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West Point AVRAD Wins 2nd Place

West Point AVRAD Wins 2nd PlaceJoin us in congratulating West Point’s Autonomous Vehicle Research and Development (AVRAD) team for winning 2nd place in the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition’s Self-Drive Challenge! Hosted by DEVCOM Ground Vehicle Systems Center and Oakland University, teams from around the world competed in a series of urban navigation tasks such as lane following, pedestrian detection, and automatic braking on a fully autonomous electric vehicle. These software modules and underlying Artificial Intelligence algorithms could benefit the U.S. Army vehicle autonomy software. The AVRAD Team consisted of members from the Departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Systems Engineering, Civil and Mechanical Engineering, and Math. Faculty from the Robotics Research Center advised the team and assisted with logistics and equipment. Read more about West Point’s Robotics Research Center.

CDT San Martin Receives Undergraduate Research Scholarship

CDT San Martin Receives Undergraduate Research ScholarshipCongratulations to CDT Emma San Martin! The Engineering Honor Society Tau Beta Pi awarded Emma with an undergraduate research scholarship grant for exhibiting the potential for making substantial contributions to the engineering profession. Emma is tremendously thankful for the award and plans to use the scholarship to fund travel and literature expenses related to her current biomechanics independent study.

Emma was also awarded a 2021 American Society of Biomechanics Diversity Travel Grant. At the ASB’s 45th meeting this year, Emma will present her independent study, “Effect of tolerance Value on Sample Entropy for Postural Control in Military Populations,” which ASB recently accepted for publication. As part of the award, Emma most looks forward to receiving a mentor through their matching program.

West Point’s state-of-the-art labs and devoted faculty provide cadets with boundless enrichment opportunities in and out of the classroom. Learn more about our Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering. Learn more about CME’s Center for Innovation & Engineering.

Men’s Rugby Announces Award Winners

Men’s Rugby Announces Award WinnersArmy Men’s rugby gathered this past weekend to cap off its season with a banquet and awards ceremony. The Black Knights had another stellar season in 2020-21, finishing with a 7-1 overall record including a sweep of the service academies. In 15s play, Army coasted to a 4-0 record while outscoring opponents 201-32. The 7s season was highlighted by a third-place finish at the Collegiate Rugby Championships, and a 3-1 overall record.

As a part of the ceremony, Coach Sherman announced his captains for the 2021-22 season. Rising firstie Nolan Green will serve as the head captain while Matt Meehan and Larry Williams will serve as his vice captains.

Black Knights' Head Coach Matt Sherman also announced six team award winners at the ceremony.

Rookie of the Year: Tiaan Mosconi ’24
Mosconi earned the honor after a tremendous performance at the Collegiate Rugby Championships, where he scored 24 points and was the team's leading conversion scorer. The California native successfully kicked seven conversions while adding a pair of tries to the stat sheet.

Most Improved Player: Matt De Frates ’24
De Frates earned playing time in 15s action, successfully kicking conversions in two matches against Norwich and Air Force. De Frates played valuable minutes at the fly-half position for Army in his first season. Read more.

CDT Dolehide Receives Prestigious Tennis Award

CDT Dolehide Receives Prestigious Tennis AwardStephanie Dolehide, who was recently named one of 12 regional winners of the ITA Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship Award, was announced as the recipient of the national honor on Monday afternoon. The rising senior is the first Army women's tennis player to receive a national award from the ITA in program history.

“I am extremely proud and thrilled that Stephanie has received the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship Award,” head coach Paul Peck said. “Stephanie embodies what college athletics is all about. She is a tremendous athlete, competitor, and student and displays tremendous sportsmanship and leadership on and off the court. She leads by example in all aspects of her life. In addition to her selfless dedication to her team, she is extremely active in the student body at West Point. I am so excited to see what the future will hold for Stephanie in her future endeavors.”

The ITA's Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship Award recognizes outstanding student-athletes in all divisions at the regional and national levels. The prestigious award, which dates back to 1982, goes to NCAA divisions I, II and III, NAIA and JUCO men's and women's players who have exhibited outstanding sportsmanship and leadership as well as scholastic, extracurricular and tennis achievements.

A 2021 First Team All-Patriot League selection and a member of the conference's Doubles Pair of the Year, Dolehide has racked up a career record of 34-19 in singles play and a 31-13 mark in doubles in three years as a Black Knight. Her prowess on the court boosted the team to a fifth-place ranking in the 2021 ITA Northeast Regional Poll, the highest mark in program history. Additionally, her stalwart play helped Army finish over .700 (12-4 overall) for the seventh-straight season. Read more.

West Point’s R Day Preparation

West Point’s R Day PreparationAs we prepare for R Day, let us look at how our faculty also train those beyond West Point’s gates. This summer, the West Point Negotiation Project team kicked off its first of three workshops, hosting 78 members from across the Security Force Assistance Brigades, 95th Civil Affairs Brigade, and the Eisenhower Leader Development Program. They executed a four-day interactive workshop on Principled Negotiation trained leaders on how to engage in joint problem-solving to influence outcomes that dictate mission success. The event was highly interactive, based on an experiential and small group learning model with plenary sessions, simulations, and meaningful interaction with peers. The instruction helped leaders across all ranks build negotiation, influence, and communication skills. Learn more about the WP Negotiation Project. Learn more about opportunities through the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership.

CDT O’Malley Walks Us Through CFT Events

CDT O’Malley Walks Us Through CFT EventsUSMA Class of 2022 CDT Liam O'Malley, Commander of 8th Company, Cadet Field Training, walks us through the events that have taken place over the past week for Cadet Summer Training.

U.S. Army video by Spc. Josue Patricio.

Civil Rights Staff Ride

Civil Rights Staff RideOn the Civil Rights Staff Ride, cadets met with Hank Thomas, a 1961 Freedom Rider. He described the challenges he faced with having his bus burned by the Klan and being incarcerated in Mississippi. Mr. Thomas also discussed his subsequent service in the Vietnam War as a medic, when he received a Purple Heart. Follow along for more updates about the staff ride, and learn more about opportunities through the Department of Law.

CBS Sports and Army Extend Partnership Through 2028

CBS Sports and Army Extend Partnership Through 2028CBS Sports and Army West Point have agreed to a multi-year extension to continue their partnership through the 2028 season, keeping CBS Sports Network as the television home for all Black Knights football home games. “We are proud to remain the television home for Army football and extend our partnership with West Point,” said Dan Weinberg, Executive Vice President, Programming, CBS Sports. “Army has been an incredible partner over the years and we are excited to continue showcasing the great tradition of Army football both on and off the field.”

“We are excited to announce the multi-year extension of our partnership with CBS Sports as the home for Army football. The national coverage and reach that CBS provides our football program and the way they tell the stories of our cadet-athletes is world class. The coverage our program gets nationally through this partnership is unprecedented. We value this relationship and want to thank Dan Weinberg and everyone at CBS for their dedication to Army football,” said Director of Athletics Mike Buddie.

CBS Sports Network is the home of Service Academy football, televising multiple Army, Navy and Air Force games each season. Additionally, CBS Sports annually broadcasts the Army-Navy football classic, a deal that also extends through the 2028 season. As part of that agreement, CBS Sports Network carries extensive shoulder programming of Army-Navy, including live on-site pregame coverage, including the traditional “March On” procession when the Corps of Cadets and Brigade of Midshipmen make their entrance. This season, CBS Sports will televise eight Army games, with both Commander-in-Chief's Trophy games broadcast on the CBS Television Network, and all six Army home games at Michie Stadium in West Point, N.Y. televised on CBS Sports Network. Read more.

Class Of 2025 To Enter West Point

The U.S. Military Academy will welcome more than 1,225 candidates from every state in the nation over three days from June 26-28. 

Reception Day will be staggered to accommodate public health guidelines and incorporate nonpharmaceutical interventions to safeguard the health and welfare of all cadet candidates, families, and community members. The days mark the beginning of Cadet Basic Training and the first day of their transition from civilian to new cadet as a member of the Class of 2025.

Families are encouraged to stop by the outdoor exposition at the West Point Visitors Center in Highland Falls for information about the West Point community after dropping their candidates off.

More than 1,225 U.S. citizens and 16 international students, including 302 women, 504 minorities, and 10 combat veterans, will report to the academy.

“Once again, our entering class is comprised of stellar young people and I’ve never been more impressed than I am with the caliber of student entering West Point with the Class of 2025,” said Director of Admissions Col. Deborah McDonald.

The incoming class was selected from a pool of nearly 14,000 applicants. Minority enrollment, roughly 41 percent, includes 186 African Americans, 149 Hispanic Americans, 137 Asian-Americans, 18 Native Americans, and 14 Native Hawaiian\Pacific Islanders.

“These young patriots are coming here to devote themselves to becoming custodians of Duty, Honor, Country and our United States Constitution. Their robust performances in academics, athletics, leadership in a persistent COVID-19 environment show they have the necessary foundation for successful completion of a challenging 47-month West Point experience. They represent our nation’s promise of the future,” McDonald continued.

The Class of 2025 includes 16 international students entering under the sponsorship of their respective countries. The countries represented include Bosnia Herzegovina, Georgia (2), Jordan, Kosovo, Montenegro, Niger, Peru, Philippines (2), Poland, Qatar, Romania, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand. Upon graduation, these cadets will return to their countries as officers in their armed forces.

Each cohort will carry out the same requirements and tasks that are traditional of R-day. They undergo administrative processing, are fitted with their initial military clothing issue, receive haircuts, undergo medical and physical evaluations, and begin their first lessons in marching, military courtesy, and discipline.  On June 29 at 9 a.m., the class of 2025 will stand on the Plain to take the Oath of Allegiance from the Commandant of Cadets, Brig. Gen. Mark Quander.

To view the oath ceremony, please visit:  https://www.youtube.com/user/TheWestPointChannel

New cadets will complete six weeks of Cadet Basic Training, learning the basic skills of the Soldier. They will participate in rigorous physical training, small-unit tactical training, and rifle marksmanship, as well as learn to respond quickly and accurately to their commanders under conditions of mental and physical stress. At the end of this initial training period, new cadets will be formally accepted into the Corps of Cadets. The Acceptance Day Parade for the Class of 2025 is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 14.

An Inside Look at CFT

An Inside Look at CFTCheck out this video by Specialist Josue Patricio for an inside look at what USMA cadets are learning during Cadet Field Training.

CDT Pearce Details the Balloon Satellite Launch

CDT Pearce Details the Balloon Satellite LaunchCadet Nolan Pearce, Class of 2022, and our Astronomy Club CIC, gives us a bit more detail on the balloon satellite launch that happened in late April!

Dolehide Earns ITA Northeast Regional Award

Dolehide Earns ITA Northeast Regional AwardStephanie Dolehide, a rising senior on the Army West Point Women’s Tennis Team, was named the northeast region's recipient of the 2021 ITA Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship Award in a release put out by the organization on Monday morning.

The regional awards, which are each distributed to 12 players across the country, put student-athletes on the ballot for national recognition. Those honors will be announced next Monday during a special virtual awards ceremony, hosted by the ITA. Dolehide is the only player from the Patriot League to be represented on the regional list. Dolehide is the first player in program history to collect an ITA Regional Award, though head coach Paul Peck has received numerous honors including an ITA Achievement Award in 2015.

The ITA's Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship Award recognizes outstanding student-athletes in all divisions at the regional and national levels. The prestigious award, which dates back to 1982, goes to NCAA divisions I, II and III, NAIA and JUCO men's and women's players who have exhibited outstanding sportsmanship and leadership as well as scholastic, extracurricular and tennis achievements.

Dolehide, a 2021 First Team All-Patriot League selection and a member of the conference's Doubles Pair of the Year, has racked up a career record of 34-19 in singles play and a 31-13 mark in doubles in three years as a Black Knight. The recipient of Army West Point's prestigious Coach K Award has held numerous leadership positions during her time as a cadet and co-founded the organization “Empowered Women Empower All”, which aims to provide inspiration to others via the sharing of stories from leaders. Read more.

Cadets Complete Their Final Lab

Cadets Complete Their Final LabCadets completed their final lab for The Fundamentals of Electrical Design, an introductory course in electrical engineering for the non-electrical engineering majors. The course provides a foundation in basic circuit theory and analysis, power in circuits and electric power systems, analog and digital electronics, and information technology systems. Lectures, laboratory work, practical applications, and classroom demonstrations emphasize and illustrate the fundamental theories and concepts presented in the course. Engineering design is reflected in laboratory work and minor design problems.

At West Point, every cadet studies engineering as part of the core curriculum. Read more about our curriculum. Learn more about our Department of Electrical Engineering.

West Point is currently finishing the first of three summer academic terms. We have 86 instructors supporting over 800 cadets enrolled in summer courses.

Army Men’s Tennis Ranks Third in Final ITA Rankings

Army Men’s Tennis Ranks Third in Final ITA RankingsFollowing a stellar 9-3 season and a second-place finish in the Patriot League Tournament, Army Men’s Tennis capped off 2020-21 ranked third overall in the ITA Northeast Region. This team ranking is the highest in the program's history.

Along with the team accolade, two Cadets earned a spot in the region's final singles rankings. Captain Diego Huttepain finished eighth in the poll, while teammate Samuel Eden finished 12th. Huttepain tallied 13-6 overall record in his cow season, earning a spot on the Patriot League's All-Conference First-Team. Eden's ranking comes after an 8-1 record and a spot on the Patriot League's All-Conference Second-Team.

In the doubles rankings, yearlings Thomas Lake and AJ Woodman found themselves at the top of the ladder, taking the first overall spot in the poll. Huttepain and Eden also made the list, placing fifth. Lake and Woodman finished the year with an 8-1 mark in doubles play.

Women’s Tennis Tabbed Fifth in ITA Northeast Regional Rankings

Women’s Tennis Tabbed Fifth in ITA Northeast Regional RankingsThe Army West Point Women’s Tennis team was slotted fifth in the ITA's Northeast Regional Rankings, which were finalized by the organization earlier this week. The rank is the highest in program history. The Black Knights, who went 12-4 during their dominant 2020-21 campaign, were additionally represented in both the singles and doubles rankings. Ana Joyner and Sam DiMaio checked in at fourth in doubles, while Joyner was additionally listed as 14th in singles.

“I am so happy and proud of Anya and Sam for being ranked fourth in the Northeast,” head coach Paul Peck said. “They had a great season and an amazing win over Boston College's top doubles team in a really exciting tiebreaker. It's great to see all the hard work they displayed all season pay off.” Joyner and DiMaio teamed up to post a 6-2 record during the regular season which included an unblemished 2-0 mark against conference opponents. The duo played mostly at the second spot in Army's lineup and won three of its final four matches. In their victories, they outscored opposing pairs 37-16.

The second three-time Patriot League Player of the Year in program history, Joyner strung together a 9-1 record at the top singles spot in her final season. During her firstie campaign, she went undefeated in league play (6-0) and helped Army take down Navy, 5-2, for a star in the Army-Navy Star Series. With her efforts, she climbed up the program's career record list for dual wins at No. 1 singles and now ranks third all-time with 33. She is Army's sixth three-time All-Patriot League selection after being tabbed to the First Team in 2021 and just the third player in league history to be named Player of the Year at least three times. She finishes her career with a 58-38 singles record and a 55-34 doubles mark. Read more.

CDT Harpole Working at the Pentagon

CDT Harpole Working at the PentagonCDT Lauren Harpole is working with the Joint Staff J5 ENR (Europe/NATO/Russia) office at the Pentagon as a part of the Russia team. In addition to gathering intelligence and advising policymakers, she has had the opportunity to visit the National Security Council and speak with Russian policy experts such as Ms. Sarah Hahn, a director of the NSC Russia directorate. As an international relations and Russian major, this Advanced Individual Academic Development (AIAD) has given CDT Harpole insight into real-world problems that will require novel solutions in the coming years.

Women’s Soccer Welcomes Two Assistant Coaches

Women’s Soccer Welcomes Two Assistant CoachesArmy Women’s Soccer Head Coach Tracy Chao has officially welcomed two new faces to the program. Tori Ball and Justin Howell will join Chao's staff in 2021-22 as assistant coaches. Coach Chao is thrilled with the level of experience these two will bring with them to Army. “I am excited to add Tori and Justin to our Army Women's Soccer family,” said Chao. "They are such incredible people and thrilled to combine all of our forces in our pursuit for excellence and championships.”

Ball comes to West Point after a four-year tenure at Colorado State as an assistant before serving as the interim head coach for the 2020 season. Ball arrived at Colorado State after a two-year stay with FC Boulder Development Academy where she held multiple head coaching positions. A Mobile, Ala. native, Ball played four seasons collegiately as a striker for Auburn University. Coach Chao is excited at the level of enthusiasm and passion Ball will bring to West Point.

“Tori [Ball] immediately brings a fantastic energy and level of experience as a former standout student-athlete at Auburn University to her last few seasons contributing to building the program at Colorado State University,” said Chao. “I've been fortunate to see both of those first-hand and know Tori's knowledge, commitment, work ethic and love for the game will make an immediate impact on the program.”

No stranger to the game, Howell comes to Army from San Francisco University by way of Toronto where he served as the director of soccer operations for the semi-professional Toronto Skillz FC for two years. Coach Chao believes Howell's experience will play a big role in the team's future.

“Justin will be another exceptional addition to our staff and program,” said Chao. “He adds a wealth of experience from the tremendous programs and staff that he has been a part of as well as an amazing outlook and approach for our goalkeepers and program.” Read more.

Ward Hires Dellavecchia to Complete 2021-22 Wrestling Staff

Ward Hires Dellavecchia to Complete 2021-22 Wrestling StaffIn preparation for his eighth season at the helm of the Army wrestling team, head coach Kevin Ward announced that Jesse Dellavecchia will join his staff for the 2021-22 slate on Wednesday afternoon. Dellavecchia, a 2021 NCAA All-American at Rider University, will serve as a volunteer assistant coach.

“Adding Jesse to our staff is a huge boost to our program and fits into our vision of the type of people we want helping guide our athletes towards their goals,” Ward said. “As an athlete, Jesse showed incredible self-belief and determination in becoming a two-time all American and NCAA finalist during his competitive career. He is one of the most promising young coaches in the country, and his experiences overcoming the odds in competing at the highest levels of NCAA wrestling will be a huge benefit to our program.”

The first-ever national finalist in Rider Wrestling history, Dellavecchia had an extremely decorated career during his tenure with the Broncs. A two-time Mid-American Conference Champion at 157 pounds, he was named the 2021 MAC Wrestler of the Year after a historic campaign that saw him finish second in the National Championship Bout.

During his dominant run in 2021, Dellavecchia racked up an 11-1 record and pinned top-seeded Ryan Deakin of Northwestern, who entered the bout undefeated, in the National Championship Semifinal. The 18th All-American in the program's history finished his career as a Bronc 66-10 overall. Read more.

CFT 1 Completion & Promotion Ceremony

CFT 1 Completion & Promotion CeremonyWatch the Cadet Field Training 1 completion and promotion ceremony at Camp Buckner.

Football Announces 2021 Team Captains

Football Announces 2021 Team CaptainsHead coach Jeff Monken announced the four team captains for the 2021 season in firstie defensive lineman Nolan Cockrill, firstie defensive back Cedrick Cunningham, firstie linebacker Arik Smith and cow defensive back Marquel Broughton. The No. 1 overall defense in all of FBS in 2020, the Black Knights tabbed four players from the defensive side of the ball to represent as captains in 2021.

Cockrill was an anchor for the Black Knights in 2020 on the defensive line and is poised to have an even bigger breakout season in 2021. He finished 2020 with 28 tackles, 7.0 TFL and 2.5 sacks. He led the team with four QB hurries and collected two pass breakups and one forced fumble. For his efforts in 2020, Cockrill was named a Phil Steele All-Independent First Team honoree.

Cunningham, a rising firstie in 2021, finished third on the team with 70 total tackles in 2020, with 37 solo and 33 assists. He tallied 8.0 TFL and 2.0 sacks with three pass break ups and one interception. Cunningham earned All-Independent First Team honors in 2020.

A rising firstie, Smith was tied for the team lead in total tackles (78) in 2020 and led the team with 3.5 sacks. He tallied 9.0 TFL and hauled in one interception en route to being named a Phil Steele All-Independent First Team selection.

Broughton is the lone cow to be named a captain in 2021 and the first since Cole Christiansen earned the honor in 2018. Overall, Broughton is just the third junior captain for the Black Knights since 2015, joining Christiansen in 2018 and Jeremy Timpf in 2015. Broughton finished fourth on the team in 2020 with 67 total tackles but led the team with 40 solo tackles. He also had two interceptions, three pass breakups, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

The Black Knights will open up the 2021 season on Saturday, September 4 at 12pm ET at Georgia State on ESPNU.

Cook Set to Compete in NCAA Championships

Cook Set to Compete in NCAA ChampionshipsAugust Cook, a from the Army West Point Men's Track and Field team, will compete in the 2021 Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, on Wednesday, June 9 at 9:15pm ET. Live Stream. Live Results.

The Bedford, PA, native will be competing in the second flight. He has the eighth highest mark in the nation this season with a throw of 75.20m, which is a Patriot League meet record and Army West Point school record.

Cook is one of just two members in program history to advance to nationals each year the meet has been held. Only Curt Alitz (1975-78) competed in more NCAA outdoor meets than Cook, as he advanced four times. He is one of four Black Knights in program history to advance to nationals, joining John Ahern (1963), Bob Wallis (1970) and Adam Burke (2003, 2004).

USMA ’24 CFT Water Confidence Course

USMA ’24 CFT Water Confidence CoursePermission to drop!

USMA cadets participate in the Water Confidence Course at Camp Buckner during Cadet Field Training. The obstacle is meant to build confidence and overcome the fear of heights and water as each cadet attempts the course, comprised of two phases—the slide for life and the beam walk-rope drop. Photos.

Cadet Field Training at West Point

Cadet Field Training at West PointCadet Field Training (CFT) is three to four weeks of training to develop, test, and validate specific tasks, prepare cadets for their duties as NCOs in the Corps of Cadets, and inspire each cadet through training that is physically and mentally demanding. The training is in general military skills, preparations for extended field operations, and leading, participating in, and conducting small unit tactical operations.

Three from T&F Garner USTFCCCA All-Region Honors

Three from T&F Garner USTFCCCA All-Region HonorsThe Army West Point Men’s and Women’s Track had three members earn U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) 2021 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field All-Northeast honors, the organization announced June 4. August Cook was named the men's field athlete of the year, Emily Mikoud was tabbed the women's field athlete of the year and Angelo Posillico was named the men's assistant coach of the year.

Cook set a meet record in the javelin of 75.20m (246-9) at the Patriot League Outdoor Championships. Two weeks later, Cook won the event title at the IC4A Outdoor Championships with another heave of 71.00m (232-11) or better. For the third time in his career, Cook punched a ticket to the NCAA outdoor championships.

“August is no stranger to success, and he continues to raise the standard of excellence for our program,” head coach Mike Smith said. “This is his second regional award and probably his most dominating season ever. The javelin is only contested outdoors, and it is difficult to compete in the event at every meet because of the extreme demands placed on the body. So, javelin throwers are often overlooked when compared to other track and field athletes that compete often and in multiple events. August's competitive dominance during the regular season and the significance of his winning throw at the Patriot League meet (2.5 meters farther than his previous school record, made him an easy choice for the regional award. He is one of the most dominating performers to ever come through our program and there have been some good men and women on this team in the past. Last weekend August qualified for his third NCAA championship appearance in as many attempts. There is only one other Army athlete to have qualified for the NCAA championships in every year of eligibility and that was Curt Alitz who qualified for the meet in 1975-1978. August is not finished yet and I look forward to seeing what he can do next week in Eugene.” Read more.

Message from BG Reeves ’96, Dean of the Academic Board at USMA

“I am honored to serve as West Point’s 15th Dean. I want to sincerely thank Brigadier General Jebb for all the wonderful work she has done, and I am committed to building on what the team has collectively accomplished over the last five years.”

“While this was a challenging year, it has been inspiring to see mission accomplishment continue in the COVID environment. In the months and years ahead, we will use the lessons learned to innovate further and create an even stronger and more adaptable community.”

“The Army is more capable than ever. I know this fact because I have seen the talent and grit of cadets and faculty in and out of the classroom. I know the determination of our leadership. Our Academic Program will continue to educate, challenge, and inspire leaders of character ready to fight and win our Nation’s wars.”

Men’s Lacrosse Ranked 13th in Final Inside Lacrosse Poll

Men’s Lacrosse Ranked 13th in Final Inside Lacrosse PollThe Army West Point Men’s Lacrosse Team was ranked 13th in the final Inside Lacrosse Media Poll of the 2021 season.

The Black Knights made it to the Patriot League Semifinals in the conference tournament by winning the North Division Title and finished with a 7-4 mark overall. A highlight from the season came against No. 6 Syracuse at the Carrier Dome. The Black Knights upset the Orange, 18-11, and it was the only non-conference game the Atlantic Coast Conference would lose all regular season long.

Army also finished the season 4-0 at Michie Stadium with wins over St. Joseph’s, Holy Cross, Boston University and Colgate to extend its home winning streak to 10 games, dating back to 2019. The Black Knights entered the Patriot League Tournament as the second seed and were defeated by Loyola in the semifinals.

The Black Knights were ranked as high as seventh in the nation in the polls during the season and finished the year as the fifth-ranked defense in the country, allowing 9.27 goals per game.

Baseball Ready for Lubbock Regional

Baseball Ready for Lubbock RegionalThe Black Knights are making their ninth NCAA Regional appearance and third in the last four years when they visit Lubbock for the 2021 Lubbock Regional today June 4. This is also the second-straight visit to the Lubbock Regional after also being the No. 4 seed in the 2019 Lubbock Regional. The Black Knights are 4-16 overall in NCAA Regional play.

2000 Regional - Montclair, NJ (0-2)
2004 Regional - Baton Rouge, LA (0-2)
2005 Regional - Tallahassee, FL (1-2)
2009 Regional - Austin, TX (2-2)
2012 Regional - Charlottesville, VA (0-2)
2013 Regional - Charlottesville, VA (0-2)
2018 Regional - Raleigh, NC (1-2)
2019 Regional - Lubbock, TX (0-2)
2021 Regional - Lubbock, TX

The Black Knights won their first NCAA Regional game in 2005, an elimination game vs. South Alabama that they won 8-3. In 2009 the Black Knights made some noise, winning back-to-back elimination games, first a 7-4 victory over Texas State and then a 4-3 victory over Boston College before falling to Texas 14-10 in the regional final. In the 2018 Regional, the first one under head coach Jim Foster, the Black Knights knocked off host N.C. State, 5-1, in the regional opener before dropping the next two. Read more.

Watch “Murder Most Fowl: West Point, 1841”

Join the Department of History for a murder mystery drawn verbatim from West Point’s historical archives. In the fall of 1841, five cadets nursing mortal offenses to their sense of honor wrote Secretary of War John Spencer to protest Superintendent Richard Delafield’s alleged abuse of his authority in investigating the disappearance of several ducks. This dramatic reading features cadets performing authentic letters held by USMA Library's Special Collections. Get ready for a cold-cut case... in “Murder Most Fowl: West Point, 1841.”

Class of 2021 2LT’s Attend the Indianapolis 500

Class of 2021 2LT’s Attend the Indianapolis 500Class of 2021 2nd lieutenants and faculty from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science attended the Indianapolis 500 as part of a series of events for the Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC) held over Memorial Day weekend in Indianapolis, Indiana.

This challenge unites the collaborative efforts of Purdue University, West Point, and our public and private partners to program a modified, autonomous Dallara IL-15 Indy Lights race car to outrace and outmaneuver competitors from around the world in a head-to-head, high speed, fully autonomous race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in October of this year.

Men’s Rugby Places Third at 7s Collegiate Rugby Championship

Men’s Rugby Places Third at 7s Collegiate Rugby ChampionshipIn the program's first 7's action since 2019, Army West Point Men’s Rugby stormed their way to a third place finish at the Collegiate Rugby Championships. After receiving a No. 1 seed and a first-round bye in the 28-team tournament, Army began its run to the semifinal round with a win over the fourth-seeded Lander University. Firstie Tiaan Mosconi began the scoring for the Black Knights, giving the squad a 7-0 lead after a try and a successful conversion. Michael Amberg, Matthew Meehan, Scharl Du Toit and Nolan Green all added tries to give Army plenty of room to hold off Lander and secure the 31-5 victory.

It was more of the same in the quarterfinal round as the Black Knights stormed their way to another 31-5 victory, this time over second-seeded Air Force. In this contest the Falcons struck first, getting their only try three minutes into the contest. Maxwell Sackett tied up the game with a try in the fourth minute followed by a Tiaan Mosconi conversion that gave Army a lead they would not surrender. Scharl du Toit, KoiKoi Nelligan and Nolan Green all made it past the goal line to score tries for Army.

In the semifinal round, Army fell to first-seeded Life University 36-19 for the team's first loss of the season. Amberg and Green continued their strong play with tries, while Mosconi also chipped in a try and two conversions of his own.

Army returned to the pitch later that day for the third-place match against fellow first-seed Davenport University. After falling behind 10-0 early in the match, Army battled its way back after two tries from Green. A successful conversion by Firstie Jonny Haley on the second try gave Army the 12-10 lead. The Black Knights were able to hold off Davenport the rest of the way to earn a third-place finish. Read more.

Cadets Visit the Pentagon

Cadets Visit the PentagonCadets participating in the Winant Scholars Program spent a day at The Pentagon to continue learning about Grand Strategy. During the visit, they met with Dr. Kathleen Hicks, 35th Deputy Secretary of Defense, Ms. Amanda Dory, Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, General (Retired) Richard A. Cody, 31st Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, and Brigadier General Amy Johnston, Army Chief of Public Affairs. They also got a chance to visit The Pentagon Press Room and sit down for a discussion about the press and the military with Lolita Baldor from Associated Press and Luis Martinez from ABC.

Willpower Guides Cadets Through Best Sapper Competition

Class of 2021 Cadets Collin Hahn and Griffin Hokanson would be the first to tell you West Point not only teaches you about honor, integrity, and the importance of selfless service, but also strengthens friendships and creates lifelong alliances.

Hahn and Hokanson learned about the importance of teamwork and the value of their friendship during the 14th annual LTG Robert B. Flowers Best Sapper Competition. The two cadets learned about their strengths and weaknesses in military operations but showcased their grit and perseverance while gunning for the top prize between May 1-4 at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.  

“When we competed in each lane, we didn't pace ourselves, and we didn’t conserve our energy. We went the full 100% as hard as we could on every lane,” Hokanson said. “When we got to the end of each lane, we were just running on fumes.” The duo represented the U.S. Military Academy as Team 49, going up against 49 teams across the Army and finishing in fifth place. They also took first place in two of the five major events: the non-standard fitness test and land navigation, fourth place in the Poncho Raft Swim and second place in the X-mile swim.

On day one of the competition, the cadets moved between 12 different events known as the ‘Round Robin phase,’ performing specific tasks that tested their physical endurance and combat engineer skills. The distance covered in between those events spanned 15 miles. Subsequently, the land navigation event began. Hahn and Hokanson covered 12 miles of cragged and hilly terrain during nightfall. The headlights mounted on their advance combat helmets lit their path as they reached all of their destination points on the map. 

Throughout the event, the two were feeling blisters forming around their feet. Hokanson felt patches of skin peeling with every hurried step he took. “My feet have never been this blistered before competing in this event,” Hokanson said. “When I removed my boots after land navigation, my feet were bloody.” At one point, Hahn and Hokanson had reached a destination point that sat on the top of a steep hill, and for the sake of time, Hahn ignored the pain and pushed forward. Read more.

Baseball Selected for 2021 Lubbock Regional

Baseball Selected for 2021 Lubbock RegionalThe Army West Point Baseball Team heard their named called for the 2021 NCAA Baseball Tournament yesterday, May 31, as they were selected as the four-seed in the Lubbock Regional. The Black Knights, who won the auto bid as the 2021 Patriot League Tournament Champion for the third-straight season, will head to the No. 8 overall seed Texas Tech Regional for the second-straight time after a trip there in 2019.

The 2021 Lubbock Regional marks the ninth NCAA Regional appearance in program history, with previous trips in 2019 (Lubbock), 2018 (Raleigh), 2013 (Charlottesville), 2012 (Charlottesville), 2009 (Austin), 2005 (Tallahassee), 2004 (Baton Rouge) and 2000 (Montclair, NJ). Also in the Regional are the UCLA Bruins, the No. 2 seed and the No. 3 seed in the UNC Tar Heels.

The Black Knights (28-23) will open up regional play on Friday, June 4 vs. No. 1 seed and host Texas Tech at 12pm ET. The game will be televised on ESPNU. All games in the regional will be televised by ESPN on either ESPNU or ESPN3. Read more.

Cadets Kick-Off The John G. Winant Scholars Program

Cadets Kick-Off The John G. Winant Scholars ProgramCadets participating in the John G. Winant Scholars Program Summer Field Study traveled to Concord, New Hampshire this week to start their 19-day experience. The program focuses on the life and work of John Gilbert Winant who served as Governor of New Hampshire twice before becoming Ambassador to the United Kingdom. Representative Steve Shurtleff and Dr. Richard Hesse helped cadets understand Winant’s early life in politics and how these experiences would contribute to his later work as a statesman.

Beyer Competes in USILA All-Star Game

Beyer Competes in USILA All-Star GameThe United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) announced the rosters for the 2021 USILA Senior All-Star Games, sponsored by Dynamic, and defenseman Kyle Beyer was among the players competing. Bayside Field at Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI served as the backdrop for both contests.

Beyer stepped into a starter role in 2021 and appeared in all 11 games for the Black Knights and helped Army rank fifth in the nation in defense. He had 11 caused turnovers and 18 ground balls for the Patriot League North Division champions. In his career, Beyer played in 45 games, including 18 in Army's Patriot League Championship season in 2019. He finished with 30 caused turnovers and 76 ground balls in his career. Read more.

Gibson Represents Army on Third Day at NCAA East Prelim

Gibson Represents Army on Third Day at NCAA East PrelimJamir Gibson was the sole representative of the Army West Point Track & Field team on the third day of the NCAA East Region Prelim, as he competed in the discus on Friday May 28.

Gibson's best throw came on his last attempt, a 55.70m toss that put him 13th in the 47-member field. The mark was just 0.75m off of overtaking Virginia's Jacob Lemmon for a qualifying spot that would have seen the cow join teammate August Cook (javelin) at the NCAA Championship.

The discus was the second event that Gibson competed in the week, as he additionally represented the Black Knights in shot put competition earlier. On that day, Gibson recorded his own third-best performance all-time (17.85m) en route to finishing sixth in his flight.

The women's team will close things out for Army at the NCAA East Prelim tomorrow, with four different cadets set to compete. For further information regarding the meet, click here. Read more.

Baseball Clinches 2021 Patriot League Championship Crown

Baseball Clinches 2021 Patriot League Championship CrownThe Black Knights earned their third Patriot League title in four seasons after taking the winner-takes-all game three of the Patriot League Championship series 6-1 yesterday afternoon, May 27.

On winning the 2021 Patriot League title and a spot in the NCAA Regionals, head coach Jim Foster said, “This one is extra special because of everything these guys have been through. You immediately think of the guys from last season who didn't get to play for a championship last year. This one is for them.”

Overall, the title is the 10th Patriot League Championship for the Black Knights and fifth since 2009. That is the most by any team since the league's inception in 1991.

The Black Knights and Mountain Hawks played a tight game two contest, where the Black Knights mustered just one run on five hits, while Lehigh's three runs came on just four hits in the pitcher's duel, but Lehigh came out on top in game two, 3-1, setting up the winner-takes-all game three.

Army starter in game two, Robbie Buecker took the loss, allowing three runs on three hits with four walks and three strikeouts. Reliever Connley Early tossed 5.0 scoreless down the stretch with six strikeouts and just one hit allowed to keep the Black Knights close, but the offense just could not come together against Lehigh starter Matt Svanson who threw 8.0 complete of one-run, five-hit baseball before giving way to Will Grisack for the save.

Due to impending weather in the Bethlehem area expected the following day, both sides agreed to a doubleheader for games two and three, so the winner-takes-all game three started at approximately 3:45pm ET.

On the team's mindset from game two to game three, firstie captain Ray Bartoli said, “Today with a double header we needed to have a short memory, after dropping the first game we needed to sweep that game and move on quickly to game three.” Read more.

Track & Field Continues Competition at NCAA East Prelim

Track & Field Continues Competition at NCAA East PrelimThe Army West Point Track & Field Team was well-represented on the second day of action at the NCAA East Region Prelim, as five different Black Knights competed at UNF's Hodges Stadium yesterday, May 27. Both Abigail Green and Emily Mikoud took part in the first event of the day, the women's hammer throw. Green finished with a final mark of 58.85m, good for 27th overall, while Mikoud placed 38th with a 58.25m toss.

The Black Knights additionally had a pair of cadets in action in the following event, the women's javelin, as both Brooke Stratman and Nicole Sacchinelli were among the field. Stratman turned in a 44.03m throw en route to finishing 34th while Sacchinelli (40.64m) checked in 46th overall. The final cadet to compete on the second day of action was Anna Tovkach, who ran the 800m. The reigning Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year set a new personal best in the event at 2:06.11, knocking 0.08 off her previous mark. Despite her effort, Tovkach did not qualify for Friday's quarterfinal, missing the mark by just 0.02 seconds.

With the exception of Mikoud, the aforementioned group is done competing at the regional meet. The men's team, which saw August Cook qualify for a trip to the NCAA Championship for the third time in his career after finishing sixth in the javelin event. The rest of the slate for the Black Knights, which includes an action-packed finale on Saturday, May 29, can be viewed below. Read more.

Brian Plotkin Announced as Next Army West Point Men’s Soccer Head Coach

Brian Plotkin Announced as Next Army West Point Men’s Soccer Head CoachArmy West Point Director of Athletics Mike Buddie announces the hiring of Brian Plotkin as the 12th Men’s Soccer coach in program history May 27.

“We are so excited to announce the hiring of Brian Plotkin as the next Men’s Soccer head coach at Army West Point,” said Buddie. “He brings a wealth of experience as an assistant coach throughout Division I, including Power Five schools and high-level academic institutions. As a standout player himself at Indiana University and an MLS Cup champion, he brings to West Point the highest level of playing experience. We are confident he is going to be a great leader of our cadet athletes, not only on the pitch but off it as we develop leaders of character for our nation.”

Plotkin comes to the banks of the Hudson after spending the last three seasons as an assistant at the University of Notre Dame. Prior to his time in South Bend he was an assistant at Dartmouth University and at Loyola University (Chicago). He also brings a wealth of playing experience to West Point, including a professional career in the MLS where he won an MLS Cup in 2008 with the Columbus Crew. He also had a heralded collegiate career at Indiana University, where he was the 2005 Big Ten Player of the Year and the runner-up for the 2005 MAC Hermann Trophy, the highest individual honor given in collegiate soccer.

“Thank you to Mike Buddie, Brad Brown, and the entire senior leadership team for giving me this opportunity to represent this prestigious and historical institution. It is a great honor to be able to lead the men's soccer program at Army West Point. I look forward to working with the team this fall and am excited for the future,” said Plotkin.

Plotkin joined the staff at Notre Dame in February of 2018 as an assistant coach. In three seasons at Notre Dame, the Irish made the NCAA Championship twice in 2018 and 2019. During the 2018 campaign, Notre Dame earned the No. 7 overall seed in the NCAA Championship and advanced to the quarterfinals. Jack Lynn improved from scoring three goals in his freshman year in 2018 to leading the team with 10 goals as a sophomore in 2019 with the help of Plotkin's guidance. Read more.

Nine Kick Times Set for 2021 Army Football

Game times for nine of Army's 12 scheduled football games in 2021 have been announced. All nine games currently announced will be televised nationally on either the CBS family of networks or the ESPN family of networks.

The Black Knights will play both Commander-in-Chief Trophy games vs. Air Force and Navy on CBS. The Black Knights are set to take on Air Force in Arlington, Texas on November 6 at 11:30am ET and Navy in East Rutherford, NJ on December 11 at 3pm ET.

The season opener is on the road in 2021, as the Black Knights travel to Georgia State on Saturday, September 4. They will kick at 12pm ET on ESPNU.

All six home games at Michie Stadium will be televised on CBS Sports Net, with the home opener vs. Western Kentucky on September 11 set for 11:30am ET. The other five games on the home slate will kick at noon ET. Read more.

Watch The Retirement Ceremony for BG Jebb ’82

The United States Military Academy is hosting a retirement ceremony for Brigadier General Cindy Jebb ’82, Dean of the Academic Board at West Point. The next Dean at USMA will be Colonel Shane Reeves ’96. The retirement ceremony begins at 2:00pm on May 28, 2021. “I will miss my walks across diagonal walk each morning and night, runs on the track, time in our classrooms, working with cadets, visiting with West Point family members, and learning from and with the incredible West Point faculty and staff each and every day. Thank you. I will always be gripping hands with you, even as I move on to the next step in my journey.” - Brigadier General Cindy Jebb ’82. Virtual attendance is available, click here.

Baseball Blasts Lehigh 22-7. One Win Away from Patriot League Title

Baseball Blasts Lehigh 22-7. One Win Away from Patriot League TitleThe Black Knight offense exploded for 22 runs on 22 hits to defeat host Lehigh 22-7 in game one of the best-of-three Patriot League Championship series yesterday afternoon, May 26. The Black Knights are now one win away from taking their fifth Patriot League baseball crown since 2012.

The entire Black Knights' starting lineup had at least one hit on the day, with seven having multi-hit outings. Cam Cerruto had a career day at the plate, going 4-for-5 with three runs scored and a career-best five RBI along with a career-high two home runs. The cow catcher has been seeing the ball well as of late, tallying three home runs in the last two contests.

On his approach at the plate, Cerruto said, “I am trying to not do too much, just going up there looking for a pitch to hit. I am hunting that pitch and if I get it, I am doing a good job of putting a good swing on it.” After going down 2-0 in the first inning, the Black Knights answered back with one in the second and then exploded for seven in the fourth inning, including three off of a home run by Carter Macias.

Leading 8-2, the Black Knights piled on with one more in the fifth and four in the seventh off a two-run home run by Cam Cerruto, his second of the day after a solo shot in the fifth inning. Read more.

Cook Highlights First Day of NCAA East Prelim

Cook Highlights First Day of NCAA East PrelimFor the third time in his career, August Cook will advance to the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship after placing sixth in the javelin event at the East Prelim yesterday afternoon, May 26.

Cook, who notched a 72.06m throw on his final attempt, was one of seven Black Knights to compete on the opening day of action at the NCAA East Preliminary Meet. The competition, which is being hosted at the University of North Florida, will run from Wednesday, May 26 – Saturday, May 29. Seventeen total cadets will represent the Army West Point Track & Field program. In addition to Cook, two other Black Knights competed in the javelin as he was joined by both Chris Barrett and Parker Brosious. Barrett placed 16th in the overall field with a 66.92m toss while Brosius, who placed third in his flight, finished 24th overall with a final mark of 64.29m.

While the aforementioned trio was competing, Marco Risi was also in action. The Italy native competed in the hammer throw and went on to finish his day 34th overall with a mark of 58.68m. Jamir Gibson closed out the day's field events with his performance in the shot put, where he notched a 17.85m throw. The mark is his own third-best all-time and earned him a sixth-place finish in his initial flight.

Luke Griner was the first Black Knight to represent the program in a track event at this year's meet, doing so in the 800m. With a final time of 1:52.13, he checked in at 39th overall. Griner's performance was followed by Calvin Wetzel, who competed in the 400m hurdles and placed 27th with a time of 52.09. Wetzel's effort is his third-best all-time and was just 0.06 seconds shy of his own personal best. Additionally, Wetzel was three places and 0.19 seconds off of qualifying for Friday's quarterfinals. Read more.

West Point Bids Farewell to BG Buzzard

West Point Bids Farewell to BG BuzzardWest Point bid farewell to Brigadier General Curtis Buzzard ’92, outgoing Commandant, U.S. Corps of Cadets, and welcomed Brigadier General Mark C. Quander ’95 as the 79th Commandant during a change of command ceremony on May 24.

Before taking command, BG Quander was the Commandant of the U.S. Army Engineer School at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

Photo by Tarnish Pride

Welcome Class of 2021 to the Long Gray Line

Congratulations on becoming the newest members of the Long Gray Line.

Class of 2021 highlights include:

  * Cadets graduating from all 50 states
  * 70 percent of the class branched combat arms
  * 122 women will be commissioned into combat arms branches
  * 38 cadets were national scholarship recipients
  * 13 international cadets will graduate
  * 65 cadets earned certification as Master Fitness Trainers

Read more.

Eckford ’21 Reflects on Her Time on the Volleyball Team

Eckford ’21 Reflects on Her Time on the Volleyball Team“I learned how to fit into different roles on the team because no matter what my role was, I knew it was valuable and necessary for the team’s greater success. I learned that no matter what the situation or circumstance, I can always control my attitude and serve others.”

Volleyball's Monica Eckford ’21 pens letter about the sport she loves and the teammates she will share memories with forever.

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Trio Recognized with Prestigious AAA Honors

Trio Recognized with Prestigious AAA HonorsArmy West Point Women’s Soccer standout Sydney Cassalia and Baseball star Anthony Giachin were honored with the United States Military Academy's most prestigious athletic honor -- the Army Athletic Association (AAA) Award. Tyrese Bender, a member of the Men’s Track and Field Team, was a recipient of the AAA Special Award. The AAA trophy is awarded annually to the male and female cadet-athletes who display the “most valuable service to intercollegiate athletics during a career as a cadet.”

This year marks the 117th anniversary of the AAA Award, which was first presented to football's Horatio Hackett in 1904. Cassalia is sixth women's soccer player to earn the award and first since 2014 when Molly McGuigan was recognized with the distinction. Giachin is the 12th baseball player to earn the prestigious honor. The last baseball player to win the award was Cole White in 2008. The AAA Special Award is not awarded on an annual basis, but only presented when a worthy candidate arises. The Special Award is presented to a cadet-athlete for “exhibiting outstanding achievement and exemplary leadership in athletic competition.” Bender is the 32nd recipient of the AAA Special Award, which was first presented in 1966 to three-sport star Frank Kobes.

A two-time captain, Cassalia posted the second most shutouts in program history with 25 in her career. The Omaha, Nebraska native was named the Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year her cow and firstie seasons. She posted a career save percentage of .724 and had 254 saves across her four years. A mathematical systems major with honors, Cassalia boasts a cumulative grade point average of 3.829. Cassalia earned all-league honors each of the four years she was on the team. She was a first team selection her cow and firstie seasons, landed on the second team as a yearling and was a third team honoree her plebe year.

Giachin, also a two-year captain, has etched his name into the Army record book in the following categories: doubles (45, fourth), RBI (133, sixth) and hits (203, seventh). A three-time All-Patriot League First Team selection, Giachin has helped lead the Black Knights to the Patriot League championship all three years it has been played. Army won in 2018 and 2019 and will square off with Lehigh in the best-of-three series on May 26-28 to determine the 2021 champion. Read more.

Top Three Pershing Essay Awards

Top Three Pershing Essay AwardsAfter 1,045 essays were submitted, five finalists were recognized for their introspective pieces as part of the 15th annual General John J. Pershing Reflective Essay competition awards ceremony recently at the Haig Room in Jefferson Hall Library.

The top three cadets chosen for the Pershing Essay Awards and presented medallions were Class of 2021 Cadets Cameron Hudson (gold), DeMann Wilson (silver) and Sekou Matesso (bronze). Also recognized were honorable mention finalists Class of 2021 Cadets John Boyer and Scott Donnelion.

The MX400 (Officership) course, through the Simon Center for the Professional Military Ethic, is the superintendent’s capstone course that requires cadets to reflect upon, integrate and synthesize their experiences in the West Point Leader Development System as they complete their transformation from cadet to officer. Read more.

Watch Class of 2021 Graduation Online

Watch Class of 2021 Graduation OnlineThe U.S. Military Academy’s Class of 2021 will graduate close to 1,000 cadets at its commencement ceremony May 22.

This marks West Point’s 223rd graduating class and these graduates stand strong and ready to take their place in the ranks of the U.S. Army in defense of our nation.

Class of 2021 highlights include:

  • Cadets graduating from all 50 states
  • 70 percent of the class branched combat arms
  • 122 women will be commissioned into combat arms branches
  • 38 cadets were national scholarship recipients
  • 13 international cadets will graduate
  • 65 cadets earned certification as Master Fitness Trainers

Secretary of Defense General (Retired) Lloyd J. Austin III ’75 will serve as the commencement speaker. This marks his first visit to West Point as Secretary of Defense and his first time as our graduation speaker.

View the graduation ceremony online.

CDT Pavlakis ’21 Earns a Rotary Scholarship

CDT Pavlakis ’21 Earns a Rotary ScholarshipCongratulations to Class of 2021 CDT CSM George Pavlakis, native of Avon, Connecticut, who will be going to graduate school in Germany for two years on a Rotary Scholarship.

“My most significant memory is the four months I spent in Munich at the German Armed Forces University, where four of my closest friends and I integrated with German cadets and lieutenants. It was a very different experience than my previous two years as a plebe and a yearling, but it is indicative of the incredible opportunities you can explore at West Point if you apply yourself and embrace new things. I grew so much as a person and as a leader while there, and most importantly I took away some great lessons that shaped me as a leader Firstie year. AIAD’s, MIAD’s, semester abroad, clubs, teams, and all the other incredible programs we have at West Point are what make the experience special to me.” Read more.

Zimmerman ’21 Reflects on His 47-Month Experience

Zimmerman ’21 Reflects on His 47-Month ExperienceFirstie hockey player John Zimmerman reflects on his 47-month experience at West Point in classroom and on the ice.

“Being a West Point cadet and Army Hockey player has truly been the greatest honor of my life, and I’m lucky to have called West Point home for the past four years.”

Joyner ’21 Reflects on Her Time at West Point

Joyner ’21 Reflects on Her Time at West PointA Letter to West Point

By Ana Joyner ’21

“I want this more than anything else in my life” was one of the many thoughts racing through my mind as I tirelessly tried to run my opponent around the court, only for her to retrieve the ball, launch it into the sun, and back onto my side. It was the Patriot League Finals, and we were fighting to overcome a 1-0 deficit against Navy. We had lost the doubles point in a close match, and although it is not required to win a dual, the momentum was clearly in Navy’s favor.

One of the most challenging parts of tennis is the mental component. You can spend countless hours working on your technique, perfecting your tactics, and becoming a physical specimen, but it all means nothing if cannot adapt to changing conditions or push through when you are down. Sometimes you have bad days. Sometimes there is wind. Sometimes your opponent lobs every ball into the sun. And sometimes, you don’t really know why things aren’t going your way. Frustration is natural when you feel that your hard work has not paid off, but the ability to overcome adversity separates good and great players. The mental game is the hardest to master, but sometimes the only thing that you can truly control.” Read more.

OSI Partnership Leads to Fourth New Bridge Project

Open Space Institute Partnership Leads to Fourth New Bridge ProjectFor the fourth year in a row, the Open Space Institute (OSI) has partnered with cadets from the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) to replace a pedestrian bridge on the School Mountain Road Trail section of Fahnestock State Park’s Hubbard Perkins Loop in New York’s Hudson Valley.

Design and construction of the bridges serves as one capstone project for civil engineering cadets at USMA. The partnership allows the cadets to take the skills and knowledge they have learned during their civil engineering education and apply this expertise toward the execution of a project that benefits the community.

Located approximately 1.5 miles from Hubbard Lodge, this year’s bridge replacement crosses a tributary of the Clove Creek and has a 5-ton carrying capacity. The completed multi-use bridge is suitable for use by walkers, hikers, runners, and equestrian.

“Through this ongoing partnership, OSI is proud to support the work of the West Point cadets in improving Fahnestock State Park, a landscape OSI has worked to protect and improve for more than 25 years,” said Kim Elliman, OSI’s president and CEO. “Our parks benefit from the active involvement and participation of the entire community, but especially of our young, future leaders. Through their service, each class of cadets is leading by example and providing the park with an infusion of energy and much-needed repairs.” Read more.

Brattan Garners IWCLA All-Region Honors

Brattan Garners IWCLA All-Region HonorsJackie Brattan, a firstie captain on the Army West Point Women’s Lacrosse Team, was named to the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-Northeast Region Second Team on May 19.

Army's all-time leader in goals (131) and points (143), Brattan led the team in both categories this season. In nine games she netted 30 goals and totaled 34 points. A First Team All-Patriot League selection, Brattan register six hat tricks. The Garden City, NY native netted a single-game program record eight goals against Lafayette on April 10. Brattan was also second on the team with 34 draw controls.

This marks the second time that she has received second team all-Northeast honors, as she also earned the recognition in 2019.

Hudgins, Nichtern Earn More All-America Honors

Hudgins, Nichtern Earn More All-America HonorsCows Marcus Hudgins and Brendan Nichtern added to their postseason awards again on May 18 as they were both named Second Team All-Americans by USA Lacrosse Magazine.

The list was compiled by USA Lacrosse Magazine staff and contributors, with input from college coaches and other sources.

The pair were also named All-Americans by Inside Lacrosse last week after impressive cow campaigns.

Nichtern, the 2021 Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year, finished with a team-high 57 points on 23 goals and 28 assists in 11 games started. He currently sits sixth in the nation in points per game after recording 5.18 points per contest for the Black Knights. He is also sixth in assists per game at 2.82 this season. He tallied five or more points in nine of the 11 games and tied a career high with eight points on three goals and five assists against Colgate in the regular-season finale.

Hudgins led an Army defense that currently ranks fifth in the nation in scoring defense and individually, he was named the Patriot League's Defensive Player of the Year. He wrapped up the season picking up a career high 36 ground balls and nabbing 23 caused turnovers in 11 starts, which was also a career high. He averaged 2.09 caused turnovers per game this season to currently rank tied for 10th nationally, all while guarding the opponent's top offensive threat each week.

Hudspeth’21 Reflects on Her Time at West Point

Hudspeth’21 Reflects on Her Time at West PointCadet Raven Hudspeth, native of Saint Louis, Missouri is a first-generation college student who will be starting a new legacy for her family by graduating from West Point.

What has been the most significant memory that will stick out to you since being here at West Point?
Everyone says it and I must agree, it's honestly the people here that I'll remember most. One of my favorite memories was at Buckner after Plebe Year. I got really close to my squad because of how hard things were. It rained on us so much. I remember during land nav it was so muddy/wet that me and my friend were slipping and sliding everywhere, we ended up having to crawl on a log to get across this river. When the day was over, and we went back to the bays. For some reason, the S4 wasn't able to get eating utensils, so we didn't have enough plates. We sat there muddy and wet eating off cardboard boxes and half of paper plates. It was awful but I could not stop laughing that day. I truly think it is because of the great people that were with me during the detail. We were able to see the fun in every situation. Read more.

Celebrating USMA Faculty and Staff

Celebrating USMA Faculty and StaffAs we celebrate the Class of 2021, let us also celebrate the incredible Faculty and Staff that lead in their academic disciplines and provide our cadets their world-class education. Amidst the pandemic, West Point’s faculty continued its commitment to both education and leader development at West Point. The West Point faculty model, known as “the blend of excellence,” includes full-time military and civilian faculty with different career paths, areas of expertise, and perspectives. Approximately 15% are senior military, 14% are senior civilian, 56% are junior military, and 15% are junior civilian. Collectively, these different components of the West Point faculty bring military experience, disciplinary expertise, and pedagogical knowledge to the classroom.

CDT Mia Padon ’21 Earns Southampton Scholarship

CDT Mia Padon ’21 Earns Southampton ScholarshipCongratulations to our newest Southampton scholar Mia Padon! Raised in Spokane, Washington, Mia Padon is an Environmental Engineering major at West Point. Her childhood and development were largely set to the backdrop of southwest Montana’s mountains, plains, and rivers. Mia’s understanding of the nexus between natural resources, industrial production, social justice, and human health spurred her desire to pursue environmental studies and policy.

In her time at West Point, she has performed independent research on anaerobic biogas reactors as energy sources for developing countries in tropical regions, as well as on the ISS. Further, Mia founded the environmental action group at West Point and currently serves as the Brigade Environmental Officer where she has created a far-reaching recycling program, implemented sustainability policies, led awareness campaigns on food-waste, and organized Corps-wide nature appreciation and clean-up events.

Mia is a two-year captain of the NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer team at West Point. Off the field, she has served as a delegate in the joint Yale-West Point Peace and Dialogue Leadership Initiative, and she has published prose essays inspired by her time in Alaska. In her Army career, Mia will serve as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal officer, further deepening her understanding of the military’s relationship with the natural environment.

CDT Myers ’21 Earns Rotary Scholarship

CDT Myers ’21 Earns Rotary ScholarshipCongratulations to our Rotary Scholar, Maxwell Myers! Born in Columbus, Georgia, Maxwell is an International Affairs major Grand Strategy minor. As a Stamps Scholar, Maxwell focused many of his efforts on projects and research abroad in Macedonia and domestically with topics regarding ethnic conflict and racial equity. In Macedonia, Maxwell worked to bring together Macedonian Orthodox and Albanian Muslim communities through his work over the summer. He continued to travel independently to do projects and research on ethnic conflict in the Balkans as well. He used these experiences to study state building in the post-Soviet States and ethnic violence in the Balkans.

At West Point, Maxwell has served as the CIC of the Cultural Affairs Seminar which allowed him to direct numerous tutoring programs and activities for Black and Brown Cadets. As the Co-CIC of The Elevation Initiative, he worked to mentor Cadets for leadership positions throughout the Corps. In his most recent position as the Brigade Academics officer, Maxwell and the academics chain of command led education support programs for The Corps and developed policy solutions. He recently completed HI463 where he completed a research project on the U.S. Army’s anti-extremism policy.

Maxwell recently earned the Fulbright and Rotary Scholarships to continue his graduate education. He chose to use his Rotary Scholarship to study for a MA in Conflict Resolution in Divided Societies through King’s College London’s War Studies Department. In this program, he looks to explore innovative governance solutions to resolving ethnic conflict. He hopes to take this academic experience into the Army as a Military Intelligence Officer.

CDT Murphy Earns Carnegie Mellon Scholarship

CDT Murphy Earns Carnegie Mellon ScholarshipCongratulations to our first Carnegie Mellon scholar Ryan Murphy! From Stamford, Connecticut, Ryan Murphy is an International Affairs and Chinese double major with a research focus in conflict resolution and prevention at West Point. His primary academic interests and research projects have been in the fields of international relations and security as well as comparative politics. In addition to this work, Ryan has a deep interest in and passion for languages, culture, politics, history, and making the world a better place or improving community relations on small and global scales. Outside of the classroom, Ryan completed an internship with the Office of the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon and served as a Squad Leader in the Sandhurst Military Skills Competition. Ryan will become an aviation officer after commissioning. After graduation, Ryan will attend Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to study for an MS in International Relations and Policy with a focus in international security issues. He hopes to use his experience in the Army as well as his education in political science to develop flexible frameworks for conflict mediation and resolution throughout the world.

Berg ’21 Reflects on Her Last Year at West Point

Berg ’21 Reflects on Her Last Year at West PointA Letter to West Point

By Madison Berg ’21

It’s difficult to put the strangest year of my life into words. If you had told me even a year and a half ago that this team would compete in only three dual meets and no Patriot League championship my Firstie year, I would have thought the world had ended.

I cannot remember a time in my life when I wasn’t a swimmer. I begged my mom to let me join a swim team before I had even finished swim lessons. To let go of such a large part of me this year was painful, but I can honestly say now that I would not trade the challenges and difficulties of this year for anything. Read more.

CDT Knight ’21 Earns Barry Scholarship

CDT Denton Knight ’21We are thrilled to share that the Canterbury Institute recently announced that Cadet Denton Knight ’21 an International Affairs major and Persian minor from Fairfax, VA, earned a Barry Scholarship. Knight is one of nine Barry Scholars selected this year and the academy’s first recipient. Born and raised in Fairfax, VA, Knight has focused his studies and work experiences on developing an understanding of international community development rooted in a conception of the good life. He spent a year living and working with a non-governmental organization in small-town Tajikistan, where he built assistive devices for children with disabilities and taught English. He has also interned with the Security Governance Initiative at the U.S. Department of State’s Africa Bureau, taught schoolchildren in Tanzania, and commanded a Company of Cadets through summer field training during COVID-19. This year, he is engaged as the leader of the cadet Trust program, an organization focused on supporting efforts at fighting sexual assault and harassment through offering peer support at the lowest level. His research has explored the impact of technology on education quality and the effects of foreign aid on rates of social capital. He looks forward to serving as an Army Infantry Officer and later hopes to transition to the Civil Affairs branch and eventually work in the international development field. National and international scholarship competitions continue to recognize the hard work and dedication of our cadets. We are incredibly proud of Cadet Knight; he is an outstanding young scholar. His graduate work will enable him to make significant contributions as a future leader in the U.S. Army. Congratulations, Denton!

Three from Women’s Tennis Earn Postseason Honors

Three from Women’s Tennis Earn Postseason HonorsFor the third time in her career, Army West Point Women’s Tennis firstie Ana Joyner has been named Patriot League Player of the Year in an announcement made by the league office May 18. The Black Knights took home two of the four total superlative awards, as the duo of Stephanie Dolehide and Caroline Vincent was additionally named Doubles Team of the Year.

Both Joyner and Dolehide landed spots on the All-Conference First Team to go along with their previously mentioned honors, while Vincent earned a Second Team All-Conference selection. The three total all-conference accolades tie with Boston University for the most of any other team in the Patriot League.

Joyner becomes the second three-time Player of the Year in program history, joining Annie Houghton (2008-09, '11). In her final campaign, she posted a 9-1 mark at the top singles spot, racked up an unblemished record in league play (6-0) and helped Army take down Navy, 5-2, for a star in the Army-Navy Star Series. With her efforts, she climbed up the program's career record list for dual wins at No. 1 singles and now ranks third all-time with 33. She is Army's sixth three-time All-Patriot League selection and just the third player in league history to be named Player of the Year at least three times. She finishes her career with a 58-38 singles record and a 55-34 doubles mark.

Dolehide and Vincent are the third Army pair to capture Doubles Team of the Year since the award's introduction in 2015. The pair posted a dominant 9-2 mark in doubles, which included a 7-0 record in league play. They held Patriot League opponents to just two points or less on three separate occasions and played a key role in the team's defeat of Navy.

The postseason honors are the first of Dolehide's career. The recipient of Army West Point's 2021 Coach K Award amassed a 6-4 record in singles this season and clinched the team's win over Navy with a 6-2, 6-4 victory at No. 2 singles.

A returning Patriot League academic honor roll selection from the 2019 season, Vincent turned in an 8-2 mark in singles play. Primarily playing at the second and third flights, she also contributed to the defeat of Navy with a three-set win. Read more.

Pasiuk Tabbed to Amateur Wrestling News All-Rookie Team

Pasiuk Tabbed to Amateur Wrestling News All-Rookie TeamArmy West Point Wrestling’s Ben Pasiuk, an EIWA Champion, has been named to Amateur Wrestling News' All-Rookie Team, the publication announced last week. One of just 30 freshmen in the nation to be recognized, he is the first Black Knight honoree since 2006.

Pasiuk put together one of the best rookie campaigns in program history, culminating in Army's first-ever EIWA title earned by a plebe. The Ohio native's season was highlighted by his first collegiate win, a major decision over Lehigh (20-11), as well as a major decision during the Star Match against Navy (12-3).

His success during the regular season translated to the postseason, as he took home the 174 crown at the 2021 EIWA Championship, becoming the first Black Knight to win the weight class since the 2000-01 season (Maurice Worthy). Pasiuk entered the NCAA Championship as the No. 17 seed, but his campaign eventually came to a close in the second round of the tournament, finishing his year 7-2.

With Pasiuk's help, Army posted its second-best team finish in program history at the EIWA Championship, closing out the competition with 119.5 team points. The Black Knights earned their second-consecutive third place finish at the event and went on to send seven wrestlers, including Pasiuk, to the NCAA Tournament.

The full Amateur Wrestling News All-Rookie Team is available here.

Scout Platoon Wins “King of the Catamounts” Trophy

Scout Platoon Wins “King of the Catamounts” TrophyTo set the stage for Cadet Summer Training at West Point, Task Force Catamount conducted a platoon competition consisting of the Marne Confidence Course, a ruck march to the top of Bull Hill, and a unit history exam. Congratulations to the Scout Platoon for winning the “King of the Catamounts” trophy, as well as a guided tour of the United States Military Academy, courtesy of the West Point History Department. “Conquer Men and Mountains” 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.

Baseball Advances to Patriot League Championship Series

Baseball Advances to Patriot League Championship SeriesArmy West Point Baseball defeated Lafayette, 7-3 on May 16 at Doubleday Field to win the Patriot League Championship Divisional Semifinal series. The Black Knights advance to the championship series at Lehigh set for May 26-28.

The Black Knights were fueled by a clutch pitching performance from firstie Ray Bartoli, who nearly went the distance, tossing 8.1 innings, allowing just three runs (two earned) on seven hits with two walks and four strikeouts. He gave way to Tyler Pritchard as the Black Knights played the matchups in the top of the ninth. Pritchard finished things off as he got the only batter he faced to hit into a game-ending 4-6-3 double play.

Offensively the Black Knights got on the board early and often. They tacked two runs on in the first and another two in the second inning to jump out to a 4-1 lead. They never relinquished that lead, and the game was blown open in the bottom of the sixth inning as Cam Cerruto mashed his first home run of the year, a three-run shot to left to make it 7-1, Black Knights.

The Leopards added a run in the sixth and a run in the seventh but that was all they would be able to tack on against Bartoli and Pritchard. Kevin Dubrule was also outstanding at the dish for the Black Knights on the day, driving in three of the Black Knights' first four runs. Hunter Meade also looking comfortable at the plate in the leadoff spot, tallying a team-high three hits as he went 3-for-4 with two runs scored.

Lafayette starter Jake Bloss took the loss, tossing 5.1 innings, allowing seven runs on eight hits with one walk and six strikeouts. Reliever Jacob Ciccone tossed 2.1 scoreless down the stretch but the damage had already been done.

The Black Knights will travel to Lehigh for the championship best-of-three series, starting Wednesday, May 26 at 2pm ET. Game two is set for Thursday, May 27 at 2pm ET and the if necessary, game three is scheduled for Friday, May 28 at 2pm ET.

CDT Roth ’21 to Present at the IEEE Remote Sensing Symposium

CDT Roth ’21 to Present at the IEEE Remote Sensing SymposiumCadet Benjamin Roth coauthored a paper with MAJ Harrell, LTC Wallen, COL Kimball, and LTC (P) Wright titled “In situ exploration of soil lead in residential communities using x-ray fluorescence and geospatial visualization.” They will present this at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium this summer. Beginning in 2019, Cadets & Faculty have been investigating the spatial and temporal distribution of lead concentrations across West Point.

CDT Aikin ’21 Receives the College Recognition Award

CDT Aikin ’21 Receives the College Recognition AwardCadet Brittany Aikin (Chemistry, 2021) received the College Recognition Award at the American Chemical Society (ACS) Mid-Hudson Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS). The award recognizes her stellar academic performance as a graduating chemistry major and her enduring commitment to research over several academic years. As an undergraduate researcher under the advisement of COL John Burpo, Cadet Aikin significantly contributed to the synthesis and study of high surface area porous noble metal nanomaterials for applications, such as catalysis and fuel cells, which has relevance for both military and civilian sectors.

Baseball Splits with Lafayette in Patriot League Tournament Semis

Baseball Splits with Lafayette in Patriot League Tournament SemisArmy West Point and Lafayette split a doubleheader in the Patriot League Championships Divisional Semifinal at Doubleday Field on May 15. The Black Knights (25-22) took game one, 8-6, before falling in game two to Lafayette (14-16), 9-1. The Black Knights went down 2-0 in the early goings of game one vs. Lafayette as the Leopards plated one in the first and another in the second.

The Black Knights had a hit in the first inning, but Lafayette starter Kyle Subers kept them off balance until he lost the zone in the bottom of the fourth. The Black Knights drew three walks to load the bases with two down. Hunter Meade came through with just the second hit of the day, a double down the right field line to tie the ballgame up, 2-2. Then with runners on second and third, the next pitch Suber uncorked to Kevin Dubrule was wild to the backstop and Anthony Giachin came home to give the Black Knights a 3-2 lead.

In the back-and-forth contest, the Leopards add a run in the fifth and another in the sixth to take a 4-3 lead.

However, in the bottom of the sixth, the Black Knights broke out to score two runs to take the lead back and never looked back. Carter Macias singled home the first run after Tim Simoes tripled to lead off the inning. The second run, Anthony Giachin, came home on a wild pitch.

The Black Knights then added one more in the seventh and two in the eighth to pull ahead, 8-4. Read more.

Cadets Interact with The International Space Station

Cadets Interact with The International Space StationCOL (R) Shane Kimbrough ’89 and COL (R) Mark Vande Hei spoke with cadets from the International Space Station (ISS) last week, it was an amazing experience! What is even more exciting is that they both taught at West Point. COL Vande Hei taught in the West Point Physics and Nuclear Engineering department and COL Kimbrough taught in the Mathematics department! Maybe someday we will ask you to talk to us from the ISS. Anything is possible if you put your mind to it.

Cadets Conduct a Virtual Workshop for High School Students

Cadets Conduct a Virtual Workshop for High School StudentsSix USMA Cadets along with ROTC Cadets from St. Mary’s and University of Texas in San Antonio (UTSA) conducted a virtual workshop for 95 High School students in the San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD) recently. This Center for Leadership and Diversity in STEM (CLD-STEM) event stemmed from a partnership with SAISD JROTC, the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equal Opportunity (ODIEO), and West Point Society leaders. CDTs from USMA and ROTC led each of the smaller groups through modules that were developed by CDTs Audrey Hamilton and Ronasia Ball as part of their research projects. CDT Hamilton’s module centered around origami math while CDT Ball’s module involved projectile motion using a catapult design. Materials for both modules were shipped as kits prior to the event and instructors successfully talked students through the activities. Wonderful academic mentorship and service-oriented scholarship!

Nichtern, Hudgins Named Inside Lacrosse All-Americans

Nichtern, Hudgins Named Inside Lacrosse All-AmericansCow Brendan Nichtern and Marcus Hudgins continued to add to their postseason accolades as both were named All-Americans by Inside Lacrosse on May 16. The honors were voted on by members of the Inside Lacrosse media and they were announced during halftime of the last game of the NCAA Tournament First Round.

Voters were asked to select three first-team, three second-team, three third-team and three honorable mention attackmen, midfielders and defensemen, then one first-team, second-team, third-team and honorable mention face-off specialists, short-stick defensive midfielders, long-stick middies and goalies. The teams were selected based on the cumulative total of points received (four for first-team, three for second-team, two for third-team and one for honorable mention).

Nichtern, the 2021 Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year, finished with a team-high 57 points on 23 goals and 28 assists in 11 games started. He currently sits sixth in the nation in points per game after recording 5.18 points per contest for the Black Knights. He is also sixth in assists per game at 2.82 this season. He tallied five or more points in nine of the 11 games and tied a career high with eight points on three goals and five assists against Colgate in the regular-season finale. Read more.

Grete Named to Academic All-League Team

Grete Named to Academic All-League TeamAlicyn Grete, a yearling on the Army West Point Softball Team, was named to the Patriot League's Academic All-League team this morning.

A life science major, she maintains a cumulative grade point average of 3.921. Grete finished the season with 115 strikeouts and had an ERA of 2.60. She registered at least nine strikeouts in six games. She had two complete game shutouts in the circle. The Niceville, FL, native also held a .320 batting average and scored 10 runs.

Grete was one of just four yearlings named to the team. Read more.

Cadets Examine the Role of Germans in Conflicts

Cadets Examine the Role of Germans in ConflictsFour German capstone Cadets, Kevin Brazie, Charles Cathel, Calvin Hart, and Philip Kammler presented their project. They examined the role of Germans and German-Americans across four major conflicts in U.S. history including the U.S. Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and the First and Second World Wars. Cadets answered the research question, “How has service in the U.S. Army shaped the German-American identity and what factors have motivated German-American service in the U.S. Army?” In exploring the role of German-Americans in these four U.S. conflicts, these Cadets relied extensively on their understanding of the German language and culture in order to analyze research material in German including historical monographs, diaries, journals, newspaper articles, and government documents. The presentation, given in a hybrid fashion with German faculty in person and others joining remotely, included attendees such as the German Defense Attaché, friends of the German section, fellow Cadets, and other faculty members. The Cadets did an outstanding job highlighting their expertise and understanding in the German language and culture.

Dolehide Honored with Coach K Award

Dolehide Honored with Coach K AwardArmy West Point Women’s Tennis cow Stephanie Dolehide was honored as one of the recipients of the 2021 Coach K Award for excellence in teaching character through sport in an announcement made by the department of athletics.

The award is presented each year to coaches and cadets who have shown outstanding commitment to the development of noble character through athletic participation and leadership. Mike Krzyzewski, 1969 United States Military Academy (USMA) graduate, takes time each spring to recognize awardees with a certificate and medal for their dedication to the advancement of the West Point community. This year's honorees additionally had the chance to participate in a virtual roundtable with Coach K.

“I am very grateful to have received this award,” Dolehide said. “It is an honor to me, as I have looked up to Coach K as a role model since I arrived at West Point and my coach showed me his photo in the Hall of Fame. He has impacted so many individuals and has led exceptional teams through instilling culture, cohesion, respect, dignity, selfless-service, loyalty, and character into his leadership philosophy. I hope to continue to learn from his leadership and impact individuals on my teams in a similar way.”

In her three years with the Black Knights, Dolehide has amassed a career record of 34-19 in singles play and a 31-13 mark in doubles. At the end of the 2020-21 slate, she and classmate Caroline Vincent were named the team's most valuable doubles pair as they posted a dominant 9-2 mark. During her tenure, Dolehide has also been named the team's MVP (2019-20) as well as the Rookie of the Year (2018-19).

To go along with her success on the court, Dolehide has proven herself as a leader and is known for her ability to engender trust, positivity, and inclusivity in her interpersonal relationships. She currently serves as both the Trust Officer and the Wellness CIC for Company I-3 and was additionally the First Sergeant of the SGR Leadership Detail in the Summer of 2020. Read more.

Ruta, Simoes Headline Patriot League Postseason Baseball Honors

Ruta, Simoes Headline Patriot League Postseason Baseball HonorsPlebe outfielder Sam Ruta and firstie infielder Tim Simoes headline a group of eight Black Knights earning Patriot League postseason baseball honors, the league announced today. Ruta was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Year, while Simoes was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year.

Ruta becomes the seventh Black Knight to earn the Rookie of the Year honor and the first since teammate Anthony Giachin in 2018.

Simoes becomes the second Black Knight to be named Defensive Player of the Year, following in the footsteps of past teammate Jacob Hurtubise, the only other Black Knight to earn the honor. The award was first given in 2017 and two of the five honorees to date have called West Point home in Hurtubise and Simoes.

Ruta was also named First Team All-Patriot League, along with senior third baseman Anthony Giachin. Giachin has now earned three First Team All-Patriot League honors during his career.

Five Black Knights were named to the Second Team All-Patriot League in pitcher Anthony LoRicco, Connelly Early, infielder Kevin Dubrule, designated hitter Nick Manesis and first baseman Ross Friedrick. It is the first postseason honor for all five selections. Read more.

Four From Softball Earn All-Patriot League Honors

Four From Softball Earn All-Patriot League HonorsFour members of the Army West Point Softball Team were named all-Patriot League performers the league announced May 12. Angelina Bebek (2B) and Ally Snelling (SS) were tabbed first team all-league, while Jolie Duong (P) and Taylor Drayton (OF) were named to the second team.

Bebek is one of just three under classmen to be named to the first team. The Downey, CA, native leads the team in hits (33), doubles (8), runs (22) and on base percentage (.427) and is second on the team with a .344 batting average.

Snelling leads the team with 25 RBIs and two triples. She is second on the team in home runs (5) and hits (28). The Las Vegas, NV, native had 10 multi-hit games. Her top performance came against Holy Cross on May 8, when she went 3-4 from the dish and belted two home runs.

Duong is 9-2 in the circle this season and has an ERA of 2.44. The Houston native had seven outings which she allowed five or fewer hits in at least six innings of work. She struck out 49 batters. Duong also did some damage from the plate, as she ranks third on the team in doubles with eight and posted a batting average of .288.

Drayton was 22-80 (.275) from the dish this season. The Clayton, NC, native belted two home runs, had 15 RBIs and scored 14 runs. Her top game came against Lehigh on April 4, when she went 4-5 from the plate and scored two runs. She has earned all-league honors each season that it has been awarded.

Five Assistants Added to Women’s Basketball Staff

Five Assistants Added to Women’s Basketball StaffArmy West Point head women's basketball coach Missy Traversi announced the addition of five assistant coaches to her staff May 12. Jenerrie Harris, Cristina Centeno, Gaddy Lefft, Tony DiClemente and Anthony Angotti will be joining the program as assistant basketball coaches. DiClemente and Angotti both previously worked under Traversi at Adelphi.

Jenerrie Harris, Assistant Coach - Jenerrie Harris brings over 15 years of coaching experience to West Point. “Jenerrie has won at this level and at the academies,” Traversi said. “Her Division I national recruiting experience coupled with her high energy and passion for people makes her a perfect fit for our staff. As a former Division I player and former Division I head coach, she will bring tremendous perspective to our players and our staff.”

Harris served as the head coach at UMass Lowell from 2014-18. Harris mentored three members who received All-America East honors: Shannon Samuels (second team, 2014-15), Lindsey Doucette (third team, 2015-16) and Kayla Gibbs (third team, 2016-17). Additionally, Doucette was named to the conference's all-defensive team in 2014-15 and Paula Lopez was tabbed to the all-rookie team in 2017-18.

Prior to her time at UMass Lowell, Harris served on Navy's coaching staff for five seasons. She was elevated to the role of associate head coach during the 2013-14 season after serving as an assistant for the previous four. She helped guide the Mids to winning seasons all five seasons that she was on the staff and to three NCAA Tournament berths. Her previous positions include being an assistant coach at Wright State from 2006 to 2009 and Longwood from 2005 to 2006. At Wright State she helped recruit former Washington Mystics guard Shey Peddy. Read more.

Tovkach Named Scholar Athlete of the Year, Five Named Academic All-League

Tovkach Named Scholar Athlete of the Year, Five Named Academic All-LeagueAnna Tovkach was named the 2020-21 Patriot League Women's Outdoor Track and Field Scholar Athlete of the Year, the league office announced May 10. The Black Knights also had a total of five members tabbed to the academic all-league team. Hannah Blakey, Bonvie Fosam and Tovkach were Army's representatives on the women's side, while Tyrese Bender and Ryan Hogan earned the distinction on the men's side.

Tovkach posted four event wins and had top-two finishes in all eight races she competed in during the outdoor season. The Gainesville, FL native is an environmental engineering major and owns a cumulative grade point average of 4.016. She was part of the 4x800m relay team which placed first in the Patriot League Championships with a time of 8:59.64. The cow also placed second in both the 800m (2:08.64) and the 4x400m (3:46.29). This is the third time in Tovkach's career that she has been named to the academic all-league team, as she previously earned the honor in each of the last two indoor seasons.

Blakey, a yearling Persian and French major, maintains a cumulative GPA of 4.108. She had four event wins and posted top-two finishes in all nine races she competed in during the outdoor season. At the Patriot League Championships, she took first in the 100m hurdles with a program record time of 1:00.33. She also was part of Army's 4x400m relay team which placed second in 3:46.29. This is her second academic-all league honor, as she also earned the honor for the indoor season.

A firstie from Robbinsville, NJ, Fosam recorded seven event wins and had nine top-two finishes during the outdoor season. She maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.629 in engineering management. At the Patriot League Championships, Fosam earned a first-place finish in the triple jump with a mark of 12.39m, which was .27m longer than the second place finisher. Read more.

Cadets Ending the Semester Strong

Cadets in CE404 Design of Steel Structures, learn the engineering thought process through the design of steel structures. The course uses the fundamentals of statics, mechanics of materials, and structural analysis and applies them to the design of structural members, with emphasis on satisfying real-world needs. These cadets are ending the semester strong . . . just like the welds they made on E Level last week! The hands-on lab gives cadets some initial instruction in welding and an appreciation of the skill it takes to make consistent, quality welds in the field.

Four Wrestlers Receive EIWA Academic Achievement Awards

Four Wrestlers Receive EIWA Academic Achievement AwardsThe Army West Point Wrestling Team was well-represented in the EIWA's Academic Achievement Awards, as Ryan Chauvin, Lane Peters, Clayton Fielden and Ben Pasiuk were named to the 59-member list.

The quartet was honored by the EIWA for its work in the classroom, as well as its performance on the mat. To qualify for an EIWA All-Academic award, an athlete must have posted a cumulative GPA of at least 3.20 and participated in the EIWA tournament, or achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and qualified for the NCAA tournament through the EIWA (NQ).

“We are so proud of these guys for earning such well-deserved recognition,” head coach Kevin Ward said. “We expect a continuation of their excellence both in the classroom and on the wrestling mat and hope that they will lead the way for the rest of the team.”

Fielden led the group with a 3.40 cumulative GPA in defense and strategic studies. He was followed closely by Chauvin and Pasiuk, who own 3.30 GPAs in business management and engineering management, respectively. Peters rounded out the selections with his 3.00 GPA in geography.

Both Peters and Pasiuk were 2021 NCAA qualifiers, two of the team's seven total that advanced to the postseason. Pasiuk also highlighted the team's campaign by becoming the first plebes in program history to capture an EIWA Championship (174).

The complete list of EIWA Academic Achievement Awards is available here.

Hockey Celebrates Season at Team Banquet

Hockey Celebrates Season at Team BanquetThe Army West Point Hockey Team got together this past weekend for its annual team banquet to celebrate a historic 2020-21 season and hand out its team awards.

In addition to the team awards given out, the Black Knights announced Colin Bilek and Eric Butte as the team captains for the 2021-22 season, while Daniel Haider and Thomas Farrell were voted alternate captains.

Henry “Hal” Beukema Award - 2020-21 recipient: Colin Bilek
Henry “Hal” Beukema (USMA ’44) was the captain of the 1944 Army hockey team and the son of a distinguished department head at the Academy. Following his graduation from West Point, Beukema became an Air Force pilot and served overseas in Berlin as well as in the states at Barksdale AFB in Louisiana. He died in a crash near Langley AFB in Virginia on Jan. 19, 1954, after achieving the rank of major.

The Beukema Award, which was initiated in 1955, is given each year in the memory of Maj. Beukema to the Army hockey team's most valuable player and is voted on by team members. Read more.

CDT Schauer Selected by Stanford as Knight-Hennessy Scholar

CDT Schauer Selected by Stanford as Knight-Hennessy ScholarCDT Kalista Schauer ’21, a physics with honors major from Corpus Christi, Texas, has been selected by Stanford University as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar, allowing for continued academic study following graduation and commissioning in May as an aviation officer.

Schauer has worked on numerous research projects spanning quantum field theory, photonics, and quantum optics. She has been published in the Journal of Undergraduate Physics twice for her papers “Optical Buffering in a Bottle Microresonator” and “Quantum Inequalities and Particle Creation in the Presence of an External, Time Dependent Mamaev Trunov Potential”. She has interned at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory on the MiniCarb satellite development team and at Los Alamos National Laboratory on the Curiosity Rover team. Additionally, Schauer serves on the Brigade Trust team for sexual assault and harassment prevention and has served as the Debate Team captain for over two years. After West Point, Schauer will pursue a master’s degree at Stanford University in Applied Physics and hopes to work on the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory project, researching quantum optics, materials science, and gravitational waves.

We are extremely proud of the hard work and dedication of Cadet Schauer. This most recent announcement of Cadet Schauer as a Knight-Hennessey recipient and a Goldwater scholar last spring is an acknowledgment of her character, intellect, and accomplishments over the last four years. We’re proud that this bright young leader will continue to advance her academic studies at Stanford as an Army officer and strengthen partnerships through her involvement and contributions to this world-class institution. Congratulations, Kalista!

Women’s Rugby is Stellar Versus Air Force

Women’s Rugby is Stellar Versus Air ForceThe Army West Point Women’s Rugby Team continued its dominant spring, as the Black Knight swept Air Force in a trio of matches. Army won a combined 112-0 over three separate 7's contests: 33-0 in game one; 36-0 in game two; 43 in game three.

Firstie Hailey Hodsden led the way with six tries and added a conversion for 32 total points. Codi Butt also put on a show, as the yearling dotted the try line four times of her own. Kaitlyn Schwarting had another stellar service-academy match, with 20 total points on two tries and five conversions.

Alexis Smalls, Hope Moseley, Taylor Driver, Gillian Scott, Kaylee Cargile, and Lauren Ousby all recorded a single try on the day. Sylvi Imrem chipped in two conversions, and Molly Murtagh, Sydney Schaff, and Sydney Dawson all had one conversion each to round out the scoring. Read more.

Cadet Independent Rocket Research Team

Cadet Independent Rocket Research TeamCDT Anthony Haynes (’23, G4, Environmental Science) and CDT Michele Szegda (’23, B2, Nuclear Engineering) are part of an independent research team dedicated to the design, manufacture, and optimization of boron potassium nitrate (BKNO3) pyrotechnic ignitor pellets for use in a cadet-designed two-stage solid fuel rocket. Their research contributed to the launch of two rockets this past weekend as part of the Space Engineering and Research (SPEAR) team’s efforts in New Mexico. Anthony and Michele’s BKNO3 pellets were successful in igniting the primary and secondary stages of the second launch where the rocket reached an estimated speed in excess of Mach 4.3.

Patriot League Honors a Trio of Black Knights

Patriot League Honors a Trio of Black KnightsThe Army West Point Men's Tennis Team had three members named to the Patriot League All-Conference Teams, the league office announced Friday afternoon. Diego Huttepain garnered first-team honors, while Samuel Eden and Thomas Lake earned spots on the second-team

The cow team captain Huttepain was 5-4 on the season in singles, playing primarily from the top flight. He went 2-0 versus Lehigh and went 8-2 in doubles action playing alongside Eden. Eden went 8-1 during his yearling campaign. He was 2-0 against Lehigh and earned a singles victory apiece against Boston and Navy.

Lake finished 3-1 in singles play during the spring season, including a win in the Patriot League Tournament final against Navy. He also went a combined 8-1 in his doubles matches on the year. Army finished the 2020-21 season with a 9-3 dual record, including 6-1 record in Patriot League contests. Read more.

6th Annual John Calabro Night of the Arts

6th Annual John Calabro Night of the ArtsCadets at West Point had a chance to showcase their love of the arts on April 22, 2021, at the 6th Annual John Calabro Night of the Arts held at Jefferson Hall. WPAOG does not want Grads to miss out on seeing this amazing show! Click on the link below and watch the talents and achievements of these Cadets in art, photography, music and much more!

The Virtual Calabro Night of the Arts was endowed by Fred Gretsch (a childhood friend of John Calabro ’68) and his wife Dinah, the annual Margin of Excellence event showcases cadet talent and achievement in the arts, including music, film, poetry, prose, photography, and studio arts.

Watch the 'Calabro Night of the Arts' virtual show.

Baseball Splits on Day One vs. Navy

Baseball Splits on Day One vs. NavyArmy West Point Baseball split the May 8 doubleheader vs. rival Navy at Palisades Credit Union Park, taking game one 6-1, but falling in game two, 8-7. Game one was a pitcher's duel early, with Army starter Anthony LoRicco going nearly the distance in the seven-inning contest, as he tossed 6.1 innings of work, allowing just one run on five hits with two walks and tied his career-high strikeout total of 12.

Navy starter Charlie Connolly tossed 4.1 innings, allowing one run on two hits, but the Black Knights were able to get into the Mids' bullpen, putting up five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Andre Walden plated two on an infield single, Kevin Dubrule doubled home two more and Sam Ruta brought home the fifth run of the inning with a single back up the middle. Lefty specialist Tyler Pritchard finished off the seventh for the Black Knights, tossing the final 0.2 to preserve the win. Read more.

Softball Splits a Pair of Pitchers' Duels

Softball Splits a Pair of Pitchers' DuelsThe Army West Point Softball Team split its doubleheader on May 9 with Holy Cross in a pair of pitching duels. The Cadets dropped the first contest 2-1 but claimed the second 1-0.

In the second game, Alicyn Grete took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, but it was broken up by Holy Cross's Bailey Chavez with two outs. The yearling from Niceville, Florida finished the day with a two-hit shutout and struck out nine batters. This was the fewest hits she has allowed in a complete game in her career and is her second complete-game shutout.

Grete and Holy Cross pitcher Kelly Nelson dueled it out for the entirety of the game. Entering the sixth inning, Nelson had only allowed four hits. Army got three hits in the top of the sixth, loading the bases with just one out. Though, Nelson and the Crusaders were able to get out of the jam to keep it a scoreless affair.

The Black Knights were finally able to get a run on the board in the top of the seventh with Julianna LaRusso coming around to score on an error by Holy Cross's second baseman to make it 1-0. Grete struck out the side in the bottom half of the inning to secure the win for Army. Read more.

T&F Posts 16 Event Wins in West Point Twilight

T&F Posts 16 Event Wins in West Point TwilightThe Army West Point Men's and Women's Track and Field Team had an impressive showing at the Army West Point Twilight meet at Shea Stadium. The Black Knights had 16 total event winners, with an even split of eight on the men's side and eight on the women's side.

Hannah Blakey highlighted the day for the women, placing first in both the 100m and the 200m dash to continue her impressive season. Bonzelet, Jones, Green, Ragazzini, Sacchinelli, Mikoud and Reis all placed first as well in their respective events.

Event Winners: 100m: Hannah Blakey - 12.24. 200m: Hannah Blakey - 24.77. 400m: Shayla Bonzelet - 55.66. 10,000m: Georgia Jones - 35:07.51. Hammer Throw: Abigail Green - 63.40m. Shot Put: Kayley Ragazzini - 14.29m. Javelin Throw: Nicole Sacchinelli - 45.59m. Discus Throw: Emily Mikoud - 49.20m. Pole Vault: Jennifer Reis - 3.70m.

The Black Knights had eight first place finishers on the men's side as well, capping off a successful day at the Twilight Meet. Samuel, Wetzel and Sembrat placed first in their track events, while Risi, Patel, Barrett, Gibson and Hesson placed first in their field events. Read more.

Women’s Lacrosse Falls in Hard-Fought Semifinal Matchup with Lehigh

Women’s Lacrosse Falls in Hard-Fought Semifinal Matchup with LehighThe Army West Point Women’s Lacrosse team fell to Lehigh 10-8 in the Patriot League semifinal at the Ridley Athletic Complex. This was the Black Knights' second trip to the semifinal game in its young program history.

Lehigh opened the scoring at the 27:56 mark with free position goal from Cecily Redfern.

The Black Knights answered back just under two minutes later with an unassisted tally from Cameron Manor. Jackie Brattan added her first tally of the evening at the 19:28 mark of the first half. Though, the Mountain Hawks evened things up at the 18:12 mark.

Manor added her second goal with an unassisted tally at the 16:41 mark to give Army the 3-2 lead. The Mountain Hawks scored the contest's next two goals to push ahead 4-3 with just under 10 minutes to play in the opening half.

The Black Knights responded with two consecutive goals of their own. Brattan added her second of the contest at the 7:31 mark. Jolie Riedell netter her first of the contest with just over five minutes left to put Army ahead 5-4. Read more.

Secretary of Defense to Speak at West Point Graduation

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III will serve as the commencement speaker at the U.S. Military Academy’s Class of 2021 graduation ceremony at West Point, New York, on Saturday, May 22. This will mark his first visit as graduation speaker. “We are honored to welcome the Secretary of Defense back to his alma mater as we celebrate the many accomplishments of our graduating class,” said Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, 60th Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy. Austin graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science degree and a commission in the Infantry. During his 41-year Army career, he has commanded at all levels concluding his uniformed service as the Commander of U.S. Central Command in 2016. “West Point looks forward to commissioning the newest cohort of lieutenants into the ranks of the Army Officer Corps,” Williams said. For more information about the Class of 2021’s graduation ceremony, visit https://www.westpoint.edu/graduation2021

Raftery Tabbed to Academic All-League Team

Raftery Tabbed to Academic All-League TeamMegan Raftery, a firstie midfielder on the Army West Point Women's Lacrosse Team, was named to the Academic All-Patriot League Team, the league office announced May 5.

This marks the second time in Raftery's career that she has been named to the academic all-league team, as she also earned the honor in 2019. A mathematical sciences major with a minor in cyber security, she boasts a 3.881 cumulative grade point average. The team captain has five points on the season with four goals and an assist. Of her eight shot attempts this season, four have found the back of the net. She additionally had three groundballs and caused two turnovers. Off the field, Raftery served as her company's academic officer.

The Black Knights are set to take on Lehigh in the Patriot League semifinals at 7pm on Thursday, May 6. The contest will be played at Loyola's Ridley Athletic Complex in Baltimore and will be broadcast on ESPN+.

Manesis, Baseball Take Down Fordham in Extras

Manesis, Baseball Take Down Fordham in ExtrasIt took 10 innings for a decision to be made, but the Army West Point Baseball Team ultimately picked up an 11-8 victory over Fordham at Houlihan Park on Wednesday evening.

The Black Knights' (22-18) offense was boosted by Nick Manesis, who finished his outing 2-for-4 with two RBI and a team-best four runs scored. Ross Friedrick also chipped in double-digit hits, adding a pair of singles.

Manesis got Army's scoring started in the first inning, cranking out a two-run homer and handing his team the lead. His team-best fifth home run of the year awarded the Black Knights a 2-0 edge.

Following a scoreless opening frame, Fordham responded in the bottom of the second and used an RBI triple and an RBI groundout to even the score. Over the next two innings, the Rams put up an additional two runs to take their first lead of the matchup at 4-2.

The Black Knights answered the push in their half of the sixth after putting up four-consecutive zeros. Both Anthony Giachin and Jeremiah Adams were driven in to tie things up once again at 4-4. The score did not remain knotted up for long, as the Rams' Maeker launched a three-run bomb in the bottom of the frame, putting Fordham back on top, 7-4. Read more.

Football Mini Plan and Group Tickets are Now Available

Football Mini Plan and Group Tickets are Now AvailableThe Army West Point Ticket Office has announced that football mini plan and group tickets are now available.

Fans can create their own Army West Point Football mini plan by choosing any three home games this season. Mini plans are starting as low as $95 for upper deck/end zone seating.

Army is also offering group tickets, which can be purchased online at GoArmyWestPoint.com/tickets, or by calling the ticket office at 1-877-TIX-ARMY. Groups of 20-49 start at $29, groups of 50-99 start at $27 and groups of 100+ start at $25 for select games.

Hetrick, Manzonelli Awarded Prestigious Fellowships

Hetrick, Manzonelli Awarded Prestigious FellowshipsArmy wrestlers Ryan Hetrick and Nico Manzonelli have each been named scholarship winners, having accepted fellowships with Lincoln Laboratories. Hetrick will use the opportunity to pursue a M.S. degree from MIT's Technology and Public Policy Program, while Manzonelli will attend Harvard and get his master's degree in data science.

The firsties have each been awarded two-year fellowships with Lincoln Laboratories, which operates out of MIT.

“Ryan and Nico's leadership on the mat and in the classroom has made our program better,” head coach Kevin Ward said. “We are excited for them to represent Army Wrestling as they continue both their academic and military careers.”

The 2020-21 season was one for the books for Army Wrestling, as the team secured its second-consecutive third place finish at the 117th EIWA Conference Tournament. The Black Knights' 119.5 team points boosted them to their second-best team finish in program history. Seven different cadets went on to represent Army at the 2021 NCAA Tournament, marking the third-straight season that the Black Knights sent seven wrestlers to the competition.

Nichtern, Hudgins Lead Army in League Postseason Honors

Nichtern, Hudgins Lead Army in League Postseason HonorsCows Brendan Nichtern and Marcus Hudgins led the Patriot League men's lacrosse postseason awards as the pair were recipients of two of the major awards given out May 4. Nichtern was named the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year and Hudgins earned Defensive Player of the Year honors as well.

The pair were also joined by Bobby Abshire on the All-Patriot League First Team, while Gunner Philipp, Kyle Beyer and Wyatt Schupler earned second team accolades.

“Marcus and Brendan have been outstanding this season and I am pleased that the Patriot League coaches voted them as the Defensive and Offensive player of the year,” head coach Joe Alberici said. “They are both so deserving of this distinction. Both being tremendous team players, I am certain they see these individual awards as a collaborative effort of all of their teammates. They are both tremendous competitors and the fact that they compete against each other every day in practice has excelled their individual development.”

The four-time 2021 offensive player of the week, Nichtern finished the regular-season averaging 2.30 goals per game, 2.80 assists per game and 5.10 points per game. Nichtern's assists and points per game ranks first in the Patriot League this season. The cow has scored 72 goals and dished 105 assists for 177 points to go with 47 ground balls in his three seasons at Army.

“Brendan has been our go-to player for all three of his remarkable seasons in a Black Knight uniform,” Alberici said. “His continual improvement, unselfish play and leadership has made this season his best thus far. He is intelligent, skilled and has great vision making him a handful for opposing defenses.”

Hudgins wrapped up the regular-season picking up 30 ground balls and nabbing 20 caused turnovers in 10 starts. He averaged 2.00 caused turnovers per game this season to rank tied for 10th nationally, all while guarding the opponent's top offensive threat each week. Hudgins was named defensive player of the week on April 12 after collecting a team-high and season-best six ground balls and two caused turnovers in the 12-7 win over Loyola Maryland. Read more.

Baseball Defeats Sacred Heart, 9-4

Baseball Defeats Sacred Heart, 9-4The Black Knights defeated visiting Sacred Heart, 9-4 on May 4 at Doubleday Field. The Black Knights (21-18) scored nine runs on eight hits, including. A six-run fifth inning that included a grand slam by Ross Friedrick to push the game out of reach of the Pioneers (18-20).

Starting pitcher Trevor Finan was outstanding in the victory, tossing 6.0 innings of scoreless, two-hit baseball. He struck out five while walking three as he earned his second victory of the year. Friedrick led the way with four RBI on his grand slam, his only hit of the day. Nick Manesis had a two-hit performance with one RBI.

The Black Knights first got on the board in the second inning on a sac fly off the bat from Derek Berg. The Black Knights added two more on in the inning as they took advantage of a throwing error by the Pioneers' second baseman.

The Black Knights then exploded for six runs in the fifth inning to push their lead to 9-0. Anthony Giachin and Nick Manesis each drove in a run on a single before Friedrick's grand slam. Read more.

MP’s Awarded for Voluntary Service

MP’s Awarded for Voluntary ServiceWe achieve our best together and, at times, it takes the entire West Point community to bring our ideas to life. In April, The SWAT-C Robotics Research Center in the EECS Department, Future Applied Systems Team (FAST), and Office of Naval Research (ONR) hosted the Squad With Autonomous Teammate –Competition (SWAT-C) demos at West Point to demonstrate the Manned Unmanned Team (MUMT) concept through post demonstrations and force on force MUMT exercises. Here, we awarded soldiers from the MP Company for their voluntary service as Opposing Force (OPFOR) for these exercises. A big thank you to the following soldiers for helping to make this event a success: SFC Morgan Wallace, SSG Sean Windfelder, SGT Andrew Woehr, SGT Zachary Mowrer, SPC John Miles, SPC Ariel Reed, SPC Johnathan Buffum, SPC Matthew Breaux, SPC Phillip Pinon.

Simoes, Barnett, Duong Named CEP Athletes of the Month

Simoes, Barnett, Duong Named CEP Athletes of the MonthTim Simoes, Kinsey Barnett and Jolie Duong were selected as the Corps Squad Athletes of the Month for April.

Baseball - Tim Simoes ’21: CDT Tim Simoes is a near perfect representation of a cadet scholar athlete. He crushes all 4 pillars of excellence standards in: athletics, academics, military and character. Intellectually astute garnering a gawdy 3.5 GPA, athletically gifted with a flare to deliver in clutch situations both in the field and at bat, yet incredibly humble and selfless.

Rabble Rousers - Kinsey Barnett ’23: Kinsey is an Engineering Management major from Charlotte, NC. In the classroom, Barnett has excelled with a 3.75 cumulative GPA. She earned a 4.02 during the fall 2020 semester. Kinsey has earned Dean's List status every semester of her academic career. Barnett ranks 17th in her class physically with a 3.97 GPA. Kinsey has also excelled in the military pillar by earning a cumulative 3.21 GPA.

Softball - Jolie Duong ’22: Cow Jolie Duong of company E-2 is a standout on and off the field for Army softball. She is a systems engineering major with a cumulative GPA of 3.308. She has made the Dean's list in all five of her semesters at the Academy. She was named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll in 2019 and 2020. CDT Duong has been a standout performer both as a pitcher and as a hitter this year for the Black Knights. To date this season, she has posted a 7-1 record in the circle, with a 2.61 ERA and 34 strikeouts. Read more.

Three From Women’s Lacrosse Earn First Team All-League Honors

Three From Women’s Lacrosse Earn First Team All-League HonorsThe Army West Point Women’s Lacrosse Team had three members named to the Patriot League First Team, the league office announced May 3. Firstie attacker Jackie Brattan, cow attacker Caroline Raymond and firstie defender Lauren Bredenburg were all tabbed first team all-league performers.

Army's all-time leader in goals (127) and points (139), Brattan led the team this season with 26 goals over the course of eight games. The Garden City, N.Y., native had five hat tricks. Her top performance came against Lafayette on April 10, when she tied a single-game program record with nine points on eight goals and an assist.

Raymond was second on the team in goals with 21 and third in points with 25. She registered five hat tricks on the season. The Mahopac, N.Y., product was fourth in the league in draw controls per game with an average of 6.50. Raymond's top performance also came in the Lafayette game when she registered a single-game program record with 13 draw controls and tallied five points.

Bredenburg anchored Army's defensive unit which limited opponents to 10.5 goals per game. Over the course of its five-game win streak, Army has limited its opponents to an average of 8.8 goals per game. She was tied for third in the league in caused turnovers with 11. The Hampstead, Md., native led the team with 18 groundballs on the season and ranks third in program history with 92 throughout her career.

The 22nd Annual Projects Day Highlights

The 22nd Annual Projects Day HighlightsWest Point Academic Departments conducted the 22nd Annual United States Military Academy Projects Day to showcase the intellectual capital of cadets and their important work with faculty and external collaborators while providing an opportunity to strengthen their role in the academic community, to exercise self-reflection to deepen their knowledge base, and to celebrate bold innovation.

Nichtern Earns Fourth Patriot League Weekly Award

Nichtern Earns Fourth Patriot League Weekly AwardCow attackman Brendan Nichtern was named the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week for the fourth time this season after tallying eight points against Colgate on April 30.

Nichtern tied a career-high with eight points on a hat trick and five assists in the win over Colgate. The five assists he recorded was a career high. Four of his eight points came in the fourth quarter, including the final goal of the game which came with 21 seconds left to give Army a two-goal lead.

Nichtern leads the Patriot League in points per game at 5.10 and assists per game at 2.80. He has 51 points on the year to lead the conference in total points and first in assists with 28.

The Black Knights earned a bye into the Patriot League Semifinals in the upcoming league tournament and will face the winner of the quarterfinal matchup between Loyola and Navy. The semifinal game is set for Friday evening May 7, with a time to be announced.

GEN Keith Virtual Capstone Conference USMA Winners

GEN Keith Virtual Capstone Conference USMA WinnersCongratulations to United States Military Academy Track Winners from the General Donald R. Keith Virtual Capstone Conference.

Hollis Award for Best Overall Presentation – “Data Analytics Development from Military Operational Data” by Cadets James Downey, Zachary Ellis, Ethan Nguyen, and Charlotte L Spencer and COL Paul Evangelista, USMA.

General Engineering Track – “Flood Risk Management Project Prioritization and Decision Support” by Cadets Tyler Fleagle, Lukas E Strickler, Samuel Tarry, and Jeffrey Vollenweider and LTC(P) James Schreiner, USMA.

Honors Track – “A System Dynamics Analysis of the Humanitarian Crisis in the Gaza Strip” by Cadet Tyler Skidmore and LTC(P) James Schreiner, USMA.
Modeling and Simulation for Defense Applications Track – “USMA SWARM” by Cadets Matthew Blejwas, Nicholas Finke, Bartlomiej Grzybowski, Dennis Kirby, Keegan Leth, Justin Robinson, Karlee Scott, Jackson Thomsen, and Zachary Whitton, USMA.

Project and Engineering Management Track – “Applying Lean Six Sigma: Personnel Reliability Program” by Cadets Mason J Krueger, James Nichols, Greyson M Olep, and Andrei Rosu, and LTC(P) Brandon Thompson, USMA.

Systems Design Track – “Squad with Autonomous Teams” by Cadets Madison Teague, Joshua Campi, and Luke Carpenter and COL Ricardo Morales, USMA.
Systems Design for Defense Applications Track – “Creating an Enlisted Development Strategy for Countries in the USINDOPACOM Area of Responsibility” by Cadets Rahmeel Cook, Kevin Kurth, Brian Patterson, and Lexi West and MAJ Samuel Herbert, USMA.

Softball Earns Weekend Sweep over Bucknell

Softball Earns Weekend Sweep over BucknellThe Army West Point Softball Team completed its first weekend sweep of the season the afternoon of Sunday May 2 at the Army Softball Complex. Army topped Bucknell 3-1 in the front end of the doubleheader and claimed the second game 3-2.

“We needed to win four games and we won four games,” Army head coach Cheryl Milligan said. “We look like we're meshing more every time we play. Our middle infielders are really tossing the ball to each other. We're starting to peak at the right time.” The Black Knights are now 8-8 in league play. The wins put them ahead of the Bison for the fourth spot in the Patriot League standings with one weekend series remaining. The top four teams advance to the Patriot League tournament which will be played from May 13-15.

In the first game, Jolie Duong retired the first eight batters she faced before allowing a base knock to right center field. Ally Snelling got Army's first hit bunt single to lead off the fourth inning. The Black Knights loaded the bases in the bottom of the fifth, after Madi Gilmore led off the inning with a sharp single up the middle and Ellie Caldwell walked in the next at bat. Army, however, was unable to get a run on the board. Read more.

Annual Kosciuszko Wreath Laying Ceremony

Annual Kosciuszko Wreath Laying CeremonyLast week the United States Military Academy conducted the annual wreath laying memorial ceremony to honor Polish American hero, General Thaddeus Kosciuszko, for his service in the American Revolutionary War. Hundreds of people usually attend the annual celebration that includes full military honors and remarks by dignitaries and foreign diplomats, but to maintain a safe environment during the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s annual wreath laying was only attended by academy personnel. Dr. John Benjamin, a professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and OIC for the West Point Polish Club, Kosciuszko Squadron, presented this year’s wreath. Cadet in Charge, Class of 2022 Cadet Sebastian Karpinski, Polish exchange cadet, Class of 2021 Cadet Bartlomiej Grzybowski and Master Sergeant Marcin Lajdecki also paid tribute to General Kosciuszko.

Baseball Sweeps Sunday Holy Cross Double Header

Baseball Sweeps Sunday Holy Cross Double HeaderThe Black Knights finished off the series at Holy Cross with a Sunday sweep, winning game three, 6-2 and game four, 8-1 yesterday afternoon. The Black Knights (20-18, 14-8 PL) jumped out to a big 6-0 lead through the third inning of game three. Holy Cross added one in the fourth and one in the fifth but that was all.

Nick Manesis led the way with two hits and one RBI, he also scored two runs. Anthony Giachin, Andre Walden, Tim Simoes and Jermiah Adams also drove in runs on the day. On the bump, Bartoli was impressive, tossing 4.2 innings, scattering two runs on five hits with three walks and six strikeouts. He earned the win, improving to 1-1 on the year.

Tyler Pritchard pitched a flawless inning, followed by Teddy Lepcio who put up a zero in 1.1 innings of work. The Black Knights dominated completely in game four, much in the similar fashion to game one, pushing their lead to 7-0 in the eighth inning. The lone run for the Crusader was a Dellacono solo homer in the bottom of the eighth, 8-1. The run was unearned after an error prolonged the inning.

Overall, the Black Knights dominated with 13 hits to just five for the Crusaders. The Black Knights were also helped by four errors by the Crusaders' defense. Read more.

Cadets Hokanson and Hann in 1st The Best Sapper Competition

Cadets Hokanson and Hann in 1st The Best Sapper CompetitionThe Best Sapper Competition is finishing today. On May 1, 2021, Cadets Griffin Hokanson and Collin Hann were in 1st Place after Physical Fitness Test! Our own Physics instructor and Sapper, CPT Mike Ecklund, helped train them. Make sure you show your support. We are extremely proud of these cadets! As of now they are in 6th place, with one event remaining and plenty of room to move up, wish them well, GO USMA!!

Men’s Track & Field Place Second at PL Championship

Men’s Track & Field Place Second at PL ChampionshipThe Army West Point Men’s Track and Field Team placed second in the Patriot League outdoor championships. The Black Knights posted 12 event wins and 26 top-three finishes. Army finished just four points behind first place Navy.

August Cook was named the men's field athlete of the meet and Mitchell Burr was named the men's rookie of the meet. Cook won the javelin with a meet record throw of 75.2m. The mark ranks fifth overall in the nation this season and tops Cook's previous program record by over two meters. Burr claimed a first-place finish in the 1500m with a time of 3:51.47.

Marshall Beatty was a double winner, claiming first in the 5000m and 10000m. Beatty shed 24.33 seconds off his personal best time in the 10000m with a time of 30:25.48. On Saturday he took first in the 5000m with a time of 14:19.03.

Army posted 1-2-3 finishes in both the shot put and the 800m. Geoff Kirk hit 18.53m in shot put. He was followed by Jamir Gibson (18.21m) and Kyle Patel (16.17m). In the 800m, Peter Smith placed first with a time of 1:50.51 and was followed by Luke Griner (1:51.41) and Michael Altenburg (1:52.19).

Gibson claimed first in discus with a throw of 57.48m, which was 3.6 meters further than second place. Marco Risi (60.33m) and Austin Herndon (58.05m) finished first and second in the hammer throw. Gibson placed fourth with a heave of 55.19m. Read more.

Women’s Rugby Cruises to Multiple Wins at Navy

Women’s Rugby Cruises to Multiple Wins at NavyThe Army West Point Women’s Rugby Team impressed on the road May 1, as the Black Knights defeated Service-Academy rival Navy in four straight 7's rugby contests. Army was split into two units (Black and Gold), with both teams playing two games apiece. The Black team won its first contest 10-5, before coming alive for a 46-0 victory in game No. 2.

Team Gold was stellar in game one, winning 59-0. They followed that up with a 28-7 win in their final game of the day. Codi Butt, Abrianna Williams, and Kaylee Cargile led the Black team with two tries each on the day. Rebecca Syrup, Gillian Scott, Sylvi Imrem, and Taylor Driver all also scored a try apiece. Leading the Gold team was Kaitlyn Schwarting, who tallied four tries and eight conversions to lead all Black Knights with 36 total points.

Hailey Hodsden had 25 total points after scoring five tries between the two games. Lauren Ousby added two tries of her own, while Alexis Smalls and Nicole Wantlin each scored a lone try. Molly Murtagh chipped in three conversions to round out the scoring. Read more.

SPEAR-Hypersonic Rocket Team Initial Results

SPEAR-Hypersonic Rocket Team Initial ResultsInitial results- hypersonic speed achieved of Mach 5.03 and inertial distance of 84 km! That is well into a near vacuum of the area transitioning between the mesosphere and thermosphere. The Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. Air Force, and NASA, define space as an altitude of 80 km (50 miles) and awards astronaut wings to astronauts who fly above an altitude of 50 miles, or approximately 80 kilometers. Congratulations to the team from West Point Civil & Mechanical Engineering, Physics & Nuclear Engineering, and Chemistry & Life Sciences. Well done!

Women’s Track & Field Finishes Second at PL Championship

Women’s Track & Field Finishes Second at PL ChampionshipThe Army West Point Women’s Track and Field Team finished second at the outdoor Patriot League championships at Shea Stadium. The Black Knights won nine of the 22 events and posted a total of 19 top three finishes. Georgia Jones was named the Patriot League Women's Rookie of the Meet. Jones set a meet record in the 5000m with a time of 16.18.93. The time also broke Army's program record set by Teresa Sobiesk in 1986. She also took third in the 1500m with a time of 4:41.06.

Emily Mikoud registered the most points in the meet with 28. She won the shot put with a meet record mark of 15.51m and claimed first in discus with a throw of 50.42m. Mikoud additionally placed second in the hammer throw with a heave of 61.32m. She finished just behind Abigail Green, who won the event at 61.64m. Helen Shearer set a meet record and shattered Army's program record in the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 10:11.24. The time, which is the 37th best in the nation this year and seventh fastest mark by a freshman, bested Army's previous program record by more than 30 seconds.

The Black Knights' 4x800m relay team of Quinn Collins, Shayla Bonzelet, Morgan Chewning-Kulick and Anna Tovkach took first with a time of 8:59.64. Tovkach, who was anchoring the relay, was in third place when she received the baton. The firstie shot to first place within the first 200 meters and ended up running a 2:09.24 split. Army posted event wins in both the triple jump and the long jump. Bonvie Fosam claimed first in the triple jump with a mark of 12.39m. Plebe Lindsey Smith took first in the long jump with a personal best mark of 5.75m. Hannah Blakey earned a first-place finish in the 400m hurdles with a program record time of 1:00.33. Read more.

Men’s Lacrosse Clinches North Division with Win Over Colgate

Men’s Lacrosse Clinches North Division with Win Over ColgateThe 11th-ranked Army West Point Men’s Lacrosse Team clinched the Patriot League North Division title and the second-seed in the upcoming conference tournament with a 13-11 victory over Colgate on Senior Day. With the win, Army extended its home winning streak to double digits with its 10th consecutive victory at Michie Stadium. Mark that dates back to the 2019 season.

The Black Knights (7-3, 5-2 Patriot League) saw Brendan Nichtern tie a career high with eight points on three goals and five assists to lead a group of nine different goal scorers on the day. Gunner Philipp and Nickolas Edinger scored twice in the win and Stevie Grabher was 14-of-27 at the faceoff in the victory. He also scooped up a career best 15 ground balls as well.

“Today was a big one for us,” Nichtern said. “Specifically for the offense, it was important we found our groove going into the tournament. We had an awesome week of practice, just playing with an unselfish mentality and playing with constant ball movement. Playing in a close fourth quarter game will give us experience in that situation because we will be there in one of our upcoming games.”

Wyatt Schupler stopped 13 shots for the Black Knights to earn another win. Kyle Beyer had a good day on defense with three caused turnovers and in addition to his two points, Aidan Byrnes, finished with five ground balls. Army was also impressive in the riding game, forcing nine failed clears by the Raiders. Read more.

Golf Finishes 5th at Patriot League Championship

Golf Finishes 5th at Patriot League ChampionshipThe Army West Point Golf Team claimed a fifth-place finish in the Patriot League Championship at the Naval Academy Golf Course.

The Black Knights finished the three rounds with a team score of 919 (+79). Loyola held on for the Patriot League Championship after leading following day one. The Greyhounds won the title by 18 strokes and had a team score of 866 (+26).

Brandon Berry of Loyola won the individual title at 1-over par 211 for the three rounds. He shot a 2-over 72 in yesterday’s final round. Army's top performer was team captain James McKee and he ended up in a tie for 13th on the player leaderboard at 16-over for the tournament. Dragon Theam was one stroke behind McKee for 16th on the leaderboard.

McKee, Sam McGee and Joseph Gerardi finished their Army careers following the final round. They finished with one Patriot League Title in 2019 and the trio went 4-0 against Navy in all Star matches.

Football Wraps Up Spring Practice

Football Wraps Up Spring PracticeFootball wrapped up its Spring Practice with its annual Spring Game on Friday night April 30 under the lights at Michie Stadium. Hear from head coach Jeff Monken, RB Tyson Riley and DB Bo Nicolas-Paul following Team Black's 23-21 victory after scoring in the final minute.



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