Fourteen cadets from the Army West Point Marathon Team travelled to New York City to run in the New York City Central Park Half Marathon. A total of four cadets from the team placed in the top ten, and eleven placed in the top twenty.
The men on the Army West Point Fencing team wrapped up their MAAC Conference season with their final dual meets before post-season championships. The team travelled to the Stevens Institute of Technology to compete against opponents from Rutgers University, Drew University and Cornell. The men’s team defeated Rutgers (14-13) and Drew (14-13), while dropping only one loss to Cornell (11-16) in a very close match. The sabre squad, led by CDT Noah Kambili, led the day going undefeated at 3-1 (top finishers at the competition) while himself posting a 8-1 record. The Epee Squad completed their day at 2-1 with CDT Aaron Mellstrom bring in seven wins and two losses. Also contributing to Epee’s record was CDT Vaughn Johnson who went 5-4 on the day.
West Point Women’s Team Handball played against their strongest collegiate competitor, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC, along with another team com-posed of both UNC and West Point alumna who are currently stationed at Fort Bragg. The Black and Gold teams were able to rally after a full day of driving to UNC and dominate on the court. In their first game, the Black team lost a hard fought game to the alumnae team and Gold, who also fought a tough battle with the Alumnae team, lost with the same point spread as the Black team. In their game against the UNC collegiate team, Gold was able to hold their ground, but unfortunately did not come away with a win. After that, Black fought the UNC collegiate team to a 12-12 tie in the last 30 seconds of the game. This set up a closely contested match for the last game of the day between West Point Black and the UNC collegiate team where Black fought hard to win of 15-10. UNC attempted to isolate the high scoring CDT Kiana Duncan, but a strong defense from both CDTs Abigail Toth and Kiana Duncan, coupled with some great wing shots from CDTs Virginia Phillips and Dana Robertson made them unstoppable. Gold left the tournament with some fantastic displays of improvement and are on their way to some wins in the very near future. Black ended the tournament with a 2-1-1 record, but more importantly beat their strongest collegiate competitor which holds great promise for the Collegiate National Championship in April.
Eight cadets and the West Point Rabbi joined the largest annual Jewish Military conference in Surf-side, FL. The “Aleph Institute” prepared a diverse program covering a range of topics specifically relating to Jewish service members. The cadets were able to experience a Shabbat Weekend in the midst of a vibrant Jewish community and share their experiences with other participants. Military topics included religious accommodation, discussions on Lay Leader responsibilities, and a briefing by the Israeli Home-front LNO on the close coordination between the NG bureau and the Israeli Home Front Command.
The Army West Point Women’s Boxing, along with the Men’s Boxing team, hosted a Home Invitational in Arvin Gym. The overall goal of the event was to compete against female boxers from Air Force, Coast Guard, among other teams, with three scheduled female bouts that were part of a 30-bout event. There were two sessions of fights, in which the Army West Point Women’s Boxing team had one win by CDT Mikaila Wiitanen ’17.
Army West Point Mountaineering Team travelled to Gravity Vault in Upper Saddle River, NJ, to compete for the second time in the Collegiate Climbing Series for 2016. The 18 competitors have been working very hard for the past five months to be a very competitive team; they have succeeded. CDT Julian Barker dominated the rope climbing and bouldering, coming 2nd and 4th respectively. CDT Brian Hazen came in 1st in speed climbing, followed closely by CDT Anthony Thompson who came in 4th. For the women’s team, CDT Lyra Kwak had a phenomenal day, placing 2nd for speed and 8th for rope climbing. During this competition, the entire team showed their strength and perseverance while also creating bonds with schools from all around the Northeast region including RIT, Rutgers, Yale, and UConn.
CENTER VALLEY, PA - Army West Point women's lacrosse sophomore Amy Johnston was recognized as Patriot League Attacker of the Week on Monday after finishing with five goals and four assists in two games last week. The honor marks the first of Johnston's career, and is the team's second straight week with a Patriot League weekly acknowledgment, after Nikki Polhamus was named Rookie of the Week on Feb. 22.
Johnston had a hand in seven of Army's 10 goals during a 10-9 win over LIU Brooklyn on Feb. 25, as the sophomore scored three goals and added four assists. She also added a season-best eight draw controls in the victory. After LIU Brooklyn tied the game with 13 seconds remaining, Johnston won the ensuing draw before carrying the ball down field and scoring with four seconds on the clock to send the Black Knights to the one-goal decision. A Salt Lake City, Utah, native, Johnston also contributed a pair of goals, six draw controls and four ground balls to Army's 10-8 win at UMass Lowell on Feb. 28, as the Black Knights improved to 3-1 on the young season. Read More
LEWISBURG, PA - Senior Carolyn Pitman of the Army West Point women's tennis team was named the Patriot League Player of the Week for women's tennis on Monday. She went 2-0 in singles this week and 3-0 in doubles while continuing to etch her name in the Army record books. Each of Pitman's singles victories came in the top flight. In her first weekend of playing in multiple singles matches, she defeated Fordham's previously unbeaten Estelle Wong, 6-0, 6-3 before topping Nathalie Habegger of NJIT, 6-2, 6-1. Pitman now has 66 career singles wins, one shy of entering the top 10 in school history and owns a 3-1 record in 2016. Pitman moved to 10-0 on the season in doubles, pairing with Kirby Einck for two victories and Nancy Porter for the other. The West Chester, Ohio, native now sits in a tie for second all-time with Megan Noble with 97 career doubles wins. Pitman boasts a 97-28 all-time record in doubles and a 64-11 record in the spring. Read More
WEST POINT, NY - Seniors Tanner Plomb, Kevin Ferguson and Kyle Wilson earned First, Second and Third Team All-Patriot League honors, respectively, for their play during the 2015-16 regular season, it was announced Monday. Patriot League men's basketball head coaches voted on the All-League Team and major awards, and could not vote for their own student-athletes or themselves.
Plomb, who hails from Mukwonago, Wis., is 30th in the country and leads the Patriot League in scoring with 20 points per game. He is currently 14th in Academy history in scoring with 1,305 career points. He ranks third in the conference in three-point field-goal percentage at 36 percent and is third in three-pointers made with 72 on the year. Plomb's value isn't limited to his scoring ability as he averages 5.8 rebounds per game, which is second on the team. On the defensive glass, Plomb pulls in 5.1 rebounds, which ranks fourth in the conference. Read More
CENTER VALLEY, PA - Senior guard Kelsey Minato earned Patriot League Player of the Week praise on Monday after averaging 26.5 points and leading Army to a pair of wins last week. The Patriot League Player of the Week award is Minato's sixth of the season and the 16th of her career. Minato's 16 career Player of the Week honors are the most in league history and her six awards this season are tied for first in Patriot League history.
Minato scored 30 points and added seven rebounds in Army's 72-38 victory over Boston University on Feb. 24. She went 11-of-18 from the field, including 6-of-10 from three-point range before becoming the first active player in Academy history to have her jersey retired during a ceremony after the game. Read More
WEST POINT, NY - For the first time in Army West Point Athletics' history, the Holleder Center, home to Christl Arena and Tate Rink, will host men's and women's basketball and hockey postseason games in the same year. "This is a very exciting time for everyone here at West Point," Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan said. "It is great to see our teams performing so well over the course of a season to earn the home games in the conference tournaments. They have all worked hard to earn this opportunity and I encourage the community to come out and support our Cadets." The men's basketball team earned the No. 4 seed in the Patriot League Tournament after winning five of its final six games to end the regular season.
The Black Knights won six games in February, the most for the program during the Patriot League era, and will host No. 5 Colgate on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Christl Arena. Hockey captured three of four points last weekend against Bentley to secure the sixth spot in the upcoming Atlantic Hockey Tournament. The Black Knights will play host to 11th-seeded American International in the first round in a best-of-three format. The sixth-place finish for Army is the highest the Black Knights have finished since the 2008-09 season. All games this weekend with start at 7:05 p.m. at Tate Rink. The women's basketball team was the first squad out of the three to clinch a home tournament game as the Black Knights will host a Patriot League quarterfinal on March 7. Read More
BOSTON - The Army West Point women's basketball clinched a share of the Patriot League regular-season title after defeating Boston University, 79-44, on Wednesday evening at Case Gym. Army also collected its 26th victory of the year to set a new team record for most wins in a season. The Black Knights win their 16th straight to finish the regular season 16-0 and improve to 26-2 overall and 17-1 in the league. Click here to watch the video.
Army will likely enter the Patriot League Tournament as the No. 1 seed, as the Black Knights currently hold a higher RPI rating than Bucknell, who also finished 17-1 in the conference. The new College Basketball News RPI ratings, released tomorrow, will determine the final seeding. Senior Kelsey Minato became the Patriot League's career scoring leader, man or woman, after finishing with a game-high 32 points. Minato knocked in a three-pointer with 8:58 remaining in the third quarter to reach 2,465 career points and pass 2003 Bucknell graduate Molly Creamer's previous league mark of 2,464. Minato finished the evening with 2,477 career points. Read More
CHAPPAQUA, NY - West Point cadets were in Chappaqua recently to help build affordable housing along with Habitat for Humanity. The 35 cadets worked on several projects the organization has under construction in the area, including a large house that is being turned into two condominiums. "Thousands of work hours have been put in by local Chappaqua residents, and West Point is part of my army of volunteers who helps me regularly," said Jim Killoran, executive director of the Habitat for Humanity of Westchester. "This is a large former church and nursery that will be turned into two passive house condos in Chappaqua, affordable for families. Read More
WEST POINT, NY - Junior net-minder Parker Gahagen was named Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Month after helping Army to the sixth seed in the upcoming conference tournament. Gahagen was the main reason why Army is entering the tournament as its highest seed since 2008-09. He finished the month of February with a 3-2-3 record and helped the Black Knights earn league points in all weekends in the month. He recorded a 1.71 goals against average and a .951 save percentage. He jumped to second in the league in GAA thanks to a great month. He has not allowed two or more goals in his last 10 starts. He made 30 or more saves in five of his eight starts in the month, including 43 in a tough loss at Robert Morris. Two of the three wins in the month came against teams that earned a bye into the quarterfinals (Robert Morris and Holy Cross). Read More
WEST POINT, NY - Kyle Wilson scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half as the Army West Point men's basketball team advanced to the Patriot League Tournament Semifinal with a 79-72 victory over No. 5 Colgate on Thursday evening at Christl Arena.
The No. 4 Black Knights (19-12) will host No. 9 Holy Cross on Sunday at noon and the game will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting GoArmyWestPoint.com/tickets or calling 1-877-TIX-ARMY. Fans can also buy tickets in person at the ticket office at Gate 3 of Michie Stadium during its regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.). The Holleder Center ticket office, located just outside Christl Arena, opens 90 minutes prior to Sunday's game.
Tanner Plomb scored 23 points and Kevin Ferguson netted 19 and pulled down 10 rebounds for his 12th double-double of the season in the win. The Black Knights made the game's first run and led 20-15 after a Larry Toomey three and a three-point play by Ferguson midway through the first half. Read More
The five members of the Army women's basketball Class of 2016 made their way to midcourt, following their team's 72-38 win over Boston University on Senior Night, where they were told to gather for a postgame celebration of the senior class. Standing shoulder-to-shoulder, the five first classmen looked toward the ceiling, where two banners were tied up to the rafters on either side of three banners honoring the retired jerseys of a trio of former women's basketball standouts. As Christl Arena's public address announcer rallied off the class' list of accomplishments, including how the Class of 2016 owns school records for most wins and highest winning percentage, and is on the verge of becoming the best in Patriot League women's history, the seniors had no idea what was coming next.
"It was a very big surprise to all of us," said Jean Parker, one of Army's four senior captains. "They brought us out to center court and we figured 'maybe they'll say some nice things about us,' but coach pointed to the rafters and we saw the banners." The first of the two banners was unfurled and read simply "Women's Basketball Class of 2016." Before the second banner was dropped, the players, fans and coaches inside Christl Arena were read blow-by-blow highlights of Kelsey Minato's record-breaking career, giving everyone a sense of what the second banner would represent. Read More
SPRINGFIELD, MA - Senior Jesse Glenn won vault, high bar and all-around with junior Sam Kusnitz and sophomore Ryan Wilson posting career marks capturing floor exercise and still rings, respectively, as the trio led the Army West Point men's gymnastics team past host Springfield, 423.15-410.00, at Blake Arena Sunday. The win is the third straight for the No. 13-ranked Black Knight who improved to 3-1 in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) and 4-2 overall after ruining No. 15 Springfield's home debut. The Pride fall to 1-2 in the conference.
The Black Knights, the defending ECAC champions, set season highs combining for an aggregate score of 423.15 along with marks on still rings (70.75) and high bar (72.00). Kusnitz won the opening event, floor exercise, behind a career high 15.35 that shattered his former mark of 15.15 set two years against the Pride. Wilson's winning mark of 14.6 on still rings bettered his previous score of 13.85 set at the West Point Open earlier in the year. Glenn, winning the all-around title for the third straight time, posted a season mark of 87.1. He claimed the title on vault for the second straight week, recording a 14.7, and won high bar for the fourth time this season behind a 14.95. Glenn was also second on floor exercise (15.15) and pommel horse (14.4). Read More
PRINCETON, NJ - The Army West Point wrestling team placed six Black Knights on podiums, including championship appearances from seniors Brian Harvey, at 174, and Bryce Barnes, at 197, en route to a fourth-place finish at the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) Championships at Jadwin Gymnasium on Sunday. "I'm really proud of our guys for how hard they fought today," said head coach Kevin Ward. "Being able to come to a tournament this tough and beat multiple opponents who had beaten us earlier in the year says a whole lot about this team's character. The guys dug deep and gutted out some tough wins."
The Black Knights' team finish was their best since coming in third at the 2006-07 EIWA Championships. Of the six to place at the tournament for Army, four have qualified for the NCAAv Championship. Barnes and Harvey Will be joined by juniors Russell Parsons Jr. (157) and Samson Imonode (184) at Madison Square Garden on March 17-19. Barnes qualified for the NCAAs for the fourth time in his career, becoming the first Cadet to do so since Matthew Kyler with his last coming in 2010. Harvey qualified for the third-consecutive season while Parsons Jr. is headed to his second straight national tournament. Imonode qualified for the first time in his career. Read More