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Army Trio Earns Inside Lacrosse Midseason Honors
4/9/2021

Army Trio Earns Inside Lacrosse Midseason HonorsThe Army West Point Men's Lacrosse team was well-represented on the Inside Lacrosse Midseason All-America list as Brendan Nichtern, Wyatt Schupler and Marcus Hudgins were all honored yesterday evening.

Nichtern and Hudgins were named to the second team, while Schupler was an honorable mention honoree. The trio are among the top players in the nation and were named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List earlier this season for the country's top lacrosse player.

Nichtern leads the nation in points per game with 6.33 per contest and has three games with seven or more points. He has 19 goals and 19 assists for 38 points in six games and has tallied 19 points against three ranked opponents this season. He ranks fifth in assists per game at 3.17.

Hudgins is the leader of the Army defense, which ranks 15th in the nation in scoring defense. He is seventh in the country with over two caused turnovers per game. Hudgins continually covers the opponents' top player. He held 10th-ranked Lehigh's top scorer Tommy Schelling to no points last Saturday.

Schupler is among the top goalies in the country and is 15th in save percentage and 18th in goals against average this season. Schupler has made double-digit saves in five of six games this season with a season-high 17 against Boston University on March 6. He stopped 13 against Syracuse in Army's 18-11 victory.

The Black Knights are back in action this weekend against No. 12 Loyola in Baltimore on CBS Sports Network with the opening faceoff at 1pm.

Department of Systems Engineering Faculty Awards
4/9/2021

Department of Systems Engineering Faculty AwardsCongratulations to LTC Kathryn Pegues, CPT(P) Arthur Middlebrooks, and MAJ Ray Vetter who were honored at a Department awards ceremony yesterday. LTC Pegues was awarded an Army Commendation Medal for her work as Deputy Chair of Task Force Teamwork (TFT), a new, grassroots level effort to help USMA departments and directorates recruit a more diverse faculty and staff. She was also presented with her Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

CPT(P) Middlebrooks was also honored for his work as a member of Task Force Teamwork (TFT), as well as his efforts on the Dean’s Diverse Faculty Recruiting Panel earlier this year. CPT(P) Middlebrooks received an Army Achievement Medal. MAJ Vetter was awarded an Army Commendation Medal for his efforts during Reception, Staging, Onward Movement, and Integration (RSOI) of the Corps of Cadets during summer 2020. MAJ Vetter served as an accountability representative at major New York City airports. He received cadets traveling back to USMA and ensured they arrived safely while following COVID-related protocol. Congratulations from the entire DSE team!

Cadets Discuss Topics From The Middle Ages
4/9/2021

Cadets Discuss Topics From The Middle AgesHow do you combine discussions of architecture, chivalry, and the rise of the university in the middle ages into a single class at West Point? You bring Cadets to Taylor Hall of course. MAJ Ron Braasch’s HI361 class did just that this week where they discussed Taylor Hall’s neogothic designs and medieval-like features. The centerpiece of Taylor Hall’s interior is the fireplace in the academic board room finished by Lee Lawrie in 1908. It contains the figures of Joshua, Hector, David, Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Charlemagne, King Arthur, Godfrey of Bouillon, and Judas Maccabeus. These figures, called the “Nine Worthies” since the 13th century, appeared alongside the first tangible definitions of medieval chivalry. MAJ Braasch’s class discussed the power of these imposing images and how the memory of the middle ages had a profound effect on officership in the early twentieth century.

Dolehide Garners Patriot League Weekly Honors
4/8/2021

Dolehide Garners Patriot League Weekly HonorsArmy West Point Women's Tennis player Stephanie Dolehide was named the Patriot League Women's Tennis Player of the Week after her stellar play in a 5-2 victory versus Navy in the Star Match this past Saturday.

She won in straight sets (6-2, 6-4) playing at No. 2 over Kacey Moore. Her singles win provided the clinching point for Army in the Star Match.

Also playing alongside Caroline Vincent at No. 1 doubles, the duo won 6-2 over Miranda Deng and Jillian Taggart.

On the season, Dolehide is 4-2 in doubles play and 5-1 in singles.

The Black Knights return to action on Friday, April 9 for a dual league match against Bucknell at 1 p.m. from the Malek Tennis Center.

Four From Men’s Gymnastics Earn All-ECAC Honors
4/8/2021

Four From Men’s Gymnastics Earn All-ECAC HonorsThe Army West Point Men's Gymnastics team placed four members on the all-ECAC teams. Corban Barstow and Kalvin Kingshill were each named all-conference floor exercise performers. Matthew Martin was tabbed a first team all-conference pommel horse selection and Connor Cavanagh was a first team all-ECAC vault honoree.

Barstow had a season high score of 13.35 in the floor exercise during the regular season. He later bested that mark during the ECAC Championship meet with a tally of 13.45. Likewise, Kingshill saved his season-best performance for the ECAC championship, finishing with a 13.4 in the floor exercise. His previous top score of the season came in the All-Academy Championships when he registered a 13.3.

Martin was the ECAC champion in pommel horse, scoring a season-best mark of 14.0 in the championship meet. Prior to the meet, his best score was a 13.55 against Springfield. Cavanagh had posted scores of 14.0 or higher in three of the five meets he competed in this season. His best tally was 14.15, which came in the All-Academy Championship.

West Point Social & Wellness Lunch
4/8/2021

West Point Social & Wellness LunchYesterday the Dean’s West Point Writing Program (WPWP) hosted a social and wellness lunch for approximately 70 Cadet Writing Fellows. The WPWP provided a homemade lunch that included farm-to-table tacos, fresh salsa, and fresh-from-the-oven cookies. Additionally, Friede, the Writing Fellows’ favorite puppy, attended to spread some cheer. As they develop as teachers and scholars, these Cadet Fellows constantly give back to the Corps, facilitating expert consultations about writing with their peers week-in and week-out. That faculty and staff gave back to them in turn, in this event, was a great example of kindness, compassion, and leadership. Thank you to all in our West Point community for the quiet ways we give to others on a daily basis. Together, we will end this semester strong.

Track & Field Takes Home Three Weekly Honors
4/8/2021

Track & Field Takes Home Three Weekly HonorsThe Army West Point Men's and Women's Track and Field team placed three athletes on the Patriot League weekly honor roll. Firstie Geoff Kirk was awarded men's field athlete of the week, while plebe Mitchell Burr and Helen Shearer both took home rookie of the week.

Kirk earned men's field athlete of the week after setting an Army West Point and a Star Meet record in the shot put with an IC4A-qualifying throw of 18.59 meters. His shot put is currently best in the Patriot League, and the 26th best in NCAA D1 this season. He also placed third in the discus with a throw of 52.32 meters.

Plebe Mitchell Burr was awarded men's rookie of the week after winning the 1,500 meters with an IC4A-qualifying time of 3:50.24. This was his personal best and ranks fourth fastest in the Patriot League this season. The California native beat runners with two of the fastest three times this season.

Helen Shearer earned women's rookie of the week after an exceptional performance. She set a school and Star Meet record by winning the 3,000-meter steeplechase with an ECAC-qualifying time of 10:33.67. Her time is the fastest in the Patriot League by more than 20 seconds, and the 26th fastest in NCAA D1 this season.

Beyer, Miller, Kirk and Tovkach Named March CEP Scholar Athletes
4/8/2021

Beyer, Miller, Kirk and Tovkach Named March CEP Scholar AthletesArmy West Point athletics announced its Corps Squad Athletes of the Month for March. Kyle Beyer (Men's Lacrosse), Taylor Miller (Women's Lacrosse), Geoff Kirk (Men's Track and Field) and Anna Tovkach (Women's Track and Field) were the March recipients.

Beyer, a Firstie from Morris Plains, NJ, is a civil engineering major from Company H-3. He earned Dean's List status five times while also contributing on the field at multiple positions. After playing in half of the team's games as a Plebe, Kyle played in all 18 games for Army during the Spring 2019 season, followed by appearances in all 8 games in the shortened 2020 season. In 2019 he helped Army to victory by causing three turnovers and collecting three ground balls in the Patriot League championship game against Lehigh. Last season he finished second on the team with a total of 26 ground balls in eight games.

Head Coach Joe Alberici said “Kyle epitomizes everything we look for in our young men, as a student, as a player and most importantly as a teammate. He has excelled in the classroom, in arguably one of West Point's most difficult academic majors. On the field, he has done everything the coaching staff has asked of him, to include switching positions to close defenseman in his senior season, after playing in every game of the last two seasons as a long-stick midfielder. As a teammate, he is a terrific leader. He is always willing to help everyone else in our locker room, in any way he can. I know Kyle will go on to achieve great success in the Army and in life.” Read more.

Men’s Rugby Opens Spring Season Victorious
4/7/2021

Men’s Rugby Opens Spring Season VictoriousThe Army West Point Men's Rugby team made its long-anticipated spring debut Saturday, as they defeated Queen's University of Charlotte, 34-7 in 15s action.

The Black Knights got right to work in the second minute, as Robert Barrett crossed the try line for the first points of the season. Sean McNulty followed with the first of his two conversions to put Army up 7-0 early.

McNulty would then make it 10-0 after converting a penalty kick in the 27th minute.

Ben Kelly and Nolan Green each scored in the 37th and 46th minutes to extend the Black Knights lead to 20-0.

Firstie captain Parker Ross would keep the momentum going, scoring a try in the 48th minute. McNulty followed with a conversion to make it 27-0 early in the second half.

After their lone try in the 68th minute by the Royals, Army would add one more score late in the game — a Steven Rohde try, followed by a Green conversion. Read more.

15 Gymnasts Qualify for NCAA Championship Meet
4/7/2021

The Army West Point Men's Gymnastics team had 15 different individuals qualify for the National Collegiate Men's Gymnastics Championships. The meet will begin with two pre-qualifying sessions conducted April 16 at Maturi Sports Pavilion on the campus of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Three teams and the top three all-around competitors not on one of the qualifying teams, plus the top three individuals on each event not already qualified on a team or as an all-around competitor, will advance from each pre-qualifying session to the finals session. Finals competition will take place April 17, also in Minnesota. Read more.

Baseball Takes Midweek Contest at St. Joe's, 4-3
4/7/2021

Baseball Takes Midweek Contest at St. Joe's, 4-3The Army Black Knights won their ninth-straight contest as they defeated Saint Joseph's University on the road, 4-3, yesterday afternoon. The Black Knights (12-11) scored the eventual game-winning run in the top of the eighth inning off an RBI single from Sam Ruta and reliever Connelly Early took the win as the tossed 3.0 scoreless down the stretch.

The Black Knights got on the board first, jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning as Jeremiah Adams got us started with an RBI double down the left field line, followed by a Derek Berg single through the left side to plate the second run of the inning. The Hawks (5-6) didn't waste any time, however, as Callahan delivered a solo home run off Army starter Joel Rubin, and the Army lead was cut in half, 2-1.

The Hawks then tied the ballgame up in the fourth inning as Picollo came through with an RBI single off Rubin. Rubin's final line was two runs, four hits, two walks and three strikeouts in 3.2 innings of work. He earned the no-decision. The Black Knights answered right back, however, as Carter Macias delivered a sac fly to take the lead back, 3-2. Read more.

Volleyball Wins Patriot League Championship
4/6/2021

Volleyball Wins Patriot League ChampionshipThe third-seeded Army West Point Volleyball team claimed the Patriot League Championship with a 3-1 win over top-seeded Colgate Saturday afternoon at Cotterell Court.

“I'm so proud of our team for the way they showed maturity today. Even though our women are young, they had the ability to be calm under pressure,” Army head coach Alma Kovaci Lee said.

With the win the Black Knights have earned an automatic qualifier bid into the NCAA Tournament.

“I'm really proud that Army will be represented in the NCAAs. Knowing that we're not just representing West Point, but the army as a whole in the NCAAs feels incredible,” Kovaci Lee said.

The plebe tandem of Mackenzie Karnig and Allanah Cutler led the Cadets with 16 kills apiece. Additionally, classmate Paige Fixemer and firstie captain Monica Eckford both contributed nine. Hannah Presley, who was named the tournament's most valuable player, had 43 assists and no setting errors. Ana Oglivie led the team with 18 digs.

This marked the second consecutive match, which the Black Knights battled back after dropping the opening set. The Cadets had a 21-17 lead in the first set, but the Raiders closed out on an 8-2 run. Read more.

Martin Crowned ECAC Pommel Horse Champion
4/6/2021

Martin Crowned ECAC Pommel Horse ChampionFirstie Matthew Martin claimed first-place honors on pommel horse behind a season-high 14.00 and three other Army gymnasts earned top spots on the podium as they led the Black Knights to third place honors at the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) championship Saturday afternoon at Gross Center.

Patrick Armstrong led Army on parallel bars with a career-high 13.4, just .2 off the winner, in taking third-place honors. Jacob Nauman tied for third on vault with a 14.2, just shy of his season best, and Mitchell Monahan rounded out the team's top place winners in posting the fourth best mark on still rings with a season-best 13.30.

Navy claimed the ECAC title scoring a 397.80 followed by William & Mary (392.10), host Army behind a season-high 388.05 and Springfield College (381.75). Read more.

Slomkowski Tabbed Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week
4/6/2021

Slomkowski Tabbed Patriot League Goalkeeper of the WeekArmy West Point firstie goalkeeper Hannah Slomkowski was named the Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Goalkeeper of the Week after impressive performances against Holy Cross and Colgate last week.

The Baltimore native posted a .514 save percentage and an 8.17 goals-against average in wins against two talented teams, seating the Black Knights at 2-0 in Patriot League North Division play.

Slomkowski made 10 saves in a 13-10 victory over Holy Cross last Thursday, and eight saves in 14-7 victory over Colgate last Sunday.

West Point returns to Michie Stadium on Saturday, April 10 as it hosts Lafayette at 2pm for a Patriot League matchup.

Join The West Point Information Admissions Brief
4/6/2021

Join The West Point Information Admissions BriefJoin the West Point Admissions team Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 7:30 PM EDT, on Facebook Live for an information brief to learn more about admissions requirements, process, cadet life, and the opportunities that a West Point degree opens. This brief will be catered to parents of West Point cadet candidates, but current candidates, potential candidates, and families are welcome to attend.

Women’s Tennis Captures Star Match
4/6/2021

The Army West Point Women’s Tennis team extended its winning streak to seven on Saturday at the Lichtenberg Tennis Center, as the Black Knights took down rival Navy, 5-2, to earn a star in the Army-Navy Star Series, presented by USAA.

The dual began with a back-and-forth affair for the opening doubles point. Stephanie Dolehide and Caroline Vincent cruised to a 6-2 win at No. 1 to set the tempo. After dropping a tiebreaker at No. 2, Sasha Inchauste and Hannah Boubel rallied for a 7-6 (4) tiebreak win of their own at No. 3 to give Army the early 1-0 team lead.

The Black Knights carried that momentum into singles action, as the Cadets jumped out to three victories by straight sets. Ana Joyner earned Army's second team point with a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 1. Paola Bou would follow suit, winning 6-3, 6-3 at No. 4.

The clincher would come at No. 2, with Dolehide storming to a 6-2, 6-4 victory to give Army the Star. After wins by Navy on courts five and six, Vincent would give the Black Knights their fifth point with a three-set win at No. 3.

Army will remain at home, as the Black Knights welcome Bucknell to the Malek Tennis Center on Friday, April 9 for a Patriot League dual at 1pm. Read more.

Katsenes Leads Army at Haskins Award Invite
4/6/2021

Katsenes Leads Army at Haskins Award InviteThe Army West Point Golf team concluded the Augusta Haskins Award Invitational on Sunday and finished 15th in the field following three rounds.

The Black Knights ended up with a team score of 908 (+44) and had a 304 (+16) on the final day of competition. Oklahoma State won the team title at 37-under par for the tournament. Ryan Hall of South Carolina won the individual title after winning on the second playoff hole after carding a 14-under par tournament.

Tom Katsenes was Army's top performer on the weekend and on Sunday. He finished the three-day event at 2-over par after shooting even par 72 in the final round. He was at 3-under par through 16 holes as well. Katsenes score of 2-over was 38th place on the leaderboard.

Next up for the Black Knights is its annual Star Match against Navy on April 17-18 at the West Point Golf Course.

Women’s Lacrosse Picks Up Road Victory over Colgate
4/6/2021

Women’s Lacrosse Picks Up Road Victory over ColgateA strong performance on both ends of the field by the Army West Point Women's Lacrosse team led to a 14-7 victory over Colgate on Sunday afternoon in Patriot League action.

“I am unbelievably proud of our team for finishing out this stretch of three games in eight days in tough fashion. This was a great program win,” Army head coach Kristen Skiera said. “Our defense was cohesive, and we limited a potent Colgate offense to a season-low seven goals. Our draw team of Caroline Raymond, Julia Franzoni and Jackie Brattan was stellar yet again. And on the offensive end, we shared the ball and had contributions from every player who stepped onto the field for us.”

Six different Black Knights had multi-point contests, led by Jolie Riedell had a career-high five points on four goals and one assist. Anna Orlando also registered a career high in points with four with a pair of goals and assists. Hannah Slomkowski recorded eight saves on 15 shots faced.

The Black Knights got out to a quick 4-1 lead thanks to three straight goals early in the first half. Army saw four different goal scorers find the back of the net with Raymond, Riedell, Brattan and Orlando all getting on the scoresheet in the opening moments. Brattan's was a beauty of a transition tally with Lauren Bredenburg starting the break and earning the assist. Read more.

Softball Splits with Lehigh in First Home Game Since 2019 Season
4/6/2021

Softball Splits with Lehigh in First Home Game Since 2019 SeasonFor the first time in 702 days, Army West Point Softball action returned to the Softball Complex along the banks of the Hudson Sunday afternoon.

“It took so many people to get us on the field today,” said Army head coach Cheryl Milligan, who picked up her first career home victory. “There's so many people to thank – our sports medicine staff, in particular our athletic trainer Rachel Leahy, and just all the people who put in so much work to get this done. It's so great to be back and I think that's part of where our energy comes from, we're just so happy to be here.”

The Black Knights split a doubleheader with Patriot League foe Lehigh, winning the first game 2-1 and dropping the second contest 12-10 in a rollercoaster nine-inning game.

The first tilt was a pitcher's duel with both sides finishing with just three hits apiece. Angelina Bebek's leadoff single in the bottom of the first was the only hit on either side through the first three innings. Alicyn Grete retired the first nine batters she faced.

Ally Snelling got aboard to start off the bottom of the fourth with a leadoff single to right field. In the next at bat, Megan Muffett belted her second homer of the series with a no-doubter that cleared the left field fence by a good 30-feet. Read more.

Baseball Completes Sweep of Lafayette
4/6/2021

Baseball Completes Sweep of LafayetteThe Black Knights extended their winning streak to eight games as they finished off a four-game sweep of Lafayette with a 6-1 victory in game one on Sunday and a 6-5 11-inning come-from-behind victory in game two.

The Black Knights. (11-11, 7-3 Patriot League) scored at least one run in the final five frames of the seven-inning game one on Sunday afternoon. Jeremiah Adams was 2-for-3 with a triple, one RBI and one walk, while Carter Macias also had a two-hit performance.

Patrick Melampy was strong on the mound on the day, earning the win despite not going a full 5.0 innings. He scattered four hits and allowed just one run with two walks and four strikeouts in 4.1 innings of work in the seven-inning contest. Reliever Trevor Finan tossed 2.2 scoreless with three strikeouts to one walk to close out the 6-1 victory in game one.

In game two, the Black Knights trailed from the get-go, giving up two runs in the bottom of the first inning. The Black Knights got a run back in the top of the third on an Anthony Giachin single, but the Leopards answered right back with another run in the bottom of the third inning. Army pulled within one after adding one more in the fourth inning on a bases-loaded walk. Read more.

King to Compete in the 2021 Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship
4/2/2021

King to Compete in the 2021 Dos Equis 3X3U National ChampionshipArmy West Point firstie forward Alex King has been selected to participate in the 2021 Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship, scheduled for April 2-4 at The Pavilion in Indianapolis.

Sixty-four players, who have elected to begin their professional careers, will represent all 32 Division I conferences. This year, each conference will be paired with another based on geographic region, comparable KenPom preseason rankings and conference history at the Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship. In addition, all 16 teams will be separated in one of two pools, meaning more guaranteed games. King is one of four players that will be part of the Ivy League/Patriot League team.

King became the 36th player in program history to become a 1000-point scorer. He finished his Black Knight career with 1,015 points. In 2021 he played in all 22 games, starting 21 of them. He averaged a career-high 11.9 points per game, third most on the team. He shot 53.8 percent from the field and was also 29-of-86 from three-point range. He played in 114 career games, starting 80 games.

Teams will play each squad in their respective pool on April 2 and 3 before all 16 will head to the knockout stage on April 4, with the top two teams from each pool receiving byes to the quarterfinals. Read more.

SSG Walsh Virtual National Anthem for the Yankees
4/2/2021

SSG Walsh Virtual National Anthem for the YankeesBringing a little West Point to Yankee Stadium for Opening Day! The United States Military Academy cadet color guard and vocalist Staff Sgt. Walsh were featured on the big screen at yesterday’s New York Yankees game with a virtual performance of our National Anthem.

Mitchell, Kingshill Earn Weekly ECAC Awards
4/2/2021

Mitchell, Kingshill Earn Weekly ECAC AwardsThe Army West Point Men's Gymnastics team had a pair of members take home ECAC weekly awards. Zachary Mitchell was tabbed the league's specialist of the week, while Kalvin Kingshill was the rookie of the week.

Mitchell had his best competition of the season this past weekend for the Black Knights. He was Army's top score on parallel bars and horizontal bar, with season high scores on both events. Mitchell was also West Point's second highest score on pommel horse and posted a score just shy of his season high.

Kingshill continued making an impact for West Point this past weekend versus Stanford, nailing both floor exercise and horizontal bar routines capped with stuck dismounts each. He was Army's top score on floor and scored a career and season high on horizontal bar. Kalvin's 13.05 was also the top score by a rookie on floor exercise in the ECAC this past weekend. Read more.

Cadets Meet with Representative Davids
4/2/2021

Cadets Meet with Representative DavidsLast night, Domestic Affairs Forum and the Native American Heritage Forum partnered for an event with Representative Sharice Davids. Congresswoman Davids discussed her experiences representing Kansas's 3rd congressional district and the significance of being only the second Native American woman elected to Congress.

Women’s Lacrosse Outlasts Holy Cross on the Road
4/2/2021

Women’s Lacrosse Outlasts Holy Cross on the RoadThe Army West Point Women’s Lacrosse team used a 6-0 run spanning from the latter portion of the first half into the early goings of the second half to top Holy Cross, 13-10, and pick up its first win of the season yesterday afternoon.

“Anytime you can go on the road midweek against a tough opponent and come away with a win it's great,” Army head coach Kristen Skiera said. “This has postseason implications with the game being against one of our north division opponents. I'm really proud of our women. To come back from a heart-breaking loss against Navy and turn around and start this game hot and with a lot of confidence -- I'm really proud of the team for that.”

“Coming off the game last weekend, I know we felt we had played a lot better than we had in our first two games,” cow attacker Caroline Raymond said. “We were just really excited to come out here today and get a win away from home.”

Army won the draw control battle 19-6. Raymond set a new single-game program record with 12 draw controls, to top Jackie Brattan's previous mark of 11 against Monmouth on March 2, 2019. Read more.

Join Us at the Upcoming Projects Day
4/2/2021

Join Us at the Upcoming Projects DayOn April 29, West Point Academic Departments will conduct the 22nd Annual United States Military Academy Projects Day to showcase the intellectual capital of cadets and their important work with faculty and external collaborators. Join us as this event takes place across the world between cadets, faculty, staff, research partners, stakeholders, and friends of the Academy using video conferencing solutions. For more information go to https://www.westpoint.edu/projectsday.

Volleyball Primed for Patriot League Tournament
4/2/2021

Volleyball Primed for Patriot League TournamentThe Army West Point volleyball team will compete in the Patriot League Championship this weekend at Cotterell Court in Hamilton, NY Third-seeded Army will take on second-seeded Holy Cross in the semifinal round tonight at 6pm The winner will take on victor of the Colgate-American semifinal matchup tomorrow at 3pm in the title match. Each competition will be broadcast on ESPN+.

Patriot League Volleyball Championship Schedule
Semifinal Round | Friday, April 2 | Hosted by Colgate
No. 4 American at No. 1 Colgate, 3pm (ESPN+)
No. 3 Army West Point vs. No. 2 Holy Cross, 6pm (ESPN+)

Championship Match | Saturday, April 3 | Hosted by Colgate
Winner of Semifinal 1 vs. Winner of Semifinal 2, 3pm (ESPN+)

Army (4-2) enters the tournament riding a three-game win streak. Tonight's contest will be the fifth meeting between the Crusaders and Black Knights this season. Holy Cross took the first match 3-1 on their home court, but the Black Knights won the last three.

Tonight's matchup will be the fifth all-time meeting in the Patriot League Tournament between Army and Holy Cross. The two schools clashed in the opening round of the tournament four consecutive years from 1991-94, with the Black Knights earning 3-0 wins in each contest. Read more.

Volleyball Places Four on All-Patriot League Teams
4/1/2021

Volleyball Places Four on All-Patriot League TeamsFour members from the Army West Point Volleyball team were named All-Patriot League performers, the league office announced in a release yesterday afternoon. Hannah Presley was recognized as a First Team All Patriot League selection. Monica Eckford, Paige Fixemer and Ana Oglivie were named all-league second team performers.

Presley led the Black Knights with 230 assists on the season and averaged 9.58 per set. Throughout her career, Pressley has recorded 1,429, which ranks 10th in program history. The firstie from Austin, TX, was also second on the team with 96 digs and an average of four per set. Eckford was third on the team in kills with 51 and an average of 2.13 per set. The firstie captain from Mentor, Ohio, posted a hitting percentage of .216 and had three double-digit kill performances. This marks her second time be named and all-Patriot League performer, as she was a first team selection last season.

Fixemer was one of just three plebes to earn all-league honors. The Omaha, NE, native was second on the team with 69 kills on the season and was also second in kills per set with an average of 2.88. Fixemer ranked atop the team in hitting percentage with a mark of .314. Oglivie, a firstie libero, leads the team with 125 digs on the seasons and ranks fourth in program history with 1,398 in her career. The Kapolei, Hawaii, native's 5.21 digs per set was the second-best average in the Patriot League this season. Read more.

Cadets Celebrate Nowruz - Persian New Year
4/1/2021

Cadets Celebrate Nowruz - Persian New YearCadets in LZ204, within the Department of Foreign Languages, celebrated the Persian New Year (Nowruz) by learning about the historical and cultural importance of the holiday, as well as how Iranians, Tajiks, Kurds, and other nationalities and cultures celebrate the occasion. A major component of Nowruz is the creation of the “Seven S’s” table, or sofreh-ye haft sin. Every Persian family creates a “Seven S’s” table to usher in the new year.

Photo: CDT Anders Grau ’23, poses with his own sprouts (sabzeh), an important element of every “Seven S” spread

Grayson to Represent Army at 3-Point Championships
3/31/2021

Grayson to Represent Army at 3-Point ChampionshipsFirstie guard Lonnie Grayson of Army West Point Men's Basketball has been selected to the Men's 3-Point Championship roster for the 32nd annual State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships at Hinkle Fieldhouse on the Butler University Campus in Indianapolis on Thursday, April 1. Grayson is one of eight players selected for the event that will air live on ESPN2 at 9pm ET.

The firstie from Cincinnati, Ohio is a sharpshooter from deep, who ranks 10th on the Army career made three-pointers list with 169 in 102 career games. In 2021 he averaged 12.5 points, and 5.2 rebounds while shooting 33% from deep (53-of-161). He tallied eight made three-pointers vs. Central Connecticut State (8-for-12), tying for second-most in a single game in program history. His strong firstie campaign guided Army West Point to its first postseason appearance since 2015-16 and he was rewarded by being named Second Team all Patriot League. Grayson, who served as a team captain, has branched Air Defense Artillery and his first duty station is Fort Hood, Texas.

Intersport, producers of the event, invites 24 of the nation's elite men's and women's college basketball players to compete in the State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships (eight dunkers, along with eight men's and eight women's shooters). The program showcases the dunking and sharp-shooting talents of the nation's top college basketball players during the Men's 3-point Championship, the Rocket Mortgage Women's 3-Point Championship, the Battle of the Champions, the Great Clips Slam Dunk Championship and the IHOP Team Shootout. Read more.

Four Cadets Win Weekly Honors
3/31/2021

Four Cadets Win Weekly HonorsThe Army West Point Track and Field team took home four of the six Patriot League weekly awards, the league office announced yesterday afternoon. Anna Tovkach (women's track athlete of the week) and Georgia Jones (women's rookie of the week) were Army's winners on the women's side. Jamir Gibson (field athlete of the week) and Luke Griner (men's rookie of the week) were the Cadets representatives on the men's side.

Tovkach won the 800 meters at the UConn Spring Invite with an ECAC-qualifying time of 2:07.80, the best in the Patriot League by more than seven seconds and the 22nd-best time in NCAA DI this season. She was part of the Black Knights' second-place 4x400-meter relay squad that posted a time of 3:54.61.

Jones won the 1,500 meters at the UConn Spring Invite with an ECAC-qualifying time of 4:33.64. Her mark is second in the Patriot League this season.

Gibson won the discus throw at the UConn Spring Invite with an IC4A-qualifying distance of 53.78, the best mark in the Patriot League and 37th in NCAA DI this season. The Zion, Ill., native finished second in the shot put with an IC4A-qualifying heave of 17.51 meters, the best mark in the League, ranking 50th in NCAA DI.

Griner placed second in the 800 meters with a time of 1:51.50 and was part of the Black Knights' winning 4x400-meter relay team that finished in 3:14.81 at the UConn Spring Invite. His times in the 800 meters and 4x400-meter relay were both IC4A-qualifying marks.

Army Seeks Solutions to Critical Issues During Solarium
3/31/2021

In an effort to improve trust and solidarity within the U.S. Army, 100 of the newest junior enlisted and officers from all Army components arrived at West Point to address the issues Soldiers from diverse backgrounds go through during the 2021 Headquarters of the Department of the Army’s People First Task Force’s Solarium event from March 15-19 at Eisenhower Hall.

Soldiers were split into nine teams, with moderators and subject matter experts, to share their perspectives through open discussions on specific problems affecting the Army today. Each group was tasked to discover methods to provide senior leaders to adapt policies that influence significant change. Subsequently, the nine teams were given three different sets of problems. Three groups, out of the nine teams, fell under one problem set and were tasked with finding a solution, Eric Lin, an assistant professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership, said.

“The big problem areas that Soldiers tackled are racism and extremism, which feel like two separate things, but they are in the same category,” Lin said. “Then you have sexual assault and harassment (another category), and finally you have suicide prevention.”

Lin and COL Todd Woodruff, an instructor and director of the Eisenhower Leader Development program at West Point, worked together to outline a process the Soldiers would follow throughout the event, based on the training methods taught in an ELDP course, enabling Soldiers to create a solution. The two instructors taught a course in the ELDP program known as ‘hacking for defense’ where students are given a problem set that is prevalent in the Army that they need to solve with a limited amount of time, Lin said. Read more.

Riley Finalist for Spencer Penrose Award
3/31/2021

Riley Finalist for Spencer Penrose AwardHead coach Brian Riley was one of 10 college hockey coaches named as finalists for the Spencer Penrose Award, which is given to the CCM/AHCA Division I Men's Hockey Coach of the Year.

Riley led the Black Knights to a .705 winning percentage at 15-6-1, which is currently eighth in the nation. Army made an appearance in the nation's top 20 USCHO.com National Poll and reached the Atlantic Hockey Tournament semifinals. Riley also led Army to a 13-game unbeaten, which was the longest in the nation for the 2020-21 regular season and the second-longest win streak at nine games.

The nominees represent any coach who won or shared Coach of the Year honors in his conference this past season, as well as coaches whose teams have advanced to the 2021 NCAA Frozen Four. The only coach who has done both is Minnesota State's Mike Hastings. Of this year's finalists, six are past recipients of this award: Brad Berry of North Dakota (2020), Greg Carvel of UMass (2019), Mike Hastings of Minnesota State (2015), Rand Pecknold of Quinnipiac (2016), Scott Sandelin of Minnesota Duluth (2004) and Jerry York of Boston College (1977.)

The Spencer Penrose Award is named in memory of the Colorado Springs benefactor who built the Broadmoor Hotel Complex, site of the first 10 NCAA championship hockey tournaments. Riley will look to join his father, Jack Riley, as winners of the Spencer Penrose Award. Jack Riley earned the honor in 1957 and 1960 while coaching at West Point.

The winner will be announced on Tuesday, April 6. Read more.

Baseball Completes Come-from-Behind Walk-Off Win
3/31/2021

Baseball Completes Come-from-Behind Walk-Off WinFor the second-straight game the Black Knights delivered bottom of the ninth theatrics, scoring two in the inning to walk off Rhode Island, 3-2 last night at Doubleday Field.

The Black Knights (8-11) entered the bottom of the ninth, trailing 2-1, but Nick Manesis started things off with a single through the left side. Jeremiah Adams then laid down a beautiful bunt right down the first base line, that fell in for a single, giving the Black Knights two on and nobody out. Ross Friedrick drew a walk to load the bases and Rhode Island (10-10-1) went to the bullpen for reliever Bo Brutti. Cameron Cerruto delivered an infield single to the right side that plated the game-tying run in Manesis. Sam Ruta hit into a fielder's choice, where the go-ahead run was cut down at home, but the bases remained juiced with just one out for Hunter Meade. Meade delivered, singling with a bouncing ball through the left side to score pinch runner Rob Regine from third to give the Black Knights at 3-2 walk-off victory.

A staff day on the hill, the Black Knights used eight pitchers behind starter Patrick Melampy who went 3.0 scoreless with four strikeouts. Reliever Tanner Gresham earned the win, tossing the final 1.2 frames to improve to 2-0 on the year.

The Black Knights scored first on the day, taking advantage of a throwing error by URI's shortstop to take a 1-0 lead in the third inning. URI executed the squeeze bunt in the sixth to even the game at 1-1 and took a 2-1 lead in the eighth off an RBI double by Coley. Todd Moxey took the loss for URI on the day.

The Black Knights continue their homestand on Saturday as they host Lafayette for two starting at 1pm on Saturday, April 3 at Doubleday Field. Both games will be streamed live on ESPN+.

Grabher Earns Patriot League Weekly Honors
3/30/2021

Grabher Earns Patriot League Weekly HonorsYearling Stevie Grabher earned his second Patriot League weekly honor of 2021 as he was named the GEICO Faceoff Specialist of the Week after his performance in the win over Holy Cross this past weekend.

Grabher was dominant at the faceoff X with 14 wins on 18 chances and he scooped up seven ground balls. He also added a goal in the first minute of the game, scoring right off a faceoff for his first of the season.

The Glen Head, NY native has reached double-digit faceoff wins in three of the five games this season. On Saturday, Grabher won 10 of his first 12 faceoffs and against three different Holy Cross faceoff specialist.

Brendan Nichtern, Marcus Hudgins and Wyatt Schupler earned honorable mention accolades this week as well.

The Black Knights face another tough test this weekend as Army heads to No. 10 Lehigh for a huge matchup in the Patriot League and nationally.

Duties of a TAC NCO at West Point
3/30/2021

Duties of a TAC NCO at West PointSergeant First Class Michael Hamm, H-1 Tactical Noncommissioned officer, has been leading and training cadets here at West Point for six months. Hamm, native of Bernville, Pennsylvania, originally enlisted in the U.S. Army as a 91X (Maintenance Supervisor).

What are some of the daily duties or responsibilities you have as a TAC NCO?
“I usually start off every morning walking the AO and greet the 4th class as they call hours, and to observe the interaction between them and their leadership. I observe formations and then usually head to the gym. Other duties are assisting with the development of training, track cadet’s physical training and grades, answer questions about the Army and life, inspect rooms and uniforms to maintain discipline, and measure the overall morale of the company. I usually end each day checking in with the Cadet charge of quarters and other details or training events to ensure they have everything they need.”

Why is the TAC NCO important to the 47-month experience?
“Well, the TAC NCO just like a Platoon Sergeant possesses 3 things a new lieutenant arriving in their platoon won’t have, they are Confidence, Experience, and Judgment. They don’t have these because they require time that cadets have not yet had. TAC NCOs are an important part of developing young leaders as it allows cadets the opportunity to engage with an experienced former team leader, squad leader, and platoon sergeant to get an idea of what to expect, and to gain an understanding how the enlisted side of the Army operates. They also are able to observe how the TAC and the TAC NCO interact with one another when dealing with issues in the company and actually witnessing what that relationship looks like.”

What do you hope to leave with the cadets during your time here?
“Positive influence. The Army has given me the opportunity to influence future officers with the intention of that influence spreading through the ranks such as building better teams and developing relationships, changing the culture on the importance of PT, the mindset of striving to meet their full potential and becoming a better human.”

What type of skills should a TAC NCO be able to provide to cadets?
“My time here has been short, and my array of skills don’t include a lot of academics, but we are developing leaders so, having the ability to take a step back from making every decision or fixing an issue, and allowing the cadets the opportunity to develop their own course of action. Even though you know it is going to fail, let it fail as long as there are no safety concerns. Then use that confidence, experience, and judgment while conducting the assessment.”

What has been one of the most memorable experiences you have had since you have been here?
“I have had many memorable experiences as this is not anything like a typical military installation, but shortly after I arrived, I was tasked to chaperone a wine tasting for one of the classes. It was at that moment I started to realize the differences between the enlisted and commissioned sides of the Army. I was only a tiny bit jealous!"

Men’s Tennis Sweeps Holy Cross and Lafayette in Double Header
3/29/2021

Men’s Tennis Sweeps Holy Cross and Lafayette in Double HeaderThe Army West Point Men's Tennis team went 2-0 on the day, defeating both Holy Cross and Lafayette in a doubleheader at Lichtenberg Tennis Center.

The Black Knights began the day by sweeping Holy Cross, by a score of 7-0. Army looked strong during doubles, taking down the Crusaders in all three slots. The duo of Thomas Lake and A.J. Woodman took down Slowinski and Kelleher 6-3, followed by Daniel Zhou and Jake Huarte who beat their competition by a score of 6-3. Nathan Jose and Paul Roberts capped it off on a high note, shutting out their opponent 6-0.

Army kept this momentum going into singles, as each Black Knight won their respective match. Huarte, Jose, Diego Huttepain, David Gorshein, Sam Kesti, and Samuel Haikal all came away with victories in just two sets. Read more.

Men’s Track and Field Places Second at UConn Spring Invite
3/29/2021

Men’s Track and Field Places Second at UConn Spring InviteThe Army West Men's Track and Field team finished with 152 points which was good for a second place at the UConn Spring Invite. The Black Knights had three event wins and 14 top-three finishes.

Event Winners: 110m Hurdles: Justin Young – 14.09. Discus: Jamir Gibson – 53.78m. 4x400m Relay: 3:14.81

Notable Performances: 200m: Kedrin Jefferson – 21.71, second place. 200m: Kevin Sembrat – 21.92, third place. 400m: Kevin Sembrat – 48.19, second place. 400m Hurdles: Calvin Wetzel – 52.60, second place. 800m: Luke Griner – 1:51.50, second place. 800m: Michael Altenburg – 1:54.60, third place. 1500m: Mitchell Burr – 3:53.84, second place. 1500m: Daniel Mazzei – 3:54.42, third place. 3000m Steeplechase: Allen Sparks – 9:27.60, second. High Jump: Talon Estes – 1.95m, third. Long Jump: Josh Heiman – 6.88m, third.

The Black Knights will take on Navy in the Star Match, which is part of the Star Series presented by USAA, on Saturday, April 3. Read more.

Women’s Soccer Completes Thrilling Comeback Victory
3/29/2021

Women’s Soccer Completes Thrilling Comeback VictoryArmy Women's Soccer defeated visiting Holy Cross in a thriller, netting the game-winner with 28.8 seconds left in regulation to defeat the Crusaders, 2-1 at Clinton Field at Malek Stadium.

The Black Knights (5-0, 4-0 Patriot League) went down for the first time this season, as the Crusaders (1-2) got on the board first with a goal in the 38th minute by Ellie Zern off the assist from Claire Carew.

The Black Knights were down 1-0 at the half, despite outshooting the Crusaders, 12 to 1 and collecting two corners to just one for Holy Cross.

Just four minutes into the second half however the Black Knights netted the equalizer, as Melanie Hupp finished off a pretty ball from distance into the right upper corner to make it a 1-1 ballgame.

The Black Knights continued to live in their offensive half and final third throughout the rest of the second half, as they tallied nine shots to Holy Cross' four and had three corner kick opportunities. Read more.

Women’s Tennis Earns Two League Wins
3/29/2021

Women’s Tennis Earns Two League WinsThe Army West Point Women’s Tennis team cruised to two shutout victories in the Patriot League this past Saturday, taking down Holy Cross 7-0, followed by a 6-0 defeat of Lafayette in the afternoon.

The morning started with the plebe duo of Carolyn Ahn and Justine Dondonay setting the tempo at No. 1 doubles, with a 6-0 victory. MaryJo Pidgeon and McKinnley Smith clinched the first point of the day with a 6-2 victory playing at No. 3.

The Black Knights (6-2, 3-0) were stellar in singles action, with victories from Sam DiMaio, Sasha Inchauste, Elizabeth Gilbert, Molly Heber, Pidgeon, and Smith to seal victory No. 1 on the day.

Army continued its dominance into the second match of the day against the Leopards, as the Cadets only surrendered one total game in their three doubles victories.

In singles play, Ana Joyner, Stephanie Dolehide, Caroline Vincent, Hannah Boubel, Justine Dondonay, and Carolyn Ahn all secured victories, with Ahn providing the clincher at No. 6. Read more.

COL Williams Recognized as the DEI Champion Awardee
3/29/2021

COL Williams Recognized as the DEI Champion AwardeeWe are honored to have COL Williams, Deputy Head and Associate Professor of Law, recognized as the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Champion awardee at the National Diversity & Leadership Conference this year. DEI Champions help equip and empower leaders and communities with tools, resources, and support needed to ensure equitable and inclusive environments. The Diversity Conference will be April 21-22, and Apr 28-29 and more information can be found at www.nationaldiversityconference.org. Congratulations, COL Williams!

Men’s Lacrosse Start Leads to Fourth Straight Win
3/29/2021

Men’s Lacrosse Start Leads to Fourth Straight WinThe No. 7/8 Army West Point Men’s Lacrosse team jumped on Holy Cross from the opening whistle and downed the Crusaders, 13-3, at Michie Stadium in Patriot League action this past Saturday afternoon.

Army (4-1, 3-0 Patriot League) had a 10-1 lead at halftime thanks to eight-straight goals over a 21-minute stretch to expand the advantage. Brendan Nichtern had a game-high six points on a goal and five assists, while Bobby Abshire tallied a hat trick to help the Black Knights to victory. In all, Army had nine different goal scorers on the day and in net Wyatt Schupler earned the win with nine stops. Stevie Grabher was dominant at the faceoff, winning 14-of-18 draws on the day.

“I was concerned for us being away for three weeks,” head coach Joe Alberici said. “We tried to prepare for the last eight days with scrimmaging to have us ready. But I don't think I could've anticipated a 6-1 start at the beginning of the first quarter and 10-1 at halftime. A lot of credit to our guys and our leadership.”

The Black Knights came out firing with Abshire and Grabher finding the net in the first 1:05 of the game and Army was off and running. Army ended up scoring 10 unanswered and held the Crusaders scoreless for over 42 minutes of game action to build up a 12-1 advantage into the fourth quarter. Read more.

Baseball Takes Two from Holy Cross
3/29/2021

Baseball Takes Two from Holy CrossThe Army West Point Baseball team took both ends of the doubleheader vs. Holy Cross this past Saturday afternoon at Doubleday Field on the West Point campus. The Black Knights (6-11, 3-3 Patriot League) won game one of the series by a score of 7-3 and then took game two in walk-off fashion, 6-5 in 10 innings to complete the doubleheader sweep.

In game one, the Crusaders (0-7, 0-5) got on the board first, tagging starting pitcher Anthony LoRicco with a run, but the Black Knight offense wasted no time, scoring at least one run in each of the first four frames to pull out to a 7-1 lead.

The Crusaders added two runs in the sixth inning, but the Black Knights held onto the 7-3 lead. Reliever Tanner Gresham took the win to improve to 1-0 on the year, while Holy Cross starter Luke Dawson took the loss to fall to 0-2.

Leadoff man Carter Macias led the way at the plate in the game one, going 2-for-2 with two runs scored, three RBI and two walks. He drove in two runs on a single to left center in the second inning and added his first home run since 2019, a solo shot, in the fourth inning.

Nick Manesis also had a multi-hit day, going 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored. He drove home the game-tying run in the first inning. Read more.

Women’s Track Finishes Second at UConn Spring Invite
3/29/2021

Women’s Track Finishes Second at UConn Spring InviteThe Army West Women’s Track and field team registered 184 points at the UConn Spring Invite this past Saturday, which was good for a second-place finish. The Black Knights had six event wins and 20 top-three finishes.

Event Winners: 400m: Emma Taylor – 58.92. 400m Hurdles: Hannah Blakey – 1:03.04. 800m: Anna Tovkach – 2:07.80. 1500m: Georgia Jones – 4:33.64. Long Jump: Bonvie Fosam – 5.8m. Triple Jump: Bonvie Fosam – 12.57m

Notable Performances: 100m: Jazmine Alderman – 12.11, second place. 100m: Kersten Douglas – 12.48, third place. 200m: Jazmine Alderman – 25.51, second place. 200m: Emma Taylor – 25.83, third place. 800m: Madeline Magoto – 2:15.49, third place. 1500m: Morgan Chewning-Kulick – 4:33.84, second place. 1500m: Helen Shearer – 4:39.34, third place. Discus: Kayley Ragazzini – 39.08m, third place. Hammer Throw: Abigail Green – 59.19m, third place. High Jump: Isabella Palchak – 1.65m, second place. High Jump: Grace Reinhardt – 1.65m, third place. Pole Vault: Isabell Crandall – 3.2m, third place. Shot Put: Kayley Ragazzini – 13.32m, second place. 4x400m Relay: 3:54.61 – second place. Read more.

Missy Traversi Announced as Women’s Basketball Coach
3/29/2021

Missy Traversi Announced as Army West Point Women’s Basketball CoachArmy West Point Director of Athletics Mike Buddie announced Missy Traversi as the ninth head Women's Basketball coach in program history this morning.

“We are excited to welcome Missy Traversi to the West Point women's basketball family,” said Mike Buddie, Army West Point Director of Athletics. “Her experience both as a player and a coach at all levels made her a standout candidate for this position. She clearly embraces our pillars of Duty, Honor and Country and we can't wait to watch her lead our women's basketball cadet-athletes into this new era at West Point.”

Traversi arrives at the banks of the Hudson after a successful five-year stint as the head coach at Adelphi University. She has 13 years of coaching experience ranging across the Division I, Division II, Division III and high school ranks. The Attleboro, MA native was a standout Division I player at the University of Maine from 2001-05 and played professionally overseas before beginning her coaching career.

“I am honored to be named the head women's basketball coach at Army West Point,” said Traversi. “What a privilege it will be to work alongside impressive cadet-athletes as they develop into future officers and leaders in the world. I believe my brand of coaching is tailored to the core values of the type of female athlete that is built for West Point. I will recruit and develop fiercely competitive individuals with high integrity who value team above self.”

“As the world's preeminent leadership institution, the United States Military Academy embodies sacrifice, discipline, and excellence. I am proud to be associated with this special team and am eager to hit the ground running,” added Traversi. Read more.

Johns, Urkov Earn Patriot League Weekly Honors
3/29/2021

Johns, Urkov Earn Patriot League Weekly HonorsArmy West Point Women’s Soccer cadet athletes Eryn Johns and Elise Urkov earned Patriot League Weekly honors last week. John's was named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week after scoring a career-best two goals in a 5-0 victory over American.

Urkov was named Midfielder of the Week as she recorded a career-high two assists and added one goal of her own in the shutout over American. Goalkeeper Sydney Cassalia was named honorable mention for Goalkeeper of the Week after he fourth shutout of the year.

Offensive Player of the Week: Erynn Johns, scored a career-best two goals in a 5-0 victory at American on Saturday, to go along with one assist. Her five points were also a career best. The Black Knights' 5-0 victory was their best since a 5-0 victory over Rhode Island in 2013.

Midfielder of the Week: Elise Urkov, recorded a career-high two assists and added one goal in the 5-0 win against American. She tallied a total of four points which marks a single-game career-high.

Honorable Mention Goalkeeper of the Week: Sydney Cassalia, tallied one save in her fourth shutout of the year as the Black Knights defeated American, 5-0.

CDT Bradley Breaks Female IOCT Record
3/25/2021

CDT Bradley Breaks Female IOCT RecordCDT Elizabeth Bradley (Company I3, Class of 2022) broke the female Indoor Obstacle Course Test (IOCT) record by 6 seconds with a final time of 2:20!! Amazing job! The IOCT is a test of full-body functional physical fitness administered by the Department of Physical Education (DPE). DPE considers the IOCT to be one of the best evaluations of total body fitness given in the Army. Cadets who earn an A- (2:38 or less for men and 3:35 or less for women) are authorized to wear the IOCT Badge on their athletic shorts.

T&F Takes Five of Six Patriot League Weekly Awards
3/24/2021

T&F Takes Five of Six Patriot League Weekly AwardsThe Army West Point Track and Field team took home five of the six Patriot League weekly awards, the league office announced yesterday afternoon. Brooke Stratman was tabbed both the women's field athlete of the week and the rookie of the week. Kevin Sembrat (men's track athlete of the week), August Cook (men's field athlete of the week) and Luke Griner (men's rookie of the week) were Army's award winners on the men's side.

Stratman captured top honors in the javelin with a personal best of 48.46 meters, a mark that ranks third in Army West Point program history. Her throw is the best in the Patriot League and tied for 18th-best in NCAA DI this season. Sembrat won the 400 meters in a Patriot League-best IC4A-qualifying time of 48.88 in a dual meet against Monmouth. She was also part of the Black Knights' 4x400-meter relay squad that won with an IC4A-qualifying time of 3:15.02.

Cook took first place in the javelin with a throw of 72.76 meters, besting the second-place finisher by more than five meters in a dual meet against Monmouth. His throw is the best in the Patriot League this season and ranks fourth in NCAA DI. Griner won the 800 meters with a time of 1:50.02 and was part of the Black Knights' winning 4x400-meter relay that placed first with a time of 3:15.02 in a dual meet against Army West Point. His time in the 800 meters qualified for IC4A Championships and is the sixth-best in NCAA DI this spring.

Men’s Lacrosse and Baseball Contests to be Played on CBSSN
3/24/2021

Army Men’s Lacrosse and Baseball Contests to be Played on CBSSNThe Patriot League and CBS Sports Network announced its 2021 spring season, featuring two Army West Point Men's Lacrosse games and a Black Knights Baseball tilt. The Army Men's Lacrosse contests with Loyola at 1pm on Saturday, April 10 and Navy on Saturday, April 24 at noon will be televised on CBS Sports Network. On May 9, the CBS Sports Network will televise the first game of a baseball doubleheader between Army and Navy at 2:30pm.

The semifinals and championship game of the 2021 Patriot League Men's Lacrosse Championship will be televised by CBS Sports Network for the 12th time. The semifinal round is set for Friday, May 7 with games at 4pm and 7pm. The men's championship game will be played on Sunday, May 9 at noon.

The spring schedule on CBS Sports Network will be highlighted by two more Patriot League Championship Games. The Patriot League Football Championship Game will be televised on Saturday, April 17 at 2pm The Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Championship Game is scheduled for Saturday, May 8 with the opening faceoff set for 1pm League play will be contingent on the League and its member institutions being able to conduct competition in ways that protect the health and safety of student-athletes, coaches, staff, and their communities. Read more.

T&F Combines for 19 Event Wins in Dual with Monmouth
3/23/2021

T&F Combines for 19 Event Wins in Dual with MonmouthThe Army West Point Men's and Women's Track and Field teams had a combined total of 19 event wins in their meet against Monmouth this past Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium.

“I am really pleased with how things went today,” Army head coach Mike Smith said. “I don't want to minimize the significance of our performances because there were some outstanding marks, but the real win today was simply getting a chance to run, jump and throw in a competition. Our athletes were in their element. The weather was ideal, and our people competed with some real energy. It was a great atmosphere.”

The Army women had 12 event wins and had a trio of multi-event winners. Morgan Chewning-Kulick placed first in both the 1500m and the 800m. Abigail Green won the discus and hammer throw. Hannah Blakely won the 400m hurdles and was the first leg of the 4x400m relay. Read more.

Swimming & Diving Combines for 20 Wins in Senior Day Meet
3/23/2021

Swimming & Diving Combines for 20 Wins in Senior Day MeetThe Army West Point Men's Swimming and Diving team defeated Bucknell, 184-100, while the Women's team fell to the Bison, 158-139, this past Saturday afternoon at Crandall Pool.

The Black Knights had a total of 20 event wins with the men having 13 and the women with seven.

Army honored its senior class of Madison Berg, James Bilbrey, Jane Bryce, Kim Caccamo, Whitney Chang, Marie Docken, Tyler Kim, Kyle Lipton, Rebecca Morel, Sean Paul Stolarski, Graham Ungrady, Billy Webber and Josh Zock. Read more.

Women’s Soccer Shuts Out American, 5-0
3/23/2021

Women’s Soccer Shuts Out American, 5-0Army West Point Women’s Soccer defeated American University on the road this past Saturday afternoon, 5-0, their biggest margin of victory this season. The 5-0 road win is the largest margin of victory for the Black Knights since a 5-0 victory over Rhode Island on September 15, 2013.

Erynn Johns led the way on the day, finishing with two goals and one assist. Erlise Urkov was also involved in three goals, tallying two assists and one finish of her own. The Black Knights started off the scoring with a goal off the foot of freshman Kaitlin Palaian in the 11th minute of play.

They then took a 2-0 lead as Urkov tallied her second goal of the spring in the 16th minute of play. Urkov assisted on the next goal of the day, this one by Johns in the 30th minute to push the lead to 3-0. Alyssa Carfagno got in on the action in the 78th minute as Johns slotted it in and Carfagno finished with the nifty back heel.

Up 4-0, Johns connected on her second goal of the game, this one in the 87th minute off a cross from Urkov from the right side and she was able to find the back of the net to make it a 5-0 victory. American did tally five corner kicks to Army's four and had six shots on the day, but goalkeeper Sydney Cassalia tallied her third clean sheet of the spring, making just one save on the day. Read more.

Russian Forum Cadets Celebrate Maslenitsa
3/23/2021

Russian Forum Cadets Celebrate MaslenitsaThis month, the Department of Foreign Languages’ Russian Forum celebrated Maslenitsa, an ancient Slavic tradition that remains one of the most important yearly celebrations in Russia. CDTs Edward Owens and Patrick Domenech presented about Maslenitsa (which is also known as Pancake week or Butter week) traditions, customs, and activities of the celebration. One of the most essential traditions is the cooking of a Russian pancake knows as a “blin." Since dairy products are not allowed in the last days of the Lenten fast, Maslenitsa is the last chance to eat blini until Easter. The Russian club celebrated with a proper feast, enjoying stacks of blini with many different Russian fillings, and traditional Russian beverages. Pictured here, cadets participated in a traditional Russian dance. May we bring this same positive energy, willingness to try new things, and desire to understand cultures different than our own into the weeks ahead!

Katsenes Closes Out Schenkel Invitational
3/23/2021

Katsenes Closes Out Schenkel InvitationalTom Katsenes finished the final round of the 41st Schenkel Invitational at Forest Heights Country Club in a tie for 74th on the leaderboard.

Katsenes ended up +20 for the tournament and had a three-day score of 236 (75-77-84).

The Black Knights are back in Georgia for its next competition on April 3-4 as Army gets set to play in the Haskins Award Invitational at Forest Hills Golf Club in Augusta, GA.

Gymnastics Tops Springfield On Senior Day
3/23/2021

Gymnastics Tops Springfield On Senior DayThe Army West Point Men's Gymnastics team topped ECAC foe Springfield, 378.05-371.6, in a virtual meet this past Sunday afternoon in the Gross Center. Prior to the start of the meet, Army honored its senior class of Matthew Martin, Mitchell McHugh, Joseph Minus, Prakash Nigam and Kiernan Reagan.

Army won floor exercise, 65.1-63.1. Kalvin Kingshill earned the event win with a score of 13.25. Jacob Nauman placed second with a tally of 13.1, while Mitch McHugh's 13.05 was tied for third. The Cadets claimed the pommel horse, 61.4-58.55. Martin won the event with a tally of 13.55. Army's next highest finisher was Zachary Mitchell, who posted a score of 12.6.

Army took the still rings, 63.4-60.1. Mathew Davis won the event with a tally of 13.0. Martin placed just behind Davis with a score of 12.95. Springfield narrowly won vault, 67.85-67.75. Nauman earned a first place finish with an impressive score of 14.25. Springfield's John Murphy had the second best mark at 14.0. Read more.

Men’s Tennis Battles Back to Beat NJIT
3/23/2021

Men’s Tennis Battles Back to Beat NJITThe Army West Point Men’s Tennis team won a hard-fought 4-3 matchup against a very talented NJIT team this past Sunday afternoon in the Lichtenberg Tennis Center.

The Black Knights fell behind early in the No. 1 doubles slot dropping the first match 7-6 but finished strong in the 2nd and 3rd slots with two wins from a David Gorshein and Samuel Haikal duo, and Nathan Jose and Jake Huarte pairing.

Army kept this momentum going throughout singles, winning three out of six matchups. Gorshein, Samuel Eden and Sam Kesti all won their respective matches. Eden made a strong comeback against NJIT's Smith after dropping the first set 4-6. He went on to beat Smith in three sets; 6-3 and 6-2. Gorshein also battled for three sets against Townes in a 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 contest. Kesti closed out the No. 6 slot with a three-set win as well, beating Fekry 6-3, 2-6, 7-5.

The Black Knights came away with a well-earned team win against NJIT. They will compete against St John's University at Lichtenberg Tennis Center next Thursday before beginning Patriot League play on Friday. Read more.

Army Volleyball Wins Third Straight
3/23/2021

Army Volleyball Wins Third StraightThe Army West Point Volleyball team picked up its third consecutive win this past Sunday afternoon, topping Holy Cross 3-1. “I'm proud of our team today,” Army head coach Alma Kovaci Lee said. “Somewhere in the middle of that match, they looked at each other and committed to elevating their game.”

Firstie setter Hannah Presley had a match-high 41 assists and had no setting errors. “Hannah did an awesome job stabilizing our hitters and our passers did a great job giving Hannah options to set,” Kovaci Lee added.

The Black Knights had three plebes finish with 10 or more kills. Mackenzie Karnig and Allanah Cutler tied for the team-lead with 14 and Paige Fixemer added 10. Firstie Monica Eckford finished with nine and had the team's top hitting percentage at .400 on the day.

Army won the first set, 25-18, with 18 of its points coming on kills. The Cadets posted a hitting percentage of .341 on the first frame. The Black Knights' hitting percentage dropped to .170 in the second set and the Crusaders managed even things up at 1-1. Read more

Cadets Attend International Humanitarian Law Competition
3/19/2021

Cadets Attend International Humanitarian Law CompetitionRecently, two West Point Department of Law cadet teams competed at the 2021 Clara Barton International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Competition. The competition included 16 other teams, including other service academies and law schools across the country. The event was a simulation-based, experiential legal competition designed to expose rising professionals to the practice of IHL (also known as the Law of Armed Conflict) and to real world challenges facing Law of Armed Conflict practitioners during armed conflict.

Both teams represented the Academy extremely well. One of the D/Law teams (CDTs Bowles, Fonseca, and Shapiro) qualified for the semifinal round. This is an exceptional accomplishment, and we wish them the best of luck this coming weekend!

Hatten, Riley Earn Atlantic Hockey Postseason Honors
3/19/2021

Hatten, Riley Earn Atlantic Hockey Postseason HonorsAtlantic Hockey announced its major award winners for both the East and West pods and Lincoln Hatten was named Rookie of the Year for the East, while head Coach Brian Riley earned Coach of the Year honors.

Hatten spent his first season on Army's second line and posted 12 points on four goals and eight assists. Hatten tallied a game winner and is a plus-4 on the season. Hatten had a great stretch at the start of Army's unbeaten streak with a five-game point streak with two goals and five assists for seven points and he was named Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week on February 17after tallying six points, which led the Black Knights that week.

Hatten is the second Black Knight to earn Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Year honors, joining Tyler Pham, who was selected the top rookie in 2015.

Riley earned the postseason honor for the fourth time in his career after leading the Black Knights to second place in the league with a 10-4-1 mark in conference play and a 15-5-1 overall record. He guided Army to its current 13-game unbeaten streak, which is the longest since his father, Jack Riley, won 16-straight in 1983-84 with the Black Knights. The Black Knights cracked the top 20 this season and is making their fifth appearance in the Atlantic Hockey semifinals.

Army is set to take on Canisius in the second semifinal tomorrow with the scheduled puck drop set for 7pm at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, MA.

Fan Attendance Update for Spring Home Competitions
3/19/2021

Fan Attendance Update for Spring Home CompetitionsArmy West Point Athletics announced an update on fan attendance at home competitions for the following spring 2021 sports: baseball, men's lacrosse, women's lacrosse, men's soccer, women's soccer, softball, men's tennis, and women's tennis. Per the Patriot League ruling, spectators at outdoor competitions are permitted at the discretion of the institution. Effective immediately, and until further notice, a limited number of spectators will be permitted at all spring 2021 Patriot League outdoor competitions. Spectators that fall into the following categories are authorized to attend: Army West Point Athletic Association Staff, USMA Staff & Faculty (including Officer Representatives) and USMA Cadets

Due to current USMA COVID protocols, academy visitors policy and capacity limitations, the following groups will not be permitted to attend Army West Point Athletics home competitions: Army Team Parents Visiting Team Parents Off-Post Guests (i.e., Non-USMA Staff & Faculty)

The number of spectators allowed will be based on a pre-determined number for each facility and will be strictly enforced. All fans will be required to wear proper face coverings and follow social distancing protocols. Common Access Card (CAC) checks will be utilized to validate attendees as needed. All attendees should always have their CAC with them while attending events.

Kutz, Hanson Earn CRCA All-America Honors
3/18/2021

Kutz, Hanson Earn CRCA All-America HonorsKyle Kutz and Clayton Hanson of the Army West Point Rifle team each earned Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association (CRCA) All-America honors. Kutz was tabbed a second team all-American in smallbore, while Hanson earned honorable mention all-America nods in air rifle.

In his plebe season, Kutz finished fourth at the NCAA Championships in smallbore after shooting a 590, which is one point shy of tying Army's all-time program record. The Darien, CT, native shot above the 580 threshold in all but one match. On the season he posted an average score of 585.4.

This marks the second consecutive year that Hanson was named a CRCA All-American. The Jamestown, NY, native hit the 590-mark in all but one match this season. He held an average of 592 in air rifle. Hanson posted a 594 at the Great America Rifle Conference (GARC) Championships, which was good for ninth place.

Men’s Gymnastics Wins Historic Meet with Niigata University of Management
3/18/2021

Men’s Gymnastics Wins Historic Meet with Niigata University of ManagementThe Army West Point Men's Gymnastics team defeated the Niigata University of Management, a college located in Japan, 369.5-359.3, in a virtual meet inside the Gross Center yesterday evening. This marked the first international meet in program history.

“This season has been such a rollercoaster. I want to give our guys as many opportunities to compete as possible and so when this idea first came out, I said 'Yeah. Let's do it. Let's figure it out.' We had to get some logistics figured out, but I think the guys had a good time doing it. I felt like it was a worthwhile event,” Army head coach Dr. Doug Van Everen said.

The two teams were competing with a 13-hour time difference. Army began the meet at 8pm on March 17, 2021, while it was 9am on March 18, 2021 in Niigata, Japan.

“Having the opportunity was cool. The platform allows for that. In the future, I see us being able to continue something like this,” Van Everen added.

As a team, Army won four of the six events. Three different members had event wins, led by Mathew Davis who claimed the floor exercise and the still rings. Matthew Martin placed first on the pommel horse and Jacob Nauman won vault.

“We did fairly well. We had some good events and some very good performances, but we also counted several falls and so forth. Part of that, too, was that we had to do some moving around before the meet,” Van Everen said. “I'm proud of what they did. They work hard. They fought all the way through. It was 10 o'clock and we were swinging high bar, so I'm proud of what they did.”

Beatty Named Scholar Athlete of the Year; Three Black Knights Named Academic All-Patriot League
3/17/2021

The Patriot League Conference announced their yearly cross country scholar athlete awards yesterday afternoon and three members of the Army West Point Men's and Women's Cross Country teams received recognition.

To be eligible for the Scholar-Athlete of the Year award and Academic All-Patriot League Team, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and be a starter or key player in his/her sport. Freshmen or students in their first academic year at their school are not eligible for the honor.

After winning the Patriot League Cross Country Championships and being named the Patriot League Outstanding Performer of the Meet, Marshall Beatty was selected as the 2021 Men's Scholar Athlete of the Year. The Missoula, MT native led the Black Knights to their 11th conference title and fourth straight since the 1993-1996 teams. The cow was also selected to represent Army and the Patriot League at the NCAA Cross Country Championships on March 15, 2021 where he competed to a 159th finish marked at 32:19.6. Beatty's selection comes as a result of his continued ability to compete to the highest level both on the course and in the classroom, tallying a 3.65 cumulative GPA.

“Marshall Beatty has collected a lot of athletic awards in his career and I am proud of him for all that he has accomplished but I am equally proud of how he has performed in the classroom,” said head coach Mike Smith. “This award is a reflection of his commitment to do his best at everything he does. In a time of great uncertainty and trying circumstances, Marshall has not wavered in his pursuit of excellence. I am happy for him to see his hard work rewarded with this type of recognition.”

Beatty's successes also secured him a spot on the Academic All-Patriot League Team alongside teammates Garrett Gough and Mika Andrews who were listed amongst the conferences best and brightest.

Gough finished eighth at the Patriot League Championships with a time of 22:09.5, earning him second-team All-League honors. The yearling was a top competitor for the Black Knights in 2020 (21) continuously getting better with each appearance. Gough finished 17th against Syracuse with a time of 23:48, ninth at the tri meet with Syracuse and BC with a time of 25:31 and eighth in the Army-Navy Star Series dual meet with a time of 24:45. The Nevada City, CA native is a history major and currently holds a 3.40 cumulative GPA. Read more.

Heald’s Firstie Season Comes to a Close
3/17/2021

Heald’s Firstie Season Comes to a CloseDue to an abundance of caution regarding COVID-19 protocols, firstie captain Bobby Heald has withdrawn from competing for Army at the 2021 NCAA DI Wrestling Tournament this upcoming weekend.

Despite an unexpected end to his wrestling career with the Black Knights, Heald has had an immense impact on the Army Wrestling program over his last four years.

The Bedford, N.H. native has played an integral role in Army's success, competing to a 55-32 record overall and 12-8 in dual competition. In his plebe season, he frequented the mat for the Black Knights, moving to a 12-16 record, and most notably defeating Austin Faunce (Navy) 2-1 in the second tiebreak period to clinch the Star Meet victory. He escaped with 17 seconds to give Army its second-ever dual victory in Annapolis, MD, and first since the 1961 season. During his tenure, Heald helped the Black Knights to a 3-1 record against the Mids. He went on to compete to even better records in the following two years, tallying his career-best record of 22-8 as a yearling.

“Obviously, we are gutted for Bobby and he's incredibly disappointed he doesn't have the opportunity to finish his Army Wrestling career on his own terms,” said head coach Kevin Ward. “But he has so much to be proud of - he has made an incredible impact on our team and has accomplished so much as an individual. It is unfortunate that circumstances outside of his control close this chapter of his life, but we all know that there are great things in store for him as he looks forward to graduation and commissioning this May.”

Heading into the tournament, Heald was ranked 23rd at 285lbs after posting a second-place finish at the EIWA Tournament on Feb. 26. The firstie was expected to face Nathan Traxler of Stanford in the Round of 32. Read more.

Hockey Jumps Into USCHO National Poll
3/16/2021

Hockey Jumps Into USCHO National PollThe Army West Point Hockey team broke into the USCHO.com National Poll this week at No. 19 after earning a spot in the Atlantic Hockey Semifinals this weekend.

The Black Knights are 15-5-1 this season and have gone unbeaten in their last 13 games and have won their last nine. They had been receiving votes for the past few weeks and earned a spot in the top 20 for the first time this season.

To view the poll, log on to USCHO.com.

Army is back in action on Friday night in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament Semifinals against Canisius with puck drop at 7pm.

Fixemer Named Patriot League Rookie of the Week
3/16/2021

Fixemer Named Patriot League Rookie of the WeekPaige Fixemer, a plebe on the Army West Point Volleyball team, was tabbed the Patriot League Rookie of the Week yesterday afternoon.

The Omaha, NE., native registered a match-high 20 kills on a .515 hitting percentage in Friday's contest at Holy Cross. In Sunday's win over the Crusaders, she combined for seven kills and five blocks. As a whole, Fixemer combined for a total of 33.5 points over the weekend.

This marks the second time this season that Army has had a player earned the award. Savannah Bray was named the rookie of the week on February 22.

Army will again square off with Holy Cross in a weekend series. The Cadets will host the Crusaders on Friday, March 19 before traveling out to Worcester, MA, on Sunday, March 21.

Beatty Closes Out Season at 2021 NCAA Cross Country Championships
3/16/2021

Beatty Closes Out Season at 2021 NCAA Cross Country ChampionshipsMarshall Beatty represented the Army West Point Men's Cross Country team at the 2021 NCAA Cross Country Championships yesterday afternoon. The cows appearance marks the fourth time in the past five years that the Patriot League has been represented at the championships.

“It was really tough, and I can't wait to come back next year,” said Beatty. “I learned you have to stay focused, and you have to train really hard, and it is much easier to have your team with you than to run by yourself.”

In his first NCAA appearance, Beatty finished 159th overall with a time of 32:19.6 alongside sophomores Peter Morris of the University of Virginia and Quinn Nicholson of Georgetown University.

“Marshall competed well today,” said head coach Mike Smith. “The one thing that is universally true about the NCAA cross country meet is that everyone in the race is good. No matter what your regular season results have been you have to be on your game at this meet or you will get pushed far back pretty quickly. The race went out very fast and Marshall measured it early but was unable to move as far up as he wanted to. He fought hard and now has the realization that he has to get better if he wants to have a higher finish at this race. He has the tools to do well here and now I think he has the experience he needs to prepare to come back again in a year.”

Army will continue into their outdoor track and field season in the coming weeks. The Black Knights are set to host Monmouth University this Saturday, March 20 at Shea Stadium.

Hockey Tops Sacred Heart in Three OT Thriller
3/15/2021

Hockey Tops Sacred Heart in Three OT ThrillerIn the ninth-longest game in NCAA Ice Hockey history, Colin Bilek scored his 18th of the season in the third overtime to send the Army West Point Hockey team to the Atlantic Hockey Semifinals with a 4-3 win over Sacred Heart.

It was also the longest game in Atlantic Hockey history and longest in Army's history. With the win, the Black Knights now have the longest unbeaten since the 1983-84 season when they won 16 games in a row under head coach Jack Riley. The Black Knights are unbeaten in their last 13 games.

Bilek extended his goal-scoring streak to seven games with the winner and Trevin Kozlowski was a brick wall all night with a career high 42 saves between the pipes.

“We got down two goals, but we had been there before,” head coach Brian Riley said. “We tied it up and then we went down and then Thomas Farrell scored a big goal for us. It was an unbelievable battle and wouldn't you figure that Colin Bilek scores the winning goal.”

Bilek scored the game winner with 6:40 on the clock in the third overtime. He redirected the puck with his skate on a feed by Mitch Machlitt and the puck found its way past John Benson, who played an incredible game for Sacred Heart with 68 saves.

“Everybody wanted to score that one,” Bilek said after his tally in the third overtime. “Luckily it just went off my skate and in, so we are going to take them anyway they come, but kind of happy the game is just over.”

Army got to that position thanks to Farrell's goal in third period to tie the score at 3-3. With 7:39 left in regulation with Farrell firing the puck into the back of the net from the slot. Machlitt avoided a sprawling defender and put the puck on a silver platter for Farrell and he beat Benson to tie the game at 3-3 to force overtime. Read more.

Women’s Soccer Takes Down Lehigh
3/15/2021

Women’s Soccer Takes Down LehighArmy West Point Women’s Soccer defeated Lehigh, 1-0, this past Saturday evening at Shea Stadium.

The Black Knights (2-0) tallied their second shutout in as many games on the year, with goalkeeper Sydney Cassalia only having to tally four saves on the night.

The eventual game-winning goal for the Black Knights came off the foot of Lauren Drysdale in the 50th minute. She took a centering pass from the right side from Elise Urkov, settled it beat a defender and set up the pretty shot to the left upper corner of the net to put the Black Knights on top just five minutes into the second half.

The goal for Drysdale was her first of the year and fifth of her career.

After a relatively quiet first half, with each side tallying four shots, the Black Knights came out blazing in the second half. After Drysdale's goal just five minutes into the second half, the Black Knights continued to put on the pressure offensively, while playing lock down defense for the duration.

Army tallied eight shots in the second half, to just two for Lehigh. Read more.

Baseball Splits Doubleheader vs. UAlbany
3/15/2021

Baseball Splits Doubleheader vs. UAlbanyFor the first time in 675 days, the Army West Point Baseball team played at home at Doubleday Field as they hosted UAlbany for two this past Saturday afternoon. The Black Knights (3-8) fell in the seven-inning game one, 4-1, but came back with a vengeance in a full nine-inning game two, defeating visiting UAlbany, 12-4.

In game one, UAlbany took a 1-0 lead in the second inning but the Black Knights answered right back with a groundout RBI by Tim Simoes. However, UAlbany put up three runs in the fourth inning, with two coming off a two-run home run by Malm and the Black Knights were unable to overcome the deficit in the seven-inning front half of the double header. Ray Bartoli made his first start of the year and went six complete, giving up four runs (three earned) on five hits with no walks and six strikeouts.

In game two, the bats came alive for the Black Knights, blasting a season-high 12 runs on a season-high 15 hits. The Black Knights went down 3-0 in the first inning, but answered back with two in the bottom half and tied things up in the bottom of the second. From there the Black Knights outscored UAlbany, 9-0 through the final seven frames. Overall, the Black Knights held their opponents to just four runs on six hits.

Seven of the Black Knights' starting nine had at least one hit on the day, with six of them having multi-hit performances. Starter Patrick Melampy went 3.1 innings, allowing four runs (two earned) on four hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Trevor Finan, who entered in relief in the fourth inning shut UAlbany down to earn his first win of the season. He went 3.1 innings, allowing no runs on just two hits with no walks and four strikeouts.

Mike Ruggieri and Tyler Prichard each tossed a scoreless inning in relief in the eighth and ninth, respectively. Read more.

Volleyball Bounces Back with 3-0 Win Over Crusaders
3/15/2021

Volleyball Bounces Back with 3-0 Win Over CrusadersThe Army West Point Volleyball team defeated Holy Cross yesterday afternoon at Gillis Field House. The Black Knights avenged their Friday evening loss to the Crusaders with a 3-0 victory.

“We are a pretty young team so it's important for us to recover quickly,” Army head coach Alma Kovaci Lee said. “Failure is a part of life, but how you recover is important and today's performance tells you a lot about our team. They are incredible competitors.”

“Today we came out with the mentality that we were going to play for each other and not let what the other team was doing affect us. Our goal was to play our game and I think it worked pretty well,” said plebe Paige Fixemer.

Allanah Cutler led the team with 11 kills and posted an attack percentage of .286. Cate Buckingham was second on the team with eight kills, while Fixemer contributed six. Hannah Presley led the team with 29 assists, while Ana Oglivie had 22 digs. As a team, Army had 41 kills and just 10 errors. The Black Knights also had a season-high nine blocks.

“Our goal today was to be cleaner with our game,” Kovaci Lee said. “We had a ton of hitting errors and serving errors in Friday's match. Our goal was to be smarter with what we do with the ball and we did just that today.”

The Black Knights held a tight 16-13 lead in the first set. Army scored six consecutive points with Fixemer serving. The Cadets used the momentum from the run to close out the first with a 25-16 win. Read more.

Kutz Earns 4th Place Finish in Smallbore at NCAAs
3/15/2021

Kutz Earns 4th Place Finish in Smallbore at NCAAsArmy West Point plebe Kyle Kutz earned a fourth place finish in the smallbore portion of the NCAA Championship held at Ohio State's Converse Hall this past Friday. “We are so proud of Kyle. He absolutely crushed it today,” said Army head coach Web Wright. “He led the entire pack coming out of kneeling and prone and his standing performance was really good.”

Kutz shot a personal best mark of 590 to advance to the finals. His total was one shy of tying Army's program record and was tied for the third highest mark in the match. “I am so pleased with how today's performance went,” Kutz said. “Everything felt right. I had a great mindset going in. I was so close to the podium, but I will be back next year!”

“Kyle has been working on his mental game quite a bit with Dr. (Nate) Zinsser, and it has really paid off,” Wright noted. The Darien, Conn., native was tied for the highest score in kneeling with a mark of 199. He next shot a 199 in slings, which was the highest mark of the match. He closed out the round with a 192 in standing.

“I know he wanted more, but he was in really good company in the final four,” Wright said. “He was shooting against three Olympians as a freshman. That's an outstanding accomplishment.” In the finals, Kutz had a score of 437.8, which was 9.5 points more than the fifth place finisher and 11.3 behind third place. He had the second highest mark by a freshman, trailing just Ole Miss's Lea Horvath. Read more.

Softball Splits Double Header with Saint Joseph's
3/15/2021

Softball Splits Double Header with Saint Joseph'sThe Army West Point Softball team fought to a double header split with Saint Joseph's University this past Saturday afternoon. The Black Knights commanded the opening matchup of the day, taking a six-inning 8-0 shutout victory from the Hawks. Despite taking an early 4-0 lead into game two, the Hawks rallied in the bottom of the seventh inning to secure a 6-5 victory in game two.

With the Saturday split, the Black Knights hold a 2-3 record overall with only one non-conference matchup left before facing Colgate University in the Patriot League opener. The Black Knights put runs on the board first in both games. Jolie Duong was lights out for Army in game one, striking out four and only giving up two hits in 23 batters faced. The Black Knights had six different athletes add runs in the 8-0 shutout including Angelina Bebek, Ellie Caldwell, Sage Peters, Duong, Megan Muffett, Grace Snyder and Leila Hurst. Alicyn Grete struck out seven in 26 batters faced in game two. Caldwell led the Black Knights offensively with a 1-for-3 outing at the plate while tallying a run and two RBIs.

The Black Knights and the Hawks battled for runs in the first two innings as both pitching staffs held the lineups scoreless until the top of the third when Army broke things open. Muffett punched a double to left center scoring Caldwell and Bebek to give Army an early 2-0 lead. Duong expanded the Black Knights lead with a double of her own to score Snyder, improving Army's lead to three. Duong's strength on the mound allowed the Black Knights to continue their hot streak at the plate, nailing four more runs in the fifth. Caldwell opened up the inning with a leadoff homerun to left center for her first of the year. Snyder then grabbed two RBIs on a single to center field, scoring Peters and Hurst. Read more.

Hockey Lands Five on All-Atlantic Hockey Teams
3/12/2021

Hockey Lands Five on All-Atlantic Hockey TeamsThe Army West Point Hockey team was well-represented on the Atlantic Hockey All-Conference Teams, which were announced yesterday. The league separated the awards this season to honor players from both the East and West pods.

Army saw Trevin Kozlowski, Colin Bilek and Thomas Farrell all earn first team All-Atlantic Hockey honors for the East pod and John Zimmerman was named to the second team. Lincoln Hatten joined them by being selected to the conference's All-Rookie Team.

“It's a great day for Army hockey to see these players receive All-Conference recognition,” head coach Brian Riley said. “They are all deserving of this recognition because of the outstanding seasons they have had up to this point of our season. I also know each of them would be quick to say that they wouldn't be receiving this recognition today if it wasn't for their teammates. We are all very proud of them.”

Kozlowski earned postseason honors for the first time in his career. He led the conference in the regular season with a 1.97 goals against average and was second in save percentage. Kozlowski was the lone goaltender in the league to have double digit victories this season with 12 and had a .781 winning percentage. He ended the regular season on a 13-game winning streak.

Bilek was the league's leading goal scorer with 16 tallies in 19 games and was five goals ahead of the three-way tie in second place. He finished the regular season with three multi-goal games, including a hat trick against AIC on January 10. He is currently riding a 11-game point streak and has at least one point in 15 of his last 16 games. The Brighton, MI, native also led Atlantic Hockey with eight power play goals. Read more.

USMA 2021 100th Night Banquet
3/12/2021

USMA 2021 100th Night BanquetFriday March 12, 2021 marks 100 days left for the Class of 2021. The Class will celebrate 100th Night with the annual 100th Night Show and Banquet. Tune in live around 7:30pm tonight to watch the 100th Night Banquet for the Class of 2021 with guest speaker CSM Michael Crosby, U.S. Army Futures Command.

Nichtern, Hudgins and Schupler Named to Tewaaraton Watch List
3/12/2021

Nichtern, Hudgins and Schupler Named to Tewaaraton Watch ListThe Army West Point Men's Lacrosse team had three athletes named to the 2021 Tewaaraton Award Watch List on Thursday afternoon including Brendan Nichtern, Marcus Hudgins and Wyatt Schupler. The Tewaaraton Award annually honors the top male and female college lacrosse players in the United States. The selection committees are made up of premier collegiate coaches and are appointed annually by The Tewaaraton Foundation. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the award.

All three athletes have been essential in leading the Black Knights to a 3-1 record and a No. 6 national rank heading into week 5.

Named the 2021 Patriot League Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, Nichtern has since been named a 3x Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week while leading the Black Knights in both goals (13) and assists (12) for a team-high 25 points. The cow captain is currently tied for ninth nationally in assists per game (3) and points per game (6.25).

Hudgins and Schupler have been lights out on the defensive end of the field for Army, helping hold opponents' offenses at bay through the last three games. Schupler has been named a 2x Patriot League Goalie of the Week in addition to being named to the USILA DI Men's Lacrosse Team of the Week after the Black Knights big upset over Syracuse. The cow's .567 save percentage ranks 18th nationally and his 9.91 GAA ranks 21st. Hudgins recently grabbed his first weekly award of the year this week after recording a season-high five caused turnovers and five ground balls against Boston University. The cow defender was key in helping the Black Knights defense to stifle the Terriers offense in the final 10 minutes of the game when Army was only holding onto a one-goal lead. He is currently tied for 16th nationally in caused turnovers per game (2.5). Hudgins leads the Black Knights in caused turnover with 10 total and second in ground balls with 11.

“The recognition from the Tewaarton Foundation for Marcus, Wyatt and Brendan is well deserved,” said head coach Joe Alberici. “All three have distinguished themselves and are amongst the nation's elite at their respective positions. They have been instrumental in our early season success and I know that they will continue to work to improve individually in order to make us all better.” Read more.

Sumsion Named USA U20 National Team Head Coach
3/12/2021

Sumsion Named USA U20 National Team Head CoachArmy West Point Men's Rugby Assistant Coach, Kyle Sumsion, has been selected by USA Rugby to be the newest head coach of the USA U20 National Team. Sumsion will be overseen by former Men's XVs National Team Head Coach Mike Tolkin who currently serves as the Director of Rugby for New York Athletic Club.

Sumsion arrived on the banks of the Hudson in the fall of 2018 after having a wealth of success both as a player and a coach. He was a four-time national champion and All-American while at Bringham Young University while serving twice as a team captain. He also appeared six times for the USA National Team and was captain of the Sacramento PRO team and then Major League Rugby's Houston Sabercats. Sumsion also recently signed on with professional rugby team, Rugby United New York in the summer of 2020.

“Pulling on the National team jersey and representing the USA is the greatest honor of one's playing career,” said Sumsion. “I am both excited and humbled by the opportunity to help identify and develop our future Eagles. It's my goal to develop quality young men on and off the field who can elevate our national team to new heights.”

In his two-year tenor at Army, Sumsion has helped head coach Matt Sherman elevate the level of competitiveness of the Army Men's Rugby program. He helped lead the Black Knights to a 13-9-1 record in his first season in addition to an appearance in the DI Men's Collegiate National Championships. Before having their season cut short in 2020, the Black Knights were 6-6 overall and 3-2 in conference play on their way to fight for a shot at a national title.

Wrestling to Send Seven to NCAA Tournament
3/11/2021

Wrestling to Send Seven to NCAA TournamentThe NCAA released the list of at-large selections to the 2021 NCAA Championship tournament on March 9 and the Black Knights received one of four additional EIWA bids. Army's 157lb veteran Markus Hartman was selected for an at-large bid to join the six other Black Knights who will be making the trip to St. Louis, Missouri next week.

This will be Hartman's first appearance at the NCAA tournament and his second opportunity on the national stage after last seasons cancellation. With Hartman's selection, the Black Knights will officially send seven to the Enterprise Center on March 18 including Lane Peters, P.J. Ogunsanya, Ben Pasiuk, Taylor Brown, J.T. Brown and Bobby Heald. All seven wrestlers headed to NCAA's will be making their first appearance at the national tournament. This will be the third consecutive season that Army will send seven wrestlers to the tournament and the only time the team has sent more than seven was in the 1967-1968 season when they sent eight.

The Black Knights are coming off a successful outing at the 117th EIWA conference tournament where their 119.5 team points secured their second consecutive third-place finish and their second-best team finish in program history, surpassing their 2020 finish of 112 points. Ogunsanya and Pasiuk will make their first collegiate appearances at the tournament after becoming the first two Army wrestlers in over a decade to be named champions at the conference tournament.

For more information on tournament dates, times and watch links, you can visit the NCAA DI Wrestling tournament page.

Vincent Named Patriot League Tennis Athlete of the Week
3/11/2021

Vincent Named Patriot League Tennis Athlete of the WeekThe Patriot League Conference announced their weekly awards yesterday afternoon and listed amongst the weeks best was Caroline Vincent of Army West Point Women's Tennis. Vincent was named the Patriot League Female Player of the Week after a standout performance in the Black Knights 7-0 shutout victory over Colgate this past Saturday.

The cow helped Army to their first league win of the year with big victories in both singles and doubles play. Vincent and teammate Stephanie Dolehide moved past Colgate's duo of Rebecca Wolf and Sara De Oliviera in a 6-1 performance in the No. 1 slot to help Army to the doubles point. The Pacific Palisades, CA native followed up with a three-set singles win (7-5, 6-0, 10-6) over De Oliviera in the No. 2 to secure the Black Knights' shutout.

Through Army's five contests in 2021, Vincent currently holds a 2-1 record in both singles and doubles play. The Black Knights will be back in action this weekend for a full slate of competition, starting at St. John's University Friday at 12pm.

Q&A: Kyle Kutz
3/11/2021

Q&A: Kyle KutzPlebe Kyle Kutz will be competing in the NCAA Rifle Championships in Columbus, Ohio, last weekend. The Darien, CT, native shot a 589 in smallbore in the NCAA qualifier meet. Kutz was one of just three freshmen to qualify individually in either smallbore or air rifle.

Q: What were your expectations coming in as a freshman?
A: Coming to West Point, I had high expectations for myself and the team. I had been watching the team in years prior to my arrival and knew that this season had some incredible individuals on the starting line. I was thoroughly surprised by how warm and inviting the team was to the incoming class.

Q: What goals did you set for yourself?
A: A goal I set for myself was to be a starter on the team for the entirety of my four years. Though this was an ambitious goal, I had little expectations to achieve it, especially during my freshman year. Starting the season off, I was very intimidated by the stigma of now being an NCAA athlete. Leading up to our first match, I was extremely nervous and only had hopes of having an average performance. Somehow, I had an exceptional day, setting a personal record in my NCAA debut. Now within arm's reach of leading the team, I reevaluated my potential. I knew I had the ability to do something great this season. I worked hard and am extremely happy with how it has gone thus far. Read more.

Golf Wraps Up Palmetto Intercollegiate
3/10/2021

Golf Wraps Up Palmetto IntercollegiateThe Army West Point Golf team wrapped up the Palmetto Intercollegiate on Tuesday and finished 15th in its first tournament of the season.

The Black Knights finished the tournament with a team score of 916 (+76) during the two-day event featuring three rounds.

Dragon Theam was Army's top player and shot a 1-over 73 on the final day and completed the tournament in a tie for 45th at +12 (76-73-73--222). Marshall Daniel and James McKee finished at +19 for the Black Knights.

Army is back in action on March 19-21 at the Schenkel Invitational in Statesboro, Ga., which the Black Knights will be competing against another strong field. Read more.

Beatty To Represent Army at 2021 NCAA DI CC Championships
3/9/2021

Beatty To Represent Army at 2021 NCAA DI CC ChampionshipsMarshall Beatty of the Army West Point Men's Cross Country team will represent the Black Knights next week at the 2021 NCAA DI Cross Country Championships. This year’s event will be held on Monday, March 15 at the OSU Cross Country course in Stillwater, OK.

Beatty will represent Army and the Patriot League in the men's championship race after claiming the individual title at the Patriot League Championships last weekend with a 4.7-mile time of 21:46.8 at Lehigh's Goodman Campus. Saturday's finish greatly surpassed his 13th finish in the 2019 season, earning him the Patriot League Outstanding Performer of the Meet and All-Patriot League First Team honors.

His appearance marks the fourth time in the past five years that the Patriot League has been represented at the NCAA DI Men's Cross Country Championships. Beatty will join Boston University's Andrea Claeson and Bucknell's Ashlyn Ramos as the three Patriot League representative in Oklahoma.

“Marshall has been working toward this opportunity for a number of years now and I am happy for him that his hard work has been rewarded,” said head coach Mike Smith. “This meet will be a great experience for him and a chance for him to compete against some of the world's best young distance runners. He belongs in this race and I know that he is excited to head out to Stillwater and represent Army and his teammates on the biggest stage in our sport.”

The NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships will be televised on ESPNU and available on the ESPN App. Live coverage of the NCAA Championships will be available beginning at 12:30pm ET.

Nichtern 3x Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week; Hudgins Tabs Defensive Award
3/9/2021

Nichtern 3x Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week; Hudgins Tabs Defensive AwardThe Patriot League Conference released their weekly awards yesterday afternoon and the Army West Point Men's Lacrosse team tabbed at least two award winners for the third consecutive week.

Brendan Nichtern was recognized as the Offensive Player of the Week for his third straight week after tallying three goals and three assists in Army's 12-10 victory over Boston University on Saturday. Nichtern scored at least three goals for the third consecutive game and tops the offensive leader board for the Black Knights in both goals (13) and assists (12) for a team high 25 points. The cow captain is currently tied for ninth nationally in assists per game (3) and ninth in points per game (6.25).

Hudgins grabbed his first weekly award of the year this week after recording a season high five caused turnovers and five ground balls against the Terriers. The cow defenseman was key in helping the Black Knights defense to stifle the Terriers offense in the final 10 minutes of the game when Army was only holding onto a one-goal lead. He is currently tied for 16th nationally in caused turnovers per game (2.5). Hudgins leads the Black Knights in caused turnover with 10 total and second in ground balls with 11.

Army holds on to their No. 6 national ranking with a 3-1 overall record heading into their fifth weekend of competition. The Black Knights will welcome Colgate University to Michie Stadium on Saturday, March 13 for a 1pm contest.

Cadets Rafferty ’21 and Wait ’23 Modeling for a Lunar Base
3/9/2021

Cadets Rafferty ’21 and Wait ’23 Modeling for a Lunar BaseOur students are asking big, bold, and important questions that will impact the future. Here, CDT Tom Rafferty ’21 and CDT Marley Wait ’23, members of a larger Chemistry & Life Science and Geography & Environmental Engineering “Space Waste Team,” are modeling anticipated methane production from anaerobic co-digestion on a future lunar base. Ultimately, their initial research question is “what mass of astronaut waste is required to produce one gram of bioplastic?" What a great example of the power of curiosity and collaboration!

Game Times Announced for Hockey AHA Quarterfinal Series
3/9/2021

Game Times Announced for Hockey AHA Quarterfinal SeriesGame times for the upcoming Atlantic Hockey Tournament quarterfinal series between Army West Point and Sacred Heart has been announced and all three contests will be starting at 5:05pm.

The best-of-three series kicks off on Friday at Tate Rink and game two and three will be on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

The Black Knights had a 3-0-1 record against Sacred Heart this year with Army earning the extra league point after winning the shootout on January 30. The Black Knights are undefeated against the Pioneers on their home ice with a pair of 2-1 victories, including one in overtime in the last meeting on February 9.

Army ended the regular season with a two-game sweep of LIU and concluded the AHA season with 30 points in the standings thanks to a 10-4-1-1 mark. The Black Knights caught fire late in the season with a 12-game league unbeaten streak that dates back to January 7.

Fan attendance will not be open to the public for the AHA Tournament at Tate Rink. All games will be live on FloHockey.tv and the Army Sports Network on TuneIn.

Golf Opens Season at Palmetto Intercollegiate
3/9/2021

Golf Opens Season at Palmetto IntercollegiateThe Army West Point Golf team was in action for the first time in 2021 and currently sits 15th at the Palmetto Intercollegiate after the first two rounds.

The Black Knights finished the first two rounds of the tournament, which features some of the top programs in the nation, yesterday and carded a 605 (+45) as a team and improved its scoring between the first and second round by 13 strokes.

Dragon Theam was Army's top golfer through the two rounds and sits 9-over par for the tournament for 56th and shot a 1-over par in round two to improve his position. Captain James McKee finished at +11 for the first two rounds and was 2-over in his second round of the day, while Marshall Daniel was one stroke behind McKee at 12-over.

The teams are back out on the course tomorrow for a 9am tee time at Palmetto Golf Club.

Class of 2024 Unveil Their Class Crest
3/8/2021

Class of 2024 Unveil Their Class CrestThe Class of 2024 unveiled their class crest on Friday, March 5, 2021, during the annual Plebe Banquet at Washington Hall.

Ring and Crest Chairman Cadet Sayana Lopes, shared how the Class of 2024 honored their 50-Year-Affiliation Class of 1974 in the design.

“To honor those who came before us, our fifty-year affiliate class, Class of 1974, is represented on our crest. The Olive Branch in the eagle's mouth was designed in a style that mirrors the oak leaf that is seen on the Class of 1974's crest. This mirroring embodies the unity and legacy that the Class of 1974 has and that we will honor and carry forward with the Class of 2024. The olive branch not only bridges our connection to the Class of 1974, but also symbolizes the peace that exists within the Long Grey Line itself.” - Cadet Sayana Lopes (Ring and Crest Chairman).

Class President Cadet Kijana Knights also thanked COL (R) Jim Loy ’74, an associate professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, for attending. Dr. Loy is a member of the 50-Year-Affiliate Class of 1974 and could participate because he is also a faculty member at West Point.

This year's guest speaker was COL (R) Greg Gadson ’89. He was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant of Field Artillery in 1989 from West Point. He has served in every major conflict of the past two decades, from Operation Desert Shield to Operation Iraqi Freedom. Gadson's greatest challenge came in Iraq after he was injured and lost both of his legs. But he remained on active duty until 2014, inspiring others and advocating for veterans and those with disabilities.

The banquet ended with the Class of 2024 presenting COL Gadson with a signed football from the Black Knights to show their appreciation.

Men’s Cross Country Wins Fourth Consecutive Patriot League Title
3/8/2021

Men’s Cross Country Wins Fourth Consecutive Patriot League TitleThe Army West Point Cross Country teams competed in the 2021 Patriot League Championship this past Friday afternoon. The men's team captured their fourth straight title led by Marshall Beatty and Daniel Mazzei who finished first and second overall. The men's title marks the program's 11th Patriot League title and the first time that the Black Knights have recorded four straight victories since the 1993-1996 teams. In addition to the men's fourth title, head coach Mike Smith was also named the Men's Coach of the Year for the fourth consecutive season.

Marshall Beatty (21:46.8) and Daniel Mazzei (21:53.2) raced their way to victory, grabbing first and second place only seven seconds apart. The two greatly surpassed their 2019 finishes of 13th and 22nd respectively. Depth came in handy in Army's eight-point advantage over Boston University, with two additional top 10 finishers in yearlings Garrett Gough and Matthew Porter. Beatty's first place finish earns him Patriot League Outstanding Performer of the Meet. Beatty and Mazzei both garnered All-Patriot League First Team honors while Gough and Porter made the second-team All-League.

“It was an exceptional performance for the men today. We have won four of these titles in a row and each of those wins was fraught with different challenges. In 2017 we were the underdog but we executed the best race plan. In 2018 we were clearly the best team but the rain and mud made the course so treacherous that it was anyone's race and we prevailed because we managed the elements better than anyone else. Last year we were once again the underdog but we were tough and disciplined. This year we have been beset by challenges almost from the start as our guys have had to manage the ups and downs of academy life amidst a pandemic. This week alone we lost our number four and five runners and as a result we went into the race with some young guys that were both inexperienced and unproven. It was far from a proven lineup. Yet it was that adversity that bonded these guys and willed them to the win today,” said Head Coach Mike Smith. Read more.

Women’s Cross Country Finishes Second at Patriot League Championships
3/8/2021

The Army West Point Cross Country teams competed in the 2021 Patriot League Championship this past Friday afternoon, with the women's team finishing in second place just behind Boston University.

The Black Knights opened the day with a strong second place finish, posting three top 10 finalists. Georgia Jones led the pack for Army, securing a third-place time of 19:52.6 followed by fellow freshman Sophia Sandy who finished fifth overall with a time of 20:09.3. Mika Andrews rounded things out at ninth overall, posting a time of 20:20.9 at the 3.7-mile mark. The three top runners allowed Army to compete to 47 team points, tied with Boston University, forcing the tiebreaker to be broken by comparing in order the place finish of each of the five scoring members of the tied teams. The team with the majority of winning comparisons shall be awarded the higher place, allowing the Terriers to secure the overall team win.

The rookies Jones and Sandy's top five finishes earned them All-Patriot League First Team honors while Andrews and Morgan Chewning-Kulick secured second-team All-League recognition. Jones' third-place finish as a freshman also grabs her the Patriot League Outstanding Rookie of the Meet.

“We maxed out our points today because each one of our women ran to their potential. That almost never happens. I attribute that in large part to our team leadership. We have two captains in this group in Mika Andrews and Morgan Chewning-Kulick and they have set the standard of expectation every day in practice and today in the big moment they stood tall. Our women were quite disappointed at learning of the tie. They had it in their heads that they would win today and that is how they ran. It was pretty clear as the race developed that our women were determined to do exactly what was asked of them. Jordan Jones was our 5th today and she knew she had to be in the top 20,” said Head Coach Mike Smith. Read more.

Hockey to Face Sacred Heart in Quarterfinals
3/8/2021

Hockey to Face Sacred Heart in QuarterfinalsWith the cancellation of the first-round game between Holy Cross and Sacred Heart due to the Crusaders pausing team activities, the second-seeded Army West Point Hockey team will be taking on the third-seeded Pioneers in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament Quarterfinals at Tate Rink.

The quarterfinals are a best-of-three series set for March 12-14, with the winner moving onto the semifinals on March 19. The times of each quarterfinal game will be announced at a later date.

The Black Knights had a 3-0-1 record against Sacred Heart this year with Army earning the extra league point after winning the shootout on Jan. 30. The Black Knights are undefeated against the Pioneers on their home ice with a pair of 2-1 victories, including one in overtime in the last meeting on February 9.

Army ended the regular season with a two-game sweep of LIU and concluded the AHA season with 30 points in the standings thanks to a 10-4-1-1 mark. The Black Knights caught fire late in the season with a 12-game league unbeaten streak that dates back to January 7.

Fan attendance will not be open to the public for the AHA Tournament at Tate Rink. All games will be live on FloHockey.tv and the Army Sports Network on TuneIn.

Women’s Tennis Shuts Out Colgate In First Patriot League Contest
3/8/2021

Women’s Tennis Shuts Out Colgate In First Patriot League ContestThe Army West Point Women's Tennis team secured their first Patriot League win of the year this past Saturday afternoon in a 7-0 shutout against Colgate University.

The Black Knights put in quick work in doubles play taking two straight 6-1 victories from Stephanie Dolehide and Caroline Vincent in the No. 1 slot and Hannah Boubel and Sasha Inchauste in the No. 2 slot. Army's back-to-back victories allowed them to secure an early team doubles point to feed into their singles dominance.

Plebe Justine Dondonay posted the first singles victory of the afternoon in a 6-1, 6-0 win over Colgate's Atallah at No 4. Dondonay opened the door for fellow plebe Carolyn Ahn to grab a win in the No. 5, with a 6-2, 6-1 victory. Boubel and Dolehide sealed the deal for Army in the No. 3 and No. 1 matches to take the Black Knights home to victory. Bouble took a 6-0, 6-3 contest and Dolehide a 6-1, 6-1 dual to give Army the 5-0 advantage heading into the final two matchups of the day. McKinnley Smith and Caroline Vincent battled to three sets but prevailed over the Raiders to give Army the shutout victory and first conference win of the year. Read more.

Men’s Lacrosse Takes Patriot League Opener from BU
3/8/2021

Men’s Lacrosse Takes Patriot League Opener from BUThe No. 6 Army West Point Men’s Lacrosse team recorded their third-straight win and first conference victory of the year on Saturday afternoon in a fourth period battle with Boston University. Brendan Nichtern and Nickolas Edinger each tallied hat tricks and the defense stood tall in the final minutes to give the Black Knights a 12-10 edge over the Terriers.

Nichtern scored at least three goals for the third consecutive game and added three assists for six points. The cow captain tops the offensive leader board for the Black Knights in both goals (13) and assists (12) for a team high 25 points. Edinger tallied his second hat trick of the season for 10 points on the year, ranked third overall in goals and points. Bobby Abshire and Nicholas Garofano each added a pair of goals on the day. The Black Knights out shot the Terriers 27-24 while picking up 42 ground balls to Boston's 31. Stevie Grabher was essential at the x for Army, winning 16-of-27 faceoffs. Marcus Hudgins and Wyatt Schupler were a dynamic duo for the Black Knights on defense. Hudgins recorded a season high five caused turnovers and five ground balls while Schupler notched a season high 17 saves in net.

The Black Knights jumped out to an early 5-0 advantage in the first quarter with goals from five different players and Nichtern led the way with a goal and two assists in the opening 15 minutes. Boston University chipped away in the second quarter with Vince D'Alto scoring twice and Timmy Ley adding another. Army was silenced a bit after a big first quarter and was held to solo goals by Garofano and Edinger as the Black Knights took a 7-3 lead into the half. Read more.

Men’s Basketball Advances to Patriot League Semifinals
3/8/2021

Men’s Basketball Advances to Patriot League SemifinalsThe No. 4-seeded Army West Point Men's Basketball team defeated No. 5-seeded American Eagles, 89-66 on Saturday afternoon at Christl Arena in the quarterfinal round of the Pen Fed Credit Union Patriot League Tournament. With the victory, the Black Knights advance to the semifinals of the tournament and will face No. 9-seeded Loyola at 5:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 10 at Christl Arena.

“I thought we had great balance in offense and defense from the get go,” explained head coach Jimmy Allen. “I thought we set the tone in transition from the beginning. I believe we played the toughest schedule in the Patriot League and it prepared us well for this game.” The Black Knights shot a white-hot 63.3 percent from the field on the day. The Black Knights also shot 41.2 percent from behind the arc and were 12-for-15 from the free throw line.

The Black Knights won on the boards, outrebounding the Eagles, 30-23 on the day. The Black Knights also won the battle of the turnovers, only giving the rock up 10 times to the Eagles' 15. Army capitalized on those turnovers too, outscoring the Eagles, 24-9 on points off turnovers. Early in the game we wanted to focus on defense and rebounds because that is our identity. If we worked hard and take care of that then the offense will come, explained co-captain Lonnie Grayson.

For the second-straight game, Alex King led the Black Knights in scoring, tallying 20 points, while also leading the team with nine boards. Josh Caldwell was also in double figures, finishing with 17 points, while Nick Finke had 14 points. Read more.

Women’s Soccer Blanks Boston University, 2-0
3/8/2021

Women’s Soccer Blanks Boston University, 2-0The Army West Point Women’s Soccer team defeated host Boston University, 2-0, this past afternoon at Nickerson Field in Boston.

The Black Knights (1-0) got on the board in the 23rd minute with Dara Murray collected a ball at the top of the box off a deflection and slotted it inside the left post to put the Black Knights up, 1-0.

At the half, the Black Knights led the Terriers in shots, but only by a margin of 2-1. The Terriers had two corner kicks to just one for the Black Knights.

Most of the second half was a back-and-forth affair, but the Black Knights went on the offensive, tallying two corner kicks and outshooting the Terriers, 5-4.

With the second half offensive push, the Black Knights added in insurance goal in the 87th minute. Erynn Johns made the unselfish pass across the top of the box to Elise Urkov, who took one touch and finished with her left foot past BU keeper. Morgan Messner from 15 yards out. Messner took the loss and made two saves on the day.

Army goalkeeper Sydney Cassalia earned the win in the clean sheet. Read more.

Smith and Posillico Named USTFCCCA Coaches of the Year
3/8/2021

Smith and Posillico Named USTFCCCA Coaches of the YearThe U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced the regional athletes and coaches of the year for the 2021 NCAA DI Indoor Track & Field season on Thursday and listed amongst those honored were head coach Mike Smith and assistant coach Angelo Posillico. Smith was selected as the Women's Coach of the Year and Posillico was named Men's Assistant Coach of the Year. This year marks the first time that Smith has been recognized for a regional women's award and Posillico's first regional indoor award.

Smith, in his seventh year at Army West Point, has the Black Knights ranked No. 1 in the Northeast Region in addition to topping the leader board in four events and ranked second in three. Under his guidance, Army has seen a consistent rise over the course of his six year tenure. Prior to having their season cut short in 2020, the men's cross country team claimed its third consecutive Patriot League Championship under Smith's watch, while the women's cross country team defeated rival Navy at the Army-Navy Star Meet for the second time in three seasons. The Black Knights' senior Class of 2020 graduated as one of the most accomplished groups in program history. Calli McMullen broke 19 program records over her four years at the Academy and claimed 10 Patriot League individual championships. The success extended to the classroom as well, as Lynne Mooradian and Ben Petrella graduated as three-time Academic All-Americans and four-time Patriot League Scholar Athletes of the Year.

In his fourth year at Army, Posillico has been essential in helping lead the Black Knights in the field events, most specifically coaching the region's top athletes in the shot put and weight throw. During the 2021 season, Posillico has helped lead three athletes in each event to a top 10 regional ranking. Prior to that, he helped guide the Army throwing program to one of its most successful years in Academy history in 2019, including winning the Patriot League Indoor Track & Field Championship and setting four new Army West Point throwing records during the indoor and outdoor campaigns. Read more.

Class of 1963 Lounge Grand Reopening
3/5/2021

Class of 1963 Lounge Grand ReopeningThe Directorate of Cadet Activities hosted a grand reopening event for Cows and Firsties as a celebration of the reopening of the Class of 1963 Lounge after its renovation. The Class of 1963 funded the renovation of the '63 Lounge (aka Cow Club) by creating a maintenance endowment with one of their past class gifts. The West Point Association of Graduates’ Minor Construction Manager, Chris Branson, oversaw the renovations.

Cross Country Set to Compete at Patriot League Championships
3/5/2021

Cross Country Set to Compete at Patriot League ChampionshipsThe Army West Point Men's and Women's Cross Country teams will travel to Lehigh University's Goodman Campus on Friday, March 5 for the 2021 Patriot League Cross Country Championships. This is the ninth time that Lehigh will host the event and the first time since the 2017 season.

The women's 3.7-mile race will begin at 1 pm, followed by the men's 4.7-mile race at 2 pm Eighteen of the 20 Patriot League Men's and Women's Cross Country programs will compete in Friday's championship, with team scoring determined by each squad's top-five finishers.

The Patriot League major awards will be distributed following the race based on the student-athletes individual finish during the championship. For both the women and men, the individual champion will be named the Patriot League Outstanding Performer of the Meet while the top-finishing plebe earns the Patriot League Outstanding Rookie of the Meet. The top-seven finishers in both the men's and women's race make the All-Patriot League First Team, with the eighth through 14th-place runners making the second-team All-League. The women's and men's Patriot League Coach of the Year awards will be voted on by the League's head coaches at the completion of both races. Read more.

Cadet Uniform Factory Virtual Tour
3/5/2021

Cadet Uniform Factory Virtual TourA trip to the Cadet Uniform Factory is often a “must do” during Plebe-Parent Weekend. Today we share a look inside the factory. The Full Dress Uniform is a signature piece of a Cadet's wardrobe, worn for special occasions and dinners, parades and graduation. Thanks to the staff at the CUF for their time, patience, and support in making this short video. Before watching, guess the number of buttons added to the garment. Enjoy!

Kozlowski Named HCA Co-Goalie of the Month
3/4/2021

Kozlowski Named HCA Co-Goalie of the MonthFirstie goaltender Trevin Kozlowski was rewarded nationally for his performance in the month of February as he was named the Hockey Commissioners Association Co-Goalie of the Month.

Kozlowski finished the month of February with a perfect 7-0-0 record. He posted a .942 save percentage and recorded a 1.26 goals against average in the seven games. Kozlowski allowed two or less goals in six of the seven games started and allowed only nine goals on 154 shots and stopped 20 or more shots in all seven games. He shared the honor with North Dakota's Adam Scheel.

Full release from the Hockey Coaches Association, click here.

The Black Knights are awaiting their opponent for the Atlantic Hockey Tournament Quarterfinals set for March 12-14 at Tate Rink.

West Point Ethics Debate to the Semi-Finals
3/4/2021

West Point Ethics Debate to the Semi-FinalsThis past weekend, West Point’s Ethics Debate Team made it to the semi-finals in the National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl. This places them in the top four teams in the country, outperforming teams from Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and Navy! We are proud of cadets Annalise Callaghan, Nathaniel Frederickson, Manley James, AnnMarie Moolenaar, Langdon Ogburn, and Trevor Powers, as well as Elijah Brown and Patrick Elter, the team’s Cadets-in-Charge. Go Army Ethics!

Lithgow and Fallon Earn League Yearly Honors
3/4/2021

Lithgow and Fallon Earns League Yearly HonorsAlisa Fallon and Lauren Lithgow each earned Patriot League yearly honors, the conference office announced yesterday afternoon. Fallon was tabbed an all-league third team selection, while Lithgow was named to the league's all-rookie team.

This marks the second consecutive year that Fallon has earned all-league third team honors. The cow guard averaged a team-high 12.2 points per game, shooting 40.8 percent from the field. She also led the team in assists per game (3.5) and rebounds per game (7.7). The Des Plaines, IL, native led the team with four double-doubles on the season.

Lithgow averaged 8.2 points per game this season. The Manasquan, NJ, native was fourth in the league in free throw percentage, shooting 84.3 percent from the line. Her 35.5 percent shooting clip from beyond the arc led the team and was eighth in the league. In her plebe campaign, Lithgow earned 13 starts and was twice named the league's rookie of the week.

Sixth-seeded Army will take on third-seeded American in the Patriot League women's basketball quarterfinal on Sunday, March 7 at 4 p.m. ET in Washington. Read more.

Hockey Earns Three Atlantic Hockey Weekly Awards
3/4/2021

Hockey Earns Three Atlantic Hockey Weekly AwardsThe Army Hockey Team had three cadet-athletes earn weekly honors from Atlantic Hockey after their performances over the weekend in a sweep of LIU.

Colin Bilek was named the Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week, while Anthony Firriolo garnered league defensive player of the week and Trevin Kozlowski was tabbed goalie of the Week.

Firriolo was the top scoring player in Atlantic Hockey last week with five points in a sweep of LIU. The defenseman accumulated all five of his points in Saturday's 6-3 win, netting a hat trick and adding two assists, with one of those going on the game-winner. Firriolo finished the weekend with a plus-2 rating and added a blocked shot in the two wins.

Bilek matched teammate Anthony Firriolo as the top goal scoring skater in Atlantic Hockey last week with three in two wins over LIU. Bilek had a goal and an assist in Friday's 5-0 victory over the Sharks, with his assist going on the game-winner, and then he scored another two goals, including the game-winner, on Saturday. He extended his goal streak to five games and his point streak to 11 games, which coincides with Army's nation-leading unbeaten streak.

Kozlowski extended his win streak to seven games and moved his unbeaten streak to 11 games with a sweep of LIU last weekend. He stopped 40-of-43 shots faced, saving 20 in each game. He posted his first shutout of the season in Friday's 5-0 victory then, on senior night, he stopped 20-of-23 to earn a 6-3 win.

Army awaits its opponent for the Atlantic Hockey Tournament Quarterfinals, which is a best-of-three series, from March 12-14 at Tate Rink. Read more.

Cadet Virtual Discussion with Jane Mayer
3/4/2021

Cadet Virtual Discussion with Jane MayerEducation helps us make sense of our world, to think and lead successfully within it. Jane Mayer, Chief Washington Correspondent at The New Yorker, participated in a virtual discussion with cadets in SS370: Mass Media and American Politics last week. She discussed her work on major investigative pieces on prominent political figures and the importance of media literacy. Cadets learned about the long process from idea to publication and were able to see how class concepts are used by journalists.

Kozlowski and Bilek Garner Monthly Conference Honors
3/4/2021

Kozlowski and Bilek Garner Monthly Conference HonorsThe honors keep coming for the Army West Point Hockey team as Colin Bilek and Trevin Kozlowski were named Atlantic Hockey monthly awards for February.

Bilek was named the player of the month and Kozlowski earned goalie of the month.

Colin Bilek followed up a strong January with a tremendous February for Army. He led the Black Knights to a perfect record, was tied for the top point getter in Atlantic Hockey, and was tops in goals, producing a 6-goal, 3-assist, and 9-point stat line in seven games played. Bilek had two game-winning goals in February, with those coming against Bentley and LIU. He had points in all seven games, which brought his point streak to 11 games, and two multi-point efforts, both coming in the final weekend against LIU.

Trevin Kozlowski was perfect for Army during the month of February, going 7-0-0 and extending Army's, as well as his own, unbeaten streak to 11 games. He led the AHA in goals against average at 1.26 and was third in save percentage with a 0.942 mark. Nationally, those marks ranked him second and sixth, respectively. Kozlowski was the only AHA goaltender and just one of three in the country to go unbeaten in February. He also ranked second nationally in total wins with hist seven victories.

Army awaits its opponent for the Atlantic Hockey Tournament Quarterfinals, which is a best-of-three series, from March 12-14 at Tate Rink.

Caldwell Headlines Men’s Basketball Patriot League Postseason Honors
3/3/2021

Caldwell Headlines Men’s Basketball Patriot League Postseason HonorsCow guard Josh Caldwell was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, while Lonnie Grayson was named Second Team All-Patriot League and Jalen Rucker was named to the Patriot League All-Rookie Team, the Conference announced this afternoon. Caldwell becomes just the second Black Knight to be named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year and the first in over 10 years since Marcus Nelson earned the honor in 2009. Caldwell was also named to the Patriot League All-Defensive Team. He leads the team with 37 steals on the year in 19 games played.

“It means a lot to be voted Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year,” said Caldwell. “I want to thank my coaches and teammates for putting me in a position to be successful. This team prides itself on being solid defensively, and me earning this award is a product of our efforts. Guarding one of the opposing team's best players every week is the ultimate challenge week in and week out. I'm excited for what the future has in store for our team.”

Caldwell finished the regular season tied for first in Patriot League play with 26 total steals, ranking second in steals per game with 1.9. Overall, on the year he collected 38 steals, the most in the conference and 2.0 steals per game over 19 total contests. He helped Army's scoring defense rank third in the conference as they only allowed 69.4 points per game playing the most games in the conference with 19. He also helped the team rank third with a turnover margin of 0.68 for the season.

On the honor, head coach Jimmy Allen said, “We are excited to see Josh Caldwell earn the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year honor as he has worked incredibly hard to become an elite defender. He is terrific at guarding the ball and is able to cover so much ground off the ball due to his athleticism and understanding of the game. His level of toughness and his relentless mindset stand out when watching him play.” Read more.

Liu, Dolehide and Minus Named February CEP Scholar Athletes
3/3/2021

Liu, Dolehide and Minus Named February CEP Scholar AthletesStanley Liu and Stephanie Dolehide of Army Men's and Women's Tennis and Joseph Minus of Army Gymnastics were selected as the Corps Squad Athletes of the Month for February.

Men's Tennis: Stanley Liu '23, Stanley has been a role model and team leader in the classroom. In the most recently completed term he earned over a 4.0 semester GPA; his cumulative academic program score is 3.968. As an academic Department Head, COL Raftery explains “this is a remarked achievement, doubly so given Stanley is majoring in the very academically challenging Applied Statistics and Data Science program, one of the newest majors to be offered at the United States Military Academy. This academic major is very much a need of the Army in the Cyber Domain and underpins the innovations achieved by large information companies such as Google.” Stanley is a strong performer across all four of USMA's curricular pillars of academic, military, physical, and character, as evidenced by his combined cumulative quality point average of 3.936.

Women's Tennis: Stephanie Dolehide '22, Cadet Stephanie Dolehide is an incredible scholar-athlete and a leader both on and off the tennis courts. She is a hardworking and dedicated student who has improved her academic performance every semester, culminating in her highest APST ever of 3.602 in fall 2020. She has made the Dean's List for the past two semesters and was recognized on the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll for the Spring 2020 season. Stephanie is a top performer on the tennis court. She and her partner have dominated at the #1 doubles position, compiling a 15-6 record last season and advancing to the round of 8 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Northeast Regional Tournament. Stephanie also put together a strong 12-8 record in singles playing primarily in the #2 position; she earned a particularly impressive win to lead the team to a 4-3 victory over Pomona College in their final match before the spring 2020 season was suspended. Stephanie was selected as the Army Women's Tennis Most Valuable Player for the 2020 season.

Men's Gymnastics: Joseph Minus '21, Firstie gymnast Joe Minus from Fairfax, Virginia is a model of steadfast performance and leadership—as an athlete, a student, and as a future Army officer. He has been on the Dean's List every semester so far, maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.7 as a Space Science major. He has also been a Distinguished Cadet every year since he was a Plebe and was I3 Company's Academic Officer last Fall. He will enter the service as a Medical Service Corps helicopter pilot. Joe was a member of the West Point Community Gymnastics Club growing up, and always dreamed of being a gymnast. That dream came through in 2017, and he worked hard to finally make the lineup after putting in countless hours in the gym during his Plebe, Yearling, and Cow years. This year he has competed in the pommel horse event for every single meet this season. Joe's cool, collected demeanor spreads confidence through his tight-knit team and his finely honed skills are an asset to the Black Knights' Corps Squad. He is truly a Scholar-Athlete of the finest USMA traditions and will be equally vital to his first Army unit as a leader of U.S. troops. Read more.

Nichtern and Schupler Named Back-to-Back Patriot League Players of the Week
3/2/2021

Nichtern and Schupler Named Back-to-Back Patriot League Players of the WeekAfter a 13 goal performance against St. Joe's on Saturday, the Army West Point Men's Lacrosse team tabbed two Patriot League Weekly honors yesterday.

For the second straight weekend in a row, Brendan Nichtern tallied four goals and provided an assist on three scores for seven points and a .667 shot on goal percentage to secure him his second Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week award. The cow captain currently leads the team in both offensive categories through three games with a total 10 goals and nine assists. Nichtern is tied for 20th nationally in goals per game (3.33), ninth in assists per game (3) and seventh in points per game (6.33).

Wyatt Schupler was also selected as the Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week for the second straight week after earning his second win of the season with 10 saves and a .714 save percentage in 56 minutes of action in the 13-5 victory over St. Joe's. Through three games, the junior goalie ranks 11th in goals-against average at 9.88 and 12th in save percentage (.540) in the country.

The Black Knights are back in action this weekend as they open up conference play at Boston University at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 6.

The Sky is Not Always the Limit!
3/2/2021

The Sky is Not Always the Limit!Cadets on the SPEAR team recently tested their motor ignition system that will eventually be part of an effort to test a sub-orbital rocket. The multi-disciplinary Space Engineering and Applied Research-Hypersonic Rocket Team (SPEAR-HRT) capstone team is developing a two-stage sub-orbital sounding rocket capable of passing the Kármán line at over 100km altitude, defined as the boundary of space. The team is focused on solving the difficult problem of designing a second stage solid-rocket motor ignition system that uses electric igniters to trigger a small amount of Boron-Potassium Nitrate to ignite Ammonium Perchlorate solid rocket propellent at 30,000 feet altitude (at 3 psia ambient pressure) while traveling over Mach 3, as well as converging-diverging supersonic nozzle design. Upon ignition, the second stage booster rocket travels the remaining 90km and reaches hypersonic speeds > Mach 5.

Hockey Moves Up in Team ECH Rankings
3/2/2021

Hockey Moves Up in Team ECH RankingsAfter a weekend sweep of LIU, the Army West Point Hockey team moved up in the Team ECH rankings to No. 15 and continues to receive votes in the USCHO National Poll yesterday.

In addition to the rankings, the Black Knights have moved up to No. 14 in the Pairwise rankings as well.

The Black Knights earned a first-round bye in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament and will be back in action on March 12-14 in the quarterfinals at Tate Rink.

Army concluded the Atlantic Hockey season in second place with 30 points in the standings thanks to a 10-4-1-1 mark. Army caught fire late in the season with a 12-game league unbeaten streak that dates back to January 7.

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

Hockey is Special on Senior Night
3/1/2021

Hockey is Special on Senior NightA five-goal second period allowed the Army West Point Hockey team to give its Firsties a victorious Senior Night with a 6-3 win over LIU on Saturday night at Tate Rink. The seniors for the Black Knights were honored before the game in a special ceremony with video shout outs from family members.

“Winning on senior night was an awesome feeling,” forward Mason Krueger said. “To have my family, friends, and old coaches reach out with videos before the game was very special to me and something I'll be able to remember forever.”

The Black Knights continued its torrid pace by increasing its unbeaten streak to 11 games, which leads the nation. The power play was the main reason for the outburst of scoring tonight as Army went 4-for-6 with the man advantage and four of the five goals in the second period were on the power play.

Anthony Firriolo stole the spotlight with his first career hat trick and added two assists for five points. Colin Bilek continued his hot play with a pair of power play goals to give him eight power play goals on the season and 16 overall. Krueger and classmate John Zimmerman added three assists on senior night as well. Read more.

Atlantic Hockey Tournament Up Next for Army
3/1/2021

Atlantic Hockey Tournament Up Next for ArmyThe Army West Point Hockey team finished the regular season in second place and received a bye into the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Hockey Tournament.

The Black Knights ended the regular season with a two-game sweep of LIU and concluded the AHA season with 30 points in the standings thanks to a 10-4-1-1 mark. Army caught fire late in the season with a 12-game league unbeaten streak that dates back to January 7. The Black Knights will host the best-of-three quarterfinals on March 12-14 at Tate Rink.

Fan attendance will not be open to the public for the AHA Tournament at Tate Rink. All games will be live on FloHockey.tv and the Army Sports Network on TuneIn.

The tournament is setup into two pods with one in the East and one in the West. Army is second in the East behind AIC. Read more.

Baseball Defeats Austin Peay, 5-2 to Take Series
3/1/2021

Baseball Defeats Austin Peay, 5-2 to Take SeriesThe Army West Point Baseball took game two of the series vs. Austin Peay by a score of 5-2 this past Saturday evening at the USA Baseball Complex to take the series. The Black Knights took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back, scoring the first run as Andre Walden came home on a wild pitch by Governor starter Jula. Then Ross Friedrick delivered a sac fly to plate Carter Macias.

The Governors got to Army starter Patrick Melampy with a sac fly of their own in the bottom of the fourth inning, but that is all they would get off the starter as he tossed 6.0 innings, scattering two hits with one walk and a career-high 11 strikeouts.

Plebe Sam Ruta had a day at the plate for the Black Knights, accounting for two of the Black Knights' three hits on the day. His first was a X. In the fourth inning he blasted his first career home run to center field, a two-run shot to put the Black Knights up, 4-1. Then in the sixth inning, he tripled to centerfield, scoring Cam Cerruto all the way from first to make it 5-1, Black Knights.

The Governors got on the board in the seventh inning off Army reliever Tanner Gresham with a single and then the run came home on an error by Army's left fielder, but the Black Knights got out of the inning without any further damage. The reigning Patriot League Pitcher of the Week, Ray Bartoli took care of the rest, locking in his first save of the year, a 2.0 inning save as he tossed two scoreless as the Black Knights won, 5-2. Read more.

Rifle Takes 3rd at GARC Championship
3/1/2021

Rifle Take 3rd at GARC ChampionshipWith a program record score of 4692, the Army West Point Rifle team placed third in the Great America Rifle Conference (GARC) Championship, which took place over the course of Saturday and Sunday. With competition being virtual, Army shot inside the Tronsrue Marksmanship Center.

This was Army's highest finish in the conference championship match since the 2010-11 season, when the Black Knights also took third.

The Cadets finished in third in smallbore on Saturday with a score of 2330 and tied for fourth in air rifle with Kentucky with a cumulative tally of 2362. The Black Knights had three shooters above the 580 threshold in smallbore and had three members above 590 in air rifle.

Plebe Kyle Kutz was Army's top performer with an aggregate score of 1180 (588 smallbore, 592 air rifle), which was the seventh best overall mark of the match. Read more.

Cadet Discussion with HON Mark Esper ’86
3/1/2021

Cadet Discussion with HON Mark Esper ’86While departing class, LZ476: Persian in Military Contexts, CDT Velez ’21 remarked to his teacher, “this was definitely one of those West Point experiences you do not get often!” Last week, the Persian section in the Department of Foreign Languages hosted former Secretary of Defense, the Honorable Mark Esper ’86, for a virtual discussion on US-Iran relations. Secretary Esper fielded cadet questions concerning Iran and cadets relished the opportunity to discuss their field of study with one of our nation’s top leaders. Our academic program at West Point continually creates these “experiences you do not get often.”

Nine Goal First Half Leads Men's Lacrosse Over St. Joe’s
3/1/2021

Nine Goal First Half Leads Men's Lacrosse Over St. Joe’sBehind a seven-point effort by Brendan Nichtern, the No. 6/7 Army West Point Men's Lacrosse team won its home opener with a 13-5 win over Saint Joseph's on Saturday afternoon at a foggy Michie Stadium.

Saturday's win was Army's seventh consecutive home opening victory and second straight win this season. Brendan Nichtern finished with four goals and three assists in the win, while the Black Knights saw Bobby Abshire and Alex Gekas find the back of the net twice. Wyatt Schupler earned his second win of the season with 10 saves in 56 minutes of action. Army outshot the Hawks, 42-37, and picked up a 29-27 advantage in ground balls. Marcus Hudgins was essential on the defense, forcing a team high four caused turnovers.

The Black Knights dominated the first 30 minutes of the game and went into the half with a 9-1 advantage. Army was led by Nichtern, Abshire and Gekas in the opening half as Nichtern posted a goal and three assists, while Abshire and Gekas scored twice. The Black Knights led a collective offensive effort with seven different players tallying goals prior to the half and eight total on the day.

Saint Joseph's was able to get the first two goals of the second half with Ryan Doran and Shane Fable cutting the Army lead to 9-3 with 9:11 on the clock in the third quarter. The cow captain answered back with two scores to end the third period, securing his second consecutive seven point game on four goals and three assists, giving Army an 11-3 advantage. The teams traded goals in the final quarter with Nichtern adding his fourth of the game and Nicholas Garofano tallying his first goal of the season between a couple of scores from Matt Bohmer of the Hawks. Read more.

Patriot League Women’s Basketball 2020-21 Tournament Field Set
3/1/2021

Patriot League Women’s Basketball 2020-21 Tournament Field SetThe Patriot League released its Women's Basketball tournament bracket yesterday evening. The Army West Point women's basketball team earned the No. 6 seed and will take on No. 3 American in the quarterfinal round in Washington, D.C., at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 7.

The Patriot League semifinals are scheduled for Thursday, March 11 followed by the championship game on Sunday, March 14. The championship game will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network, while the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds will be streamed on ESPN+.

The Colgate women's basketball program will not be participating in the tournament as they have opted out of the remainder of the 2020-21 season for non-COVID-19 health and safety reasons.

The Navy women's basketball team will also not be participating in the tournament due to a positive COVID-19 test within the program's Tier 1. Read more.

Men’s Tennis 4-3 Victory Over Monmouth
3/1/2021

Men’s Tennis 4-3 Victory Over MonmouthThe Army West Point Men’s Tennis team battled to the final singles bout yesterday afternoon in an exciting 4-3 victory over Monmouth University to start the season 2-0 in non-conference play.

The Black Knights got off to a hot start in doubles, winning two of three matchups to take the opening doubles team point. Thomas Lake and Daniel Zhou started things off with a dominant 6-1 victory in the No. 1 slot over Monmouth's Martinez and Gortzounian. Diego Huttepain and Samuel Eden sealed the deal at No. 3, taking a 6-2 victory to put Army ahead 1-0. Despite losing the doubles point, the Hawks came back with a vengeance in singles play, taking the Black Knights to the third set in all six singles matchups, and the last two matches to tiebreakers.

Daniel Zhou and Sergio Martinez were the first to battle it out, setting the pace for the remainder of the afternoon. Zhou, Lake and David Gorshein all took an opening set victory but couldn't gain enough momentum to close it out in the third. The Black Knights grabbed their first singles victory in the No. 5 slot as plebe Jake Huarte moved past Gabe Busato in a 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (3) contest.

The match came down to the final two matchups in Eden and Huttepain, each competing to a third set tiebreaker against the Hawks. Eden was the first two claim victory, moving past Victor Castro 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (3) and Huttepain brought it home for the Black Knights in a 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (9) contest. Sunday's victory marked Army's second consecutive win of the year before heading to Colorado Springs to compete against rival Air Force next weekend. Read more.

Heroics Leads Men’s Basketball to 57-55 Senior Night Victory Over BU
3/1/2021

Heroics Leads Men’s Basketball to 57-55 Senior Night Victory Over BUArmy West Point Men's Basketball held on down the stretch and got a clutch basket with 1.1 seconds left on the clock from senior Alex King to solidify a 77-75 win over Boston University on Sunday afternoon at Christl Arena on Senior Day.

The Black Knights (11-8, 7-7 Patriot League) had a lead off 22 points at the half as they led 39-17 over the Terriers (6-10, 6-10 Patriot League), but they had to weather a late second-half onslaught by BU that made a buzzer-beating go-ahead shot necessary to secure the win for the Black Knights.

In the first half it was all Black Knights, as they took the energy and momentum of Senior Day, with all five seniors – Tucker Blackwell, Lonnie Grayson, Mark Madden, Nike Finke and Alex King started the game.

“It was a great win, just an awesome way to go out on Senior Day. We played well, we stuck to our game plan. We really needed to improve our defense from last game, especially the rotations on the weak side and we did that, and it obviously paid off,” said King, “We also had some guys step up and hit a lot of big shots. The coaches have full confidence in me to step up and hit that last shot, so the credit really goes to them for having the confidence in me. When it went in, I was just thinking next play. I didn't know how much time was left or how many dribbles they could get up the court. Thankfully, they had to take a three-fourths court shot. It was an incredible feeling to see it go down.”

The Black Knights shot 57.1 percent from the field (16-for-28) and were 5-for-12 from the three-point line in the half. The team played lock-down defense, holding BU to just 25.9 shooting from the floor (7-for-27) and 2-for-10 from downtown. The Black Knights also forced eight Terrier turnovers in the half. Read more.

2021 Football Season Tickets on Sale Now
3/1/2021

2021 Football Season Tickets on Sale NowArmy Football season ticket membership renewals and new season ticket memberships are now on sale.

For 2021 season ticket renewals, the deadline for renewing seats is Friday, April 30th.

Prices for the season ticket membership package starts as low as $160. Both season ticket renewals and new season ticket purchases can be made at goarmywestpoint.com/tickets or by calling 877-TIX-ARMY or the Army A Club at 845-938-2322.

 

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