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Women's Basketball Claims Star and Season Sweep of Navy
2/19/2019

Women's Basketball Claims Star and Season Sweep of NavyThe Army West Point women's basketball came from behind to earn the Star and the season sweep over Navy with a 60-48 victory on the road at Alumni Hall.

Madison Hovren had an historic day down in Annapolis with another double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Hovren became the all-time leader in career double-doubles with 50 after today's game, and she is only the second player in school's history to have 1,500 points and 1,000 rebounds. She reached the rebounding milestone in the second half.

Kate Murray continues to impress with 13 points and seven rebounds, and she hit two more 3-pointers today as one of Army's hottest outside shooters as of late. Jess Lewis had a good all-around game with 12 points, seven assists and three rebounds.

Jennifer Coleman led the Mids with 14 points, eight rebounds and six assists, but also had six turnovers in the game. Bianca Roach reached double figures with 10 points. Read more.

Men's Track & Field Wins Patriot League Indoor Championship
2/19/2019

For the first time since 2010, the Army West Point men's track and field team has won the Patriot League Indoor Track & Field Championship. 

The Black Knights were strong across the board, posting 260 points to claim the title. Read more.

Justin Young was named Rookie of the Meet for his meet record setting performance in the 60mh. Kedrin Jefferson's 21.31 beat the program record of 21.40 from the Penn State National Open. Army has improved its point total in each season under Mike Smith. 2015, fourth (104), 2016, second (140), 2017, second (168), 2018, second (197), 2019, first (260). Full Results: https://results.leonetiming.com/?mid=1571.

Murray Named Patriot League Rookie of the Week
2/19/2019

CDT Kate Murray '22Kate Murray averaged 16 points per game in a 2-0 week for Army and was selected the Patriot League Women's Basketball Rookie of the Week.

Murray led the Black Knights with a season high 19 points against Lafayette to help Army snap a five-game losing skid with a 64-40 win. She was 7-of-11 from the field and added five rebounds. Murray then recorded 13 points, seven rebounds and three steals in the 60-48 win over Navy and hit a pair of 3-pointers in the Star victory.

She has been a catalyst for the Black Knights over the last couple of weeks as she is averaging 15 points and six rebounds per game over the last four contests. Murray has also been a threat from the outside, shooting 50 percent (7-of-14) from distance in the last four games.

The Black Knights are back in action at Christl Arena on Wednesday night as Army hosts Holy Cross at 7 p.m. on the Patriot League Network at PatriotLeague.tv

Men's Lacrosse Climbs in National Polls
2/19/2019

Men's Lacrosse Climbs in National PollsThe Army West Point men's lacrosse team is 2-0 against nationally ranked opponents this season and climbed in this week's national polls. The Black Knights were voted 13th in the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll, while earning the 15th slot in this week's U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Coaches Poll. Army jumped up from the 19 slot last week after topping Rutgers, 10-9, on Saturday who was ranked 8/10 at the time. It was the second week in a row the Black Knights earned an upset victory over a ranked opponent. Brendan Nichtern scored the final tally of the game yet again to record his second-straight game-winner. Johnny Surdick paced the Cadets' defense with four caused turnovers and three ground balls. AJ Barretto backed Army's defensive unit with 13 saves and four ground balls. Rutgers averaged 16.5 goals per game heading into the weekend, but Army held the Scarlet Knights to nine. The Black Knights were a perfect 18-18 on clear attempts in the game and held an advantage in shots on goal (27-22) and caused turnovers (7-6). Rutgers' 20 turnovers hindered its performance compared to Army's 11.

The Cadets host Marist Tuesday for their home opener at Michie Stadium. The game is free for all fans and begins at 3 p.m.

Nichtern, Surdick Recognized by Patriot League
2/19/2019

CDT Johnny Surdick '20Brendan Nichtern and Johnny Surdick of the Army West Point men's lacrosse team both earned weekly honors by the Patriot League, announced Monday. For the second consecutive week, Nichtern was voted the Patriot League Rookie of the Week. He posted his second game-winning goal against a ranked opponent on Saturday. Nichtern also led Army's offense with three goals and an assist to total four points. Nichtern is tied for third in the country in total points this season with 12. He is first among Plebe by four tallies.

Surdick paced Army's defense in its upset victory over #8/10 Rutgers and was named the Defensive Player of the Week. The Scarlet Knights averaged 16.5 goals per game heading into the weekend, but the Black Knights held their opponent to nine in the game. Surdick registered a team-leading four caused turnovers and posted three ground balls to limit Rutgers' offensive production.

Raymond Receives Rookie of the Week Recognition
2/19/2019

CDT Caroline Raymond '22After facilitating the Army West Point women's lacrosse high-powered offense to two wins this past week, Caroline Raymond was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week. It marks the second consecutive week that Raymond received the weekly league honors. The first-year midfielder has played a pivotal role in Army's early season success on the offensive end, helping the Black Knights get off to their best start in program history. In an 18-9 win over Marist on Wednesday, she tied the program record for assists in a game with five. It was the most assists recorded in an outing by a cadet since Erin Jollota notched five opposite the Red Foxes on February 11, 2017. Raymond also added a pair of ground balls in the game. On Saturday, she once again shined and posted a goal and two assists in a record-setting 22-5 victory against Hartford at Michie Stadium. The 22 goals were the most scored in a game by the Cadets in program history. With her two helpers, the Mahopac, N.Y., native tied Mikayla Bergin for seventh in all-time assists. Raymond also came away with two draw controls versus the Hawks.

Raymond and the Black Knights will return to action on Wednesday when they head to Loudonville, N.Y., for a 3 p.m. road tilt against Siena.

Captains Lead the Way in Thrilling Hockey OT Victory
2/19/2019

Captains Lead the Way in Thrilling Hockey OT VictoryWith 1.7 seconds remaining in overtime, Dalton MacAfee scored the game-winning goal to lift the Army West Point hockey team to victory over Mercyhurst Saturday night. Down by one with 1:14 remaining, a goal by Zach Evancho forced the extra time and poised the Black Knights for the victory. Matt Penta earned his first collegiate win in net. For the third time this season, Army and Mercyhurst played an overtime game. The Black Knights went 3-0-1 against the Lakers this season. This was the second overtime victory over Mercyhurst this year, the last coming in October. Penta picked up his first collegiate win, turning aside 24 shots. MacAfee netted just the second game-winner in his career tonight. The firstie captain finished the night with a goal and an assist for his 10th multi-point game this year alone and 15th in his career. MacAfee boasts five scores in 2018-19 and 23 helpers. He leads the Black Knights with 28 points. Evancho forced extra time for the second time in six games. The cow scored with a little over a minute to go in regulation and earned the primary assist on the game-winner. Read more.

Women's T&F Places Second at Patriot Leagues
2/19/2019

CDT Abby Halbrook '19The Army Women's Track & Field team placed second at the Patriot League Championships at the United States Naval Academy Sunday.

The Black Knights were led by a championship effort from senior captain Abby Halbrook, who came from behind three times to win the women's mile, women's 1000m and women's distance medley relay. Her 22.5 points were the most in the meet and earned her Female Track Athlete of the Meet.

Plebe Emily Mikoud set the tone early with a win in the shot put. She was named Female Rookie of the Meet. Read more.

Softball Caps Early Bird Classic with Extra-Inning Win
2/19/2019

CDT Taylor Livingston '22The Army West Point softball team closed out the CSUN Early Bird Classic with a thrilling 4-3 victory in nine innings over CSU Bakersfield on Sunday afternoon.

The Black Knights dropped their first game of the day, 6-4, against Santa Clara, and moved to 4-6 on the year. Santa Clara improved to 1-6 on the year, while the Roadrunners fell to 4-3.

Yearling Taylor Livingston led the Black Knights with four hits on the afternoon, including a three-hit effort against Santa Clara. Grace Mattimore and Emily Ballesteros added three base knocks, while Mattimore contributed one of Army's two doubles and drove in a team-high two runs.

Rookie Jolie Duong was dominant once again in the circle, tossing all nine innings of the night cap and striking out a season-high six batters. The Houston, Texas, native scattered seven hits and three walks while allowing just three runs (two earned). Read more.

Debate Brings Home the Novice Champions Trophy
2/15/2019

Debate Brings Home the Novice Champions TrophyThe West Point Debate Team had an amazing and successful weekend at James Madison recently. Among the success, Cadets Kizzie '20 and Taylor '20 defeated George Mason in finals and carried home the Novice Champions Trophy. The team competed well.

Women’s Team Handball at Penn State
2/15/2019

Women’s Team Handball at Penn StateThe Army Women's Team Handball traveled to Penn State University to take on the current college national champions. The Gold team played both games against Penn State since most of the Black team players were tied up with 500th night weekend. Gold started off the first quite slowly as the new players had to learn how to work with each other and the pace of play was faster than they had ever experienced. They rallied in the second half, but still lost 14 to 23. They toughened up their defense for the second game, staying within 2 points of Penn State until the final five minutes of the game, but still lost 7 to 12 against the defending national champions. A great developmental experience for the team.

Navigators Weekend Networking Retreat
2/15/2019

Navigators Weekend Networking RetreatThe weekend was a great success. Fifty-seven cadets total came and over sixty came from different posts around the Army. The cadets networked with different post ministries and it was an opportunity for First Class Cadets to inform their posting decisions based on where they could best get spiritual training.

Four Hat Tricks Lifts Women's Lacrosse Over Marist
2/14/2019

Four Hat Tricks Lifts Women's Lacrosse Over MaristEight different Cadets found the back of the net as the Army West Point women's lacrosse team captured an 18-9 victory over Hudson Valley rival Marist on Wednesday at Tenney Stadium at Leonidoff Field. The Black Knights' (2-0) offensive barrage continued as four Cadets tallied a hat trick opposite the Red Foxes (0-1). Cameron Manor made her first appearance of the year in her second season with the squad and led all goal scorers with a career-high four. Samantha Stewart, Manuela Cortes and Jackie Brattan each recorded a hat trick as well, while Megan Raftery added a pair of scores. Caroline Raymond was the team's primary facilitator, dishing out five assists in just her second collegiate contest. Also aiding in the Black Knights scoring efforts was Olivia Carter, who tallied her first career goal, and handed out a pair of helpers. The 36 goals scored over Army's last two contests tied a program record for back-to-back games, a feat which was originally set last season. The Black Knights also tied a single-game program record as four Cadets tallied a hat trick. Read more.

Men's Basketball Capture Home Win Over Boston U., 71-61
2/14/2019

Four Cadets scored in double-figures as the Army West Point men's basketball team completed the season sweep of Boston U. following a 71-61 win on Wednesday afternoon at Christl Arena. The Black Knights (12-14, 7-6 Patriot League) were led in scoring by Tommy Funk's 17 points, which the cow paired with a team-best four assists. Matt Wilson had an efficient outing as well, knocking down seven shots on 11 tries for 15 points, while reeling in a game-high 11 rebounds for a double-double. Alex King and Lonnie Grayson both shot over 50 percent from the field against the Terriers (11-15, 4-9 Patriot League) and finished with 10 points apiece. Off the bench, Cayne Edwards did some damage from down low after coming away with eight points on 4-of-6 shooting. Funk's four assists made him the program's all-time leader with 483. He additionally moved to third in single-season assists with 156, surpassing his total from his freshman campaign (155). Wilson became the 34th cadet in program history to record 1,000 career points. He is just the 20th cadet to accomplish that feat in three seasons. Read more.

SAME Attends Secret Briefing
2/14/2019

SAME Attends Secret BriefingThe Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) had a special opportunity to attend a Secret briefing presented by LTC Jim Schreiner, Academy Professor and Director Operations Research Center (ORCEN) for the Department of Systems Engineering. The briefing provided improved understanding and clarity regarding Resolute Support Mission and the role of engineers with respect to combat task forces (IEDs and limited construction), the USACE District, and the Joint Command. LTC Schreiner helped strengthen engineer fellowship and with other faculty from the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering and the 16 Cadets present.

Wrestling Cracks Top-25 in NWCA Coaches Poll
2/14/2019

Wrestling Cracks Top-25 in NWCA Coaches PollThe Army West Point wrestling team entered the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Division I Coaches Poll at 25th on Tuesday. The Black Knights received 15 points in the poll and are ranked in the Coaches' Poll for the first time since Dec. 6, 2005. "I'm proud of the recognition our wrestlers are getting at the national level," head coach Kevin Ward said. "It says a lot about the work they have put in and the belief they have in themselves and in their teammates. Being ranked in the top-25 is validation that we are on the right track, but that's not our end goal. Our goal is to continue to climb, continue to do what we have done and continue to do it better every day." Army improved to 7-2 on the season and 6-0 in EIWA duals following its thrilling 22-19 victory over Bucknell on Sunday. The win was the fifth straight for the Cadets, their longest streak since the 2016-17 campaign. Additionally, Army's 6-0 start in conference is its best since the 2005-06 campaign. Read more.

Murray Helps Women's Basketball Halt Skid at Lafayette
2/14/2019

CDT Kate Murray '22The Army West Point women's basketball got a much-needed 64-40 road victory at Lafayette to snap a five-game losing skid on Wednesday night. Kate Murray led the way for the Black Knights with 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting. She also added five rebounds, two assists and two blocks in the victory. Madison Hovren recorded a double-double with 13 points and 18 boards, while Morgann Yancey had 12 points and was 3-of-5 from distance in the win. Hovren tied Army's all-time record for career double-doubles with her 49th and she is even with Katie Macfarlane '04 for the most in Black Knights history. Army held Lafayette to 40 points and the Leopards didn't have a player reach double digits as Drew Freeland had a team-high nine points. Natalie Kucowski, Lafayette's main threat, was 3-of-24 from the field. She did have 19 rebounds and four blocks in the losing effort. Army started out shooting the ball really well through the first quarter at 53 percent and Yancey led all scorers with eight points on 3-of-3 shooting, including a pair of 3-pointers. The Black Knights opened the game on a 15-5 scoring run and ended up with a 20-10 lead after one. Hovren had five points and five rebounds in the first 10 minutes and Army had four players on the scoresheet in the opening frame. Read more.

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2/13/2019

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Stewart, Raymond Earn Weekly League Honors
2/13/2019

Stewart, Raymond Earn Weekly League HonorsCow Samantha Stewart and plebe Caroline Raymond received Patriot League weekly honors after helping the Army West Point women's lacrosse team open its 2019 campaign with an 18-8 win over Iona this past weekend. "We had a phenomenal team victory on Saturday due to the hard work and preparation of our 42 players put in during the offseason," Noto Family head women's lacrosse coach Kristen Skiera said. "Sami and Caroline helped set the tone for the start of our season with gritty individual performances and it's great to see them recognized after the opening week of play." Stewart, who was named the league's midfielder of the week, had a standout performance opposite the Gaels. The New Canaan, Conn., native posted a hat trick after tying her career-high in goals scored with four. She also recorded a career-high six ground balls to pair with six draw controls in the Black Knights' win. Read more.

Army Dominant at Tronsrue Marksmanship Center
2/13/2019

The Pistol Team hosted The Citadel at Tronsrue Marksmanship Center for an intercollegiate pistol match on 25 26 Jan 19. Army was dominant, winning all three open events for an aggregate score of 6351 to The Citadel's 5878. Army won the Air Pistol event with a 4-person team score of 2203 to The Citadel's 2112. Firstie Team Captain Caleb Roth shot the high score of 559 out of a possible 600. Cow Sean Min shot a 555. Firsties Garrett Plant and Liz Irving shot 545 and 544, respectively. Army shot a team score of 2000 in Free Pistol to The Citadel's 1803. Roth shot an excellent 522 and was closely followed by Plant with a 516. Firstie Hyun Yim shot a 487 and cow Keegan Buros shot a 475. In the final event, Standard Pistol, Army won with a score of 2148 to the Citadel's 1963. Buros shot the high score of 550. Firsties Quin Cochran and Liz Irving shot scores of 539 and 530, respectively. Roth shot a 529.

Mattimore Garners Patriot League Honors
2/13/2019

Mattimore Garners Patriot League HonorsYearling Grace Mattimore of the Army West Point softball team was named the Patriot League Player of the Week following her impressive performance during the team's opening weekend. Mattimore earned her first league honor after hitting .500 (6-for-12) with three home runs, two doubles, four walks, four runs scored and 11 RBI. The Ashburn, Va., native either leads or is tied for the lead in every offensive category and has already surpassed her marks from last season in less than half the at bats. The Black Knights return to action this weekend as they travel to the Golden State for an 11-game set, starting with the CSUN Early Bird Classic. Army opens the tournament against the host Matadors on Friday with a twin bill at 11 a.m. ET and 1:15 p.m. ET.

Nichtern Tacks on More Weekly Honors
2/13/2019

Nichtern Tacks on More Weekly HonorsAfter being named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week, Brendan Nichtern of the Army West Point men's lacrosse team was voted the Army West Point Athletic Association Athlete of the Week as well as a member of the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Division I Team of the Week. The rookie attacker led the Black Knights with seven points on four goals and three assists including the game-winner. Nichtern is the first plebe to tally at least seven points in their first game in over 15 years. He scored four goals on just five shots for a .800 shot percentage. For the fifth year in a row, the Cadets topped #18/19 UMass in their season opener. The Black Knights will continue the start of their season on the road next weekend when Army faces #8/10 Rutgers.

Baptist Student Union Retreat
2/13/2019

Baptist Student Union RetreatThe Baptist Student Union conducted a leadership retreat with nine cadets, three officers and three civilians to Mechanicville, NY. They conducted personal reflection times, workouts, sessions, meals together, fellowship, outreach to a Mechanicville, and discussion groups.

Men’s Lacrosse Makes Appearance in USILA Poll
2/13/2019

Men’s Lacrosse Makes Appearance in USILA PollFollowing a 12-11 overtime victory over #18/19 Massachusetts on Saturday, the Army West Point men's lacrosse team was voted 19th in this week's U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Coaches Poll. For the fifth year in a row, the Black Knights opened their season with a victory over the Minutemen. Forced into an overtime golden goal situation, rookie attacker Brendan Nichtern netted the game-winning goal 26 seconds into the extra time for the win. UMass forced overtime with a second to go in regulation, but the Black Knights won the ensuing faceoff with help from Evan Condon and Johnny Surdick to set the team up for victory. After a timeout by head coach Joe Alberici, Nichtern drove in from the right side, beating the left-handed UMass goalie for the tally. AJ Barretto boasted a career-high 17 saves in his 2019 debut.

It was Army's first win over a ranked opponent since defeating Rutgers last February. Nichtern had an outstanding performance for the Black Knights with seven points on four goals and three helpers. The rookie helped Army to its first overtime victory since 2017 when the Cadets topped Notre Dame, 10-9. The Black Knights will continue the start of their season on the road next weekend when Army faces #8/10 Rutgers.

Cadets Working with Habitat for Humanity
2/11/2019

Cadets Working with Habitat for HumanityCadets spent the day working at Habitat for Humanity for Greater Newburgh. Habitat Newburgh invests in changing the quality of life for homeowners and the larger community beyond their homebuilding activities through their neighborhood revitalization efforts.

Sullivan Sends Army Wrestling to Fifth Straight Win
2/11/2019

CDT Ben Sullivan '22Trailing by three heading into the heavyweight bout, rookie Ben Sullivan of the Army West Point wrestling team picked up a pin to secure the team's fifth-straight victory with a 22-19 win over Bucknell at Christl Arena on Sunday afternoon. Sullivan carried a 1-0 lead into the third period when he started in the top position. The New Paris, Ohio native managed to tilt his opponent and flip the Bison heavyweight onto his back for the pin at 5:26 to lock up the win for the home side. The Black Knights improved to 7-2 on the year and remain perfect against EIWA opponents at 6-0. The Bison dropped to 6-8 and 4-4 in conference duals.

Army improved to 13-4 in the all-time series with Bucknell. The Cadets remain perfect in conference duals at 6-0, its best start against EIWA foes since 2005-06. The Black Knights have won five-straight duals, their longest streak since 2016-17. Army won its seventh dual of the season, tying the 2016-17 squad for the most in the Kevin Ward era. Hetrick earned his first-career dual win. Shie posted his 15th bonus point win of the season. The Fairfield, Ohio, native and Harvey remained tied for the most wins on the team with 23. Harvey documented his team-leading eighth dual win of the year. Stewart collected his 15th win of the season. The Lewistown, Pa., native notched his fifth dual win of his cow campaign. Sullivan sent the Black Knights fans home happy with his fourth pin of the season. Read more.

Offensive Barrage Propels Women's Lacrosse Past Iona, 18-8
2/11/2019

CDT Jackie Brattan '22Seven different Cadets scored, including four with hat tricks, to help the Army West Point women's lacrosse team open its 2019 season with an 18-8 victory over Iona at Michie Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The foursome of Jackie Brattan, Manuela Cortes, Megan Raftery and Samantha Stewart led the offensive charge, combining for 14 of the Black Knights' (1-0) 18 goals opposite the Gaels (0-1), while each tallying a hat trick. Caroline Raymond, Rilee Scott and Nikki Polhamus also netted a score in the game. Juliana Dworschak had a standout performance after finishing with a game-high eight draw controls. Her effectiveness on the draw control allowed Army to stay on the attack, gain more offensive possessions and score the most goals in a season opener in program history. Army improved to 2-0 all-time versus Iona. The 18 goals scored were the most by an Army team since the Black Knights tallied 19 against Wofford on March 8, 2018. It was also the most goals scored in a home opener in program history. Cortes tallied the seventh hat trick of her career. Read more.

Army Hunting Mentorship Weekend
2/11/2019

Army Hunting Mentorship WeekendFour cadets from the Cadet Hunt Club traveled to the Lost Owl Ranch, in Menard, Texas. Every year, ranch owners, the Ciliske Family, host Active Duty military members for a mentorship hunting weekend. The cadets hunted alongside and were mentored by CSM(R) Heinze, retired CSM of the First Cavalry Division and his son SGT Heinze. The cadets were also mentored by the Hunt Club OICs SFC Dhabolt and SFC Wray, and CPT Chuck Ciliske '10. Over the weekend cadet were able to harvest a total of seven deer, prepare the meat, and then donate approximately 400lbs of meat to feed the needy in the area. Cadets also Hunted Fox and Coyote (which are encroaching on the Ranch's Goats and deer population), and Duck. The Lost Owl Ranch is in the Texas Deer Management Program and the cadets learned about land management techniques, ranch ecology, and the effects of invasive species on plants and animals in the area.

Men's Lacrosse Perseveres, Tops #18/19 UMass
2/11/2019

Men's Lacrosse Perseveres, Tops #18/19 UMassForced into an overtime golden goal situation, rookie attacker Brendan Nichtern of the Army West Point men's lacrosse team netted the game-winning goal 26 seconds into the extra time to send the Black Knights to a 12-11 victory over the 18/19-ranked Massachusetts Minutemen on the road Saturday. The Minutemen forced overtime with a second to go in regulation, but the Black Knights won the ensuing faceoff with help from Evan Condon and Johnny Surdick to set the team up for victory. After a timeout by head coach Joe Alberici, Nichtern drove in from the right side, beating the left-handed UMass goalie for the tally. AJ Barretto boasted a career-high 17 saves in his 2019 debut. For the fifth year in a row, Army topped #18/19 Massachusetts in its season opener. It was the eighth-straight year the Cadets opened with the Minutemen. The Black Knights tied things up in the all-time series which now resides at 14-14. It was Army's first win over a ranked opponent since defeating #10/11 Rutgers last February. Nichtern had an outstanding performance for the Black Knights with seven points on four goals and three helpers. Read more.

Army Football Relives Historic Season at Annual Banquet
2/11/2019

Army Football Relives Historic Season at Annual BanquetThe Army West Point football team remembered its magical 2018 season and honored its firsties Friday night at the Black Knights' annual banquet held in Eisenhower Hall. In total 36 firsties were honored throughout the event and 11 different awards were handed out. The coaching staff also acknowledged its letterwinners from this past season. Rich DeMarco served as master of ceremonies, while head coach Jeff Monken spoke about the 2018 season and the expectations for the upcoming year. Following the team highlight video, the firstie players, managers and student mentors were honored with varsity letters and framed jerseys. After Coach Monken gave comments on each receiving firstie, he and Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan handed out plaques acknowledging the 11 players who were named to the Phil Steele All-Independent Team. Then it was on to the awards presentations. Cole Christiansen, Bryce Holland and Darnell Woolfolk all shared the Creighton W. Abrams Memorial Award as team captains. Austin Schuffert accepted this award on behalf of his classmate, Holland, since the Chandler, Ariz., native wasn't able to be in attendance. Read more.

Women's Tennis Outlasts Rutgers at Home, 4-3
2/11/2019

Women's Tennis Outlasts Rutgers at Home, 4-3The Army West Point women's tennis team continued its five-match home stand with a 4-3 victory over Rutgers at the Lichtenberg Tennis Center on Friday afternoon. The Black Knights improved to 5-2 on the season, while the Scarlet Knights dropped to 2-1. Army has won two of the last three meetings against the Scarlet Knights. The Black Knights extended their winning streak to four matches. Einck and Boubel improved to 3-0 on the season in singles duals. The doubles tandem of Dolehide and Vincent jumped to a team-best 4-0 mark in duals. Read more.

Softball Earns Opening-Day Split at Mercer Invitational
2/11/2019

CDT Grace Mattimore '22The Army West Point softball team rebounded against host-Mercer to earn an opening-day split at the Mercer Invitational on Friday. The Black Knights fell in their season-opener against Jacksonville State, 6-0, before mounting an 8-6 victory over the Bears in the night cap. Army currently sits at 1-1, along with Mercer, while Jacksonville State went 2-0 on the afternoon. Senior Carrie Reilly powered the offense today by going 3-for-6, scoring three runs and driving in one, while yearling Grace Mattimore provided the pop with her first collegiate home run and four RBI. Rookie Bianca Gonzalez added two hits, including a double, scored a run and drove one in as well. In the circle, yearling Taylor Drayton tossed a complete game for the Cadets in game one, allowing just four hits in six innings of work while striking out three. Cow Macey Newbary struck out a team-high four batters in the second game, while plebe Jolie Duong picked up the win in relief. The Houston, Texas, native scattered four hits through her 2.2 innings of work. Read more.

Catholic Chapel Trip to Washington D.C.
2/11/2019

Catholic Chapel Trip to Washington D.C.Cadet Truman Gabriel led 22 Cadets from the West Point Catholic Chapel on the 5th annual trip to the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C. to attend the Opening Mass for the National Prayer Vigil for Life. In addition, the cadets took a tour of the Saint John Paul II National Shrine and participated in Mass with His Excellency, Timothy Broglio, the Archbishop of the Military Services for the United States. This trip section gave all cadets the opportunity to reflect on two principles that are fundamental to our military profession: the intrinsic value of all human beings and the defense of human life.

Army Judo Beats RMC
2/8/2019

Army Judo Beats RMCThe USMA Judo Team competed against members of the Royal Military College of Canada. In total at least 25 USMA cadets competed against the total of 16 RMC cadets that day. Both institutions had a great time training and competing. Most of the matches were won by USMA and thus USMA won the competition over RMC.

Army Boxing Friday Night Fights
2/8/2019

Army Boxing Friday Night FightsThe Army West Point Boxing team conducted Friday Night Fights recently. The team held three bouts for the ladies and five bouts for the men. Winners of the night were: Cadets Leija Cobb, Simon Lee, Michael Mathews, Maggie Ballew, Benjamin Westerberg, Isaiah Queen, Sidney Sandburg and Shiloh Begley.

Cadets Visit the Japanese Weekend School
2/8/2019

Cadets Visit the Japanese Weekend SchoolSeven Cadets of Japanese Forum Club visited Japanese Weekend School in NJ and they supported Japanese Exchange Officers to brief students and parents of the school regarding USMA and NDAJ (National Defense Academy of Japan) and Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF). Cadets answered several questions by participants and they talked about their cadet life.

Drinkall Joins Army Football Staff
2/8/2019

Army West Point head football coach Jeff Monken announced the addition of Matt Drinkall to his staff Thursday. Drinkall joins the Army staff as the offensive quality control coach. He comes to the Banks of the Hudson after a very successful five-year stint as the head coach at Kansas Wesleyan where the Coyotes were 42-17, including a 37-12 slate against KCAC opponents. His last four teams won 40 games (40-8) during the best four-year run in school history. He departed holding the fourth-highest win total in program history as well.

The culmination of that was in 2018 when Wesleyan won its first conference championship since 2002 after going 10-0 and advancing to the semifinals of the NAIA National Championship. The Coyotes posted a program-best 13-1 record and shattered virtually every school and numerous KCAC and NAIA records in the process during their historic season.

In 2017, the Coyotes continued their renewed success under Drinkall by posting an 8-3 overall mark and a 7-2 record in the KCAC. He coached a pair of AFCA and Associated Press NAIA All-Americans in 2017 in Trenton Poe-Evans and Garrett Updegraft. Wesleyan's offense ranked No. 6 in the NAIA in sacks allowed, No. 20 in scoring offense, and No. 24 in total offense. Senior Tyler Welch led the NAIA in kickoff return yards, Updegraft ranked third in the NAIA in tackles per game and Poe-Evans led all NAIA tight ends in receiving yards, touchdowns, receptions and receptions per game. Read more.

USMA Cyber Team Wins in France
2/7/2019

USMA Cyber Team Wins in FranceThe West Point Cyber Policy team won its fourth Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge competition in France. The Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge is designed to offer students across a wide range of academic disciplines a better understanding of the policy challenges associated with cyber conflict.

The Cyber Policy team represents five different majors: Computer Science, International Relations, Economics, Operations Research and Law. Preparing for the competition involved not only understanding the relevant laws, strategies and institutions of France and the European Union, but also the processes and timelines involved in using them.

“What the cadets accomplished is tremendous and a testament to their hard work and the resources the academy and Army Cyber Institute have made available to them,” Major Patrick Bell, Army Cyber Institute research scientist and a Cyber Policy team coach, said. “To put this into perspective, our team of American undergraduate students won a competition in France, where they notionally advised the French president, while competing against teams of elite French graduate school students and were judged by an expert panel of mostly French judges.” Read more.

Kirk Named AWPAA Athlete of The Week
2/7/2019

CDT Geoff Kirk '21After setting a program record in Army West Point men's track and field's Star Meet victory over service-academy rival Navy, yearling Geoff Kirk has been named AWPAA Athlete of the Week.

Kirk set the program record for men's shot put for the second consecutive week, posting a distance of 17.94m.

Prior to Kirk's record-breaking performance on Saturday, he broke Duance Fuller's 1979 record of 17.41m with a throw of 17.49m at the Penn State National Open.

The Avon, Conn., native will look to carry his success into the Patriot League Championships which begin on February 16.

Debate at the McGill University Model UN Conference
2/7/2019

Debate at the McGill University Model UN ConferenceTen cadets of the United States Military Academy Model United Nations team traveled to Montreal, Quebec to participate in McGill University Model United Nations Conference (McMUN) hosted by McGill University. McMUN presented the West Point MUN team with the opportunity to develop public speaking skills, gain knowledge of international affairs, and represent USMA and the US Army in a professional and positive way to an international student audience. Schools in attendance included Georgetown University, University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, Florida International University, and American University, among many others. Cadets participated in many interesting debate topics including but not limited to international cooperation to combat Alzheimer's Disease in WHO, economic reconstruction and microfinancing in ECOFIN, efforts to combat illicit arms trafficking across nation-states in UNGA Special Assembly, and international legal arbitration between Russia and the United States in the ICJ.

The conference ended with multiple cadets earning individual awards, with the entire team performing well and displaying exceptional speaking skills, negotiation, and cooperative problem solving with over 1,600 other students from domestic and international universities. The following cadets were individually recognized for their outstanding performances: John Govern '19, Jason Filios '22, Katarina Christianson '21 and Jake Stoffel '19. The following cadets were also integral to the team's success: Joel Macklin '19, Dana Cody '20, George Pavlakis '21, Noah Kim '22, Ben Snyder '21, Hunter Arnold '21, Amanda Horsey '19, Cam Hay '21 and Jack Chu '19.

Powerlifting at the Northeast Iron Beast
2/7/2019

Powerlifting at the Northeast Iron BeastThe Army Powerlifting Team (APL) competed in the Northeast Iron Beast (NEIB) competition to qualify the team’s lifters for Collegiate Nationals. The team put up an outstanding performance with all thirteen lifters qualifying and taking home a total of 18 medals with eight gold, five silver and five bronze. With nearly 140 registered competitors, this was the largest North East Iron Beast competition in history. Although winter storms threatened to cancel the meet, most competitors braved the elements to showcase their strength. Of note, NEIB continues to be an excellent opportunity to strengthen Army Powerlifting's relationship with the USA Powerlifting Association, as well as other lifting teams across the region. From a strategic, team-internal perspective, Army Powerlifting has now qualified all but seven members of the squad for Powerlifting Collegiate Nationals 2019.

Army Crew Defeats RMC
2/7/2019

Army Crew Defeats RMCArmy Crew competed against the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) during the annual exchange. Army defeated RMC with an overall time of 2:00.47, which was 6 minutes and 30 seconds faster than RMC. The competition is a series of head to head 2000-meter erg races where the fastest times are aggregated to determine the overall winner. For this year's competition, six Varsity Men, three Novice Women, eight Novice Men, and one Coxswain competed in seven heats. The event concluded with a mixed relay race and an awards ceremony.

Cadets Host the Jean Bartik Computing Symposium
2/6/2019

Cadets Host the Jean Bartik Computing SymposiumThe Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department hosted the Jean Bartik Computing Symposium. The symposium brought women and underrepresented minorities from computing disciplines at the service academies together with their counterparts in the military and government here at West Point. The event seeks to promote fellowship among women and minorities in computing majors and provide technical training through interactive workshops.

Jefferson Receives Patriot League Honors
2/6/2019

CDT Kedrin Jefferson '21After posting a league leading time in Army's Star Meet victory over Navy, yearling Kedrin Jefferson was named Patriot League Male Track Athlete of the Week. The Memphis, Tenn., native followed up his program record setting performance in the 200m dash at the Penn State National Open with a nationally charting mark in the Army-Navy Star Meet. "Kedrin has really started to master the 200m event," head coach Mike Smith said. "He has reached a level of consistency now that places him among the better runners in the NCAA."

Jefferson's adjusted time of 21.12 is the top time recorded in the Patriot League this season and ranks 34th nationally. "There is still room for him to improve," Smith said. "I think we will be talking about him and his superlatives for the rest of the winter and into the spring." This marks the fourth time this season that a Black Knight has claimed the weekly honor for men's track. Cow Tyrell Maddox has won two weekly awards and plebe Justin Young received the honor following the Keydet Invitational. Read more.

Orienteering at the Navigator's Cup
2/6/2019

Orienteering at the Navigator's CupOver the course of the weekend, the Orienteering Team competed in the Georgia Navigator’s Cup, a four-day navigational event, at Chattahoochee Bend State Park. This event consisted of three classic races and an aptly named Extreme-O course filled with unique obstacles and challenges. The team had many stellar and standout performances who placed highly in their respective categories. CDTs Fletcher, Aloma, and Parker swept the podium in the M-Red category for the weekend. Several team alumni from nearby Forts Benning, Rucker, and Gordon showed up to inspire and reconnect. The O-Team performed exceptionally and looks forward to continued excellence this spring season.

Climbing Hosts the Royal Military College of Canada
2/6/2019

Climbing Hosts the Royal Military College of CanadaUSMA Climbing hosted a joint training exercise with Canadian counterparts in the Class of '79 Rock Wall and Arvin Gym. This event was held to strengthen the existing partnership with the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) and to share training knowledge and tips with regards to indoor sport climbing. This event was a great success, members of both teams were actively engaged in various activities throughout the weekend with a culmination of a joint training exercise. It was a great opportunity to showcase the Class of '79 wall as well as allow cadets to interact and compete with their counterparts from RMC.

Annual Army Fencing Tournament
2/6/2019

Annual Army Fencing TournamentArmy Fencing held its annual tournament recently. The team hosted nine teams to include Navy, whom Army beat. Army women finished 3rd overall and men finished 5th. These standings are impressive given the majority of the teams are varsity. Navy sent a follow-up note that captured the tenure of the event-Thank you for putting on a great meet last weekend at West Point.

Lewis Named Defensive Line Coach
2/6/2019

Lewis Named Defensive Line CoachArmy West Point head football coach Jeff Monken announced the hiring of Kevin Lewis to his staff on Tuesday. Lewis will oversee the Black Knights' defensive line, a position group he's very familiar with. He comes to the Banks of the Hudson with 12 years of experience coaching that unit, most recently a five-year stint at William and Mary. During his time with the Tribe, Lewis coached all-conference selections during each of his five seasons and helped three former defensive linemen earn NFL opportunities.

Highlighting those who benefited from Lewis' tutelage was All-American defensive end Mike Reilly. Honored as the 2014 Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Year, Reilly was a Buchanan Award Watch List selection and signed a free agent contract with the Cleveland Browns following a tremendous senior campaign in which he ranked 13th nationally in sacks per game. Also garnering NFL opportunities were a pair of defensive tackles in Jasper Coleman and Tyler Claytor. Coleman, a 2014 Chuck Boone Leadership Award Nominee, signed a free agent contract with the Houston Texans following his senior season, while Claytor earned a tryout with the Chicago Bears after his first-team all-conference selection in 2016. Read more.

GEN Benyasri Visits USMA
2/5/2019

Royal Thai Armed Forces Chief of Defense Gen. Ponpipaat Benyasri visited the U.S. Military Academy to learn more about the academy and continue to strengthen the partnership between the two armies. There are currently three Thai cadets enrolled at WestPoint and 25 have graduated since 1930. A team from Thailand will also be participating in Sandhurst this year.

Black Knights Land 49 on Patriot Honor Roll
2/5/2019

Army West Point placed 49 student-athletes from five teams on the 2018-19 Patriot League Fall Academic Honor Roll for strong performances in the classroom.

Women's soccer led the way with 15 honorees apiece followed closely by women's cross country (14) and men's cross country (11).

To be eligible for the Academic Honor Roll, a student-athlete must earn a 3.20 grade-point average in the spring semester and participate in one of the Patriot League's winter or spring championship sports. Read more.

The Corbin Forum Hosts Girl Scout Troops
2/5/2019

Cadets with the Corbin Forum hosted Girl Scout troops from New York and New Jersey recently. This event brought Girls Scouts between the ages of five and fourteen to West Point to have a fun team-bonding experience by camping out on the basketball court and participating in various workshops that taught them about confidence.

Oliver Added to Army Executive Staff
2/5/2019

Army West Point Athletics has announced the hiring of Jonathan Oliver as a Senior Associate Athletic Director for High Performance.

Oliver will oversee Army's athletic training and strength and conditioning departments as well as the nutrition program for its athletes.

"I am honored and excited to work with the stellar coaches and staff that have contributed to the rich history of Army, but most importantly the cadets-athletes," Oliver said. "These young men and women have a greater mission and I am excited to be a part of their development as athletes, but also as future leaders."

Before arriving at West Point, Oliver spent six years at Texas Christian University as an assistant professor within the department of kinesiology. In addition to his role as assistant professor, Oliver served as Director of The Sports Science Center at TCU, for which he also developed. As director, Oliver oversaw all aspects of the center's operations which provided a multidisciplinary approach to improving sport performance and athlete health for TCU athletics, local high schools, and professional sporting organizations. Read more.

Men's Track And Field Strong In Sweep Of Navy
2/4/2019

Men's Track And Field Strong In Sweep Of NavyThe Army West Point men's track and field team defeated rival Navy to claim the Star in the 2019 Army-Navy Indoor Star Meet on Saturday.

The Cadets were strong across the board in a decisive 100-81 win at Gillis Field House.

The win was a part of a sweep of Navy by Army's men and women's cross country teams. Army and Navy are now tied at seven in the 2018-19 Star Series presented by USAA.

Army's 100-point performance is only the program's third in the history of the Indoor Star Meet. This also marks just the fifth time that the Black Knights have claimed both the men's and women's indoor meet. Read more.

Women's Track And Field Completes Sweep Of Navy
2/4/2019

Women's Track And Field Completes Sweep Of NavyThe Army West Point women's track and field team defeated Navy in a thrilling Army-Navy Indoor Star Meet on Saturday.

The Cadets edged out their rival 89.5 to 88.5, clinching the victory in the final event of the afternoon.

Army's two track and field teams combined for a sweep over their rival to pull even at seven in the 2018-19 Army-Navy Star Series presented by USAA. Read more.

Gymnastics Sets Season-High Mark vs. Navy
2/4/2019

CDT Cole Casanova '20The Army West Point gymnastics team posted a season-high in its 401.100 – 400.550 deficit to Navy on Saturday. The Black Knights notched a program record mark in still rings for the second time this season with a 67.300. Cole Casanova and Mathew Davis went one-two in the all-around. The Black Knights posted a program record on still rings with a 67.300 rating. Army topped its previous best mark which was set against Penn State earlier this season. The Cadets' 400.550 was the team's top mark this season. Casanova championed the meet with an 80.900 in all-around and was followed by Davis with a 67.600. Casanova placed first on both vault and parallel bars. Davis championed floor exercise. Taka Giese helped Army to the program mark on still rings with an event-leading and career-high 13.700 score. Matthew Martin championed pommel horse with a career-high score. Read more.

Women's Tennis Sweeps Binghamton, SHU in Home Opener
2/4/2019

CDT Caroline Vincent '22The Army West Point women's tennis team opened its home schedule with a pair of victories over Binghamton and Sacred Heart at the Lichtenberg Tennis Center on Friday. The Black Knights began with a 7-0 shutout win over the Bearcats before claiming a 6-1 victory over the Pioneers. Army improved to 4-2 on the season, while Binghamton dropped to 0-3 and Sacred Heart fell to 1-5. Army posted its 20th win all-time against Binghamton. The Black Knights improved to 10-0 in the all-time series with Sacred Heart. Vincent notched her first-career win in the top singles flight. DiMaio and Waldman earned their team-leading third dual wins of the year. Waldman garnered her fifth career dual win in singles action. The Acworth, Ga., native tied her singles win total from a season ago with her 11th of the year. McCormick etched her 30th career singles win. Allen posted her 30th career doubles dual victory. Boubel and Pidgeon improved to 2-0 in duals this year. Boubel collected her 10th-career singles dual win. Pidgeon extended her winning streak to eight-straight matches. Bou documented her 10th win of the season in singles and doubles action. Inchauste contributed her first-career win at the No. 2 singles position. Dolehide added her fifth doubles win of the year with a pair of victories. Read more.

Army Hockey Forces Overtime with Crusaders
2/4/2019

CDT Zach Evancho '20Trailing 2-1 with 25 seconds left in regulation, Zach Evancho of the Army West Point hockey team scored a power play goal to force overtime against Holy Cross on Saturday night. The Black Knights and the Crusaders skated to a 2-2 draw, providing one point to the Cadets in league standings. Evancho had two points on the night after setting up the first goal and tallying the second score. The Black Knights scored on their first power play of the game four minutes into the second period. Evancho passed the puck into traffic in front of the net where Colin Bilek was waiting and took a shot. Dominic Franco came up with the rebound and scored with a between the legs shot 1:06 into the power play. Holy Cross tallied back-to-back even strength goals in the third period within 6:15 minutes to take a 2-1 lead. With 25 seconds remaining in regulation, Matt Berkovitz passed the puck along the blue line to Evancho who fired a shot from the right circle beating Erik Gordon to tie the game. The Black Knights closed out the overtime frame with the puck firing as many shots as possible including the final of the game, but things would end in a 2-2 tie. Read more.

Wrestling Stay Hot with Fourth-Straight Win
2/4/2019

CDT Corey Shie '22With temperatures in the mid-teens outside, the Army West Point wrestling team stayed hot with its fourth-straight dual win to the tune of 28-10 over West Virginia on Friday evening.

The Black Knights improved to 6-2 on the season, while West Virginia dropped to 4-13.

After falling behind 6-0 following the first two matches, a pin by rookie Corey Shie fired up the visiting squad and tied the dual. The Mountaineers picked up their only bonus point win of the night in the following match, but Army rattled off six-straight wins to earn their first non-conference win of the year. Read more.

Softball Tabbed Fourth in Preseason Poll
2/1/2019

Softball Tabbed Fourth in Preseason PollThe Army West Point softball team was picked to finish fourth in the Patriot League Preseason poll, which was released Thursday. Boston U., the reigning Patriot League champions, were selected to finish first with 72 points and 12 of the 14 first-place votes. Lehigh and Bucknell tied for second place in the poll with 56 points each, while the Mountain Hawks claimed the final two first-place nods. Holy Cross rounded out the top five with 30 points, while Colgate's 23 points placed itself sixth ahead of Lafayette who earned 11 points. Army also landed three cadet-athletes on the Preseason All-Patriot League Team in senior Carrie Reilly, junior Emily Ballesteros and sophomore Taylor Drayton. The Black Knights tied with the Boston U. for the most players on the preseason all-league squad with three, while Bucknell and Lehigh each earned two honorees. Reilly was named to the All-Patriot League First Team a season ago after posting a breakout season. The Riverside, Ill., native started in 51-of-53 games as a junior last season, contributing 52 hits, 28 RBI, 25 runs scored, 10 doubles, three triples and four home runs. She compiled a batting average of .347 with an on-base percentage of .427 and ranked inside the Patriot League's top-10 in the following categories: average, slugging percentage, hits, RBI, doubles, triples, home runs and walks. Read more.

Baseball Projected First in Patriot League Preseason Poll
1/31/2019

Baseball Projected First in Patriot League Preseason PollThe Patriot League announced Wednesday that its reigning champions Army West Point baseball were projected to defend their title heading into the 2019 campaign. The Black Knights had a league-best six 2019 Preseason All-Patriot League selections and received 44 points and eight first-place votes in the poll. Navy and its three preseason selections picked up 36 points and two first-place votes, while Bucknell had four preseason all-league honorees and finished third in the poll with 34 points. Holy Cross had two preseason all-league selections and finished fourth with 27 points with Lehigh (25 points) and Lafayette (14 points) rounding out the poll. The defending Patriot League Champions (37-24 overall, 18-7 Patriot League) return a pair of second-team all-league starting pitchers with firstie right-hander Daniel Burggraaf (7-3, 2.90 ERA) and firstie left-hander Tyler Giovinco (9-5, 3.26 ERA). Firstie lefty reliever Cam Opp (5-2, 2.66 ERA, 4 saves) gives the Cadets an effective arm out of the bullpen. Yearling third baseman Anthony Giachin (.288, 2 HR, 33 RBI) returns after earning rookie of the year and tournament MVP honors, while all-league cow centerfielder Jacob Hurtubise (.278, 56 R, 42 SB) will also be back to help lead the offense. Read more.

Einck Garners Patriot League Weekly Honors
1/31/2019

CDT Kirby Einck '19Firstie captain Kirby Einck of the Army West Point women's tennis team was named the Patriot League Female Tennis Player of the Week on Tuesday.

Einck won her third career weekly award from the league after claiming the award in consecutive weeks from April 18-25, 2017. The Geneva, Ill., native opened the spring season with a 2-0 mark in singles and 1-1 in doubles. She defeated Sofie Moenster (Georgetown), 6-4, 2-6, 10-8 before topping Mackenzie Deeter (Colgate), 7-5, 6-2 in the top singles flight. Both were milestone victories in Einck's career as the win over Moenster was her 40th in singles duals, while the decision over Deeter brought her career singles win total to 60.

Playing alongside rookie Sam DiMaio in doubles, Einck defeated Deeter and Lauren O'Brien, 6-4, in the top doubles flight.

The Black Knights open their home slate on Friday when they welcome Binghamton and Sacred Heart to the Lichtenberg Tennis Center at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively. Read more.

Casanova Honored as Athlete of the Week
1/31/2019

CDT Cole Casanova '20After his spectacular performance against Springfield, Cole Casanova was named the Army West Point Athlete of the Week as well as the Eastern College Athletic Conference Gymnast of the Week. He earns gymnast of the week honors for the second time this season.

Casanova soared above the competition last weekend championing the meet, earning four career-high marks and placing first in five of his six events. The Dallas, Texas, native posted a career-highs in the all-around (82.350), floor exercise (14.250), vault (14.500) and high bar (13.400). Casanova also paced the Black Knights in a program record-setting mark on floor exercise with a team score of 69.650.

The Black Knights host Navy for the annual Star Meet on Saturday at the Lou Gross Center. The meet will begin at 1 p.m.

The Class of 2020 Celebrates 500th Night
1/29/2019

The Class of 2020 Celebrates 500th NightClass of 2020 cadets celebrated 500 nights until their graduation during the annual 500th Night Banquet in the Cadet Mess Hall this past Saturday.

Photo: by Brandon O’Connor

Rifle Sets Program Record Against Akron
1/29/2019

CDT Kaitlyn Kutz '21The Army West Point rifle team got back in the win column on Saturday, shooting a program record in a win over Akron at the Palmyra Invitational. "We had a pretty good day today," head coach Web Wright said. "We set a program record with a 4668. Payne led the way with both gun and everyone else was pretty close behind." Firstie co-captain Payne Nunn led the way with an aggregate scoreboard of 1172. "They were good scores. No one shot remarkably well, but we had a lot of depth," Wright said. "When the whole team shoots like that, we can put up some very competitive scores." Army now sets its sights on her Star Match against their biggest rival. "We have one more week of training and hit the Star Match against Navy. We have some things to work on, but I like where we are right now" Read more.

Men's Basketball Secures League Win with Second-Half Comeback
1/29/2019

CDT Lonnie Grayson '21A career game from yearling Lonnie Grayson guided the Army West Point men's basketball team to its fourth-straight win as the Black Knights claimed a 69-63 road victory over Lafayette on Saturday afternoon at the Kirby Sports Center. Grayson provided a much-needed spark off the bench for the Black Knights (11-10, 6-2 Patriot League) against Lafayette (5-14, 2-6 Patriot League). The second-year guard dropped a career-best 19 points to go with a career-high six rebounds and three steals. Army got another efficient scoring outing from Matt Wilson after the center put up 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting to pair with eight boards. John Emezie was electric off the bench and came up huge in the second half for the Cadets, scoring all 11 of his points in the final frame. Read more.

Gymnastics Shines in Road Meet at Springfield
1/29/2019

CDT Cole Casanova '21Led by Cole Casanova, the Army West Point gymnastics team defeated Springfield on the road Saturday, 395.050 - 388.050. Casanova championed the meet with a career-high 82.350 in the all-around. The fistie captain placed first in five of his six events today. Casanova garnered a career-high 82.350 in the meet. He championed five of his six events. As a team, the Black Knights posted a program record score on floor exercise today combining for a 69.650. Apart from the all-around, Casanova had career-highs in three events. The floor exercise gave Army a solid lead over the Pride. Casanova's career-high 14.250 paced Army, while Mathew Davis (14.100) and Erik Del Cid (13.800) and Elliott Herman (13.800) followed in second and third. Mitch McHugh (13.700) and Taka Giese (13.500) also competed on floor. Brandon Shively was the runner up on pommel horse with a 13.100. Matthew Martin was third with marks of 13.050. Elijah-Ty Phelps posted a career-high 12.700 on the apparatus today. Vault saw Casanova soar above the competition with a career-high 14.500. Alejandro Suarez registered a 14.000 to place third, it was a season-best. Read more.

Women's Tennis Opens League Play with Win over Colgate
1/29/2019

CDT Kirby Einck '19The Army West Point women's tennis team split a pair of matches at Cornell's Reis Tennis Center on Saturday afternoon.

The Black Knights fell to the host Big Red, 5-2, before topping Patriot League opponent, 7-0. Army moved to 2-2 on the year and 1-0 in league matches, while Cornell improved to 1-0 and Colgate dropped to 0-2 and 0-1 in league play.

Army posted its first shutout win of the season. Rookies Paola Bou and Stephanie Dolehide captured their first collegiate dual wins against Cornell. Kirby Einck notched her 60th career singles victory. It was the 10th victory of the season for Dolehide. Sam DiMaio, Abi Waldman and Einck all moved to a team-best 2-0 record in duals. DiMaio collected her team-leading 12th singles victory of the season. MaryJo Pidgeon earned her 10th win of the year. Read more.

Women's Track Finishes Penn State National
1/29/2019

CDT Lauren Schultz '20The Army West Point women's track team closed out the Penn State National Open on Saturday. The team was led by strong efforts from cow Haley Watson, who finished third in the women's 800m, and firstie Abby Halbrook, who placed third in the women's mile. Head Coach Mike Smith said "There were a lot of really good things that happened for us today. But that is not a surprise. Our kids rise to the level of competition and today against some really strong teams from the Big Ten, Ivy League and ACC, we performed very well. Our throws women made some nice adjustments this week and it showed today in the shot put. Lauren Schultz and Emily Mikoud are just starting to get into a groove there, so I look forward to watching them take off in the coming weeks. We also shined out on the track today in multiple areas. Our middle distance women were as advertised: tough and fighting to win events. Cassie Mundekis came within .50 seconds of her own school record in the 800 and Abby Halbrook followed suit in the mile, just missing her own mark set last year in this meet" Read more.

Army Extends Payne's Contract
1/29/2019

Mens Soccer Coach Russell PayneArmy West Point Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan announced a new multi-year contract extension for head men's soccer coach Russell Payne on Friday. Payne guided the Black Knights to the Patriot League Tournament championship match this past fall after upsetting nationally-ranked Loyola, 1-0, in the semifinal round. It marked the first time since 1996 that an Army squad had advanced to the championship match.

"Russell has elevated our men's soccer program to a new level," Army West Point Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan said. "Since welcoming him to the Army family, he has done an outstanding job in developing leaders of character. He has continued to show leadership qualities on and off the pitch that have been instrumental in the growth of our Cadets. We're looking forward to seeing where he takes this program going forward."

At the helm of the men's soccer team, Payne has also been instrumental in the Black Knights' success in the Army-Navy Cup. In the fall, he helped lift the Cadets to their largest Army-Navy Cup victory in the seven-year history of the rivalry played at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa., after defeating Navy, 4-1. The Cadets have come out on top in three of the last four years by outscoring the Midshipmen by a combined score of 7-2. Payne was hired in 2010 and has spent nine seasons with the Black Knights. His new contract will extend him through the 2022 season.

"I am truly honored to continue the exciting work of building leaders of character while in pursuit of excellence here at Army West Point," Payne said. Read more.

Wrestling Cracks Top-25 in WIN Magazine Rankings
1/24/2019

Wrestling Cracks Top-25 in WIN Magazine RankingsThe Army West Point wrestling team cracked the top-25 in WIN Magazine's most recent rankings, which was released on Monday.

The Black Knights are tied for 24th nationally with Northern Iowa, receiving 13.5 points in the poll. Army is currently 5-2 on the season and 5-0 in the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA). The Cadets are off to their best start in conference duals since the 2005-06 season.

Firstie Rocco Caywood (197 lbs.) and cow Ben Harvey (174 lbs.) were both named in the individual polls for their respective weight classes. Caywood jumped one spot to fourth, while Harvey held steady at 18th.

The Black Knights return to the mat on Feb. 1 when they travel to West Virginia for an 8 p.m. match. To view the full rankings, click here.

Men's Basketball Rolls to Fourth-Straight Home Win
1/24/2019

CDT Matt Wilson '20With four Cadets scoring in double-figures, the Army West Point men's basketball team cruised to a 76-57 Patriot League victory over Holy Cross on Wednesday night at Christl Arena. The Black Knights (10-10, 5-2 Patriot League), who are off to their best start in league play since starting 6-1 during the 2013-14 campaign, received a strong outing from Matt Wilson after the cow posted a double-double. He dropped a game-high 21 points, while shooting 8-of-10 from the field, and reeled in a game-best 12 rebounds against the Crusaders (11-9, 2-5 Patriot League). Lonnie Grayson had his best offensive outing of his career after going 5-of-8 from the field and knocking down four treys for a career-high 14 points to go along with four rebounds and three assists. Grayson wasn't the only guard to find success on the floor as the backcourt duo of Jordan Fox and Tommy Funk combined for 21 points and 12 assists on the night. Read more.

Surdick Garners Preseason Accolades
1/24/2019

Surdick Garners Preseason AccoladesWith the 2019 season quickly approaching, the Patriot League preseason poll has been announced with Army picked fifth. Senior defender Johnny Surdick captured Preseason Defensive Player of the Year accolades for the second straight year, and was named to the Preseason All-Patriot League team. "Given the fact there are a number of outstanding defenders in the Patriot League, it is a tremendous distinction for John to be selected as the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year," said head coach Joe Alberici. "I am certain John will use this recognition as additional motivation to make his senior season the best one of his already storied Army Lacrosse career." The preseason poll and individual awards were voted on by the men's lacrosse coaches and sports information directors from each institution, with restrictions of voting for their own team and student-athletes. With the 16 first-place votes, the reigning Patriot League Champion Loyola will look to repeat as the League's top team, totaling 128 points in the preseason poll. Lehigh follows suit with the other two first-place votes to tally 109 points. Next is Navy (96), Boston U. (89) and Army (62) rounding out the top five. Read more.

Women's Swim & Dive Receives Academic Recognition
1/24/2019

Women's Swim & Dive Receives Academic RecognitionAfter turning in an impressive fall semester in the classroom, the Army West Point women's swimming and diving team was named to the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America list on Tuesday afternoon. To earn the honor, teams were required to post a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher for the fall semester and maintain a roster of 12 or more student-athletes. With a combined GPA of 3.20, Army was one of seven Patriot League schools to be recognized with the award. This marks the third consecutive semester that the Cadets received the academic recognition. Marie Docken, (4.217), Kim Caccamo (4.078), Serica Hallstead (3.980), Cecelia Croman (3.911) and Kara Wineinger (3.953) held the top GPAs for the Black Knights. Read more.

Funk Named AWPAA Athlete of the Week
1/24/2019

CDT Tommy Funk '20After helping the Army West Point men's basketball team pick up a victory over service-academy rival Navy and go 2-0 this past week, Tommy Funk was named the AWPAA Athlete of the Week. For the week, Funk averaged 23.5 points, 5.5 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game, while recording a 3.7 assist-to-turnover ratio. He was efficient from all areas on the floor, connecting on 73 percent of his shots from the field and 78 percent from deep against two Patriot League teams that ranked inside the top five in scoring defense. Funk led the Black Knights in scoring against Colgate and Navy, tallying a pair of 20-point performances. The cow guard got his week started with a career-high 25 points against the Raiders, while shooting 9-of-12 (75 percent) from the field and a perfect 3-of-3 from long range.

He added four assists and three rebounds in the 91-81 win opposite Colgate. The Warrington, Pa., native followed that outing with a 22-point game against the Midshipmen. He shot 70 percent from the field and knocked down four 3-pointers in the 72-61 victory over Navy. It was Army's first home win over Navy since Feb. 11, 2012 and Funk played a crucial role. To go along with his scoring efforts, he dished out a game-high seven assists and paired that with six rebounds. Funk is now tied for 12th at the Academy with Josh Miller and Alex Morris in single-season assists with 119 and has scored in double-figures in nine of his last 10 outings. He is currently tied for 19th in the nation and leads the Patriot League with 6.3 assists per contest.

T&F Claim Four Patriot League Weekly Awards
1/24/2019

CDTs Cassie Mundekis '19 and Justin Young '22The Patriot League announced Tuesday that the Army West Point Track and Field team has received four individual weekly awards after the team's performance at the Keydet Invitational. Plebe Justin Young received two awards, claiming his first Patriot League Male Track Athlete of the Week honor and his third Patriot League Rookie of the Week designation. The Wylie, Texas, native won his second 60-meter hurdles race of the season, posting a time of 8.00. Young set the Patriot League season mark with a 7.97 result at the Nittany Lion Invitational on January 12. Firstie Cassie Mundekis was named Patriot League Female Track Athlete of the Week. Mundekis set a program record with a 2:50.66 finish in Friday's 800-meter final and led the field with a 2:11.60 finish in Saturday's 1000-meter final. Two-sport standout firstie Kenneth Brinson was named Patriot League Male Field Athlete of the Week. The Kennesaw, Ga., native won his second consecutive Men's Weight Throw competition, posting a distance of 18.23 meters.

Ottman and Alaimo Earn Weekly League Honors
1/24/2019

CDTs Tom Ottman '19 and Daniel Alaimo '22Tom Ottman and Daniel Alaimo both collected Patriot League weekly honors after helping the Army West Point men's swimming and diving team go a perfect 3-0 this past weekend in Fairfax, Va. Ottman earned his first weekly recognition from the league after picking up a trio of top-two finishes in individual events opposite American, George Mason and Old Dominion. The firsite started the meet with a first-place showing in the 1650 free, finishing with a time of 15:56.58. His mark was 14 seconds faster than the second-place finisher. He then captured a second-place finish in the 200 free at 1:41.75, before winning the 500 free once he touched the wall at 4:36.02.

The Black Knights will return to action on Feb. 2 to compete at the Bison Invitational hosted by Bucknell in Lewisburg, Pa. Read more.

Wineinger and Hallstead Receive League Recognition
1/24/2019

CDTs Kara Wineinger '19 and Serica Hallstead '20Kara Wineinger and Serica Hallstead both received Patriot League weekly honors after helping the Army West Point women's swimming and diving team go a perfect 3-0 this past weekend in Fairfax, Va. Wineinger garnered her second league accolade of the season after winning the 100 and 200 breast on Saturday against American, George Mason and Old Dominion. She got her afternoon started by swimming the second leg of the 200 medley relay squad that bested the competition after posting a time of 1:45.53. The firstie then won the 100 breast at 1:03.98, before going on to claim the top spot in the 200 breast once she touched the wall at 2:20.26.

The Black Knights will return to action on Feb. 2 to compete at the Bison Invitational hosted by Bucknell in Lewisburg, Pa. Read more.

Davis Earns Rookie of the Week Nod
1/24/2019

CDT Mathew Davis '22Mathew Davis of the Army West Point gymnastics team was tabbed the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Rookie of the Week for the second time.

Davis championed the all-around in Army's meet versus fifth-ranked Penn State. The plebe posted a career-high 80.150 at the meet.

He tied for second on floor exercise (14.100) and parallel bars (13.100). The Frisco, Texas, native also had a third-place showing on high bar after turning out a 13.000.

The Black Knights travel to Springfield on Sunday for a dual meet at 1 p.m.

Wrestling Builds Up Bonus Points in Win at Brown
1/18/2019

CDT Lucas Weiland '20The Army West Point wrestling team sprinted out to a big lead en route to a 32-6 road victory against Brown on Thursday evening at the Pizzitola Sports Center. The Black Knights improved to 4-2 on the season and 4-0 against Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) opponents, while the Bears dropped to 2-2 overall and 0-1 in conference. Army leapt out to a 20-point lead through the first five matches thanks to a pair of technical falls from yearling Lane Peters at 133 pounds and cow Lucas Weiland at 157 pounds. The Cadets won eight of the 10 matches, including six bonus point victories. Rookie Corey Shie (141 lbs.), cow Ben Harvey (174 lbs.), fourth-ranked firstie Rocco Caywood (197 lbs.) and plebe Ben Sullivan (285 lbs.) all posted major decisions in the match.

Army wrestled against Brown for the first time since 2013-14. The Black Knights improved to 20-5-2 in the all-time series against Brown. Army has won its last 12 matches versus the Bears dating back to the 2003-04 season. Head Coach Kevin Ward notched his 20th-career victory at the helm of the Black Knights. Army jumped to 4-0 in EIWA duals, its best start in conference matches since 2006-07. The Black Knights scored their most points in a dual since a 34-3 victory over Hofstra on Jan. 21, 2017. Chalifoux earned the 50th victory of his career. It was the 15th career dual win for the Nashville, Tenn., native and his fifth of the season. Shie and Harvey contributed their team-leading 20th victories of the season. Shie added his team-leading 12th bonus point victory with a major decision. Harvey reached the 20-win plateau for the third-consecutive year. Caywood moved to 5-0 in duals on the season. Read More

Army Football Earns ECAC’s Prestigious Lambert Trophy
1/17/2019

Army Navy 2018For the first time in 60 years, the Army West Point football team was awarded the highly coveted Lambert Trophy, given annually by the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC).

The award will be presented to them at the 83rd Eastern College Football Awards Banquet at The Ridge in Danbury, Conn., on Feb. 21.

A year after being named ECAC Division I Football Bowl Subdivision Team of the Year, the Black Knights will be presented the 2018 Lambert Trophy for the first time since 1958. The Cadets had a historic season that saw a lot of firsts. They won 11 games for the first time in program history, making this the first time they have ever had back-to-back 10-plus win seasons. Army won its third consecutive game against arch rival Navy, the longest such streak against the Midshipmen since the mid 1990s. They also won the Commander In Chief's Trophy in back-to-back seasons for the first time. Head coach Jeff Monken was awarded the George Munger Award and Vince Lombardi Award for National College Coach of the Year. This year the Black Knights were ranked first nationally in third down conversion percentage and fourth down conversion percentage. They finished the year on a high note by defeating Houston, 70-14, tying an FBS record for points scored in a bowl game. Read More

Maddox And Young Again Claim League Honors
1/17/2019

CDTs Tyrell Maddox '20 and Justin Young '22For the second time this season, cow Tyrell Maddox and plebe Justin Young have received weekly honors from the Patriot League. Following their success at the Crowell Open, the duo continued their strong start at the Nittany Lion Challenge at Penn State University. Maddox finished first in the men's 400 meter dash with a time of 48.38 seconds. He then went on to anchor the men's 4x400 to a second place finish. Both times were the best in the Patriot League this season. The junior was named Patriot League Male Track Athlete of the Week.

"Tyrell had a great fall training block and did a nice job of managing his workouts over the Christmas break and that showed on Sunday," head coach Mike Smith said. "He expects to win and that competitive fire serves him well in all of his events. The personal best he set this weekend in the 400 is a great indicator of his potential for success in the winter and spring. He is ready to take a big step forward."

Plebe Justin Young set two personal bests in the 60 meter hurdles, leading the field in the preliminary race with a time of 8.00, before posting a 7.97 in the final for a second place finish. The 7.97 second finish is the best in the Patriot League so far this season. Young was also a member of the second place finishing 4x400 unit. The Wylie, Texas, native was named Patriot League Male Rookie of the Week. Read More

McKenrick Named AWPAA Athlete of the Week
1/17/2019

CDT Brian McKenrick '20After helping the Army West Point men's swimming and diving team secure a pair of Patriot League duals against Lehigh and Bucknell this past weekend, yearling Brian McKenrick was named the AWPAA Athlete of the Week. McKenrick shined in the pool, delivering four individual event victories while helping the Black Knights capture a pair of relay wins over a two-day stretch. His successful weekend began on Friday when he swam the opening leg of the first-place 200 medley relay squad opposite Lehigh. He followed that performance up with back-to-back victories in the 100 and 200 back after posting times of 50.49 and 1:51.12, respectively. McKenrick rounded out the meet with a second-place showing in the 200 IM once he touched the wall at 1:54.48. A day later, the Black Knights visited Bucknell in Lewisburg, Pa., and McKenrick once again helped the 200 medley relay team finish first. The Wayne, Pa., native additionally won the 100 back (50.88) and 200 back (1:52.17) at the league dual meet. Read More

Strong First Quarter Secures Win for Women's Basketball
1/17/2019

CDT Jess Lewis '19Thanks to an impressive first quarter, the Army West Point women's basketball team earned a 65-50 victory over Lafayette in Patriot League action on Wednesday. Army hosted around 1,500 local young students as part of Education Day at West Point and didn't disappoint with its second league win of the year. Madison Hovren finished with another double-double with a game high 23 points and 16 rebounds, while classmate Jess Lewis tied a career best with 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the floor. Lewis also dished out seven assists in the win, which was one off her career high. As a team, the Black Knight shot 41 percent from the field and had an advantage of 12-3 in points off of turnovers. Read More

Casanova, Davis Earn ECAC Honors
1/17/2019

CDT Cole Casanova '20 and Mathew Davis '22Cole Casanova and Mathew Davis of the West Point gymnastics team were both honored by the Eastern College Athletic Conference. Casanova earned ECAC Gymnast of the Week honors, while Davis was tabbed the Rookie of the Week after their performances at the West Point Open. Casanova, a senior team captain, posted three career-high scores over the weekend. He was second in the all-around with an 80.050. The Dallas, Texas, native garnered career-highs on pommel horse (13.500) and still rings (13.800). Casanova was second in the meet on vault with a score of 14.000. Davis had a standout performance in his collegiate debut placing sixth in the all-around (76.200) which ranked him as the top plebe competitor at the event. The Frisco, Texas, native finished second on the floor exercise (14.300) and third on high bar (12.650). The Black Knights host Penn State next Saturday at the Lou Gross Center. The meet will begin at 2 p.m.

Hallstead Named PL Female Diver of the Week
1/17/2019

CDT Serica Hallstead '20After winning on both boards in a pair of Patriot League duals against Lehigh and Bucknell this past weekend, cow Serica Hallstead was named the female Patriot League Diver of the Week. "I am very happy for Serica and proud of how she competed this weekend," head diving coach Chris Waters said. "It was a long week coming out of a hard training trip but she stayed focused and had consistent, strong performances on both boards on back-to-back days. She's a great leader for our program." It marks the second time this season that Hallstead received the weekly honor from the league. The Canandaigua, N.Y., native posted a season-best total of 273.67 on the 1-meter and 259.12 on the 3-meter to top the competition and lock up two first-place scores versus the Mountain Hawks. She then claimed the top spot on both boards against the Bison on Saturday. On the 1-meter she totaled 258.08 and added a score of 276.53 on the 3-meter. Hallstead and the Black Knights return to action on Saturday to take on American, Old Dominion and George Mason in a quad meet.

MacAfee Nominated for Hobey Baker Award
1/17/2019

CDT Dalton MacAfee '19Dalton MacAfee of the Army West Point hockey team has been nominated for the Hobey Baker Award, announced by the association on Wednesday. Awarded annually to college hockey's top player, the Hobey Baker fan-voting will run from now until Sunday, March 10 at midnight. College hockey fans can cast their vote by going to the voting website http://www.hobeybaker.com/vote. Follow the prompts to make your selection from this year's outstanding crop of 81 college hockey players representing 46 NCAA Division I schools. Phase two of fan balloting will come from the list of Top Ten Hobey Baker finalists beginning March 20 and closing March 31. The fans' vote accounts for a full one percent of the total ballot in each phase in selecting this year's award recipient. Award criteria include candidates exhibiting the exceptional character traits of the award's namesake, Hobey Baker. A legendary American hero, Baker was a World War I fighter pilot and was known as America's greatest amateur athlete in his day, excelling at hockey and football at Princeton University. Award candidates must demonstrate strength of character both on and off the ice, contribute to the integrity of his team and display outstanding skills in all phases of the game. Consideration should be given to scholastic achievement and sportsmanship. Read More

Men's Basketballs Captures Home Win Over Colgate
1/17/2019

CDT Tommy Funk '20An efficient shooting performance helped the Army West Point men's basketball team defend Christl Arena and capture a 91-81 victory over Colgate in a Patriot League game on Wednesday night. Tommy Funk led the offensive charge for the Black Knights (8-10, 3-2 Patriot League) against the Raiders (10-8, 2-3 Patriot League). The cow went 9-of-12 from the floor and a perfect 3-of-3 from deep for a career-high 25 points to pair with a team-high four assists. Jordan Fox was also in a groove all night, burying five shots from the field and four from long range for 15 points. Matt Wilson came away with nine points and a game-high eight rebounds, while Lonnie Grayson and John Emezie added 12 and 10, respectively, in the scoring column.

Army tied the all-time series with Colgate, 62-62. The Black Knights tied a season-high for points scored in a game with 91. The Cadets shot a season-best 59 percent from the field and 54 percent from deep. Twelve of the team's 31 made shots came from long range. Army recorded double-digit makes from beyond-the-arc for the seventh time this season. Funk's nine made shots tied a career high. It was the first time this season that the cow eclipsed the 20-point threshold. He now has four 20-point games in his career with two of them coming against Colgate. Eighteen of Funk's 25 points came in the second half. Grayson's 12 points was a career mark. Fox extended his double-digit scoring streak to three games. The firstie has made at least one 3-pointer in seven consecutive outings. Read More

Army Extends Monken’s Contract
1/15/2019

Army Extends Monken’s ContractArmy West Point Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan announced Monday a new multi-year contract extension for head football coach Jeff Monken.

Monken is coming off a record-breaking year on the Banks of the Hudson in 2018. He brought the Black Knights back into the national spotlight by leading them to their first national ranking in 22 years. In addition, the Cadets set a program record 11 wins, including their third-straight victory over Navy.

"We knew when we hired Jeff he was the right man to rebuild our football program," Army West Point Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan said. "This extension is well-deserved as he has created the right culture by bringing in assistants and staff members who not only teach but represent our core values. He believes strongly in the Academy's larger mission of recruiting, developing and graduating leaders of character. We're excited to continue to see where Jeff takes our team for years to come."

Over the last two years Monken has led the Black Knights to consecutive 10-plus-win seasons for the first time in Academy history. Since the start of the 2017 season, Army has won 21 of its last 26 games for a .807 winning percentage. The Cadets also won the Commander In Chief's trophy in back-to-back seasons for the first time in program lore after defeating both Air Force and Navy.

Last fall Army ranked second nationally in rushing offense and first in the country in third and fourth down conversion percentage. On the defense side, the Black Knights were consistently ranked in the top-10 in total defense and finished the year listed eighth in the nation in that category. The Cadets closed out the season holding their last five opponents to 14 or less points. Read More

Wrestling Bests Binghamton in Home Opener
1/14/2019

CDT Lane Peters '21The Army West Point wrestling team opened its home dual schedule with a 30-7 victory over Binghamton at Gillis Field House on Sunday afternoon. The Black Knights improved to 3-2 on the year and 3-0 in duals against Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) opponents. Army jumped out to an early 9-0 lead after the first two matches with Trey Chalifoux earning a 7-1 decision over Audey Ashkar and Lane Peters exciting the Army crowd with a first-period pin against Zack Trampe. The Black Knights won eight of the 10 matches on the day with three bonus point victories.

Army has defeated Binghamton in each of their last four duals dating back to the 2012-13 season. The Black Knights open their EIWA dual season 3-0 for the second time in three years. Head coach Kevin Ward notched his 15th dual victory against an EIWA opponent while at Army. Chalifoux posted his 15th win of the season. Peters earned his personal-best fourth pin of the season. The Uhrichsville, Ohio, native collected his fifth career dual win. Hanau improves to 2-0 on his career in dual matches. Hartman and Sullivan notched his first collegiate dual win. McCormick picked up the fifth dual win of his career. Harvey secured the team victory for the Black Knights with his 15th career dual victory. Caywood documented his 70th career victory. Read More

Men's Swimming & Diving Captures League Win at Lehigh
1/14/2019

Men's Swimming & Diving Captures League Win at LehighThe Army West Point men's swimming and diving team captured a 203.5-96.5 over Lehigh in a Patriot League dual on Friday afternoon at Jacobs Pool. The Black Knights (3-2, 1-1 Patriot League) won 12 events opposite the Mountain Hawks (5-2, 2-2 Patriot League) to secure their first league win of the season. The Black Knights started off 2019 with a win in the 200-medley relay. The group of Brian McKenrick, Brady Almand, Kevin Doo and Josh Zock took first at 1:33.73. Tom Ottman picked up the victory in the 1000 free after clocking in at 9:33.67. In the 100-back, it was Brian McKenrick capturing the event victory with his time of 50.49. The yearling later secured his second individual event win of the day after touching the wall at 1:51.12 in the 200-back.

Army swept the 100-breast led by Evan Zhang's time of 56.80, which broke a pool record. Ty Dang (58.98) and Brady Almand (59.00) followed the freshman in the event, placing second and third, respectively. The top-two spots in the 200 fly went to James Bilbrey and Arthur Fan. Bilbrey posted a time of 1:51.47, while Fan came in at 1:55.53. Zock paced the Cadets in the 50-free and beat out the competition by touching the wall at 21.13. On the 1-meter board, Daniel Alaimo totaled the top score of 281.02, while Hudson Kay's total of 281.47 won the 3-meter. The 100-free went to Army as Kevin Doo's time of 47.29 bested the rest of the pack. Nathan Hein tied for second in the event after finishing at 47.43. Doo would later go on to win the 100-fly, while Bilbrey took second. Army swept the 200-IM as Peter Mikheyev paced the way with a time of 1:52.59. Brian McKenrick (1:54.48) and Jay Yang (1:57.18) finished second and third, respectively. Read More

T&F Competes at Nittany Lion Challenge
1/14/2019

CDT Kenneth Brinson '19The Army West Point track and field team competed in its first road meet of the season at the Nittany Lion Challenge on Saturday.

Army Event Winners: 
Track
Men's 200m: Kedrin Jefferson - 21.72.
Men's 400m: Tyrell Maddox - 48.38.
Women's 800m: Haley Watson - 2:13.58.

Field
Men's Weight Throw: Kenneth Brinson - 18.17m. Read More

Davis, Casanova Shine in WPO Individual Finals
1/14/2019

CDT Mathew Davis '22The Army West Point gymnastics team was well represented in the West Point Open individual finals Saturday night. Mathew Davis and Cole Casanova finished in the top-6 in all the events they qualified for. Casanova represented the Black Knights in four events, while Davis competed in three. Casanova set a season-high mark on the vault with a 14.000. He tied for second in the event. Davis captured second on the floor with a 13.850 and third on high bar with a 12.650. On high bar, Alejandro Tombrink was also successful for the Black Knights with a 12.600 to tie for fourth. Casanova placed third on parallel bars by turning out a 13.000. The firstie captain registered a 13.350 on still rings and a 12.400 on pommel tonight as well. Davis was sixth on vault with a 13.800. The Black Knights host Penn State next Saturday at the Lou Gross Center. The meet will begin at 2 p.m.

Army Hockey and Falcons Skate to 2-2 Draw
1/14/2019

CDT Dalton MacAfee '19 The Army West Point hockey team skated to a 2-2 draw with Air Force on Saturday night. It was the first time in program history that both games of a series ended in a tie. For the 10th time this season, Army garnered multiple power play goals. Colin Bilek and Dalton MacAfee each netted scores for the Black Knights. MacAfee also added an assist in the game, while Dominic Franco dished out two helpers.

For the 10th time this season, the Black Knights scored two or more power play goals in a game. Bilek netted his sixth goal of the year and third on the power play. The freshman boasts 13 points so far this season. MacAfee returned to the score sheet for Army with his third power play goal of the year and an assist in the other scoring play. The firstie leads the Black Knights with 20 points after his goal and assist tonight. It was MacAfee's eighth multi-point game in 2018-19 and 13th in an Army sweater. MacAfee now boasts six career points opposite the Falcons. Franco posted his fifth multi-assist game in his career tonight. It was the first of the season for the junior also marking his 15th career multi-point game. Jared Dempsey turned aside 24 shots on the night. The Black Knights and Falcons tied both games in a series for the first time in program history. Overall, the two service academies are tied 1-1-8 in overtime contests. Read More

Holland/Nachtigal Earn More All-Bowl Team Praise
1/11/2019

CDTs Bryce Holland '19 and James Nachtigal '19Firstie Army West Point football players Bryce Holland and James Nachtigal were recently selected to the USA Today Sports All-Bowl Team. Earlier this month Holland and Nachtigal were honored by Sport's Illustrated and the Associated Press, respectively, for their performances in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl. Holland, along with the entire offensive line, were voted to the Sport's Illustrated All-Bowl team after they blocked for an Army attack that compiled 592 total yards on 62 offensive plays. Houston was only able to register 320 yards on 73 plays during the bowl.

The interior line did a lot of damage in the ground attack with 10 different ball handlers combining to run 58 times. The Black Knights ran for 507 yards (on 8.7 yards a carry) in capping off the program's first 11-win campaign. Also, when they decided to throw the ball, that went well too, completing all four pass attempts for 85 yards. Army's 70 points racked up in the game were the most in the 16-year history of the Armed Forces Bowl. The Black Knights also registered 42 points in the first half, which marked the first time since 2011 the Cadets have achieved that feat.

Nachtigal was acknowledged by the Associated Pressand selected to their all-bowl team after making a career-high 16 tackles and delivering three of Army's program-record 10 sacks during the game. He also forced three fumbles. He became the first player to register three sacks in a game since Andrew King did so in 2015 at UConn. The sacks gave him 17 for his career as well, which is the second most all-time behind only Josh McNary. The Black Knights' defense, led by Nachtigal, held their fifth-straight opponent to 14 or less points to become the first three-time winner of the Armed Forces Bowl.

Rounds '19 Wins Gold at the USPA Parachuting Championships
1/11/2019

Congratulations to Thomas Rounds '19, who won gold at the 2018 United States Parachute Association - (USPA) National Collegiate Parachuting Championships. His team also set a new national record by building a formation in 8.56 seconds. Read More

Loose Promoted to Defensive Coordinator
1/11/2019

Loose Promoted to Defensive CoordinatorArmy West Point head football coach Jeff Monken announced Thursday that John Loose will take over as defensive coordinator full time after the departure of Jay Bateman. Loose was interim DC during Army's Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl victory over Houston, in which the Black Knights held the Cougars to just 14 points while registering a program record 10 sacks.

"John's promotion to defensive coordinator is well earned," Monken said. "He is a great mentor and teacher and cares deeply about this program. He has continued to grow as a professional during his time here, and I am looking forward to seeing him in this new role after the performance of our defense in the bowl victory over Houston."

Loose is no stranger to the defensive coordinator position having been in that role at Lafayette College for 14 seasons, from 2000-13, and at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy for three years from 1989-91.

Since making his second stop to the Banks of the Hudson in 2014, Loose has been at the forefront of the Black Knights' safeties. The last two seasons he helped guide a secondary that ranked 21st and 14th in the nation against the pass. Read More

Fox Catches Fire in Men's Basketballs Win over Boston U.
1/10/2019

CDT Jordan Fox '19Firstie guard Jordan Fox knocked down six treys and finished with a game-high 24 points to lead the Army West Point men's basketball team to an 86-82 Patriot League road victory over Boston U. on Wednesday night at Case Gym. The Black Knights (7-9, 2-1 Patriot League) shot 50 percent from the field and knocked down 11 shots from deep in the victory over the Terriers (8-8, 1-2 Patriot League), led by a season-best performance from Fox. The Jackson County, Ky., native went 8-of-11 from the field and 6-of-8 from long range to lead all scorers. Cows Tommy Funk and Matt Wilson aided the Black Knights' scoring efforts with 16 and 12 points, respectively.

Funk handed out a team-high six assists, while Wilson crashed the glass and finished the night by leading the team with seven boards. Fox moved to 26th in all-time scoring at the Academy with 1,077 career points. His 24-point performance marked the 11th time he eclipsed the 20-point threshold in his career. Funk's six assists put him past Army Hall of Famer Randy Cozzens for second all-time with 432. Wilson moved into the top-24 in all-time rebounds with 457, passing Jim Klosek. The Black Knights shot at least 50 percent from the field for the third time this season. It was the sixth time this season that Army made double-digit 3-pointers in a game. The 42-percent shooting performance from long range was the second-best this season. Army claimed its 10th win all-time versus Boston U. It was the fifth straight meeting between the two squads decided by 10 points or less. The Black Knights recorded less than 10 turnovers for the fifth time this season. Army captured its first league road win of the year. Read More

Army Football Closes Season Ranked In National Polls
1/9/2019

Army Football Closes Season Ranked In National PollsArmy West Point football achieved its final goal of the 2018 season when it was announced that the Black Knights were ranked in both national polls to close out the year.

The Cadets found themselves at No. 19 in the Associated Press Poll and No. 20 in the Amway Coaches Poll.

"We are incredibly excited to have earned the recognition of the Associated Press and the Amway Coaches Poll as one of the nation's top teams in 2018," head coach Jeff Monken said. "Our team set a pre-season goal to finish in the top-25 and I am so proud of this accomplishment for our players, our staff, and especially our seniors. This honor brings distinction to West Point, the Long Gray Line, and the men and women who serve our nation around the world in the United States Army."

The Black Knights' season was highlighted by an 11-win campaign, marking the first time in program history they've achieved that feat. Another high point was winning the Commander In Chief's Trophy outright in back-to-back seasons for the first time in Academy lore. Read More

Monken Recognized as the Lombardi Coach of Year
1/9/2019

Monken Recognized as the Lombardi Coach of YearThe Lombardi Foundation announced Tuesday that Army West Point head football coach Jeff Monken has been named the winner of its 2018 Vince Lombardi College Football Coach of the Year Award. The award is focused on leadership skills and is based on more than just winning football games. It's biggest influences in deciding a winner are: doing the most with the least, overcoming adversity, creating and/or maintaining a successful environment, and playing by the rules with integrity, honor, and respect. The College Football Coach of Year honor is presented as part of the Lombardi Honors Program.

Monken led Army to consecutive Commander In Chief's trophy titles for the first time in program history (2017 & 2018) after defeating both Air Force and Navy. He also guided the Black Knights to back-to-back seasons with 10-plus wins for the first time in Academy lore.

The Cadets registered a program record 11 wins in 2018 and have won 13 games in a row at home to finish with their second-straight unbeaten season at Michie Stadium. The Black Knights closed out the year having won nine games in a row, which is the longest streak since nine-straight victories in 1996. For that feat Army became nationally ranked for the first time in 22 years. Monken also became the first Army head coach to win three bowl games in his career, passing Jim Young who had two bowl victories. Read More

Glee Club Performs for the Chinese Defense Secretary
1/8/2019

Glee Club Performs for the Chinese Defense SecretaryIn November, West Point Glee Club (WPGC) was honored to appear at Mount Vernon by request of the Secretary of Defense. WPGC presented a surprise after-dinner performance in front of the historic site for the Chinese Defense Secretary and his delegation on the eve of joint U.S. - China talks hosted by Secretary Mattis. COL John Gregory of West Point's Department of Foreign Languages introduced the Glee Club and gave a brief history of West Point in Mandarin to the delegation. Glee Club Cadets Yusen Zheng and Paul Tan also addressed the delegation in Mandarin to acquaint them with Academy traditions and the ethos of Duty, Honor, Country. The U.S. Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon's impressive presentation completed the evening's inspiring entertainment. An honor and a life-long memory.

Nachtigal Selected to AP All-Bowl Team
1/7/2019

CDT James Nachtigal '19Firstie linebacker James Nachtigal was named to the Associated Press All-Bowl Team for his performance in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl.

Nachtigal made a career-high 16 tackles and delivered three of Army's program-record 10 sacks in a 70-14 victory over Houston. He also forced three fumbles.

He became the first player to register three sacks in a game since Andrew King did so in 2015 at UConn. The sacks gave him 17 for his career as well, which is the second most all-time behind only Josh McNary.

The Black Knights' defense, led by Nachtigal, held their fifth-straight opponent to 14 or less points to become the first three-time winner of the Armed Forces Bowl.

Offensive Line Named to SI’s All-Bowl Team
1/7/2019

Offensive Line Named to SI’s All-Bowl TeamThe entire Army West Point offensive line was selected to the Sports Illustrated's All-Bowl Team after the Black Knights' victory over Houston in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl. Led by firstie center Bryce Holland, the Cadets' offensive line blocked for an Army attack that compiled 592 total yards on 62 offensive plays. Houston was only able to register 320 yards on 73 plays during the bowl. The interior line did a lot of damage in the ground attack with 10 different ball handlers combining to run 58 times. The Black Knights ran for 507 yards (on 8.7 yards a carry) in capping off the program's first 11-win campaign. Also, when they decided to throw the ball, that went well too, completing all four pass attempts for 85 yards. Army's 70 points racked up in the game were the most in the 16-year history of the Armed Forces Bowl. The Black Knights also registered 42 points in the first half, which marked the first time since 2011 the Cadets have achieved that feat.

Monken Wins 2018 President's Award
1/7/2019

Monken Wins 2018 President's AwardThe Touchdown Club of Columbus has named Army West Point head football coach Jeff Monken as the recipient of its 2018 President's Award. The award is presented annually by the Club President to the student-athlete or coach who excels above and beyond the field of play, or exhibits superior talent and leadership outside of the national spotlight. Monken led the Black Knights to their first 11-win season in the school's storied history. Army won its final nine games of the 2018 campaign, including a 70-14 victory over Houston at the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl. He also became the first West Point coach to win three consecutive bowl games and the first to record back-to-back 10-win seasons (2017 and 2018).

The 2018 President's Award will be presented during the 64th Touchdown Club of Columbus Awards on Saturday, February 9, 2019, at Express Live! in the Arena District of downtown Columbus. Junior quarterback Kelvin Hopkins Jr. was also acknowledged by the organization as one of their 2019 Players To Watch. He joins seven other quarterbacks on the list in Sam Ehlinger (Texas), Justin Herbert (Oregon), D'Eriq King (Houston), Jordan Love (Utah State), Kellen Mond (Texas A&M), Brady White (Memphis), and Zachary Wilson (BYU).

Men's Basketball Outlasts Lafayette for First League Win
1/7/2019

Men's Basketball Outlasts Lafayette for First League WinFour Cadets scored in double-figures as the Army West Point men's basketball team claimed a 77-69 victory over Lafayette in a Patriot League contest at Christl Arena on Saturday afternoon.

Cayne Edwards paced the Black Knights' (6-9, 1-1 Patriot League) scoring attack that shot the ball at a 53-percent clip from the field against the Leopards (3-10, 0-2 Patriot League). The firstie had a career-high 16 points on 8-of-8 shooting in just 16 minutes of action. Matt Wilson enjoyed similar success down low, putting up 12 points to pair with a team-best eight rebounds.

Alex King ended the afternoon with 13 points, while Tommy Funk notched a double-double with and a game-high 10 assists. Tucker Blackwell chipped in with nine points off the bench. Read More

Late Run Sends Women's Basketball Past Loyola
1/7/2019

The Army West Point women's basketball team closed out the game on a 14-1 run to earn the 69-57 victory over Loyola on Sunday afternoon in Patriot League action.

Jess Lewis dropped a season high 20 points thanks to 5-of-10 shooting from three-point lead, while Madison Hovren tallied her ninth double-double of the season with 18 points and 16 rebounds. Lindsay Scamman came off the bench and scored a career best 12 points and added seven rebounds in 19 minutes of action.

The Greyhounds were led by Taleah Dixon with 17 points, going 8-of-14 from the floor, while Stephanie Karcz posted a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Read More

Wrestling Posts 1-2 Record at Cowboy Shootout
1/7/2019

Wrestling Posts 1-2 Record at Cowboy ShootoutThe Army West Point wrestling team kicked off the 2019 calendar year with a 1-2 showing at Wyoming's Cowboy Shootout on Friday evening.

Army opened with a 21-13 victory over Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) opponent American before dropping a 27-9 decision to 24th-ranked Wyoming. The Black Knights closed out the event with a thrilling match against No. 13 North Carolina that went down to the wire but ended with a 22-18 victory for the Tar Heels.

The Black Knights were a perfect 3-0 at 197 pounds with sixth-ranked senior Rocco Caywood earning two wins and junior Alex Hopkins adding a victory against North Carolina. Caywood was one of four Cadets with multiple wins on the evening, along with juniors Trey Chalifoux (125 lbs.), Cael McCormick (165 lbs.) and Ben Harvey (174 lbs.). Read More

Monken Selected Munger Collegiate Coach of Year
1/4/2019

Monken Selected Munger Collegiate Coach of YearThe Maxwell Football Club today announced that Army West Point's Jeff Monken has been selected as the 2018 George Munger Collegiate Coach of the Year Award winner. In his fifth year with the Black Knights, Monken led the team to an 11-2 record, punctuated by a 70-14 throttling of Houston in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl that tied an FBS record for points in a bowl game.

Monken has successfully resurrected a program that had finished below .500 in 16 of the 17 seasons before he arrived in 2014. His Black Knights won their final nine games, with their lone loss after the opener coming by just 7 points in overtime at Oklahoma, which captured the Big 12 championship and earned a College Football Playoff berth. This past fall West Point was marked by a series of firsts, while a bridge was built to the post-World War II glory days when legendary coach Earl "Red" Blaik led Army to national prominence. Under Monken in 2018, the Cadets:

- Cracked the Top 25 for the first time in 22 years.
- Won 11 games in a season for the first time in program history.
- Won at least 10 games in consecutive years for the first time in school history.
- Defeated Navy for a third-straight year for the first time in almost a quarter-century.
- Captured the Commander In Chief's Trophy in back-to-back years for the first time ever.
- Strung together their longest win streak since 1996. Read More

Wrestling Ranked in TrackWrestling Poll
1/3/2019

Wrestling Ranked in TrackWrestling PollThe Army West Point wrestling team finds itself tied for 26th in Trackwrestling's first poll of 2019.

The Black Knights have four individuals ranked in 157-pound Lucas Weiland (20th), 174-pound Ben Harvey (21st), 184-pound Noah Stewart (23rd) and 197-pound firstie Rocco Caywood (5th).

Army is coming off its first-ever top-10 showing at the Midlands Championships, hosted by Northwestern. The Cadets placed eighth behind a fourth-place finish by Caywood, sixth-place finish by rookie 141-pounder Corey Shie and an eighth-place showing by Harvey.

Army returns to the mat on Friday when it is set to compete at Wyoming's Cowboy Shootout. The Black Knights open the event against Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) foe American at 6:30 p.m. ET, before taking on the 24th-ranked Cowboys at 8 p.m. ET. Army closes out the competition against 13th-ranked North Carolina at 9:30 p.m. ET.

 

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