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VOTE for Wilson Named a Hobey Baker Nominee

VOTE for Wilson Named a Hobey Baker NomineeMichael Wilson of the Army West Point Hockey team was named a Hobey Baker Memorial Award nominee Thursday afternoon.

Awarded annually to college hockey's top player, the Hobey Baker's tremendously popular fan-voting will run from now until Sunday, March 8 at midnight. College hockey fans can cast their vote by going to the voting website http://www.hobeybaker.com/vote. Follow the prompts to make your selection from this year's outstanding crop of 79 college hockey players representing 45 NCAA Division I schools. Please spend some additional time to check out the detailed bios by following the links on each candidate.

Phase two of fan balloting will come from the list of Top Ten Hobey Baker finalists beginning March 19 and closing March 29. The fans' vote accounts for a full one percent of the total ballot in each phase in selecting this year's award recipient.

Award criteria include candidates exhibiting the exceptional character traits of the award's namesake, Hobey Baker. A legendary American hero, Baker was a World War I fighter pilot and was known as America's greatest amateur athlete in his day, excelling at hockey and football at Princeton University. Award candidates must demonstrate strength of character both on and off the ice, contribute to the integrity of his team and display outstanding skills in all phases of the game. Consideration should be given to scholastic achievement and sportsmanship.

After suffering from two injuries that sidelined him last season, Wilson is back in Army's lineup and is leading the team with 18 points on nine goals and nine assists. So far this year, Wilson has posted one multi-goal game, one multi-assist game and seven multi-point performances.

Men's Basketball Bests Holy Cross for First League Win

Men's Basketball Bests Holy Cross for First League WinThe Army West Point Men's Basketball team picked up its first Patriot League win of the season after defeating Holy Cross, 79-67, on Thursday afternoon.

A Tommy Funk 3-pointer with 4:02 left to play capped a 9-0 run by the Black Knights (6-10, 1-4 Patriot League) and brought the Army lead to 10, which proved to be too much for the Crusaders (2-16, 1-4 Patriot League) to overcome.

Matt Wilson was nearly unstoppable in the low post, using his size and strength to pour in a game-high 23 points on 10-of-13 shooting. Wilson was on the receiving end of several Funk assists and the firstie point guard finished his afternoon with 18 points, seven helpers and four boards.

Alex King was the third cadet to put up double figures in the scoring column after tallying 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting to pair with a team-high six boards. Wilson put up his third 20-point scoring performance of the season and the 12th of his career. He has now reached double figures in the scoring column for the fourth straight tilt. It marked the fourth time in his career that he made double-digit shots in a game. The Alexandria, Ky., native moved into sixth in Academy history in career rebounds with 730. Funk extended his double-digit scoring streak to 12 games. Read more.

Women's Basketball Earns First Patriot League Win Over Holy Cross

Women's Basketball Earns First Patriot League Win Over Holy CrossIn front of a crowd of nearly 1,700 fans, the Army West Point Women's Basketball team defeated Holy Cross, 61-48, Wednesday afternoon to earn its first Patriot League win of the season. The stands were filled with students from local elementary schools as part of Army's Education Day.

After scoring all 13 of the Black Knights' points in the first quarter, Alisa Fallon finished the contest with 21 on 8-of-13 shooting. She also pulled in 11 rebounds to register a double-double. Lindsey Scamman also finished with a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. After being held to 33.3 percent shooting in the first half, the Cadets shot at a 44.4 percent clip in the second half.

Megan Swords led the way for the Crusaders with a double-double of her own, with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Also scoring in double figures for Holy Cross was Avery LaBarbera, who registered 11 points.

Davis Named AWPAA Athlete of the Week

Davis Named AWPAA Athlete of the WeekFollowing his performance at this weekend's West Point Open, yearling Mathew Davis has been named Army West Point Athletic Association Athlete of the Week.

On Saturday, Davis became Army's first ever parallel bars champion at the West Point Open and the first Cadet to win an individual apparatus at the event since Conner Venrick won the pommel horse in 2014.

He was equally strong in Friday's qualifying rounds, recording the top score in floor exercise.

Davis will look to continue his strong start when the Black Knights return to action on Saturday Jan. 18 at Penn State.

Wilson Earns Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week Nod

Wilson Earns Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week NodAfter a four-point weekend, Michael Wilson of the Army West Point Hockey team was named the Atlantic Hockey Association Player of the Week, announced by the league on Tuesday.

The Black Knights went 1-0-1 against service academy rival Air Force last weekend including a nine-round shutout victory for a bonus point. Wilson led the team with two goals and two assists for four points.

The firstie had a strong weekend with a +2 rating and a blocked shot. Both goals by Wilson were on special teams including a power play score on Friday and a shorthanded goal on Saturday.

Wilson and the Black Knights are back in action Saturday against the Royal Military College of Canada with a 7:35 p.m. contest.

Two Cadets Earn Patriot League Weekly Recognition

Two Cadets Earn Patriot League Weekly RecognitionYearling Evan Zhang and firstie Serica Hallstead of the Army West Point Swimming and Diving teams both received Patriot League weekly honors on Tuesday afternoon.

Zhang, who earned his second weekly award from the league this season, played a key role in the Black Knights', 220-79, road dual win against Bucknell on Saturday. He won a pair of individual events in the 100 breast (55.14) and 200 IM (1:52.22). The Flushing, N.Y., native also helped the 200 medley relay team place first after he swam the second leg.

For the women, Hallstead was the lone cadet to claim a pair of individual event victories after she swept the diving events against Bucknell. The Canandaigua, N.Y., native bested the competition on the 3-meter with a score of 285.45 and took the top spot on the 1-meter with a total of 276.75.

Army returns to action on Thursday when several cadets trek to Knoxville, Tenn., for the four-day TYR Pro Series.

Tovkach Claims League Weekly Honors

Tovkach Claims League Weekly HonorsAfter her league leading performance in the 800 meter run on Saturday at the Nittany Lion Challenge, yearling Anna Tovkach has been named Patriot League Women's Track Athlete of the Week.

Tovkach recorded a Patriot League season-best 2:10.02, which was tops in the Patriot Leagues this season and the second best time in NCAA Division I competition thus far. The time also places her second on Army's all-time list behind Cassie Mundekis, who recorded a 2:08.65 at the ECAC Championships in 2019.

The Gainesville, Fla., native is now qualified for the 2020 ECAC Indoor Track Championships.

In addition, cow Bernard Jenkins of the men's track and field team received league honorable mention for his victory in the high jump. Jenkins 2.01 meter jump was the fourth best in the Patriot League this season.

The Black Knights will return to action this weekend at VMI's Keydet Invitational in Lexington, Va.

Lacrosse Tickets on Sale Now!

Lacrosse Tickets on Sale Now!The Army West Point Ticket Office has announced that tickets for the upcoming 2020 men's and women's lacrosse seasons are now on sale.

A full-price season ticket can be purchased for $25. All games are ticketed as general admission apart from the doubleheader against Navy on April 18.

Single-game tickets range from $12-$15. Youth and senior rates are $8 per ticket, while group and experience rates range from $10-$12. The youth/senior rate is not available for the Army-Navy doubleheader, however.

To book your youth team or group, please call 845-446-2375 to contact a group sales representative.

Ticket orders may be placed by calling 1-877-TIX-ARMY. For online orders, Click Here.

Men's Ticketed Contests: Lehigh - March 14, Colgate - April 4, Navy - April 18. Women's Ticketed Contests: Colgate - March 21, Bucknell - April 4, Navy - April 18. Read more.

McGraw Drafted by Portland in MLS SuperDraft

McGraw Drafted by Portland in MLS SuperDraftFirstie defender Zac McGraw made history for the Army West Point Men's Soccer program when he became the first-ever cadet to be drafted in the MLS SuperDraft. McGraw was the 16th pick in the third round (68th overall) and selected by the Portland Timbers, a club that finished sixth in the Western Conference this past season with an overall record of 34-14-7. "Zac is of Army's finest men's soccer players," Army head coach Russell Payne said. "Congrats to him for an incredible college career and earning an opportunity to pursue his dreams."

A two-year captain on the back line for the Black Knights, McGraw made a name for himself in the league and around the nation. He was a two-time Preseason MAC Hermann Trophy Watchlist player, a three-time all United Soccer Coaches All-Region performer, a four-time All-Patriot League standout and a two-time league defensive player of the year.

During his time on the banks of the Hudson, McGraw appeared in 68 games while making 66 starts. He tallied 11 career points on one goal and nine assists. As a defensive stalwart, McGraw played a pivotal role in the Black Knights' 21 shutouts.

His efforts as a junior in 2018 helped the program reach its first Patriot League Tournament championship appearance since 1996 after he led the Black Knights' defense to back-to-back clean sheets in the Patriot League Tournament for the first time in program history. As a yearling he was a key piece in Army's first-ever win over a PAC-12 foe once the Black Knights bested San Diego State during the 2017 season.

Army Hockey Still Gaining Recognition in National Polls

Army Hockey Still Gaining Recognition in National PollsThe Army West Point Hockey team received 32 votes in this week's USCHO.com Coaches Poll.

The Black Knights have now been recognized in the poll for the fifth consecutive week. Army gained momentum after a 1-0-1 weekend against service academy rival Air Force.

Army currently ranks sixth nationally on the penalty kill this season with an 89.5% efficiency. The Black Knights are one of six teams in the country with at least 14 wins.

The Black Knights travel to the Royal Military College of Canada this weekend to continue its rivalry momentum.

Davis Wins Parallel Bars at West Point Open

Davis Wins Parallel Bars at West Point OpenHighlighted by a championship winning performance by Mathew Davis, the Army West Point Gymnastics team wrapped up the 29th annual West Point Open with the individual finals on Saturday at Christl Arena.

Five members of the Black Knights competed in the final competition with the yearling Davis competing in two events. Davis claimed victory on the parallel bars, becoming Army's first individual champion at the West Point Open since Jesse Glenn won the all-around in 2015. He is the first Cadet to win the parallel bars and claims the first apparatus championship for an Army gymnast since Conner Venrick won the pommel horse championship in 2014.

Davis was also strong on the floor exercise, placing second with a score of 14.050

Firsties Alejandro Suarez and Rex Scott closed out their final West Point Open with Suarez competing on the horizontal bar and Scott competing on the pommel horse. Scott placed fourth with a score of 12.900 while Suarez finished sixth with a 12.700.

Penn State claimed three individual titles while Navy and Arizona State split the remaining two.

Army will get another crack at the Nittany Lions next weekend when the Cadets travel to Penn State for a dual match on Saturday at 4 p.m. Read more.

Hockey Earns Bonus Point in Shootout Win over Air Force

Hockey Earns Bonus Point in Shootout Win over Air ForceThanks to Eric Butte's late game heroics with 51 seconds on the clock, the Army West Point Hockey team sent its rivalry game with Air Force to double overtime and a sudden death shootout.

The Black Knights and Falcons needed nine rounds of a shootout to decide who got the bonus point in the night's contest. Ultimately, it was Kevin Dineen who sealed the shootout victory for Army in front of a sellout crowd at Tate Rink.

The game officially ended in a tie, but the Cadets earned a bonus point for Atlantic Hockey standings with the shootout victory.

Army started off hot with a goal 18:45 into the game. John Keranen set up the goal beautifully for Brett Abdelnour who scored from the doorstep. The Falcons netted their first of the night halfway through the second period, 9:36 in. Nearly two minutes later, Air Force struck again, this time on the power play, putting the opponent up 2-1. The lead didn't last long as the Black Knights scored a power play of their own thanks to Michael Wilson. Read more.

Men's Swimming & Diving Tops Bucknell in Road Dual, 220-79

Men's Swimming & Diving Tops Bucknell in Road Dual, 220-79The Army West Point Men's Swimming and Diving team began 2020 with a 220-79 victory over Bucknell in a Patriot League dual on Saturday night.

The Black Knights won 14 events, including both relays. Evan Zhang and Daniel Alaimo both claimed a pair of individual event victories to pace Army against the Bison.

Event Winners: 200 Medley Relay: Brian McKenrick, Evan Zhang, Johnny Ellery, Josh Zock – 1:30.94. 1000 Free: Ford Blaylock – 9:32.03. 200 Free: Tanner Falls – 1:41.08. 100 Breast: Zhang – 55.14. 200 Fly: James Bilbrey – 1:50.57. 50 Free: Zock – 20.47. 200 Back: McKenrick – 1:52.07. 200 Breast: Ty Dang – 2:05.49. 500 Free: Kevin Lin – 4:38.00. 100 Fly: Ellery - 49.43. Read more.

Strong Day for Army Women's Track & Field at Penn State

Strong Day for Army Women's Track & Field at Penn StateFor the second time this week, the Army West Point Track and Field team was in action as they competed at the Nittany Lion Challenge at Penn State on Saturday.

The meet marked the first extensive action for much of the team on the young season, as they faced off with athletes from several top east coast schools such as Penn State, Georgetown, Maryland and VCU.

The Black Knights men's and women's teams combined for four victories and 18 top-three finishes on the day. Firstie captain Samantha Coletti was victorious in the women's mile with a time of 5:00.28 and teammate Anna Tovkach won the 800-meter run with a time of 2:10.02. Tovkach's time stands as the second fastest 800-meter time in Army history. Calli McMullen placed second in the 400-meter dash, jumping onto another Academy top ten list with the fourth fastest time in school history. The firstie currently holds the Army record in both the 60-meter and 200-meter dashes. Read more.

Hockey Sings Second, Defeats Air Force 5-2

Hockey Sings Second, Defeats Air Force 5-2The Army West Point Hockey team sang second Saturday night after topping Air Force 5-2 in front of its third-straight sellout crowd at Tate Rink. The Black Knights earned five points in Atlantic Hockey standings with a 1-0-1 weekend and a bonus point from their shootout win on Friday.

Army is now 14-7-2 overall and 11-5-2 in Atlantic Hockey action.

Similar to Friday night, the Black Knights jumped ahead 1-0 after a shorthanded, unassisted goal by Michael Wilson. Things then heated up with four goals in the second period. Air Force tied the game 1:41 into the middle frame with an even-strength score before three consecutive Army goals in a 2:46 minute span. Alex Wilkinson sparked the slew of scoring with help from Thomas Farrell and Eric Butte with 14:41 on the clock.

The fourth line took advantage of a delayed penalty 1:12 later when Kendrick Frost and Noah Wilson set up Patrick Smyth. The third goal in the stretch was on the power play when John Keranen found the back of the net. M. Wilson and John Zimmerman were credited with the assists allowing Army to head into the third period with a 4-1 advantage. Read more.

Football Welcomes Back Keith Gaither as its Wide Receivers Coach

Football Welcomes Back Keith Gaither as its Wide Receivers CoachArmy head coach Jeff Monken has announced the hire of Keith Gaither as its wide receivers coach. Gaither returns to West Point, where he was the wide receivers coach in 2015 and 2016. He spent the 2019 season on the Western Michigan coaching staff as the wide receivers coach.

"I am thrilled to welcome Keith Gaither back to the banks of the Hudson," said Monken. "Keith is a tremendous football coach and an outstanding recruiter. The foundation he laid with our receiver corps in 2015 and 2016 set the tone for great success at that position and his efforts as a recruiter have greatly impacted our success. I know that our players and staff, and all those that know Keith and his wonderful family, are excited to have the Gaither's rejoining the West Point community."

"When given the opportunity to come back to West Point and work for Coach Monken, I was beyond excited to once again have the privilege to Coach for one of the most prestigious institutions and one if the best coaches in the country," said Gaither. "Beat Navy!"

Prior to Western Michigan, Gaither was the pass game coordinator and wide receivers coach at East Carolina (2017-18), where he was responsible for the instruction and teaching of all aspects of the wide receiver position in a multiple pro-style offense. In each of his two seasons, the Pirates produced a first-team all-conference wide receiver in Trevon Brown. Read more.

Trio Garner CEP Athlete of the Month Accolades for December

Trio Garner CEP Athlete of the Month Accolades for DecemberYearling Eric Butte of Army West Point hockey and cows Josh Zock and Kim Caccamo of swimming and diving were named the Corps Squad Scholar-Athletes of the Month for December.

Butte has played in every game this season and contributed immensely to the team's 11-5 start. Army Hockey currently has one of the best records in the country, largely because of the late game heroics of Butte. During the Black Knights' 3-0 run over Thanksgiving week, Butte had four points on two game winning goals and a pair of assists.

Zock is a management major who has consistently maintained a 3.0 GPA in his major courses, effectively balancing his academic requirements with training. In the spring of 2019, Zock won the 50 free at the Patriot League Championships with a time of 19.82. At the Army-Navy Star Meet in December, he won in the 50 Free and set an Academy record.

Caccamo consistently carries a 4.0 GPA as a Philosophy major with honors. She additionally heads up the swim and dive team Academic Mentor and Tutor program. She manages nightly study hall sessions for plebes to help them balance college academics and competitive swimming for the first time. Caccamo is a distance swimmer who obtained a personal Record of 10:15.57 in the 1000-yard free in December after placing third at the Army-Navy Star Meet. Read more.

Track and Field Hosts Army Open

Track and Field Hosts Army OpenIn the first of its two meets this week, the Army West Point Track and Field team hosted the Army Open at Gillis Field House yesterday.

While most of the team is scheduled to compete at the Nittany Lion Challenge at Penn State on Saturday, several key contributors saw action in today's meet. Firstie captain Calli McMullen was among them, claiming victory in the 60 meter dash.

The meet marked the second of three home meets for the Black Knights, as they will compete once more at Gillis Field House on February 22, one week before the Patriot League Championships.

Saturday's meet in Pennsylvania will be the squad's first in-depth competition of the indoor season, as the men's team aims repeat as Patriot League Champions and the women's team aims to improve upon their second-place finish in the conference in 2019. Read more.

CSM Killingsworth 26th Corps of Cadets CSM

CSM Killingworth 26th Corps of Cadets CSMCommand Sargent Major Kenneth L. Killingsworth took responsibility as the 26th U.S. Corps of Cadets command sergeant major during an assumption of responsibility ceremony.

Before assuming responsibility, Killingsworth, native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, was the command sergeant major for the 2nd Security Force Assistance Brigade at Fort Bragg, N.C.

Photo by John Pellino

Chalifoux Named AWPAA Athlete of the Week

Chalifoux Named AWPAA Athlete of the WeekAfter scoring three victories at the West Point Duals this past Saturday, wrestler Trey Chalifoux was named the first Army West Point Athletic Association Athlete of the Week for the new year.

Competing at 125 pounds, Chalifoux was among three undefeated Cadets Saturday, but the only one to compete and win in all three matches.

His first victory was an 8-5 decision over Timothy Decatur of North Carolina. He followed that up with a 7-4 decision against Gage Curry of American University. Chalifoux's final bout of the day was against Doyle Trout of Wyoming, where he grinded out a 4-3 decision.

Chalifoux has an 11-5 overall record this season and is 65-46 for his Army career. He was also an NCAA qualifier during the 2018-19 season.

Army is 6-2 overall in their dual season, and will be in action Friday, January 17 at 7 p.m. against EIWA foe Penn at Gillis Field House.

For more on Army West Point wrestling, please follow us on Twitter at ArmyWP_Wres.

Army Football Season Ticket Sales, Renewals and Oklahoma Presales Now Available

Army Football Season Ticket Sales, Renewals and Oklahoma Presales Now AvailableArmy football season ticket membership renewals and new season ticket memberships are now on sale.

For 2020 season ticket renewals, the deadline for renewing seats for the Oklahoma game is Friday, February 28. All other games must be renewed by Wednesday, April 1.

New season ticket memberships do not include the Oklahoma game. 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.

Additionally, the Army A Club Oklahoma presale is now live. Based on 2019 membership levels only, tickets are available per the below schedule only while supplies last. 

  • January 7- ADC- May purchase up to 16 tickets
  • January 21 – CIC - May purchase up to 12 tickets
  • January 28 – SUPT/CMDT/5* - May purchase up to 10 tickets
  • February 4 – COL/MAJ/CPT - May purchase up to 6 tickets
  • February 11 – LT/RAN - May purchase up to 6 tickets
  • February 28 – Final day for 2019 "A Club" members to purchase tickets in the presale

After the conclusion of the Army A Club presale, if any tickets remain for the Oklahoma game, they will be made available for purchase to the general public starting on Tuesday, March 17th. Read more.

Semiannual Staff and Faculty Town Hall

Semiannual Staff and Faculty Town HallUnited States Military Academy superintendent LTG Darryl Williams hosted his semiannual staff and faculty town hall. General Williams and Command Sargent Major Jack Love recognized staff and faculty from throughout West Point for their years of service and accomplishments during the fall semester. Williams outlined his priorities for the spring semester and updated those in attendance on Army Chief of Staff, General James C. McConville people strategy prior to McConville's visit to West Point Friday.

Hockey Receiving Votes in National Coaches Poll

Hockey Receiving Votes in National Coaches PollThe Army West Point Hockey team continues to gain national attention and received 31 votes in this week's USCHO.com National Coaches Poll.

The Black Knights had a tough weekend with contests against #14 Providence (L, 3-1) and #6 Ohio State (L, 2-1 OT). Army is considered in the poll for the fourth-straight week.

Army currently ranks fifth nationally on the penalty kill this season with a 91.1% efficiency. The Black Knights are one of 10 teams in the country with at least 13 wins.

The Cadets are back at Tate Rink this Friday and Saturday to host Air Force. Both games will begin at 7:05 p.m.

Cadets Learn about the Vietnam War

Cadets Learn about the Vietnam WarWith the assistance of the West Point Museum History instructors curated a Vietnam War exhibit displaying soldiers from both sides of the conflict. Cadet’s shared observations about the uniforms and equipment used by each type of soldier and engaged with the medium of material culture to learn more about this controversial conflict.

Soldiers Can Now Get Paid to Flex Their Creativity

Soldiers Can Now Get Paid to Flex Their CreativityThe Army is looking for media-savvy soldiers to help push out its revitalized brand with the creation of a new job field: marketing officer.

According to a breakdown of the new job provided to Task & Purpose, marketing officers will specialize in at least one of four roles "within the marketing cycle" to boost the Army's messaging and branding.

Those roles include analyzing effectiveness, which includes collecting market data and evaluating how effective the marketing is; developing a strategy; creating marketing campaigns and other content on various mediums; and delivering that content by identifying the best "channels."

Marketing officers should be "visually creative … imaginative," and excel on diverse teams, according to the position description. Read more.

Wrestling Senior Night to Honor C.J. Morgan

Wrestling Senior Night to Honor C.J. MorganThis seasons Army West Point Wrestling senior night versus Lehigh, now on January 31 at 7 p.m., has officially been moved to West Orange High School in West Orange, New Jersey, to honor the late Black Knights wrestler, C.J. Morgan.

"We just felt like moving our senior day match to West Orange was the right thing to do," said head coach Kevin Ward. "I left the decision up to our seniors, and they didn't hesitate, they knew they wanted to wrestle in C.J.'s home gym on senior night. I appreciate everyone's support in making this happen and we look forward to honoring C.J. on senior night."

Morgan, originally of West Orange, New Jersey, passed away last summer due to injuries sustained from a military vehicle accident in the U.S. Military Academy's training area. He was a Law and Legal Studies major, and a recruited athlete who was a standout member of the Army wrestling team. He had a 28-22 career record competing at 184 and 197 pounds for Army. 

The Black Knights are currently 6-2 in dual matches this season, and are coming off victories over American University and Wyoming this past weekend at the West Point Duals. The team next competes this Friday, January 17 against Penn at Gillis Field House.

Firriolo Named AHA December Rookie of the Month

After being the Atlantic Hockey Association Rookie of the Week three times in the month of December, Anthony Firriolo earned the league's Rookie of the Month honors.

Firriolo entered December with two career points on two assists but exploded in the most recent month with seven points on three goals and four assists. He was the leading rookie and defenseman scorer in both Atlantic Hockey and the NCAA and tied for second and fourth, respectively, in scoring overall for the month.

Firriolo had a three-game point streak to open the month, and overall, scored in four of five games. Army was 3-1-0 when Firriolo registered a point as he became yet another reliable defenseman in Army's attack. He had two multi-point games, including his first multi-assist game, a three-assist effort in a 4-0 win over Robert Morris.

The Black Knights are back at Tate Rink this weekend when Air Force comes to town for two 7 p.m. contests. 

Wrestling Takes Two of Three Matches at Host Duals

Wrestling Takes Two of Three Matches at Host DualsThe Army West Point wrestling team earned two quality dual wins Saturday at Christl Arena, as the Black Knights defeated both American University and Wyoming during their host West Point Duals.

Coming off a strong performance at last weekend's Midlands Championships, Army (6-2, 1-0 EIWA) was back in dual match mode to start the new year.

Trey Chalifoux (3-0), Noah Stewart (2-0), and Ben Sullivan (2-0) were all undefeated on the day to lead the team. Markus Hartman, Cael McCormick, and Ben Harvey all earned two wins respectively throughout the day.

The Black Knights opened their day with a tough 19-12 loss to the No. 17 ranked Tar Heels of North Carolina. Army won four matches in its opener, including taking the last three, but couldn't rally enough to catch the Heels.

Momentum swung into the Cadets favor in match No. 2. Army opened up its EIWA conference slate against American University, taking eight of 10 matches on the way to a 33-7 victory.

Army kept it rolling into the third dual versus Wyoming. In a back-and-forth affair, the Black Knights split the opening four matches, before the yearling Hartman earned the first of three straight Army wins. The Cowboys would make it interesting, taking both the 184 and 197 bouts, but Ben Sullivan sealed the 19-13 win with a 5-0 shutout win at heavyweight. Read more.

Slomka to Participate in College Gridiron Showcase

Slomka to Participate in College Gridiron ShowcaseArmy firstie fullback Connor Slomka is participating in the College Gridiron Showcase (CGS) for the next week. Some of the top college senior players were chosen by a panel of experts to participate in the showcase and symposium, which is being held January 3-8 in Fort Worth, Texas.

He joins Cole Christiansen and Elijah Riley as Army players that are being represented in college football's postseason all-star events this year. Christiansen will play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on January 18 (Pasadena, Calif.) while Riley will take part in the East-West Shrine game on January 18 as well (St. Petersburg, Fla.).

Slomka finished second on the team in 2019 with 658 rushing yards on 149 carries (4.4 average), to go along with eight scores. Overall in 38 career games, Slomka finished with 1,208 yards on 274 carries (4.4 average). The Wexford, Pa., native, who averaged 54.8 yards-per-game in 2019, tallied a 30-yard rushing score at Hawai'i, which gave him eight touchdowns on the season and 17 for his career.

Since the 2015 inaugural event, 475 CGS participants have been offered pro opportunities. At the 2019 CGS, scouts from all 32 NFL teams, all nine CFL teams, and other professional leagues were on hand to evaluate and meet with players.

The first all-star event to implement an OTA format, CGS showcases players through practices and a controlled scrimmage with professional coaches. Players will also perform individual and team drills, participate in 1-on-1s, attend meetings, and, in many cases have the opportunity for personal interviews with scouts and executives.

Cadets Build Full-Scale Wood Truss

Cadets Build Full-Scale Wood TrussCivil Engineering cadets wrapped up the semester designing, building and busting a full-scale wood truss. Hands-on, active learning with real results.

CDT LaPore '20 Presents Feasibility Study to Lockheed Martin

Congratulations to CDT Dylan LaPore '20 for presenting his feasibility study on "eye safer" track illuminator lasers to the leadership of the Directed Energy Division of Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Sunnyvale, CA. Dylan's research is part of an initiative to minimize the hazards posed by high energy laser (HEL) weapon systems to bystanders. The visit to Lockheed Martin included a tour of the clean room facility housing a next-generation HEL system.

Northeast Team Handball League Match

Northeast Team Handball League MatchRecently both Black and Gold teams competed in the weekend's Northeast Team Handball League match day here at West Point. Black finished 2-1 on that day, which included a victory for Gold who finished 0-3.

Nate Woody Named Army Football Defensive Coordinator

Nate Woody Named Army Football Defensive CoordinatorArmy football head coach Jeff Monken announced the hiring of Nate Woody as defensive coordinator. A 29-year coaching veteran and a coordinator for 19 years, Woody comes to West Point after stints as a defensive analyst at Michigan (2019), defensive coordinator and outside linebackers coach at Georgia Tech (2018), defensive coordinator at Appalachian State (2013-17) and defensive coordinator at Wofford (2000-12).

In addition to the hiring of Woody, Monken announced that John Loose has been elevated to Assistant Head Coach. Loose was the team's defensive coordinator in 2019 and is in his second stint at Army, wrapping up his 14th season overall with the program. He was the linebackers coach under Bob Sutton (1992-99) and returned to West Point in 2014 to join Monken's staff.

"We are thrilled to welcome Nate Woody to the Army Team," said Monken. "Nate is a veteran coach that has led some of the nation's top defenses year in and year out. Having faced his defenses in the past and seeing the production of his defensive units throughout his career, I am excited to have him leading our men at West Point."

"John Loose has been an influential leader during two of Army Football's most successful eras," said Monken. "He has a wealth of experience as a West Point coach and I know that he will continue to guide our program to success in his new role as Assistant Head Coach."

Woody, who brings an attacking 3-4 scheme to Army, was hired to run Georgia Tech's defense in 2018. He worked under then Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson, who Monken was an assistant coach for with the Yellowjackets (2008-09), at Navy (2002-07) and at Georgia Southern (1997-01). In 2018, the Yellowjackets' defense had a nose for the football, as they were tied for fifth nationally in fumble recoveries (13), tied for 16thin total takeaways (25) and tied for 17thin defensive touchdowns (3). Read more.

Hockey Charges Past New Hampshire, Earns 13th Win

Hockey Charges Past New Hampshire, Earns 13th WinFueled by a two-goal third period, the Army West Point Hockey team charged past New Hampshire Sunday in front of a sellout crowd at Tate Rink.

The Black Knights were down 4-3 after the first 40 minutes, but goals by firsties Alex Wilkinson and Michael Wilson gave Army the edge over the Wildcats for the team's 13th victory of the season.

Dominic Franco was unstoppable with the first two goals of the game and the primary assist on Wilson's game-winner. He also posted three crucial blocks in the contest.

Trevin Kozlowski turned away 19 shots and helped back the Cadets on a 5:00 kill in the third period.

The Black Knights capped the 2019 portion of their season with a 13-5-1 record, the most in program history for the first half of the season. Read more.

Firriolo, Zimmerman Receive Final Weekly Honors of 2019

Firriolo, Zimmerman Receive Final Weekly Honors of 2019For the third straight week, Anthony Firriolo was named the Atlantic Hockey Association Rookie of the Week, while John Zimmerman was tabbed the Defensive Player of the Week, announced by the league on Tuesday.

Firriolo continued his hot streak with a goal and two blocks in the team's 5-4 victory over New Hampshire last Sunday. The plebe picked up his third straight Rookie of the Week honor to close out 2019.

Zimmerman was named the Defensive Player of the Week for the third time this season as well. The cow posted a pair of assists in the game, both on the power play. He also added three blocks in the effort.

Both Firriolo and Zimmerman had a role in the team's 5:00 penalty kill to help keep the Wildcats at bay.

No. 20 Army is set to take on No. 14 Providence tomorrow in the Fortress Invitational.

Hartman Headlines Stellar Finish at Midlands Championships

Hartman Headlines Stellar Finish at Midlands ChampionshipsThe Army West Point wrestling team continues to show it belongs among the nation's best. As was true Monday at the Midlands Championships, where the Black Knights set individual and team bests at one of the most premiere college wrestling tournaments in the country.

"This is a team that continues to raise the standard and expectations of what Army West Point wrestling is capable of," said head coach Kevin Ward. "Our highest team finish, most placers ever, and highest individual placer. All of that shows that these guys believe in themselves and believe in each other. We look forward to continuing to raise the bar."

Army placed six wrestlers on the podium over the two days of competition, doubling the previous academy record set last year of three. The Black Knights also finished seventh in the team standings out of 35 teams. Their 78.5 total points topped last years previous high of 68 points. Iowa took the overall team title this year with 196.5 points.

Yearling Markus Hartman led the way competing at 157 pounds. The Barrington, Ill native, having already scored upsets over the No.1 and No. 6 seeds on day one, began Monday with a thrilling 9-8 decision win over the No. 4 seeded Anthony Artalona of Penn in the semifinal. That set up a final versus the two seeded Kaleb Young of Iowa. Hartman hung toe-to-toe with one of the top collegiate wrestlers in the country, but came up just short in sudden victory, dropping a 5-3 decision. Read more.

CPT Bazemore Leads Financial Readiness Training

CPT Bazemore Leads Financial Readiness TrainingCaptain Tom Bazemore led financial readiness training with Soldiers at West Point's Keller Army Community Hospital. He discussed principles of personal finance and introduced Soldiers to the Blended Retirement System and Thrift Savings Plan. SOSH faculty members regularly use their expertise to contribute outside the classroom, and Tom helped this group embrace the importance of personal finance as part of readiness.

Army Hockey Ranks 20th in USCHO.com Poll

Army Hockey Ranks 20th in USCHO.com PollThe Army West Point Hockey team is ranked 20th in this week's USCHO.com National Coaches Poll.

The Black Knights boast a 13-5-1 record in the first half of the year and are one of five teams to have at least 13 wins in 2019. The team's .711 winning percentage ranks eighth in the country.

Army received 55 votes in this week's national poll after a Sunday night victory over New Hampshire by a score of 5-4. The Cadets are 3-0 against non-league opponents this season with wins over the Wildcats, UConn (2-1) and Union (3-2).

The Black Knights rank fourth nationally on the penalty kill with a .919 efficiency. Army continues its non-conference slate at the Fortress Invitational this Friday and Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Army takes on No. 14 Providence Friday at 5 p.m. PT. On Saturday, Army will either face No. 2 Cornell or No. 6 Ohio State. 

Hall Tabbed Patriot League Rookie of the Week

Hall Tabbed Patriot League Rookie of the WeekKamryn Hall of the Army Women's Basketball team was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week, the league office announced Monday afternoon.

This marks the second time that Hall has taken home the rookie of the week honor, as she also earned the distinction on Nov. 25. Additionally, this is the fifth time that the award has been given to a member of the Black Knights this season.

Hall finished with 14 points in Sunday's game against Bryant, just one shy of her career high. She shot 5-of-13 from the field and connected on a pair of 3-pointers. She also dished out four assists, which tied her career high, and corralled eight rebounds in the win.

Army had five members reach double-digit scoring in its, 81-75, win over Bryant. It marked the first time since Dec. 7, 2012 that Army had accomplished the feat when it did so against Rider.

The Black Knights open league play on Thursday, as they welcome Bucknell to Christl Arena. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.

Women's Basketball Closes Non-Conference Play with a Win

Women's Basketball Closes Non-Conference Play with a WinFor the first time in over seven years, the Army Women's Basketball team had five different members reach double-digit scoring. The Cadets topped Bryant, 81-75, in their final non-conference bout of the season Sunday afternoon at Christl Arena.

Lindsey Scamman led the way with 18 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field. Sarah Bohn contributed a career-high 15 points, all on 3-pointers. The Broadview Heights, Ohio, native was a perfect 5-of-5 from beyond-the-arc. Alisa Fallon (16 points), Kamryn Hall (14) and Hope Brown (10) were the other members that reached double-digits.

The Black Knights shot an impressive 58.3 percent (28-of-48) from the field and 55 percent (11-of-20) from 3-point range.

Bryant had a trio of double-digit scorers led by Masey Zegarowski, who finished with 17 points, while Taty LaFrance Boyce and Sydney Holloway each registered 12 points. As a team, the Bulldogs shot 43.5 percent from the floor. Read more.

Corbin Leadership Forum Lean in Lunch

The Corbin Leadership Forum conducted its second Lean in Lunch of the year recently. The topic was “Making Stress your Friend.” One of the main lessons learned was that the body’s response to stress stimulates chemicals that cause people to seek out others when they are experiencing stress.

Cadet facilitators used this as an example of how inclusivity and empathy with others can help reduces stress within themselves and their friends. The more inclusive people are with others, the better they can reduce stress. Cadets and Faculty also did a coloring exercise which may help reduce stress as well.

Overall, it was an outstanding event for members.

Happy Holidays from WPAOG!

Happy Holidays from WPAOG!Happy Holidays from the West Point Association of Graduates! Wishing all a joyful Holiday Season and a very Happy New Year! We thank you for all you do for West Point and the Long Gray Line and look forward to serving you in 2020!

West Point Women’s Handball Home Tournament

West Point Women’s Handball Home TournamentWest Point Women's Handball recently competed in their second home league tournament. Three years ago, West Point traveled to Penn State to help them start up a program, now Penn State has two full teams and are strong competition at College Nationals.

Both West Point Black and West Point Gold played well. West Point Black beat Penn State White in a shutout, 34-0. Then they followed that up with a decisive win against Penn State Blue, 31-7. West Point Gold also had two strong wins against Penn State Gold, winning 20-3 and 18-4.

Both starting goalies on West Point Black and West Point Gold, Cadets Stevens '22 and Michell '20 made their first appearances on the court of the semester after starting off in the goal. Even though it was their first time playing on the court their time spent in practice paid off and both scored.

The weekend was a success. Cadet Thompson '21 made a guest appearance in goal to allow Cadet Stevens to play on the court and even though it was her first game she kept Penn State White to a shutout. Also, of note, Cadet Coston '23 found the back of the net on a great shot to get her name on the goal scorers for the semester. The decisive wins are a promising sign for league games and College Nationals in the Spring.

House of PaNE Fall Research Symposium

House of PaNE Fall Research SymposiumRecently, the House of PaNE (Physics and Nuclear Engineering) hosted the Fall Research Symposium for engagement with research conducted during AY20-1. Comprised of over 21 research projects, many cadets, four departments and other external agencies, this event marked the culmination of several months of work.

All the presenters did an outstanding job, but the following groups/presenters earned special recognition:

Best Physics Presentation: Cadets Jarrod Broussard, Jacob Bohnemann, Anthony Dinallo, John Boyle, Nathanial Beck, and Nathan Schubring for "Establishing Drop Time as an Object Measurement of Laser Effectiveness"

Best Nuclear Engineering Presentation: Cadet Thomas Williams for "System Generated EMP Modeling Comparing LSP Fluid and Kinetic Model Simulations"

Best Space Science Presentation: Cadet Easton Bolton for "Development of Inter-Stage Separation for Solid State Rocket"

Best Overall: Cadets Vincent Gasparri, Cameron Hudson, Alexander Dang, Andrew Obrzut, and Luke Sanders for "Applying Machine Learning to Particle Type Identification Methodologies".

Cadet Fellowship Weekend

Cadet Fellowship WeekendRecently Navigator Club Cadets had reflection and fellowship through free time, morale-building and small-group discussions with Navy Midshipmen, Air Force, Coast Guard Academy Cadets and Old Grads. It was an intimate, unifying and developmental opportunity for the Cadets and Midshipmen to grow.

Sensei Reno Awarded the Coach of the Year

Sensei Reno Awarded the Coach of the YearSensei Reno was just recently awarded the Coach of the Year award from the New York State Judo Championships. Congratulations Sensei Reno!

Army C3T Wins the SANS Academy Cup

Army C3T Wins the SANS Academy CupFive cadets from the Cadet Competitive Cyber Team (C3T) competed at the SANS Core NetWars Tournament of Champions in Washington, D.C. on December 15 & 16. The Cadets qualified for the Tournament based on their exceptional performance winning the SANS Core NetWars event during Spring Break 2019, in St. Louis. During the Spring Break event C3T beat all the other military academy teams winning the SANS Academy Cup. They also beat all the civilian teams present, qualifying them for this Tournament of Champions!

The cadets competed alongside teams from the 780th Military Intelligence Brigade (Cyber), the Cyber Protection Brigade, ARCYBER, other government agencies, and experts from industry. The cadets finished 8th in their category of non-returning champions with a score of 320 of the 609 possible points.

The presence of the cadets on the champion side caught the attention of the above organizations and the cadets were also included in PAO coverage of the NetWars event by multiple organizations.

Photo: features the cadets hacking away on the second night of the competition (left to right) Alex Heldstab '21, Aidan McCarthy '20, Stevie Cilenti '20, Jong Hak Lee '20 and John Eberling '21

Congratulations to the Newest Member of the LGL

Congratulations to the Newest Member of the LGL21 cadets became the newest members of the Long Gray Line during a graduation ceremony here at West Point Friday December 20. Brigadier General Curtis A. Buzzard, 78th Commandant of Cadets, presided over the ceremony.

Photo: by Tarnish Pride

Army Judo Sweeps the Competition

Army Judo Sweeps the CompetitionArmy West Point Judo recently competed against Navy, Penn State, Drexel University, and other schools as well. Our three teams swept the competition and earning a star for the victory over the midshipmen.

Marathon Runs the Army Navy Game Ball from the Supt's House to Philly

Marathon Runs the Army Navy Game Ball from the Supt's House to PhillyThe Army West Point Marathon Team ran the Army Navy Game Ball from the front steps of the Superintendent’s House to the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia in less than 24 hours December 12th-15th. The ball run tradition started in 1985 by a USCC company and the Marathon Team took over the task in 1991. The 2019 route took the cadets through three states and was 157 miles long.

Community members were invited to join the Marathon Team for the first two miles and the last five miles of the route. The Master of Ceremonies for the start of the run was LTC King, the First Regiment Tactical Officer. He fired up the Cadets and community members before handing the call to the Marathon Team CIC, Cadet Ryan French. The team was escorted by police cars and cheered on by loyal Army Fans.

The outpouring of support was tremendous during the journey. In particular, the team was grateful to Reagent Chemical for breakfast along the route. The company surprised the Cadets by inviting COL Jack Jacobs, a Medal of Honor recipient, and an OIC for first AWP Marathon Team in 1973, to give them a talk about grit.

The team was also thankful for the Warriors Watch veterans motorcycle group and Centre Square Fire Co. for the escort during the final 20 miles into Philadelphia. The flashing lights and sirens attracted more Army Fans to come cheer along the streets.

Army Cycling Team Collegiate Cyclocross Championship

The Army Cycling Team raced in the Collegiate Cyclocross Championship event recently in Warwick, RI. Results: Team Eastern Conference Champions (Beating UVM, Yale, MIT, Dartmouth and more). Liz Huuki '20 Woman's Champion and 1st place (woman's A's), Andrew Mergen '20 4th (men's A's), Spencer Weisgram '23 3rd, 1st place (men's B's), Rowan Crowley '20 9th (men's A's), Noah Rodney '23 2nd (men's C's) and Parth Doshi '21 3rd (men's B's).

MAJ Sublett & CDT Dear Represent USMA at RNDF

MAJ Sublett & CDT Dear Represent USMA at RNDFMAJ Sarah Sublett and CDT AnnaMaria Dear represented the United States Military Academy and the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering at the 2019 Reagan National Defense Forum (RNDF). The event took place at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, CA. MAJ Sublett and CDT Dear observed panel discussions on a myriad of national defense topics including: Strengthening Nuclear Deterrence, Harnessing Innovation, Training and Equipping the Force, Launching the Space Force, US-China Relations, and an interview with Jeff Bezos.

200th Residence Celebration

200th Residence CelebrationThe Commandants Quarters 101 had its 200th Birthday Party on November 22, 2019. The Cadet Hostess/Social Development Office assisted with the Quarters 101- Historic 200th Birthday. Cadets from the History Department were selected to be “House Docents” and were located throughout the Quarters presenting historical information about the house.

Academy Information Night

Academy Information NightA team from the West Point Admissions office recently held an Academy Information Night at the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia. Over 250 people attended and listened to a presentation from staff, cadets and admissions volunteers.

Are you interested in attending West Point?

Academy Information sessions are a great way to learn more about West Point. Check out the events link for dates and locations. www.westpoint.edu/admissions.

Cadets Present at the Directed Energy Systems Symposium

Cadets Present at the Directed Energy Systems SymposiumCongratulations to our cadets for presenting at the 2019 Directed Energy Professional Society DE Systems Symposium in La Jolla, CA. Two teams of cadets presented their results and conclusions to defense, academic, and industry leaders in the fields of high energy laser (HEL) beam propagation and damage effects. Additionally, they gained invaluable insight regarding the advantages and challenges to using HEL weapons on the battlefield.

Financial Statements Analysis Cadets Receive Insight

Financial Statements Analysis Cadets Receive InsightCadets in Financial Statements Analysis learned from two distinguished executives recently. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store CEO Sandy Cochran and Dollar General Chairman of the Board Mike Calbert took time out of their busy schedules to provide current and relevant insight to bring classroom concepts to life.

LTC(R) Mike George Lectures SOSH Cadets

LTC(R) Mike George Lectures SOSH CadetsDepartment of Social Sciences (SOSH) Alum LTC(R) Mike George returned to the Department of Social Sciences as a guest lecturer. Currently serving as the Senior Strategic Planner in the Texas Office of Homeland Security, George guest lectured on homeland security to the National Security Seminar. He also met with USMA Rhodes Scholarship candidates from the class of 2020 to share his experiences and mentor them in advance of selection interviews.

Kozlowski, Wilson Tabbed AWPAA Co-Athletes of the Week

Kozlowski, Wilson Tabbed AWPAA Co-Athletes of the WeekWith big wins on the road by both the Army West Point Hockey team and Men's Basketball team, Trevin Kozlowski and Matt Wilson share Army West Point Athletic Association Athlete of the Week honors heading into December break.

Kozlowski, a cow netminder from Los Angeles, Calif., earned his first-career shutout in Saturday's 4-0 victory over Robert Morris thanks to his 25 saves. He allowed just one score in the series at Robert Morris which was a power play goal. Kozlowski boasted a 0.48 goals against average and a .983 save percentage in the series. Kozlowski made the first save in the shootout to set Army up for the victory and was recognized as one of the NCAA Stars of the Week and the Atlantic Hockey Association Goalie of the Week.

The Black Knights are 12-5-1 heading into the winter break boasting the most wins in the first three months of action in program history. Army ranks fourth nationally in the penalty kill (.915), is tied for fourth in total wins (12) and is tied for seventh in winning percentage (.694).

Wilson played a pivotal role in a 1-1 week for Army. The firstie averaged 21.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game while shooting 67 percent from the field. In a road tilt against Merrimack last Wednesday night, he tied for the team lead in scoring with 18 points and finished with a game-high 11 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the year. Read more.

Cadets Visit the 9/11 Memorial and Museum

Cadets Visit the 9/11 Memorial and MuseumLast month, Combating Terrorism Center faculty and 45 cadets enrolled in Terrorism and Combating Terrorism traveled to New York City to learn more about the tragedies of 9/11 and current threats of terrorism. The group visited the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, where they gained an understanding of the enduring and profound impact of the events of September 11th. Following the Museum tour, cadets met with several officials from the United Nations who spoke about the organization's role in countering extremism and terrorism, providing insight on global efforts to fight terrorism.

Men's Lacrosse Recognized in National Preseason Polls

Men's Lacrosse Recognized in National Preseason PollsAfter winning the Patriot League Championship and earning a program-record 13 wins last season, the Army West Point Men's Lacrosse team ranks 15th in the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and 20th in the U.S. Lacrosse Preseason Poll.

Army went 13-5 on the year with three wins against nationally ranked programs. The Black Knights defeated UMass in the season opener before routing Rutgers in more non-conference action, and then topped Loyola in the Patriot League Semifinals 7-5. The Cadets were 3-2 against ranked opponents this season and 2-1 against opponents ranked inside the top-10.

The Black Knights made their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2010 this year and for the 20th time in program history. Army received an automatic bid after claiming the Patriot League Championship with an 11-7 victory over Lehigh. Johnny Surdick was named the William C. Schmeisser Award winner as the most outstanding defender in the nation. He was a First Team All-America selection as AJ Barretto was named to the second team and Brendan Nichtern to honorable mention.

Army opens the season on February 8 with a home contest against UMass who is 14th in the Nike Poll. Also recognized in the preseason rankings on Army's schedule are No. 6 Notre Dame, No. 7 Syracuse, No. 15 Loyola, No. 16 Rutgers and No. 18 Lehigh.

Professor Eugene Soltes Visits with Cadets

Professor Eugene Soltes Visits with CadetsHarvard Business School Professor Eugene Soltes visited Financial Statements Analysis to discuss his research into corporate crime. Cadets learned about his experiences interviewing such high-profile fraudsters and insider traders as Bernie Madoff, Jeffrey Skilling, and Andy Fastow. Professor Soltes’ research covers many topics that directly relate to the programs at USMA including why successful people commit foolish crimes and how to improve ethics education to prevent white collar crime.

Army Football National Signing Day Statement

Army Football National Signing Day StatementYesterday marked the National Football Early Signing Period. Due to Academy policy, names of recruited student-athletes will not be released until they arrive to West Point this summer.

Army West Point head coach Jeff Monken had this to say about his early signing day class:

"I am excited about the future of Army Football. With today being the start of the early signing period, we have secured commitments from several outstanding young men. Although we cannot publicize these commitments until after their arrival at West Point this summer, we are confident that we have recruited a group of young men who will be outstanding Cadets, leaders of character to serve our nation, and football players who will help carry on the winning tradition of Army Football."

Kozlowski, Firriolo Headline Atlantic Hockey Weekly Honors

Kozlowski, Firriolo Headline Atlantic Hockey Weekly HonorsTrevin Kozlowski and Anthony Firriolo of the Army West Point Hockey team highlighted the Atlantic Hockey Association weekly awards, announced by the league on Tuesday.

Kozlowski was voted the Goalie of the Week, while Firriolo was tabbed the Rookie of the Week for the second straight week.

Kozlowski earned his first-career shutout in Saturday's 4-0 victory thanks to his 25 saves. The cow netminder allowed just one score in the series at Robert Morris which was a power play goal. Kozlowski boasted a 0.48 goals against average and a .983 save percentage. He also tied a career-high with 35 saves in the shootout victory over the Colonials on Sunday. Kozlowski, who hails from Los Angeles, Calif., made the first save in the shootout to set Army up for the victory.

This season, Kozlowski's 1.98 goals against average ranks him 12th in college hockey along with his .694 winning percentage. Army boasts the fourth-best penalty kill unit nationally with a .915 efficiency.

Firriolo topped last weekend's performance with another career weekend. He assisted on the first three goals of Army's shutout on Friday for a career-high. He was the primary assist on the first two scores of the contest including two on the power play. Read more.

Cadets Meet with Over 600 H.S. Students

Cadets Meet with Over 600 H.S. StudentsCadets from Domestic Affairs Forum's Civics Engagement Initiative recently connected with over 600 high school freshmen at Memorial High School in West New York, New Jersey. In addition to leading small groups in an exercise focused on campaigns and elections, cadets answered questions about what it takes to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Rugby East Announces Fall Awards

Rugby East Announces Fall AwardsSeveral Army West Point Men's Rugby players were recognized by D1A Rugby East over the weekend, as the league announced its fall season awards.

Firstie Marco Carrabotta led the way by being named Forward of the Year, as well as earning a spot on the First Team All-Conference list. Also joining Carrabotta on the First Team was cow Luke Haug.

Four Cadets earned spots on the Second Team -- Collin Grosse, Drew Dunham, Maxwell Sackett, and Jason Green.

"We're proud of the hard work of all of these players have put in to earn recognition for their performances this fall, and to their teammates who helped put them in a position to be successful," said head coach Matt Sherman. "Additionally, we'd like to congratulate all the award winners throughout Rugby East for their performances this fall and making Rugby East one of the most competitive, high performing, and challenging conferences in the country."

Carrabotta paced the Black Knights throughout the fall season, finishing with a team leading 11 tries. The Chester, Va. native's 55 points also led the team.

Haug, Sackett, and Green all finished the fall with one try respectively. Grosse and Dunham both dotted three tries. Read more.

Cadets Travel to Ottawa

Cadets Travel to OttawaThe Domestic Affairs Forum (DAF) traveled to Ottawa for an immersive experience to learn about civil-military relationship issues from a Canadian perspective. Additionally, DAF cadets had the privilege of participating in Ottawa’s Remembrance Day ceremonies at the National War Memorial.

Hockey Receiving Votes in USCHO Coaches Poll

Hockey Receiving Votes in USCHO Coaches PollFor the third week in a row, the Army West Point Hockey team is receiving votes in the USCHO.com Coaches Poll with. The Cadets are just out of the top-20 with 31 points.

The Black Knights have reached double-digit wins before the winter break for the first time since the 1996-97 season. That team went 10-7-1 before the break.

Army is 12-5-1 heading into the December break. The Black Knights rank fourth nationally with their 12 wins. The team's .694 winning percentage is seventh.

The Black Knights have a break until December 29 when New Hampshire comes to Tate Rink.

HON Patrick Murphy Visits with Cadets

HON Patrick Murphy Visits with CadetsThe Honorable Patrick Murphy visited Mr. John Vigna's MilArt course to share his experience as an officer, JAG attorney, Congressman and Secretary of the Army during the Global War on Terror.

Wreaths Across America, a Family Tradition for West Point

Wreaths Across America, a Family Tradition for West PointSeveral years ago, a truckload of over 5,000 balsam tree branches was about to go to waste, but Morrill Worcester knew exactly how to put them to good use as the owner of the Worcester Wreath Company.

Worcester's idea to place wreaths upon veterans' graves was sparked by his patriotism and deep appreciation for those who died to protect America's freedom. With the help of Maine Senator Olympia Snowe, many volunteers placed them on graves at the Arlington National Cemetery.

The Wreaths Across America story began as a small-scale event in December 1992 and has grown into a beloved international symbol for honoring a veteran's life and service, especially given through sacrifice. Approximately 1.6 million wreaths have been placed on graves throughout over 1,400 locations in all 50 U.S. states, veteran cemeteries in foreign lands and at sea.

A veteran's wreath is made up of 10 balsam branches and according to Worcester, each branch helps describe the characteristics and qualities that make up an American veteran.

  1. The first branch stands for the veteran's faith in God.
  2. The second branch stands for the love for one another.
  3. The third branch stands for the veteran's strength, work ethic and character.
  4. The fourth branch stands for the veteran's honesty and integrity.
  5. The fifth branch stands for the veteran's humility, selflessness and modesty.
  6. The sixth branch stands for the veteran's ambitions and aspirations.
  7. The seventh branch stands for the veteran's optimism for his or her fellow Americans and for our country.
  8. The eighth branch stands for the veteran's concern for the future and future generations.
  9. The ninth branch stands for the veteran's pride in carrying out his or her duties.
  10. The 10th and final branch stands for the veteran's hopes and dreams that did not always come true but left him or her with no regrets. Read more.
Butte Leads Hockey to Shootout Victory

Butte Leads Hockey to Shootout VictoryThanks to a third period goal by Eric Butte, the Army West Point Hockey team rallied from behind to force overtime with Robert Morris on yesterday afternoon.

After regulation and 3-on-3 overtimes without scores, the game resulted in a shootout. The Colonials were up first, but Trevin Kozlowski pushed aside the shot to poise Army for a shootout victory.

Butte was up next and found the back of the net for the second time today to give Army the bonus point for Atlantic Hockey standings.

The Black Knights enter the December break with a 12-5-1 overall record and 31 points in league play. Read more.

The Queen of Spades Symposium

The Queen of Spades SymposiumThe Russian Program organized a symposium centered around Tchaikovsky's opera The Queen of Spades, performed at the Met. In attendance were cadets and faculty from West Point, along with students and faculty from Columbia, Yale, Vassar, Princeton, and George Washington University.

Cadets were honored to be joined by Brigadier General Rick McPeak, Professor and former Head of the Department of Foreign Languages at West Point, Professor Alexander Nakhimovsky, Associate Professor Emeritus, Linguistics and Computer Science Colgate University, Professor Boris Gasparov and Boris Bakhmeteff Professor Emeritus of Russian and East European Studies at Columbia University, author of Five Operas and a Symphony and foremost scholar of Tchaikovsky's operas.

Professor Bakhmeteff gave a probing and fascinating lecture after the truly brilliant performance. Afterward, the cadets had dinner at a nearby Russian restaurant, which features magnificent Soviet kitsch.

Walker's Journey to West Point a Story to Tell

Walker's Journey to West Point a Story to TellKell Walker was playing football in the street with his cousins when a car pulled up on the road. "Kell!" Yelled the woman in the car. "Kell! Kell!" she shouted again.

Eight years old at the time, he did not recognize her. It wasn't long before the two were embracing and sharing tears. "I'm back," she assured him. "Things will be different now." The woman in the car was his mother, who he was now seeing for the first time in six years.

When Kell was just two-years old, she left the house with his oldest brother. She left him with his father, who was in his late 60s. His father owned a drywall business and cared for him for the next two years before deciding that it would be best for Kell to move in with his cousin, Rhonda Mayweather. Rhonda had an apartment in the Orton Keyes projects in Rockford, Ill., and she helped provide Kell with some financial support.

"It was a struggle growing up in the projects, but at the same time when you're a kid you don't really pay too much attention to that type of stuff," Walker said. "You're just trying to have fun and everything is pretty much a joke to you at that time." Read more.

Persian Forum Attends Persian Pop Music Concert

Persian Forum Attends Persian Pop Music ConcertThe Persian Forum of the Foreign Languages Club attended a Persian pop music concert in Flushing, NY. Cadets had dinner at the Bakhtar Afghan Restaurant prior to the show.

At the show the cadets not only enjoyed the music, but also had the chance to practice their Persian skills with the concert attendees and learned invaluable lessons about contemporary Iranian culture and politics from these interactions. Cadets gave an excellent account of themselves and represented the Academy and the Army well.

The artist, Googoosh sometimes compared to Beyounce, was the biggest pop music and acting star in 1970s Iran. Following the 1979 Islamic Revolution she spent over twenty years under house arrest during which time no one heard from her, until 2001 when she managed to escape to Canada.

In the interlude between the nostalgic songs she sang, she spoke about her experiences in Iran before and after the revolution, and her appreciation of living in the free world now.

Men's Basketball Battles to, 89-76, Road Win at Buffalo

Men's Basketball Battles to, 89-76, Road Win at BuffaloIn an afternoon filled with career milestones, four cadets scored in double-figures to lift the Army West Point Men's Basketball team to a resounding, 89-76, road win against Buffalo on Saturday afternoon.

The Black Knights (5-5) put together one of their best performances of the season en route to picking up the victory against the defending MAC regular and tournament champions.

Both Matt Wilson and Lonnie Grayson netted over 20 points and set career-highs in scoring. Wilson caused problems for the Bulls (6-4) all game as he drew seven fouls. The firstie forward finished with a career-best 25 points on 9-of-14 shooting to pair with four boards.

Grayson caught fire from deep, shooting 5-of-6 from long range. The Cincinnati, Ohio, native flirted with a triple-double after setting career-highs in points (21) and rebounds (8), while tying his career-best mark in assists with seven. Read more.

DFL Cadets Visit the Met

DFL Cadets Visit the MetCadets representing the Chinese, French, German, Persian, and Spanish sections of the Department of Foreign Languages (DFL) participated in DFL's annual visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, where they not only closely examined the works of art from their specific linguistic and cultural area of focus, but also represented the United States Military Academy in their engagement with the New York City community as well as museum-visitors from around the world.

Hockey Blanks Robert Morris on the Road

Hockey Blanks Robert Morris on the RoadBacked by Trevin Kozlowski's 25 saves, the Army West Point Hockey team dominated Robert Morris on the road Saturday with a 4-0 shutout victory. It marked Kozlowski's first-career shutout as the Black Knights went up 1-0 in the weekend series with the Colonials.

Anthony Firriolo extended his scoring streak to three in a row after posting a career-high two assists. The Black Knights charged ahead 1:18 into the action with a tipped goal by Kevin Dineen.

Army continued on the hot streak after a power play score by Brett Abdelnour with 4:31 remaining in the opening period. Firriolo produced the primary assists on the opening goals of the game. Read more.

Important Information: The 120th Army-Navy Game presented by USAA

Important Information: The 120th Army-Navy Game presented by USAAFor the 120th time, the Army West Point football team will face-off with service academy rival Navy when the two teams meet at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on Saturday at 3 p.m. Fans around the world will be able to follow the action live with CBS delivering national television coverage and the Army Sports Network delivering radio coverage.

CBS will carry the game live with Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (color analyst) and Jamie Erdahl (sideline) on the call. Check your local listings for channel information. CBS Sports Network will deliver Army-Navy preview coverage throughout the morning, beginning with a replay of the 2018 Army-Navy Game at 9 a.m. Live coverage of the Army-Navy March-On will begin at 12 p.m. and the Army-Navy Tailgate show will begin at 1:30 p.m.

ESPN will broadcast its College GameDay pregame show live from the Army-Navy Game from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Important Information:
Parking lots open: 6:30 a.m.
Fanfest open to public: 10 a.m.
Gates open to public: 11 a.m. (no re-entry)
Navy March On: 12:10 p.m.
Army March On: 12:40 p.m.
2-Hour Warning Tailgate Flair: 1:00 p.m.
1-Hour Warning Tailgate Flair: 2:00 p.m.
For more information, head to https://www.armygameday.com/armynavy19

Television: CBS | On-Air Time: 3:00 p.m. Read more.

Amateur Radio Takes 1st at Foxhunt

Amateur Radio Takes 1st at FoxhuntThe West Point Amateur Radio Club traveled to Poughkeepsie for a radio direction finding competition called a “foxhunt.” Cadets Easton Bolin, Chase Lewis, Pat Mcgurrin, and Nolan Pearce, led by Dr. Kate Duncan, used radio direction finding skills to locate a transmitter across a 10km-wide area. The club placed first out of seven teams and used homemade antennas made from PVC and tape measures.

CDTs McAuliffe & LaGattuta Represent USMA as CSPC Fellows

CDTs McAuliffe & LaGattuta Represent USMA as CSPC FellowsCongratulations to CDTs Gavin McAuliffe and Dean LaGattuta for representing The United States Military Academy at West Point as Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress (CSPC) fellows. Through CSPC, they engage with leading academics and practitioners in American politics and present their own research. Gavin is studying drone warfare legal implications, while Dean is conducting a historical analysis on the National Security Council.

Ethics of Artificial Intelligence and Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems

Ethics of Artificial Intelligence and Lethal Autonomous Weapon SystemsMajor Scott Parsons’ three sections of Intro to Philosophy and Ethical Reasoning ended their three-week unit on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence and Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems with an interdepartmental/interdisciplinary collaboration with the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science.

The Cadets spent several lessons in the Robotic Research Center (RCC) in the basement of Thayer Hall learning how to program robots with ethics and then conducted battles with their lethal autonomous weapons on a simulated battlefield.

Cadets were taught to program their Ground Lethal Autonomous Weapon System (GLAWS) by RCC director LTC Chris Korpela, and two other roboticists/engineers MAJ (R) Dominic Larkin and Mr. Pratheek Manjunath. The Cadets programed their saber-mounted robots to distinguish between different classifications of balloons on the battlefield.

15th Annual Orienteering Skills Weekend

15th Annual Orienteering Skills WeekendThe West Point Orienteering Team hosted the 15th Annual Orienteering Skills Weekend at the Lake Frederick Reservation. This event served as an opportunity to instruct and mentor local Boy Scout Troops in basic land navigation skills. Over 200 scouts participated in the event and completed the first seven requirements for the Orienteering Merit Badge.

Additionally, advanced scouts completed all the requirements for the badge. The weekend featured a variety of land navigation courses, a revamped military skills competition and an evening bonfire. This event marked a tremendous opportunity for the Army O-Team to engage with the local community and teach kids about the military.

Aviation Clocks Some Flying

Aviation Clocks Some FlyingThe West Point Aviation club recently got in some flying time. They started progressing the newest team member, Thomas Whiting '22 who just earned his private pilot's license earlier this month. Several team members were introduced to instrument flying, continuing their education as pilots.

Theatre Arts Guild Travels to Broadway

Theatre Arts Guild Travels to BroadwayThe Theatre Arts Guild traveled to NYC to see some Broadway performances. Cadets had a wonderful experience on Broadway, seeing Hamilton, Jagged Little Pill, and a landmark show at The Public called For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf.

The play at The Public is a drama adapted from Ntozake Shange's 1975 Choreopoem and has had a sold out run this year. At Hamilton, Cadets got to go onstage after the show and meet the head electrician, and several cast members.

Hockey Recognized in USCHO Coaches Poll

Hockey Recognized in USCHO Coaches PollFor the second week in a row, the Army West Point Hockey team is receiving votes in the USCHO.com Coaches Poll.

The Black Knights have reached double-digit wins before the winter break for the first time since the 1996-97 season. That team went 10-7-1 before the break.

This year Army is 11-5-0 heading into the final series of December. Eric Butte is tied for fifth in the country with three game-winning goals. Trevin Kozlowski ranks 20th in the country for a 2.18 goals against average. The Black Knights' penalty kill is fourth in the NCAA with a .921 efficiency.

The Cadets wrap up the first half of the season this weekend on the road at Robert Morris. Saturday's game will begin at 5 p.m., while Sunday's contest is at 1 p.m.

Society of Women Engineers Visits MoMath

Society of Women Engineers Visits MoMathThe Cadet Chapter of the Society of Women Engineers visited MoMath, the National Museum of Mathematics, located in New York City. Since it opened in 2012, the museum has remained dedicated to its mission of enhancing the public's understanding and perception of mathematics. The facility is renowned for its ability to inspire a love a math by sharing mathematical principles through innovative logic games and visual displays.

The exhibits are designed to be accessible to everyone from small children to retirees. The trip provided the cadets an opportunity to spend time with other science lovers, learn more about mathematics, and visit New York City. At the conclusion of their trip, the cadets traveled to the top of the Empire State Building to learn about the building's construction and enjoy one of the best views of the city.

Cadets Visit the White House

Cadets Visit the White HouseIn addition to meeting the President, cadets in Dr. Richard Yon’s American Presidency course met several prominent White House and media figures during their trip to our nation's capital. Such as; Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, FoxNews White House Correspondent John Roberts, CNN White House Correspondent Jim Acosta, Senior Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway, and The White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham.

Mountaineering Club at the Shawangunk Ridge

Mountaineering Club at the Shawangunk RidgeThe Mountaineering Club experienced surprisingly excellent weather this late in the season at the Shawangunk Ridge. The rock was a little chilly, but the sun was shining and there was no cold breeze to be found.

There was a smaller group of climbers on this trip section with 3 ORs. This was a perfect day to get comfortable working on harder outdoor routes for the team. Cadets Justin Budan '21, Maxwell Buchanan '21, Hope Matthews '23, Shane Hickman '23, and Deanna Edgar '20 worked to hit some pretty tough outdoor top rope climbs.

Exchange cadets, Justin Budan '21 and Maxwell Buchanan '21, hit some good lead climbs as well. Deanna Edgar, representing the Firstie class, found her favorite climb in the "gunks" thanks to Mr. Moffat.

Catholic Choir Travels to the Parish of St. Raphael

Catholic Choir Travels to the Parish of St. RaphaelThe Catholic Choir led by Cadet Miriam Smith ‘21 traveled to the parish of St. Raphael in Livingston, NJ. This was the 26th time that the choir has traveled to this local area. The trip was a great developmental experience for cadets and a tremendous success for West Point's outreach program in the Tri-State area.

All the Cadets were housed with families of the host parish in the local area. The Catholic Choir sang the musical liturgy during two Masses on Sunday for the total congregation of about 1,000 parishioners. In conjunction with the trip, the parish hosted a visit from Bishop Marconi, a retired Bishop in the Diocese of Newark.

Now in its third decade, the relationship between the Catholic Choir and this community has fostered enormous good will, a steady stream of potential admissions candidates, and a number of USMA graduates who are still serving our nation.

Jazz Forum Enjoys the Mingus Big Band

Jazz Forum Enjoys the Mingus Big BandThe West Point Jazz Forum took their annual Fall Semester trip to watch the Mingus Big Band perform live at the Jazz Standard in New York City. Cadets got the chance to hear an impressive set and interact with members of the band following the performance--including Alex Foster (saxophonist) from the Saturday Night Live Band.

Ethics and Debate at the NE Regional Ethics Bowl

Ethics and Debate at the NE Regional Ethics BowlThe Department of English and Philosophy Ethics and Debate Club competed in the 2019 North East Regional Ethics Bowl at Salisbury University in Maryland. Two USMA teams competed, making it to the quarterfinals before they had to face off against each other. Eventually, Team A made it to the semi-finals and put up an excellent debate against the University of Rochester. They did lose the round, but by being one of the final four teams remaining, they qualified for the National Competition in the Spring.

The two teams:
CDT Elijah Brown '21 (CIC)
West Point Team A - CDT Manley James '21, CDT AnnMarie Moolenar '21, CDT Trevor Powers '21, CDT Viviana Gonzalez '20, CDT Scott Nieboer '20

West Point Team B - CDT Trenton Bond '23, CDT Patrick Elter '23, CDT Averi Fetrow '22, CDT Nathan Frederickson '21

CDT Shriver '22 and LTC's Barnhill & Posner Brief the Secretary of the Army

CDT Shriver '22 and LTC's Barnhill & Posner Brief the Secretary of the ArmyLTC Barnhill (Life Science Program Director), CDT Shriver (Life Science class 2022), and LTC Posner (Director, Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship, Keller Army Community Hospital) briefed the Secretary of the Army, Ryan McCarthy, about their collaborative bioprinting program. The program is developing a training pipeline for bioprinting technologies, conducting research to develop bioprinted meniscus, and demonstrating bioprinting in deployed austere settings. Secretary McCarthy was impressed by the work and encouraged the team to continue pushing forward and reach out to Army partners to deliver the benefits of this research to our soldiers.

CDT Lindy Mooradian Named Marshall Scholar

CDT Lindy Mooradian Named Marshall ScholarCongratulations to West Point’s newest Marshall Scholar CDT Lindy Mooradian. Hailing from Hanover, PA, CDT Mooradian is a Mechanical Engineering major with biomechanical and pre-medical tracks. She has published blood rheology research and completed a research internship with the Department of Biomechanics at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

Over the next two years, Lindy will pursue an MPhil in Biotechnology at the University of Cambridge and an MSc in Science and Technology in Society at the University of Edinburgh. Branching Military Intelligence, she hopes to address biosecurity and biowarfare threats to address the rapidly advancing field of biotechnology.

A Google Cloud NCAA Division I Track Academic All-American, Lindy spends much of her time outside the classroom leading the Women’s Track and Field team as a Team Captain and serving as the Brigade Academic Officer.

Jeff Monken Press Conference Quotes: Navy

Jeff Monken Press Conference Quotes: NavyArmy West Point football head coach Jeff Monken met with members of the local media on Tuesday afternoon for his weekly press conference inside Nowak Auditorium.

The Black Knights will take on Navy on Saturday at 3 p.m. in the 120th Army-Navy Game presented by USAA. The contest will be aired on CBS.

(Ref.: Opening Statement)
"Excited to be here. It's the biggest game of the year and what I think is the greatest rivalry in sports. It is a game like no other. I can't even describe the intensity and the feelings that come with this game and that certainly extends beyond our locker room. I know that the Corps of Cadets and people out there in the Army are getting excited about this game. It is going to be a tremendous challenge. We are facing a terrific football team. They are a well-coached team. It is amazing that these games continue to be incredible battles regardless of what the situations are with either team. Just look at the last five years that I have been a part of this game, every one of them has been a one score game. Hopefully in this game we will be able to keep it in a position where in the fourth quarter we'll have a chance to win the game as we did last year."

(Ref.: On how important it would be for the senior class to win all four games against Navy)
"I think it would be a tremendous source of pride for our senior class to be able to do that. As I said, it's going to be a great challenge. The team that were facing is an outstanding team coached by Kenny (Niumatalolo) and the staff. So none of what we've done in the past will have anything to do with this Saturday. Each of them is a game all to themselves and the 2019 Army team is going to have to try to beat the 2019 Navy team and that's all there is to it. This game is just going to be a battle by itself so I hope we can find a way to get it done. Read more.

Men's Handball Takes 3rd at the Toronto Cup

Men's Handball Takes 3rd at the Toronto CupThe Army West Point Men's Handball Black Team ventured up to Ontario, Canada for the 2019 Toronto Cup. This gave the men's team the opportunity to play against more skilled players than they normally do. The team finished the weekend in third place.

McGraw Receives All-Region Accolades

McGraw Receives All-Region AccoladesFirstie defender Zac McGraw of the Army West Point Men's Soccer team was named United Soccer Coaches Association (USCA) Third Team All-Northeast Region on Tuesday morning.

A four-year defensive standout player, McGraw picked up his third career all-region honor from the USCA. The Torrance, Calif., native started in all 16 matches for the Black Knights during his senior campaign and tallied one assist.

The four-time All-Patriot League defender captained the backline for Army and his lone helper came on the game-winning score against Seton Hall on Oct. 29. His efforts also helped the Black Knights post three shutouts during the 2019 season.

Kirk, Mikoud Receive League Weekly Honors

Kirk, Mikoud Receive League Weekly HonorsFollowing their performances in the season opening Crowell Open, cow Geoff Kirk and yearling Emily Mikoud have been named Patriot League Field Athletes of the Week for their respective sports.

Kirk made Army history in the meet, posting the first 18 meter shot put throw in program history. The Avon, Conn., native broke his own Academy record of 17.94 meters from a season ago. The mark tops the Patriot League charts by over a meter and is ninth in the NCAA.

Mikoud picked up right where she left off after her award winning plebe year, winning both the shot put (14.50m) and the weight throw (17.56m). She posted the top mark in the Patriot League in both events and topped her 2019 Patriot League Championship distances in both events.

The two will be back in action when Army hosts the West Point Open on Jan. 9 at Gillis Field House. Read more.

Firriolo Named Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week

Firriolo Named Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the WeekAnthony Firriolo of the Army West Point Hockey team was named the Atlantic Hockey Association Rookie of the Week, announced by the league on Tuesday.

Firriolo had a breakout weekend scoring his first career goal in Friday's 4-3 victory over Bentley. The plebe defender followed up that performance with a career-high two points on Saturday thanks to a power play goal and a helper.

The Montville, N.J., native scored on both of his shots over the weekend and added a block.

The Black Knights wrap up the first half of the season this weekend on the road at Robert Morris. Saturday's game will begin at 5 p.m., while Sunday's contest is at 1 p.m.

Gymnastics Ranked 12th In CGA Preseason Coaches Poll

Gymnastics Ranked 12th In CGA Preseason Coaches PollAfter qualifying for the NCAA Championships in 2019, Head Coach Dr. Doug Van Everen and the Army West Point Gymnastics team will enter the 2020 campaign with heightened expectations, being ranked 12th in the College Gymnastics Association Preseason Coaches Poll.

Stanford, the defending National Champions, received the top ranking with 17 first place votes. No. 2 Oklahoma received two votes for the top spot and No. 3 Michigan received a nod as well. Big Ten Conference members Illinois and Nebraska rounded out the top five.

The full rankings can be found here.

The Black Knights return 17 members from their 2019 squad including yearling Mathew Davis, who advanced to the NCAA Championship finals as an all-around competitor.

The Cadets will roster a six man senior class and welcome seven freshman to the 2020 unit.

Army will begin competition on January 10 with the first round of the 29th annual West Point Open.

Army West Point Boxing in NYC & Philly

The Army West Point Boxing team traveled to New York City to box at the New York Athletic Club. The team went 2-2 with Cadet Eba Obiomon and AJ Farrow-Maynie earning wins.

They previously traveled out to Pittsburgh, PA to box in the Pittsburgh Invitational. The team competed against collegiate boxers from Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. The team went 5-6 with a few losses by split decision.

Cadet Holiday Party with DJ Santana

Cadet Holiday Party with DJ SantanaThe First-Class Club held its Holiday Party with DJ Santana on December 5. The attire for this occasion ranged from robes, Santa hats and festive sweaters for the Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest. The Cadets also had the pleasure of meeting Vincent Speranza, a WWII 101st Airborne Veteran. As they enjoyed music, drinks and dancing, the highlight of the night was when Cadets joined Speranza with pride in singing Blood Upon the Risers.

West Point Leadership Center Hosted Harvey Johnson

West Point Leadership Center Hosted Harvey JohnsonThe West Point Leadership Center’s Class of 1983 Distinguished Leader Series (‘83 DLS) hosted Harvey Johnson, former vice Admiral United States Coast Guard and current Vice President, American Red Cross. During the visit, Mr. Johnson contributed to a Military Leadership class and led a thoughtful discussion with a group of 16 cadets and faculty from the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership on a variety of leadership topics. Reflecting on his 35+ years of service in the U.S. Coast Guard, Mr. Johnson shared many lessons in relationships, conflict management, authenticity, and empathy.

Game Notes: Army vs. Navy

Game Notes: Army vs. NavyThe Black Knights and Midshipmen face off in the 120th Army-Navy Game, presented by USAA, on December 14 at 3 p.m.

The contest will air live on CBS with Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson and Jamie Erdahl on the call. The game can also be heard on the Army Sports Network through the TuneInapp or goarmywestpoint.com, as well as national radio on Westwood One.

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The Black Knights face the Midshipmen in the 120th Army-Navy Game, presented by USAA, on December 14. America's Game is slated for 3 p.m. and Army will be looking for its fourth consecutive win over its archrival. The contest will air live on CBS with Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson and Jamie Erdahl on the call. The game can also be heard on the Army Sports Network through the TuneIn app or goarmywestpoint.com, and Westwood One national radio will carry the game as well.

Since the start of the 2016 season, Army is averaging a nation's best 331.8 yards per game on the ground. Army West Point is averaging 311.7 rushing yards per game (2nd nationally) in 2019 and has 3,740 net rushing yards total (2nd). The Blacks Knights own the best third down conversion rate dating back to the 2010 season, converting 809-of-1,697 third downs (47.7 percent). Read more.

Cadets Destress with Animals

Cadets Destress with AnimalsRecently there was a morale booster for the Corps of Cadets. When the animals arrived, a crowd of people surrounded the truck before they could get the animals out of their cages. Cadets that were walking towards rushed to help the man who brought the animals and carried them over to the plain. Once the animals were picked up by the cadets, they were never put down again for the rest of the evening until the animals had to leave.

The variety of farm animals was startling to many cadets which made the event even more intriguing. Some cadets had never seen pigs or baby goats before, and this event was extremely fascinating to them. Cadets enjoyed their evening and destress by petting and playing with these animals. The animals were very friendly and had different personalities that entertained cadets.

Brown Named Patriot League Rookie of the Week

Brown Named Patriot League Rookie of the WeekHope Brown of the Army West Point Women's Basketball team was tabbed the Patriot League Rookie of the Week, the league office announced Monday afternoon. This marks the fourth consecutive week that an Army cadet-athlete was named the league's top rookie.

Brown registered a game-high 20 points in last Wednesday's win over LIU at Christl Arena. The Phillipsburg, N.J., native was 3-of-5 from deep range and was 7-of-9 at the charity stripe. Her 20 points surpassed her previous high of eight. She also corralled eight rebounds, a new career high.

This marks the first time for Brown earning the honor. Sabria Hunter (November 18 & December 2) and Kamryn Hall (November 25) are the other two members of the team to be named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week this season.

Army resumes action on Monday, December 9 when it takes on St. John's in Queens, N.Y. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

Army at the Philadelphia Marathon

Army at the Philadelphia MarathonThe Army West Point Marathon Team raced in the Philadelphia Marathon. Founded in 1954, the race is one of the nation’s largest running events with over 30,000 runners and 60,000 spectators. The race day offered challenging conditions with cold temperatures and rain.

The team showed their collective depth by having all fifteen runners qualify for the Boston Marathon at the race. The fastest male was Cadet Zachary Gould '23, with a time of 2:43. The fastest female was Cadet Sara Scales '21, with a time of 2:59. The team was grateful for all the support from their family members who traveled long distances to come to cheer on the sidelines.

Hebrew Clubs from 12 Schools Meet at West Point

Hebrew Clubs from 12 Schools Meet at West PointLast month over 68 Jewish Cadets and Midshipmen from 12 different schools including West Point, the Naval Academy, the Air Force Academy, Texas A&M, Coast Guard Academy, Merchant Marine Academy, VMI, Norwich, and a variety of other ROTC detachments came together at West Point.

The first day’s activities included participants enjoying meals in the Cadet Mess Hall, staying overnight in the Cadet barracks, a tour of USMA, class breakout sessions, a Lay Leader panel discussion, a guest speaker session with USMA Dean, BG Cindy Jebb.

Saturday consisted of sharing in all the festivities of a football Saturday which included a group breakfast at the Jewish Chapel, attending the parade, going to the tailgate sponsored by Scott Lichtenberg, and experiencing an Army football game. The group then traveled to New York City for camaraderie and team building.

The weekend concluded with a Sunday morning brunch held at the Fort Hamilton Club where participants enjoyed one last opportunity to spend time as a group together.

Congratulations to West Point's Newest Schwarzman Scholars

Congratulations to West Point's Newest Schwarzman ScholarsCongratulations to West Point's newest Schwarzman Scholars USMA Class of 2020 Cadets Deanna Edgar, Sam Reichenthal and Haley Watson. Deanna studies Defense and Strategic Studies, Sam studies Mechanical Engineering, and Haley studies American Politics. Next year they will join the Schwarzman College Class of 2021 at Tsinghua University in China, where they will pursue a master's degree in Global Affairs.

Visit their website to learn more about the class of 2021 https://www.schwarzmanscholars.org/scholars/2021

Wrestling Takes Top Honors at Patriot Open

Wrestling Takes Top Honors at Patriot OpenThe Army West Point Wrestling team returned to competition Saturday at the Patriot Open hosted by George Mason University. The Black Knights earned five individual titles on their way to the top overall team point total.

"I felt like we performed well," said head coach Kevin Ward. "I was especially proud to see the number of individuals we put into the finals. Sahm [Abdulrazzaq]  and [Markus] Hartman both winning their first collegiate tournaments is a big thing for those guys."

10 Cadets made it to respective finals matches on the day, with champions coming at 157 lbs. (Hartman), 165 lbs. (Cael McCormick), 184 lbs. (Abdulrazzaq), 197 lbs. (NC between Alex Hopkins and J.T. Brown), and 285 lbs. (Ben Sullivan).

Army finished the day with an astounding 297.5 total points among the 31 teams at the competition. Columbia was second with 98.5, and American rounded out the top three with 95.5 team points.

Hartman went 5-0 on the day, with a fall and two technical falls for his first collegiate tournament title.

McCormick earned his second tournament title of the season (Black Knight Invite) at 165 pounds. The firstie went 4-0 -- all decision victories throughout the day. Read more.

Kirk Posts Academy Record as T&F Opens Indoor Season

Kirk Posts Academy Record as T&F Opens Indoor SeasonThe Army West Point Track and Field team kicked-off its 2019-20 indoor campaign in their home facility on Saturday when they hosted the Crowell Open at Gilis Field House.

The Black Knights competed against athletes from several schools such as Manhattan, Vasser, Farleigh Dickinson, and Molloy College.

Headlining the performances was thrower Geoff Kirk, who broke his own Academy record with a shot put throw of 18.36 meters. It was a strong showing for several Cadets including firstie standout Calli McMullen, who claimed victory in each of her three events. Yearlings Justin Young and Emily Mikoud, who both earned Patriot League Rookie of the Meet honors in 2019, were victorious in their respective events.

The competition was the first of three home meets for the Black Knights during the indoor season. The team will return to action in the second of those meets when Army hosts the West Point Open to begin the new year on January 9. Read more.

Explosive Second Period Lifts Hockey over Bentley

Explosive Second Period Lifts Hockey over BentleyThanks to three goals in the second period, the Army West Point Hockey team defeated Bentley 4-3 on home ice Friday night.

The Black Knights improve to 11-4-0 overall and 9-4-0 in Atlantic Hockey after their fourth win in a row.

Daniel Haider had a career night with three points on a goal and three assists. Anthony Firriolo netted his first-career goal in the effort and John Keranen produced a pair of assists.

Army charged ahead 11 minutes into the action with a goal by Haider from the doorstep. Bentley tied the game with 1:26 to go in the opening period, but the lead would not last for long. The Black Knights exploded in the second period with three tallies by three different goal scorers. Read more.

Skeet & Trap Team at the Veteran's Day Classic

The West Point Skeet & Trap Team participated in the annual "Veteran's Day Classic" sporting clays tournament at Ten Mile River Preserve in Dover Plains, NY last month. The tournament, which followed a "pro-am" format that paired cadets with civilian participants from across the Hudson Valley, was a terrific way for the team to represent the Academy and the Army. Top shooters on the challenging course included Cadets Joseph Kemp and Christopher Kubitz (tied for first place with 87 targets) and Cadet Frances McConnell (86 targets).

Triathlon Age Group Draft Legal National Championships

Triathlon Age Group Draft Legal National ChampionshipsThe Army West Point Triathlon team traveled to Tempe, AZ to compete in the USA Triathlon Age Group Draft Legal National Championships. The team had excellent results with Cadet Hannah White '20 finishing 3rd and Cadet Rylie Fry '22 finishing 5th in the women's 18-24-year-old division. Cadets Thatcher Shepard '20 and Thomas Batt '22 finished 5th and 6th in the men's 18-24-year-old division. Hannah was 8th overall for all women in the nation. This was the final competition for the fall as the team shifts focus to the USAT Collegiate Nationals in the spring.

Army-Navy Uniform to Honor the Soldiers of the 1st Cavalry Division

Army-Navy Uniform to Honor the Soldiers of the 1st Cavalry DivisionThe 2019 Army-Navy Uniform tells the story of the soldiers of the 1st Cavalry Division and the birth of airmobility during the Vietnam War. The division is unique in that throughout its existence, the Division has served as a Cavalry Division, an Infantry Division, an Air Assault Division and an Armored Division. Get your 1st Cav Gear here, now!

We honor the past by re-telling the story of the “First Team!” A story of valor, courage, and sacrifice. Inspired, humbled, and motivated by the soldiers that came before us, we don their patches, adopt their mottos, and hold their deeds close to our hearts.

The Tactical Mobility Requirements Board, which became known as “Howze Board” after its chairmen Hamilton H. Howze (USMA 1930), was created at the direct request of Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara to review and test new concepts integrating helicopters into the United States Army in light of looming conflicts like Vietnam. What became known as airmobility within the United States Army was a direct result of the Howze Board's findings.

Howze’s connections to West Point are deeply rooted. He and his brother, Major General Robert Lee Howze Jr. (USMA 1925), were both born at West Point while their father was serving as the Commandant of Cadets in 1908. The Army Football team’s practice field is named in honor of their father, Major General Robert Lee Howze (USMA 1888). Hamilton and his father are buried next to each other at the West Point Cemetery. Read more.

Cadets Participate in Celebrations of Poland’s Independence Day

Cadets Participate in Celebrations of Poland’s Independence DayPolish Culture Forum cadets led by Bartek Grzybowski, '21, participated in celebrations of Poland's Independence Day and One Hundred Years of Polish-US Diplomatic Relations.

Cadets heard presentations on Poland's role in the European Union and NATO deployments to Afghanistan as well as Polish American joint military efforts to secure the peace among Poland's neighbors in Ukraine and the Baltic states.

Poland's Ambassador to the US, Piotr Wilczek, who invited West Point cadets to the event, announced that in recognition of Poland's contributions to Euro-Atlantic alliance security Poland has been added to the US Visa Waiver Program. It allows Polish citizens up to ninety-day no-visa visits to the US.

While at the Ambassador's residence, cadets sampled Polish food and hospitality. They interacted with US and Polish military and business leaders as well as members of several foreign diplomatic representations. Travel was funded by a gift from the Irene Bujnoski Trust.

Kozlowski Tabbed Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Month

Kozlowski Tabbed Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the MonthAfter posting a 7-2-0 record in November, Trevin Kozlowski of the Army West Point Hockey team was named the Atlantic Hockey Association's Goalie of the Month, announced by the league on Thursday.

Kozlowski was the team's backbone throughout November helping the team earn 21 points towards the Atlantic Hockey standings with six wins coming on the road. He recorded a .928 save percentage and a 1.79 goals against average and led the league in wins.

The Los Angeles, Calif., native allowed just three power play scores in the stretch and notched six performances with at least 20 saves.

Kozlowski and the Black Knights have five games in December beginning tonight and tomorrow at Tate Rink. Army hosts Bentley at 7 p.m. for both contests.

Men's Army Volleyball at NCAA Preseason Tournament

Men's Army Volleyball at NCAA Preseason TournamentArmy West Point Men's Volleyball traveled to Princeton University to participate in a NCAA preseason tournament. They were the only club team in attendance as every other team was a part of the NCAA (DI and D3). Cadets went into this tournament to be exposed to a higher level of volleyball, as well as to put their training this season to the test.

They defeated Ramapo 2-0, split with Vassar 1-1, fell to NJIT and Sacred Heart 0-2, the latter two teams being DI programs. This tournament helped with development, playing higher level teams. Army West Point Men's Volleyball is primed for the Spring Season and hungry to get back to in the gym for another shot at the National Championship next semester.

The Commandant's Reading List

The Commandant's Reading ListDon’t forget to head over to the Book Store to check out the Commandant’s reading list. This is an initiative to ensure West Point leaders are guiding soldiers to the best of their ability. The Commandant strongly believes reading is a way to learn from the past successfulness and failures of others, so that when faced with challenges soldiers are ready and prepared.

Men's Basketball Downs NJIT at Christl, 75-65

Men's Basketball Downs NJIT at Christl, 75-65Three Cadets scored in double-figures for the Army West Point Men's Basketball team as the Black Knights claimed a 75-65 home win against NJIT on Wednesday night at Christl Arena.

Tommy Funk was electric for the Black Knights (4-3), finishing with a season-best 23 points which included a 4-for-5 shooting performance from long range. The firstie point guard dictated the tempo from the start against the Highlanders (2-6) and dished out eight assists with just one turnover in over 36 minutes of action.

Matt Wilson turned in another solid performance, finishing one rebound shy of a double-double after putting up 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting to pair with nine boards. The Black Knights also got 14 points from Alex King as the third-year forward poured in 14 and reeled in five rebounds.

Off the bench, Josh Caldwell logged nine points on 3-of-4 shooting. His efforts were most notable on the defensive end though as the yearling tallied a season-high five steals and recorded a block. Read more.

Cadets Attend 79th Annual Scholarship Fund Dinner Dance

Cadets Attend 79th Annual Scholarship Fund Dinner DanceCPT Nathaniel Sheehan from the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering took nine Cadets from four different departments to the 79th Annual Scholarship Fund Dinner Dance sponsored by the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) – New York City Post.

The event was held in the Grand Hyatt across from Grand Central Station in New York City. SAME is dedicated to STEM initiatives and awarded 211 academic scholarships to students from 76 universities from across the country. One of the Cadets attending the event, Cadet Will Anderson, was awarded a $500 scholarship for his exemplary character, academic, military and physical performance as one of the top Cadets (ranked by CQPA) in Computer Sciences.

Guest speakers for the evening included MG Jeffrey L. Milhorn, USACE North Atlantic Division Commander; Rear Admiral Nathan Moore, Assistant Commandant for Engineering and Logistics of the U.S. Coast Guard; and Rear Admiral Edward Dieser, Chief Engineer of the United States Public Health Services; and other military and civilian leaders from academia, industry, and government agencies.

Women's Basketball Fights Off LIU's Comeback Bid

Women's Basketball Fights Off LIU's Comeback BidThe Army West Point Women's Basketball team warded off a late fourth quarter surge from LIU Wednesday evening, eventually defeating the Sharks, 67-60, in overtime.

For the second game in a row, Alisa Fallon stepped up and hit crucial late-game free throws. Trailing 56-54 in the final seconds, Fallon missed a layup, but she collected the rebound and drew a foul on the way back up with exactly three seconds remaining. Like she did against Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday, Fallon knocked down both of her free throws to force overtime.

In overtime Lindsey Scamman took over, registering six points to finish the evening with 17. Scamman was also huge on the glass throughout the contest, gathering a career-high 17 rebounds. Hope Brown collected a new career high with 20 points. The plebe was 3-of-5 from deep and was 7-of-9 at the charity stripe. Fallon also registered double-figures with 10 points. Read more.

Women’s Handball at the Houston Firehawks Club

Women’s Handball at the Houston Firehawks ClubWest Point Women’s Handball Black team trained with and competed against the Houston Firehawks Club team. The team travelled to Houston and spent Saturday training with the team and then played one game against them to wrap up the weekend.

The practice was led by the Houston Firehawks’ head coach which gave West Point Black the opportunity to learn some new drills to carry forth.

After the practice the two teams faced off and West Point Black came out victorious, 22-8! Yearling goalie, Tasia Stevens, just coming off a recent injury, played a fantastic game. The tournament provided Black with skills to work on.

This practice was key as Houston is another team West Point will face at Club Nationals in the Spring.

West Point Hosts Pianist Dr. Jeffrey Swann

West Point Hosts Pianist Dr. Jeffrey SwannWest Point had the distinct pleasure of hosting internationally renowned pianist Dr. Jeffrey Swann through the DFL Performing Arts Series. He performed Evocations du Coeur, on the 1898 Steinway, in Cullum Hall. His spectacular selections from Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt and Debussy demonstrated not only his remarkable technique but also his brilliant virtuosity. Dr. Swann totally enraptured his audience and cadets had an opportunity to experience a world-class performance.

Army-Navy Baseball to Play at Citizens Bank Park

Army-Navy Baseball to Play at Citizens Bank ParkArmy West Point Baseball, in conjunction with the Philadelphia Phillies, announced that Army and Navy will play a weekend series at Citizens Bank Park this spring.

There will be a single game played on Friday, April 10 at 7 p.m., followed by a doubleheader on Saturday, April 11 beginning at 1 p.m. Ticket information will be announced at a later date.

"It's an honor for the Phillies to host one of the most iconic rivalries in sports at Citizens Bank Park," said Phillies' President Andy MacPhail. "In addition to being able to support the city of Philadelphia's historic engagement with this rivalry, we look forward to welcoming both the Cadets and Midshipmen to our home as they take the field as part of this historic event."

"We are so excited to partner with the Philadelphia Phillies organization on this series," said Army West Point Director of Athletics Mike Buddie. "Our cadets will be treated like major league players and compete in an incredible ballpark while creating memories which will last for a lifetime."

This will be the first ever Army-Navy baseball series played in the city of Philadelphia. In addition to the Army-Navy football game, the city of Philadelphia also hosts the annual Army-Navy Cup in men's soccer.

Cassalia Picks up All-Region Recognition

Cassalia Picks up All-Region RecognitionFor the second year in a row, Sydney Cassalia was recognized nationally with a nod to the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division I Women's All-Region Team.

Cassalia had yet another stellar season in net for the Black Knights posting six shutouts, a 0.91 goals against average and 0.776 save percentage, while also notching an assist.

The junior goalkeeper led Army to a five-game unbeaten streak at the end of the year to boost the Black Knights from as low as seventh in the standings to the third seed. In league-only games, she posted three shutouts, a 0.846 save percentage and 0.63 goals against average.

She has recorded 22-career shutouts to rank tied for second all-time in Army's record books and tied for eighth in the Patriot League.

Cassalia was named the Patriot League Goalie of the Year and an Academic All-Patriot League Team member. Last season, the junior captain was named first team All-Region.

Army Boxing Keeping Busy

Army Boxing Keeping Busy

The Army West Point Boxing team recently conducted Friday Night Fights. Winners of their bouts were: Will Naumann, Grace Martin, Kyle Taylor, Evan Walker, Ruby Romsland, and Brian Draper. The team also competed in the Malden Invitational. They went 12-1. Hunter Dempster won the best bout of the evening and Manny Ahoua was awarded with the most outstanding boxer award.

The Boxing team took a trip to New York City to box at the Union League Club. The team went 2-6; losing some close decisions but getting in some great work in the ring. The following weekend they traveled out to Chester, PA to box in the Chester Invitational. The team went 7-8 with a lot of new boxers getting their first experience boxing against other opponents.

3rd Annual Veteran's Day USMA/PHWFF Celebration

3rd Annual Veteran's Day USMA/PHWFF CelebrationThe Cadet Fly Fishing Club linked up with Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) for the 3rd Annual Veteran's Day USMA/PHWFF Celebration on the Connetquot River on Long Island. Six cadets and two faculty enjoyed wonderful weather, fishing, and comradery. Veterans and others from PHWFF, Idle Hours Fishing Club, and Long Island Fly Rodders helped the cadets and shared stories with them. The cadets interacted with veterans helped by PHWFF and got to see how other clubs operate.

Weisgram '23 1st at SuperCross in Suffer, NY

Weisgram '23 1st at SuperCross in Suffer, NYThe Army Cycling Team raced in the SuperCross cyclocross event recently in Suffern, New York. The team represented West Point against both collegiate and professional riders, posting some spectacular finishes: Spencer Weisgram '23 won 1st place and took 3rd in his second race. Liz Huuki 20' represented the Army Team in the women's elite category racing against professional women's cross athletes and finished 3rd place for women under 23 Andrew Mergen 20' finished 8th.

Fallon, Hunter Earn Patriot League Weekly Awards

Fallon, Hunter Earn Patriot League Weekly AwardsThe Army West Point Women's Basketball team produced a sweep of the Patriot League's weekly awards. Alisa Fallon was tabbed the conference's player of the week, while Sabria Hunter was named the rookie of the week, the league announced Monday afternoon in a release.

This marks the third consecutive week that a member of the Black Knights earned the league's top freshman award.

Fallon registered a career-high 22 points in the Black Knights win over Fairleigh Dickinson. In the win she shot 7-of-13 from the field and was a perfect 7-of-7 from the free throw line. She came up with some clutch free throws down the line, connecting on pair which tied the contest both near the end of regulation and near the conclusion of the first overtime. Against TCU, Fallon registered her first career double-double, finishing with 13 points and 10 rebounds. She's now reached double-digit scoring in her last five contests.

Hunter corralled 15 rebounds and 11 points in the win over Fairleigh Dickinson to pick up her third double-double of the season. Of her 15 rebounds, eight came in the first quarter. Against TCU, she was tied for the team lead with 13 points, shooting 50 percent from the field (5-of-10) and was a perfect 3-of-3 from the line. This marks the second time this season that Hunter has earned the rookie of the week award. She was first awarded the distinction on November 18. Read more.

Hockey Closes November With Sweep of Canisius

Hockey Closes November With Sweep of CanisiusThe Army West Point Hockey team completed the Thanksgiving weekend sweep with a 3-2 win over Canisius at Key Bank Arena on Saturday.

For the second day in a row, the Black Knights had to withstand a comeback effort from the gritty Golden Griffins, and just like Friday night, Eric Butte closed the show with a game winning goal in the third period.

Four of the game's five goals were scored in a track meet of a second period, with Army netting the game's first two goals and Canisius scoring the next two.

The third period was scoreless through the first half of the frame before Butte was able to find an open space in the slot to send home the go-ahead goal with just under seven minutes remaining in the contest. Read more.

Hockey Receiving Votes in USCHO Coaches Poll

Hockey Receiving Votes in USCHO Coaches PollAfter a 3-0 week on the road, the Army West Point Hockey team has received national attention and received 17 votes in the USCHO.com Coaches Poll.

"I am really proud of how our team has been playing lately." Head Coach Brian Riley said. "It's nice to receive national recognition as a result, but we also understand that there is a lot of hockey left to be played this season. We will continue to work on getting better as a team each week."

The Black Knights had an outstanding week with a road victory over American International on Tuesday, 4-1, and then two wins at Canisius on Friday and Saturday.

Army has reached 10 wins this season thanks to a hot stretch in which the team has won six of its last seven matchups. The Cadets are currently tied for first in Atlantic Hockey standings as well with 24 points.

The Black Knights are currently second in the country for its power play with a .932 efficiency. Read more.

Women's Basketball Tops FDU in 2OT Thriller

Women's Basketball Tops FDU in 2OT ThrillerAlisa Fallon finished with a career-high 22 points, as the Army West Point Women's Basketball team edged Fairleigh Dickinson, 70-68, in double overtime. The win marks Dave Magarity's 250th as head coach of the program.

With 12 seconds left in the first overtime, Fairleigh Dickinson held the ball with the shot clock turned off and with a two-point advantage. However, the Black Knights forced an over-and-back on an inbound play to regain possession. Fallon proceeded to knock down a pair of clutch free throws to send the game to a second overtime. That sequence came after Fallon hit a pair of free throws with 41 seconds left in regulation, which proved to send the game to the first overtime.

Fallon finished the afternoon shooting 7-of-13 from the field and was a perfect 7-of-7 from the charity stripe. The plebe duo of Kamryn Hall and Sabria Hunter also reached double-figures with 15 and 11 points, respectively. Read more.

Men's Basketball Bests Marist in Overtime

Men's Basketball Best Marist in OvertimeThe Army West Point Men's Basketball team trailed Hudson Valley Region foe Marist by five with under 30 seconds remaining in regulation, but managed to rally and defeat the Red Foxes, 66-64, in overtime.

Marist's Braden Bell knocked down a trey with 31 seconds remaining in regulation to the give the Red Foxes the 62-57 advantage. Lonnie Grayson answered back almost immediately after, connecting on a 3-ball of his own to cut Marist's lead back to two. The Cadets then forced a jump ball on the ensuing inbound play to regain possession before Tommy Funk hit a layup with 11 seconds left to tie the game and send it to overtime.

The Black Knights had four members reach double-figures. Leading the way in the scoring effort was Matt Wilson, who finished with 16. Funk registered 14, while Tucker Blackwell (11) and Alex King (10) were the other two members to reach double-digits. Read more.


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