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Siblings Set for Final Match as Teammates
2/24/2021

Siblings Set for Final Match as TeammatesWhen Jerry and Leigh Kutz detoured from their boating voyage along the Hudson River years ago to take a tour of the United States Military Academy with their young children Kaitlyn and Kyle, there was no way they could have imagined the importance that West Point would later have to their family. 

“It was purely by coincidence. We decided to take our boat and go up the Hudson River,” Jerry said. “On the way up we saw West Point and on the way back down we looked into finding a marina that was close enough that we could tour it.”

After docking in neighboring Highland Falls, the family hiked uphill and proceeded to tour the prestigious service academy. Jerry and Leigh were mesmerized by West Point's endless picturesque views and the rich history. Kaitlyn’s and Kyle’s eyes were drawn to The Plain, where the cadets were marching in unison.

“For me it was the first image in my head of what the military looked like,” Kyle said. “The one thing I remember was them all being in step marching by. At the time that was one of the coolest things ever to see.” Full story.

Chef Andrés 2021 Zengerle Family Lecture
2/24/2021

Chef Andrés 2021 Zengerle Family LectureThe Department of English and Philosophy and the West Point Humanities Center welcomed Chef José Andrés as the invited guest speaker for the 2021 Zengerle Family Lecture in the Arts and Humanities last week. Chef Andrés presented remarks entitled “Finding Your Fire: Lessons from a Food First Responder,” followed by a moderated discussion and Q&A with cadets from West Point - The U.S. Military Academy and students from The Culinary Institute of America. This talk supports West Point’s Year of Ethical Leadership in a Diverse World by asking its audience to think deeply about the role of food security and scarcity in peacebuilding and in developing policies to support justice, equity, and social development. In Chef Andrés’s words, food “is a powerful tool to heal communities in times and crisis and beyond.” The interdisciplinary nature of Chef Andrés’s remarks also invites us to continue reflecting on the link between “the humanities” and “the humanitarian.” Video.

Kutz Qualifies for NCAA Championship in Smallbore
2/24/2021

Kutz Qualifies for NCAA Championship in SmallboreKyle Kutz, a plebe on the Army West Point Rifle team, qualified for the NCAA Championship in smallbore, the NCAA announced in its selection show Tuesday afternoon. The championship will take place at Ohio State's Converse Hall in Columbus, Ohio, on Friday, March 12 and Saturday, March 13.

The Darien, CT native shot a 589 in smallbore in the NCAA qualifier meet against Coast Guard on Saturday. The score, which matched his career high, was the highest of the individual qualifiers in smallbore. Kutz was one of just three freshmen to qualify individually in either smallbore or air rifle.

Army will compete in the GARC Championships virtually at the Tronsrue Marksmanship Center this weekend in its final team match of the season.

Track and Field Tabs Five Patriot League Weekly Honors
2/24/2021

Track and Field Tabs Five Patriot League Weekly HonorsThe Army West Point Track and Field teams received five Patriot League Weekly Awards on Tuesday morning after recording standout performances against Boston College last weekend. Listed among the conference best for the week were Holli Chapman, Geoff Kirk, Emily Mikoud and Ethan Hesson.

Cow Emily Mikoud swept the shot put and weight throw for the third time this season to receive her third-consecutive Patriot League Women's Field Athlete of the Week. Mikoud recorded first-place finishes in the weight throw and the shot put against Boston College on Saturday. Her 20.44-meter weight throw was just 0.05 meters shy of her personal record. Her 14.66-meter winning mark in the shot put was more than 1.0 meter better than the second-place finisher. The Black Knights also grabbed Men's Field Athlete of the Week in firstie Geoff Kirk. The veteran thrower won the shot put against Boston College with an IC4A-qualifying throw of 18.43 meters, besting the second-place finisher by 0.78 meters. Kirk currently has the two best shot put marks in the Patriot League this season.

Army also saw top ranked performances from two underclassman this past weekend, allowing them to secure Women's Track Athlete of the Week and both Rookie of the Week awards. Plebe Holli Chapman won the 60 meters and 200 meters with personal best times to capture Patriot League Women's Track Athlete and Rookie of the Week. Chapman recorded a pair of first-place finishes against Boston College, winning the 60 meters in 7.92 seconds and the 200 meters in 25.59. The plebe posted personal-best and ECAC-qualifying times in both events against the Eagles. Plebe pole vaulter Ethan Hesson cleared 4.87 meters to claim Patriot League Men's Rookie of the Week. Hesson recorded a first-place finish in the pole vault with a personal best and IC4A-qualifying mark of 4.87 meters. His 4.87-meter height was 0.26 meters higher than the second-place finisher.

The Black Knights look to continue their wealth of success this weekend as they host the Patriot League Challenge on Saturday, February 27.

Muffett, Grete Earn Weekly Patriot League Awards
2/24/2021

Muffett, Grete Earn Weekly Patriot League AwardsThe Army West Point Softball team swept the Patriot League weekly awards. Megan Muffett was tabbed the league's player of the week, while Alicyn Grete was named the pitcher of the week.

Muffett was 2-for-4 from the plate and had four RBIs in Army's 16-4 win over Howard this past Saturday in the Washington, D.C. The La Center, Washington, product had a three-run blast in the third inning and was tied for the team-lead with three runs.

Grete was dominant on the mound with nine strikeouts in 4.0 innings pitched. After allowing a lead-off single, she retired the next 12 batters she faced, including a stretch of six consecutive strikeouts.

Hockey Moves Up in Team ECH Rankings
2/23/2021

Hockey Moves Up in Team ECH RankingsComing off a win on Saturday night against Bentley, the Army West Point Hockey team moved up to No. 18 in the Everything College Hockey rankings and received 31 votes in the USCHO National Poll yesterday.

The Black Knights moved up from No. 20 in the rankings last week and received more votes in the USCHO National Poll this week. Army is on the nation's longest unbeaten streak at nine games.

The Black Knights are 11-5-1 on the season, have gone 8-0-1 in their last nine games and clinched a first-round bye into the Atlantic Hockey Tournament Quarterfinals. Army currently sits in second place in Atlantic Hockey with 30 points in league play and has earned points in 11 straight league games.

To view this week's USCHO national poll, visit USCHO.com and to see the Team ECH Poll, click here.

New West Point Capstone Experience
2/23/2021

New West Point Capstone ExperienceThe Senior Capstone experience at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point allows cadets to draw upon and apply knowledge in their chosen majors as well as knowledge gained throughout the course of their studies to design solutions to real-world problems. This year, select First Class, or senior year, cadets from the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering (CME) and the Department of Systems Engineering (DSE), are participating in a new Senior Capstone project sponsored by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations, Energy and Environment).

This innovative project is the result of a collaboration between the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Energy and Sustainability and USMA professors Lt. Col. Brad McCoy and Dr. F. Todd Davidson, who work within the Center for Innovation and Engineering housed within CME, and Maj. Steve McCarthy from the DSE. Army readiness begins on our installations where secure access to energy and water is vital to supporting critical missions. Read more.

Presley and Bray Earn Weekly Patriot League Awards
2/23/2021

Presley and Bray Earn Weekly Patriot League AwardsThe Army West Point Volleyball team swept the Patriot League weekly awards following the opening weekend of play. Firstie Hannah Presley was tabbed the player of the week, while plebe Savannah Bray was the league's rookie of the week.

A setter from Tracy, Calf., Presley had seven kills in both matches against Colgate, which is one shy of her career high. She had a combined 60 assists over the weekend with 38 in this past Friday and 22 in Sunday's three-set triumph over the Raiders.

Bray had a match-high 13 kills in Friday's contest in Hamilton, NY, and followed it with seven on Sunday. The Woodstock, GA, native posted a kill percentage of .153 and her 2.5 kills per set was the second best average on the team.

Army split its opening series with Colgate in a rematch of the 2019 Patriot League semifinal, which Army won 3-1. The Black Knights three-set win was its first 3-0 victory over Colgate since 2017.

The Cadets return to action this weekend with a pair of matches against archrival Navy. First on Friday, the two service academies will play in the star match, as part of the Star Series presented by USAA, down in Annapolis, MD, at 5pm ET. Then on Sunday the two will square off in West Point at 5pm.

Nichtern, Schupler & Grabher Named Patriot League Players of the Week
2/23/2021

Nichtern, Schupler and Grabher Named Patriot League Players of the WeekAfter an outstanding performance against top ranked Syracuse University Sunday afternoon, the Army West Point Men's Lacrosse team tabbed three Patriot League Player of the Week honors.

Brendan Nichtern was selected as Offensive Player of the Week after tallying seven points against the Orange. The cow sat atop the Army leader board for the second straight weekend, after finding the back of the net four times against Syracuse while adding three assists. Nichtern currently leads the Black Knights in all three offensive categories with six goals, six assists and 12 points through two games. The Massapequa, NY native also currently ranks seventh nationally in points per game and tied for sixth in assists per game through week two.

The Black Knights also grabbed two other categories including Wyatt Schupler and Stevie Grabher who were named Goalkeeper of the Week and Faceoff Specialist of the Week. Schupler was lights out for Army in the net, recording 13 saves on 24 shots faced while also grabbing three ground balls. The cow was key in halting the Orange offense, holding them scoreless for 12 total minutes between the end of the first and second periods. Grabher had a strong outing at the X against the Orange, winning 13-of-25 faceoffs. Through two weeks, the yearling has battled to a strong .485 faceoff percentage.

Army is back in action this weekend on home turf as they welcome Saint Joseph's University to Michie Stadium on Saturday, February 27 at 12 p.m.

Hockey-Holy Cross Contest Postponed Tonight
2/23/2021

Hockey-Holy Cross Contest Postponed TonightThe Atlantic Hockey matchup between Army West Point and Holy Cross originally scheduled for tonight has been postponed due to a positive COVID-19 test within the Holy Cross hockey program's Tier 1.

No make-up date has been announced.

NCAA TIER 1 DEFINITION: Tier 1 is the highest exposure tier and consists of individuals for whom physical distancing and face coverings are not possible or effective during athletic training or competition. Examples of relevant individuals include student-athletes, coaches, athletic trainers, physical therapists, medical staff, equipment staff and officials.

The Black Knights will be back in action this weekend for a pair of games against LIU on Friday and Saturday at Tate Rink.

Yearling Winter Weekend
2/23/2021

Yearling Winter WeekendLast Friday, February 19th, 2021, Class of 2023 Cadets celebrated Yearling Winter Weekend Friday with Command Sargent Major Kenneth L. Killingsworth, U.S. Corps of Cadets senior enlisted leader, as the guest speaker. The U.S. Military Academy Yearling class holds Winter Weekend Friday to celebrate what they have accomplished thus far and look ahead to the rest of their 47-month West Point experience. Photos.

Hockey Does It Again in Overtime
2/22/2021

Hockey Does It Again in OvertimeDaniel Haider was the overtime hero again against Bentley as the Army West Point Hockey team defeated the Falcons, 2-1, in overtime this past Saturday night at Tate Rink. With the win, the Black Knights secured a first-round bye in the upcoming Atlantic Hockey Tournament. Army will host a quarterfinal series on March 12-14 at Tate Rink.

The Black Knights are now heading into the final week of the season with points in 10-straight league games and a nine-game unbeaten, which currently leads the nation. It has not been easy with three of the last four games ending with overtime victories.

“Really pleased with the outcome,” head coach Brian Riley said. “It seems like we've been in these games all year and that's what we talked about going into the third period, being comfortable in this type of game. It had a playoff feel to it.”

Haider was the hero in the extra frame for the second time in the last three games. He sent Army home from Bentley with a win on February 12 and did it again tonight. With just 3:29 on the clock Eric Butte slid a great pass from the left dot over to Haider, who was waiting at the opposite circle. He connected on the one-timer and beat Jason Grande low for the game winner.

“Haider and Butte are guys you want out there because of their speed and they were able to make a nice play and Haider was able to one-time that shot,” Riley said. Read more.

Women’s Tennis Sweeps UCONN, 7-0
2/22/2021

Women’s Tennis Sweeps UCONN, 7-0The Army West Point Women's Tennis team finished off their second shutout of the weekend as they took care of business vs. UCONN, 7-0, yesterday at Lichtenberg Tennis Center. The Black Knights now sit at 2-2 on the season, bouncing back from losing their first two competitions of the year to go 2-0 this weekend at home.

Army opened things up with a dominant performance in doubles play for the second-straight day. The Black Knights won all three competitions by a score of 6-2. Joyner/Dimaio played at No. 1 and took care of business vs. Hoppe/Lai. Bou/McKenzie defeated Karamyshev/Cook, 6-2 at No. 2 doubles and Vincent/Gilbert defeated Kozyi/Takunyaci at No. 3, 6-2.

The Black Knights led 1-0 after winning the doubles point and did not let off the gas in singles competition, taking all six singles competitions. Joyner defeated Leonie Hoppe, 6-4, 6-3 at No. 1 singles, while Vincent defeated Denise Lai, 6-1, 6-3 at No. 2. Bou took care of business at No. 3 singles with a 7-5, 6-2 victory over Caroline Cook. Dimaio defeated Doga Selen Takunyaci, 6-1, 62 at No. 4 and Dondanav defeated Elizabeth Kozyi, 6-3, 7-5 at No. 5. Ahn, who competed at No. 5 singles on Saturday, won at No. 6 as she defeated Alek Karamyshev, 6-1, 6-1.

The Black Knights are set to host Drexel in their next match on Saturday, February 27 at 10am ET. Read more.

Softball Offense Explodes in Season-Opening Win at Howard
2/22/2021

Softball Offense Explodes in Season-Opening Win at HowardDespite temperatures in the high 20s and low 30s, the Army West Point Softball team's bats had no issues warming up this past Saturday afternoon at Nationals Youth Park. The Black Knights topped Howard, 16-4, in five innings in their first game back after having their 2020 campaign cut short just over 11 months ago.

“After a year of canceled games and behind the scenes work, I couldn't have asked for a better reunion to competition,” firstie captain Megan Muffett said. “I'm so proud to be a part of a team with enough gratitude and humility to shovel an icy field to play just a couple innings of softball in freezing weather. The game is so much bigger than runs scored and plays made. It's about making the most of every opportunity with the people to your left and right. Army softball showed that today.”

Muffett was 2-for-4 from the plate and had four RBIs, largely due her three-run blast in the third inning. The La Center, Wash., native was one of three members to record a multi-hit game. Angelina Bebek was 3-for-3 from the dish in her collegiate debut and Taylor Drayton was 2-for-2.

Alicyn Grete pitched a combined four dominant innings on the mound. After allowing a hit against her first batter, she retired the next 12 batters she faced. The Niceville, Fla., native finished with nine strike outs on just 13 batters faced. Army held a 1-0 lead through the first two innings, thanks to an RBI single to right field off the bat of Drayton which scored Bebek in the top half of the first. The Cadets offense exploded for four runs in the third. After Ally Snelling had a sac fly to left which scored Bebek, Muffett sent a three-run blast over the center field wall to make it 5-0 Army. Read more.

Doubles Dominance Leads Men’s Tennis Over Sacred Heart
2/22/2021

Doubles Dominance Leads Men’s Tennis Over Sacred HeartThe Army West Point Men's Tennis team grabbed a solid season opening victory against Sacred Heart University this past Saturday afternoon in a 6-1 contest. “Our guys played with a lot of energy and enthusiasm today," said Head Coach Jim Poling. "Our doubles performance was solid, and we kept the pressure on Sacred Heart from the get-go for a solid team win.”

Army set the tone for the afternoon right from the start, notching three straight doubles victories to clinch the go-ahead team point for the Black Knights. The duo of Woodman and Lake kicked things off with a strong 6-1 victory in the No. 1 doubles slot immediately followed by a 6-3 win from Gorshein and Haikal in the No. 2. Eden and Huttepain closed things out in the final match, taking a 7-5 victory.

Despite some trouble in the opening singles matchup, the Black Knights went on to secure five straight, taking a 6-1 victory from the Pioneers. Huttepain and Nathan Jose each nailed breakaway victories in the No. 2 and No. 6, securing a healthy 3-0 lead for Army. After a follow up win from Eden, the final decision came down to plebe Jake Huarte at No. 5 as he competed to a pair of 6-3 victories to give the Black Knights the ultimate advantage on their way to their first win of the year. Read more.

Track & Field Tallies 20 Victories Against Boston College
2/22/2021

Track & Field Tallies 20 Victories Against Boston CollegeThe Army West Point Men's and Women's Track and Field teams had 20 event wins in its meet against Boston College this past Saturday at Gillis Field House.

The Black Knights put up strong numbers on the women's side winning a total of 10 events. Emily Mikoud had another strong outing, placing first in the weight throw and the shot put for the fourth straight week, while Holli Chapman was also a double winner on the day, placing first in the 60m and the 200m.

Bonvie Fosam, Gabrielle Ingram, Isabella Palchak, Deanna Ogrinc, Emma Taylor and Hannah Blakey were among the rest of the Black Knights that headlined for the women's team, placing first in their respective events. Read more.

Men’s Gymnastics Bests Springfield, 377-370.4
2/22/2021

Men’s Gymnastics Bests Springfield, 377-370.4The Army West Point Men’s Gymnastics team beat Springfield College 377.0-370.4 in a virtual competition this past Saturday.

The Black Knights had five event wins, including two by Mathew Davis on the still rings and parallel bars.

Floor Exercise: Benjamin Guerrieri placed first overall on the floor exercise with a score of 13.05. Kalvin Kingshill placed third with a score of 12.55. West Point won the event 62.5-61.2.

Pommel Horse: Matthew Martin placed second in the event with a score of 12.8. Davis (11.95) and Prakash Nigam (11.85) finished fifth and sixth, respectively. Springfield won the event 60.85-59.95. Read more.

Volleyball Tops Colgate, 3-0
2/22/2021

Volleyball Tops Colgate, 3-0The Army West Point Volleyball team avenged its Friday loss to Colgate with a 3-0 victory over the Raiders in its home-opener at Gillis Field House yesterday.

“I'm so proud of this team for its toughness,” Army head coach Alma Kovaci Lee said. “We only have one returner in Monica Eckford in the lineup on offense. Everyone else is brand new. We have a lot of freshmen out there and they played with so much maturity today.”

Eckford led the Cadets with 10 kills. Army plebe Paige Fixemer and Savannah Bray each had seven kills, while Allanah Cutler added six. Firstie setter Hannah Presley also contributed seven kills, one shy of her career high, and had 22 assists.

Similar to Friday's matchup, Army won the first two sets. Though, this time around the Black Knights overcame the adversity in the third set. After Army jumped to an 18-10 lead, the Raiders managed to cut the Black Knights' lead to 21-20. Army dug in and managed to win the set 25-23.

“It's tough when you go on the road and lose in five sets,” Kovaci Lee said. “This is where character is built; when you have a tough loss, and you can come back within 48 hours and beat that team 3-0.” Read more.

Men’s Basketball Takes Care of Business vs. Holy Cross
2/22/2021

Men’s Basketball Takes Care of Business vs. Holy CrossThe Black Knights held on to defeat visiting Holy Cross, 69-65, this past Saturday afternoon at Christl Arena.

The Black Knights (10-6, 6-5 Patriot League) had all nine players score in the game, including four in double figures. Josh Caldwell led the way with 12 points along with five rebounds, while Lonnie Grayson tallied 12 points, including 8-of-10 attempts from the charity stripe. Alex King had 10 along with being 2-for-3 from three-point land and Jalen Rucker finished with 10.

“I have a ton of respect for them. I think they play as tough as anyone in the league,” said head coach Jimmy Allen. “They are really, really physical. I thought they got on us early when the game started. We talked about how physical they were going to be and the type of energy they bring. I think we didn't start off great, but our response to that was really, really great. Especially in transition, we were able to get the game going in transition. I think the difference in the second half when they were able to make a run there, we weren't getting stops on the defensive end and we weren't able to play in transition. I thought they were pretty physical with us, but I was proud of our guys and I thought they made enough toughness plays to win the game tonight.”

The Black Knights went down 9-2 in the first five minutes of the first half, but answered back, outscoring the Crusaders, 39-15 through the final 15 minutes to take a 41-24 halftime lead.

In the second half, the Black Knights extended their lead to a game-high 19 points, 45-26 at the 18:17 mark and again, 47-28 with 16:21 left. However, the Crusaders were not going to go down easily and through the rest of the contest they outscored the Black Knights, 37-22 down the stretch. They cut the lead down to just three points, 66-63, with 16 seconds left in the half.

The Black Knights sunk their free throws down the stretch, making 12 as they finished 20-for-29 from the charity stripe on the evening. Read more.

Powerful Offensive Effort Leads Men’s Lacrosse Over Syracuse
2/22/2021

Powerful Offensive Effort Leads Men’s Lacrosse Over SyracuseAfter trailing 6-2 in the first period, the Army West Point Men's Lacrosse team stormed back to victory against the No. 4 ranked Syracuse Orange yesterday afternoon, 18-11.

The Black Knights 18 goals were the first time that Army has put up that many points against the Orange since the 1968 season and is the first time they have held a top five opponent to under 11 points since their overtime win against No. 4 Notre Dame in 2017.

Bobby Abshire and Brendan Nichtern were the driving force for the Black Knight offense, each netting four goals apiece while accounting for five combined assists. In addition to the two powerhouse attackers, Army also had three other members of their offense post hat-tricks on the day including Gunner Philipp, Aidan Byrnes and Nickolas Edinger.

Wyatt Schupler was lights out for Army in the net, recording 12 saves on 23 shots faced while also grabbing three ground balls. The cow was key in halting the Orange offense, holding them scoreless for 12 total minutes between the end of the first and second periods.

Much of what allowed Army to produce offensively was a direct result of their ability to execute on second chance opportunities off Syracuse's turnovers. The Black Knights were 6-of-6 on the clear in the second and 13-of-14 through two periods, giving them the ability to take an 8-7 advantage after being down four, while recording two separate 3-0 runs.

Softball Adds Doubleheader with Howard
2/19/2021

The Army West Point Softball team will open its 2021 campaign with a doubleheader against Howard in Washington, DC, on Saturday, February 20. The first game is set to start at 1:30pm ET.

The two schools have met twice before with Army holding the 2-0 advantage in the series. The Black Knights won the first meeting 12-2 on March 14, 2014 in Winter Haven, FL The other tilt was on March 5, 2016 in Fairfax, VA Army won that contest 7-0.

The remainder of Army’s non-league schedule will be announced at a later date.

Rucker Named Patriot League Rookie of the Week
2/18/2021

Rucker Named Patriot League Rookie of the WeekPlebe guard Jalen Rucker was named Patriot League GEICO Men's Basketball Rookie of the Week, it was announced by the league office on Monday afternoon. Rucker picked up the award by scoring in double figures in both of the Black Knights' games against Colgate over the weekend. The Baltimore, Md. native averaged 15.5 points and 3.0 assists in two games while tying his career-high with 18 points against the Raiders on Sunday.

Rucker earned the honor for the second time this season, as he picked it up on January 26 as well. He is the only Black Knight to have won a weekly honor from the Patriot League so far on the season. Rucker is averaging 9.6 points per game on the year, with 10 steals and 45 assists. He is 53-for-149 from the field and 27-for-37 from the charity stripe. He has started all 15 games on the year and is averaging 23.3 minutes per game, good for fourth-most on the team.

The Patriot League men's basketball players of the week are selected in a vote by League media members and each school's sports information director, who are not eligible to vote for their student-athletes. Rucker and the Black Knights are back in action this weekend vs. Holy Cross as they host the Crusaders first on Saturday at 3 pm at Christl Arena before heading to Worcester, Mass., on Sunday at 3pm.

Cadets Update ERDC on Simulation Capstone
2/18/2021

Cadets Update ERDC on Simulation CapstoneCadets Jackson Brownfield, Ryan Leach, Gabe Lajeunesse, and Chris Sharfin updated their capstone client—the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC)—on their research progress recently. These cadets are building a simulation model to capture the complex dynamics of system acquisitions by foreign nations. The goal of this research is to help ERDC better understand the national security context of a nation, the process used by a nation to acquire military technology, and the products used to achieve military objectives.

Three Aviation Trainer Next Systems to West Point
2/18/2021

Three Aviation Trainer Next Systems to West PointLast year, MAJ Clay Woody led of team from the DSE Operations Research Center (ORCEN) to evaluate if Aviation Trainer Next virtual reality system was an effective means for training Army helicopter pilots. MAJ Woody’s efforts have had a significant impact on pilot training — in fact, the US Army Aviation Center of Excellence recently sent three Aviation Trainer Next systems to West Point to enable the ORCEN to continue this research, and to allow a cadet capstone team to join the effort!

SOSH Podcast Episode 13 The Foreign Policy Toolkit
2/18/2021

SOSH Podcast Episode 13 The Foreign Policy ToolkitEver wonder what it’s like to work in a US Embassy? What it means to be a diplomat engaging with foreign partners? How the Department of Defense cooperates with the State Department to manage foreign policy? Find out in the newest release of the SOSH Podcast, where MAJ Sean McMahon talks to MAJ Tom Dyrenforth and Dr. Anne Bennett about their experiences working as a Foreign Area Officer (FAO) and a Foreign Service Officer (FSO), respectively. Listen here.

Rep. Sherrill Cadet Guest Lecture
2/18/2021

Rep. Sherrill Cadet Guest LectureThis week, Representative Mikie Sherrill provided a guest lecture to the cadets enrolled in SS379: The United States Congress, about the things that motivate Congress and her decision to run. She also described her experience as an acting Member of Congress and her participation on the House Armed Services Committee, which added additional texture and depth to the course readings on congressional behavior.

Davis Named ECAC Gymnast of the Week For Third Straight Week
2/17/2021

Davis Named ECAC Gymnast of the Week For Third Straight WeekFor third time in as many weeks Mathew Davis, a cow on the Army West Point Men's Gymnastics team, was tabbed the ECAC Gymnast of the Week.

Davis earned three first place finishes in the All-Academy meet last Saturday. The Frisco, Texas, native claimed first in the still rings with a score of 13.6, which was .5 points higher than second place. He won parallel bars as well with a tally of 13.55, which was .55 than second place. Additionally, he took first with an all-around score of 77.2.

The Black Knights return to action at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 20 when it takes on Springfield in a virtual meet.

Cadets Virtually Attend SCONA
2/17/2021

Cadets Virtually Attend SCONALast week, SCUSA cadet staff members represented West Point and SOSH during Texas A&M’s 66th Student Conference on National Affairs (SCONA). Cadets Daylan Williams and Annalise Callaghan attended the conference virtually and participated in roundtable discussions, observed a keynote address by Army Chief of Staff General James McConville, and captured lessons learned for future SCUSA events. This conference brings delegates from around the nation and world to engage in conversation with the nation's highest academic scholars, government officials, and well-known public figures.

Hockey Trio Earns Atlantic Hockey Weekly Honors
2/17/2021

Hockey Trio Earns Atlantic Hockey Weekly HonorsThe Army West Point Hockey team had a trio of players earn weekly Atlantic Hockey awards led by Eric Butte, who was tabbed as player of the week. In addition to Butte's accolades, Thomas Farrell was named the league's defensive player of the week and Lincoln Hatten earned rookie of the week honors.

Butte finished the 4-0 week for the Black Knights with six points on four goals and two assists with points in all four games. He scored two game winners during the week including an OT tally against Bentley on Friday night with a minute left. Two of his goals came on the power play and he added a shorthanded goal against Sacred Heart. He recorded his first career multi-goal game with the two tallies in Army's 3-1 win on the road at Sacred Heart on February 8.

Lincoln Hatten tallied six points on a goal and five assists, which was tied for the team lead for most points on the week. Hatten's lone goal came on the power play in Army's 2-1 overtime win against Sacred Heart last Tuesday. He had a pair of multi-assist games during the week and finished at +4.

Farrell ended the week with four points on two goals and two assists and recorded his first multi-goal game of his career with a pair of tallies in Army's 5-1 win over Bentley on Saturday night. He added an assist against Sacred Heart last Monday night and then recorded another versus Bentley in Friday night's overtime victory. Farrell was a +2 on the week and blocked five shots.

The Black Knights are back in action on Saturday night against Bentley at Tate Rink with a 7:05 p.m. puckdrop.

NCOs Lead Way to Diversify Cadet Education
2/17/2021

NCOs Lead Way to Diversify Cadet EducationWest Point is one of the few installations where officers outnumber the enlisted, and for cadets receiving a noncommissioned officer’s perspective on Army life is key to developing them as leaders of character. With a small NCO-to-officer ratio, Command Sgt. Maj. Sam Crislip, senior enlisted advisor for the Army Cyber Institute, took initiative and found a new opportunity to provide more NCO perspective and leadership for cadets. 

For the most part, cadets’ interactions with NCOs are with their tactical NCO at the company level or with an occasional military science NCO instructor. Crislip worked with Col. Jeffrey Erickson, the director of the Army Cyber Institute, to find a way to teach and dedicate some time apart from his standard duties as the sergeant major for ACI. Erickson felt it was a good opportunity to have an enlisted member teach cadets as it was a non-traditional opportunity.

“Our NCOs in the Army provide a variety of skills, knowledge and experience that we should always look to leverage,” Erickson said. “Providing Command Sgt. Maj. Crislip this chance to teach cadets, going above and beyond his duties as senior enlisted advisor at ACI, was something that benefits all parties involved.”

“I think it is important for NCOs to have a part in teaching cadets,” Crislip said. “It demonstrates to cadets that the NCOs they will work with in the future can contribute meaningfully in the conversations and analyses necessary to be a part of the commander’s decision cycle.”

He continued to say, “NCOs are sometimes perceived as being good at task organization and accomplishing those tasks. However, NCOs have more to contribute if their counterparts give them the opportunity to be a full member of the team, not simply just responsible for the health, welfare and task accomplishment of their subordinates.” Read more.

Jones, Gibson and Mikoud Receive Weekly Patriot League Awards
2/17/2021

Jones, Gibson and Mikoud Receive Weekly Patriot League AwardsThe Army West Point Track and Field teams had three athletes recognized by the Patriot League for their standout performances last weekend in the annual Army-Navy star meet on Tuesday afternoon. Amongst the list of conference leaders for the week were Georgia Jones, Jamir Gibson and Emily Mikoud.

Despite a tough loss to the Mids on both sides, all three athletes had record breaking performances in their respective events. Cow Emily Mikoud swept the shot put and weight throw against Navy to claim her second-consecutive Patriot League Women's Field Athlete of the Week. Mikoud won the weight throw marked at 20.49m and shot put at 15.48m, posting ECAC-qualifying distances in both events. Her shot put mark of 15.48m set a meet record, and her weight throw distance of 20.49m broke the meet and facility records.

Jamir Gibson also swept the throwing events for the Black Knights on the men's side, to receive field athlete of the week. Gibson won the weight throw (19.48m) and shot put (18.17m), with IC4A-qualifying throws in both events. The Zion, Ill. native's 19.48m weight-throw distance is currently 63rd in NCAA DI while his 18.17m shot put is 37th at the DI level.

Plebe Georgia Jones first career Army-Navy performance grabbed her Patriot League Rookie of the Week for her time in the 3,000m. Jones set a Star Meet record in the 3,000 meters by winning the race in a time of 9:42.62 and posted the third-best indoor 3,000m time in program history in addition to qualifying for the ECAC Championships.

Army will be back in action on home turf this weekend as they welcome Boston College to Gillis Field House on Saturday, February 20.

Rifle Sets Program Record in Win Over Nebraska
2/16/2021

Rifle Sets Program Record in Win Over NebraskaThe No. 10 Army West Point Rifle team set a new program record in its win over No. 6 Nebraska. The Black Knights topped the Cornhuskers, 4689-4677, Saturday morning at the Tronsrue Marksmanship Center.

“We had a pretty good day, today. We put it all together in smallbore and that made the big difference,” Army head coach Web Wright said. “In the past, we've put a couple of good individual scores forward but lacked all of the depth we are capable of. Today, everyone was on.”

Army's mark of 2333 is a program record based on the NCAA course change instituted during the 2013-14 season. All four of Army's scorers posted scores above 580 in smallbore, led by the team's firstie captain Clayton Hanson, who matched a career high with a score of 586. Lauren McMahan and Kyle Kutz had the team's second highest score at 583. Anusha Pakkam rounded out the scoring at 581.

“Our team had a great performance today with three shooting individual PRs in addition to our team's program record,” Hanson said. “I am proud of everyone for how they performed on the range today but even more proud for the way they acted as a team, encouraging, and supporting their teammates this week. Shooting may appear to be an individual sport, but you can't win by yourself; it takes a team to be successful. I'm looking forward to our team's next match!”

The Black Knights top mark prior to the course change was 2337 set on November 10, 2007 against TCU by the team that went on to finish second at the NCAA Championships.

“A win is always nice. But even better was that we replaced a score that counts toward NCAA qualification. That should help us close the gap little,” Wright said. Read more.

The Class of 2022 Celebrates 500th Night
2/16/2021

The Class of 2022 Celebrates 500th NightThe U.S. Military Academy Class of 2022 cadets celebrated 500 nights until their graduation during the annual 500th Night Banquet in the Cadet Mess Hall last Friday. The banquet’s guest speaker was retired General Martin Dempsey, Class of 1974. Photos.

Hockey Earns Spot in Team ECH Rankings
2/16/2021

Hockey Earns Spot in Team ECH RankingsRiding the nation's longest unbeaten streak, the Army West Point Hockey team earned a spot in the Everything College Hockey weekly poll. The Black Knights came in at No. 20 in the rankings and in addition, received votes in the USCHO National Poll this week.

The Black Knights are 9-4-1 on the season, have gone 7-0-1 in their last eight games and coming off a 4-0 week with sweeps in home-and-home series with Sacred Heart and Bentley. Army currently sits in third place in Atlantic Hockey with 29 points in league play and has earned points in 10 straight league games.

To view this week's USCHO national poll, visit USCHO.com and to see the Team ECH Poll, click here. The Black Knights are back in action on Saturday night against Bentley for a 7:05 p.m. puckdrop at Tate Rink.

Abdelnour, Farrell Help Army Extend Streak
2/16/2021

Abdelnour, Farrell Help Army Extend StreakWith two goals apiece coming from Brett Abdelnour and Thomas Farrell, the Army West Point Hockey team extended its unbeaten streak to eight games with an impressive 5-1 win over Bentley on Saturday night at Tate Rink.

Army is letting the nation take notice with a 7-0-1 record in its last eight games and the Black Knights have earned league points in nine-consecutive contests. During the stretch, Army has not allowed more than two goals since January 16.

“What has been really neat during this stretch is seeing all the different people that are contributing, as far as scoring goals,” head coach Brian Riley said. “This team has just gained a lot of confidence and when we come to the rink now, our guys really expect to win.”

The Black Knights found the back of the net first in tonight's win with 14:10 on the clock in the first period with Farrell scoring his second of the year on a rush up ice. Lincoln Hatten blocked a shot at the blue line and Daniel Haider collected the loose puck and skated through the neutral zone. He connected with Farrell and the defensemen went top shelf for the tally and a 1-0 lead.

The second period was a wild one as Army took a 4-1 lead into the final frame. Bentley tied the game with 11:32 left with Brendan Hamlet scoring with assists to Jakov Novak and Brendan Walkom. Read more.

Hockey-Holy Cross Matchup Postponed
2/16/2021

Hockey-Holy Cross Matchup PostponedDue to the Holy Cross hockey program's inability to complete the full reconditioning period following its pause of all activity, tonight's game will not be played as scheduled.

At this time, no make-up dates have been announced. Further information on the rescheduled dates will be communicated when appropriate.

The Black Knights will return to action this Saturday against Bentley at Tate Rink with faceoff scheduled for 7:05pm.

Gymnastics Finishes Third in All-Academy Meet
2/16/2021

Gymnastics Finishes Third in All-Academy MeetThe Army West Point Men's Gymnastics team placed third in the All-Academy meet Saturday afternoon with a score of 377.85. Navy claimed first place with a score 395.2, while Air Force came in second at 379.1

On the floor exercise Corban Barstow posted Army's highest score of the day with a mark of 13.35 and Kalvin Kingshill had the next highest mark at 13.3. Matthew Martin had the team's best score in pommel horse at 12.9, which was good for sixth overall. The Black Knights' next highest score belonged to Mathew Davis, who posted a 12.45.

Davis earned the event win in the still rings with a score of 13.6, which was .5 points higher than the second place finisher. Army's next highest score was 12.5 from Kiernan Reagan. On Vault Connor Cavanagh had the team's high score with a tally of 14.150. Graham Shaw's 13.85 was the Cadets' second best mark. Read more.

Women’s Soccer Picked Second in Patriot League
2/16/2021

Women’s Soccer Picked Second in Patriot LeagueThe Army Women's Soccer team was picked to finish second in the Patriot League preseason poll, it was announced this morning. The Black Knights garnered 128 points to earn the second spot in the poll behind Navy's 162 points and 18 first place votes. Colgate was selected third with 104 points and earned one first place vote.

Firstie goalkeeper Sydney Cassalia was named Preseason Defensive Player of the Year after earning 2019 Patriot League Women's Soccer Goalkeeper of the Year. Cassalia finished 2019 with 66 saves, six shutouts, a 0.91 goals-against average and a .776 save percentage in 22 games played. She enters her senior season with a career 0.90 goals-against average, an .817 save percentage and 241 saves. Cassalia's long list of 2019 accolades include Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year, First-Team All-Patriot League member, United Soccer Coaches' Association All-North Region Second Team and Patriot League All-Tournament Team honoree.

The Black Knights led the way with the most selections on the preseason All-League team, including yearling forward Alyssa Carfagno, senior defender Mia Padon and Cassalia. Cassalia earned 2019 All-Patriot League first team honors, while Carfagno was a second team honoree in 2019.

The preseason poll and individual awards were voted on by the women's soccer coaches and sports information directors from each institution, with restrictions on voting for their team and student-athletes. Read more.

NCAA Releases DI Wrestling Tournament Allocations and Coaches Poll
2/12/2021

NCAA Releases DI Wrestling Tournament Allocations and Coaches PollThe NCAA DI Wrestling committee announced individual conference pre-allocations for the 2021 NCAA tournament yesterday afternoon.

The allocations were decided upon based off a 5-year average for each participating conference. Amongst the list of national qualifiers, the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) received 45 total positions including 10 automatic spots for the conference champions and 35 spots that will be earned by individual wrestlers at the conference tournament. The breakdown for the number of qualifying spots for each weight class at the conference tournament is as follows: 125 (3) - 165 (5) - 133 (3) - 174 (5) - 141 (5) - 184 (6) - 149 (4) - 197 (5) - 157 (5) - 285 (4).

Due to the limited bout results for the current year, the EIWA plans to wrestle for true 4th place at 149 and 285, and true 6th place at 184, with the winners receiving the pre-allocated berth at the NCAA tournament. The NCAA also released its individual coaches poll based on matches through February 7 and leading up to Army's final dual match of the year. The Black Knights had multiple athletes listed including: 141lbs: Lane Peters (31) - 149lbs: P.J. Ogunsanya (19) - 157lbs: Markus Hartman (14) - 184lbs: Taylor Brown (32) - 197lbs: J.T. Brown (20) - 285lbs: Bobby Heald (29).

The 117th EIWA Championship Tournament will be held at Spooky Nook Sports Complex in Manheim, Pennsylvania, on Friday, February 26, 2021. This will be the first time in more than a century that the conference tournament will be held in a single day.

Five of the top seven teams from last year's tournament will compete. The 10 institutions scheduled to participate will be American, Army West Point, Binghamton, Bucknell, Drexel, Hofstra, Lehigh, Long Island U., Navy, and Sacred Heart.

More information regarding the conference tournament will be released in the coming weeks.

CTC summer 2021 Internship Search Opens
2/12/2021

CTC summer 2021 Internship Search OpensThe Combating Terrorism Center is now accepting applications for the Summer 2021 term of its internship program. The Summer 2021 internship will be conducted entirely online, and applications are due March 1, 2021. For more information about the CTC internship and how to apply, visit https://ctc.usma.edu/opportunities/.

Softball Games Canceled Due to Expected Inclement Weather
2/12/2021

Softball Games Canceled Due to Expected Inclement WeatherThe Army West Point softball team's weekend series with Campbell in Buies Creek, NC, has been canceled to due expected inclement weather in the area. The Black Knights were scheduled to play a doubleheader on Saturday followed by a game on Sunday.

West Point at 11th IEEE CCW Conference
2/11/2021

West Point at 11th IEEE CCW ConferenceThroughout the pandemic, our faculty, staff, and cadets have risen to meet new academic challenges and excelled! At the 11th Annual Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computing and Communication Workshop and Conference (CCWC), our West Point Robotics Research Center (RRC) presented in the areas of artificial intelligence and machine learning, human-computer interaction, and robotics. The RRC team was represented by three cadets, Trevor Powers, Colin Jones, Curtis Manore, and three faculty, Mr. Pratheek Manjunath, Mr. Dominic Larkin, and Dr. Michael Novitzky. Assistant Professor Michael “Misha” Novitzky (RRC/EECS Department) was heavily involved in CCWC 2021 as part of the Technical Committee and session chair for several sessions.

A big congratulations to CDT Trevor Powers as he received a “Certificate of Best Presenter” for his presentation on the paper “AI and ML Improving Reward Functions in Robots Playing Capture the Flag Using Q-Learning” in the “AI, ML, and Algorithms” Session!

Gymnastics Adds Contests to Slate
2/11/2021

Gymnastics Adds Contests to SlateThe Army West Point Men’s Gymnastics team announced the remainder of its 2021 schedule yesterday afternoon.

The Black Knights will host the all-academy championships at 1pm on Saturday, February 13. The following weekend Army will compete in a virtual competition on Saturday, February 20 vs. Springfield.

On Saturday, March 6 at 1pm the Cadets will take on Navy in the highly anticipated Star Meet, which is part of the Star Series presented by USAA. Army will then host ECAC foe Springfield at the Gross Center at 1pm on Saturday, March 13. The Black Knights take on service academy foe Air Force in a virtual competition at 6pm ET on Friday, March 19.

Army will then begin the postseason portion of its schedule when it hosts the ECAC Championships on April 3. The NCAA Championships will take place in Minneapolis on Friday, April 16 and Saturday, April 17. Read more.

2021 Henry O. Flipper Dinner
2/11/2021

On February 4, the 2021 Henry O. Flipper Commemoration Dinner was held. The dinner honors the legacy of Henry O. Flipper, Class of 1877 by awarding a West Point Cadet who has persevered while overcoming adversity at USMA with the Flipper Award. This year’s winner was CDT Markus L. Wright ’21, and the guest speaker for the ceremony was Mr. Joseph B. Anderson ’65. Wright overcame personal obstacles by continuing to persevere after losing two of his best friends to gang violence while going through cadet basic training. He has since then begun working with his high school and community leaders in his hometown of Columbus, GA, to raise funds for a scholarship to provide more opportunities for young teenagers. Video. Photos.

Softball Adds Series with Campbell
2/11/2021

Softball Adds Series with CampbellThe Army West Point Softball team will open its 2021 campaign with a three-game series at Campbell this weekend. Army will take on Campbell in a doubleheader on Saturday, February 13 with the first game set to start at 1 p.m. The two teams will next square off on Sunday, February 14 at 1 p.m.

Attendance for the contest is limited to only Campbell University students, faculty, and staff.

The remainder of Black Knights' non-league slate will be announced at a later date. Read more.

Hunter Tabbed Patriot League Player of the Week
2/10/2021

Hunter Tabbed Patriot League Player of the WeekSabria Hunter was tabbed the Patriot League Player of the Week, it was announced yesterday afternoon.

The yearling averaged 12.0 points per game last weekend in Army's weekend split with Holy Cross. In Sunday's win, Hunter paced the Black Knights offense with 20 points on 8-14 shooting from the floor and was 4-4 from the charity stripe. Her 20 points marked a new career high.

The Austintown, Ohio, native is the first Black Knight to take home the award since Alisa Fallon earned the recognition on Dec. 2, 2019. Despite only appearing in eight games last season, Hunter was tabbed the Patriot League Rookie of the week twice before suffering a season-ending injury.

Army returns to action this weekend with a pair of road contests at Boston University.

Hockey Continues Hot Streak with OT Victory
2/10/2021

Hockey Continues Hot Streak with OT VictoryThanks to an overtime tally on the power play from cow forward Eric Butte, the Army West Point Hockey team has earned league points in seven-straight contests after a 2-1 victory at home against Sacred Heart last night. Army is riding a six-game unbeaten streak, which is tied with Minnesota-Duluth and Bemidji State for tops in the nation. Army is 5-0-1 in those games and is 7-1-1 in its last nine games.

“In tonight's game, whoever was going to make the last play was going to win the game and obviously that was a huge power play goal,” head coach Brian Riley said. “Sacred Heart is a team that we will be battling at the end and you control your own destiny when you can beat these teams in head-to-head games.”

The Black Knights took advantage of their power play opportunities, going 2-for-3 on the night, while the penalty kill kept the Pioneers off the board on four chances. Butte was once again the man with scoring touch as he scored his third goal in two games and his second game winner in a row. He finished with two points on the night and four during the series.

The game winner came on the power play with 2:53 left in overtime as Butte camped out at the side of the net and John Zimmerman found him with a nice touch pass from the high slot and Butte redirected it home for the victory.

“The three guys up top did a great job moving the puck, John Zimmerman made a great feed and I just had to redirect it,” Butte said about the winner. “It was a great effort from the boys out there to finish the job and keep our winning streak going.” Read more.

Gymnastics Sweeps ECAC Awards
2/10/2021

Gymnastics Sweeps ECAC AwardsThe Army West Point Gymnastics team had a clean sweep of the ECAC weekly awards, it was announced yesterday. Mathew Davis was tabbed the gymnast of the week, Matthew Martin was the specialist of the week and Connor Cavanagh was the rookie of the week.

Davis was the winner in the still rings, posting a one-point improvement from his mark a week earlier with a score of 13.5. His performance was .85 higher than Cal's Noah Newfield, who placed second. The cow from Frisco, TX, also posted a score of 14.05 in the vault to place second.

Martin had a season-high score of 13.5 in the pommel horse, which was .3 points higher than the second-place finisher.

Cavanagh set a career high for the second consecutive meet in the still rings, posting a score of 12.25.

Patriot League Men’s & Women’s Basketball Schedule Adjustments
2/10/2021

Patriot League Men’s & Women’s Basketball Schedule AdjustmentsThe Patriot League has announced a complete slate of Men’s and Women’s Basketball schedule adjustments for the final three weeks of the 2020-21 regular season. League play continues to be contingent on the League and its member institutions being able to conduct competition in ways that protect the health and safety of student-athletes, coaches, staffs and their communities.

The revised Men’s and Women’s Basketball schedules focus on playing postponed games within the Patriot League's three regional divisions for seeding League tournaments.

The 2021 Patriot League Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships will feature a reduced eight-team field. Two teams from each division will receive an automatic berth to the League championship based on their divisional record. The two final teams will qualify for the tournament based on their overall League record. Non-League games are not considered for tournament qualifications purposes. Read more.

Kozlowski, Bilek Earn Monthly League Honors
2/9/2021

Kozlowski, Bilek Earn Monthly League HonorsFirstie goaltender Trevin Kozlowski and cow forward Colin Bilek were recognized for the performances during the month of January as they were named Atlantic Hockey monthly award winners.

Bilek was voted the league's Player of the Month as he was tremendous during the month of January, leading Atlantic Hockey in goals and points with 10 and 13, respectively, as he helped Army go 5-3-1 in nine games. Army went 4-2-1 in league play and climbed into a tie for fourth heading into the final month of the season. Bilek had points in eight of nine games and goals in seven of those eight games. His game-winning goal came in a hat trick effort at AIC, handing the Yellow Jackets their first loss in conference.

Kozlowski earned Goaltender of the Month accolades as well. He really came on during the month of January, leading Army to a winning month and up into 4th place in the AHA standings. He went 5-1-1 in seven starts and made eight appearances, ranking third in the league in save percentage and goals against average.  He allowed two or fewer goals six times, with four of the six resulting in wins. The other two came in a loss against AIC and a shootout win over Sacred Heart.

The Black Knights are back in action tonight at 7:05 p.m. against Sacred Heart on the road.

Tracy Chao Named Army West Point Women's Soccer Head Coach
2/9/2021

Tracy Chao Named Army West Point Women's Soccer Head CoachArmy West Point Director of Athletics Mike Buddie announces the hiring of Tracy Chao as the sixth women's soccer coach in program history on Monday afternoon.

“Our search committee worked tirelessly to find the perfect fit for our women's soccer program, and we found it in coach Tracy Chao,” Buddie said. “Chao brings a wealth of experience as both a coach and a player at the professional, Division I and Division II ranks and throughout the recruiting process it became evident that Chao will be able to build on our program's success and through her leadership and expertise elevate our program to new heights. She has all the qualities we look for in a head coach at the Academy and stands for the pillars of duty, honor and country as we develop these young women on the soccer pitch, but more importantly off it as leaders of character for our nation.”

Chao comes to the banks of the Hudson after spending the past four seasons as the head coach of Metropolitan State University of Denver. She boasts 15 years of coaching experience at the Division I, Division II and professional ranks. Chao is a 2003 graduate of Wake Forest University where she was a four-year women's soccer letter winner and was the team's most valuable player in 2000.

“I am extremely thankful to Director of Athletics Mike Buddie and the senior leadership team for the opportunity to be a part of Army West Point and lead the women's soccer program,” said Chao. “It is an honor to join one of the most prestigious institutions in the country with their mission in developing our nation's future leaders. During the process, I was inspired and impressed with the people, vision, and goals, and I look forward to building on the past successes and traditions.” Read more.

2021 Football Schedule Released
2/9/2021

2021 Football Schedule ReleasedArmy Football released its 2021 schedule on Tuesday morning, which features two contests vs. Power Five opponents along with six home games and annual matchups against Academy rivals Air Force and Navy. Highlighting the 2020 schedule will be an October 23 home matchup with Power Five opponent Wake Forest, the second of the year after an October 16 game at Wisconsin.

Army will play Air Force in the Lockheed Martin Commanders' Classic in Arlington, Texas on Nov. 6, the first-ever college football game at the new Globe Life Field. The 122nd Army-Navy Game presented by USAA is set for December 11 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

The Black Knights will open the season on the road at Georgia State on September 4, before heading to the friendly confines of Michie Stadium for three-straight home games. The home opener is set for September 11 vs. Western Kentucky, the first of six home games at Michie Stadium. Other home games include vs. UCONN (September 18), vs. Miami (OH) (September 25) vs. Wake Forest (October 23), vs. Bucknell (November 13) and vs. UMASS (November 20).

The Black Knights' road schedule includes games at Georgia State (September 4), at Ball State (October 2), at Wisconsin (October 16) and at Liberty (November 27). Season ticket memberships, both new and renewals, will be available for the 2021 season on March 1. Group ticket, mini plan and single game ticket on-sale dates will be announced at a later date.

Hockey Extends Unbeaten Streak to Five
2/9/2021

Hockey Extends Unbeaten Streak to FiveCow forward Eric Butte potted two goals to extend the Army West Point Hockey team's unbeaten streak to five games with a 3-1 victory on Monday night against Sacred Heart at Webster Bank Arena. Army has now earned league points in its last six conference games after tonight's win. The Black Knights have also earned points in the last five games away from Tate Rink.

“Great win for us to come on the road against a really good Sacred Heart team,” head coach Brian Riley said. “I thought it was a real solid 60-minute effort for us. We had done something we hadn't done in a while and that was scoring the first goal. We had a great start to the second period with two goals in the first two minutes and then our guys just settled in.”

After a scoreless first period, the Black Knights came out buzzing with two goals in the first few minutes of the second frame to get out to a 2-0 lead. The opening tally came from Mason Krueger on a beautiful tip home on a great feed from Mitch Machlitt 19 seconds into the second.

The Black Knights added to the lead with Butte burying a shorthanded goal on a 2-on-1 with Lincoln Hatten. Hatten scooped up the puck in the neutral zone, creating an odd-man break and flipped a pass to Butte and he found the back of the net from the right circle for the 2-0 advantage. Read more.

Schedule Change: Men’s Lacrosse Slated to Play No. 5 UVA on Saturday
2/9/2021

Schedule Change: Men’s Lacrosse Slated to Play No. 5 UVA on SaturdayDue to heightened COVID-19 concerns on the UMass Amherst campus, the previously scheduled Army men's lacrosse road trip for this weekend has been canceled. Despite the gap in play, the Black Knights were able to pick up a contest with nationally ranked University of Virginia. Army will travel to Charlottesville, Virginia Saturday afternoon for a 12 p.m. contest, their first official matchup of the 2021 season. Broadcast plans for the game are being determined and will be announced soon.

The No. 5 ranked Cavaliers are coming off a strong 20-11 season opening victory over Towson last weekend after dominating in the second and third quarters. UVA's offense was led by attack's Payton Cormier and Connor Shellenberger; Cormier notching a career-high six goals and one assist and Shellenberger four goals and three assists.

“Our cadets are excited for the opportunity to play the defending National Champions, University of Virginia,” said Head Coach Joe Alberici. “We are all so appreciative of our athletic administration for providing us the flexibility to compete after the sudden schedule change with our longtime rival, UMass. Playing a team like UVA right from the start can only help us get better prepared for the season ahead.”

Coming off a shortened 6-2 season, the Black Knights are eager to fight for a statement victory over the Cavaliers in their season opener. Army graduated a few roster staples in 2020 however, will look to several seasoned veterans to lead the way, including captains Brendan Nichtern, Greg Coleman, Matthew Russell and Nicholas Garofano. The Black Knights finished the 2020 season with 110 goals through eight game and a strong .633 SOG percentage. Read more.

Rifle Claims Star; Downs Navy, 5820-5799
2/8/2021

Rifle Claims Star; Downs Navy, 5820-5799The Army West Point Rifle team topped Navy in this past weekend's star match, 5820-5799. The match followed the service academy scoring system, which uses the top five marks from eight predetermined starters. Army also won the match using the NCAA scoring system, 4666-4648.

“I think everyone did their best today and we all came out with something to work on for qualifiers,” firstie captain Kaitlyn Kutz said. “It was nice to end my last star match out on a high.”

The Black Knights owned the top three aggregate scores. In smallbore, Army had four of the top five marks.

“Although I'm not super thrilled with my air performance, I'm very proud of the progress I've made in smallbore so far and I'm glad that my effort culminated in the PR I had today,” said Spencer Gillis, who shot a 572 in smallbore. “Especially because this was against Navy, I’m excited that I'm starting to put positions together and look forward to continuing to work hard down at the range with my teammates leading up to NCAAs.”

Army now owns the 4-2 lead the Star Series presented by USAA. Read more.

Volleyball Ranked Third, Eckford Selected to Preseason All-League Team
2/8/2021

The Army West Point Volleyball team was ranked third in the Patriot League Preseason Poll, it was announced this morning. Additionally, Monica Eckford was named to the Preseason All-Patriot League Team.

Army finished with 107 points in the poll, which was seven fewer than second-ranked Colgate and 25 more than fourth-ranked Navy. The Black Knights received three first place votes in the poll that was voted on by the league's head coaches and sports information directors.

Last season the Black Knights posted an overall record of 22-10 and were 11-5 in league play. The Cadets advanced to the Patriot League championship game for the first time since 2015.

Eckford, a 2019 First Team All-Patriot League selection, led the Black Knights in hitting percentage last season with a mark of .282 and was second on the team in total blocks with 108. Read more.

Nichtern Named Preseason Offensive Player of the Year
2/8/2021

Nichtern Named Preseason Offensive Player of the YearArmy West Point Men's Lacrosse made a splash in the Patriot League preseason awards 2/5. The Black Knights received the second highest votes in the league (111), predicted to finish second overall behind Loyola Maryland. Not only did Army receive high team recognition but also had four athletes listed amongst the All-Patriot League Team including Brendan Nichtern, Bobby Abshire, Marcus Hudgins and Wyatt Schupler. Nichtern also earned the highest honors from the league, named the 2021 Patriot League Preseason Offensive Player of the Year.

A cow from Massapequa, N.Y., Nichtern became the youngest player to hit 100-career points in Army Lacrosse history in the 2020 season. Through eight games, Nichtern notched 19 goals (three game winners) and a team-high 27 assists and 46 points while also being named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List and an Inside Lacrosse All-America Third Team honoree. His success on the field found him ranked fourth in the nation with 3.38 assists per game and ninth in points per game (5.75). This season Nichtern will hold a high leadership position for the Black Knights, named one of three captains for 2021.

"Brendan burst on the national scene with a brilliant plebe season and since that year he has continued to improve," said Head Coach Joe Alberici. "The preseason distinction of being named player of the year is well deserved for all that he has previously accomplished. I am excited to see his continued growth as a leader of the Army Lacrosse family."

Including Nichtern, three other Black Knights found themselves ranked amongst the conference's best, including midfielder Bobby Abshire, defenseman Marcus Hudgins and goalie Wyatt Schupler. Each played an integral part in Army's success in 2020 in their respective roles.

Abshire was one of only six players to accumulate double digit points in 2020, ranking second on the team in assists (7) and fourth on the team in points (14). Schupler provided a brick wall for the Black Knights in net, ranking second nationally in goals against average (7.18) while Hudgins assisted in Army's defensive effort, also ranked nationally in caused turnovers per game, tied for fourth overall (2.5). Read more.

Dr. Malinowski Co-Author’s Geography Textbook
2/8/2021

Dr. Malinowski Co-Author’s Geography TextbookOur faculty continues to lead in their academic fields of expertise. Dr. Jon Malinowski, Professor of Geography, was published as a co-author on the new edition of the industry leading textbook, Introduction to Geography, 16e, published this month by McGraw-Hill High Education. The text is a hybrid text covering both physical and human geography. Congratulations, Dr. Malinowski!

Wrestling Picks Up Two Points on the Road
2/8/2021

Wrestling Picks Up Two Point on the RoadIn their 69th overall meeting, the Army West Point Wrestling team and the Lehigh Mountain Hawks squared off in a battle for points. Despite making a comeback from a 9-0 deficit, Lehigh was able to secure victories in the final two bouts for an 18-16 win.

After tough losses in the 125 and 133 slot, Lane Peters turned the tides for the Black Knights in a 4-2 decision over Connor McGonagle. Peters set the pace for P.J. Ogunsanya and Markus Hartman to follow suit, each nailing victories for a three-match streak and tying the score at nine.

Lehigh regained the lead at 165lbs, but Army was able to take their largest lead of the day after the 174 and 184 bouts. Plebe Ben Pasiuk got his first collegiate victory at 174lbs, taking a dominant 20-11 major decision victory from Jake Logan. Army now with a one-point lead, Taylor Brown gave the Black Knights a little more breathing room at 184lbs, notching a 4-0 decision from Caden Wright. The Mountain Hawks picked up momentum in the final moments, taking victories at 197lbs and 285lbs to secure a team win. Read more.

Track Continues Hot Streak Against Villanova
2/8/2021

Track Continues Hot Streak Against VillanovaThe Army Men's and Women's indoor track teams dominated for the second straight week as they collected the majority of victories in a meet against Villanova Saturday afternoon at Gillis Field House.

The Army women had double winners in both the field and track events. Emily Mikoud remains unbeaten this season in the 20-lb weight and shot put, posting season highs in winning both. The Black Knight cow had a winning toss of 19.51 meters in the weight throw followed by a 15.71 mark in the shot put.

Plebe Jazmine Alderman led the way for the second straight meet in garnering first place honors in the 60 (7.86) and 200-meter (25.98) dashes with a season best in the former. The women captured six of the running events and four of the six field events.

Cow Jamir Gibson was a double winner for the men leading the way in the field events claiming both throwing events. He garnered top honors in the 35-lb weight for the second straight week this time with a toss of 18.94 (62-1 ¾), the lone Black Knight to go over 60 feet in that event. He added a first in the shot put (17.65) equaling his season best. The men took seven of the running events and four of the field events in claiming 11 first place finishes. Read more.

Women’s Basketball Wins on Senior Day and Magarity’s Final Home Game
2/8/2021

Women’s Basketball Wins on Senior Day and Magarity’s Final Home GameThe Army West Point Women’s Basketball team topped Holy Cross, 60-42, yesterday afternoon on Senior Day in Christl Arena. The contest also paired as Army head coach Dave Magarity's final regular season home contest.

“I'm really proud of the way that we bounced back from yesterday,” Magarity said. “It was a very tough loss up in Worcester, but we did what we had to do today.”

Sabria Hunter led the charge for the Black Knights with a career-high 20 points on 8-14 shooting from the floor and was 4-4 from the line. Sarah Bohn also scored in double digits for Army, finishing with 12 points.

“I think we set the tone from the beginning of the game with Bohn and when Sabria did get into the game, she was such a force – not only offensively with a career high, but defensively her ball pressure, her rebounding, just her physical presence was huge. I just can't say enough about those two. Those two are two of the toughest kids that I've had here in a long time.”

After an early 11-0 scoring run by the Crusaders put Holy Cross ahead 13-6, Army fought to hold an 18-17 lead by the end of the opening quarter. Hunter found success near the rim in the opening quarter, converting on three layups.

Hunter went on to add eight more points in the second quarter, highlighted by a 3-point play just before time expired in the first half, which gave Army the 37-28 lead at the break. Read more.

Bilek Among Nominees for Hobey Baker Award
2/5/2021

Bilek Among Nominees for Hobey Baker AwardCow forward and assistant captain Colin Bilek was named a nominee for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, which is college hockey's most prestigious award. A portion of the process to award the trophy is fan voting. College hockey fans can log on right now to HobeyBakey.com/vote to cast their vote for the 2021 Hobey Baker Award.

Bilek has appeared in 13 games for the Black Knights and has 10 goals, which is tied for the lead in Atlantic Hockey. He has points in nine of his last 10 games with a hat trick and three multi-point games. The Brighton, MI, native leads the Black Knights with four power play goals.

The most coveted award in collegiate hockey, the Hobey Baker Award is given to the top NCAA men's ice hockey player in the nation. Winners are chosen not for raw skill or stats or character alone, though those are important. They are selected for everything they do.

Candidates must: Exhibit strength and character, both on and off the ice. Contribute to the integrity of the team. Display outstanding skills in all phases of the game. Show scholastic achievement and sportsmanship. Candidates must also comply with all NCAA rules, be full-time students in an accredited NCAA college or university, and complete 50% or more of the season. Read more.

Women’s Lacrosse No. 3 in Patriot League Preseason Poll
2/5/2021

Women’s Lacrosse No. 3 in Patriot League Preseason PollAfter competing to a perfect 7-0 record in 2020 before having their season cut short, the Army West Point Women's Lacrosse team has found themselves amongst the top ranks of the conference lineup yesterday morning. The Black Knights were slated No. 3 on the Patriot League Preseason poll with 125 votes and had two members of their offense named to the Preseason All-League Team, including attackers Jackie Brattan and Caroline Raymond.

Army was on their way to a record breaking season in 2020, tied for the longest winning streak in program history and the second straight season that the Black Knights started 7-0.

“This spring's schedule has a different rhythm to it, but we are so excited to get back on the field and compete in Patriot League games, especially after not having the opportunity to do so last year,” said Head Coach Kristen Skiera. “Unique to this season, we have only four games that count towards Patriot League tournament seeding, so we will have to seize these opportunities. The team has been battling each other in practice since August and I have been so proud of their unrelenting efforts and resilience throughout this ever-changing and challenging COVID environment. It has been nearly eleven months since we last played outside competition, so we are very much looking forward to having the opportunity to scrimmage a very good Bryant team before our season opener in Philly. We will have a great mix of veterans and new faces on the field, combined with depth and strong leadership from our senior class.”

Brattan and Raymond were recognized among the conferences best for the second straight season, both coming off successful runs in 2020. In her cow campaign, Brattan played and started in four games, amassing 18 points on 14 goals and four assists in addition to logging 14 draw controls and on ball. The Garden City, N.Y. native ranked third on the team in goals scored and fourth in points and notched four multi-point outings with a trio of hat tricks. In 2020, Brattan became the fifth cadet in program history to tally 100 career points and score over 100 career goals. Read more.

Army Softball Picked to Finish Second
2/5/2021

Army Softball Picked to Finish SecondThe Army West Point Softball team was ranked second in the Patriot League preseason poll, it was announced yesterday afternoon. Additionally, Taylor Drayton, Jolie Duong and Ally Snelling were all tabbed to the Softball Preseason All-Patriot League Team. The Black Knights received 53 points including one first points in the poll, which was voted on by the league's head coaches and sports information directors. They were 19 points behind first place Boston University and one ahead of third-ranked Lehigh.

Army had a record of 14-9 last year before the season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Black Knights were on a five-game winning streak.

This is the third consecutive year that Drayton was tabbed to the preseason all-league team. Last season, Drayton batted .295 and belted three home runs in addition to having eight doubles and a triple. The Clayton, N.C., native is a two-time All-Patriot League First Team selection.

Duong proved to be a threat in the circle and at the plate last year. She pitched in nine games posting an ERA of 2.76. At the plate she led the team with four homers and was fourth on the team in batting average (min. 20 at bats), hitting .367. The Houston native was tied for second on the team in RBIs with 16.

Snelling led the team in the following categories in 2020: hits (28), RBIs (20), doubles (8), runs (19) and total bases (42). The Las Vegas product posted seven multi-hit games and had the third highest batting average (min. 20 at bats) on the team at .389.

Patriot League Announces Spring Schedules
2/5/2021

Patriot League Announces Spring SchedulesThe Patriot League Conference released the schedules for all 18 league sports that will compete this Spring on Friday morning, with the help from its member institutions. All of the schedules listed are subject to change as a result of the efforts by each school to best follow the respective health and safety protocols to protect student-athletes, coaches and support staffs.

Army teams will announce their respective non-conference competitions at a later date. Consistent with the prioritization of health and safety, the 2020-21 schedule formats feature a significant reduction in travel and overnight stays. No teams will be permitted to fly to competitions. The League made adjustments to its traditional sport-specific formats, with teams playing an increased number of games against League opponents in closer geographic proximity.

Spectators are not permitted to attend events held at any of the Patriot League's indoor facilities. The League and its member schools continue to evaluate the attendance of spectators at its outdoor competitions. All planning and decision making regarding spectators will continue to be fully informed by health and safety and will consider local circumstances and regulations. Read more.

50 Years of Flight Labs at West Point
2/4/2021

50 Years of Flight Labs at West PointSince the dawn of the era of power flight, West Point graduates have been involved in and made significant contributions, from the Wright flight to the International Space Station. West Point graduates have conducted revolutionary work. Watch this video to learn more.

History Department “Open House”
2/4/2021

History Department “Open House”Yesterday the History Department held an “Open House” for plebes to meet instructors and learn about the benefits of studying history at The U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Potential majors interacted with historic weapons and other material culture items from the West Point Museum, learned about the department’s role in designing Army-Navy Football uniforms, and talked with current history majors who shared their experiences and why they love majoring in history.

Lithgow Named Patriot League Rookie of the Week
2/3/2021

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

The Manasquan, N.J., native averaged 15.5 points in last weekend’s series with Colgate, which resulted in Army’s first weekend sweep of the season. Lithgow poured in a game-high 19 points in Saturday’s contest, shooting 5-7 from 3-point range. She followed it up with 12 points on Sunday, shooting a perfect 5-5 from the charity stripe.

This marks the second time this season that Lithgow has earned the award, as she also claimed it on January 6.

Army will have a home-and-home series with Holy Cross this weekend with the first contest in Worcester, Mass., on Saturday, February 6 and the second in Christl Arena on Sunday, February 7. Sunday’s game will be senior day and will be also pair as the final regular season home contest of Dave Magarity's career.

Davis Tabbed ECAC Gymnast of the Week
2/3/2021

Davis Tabbed ECAC Gymnast of the WeekMathew Davis, a cow on the Army West Point Gymnastics team, was tabbed the ECAC Gymnast of the Week, the organization announced in a release yesterday afternoon.

Davis returned to action for the first time since March 7, 2020, helping the Black Knights improve their team score from their competition against Penn State by roughly 20 points. Davis competed in all six events for Army and had the highest score in the ECAC over the weekend on floor exercise, parallel bars, and all-around.

Army returns to action on Saturday with a virtual meet against California set for 5 p.m.

Class of 2021 Post Night
2/3/2021

Class of 2021 Post NightAre you ready for Post Night? Tonight, the Class of 2021 will choose their first Army assignments. Tune in live to watch the class decide where they will go upon graduation. Live stream for each branch either on the West Point Facebook page, YouTube http://spr.ly/6182HdFV2 and on the West Point Parents Facebook page.

Kozlowski Named to Mike Richter Award Watch List
2/3/2021

Kozlowski Named to Mike Richter Award Watch ListFirstie netminder Trevin Kozlowski was named to the 2021 Mike Richter Award Watch List by the Hockey Commissioner's Association on Tuesday. The award I s given annually to the top goaltender in NCAA men's Division I ice hockey and this year's watch list features 34 goalies. The list features 10 netminders from Atlantic Hockey, which is the most among the conferences around the nation.

Kozlowski has a 5-3-1 record this season in nine starts and is currently riding a six-game unbeaten streak with five-straight wins and a shootout victory on Saturday night at Sacred Heart. He has a 2.49 goals against average and a .905 save percentage. Kozlowski has made 30 or more stops in three games this season. In his career, Kozlowski has 27 wins between the pipes with a 2.37 GAA and a .906 save percentage.

“This is a strong group of goaltenders and one of them will join the already impressive list of past recipients,” said Joe Bertagna, Secretary-Treasurer of the HCA. “While we are pleased to assume responsibility for this award, I wish to thank everyone at “Let's Play Hockey” and the Herb Brooks Foundation who created and nurtured this award for the past seven years.”

A committee of voters — made up of a cross section of coaches, administrators, scouts and media — will pare this list down to approximately 15 names within the next two weeks and then ultimately choose the winner who will be announced in April during the NCAA Frozen Four. Read more.

Grayson, Bohn and Pakkam Selected as January Scholar Athletes
2/3/2021

Grayson, Bohn and Pakkam Selected as January Scholar AthletesLonnie Grayson and Sarah Bohn of Army West Point Basketball and Anusha Pakkam of Army Rifle were selected as the Corps Squad Athletes of the Month for January.

Men’s Basketball - Lonnie Grayson ’21, a firstie and starting shooting guard on the Army West Point Men's Basketball Team, has emerged as the team's leader both on and off the court.
The coaching staff selected him to be a co-captain. He, along with two other first-class cadets, created the Athletes United program as part of an initiative to help educate cadets about issues related to diversity, inclusion, and equity. He's also been a leader within the Cadet Investment Club and Finance Forum. Recently, USCC leadership selected him to serve as the cadet company commander of Company A-1. On the court, Lonnie leads the team in minutes played (28 per game), is second in points (12 per game), third in rebounds (4.5 per game), and third in assists (2 per game).

Rifle - Anusha Pakkam ’24, a plebe who led the team with a 4.055 GPA last term. In addition to her classroom performance, she helps her classmates as a peer tutor.
On the range, she has been one of the team's top performer. During last week's virtual match against NC State, she was second highest shooter with an 1171 combined score. She has finished in the top three on the team in every match. Very impressive for a plebe. Head Coach Web Wright praised Anusha by saying, "She is laser-focused on the tasks at hand and uses every second to her advantage, thanks to CEP helping her with study and time management strategies. he is definitely pushing her upper class teammates to higher performance levels.

Women’s Basketball - Sarah Bohn ’22, is a cow and starting guard on the Army West Point Women's Basketball Team; she earned a 3.89 grade-point average during Fall 2020. She has continued to increase her grade-point average since entering the Academy in 2018, and currently maintains a 3.78 CQPA as an Organizational Psychology major. Recently, Bohn was selected to join the West Point Scholarship Program. She joins an elite crop of cadets who will have the opportunity to compete for notable graduate scholarship, including the Rhodes Scholarship, Marshall Scholarship, and Truman Scholarship, among others. One the court, Bohn continues to be a reliable, steady contributor. She has started all 13 games in the 2020-21 season and has earned starting honors in all but the first 10 games of her career. Bohn averages 7.5 points per game while shooting .405 from the field and .386 from the 3-point stripe. Read more.

Braswell Added to Football Coaching Staff as Defensive Line Assistant Coach
2/3/2021

Braswell Added to Football Coaching Staff as Defensive Line Assistant CoachArmy West Point head football coach Jeff Monken today announced the hiring of Cortney Braswell as the assistant defensive line coach for the Black Knights. Braswell, a former high school head coach in Georgia and Tennessee, comes to West Point after spending the 2020 season at Appalachian State as an assistant coach and the 2019 season as a quality control coach at Louisville.

“Cortney brings valuable experience as a coach at Appalachian State and Louisville as well as great success as a high school coach in Tennessee,” said Monken. “He has already made an impact in recruiting and is a tremendous addition to our staff that managed the best defensive unit in the country in 2020.”

As the outside linebackers assistant coach at Appalachian State in 2020, Braswell helped lead a defensive unit that ranked 18th nationally in total defense as the Mountaineers went 9-3 and won the Myrtle Beach Bowl with a 56-28 victory over North Texas. The App State defense ranked in the top three in multiple Sun Belt defensive categories, including second in pass defense and second in total defense. Braswell was also a key national recruiter for the Mountaineers.

During his one season at Louisville in 2019, Braswell was a defensive quality control coach, working with the inside linebackers position group. Braswell helped the Cardinals to one of the biggest turnarounds in college football that season as they went from 2-10 in 2018 to 8-5 in 2019 with a win over Mississippi State in the Music City Bowl. “I am overcome with tremendous gratitude for the opportunity Coach Monken and Coach Woody have given me to join the staff at West Point,” explained Braswell. “It is the honor of my life to serve our young men in the Brotherhood who've dedicated their lives to the service of others. I fancy myself a historian as I was a history major in college, so I get chills at the thought of being able to walk the same hallowed grounds of West Point that Ulysses S. Grant, John J. Pershing, Douglas MacArthur, Omar Bradley and countless others did.”

“To call my home, the home of some of the greatest Americans among us, I don't know of a greater honor,” continued Braswell. “Becoming a part of the Brotherhood affords me the opportunity to display my admiration, reverence and appreciation for our country and the Cadets through my passion and love for the game of football. I am privileged to be a part of this coaching staff that will continue to drive this program into the future and help shape future Army officers for service beyond the Academy.” Read more.

Hockey Earns League Points for Fifth Straight Game
2/2/2021

Hockey Earns League Points for Fifth Straight GameThe Army Hockey team captured the extra league point with a shootout victory after the 2-2 tie this past weekend against Sacred Heart.

Army has now earned league points in its last five conference games after Saturday’s win in the shootout and finished the weekend with five points in the standings. The Black Knights have also earned points in the last four games away from Tate Rink.

“For us to come on the road tonight and pick up a huge point in the shootout win, it was just a great weekend for us," head coach Brian Riley said. "I think the exciting thing is that we've strung back-to-back weekends together in the league where we've played really well with three out of the four of those games coming on the road.”

The Black Knights got goals from Lincoln Hatten and Tucker DeYoung in the shootout win and was 1-for-4 on the power play with DeYoung's tally coming with the extra skater. Trevin Kozlowski was once again a force in net with 32 stops including 15 in the third period and overtime. He also stopped four of five chances in the shootout to claim the extra point. Read more.

Women’s Basketball Completes Weekend Sweep of Colgate
2/1/2021

Women’s Basketball Completes Weekend Sweep of ColgateThe Army West Point Women’s Basketball team had five players score in double figures, as the Black Knights picked up their third consecutive win yesterday afternoon, topping Colgate, 79-45, at Cotterell Court. Taylor Sullivan led the way with a career high-16 points, shooting 7-11 from the floor. Kate Murray, Alisa Fallon and Lauren Lithgow each had 12 points. Sabria Hunter finished with 10.

This marked the first time since the Bryant contest last season on December 29, 2019 that Army had five players score in double digits. “We’ve seen flashes of who we can be throughout the season and this weekend we just put it together. We had everybody on the same page clicking and it feels good,” Sullivan said.

“I think the beauty of how we play as a team was evident the last couple of days with everyone being able to contribute,” Murray added. Murray and Fallon also both posted double-doubles. Murray corralled a game-high 12 rebounds and Fallon grabbed 10. Army jumped to an early 24-13 lead through the first 10 minutes of play. The Black Knights did much of their damage from the beyond-the-arc in the first quarter with four of their six made field goals coming from 3-point range. Army added eight points from the charity stripe, led by Lithgow, who shot 5-5 from the line. Read more.

Eight Victories Leads Wrestling to 26-8 Win Over Bucknell
2/1/2021

Eight Victories Leads Wrestling to 26-8 Win Over BucknellAfter starting the afternoon with a tough one-point loss at 125lbs, the Black Knights climbed their way back to victory in a dominant 26-8 showing against Bucknell on Sunday.

Plebe Mark Montgomery was the driving force of the Black Knights momentum at 133lbs, fighting back from a 4-2 deficit in the second period to bring home a 6-4 victory in the final seconds. Montgomery set the stage for three more victories to come at 141, 149 and 157. Lane Peters stepped up to the plate at 141lbs, battling to a 3-2 decision.

P.J. Ogunsanya upped the ante at 149lbs, putting up a six-point victory against Matt Kolonid, 11-5. Markus Hartman rounded out the run at 157lbs, taking the first major decision victory of the day from Nick Delp to improve Army's lead to 12-3.

Despite a tough loss at 165lbs, the Black Knights never looked back, posting four straight victories from 174-285 to secure a win on the day. Brad Laughlin took a 7-2 decision at 174lbs to start the rally, followed by two major decision victories from the Brown’s.

Taylor Brown worked his way to a 12-4 major decision over Sam Barnes followed by the largest win margin of the day from J.T. Brown, who dominated Mason McCready at 197lbs, 16-4. Bobby Heald capped off a successful day for the Black Knights at 285lbs, taking a 6-2 victory and closing out a 26-8 win over the Bison.

Not only did Army secure a team win through the first 10 bouts but followed up their strong performance with six straight extra-match victories.

Hockey Continues Hot Streak with Win Over Sacred Heart
2/1/2021

Hockey Continues Hot Streak with Win Over Sacred HeartThe Army West Point Hockey team continued its string of strong play with a 2-1 victory over Atlantic Hockey foe Sacred Heart at Tate Rink on Friday night.

The win was the third consecutive victory for the Black Knights, who are unbeaten in regulation in their past seven contests.

“It took us a little while to get going, but it was another night where we got better as the game went along,” Head Coach Brian Riley said. “We’re learning how to win these games and closing out a win with a one goal lead is what it will take to be a good hockey team moving forward.”

Goaltender Trevin Kozlowski has led the charge in net during Army's hot streak, as he claimed his fifth straight win. The firstie stopped 16 of the 17 shots he faced in the game, highlighted by a glove save on a point-blank shot to preserve the Army lead with 15 seconds remaining.

After Army fell behind 1-0 in the first period, Colin Bilek evened the score with a shorthanded goal early in the second period. The junior has been one of the nation's top goal scorers thus far this season, as he has now scored 10 goals in his past eight games. Bilek now ranks third in college hockey in goals. Read more.

Strong Track & Field Outing Against Northeastern
2/1/2021

Strong Track & Field Outing Against NortheasternThe Army West Point Men’s and Women’s Track and Field teams put up a strong effort this past Saturday afternoon in their opening meet of the year against Northeastern University.

The women’s team collected victories 11 of 13 events, paving the way with multiple top finishers in each event.

Jazmine Alderman posted an impressive outing in her first collegiate meet. The plebe was a double winner for the women’s team on the track, notching a first-place finish in the 200- and 400-meter dash. Alderman was joined by teammate Emily Mikoud, who continued her successes from her yearling season, grabbing a top finish in both the shot put and the weight throw.

The men's team commanded all 13 events, holding a first-place finish in each. Firstie Geoff Kirk proved his dominance in the shot put, capturing a Gillis Field House facility record, marked at 18.88m beating his previous throw of 18.36m set in 2019. Read more.

Gymnastics Posts Season Highs
2/1/2021

Gymnastics Posts Season HighsThe No. 8 Army West Point gymnastics team posted team and individual season highs in a 413.4-375.1 loss to No. 1 Oklahoma Saturday afternoon with the Black Knights competing at Gross Sports Center in a virtual meet.

Head coach Doug Van Everen was pleased with his team’s performance from start to finish against its second top five nationally ranked team.  “Overall, the team did better today following our season opener a couple of weeks ago against Penn State.”

“We still have guys out, so I know we will do better soon,” Van Everen added. “High bar is a weak event for us, and we need improvement.  We are working hard and moving forward.”

Army turned in a season-high 64.65 in the opening event with junior Matthew Davis posting the highest mark of 13.85 in his first competition this season. Yearling Corban Barstow followed with a 13.1 hitting the 13-point range for the first time this season. The Black Knights' team score of 64.65 is a season best, bettering their previous mark by over three points. Read more.

Magarity Announces Intentions to Retire Following Season
1/29/2021

Magarity Announces Intentions to Retire Following SeasonArmy West Point Women’s Basketball head coach Dave Magarity announced his intentions to retire following the conclusion of the 2020-21 season, it was announced this morning. “I discussed my decision with my wife Rita and my family, as well as with Athletic Director Mike Buddie and my coaching staff this past summer,” Magarity said. “I felt after 47 years as a college coach it was the right time.”

Magarity’s tenure has been one of the best periods in Army’s women’s basketball history. Under his direction the team earned four postseason berths with a pair of NCAA Tournament and WNIT appearances. “These past 16 years at West Point have been some of the most rewarding ones of my career. I’ve been blessed to have had the opportunity to be around unbelievable people in every area of this community as a head coach,” Magarity said.

Magarity is the Black Knights’ all-time wins leader with a record of 263-167 in 15 seasons as the head coach. Army has had nine winning seasons under his direction, with 11 players receiving all-Patriot League honors.

“Coach Magarity did more than win basketball games. He taught our women how to lead and excel at the highest levels. His players exhibited the values we expect at West Point and in the Army. His leadership will be missed, and I wish him and his family well,” said LTG Darryl Williams, 60th Superintendent of United States Military Academy.

Army West Point Director of Athletics Mike Buddie added, “We cannot thank Dave Magarity enough for everything he has done in his time at West Point. The program witnessed remarkable success on the court during his tenure, but more importantly he has played a vital role in developing leaders of character and helping prepare young women to be officers in the United States Army. I know I speak for everyone in the West Point community when I say that we will miss seeing him on the bench during games but wish him the best in his retirement.” Read more.

Listen to Episode 11 of the SOSH Podcast
1/29/2021

Listen to Episode 11 of the SOSH PodcastThe SOSH Podcast: Episode 11 is out, featuring Dr. Risa Brooks, Maj. Mike Robinson, and Dr. Heidi Urben. They discuss their upcoming paper about cadet attitudes towards civil military norms. How do cadets interpret the concept of civilian control and military subordination? Is the Huntingtonian model of civil military norms that correct one for the 21st Century? What is the difference between an apolitical military versus a non-partisan military? Listen here to the answer to these questions and more.

Swimming and Diving Releases 2021 Slate
1/28/2021

The Army West Point Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving teams announced their 2021 schedule this morning.

Army opens its season on Saturday, January 30 with a meet at 11 a.m. on the road against Pittsburgh. The Black Knights will next square off against Navy in the star meet, part of the Star Series presented by USAA, on Saturday, February 27 at Crandall Pool. On Saturday, March 20, the Black Knights will host Bucknell in their final dual meet of the season.

The Patriot League Championships are set to take place from April 21-24. The location of the league championships will be determined at a later date.

The schedule is subject to change.

2021 Zengerle Family Lecture
1/28/2021

2021 Zengerle Family LectureThe Department of English and Philosophy announced the 2021 Zengerle Family Lecture in the Arts and Humanities will occur online on February 17, 2021 from 12:10-1:05pm with invited guest lecturer, Chef José Andrés. Chef Andrés will present remarks entitled “Finding Your Fire: Lessons from a Food First Responder,” followed by a moderated discussion and Q&A.

This talk supports West Point’s Year of Ethical Leadership in a Diverse World by asking us to think deeply about the role of food security and scarcity in peacebuilding and in developing policies to support justice, equity, and social development. In Chef Andrés’s words, food “is a powerful tool to heal communities in times and crisis and beyond.” The interdisciplinary nature of this talk bridges disciplines, institutions, and communities and invites us to consider the link between “the humanities” and “the humanitarian.”

Men’s Basketball Series vs. Colgate Postponed
1/27/2021

The Patriot League Men’s Basketball games between Army West Point and Colgate scheduled for Saturday, January 30 and Sunday, January 31 have been postponed due to a positive COVID-19 test with the Army West Point Men’s Basketball Program’s Tier 1.

The contests between the Black Knights and Raiders will be rescheduled following discussions with the two schools and the League office.

NCAA TIER 1 DEFINITION: Tier 1 is the highest exposure tier and consists of individuals for whom physical distancing and face coverings are not possible or effective during athletic training or competition. Examples of relevant individuals include student-athletes, coaches, athletic trainers, physical therapists, medical staff, equipment staff and officials.

Fans can visit the Patriot League's official website – www.patriotleague.org – for up-to-date scheduling information regarding men's and women's basketball in addition to the League's other 22 sports. Nearly every Patriot League men and women's basketball can be seen on ESPN+ - www.patriotleague.tv. International viewers can visit www.patriotleague.org/watch for League coverage. In addition, select Patriot League basketball games will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network.

Rucker Named Patriot League Rookie of the Week
1/26/2021

Rucker Named Patriot League Rookie of the WeekFollowing a strong weekend that saw him set a new career high in scoring against service academy rival Navy, Army West Point plebe point guard Jalen Rucker has been named GEICO Patriot League Rookie of the Week.

Rucker averaged 14.5 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists to help the Black Knights split their weekend series against the Midshipmen in Annapolis. In Sunday's victory, he posted a career day on the scoresheet with 18 points on 5-of-10 shooting while dishing out four assists.

The plebe has started in all 13 games for the Black Knights this season.

In addition, firstie guard Lonnie Grayson received honorable mention from the league after leading Army in scoring in both games this past weekend. The firstie averaged 18.5 points and seven rebounds in Army's two game set.

The Patriot League Men’s Basketball players of the week are selected in a vote by League media members and each school's sports information director, who are not eligible to vote for their student-athletes.

Kozlowski Garners Goalie of the Week Honors
1/26/2021

Kozlowski Garners Goalie of the Week HonorsThe Atlantic Hockey Association announced today that Army West Point firstie goaltender Trevin Kozlowski has been named the conference's Goalie of the Week.

Kozlowski has been instrumental in the Black Knights' hot streak, claiming victories in back-to-back nights against Holy Cross and stretching his winning streak to four consecutive games.

The Valencia, Calif., native stopped 41 of the 44 shots he faced in the series, posting a 1.50 goals against average in the two contests.

Kozlowski and the Black Knights will return to action this Friday in the first half of a home-and-home series against Sacred Heart. Friday's matchup at Tate Rink is slated to start at 5:05 p.m.

Saturnio Named Finalist for FootballScoop Special Teams Coach of the Year
1/26/2021

Saturnio Named Finalist for FootballScoop Special Teams Coach of the YearSpecial teams coordinator Sean Saturnio was named one of three finalists for FootballScoop Special Teams Coach of the Year, it was announced today. Saturnio turned around the Black Knights' special teams unit in 2020, making it one of the nation's best as they set a program-record seven blocked kicks on the year. Those seven blocked kicks also led the nation, and the Black Knights also tied for the national lead with three blocked punts. Ryan Duran led the country individually with three blocked kicks.

The team also finished ninth nationally in special teams efficiency according to ESPN.com. Tyrell Robinson had a breakout year for the Black Knights as a plebe, ranking 21st nationally with 7.7 yards per punt return on the season.

The punting unit excelled as well under Saturnio, as Ray Guy Award watch lister Zach Harding punted 41 times through 11 games, good for a career-high 1774 yards, averaging 43.3 yards per punt. He had 12 punts of 50+ yards and 17 of those were downed within the 20 yard line, including his final eight-straight punts of the regular season as he was named to the 2020 Phil Steele All-Independent Second Team.

The kicking game was also strong, with Landon Salyers and Quinn Maretzki good for 7-of-10 field goal attempts on the season. Read more.

Men's Basketball Bounces Back to Take Down Navy
1/25/2021

Men's Basketball Bounces Back to Take Down NavyThe Army West Point Men's Basketball team bounced back from Saturday's defeat with an 87-78 victory over service academy rival Navy at Alumni Hall yesterday.

“Today was a gut check for both teams,” Head Coach Jimmy Allen said. “I am incredibly proud of how our team responded. When you have the emotional level of a game in this rivalry and you have to do this two days in a row, for our guys to come out the way they did says a lot about our team.”

The resilient Black Knights have showed a knack for responding thus far this season, as they are now 4-0 when coming off a loss. Four Army players reached double-digit points in the game, with Lonnie Grayson leading the team with 19 points. Plebe point guard Jalen Rucker had a career-high 18 points on the afternoon. The loss is Navy's first in the Patriot League this season.

“Being able to bounce back says a lot about our team,” Allen said. “I've been incredibly impressed with the mental toughness of our team and how they've been able to respond. Their level of commitment to being a good basketball program really speaks for itself.”

Army’s firstie class is now 5-3 against Navy with two contests remaining between the sides on February 20 and 21 in Christl Arena. Read more.

Women’s Basketball Sinks Navy in Sunday Showdown
1/25/2021

Women’s Basketball Sinks Navy in Sunday ShowdownThe Army West Point Women’s Basketball team topped service academy foe Navy with a 63-58 victory at Christl Arena yesterday afternoon.

“I'm really proud of how we bounced back,” head coach Dave Magarity said. “This is such an emotional game. We did have a lot of players playing in their first service academy games.”

After a slow offensive start to the afternoon, the Black Knights rode a 52% shooting percentage in a 37-point second half to fight back for the victory. Four different players reached double digits for Army, with Alisa Fallon leading the way with 14 points and 8 rebounds on the afternoon. Plebe Sam McNaughton had a career day, posting career highs in points (12), rebounds (5) and assists (4). In just over 18 minutes of play, Sabria Hunter totaled 12 points and seven rebounds. Kate Murray was the other member of the Black Knights to score in double figures with 10 points, seven of which came in the fourth quarter.

After Army got the scoring started with the game's first six points, Navy fought ahead with a run of their own, taking its first lead with 2:10 to go in the first half. The Mids would hang onto that lead for the remainder of the first half, entering the break with a 25-23 advantage. Alisa Fallon led all scorers with nine points at the half. Read more.

West Point Fallen Comrades Half Marathon 3/21 - 4/4
1/25/2021

West Point Fallen Comrades Half Marathon 3/21 - 4/4Registration for the 2021 Fallen Comrades Half-Marathon, Sunday March 21 - Sunday April 4, 2021, is open. Virtually Join the West Point Marathon Team.

This race is dedicated to those members of the Long Gray Line whom have gone to war and made the ultimate sacrifice.

We honor them as individuals as we test ourselves. We celebrate their memory as we build camaraderie and thru friendly competition. Sign up here.

Hockey Sweeps Two-Game Series at Holy Cross
1/25/2021

Hockey Sweeps Two-Game Series at Holy CrossThe Army West Point Hockey team completed the series sweep of Holy Cross with a 4-1 victory at Hart Center Rink this past Friday 1/22.

A night after riding three unanswered goals to a win, the Black Knights scored four unanswered goals to claim their fourth victory in their last five games.

“This was a great week. For us to be able to come out here on the road and get two wins is huge,” Head Coach Brian Riley said. “We put a huge emphasis in practice this week on our intensity. We knew we had to come here and work hard and that carried over into these games.”

After falling behind 1-0, Army evened the game just 13 seconds later when Daniel Haider sent home a rebound to even the score 1-1. The Black Knights jumped ahead on an Anthony Firriolo one-timer and extended the lead on Lincoln Hatten's second goal of the year.

“It has been pretty special to see our team find its identity this past weekend,” Haider said. “All our lines and D pairings played smart and played with a swagger. This weekend was a big step for us, and we are looking forward to preparing for next weekend.” Read more.

Rifle Tops Akron, 4682, in Palmyra
1/25/2021

Rifle Tops Akron, 4682, in PalmyraThe Army West Point Rifle team topped Akron, 4682-4663, this past Saturday afternoon. Army had four members reach the 590-mark in air rifle and two shooters hit the 580-mark in smallbore. Yearling Emily Gay posted a career-high score of 593 in air rifle, which was tied with Anusha Pakkam and Clayton Hanson for the second-best score of the match.

“We did really well for our first match back,” Gay said. “It's great to travel again and I’m excited to beat Navy in a couple of weeks. Air rifle went well for me today, so I’m excited to keep the momentum going for our next match.”

Aggregate: Army 4668, Akron 4663. Army had the top three individual aggregate scores. Pakkam had the highest mark with 1173. Lauren McMahan had the second highest tally with a mark of 1172. Hanson's 1171 was the third highest tally of the match. Read more.

Krueger, Zimmerman Claim Atlantic Hockey Honors
1/22/2021

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

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

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

Gymnastics Sweeps ECAC Weekly Awards
1/22/2021

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

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

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

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

Hockey Fights Back For Road Victory
1/22/2021

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

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

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

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

Strong Defensive Effort Powers Women’s Basketball past BU
1/22/2021

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

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

Rifle Tops NC State in Virtual Match
1/22/2021

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

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

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

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

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

Wrestling Commands 30-18 Victory Over Hofstra
1/22/2021

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

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

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

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

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

Men’s Basketball Defeats Boston U on the Road, 79-59
1/22/2021

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

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

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

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

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

Rifle Announces Spring Schedule
1/15/2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The schedule is subject to change.

“In Science We Trust”: An Academy Professor’s Journey
1/15/2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Listen to the Latest SOSH Podcast
1/15/2021

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

CDT Robinson ’21 Published by the AIAA
1/14/2021

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

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

CDT Robinson first became interested in drones as a child while flying remote control helicopters. During his rising Yearling summer, he participated in an AIAD at Pratt&Millers where he studied how a swarm of drones could integrate with a vehicle. He believes that any advance in UAV technology is beneficial for both civilians and military personnel. He hopes to have opportunities in the future to work with UAV technologies again.

Gymnastics to Compete in Trio of Virtual Gymnastics Meets
1/14/2021

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

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

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

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

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

Bilek Named Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week
1/13/2021

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

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

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

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

Hockey Adds Two Contests vs. LIU
1/13/2021

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

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

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

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

Army-Air Force Hockey Series Postponed
1/12/2021

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

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

Riley Family Claims 1000th Victory With Army Hockey
1/11/2021

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

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

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

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

Patriot League Announces Fall and Spring Sports Scheduling Formats for 2021
1/11/2021

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

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

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

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

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

A Matchup Years in the Making
1/11/2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Men’s Basketball Claims Second Straight League Win
1/11/2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wrestling Shows Strong Momentum in Season Opener Against LIU
1/11/2021

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

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

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

Athletics Focused Facebook Live Admissions Brief
1/11/2021

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

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

Lithgow Tabbed Patriot League Rookie of the Week
1/7/2021

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

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

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

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

Teacher Accessibility - What Sets West Point Apart
1/7/2021

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

Gymnastics Slated 12th in Preseason Coaches Poll
1/7/2021

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

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

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

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

Tickets On Sale Now for Lockheed Martin Commanders’ Classic
1/6/2021

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

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

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

Krueger, Berg and Ungrady Named December Scholar Athletes
1/5/2021

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

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

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

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

RATE Study, Proximity Logging at West Point
1/5/2021

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

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

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

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

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

Applying to West Point?
1/4/2021

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

Wrestling Ranked No. 25 in NWCA Division I Coaches Poll
1/4/2021

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

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

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

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

Men’s Basketball Bounces Back to Beat Colgate
1/4/2021

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

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

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

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

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

Women’s Basketball Overcome Early 18-point Deficit
1/4/2021

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

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

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

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

Army Announces Hockey Schedule Changes
1/4/2021

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

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

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

All dates and times are subject to change.

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

 

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