March 31, 2013

Somers, Army Defense Shuts Down Colgate

from press release

HAMILTON, N.Y. — Freshman goalkeeper Sam Somers made 13 saves and sophomore attackman John Glesener tallied five goals as the Army lacrosse team picked up a dominating 10-4 win at Colgate on a windy Easter Sunday at Andy Kerr Stadium. The Black Knights clicked on all cylinders en route to their second Patriot League win of the season.

Somers turned in one if his best performances of the season, making four saves in the fourth quarter to help preserve the win. Glesener registered his fourth-straight hat trick and led all players with six points to include a career-high five goals. Senior tri-captain Andrew Boyd added two goals, while Pat Brennan, Garrett Thul and Al DeStefano added a single goal each.

Anchored by Somers' standout effort, the Army (6-3, 2-1 Patriot League) defense held Colgate (7-3, 2-1) to its second-lowest scoring output of the season and ended reigning Tewaaraton Award winner Peter Baum's 54-game point scoring streak. Senior close defenseman Brendan Buckley marked Baum all afternoon, while junior John Burk surrendered just one goal to Colgate's second-leading scorer Ryan Walsh. Somers and freshman face-off specialist Alex Daly paced the Black Knights with five ground balls. Daly went 10-of-17 in the "x" on the afternoon.

The Black Knights took control from the opening face-off, scoring the first five goals of the game and holding the Raiders scoreless over the opening 26 minutes. Colgate got on the board with 3:56 remaining in the second quarter, but the Black Knights never gave up momentum in the statement victory. Army out-shot Colgate 37-29 and won the ground ball battle 30-24.

"This was our most complete effort to date," said eighth-year head coach Joe Alberici. "To come on the road against an outstanding Colgate team and play as well as we did top to bottom is a great feeling. I was very pleased with how we handled ourselves in the middle of the field, particularly on face-offs and our clearing game in the first half especially.

"That was also our best offensive performance this season," he continued. "We really used time of possession to our advantage and worked for quality shots. In addition to playing well in the six-on-six game, our transition was outstanding. Defensively, Sam (Somers) put together a tremendous effort, but I also thought our defense did a great job protecting him. He was really able to see some of those shots and made the stops when we needed them. Overall, it was just a great team victory."

Army came out of the gate clicking on all cylinders, not allowing Colgate into its offensive zone over the first three minutes and taking a 2-0 lead in the process. Daly won the opening two face-offs, which helped the Black Knights maintain possession and get a jump on the home Raiders. Glesener bounced a shot off the pipe and in for the first goal of the game at 14:42.

The Black Knights later thwarted Colgate's first offensive possession with a speedy transition goal as DeStefano, a sophomore defensive middie, netted his first career goal at 10:25. Sophomore long stick midfielder Jimbo D'Aprile earned the assist.

After over seven minutes of scoreless lacrosse, the Black Knights pushed their lead to 3-0 as senior tri-captain Andrew Boyd's rebound shot got past Colgate goalkeeper Conor Murphy at 3:07. The 3-0 score stood at the end of the first quarter.

The Black Knights played man-down to start the second quarter due to a two-minute penalty with 30 seconds remaining in the first frame. Army successfully killed Colgate's first EMO of the day and got back to work.

Army pushed its lead to 5-0 with back-to-back goals over the first eight minutes of the second. Thul's first score of the game came on a 15-yard rip at 10:21 before Glesener notched his second on a 20-yard laser with 7:29 to play before the half.

After holding Colgate's potent offense scoreless for the first 26:04 of the game, the Black Knights surrendered their first goal at 3:56 as the Raiders pulled within 5-1. That score stood at halftime, as Somers saved a last-second shot from Baum.

Army cashed in on a long possession early in the third quarter as Brennan reeled in a Glesener pass to make it 6-1 with 11:07 on the clock. Nearly seven minutes of scoreless play ensued before the Black Knights broke the silence with their seventh score of the game at the 3:32 mark. Freshman Tim Coll hit Boyd close range for his second goal of the day. The Raiders retaliated right away with their second goal on the next possession to pull within 7-2 with 2:29 to play. Glesener went on to complete the hat trick with his third goal at 1:25 as Army held an 8-2 lead after 45 minutes.

Somers made three huge saves over the opening four minutes of the fourth quarter, while the Black Knights continued to burn clock with long possessions on the offensive end. Each team tallied two fourth-quarter goals, but the damage was already done for Colgate, which ended a four-game win streak. Glesener accounted for both Army goals, including the game's lone EMO tally with 6:09 on the clock.

Army returns to Michie Stadium in search of its fourth home win of the season when the Black Knights host No. 7/6 Bucknell for a Patriot League showdown on Saturday, April 6, at noon. Tickets are available by visiting www.goARMYsports.com, by calling 1-877-TIX-ARMY or by visiting the Army Ticket Office at Gate 3 of Michie Stadium.

Game Notes: Senior Kip Haddock led the team onto the field carrying the American flag ... freshman Austin Schultz made his first career start at close defense ... junior middie Tyler Kamide and freshman attackman Will Mazzone remained in the starting lineup for the second game in a row ... Army's game at Navy on April 13 and also a home date with Johns Hopkins on May 3 will also be shown live on CBS Sports Network ... Dave Ryan (play-by-play) and Evan Washburn (color analyst) had the call ... Army ended a three-game losing streak against Colgate.


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