs. Brad Laughlin was able to hold on to a 2-1 lead through two periods but saw defeat at the hands of Ross McFarland with only seconds remaining. Read more.

Men’s Basketball Defeats Boston U on the Road, 79-59

Men’s Basketball Defeats Boston U on the Road, 79-59Army Men's Basketball defeated Boston University, 79-59, this past weekend at Case Gymnasium to take the first of back-to-back Patriot League contests between the two squads.

With the win, the Black Knights improved to 7-3 overall and 3-2 in Patriot League play.

The Black Knights jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first half and never looked back, as they did not trail at all during the road contest.

Alex King, Josh Caldwell and Lonnie Grayson led the Black Knights, each scoring in double figures on the day. King led the way with 20 points, one shy of his season high. All of Grayson's 10 points came in the second half, while Caldwell finished with 15. Aaron Duhart led the way with six boards and had a team-high five assists.

The Black Knights shot 53.3 percent from the field on the day, while holding the Terriers to just 37.7 percent shooting from the field. BU had cold streaks in each half, going 8:49 in the first half without a made field goal and 8:05 without a bucket in the second half. Read more.

Rifle Announces Spring Schedule

Rifle Announces Spring ScheduleThe Army West Point Rifle team announced the addition of several matches to its slate.

Army will open up the spring portion of its schedule on Sunday, January 17 in a virtual match against NC State. It will count as Great America Rifle Conference (GARC) match but will not be an official NCAA mark.

The Black Knights will take on GARC foe Akron in Palmyra, Pa., on Saturday, January 23.

The Cadets will then square off against Navy in the highly anticipated star match, part of the overall Star Series presented by USAA, on February 6. The location and start time of the match will be determined at a later date.

Army is then slated to face Nebraska at the Tronsrue Marksmanship Center on Saturday, February 13. The following weekend will be the NCAA Qualifier match on Saturday, February 20.

Members of the team will compete in the USA Shooting Junior Olympic Selection Match which will be on February 21.

The GARC Championships will take place on the weekend of February 26-27. The NCAA Championships are set for March 11-13 in Columbus, Ohio.

The schedule is subject to change.

“In Science We Trust”: An Academy Professor’s Journey

“In Science We Trust”: An Academy Professor’s Journey“They say that math is a language in which God wrote the universe. And so you have to be proficient in math to be proficient in science,” Col. Corey Gerving ’95, a U.S. Military Academy professor in the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering, said as he explained how important a role science plays in the advancement of military strategy.

Gerving said it’s not about turning a cadet into the next Albert Einstein or Isaac Newton, it’s about producing the next great military mind. Military strategy, coupled with scientific deliberation, will furnish the strategist needed to guide the country into a hopeful future.

With his daughter, Gabby, attending the U.S. Air Force Academy and hoping to join the Space Force one day, Gerving thought about his journey and how it led him to teach physics at West Point.

He recalled when he was once the young hopeful who would take part in shaping the Army’s future. It was the early ’90s at West Point. There were Colonels. John Lasala and Bruce Oldaker, who were physics instructors at the time. Lasala was as stern as he was brainy and Oldaker was quick-witted and just as shrewd.

Gerving remembered attending one of Oldaker’s lectures where he said to the class, “I will penalize blatantly wrong answers with extreme prejudice — you’re better off not saying anything than saying something wrong.”

Despite their stringent teaching methods, Gerving admired and respected the two instructors. Throughout his tenure as a cadet, Lasala and Oldaker would advise and mentor him, and in turn, Gerving excelled in his physics classes.

Yearlings (sophomores) who struggled in class would often come to Gerving for help. On many occasions, they would go to his barracks room. Gerving would move the dresser aside and would use the wall of the room to write on with dry-erase markers and take his colleagues through all the physics problems they had trouble with.

“I did well in my physics classes when I was a cadet,” Gerving said. "(Cadets I assisted) would say ‘you should be an instructor here someday,’ and so that (statement) kind of got me thinking — maybe I will come back as an instructor.” Read more.

Listen to the Latest SOSH Podcast

Listen to the Latest SOSH PodcastOn the newest episode of the Department of Social Sciences (SOSH) Podcast, Dr. Hugh Liebert talks to Dr. Michael Warner and Lieutenant Colonel John Childress about their new book “The Use of Force for State Power: History and Future.” They discuss their model of analyzing how leaders can apply force against adversaries, both internally and domestically, and what that means for global trends today. Listen here.

CDT Robinson ’21 Published by the AIAA

CDT Robinson ’21 Published by the AIAACadet Justin Robinson ’21 recently presented research on Kriging Variance and Human Factors to Steer an Unmanned Aircraft System Swarm to Survey a Radiation Field at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) SciTech Conference, where his work was published.

This study explores the benefits of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) swarm that utilizes Kriging to map out and collect data from fields of interest. Kriging Swarm is an algorithm that repeatedly seeks to find the next set of optimal data points for the swarm to survey to minimize uncertainty in a field of unknown and random samples. The implementation of Kriging in a swarming behavior to accomplish this was found to be more effective than a baseline algorithm. This was determined by conducting radiation simulations in SCRIMMAGE. Results were analyzed using a Mean Sum Squared Error (MSSE) analysis of the uncertainty values at each predicted value that comes from Kriging across the entire field of radiation. An analysis was conducted to evaluate the effects of human factors on the algorithm. Considerations for operator supervisory control elements are presented in order to successfully implement this survey mechanism in real-world operations.

Gymnastics to Compete in Trio of Virtual Gymnastics Meets

Gymnastics to Compete in Trio of Virtual Gymnastics MeetsArmy West Point Gymnastics head coach Doug Van Everen has announced that his team will open the 2021 season with a trio of virtual meets, beginning with a matchup with Penn State on January 16.

“We are excited to finally get this year going,” Van Everen said. “Virtius is a program that allows two teams to compete at their own facilities at the same time, while using remote judges. We have conducted several test runs, and the first time anyone will see it in action will be on January 16 against Penn State.”

The virtual format will also be on display when the Black Knights take on Oklahoma on January 30 and California on February 6. Army enters the 2021 season ranked 12th in the CGA Preseason Poll, coming off a promising conclusion to the shortened 2020 season.

“Our team is fairly well balanced on the six events, but high bar remains a challenge,” Van Everen said. “Our top performers for sure will again be team captains Matthew Martin and Mitchell McHugh, as well as all-arounder Mathew Davis. Matt is coming off last season as an Eastern Champion and an All-American, so we expect big things from him.”

The remainder of the team's 2021 schedule will be released in the near future.

Bilek Named Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week

Bilek Named Atlantic Hockey Player of the WeekThe Atlantic Hockey Association announced yesterday that Army West Point cow Colin Bilek has been named the league's Player of the Week.

Bilek was a dominant offensive force on Army's top line this week, posting seven points in the team's three contests against American International. In the Black Knights' 5-3 win over the Yellow Jackets on Sunday, he posted a career-high four points, netting his first career hat trick.

“Colin had a special week,” Head Coach Brian Riley said. “It is hard to score in this game, and he had seven points in three games. He was a difference maker all week and played a huge part in us getting the win on Sunday against AIC.”

The Brighton, Mich., native has found the back of the net in three straight contests for the first time in his career. His six goals this season currently ranks fourth in the conference.

Hockey Adds Two Contests vs. LIU

Hockey Adds Two Contests vs. LIUFollowing the postponement of this week's scheduled series at Air Force, the Army West Point Hockey team has announced the addition of two home contests against Long Island University (LIU) on Friday, January 15 and Saturday, January 16 at Tate Rink.

The meetings will be the first between the two programs, as the LIU hockey team is in its inaugural season. It will also mark the first matchups between Army head coach Brian Riley and his nephew, Brett Riley, who was named the first head coach of the LIU hockey program back in May.

Friday's contest is slated to begin at 5:05 p.m., while Saturday's game is scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. start.

The Black Knights (2-4-0, 2-3-1-0) will look to build off the momentum of Sunday's 5-3 victory over AHA rival American International. Cow Colin Bilek enters the series with 7 points (6-1-7) in the last three games.

Army-Air Force Hockey Series Postponed

Army-Air Force Hockey Series PostponedFollowing suspension of hockey activities at the United States Air Force Academy due to COVID-19 cases within the program, this week's scheduled series between Army and Air Force slated for January 15 and 16 has been postponed.

At this time, no make-up dates have been announced, but both programs will work with Atlantic Hockey on rescheduling possibilities. Further information on rescheduled dates will be communicated when appropriate.

Riley Family Claims 1000th Victory With Army Hockey

Riley Family Claims 1000th Victory With Army HockeyThe Army West Point hockey team defeated AIC, 5-3, in what was a historic night for the program. The victory was the 1,000th win for the Riley family at the helm of the Army hockey program.

“Obviously, this is a special night,” Head Coach Brian Riley said. “I know my dad and my brother would both say what an honor and a privilege it is to coach at West Point and be around these cadets. We will never forget this one and I am thinking about my dad and my brother after this win.”

The Riley era of Army hockey started in 1950, when a 30-year-old John Patrick “Jack” Riley was named the 14th head coach in program history. One of the titans of American hockey, the International Hockey Hall of Famer led the United States Olympic Hockey team to its first Gold Medal in 1960. As the leader of the Black Knights, he claimed two Spenser Penrose Awards as the top coach in NCAA Division I hockey. 36 seasons and 542 victories later, he handed the keys to the program off to his son, Rob, who guided the Black Knights to 257 victories over 18 seasons. The two remain the winningest father-son duo in college hockey history. Brian Riley, the youngest son of Jack, was named head coach of the Black Knights in 2004 and has led the cadets to 201 victories over the course of his 16-year tenure. Brian himself has been no stranger to coaching accolades, as he boasts three Atlantic Hockey Coach of the Year honors.

The Black Knights and Yellow Jackets met on Sunday for the third time in five days, with Army looking for a bounce-back effort after AIC fought back from a 3-1 deficit in the final three minutes on Thursday to win 4-3 in overtime. Read more.

Patriot League Announces Fall and Spring Sports Scheduling Formats for 2021

Patriot League Announces Fall and Spring Sports Scheduling Formats for 2021The Patriot League has announced a plan for League schedules for baseball, field hockey, football, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, and volleyball during the 2021 spring semester. League play will be contingent on the League and its member institutions being able to conduct competitions in ways that protect the health and safety of student-athletes, coaches, staff members and their communities.

In addition to the nine sport spring schedules, the League has plans to host championships for men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field, women’s rowing, men’s and women’s swimming and diving and men’s and women’s tennis. Competitive opportunities will also be available for men’s and women’s indoor track and field.

Scheduling for field hockey, football, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball will be limited to League-only contests. Non-League scheduling for baseball, men’s and women’s lacrosse and softball can proceed per institutional discretion. League institutions are responsible for setting regular-season schedules for cross country, golf, rowing, swimming and diving and indoor and outdoor track and field. Opponents must follow comparable health and safety protocols.

Consistent with the prioritization of health and safety, the 2020-21 schedule format features a significant reduction in travel and overnight stays. No teams will be permitted to fly to games. Instead of the League’s traditional formats, teams will play an increased number of games against League opponents in closer geographic proximity.

The Patriot League office will announce detailed League schedules at a later date. Read more.

A Matchup Years in the Making

A Matchup Years in the MakingBy JJ Klein, Army West Point Athletic Communications

Basketball has always been a family affair for the Magaritys. However, this past weekend it was a family feud.

Army West Point Women’s Basketball head coach Dave Magarity squared off against his daughter Maureen Magarity’s Holy Cross team in the first of two home-and-home series slated between the two programs. Saturday’s game was believed to be the first of its kind at the Division-I level with a father coaching opposite his daughter. 

With Dave currently in his 15th season coaching on the women’s side and Maureen in her 11th overall season as a head coach and first at Holy Cross, it is reasonable to presume that this matchup has been in the making for years. However, it is a contest that the father-daughter duo has been avoiding since Maureen left her father’s staff to take the head coaching position at New Hampshire over a decade ago. This avoidance was a decision they arrived at with some help from Rita Magarity, Dave’s wife and Maureen’s mother. 

“People laughed and joked about it, but I never really had the want to say, ‘No, we need to play a game dad,’” Maureen said. “It was always just, ‘I’m good with just scrimmaging and cheering you on.’”

“The scrimmaging was fine,” Rita noted. “But now that they have to play each other, in this profession it’s tough because there’s always going to be a winner and a loser. When your livelihood is winning of course that makes it extra hard.” 

Basketball has been part of Maureen’s life since the day she was born. Literally. On the same day that she was born, her dad was coaching the St. Francis (Pa.) men’s team in a conference playoff game. Read more.

Men’s Basketball Claims Second Straight League Win

Men’s Basketball Claims Second Straight League WinThe Army West Point Men's Basketball team continued its hot start to the 2020-21 season, defeating Patriot League opponent Holy Cross, 83-68, this past Saturday.

“We saw a really solid effort from our team today,” Head Coach Jimmy Allen said. “We got off to a bit of a slow start, but I thought we were in the right positions and getting the right shots. We stuck with it and things turned around for us.”

The Black Knights' balanced attack was on full display in this one, as four different cadets reached double-digits on the score sheet in the game. Josh Caldwell led all scorers with a career-high 20 points on the day, while going 9-13 from the field. Firstie Alex King was a dominant force for Army, shooting 8-10 for a season-best 19 points. The Black Knights have now had at least three double-digit scorers in seven of the team's eight contests this season.

“We have a really great group of guys who play selfless basketball,” Alex King said. “We are always looking to make the next pass and find the right shot.”

Army’s upperclassmen carried the load in the game, with the Black Knights' juniors and seniors combining for 77 of the team's 83 points.

“I don't know that enough credit goes to those guys,” Allen said. “Our seniors were in complimentary roles in the past behind Tommy Funk and Matt Wilson, and they have worked so hard to step into leadership roles. We are building a really good culture with this group and I am excited to see what we can do moving forward.” Read more.

Wrestling Shows Strong Momentum in Season Opener Against LIU

Wrestling Shows Strong Momentum in Season Opener Against LIUThe Army West Point Wrestling team took the mat Saturday night against LIU, eager to redeem themselves after having their opportunity at an NCAA Tournament appearance cut short in 2020. Saturday's match was the first time that the Black Knights have taken the floor against an opponent since the EIWA conference tournament last March. Army and LIU competed in a tournament style matchup, including 12 individual bouts, resulting in no cumulative team score. The competition included both intersquad and dual matchups with LIU.

The Black Knights and the Sharks went head-to-head in five different weight classes and seven total bouts including 149lbs, 157lbs, 174lbs, 184lbs and 285lbs. Army came away with wins in all seven appearances in addition to notching five pins and two technical fall victories. Taylor Brown set the pace for Army in the opening match at 184lbs, defeating LIU's TJ Franden in a 20-3 tech fall. Cow heavyweight Ben Sullivan followed suit with the first pin of the night in the second bout, overpowering Tim Nagosky with a fall at :21.

Army stole the show for the remainder of the faceoffs, tallying pins from four seasoned veterans in P.J. Ogunsanya at 149lbs, Markus Hartman at 157lbs and Bobby Heald at 285lbs in addition to an 18-1 technical fall victory from Sahm Abdulrazzaq at 184lbs. Read more.

Athletics Focused Facebook Live Admissions Brief

Athletics Focused Facebook Live Admissions BriefIf you are considering attending the United States Military Academy at West Point, don't miss this online Athletics Focused Facebook Live Event hosted by West Point Admissions. Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 7:30 PM EST. This event is Free for anyone that wishes to attend.

Learn more about admissions requirements, process, athletics, cadet life, and the opportunities that a West Point degree opens. Current candidates, potential candidates, and families are welcome to attend. https://www.facebook.com/events/424881368662712.

Lithgow Tabbed Patriot League Rookie of the Week

Lithgow Tabbed Patriot League Rookie of the WeekLauren Lithgow of the Army West Point Women’s Basketball team was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week, the league announced in a release yesterday afternoon.

Lithgow earned the award after averaging 17.5 points per game and shooting 50 percent from the field and 54.5 percent from 3-point range in this past weekend's series against Colgate. Additionally, the Manasquan, N.J., native was 7-for-8 from the line, which improved her season total to 24-for-27. Lithgow's season free throw average of 89.7 percent ranks third in the nation among freshman that have attempted at least 25 free throws.

The Black Knights turned an early 18-point deficit into a 19-point win on Sunday to split the series with the Raiders and improve to 4-3 on the season.

Army will have a home-and-home series with Holy Cross next weekend in a matchup that pits Dave Magarity against his daughter Maureen, who served as an assistant on his staff at Army from 2006-10. The Cadets will host Holy Cross on Saturday then travel out to Worcester, Mass., for Sunday’s matchup. Both games will be broadcast on ESPN+ and are set to start at 3 p.m. ET.

Teacher Accessibility - What Sets West Point Apart

Teacher Accessibility - What Sets West Point ApartCheck out this video to learn more about what teacher accessibility typically looks like at West Point. Amongst many things, teacher accessibility is important and something that sets the United States Military Academy at West Point apart from other universities. These are unique relationships that last beyond West Point.

Gymnastics Slated 12th in Preseason Coaches Poll

The Army West Point Gymnastics team has been ranked 12th in the 2021 College Gymnastics Association Preseason Coaches Poll, the organization announced yesterday.

The Black Knights closed out the shortened 2020 season on a high note, recording the program's highest score since 2016 with a 408.650 output against William & Mary and earning their first victory over service academy rival Air Force in five seasons. Cow Mathew Davis will once again look to lead the Black Knights after being named the team's first CGA All-American since 2005 last season.

Stanford (221 points) sits atop the poll, with Oklahoma (208 points), Michigan (187 points), Nebraska (171 points) and Illinois (156 points) rounding out the top five.

Army’s 2021 slate of competitions will be released in the near future.

Tickets On Sale Now for Lockheed Martin Commanders’ Classic

Tickets On Sale Now for Lockheed Martin Commanders’ ClassicTickets are now on sale to the general public for the Lockheed Martin Commanders’ Classic, Army vs. Air Force on November 6, 2021 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.

Ticket prices vary from $55 to $185 per ticket.

For more information, seating chart and more for the first-ever Division I football game at Globe Life Field, click here.

Krueger, Berg and Ungrady Named December Scholar Athletes

Krueger, Berg and Ungrady Named December Scholar AthletesMadison Berg and Graham Ungrady of Army West Point Swim and Dive and Mason Krueger of Army West Point Hockey were selected as the Corps Squad Athletes of the Month for December.

Women’s Swim & Dive - Madison Berg ’21, Army team captain and Minnesota native Madison Berg performs best when conditions are most challenging, proving time and again over the past nine months that COVID-19 can neither slow her speed in the pool nor thwart her academic excellence in the classroom. Against Boston College in Army West Point's lone in-person meet of the 2020-2021 season, Madison earned two victories, claiming the 200-yard freestyle and anchoring her relay squad in the 200-yard freestyle relay. She was also a close second to teammate Sammie Edwards in the 100-yard freestyle event, rounding out an impressive overall performance from one of last season's First Team All-Patriot League selectees. With her best academic semester to date, Madison earned a 3.45 GPA as a Psychology with Honors major this past fall. Named an Academic All-Patriot League member last year, Madison's past two semesters have been her best at West Point despite significant adjustments due to COVID-19 since March 2020.

Men’s Swim & Dive - Graham Ungrady ’21, Cadet Graham Ungrady is a Firstie captain hailing from Jacksonville, Fla. Against Boston College in Army West Point's lone in-person meet of the 2020-2021 season; he won the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1.37.51. He was also a part of the 200-yard freestyle team that won its race with a time of 1.21.32. This past fall, Graham finished the semester with a 3.856 GPA. He maintains a 3.454 cumulative GPA as a Systems Engineering major. Last year his academic achievements landed him on the 2019-20 Academic All-Patriot League Team. Additionally, his skills in the pool earned him a spot on the 2019-20 Second Team All-Patriot League. He has made the Dean's List in all seven semesters at the Academy.

Hockey - Mason Krueger ’21, Cadet Mason Krueger, a firstie forward on the Army Hockey team, has proven himself as a top scholar athlete and leader this season. As one of the senior leaders on the hockey team, he has done an outstanding job demonstrating to his teammates how to balance academics with the Hockey team's grueling travel schedule and the challenges of COVID. After compiling 19 goals over the past two years, Mason opened the season as the center for the first line of Black Knight offense. Leading from the front on the first line of offense, he has one of the highest compiled ice times on the team and is on the ice for the most critical parts of the game. He is trusted as a backbone of the Army offense. His activity on the scoreboard is crucial for the team, but his leadership on special teams is critical to the team's success. Mason plays the game aggressively and is always contributing. Mason is excelling in academics as well. This term, he has an impressive 3.56 APST while finishing up the more difficult classes of his Systems Engineering major and performing his role on the team. Read more.

RATE Study, Proximity Logging at West Point

RATE Study, Proximity Logging at West PointFrom November 30 through December 5, the U.S. Military Academy centered two research efforts on technology to gather important data with USMA cadets and U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School cadet candidates as the primary targets while other USMA personnel voluntarily participated.

Approximately 1,300 personnel were issued the Garmin Fenix 6 watch and Oura Ring between November 30 - December 3 in the Haig Room at Jefferson Library. The watch and ring in the RATE study collect individual physiological data to determine when a person is getting sick.

The two efforts studied are the Rapid Analysis of Threat Exposure (RATE) study and the Limited User Test (LUT) with information being compiled over the next few months from each data gathering. The RATE study is sponsored by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and is supported by the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense (JPEO CBRND). The LUT is sponsored by the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisitions, Logistics, Technology) with the USMA CIO/G6, USMA G3, U.S. Corps of Cadets S3, the Office of the Dean operations and USMAPS working together to help field the results. 

Both programs are meant to inform future Department of the Army and Department of Defense systems development to improve force protection, and the hope is the feedback from the devices will drive improvement and system evolution. 

The purpose of the RATE study is to collect data to inform the RATE algorithm. The anonymized data is sent via a participant’s cellphone; however, it doesn’t rely on the participants being at West Point, said Col. Edward Teague, USMA CIO/G6. Read more.

Applying to West Point?

Applying to West Point?As a reminder, applications for West Point’s Class of 2025 are due by January 31, 2021. If you are a high school junior looking to apply to West Point for the Class of 2026, the application portal opens January 15, 2021 to start your candidate file. For more information, go to https://westpoint.edu/admissions.

Wrestling Ranked No. 25 in NWCA Division I Coaches Poll

Wrestling Ranked No. 25 in NWCA Division I Coaches PollThe Army West Point Wrestling team held the company of some of the best wrestling programs in the country this week as they were ranked No. 25 in the NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll to start their 2021 campaign.

The poll is voted on by two coaches from each Division I wrestling conference. Each first-place vote is worth 25 points, 24 points for a second-place vote, 23 for a third-place vote and so on through to one point for a 25th-place vote. The poll is based on dual meet results.

Among those listed were 11 Big Ten schools, four ACC and Big 12 teams and two EIWA, Mid-American and Pac-12 schools. Army received 34 total votes, following just behind Northern Iowa at No. 24. Former conference champion, Lehigh University, was the only other EIWA school to make the Top 25.

Army will open its season this Saturday when it welcomes Long Island University to Gillis Field House for a 2 p.m. matchup. Read more.

Men’s Basketball Bounces Back to Beat Colgate

Men’s Basketball Bounces Back to Beat ColgateThe Army West Point Men’s Basketball bounced back from Saturday's loss to top Patriot League foe Colgate, 75-73, at Cotterell Court on Sunday.

“I have been fortunate to be a part of teams that have won championships and those are great feelings, but I'm not sure that I have been part of a tougher win than we saw today,” Army Head Coach Jimmy Allen said. “I can't say enough about the character that our team showed after coming back from the way we got beat yesterday to win today. We got knocked out and got off the mat and played some inspired basketball.”

After falling handily to the Patriot League's preseason top-ranked team in the league opener, the Black Knights stormed out of the gate in this one, jumping out to a 10-point lead in the game's first five minutes. Firstie Tucker Blackwell was a key catalyst of the offense early on, knocking down three of his four three-point attempts to give Army an 11-point advantage at halftime. Army stretched the lead to as much as 14 in the opening minutes of the second half before Colgate fought back into the contest, riding a 10-0 run to even the game at the midway point of the half. The Black Knights stood strong, as the teams traded buckets throughout the final minutes of the contest before Army was able to put the game away.

“What we lacked in energy on Saturday, we made up for in a big way today,” Blackwell said. “Every player, especially on the bench, was locked in until the end. This is a big team win for us today.”

Firstie Lonnie Grayson led the Cadets with 13 points on the day. Fellow senior Nick Finke put together a huge performance off the bench, going 3-3 from the field and leading the team with 11 rebounds. Read more.

Women’s Basketball Overcome Early 18-point Deficit

Women’s Basketball Overcome Early 18-point DeficitThe first nine minutes looked like an early indicator that the Army West Point-Colgate game in Christl Arena on Sunday would be a repeat of the game played 24 hours before in the same building between the same two teams.

Colgate once again opened the game on a tear, shooting 10-for-12 from the field and connected on its first five shots from deep. The Raiders' fifth triple came with just over a minute remaining in the first quarter and gave them the 28-10 advantage, forcing Army head coach Dave Magarity to burn a timeout.

Thankfully for the Army Women’s Basketball team, there was 31 minutes left to play… and the Black Knights made the most of them. After the timeout, Army went a 24-3 run. Throughout the spurt Army shot 9-for-11 from the floor and with six different players contributing points led by Alisa Fallon's seven.

Colgate fought to hold a 37-35 lead at the break. However, by the five-minute mark of the third quarter the Cadets had built their lead to double-digits thanks to a 17-3 run to start the half. After trailing by 18 points in the first quarter, the Black Knights went on to win by 19 with a final tally of 72-53. Read more.

Army Announces Hockey Schedule Changes

Army Announces Hockey Schedule ChangesFollowing the postponement of this weekend's hockey series against Sacred Heart, the Army West Point Hockey program has announced several changes to its upcoming schedule.

The Black Knights will host Atlantic Hockey foe American International at Tate Rink on Wednesday January 6 and Thursday January 7 at 5 p.m. Army will then travel to Springfield, Mass. to face the Yellow Jackets on Sunday January 10. That contest is slated to begin at 4 p.m. The game scheduled for February 4 in Springfield will now be played at West Point.

The team has also announced that it will take on Sacred Heart in Bridgeport, Conn., on Sunday February 7 and Mon. February 8, before returning home to face-off with the Pioneers at West Point on Tuesday February 9.

All dates and times are subject to change.

Wed. January 6 at 5 p.m. - Army vs. AIC - West Point, N.Y.
Thurs. January 7 at 5 p.m. - Army vs. AIC - West Point, N.Y. 
Sun. January 10 at 4 p.m. - Army at AIC - Springfield, Mass. 
Thurs. February 4 - TBA - Army vs. AIC - West Point, N.Y. 
Sun. February 7 at 3 p.m. - Army at Sacred Heart - Bridgeport, Conn. 
Mon. February 8 at 7 p.m. - Army at Sacred Heart - Bridgeport, Conn. 
Tues. February 9 at 7 p.m. - Army vs. Sacred Heart - West Point, N.Y.

USMA Faculty Selected for DURIP Award

USMA Faculty Selected for DURIP AwardFaculty from the U.S. Military Academy’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science were recently selected for a Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) award which gives $50 million across 85 different institutions.

The award will be used for additional instrumentation of the recently renovated robotics laboratory in Thayer Hall to support courses, senior design projects, and cadet and faculty research.

West Point is extremely proud to receive its first DURIP award to support margin of excellence research in human robot teaming as we make advances for our Army and nation.

For more information, please read the DoD DURIP press release.

Jeff Monken Press Conference: West Virginia

Jeff Monken Press Conference: West VirginiaArmy West Point Football head coach Jeff Monken met virtually with members of the local media on Tuesday afternoon for his weekly press conference inside Nowak Auditorium.

The Black Knights will take on West Virginia in the 2020 AutoZone Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tenn., on December 31 at 3 p.m. CT. The game will be televised live on ESPN. 

Army West Point Football Head Coach Jeff Monken

(Ref.: Opening Statement)
“I'm excited that we're here. I'm excited that we are preparing for the bowl game and the opportunity to play in the post season. It's one of the great rewards of playing college football and having an outstanding season is being able to play in a bowl game, and particularly a game like the Liberty Bowl that has so much history and playing a tremendous opponent like West Virginia. Our players are excited, our staff is excited, and I think everyone here at the Academy is just thrilled for the opportunity that we've been afforded to be able to apart of this game. Originally, obviously having secured an opportunity to play in the Independence Bowl and unfortunately that game wasn't able to be played but to be able to find our way into a major event like the Liberty Bowl is really a privilege for us. We got our team back and reconvened on the practice field yesterday. We obviously won't have a lot of time to prepare for this game – just again this afternoon and tomorrow before we travel to Memphis to play the game. Our guys are excited to be back and I think having had the opportunity to recharge the batteries a little bit after a really long semester and a long stretch from June 1st when we started our workouts and had guys back on campus. It's pretty unique to experience a season like this, which has been the case for everybody, but I think there's just a renewed spirit about this brotherhood after those guys had a chance to see some family and now be back here together. We're working really hard as a staff. It's a difficult opponent to prepare for - they are so talented and so well-coached. We recognize all of the challenges that are out there in front of us, but we've got a great group of guys that work really hard. They play with a lot of pride and a lot of passion for these colors, playing for Army West Point and so we're going to try and make the most of this great opportunity to play on national TV and be a part of the bowl scene in 2020.”

(Ref.: Looking back on 2020)
“2020 will be looked back upon as a crazy year with all the challenges that we've all experienced with our families and the restrictions on our way of life as we've enjoyed it. As we look back upon 2020 as a program, it's been a great season within a very tough year. I will recall this season fondly for many years to come. This is one of the most memorable seasons because of all we've had to go through to get here, but it's also one of the most memorable seasons because of what we've been able to accomplish together. This is the best team I've ever coached. It's the best team I've ever been a part of and I've been around some great groups and some very successful teams and some great teams with players I am very fond of. None more than this season and maybe a lot of it is because of all we have had to go through and all the challenges that were put in front of us and still be able to accomplish the things that we have. It is a great senior class. Regardless of what happens in the game on Thursday, and I hope we give ourselves a chance to win and fight our way to victory, but regardless of what happens, this has been a great senior class. They have led this team with great poise and with being demanding, but also very loving and servant-minded. They have taken on the epitome of what we imagine a West Point leader and West Point football player can be. They hold this brotherhood dearly. It has been a great season and I am so excited to play in such a big bowl game like the Liberty Bowl. We are very fortunate, and we are looking forward to the opportunity.” Read more.

Curtis ’23 was Santa for Many Children this Year

Curtis ’23 was Santa for Many Children this YearCadet Alijah Curtis ’23 recently collected and donated more than $2,000 worth in Christmas gifts of toys and games for children living at the YWCA Canton Emergency Homeless Shelter. “When I arrived home for winter break, helping kids during the holidays was put on my heart,” Curtis said. “I have been blessed with the opportunity to be a blessing to others and I knew Ms. Shana would be able to help make my vision a reality.”

“I was deeply moved by Alijah’s desire to help those most in need during this holiday season,” YWCA Canton CEO Shana Smith said. “While Alijah could have spent his time connecting with friends and family, he chose to figure out how to give back to our community. “Without hesitation, our team immediately dropped what we were doing and turned toward helping Alijah carry out his heart’s desire. We are blessed to know that we have partners of all ages who are committed to helping the YWCA fulfill its mission.”

Curtis visited the YWCA on December 22 to receive wish lists for children living in the homeless shelter. With less than 48 hours before Christmas Eve, he had his work cut out for him. “I believe there is no such thing as a late blessing and thanks to my friends and family I was able to shop for and wrap each gift in less than 24 hours,” he said. In addition to toys and games, Curtis also bought clothing, diapers and food.

Among the 10 children receiving items, two are getting something a little more than gifts this Christmas. Read more.

January 6 Hockey at Holy Cross Postponed

January 6 Hockey at Holy Cross PostponedDue to the temporary suspension of activities by the Holy Cross hockey program after a positive case of COVID-19 within its Tier 1 group, the scheduled game between Army and Holy Cross on January 6 has been postponed. 

A potential makeup game will be announced at a later date.

The Black Knights will return to action on January 2 when they travel to Bridgeport, Conn. in the first half of a home-and-home series with Sacred Heart. Puck drop is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.

Rhattigan Named Second Team All-American by USA Today

Rhattigan Named Second Team All-American by USA TodayFirstie linebacker Jon Rhattigan was named a Second Team All-America by USA Today, it was recently announced.

This joins Rhattigan's previous honor of Third Team All-America by Pro Football Focus (PFF), announced earlier this week.

Army’s first-ever semifinalist for the Bednarik Award, Rhattigan finished the regular season with a team-high 78 tackles on the season, along with the most tackles for a loss with nine. The Naperville, Ill., native has two interceptions on the season. He returned one pick for a touchdown and brought the other one back 50 yards. He also has two fumble recoveries on the year, including one that set up the lone touchdown against Navy.

Entering the season Rhattigan had just six career tackles in 14 games played. Much of the playing time he saw was on special teams, as he was behind two-time captain and current member of the Los Angeles Chargers Cole Christiansen on the depth chart.

Rhattigan and the Black Knights will head to the 62nd AutoZone Liberty Bowl on December 31 to face Power Five opponent West Virginia at 3 p.m. CT/4 p.m. ET in Memphis, Tennessee.

Katsenes to Play in Patriot All-America Invitational

Katsenes to Play in Patriot All-America InvitationalTom Katsenes is one of 84 golfers from around the nation to be competing in the 2020 Patriot All-America Invitational at Wigwam Golf Club in Litchfield Park, Arizona.

The Invitational kicks off on Tuesday with round one and continues for three rounds with a champion crowned on New Year’s Eve. Special to this event is throughout the 54-hole championship, each participant honors a fallen or severely injured soldier by carrying a bag bearing the name of that individual.

Katsenes has chosen to honor CJ Morgan, who passed in the summer of 2019, and was a member of the Army wrestling team. Katsenes is set to tee off at 11:20 AM local time on Tuesday morning.

Fans can follow the invitational with live statistics through Golf Genius.

Women’s Basketball Picked Eighth in Preseason Poll

Women’s Basketball Picked Eighth in Preseason PollThe Army West Point Women’s Basketball team was selected to finish eighth in the Patriot League preseason poll.

The Black Knights finished with 59 points in the poll, which was one more the ninth-ranked Holy Cross and three fewer than Loyola, which was slated to finish seventh. The poll was voted on by the league's head coaches and sports information directors.

Army (3-2) and Navy (0-4) were granted the opportunity to play a non-league slate because both service academies are unique in their environments and their missions within higher education.

Dating back to last season, the Black Knights have won seven of their last 12 games. Three of Army's losses during that stretch were by six or fewer points.

Alisa Fallon, an All-Patriot League Third Team selection from a year ago, and Kate Murray are each averaging over 15 points this season. Additionally, Murray is averaging a double-double with 10.2 boards per game.

League play starts up this weekend. Army will host Colgate for a pair of games in Christl Arena with the first tilt set for 3 p.m. on Saturday, January 2 and the second for 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 3. Read more.

Jeff Monken Press Conference: AutoZone Liberty Bowl

Jeff Monken Press Conference: AutoZone Liberty BowlArmy West Point football head coach Jeff Monken met virtually with members of the local media on Tuesday afternoon for his weekly press conference inside Nowak Auditorium.

The Black Knights recently accepted a bid to the 2020 AutoZone Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tenn., where they will take on West Virginia. The game is set for December 31 at 3 p.m. CT. It will be televised live on ESPN.

Army West Point Football Head Coach Jeff Monken
(Ref.: Opening statement) 
“I am really excited to be sitting here as the Commander-in-Chief's champions. That is one of the great things about playing at Army, for these guys to have this opportunity to play for that trophy and the pride that comes with securing that trophy. I am just really happy for our players and excited for the opportunity to hopefully make a trip to the White House. Obviously, with things the way they are right now, we don't know if that will happen or not, but we're hoping. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity for guys that do this. We have seniors that would have the chance to make their third trip there, they will be playing in their third bowl game, they just became the winningest class in program history, and so I am just really happy for them and proud of their efforts to lead this team. We had two really hard-fought battles. The one this past weekend was just a slugfest and to be able to come out with a victory makes me really proud of our players. The defense played really well. They had a great drive against us there in the second half to take the lead and when we needed the points most, our offense answered the bell and had a great drive and scored on fourth-and-one to win the football game. It was a great battle and very fitting for this trophy that all three teams fought so hard to try to win it.  
We are thrilled for the opportunity to be in the Liberty Bowl. It is a great bowl game. We're playing an outstanding team and great program in West Virginia University and Neal Brown. He's a tremendous coach and they are a very talented football team. It's going to present a great challenge for us, but we are excited. We are excited to be in this game with the exposure that has come our way because of what happened with the Independence Bowl and being shut out there for a day. We are thrilled for this opportunity and we wish the best for the University of Tennessee. We had some issues with COVID and that is always a concern with every team, but just for people in general. We hope that everyone will be healthy and able to recover and not have any long-term effects from this virus. It did clear out an opportunity for us to play and we are honored and privileged to have the opportunity. We’ll try to make the most of it.”

(Ref.: On the performances of Jakobi Buchanan and Christian Anderson) 
“Those two guys were the players of the game. We just couldn't decide between the two of them and we gave a game ball to each of them. Jakobi had to carry the load and was banged up in that series when we pulled him out and put Tyson Riley in there for a play or two, and he just soldiered on through. He really did a great job running the ball for us and played as well as he had all year without the ball. Christian started the season as the number one quarterback and then got hurt. He came back in the Tulane game and didn't have a great game in New Orleans, and I guess we essentially benched him and started another quarterback. When Tyhier (Tyler) got hurt, he was ready and came in and answered the call and really did a great job of leading our football team. I am really proud of both of those guys. Especially for Christian, given the situation he was in this year.” Read more.

McGraw Resigns with Portland Timbers for 2021 Season

McGraw Resigns with Portland Timbers for 2021 SeasonAfter making history as the first cadet in program history to be selected in the MLS SuperDraft last January, former Army West Point Men’s Soccer defender Zac McGraw has been resigned by the Portland Timbers for the 2021 season.

McGraw was selected by the Timbers in the third round (No. 68 overall) of the 2020 MLS SuperDraft after making 68 appearances (66 starts) and tallying one goal and nine assists in addition to helping the Black Knights defense to 21 shutouts as a four-year starter at West Point.

During his time at the Academy, the two-year team captain was a four-time First Team All-Patriot League honoree, a two-time Patriot League Preseason Defensive Player of the Year, the 2017 Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year and a member of the USCA All-Northeast Region first and third team.

The Torrance, Calif., native did not find any field time during his first year with the Timbers but is eager to return for a second season and continue to find his role on the team. In an interview with the host of “Catching Up With” with Richard Farley back in September, McGraw mentioned his time at the Academy really helped prepare him to face the obstacles that 2020 has thrown his way and has conditioned him to have strong mental fortitude during these times.

To keep up with Zac's MLS career, visit www.timbers.com for the latest news and schedule updates.

Four Men’s and Women’s Hoops Games to be Aired on CBSSN

Four Men’s and Women’s Hoops Games to be Aired on CBSSNThe Patriot League announced Tuesday that Army-Navy basketball rivalry will be featured four times, with two men’s and two women’s games, on CBS Sports Network this season.

Navy will host Army in a men's basketball matchup on Saturday, January 23 in Annapolis, Md. (2:30 p.m.). An Army-Navy doubleheader will air on Saturday, February 20 with the Army at Navy women's game taking place before the Midshipmen at Black Knights men's game. The Navy women host Army the following day on Sunday, February 21.

The CBS Sports Network will be airing 17 Patriot League basketball games during the 2020-21 season, including both men's and women's League championship games.

Patriot League men's basketball will be featured each Sunday in January on CBS Sports Network with Lehigh at Lafayette (4 p.m.) and Navy at Bucknell (6 p.m.) tipping off the schedule on Sunday, January 3.

The League slate continues January 10 when Boston University hosts Colgate, in a rematch of the 2020 Patriot League Men's Basketball Championship Game, at 6 p.m. from Case Gymnasium. The defending champion Terriers will be featured twice more in January when they travel to Lafayette on January 24 (6 p.m.) and host Holy Cross on January 31 (5 p.m.). The Leopards also take on Loyola Maryland at Reitz Arena on January 17 beginning at 6 p.m. during the League's opening month of play.

Three more exciting League matchups will be televised in February, including Loyola Maryland at Bucknell (February 8), Bucknell at American (February 14) and Lehigh at Colgate (February 21).

The Patriot League Men’s Basketball Championship Game will be televised on CBS Sports Network for the 10th-consecutive season on Sunday, March 14 at noon. The Patriot League Women's Basketball Championship is set to be aired for the 12th-straight at 4 p.m. CBS Sports Network will also carry both men’s basketball tournament semifinal matchups on Wednesday, March 10.

League play will be contingent on the League and its member institutions being able to conduct competition in ways that protect the health and safety of student-athletes, coaches, staffs, and their communities. Read more.

Tickets On Sale Now for 2020 AutoZone Liberty Bowl

Tickets On Sale Now for 2020 AutoZone Liberty BowlTickets are on sale now for the Army Football matchup vs. West Virginia in the 2020 AutoZone Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tenn. On December 31 at 3 p.m. CT/4 p.m. ET.

The tickets are available in socially distanced pods, with quantities ranging from 2-6 tickets.

Prices depend on location and range in price from $75 to $95.

For more information, visit goarmywestpoint.com/2020ArmyBowlTickets or contact the Army A Club at 845-938-2322 or the Army Ticket Office at 1-877-TIX-ARMY.

Football Accepts Bowl Bid to 2020 AutoZone Liberty Bowl

Football Accepts Bowl Bid to 2020 AutoZone Liberty BowlThe Army West Point Black Knights have accepted a bid to the 2020 AutoZone Liberty Bowl to play against West Virginia of the Big 12 Conference on December 31 at 3 p.m. CT. The game will be televised live on ESPN.

After the 9-2 Black Knights' had their original bowl game cancelled due to opt-outs and not enough opponents available to fill the slot in the Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl, the opportunity became available for the Black Knights to fill an open slot in the Auto Zone Liberty Bowl, it was announced this evening.

“The men on our football team deserved this opportunity and we were not going to rest until we exhausted every potential pathway to a bowl game,” said Army Director of Athletics Mike Buddie. “We are thrilled our guys will get to suit up one more time to represent Army West Point in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.”

The Black Knights were invited to participate in the bowl after the University of Tennessee was unable to compete in the 62nd AutoZone Liberty Bowl due to its pause in team activities.

“Our young men are so deserving of this and I am excited that this special team and this senior class will get an opportunity to play together one more time. Sometimes things turn out even better than you thought they would, and we are so thankful to everyone who supported our program and worked to make this happen. A big thank you to the AutoZone Liberty Bowl and we can't wait to get to Memphis to play an outstanding Power Five opponent in West Virginia,” said head coach Jeff Monken.

The Black Knights are headed to their fourth bowl game under seventh-year head coach Jeff Monken. They are 3-0 in three previous bowl appearances under Monken. Read more.

Rhattigan, Johnson Earn PFF All-America Honors

Rhattigan, Johnson Earn PFF All-America HonorsArmy West Point Football firsties Jon Rhattigan and Mike Johnson earned Pro Football Focus (PFF) All-America honors, the organization announced yesterday. Rhattigan was tabbed a third team performer at linebacker, while Johnson received honorable mention nods at left guard.

Rhattigan leads the team with 78 tackles on the season and has the most tackles for a loss with nine. The Naperville, Ill., native has two interceptions on the season. He returned one pick for a touchdown and brought the other one back 50 yards. He also has two fumble recoveries on the year, including one that set up the lone touchdown against Navy.

Entering the season Rhattigan had just six career tackles in 14 games played. Much of the playing time he saw was on special teams, as he was behind two-time captain and current member of the Los Angeles Chargers Cole Christiansen on the depth chart.

Johnson has led the push up front for Army's rushing attack which ranks fourth in the nation with 281.3 yards per game. Additionally, the Black Knights join Georgia Southern as one of just two teams to rush for over 3,000 yards on the season. The Hinsdale, Ill., native also leads the team in knock-down blocks with more than 150.

The firstie duo helped lead Army to a regular season record of 9-2 and a perfect 8-0 record at Michie Stadium. The Black Knights captured their third Commander-in-Chief's trophy in the last four years, after topping service academy foes Navy and Air Force, respectively, in consecutive games.

Feinstein’s Findings: Hollywood Ending Along the Hudson

Feinstein’s Findings: Hollywood Ending Along the HudsonA guy walks into a Hollywood movie studio for a pitch meeting with an idea for a football movie. He sits down with the decision-makers and says, "Picture this: In the midst of Covid-19, a team has to play its arch-rival one week and THEN has to play its other arch-rival just a week later; entire season on the line.

“Team comes into the game down two key players in the backfield and a bunch more out because of covid. Then, the starting quarterback gets knocked out of the game in the second quarter by a helmet-to-helmet hit. Starting fullback, team captain and emotional team leader, is also knocked out by injury.

“The opponent's quarterback, who spent the first half looking as if he was a lefty trying to throw righty, suddenly becomes Patrick Mahomes late in the third quarter, completing five passes to take his team 87 yards for a 7-3 lead. Offense for the good guys is stalling repeatedly. Opponent QB completes a 22-yard pass on third-and-18 and moves to good guys 40-yard-line. Clock starting to run down. Then—an interception in the end zone. One last chance for the good guys. They face a fourth-and-seven—and convert. Only healthy fullback is limping. It comes down to fourth down from the one-yard line, a little over a minute left. Fullback scores! Good guys win 10-7, win the trophy they covet.

“Hollywood ending!”

The studio big-shots look at the guy and shake their heads. “Come on, you've got to come up with something more realistic than that.”

Guy says: “I know. You're right. Except it's a true story.”

Yes it is. It’s the story of Army's extraordinary 10-7 victory Saturday over Air Force in a game that had to be seen, experienced and FELT to be truly appreciated. The weather was—predictably—frigid, especially after CBS insisted on a 3 o'clock kickoff even though that meant the sun would be down by halftime. The low temperature for the day inside Michie Stadium: 10 degrees.

But this was one of those days and games where the weather had to be shrugged off on both sidelines. The stadium was close to empty because the 4,300 cadets who had been allowed into Army's seven previous home games had gone home for a much-deserved holiday break. A 'crowd,' officially listed as 1,403 very brave people—staff, faculty, families, the Army band—sat in a stadium that seats about 38,000 on non-covid Saturdays. Read more.

Home for the Holidays Virtual West Point Holiday Show

Home for the Holidays Virtual West Point Holiday ShowIf you did not get to watch it live...Enjoy one the West Point Band’s favorite winter traditions, the Holiday Show.

“Holiday Presence”
“A Marshmallow World”
“Up on the Housetop”
“Ocho Kandelikas”
“O Come, O Come Emmanuel”
“White Christmas”
“You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch”
“Jingle Bells”
“Field Music Christmas”
“Silent Night”
West Point Band’s Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, and Benny Havens Band. SGM MaryKay Messenger; SSG’s Emily McAleesejergins, Kate Walsh, and Francisco Aisporna, vocalists. LTC Tod Addison, conductor. Recorded at Eisenhower Hall Theatre at West Point, The U.S. Military Academy.

2020 Radiance Technologies Bowl Update

2020 Radiance Technologies Bowl UpdateThe 2020 Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl that Army West Point was slated to play in on Saturday, December 26 in Shreveport, La., has been cancelled because of the opting-out of possible opponents creating a lack of teams available to play.

“These young men haven't quit all year and we surely won't quit now,” said Army West Point Director of Athletics Mike Buddie. “They deserve better. Period. They have earned an opportunity to get 10 wins and, as we have all year, we will continue to fight to get them that opportunity.”

“We want to thank all the constituents at the Independence Bowl for their invitation and hospitality as we were looking forward to our trip to the City of Shreveport,” added Buddie.

Football Claims CIC Trophy with 10-7 Victory Over Air Force

Football Claims CIC Trophy with 10-7 Victory Over Air ForceThe Army Black Knights defeated Academy rival Air Force, 10-7 yesterday afternoon at Michie Stadium to capture its third Commander-in-Chief's Trophy in the last four seasons. The Black Knights (9-2) put together a 16-play, 80-yard drive that ate up 7 minutes and 11 seconds in the fourth quarter that proved to be the difference in the 10-7 victory. The drive included a conversion on a fourth and four where Christian Anderson executed a perfect boot to rush for seven yards and the first down to continue the drive.

The Black Knights once again faced fourth down with a fourth and goal, do-or-die moment in the game and Jakobi Buchanan muscled his way in for the one-yard score. A Quinn Maretzki extra point put the Black Knights up, 10-7. The Black Knights got on the board first, as Quinn Maretzki converted on a 24-yard field goal attempt with 11:23 left in the second quarter, going up 3-0. Air Force (3-3) took the lead 7-3 with 15 seconds left in the third quarter as they finished off a 10 play, 87-yard drive for their one and only touchdown of the day. Quarterback Haaziq Daniels connected with Kyle Patterson for the 10-yard touchdown reception.

Down 7-3 heading into the fourth quarter, the Black Knights displayed their toughness and never-say-die attitude. Quarterback Christian Anderson, who entered the game in the second quarter in place of injured starter Tyhier Tyler never missed a beat, extending the game-winning drive on fourth down with his feet and finishing the day with 85 yards rushing on 18 carries and was also 1-for-1 passing. Buchanan, who shared the load at b-back with starter Sandon McCoy, was outstanding on the final drive, muscling in the for the game-winning touchdown with 1:13 left in the game. He finished with 86 yards rushing on 21 carries.

The defense made key stops all day, but none bigger than two interceptions in the fourth quarter. As Air Force was driving and at the Army 40 yard line, Jabari Moore intercepted Daniels in the end zone for a touchback, his third interception of the year. Then linebacker Arik Smith sealed the game for the Black Knights as he intercepted a tipped ball from Kwabena Bonsu with 1:05 left in the game to dash the Falcons' hopes. Read more.

Football Set to Host Air Force Saturday

The Black Knights look to capture the CIC Trophy on Saturday as they host Air Force at 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 19 at Michie Stadium.

Army has won the CIC Trophy eight times, including back-to-back in 2017 and 2018 for the first time in program history. Also won it in 1972, 1977, 1984, 1986, 1988 and 1996. The Black currently own a nine-game home winning-streak dating back to 2019. During the stretch, the Black Knights have outscored their opponents by a total of 350-82. During that nine-game home winning streak, they have held their opponents to less than 10 points in seven of those seven games. In six of those seven games (four in 2020), they have held opponents to a touchdown or less.

The 2020 season marks the 49th year of the CIC trophy, which goes annually to the winning academy (Army, Air Force, Navy) with the best record in round-robin competition. The winning team goes to the White House to receive the trophy from the President of the United States. The game will also be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network with play-by-play from Dave Ryan, color from Ross Tucker and sideline reporter Tina Cervasio. The game will also be broadcast live on the Army Sports Network by Rich DeMarco and Dean Darling on the call. Fans can follow along on TuneIn Radio starting with the Tailgate Show at 1 p.m. ET. The Black Knights were named the FWAA Team of the Week for the first time since 2004 after the 15-0 shutout of rival Navy.

The Black Knights and Falcons are meeting for the 55th time overall. The Falcons lead the series, 37-16-1. At Army, Air Force leads the series, 14-11. The Black Knights are 14-34 in Commander-in-Chief's Trophy games vs. Air Force dating back to 1972. Read more.

Marathon Kept the Ball Running

Marathon Kept the Ball RunningCadets on the Army West Point Marathon Team kept the 'Ball Run' tradition going leading up to Army's historic win at the Army-Navy Game on Saturday, December 12, 2020.

According to members on the Marathon Team, the Ball Run is a tradition that started more than 30 years ago. The football for the Army-Navy Game is put into motion about a week before Game Day, carried by Marathon team members in relay all the way from West Point to the Stadium where the Army-Navy game will be played. As it travels miles from runner to runner and from towns to cities, the local communities along the way have also become part of the Ball Run tradition over the years.

This year, all 16 Marathon Team members, Master of the Sword Colonel Nick Gist ’94 and Commandant of Cadets BG Curtis A. Buzzard ’92 ran in the Ball Run, which started on December 1, 2020 at West Point. This year was unique in that the Ball Run remained on the grounds at West Point due to COVID-19 safety protocols. The collective USMA team still got in lots of travel time on post and the football was carried more than 170 miles around West Point before it arrived at Michie Stadium on Game Day!

During the Ball Run around post, the Marathon team issued a Ball Run Challenge to the community to run 10 miles in 10 days wherever you are, so that everyone could participate virtually and safely. The community accepted the challenge with over 260 runners and 2,800 community miles keeping the spirit of the Ball Run alive!

“Despite these differences, the team preserved the spirit of the ball run: community. We engaged the Army community with social media and fitness challenges, we interacted with hundreds of residents on-post, and we ran with Navy midshipmen.” - Cadet Alexander Block ’21. Go Army West Point Marathon!

2020 Football Early Signing Period Statement

2020 Football Early Signing Period StatementToday marks the National Football Early Signing Period. Due to Academy policy, names of recruited student-athletes will not be released until they arrive to West Point this summer.

Army West Point head coach Jeff Monken had this to say about his early signing day class:

“I am excited about the future of Army Football. With today being the start of the early signing period, we have secured commitments from several outstanding young men. Unlike traditional colleges, we cannot publicize these commitments until after their arrival at West Point this summer, but we are confident that we have recruited a group of young men who will be outstanding Cadets, leaders of character to serve our nation, and football players who will help carry on the winning tradition of Army Football.”

Lockheed Martin Commanders’ Classic to Feature Army and Air Force

Lockheed Martin Commanders’ Classic to Feature Army and Air ForceArmy West Point will compete in the first college football game at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, when they face off against foe Air Force in the Lockheed Martin Commanders' Classic, it was announced today.

The two-year agreement begins on November 6, 2021 with Air Force as the home team. Army will be the home squad for the return meeting on November 5, 2022. Game times and broadcast information will be announced at a later date.

The Texas Rangers will host and operate the games with marketing assistance from Dallas-based LST Marketing. The 2021 matchup of FBS rivals will be the first college football game hosted at Globe Life Field.

“We are excited to announce the Commanders' Classic series for 2021 & 2022,” said West Point Director of Athletics, Mike Buddie. “It is thrilling to have this opportunity to play one of our rival academies in the state of Texas, home to many military installations and service men and women. I'd like to thank Sean Decker and the entire Texas Rangers organization for providing this wonderful opportunity for our cadet-athletes and fans, and to Lockheed Martin for its tremendous support of the event.”
In order to be seated in the Army sections of the stadium, tickets must be purchased through the Army West Point ticket office. Presale through Army will begin on Tuesday, January 5th. For more information call the Army A Club at 845-938-2322 or the Army Ticket Office at 1-877-TIX-ARMY.

“We are honored to have Air Force and Army play the inaugural football game at Globe Life Field,” said Texas Rangers Executive Vice President of Sports & Entertainment Sean Decker. “Honoring our military heroes is very important to the Texas Rangers, and we expect the environment and other activities surrounding this great matchup will make for a very exciting weekend in Arlington.” Read more.

Jeff Monken Press Conference: Air Force

Jeff Monken Press Conference: Air ForceArmy West Point football head coach Jeff Monken met virtually with members of the local media on Tuesday afternoon for his weekly press conference inside Nowak Auditorium.

The Commander-in-Chief's Trophy will be on the line this at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19 at Michie Stadium when the Black Knights take on service academy foe Air Force. The game will be televised on CBS Sports Network.

Army West Point Football Head Coach Jeff Monken
(Ref.: Opening statement)
“It was certainly a great win on Saturday. It was an exciting game and really just a physical and hard-fought game. I thought our guys played particularly well on defense. The goal-line stand was the turning point of the game. What really turned there was field position. They obviously gained a lot of field position to get it down there to the six-inch line and we couldn't get a first down and we had to punt. There were actually four punts that exchanged hands, but finally we were able to flip the field position back down to the other end and it made a huge difference. It made it more difficult for them to go the distance without a big chunk play like they had with the quarterback on the 52-yard run. We were very fortunate to get that stop. Our guys played really hard and it was just a determined effort there. I think there was a great determination all game to try to get the victory. Obviously, we have a lot of guys on our team that experienced that loss a year ago and it hurts to lose in that game. They got the best of us a year ago, so it was nice to be able to come out victorious. Obviously, a little bit different having another game to decide the CIC after the Army-Navy Game. I think around here we've played games after the Army-Navy Game well in our history, but never a CIC game after the Army-Navy Game. It makes it different and forces us to refocus our efforts this week and get ready for a huge football game here at Michie Stadium this weekend.”

(Ref.: On the challenge of moving past the Navy game to prepare for Air Force)
“I think our players were very conscious of the fact that, even very soon after that game on Saturday night, that we have another game that we were going to have to get ready for and regroup. I think they have really had a good attitude about it. We had a good workout the next day and were able to put the whole thing behind us for right now and focus on this next ballgame. We are going to face a good team that we are going to have to play very well against to have a chance to win.”

(Ref.: On what it means to have the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy on the line)
“It's a source of pride for everybody that plays for it. I'm certain of that. All three schools that play for it covet that trophy. It's the most important goal that we have as a program and I'm sure that is shared by our counterparts. It's a big game and we're excited for this opportunity to play. We didn't know that as the season went along if we were going to have a chance to do that. We're fortunate to be here and excited that we'll have an opportunity to compete for it.” Read more.

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USMA Helpful Links

West Point Admissions has gathered up a list of resources where you can find more information about specific West Point programs, details, and admissions related content. If you have questions, please get in touch with your Regional Admissions Officer, which can be found in the second link.

1. USMA Admissions FAQs: https://www.westpoint.edu/admissions/frequently-asked-questions

2. Question: Who is my Regional Admissions Officer: Answer: Meet the USMA Admissions Team https://www.westpoint.edu/admissions/west-point-admissions-team

3. Question: How do I apply? Answer: USMA Steps to Apply: https://www.westpoint.edu/admissions/steps-to-admission | USMA Admission Application Tips https://www.westpoint.edu/admissions/prospective-cadets/application-tips | USMA Candidate Questionnaire https://candidate.westpoint.edu/guest/cq/dad_pcq_part1.cfm?field1=BW. Read more.

Army Ethics Debate Wins Regional Ethics Bowl

Army Ethics Debate Wins Regional Ethics BowlThis past weekend, West Point’s Ethics Debate Team won the Northeast Regional Ethics Bowl. With this win, our team qualifies for the National Ethics Bowl in the spring. Onscreen, our team members are framed by virtual backdrops from the Hudson River School painter, Thomas Cole. Offscreen, our resilient, poised, and adaptive Cadets were competing from crowded airports, in cars, and on trains. We couldn’t be more proud of them, and we have high hopes for another national championship!

A New, Year-Round Event Hospitality Program

A New, Year-Round Event Hospitality ProgramThe Army West Point Athletics Department officially announced an event hospitality program – Army West Point Hospitality - that will allow guests the opportunity to experience historic traditions similar to those of Army West Point Athletics. The program will be fully customizable and specially curated for the group and the length of the visit. The experience will highlight Army West Point Athletics' heritage, values, and commitment to excellence, all set to the backdrop of West Point's beautiful and historic campus on the western bank of the Hudson River.

The Army West Point Hospitality platform will serve as a premier destination to translate the mission of Army West Point Athletics to the workplace. The goals are to assist in: shaping culture, team building, personal growth and strategy exploration. From private receptions, team-building experiences through larger multi-day retreats, there is a solution to fit all corporate needs.

“The launch of Army West Point Hospitality is extremely exciting. We believe it will be a powerful way to display the unique experience of West Point and that of our cadet athletes, as we bring those pillars of Military, Physical and Academic to a wide variety of groups and constituents. We look forward to getting this program going and serving organizations with these customizable experience packages,” said Mike Buddie, Army West Point Director of Athletics. Read more.

Words of Wisdom from CDT West ’21

Words of Wisdom from CDT West ’21USMA Class of 2021 Cadet Lexi West, chose West Point because when she was younger, her family sponsored cadets and she always looked up to them and thought very highly of them. She knew she wanted to be surrounded by people who would inspire her to be a better person every day and share the same desire to be a part of something bigger than themselves.

“My hometown is West Point, NY. I lived here in preschool and then moved back when I was 10 years old and have been here ever since. Through my experiences at West Point, I have become a more confident and authentic leader. I have become more empathetic to others and their experiences, and I recognize the importance of not just knowing the Army Values but living by them.

Knowing I will finally be leaving my hometown in six months to start my Army career is pretty surreal, but I am excited for what’s to come. I am excited to have the opportunity to lead soldiers and make an impact within the organization in any way I can.

I have had a unique experience because West Point is not just where I go to school, but it is my home. West Point has brought the most incredible people into my life, whether that was the friends I met and grew up with or met during my time as a cadet. I will always be grateful for the cadets I knew when I was younger who inspired me to come here, as well as my peers who have helped me over the past four years. I’ll miss the small moments the most, like finishing a really hard practice with my teammates or spending time with my friends on the weekends.

To the class of 2025, my advice would be to take advantage of the opportunities given to you here and be true to yourself. The 47-month experience really is what you make of it. You’ll have good days and bad days, but it’ll all be worth it in the end.

Shoutout to E-3, Above the Rest!”

USMA & Yale Rally Point

USMA & Yale Rally PointTake a look at the inaugural edition of Rally Point, a collaboration between Yale University and The United States Military Academy at West Point to celebrate undergraduate scholarship in military history from both institutions. This joint effort is both a recognition of the work being conducted and an early bond to bridge civil and military relations through the lens of history. Special thanks to West Point editors CDT Brandi Braggs and CDT Collin Keogh, and Yale editor Henry Jacob. Enjoy!

Army Tabbed Reveal Suits/FWAA Team of the Week

Army Tabbed Reveal Suits/FWAA Team of the WeekAfter blanking Navy in the Army-Navy Game presented by USAA, the Army West Point Football team was named the Reveal Suits/FWAA Team of the Week.

Army, now winners of four of the last five Army-Navy games, had not shut out its rival in over 50 years. Prior to Saturday, the last Army shutout was in the form of 27-0 win on November 29, 1969 in Philadelphia.

This the second time the Black Knights have won the award, which was established in 2002. The only other time that Army claimed the team of the week title was following its 48-29 win over Cincinnati on Oct. 9, 2004. Tielor Robinson had five touchdowns and Carlton Jones ran for 180 yards to snap Army's 19-game losing streak.

This past Saturday's game was a defensive battle. Quinn Maretzki's 37-yard field goal through the fog in the early stages of the second quarter was the only scoring play of the contest until Tyhier Tyler found the end zone on a four-your scamper to give the Cadets a two-possession lead with just over 11 minutes remaining.

The Black Knights defense limited the Mids to just four first downs and 108 yards of total offense. The bulk of the yards came on a 52-yard keeper from Navy quarterback Xavier Arline. The Mids signal caller would have found the end zone had it not been for Cedrick Cunningham Jr. bringing him down at the 2-yard line. The Cadets made a strong goal-line stand to keep their rival off the board and force a turnover on downs.

Offensively, Tyler accounted for 96 yards rushing and had a 28-yard connection through the air with Tyrell Robinson on his lone passing attempt.

Army's special teams unit was crucial in the field position battle. Zach Harding punted seven times on the day, pinning the Mids inside their 20-yard line on five separate occasions. After the Black Knights made their defensive stand, Harding had a 48-yard boot in the misty conditions to put the ball back in Navy territory.

It will be a quick turnaround for the Cadets, who battle Air Force at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19 with the Commander-in-Chief's trophy on the line. Then afterwards they will play in the Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 26, in Shreveport, La.

Feinstein’s Findings: Army-Navy

Feinstein’s Findings: Army-NavyThe location was different, there were no traffic jams four hours before kickoff and, in truth, it wasn't a completely neutral site even though both schools made every possible attempt to make Michie Stadium appear to be no different on Saturday than Lincoln Financial Field would have felt in a normal year.

In the end though, the most important aspect of Army-Navy was the same: the way it FELT. Let's face it, the March-ons of the Corps of Cadets and the Brigade of Midshipmen could take place in the parking lot of the McDonald's just outside the Thayer Gate and they'd still give you chills. The same would be true of the singing of the alma maters.

And, if the two teams decided to play one another on The Plain, (where the first Army-Navy game was played 130 years ago) the intensity wouldn't go down even one tick. That may explain why the players briefly skirmished after the clock went to zero and Army had earned the right to sing second with a convincing 15-0 win. Army had waited 364 days to play this game; Navy was attempting to save a lost season.

Yes, the atmosphere was surreal—only the cadets and the midshipmen (who had a 2 a.m. wake-up call in Annapolis in order to board buses to arrive in time for the march-ons) and a handful of VIPs from the two schools were allowed inside the stadium. Throw in the fog and darkness that rolled in at kickoff and never went away and you had football in The Twilight Zone. How hard was it to see? Both coaches brought most of their assistants who normally sit in the press box to the sidelines for the second half because they couldn't see the game from upstairs.

To say that both teams played hard is a little like saying the sun is likely to rise in the east tomorrow. It's Army-Navy; everyone plays their guts out. Occasionally, one team is just a lot better than the other and the game’s not close. That was the case a year ago when Navy quarterback Malcolm Perry ran wild for 304 yards and the Mids won 31-7—breaking a three- game losing streak against the Black Knights.

Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo, who had shaken up his coaching staff after the third loss, declared afterwards that his team had, “gotten our domination back.”

Monken was as upset and angry about the loss as Niumatalolo was gleeful. The two men are friends, having been on Paul Johnson's staff at Navy together years ago, but there is no love lost when it comes to competing with one another. Monken decided to bring Nate Woody in as his defensive coordinator and Army's defense was outstanding all fall—opening the season with a shutout and then shutting Navy out for the first time since 1969. Read more.

Football Tops Navy 15-0 in Historic Michie Stadium Win

Football Tops Navy 15-0 in Historic Michie Stadium WinFor the first time since 1969, the Army football team shut out Navy, 15-0, in a historic game on Michie Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

For the first time since 1943, the Army-Navy Game presented by USAA was played at Michie Stadium due to the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions placed on gatherings in its originally planned location, Philadelphia.

In front of approximately 12,722 fans, 8,800 of them the Corps of Cadets and the Brigade of Midshipmen, Army shut out the Midshipmen for the first time since a 27-0 victory on Nov. 29, 1969.

In the shutout, the defense held Navy to just 117 yards of total offense on 42 plays. They rushed for just 108 yards on 35 attempts and passed for nine yards on 1-for-7 passing. Senior captain Amadeo West led the way with a career-high nine tackles, a number also matched by fellow linebacker, junior Arik Smith.

The Army offense won the time-of-possession battle, 35:16 to 24:22 and collected 162 total yards on 54 plays, with 134 rushing yards and 28 passing. Quarterback Tyhier Tyler scored his second-career touchdown and rushed for 96 yards on 26 carries.

A foggy afternoon at Michie Stadium, the Black Knights got on the board first, as freshman kicker Quinn Maretzki nailed a 37-yard field goal attempt with 12:41 left in the second quarter to get on the board first.

With neither team generating much offense in the first half, Maretzki missed a 38-yard field goal with 1:41 left in the half after a botched snap, but the Black Knights took their 3-0 lead into the half. At the half the Black Knights held the Mids to just 52 rushing yards on 18 carries and 0 passing yards. The Black Knights nearly identical, 52 rushing yards on 23 carries and 28 passing yards. Read more.

Murray’s Free Throw Lifts Women’s Basketball Over Quinnipiac

Murray’s Free Throw Lifts Women’s Basketball Over Quinnipiac, 51-50Kate Murray put home a free throw with 2.6 seconds remaining to push Army Women's Basketball past Quinnipiac, 51-50, Saturday afternoon at the People's United Center.

The freebie came on the heels of Quinnipiac's Rose Caverly hitting a trey to even the score at 50 with six seconds left in regulation. After missing the first shot from the line, Murray sunk the second to help Army improve to 3-2 on the season. The Bobcats dropped to 2-2.

Murray finished with a game-high 16 points on 4-of-10 shooting from the field and was 7-of-10 from the line. She was one of three Black Knights to score in double-figures, as Alisa Fallon finished with 12 points and Natalie Stralkus with 11. Fallon also corralled 12 rebounds to record the double-double.

Army is now 2-6 all-time against the Bobcats. Quinnipiac won the first six meetings in the series, but the Black Knights have claimed the last two. This was Murray's fourth double-digit scoring effort of the season and the 22nd of her career. Fallon reached double figures for the fourth time this season and the 24th time of her career. This was her second double-double of the season and fifth of her career. Sarah Bohn dished out five assists, which marked her third five-assist game of the season. The Black Knights are 3-1 against MAAC opponents. Read more.

Congratulations to Class of 2020 December Grads!

Class of 2020 Decembers GradsJoin WPAOG in congratulating the newest members of the Long Gray Line. Hats off to the December graduates of the Class of 2020!

The event was livestreamed as family members and other guests were not able to attend the ceremony. Normally members of the 50-Year Affiliate class, the Class of 1970, would be in attendance to present the newest graduates with their first rank insignia, a set of second lieutenant bars engraved with "70-20.” This inscription depicts the special connection between the two classes. On behalf of the Class of 1970, WPAOG was able to congratulate each new graduate and present them with a “Welcome to Long Gray Line” gift bag. These were the same welcome bags that were given to their classmates in June.

In addition to their 2LT bars, their gift bags contained:
- A personalized letter from an Old Grad: Members of the Class of 1970 wrote personalized letters to each and every member of the Class of 2020.
- A silver dollar coin: It's an Army tradition that 2LT's give a coin for their first salute. (donated by USAA)
- A “Selfie” stick and car window decal: Given by the Class of 1996, which traditionally hosts the First Class Social, but could not this year.
- A Grad Guide: Donated by the West Point Association of Graduates.
- A “Congratulations” Card: WPAOG included a card that symbolizes the collective congratulations of the entire Long Gray Line.

Class of 2020 December graduates: Kwabena T. Antwi, Anthony D. Bradley, Jonathan M. Coleman, Eurica Shane Y. Diego, Abdel Rahman A. El Dalify, Matthew D. Evans, Alexis J. Fredericks, Marco A. Garcia Garcia, Nicholas P. Ges, Gary L. Gray, Shelby M. Haynes, Alexander T. Herndon, Kelvin M. Hopkins, Cameran C. Hymel, William D. Johnson, Jaylon T. McClinton, Michael L. Miller, Thomas P. Neal, McKenna J. Pressley, Kellyen K. Walker, and Amadeo Wes.

Ready to Roast!

Ready to Roast!Cadets are looking forward to roasting this wonderfully constructed sailboat and this F22 raptor at the bonfire! Great work CE201 (Intro to Civil Engineering), Mr. Crosbie, COL Wambeke, and the Civil and Mechanical Engineering Department. All 38 cadets in the course contributed to the construction, but we wanted to also recognize the cadets that led the two design teams. F22 Design Team: Hannah Lamb, Eddie Cruz, Greg Langone, Nathan Jones, and Brendon Johns. Sailboat Design Team: Alyssa Austin, Dan Warth, Colin Day, Ben Volpert, Chandler Bucklin, and Ben Lopez. BEAT NAVY!

Join the CEAC Groundbreaking Live

Join the CEAC Ground Breaking LiveJoin us tomorrow, Friday, December 11, for the groundbreaking of the Cyber and Engineering Academic Center (CEAC) at West Point at 2:00pm EST. The Secretary of the Army will be here, and you can attend the groundbreaking virtually: https://youtu.be/JVYQEauQREg.

Happy End of 21-1

The final Term End Exam (TEE) period for the semester is done. All 4,000+ cadets have completed their first semester coursework. Cadets will have a much needed break and time to recoup, most will be going home to spend the holidays with their families. They should be returning to West Point this time next month.

Photo: SE375: Statistics for Engineers TEE on Tuesday afternoon

Top Gun & Second-Class Excellence Awardees

Top Gun & Second-Class Excellence AwardeesAs we close out the semester, we congratulate all the Top Gun, Annual Student Math and Second-Class Excellence Award winners. Unfortunately, they could not be honored during Graduation Week last year, but they were able to be given their awards this semester. Here is a group picture of all the awardees in attendance. You may not be able to tell, but they are all smiling under those masks!

Army Football Press Conference: Navy

Army Football Press Conference: NavyArmy West Point football head coach Jeff Monken met virtually with members of the local media on Tuesday afternoon for his weekly press conference inside Nowak Auditorium.

Army will face archrival Navy in the 121st edition of the Army-Navy Game presented by USAA at 3 p.m. this Saturday at Michie Stadium. This will be the first time since 1943 that America's game will be played at West Point. The game will be televised on CBS.

Head Coach Jeff Monken
(Ref.: Opening statement) 
"Game week is finally here for the most anticipated game of the year and for a tremendous rivalry. Our team is really excited. We've been working really hard in our preparation and trying to get healthy and get a couple of injured guys back so that we can enter this game on Saturday with the best team possible. We know it's going to take a tremendous effort. It is always such a hard-fought battle and so intense. We are prepared for a really hard-fought football game. Hopefully, we can play well enough and execute enough to give ourselves a chance to win. That is always the case in this game. The emotion that charges everybody with trying to be their very best makes this an incredible competition and we are looking forward to it.

“We are excited we are able to play this game here for only the fourth time in history and for the first time since 1943 in the midst of another crisis, World War II. Certainly, this one is very different, but nonetheless it has pushed the game here to West Point and we are excited to host it and we want to do the very best to defend our home stadium. We are looking forward to Saturday. I know it will be a very good game against a very well coached football team. It's been a real battle for us every season that I have been here.”

(Ref.: On the significance of playing the game at Michie Stadium) 
“In the first four meetings of these two teams, they took place on the campuses of the two schools. The first one was here and the third one was here and by the fifth game in this series, it was being played at a neutral site. Not until 1943, during World War II, we came back to West Point. The state of our world right now has forced the game away from Philadelphia and we needed a place to play to have our Cadets and their Midshipmen in attendance and because we are the home team and we were capable of pulling the game off here, we fortunately had the opportunity to host it. It will be special to play it here. It will be very nostalgic and really a great piece in the history of this rivalry.” Read more.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Deception and Denial

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Deception and DenialUp, up, & away! Cadets Ryan O’Malley, Zachary Calderone, Andrew Pieringer, & Christian Grey conducted test flight operations last week as part of their SE450: Applied Systems Design & Decision Making capstone. The cadet team worked with Lockheed Martin to learn more about how Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Machine Learning (ML) systems can be fooled by ground troops’ deception and denial techniques. They collected aerial images near the West Point training area to use in determining the effectiveness of Lockheed Martin’s algorithms. Special thanks to the 2nd Aviation Detachment for supporting the cadets’ mission!

Multi-Disciplinary SPEAR-HRT Static Fire Test

Multi-Disciplinary SPEAR-HRT Static Fire TestThe multi-disciplinary Space Engineering and Applied Research-Hypersonic Rocket Team (SPEAR-HRT) conducted a static fire test of their second stage solid rocket at Range 12 last week. The project is a combined effort which includes cadets and faculty advisors from Physics and Nuclear Engineering (PaNE), Civil and Mechanical Engineering (CME), Chemistry & Life Science (C&LS), and Geography and Environmental Engineering (GEnE).

The project goal is to reach the Kármán line, 100 km altitude, in March 2021. This test was an important step in validating several design items that cadets have been working on this semester. The rocket and ignition chamber designs and overall program management are the main efforts for a CME capstone course. The manufacture and testing of the chemicals used for the rocket ignition are a PaNE sponsored independent research activity with cadets from PaNE, CLS, and GEnE. The team also conducted the Critical Design Review, briefing their sponsors the Office of Naval Research and Space and Missile Defense Command.

Saturnio Tabbed Nominee for Broyles Award

Saturnio Tabbed Nominee for Broyles AwardSean Saturnio, the special teams coordinator for the Army West Point Football team, was named a nominee for the Broyles Award the Frank & Barbara Broyles Foundation announced yesterday. The award, named after former Arkansas head coach Frank Broyles, honors the top college football assistant coach in the nation.

Of the approximately 1,270 assistant coaches that represent all of the Division I FBS programs, Saturnio was one of 56 assistants to be named a nominee for the award, which was created in 1996.

Saturnio is in his seventh season on the Army coaching staff and has served in a variety of roles. This is his second stint overseeing special teams, as he previously worked with the group from 2016-17. He most recently served as the tight ends coach from 2018-19. He spent his first two season with the Black Knights coaching the fullbacks.

Army's special teams unit has produced a program record seven blocked kicks on the season (3 punt, 2 FGA, 2 PAT). That figure also leads the nation this season. The team with the next highest total of blocked kicks is Florida State with five. Ryan Duran is one of just four players in the nation with three blocked kicks this season.

Army punter Zach Harding was named to the Ray Guy Award watch list in early October. Harding is averaging 44.9 yards per punt, which is on pace to be the third best punting average in a single season in program history.

Plebe Tyrell Robinson's average of 8.0 yards per punt return ranks 23rd nationally and fifth amongst first year players.

The Broyles Award selection process includes the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), broadcasters, a college football hall-of-fame selection committee and current college head coaches.

What it Means to Honor the 25th Infantry Division

What it Means to Honor the 25th Infantry Division“Having the 25th ID as the honored division means that everything that each Soldier is doing in Hawaii matters,” said USMA Class of 2022 Cadet Randy McKenzie, 25th Infantry Division prior service Soldier. “They see the symbol on the Army uniform, they see that they matter, everything they are doing matters.” Prior service cadets from the 25th Infantry Division reflect on their time in the honored division before coming to West Point.

For more information on how you can apply visit https://www.westpoint.edu/admissions

CDT Ogburn ’21 Named Marshall Scholar

CDT Ogburn ’21 Named Marshall ScholarCongratulations to Cadet Langdon Ogburn, Class of 2021, who is one of 50 Marshall Foundation scholars selected to receive the prestigious scholarship for continued academic study following graduation and commissioning in May.

Born and raised in Raleigh, N.C., Ogburn is a philosophy major with a minor in Africa regional studies at the U. S. Military Academy.

As a Marshall Scholar, Ogburn will pursue a Master of Arts in Conflict, Development, and Security at King's College in London, followed by a Master of Science in Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding from Durham University.

The Marshall Scholar program is a postgraduate opportunity funded by the British government for intellectually distinguished young Americans to study abroad at a university in the United Kingdom, in any field of study. The goal of the program is to strengthen the relationship between the two countries for the good of mankind.

Rhattigan Tabbed Semifinalist for Bednarik Award

Rhattigan Tabbed Semifinalist for Bednarik AwardJon Rhattigan, a firstie linebacker on the Army West Point Football team, was named a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award, Maxwell Football Club Executive Director Mark Wolpert announced Monday afternoon. In total there were 18 semifinalists for the award.

The Chuck Bednarik Award has been presented annually to the nation's top defensive player since 1995. The award is named in honor of Chuck Bednarik, a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame '69 and the NFL Hall of Fame '67.

The Naperville, Ill., native leads the Black Knights with 67 tackles (21 solo) and 8.0 tackles for a loss. He is also tied for the team lead for interceptions with two, one of which he returned for a touchdown and the other he returned for 50 yards.

Rhattigan entered the season with just six career tackles in 14 games played. Much of the playing time he saw was on special teams, as he was behind two-time captain and current member of the Los Angeles Chargers Cole Christiansen on the depth chart.

The Maxwell Football Club has once again partnered with Pro Football Focus (PFF), XOS ThunderCloud and Phil Steele Publications as selection committee partners. PFF provides detailed statistical and performance-based assessments to selection committee staff and several senior PFF analysts have been added to the selection committee and have participated in the process. Phil Steele's Football Guide is generally recognized as the most complete football reference in the country. XOS ThunderCloud provides the Maxwell Club selection committee with access to game footage from all FBS colleges.

WPAOG “Feeds the Corps”

WPAOG “Feeds the Corps”Through the generosity of current cadet parents, WPAOG was able to provide 4,800 burrito dinners to the Corps yesterday, December 6, 2020.

WPAOG delivered pre-boxed dinners to various locations around West Point, where a few cadets from each company met the delivery vans to take meals to their companies.

Not only was this a wonderful opportunity to “feed the Corps” and boost morale as they prepare for exam week, but also a percentage of all dinner sales will go back to the West Point Parents Fund to support the Margin of Excellence and future activities. Go Army!

Riley Earns 200th Victory in Shutout of Bentley

Riley Earns 200th Victory in Shutout of BentleyArmy West Point Hockey head coach Brian Riley earned his 200th victory at the helm of the Black Knights program in a 2-0 shutout of AHA rival Bentley on Saturday at Tate Rink.

“It only means I have 300 and something more to catch my dad,” Riley said on the accomplishment. “200 wins. I don’t think I won any of those on my own. It was the guys in the room tonight and all the guys who have sat in that room in the past. They are all part of this. When you can reach a milestone like that with a game like this, you aren’t going to forget it. I am just thankful to have had the opportunity to have coached so many great guys.”

In his first career appearance in net, yearling Justin Evenson recorded a shutout for Army’s first win of the 2020-21 campaign. It was a night of firsts for the Black Knights, as plebe Lincoln Hatten broke the scoreless tie 12:33 into the third period with his first career goal. Fellow rookie Mitch Matchlitt recorded his first collegiate point on the play, finding Hatten with a stretch pass down the right wing for the breakaway score. Evenson earned a point of his own when he kicked the puck to Eric Butte who found the net for the empty netter.

“I think once I got the nerves out of the way, I was able to really settle in tonight,” Evenson said. “I was seeing the puck really well and as the game went on I felt more confident. I was able to calm down and stick to what I do best.” Read more.

West Point Set to Host ESPN College GameDay

West Point Set to Host ESPN College GameDayESPN College GameDay will be at the Army-Navy Game presented by USAA for the seventh-straight season, but this time on the campus of West Point as the game is set for this Saturday, December 12 at 3 p.m. ET at Michie Stadium.

In this unprecedented season, the Army-Navy Game presented by USAA will be hosted in Michie Stadium on the campus of Army West Point for the first time since 1943.

The popular weekly college football show will air live on ESPN from 9 a.m. ET to 12 p.m. ET.

Army has nine previous GameDay appearances, the most by a non-Power Five program. The Black Knights are 3-6 in games where GameDay attends and last hosted on the grounds of West Point prior to a game vs. South Florida on Sept. 27, 2003.

2020 marks the seventh-straight year that GameDay has attended the Army-Navy game, attending the last six-straight contests in Philadelphia and Baltimore.

Army has also been on GameDay at Air Force on Nov. 7, 2009 and Nov. 3, 2001.

Navy has been on College GameDay six times prior when the award-winning show has attended the last six Army-Navy contests. They are 3-3 in those contests.

The 121st iteration of the Army-Navy game presented by USAA will be televised live on CBS at 3 p.m. ET.

Men’s Basketball Storms Back to Defeat La Salle

Men’s Basketball Storms Back to Defeat La SalleAfter a slow start, Men’s Basketball overcame a 15-point deficit to defeat La Sale 63-59 at Christl Arena on Sunday.

“I am really pleased with how our team responded today,” Head Coach Jimmy Allen said. “That was a culture win as much as anything. Our team got off to a slow start against a terrific program and we continued to fight. What impressed me was that we didn’t try to get it all back at once. We stayed at it and continued to fight, and we crept back into it and got the victory.”

La Salle took a 31-28 lead into the half before the Black Knights stormed back, shooting 59% from the field in the second half to fuel the comeback. Cow Aaron Duhart was the catalyst of the surge, going 4-6 from the field and scoring 10 of his team-leading 12 points in the second half. The trio of Duhart, Lonnie Grayson (12 points) and Jalen Rucker (10 points) continued Army’s streak of having three double-digit scorers through four consecutive games.

The Black Knights (4-1) are off to their best start to a season since opening up the year 5-0 in 2014-15. The win is Army’s first over an Atlantic 10 opponent since defeating Penn State in the 1977-78 season under Coach Mike Krzyzewski. Read more.

Swimming & Diving Tops Boston College

Swimming & Diving Tops Boston CollegeThe Army West Point Women’s Swimming and Diving team topped Boston College, 151-127, Saturday at Crandall Pool in its first meet of the year.

The Black Knights had a total of 10 event wins on the day. Mandolin Nguyen was a part of three event wins in the 200 yard medley relay, 100 yard breaststroke and the 200 yard breaststroke.

In the 200 yard freestyle relay Army’s group of Madison Berg (23.17), Angela Huang (23.00), Lauren Carag (23.50) and Sammie Edwards (22.78) had what would have been a Crandall record time of 1:32.45, but the group finished second to Boston College’s time of 1:32.18. Read more.

The Army West Point Men’s Swimming and Diving team topped Boston College, 191-88, Saturday in its first meet of the season at Crandall Pool.

The Black Knights had a total of 12 event wins.

Evan Zhang and Sam Wesley, James Bilbrey and Ian Tansill were double winners. Zhang and Bilbrey led the way as each had a hand in three victories. Read more.

Class of 2021 Branch Night

Class of 2021 Branch NightCongratulations to the Class of 2021 on their Branch Night!

Washington Hall erupted with cheers and applause after the Class of 2021 received their branch notifications on December 2, 2020.

Branch Night's keynote speaker was Ambassador Dell Dailey ’71 (LTG USA, Retired) from the 50-Year Affiliation Class of 1971, who noted, “The branch you will receive tonight will define you.”

This is the second year that the U.S. Military Academy employed the new "market-based" branching process that assigns cadets to a branch based on their preferences and how each branch commandant rates them. Learn moreView photos.

USAA Behind the Game: Army-Navy Spirit

USAA Behind the Game: Army-Navy SpiritIn this week's Behind the Game, presented by USAA, Rich DeMarco highlights the “History, baked in a mystery” spirit behind Army-Navy excitement across all sports at West Point. The singular mission of the Corps of Cadets. BEAT NAVY!

Swimming & Diving to Host BC on Saturday

Swimming & Diving to Host BC on SaturdayThe Army West Point Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving teams will host Boston College for their first collegiate meet of the 2020-21 season on Saturday, December 5, at 2 p.m. at Crandall Pool.

The last time the two schools clashed, both the men's and women's team earned victories over the Eagles and Bucknell in a tri-meet at Crandall on January 13, 2018. Sabrina Mortell had a standout performance, winning the 1000 (10:31.52), 200 (1:56.40) and 500 (5:09.46) free. On the men's side, the Black Knights picked up 14-event wins, with Tom Ottman claiming first place in two events.

The men are 4-0 all-time against Boston College, while the women are 6-17.

The event will be closed to the public. Army will announce its full slate for the 2020-21 season at a later date.

Summer Leaders Experience for Your Future Cadet

Summer Leaders Experience for Your Future CadetJoin the West Point Admissions team on Facebook Live, Wednesday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m. EST, for an information brief to learn all about the Summer Leaders Experience (SLE). Current candidates, potential candidates, and families are welcome to attend. Learn more.

Women’s Basketball Tops Rider on Branch Night, 70-55

Women’s Basketball Tops Rider on Branch Night, 70-55The Army West Point Women’s Basketball team picked up its second consecutive win last night, topping Rider, 70-55, in Alumni Gymnasium.

The contest was back and forth in the first half, with each team experiencing highs and lows shooting. At one point in the first quarter, Army hit four consecutive shots. In the second quarter, the Broncs started 3-of-5 from deep but had a scoring drought that last 6:01. Army used a spurt to take control of the lead but was held scoreless for final 3:52 of the first half.

Alisa Fallon and Kate Murray led Army's offensive charge in the second half. The duo combined for 29 of Army's 41 second-half points. Fallon had 16 points and Murray had 13. New Jersey native Lauren Lithgow added eight points, all of which came in the fourth quarter.

Fallon finished with a game high 25 points on 8-of-15 shooting from the floor. She was a point shy of matching her career high of 26, which she set against Colgate on Jan. 5, 2020. Murray ended the game with 18 points and 18 rebounds. Her 18 boards is tied for the 14th most in a single contest in program history.

Following the game, firstie captains Liz Layne and Jessica Rawls learned their branch assignment, as Wednesday was Branch Night back at the Academy. Both branched Ordnance, which was each of their top choices.

Women’s Hoops Announces Addition of Contests with Marist and Quinnipiac

Women’s Hoops Announces Addition of Contests with Marist and QuinnipiacArmy West Point Women’s Basketball added two more nonconference games to its slate Wednesday afternoon. The Black Knights are set to play Marist at 1 p.m. this Saturday, December 5, in Christl Arena. The Cadets will also take on Quinnipiac in Hamden, Conn., at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 12.

The Black Knights are up 9-6 in the series against Marist. This will mark the 16th meeting in program history. The two teams faced off against each other for the first time during the 1977-78 season. The last time the two schools met was on December 28, 1999, in McCann Arena, in Poughkeepsie. Army halted the Red Foxes from expanding their five-game win streak in the series, earning the 72-63 triumph in the contest.

Prior to taking over at the helm at West Point, Army Head Coach Dave Magarity served as the head coach of Marist's men's team from 1986-2004. During those years he held a record of 253-258 and lead them to two postseason berths, earning a spot in the 1987 NCAA Tournament and the 1996 NIT.

Army's matchup with Quinnipiac will be the seventh all-time meeting between the two schools. The Bobcats won the first five tilts in the series, but won the most recent game, 67-57, on Nov. 15, 2015. The Black Knights had a trio of double-digits scorers in that game led by Kelsey Minato (26), Brianna Johnson (15) and Aimee Oertner (10).

Game dates and times are subject to change.

Army-Navy Ball Run Challenge

Army-Navy Ball Run ChallengeLadies and Gentlemen, the Army-Navy Ball Run challenge is finally here! Lace up your shoes, hit the roads, and run to help us BEAT NAVY! The Army West Point Marathon Team is running the game ball around post this year to keep up the tradition of running the ball from USMA to the football field for Army-Navy game day. The team is encouraging everyone to join them virtually by running from December 1 - 10. Get started Old Grads - the race has begun!

Join the Strava club and log your miles at: https://www.strava.com/clubs/Army-NavyBallRunChallenge_2020.

If you are unable to access Strava, please log your miles here: https://tinyurl.com/y5w6v4hp.

Men’s Basketball Shows Grit

Men’s Basketball Shows GritThe Army West Point Men’s Basketball team suffered its first loss of the 2020-21 season, falling to Florida in a tightly contested bout, 76-69, last night at Mohegan Sun Arena.

“Our guys came with the attitude that we wanted to win this basketball game and I'm proud of the way they competed,” Head Coach Jimmy Allen said. “I can't tell you how much respect I have for Coach White and the Florida program. Having the chance to compete against a program that has had as much success as they have had and be right there with a chance to win the game says a lot about our guys and where our program is right now. Certainly, with the young team that we have, it says a lot about where our program is headed.”

Coming off the team's first 3-0 start in five seasons, the Black Knights jumped out to a quick start in the game, taking a 12-2 lead early in the first half. The Gators fought back into the contest, before the sides traded leads throughout the second half. In total, there were 11 lead changes in the game before Florida was able to close out the game in the final minutes of the contest.

“As we go through the season, our ultimate goal is to put ourselves in a position to win a Patriot League Championship,” Allen said. “There are certainly a lot of positives that we can take from this game that will help us moving forward.”

Three Black Knights reached double-digit points in the contest, with firstie Lonnie Grayson leading the way with 13. He added a team-leading eight rebounds. Plebe Jalen Rucker scored eight of Army's first 12 points, finishing with 12 points and six assists. Read more.

Men’s Basketball Adds Sunday Contest vs. La Salle

Men’s Basketball Adds Sunday Contest vs. La SalleArmy West Point Men’s Basketball will play La Salle on Sunday, December 6 at Christl Arena. The contest is scheduled to tip off at 4 p.m.

The matchup will be streamed live on ESPN+ and will be closed to outside spectators. Game dates and times are subject to change.

The last time the two schools met was in 2011, when the Explorers defeated the Black Knights 76-64 in Philadelphia. Army's last victory over La Salle came in 1987.

The Black Knights will enter Sunday's game with a 3-1 record, coming off a tightly contested loss to Florida at Bubbleville at Mohegan Sun Arena.

Dr. Roberts Presents at West Point

Dr. Roberts Presents at West PointDr. Mary Lou Roberts, this year's Charles Boal Ewing Professor in Military History, gave a presentation to a mixed in-person and remote audience at West Point. Her talk was entitled “Sexual Violence and Allied Relations in World War II: The Leroy Henry Case.”

West Point Jewish Chapel Choir at Kristallnacht Commemoration

West Point Jewish Chapel Choir at Kristallnacht CommemorationEarlier this month in commemoration of the November Pogroms in Germany, Austria, and the Sudetenland, known collectively as Kristallnacht, the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies teamed up with the Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center at Manhattan College and the Kupferberg Holocaust Center at Queensborough Community College to offer a Kristallnacht commemorative program.

Photo: The West Point Jewish Chapel Choir performing “The Resistance Song” as part of the Kristallnacht commemoration

BG Jebb & COL Morales Dedicate the Dr. Bruce Keith Library

BG Jebb & COL Morales Dedicate the Dr. Bruce Keith LibraryYesterday, December 1, 2020 BG Jebb and COL Morales dedicated the Dr. Bruce Keith Library in Mahan Hall. Dr. Keith dedicated 16 years as a Professor of Sociology in the Department of Systems Engineering (2002-2018) and 15 years (1996-2011) on the Dean’s staff as both an Assistant Dean and an Associate Dean. He now serves as an Emeritus Professor of Sociology at West Point. The Dr. Bruce Keith Library is located on the 3rd floor of Mahan in room 304.

Hetrick, Blackman and McGee Named CEP Athletes for November

Hetrick, Blackman and McGee Named CEP Athletes for NovemberRyan Hetrick ’21 of Army West Point Wrestling, Jordan Blackman ’21 of Army Football and Sam McGee ’21 of Army Men's Golf have been selected as the Corps Squad Athletes of the Month for November.

Ryan Hetrick has earned a 3.64 cumulative GPA during his 3+ years at USMA as an Engineering Management major. Over the course of his six completed semesters at West Point, he has made the Dean's List in each, with a term-best of 3.74 in the Fall 2019 semester. Hetrick has maintained a rigorous course load and has excelled in his academic major curriculum. His performance across all academic sub-disciplines has been remarkable. Hetrick currently serves as the Physical Development Officer for Company I4, leading the way for others through his example of excellence and supporting the physical fitness optimization of others.

“Ryan is a team leader in every aspect. He is disciplined, driven, and selfless all at the same time. He sets the example to follow academically, athletically, and is a standout member of his company. He intends to compete for an NCAA title this year on the mat and is competing for a post-graduate scholarship academically. Ryan truly embodies what it means to be an Army Wrestler and a Cadet-Athlete at West Point.” Said Head coach Kevin Ward

Jordan Blackman is a member of company H4. Blackman serves in the position of Company Respect Officer. Jordan has earned a 3.147 Cumulative GPA as an Engineering Psychology major. Blackman is a leader amongst his teammates, holding a position on the leadership council – a group of players voted on by their peers. In the 49-3 win over Mercer University, Jordan scored his first career touchdown in a third-and-goal play. Blackman's leadership and work ethic were seen in his teammates' reaction to his touchdown, carrying him off the field after the score. Blackman is a team player who brings out the best in those around him. He is a great cadet, football player, and student and is incredibly deserving of recognition.

CDT Samuel McGee entered his Firstie year maintaining a 3.293 Cumulative GPA. As a Law and Legal Studies major, he will commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army in May 2021. Sam has made the Dean's List in each of his first six semesters at the Academy. He posted his highest semester GPA in the fall of 2019, when he finished the semester with a 3.541 term GPA. He is a member of Company E2. Read more.

Cadets Simulate UN Security Council Negotiations

Cadets Simulate UN Security Council NegotiationsLast week, cadets in SS476: Conflict and Settlement simulated United Nations Security Council negotiations. Roleplaying as UN officials and permanent and non-permanent UNSC members, the cadets attempted to coordinate a multilateral response to the ongoing civil war in South Sudan.

E4 Company Cadets “House Keeping” on Trophy Point

E4 Company Cadets “House Keeping” on Trophy PointCDT John “Jack” Mays (2024) and cadets from Company E4 cleaned out the cannons on Trophy Point. Jack was bothered by the trash he saw in the cannons, so he sought and received permission from the USMA Museum to clean them up. He recruited a dozen cadets from all classes, made a plan, built tools, and bought lunch for his team. Jack invited COL Musteen and CPT Wyatt Brown of the Department of History to explain the history of Trophy Point and its cannons, and then they spent their Sunday afternoon improving the most visited place at West Point.

Men's Basketball Returns to Bubbleville For Matchup With Florida

Men's Basketball Returns to Bubbleville For Matchup With FloridaArmy West Point Men's Basketball head coach Jimmy Allen announced that the Black Knights will return to Bubbleville at Mohegan Sun Arena for a matchup with the Florida Gators tomorrow, Wednesday December 2.

The game is slated for a 2:30 p.m. tip off and will be broadcast live on ESPN2.

“We are excited about the opportunity to play a program of Florida's caliber,” Allen said. “We are extremely appreciative of the opportunity to compete right now and thankful for the support of the administration in our athletic department and in the Academy.”

The Black Knights will enter Wednesday’s contest as winners of their first three games, the team’s best start since the 2015-16 season. The contest will be Florida's first of the 2020-21 season. The last time these two teams met was during the 1971-72 season at Madison Square Garden where Florida won an 80-71 matchup.

Stay tuned at GoArmyWestPoint.com and @ArmyWP_MBB on Twitter for more information on Wednesday’s contest.

CDT Joo ’24 Nominated for the Dean’s “Brain Gainz”

CDT Joo ’24 Nominated for the Dean’s “Brain Gainz”CDT William Joo, Class of ’24, Company E-2, was nominated by his company for the Dean’s “Brain Gainz” recognition. CDT Joo sacrificed personal study time to help peers prepare for their PL100 WPR. Despite the study session being conducted in a completely remote forum, CDT Joo rose to the challenge and helped classmates effectively review course material. Thank you for your leadership, William!

Football to Represent 25th Infantry Division for 2020 Army-Navy Game

Football to Represent 25th Infantry Division for 2020 Army-Navy GameFor the 2020 Army-Navy Game presented by USAA, the Army football team will honor the 25th Infantry Division with special uniforms for America's Game set for December 12 at 3 p.m. ET at Michie Stadium. The game will air live on CBS.

For more detail on the uniform, please visit www.tropiclightning.football.

Origins: The United States Army formed the Hawaiian Division in 1921 to protect the Islands and Growing Interests in the Pacific. On October 1, 1941, the Hawaiian Division was split, creating the 24th and 25th Infantry Divisions. The 25th Infantry Division was stationed at Schofield Barracks on the Island of Oahu. Just over two months old when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, the 25th Infantry Division would move to Guadalcanal and take part in some of the most bitter fighting in the Pacific Theatre.

Electric Strawberry”: The 25th Infantry Division's iconic shoulder insignia is a lightning bolt superimposed on a taro leaf. The colors of gold and red were those of the late Hawaiian monarchy. While soldiers over the years have jokingly referred to the patch as the “Electric Strawberry.”

27th Infantry Regiments Wolfhounds: The 27th Infantry Regiment was the first American Regiment to completely defeat a full-scale NKPA (North Korean) attack. The 27th is a sub unit of the 25th Infantry Division. All of the sub units of the 25th ID will be honored with helmet stickers. Each unit has a unique history and info on each can be seen on the microsite. This is the first year we have a heavy emphasis on a sub unit (27th Wolfhounds) in addition to the overall division.

Wolfhounds: The 27th heavy fire was devastating. General Walker would use the Wolfhounds sent to trouble spots around the perimeter during the battle of Pusan (Major Korean War Battle). Read more.

Women's Basketball Knocks Off Iona for First Win of Season

Women's Basketball Knocks Off Iona for First Win of SeasonThe Army West Point Women's Basketball team notched its first win of the 2020-21 campaign, defeating Iona 67-52 at Christl Arena yesterday afternoon. After a slow shooting start for the Black Knights, cow Kate Murray ignited the Army attack, scoring 11 points in the third quarter en route to a 19-point, 12-rebound afternoon.

Fellow cow Natalie Stralkus posted 15 points of her own, knocking down two big three-pointers in the fourth quarter to clinch the victory. Alisa Fallon made her mark on the game in the fourth quarter as well, converting on back-to-back three-point plays to extend Army's lead from four to double digits.

The Black Knights had a huge advantage at the free throw line, making 20 free throws to Iona's one in the game. Army's 20 free throws were its most in a contest since it went 21-of-24 from the line opposite Lehigh on February 1, 2020. Murray registered her second career double-double and her first since November 12, 2018 vs. Columbia, the second game of her career. Her 12 rebounds matched her career high, which she also set in the Columbia contest. Murray was 3-of-4 from deep and 8-of-10 from the charity stripe. Stralkus' 15 points marks her 10th career double-digit scoring effort. The cow was 5-of-9 on the day and 3-of-7 from beyond the arc. Entering the season, only 10 of Stralkus' made field goals in her career came from inside the 3-point line. This season she has hit five shots from inside the arc. After being held scoreless in the first three quarters of play, Fallon scored eight in the fourth on 3-of-5 shooting. Read more.

Win Over Buffalo Lifts Men's Basketball to First 3-0 Start in Five Years

Win Over Buffalo Lifts Men's Basketball to First 3-0 Start in Five YearsThe Army West Point Men's Basketball team (3-0) continued its hot start, defeating Buffalo 78-74 in the team's final game at Bubbleville at Mohegan Sun Arena this past Saturday.

The win gives the Black Knights their first 3-0 start since the 2015-2016 season.

“I could not be happier and more impressed by our guys and the toughness and resiliency they showed today,” Head Coach Jimmy Allen said. “Buffalo is a terrific basketball program. They won 20 games last season and were picked near the top of the MAC this year, so for us to play like we did today in our third game in four days, I am super excited for our team and the guys are pumped.”

The Black Knights continue to see contributions throughout their lineup, as four different players recorded double-digit points in the contest. Junior Josh Caldwell was key for Army in this one, leading the team with a career-high 19 points, 10 rebounds and five steals, recording his fourth career double-double. Alex King posted 10 of his 16 points in the second half and was instrumental in turning around a big run from Buffalo in the second half. After a 14-0 run gave Buffalo the lead, King stopped the run with a big three-pointer and gave Army the lead again when Caldwell found him driving to the basket for the dunk. Army held Buffalo scoreless for the final 4:31 of the game, closing out the win with an 8-0 run. Read more.

Women's Basketball Adds Dec. 2 Tilt with Rider

Women's Basketball Adds Dec. 2 Tilt with RiderArmy West Point Women's Basketball will play Rider on Wednesday, December 2, in Lawrenceville, N.J. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

This will be the eighth all-time meeting between the two schools. The Broncs have the slight 4-3 advantage in the series which dates back to the 1995-96 season.

The last time the two schools met was on Nov. 29, 2015, in Christl Arena. Army, which was receiving votes in the USA Today Coaches Poll at the time, won the contest, 57-42. Jean Parker had a game-high 18 points, while Kelsey Minato also reached double-figures with 11.

This will be the first time since December 7, 2012 that the two schools will clash in Lawrenceville. Rider narrowly won that bout, 66-60.

Game dates and times are subject to change. Other non-conference contests will be announced in the near future.

Men's Basketball Heads to Bubbleville For Two Contests

Men's Basketball Heads to Bubbleville For Two ContestsThe Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and Gazelle Group have announced the complete schedule of matchups for the season-opening event known as “Bubbleville.” The Army West Point Men's Basketball team will face Central Connecticut on Friday November 27 at 2 p.m. and Buffalo on Saturday November 28 at 3 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

Bubbleville will house several events relocated and reimagined due to COVID-19 and provides a controlled environment with teams and event staff adhering to tribal, government, and NCAA health and safety protocols and testing requirements. All games will be played without fans in attendance. The matchups will be streamed on FloHoops.

The event will feature 45 games in 11 days, showcasing 40 NCAA Division I men's and women's teams. The schedule is subject to change.

Army opened its 2020-21 campaign on Wednesday night with a 93-32 victory over Merchant Marine. The win tied the Christl Arena record for the largest margin of victory by an Army team. The Patriot League announced earlier this month that Army and Navy have been granted exceptions to the league's conference-play only rule for the 2020-21 season.

To learn more about Bubbleville, visit https://www.hoophall.com/events/bubbleville or follow @hoophall #Bubbleville on Twitter and Instagram.

Army Football vs. Air Force Rescheduled for Dec. 19

Army Football vs. Air Force Rescheduled for Dec. 19The postponed Army vs. Air Force game has been rescheduled for Saturday, December 19 at 3 p.m. ET at Michie Stadium. The game will be televised on CBS Sports Network.

The game was originally scheduled for Saturday, November 7.

This season marks the 49th year of CIC competition between the three academies. The 121st iteration of Army-Navy is set for the week prior on December 12, also at Michie Stadium.

Like previous home games this season, a fan attendance decision will be announced at a later date.

USAA Behind the Game: The Army Mule

USAA Behind the Game: The Army MuleIn this week's Behind the Game, presented by USAA, Rich DeMarco looks back at the history of the Army Mule as the official Mascot of the Cadets which dates back to 1899. The Army Mules are trained by cadet Mule Riders, a part of the Spirit Support Activity of the U.S. Corps of Cadets. The current Army Mule Riders are: Cadet Denali Jackson ’20, Cadet Garrett Dolan 014621, Cadet Sarah Traynor ’22, and Cadet Kyle Kass ’23. Together they are present at many of West Point's athletic events, parades, and other ceremonial activities. The Mules serve not only as West Point's mascot, but also as the mascot for the entire United States Army.

Hockey Announces Rescheduled AHA Games

Hockey Announces Rescheduled AHA GamesArmy West Point Hockey head coach Brian Riley has announced new dates for the team's postponed American Hockey Association games against Holy Cross and Sacred Heart.

The Black Knights matchups against Holy Cross will take place on the road in Worcester, Mass., on January 5 and at home on February 23. Army will take on Sacred Heart at Tate Rink on January 29 and in Bridgeport, Conn., on February 9. Game times for these contests will be announced at a later date.

“Going into this year, we knew that we were going to have to have some adaptability with our schedule,” Riley said. “I appreciate both Holy Cross and Sacred Heart for working with us to reschedule these games. We are very excited about having the opportunity to get back on the ice and to begin preparing for our Atlantic Hockey season.”

The cadets are slated to return to the ice on December 4 when they take on Bentley at home. 

COL Reeves & Prof Watts Definition of “Attack” Overview

COL Reeves & Prof Watts Definition of “Attack” OverviewThe West Point Lieber Institute for Law and Land Warfare's Articles of War completes its symposium on the definition of "attack" that was recently discussed at the International Criminal Court. COL Shane Reeves and Professor Sean Watts provide an overview and highlight long-term consequences of the court's action in their wrap-up post. Read more.

Last Call for Virtual Beat Navy Tailgate

Don’t forget to register for our first virtual Beat Navy Tailgate which begins at 1:30pm EST on Saturday, December 12. Registration closes on Sunday, December 6 at 10pm EST. And until we can resume the fun in person, enjoy these memories from the 2019 tailgate!

Cadets Build Full-Scale Wood Trusses

Cadets Build Full-Scale Wood Trusses2022 Civil Engineering majors in CE403 Structural Analysis nailed their timber design block, learning how to design and efficiently fabricate wood trusses using expeditionary techniques. The cadets undertook true hands-on learning through cutting, framing, and loading their own truss designs to failure for the CE403 Truss Design Competition.

Men’s Basketball to Tip Off Season Tomorrow vs. Merchant Marine

Men’s Basketball to Tip Off Season Tomorrow vs. Merchant MarineThe Army West Point Men's Basketball team has announced a season-opening home contest against Merchant Marine tomorrow Wednesday, November 25 at 6:30 p.m. in Christl Arena.

The matchup will be streamed live on ESPN+ and will be closed to outside spectators.

This will be the 16th matchup between the Black Knights and the Mariners, with Army winning the first 15 contests between the academies. In last year's meeting, Army defeated Merchant Marine 80-43 for the Black Knights' first win of the season.

Game dates and times are subject to change. Other non-conference contests will be announced in the near future.

Women’s Hoops Adds a Pair of Non-Conference Tilts

Women’s Hoops Adds a Pair of Non-Conference TiltsThe Army Women's Basketball team added home contests with Hofstra and Iona to its non-league slate on Monday afternoon.

The Black Knights will open their season tomorrow Wednesday, November 25 vs. Hofstra at 2 p.m followed by a home contest with Iona on Sunday, November 29 at 3 p.m. Both games will be broadcast on ESPN+.

This will be Army's first matchup with Hofstra since the 2001-02 season. The Black Knights own the 5-4 advantage in the all-time series with the Pride, although Hofstra has won the last two tilts. The contest with Iona will be the 16th all-time meeting between the two schools and the first since the 2005-06 season. Army is 10-5 all-time against the Gaels.

There will be no fan attendance permitted for either game.

Game dates and times are subject to change. Other non-conference contests will be announced in the near future.

CDT Schieve ’21 Accepted to Attend USU

CDT Schieve ’21 Congratulations to CDT Bailey Schieve (ME, ’21) for being accepted to attend medical school at the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine of the Uniformed Services University (USU) next Fall. This is a tremendous accomplishment! The F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine is traditional in many ways, but it has unique tenets that make it a special place. Among its singular features is a curriculum that places special emphasis on military and public health medicine. This foundation prepares students for the important roles they will take on as uniformed physicians. The program melds the study of basic science, the clinical practice of medicine and military leadership training to produce innovative doctors. This signature blend of education and training distinguishes USU as a leader among institutions of learning. Their motto, “Learning to Care for Those in Harm's Way.”

CDT Bender & CDT Walker Named 2021 Rhodes Scholars

CDT Bender & CDT Walker Named 2021 Rhodes ScholarsThe United States Military Academy is proud to announce the Rhodes Scholars for the Class of 2021, CDT Tyrese Bender and CDT Evan Walker. They are of 32 scholars from the United States and will be joining recipients from more than 60 other countries. The last time West Point had more than one Rhodes scholar was back in 2014.

From San Antonio, TX, Tyrese Bender is an Engineering Management major at the United States Military Academy. His experience on several different sports teams throughout his life, to include his experience as a two-year track team captain at the Academy, sparked his passion for improving team cohesion through a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. His research has allowed him to contribute to the Academy’s inaugural USCC Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategy. Additionally, as the Cadet Leader Development Regimental Executive Officer this past summer, Tyrese facilitated conversations on various character development topics, providing individuals at the Academy the opportunity to navigate and connect through the challenges of a global pandemic and civil unrest. Tyrese is also the Deputy Brigade Commander at the Academy, making him the second-highest ranking cadet in the West Point chain of command. In hopes to foster more equitable, inclusive, and effective organizational and national policies, Tyrese will pursue MScs in Sociology and Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.

Born and raised in Rowlett, Texas, Evan Walker is an Operations Research Major at the United States Military Academy. With a passion for mentorship and leadership, her research and extracurriculars are centered around these topics as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion. Through the Elevation Initiative, a club for high performing minority cadets, Evan has had the opportunity to mentor 3rd and 4th Class Cadets on both leadership and academics. As a two-year captain of the Army Boxing team, she has balanced physical training with development as she mentored members on her team. She continued by implementing a formal mentorship program as a Regimental Commander for the 1,100 Cadets she currently leads. This past summer, as the Cadet Basic Training Regimental Commander, she facilitated conversations on diversity equity and inclusion among the Cadet leaders and New Cadets amidst the global pandemic and civil unrest that occurred prior to the summer's training. At Oxford she will read for an MPhil in Comparative Social Policy with a focus on the intersection between policy and inequalities in the workplace and their influence on social inclusion and mobility for racial and gender minorities. More info.

Football Wins Over Georgia Southern in Comeback Fashion, 28-27

Football Wins Over Georgia Southern in Comeback Fashion, 28-27Army West Point completed an incredible come-from-behind victory to defeat visiting Georgia Southern, 28-27 to remain unbeaten at home on Saturday afternoon at Michie Stadium.

The Black Knights went down 14-0 early in the first quarter as Georgia Southern took advantage of some early Army miscues.

However, the Black Knights battled back, capping off a 15-play, 75-yard, eight-minute drive with a one-yard touchdown rush by Sandon McCoy. The extra point by Quinn Maretzki made it a 14-7 contest.

The back-and-forth battle ensued, as Georgia Southern pulled out to a 21-7 lead on a 24-yard touchdown pass from Shai Werts to Cam Brown with 9:24 left in the half.

Three fumbles lost in the first half played a big part in the 21-7 deficit at the half for the Black Knights as they outgained the Eagles 147 total yards to 137 yards in the half, including 122 rushing yards to Georgia Southern's 96. Read more.

Behind the Game, Presented by USAA: Patriot Games

Behind the Game, Presented by USAA: Patriot GamesThis week on Behind the Game, presented by USAA, Rich DeMarco highlights the Patriot Games, which began in 2008 to enhance the weekend experience at America's Game. A spectacular two-day competition between Cadets & Midshipmen. Points are entered through five events. The team with the most points wins bragging rights and are presented with the Patriot Games trophy on the field during the Army-Navy Game.

Feinstein’s Findings: What a Game

Feinstein’s Findings: What a GameThe question after a football game like the one that took place inside Michie Stadium on Saturday is this: Where in the world does one begin?

Do you start with the bizarre and breath-taking ending? Or do you begin with sophomore linebacker Andre Carter, who didn't play a down as a freshman and got his first college start Saturday. All he did was block the extra point that was the difference in Army's 28-27 victory over Georgia Southern and get what SHOULD have been a game-clinching interception.

Then there was sophomore quarterback Tyhier Tyler, also making his first start, turning the ball over three times in the first half before coming back to lead Army's rally from a 21-7 deficit in the second half. Or you could mention Coach Jeff Monken's decision to stick with Tyler after the three fumbles.

What about the defense, which gave up several big plays, but also made several plays of its own in the fourth quarter to allow the Black Knights to hang on…barely. There should be kudos for Army's offensive line; for the fullbacks and for several players who had barely touched the ball all season who made big plays.

Then again, it is impossible to escape Monken's self-confessed over-coaching that gave The Eagles a chance to steal the game. What's more, Tyler's start could have been catastrophic and who knows what would have happened if the officials—after what felt like the 58th review in the fourth quarter—had given Georgia Southern's beleaguered kicker Alex Raynor, who had already missed from 28-yards and had an extra point blocked one final chance. The kick would have been 49-yards and Raynor's never made a field goal longer than 41-yards.
Even so, when the replay official finally ruled that the game was over, the celebration almost matched a postgame victory celebration after a win over Air Force or Navy.

“Relief," Monken said. "The first thing I felt when they said the game was over was relief.”

Understandable. He might have added, 'exhausted.' This was the game that wouldn't end. It was also a game that was a straight uphill climb for the Black Knights almost from the beginning. Read more.

CDT Rabb ’22 Tests Skeletal Traction Device

CDT Rabb ’22 Tests Skeletal Traction DeviceWhere else can you combine flight testing and biomechatronics but West Point! As part of an independent study, Cadet Ethan Rabb’22, Mechanical Engineering, conducted inflight testing of his skeletal traction device. This device is designed to maintain 30-pound tension force on femoral fractures in an aeromedical evacuation environment.

Extracurricular Club Update

Though these last seven months have changed the way we would normally operate, our cadet clubs are still active and developing their leadership skills.
• The Corbin Forum is staying physically ready as they have been hosting Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) workout prep sessions.
• Kendo Club has impressively resumed regular practices while taking into consideration proper safety efforts.
• Implementing social distancing and masks the Gospel Choir and Glee Club have successfully adapted to a new practice formation.
• Asian Pacific Forum celebrated their culture by hosting a public event that included food.
• Wanting to stay on their game, Orienteering trained at Lake Frederick while passing on orienteering skills to its new members.
• At the start of the pandemic the Cadet Yoga Class kept some of us calm and active as they released a few virtual yoga practices on social media. Now they are offering classes and workshops that are all cadet led.

Cadet Hostess Launches Fall Wine Tasting Program

The Cadet Hostess Office Launched the Fall Wine Tasting Program recently. These tasting events are designed to train and educate Cadets regarding wine protocol, etiquette, and formalities. Some of the things they learned were: how to read a wine label, the correct way to open a bottle, the appropriate amount poured into a glass, basic Tasting Techniques: See / Swirl / Smell / Sip / Savor, ordering wine at a restaurant - tips, how to ask for advice from the sommelier (wine steward), when you choose the wine, what is expected as it arrives for your approval, and suggestions for serving wine at home when you are hosting.

36th Annual Army Ten-Miler

During this year’s 36th Annual Army Ten-Miler, Virtual Edition, the Marathon Team formed two teams (Black and Gold) to compete in the event and finished 1st and 2nd overall in the ROTC/Service Academy Division that included 61 total team entries. The fastest male runner, CDT Dashiell Rogers, finished 29th out of 8,955 males. The fastest female runner, CDT Emily DiNallo, finished 11th out of 6,239 females. All USMA Cadets finished in the top 100 of their gender categories. These teams would normally be recognized by the CSA and SMA following the actual event in DC, but that could not happen this year.

1. West Point Marathon Gold
0:56:23 0:57:50 0:57:50 1:00:29 = 3:52:32
Zachary Gould M, Kyle Stacks M, Garrett Burnett M, Chase Hogeboom M

2. West Point Marathon Black
0:55:54 0:59:15 1:01:16 1:09:12 = 4:05:37
Dashiell Rogers M, Alexander Block M, Jake Pinuelas M, Haley Seaward F

3. Flying Gophers
1:02:58 1:03:02 1:04:30 1:04:43 = 4:15:13
Evan Wigham M, Alexander Baum M, Reed Smith M, Matthew Lindell M

USMA Tied for 2nd & Wins People's Choice Award

USMA Tied for 2nd & Wins People's Choice AwardIn October, two West Point cadet teams competed in the American Society of Engineering Management (ASEM) International Student Case Competition. The USMA teams tied for second place overall in the judged portion, and the team of Cadets Gerber, Benoit, Hall, and Posch (pictured) won the People’s Choice Award! Congrats to our ASEM cadet teams!

Rhattigan Added to Bednarik Award Watch List

Rhattigan Added to Bednarik Award Watch ListJon Rhattigan, a firstie linebacker on the Army West Point Football, was added the Chuck Bednarik Award watch list the Maxwell Football Club announced Wednesday morning.

The Chuck Bednarik Award has been presented annually to the nation’s top defensive player since 1995. The award named in honor of Chuck Bednarik, a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame ’69 and the NFL Hall of Fame ’67.

Rhattigan leads the team with 60 tackles (25 solo) and has 8.0 tackles for a loss. The Naperville, Ill., native also has two interceptions on the season, one of which he returned for a touchdown and the other he brought back 50 yards. In Army's win over UTSA, he posted a career high 11 tackles (5 solo) and had one stop behind the line of scrimmage. Rhattigan has led the team in tackles in five of Army's eight games this season.

Semifinalists for the Bednarik Award will be announced on Monday, November 30 and three finalists for the award will be announced Tuesday, December 8. The winner of the award will be announced as part of the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show which will be announced in late December or early January at a date to be announced shortly.

CDT Aldhizer ’21 Receives Thomas Young Award

CDT Aldhizer ’21 Receives Thomas Young Award As West Point continues to produce multiple research projects to advance the Army warfighter, cadets at the U.S. Military Academy are constantly at work reaching technological breakthroughs that make those advancements possible. Class of 2021 Cadet Thomas Aldhizer is one of many cadets using his passion for physics to develop contingency measures to potentially safeguard the lives of Soldiers on the battlefield. Aldhizer has spent most of his tenure at West Point defining theories related to lessening the variability of swinging when a casualty is being hoisted up into a Medevac helicopter. This year, the fruits of his labor finally came with the Thomas Young Award for outstanding research in physics.

Despite winning the award, the struggle to achieve this level of success was riddled with difficult obstacles. Those obstacles reminded him of simpler times in Pfafftown — a small community within the city of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he cultivated his passion for physics at Ronald Wilson Reagan High School. The community he lived in really valued and cherished people and the citizens of Pfafftown nurtured his desire to one day serve and give back to the people, Aldhizer added.

“I didn’t really want to go to college and make money, I wanted to go to college and be able to eventually do something to give back to Pfafftown," Aldhizer said. "So, I did JROTC in high school and I asked my mentors ‘where’s the best place I could go.’ They pointed toward a lot of places like Texas Tech or Virginia Tech, like a lot of good colleges, but not service academies.”

It wasn’t until his sophomore year in high school when his friend and colleague, 2nd Lt. Ean McCool, who was a senior at the time, informed Aldhizer of the opportunity that awaited him at West Point. McCool graduated from high school and attended West Point and that encouraged Aldhizer to do the same.

“I was like, ‘wow, people from Pfafftown can go to West Point,’ and that was kind of where I started looking into the academy and saying, ‘OK, how did my buddy get into West Point — what can I do, what should I do to get along that route,’” Aldhizer said of applying to West Point. Read more.

Army Football Hosts Georgia Southern on Senior Day

Army Football Hosts Georgia Southern on Senior DayThe Black Knights will be back in action on Saturday, November 21 at 12 p.m. ET at Michie Stadium as they host Georgia Southern. The game will be televised live on CBS Sports Network, with Ben Holden, Ross Tucker and Tina Cervasio on the call. The Black Knights are looking to get back to winning ways after a loss at Tulane last Saturday, snapping a four-game winning streak, the longest on the season. The Black currently own a seven-game home winning-streak dating back to 2019. During the stretch, the Black Knights have outscored their opponents by a total of 307-55.

During that seven-game home winning streak, they have held their opponents to less than 10 points in six of those seven games. In five of those six games (three in 2020), they have held opponents to a touchdown or less. The game will also be broadcast live on the Army Sports Network by Rich DeMarco and Dean Darling on the call. Fans can follow along on TuneIn Radio starting with the Tailgate Show at 10 a.m. ET. Saturday's game will feature the second-ranked Army rushing offense in the country (303.4 ypg) with Georgia Southern's 10th-ranked rushing defense in FBS (92.6 ypg).

The Black Knights will celebrate Senior Day for the following 21 players in what was originally slated to be the final home game at Michie Stadium for the Class of 2021 (will now play Navy at Michie on December 12 and possibly Air Force, TBD). Honorees include - RB Jordan Blackman, CB Javhari Bourdeau, RB Dominic DiStefano, RB Artice Hobbs, DL Jack Hough, OL JB Hunter, OL Mike Johnson, TE Jake Lauer, LS Paul Lawless, DL Jeremiah Lowery, OL Lucas McCleery, FB Sandon McCoy, DB Dean Ngendakuriyo, LS Kyle O'Connor, OL Peyton Reeder, LB Jon Rhattigan, K Landon Salyers, S Chris Skyers, LB Joe Stephenson, DL Nick Stokes and DL Amadeo West. Read more.

Jeff Monken Press Conference: Georgia Southern

Jeff Monken Press Conference: Georgia SouthernArmy West Point football head coach Jeff Monken met virtually with members of the local media on Tuesday afternoon for his weekly press conference inside Nowak Auditorium.

Army will look to get back in the win column as they host Georgia Southern at Michie Stadium. The game will be aired on CBS Sports Network. Kickoff is set for noon.

Army West Point Football Head Coach Jeff Monken
(Ref.: Opening Statement)
“We're sure disappointed about the way we played on Saturday. Credit to Tulane, they did a nice job of just keeping us off-balance on offense. They had those two early scoring drives and then again in the second half in the third quarter. The game was really odd. They had complete control of it in the first quarter and it seemed like we took control in the second quarter and had ourselves positioned at halftime and unfortunately couldn't come through in the second half. They outplayed us. They have a good team, a well-coached team, a really talented team. It made it difficult for us to match up with them in a lot of situations.”

“So, we'll come off that one and try to regroup and get ready for Georgia Southern, who also is a very well-coached team and a very talented team. In the grand scheme of things, I know them very well, but this will be our first time facing them and it will be a real test. They are doing some great things on offense running the football. They are one of the best rushing teams in the country. Scot Sloan, the defensive coordinator, and that staff know our offense very well. In fact, Brent Davis, our offensive coordinator, and Scot worked together at Georgia Southern on the same staff under Mike Sewak. So, they know our offense and it will be a challenge to go up against them. Scot and Nate Woody are good friends. In fact, they spent a lot of time this offseason talking about defense and option defense and low and behold we end up playing them which we didn't expect. There will be a lot emotion for me and a lot of us here on the staff that coached at Georgia Southern just because we love that school, and we love that program. I certainly cheer for them every time they play. I hate that we have to play them because I don't want to cheer against them but I'm going to have to make an exception for one day.”

“Our guys are excited for the opportunity to come back home and play in front of the Corps of Cadets. Hopefully, we'll do a good job of preparing them this week.” Read more.

USMA Faculty Presents at the 2020 IEEE NSS

USMA Faculty Presents at the 2020 IEEE NSSCongratulations to CPT David Fobar, MAJ Logan Phillips, MAJ Andrew Wilhelm, and COL Pete Chapman on presenting at the 2020 The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Nuclear Science Symposium (NSS). Their research, entitled “Considerations for Training an Artificial Neural Network for Particle-type Identification”, explored the impact of various training datasets on overall network accuracy. This marriage between machine learning and nuclear radiation detection proves to be an area of great interest. We are proud to have our excellent faculty taking part in exploring this frontier.

Cadets Watch “West Point” 1956 T.V. Show

Cadets Watch “West Point” 1956 T.V. ShowHistory instructors continue to be creative, inclusive, and safe in executing lessons with cadets enrolled in HI101. This week, CPTs Jessica Engel and Mandi Rollinson co-taught a lesson about the Role of the Family and Spouses in the Army. They used an auditorium space to ensure safe conditions along with other NPI, but it also enabled a great space to watch an episode from the 1956 TV show, “West Point”, as a class!

Women's Rugby to Host Senior Day Against Coast Guard

Women's Rugby to Host Senior Day Against Coast GuardThe Army West Point Women's Rugby team is set to host the Coast Guard Academy this Friday, November 20 at 4 p.m. for their final matchup of the fall. The Black Knights will also be using Friday's game as an opportunity to celebrate their seven firsties. How to Watch: https://goarmywestpoint.com/watch/?Live=2233&type=Live

This will be Army's second competition this season. The Black Knights are coming off a shut out 39-0 win over service academy rival Navy. Alex DiMarco was the driving force on offense, amassing six penalty kick points and eight points in successful conversions. The Black Knights also saw scores from Julia Riekena, who led the offense in tries with two, Abrianna Williams, Charisma Henry and McKenzie Borchers.

“In our current global situation, we try to look for every silver lining that we can. In this case, playing rugby during a pandemic has come with challenges, but it has opened up a pathway to compete against a team we haven't yet played in the history of our program," said assistant coach Kaitlyn Kelly. "We are hopeful that this will establish a playing partnership with the Coast Guard Academy in years to come.”

Army will be honoring the hard work and dedication of their seven senior classmen including captains Eleanor Burnett and Sydney Dawson as well as Hailey Hodsden, Charlotte Kuhn, Meeah Mazikowski, Alexis Smalls and Abrianna Williams.

“With all of the uncertainty of 2020, we are very excited to be able to celebrate our seniors on our final game of the fall season," said Kelly. "Their contributions to the program the last three years speaks volume to who they are not only as rugby players, but as individuals and future Army officers. The team is grateful that they have the chance to honor this senior class and hopefully send them off in a proper fashion and end this season on a high note with a victory.”

The senior day festivities will begin 30 minutes prior to the start of the game. Athletes from both sides have complied with their institutions' and conferences' respective COVID-19 testing guidelines ahead of the competition. The game will be closed to outside spectators but will have a live video stream of the game.

CHGS Hosts the Mass Atrocity Prevention Practicum

CHGS Hosts the Mass Atrocity Prevention PracticumThe West Point - The U.S. Military Academy Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS), in collaboration with Binghamton University, hosted the Mass Atrocity Prevention Practicum (MAPP). The three-day, multi-player role-playing simulation was attended by more than 80 cadets and midshipmen from USMA, USNA, and USAFA, as well as students from Yale University, Dartmouth, Georgetown University, Binghamton University, SUNY Albany, SUNY Brockport, SUNY Stonybrook, and the Nigerian Defense Academy.

CDT Lamb ’23 Fall Photo Contest Winner

CDT Lamb ’23 Fall Photo Contest WinnerThis year’s Cadet Fall Photo contest winner is Class of 2023 Cadet Hannah Lamb. She received over 228 likes. Her photo is the capture of a Firstie in the Class of 2021 looking off into her bright future. Congratulations on a winning and a great photo.

Photo: by Cadet Hannah Lamb

MG Mennes ’88 Guest Lecture for Cadets

MG Mennes ’88 Guest Lecture for CadetsSome cadets of SE301: Fundamentals of Engineering Design & Systems Management had a special guest lecture last week: MG Brian Mennes, USMA Class of 1988, and Commanding General, 10th Mountain Division (Light) and Fort Drum, New York, and Deputy Chief of Staff – Operations for Resolute Support Mission – Afghanistan. MG Mennes talked about his current role managing his mission in Afghanistan while also commanding the 10th Mountain Division, which includes over 19,000 Soldiers spread between Afghanistan, Fort Drum, New York, and Fort Polk, Louisiana. Talk about a complex system!

West Tabbed Senior CLASS Award Candidate

West Tabbed Senior CLASS Award CandidateAmadeo West, a firstie on the Army West Point Football team, was selected as a candidate for the 2020-21 Senior CLASS Award for the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), it was announced this past Friday. West was one of 30 players to be named candidates for the award.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. In order to be classified for the award, an NCAA Division I FBS senior must have notable achievements in the following four areas: community, classroom, character and competition.

Throughout his career, West has suffered three injuries that forced him to miss ample playing time, yet he was still named a team captain for the 2020 season. The Oceanside, Calif., native has accumulated 15 tackles (6 solo) and has 4.0 TFLs for a total loss of 16 yards in seven games played this season.

While back home in Oceanside, Calif., West helped hand out lunches at Caesar Chavez Middle School during quarantine. In addition, he serves as the Diversity and Inclusive Officer for Company C4 and is active in the Corps of Cadets community at West Point.

West was also named to the Lott IMPACT Trophy Award watch list in September, an award that puts equal weight on exceptional performance on and off the field.

To determine the overall Senior CLASS Award winner, the 30 candidates are narrowed to ten finalists at the end of the regular season, and those names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system available to media, coaches, and fans, who will select one candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs: community, classroom, character and competition. Along with the winner, the ten finalists will be awarded Senior CLASS Award first- or second-team honors.

The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the football bowl season in December. For more information on the candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.

GEN Raymond Tours the House of PANE

GEN Raymond Tours the House of PANERecently, General John Raymond, the very first Chief of Space Operations of the U.S. Space Force, took a tour of the House of PANE (Physics and Nuclear Engineering). CDTs Muffett, Catina, Michels, Parsons, and Fitzsimmons presented their capstone project on development of an initial entry mapping and radiation localization system. Cadets Jerod Warren, Adrian Garlant, Collin Combs showed General Raymond the water moderated sub-critical assembly and explained their capstone project to install a graphite moderated sub-critical assembly in the same room. CDTs Kemp, Bush, and Debzak briefed the General on the USMA Space Military Individual Advanced Development (MIAD) program. The MIAD is the Army Basic Space Cadre Course which awards qualified cadets the 3Y, space cadre, identifier as well as the basic space badge. General Raymond had the opportunity observe Mars, Saturn, and Jupiter through Department’s observatory. CDT Chelsea Grogan and CDT Jacob Willis explained some of the features of the observatory’s main telescope. Additionally, COL Gerving presented General Raymond with the target he destroyed using the High Energy Laser in the Photonics Research Center.

Feinstein’s Findings: A Long Day

Feinstein’s Findings: A Long DayThe case can be made that the final score Saturday in New Orleans: Tulane-38, Army-12 was a bit deceiving. Tulane's last touchdown came on a poorly conceived and executed trick play attempt by Army on a kickoff. The Green Wave's previous touchdown was set up when a desperate Army team tried a fake punt on fourth-and-11 from its own 19-yard line that was stopped for a two-yard-loss.

But even if you discount those two late scores, there's no doubt that Army was outplayed for most of the afternoon. The Black Knights had three turnovers—one on the kickoff and two interceptions. They moved the ball in fits and starts but could never find any real consistency. They even had an extra point blocked, a play that loomed large at halftime with Tulane leading 14-12 but became moot when the home team dominated the second half.

The best news about the day? Tulane isn't on next year's schedule.

The Green Wave has been Coach Jeff Monken's Kryptonite since he arrived at West Point in 2014. As much progress as the program has made in the last seven years—including this year's record of 6-2—the Black Knights haven't been able to beat Tulane.

They have lost heartbreakers and they have lost semi blowouts. They've played Tulane four times since 2015; losing late—34-31--in the first meeting and 21-17 two years later after a couple of controversial calls on the Green Wave's game-winning drive. A year ago, it was 42-33 in Michie Stadium, ending Army's 15 game home winning streak, though the final margin was deceptively close. Read more.

CDT Black ’22 Nominated for the Dean’s “Brain Gainz”

CDT Black ’22 Nominated for the Dean’s “Brain Gainz”CDT Adam Black, Class of '22, Company G-3, was nominated by his company for the Dean’s “Brain Gainz” recognition. According to his company, “CDT Black successfully navigated one of the most challenging Thayer weeks ever heard of at West Point. He completed 4 WPRS and 4 Problems sets in 4 days. Thayer weeks are a common occurrence at West Point, but Adam showed great academic resilience.” If you are in a “Thayer week,” try to keep smiling like Adam!

Cadet MAL Receives Overall Distinguished Delegation Award

Cadet MAL Receives Overall Distinguished Delegation AwardCongratulations to our Model Arab League for their performance in the North East Regional Model Arab League (NERMAL) conference, they received the Overall Distinguished Delegation Award!

Additionally, CDT Thomas Sonnie ’22 and Karl Steeneporte ’23 received the award for outstanding delegation for the Council of Social Affairs and CDT Thomas Gover ’22 received the Distinguished Delegation Award for the Council of Economic Affairs.

Normally held at Northeastern University in Boston, this year’s conference was held virtually.

Our team represented the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and participated in numerous councils (Joint Defense, Economic Affairs, Palestinian Affairs, etc.). The event provided Cadets the opportunity to engage with multiple disciplines, including international relations, security studies, and socio-cultural skills. It also provided a venue for Cadets to hone their diplomatic and negotiation abilities as they compete and cooperate with students from other universities.

Behind the Game, Presented by USAA

Behind the Game, Presented by USAAEach week leading up to the America's Game, Rich DeMarco looks back at all the great moments in Behind the Game, presented by USAA.

As we get ready for the 121st meeting between service-academy rivals at West Point's Michie Stadium we look back at the first meeting between Army and Navy in 1890 at The Plain at West Point as well as big moments and stars that have played in one of the greatest college football rivalries.

Cadets Virtually Interact with Junior ROTC H.S. Students

Cadets Virtually Interact with Junior ROTC H.S. StudentsLast week 23 cadets interacted with Junior ROTC high school students for the virtual Leadership, Ethics and Diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (LEADS) workshop with students in and around the Detroit area.

For one who wishes to become an officer in the Army, the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), the U.S. Military Academy or Officer Candidate School are the usual options to consider. However, how does one become inspired to make that life-changing decision? 

“The LEADS program was the only influence I had in joining West Point,” Class of 2021 Cadet Lawrence Shepherd said as he explained his role as the cadet-in-charge of the event. During the event, 23 cadets interacted with Junior ROTC high school students for the virtual Leadership, Ethics and Diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (LEADS) workshop on Friday. Out of the 23 cadets, 15 local Michigan cadets took part in coordinating the event. Read more.

Radiance Independence Bowl Ticket Information

Radiance Independence Bowl Ticket InformationArmy West Point Athletics has announced that ticket sales for the Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl will begin Monday, November 16 with a membership-level presale for 2020 Army A Club members and 2019 season ticket members.

Due to strict stadium capacity limits and to allow for social distancing, Army West Point has received a very limited ticket block. Tickets will be sold in pods of four only, with each account being limited to one pod. Tickets are $47, or $188 per pod.

Presale Timeline:

  • Monday, November 16: AD's Circle and Commander-In-Chief levels
  • Tuesday, November 17: Superintendent and Commandant levels
  • Wednesday, November 18: Five Star, Colonel and Major levels and 2019 Season Ticket Members request only***
  • Thursday, November 19: Captain, Lieutenant and Ranger levels request only***

***Request only: due to stadium capacity limits, Army West Point has received a very limited ticket block. Beginning Wednesday, November 18, all ticket orders will be request only. Requests will be evaluated based on Army A Club membership level and priority points.

Tickets will become available to the general public Monday, November 23 if tickets remain upon the conclusion of the Army A Club presale.

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

WPAOG Spirit Button Contest Winner

WPAOG Spirit Button Contest WinnerWPAOG is pleased to announce Monica Sweatt, parent of a Firstie, as the winner of the 2nd WPAOG Army-Navy Spirit Button Design Contest. Monica was thrilled to learn her design was selected and wanted the design to be simple so that every member of the Long Gray Line and Army could appreciate and wear it proudly.

“I have watched the game for many years. It's a great American experience and I am proud that I have a son at West Point today,” said Monica. Read more about the inspiration behind her design: https://www.westpointaog.org/document.doc?id=10908

Register for our first virtual Beat Navy Tailgate on Saturday, December 12th, beginning at 1:30pm EST. The first 1500 registrants to register by November 19th will receive 2 Army-Navy Spirit Buttons per household.

Register Here: https://www.westpointaog.org/GoArmyBeatNavy

Stephenson Named Wuerffel Trophy Nominee

Stephenson Named Wuerffel Trophy NomineeAfter being tabbed to the Wuerffel Trophy Watch List in July firstie linebacker Joe Stephenson was officially named a nominee for the award this past Tuesday afternoon.

The Wuerffel Trophy, known as “College Football's Premier Award for Community Service”, is named after 1996 Heisman Trophy winning quarterback from the University of Florida, Danny Wuerffel. The award exists to honor college football players who serve others, celebrate their positive impact on society, and inspire greater service in the world.

Stephenson volunteers for the In My Bag Tour Foundation, a non-profit organization that develops educated, entrepreneurial-minded individuals who are healthy and serve their communities. At its last event, he helped serve over 500 students and 200 teachers in the Danville, Va., and Philadelphia areas with pre-packaged book bags and gifts of appreciation. The foundation raised over $10,000 in a three-month span in 2019. As a community liaison, Stephenson assists with volunteer communications and event logistics.

At the Academy, Stephenson, an American politics major, is a Dean's List student and a member of the Christian Athlete Society while currently serving as both the Military Development Officer and the Diversity Officer for his company.

The Wuerffel Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. Founded in 1997, the NCFAA and its 25 awards now boast more than 800 recipients, dating back to 1935. Visit www.ncfaa.org to learn more about the association. Read more.

No. 25 Football Heads to the Big Easy to Face Tulane

No. 25 Football Heads to the Big Easy to Face TulaneThe Black Knights will be back in action on Saturday, November 14 at 12 p.m. ET at Yulman Stadium in New Orleans vs. Tulane. The game will be streamed live on ESPN+, with Joel Meyers and Brian Kinchen on the call. The Black Knights are riding a four-game winning streak into Saturday's contest. The Black Knights are 1-1 on the road this year, with a loss at nationally ranked Cincinnati (September 26) and a win at UTSA (October 17). The game will also be broadcast live on the Army Sports Network by Rich DeMarco and Dean Darling on the call. Fans can follow along on TuneIn Radio starting with the Tailgate Show at 10 a.m. ET. For the third-straight week the Black Knights are ranked in the Top 25 of the Coaches Poll. After sitting at No. 22 last week, the Black Knights are at No. 25 after being idle the past two weeks.

This is just the fourth time since 1970 that Army has won at least six games in its first seven tilts. The Black Knights started the 1996 season with a 7-0 record. They opened the 1985 and 1988 seasons with a 6-1 record. The Black Knights are set to take the gridiron for the first time since October 24. After a bye week (October 31), Army had last week's contest vs. Air Force postponed due to COVID-19 cases at the Air Force Academy. This is 16th season where Army has had four different players have a 100-yard rushing game. Four of those seasons have occurred in the Monken era (2020, 2019, 2017, 2015). Read more.

Cross Country Competes in Veterans Day Race on The Plain

Cross Country Competes in Veterans Day Race on The PlainThe Army West Point Men's and Women's Cross Country teams competed in a joint Veterans Day meet on the historic grounds of The Plain at West Point on Wednesday.

The event was held after the cancelation of America's Race, which was scheduled to be held on The Plain between Army, Navy and Air Force.

With a contingent of the Corps of Cadets in attendance, the teams ran a course that spanned two laps around the perimeter of the parade grounds, followed by an s-shaped inner circle and concluding with two final laps around the perimeter.

Firstie Daniel Horoho was the first to cross the finish line for the men's team and plebe standouts Georgia Jones and Helen Shearer finished first and second for the women's team. The pair have placed as the team's top-two finishers in each of Army's meets this season.

The event concludes a shortened season that saw the Black Knights compete in three meets, headlined by a split result in the Army-Navy Star Meet in October where the women's team claimed its second consecutive star victory.

Men's Top Finishers:
1. Daniel Horoho - 15:23.4 | 2. Matthew Porter - 15:30.3 | 3. Caden Foster - 15:34.0 | 4. Luke Lusskin - 15:55.1 | 5. Mitchell Burr - 16:00.1.

Women's Top Finishers:
1. Georgia Jones - 17:30.4 | 2. Helen Shearer - 17:32.3 | 3. Mika Andrews - 18:13.6 | 4. Sophia Sandy - 18:33.2 | 5. Sarah Grodin - 18:48.8.

Jeff Monken Press Conference: Tulane

Jeff Monken Press Conference: TulaneArmy West Point football head coach Jeff Monken met virtually with members of the local media on Tuesday afternoon for his weekly press conference inside Nowak Auditorium.

The Black Knights will look to pick up their fifth consecutive victory when they travel to New Orleans, La., to take on Tulane this Saturday at noon ET. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+.

Army West Point Football Head Coach Jeff Monken
(Ref.: Opening statement)
“Well we are excited to be in another game week and hopefully we won't have any snags and we'll be able to play this weekend. I know there have been a lot of games that have been postponed and canceled and rescheduled and those kind of things, and we're just hopeful that we're able to play. It's been a couple of weeks. It seems like a long time since we were last out there on the field and we love to have the chance to play. We're playing an outstanding team. They have improved so much from the early weeks of the season. Coach (Willie) Fritz is just a tremendous football coach. He has two great coordinators: Jack Curtis, who I know really well, was our defensive coordinator at Georgia Southern for three years while I was the head coach there and Will Hall, who is now in his second year. They are doing a great job and it has been impressive to see how both coordinators have tweaked their philosophies a little bit to fit their personnel and they're doing a nice job. It's going to be a tremendous challenge. We've played them three times since I've been the coach here and we haven't beaten them yet. They've all been close games. Last year they got away from us and were up a big score and we were able to ramble back by way of a scoop score and then scored a touchdown and we just couldn't bet back into it. They have a really good team and they're well-coached. It's going to be a challenge to play down there at their place.”

(Ref.: On how hungry the team is to get back on the field)
“Our guys have worked really hard. They've worked hard since June, since we've been back here, with a desire to play and play a full football season. I'm glad we've made it this far and had a chance to play seven games, but there have been other teams that have played more and a whole lot that have played less. We're fortunate to have had the opportunity to play as much as we had, and we want to continue the season. This is a great football team. They have a talented team and they essentially have had our number. We're excited to play and to measure ourself against Tulane.” Read more.

Army Hockey Slated 5th in Preseason Poll

Army Hockey Slated 5th in Preseason PollThe Army West Point Hockey team was slated fifth in the Atlantic Hockey Association Coaches Poll, announced by the league today.

“For us, it has been a long preseason, but I am really proud of how our guys have handled it,” said head coach Brian Riley. “They have come up to the rink with a sense of excitement and energy every day. I think a lot of it has to do with what happened last year. You don't realize how much you love something until it is taken away from you. They are willing to do whatever it takes to have a season and we can't wait to get started this weekend.”

The Black Knights received 60 points in the poll to rank fifth. The Eastern Pod that Army will be competing in for the 2020-21 season took four of the top-five spots in the poll.

American International led the way with 96 points and seven first-place votes and was followed by Sacred Heart (76 pts, 2 votes), Bentley (75 pts.), Niagara (69 pts., 1 vote) and then Army. Air Force and Robert Morris were tied for sixth (49 pts.), while Holy Cross was slated eighth (27 pts.) and Canisius and Mercyhurst rounded out the poll with 18 points apiece.

RIT announced yesterday that all of its 2020-21 winter sports were canceled, including men's and women's ice hockey, and were therefore not included in the poll.

The Black Knights open their season against LIU on Saturday with a 4:05 p.m. puck drop at Tate Rink.

Fall Sandhurst Results

Sandhurst is the world’s premier international academy military skills competition that inspires excellence through rigorous physical and mental challenges that reflect the tempo, uncertainty and tasks of combat operations. The competition strengthens relationships with our allies and partners to foster multi-national cohesion and interoperability - showcasing the tenacity and grit of future leaders of the Armed Forces across the world.

Cadets will need to think rapidly and adapt to succeed. The competition includes 14 grueling events that will test cadets ability to shoot, move, communicate, medicate and lead then will conclude at the Crucible – the final event design by the Military Ninja Warrior focused on physical/mental toughness and agility.

Congratulations to the top 12 teams who will move forward to represent West Point as they compete in the Sandhurst Military Skills Competition in the spring. Here are the top 12 in order:

1. D2, 2. F1, 3. G3, 4. H4, 5. E4, 6. B4, 7. A4, 8. E1, 9. D3, 10. F2, 11. A3, 12. E3

Patriot League Plan on 2021 Basketball Season Starting in January

Patriot League Plan on 2021 Basketball Season Starting in JanuaryThe Patriot League Council of Presidents endorsed a plan for a League-only Men's and Women's Basketball schedule for the 2020-21 season, beginning on Saturday, January 2, it was announced Monday. League play will be contingent on the League and its member institutions being able to conduct competition in ways that protect the health and safety of student-athletes, coaches, staffs and their communities.

Consistent with the prioritization of health and safety, the 2020-21 schedule format features a significant reduction in travel and overnight stays. No teams will be permitted to fly to games.

Instead of the League's traditional double round-robin format, teams will play an increased number of games against League opponents in closer geographic proximity.

“We have accomplished the first step in the planning process for the 2021 Patriot League men's and women's basketball season,” said Lafayette College President Alison Byerly, Chair of the Council of Presidents. “The Council of Presidents places the highest value and priority on League competition, and we believe this model offers the best opportunities for us to conduct a safe and successful League season.”

The 10 Patriot League institutions will be divided into three regional mini-conferences with teams playing four games against each regional opponent. Additional League games will be played outside of the mini-conferences to complete the 16-game regular-season schedule. Read more.

Air Force Game Officially a Virtual Sellout

Air Force Game Officially a Virtual SelloutDespite the unfortunate news regarding the postponement of the November 7th Army-Air Force game at Michie Stadium, Army West Point Athletics feels it's important to celebrate and recognize the Army fans around the globe for their support of the Air Force virtual sellout.

While the game will not be played this Saturday, for the seventh consecutive time at Michie Stadium, the Army-Air Force game has SOLD OUT!

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic restricting fan access to Michie Stadium, Army West Point Athletics introduced the Air Force virtual sellout on October 1st in hopes of keeping the sellout streak alive in 2020. Showing immense pride in the Army team, supporters from around the globe rallied to be a part of the Air Force virtual sellout. In addition to keeping the streak alive, supporters of the Air Force virtual sellout will receive a commemorative game ticket, 3x Army A Club Priority Points and will be entered in several raffle prize drawings. Raffle winners will be announced on Thursday, November 12th. An Army West Point Athletics rep will contact the winners via phone.

In total, the Air Force virtual sellout sold 40,694 tickets, generating $815,825 from 1,826 supporters as part of the Fight on to Victory Campaign in support of more than 1,000 outstanding cadet-athletes.

Established in October 2020, the Fight on to Victory Campaign will help Army West Point Athletics offset the projected budget shortfall, while also serving as a rally cry and inspiration for our outstanding cadet-athletes, coaches, staff, alumni and supporters around the globe. To learn more about how you can join the fight, please visit www.fightontovictory.com.

LTG(R) Hodges Virtual Guest Lecture

LTG(R) Hodges Virtual Guest LectureLieutenant General (Retired) Ben Hodges, former commander of U.S. Army Europe, recently gave a virtual guest lecture to cadets enrolled in Dr. Rob Person’s course, SS375 - Politics of the Post-Soviet States. He spoke to cadets about Russia’s ongoing war in Ukraine and Moscow’s broader strategic objectives in the Black Sea region. He also discussed many of Russia’s recent advances in weaponry and warfighting capabilities and how those developments affect strategic stability on NATO’s eastern flank and beyond.

Rifle Takes Second Place in All-Academy Match

Rifle Takes Second Place in All-Academy MatchThe No. 5 Army West Point Rifle team earned a second place finish in the All-Academy President's Trophy match featuring service academy foes No. 6 Air Force, No. 14 Navy and No. 18 Coast Guard.

The match used the service academy scoring system, which counts the top five scores of eight selected scorers. The Black Knights finished with a mark of 5848 falling one point short of Air Force's tally of 5849. Navy took third place with a score of 5812 and Coast Guard finished in fourth with 5708.

Army finished with the top NCAA mark with an aggregate total of 4686 to match its program record, which it set last week. In all three of its matches this season, Army has set or matched its program record.

“I'm happy that we tied the program record which we reset last week,” said Army head coach Web Wright. “We will get some rest and gear up for tomorrow. I know we have more points in us and we can take Air Force tomorrow. We just need to do what we know how to do, relax and get in the zone.”

Plebe Kyle Kutz posted a mark of 589, which was just two points shy of tying Army's program record. Senior captain Clayton Hanson finished with the second highest aggregate score with 1178. Read more.

Men's Tennis Closes Out Weekend with 27 Victories Against Air Force

Men's Tennis Closes Out Weekend with 27 Victories Against Air ForceThe Army West PointMen's Tennis team closed out their weekend long tournament with the United States Air Force Academy Saturday afternoon in the final two rounds of doubles and singles play. The Black Knights and the Falcons competed in a total of 53 matches through three days, with the Black Knights coming out victorious in 27 matches.

After a dominant performance in singles play on Friday afternoon, Army returned for play Saturday morning, eager to carry over their success into the third and final round of doubles. In the opening bracket of East vs West, both teams split at an even three victories a piece. The teams of Diego Huttepain/Jake Huarte, David Gorshein/Samuel Haikal and Daniel Zhou/Paul Roberts each recorded a win for Army with scores of 8-6, 8-3 and 8-4 respectively.

When the duos met again in the final round, Army took the advantage on Air Force, capturing wins in four of the six final matchups. Gorshein/Haikal and Zhou/Roberts picked up their second team wins of the day with added victories from Nikita Larichev/Samuel Eden and Nathan Jose/Stanley Liu.

The Black Knights struggled to find momentum in the final round of singles, notching five total wins between the Black/Blue and Gold/Silver matchups. In the Black/Blue bracket, Huttepain started the afternoon with a dominant 6-1, 6-2 victory against Air Force's Baylon followed by a 6-3, 6-3 win by Zhou over Vroman. Army took three hard fought victories in the Gold/Silver bracket, with individual wins by Huarte (6-2, 6-2), Haikal (6-2, 1-6, 10-7) and Jose (3-6, 6-2, 10-1). Read more.

Dr. Kartchner Presents Strategic Culture

Dr. Kerry Kartchner, former State Department official and Visiting Associate Professor at BYU, delivered a presentation and engaged in a discussion on strategic culture with cadets from SS289: Intro to International Affairs Senior Project, in the Department of Social Sciences. Dr. Kartchner’s practical experience with arms control negotiations and published scholarship on nuclear nonproliferation provided the students an opportunity to ask questions about US deterrence policy and international politics. Dr. Kartchner concluded by providing advice on developing research on this topic, which will be useful for the students’ research projects for this year’s client: US Strategic Command (STRATCOM).

Army Virtual Turkey Trot is Now Live

Army Virtual Turkey Trot is Now LiveArmy West Point fans who are looking for a fun way to stay active this Thanksgiving should look no further! Army will host its first ever Virtual 5K Turkey Trot between the dates of Sunday, November 22 through Sunday, November 29.

All virtual racers are encouraged to use treadmills at home, or go outside and practice safe social distancing while walking, jogging or running a route of your choice. All proceeds from the event will go to the Army A Club Fight On To Victory Campaign to support the over 1,000 cadet-athletes and mitigate the forecasted budget deficit due to the effects of COVID-19.

Interested runners can register at the link below, between today and Saturday, November 21st, and submit their times online to Army West Point Athletics via FitRankings. The FitRankings virtual race platform syncs with fitness apps (FitBit, Apple Watch/Health, Garmin, Suunto, and much more) to easily upload times for the 5K.

The cost to register is $47 which includes a digital running bib, t-shirt and face tattoos. Army West Point virtual runners must register by Monday, November 9 to receive their t-shirt & face tattoos in time for the run. We will continue to allow participants to register for the race until Saturday, November 21, however, t-shirts will not arrive until after the event. All participants will also be entered into a raffle to win select Army West Point prizes!

Participants are encouraged to share their 5K Turkey Trot experience through their social media platforms by using the hashtag #ArmyVirtualTurkeyTrot.

To register, please click this link.

To join the fight and learn how you can make an impact on Army West Point Athletics and our outstanding cadet-athletes during these challenging times, please visit www.fightontovictory.com.

The SOSH Run Tradition Continues During COVID

The SOSH Run Tradition Continues During COVIDWhat better way to hand in your end-of-semester research paper than dressing in a costume? Yesterday, cadets continued the tradition of the SOSH Run, rushing to deliver their final papers to the Department of Social Sciences by 4:30 p.m.

Photo by Eric Bartelt

Cadet Grounds Keeping on Constitution Island

Cadet Grounds Keeping on Constitution IslandService is a key component of the West Point - The United States Military Academy experience. Cadets from the History Club spent a chilly afternoon on Constitution Island helping do some grounds keeping around the Warner House and in Anna Warner’s historic garden. The Cadets also cleared deadfall from the trails that lead to the numerous Revolutionary Era redoubts that once made up Fortress West Point.

First Captain McGinnis on Leading the COC

First Captain McGinnis on Leading the COCReilly McGinnis, a soccer standout from a small town in Pennsylvania, has joined a small, elite group of women who have earned the rank of first captain at the U.S. Military Academy – just six in the academy’s 218-year history.

“Thinking back as a plebe, I never would have thought this would happen,” McGinnis told MOAA. “Getting to lead in this position is definitely humbling.”

The first captain is the highest position in the cadet chain of command. She’s responsible for the performance of the 4,400-member Corps of Cadets and acts as a liaison between the corps and the administration.

It’s been a whirlwind of a journey for the “firstie,” who learned about the academy only when a recruiter spotted her at a soccer clinic during her high school years. The native of Macungie, Pa. – about a 2½-hour drive from West Point – didn’t know much about the military before stepping onto campus for a tour, but instantly felt that was where she belonged.

“After that visit, I couldn’t see myself going anywhere else,” she said.

McGinnis grew up leading her teammates on the soccer field, so leading comrades during training at the academy was a seamless shift. When an injury sidelined her, McGinnis decided to put all of her energy into more military activities. Full story.

West Point Hosts LTG(R) Christman

West Point Hosts LTG(R) ChristmanThe West Point Graduate Scholarship Program was fortunate to host LTG (R) Dan Christman, the 55th West Point - The U.S. Military Academy Superintendent, in XH407: Advanced Critical Thought. General Christman discussed with cadets applying for Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, and other prestigious scholarships virtually. They reviewed the future of humanitarian intervention, great power competition, and several strategic issues facing the Army. We thank General Christman for his longstanding mentorship and support to scholarship cadets and friend of the Scholarship Program.

Men's Tennis Welcomes Air Force for Double Header

Men's Tennis Welcomes Air Force for Double HeaderThe Army West Point Men's Tennis team will compete this weekend against service academy rival Air Force in a three day, round robin "shootout". The Black Knights and the Falcons will begin competition this evening at 7 p.m.

The Black Knights are coming off a strong team performance against the Coast Guard Academy where they found wins in 21 of 23 total individual matches, while this will be the first and only competition for the Falcons this year. Army and Air Force have a storied past including 16 contests dating back to 1970. The Falcons currently hold a 9-7 advantage over the Black Knights in dual competition.

The last time these two teams met was at the end of February, when the Black Knights traveled to California for a double header with the Falcons and the USC Trojans. Read more.

Cadets Interview USCC CSM Killingsworth

Cadets Interview USCC CSM KillingsworthCDTs Rahmeel Cook and Lexi West interviewed the USCC Command Sergeant Major Kenneth Killingsworth, to gain insight into the US Army’s enlisted development process. The interview was part of the research phase of the cadet’s capstone project, which involves developing a strategy to help senior leaders at USINDOPACOM better understand the enlisted development process for partner nations.

This year, over 140 Systems Engineering, Engineering Management, Systems & Decision Sciences, and Operations Research majors are working on 40 different cadet capstones. Each group works with an external client (such as USINDOPACOM, Mitre, and the US Army Aviation Center of Excellence) and applies systems engineering principles to solve a real problem or fill an organizational requirement. The cadet capstone is considered the culmination of a cadet’s experience in DSE, and many cadets consider it the most relevant and rewarding experience at USMA.

Jeff Monken Press Conference Quotes: Air Force

Jeff Monken Press Conference Quotes: Air ForceArmy West Point football head coach Jeff Monken met virtually with members of the local media on Tuesday afternoon for his weekly press conference inside Nowak Auditorium.

The Black Knights play their first Commander-in-Chief's Trophy matchup of the season this Saturday at Michie Stadium when they take on service academy foe Air Force. Kickoff is set for 11:30 a.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on CBS.

Army West Point Football Head Coach Jeff Monken
(Ref.: Opening Statement)
"I guess we haven't been here since the game two weekends ago and it was a great win for our guys, I thought they played really hard and performed well. I'm just pleased with the takeaways we got and our defense and how they continue to play and the production on offense. We're playing a lot of guys that don't really have a lot of game experience in some skilled positions, particularly the quarterback position. I'm really excited to see them get some game experience and build the reps that they frankly haven't had in practice. I thought they did a nice job. Our kicking game was really good that last time out. We covered kicks well, had a blocked kick and those are always big, and I'm just really impressed with the job that Coach (Sean) Saturnio is doing in motivating those guys to play really hard.

“Obviously, this week is a big game for us. We haven't had a bigger game this year than the one we're going to play this weekend. I know our guys are excited for the opportunity and certainly what's at stake when we play the academy games to earn the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy. It's always a great game and always a tremendous battle and hopefully we'll play well enough this Saturday that we can make it a battle again.”

(Ref.: On the biggest things the team was able to work on during the bye week)
“Obviously we don't face a lot of option teams, we did in The Citadel earlier this year, so at least we were able to get some game experience on defense playing against an option team, and I thought our defense played particularly well that day. We didn't play well offensively, but I thought the defense did a nice job. It just allows us to have a couple of weeks to get into to playing option defense. What is always the case with these academy games is these offenses are really good at what they do and regardless of having extra time, they find a way to move the ball and make plays and so we are just going to have to play our assignments. Hopefully we block really well and are able to slow them down. Offensively, to prepare a game plan for a team that really know the options and all of these academy defenses and the experiences that we have playing in these games - playing against each other in preseason camps and throughout the season when we have those opportunities - we get to know the offense fairly well so their defense is going to be prepared. They'll have a good plan, so we are going to need to execute really well.”

Major Muirhead Using WWII Weapons for Class

Major Muirhead Using WWII Weapons for ClassIn his HI 151: The Army of the Republic, Leading Citizen Soldiers classes, MAJ Eric Muirhead used WWII weapons from the West Point Museum and a few sandbags to transport his sections back to Italy’s Gothic Line in April of 1945. Using the Nisei 442nd Regimental Combat Team and the Late Senator Daniel Inouye’s Medal of Honor Citation, his cadets discussed what it means to be a citizen soldier where your country has wrongly taken your citizenship.

Rifle Adds Three Matches to Slate

Rifle Adds Three Matches to SlateThe No. 5 Army West Point Rifle team announced the addition of three matches to its 2020-21 schedule yesterday afternoon.

Army will play host to the All-Academy President's Trophy match featuring the following service academies: No. 6 Air Force, No. 18 Coast Guard and No. 14 Navy on Friday, November 6. The next day, the Black Knights will take on Air Force in a dual match. Additionally, the Black Knights will compete against No. 10 Akron in Palmyra, Pa. on Sunday, November 15.

Army has set program records in both of its matches this fall. The Cadets opened the season with a score of 4682 against Kentucky on October 17. Then on October 31, they bested that score with a mark of 4686 in a virtual tri-match with Nebraska and West Virginia.

In their most recent match, the Black Knights had four members record scores of at least 580 in smallbore and had three shooters at or above the 590-mark in air rifle.

The Cadets opened the season ranked 11th in the Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association (CRCA) Poll and have climbed their way up to No. 5 in the nation with their first two marks.

Debate Takes Top Three of Four at Remote Tournament

Debate Takes Top Three of Four at Remote TournamentWest Point - The U.S. Military Academy continued its tradition of hosting an annual debate tournament by conducting the Academy’s first remote debate tournament from October 30 to November 1, 2020. The tournament included 46 participants from seven different colleges and universities.

Army Debate performed extremely well as all four teams finishing the tournament with winning records. Cadets Tristan Monahan ’24 and Alex MacFarlane ’24 continued their winning ways by finishing first in the novice division. Additionally, Army Debate teams captured three of the top four places in the Open division. Cadet Greg Drake ’21 finished the preliminary rounds undefeated with a partner from Columbia University before being narrowly defeated in the Open championship by a team from NYU.

The team earned individual accolades as well with Cadets Monahan and MacFarlane earning 3rd and 4th place speaker awards, respectively, in the novice division and Cadets Vivian Tsai ’23 and Dhyuti Gopalakrishna ’23 earning recognition in the Open division.

Women's Rugby Shuts Out Navy On the Road

Women's Rugby Shuts Out Navy On the RoadThe Army West Point Women's Rugby team opened up their first competition of the year with a dominant 39-0 shutout win over Navy this past Saturday. The Black Knights scored early and often, allowing the defense to hold the Midshipmen scoreless through 90 minutes.

Alex DiMarco put Army on the board first in the fifth minute with a successful penalty kick. DiMarco's 3-0 score held stagnant until the 24th minute when Abrianna Williams ran for the Black Knights first try of the afternoon. Army's offense quickly gained momentum, posting two more unanswered tries in the 28th and 38th minute from Julia Riekena and Charisma Henry. With a strong 22-0 lead, DiMarco kicked for her second successful penalty kick of the day opening the gap to 25. Riekena and McKenzie Borchers sealed the deal for the Black Knights in the final 20 minutes; Rikena adding her second of the day and Borchers her first.

DiMarco had a dominant day for Army, adding six penalty kick points and eight point in successful conversions alongside Riekena who led with two tries on the afternoon. Read more.

Four Cadets Named CEP Scholar-Athletes for October

Four Cadets Named CEP Scholar-Athletes for OctoberMarshall Beatty and Mika Andrews of Army West Point Men's and Women's Cross Country and Luke Haug and Eleanor Burnett of Men's and Women's Rugby have been selected as the Corps Squad Athletes of the Month for October.

Women's Cross Country - Mika Andrews '21 International History Major with an Academic GPA last term of 3.868. She wears both the star (3.67+ academic GPA for 2+ consecutive semesters) and the wreath (top 15% of her graduating class) on her uniform. Cumulative GPA is 3.759, reflecting excellence in all of the pillars.

Men's Cross Country - Marshall Beatty '22 Philosophy major with a 3.604 cumulative GPA, with a 3.94 Academic semester GPA in spring 2020. Has taken on two extra semesters to study Russian solely because he enjoys learning the language and studying the culture. Top Army finisher and 3rd place overall at the Battle in Beantown 2020.

Men's Rugby - Luke Haug '21 Luke maintains a 3.234 cumulative GPA as a Business Management major. He has made the Dean's List every semester he has been at the Academy. He is aiming to branch Infantry following graduation.

Women's Rugby - Eleanor Burnett '21 Eleanor Burnett is a Firstie majoring in Geospatial Information Science. She currently maintains a 3.07 cumulative GPA and has made the Dean's List 3 times here at the Academy; including the last two (fall 2019 and spring 2020). NIRA 15s All-American Honorable Mention (2019). Read more.

Cadets Prepare for the Beat Air Force Bonfire

Cadets Prepare for the Beat Air Force BonfireCivil and Mechanical Engineering Says, “BEAT AIR FORCE!” - Cadets have been preparing for the Beat Air Force Bonfire. Cadets from CE201, Intro to Civil Engineering, designed an F22 Raptor model. This past weekend they put in some hours to build the F22 Raptor model. It is sure to get a warm welcome in the Spirit Bonfire later this week!

Dr. Roberts Discusses “What Soldiers Do”

Dr. Roberts Discusses “What Soldiers Do”Dr. Lou Roberts, the Department’s Ewing Chair, facilitated a discussion panel for three HI498 sections studying the Second World War. They discussed her book “What Soldiers Do” and learned how gender studies offer new approaches to military history. Dr. Roberts also explained her research and writing process which will help prepare the cadets for their upcoming theses.

Collective Offensive Effort Leads Men's Rugby Past Navy

Collective Offensive Effort Leads Men's Rugby Past NavyThe Army West Point Men's Rugby team had a successful road trip this past Saturday afternoon, securing a dominant 39-13 win over rival Navy.

The Black Knights got off to a strong start offensively as plebe Dom Tianga scored his first collegiate try in the 6th minute to give Army an early 7-0 lead. Captain Matthew Meehan then followed suit, adding the Black Knights second try of the day only 11 minutes in.

After a successful Navy penalty kick in the 16th minute, Army answered back with their third try of the day by Larry Williams, boosting their lead to 16. Despite two more scores by the Midshipman, the Black Knights offense remained relentless, posting three more tries on the afternoon from Nolan Green, Parker Ross and Robert Barrett. Read more.

Army Rifle Sets Program Record in Tri-Match

Army Rifle Sets Program Record in Tri-MatchFor the second consecutive match the No. 6 Army West Point Rifle team set a program record. The Black Knights posted a score of 4686 to take second place in a virtual tri-match with Great America Rifle Conference (GARC) foes No. 2 West Virginia (4709) and No. 8 Nebraska (4681). Each team shot in its home range.

“I'm really proud of the team for two back-to-back record setting performances,” said head coach Web Wright. “We've got a lot of depth this year and that's where we're seeing the difference.”

The Cadets had four shooters over the 580 threshold in smallbore in Clayton Hanson, Kyle Kutz, Lauren McMahan and Nicholas Cheshire. In air rifle, Army had three members reach the 590-mark in Hanson, Kaitlyn Kutz and McMahan.

“Sling went very well,” said Kyle Kutz, who shot 397/400 in sling. “The positions were solid, trigger pull was good and I just let the shots flow. Standing was a little bit below my average, but overall it was a great match. I definitely have a lot to reflect on and work on in future training sessions.”

“We got one percent better today, so it was a good day” Cheshire said.

The match will count towards Army's GARC record, but will not factor in as an NCAA event. Read more.

Virtual Reality Technology Enhances Small Unit Tactics

Virtual Reality Technology Enhances Small Unit TacticsIn January of this year, the U.S. Military Academy began working with the Penn State Applied Research Lab to facilitate an event called the Virtual Thunderstorm Technology Demonstration. During the demo, nine vendors provided the Rapid Reaction Technology Office (RRTO) from the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) with a solution to enhance small unit lethality on the battlefield. Conversations for this event began between November and December of last year with preparations for the culminating event the week of October 5-9.

According to LTC Chris Johnes, the director of the West Point Simulation Center, the solution is the development of a virtual reality simulation rendered by scientific research and development companies. Due to COVID-19 and travel restrictions, company representatives could not come to West Point to showcase their products live. The event had to be conducted — webinar style.

The event kick started on October 5 where each company had 10 minutes to give an overview of their virtual reality product. From October 7-9, three companies per-day presented 40-minute deep dives providing in-depth information on what their products were doing.

Furthermore, Johnes explained the Office of the Secretary of Defense identified different issues the Department of Defense wants to explore. For this venue, OSD focused on small unit tactics on the battlefield and reached out to vendors across the nation to solve the problem. In this case, the RRTO wanted to conduct a Rapid Response Mission Rehearsal for small tactical units and wanted to incorporate virtual reality technologies into the rehearsals. Read more.

Men's Tennis Posts Strong Outing Against Coast Guard Academy

Men's Tennis Posts Strong Outing Against Coast Guard AcademyThe Army West Point Men's Tennis had a successful day against Coast Guard Academy this past Saturday afternoon. The Black Knights and the Bears went head to head in 23 individual matches, with the Black Knights finding victories in majority of the sets.

A.J. Woodman and Thomas Lake both had a strong day for the Black Knights in singles and doubles play, securing a win as the No. 1 doubles team and a singles win in the No. 1 and No. 2 slots.

“We had a great day back into tennis. Our team was so excited to get to play matches again,” said head coach Jim Poling. “They played very solid tennis against a good Coast Guard team. Overall the matches went 21-2 for the Black Knights and many were close. We are looking forward to taking on Air Force next weekend. There will be some fired up tennis.” Read more.


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