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Men’s Basketball Takes 2OT Thriller From Navy

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ANNAPOLIS, MD - Kyle Wilson's three-pointer at the end of regulation sent the game to overtime and Kevin Ferguson's putback with 0.7 seconds left in the second overtime gave the Army West Point Men's Basketball team an 80-78 victory over Navy on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Hall. Army won its fourth straight game and improved to 17-11 on the year, including an 8-8 mark in Patriot League play, while Navy dropped to 18-11 and 9-7 in the conference.

Kevin Ferguson registered his sixth consecutive double-double with 22 points and a career-high 19 rebounds to lead the Black Knights. Tanner Plomb scored a game-high 24 and Wilson scored 11 in the win. Dylan Cox handed out a game-high eight assists. Trailing by 13 with 8:36 to play, Army used an 11-2 run to cut the Navy lead to 49-45. Plomb buried a deep three to pull the Black Knights within 10 points and sparked the run that made it a four-point game with five minutes to go. Jordan Fox scored five points and Plomb capped the run with his fourth three. Read More

Men's Lacrosse Cruises Past VMI

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WEST POINT, NY - The Army men's lacrosse team scored the first 10 goals of the game against VMI and cruised to a 22-3 win on Sunday afternoon at Michie Stadium. The Black Knights (2-1) were led by Connor Cook, Cole Johnson and Nate Jones. The attack trio had four goals each, while Johnson topped all scorers with five points. Overall, Army had 13 different goal scorers. Nick Santorelli and Matthew Donovan tied for the team lead with three assists. Click here to watch the video.

AJ Barretto got the start and made nine saves in the first half. All the goalies saw time in the game as Matt Isnardi made three saves, Matt Koziol contributed one stop and Jackson Tamasitis pushed aside two shots. Paul Newbold also got in for the Black Knights. VMI (0-2) got goals from Cody Sheetz, Dan Bull and Dale Mattice. Joe Riccadonna earned the start and made 12 saves in three quarters, while Logan Moore stopped three shots in one quarter of action. Army opened the game with 10-straight goals. Read More

Softball Extends Winning Streak, Tops Utah Valley

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CATHEDRAL CITY, CA - Fueled by its wins over Arkansas and Loyola Marymount, the Army West Point softball team recorded its third straight victory at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic. The Black Knights defeated Utah Valley 10-6 to close out the weekend with a 3-1 record at the tournament. Utah Valley (2-6) jumped out to a 4-2 lead in the first inning over the Black Knights (4-6). The Wolverines had four runs on three hits at the top of the first to take a 4-0 lead. Then in the home half of the inning, Army was able to gain runs off an RBI single from Caroline Smith and when Kristen McPeek advanced on a throwing error.

The Black Knights denied the Wolverines from scoring in the next two innings. Alee Rashenskas scored for Army scored at the bottom of the third when Gladys Esparza-Gallegos had a one-run RBI to make the score 4-3 in favor of Utah Valley. At the top of the fourth, the Wolverines extended their lead to 6-3 over the Cadets with two sacrifice hits. The Black Knights were able to score two of their own in the home half of the inning to keep the game within one at 6-5. Read More

Ferguson Collects Player of the Week Honors

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WEST POINT, NY - Army West Point men's basketball senior center Kevin Ferguson has been honored with a number of awards after leading the Black Knights to wins over Navy and Holy Cross this past week. Ferguson claimed the Patriot League Men's Basketball Player of the Week award, the Army Athletic Association Co-Athlete of the Week award and was named the American Sports Network men's basketball player of the week.

Ferguson started the week with a career-high 25 points on a 12-of-16 shooting performance and pulled down 13 rebounds in a 72-68 victory against Holy Cross on Wednesday, before totaling 22 points and a career-best 19 rebounds in an 80-78 double-overtime victory at Navy. One of Ferguson's seven offensive boards came before he scored on a putback with 0.7 seconds left to lift the Black Knights to the win. For the week, Ferguson made 20-of-30 shots (66.7%) and averaged 23.5 points and 16.0 rebounds per contest. Ferguson has 14 double-doubles and 18 double-digit rebounding games in his career, and also has four straight and eight-career outings of 20 points or more. He now has six double-doubles in a row as Army has gone 5-1 since he returned to the starting lineup on February 3 at Lafayette. Read More

Polhamus Named Patriot League Rookie of the Week

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Army West Point women's lacrosse freshman Nikki Polhamus was selected as Patriot League Rookie of the Week, the league announced February 22. The honor marks the first of Polhamus' collegiate career. Polhamus scored five goals and finished with six points during Army's 8-7 victory over Central Connecticut State on Feb. 20. The win was the program's first at the varsity level.

A native of Granger, Ind., Polhamus converted all three of her free-position shots to help the Black Knights command a 7-2 advantage at halftime before closing out the one-goal victory. She also assisted on a marker from junior Erin Jollota late in the opening half. Polhamus leads Army with seven goals and eight points this season, while her four goals off free-position shots are also a team high. Read More

Triathlon Place First Overall at Triathlon Conference

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The Army West Point Triathlon Team competed in the Northeast Collegiate Triathlon Conference swim meet at Bentley University over the weekend. Both the men and women teams placed first overall. Cadet Madison Jones came in first place in both the 500-yard freestyle and the 200-yard individual medley. Cadets Taylor RodenHuis and Meghan Jarrell won the 100-yard freestyle for their respective genders and placed in the top three for each event they participated in while Cadet Anna DeVries took the 50 yard freestyle with a comfortable margin of victory. Army also took the top three places in the 200 yard medley relay and the top two places in each of the non-standard kicking and “Tarzan” style relay events. Story

Mortell Garners Second AAA Athlete of the Week Nod

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WEST POINT, NY - Army West Point women's distance swimmer Sabrina Mortell has earned AAA Athlete of the Week honors for the second time this season after a stellar performance at the Patriot League Swimming and Diving Championships last week. The sophomore shares the honor with men's basketball's Kevin Ferguson. The Mechanicsburg, PA, native broke two individual Academy records and was part of one relay Academy record. Mortell was Army's top competitor and earned the most points for the Black Knights with 40. Click here to watch the video.

Mortell was the only cadet to win an event at the league meet. She won the 1650 free when she touched the wall in 16:36.22 to set a new Academy standard. In the 500 free, Mortell placed third and clocked an Academy record time of 4:49.45. The sophomore was a part of the 800 free relay team alongside Shannon Rogers, Monica Sowinski and Jess Burkett that recorded a time of 7:24.78 to capture the Academy record. Read More

Men’s Basketball Wins Fifth Straight Game

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BOSTON, MA - Senior Kevin Ferguson's seventh consecutive double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds led the Army West Point men's basketball team to an 80-71 victory over Boston University on Tuesday evening at Case Gym. Army won its fifth game in a row and secured its program-record 11th road victory of the 2015-16 season. The Black Knights improved to 18-11 overall, including a 9-8 mark in Patriot League play, and will finish the regular season in the top six of the Patriot League standings. Senior Tanner Plomb also recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while classmate Kyle Wilson scored 15 and sophomore Luke Morrison added 11 points in the win. Senior point guard Dylan Cox had eight points, eight rebounds and five assists in the triumph. Read More

Szekely, McCredie Headline All-Patriot League Honors

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CENTER VALLEY, PA - After a second-place finish at the Patriot League Championships last weekend, the Army West Point men's swimming and diving team had seven Black Knights earn All-Patriot League recognition announced by the league Wednesday. Chris Szekely and Brandon McCredie garnered first team accolades, and Josh Sembrano, Tom Ottman, Sean Regan, Matt McPheters and Jason Rodriguez were named to the second team.

"We are very proud of our athletes who earned a spot on the All-League team," said head coach Mickey Wender. "This is especially rewarding since Chris and Brandon were event winners at the meet. Chris capped off a great college career and we are excited to see him swim at Olympic trials. He taught Brandon a lot as one of his training partners and we are eager to see where Brandon's career will go." Szekely and McCredie both led Army in individual points earned at the championship meet with 40. Read More

Seniors Shine in Win Over Boston University

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WEST POINT, NY - The Army West Point women's basketball team earned its 14th straight win with a 72-38 victory over Boston University during Senior Night on Wednesday evening at Christl Arena. Army extends its program record winning streak and improves to 24-2 overall and 15-1 in the Patriot League. The Black Knights' 15 league wins are the most in program history. Boston University slips to 3-24 and 3-13 after the setback. Senior Kelsey Minato finished the night with a game-high 30 points on 11-of-18 shooting and 6-of-10 three-point shooting, while adding seven rebounds and three assists. Click here to watch the video.

Classmate Aimee Oertner finished in double figures for the seventh straight game, with 14 points to go along with seven boards, six blocks and three assists. Senior Jean Parker tallied nine points, making, 3-of-5 from deep, and sophomore Janae McNeal registered seven points to lead an Army bench that outscored its counterpart, 15-8. Senior Brianna Johnson totaled career highs of nine rebounds and six assists. Minato, who became the first active player in team history to have her jersey retired following the game, raised her career scoring total to 2,422 points and moves within 41 points of passing 2003 Bucknell graduate Molly Creamer's Patriot League record of 2,462. Read More

McCravey Named Candidate for Senior CLASS Award

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OVERLAND PARK, KS - Senior infielder Kasey McCravey was chosen as one of 30 candidates named for the 2016 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate softball. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. McCravey, the second-year captain, leads the Army softball team as the lone senior in 2016. She was named the Patriot League's Defensive Player of the Year in 2015 for the second-straight season and notched her second NFCA All-Region First-Team accolade. She was also an All-Patriot League selection for the third time in her career last spring. Read More

Johnston’s Late Goal Leads Women’s Lacrosse to Win

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WEST POINT, NY - Sophomore Amy Johnston scored the deciding goal with four seconds left to send the Army West Point women's lacrosse team to a dramatic 10-9 victory over LIU Brooklyn on Thursday afternoon at Michie Stadium. Johnston won a draw with 13 seconds remaining in the second half before finding the back of the net nine seconds later to give Army its second straight win and improve the Black Knights to 2-1. LIU Brooklyn slips to 0-2 after the defeat. Click here to watch the video.

"We were really fortunate the ball was in Amy's hands," said head coach Kristen Waagbo. "She made a great decision to push it down the field herself and finish on the shot." Johnston tallied three goals and a game-high four assists, while also leading all players with eight draw controls. Sophomore Rachel Hornick netted four goals and freshman Manuela Cortes scored twice and added three ground balls. Read More

Feature Friday: The Plunkett Brothers

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Like many teams and organizations at West Point, the Army golf team is a brotherhood. When you are part of a passionate group with only nine athletes and a team that travels around the country for various events, you are bound to develop a special bond with those around you. On the Army golf team, the bond existed between biological brothers in Marcus Plunkett and Matt Plunkett long before their arrival at West Point. The two always knew that they would play alongside each other in college, but the where was the issue.

The uncertainty was short-lived however, as Brian Watts, the head coach of the Army golf team, expressed his interest during Marcus' senior year at a tournament down in their home state of Florida. "I first met Marcus and their father in Florida at a junior golf tournament," said Watts. "Marcus was part of the second recruiting class since I became the coach, so when I was on the road I was recruiting everyone unless they were committed to another school. He didn't play very well and I actually told him his game was going to have to improve if I was going to continue recruiting him. Read More

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Oertner Helps Guide Women’s Basketball Past Lehigh

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BETHLEHEM, PA - The Army West Point women's basketball team picked up its 15th straight win and matched a program record with 25 victories after defeating Lehigh, 69-49, on Saturday night at Stabler Arena. Army improves to 25-2 overall and 16-1 in the Patriot League, while Lehigh drops to 17-11 and 10-7. Senior Kelsey Minato scored a game-high 23 points and made five three-pointers to reach 87 triples for the season to pass her own team single-season record of 84 that she set last year. She also tallied seven assists and five steals.

Classmate Aimee Oertner, playing just 20 miles from her hometown of Slatington, PA, finished with 16 points, eight boards, five assists and three blocks. Sophomore Daizjah Morris and freshman Madison Hovren each added nine points off the bench, while Hovren also collected a career-high-tying seven rebounds. Senior Brianna Johnson totaled eight points on 3-of-6 shooting. Lexi Martins led Lehigh with an 18-point, 10-rebound double-double and Kerry Kinek also finished in double figures with 11 points. Read More

Pistol Hosts MIT at Tronsrue Marksmanship Center

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The West Point Pistol team hosted MIT at Tronsrue Marksmanship Center for their final match of the regular season. West Point won the match with a three aggregate score of 2200 to MIT’s 2165. CDT Mark Lister had the team high score of 552 out of a possible 600; CDTs Travis Moody and Jeff Schanz shot a 551 and 549, respectively; CDT Anthony Veith shot a 548. West Point shot a 2027 in Free Pistol to MIT’s 1979. CDTs Schanz and Moody led the scoring with 527 and 523, respectively; CDT Mark Lister shot a 490, and CDT Jack Fagerland shot a 487. West Point’s team score in Standard Pistol was 2098 to MIT’s 2035. CDT Schanz shot a personal best of 554 to lead the scoring for Army; CDT Moody shot a 536; CDT Minhee Pak shot a 505; and CDT Veith shot a 503. The next match will be Nationals at Talladega, AL, and Ft. Benning, Ga, on 11-17 March.

Pipes and Drums gets to See the Best Pipers

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Four cadets from the West Point Pipes and Drums club travelled to Newark, NJ, where they had the opportunity to observe the best pipers in the world compete against one another. The cadets also had the opportunity to speak with Gordon Walker, Stuart Liddell, and Nick Hudson who were all competitors between sets and after the competition. Nick Hudson, in particular, gave the cadets his advice for teaching novice pipers in a University band setting. Aside from the competitors, the cadets were able to interact and build ties with members of bands and the Celtic community from the greater metropolitan area, as well as nearby states and Canada. Some of these bands will be seen again at the West Point Military Tattoo, but all of the connections will help integrate the club into the Hudson Valley piping and Celtic community.

Grappling at the Evolution Grappling Academy

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The USMA combatives (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) club took seven cadets and one OIC to Evolution Grappling Academy in Beacon, NY. There, the cadets sparred with local team members, learned two new sweeps, an arm-lock, and a method of increasing the effectiveness of a guillotine choke by 400%.

Alpine Skiing at the USCSA Regionals

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This past weekend, the Army Alpine Ski team finished it’s competitive season by qualifying for and competing in the USCSA Regionals competition at Seven Springs Ski Resort, PA. A total of over sixty men and women competed in the Regionals. The men finished 10th out of 16 teams in Giant Slalom with CDTs Aryne Riley ’17 placing 30th; Gavin Felch ’19 placing 35th; and Patrick Kearney ’17 placing 48th. The women finished 12th overall as a team with CDTs Sophia Grohs ’19 placing 24th; Blaise Paulo ’18 placing 39th; and Maddie Nelson ’19 finishing 46th. Both the men and women did not have enough racers completing two Slalom runs to place in that event. The cadets enjoyed competing in their new conference (Atlantic Highlands) and look forward to being an even greater threat to their foe next season.

Cadet Community on Civil Military Operations

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The USMA Cadet Community on Civil Military Operations (C3MO) travelled to Tufts University near Boston, MA, to participate in the 30th Education for Public Inquiry and International Citizenship (EPIIC) Conference and the 10th Anniversary of the Alliance Linking Leaders in Education and the Services (ALLIES) organization. The theme of this year’s conference was “Turmoil in Europe”. The participants discussed European (and global) challenges that are a part of today’s challenging operating environment in a unique forum linking future government and military leaders. Cadets from USMA, Midshipmen from the Naval Academy, students from Tufts University and 48 International schools listened to many experts from across the globe and participated in educational panels and small room discussions facilitated by experts in their field. Cadets were able to build relationships with the International community in their effort to bridge the very real Civil-Military divide. Cadets also furthered their knowledge of International relations, Civil-Military Operations, and their role as future military leaders in our increasingly complex world.