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Cadets Visit Revolutionary War-era Boston

Cadets Visit Revolutionary War-era BostonCadets took part in a tour of Revolutionary War-era Boston with instructors and faculty from the Department of History. Cadets visited places like Lexington, Concord, and Bunker Hill, as well as the USS Constitution and the First Corps of Cadets Museum. This visit helped them understand the context for the beginning of the American Revolution, as well as gave them a broader understanding of warfare and culture in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Wolf Conservation Center Visit in South Salem, NY

Wolf Conservation Center Visit in South Salem, NY

Cadets enrolled in EV471:Ecology visited the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, NY this week. Through experiential learning, cadets deepened their understanding of the ecology of wolves and the role of predators in healthy ecosystems.

Mathematical Modeling Hosts Dr. Klein

Mathematical Modeling Hosts Dr. KleinThis week, MA103 (Mathematical Modeling) had the honor of hosting Dr. Brennan Klein from the Network Science Institute at Northeastern University. Dr. Klein gave a fascinating speech on networks. This was an exceptional brief on the practical application of networks, a topic our MA103 mathletes began studying just this week!

Cadets Handle WWII Weapons

History of the Military Art, 1900 to Present, cadets had a hands on experience with history. Using historical weapons from the WWII, cadets were asked to describe how each weapon represented changes in warfare in the 20th century. Last week in Major Phil Murray’s sections, cadets paired off in teams of two to play the roles of S-2 intelligence officers and S-3 operations officers to present on the complexities of submarine warfare, logistical convoys from America to the United Kingdom, as well as strategic air campaigns and defenses. The combination of course learning objectives with team based learning and briefing exercises prepares our cadets for their future roles as leaders in the Army.

Cadets Discuss Their Hispanic Heritage

Cadets Discuss Their Hispanic HeritageWe are closing out Hispanic Heritage Month by hearing from our cadets. Listening to and learning from each other makes us stronger as a team. Thank you to the @diversityforum.wplc for putting this together! “In episode one, Cadets Mendoza, Rivera Rivera, and Morell discuss how elements of their heritage influenced them growing up. Each cadet focuses on a different element of Hispanic Heritage which sheds light on their multifaceted culture.”

Hand-On WWI Weapons for Cadets

Hand-On WWI Weapons for CadetsCadets from History 101 - “Army of the Republic” get hands-on with weapons from WWI, courtesy of the West Point Museum. During these lessons, cadets discussed institutional changes in the Army, problems with mobilization and modernization, changing ideas of service and military leadership, and changes in American society. Cadets also examined the motivations, struggles, and contributions of the more than 380,000 African-American servicemembers who served in the Army during the war. Interacting with material culture like this helps cadets bridge the gap of time to gain a better understanding of changes in tactics, technology, and the experience of service members in past conflicts aiding their understanding of combat in WWI.

Golf Captures Bucknell Invitational Title

Golf Captures Bucknell Invitational TitleThanks to three Black Knights finishing in the top 10 on the player leaderboard, the Army West Point Golf Team claimed the 2021 Bucknell Invitational title with a 5-under third round. This is the first tournament victory for the Black Knights since capturing the 2019 Patriot League Championship and the first invitational win since taking home the Coca-Cola Wofford Intercollegiate in 2015. The Black Knights finished with three players scoring in the top 10 on the player leaderboard. Read more.

CDT San Martin Develops Twisted Rotor Blades

CDT San Martin Develops Twisted Rotor BladesCDT Emma San Martin ’22, as part of a collaborative study with Mechanical Engineering faculty members, developed a set of twisted rotor blades for use on a robotic miniature helicopter. The process used to develop the new rotor blade can possibly serve as a model for future vertical lift advancements. This development will also provide an enhanced understanding of vertical lift for future cadets.

Men’s Basketball Tabbed Fourth In Patriot League Preseason Poll

Men’s Basketball Tabbed Fourth In Patriot League Preseason PollThe Army West Point Men’s Basketball team was picked fourth in the 2021-22 Patriot League Preseason Poll. Last season, the Black Knights went 7-7 in league play and advanced to the Patriot League Semifinals for the first time since 2016. The program's 25 conference wins in the last three seasons are tied for the most in program history in a three-season span. Army returns 11 letter winners, including three starters, from last season's team that participated in the Collegiate Basketball Tournament (CBI). Read more.

Football Scheduled for Saturday Night Showdown in Wisconsin

Football Scheduled for Saturday Night Showdown in WisconsinFollowing its bye week, the Army West Point Football Team will resume its slate with a game at Wisconsin on Saturday, October 16. The action against the Badgers is set for an 8pm EST start in Madison.
How to follow: Watch - Big Ten Network, Radio - Army Sports Network, Game Notes - Army Notes • Wisconsin Notes, Live Stats - UWBadgers.com. Read more.

Zhang, Alaimo Collect Weekly League Honors

Zhang, Alaimo Collect Weekly League HonorsThe Army West Point Swimming & Diving Team was featured in the Patriot League's first weekly honors of the 2021-22 season, as Evan Zhang and Daniel Alaimo were tabbed Men's Swimmer and Diver of the Week. The duo picked up the accolades after helping the Black Knights (2-1) defeat Boston College this weekend by a dominant margin of 180-120. The victory was the team's second-straight, as Army was coming off a win over Binghamton when it made the trip to Chestnut Hill, MA. Read more.

Ethridge Earns Rookie of the Week Honors

Ethridge Earns Rookie of the Week HonorsPlebe setter, Diana Ethridge, of Army West Point Volleyball was tabbed Patriot League Rookie of the Week for the second time this season after her stellar performance over the weekend. The Chandler, AZ native opened the weekend with 44 assists and seven digs in Army's 3-1 win over Lafayette. She played in all four sets for the Black Knights and recorded one block. In Army's five-set win over American, Ethridge recorded her fifth double-double of the season and notched a new season-high for assists. Read more.

3rd Regimental Cadet Command

3rd Regimental Cadet CommandMeet the 3rd Regimental Commander, Cadet Alex Denha ’22, and the 3rd Regimental Command Sergeant Major Cadet Layne Erickson. Denha, from Company C-3, is an Economics major and a member of the Army Men’s Rugby team. He chose West Point to challenge himself and be surrounded by people that would make him better. He wanted to take the path less traveled and be a part of a great team. “My goal is to help cadets see each other as teammates who have each other’s backs and hold one another accountable. I will also work to emphasize the huge responsibility we will all have following graduation and the necessity to prepare for it daily.”Cadet Layne Erickson ’22, a mechanical engineering major from Eau Claire, Wisconsin is a member of the XX team. While a junior in high school, she wrote her final American History paper on the Class of 1980, the first class to include women. As she researched for her paper, she was awed by the amount of grit, determination, and resilience shown by the first female cadets. Read more.

Men’s Tennis Concludes Strong First Home Competition

Men’s Tennis Concludes Strong First Home CompetitionPlaying on its home courts for the first time this season, the Army West Point Men’s Tennis Team wrapped up play hosting the two-day Army West Point Shootout. Thomas Lake and Nathan Jose picked up wins in the singles portion against the Monmouth Hawks. Both Lake and Jose had their matches decided in a super tie-break. Lake won 6-1, 5-7, 10-7, and Jose won his match over Trent Massam, 3-6, 6-1, 10-6. The Black Knights won six of their eight matches against Bryant. Diego Huttepain, Peter Hatton, and Paul Robets won in straight sets. Eden Samuel, Jake Huarte, and Daniel Zhou all persevered in super tie-breakers. Army went 6-2 in singles against NJIT. AJ Woodman, Peter Hatton, Jake Huarte, JJ Henderson and Vishnu Bodavula all won in straight sets. Read more.

Hockey Picks Up Two Points in Shootout Win Over RIT

Hockey Picks Up Two Points in Shootout Win Over RITGavin Abric stepped up in a big way for the Army West Point Hockey Team (0-2-0-1, 0-1-0-1 Atlantic) saving 18 shots and making three huge shootout stops to lift the Black Knights to a shootout win over the RIT Tigers (1-1-1, 1-1-0 Atlantic). Mitch Machlitt and Anthony Firriolo provided the scoring for the Black Knights, who earned two points with the shootout victory. After falling behind 2-0 early in the second period, Army rallied back in a big way, scoring two second period goals to knot it up 12 minutes into the second frame. The first tally was courtesy of yearling Mitch Machlitt, who scored his first goal of the 2021-22 campaign off the feed from the defensive pairing of Coby Mack and Andrew Quetell. Read more.

Volleyball Downs Eagles for Weekend Sweep

Volleyball Downs Eagles for Weekend SweepArmy West Point Volleyball (12-5, 6-2) completed the weekend sweep by winning 3-2 over American (9-10, 3-4) at Gillis Field House. Army finished the match with 69 kills compared to American's 48 with four Cadets finishing with double-digit kills and two recording double-doubles. Savannah Bray notched her sixth double-double of the season with 14 kills and 22 digs. Emmy Barnhorst finished with 19 kills, a season-best, and a .400 hitting percentage, while Paige Fixemer followed with 18 kills and a .433 hitting percentage. Allanah Cutler also notched double-digit kills with 10. Sayler Butters played a key role on defense for the Cadets with 28 digs, one short of her season high. Diana Ethridge did a phenomenal job on the court for the Black Knights recording a season-high of 61 assists along with 15 digs for her fifth double-double of the season. Read more.

Drysdale, Palaian Push Women’s Soccer Past Colgate

Drysdale, Palaian Push Women’s Soccer Past ColgateBehind a pair of goals from Lauren Drysdale and Kaitlin Palaian, the Army West Point Women’s Soccer Team defeated Colgate 2-1 at Malek Stadium. The goals were Drysdale and Palaian's first of the 2021 campaign, as they became the team's eighth and ninth scorers of the season. Additionally, the two goals tie for the most that Colgate has let up against a Patriot League team this year as the Raiders entered the game with a goals-against average of 0.78. Army got its offense going early, putting pressure on Colgate's back line. The Black Knights were able to pack the box almost immediately after the game-opening whistle, which caused the Raiders to commit a fatal handball less than five minutes into the match, Drysdale took the penalty kick and converted it to hand the team its early 1-0 edge. The Black Knights went on to take their advantage, as well as a 9-5 lead in shots, into the halftime break. Read more.

Swimming & Diving Earns Split Result at Boston College

Swimming & Diving Earns Split Result at Boston CollegeThe Army West Point Swimming & Diving Team split its meet at Boston College as the men defeated the Eagles 180-120. The action between the teams was highlighted by multiple Cadets setting facility records at the Eagles' home pool. The duo of Evan Zhang and Evan Yoo did so twice in the breaststroke events, first achieving the feat in the 100 Breast before matching the effort in the 200-yard race. Additionally, the diving tandem of David Manelis (343.90) and Daniel Alaimo (331.35) each bested the previous facility record in the 1m dive. Though the home team pushed back with a pair of victories, the Black Knights answered by sweeping the 200 IM thanks to Kevin Lin, Yoo and Zhang. Read more.

Cadets Engage and Inspire Young Students

Cadets Engage and Inspire Young StudentsCadets Jordan Soper-Johnson, Yejin Bae, and Sheyla Street along with CPT Jeremy Reynolds and Dr Margaret Grogan from the Department of Mathematical Sciences engaged with local 7th graders in Indianapolis, IN, to inspire future careers in STEM fields. The students conducted hands-on training with Sphero robots, and they were introduced to computer programming in a series of friendly, competitive exercises. The STEM event coincided with a Leadership, Ethics, and Diversity in STEM (LEADS) workshop that brought together cadets, high school students, and retirees to discuss the issues of honor and integrity in the modern world.

Cadets Tour Target Hill & Buckner Wastewater Treatment Plant

Cadets Tour Target Hill & Buckner Wastewater Treatment PlantCadets from EV402 (Biochemical Treatment) toured the Target Hill Wastewater Treatment Plant and the Camp Buckner Wastewater Treatment Plant to gain a better understanding of the physical, chemical, and biological processes used to remove organics and solids from wastewater. The Muffin Monster is a comminutor used to macerate large solids in the influent wastewater of each wastewater treatment plant. When cadets gain an understanding of the treatment trains of existing wastewater treatment plants, they develop intuition about more efficient future design.

USMA History Club Study Session

USMA History Club Study SessionRecently, nearly 200 fourth-class cadets attended a study session hosted by the History Club in preparation for the HI101 WPR. The History Club, in conjunction with CEP, provided 16 cadet tutors for the event. The study session focused on improving the historical writing skills of fourth-class cadets by highlighting major course themes related to the development of the United States Army between 1775-1900 and teaching the cadets how to incorporate these themes into their essays effectively.

Kutz Earns Top 5 Performance in ISSF World Junior Championships

Kutz Earns Top 5 Performance in ISSF World Junior ChampionshipsFollowing a 14-day match in South America, Army Yearling Captain Kyle Kutz returns stateside following a Top 5 performance in the ISSF World Championships. While shooting his way to a tie for third place, based his 621.5 score in the Prone, Kutz ultimately fell short of the podium in a 10-shot tiebreaker to secure a fourth-place finish.

“We are so proud of Kyle. This was his first, high-profile, international match and he rocked it. He went shoulder-to-shoulder with the best shooters in the world and achieved impressive results,” said Army Rifle Head Coach Web Wright.

“I think traveling to Peru, experiencing the different cultures and experiencing what it's like to represent his country will have a lasting impact on him. These things are important for his development as an officer. Being able to compete in Lima was great for him and great for the program.”

Following his first appearance for Team USA in the Prone, Kutz competed in the 3x40 where he claimed 20th on the leaderboards with a 1154-43x score.

The yearling Black Knight Captain felt strides were made in his first performance in the ISSF Junior World Championships. Read more.

Inaugural Issue of “The West Point Journal of Politics and Security”

Inaugural Issue of “The West Point Journal of Politics and Security”Take a look at the inaugural issue of The West Point Journal of Politics and Security (WPJPS), produced and edited by the Department of Social Sciences, for which two of our CTC faculty, Dr. Jason Warner and Dr. Amira Jadoon, serve as co-Editors-in-Chief. We also have one editor-at-large, seven faculty serving as reviewers, and four cadets serving as junior editors. The WPJPS welcomes submissions from West Point *and* non-West Point students. The topics from this issue vary from Artificial Intelligence to Civil Military Relations. The first edition features pieces from: West Point, Brown University, UT Austin, University of Georgia, and Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC), Israel. You can check out the inaugural issue yourself by visiting bit.ly/WPJPS_1.

LaRose Joins Army Baseball Staff

LaRose Joins Army Baseball StaffArmy West Point head baseball coach Jim Foster recently announced the addition of John LaRose to his staff.

In preparation for the 2022 season, during which the team will look to capture its fourth-straight Patriot League Championship, Foster has named LaRose an assistant coach.

“John LaRose is a great addition to our staff,” Foster said. “He is an accomplished baseball coach and will be a tremendous mentor to our players on and off the field. He will work with the infielders, assist with the offense and handle many other areas having to do with the day-to-day operations of our program. Having him on our staff is a big step in the right direction towards where we want to take this program as we continue to build our player personnel and everything else.”

LaRose makes the move to West Point following an extremely successful stint at Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island. After a 19-year run as the head coach of JWU Baseball, LaRose was elevated to Associate Athletics Director and had oversight of the department's compliance, academics and staff with additional sport administration responsibilities.

In his time coaching the Wildcats' program, LaRose racked up a career mark of 429-341-6. He led the team to eight-straight 20-win seasons and achieved the feat in 14 of his last 15 overall campaigns. Under his direction, JWU won a pair of GNAC regular season titles and advanced to the 2017 GNAC Championship. Read more.

Suppiah and Dickerson Honored as CEP Scholar-Athletes

Suppiah and Dickerson Honored as CEP Scholar-AthletesThe Army West Point Athletics Association's Academic Support team has announced its Corps Squad Athletes for the month of September, tabbing Men’s Soccer player Jacob Suppiah and Sprint Football player David Dickerson.

The duo is the first to be recognized for the 2021-22 academic year. Each month, the Academic Support team will announce the honorees.

CDT David Dickerson ’22 - Linebacker - Austin, TX, a four-year member of the Army West Point Sprint Football Team and a starting linebacker. In recognition of his dedication and commitment to excellence, both on and off the field, CDT Dickerson was elected by his teammates as a defensive captain for the 2021 Sprint football season. As an example of his leadership qualities, he and his fellow co-captains develop themes each week that the team rallies around. For the week's Navy game (Oct. 2), the theme was "Together". CDT Dickerson addressed the team at the weekly team meeting and spoke about the brotherhood that exists among his teammates. He emphasized the importance of sticking together through the adversity the team will face at some point during the game. His words were spoken like a true leader, and everyone in the room respected what he had to say. What's even better is that CDT Dickerson will live out his words every day and set a great example for his teammates to follow.

CDT Jacob Suppiah ’22 - Goalkeeper - Memphis, TN, member of Company F3, is an exemplary leader both on and off the soccer field. In the classroom, Suppiah excels. With a 3.964 CQPA as a space science major and nuclear science minor, Suppiah has been on the Dean's List every semester at the Academy since his plebe year and achieved over a 4.000 TQPA in both 2020-1 and 2020-2. Additionally, Suppiah has received Patriot League Academic Honor Roll every season, as well as Academic All-Patriot League Honors in 2019.In addition to his academic pursuits, Suppiah is a leader within the Corps as the 2BN, 3REG XO this semester. Read more.

West Point Aeronautical to Receive New Cessna’s

West Point Aeronautical to Receive New Cessna’sThe first of two new aircraft that the department will receive just rolled out of the paint booth at the factory. This aircraft should be completely done in just several weeks. The department will receive two new Cessna-206 aircraft to replace the Cessna-182 aircraft that have served the academic flight program since 1989. These aircraft support flight laboratory experiences in the department's Aeronautical Engineering technical electives. Did you know that the department has flown flight laboratories since 1970 and that the Academy has offered instruction in Aeronautical topics since 1921?

Jones, Wehrle Earn Patriot League Weekly Honors

Jones, Wehrle Earn Patriot League Weekly HonorsFor the second consecutive week, Georgia Jones and Maryana Wehrle claimed Patriot League weekly awards announced. Jones was named the runner of the week and Wehrle was tabbed as the rookie of the week.

Both runners made a significant contribution in helping the Black Knights to a seventh-place finish in the 38-team field for the program's best finish at the annual Paul Short Run in 24 years.

Jones, who placed ninth out of 342 runners, set a program record in a 6K meet with a time of 20:14.6. Wehrle had the third fastest time (21:38.4) on the team in her first collegiate 6K.

The Black Knights will host Navy in the annual Star Meet on October 15 at 3:45 p.m. at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls. Read more.

Cadet Wargames Day in Clausewitz Library

Cadet Wargames Day in Clausewitz Library

The Department of History and the Wargames Club hosted another game-filled day in the Clausewitz Library. Cadets battled for dominance across a variety of games and game systems while enjoying the opportunity to come together to game. The Wargames Club is dedicated to helping cadets become successful Army officers by giving cadets practical experience thinking strategically through wargames. Cadets use a variety of wargames to study military history, to investigate strategic, operational and tactical problems encountered by nations and armies throughout history, and to promote camaraderie and have fun. The cadets use historical miniatures and terrain tables as well as board games to investigate the complexity of war. No prior gaming experience is required to join.

Firriolo Named AHA Defensive Player of the Week

Firriolo Named AHA Defensive Player of the WeekAfter recording a career game high five blocked shots, Anthony Firriolo earned the Atlantic Hockey Association's Defensive Player of the Week award. The total was also an Atlantic Hockey high on the weekend.

The five-block effort by the Montville, N.J., native was part of a 22-block effort by Army in the contest. This is the second career Atlantic Hockey weekly honor for the former AHA All-Rookie Team selection.

Firriolo and the Black Knights open up Tate Rink as they begin their Atlantic Hockey schedule Friday night. The contest is slated for a 7:05 puck drop. Read more.

Q&A with Football’s Cole Talley

Q&A with Football’s Cole TalleyQ: Why did you decide to attend West Point?

CT: My girlfriend's dad and my uncle both went to the Naval Academy, and they spoke positively about their experiences at Service Academies. Then I came up here for a visit, and I was here for a camp over the summer. It was really fun, and I liked the campus and the coaches. It was absolutely the best opportunity I had.

Q: Aside from football, what's been your favorite part of West Point?

CT: One hundred percent meeting all the people that I've met here. Sometimes I think to myself if I went to a different school, not the Academy, I wonder what would have happened. I feel like this place has made me grow as an individual and as a man through all the people that I've met. I wouldn't be anywhere without them, especially the guys on the team.

Q: What's been your favorite non-football memory at the Academy?

CT: The summers here. Because we're taking summer classes, we spend the summer up here and it's so fun. We take trips to New York City. It's nice to be up here and be secluded because it helps us build relationships. Read more.

Golf Sits 5th at UConn Invite After Round Two

Golf Sits 5th at UConn Invite After Round TwoOn Monday, the Army WestPoint golf team played a rainy round two at the UConn Invitational and slippedto fifth place in the team competition heading into the final day at GreatHorseGolf Course. The Black Knights shot a team score of 307 (+19) on the secondday, while Rhode Island remained at the top of the leaderboard and is the onlyteam under par for the tournament at -1. John Heckel Jr. continued to keep pacewith the leaders for the individual title as he sits in a tie for fifth at2-under par. Heckel Jr. gave two shots back in round two with a 2-over 74. Heposted two birdies and four bogeys during his round on Monday. The plebe sits fourshots back of the lead, which is shared by UConn's Caleb Manuel and JustinBurkhamer of Iona. Team captain Tom Katsenes is tied for 10th overall and shota 4-over 75 on Monday. Read more.

USMA Cadets Abroad

USMA Cadets AbroadWe currently have about 100 cadets studying abroad this semester. Cadets from all disciplines can take advantage of these personally and intellectually developmental opportunities. Learn more about our overseas opportunities.

Swimming & Diving Sweeps Home Opener

Swimming & Diving Sweeps Home OpenerArmy West Point Swimming & Diving picked up the first victories of its 2021 season at Crandall Pool, as the men defeated Binghamton (193.00-98.00) and the women downed both Vermont (190.00-110.00) and Binghamton (210.00-90.00).

The Men’s Meet: Army dominated the meet, taking home all 16 of the night's events. Kevin Lin led the Cadets with three individual wins, taking home the 100 Back, the 200 Back and the 200 IM.

In total, the Cadets swept six different events and secured the top two spots in all but five. The meet was additionally highlighted by freshmen CJ Bernauer (1000 Free), Jack Mowery (200 Fly) and Ian Shahan (100 Fly) collecting their first collegiate victories. The team is now 2-0 all-time against Binghamton.

The Women’s Meet: The Black Knights dropped a handful of results to Vermont early on, but then rebounded and captured six-straight swims to regain the momentum. Army was able to hold on to defeat the Catamounts and had the Bearcats under control throughout the evening.

Aurelie Migault (100/200 Breast), Melinda Zhang (200 Fly/200 IM) and Meghan Cole (100 Free/100 Fly) all picked up a team-best two victories apiece while the Cadets took home all but five events. The wins were the first of Cole's career and the rookie was joined in achieving the milestone by classmate Clara Williams, who paced the 200 Back. On the boards, Minh Donnell scored 247.58 in the 3m event for her first win as a Black Knight.

With the results, Army is now 7-0 all-time against Binghamton and knotted up in its history with Vermont at 4-4. Read more.

Volleyball Sweeps Crusaders

Volleyball Sweeps CrusadersArmy West Point (10-3, 4-1) Volleyball picked up its second Patriot League sweep of the season by defeating Holy Cross (1-15, 0-5) 3-0 at Gillis Field House.

Army recorded eight service aces, led by Mackenzie Karnig with four. Cate Buckingham and Paige Fixemer were dominate at the net for the Cadets each recording nine kills. Army recorded 43 kills and a season-best hitting percentage of .351. Fixemer led the Black Knights with four blocks, one being a solo, while the team finished with 12 total blocks compared to the Crusaders' two.

Army had control of the set from the start opening with a 5-0 run powered by two service aces from Karnig. The Crusaders began to fight back but Savannah Bray recorded two consecutive kills to force Holy Cross to take a timeout, 11-5. Out of the timeout, Danielle Wortman served two aces for the Cadets to push the team's lead to 13-5. Army kept their momentum going to finish the set with 25-10 victory over the Crusaders. Fixemer and Bray each recorded four kills, while Butters led the team with eight digs.

The Black Knights opened the set with a 6-0 run highlighted by four kills. Holy Cross fought back to cut Army's lead to 12-5, taking advantage of errors made by the Cadets. Karnig recorded two more services aces in the set to push Army to a 21-8 lead. The Black Knights took the set 25-9 showing dominance at the net with a .400 hitting percentage. Read more.

Women’s Rugby Dominates Mount St. Mary’s

Women’s Rugby Dominates Mount St. Mary’sArmy West Point Women’s Rugby (4-1) powered past Mount St. Mary's (1-2) 33-5 at Echo Field. The Black Knights got to work early, scoring their first try in the 12th minute of the game curtesy or Charisma Henry. Codi Butt successfully complete the conversion to give Army the 7-0 lead. Sydney Schaaf and Henry, the next two tries for Army, followed by one conversion from Butt to make it 19-0 in the Cadets favor.

Before the end of the first half, Butt recorded a try and a conversion to give Army a 26-0 lead at the half.

The Black Knights put their final points on the board in the 10th minute of the second half with a try scored by Sophia Linder and a conversion by Butt. Mount St. Mary's was able to find the end zone before the game ended making the final score 33-5.

Codi Butt led the team with 13 points, one try and four conversions. This is the third contest that the Black Knights have held a team to five points or less. Charisma Henry scored two tries in the first 34 minutes of the game. This is the third contest that Army has scored the first points.

Men’s Rugby Stays Unbeaten, Beats Penn State 43-29

Men’s Rugby Stays Unbeaten, Beats Penn State 43-29The Army West Point Men’s Rugby Team has now won its past eight matches on the 15s pitch, as the Black Knights storm past Penn State to secure a 43-29 result. The win, Coach Matt Sherman's 55th at Army, was powered by three try scores from firstie Koikoi Nelligan.

Army (4-0, 3-0 Rugby East) protects its unblemished record as it heads into a month-long stretch of road contests. Army and Penn State battled from start to finish in this contest, as the Nittany Lions came out with a tough and physical style of play. The Black Knights were able to adjust early and responded with an opening drive try score by Dom Tianga. Sean McNulty provided the conversion to give the Brothers an early 7-0 lead.

Penn State responded with a penalty kick to bring the score to 7-3. After a Koikoi Nelligan try, the Nittany Lions went on a 14-point run to take a 17-12 lead after 20 minutes of play. This was the first time Army has trailed in a contest this season. The Brothers responded with a run of their own, scoring 14 unanswered points. Steven Rohde and Nelligan provided the scoring as Army took back the lead, 26-17 at the 42 minute mark. Read more.

Heckel Jr. Leads Golf After Round One of UConn Invite

Heckel Jr. Leads Golf After Round One of UConn InviteLed by John Heckel Jr.'s 4-under 68, the Army West Point Golf Team sits in second at the UConn Invitational after round one at GreatHorse Golf Course. The Black Knights are one of only two teams in the field that finished the opening round under par. Army shot a team score of 286 (-2) and sits four strokes behind Rhode Island for the team lead.

Heckel Jr. shot the lowest round of the season for the Black Knights with a 68 and is atop the individual leaderboard following the first round. Heckel Jr. did not drop a shot the entire first round and sunk four birdies with three coming on the front nine. Team captain Tom Katsenes rebounded from a tough start with three bogeys in his first five holes to shoot 4-under par in his final 13 holes of his round to shoot a 1-under 71.

Katsenes is tied for eighth on the individual leaderboard. Dragon Theam is also in the eighth spot on the leaderboard with a 1-under 71 in round one of the tournament. Theam had five birdies on the day with four bogeys. Read more.

Women’s Cross Country Post Strong Result at Paul Short Run

Women’s Cross Country Post Strong Result at Paul Short RunThe Army West Point Women’s Cross Country Team put in a strong performance en route to a seventh place finish at the 47th Paul Short Run for the program's best finish since 1997. The Black Knights had a score of 302 with a total time of 1:45.49 (21:10 avg) to place in seventh, ahead of rival Navy. Army also finished ahead of George Washington, Boston University, and La Salle who all are ranked in their respective regional polls.

Georgia Jones, who was tabbed as this week's Patriot League Female Runner of the Week, set a program-best time at a 6K race with a time of 20:14.6 to place ninth out of 342 runners. Classmate Helen Shearer was close by with a personal record time of 20:28.5 which was good enough for 18th. Army was one of four schools to place two runners in the top-20 (Northern Arizona, Villanova, Georgetown).

This was probably the best women's team performance we have ever had at this meet. It is annually a crucible of competitive talent with some of the best teams in the country lining up to see where they stack up nationally. In each race, almost 400 people representing 40 teams to the starting line, and when the gun goes off it is a massive crush of people all running to their limit. For us to finish 7th in that field is as significant a team performance as I can remember. We normally hope to be in the top 20 so this is something pretty special. Read more.

Men’s Cross Country at Paul Short Run

Men’s Cross Country at Paul Short RunThe Black Knights had another top-10 finish at the annual Paul Short Run. Army finished ahead of rival Navy, as well as programs like La Salle, William and Mary, and Binghamton who are ranked in their regional polls.

The Black Knights, who soared up the regional rankings to seventh this week, had a score of 298 with a total time of 2:02.13 (24:27 avg). Mitchell Burr led Army with a personal-record time of 24:19.5 to place in 50th. Marshall Beatty, the reigning Patriot League Male Runner of the Week, was second on the team with a time of 24:23.8. Robert Chappell (24:25.2) and Thomas Vo (24:26.9) followed with personal record times.

“We ran a great team race today. We didn't have all of our guys perform at their best, but just enough of them ran to their potential for us to finish as well as we did. We beat some quality opponents. Going into the meet, I felt that a top 5 finish would be extraordinary and a top 10 finish would be a strong performance. The top 5 teams today were all ranked teams and in a 40-team field, there are always a few unknown teams that can sneak in and shake things up. We got out well into the race and our pack stuck together deep into the race. We finished with an 18-second spread from our number 1 to our number 5 which is probably the best spread we have had in a number of years. That kind of discipline can make a big difference in the team score of a meet with 300-400 runners.” Read more.

Football Set for Road Game at Ball State

Football Set for Road Game at Ball StateFor the first time since week one, the Army West Point Football Team will hit the road as the Black Knights are slated to take on Ball State on Saturday, October 2. The game against the Cardinals is set for a 5pm start in Muncie, Ind. and will be streamed on ESPN+.

The action between the Black Knights (4-0) and the Cardinals (1-3) can additionally be found across 25 radio stations in nine different states via the Army Sports Network. Additionally, the call can be heard for free via the Varsity Network app and through the in-venue feed for fans in attendance.

How to follow: Watch - ESPN+ ($) | Radio - Army Sports Network | Game Notes - Army - Ball State | Live Stats - BallStateSports.com.

The Cadets are coming off a three-game home stand that saw the team extend its winning streak at Michie Stadium to 13 games. The streak dates back to the 2019 season, as Army went 8-0 on Blaik Field last year. Army is 4-0 for the first time since 1996. That season's squad posted a dominant 9-0 mark. The matchup against the Cardinals will begin a two-game road swing for the Cadets, who are set to face off against Wisconsin (October 16) after their bye week. The Black Knights will look to continue their streak of scoring in the first quarter, having earned an overall advantage of 35-0 in the opening 15 minutes of this season's contests. Read more.

West Point Cemetery Land Reclamation Project Tour

West Point Cemetery Land Reclamation Project TourThe USACE New York District gave the CME CE472 Advanced Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering course a tour of the West Point Cemetery Land Reclamation Project on West Point. Coordinated by Mr. Ray Pifer and executed by Mr. John Butler and Mr. Chris Reinhardt, the site visit allowed cadets to see and discuss the intricacies of discovering artifacts and munitions during excavation, removal of contaminated soils, slope and micropile redesign, and construction management. This project is expected to be complete in July 2022 and will provide expanded capacity to the West Point Cemetery.

Men’s Soccer Shuts Out Boston University, 2-0

Men’s Soccer Shuts Out Boston University, 2-0The Army West Point Men’s Soccer Team is 3-0 in Patriot League play for the first time since 2013, as the Black Knights used yet another multi-goal performance to defeat the Boston University Terriers, 2-0.

Andrew Guerra and Oscar Pereira provided the scoring and Jacob Suppiah took care of the rest, registering four saves help him record his second clean sheet of the season and help Army extend their lead atop the Patriot League standings.

Army came out looking to strike early in the contest and was able to create a few opportunities out of the gate. Justin McStay and Andrew Guerra were able to break free from the defense, but neither was able to find the back of the net.

Another strong game for Jacob Suppiah helped the Black Knights keep the Terriers off the scoreboard in the first 45 minutes. The firstie captain helped direct an Army defense that allowed only eight shots in the contest. “Supe” supplemented the strong defensive effort with four saves in the game.

The biggest save of the night, however, came courtesy of Jack Eaton. The Terriers were able to break down the Army back line early in the second half and create a shot on an open net. Eaton flew in from his post position and cleared the BU shot to keep the score at 0-0. Read more.

Fight Until the Battle is Won: Erica Esterly’s 28-Mile Swim

Fight Until the Battle is Won: Erica Esterly’s 28-Mile SwimIt is said that for Cadets at West Point, competing on the fields of friendly strife provides first-hand experience at preparing to win on the battlefield. Through athletics, Cadets are given a chance to learn about tenacity, resilience, discipline, mental and physical toughness, and the desire to excel.

When the ’field’ is a 28-mile swim around the island of Manhattan and the ’competition’ pits yourself against the ever-changing currents and conditions of open water for over an eight-hour span, those attributes and ideas are put to the test.

For Erica Esterly, a yearling on the Army West Point swimming and diving team, the character traits that have been instilled in her through her time at the Academy helped her win on the battlefield that was the 20 Bridges Swim, which she completed in September. The former Arizona Open Water Distance Swimmer of the Year was one of just two people to complete the mission that day, as four other competitors dropped out.

This particular swim has been years in the making for Esterly, who has been racing in open water competitions since she was 13 years old. Born in Philadelphia, she would return to the area annually to visit family and it was there that she first competed in the Mid-Atlantic Championship. The competition, five kilometers long, sparked a fire in her that has only grown over time. Read more.

The Centurion Pin Ceremony

The Centurion Pin CeremonyThe Centurion Pin Ceremony was the brainchild of former Commandant of the U.S. Corps of Cadets, retired MG William Rapp ’84, in 2009 to honor those leaders in the competitive sports clubs, and to expand on General Douglas MacArthur’s quote, “Upon the fields of friendly strife are sown the seeds that, on other days, and other fields, will bear the fruit of victory.”

Yesterday, 16 Centurion Pins were presented to the student athlete coordinator and captains of club sports.

Student Athlete Coordinator - CDT Paris Williams ’22. Boxing (M) - CDT Isaiah Queen ’22. Boxing (W) - CDT Leija Cobb ’22. Climbing (Competitive) - CDT Chris Perez ’23. Crew - CDT Thomas Hilt ’22. Cycling - CDT Eric Kulkarni ’22. Fencing - CDT Josiah Reitz ’22. Judo - CDT Tyler Wetzel ’22. Marathon - CDT Nicholas McDonald ’22. Orienteering - CDT Charles Marashlian ’22. Powerlifting - CDT Andrew Corkery ’22. Team Handball (M) - CDT Chris Frazier ’22. Team Handball (W) - CDT Maggie Weir ’22. Triathlon - CDT Hunter Cochran ’22. Volleyball - CDT Andrew Zeidler ’22. Water Polo - CDT Cedrick Everaert ’22.

Women’s Cross Country Sweeps Patriot League Weekly Awards

Women’s Cross Country Sweeps Patriot League Weekly AwardsThe Army West Point Women’s Cross Country program swept the Patriot League weekly awards. Georgia Jones was named the Patriot League Female Runner of the Week and Maryanna Wehrle was tabbed as the Patriot League Female Rookie of the Week.

Army competed at the Coast-To-Coast Battle in Beantown, one of the nation's top collegiate cross country invitationals, on September 24. The 22-team field included No. 13 North Carolina, No. 22 UConn, and several teams receiving votes in the latest USTFCCCA national poll.

Jones finished with a time of 17:37 to lead the Black Knights and placed 22nd overall. Jones also bested her collegiate best time in the 5K which was set in the season opener (17:55.1). Maryanna Wehrle had the second fastest time on the team at the Battle in Beantown. Wehrle set a collegiate personal-record in the 5K with a time of 18:48.5.

The Black Knights moved up one spot to 14th in this week's USTFCCCA Northeast Rankings. Read more.

Patriot League Names Beatty Male Runner of the Week

Patriot League Names Beatty Male Runner of the WeekAfter pacing the Black Knights at the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown, Marshall Beatty has earned Patriot League Male Runner of the Week.

The Battle in Beantown is one of the nation's top collegiate cross country invitationals. This year's event, one of the nation's top collegiate cross country invitationals, featured 20 teams including No. 6 Arkansas and several programs receiving votes in the USTFCCCA national poll.

Beatty, who has led Army in the last five meets he has raced in, finished in 18th with a time of 24:41 for his second best time at this event.

The Black Knights are ranked seventh, moving up six spots from last week, in this week's USTFCCCA Northeast Rankings. It is their highest since the end of the 2019 season (7th). Read more.

Rifle Team Captain Kyle Kutz Heading to ISSF Junior World Championships

Rifle Team Captain Kyle Kutz Heading to ISSF Junior World ChampionshipsArmy Rifle Team Captain Kyle Kutz ’24 will be heading to South America to compete in the ISSF Junior World Championships. Based on his Plebe performance in NCAA competition during the 2020 season, Kutz's 585.4 shot average in smallbore secured a qualifier to the NCAA Championships, where he earned a fourth-place finish in the Finals after shooting a 590/600 score.

“We are super excited for Kyle and this opportunity to represent the United States at the world level. His performance at the NCAA Championships last spring really put him on the radar with the National Team. Kyle is one of the hardest workers I have ever coached”, said Army Rifle Head Coach Web Wright. “It's obvious that he approaches his training from an analytical point of view. These are qualities that will make him a stellar officer.”

Set to compete in both the Junior Men's 50m 3 Position Smallbore (3x40) and Junior Men's 50m Prone, the newest USA Shooting National Futures Team selection will head to Lima, Peru for the 14-day competition. Speaking with media, Kutz, a yearling, spoke about the opportunity to compete on the National stage.

“I am very grateful that they are still holding the Championships during COVID-19. Coming off of a great season last year, I have high ambitions for my performance in Peru. I think we have a strong team heading down and we will represent the U.S. well. Looking forward to seeing many Team USA members on the podium!”, said Kutz. Read more.


Black and Gold Autonomous Racing Car

Black and Gold Autonomous Racing CarThe Black and Gold Autonomous Racing Car is finally here! Take a look at this beauty. Autonomous racing is the ultimate engineering challenge. The driver is replaced with a variety of sensors that act as the eyes and ears of the vehicle, feeding the data to a planning and control algorithm that students develop and tune. Machine learning (artificial intelligence) is often used to create human like behaviors and interpret complex sensor data. It is a complex mechatronic challenge that offers students hands-on experience in sophisticated systems development. Learn more. PRO TIP: Look for an in-depth story about Black and Gold Autonomous Racing in the Fall 2021 issue of West Point magazine!

Hockey Opens 2021 Receiving Votes in USCHO Poll

Hockey Opens 2021 Receiving Votes in USCHO PollWith the 2021-22 college hockey season set to start this Saturday, the Army West Point hockey team finds themselves receiving votes in the first USCHO national poll. Army finished the 2020-21 season as the last squad off the 20-team poll after a 15-6-1 overall record and the best conference record under head coach, Brian Riley.

Coach Riley has put together a challenging nonconference slate for his squad, as the Black Knights are set to take on two top-15 teams in three of their first five games. Army will face off with No. 12 Providence in its season opener (October 2) before making the trek to the Midwest for a two-game set with the No. 11 Wisconsin Badgers on October (14-15).

The challenges do not stop there, as Army follows up the Wisconsin tilts with a home-and-home series against the No. 20 AIC Yellow Jackets (October 21-22).

The first puck drop of the season is slated to happen this Saturday when the Black Knights and Friars face off at Schneider Arena in Providence, R.I. at 4pm. Read more.

MAJ Sublett Represents West Point at “Women in STEM”

MAJ Sublett Represents West Point at “Women in STEM”MAJ Sarah Sublett represented West Point well as the moderator for the Army’s “Women in STEM” panel. This one-hour event highlighted three outstanding women in STEM as they shared stories about the challenges, obstacles, and fulfilling moments about working in STEM. The three esteemed panelists included COL Teresa Schlosser, commander of the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center; COL Maritza Lagares, XO to the HQDA, Chief Information Officer; and Dr. Kelly Basi, BioTechnology Branch Chief and Supervisory Biologist at DEVCOM Chemical Biological Center.

“I am incredibly honored to have moderated the Army Women in STEM panel. I am inspired by the stories and advice shared by these amazing women.”- MAJ Sarah Sublett

Learn more about our STEM Departments. Learn more about our upcoming Conference for Undergraduate Women in STEM.

Professor Mayer Cadet Lecture

Professor Mayer Cadet LectureProfessor Holly Mayer recently presented a lecture in HI301 History of the Military Art I titled “Congress’s Own: A Regiment’s Diversity, Resilience and Grit in the American War for Independence.” Based on her recent book titled Congress’s Own: A Canadian Regiment, the Continental Army, and American Union (Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 2021), Professor Mayer’s lecture provided a fascinating case study of one of the Continental Army’s most unique regiments to students of HI301. As cadets are currently studying the War for American Independence in HI301, Professor Mayer’s lecture offered meaningful context to their understanding of that important conflict. Professor Mayer is the Department of History’s 2021-2022, Charles Boal Ewing Chair in Military History.

Annual Tunnel to Towers 5K

Annual Tunnel to Towers 5KCadets, staff and faculty participated in the 2021 Tunnel To Towers 5K Run & Walk yesterday in New York City. The event symbolizes Firefighter Stephen Siller’s final footsteps from the foot of the Battery Tunnel to the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001.

On September 11, 2001, Stephen, who was assigned to Brooklyn's Squad 1, had just finished his shift and was on his way to play golf with his brothers when he got word over his scanner of a plane hitting the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Upon hearing the news, Stephen called his wife Sally and asked her to tell his brothers he would catch up with them later. He returned to Squad 1 to get his gear. Stephen drove his truck to the entrance of the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, but it had already been closed for security purposes. Determined to carry out his duty, he strapped 60 lbs. of gear to his back, and raced on foot through the tunnel to the Twin Towers, where he gave up his life while saving others, "while we have time, let us do good" were words that Stephen lived by.

Football Continues Hot Start with Win over Miami Ohio

Football Continues Hot Start with Win over Miami OhioFor the first time since 1996, the Army West Point Football Team has started off its season 4-0 after defeating Miami (OH) by a score of 23-10 on Saturday at Michie Stadium.

With the result, the Black Knights have extended their winning streak at Michie Stadium to 13 games. The contest was highlighted by a career day from QB Christian Anderson who rushed for 236 yards, which stands as the sixth-most all-time in a single game. The feat falls 29 yards short of the Academy's quarterback rushing record, held by QB Ahmad Bradshaw (265 yds, 2017).

Anderson opened the game attacking the rushing record with a 72-yard touchdown statement on the team's third snap of the game.

The RedHawks (1-3) got off to a slower start, as the Black Knights' defensive unit forced the opposing team to punt on their first two possessions. Following an exchange of punts, including Army's first punt since the third quarter of the season-opener at Georgia State (Sept. 4), the Cadets responded on the following drive by coming up with their fourth takeaway of 2021 on a key CB Cameron Jones interception. Jones' snare was the third of his career. Read more.

Women’s Soccer Earns United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award

Women’s Soccer Earns United Soccer Coaches Team Academic AwardThe Army West Point Women’s Soccer Team has received the Team Academic Award from the United Soccer Coaches, as announced by the organization. The 2020-21 squad, which earned the recognition, posted a 3.32 cumulative GPA in head coach Tracy Chao's first year at the helm. The selection criteria dictates that teams with a composite grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale, that are also active members of the United Soccer Coaches College Services Program, will be honored.

“This program has been hitting this mark for the last few years, so we are glad to give our cadet-athletes back to the recognition they deserve for their hard work in the classroom,” head coach Trachy Chao said. “No question they put in the work with the course loads and curriculum as well as competing as a NCAA DI athlete. These cadet-athletes are impressive especially at a place that continues to rank at the top of any academic ranking as Army West Point was just ranked No. 29 in Forbes America's Top Colleges List and No. 2 in US News for Top Public Schools. And huge shoutout to Lori Houlihan, Director, Academic Excellence Program in our Center for Enhanced Performance, for all that she does for each of our cadet-athletes over the last few years.”

Army's cumulative GPA ranks third among the four teams that represented the Patriot League on the list. The Black Knights fell behind Lehigh (3.67) and Boston University (3.51), but bested Navy (3.04). Read more.

Sprint Football Blanks Alderson Broaddus, 54-0

Sprint Football Blanks Alderson Broaddus, 54-0Mikal Willeke completed nine of his ten pass attempts in a three-touchdown effort to lead the Army West Point sprint football team to a 54-0 victory over the Alderson Broaddus Battlers. The shutout win was Army's second win of the 2021 campaign and the second in CSFL play.

After their first three drives came up short, Army broke into the end-zone at the end of the first quarter when senior quarterback JC Watson found Donovan Mannion for a one-yard score to give Army the 7-0 advantage. Mannion's score was set up by a 29-yard catch and run by Kraig Hamilton on the previous play.

The Army defense did not miss a single beat in the contest, giving the ABU offense practically no room to operate throughout all four quarters. After the first touchdown, Alex Sobeski and Mason Goulet both recorded sacks on the following Battler possession to put the ball back in the hands of their offense.

The ensuing Black Knight possession started off with a pair of Landry Songer rushes that got Army across midfield and into Battler territory. After another pair of draws from Songer, Watson connected with Mannion once again for another touchdown, this time from 24 yards out. Read more.

Women’s Rugby Shuts Out Quinnipiac, 39-0

Women’s Rugby Shuts Out Quinnipiac, 39-0Army West Point (3-1) Women’s Rugby defeated Quinnipiac (1-2) 39-0 at the Anderson Rugby Complex. Codi Butt had a stellar night on the pitch scoring two tries, three conversions and a penalty kick for the Black Knights. Army’s offense was dominant throughout the game, allowing five different Cadets to score tries. Hope Moseley, Emma Gamboa, Kaitlyn Schwarting, McKayle O'Boyle and Butt each found their way to the end zone for the Black Knights.

The teams battled in the first half and were scoreless until Butt recorded Army's first points off a penalty kick that allowed the momentum to shift in favor of the Cadets. The kick was soon followed by a try to end the half. In the second half, Army scored five tries while keeping Quinnipiac scoreless for another 40 minutes.

“First off, huge shout out to the Army fans who filled the stands and the parachute team with their awesome half time performance. Truly a game changer when you have a crowd like that for a Friday night game under the lights against a physical Quinnipiac team. It was a back and forth match the first half as we didn't come out of the gate playing our game and Quinnipiac came ready to fight. We were finally able to get points on the board with a penalty conversion kick from Codi Butt which ultimately swung momentum our way and drove us to end the half with a try. The second half was a different story as our grit and determination started to kick in.” - Head coach Bill Leclerc. Read more.

Men’s Rugby Blanks St. Bonaventure, 29-0

Men’s Rugby Blanks St. Bonaventure, 29-0Isaac Marret, Koikoui Nelligan and Gerard McCarron all recorded try scores to lead the Army West Point Men’s Rugby Team to a 29-0 win over the St. Bonaventure Bonnies in Rugby East play. The Black Knights (3-0, 2-0 Rugby East) kept their perfect record intact with the result while posting their first shutout effort of the season.

Fresh off a bye week Army used their fresh legs to run on the Bonnies early, scoring a try just four minutes into the contest. Isaac Marret picked up where he left off two weeks ago, crossing the try line to put the first Army points on the board. Sean McNulty booted home the conversion to put the Brothers up 7-0 early in the contest.

McNulty controlled the kicking duties once again for Army, adding three points to the Army lead after a successful penalty kick in the ninth minute of action. McNulty finished the contest with seven total points.

The Black Knights and Bonnies would battle for the next 20 minutes as Army made a couple of key defensive plays to eventually set up Koikoi Nelligan for a try score in the 29th minute. Nelligan's second try in two games put Army up 15-0 going into the break. Read more.

Volleyball Beats Navy in the Star Series Match

Volleyball Beats Navy in the Star Series MatchArmy West Point (9-4, 3-1) Volleyball defeated the United States Naval Academy (5-7,1-2) 3-1, to pick up the program's 50th win over Navy on Saturday night at Wesley A. Brown Field House. This is the first time since 2015 that Army has defeated Navy in Annapolis, MD.

The Cadets' efforts were led by Paige Fixemer who recorded a season-high of 18 kills along with six digs and four blocks. The sophomore finished the match with a .593 hitting percentage. Savannah Bray followed with her third double-double of the season that was made up of 11 kills and 10 digs. Emmy Barnhorst notched her first match with double-digit kills (10) this season, while also recording two blocks one being a solo.

Army dominated in the first set to lead 13-10 at the first timeout. The Cadets kept their momentum going as they went on a 3-0 run to force Navy into its second timeout. Navy battled back to get within three, but Army did not let them get any closer. Multiple players contributed to Army's offense in the first set, but it was Bray that threw down the kill that clenched the set, 25-21, for Army. Bray led Army with four kills while Barnhorst and Cate Buckingham each recorded three. Read more.

CDT Quesnel Presents at the Shock & Vibration Symposium

CDT Quesnel Presents at the Shock & Vibration SymposiumCongrats to CDT Mark Quesnel ’22 for presenting research at the 91st Shock & Vibration Symposium on September 22, 2022! He presented the findings of last year’s Tunnel Survivability capstone team consisting of 2LT Johnathon Scheerer, 2LT Antonio Viera, and himself. The presentation was titled “How will it survive? Informing design decisions for tunnels subjected to high-yield weapons using finite-element modeling” and supports the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA).

Q&A with Football’s Arik Smith

Q&A with Football’s Arik SmithQ: Why did you decide to attend West Point?

AS: I decided to attend West Point because when I was looking at the opportunities I had, I considered my background and my experience. A lot of my family has been in the military. Unknowingly, I grew up shaped to come to a place like West Point. Growing up, I liked to watch a lot of documentaries about wars, I’ve watched every Ken Burns documentary there is out there. When this opportunity came to the table, looking at all of them, I thought this was the best one.

Q: Aside from football, what’s been your favorite part of West Point?

AS: It’s just the people. The people. One thing I’ve learned being here at West Point is how to deal with and cooperate with a bunch of different types of people. I’m an electrical engineer so I meet people who are different than me in their approach and whatnot. So, getting to know those people, showing them what my world is like, seeing what their world is like and making our worlds collide has been a great thing for me.

Q: What does it mean to you to be named captain of this team?

AS: It means a lot. It’s very special to me. Of course, everybody wants to be recognized for what they do. For me, it’s more about making sure that I can be my best for this team. Whether that be doing my job personally or helping other people do their job. It’s just nice to get recognized if that’s how people see me. It’s nice to be recognized by my teammates. I think that’s important. Read more.

Women’s Tennis Shines at Lehigh Invite

Women’s Tennis Shines at Lehigh InviteIn their final tune-up before the ITA Championships, the Army West Point Women’s Tennis team dominated at the Lehigh Invite, winning 27 of a possible 31 matches. Army competed against Fairfield, Lehigh and Colgate in the three-day competition hosted on the Lehigh University campus.

Firstie captain Caroline Vincent got off to a great start in her Fall season, posting a 4-0 record on the singles and doubles courts. Vincent and her doubles partner and fellow captain, Stephanie Dolehide outscored their opponents in two matches in doubles play.

Justice Dondonay shined in singles action, posting two two-set victories while outsourcing her competition 24-8. Plebe Cooper Jackson posted the largest victory of the tournament on Sunday, running away with a 6-0, 6-0 sweep over Megha Dania (Lehigh).

The Black Knights are back in action next week at the ITA Regional Tournament. The three-day tournament will be hosted by Army at the Lichtenberg Tennis Center from October 1-3. Read more.

Men’s Soccer Picks Up a Key Road Win Over Bucknell, 2-1

Men’s Soccer Picks Up a Key Road Win Over Bucknell, 2-1Another multi-goal effort powered the Army West Point Men’s Soccer Team past the Bucknell Bison by a score of 2-1. Colman Kim and Andrew Guerra scored the goals for the Black Knights, whose defensive effort proved to be too much for the Bison, as Army moves to 2-0 in Patriot League play. Firstie captain Jacob Suppiah put together another great performance between the posts, recording three saves off 14 Bucknell shots to lead Army to the win.

In their first road matchup of Patriot League play, Army went out and set the tone early at Emmitt Field, recording the first seven shots of the contest and forcing the Bison keeper to make several difficult saves early on. The Black Knights attacking line of John Poncy, Justin McStay and Andrew Guerra created several scoring chances early. Atef Sikazwe and Sean Lee both entered the game midway through the half to put more pressure on the Bison.

Suppiah and the Army backline of Suppiah, Luke Doyle, Jack Eaton, Nick Atkinson and D'Anthony Brown were able to hold the Bucknell attack at bay to head into the break deadlocked at zero. Army didn't take their foot off the gas pedal, creating a scoring opportunity just three minutes into the second half. It was Andrew Guerra who was able to break the tie after taking the feed from Jack Eaton and bending a shot around the Bison keeper to lift Army to a 1-0 lead. The goal was Guerra's third of the season. Read more.

Men’s Cross Country Finishes In Top Third at The Battle In Beantown

Men’s Cross Country Finishes In Top Third at The Battle In BeantownMarshall Beatty paced the Black Knights at the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown as they placed sixth in the 20-team field. This year's event, one of the nation's top collegiate cross country invitationals, featured 20 teams including No. 6 Arkansas and several programs receiving votes in the USTFCCCA national poll.

Marshall Beatty, who has led Army in the last five meets he has raced in, finished in 18th with a time of 24:41 for his second best time at this event. Mitchell Burr followed with a personal-best time of 25:01 to finish 28th. Erick Lara (25:10), Garrett Gough (25:13), and Matthew Porter (25:16) rounded out the scoring for the Black Knights.

“Our men came into this meet with a strong competitive mindset. We knew that there were some quality teams in the field, and we felt like we could compete near the top of the race so our 6th place finish today was a solid performance, but we can be much better. Arkansas dictated the race after the mile mark and comfortably pulled away. Syracuse, Duke, and Harvard were strong early with numbers of guys up front and we were shadowing those teams and if we do a better job of moving up late in the race, maybe we crack the top 5. As the race developed, we were battling with Yale, Dartmouth, Providence, and Columbia to get into the top 5. We put five in before Providence's fifth, but they had their number 1 runner pretty far up in the front so we couldn't hold them off; however, our pack depth and our top 5 spread of 35 seconds gave us the score we needed to stay ahead of the four other IVY schools in the race. In the end, our depth saved us today as we had some strong races from some young guys that are just starting to emerge as contributors.” - Head Coach Mike Smith. Read more.

Women’s Soccer Earns Point With 1-1 Draw Against Loyola Maryland

Women’s Soccer Earns Point With 1-1 Draw Against Loyola MarylandThe Army West Point Women’s Soccer Team continued its unbeaten streak in Patriot League play by earning a 1-1 draw against Loyola Maryland on Saturday evening at Clinton Field at Malek Stadium.

The game against the Greyhounds was the team's third of the year that went into double overtime. Despite the equality in scoring, the Cadets earned an overall advantage in shots (17-9), shots on-frame (8-7) and corner kicks (5-2) through 110 minutes of action.

Lauren Drysdale got things going early for the Black Knights, firing off the first shot of the night just five minutes after the opening whistle. Her attempt was followed by looks from both Trinity Garay and Dani Mendoza, though the visiting keeper was able to keep the Cadets off the board early in the game.

On their first shot of the night, which came 15 minutes into the action, the Greyhounds were able to get a ball past Sage Strohman to take an early 1-0 lead. Despite being in a deficit, Army continued to attack Loyola's back line and earned a 7-2 advantage in shots at halftime.

The Cadets came out of the break with high energy, which resulted in Trinity Garay using a corner kick to net the equalizer in the 51st minute. Garay took advantage of a bad touch from a Loyola player to score her team-best fourth goal of the season, booting in a ball from the top of the box. Read more.

Men’s Soccer Army-Navy Cup X Returns to Subaru Park

Men’s Soccer Army-Navy Cup X Returns to Subaru ParkArmy-Navy Cup X Presented by Leidos returns to Subaru Park on Saturday October 9, where the rival academies will kick off at 7:00pm. The match will be a part of the Army vs. Navy Star Series presented by USAA.

“The 10th Army Navy Cup is a special one. 10 years shows the strength of the relationship between the two academies and the union, as well as the public's desire to have a large venue that can hold the crowds for this matchup,” said Army West Point Head Coach Brian Plotkin. “The Union have been incredible hosts and we are fortunate to have a great venue to showcase this rivalry each and every year.”

The Black Knights hold a record of record of 4-2-1. A 2020 Second Team All-Patriot League selection and firstie midfielder, Oscar Pereira, leads the team with 13 total points on the year and recorded two assists in the 3-0 win over Colgate. Pereira will be joined on the pitch by cow midfielder Justin McStay and yearling defender Jack Eaton, who each found the back of the net in Army’s last match against Colgate. Goalkeeper and firstie captain Jacob Suppiah will also return to help the Black Knights in their attempt to repeat as Army-Navy Cup champions. With a GAA of 1.77, “Supe” has recorded 16 saves this season with one clean sheet out of the four matches he’s played. Cow goalkeeper Josh Taylor has also appeared in three matches (two starts), registering six saves, and allowing one goal with a GAA of .54. Taylor led Army to the Army-Navy Cup win in last season's showdown after a stellar performance between the posts. Read more.

Army-Navy Men’s Rugby Match Added to the 1874 Cup

Army-Navy Men’s Rugby Match Added to the 1874 CupOne of the country's most spirited and respected rivalries will take center stage when the Army Black Knights of West Point face the U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen in men's collegiate rugby at 1:00 pm EDT on Saturday, Oct. 23 at FedExField. Event promoter Left Field Live announced today that the interservice Army-Navy match will serve as a preliminary competition prior to the 1874 Cup featuring the Team USA Eagles vs. New Zealand All Blacks match set for 3:00 pm EDT.


“We're thrilled and grateful to be a part of this historic event in a phenomenal venue.” said Army West Point rugby head coach Matt Sherman. “We also very much appreciate the opportunity to share the fierce Army-Navy rivalry with a broader rugby fan base in an event that will attract global attention.”

No matter the sport, the venue in which it's played or each team's records, the Army-Navy rivalry always embodies the best of competition by displaying mutual respect and honor that helps provide a great experience for fans on each side. Both teams are undefeated this fall with Army boasting wins over Queens of Charlotte and Notre Dame (Ohio), while Navy has defeated Air Force and St. Bonaventure.

Army will look to capture its second consecutive win over Navy when the two teams faceoff at FedEx Field a year after the Black Knights ran away with a 39-13 victory in Annapolis. Read more.

Women’s Tennis Set to Host ITA Regional Championships

After a one-year hiatus, the ITA Regional Championships are set to happen once again at Army West Point. The Black Knights will host the three-day tournament from October 1-3 and will welcome student-athletes from across the Northeast region to compete at the Lichtenberg Tennis Center.

This season, to mitigate the spread of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the regional tournament has been split up into two sections, the first being at West Point and the second being at Penn. The top competitors from each tournament will earn a spot at the Super Regional event, hosted at Princeton University two weeks later (October 15-18).

The bracket-style tournament will kick off at 9am on Friday morning with the first round of 128 kicking off at Lichtenberg Tennis Center and the adjacent Malek Courts. Saturday's action will feature the rounds of 64 and 32, with the competition finishing up on Sunday with the championship matches.

Army will have one final tune-up before the tournament this weekend, when they travel to Bethlehem, PA to compete at the Lehigh Invite. Read more.

MAJ Garcia 2021 “LATINA Style” Distinguished Military Service Award

MAJ Garcia 2021 “LATINA Style” Distinguished Military Service AwardSeptember 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month. We are proud to announce that MAJ Lidilia M.A. Garcia was selected as a 2021 LATINA Style Distinguished Military Service Award recipient and recognized today during the Virtual National Latina Symposium. The LATINA Style Distinguished Military Service Awards recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of women in the military and the Department of Defense civilian workforce who have enhanced the role of Latinas in their organization and the Department of Defense.

“It is an honor to play a role in developing our nation's future leaders. Instructing at West Point means the circle is enlarging and there are more opportunities for Latinas to showcase their intellectual capacity and talent. We bring unique perspectives that foster diversity, inclusion, and multicultural competencies to West Point. My presence lets other Latinas know that if I am here, they can also be here.” MAJ Garcia teaches General Psychology for Leaders and Sociology of the Family in the Behavioral Sciences and Leadership department. Congratulations!

Dr. Turek of DARPA Guest Speaker

Dr. Turek of DARPA Guest SpeakerActing Deputy Director of DARPA's Information Innovation Office (I2O), Dr. Matt Turek, was the guest speaker for this week's Math Faculty Development Seminar. Dr. Turek discussed cutting edge applications of the mathematics that our cadets and faculty are using both in the classroom and in research projects! Mathematics opens the doors to many exciting opportunities!

Engineering Mgmt. Program ASEM Founder’s Award Winner

Engineering Mgmt. Program ASEM Founder’s Award WinnerThe U.S. Military Academy’s Engineering Management Program was officially announced as the 2021 American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM) Founder’s Award winners for Best Engineering Management Undergraduate Program and selected as the Best ASEM Student Chapter! Both awards recognize excellence and leadership, both in programs and in people. This selection is not made solely by academics, but also by well versed practitioners and employers in the field. West Point teaches and leads, not only in the theoretical domain, but by expertly applying engineering concepts to real world problems, a skill that will enable cadet success now and in the future.

“Though every win like this is made possible in part by everyone’s discipline and commitment to excellence within their own sphere of influence, I would like to take this opportunity to recognize LTC(P) Jim Schreiner, Dr Kenny McDonald, MAJs Abe Payne and Erin William who poured countless hours and incredible energy into the Engineering Management Program and the cadets in the ASEM chapter at West Point. This recognition is also anchored in the foundational work of folks like COL Paul Evangelista, LTC John Richards, Maj. John Case, and other faculty alumni. We practice what we preach about performance improvement in DSE. The excellence that ASEM recognizes in our Engineering Management program and student chapter stems from their exceptional leadership,” said COL Rich Morales, Systems Engineering Department Head.

Miami (OH) Up Next for Football

Miami (OH) Up Next for FootballThe Army West Point Football Team will complete its three-game home stand with a 12 p.m. game against Miami (OH) this Saturday, September 25 at Michie Stadium.

The action between the Black Knights (3-0) and the RedHawks (1-2) will be on CBS Sports Network with Jason Horowitz, Ross Tucker and Tina Cervasio on the call. The radio call will be found across 25 stations in nine different states via the Army Sports Network. Additionally, the call can be heard for free via the Varsity Network app and through the in-venue feed for fans in attendance.

How to follow: Television - CBS Sports Network | Radio - Army Sports Network | Game Notes - Army:Miami (OH) | Live Stats - GoArmyWestPoint.com.

The Black Knights resume action at Michie Stadium after defeating UConn 52-21 last weekend. Saturday's game will close out a three-game home stand for the Cadets, who will look to complete the spurt in winning fashion. With the result against the Huskies, the team extended its triumphant streak at home to 12 games. Read more.

Women’s Soccer Storms Past Holy Cross

Women’s Soccer Storms Past Holy CrossAn offensive outburst helped the Army West Point Women’s Soccer team pick up a big win on the road on Wednesday night, as the Black Knights defeated Holy Cross 5-1 at the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium. Jasmine Talley and Izzy Fontana led the attack with two goals apiece, securing the first multi-goal games of their respective careers, and were joined on the action by Trinity Garay.

Talley was the first to strike, getting the Cadets on the board less than three minutes into the match. After being fed a ball by Emma Richey, she fired it into the bottom right corner to hand the team its early advantage. Less than seven minutes later, Garay's third goal of the season made it a 2-0 game. Her shot was assisted by Kaelan Bradley, marking the first of the rookie's career. In the 14th minute, Talley went on to round out the early spurt with her second goal of the night, which was assisted by Dara Murray.

After facing early pressure, the Crusaders were able to find a bit of rhythm and eventually fired off their first shot 20 minutes after the opening whistle. Though the attempt was on-frame, keeper Sage Strohman was there to make the stop. Read more.

Bender Named Patriot League Male Rookie Runner of the Week

Bender Named Patriot League Male Rookie Runner of the WeekPlebe Caleb Bender has been named the Patriot League Male Rookie Runner of the Week.

Bender helped the Black Knights to a first-place finish at the Army Open (7.6 kilometers) on September 17. In a meet where the underclassmen shine, Bender finished in first place with a time of 24:35.6 in his second collegiate race.

The Black Knights head to Boston to participate in the Coast-To-Coast Battle in Beantown at Franklin Park on September 24 at 3:30pm. Read more.

CUWiP Conference at West Point

CUWiP Conference at West Point“The United States Military Academy at West Point, with efforts from the Physics and Nuclear Engineering (PANE) Department, will be the first service academy to host a Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP)… The conference at West Point will be held from January 21 through January 23, 2022 and will include fantastic keynote speakers from various physics-based backgrounds that range from military to private sectors. They will speak about their personal experiences, provide advice, and share ideas. Attendees will also experience various other activities that include lab tours, yoga, stargazing, and workshops.” Applications due October 4, 2021 & Conference event will be January 21-23, 2022. Register.

Cadets Compete in SOCOM Ignite Competition

Cadets Compete in SOCOM Ignite CompetitionCongratulations to our team of 12 cadets who competed in the SOCOM Ignite competition in Lexington, MA. SOCOM Ignite is a yearly innovation pipeline that brings together Special Operations Forces operators, military students, and researchers to find solutions to real-world problems such as big data analytics, unmanned system autonomy and swarming, human-machine teaming, and generating real-time actionable intelligence from battlefield sensors.

Sprint Football’s Abercrombie CSFL Special Teams Player of the Week

 Sprint Football’s Abercrombie CSFL Special Teams Player of the Week After a strong showing in the Army West Point Sprint Football Team's season opener against Penn, cow kicker Ben Abercrombie has been named the CSFL special teams player of the week.

The Phoenix, AZ native successfully kicked all five of his extra-point attempts in the Black Knights 38-13 thrashing of the Quakers. Abercrombie also showed he can kick from distance, splitting the uprights on a 46-yard field goal attempt in the third quarter.

Abercrombie also factored into the return game as the kickoff specialist for Army. The cow kicked off seven times for the Black Knights totaling 376 yards for an average of 53.7 yards per boot.

Teammates JC Watson and David Dickerson were named to the league's honor roll after their strong performances last Friday.

Abercrombie and the Cadets will look to follow up on their impressive performance this Friday, September 24 when they travel to Phillipi, WV for a matchup with Alderson Broaddus University at 7pm. Read more.

Bilek Named Atlantic Hockey’s Preseason Player of the Year

Bilek Named Atlantic Hockey’s Preseason Player of the YearAfter a breakout season as a junior, Army West Point Hockey team captain Colin Bilek has been named the Atlantic Hockey Association Preseason Player of the Year. The 2020-21 AHA First-Team Selection collected seven votes from AHA coaches to claim the top spot in the poll.

The Brighton, Mich. native also earned a spot on the Coaches' Preseason All-Atlantic Hockey Team, taking one of the three forward spots. He opens the 2021-22 campaign as the AHA's active leader in power play goals (16), ranks fifth in points (62) and is tied for second in goals (32) among returning players. Last season, Bilek led the conference in goals (15) while finishing fifth in +/- (+11) and eight in points (21). Teammates Lincoln Hatten, Thomas Farrell and Anthony Firriolo all received votes in the poll.

In the annual coaches' poll, the Black Knights were picked to finish third in the conference. The Cadets finished second in the AHA with a 15-6-1 (10-4-1 AHA) record a season ago, which was fueled by a 13-game mid-season win streak.

Bilek and the Black Knights will begin their pursuit of an Atlantic Hockey Title on October 2nd when they travel to Rhode Island to take on the Providence College Friars in their season opener. Read more.

Roberts Added To Track and Field Coaching Staff

Roberts Added To Track and Field Coaching StaffArmy West Point Director of Track & Field/Cross Country Mike Smith has added Michael Roberts as an assistant coach. Roberts will work with the Black Knights sprints, hurdles, horizontal jumps, and relays.

“Michael is an experienced young coach who has had success at both the NCAA Division I and Division II levels,” said Smith. “He elevated the profile of the program at Northwood and guided several of his top athletes to elite performances at the NCAA Championships. He possesses the qualities that will serve him well here at Army. He is a confident leader, he is looking for a challenge, and he has a proven background of success as a recruiter and as a coach. He comes highly recommended by his athletic director, for both the success he brought to Northwood, but also because of his professionalism and maturity. He will be a strong leader for our cadet-athletes, and we are lucky to have him join our staff.”

Roberts joins the Black Knights from Northwood University (MI), where he served seven seasons as the head coach for the men's and women's cross country/track & field programs. During his tenure with Northwood University, the Timberwolves set 21 school records, had 20 NCAA First Team All-American honors for both programs, and served as a member of the USTFCCCA DII Track & Field Executive Committee. Read more.

West Point’s UMAT Wins Operational Analysis Award

West Point’s UMAT Wins Operational Analysis AwardCongratulations to the U.S. Military Academy's Modeling and Analysis Team (UMAT), comprised of Systems Engineering and Math faculty, who was awarded the US Army’s Operational Analysis Award! The team was led by COL Paul Evangelista and included COL Matt Dabkowski, Mr. Ian Kloo, MAJ Courtney Razon, LTC(P) Nicholas Clark, and MAJ Steven McCarthy. Their presentation titled “Modeling and Analysis Support to USMA’s Operation RESILIENT KNIGHT” captured their incredible analytic work and robust approach to an ill-defined problem which ultimately captures the response as an Academy to the pandemic. This faculty team provided analysis that informed decision-makers and shaped positive outcomes not only at USMA, but across the Army, while simultaneously excelling at their regular teaching, research, and mentoring responsibilities. Well done!

Cadets Tour Revolutionary War Fortifications

Cadets Tour Revolutionary War FortificationsCadets received a tour of the Revolutionary War fortifications of West Point by Captain Jonathan Bratten. Cadets learned about the site's vital role during the American Revolution, the types of fortifications built there, Benedict Arnold's plan to betray the post, and about period weaponry. Tours like this are one of the many ways that the Department of History works with cadets outside the classroom to build knowledgeable leaders of character.

Offense Powers Football Past Huskies

Offense Powers Football Past HuskiesThe Army West Point Football Team came out on the winning side of another Michie Stadium battle on Saturday afternoon, downing UConn 52-21 for its 12th-straight win at home.

The Black Knights (3-0) finished the day with 504 total yards, the team's most since a 538-yard effort against Hawaii on November 30, 2019 and had a season-high six different players notch touchdowns.

Army’s offense was clicking immediately out of the gate, as the Cadets opened up the game by reaching the end zone on three-straight possessions. The early slew of scoring was highlighted by a 55-yard career-long rush for Brandon Walters, Isaiah Alston's first career touchdown and Christian Anderson's 10th career strike.

On the other side of the ball, the Black Knights’ defense did a great job of stifling the opposing offense early on. UConn (0-4) was limited to a total of 27 yards in its first three drives and was forced to punt the ball twice. Read more.

Cross Country Claims Army Open Title

Cross Country Claims Army Open TitleThe Army West Point Men’s and Women’s Cross Country both finished first at the Army West Point Open.

The Black Knights posted the top-seven finishers led by Alexandra Gibbs (20:45.3). She was followed by Thorin Jean (20:47.4), Dominique Shultz (20:48.9), Sarah Grodin (20:52.5), Katherine Kopotic (20:54.3), Evie Bell (21:07.2), and Joanna Halfhill (22:25.2).

The Army Black Knights finished first at the Army West Point Open on Friday afternoon.

Plebe Caleb Bender won the race (24:35.6) in a meet where the underclassmen shine. Classmates Spencer Bush (25:29.0) and Gabriel Nichols (25:41.3) placed third and fourth, respectively. Gregory Langone was sixth and was followed by yearling Gideon Rothschild. Plebe Christopher Verdugo finished ninth.

Q&A with Football’s Marquel Broughton

Q&A with Football’s Marquel BroughtonQ: Why did you decide to attend West Point?

MB: I wanted to better my life, better my family’s trajectory and serve my country.

Q: Aside from football, what’s been your favorite part of West Point?

MB: The people. I’ve had great mentors here, like Col. Bates and Col. Woodruff. A lot of people are on my side and I think some of the best people in the world are here at West Point.

Q: What does it mean to you to be named captain of this team?

MB: It means everything. It’s a blessing. I’m just thankful that my teammates saw me as someone that can lead this team. I’m going to continue to give my all to them and encourage them to do the same.

Q: What was it like to be a part of the team that beat both Navy and Air Force at Michie Stadium?

MB: Great experience. I’ve never won anything so that was big. Winning the CIC Championship while defending Michie Stadium is one of the best experiences in my life. Hands-down one of the best feelings I’ve ever had. Read more.

Women’s Tennis Finishes Up Play at the UConn Invite

Women’s Tennis Finishes Up Play at the UConn InviteArmy Women’s Tennis returned to the courts this weekend for its first tournament of the Fall season in Storrs, Conn. at the UConn Invite. The Black Knights sent nine representatives to Connecticut to compete against Fairfield, Quinnipiac and UConn.

The Cadets put on a strong showing in their first action of the season, collecting a total of 16 wins throughout the three-day tournament. Read more.

Contest At Duke Highlights Men’s Basketball Non-Conference Slate

Contest At Duke Highlights Men’s Basketball Non-Conference SlateLee Anderson Men’s Basketball Head Coach Jimmy Allen has released the program’s non-conference schedule for the 2021-22 season. A trip to play at perennial national power Duke highlights the 13-game non-conference schedule.

“I think we have a terrific non-conference schedule this season,” said Allen. “We are excited to be able to return to a full schedule as we continue to build on the success of the past two seasons. Certainly, the highlight will be the opportunity to play at Duke in Coach K's final season!”

The Black Knights tip-off the season hosting SUNY New Paltz on November 9 at 7:30pm.

Army West Point then heads to Durham for a pair of games in the Duke Veterans Day Weekend Showcase. The Black Knights will play the Duke Blue Devils, coached by Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer and USMA graduate Mike Krzyzewski on November 12. Army will face Hartford the next day.

The Black Knights return home to play Merrimack on November 17, before traveling to take on La Salle on November 20. Army starts a three-game homestand on November 24 against Wagner at 5 p.m., followed by meetings with a pair of MAAC opponents in Marist (November 27) and Siena (November 30). Read more.

Sprint Football Runs Past Penn, 38-13

Sprint Football Runs Past Penn, 38-13After almost two years, Army West Point Sprint Football returned to Shea Stadium for a Collegiate Sprint Football League (CSFL) contest. The Black Knights did not show any signs of rust in this game, defeating the Penn Quakers by a score of 38-13.

The Cadets came out firing right from the opening kickoff, scoring on the first play from scrimmage after quarterback JC Watson found Kraig Hamilton for a 69-yard touchdown pass just 20 seconds into the game. The defense followed the offense's lead, forcing Penn to a five-play drive, highlighted by a Brett Boswell sack to force a Quaker punt. Watson and the offense got back to work at their own 26 yard line. Army would march down the field on the backs of Watson and starting running back Ryan Connors. The duo would combine for 56 rush yards and connect for an 18 yard touchdown pass to put the Cadets up two scores.

The next point would come from kicker Ben Abercrombie, who split the uprights on a 46-yard field goal attempt early in the second quarter. The junior would also contribute five extra points while also serving as the kickoff specialist for the team. Read more.

Men’s Soccer Defeats Colgate 3-0 to Open up Patriot League Play

Men’s Soccer Defeats Colgate 3-0 to Open up Patriot League Play100 years after the two teams met for the first time the Army West Point Men’s Soccer repeated history by defeating the Colgate Raiders 3-0. The 1921 Black Knights defeated the Raiders by the same result in 1921. The Cadets powered through the rough weather to pick up a decisive result in the Patriot League opener and improve their record to 4-2-1.

In typical Army men's soccer fashion, the team came out running on the Raiders, keeping the ball in the Colgate half of the field for nearly the entire first seven minutes of play. Andrew Guerra and D'Anthony Brown put two early shots on goal to test the Colgate keeper, but neither were able to find the back of the net.

Oscar Pereira followed up with another shot on goal that was deflected by the Colgate keeper to set up a corner for Army. Cooper Warren took the corner to the Black Knights, putting on a cross on net that found Justin McStay, who then deflected the ball right onto the foot of Jack Eaton, who buried a shot in the back of the net to give Army an early 1-0 advantage. Read more.

Volleyball Holds off Mountain Hawks

Volleyball Holds off Mountain HawksArmy West Point Volleyball claimed its second victory in Patriot League play after defeating Lehigh in five sets on Saturday night in Gillis Field House. Paige Fixemer was a force at the net for the Black Knights with 14 kills and eight blocks, six being solos. Cate Buckingham recorded her second double-double of the season recording 11 kills and 12 digs. Sayler Butters played a big role in Army's defense finishing the match with 20 digs, followed by Riley Parchment with 15.

Army jumped ahead in set one, capitalizing on Lehigh's errors to lead 9-5 at the first timeout. The teams traded errors, but Army pulled ahead going on a 5-0 run to lead 20-18. Savannah Bray threw down the last point for the Cadets to give them to 25-20 victory. Buckingham finished the set with five kills, while Bray had four.

Lehigh claimed the early lead in set two, leading 11-9 at the first timeout. The Black Knights bounced back quickly going on a 5-0 run highlighted by a service ace from Nickerson. Lehigh fought back, but Army's offense shut them down to win the set 25-23. Fixemer led the team with four kills and one solo block. Parchment and Butters were key on defense recording five digs each. Read more.

Fourteen Plebes Join Wrestling Program

Fourteen Plebes Join Wrestling ProgramArmy West Point head wrestling coach Kevin Ward has announced the addition of 14 freshmen to his program in preparation for the 2021-22 season.

The group is made up of cadet-athletes that represent 10 different weight classes and will join a program that sent seven wrestlers to the 2020 NCAA Championship, marking the team's third-consecutive year of achieving the feat.

“Overall, I think we are just really excited to finally get this recruiting class on campus and in the wrestling room,” Ward said. “This is a group of guys that showed tremendous belief in our program by committing to us through the lockdowns and all the strict COVID protocols. And from what we've seen out of them already they are worth the wait. They are hard-working, eager to learn, and ready to contribute. No one should be surprised to see a few freshmen in our lineup this season.” Read more.

Capstone Days at West Point

Capstone Days at West PointOur SE, EM, and SDS Firsties, as well as Math Operations Research majors, complete a year-long capstone project for a real-world client. They not only spend nine months solving problems, but also complete a technical report for each client. The cadet teams write a scholarly paper and present in the General Donald R. Keith Memorial Capstone Competition in April. This year’s clients include US Army AFRICOM, Bell Helicopter, the JFK Special Warfare Center, Lockheed Martin, US Army Aviation Center of Excellence, Tobyhanna Army Depot, and Mitre, along with several others.

Men’s Tennis Completes First Day at The Bedford Cup

Men’s Tennis Completes First Day at The Bedford CupThe Army West Point Men’s Tennis Team started its 2021-22 season at the ITA Bedford Cup in the Mountains hosted by Air Force on Thursday. Six Cadets - David Gorshein, Nathan Jose, Diego Huttepain, Samuel Eden, A.J. Woodman, and Thomas Lake – will be representing the Black Knights at the tournament.

Samuel Eden, seeded second in the draw, received a bye to advance to the round of 16. He won his match in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4, over Denver's Relja Eskic. Eden will face Montana State's Joaquin Espinoza in the quarterfinals on Friday.

After falling in his opening round match, David Gorshein defeated Montana State's Marcos Zelver, 6-3, 6-1, in the consolation round of 16. He plays Weber State's Matteo Savio in the quarterfinals. Nathan Jose fell in three sets in his opening round match. Jose received a bye and will play Jordan Coutinho from Weber State in the consolation quarterfinals on Friday. Read more.

West Point Ethics Bowl Team Prepares for Battle

West Point Ethics Bowl Team Prepares for BattleJoin is in cheering on our Ethics Bowl Team as it prepares to defend their regional title! The Department of English and Philosophy’s Ethics Bowl Team conducted tryouts and had its first practice to solidify its 20 Cadet roster. The team has its eye on defending its regional title in the Collegiate Ethics Bowl competition that it currently shares with Tufts University. The regional Ethics Bowl competition will take place on November 20 at Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore, MD. Teams from all over the northeast, such as Harvard, Yale, and Tufts will compete to be named as the top ethics debate team and a chance to compete at the National tournament. Last year, not only did the West Point Ethics Bowl team win first place regionally but also placed 3rd Nationally. They are eager to improve on our last year’s success!

Ready to Rumble!

The Army West Point Boxing team hosted the Annual North Area Rumble to showcase their talent, grit, and determination. Cadets, faculty, and staff flocked to central area in droves to watch the annual Army Boxing Rumble exhibition event at West Point. Competitors fight in nine weight classes ranging from super featherweight (132 pounds) to heavyweight (over 201 pounds). Photos.

Army West Point Football Returns to Michie Stadium Against UConn

Army West Point Football Returns to Michie Stadium Against UConnThe Black Knights return to action at Michie Stadium after earning a 38-35 victory over Western Kentucky during last weekend's home-opener

The Army West Point Football Team will continue its three-game home stand with a 12 pm game against UConn this Saturday, September 18 at Michie Stadium.

The action between the Black Knights and the Huskies will be on CBS Sports Network with Jason Horowitz, Ross Tucker and Tina Cervasio on the call. The radio call will be found across 25 stations in nine different states via the Army Sports Network. Additionally, the call can be heard for free via the Varsity Network app and through the in-venue feed for fans in attendance.

How to follow: Television - CBS Sports Network | Radio - Army Sports Network | Game Notes - Army:UConn | Live Stats - GoArmyWestPoint.com. Read more.

2nd Regimental Commander Soto ’22 and CSM Tolston ’22

CSM Tolston ’22 and 2nd Regimental Commander Soto ’22Diego Soto ’22, is an Applied Statistics and Data Science major from, Missouri City, TX, chose West Point for the unique challenges designed to push cadets in ways they have not experienced elsewhere. He saw this as an opportunity to grow rather than to wallow. He served as the Sandhurst SGM, was the “Moosehurst” I-2 Sandhurst team Squad Leader, earned the role of I-2 Company 1SG, and served as the Cadet Basic Training Regimental S-3 this past summer. “As the Second Regimental Commander, I hope to create a culture of putting people first. I believe that focusing on people through actions, not words, will lead to creating an environment of inclusion, compassion, and getting results. I believe in the philosophy of putting people first, the results can be pretty astonishing.”

Mirriam (Mimi) Tolston, an Operations Research major and native of Commerce Township, Michigan, chose West Point because she wants to be a role model for the next generation so they can break out of stereotypes to become great leaders. Tolston was selected as best Platoon SGT going into her Cow year, served as the Air Assault Command Sgt. Maj. this past summer, and has been the Rabble Rousers Team Captain since Cow year. “I am committed to empowering the cadets in 2nd reg to become an integral member of the team while also working to further their understanding of themselves as individuals. I hope to bring positivity to every cadet in 2nd regiment so that we can further an inclusive team environment through meaningful interactions.”

Cadets Briefed on Weapons of the Civil War

Cadets Briefed on Weapons of the Civil WarMr. Les Jensen, the Curator of Arms and Armor at the West Point Museum briefed cadets in CPT Greenberg’s HI101 class sections on Civil War weapons and soldier systems. Cadets handled a Springfield Model 1855, Minie Balls, a bayonet, a Colt Revolver, a saber and scabbard, and a Sibley Stove as they analyzed and discussed Civil War soldier motivations.

Two from Men’s Soccer Take Home Player of the Week Awards

Two from Men’s Soccer Take Home Player of the Week AwardsAfter an impressive week of competition, Army West Point Men’s Soccer took home two Patriot League Player of the Week awards. The Black Knights went 1-0-1 on the week, tying Fairfield in a dramatic comeback effort and dropping Siena 5-0 thanks to an impressive showing on the attacking side of the field. D'Anthony Brown and Oscar Pereira both played a crucial role in the effort, combining for four goals and three assists during the week to earn the League's Midfielder and Defensive Player of the Week Awards, respectively.

The duo was the catalyst behind the two-goal comeback Tuesday night against Fairfield, sparking the rally after connecting for a goal in the 79th minute when Brown fed Pereira for the Cadets' first score in the contest. Pereira would also record the assist on the equalizing goal from Justin McStay in the 85th minute to complete the comeback.

In the contest against Siena, Brown shined on both ends of the pitch. The junior scored two goals, including the first of the game, while also aiding in the defensive effort that shut out the Saints offense. The goals were also the first of Brown's career.

Pereira once again found the back of the net against the Saints which was his third straight game with a goal, and his second consecutive game with a goal and an assist. The New York native now has 11 points on the season which is good for tops in the Patriot League and puts him in a tie for second in the country. This is also the senior's second weekly award after earning the offensive player of the week award after the first week of the season. Read more.

Men’s Cross Country Moves Up in Regional Rankings

Men’s Cross Country Moves Up in Regional RankingsThe Army West Point Cross Country Team is ranked 13th in the latest 2021 NCAA Division I Men's Cross Country Northeast Regional Ranking announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

The Black Knights started the 2021 season with a win (17-46) over the Maine Black Bears in Orono, Maine on September 3. Army posted four of the top five finishers, led by Marshall Beatty who finished first with a time of 25:12.61. Thomas Vo followed with a time of 25:26.71 and Garrett Gough placed third (25:27.33). Matthew Porter rounded out the top five with a time of 25:36.90.

Army is back in action on September 17 to host the Army Open in Wappinger Falls, NY. Read more.

Q&A with Football’s Cedrick Cunningham Jr.

Q&A with Football’s Cedrick Cunningham Jr.Q: Why did you decide to attend West Point?

CC: I decided to attend West Point because of the opportunity to serve. I believe that this opportunity is second to none and I’ve always had an interest in other people and their well-being, so coming here was an easy choice. I also believe that the opportunity to be a part of this team and play for this program is so special.

Q: Aside from football, what’s been your favorite part of West Point?

CC: Definitely the people that I’ve met. That goes across a bunch of different areas. From instructors to TAC officers, to other Cadets, these are the best people I’ve ever been around. The memories that I’ve created with them are things I hold close to my heart.

Q: What does it mean to you to be named captain of this team?

CC: It’s very humbling and such an honor. To be selected by my peers as a leader and to essentially be a face for this program is really special. Especially since I didn’t see myself as a leader at times. For them to put their trust in me means a lot. Read more.

Golf Concludes Gene Miranda Falcon Invite

Golf Concludes Gene Miranda Falcon InviteThe Army West Point Golf team finished its first tournament of the 2021 fall slate with strong finish at the Gene Miranda Falcon Invite. The Black Knights finished with a team score of 903 (+39) after going 9-over during the final round of the three-day event. UC Davis led from start to finish and won the event by 22 strokes over Nevada at 33-under. Tom Katsenes was Army's top individual finisher for the tournament at 7-over par after carding a 2-over 74. He ended up in a tie for 51st place on the individual leaderboard.

John Heckel Jr. had an impressive showing in his first action as a Black Knight and was tied with Katsenes for 51st place. He was consistent with his rounds, including an even par 72 during the second round of play. The top player on the final day was Marshall Daniel, who shot a 2-under 70 and joined Katsenes with under-par rounds at the tournament. He finished with four birdies, including one on the final hole of the round.

Samuel Kim was the top golfer for the Black Knights that was competing as an individual on the Silver Course throughout the weekend. He ended up in a tie for eighth place after shooting a 1-over 73 to conclude the final round. He was 4-over for the tournament. Read more.

USMA No. 2 in Top Public Liberal Arts Colleges

UMSA No. 2 in Top Public Liberal Arts CollegesThe U.S. Military Academy is again rated as one of the nation's best undergraduate education institutions!

The 2022 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings places the U.S. Military Academy No. 2 in Top Public Liberal Arts Colleges and No. 11 in Best National Liberal Arts Colleges.

In the Best Engineering Programs category, at engineering schools whose highest degree is a bachelor’s or master’s, West Point ranks No. 4 overall, and ranks No. 5 for its civil engineering program in the Best in the Specialties category.

“This recognition reflects the U.S. Military Academy’s commitment to preparing cadets for the intellectual rigors of leading in an ever evolving and complex world,” said BG Shane Reeves, Dean of the Academic board. “Our academic program is the intellectual engine that drives innovation in the Army through applied research, cross-disciplinary work, and engagement. Our faculty and staff are dedicated instructors, mentors, scholars, and most importantly, role models who work tirelessly to support our cadets in and out of the classroom.” See all rankings.

Football Holds Off Western Kentucky in Home Opener

Football Holds Off Western Kentucky in Home OpenerArmy West Point Football opened Michie Stadium with a 38-35 win over the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers on Saturday afternoon. The Black Knights are 2-0 for the fourth time in the Jeff Monken era.

The Hilltoppers (1-1) found their rhythm early until Marquel Broughton picked off a pass for his third career interception. It was the team's second consecutive game forcing a turnover on its opponent's opening possession. The stop shut down a seven-play, 39-yard drive by Western Kentucky. Christian Anderson got the start under center looking to help the Cadets find their groove. He threw his first of five completed passes to Brandon Walters, but the drive came to a halt when the Cadets fumbled the ball. The first quarter ended scoreless after another Western Kentucky drive was cut short by the Army defense.

Tyrell Robinson came out energetic in the second quarter, rushing for 24 yards on the first play of the second quarter to get Army on the board first. Robinson recorded his third career touchdown and his longest rush since the 2020 season when he had a 50-yard run against Abilene Christian. Cole Talley secured the extra point for the Black Knights to make the score 7-0. The defense went to work on their side of the ball holding the Hilltoppers to two yards on their next drive forcing Western Kentucky to punt.

Back under center, Anderson found Braheam Murphy and connected for a 40-yard touchdown pass, his second 40-yard pass of the season. Army jumped ahead to a 14-0 lead over Western Kentucky, but the Hilltoppers found their way to the endzone with a 73-yard touchdown pass on the following possession. Read more.

Men’s Soccer Overpowers Siena in a 5-0 Win

In the second game of its three-game homestand, the Army West Point Men’s Soccer Team put on an offensive showcase, featuring five goals from four Cadets in a 5-0 win over the Siena Saints.

Even though he plays as a backline defender, D'Anthony Brown shined on offense tonight, scoring two goals to lift the Cadets to their third win of the season. He and Oscar Pereira lead the Black Knight's offense that fired off a total of 18 shots in the contest, nine of which ended up on goal.

In typical fashion, Army came out of the gates with energy quickly moving the ball up the field into Saints territory. Pereira took the first shot for the Cadets just four minutes into the game. Two more shots from D'Anthony Brown and Atef Sikazwe missed the mark before Brown was able to put one past the keeper to break the scoreless tie.

Brown, a defender, made a terrific run from the backline and collected the ball in space off a pass from Cooper Warren to get the Cadets on the board.

Just eight minutes later, it was John Poncy who found the back of the net for his first goal of the season. Pereira was able to work around a few Saint defenders before finding Poncy who was able to collect the ball, turn and find the bottom left corner for the second goal of the night. Read more.

Women’s Rugby Dominates Coast Guard

Women’s Rugby Dominates Coast GuardArmy West Point Women’s Rugby dominates Coast Guard in the home opener, winning 102-5 on Friday night at the Anderson Rugby Complex.

The Cadets came out firing in the first half taking a 67-0 lead after 40 minutes. The momentum did not stop as the final score was 102-5. The Black Knights had 14 different players contribute tries to the score: Codi Butt, Sydney Schaff, Kaitlyn Schwarting, Sophia Linder, Julia Riekena, Kaylee Cargile, Emma Gamboa, Emma Baughman, Rebecca Syrup, McKhaye O'Boyle, Christina Ellis, Charisma Henry, Kyla Johnson, Anabella Acinapura. Butt contributed conversions as well. She and Schaff found the endzone for the second weekend in a row. Read more.

Men’s Rugby Defeats Notre Dame (Ohio), 40-6

Men’s Rugby Defeats Notre Dame (Ohio), 40-6Army West Point Men’s Rugby returned to the pitch at Warrior Field on Sunday and cruised to a 40-6 win over the Notre Dame College Falcons. The Black Knights outworked the Falcons from the first whistle, using a 33-0 run to claim their first win in Rugby East play.

The Army Men’s Rugby Team did not waste any time in this contest, jumping all over the Falcons from the first whistle. Firstie captain Matt Meehan punched in the first try score just three minutes into the contest to give Army the early lead. Sean McNulty followed suit, kicking the conversion to extend Army's early lead.

Notre Dame answered with back-to-back penalty kicks, bringing the score to 7-6 at the 15 minute mark. Those would be the last points for the Falcons in the contest as Army ramped up the defensive pressure to completely shut down the Falcon attack.

Army followed up the second penalty try with an unanswered 33-0 run to close out the contest over the final 65 minutes of action. Every player on the field contributed in one way or another to spark the run and clinch the first Rugby East win of the year for Army. Read more.

Army Set to Open Up Michie Stadium Against Western Kentucky

Army Set to Open Up Michie Stadium Against Western KentuckyThe Army West Point Football Team will open up Michie Stadium this Saturday, Sept. 11 with an 11:30 a.m. game against Western Kentucky.

The action between the Black Knights and the Hilltoppers, who both enter the contest with 1-0 records, will be on CBS Sports Network with Jason Horowitz, Ross Tucker and Tina Cervasio on the call. The radio call will be found across 25 stations in nine different states via the Army Sports Network. 90.3 FM will Air a non-delayed feed inside Michie Stadium.

Additionally, the call can be heard for free via the Varsity Network app and through the in-venue feed for fans in attendance.

Furthermore, Knight Vision, Army West Point's live streaming service, will continue to provide free subscriptions for active and reserve duty members of the military for the season.

Active service members will receive a free subscription with their .mil email address by signing up at GoArmyWestPoint.com/ActiveMemberSignup. After registering, active service members can log on to GoArmyWestPoint.com/ActiveMemberLogin before every home game.

InterMat Preseason Rankings Feature Four from Wrestling

InterMat Preseason Rankings Feature Four from WrestlingThe Army West Point wrestling team had four cadet-athletes featured in InterMat’s NCAA Division I Preseason Rankings, as PJ Ogunsanya (149 lbs.), Markus Hartman (157 lbs.), Ben Pasiuk (174 lbs.) and J.T. Brown (197 lbs.) were all tabbed in their respective weight classes.

Each member of the quartet returns to this year's team after qualifying for the 2021 NCAA Championship. Additionally, Ogunsanya and Pasiuk enter the year as the reigning EIWA Conference Champions at 149 lbs. and 174 lbs., respectively.

“Those guys are leaders on the team and leaders on the mat,” head coach Kevin Ward said. “All are NCAA qualifiers with championship experience, and we are looking forward to them leading the way for our team this season.”

Pasiuk had the highest overall ranking within his class, checking it at No. 15. Both Ogunsanya and Brown landed at No. 20, while Hartman was slotted 21st. Army is the only service academy to place three student-athletes 20th-or-higher, as Navy had two and Air Force had one. Read more.

Cadet Independent Research at AFRRI

Cadet Independent Research at AFRRICadets conducting an independent research study went to the Armed Forces Radiobiological Research Institute (AFRRI) to conduct experiments on the survivability of Raspberry Pis against space radiation. The Army’s Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC) sponsored the experiments, and NASA’s 2015 research inspired the study in testing low-cost electronics that could be potential candidates for spacecraft control systems.

Volleyball’s Fixemer Named Patriot League Player of the Week

Volleyball’s Fixemer Named Patriot League Player of the WeekFixemer was a force at the net, opening the invite with a double-double in Army's five-set win over Sacred Heart. She recorded 17 kills and ten blocks with three being solos. She finished the match with 23.5 points. In the Cadet's fall to High Point, she recorded seven kills and three blocks. The Omaha, Neb. native closed out the invite with 11 kills in the Black Knight's sweep over Columbia.

Fixemer has recorded double-digit kills in three of the six matches she has competed in, with her season-high of 17 against Sacred Heart. She currently sits seventh in the league for kills per set (3.05), is second in blocks per set (1.26) and leads the league in solo blocks (4).

Ethridge earned honorable mention nods after posting her first collegiate double-double with a season-high of 51 assists and 23 digs in the win over Sacred Heart. She finished the next two matches with 58 assists and 15 digs. She recorded a season best of three kills against Columbia. Read more.

Two from Women’s Soccer Earn Weekly Patriot League Honors

Two from Women’s Soccer Earn Weekly Patriot League HonorsThe Army West Point Women’s Soccer Team was well-represented among the Patriot League’s weekly accolades, as Jasmine Talley was named Offensive Player of the Week and Dara Murray was tabbed Midfielder of the Week in an announcement put out by the conference office yesterday. The honors are the first for the Black Knights (3-3-0) this season, who are coming off a split 1-1 week of action after defeating William & Mary (September 5) and falling to Fordham (September 3).

“These two getting recognized is just the tip of the iceberg in how we competed this weekend,” head coach Tracy Chao said. “As we reflect and rewatch our matches, we are seeing our offense and defense really coming together. There's no doubt that Jasmine had a fantastic weekend and specifically two big moments with her finish and assist against William & Mary. She's definitely not done yet with great work rate, energy and ability to read and move into dangerous spaces in our attack. If you watch the game-winning goal by Dara, it's a pretty accurate depiction of her as a player: pure determination, big-time hustle, grit, awareness and ultimate sacrifice of committing whatever it took to getting something on the ball which led to an unbelievable play.”

Talley had one of the strongest performances of her career during the match against the Tribe, as she netted her first goal as a Black Knight and assisted on Murray's game-winner. With the addition of the assist she picked up during the double-overtime defeat of Saint Peter's (August 29), she has four points in 2021, good for second on the team. Read more.

Cadets Arrive in Armenia

Cadets Arrive in ArmeniaCadets recently arrived in Armenia for the first iteration of Persian Semester Abroad Program (SAP). The program is designed specifically for West Point’s Persian Section. The semester-long program includes 300 hours of intensive Persian language classes during 80 days of in-class instruction encompassing history, geography, current events, literature, and film and television. Cadets will also participate in guest lectures, film screenings, and numerous cultural excursions.

Katsenes Added to Stephens Cup Field Golf Tournament

Katsenes Added to Stephens Cup Field Golf TournamentFirstie captain Tom Katsenes of the Army West Point Golf Team was named to the field of the inaugural Jackson T. Stephens Cup.

The Stephens Cup, a national college golf tournament, will debut October 17-20, 2021, with the goal of featuring one of the strongest fields in collegiate golf. Named in honor of the late Augusta National Chairman, Jackson (Jack) T. Stephens, the inaugural Stephens Cup will be played at The Alotian Club in Roland, Ark.

In addition, Golf Channel will provide live broadcasts on each day of official tournament play: Monday, October 18: 4-7pm eastern time, Tuesday, October 19: 3-6pm eastern time and Wednesday, October 20: 3-6pm eastern time. The nightly encore broadcast schedule will be determined closer to the tournament.

The University of South Carolina Women and the Florida State University Men, both ranked fourth in men's and women's college golf according to the most-recent Golfstat rankings, lead the field of 12 teams invited to play. Read more.

Foster Adds Kinney to Baseball Staff

Foster Adds Kinney to Baseball StaffHead baseball coach Jim Foster has announced the addition of Matthew Kinney to his staff for the 2022 season. Kinney will serve as the Army West Point baseball team's assistant coach and will oversee the pitchers.

“Coach Matthew Kinney is going to be a great addition to our staff as we continue to build on our success as a program and work to take it to another level,” head coach Jim Foster said. “He is going to recruit and develop our players at a high level and is a great human being who will be a very good example for our cadet-athletes. We are very excited to have him and his fiancé Allyson here and welcome them to the Army baseball family. I look forward to working with them both.”

Kinney joins the Black Knights after a four-year stint as the pitching coach at Southeast Missouri. In his most recent season with the Redhawks, Kinney was part of a team that won both the OVC Regular Season and Conference titles and advanced to the Oxford Regional. As a pitching staff, the 2021 Redhawks led the league in saves, ground ball percentage and fewest walks allowed. Additionally, the team was third in the league in strikeouts/9 inn.

To go along with the overall success of his pitching staff, Kinney mentored OVC Pitcher of the Year Dylan Dodd in his final year in Cape Girardeau. The southpaw led the conference in innings pitched, strikeouts, wins and games started and checked in at second in ERA. Dodd earned Second Team All-America honors and went on to earn the highest draft pick in program history when he was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the third round of the 2021 MLB Draft. Read more.

Grusczynski Joins Bagley's Staff as Assistant Coach

Grusczynski Joins Bagley's Staff as Assistant CoachThe Army West Point Golf Team and head coach Chad Bagley have announced the hiring of Neal Grusczynski as an assistant coach.

“The Army golf family is excited to welcome Coach Grusczynski back to West Point,” Bagley said. “Neal is a talented coach with a winning track record; and his previous experience at USMA will ensure we continue to achieve our mission of developing leaders of character and being the best version of ourselves on the fields of friendly strife.”

Grusczynski returns to Army West Point after spending time in his native city of Milwaukee serving as the head boys golf coach at Muskego High School and working with junior golfers at his Collegiate Prep Golf School.

“To have an opportunity to come back and contribute to the Army golf team at West Point is humbling and a huge honor,” Grusczynski said. “I would like to thank Coach Bagley for believing in me and my family, as we are looking forward to contributing to the success of the cadet student athletes through the game of golf.”

Grusczynski served as the head Men's golf coach at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, July of 2019 through December 2020.

Before coaching in Athens, he was the director of golf and head men's and women's golf coach at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee. Read more.

Branch Week at West Point

Branch Week at West PointThis week marks the annual Branch Week at West Point where representatives from each of the branches open to cadets after they graduate from USMA set up displays to talk about their branches and answer questions. For Plebes and Yearlings, the week is geared toward educating them on what their options are. Cows, on the other hand, are expected to spend the week talking to branches that interest them and start narrowing down their preferences. The 17 branches are: Field Artillery, Air Defense Artillery, Infantry, Armor, Aviation, Engineers, Military Police, Chemical Corps, Cyber, Finance, Military Intelligence, Medical Service, Signal, Adjutant General, Transportation, Ordnance
and Quartermaster.

Men’s Gymnastics 11 CGA All-America Scholar-Athletes

Men’s Gymnastics 11 CGA All-America Scholar-AthletesArmy West Point Men’s Gymnastics was named 2021 National Academic Team Honorable Mention while 11 Black Knights were tabbed All-America Scholar-Athletes, as announced by College Association Gymnastics.

The CGA honored 133 individual gymnasts as 2021 First Team All-America Scholar-Athletes for attaining a 3.5 grade point average or higher and 56 Second Team All-America Scholar-Athletes for attaining a grade point average between 3.499 and 3.2.

Six Cadets earned First Team All-America Scholar: Mitchell McHugh (engineering management), Adam Elahmadi (electrical engineering), Corban Barstow (physics), Jackson Pophal (economics), Kalvin Kingshill (physics) and Joseph Minus (space science).

Five Black Knights earned Second Team All-America Scholar-Athletes: Patrick Armstrong (life science), Rudolph Churchill (economics), Kiernan Reagan (economics), Mitchell Monahan (kinesiology) and Declan Henriques (psychology). Read more.

Women’s Cross Country Opens Campaign with Win Over Maine

Women’s Cross Country Opens Campaign with Win Over MaineThe Army West Point Women’s Cross Country Team opened its season with a victory over the Maine Black Bears. The Black Knights had the meet's top-four runners, including two yearlings and a plebe. Georgia Jones, who was an all-league performer as a plebe, finished the race first with a time of 17:55.02. Yearling Helen Shearer was close behind placing second (17:59.85). Plebe Abigail McIlvain finished her first collegiate meet in third (19:02.79), and cow Arielle Zlotnick placed fourth (19:06.27). Read more.

Football Defeats Georgia State, Monken Earns 50th Win at Army

Football Defeats Georgia State, Monken Earns 50th Win at ArmyThe Army West Point Football Team took care of business on both sides of the ball en route to earning a season-opening 43-10 victory over Georgia State on Saturday afternoon at Center Parc Stadium. The victory marks the 50th of head coach Jeff Monken's Army career.

The nation's top defensive unit from a season ago got to work quickly opposite the Panthers (0-1) and recovered a fumble on the opening drive, thanks to Arik Smith. With the ball in his hand, starting quarterback Tyhier Tyler and his offense then put together an eight-play, 40-yard drive that culminated with Tyson Riley's first career touchdown. The four-yard rush put the Black Knights (1-0) up 7-0.

After forcing the Panthers to punt away their next possession, the Black Knights once again marched their way down the field on their second drive. Tyler found wide receiver Sean Eckert with a 26-yard pass for the second-to-last play in a six-minute push that ended with AJ Howard's first career touchdown, extending the lead to 14-0. Read more.

1st Regimental Commander Hinton ’22 & CSM Bieler ’22

1st Regimental Commander Hinton ’22 & CSM Bieler ’22Donovan Hinton, a Kinesiology major from Woodbridge, Virginia, spent part of this summer as the Cadet Basic Training 1 Regimental Commander. He chose West Point because he wanted to surround himself with service-oriented people. “My goal as First Regimental Commander is to instill the idea of staying on T.O.P. through Team building, Ownership, and Prioritizing the fundamentals. Despite the many clubs and sports cadets are involved in at the Academy, we are all one team with the same responsibilities when we graduate. It’s when we take the time to develop relationships with one another, hold each other accountable, and stress the importance of even simplest task that we build a strong team of future officers. We become the best versions of ourselves, so we can serve others to the best of our ability, and I look forward to seeing cadets embody that this year.”

James Bieler, a Mechanical Engineering major, from Darien, Connecticut, is a member of the West Point Men's Lacrosse and Sprint Football teams. He chose West Point for the leadership and wanted to be surrounded by those motivated by fitness, challenges, and personal development. “It is my goal this academic year to foster an environment in the regiment where seeking help, mentorship, and leader development is encouraged. I hope to create a culture of positivity and high energy in the regiment. I hope to inspire my peers to fully appreciate the amazing opportunities we have at West Point.”

Photo Cadet Hannah Lamb ’23

Women’s Rugby Picks Up Overtime Win Over Brown

Women’s Rugby Picks Up Overtime Win Over BrownArmy West Point Women’s Rugby collected its first win of the 2021 season with a 26-19 overtime win over Brown, on Saturday morning. Brown got on the board first, scoring a try to take a 5-0 lead. Hope Moseley made her way to the endzone to help the Black Knights answer back quickly, tying things up at 5-5 heading into the half.

Sydney Schaaf scored the try to give Army the 10-5 lead over Brown and Codi Butt recorded the conversion to tack on another two points for the Black Knights. Butt kept her momentum going, finding her way to the endzone, and scoring the conversion to put Army up 19-5 at 27 minutes.

Brown did not go down easy as they scored off a long run to cut the Cadets' lead to 19-12. Brown scored another try and conversion to tie things up at 19-19 with 15 minutes left. The teams would not record another point in regulation and headed into overtime locked at 19. Read more.

Women’s Soccer Powers Past William & Mary

Women’s Soccer Powers Past William & MaryFor the second straight game, Dara Murray found the back of the net in what would be the difference for the Army West Point Women’s Soccer Team in its 2-1 victory over William & Mary. The Black Knights were able to hold off the late surge from the Tribe offense, who were not able to get through cow goalkeeper Taylor Stalheim. Stalheim's save in the 89th minute capped off the win for Army, the team's third straight.

The Cadets brought the energy early, coming out fast with an attack that continually worked the ball into the Tribe's half of the field throughout the first 20 minutes of action. Yearling Jasmine Talley broke the scoreless tie in the 18th minute, taking the feed from Lauren Drysdale and finding the lower left corner of the net for her first goal of the season and the first for her career.

Stalheim's efforts anchoring the Army defense proved to be crucial in the first half, keeping Army on top with saves in the 14th and 23rd minutes of action and helped the Black Knights carried their 1-0 lead into the second half

The second half began much like the first for the Black Knights, as Army controlled the pace thanks to the strong play of their midfield of Drysdale, Daniela Mendoza and Izzy Fontana. Read more.

Men’s Soccer Shuts Out Longwood, 2-0

Men’s Soccer Shuts Out Longwood, 2-0In the final game of its three-game homestand, the Army West Point Men’s Soccer Team ran past the Longwood Lancers for a 2-0 victory. The Black Knights jumped on the Lancers from the very first whistle, using a steady attack to create several early scoring chances. The front line of Sal Rasizzi, Andrew Guerra, Brandon Bryant and Oscar Pereira helped lead Army into the Lancer zone and create three shots for the Cadets.

On the third chance, Guerra was able to collect the ball off a throw-in and feed Pereira who made a series of moves before finding the bottom left corner of the net for Army's first goal of the match.

Army controlled the tempo for the rest of the half thanks in large part to outstanding defensive efforts from Jack Eaton, D'Anthony Brown and Dylan Mitchiner. The back line held off the Lancer attack for much of the game and gave plebe goalkeeper, Tomas Hut, room to breathe in the backfield. Hut would only need to make one save off a shot in the 58th minute on his way to his first career shutout. Read more.

Men’s Rugby 48-28 Win Over Queen’s

Men’s Rugby 48-28 Win Over Queen’sArmy West Point Men’s Rugby returned to the pitch at Warrior Field on Saturday to earn a 48-28 win over Queen's University of Charlotte. The Black Knights outworked the Royals on both ends of the field to earn their first victory of the 2021 15s season.

Army came out of the locker room ready to run, and run is what they did, as it took the Cadets only two minutes to find the try zone and take the lead. Jonny Haley scored the first try of the season for Army, which was followed by a successful conversion by Sean McNulty to give the Black Knights a 7-0 lead that they would not surrender. Lucas Pattinson followed up with a try score of his own to give Army a 12-0 lead just 10 minutes into the game.

Michael Amberg was the star of the pitch in the season opener, scoring fifteen total points on three tries to lead the Cadets in scoring. The junior scored back-to-back tries in the 24th and 36th minute to stretch the lead to 26-7 going into the break. Queen's rallied early in the second half to shrink the Army lead to five (26-21) at the 50 minute mark. With Army needing a score to keep the lead, senior captain Matt Meehan drove his team down the field and into the end zone for a huge score. McNulty followed suit, booting another conversion between the pipes to push the Army lead back to 33-21. Read more.

Volleyball Splits Second Day of the Black Knight Invitational

Volleyball Splits Second Day of the Black Knight InvitationalArmy West Point Volleyball split the second day of the Black Knights Invitational falling 3-0 to High Point then returned to sweep Columbia 3-0 in the last match of the invite.

The Black Knights opened the match with three kills from Paige Fixemer to lead 4-1 over the Panthers. High Point battled back capitalizing on Army's mistakes to take a 13-10 lead. Savannah Bray and Fixemer battles to keep the Cadets in the match, recording three kills and one block each. It was not enough, as errors increased High Point's lead allowing the Panthers to take the first set 25-19.

Army opened set two with a 9-4 lead over the Panthers, led by two kills from Bray. Errors started to get the best of High Point helping keep the momentum in Army's favor. Cate Buckingham fired off a kill to increase Army's lead to 16-10 forcing the Panthers to take their second timeout. High Point fought back, capitalizing on attacking errors made by the Cadets, to bring the set to 22 all. The teams traded points, but High Point jumped ahead to take the 26-24 victory. Bray finished with six kills and four digs.

High Point jumped out in front early, leading 6-2 at Army's first timeout. Attacking errors by the Cadets allowed the Panthers in extend their lead. Kai Nickerson and Fixemer helped the Cadets battle, but ultimately fell 13-25 to lose 3-0 to High Point. Read more.



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