We are thrilled to share that the Canterbury Institute recently announced that Cadet Denton Knight ’21 an International Affairs major and Persian minor from Fairfax, VA, earned a Barry Scholarship. Knight is one of nine Barry Scholars selected this year and the academy’s first recipient. Born and raised in Fairfax, VA, Knight has focused his studies and work experiences on developing an understanding of international community development rooted in a conception of the good life. He spent a year living and working with a non-governmental organization in small-town Tajikistan, where he built assistive devices for children with disabilities and taught English. He has also interned with the Security Governance Initiative at the U.S. Department of State’s Africa Bureau, taught schoolchildren in Tanzania, and commanded a Company of Cadets through summer field training during COVID-19. This year, he is engaged as the leader of the cadet Trust program, an organization focused on supporting efforts at fighting sexual assault and harassment through offering peer support at the lowest level. His research has explored the impact of technology on education quality and the effects of foreign aid on rates of social capital. He looks forward to serving as an Army Infantry Officer and later hopes to transition to the Civil Affairs branch and eventually work in the international development field. National and international scholarship competitions continue to recognize the hard work and dedication of our cadets. We are incredibly proud of Cadet Knight; he is an outstanding young scholar. His graduate work will enable him to make significant contributions as a future leader in the U.S. Army. Congratulations, Denton!
A Letter to West Point
By Madison Berg ’21
It’s difficult to put the strangest year of my life into words. If you had told me even a year and a half ago that this team would compete in only three dual meets and no Patriot League championship my Firstie year, I would have thought the world had ended.
I cannot remember a time in my life when I wasn’t a swimmer. I begged my mom to let me join a swim team before I had even finished swim lessons. To let go of such a large part of me this year was painful, but I can honestly say now that I would not trade the challenges and difficulties of this year for anything. Read more.
Congratulations to our first Carnegie Mellon scholar Ryan Murphy! From Stamford, Connecticut, Ryan Murphy is an International Affairs and Chinese double major with a research focus in conflict resolution and prevention at West Point. His primary academic interests and research projects have been in the fields of international relations and security as well as comparative politics. In addition to this work, Ryan has a deep interest in and passion for languages, culture, politics, history, and making the world a better place or improving community relations on small and global scales. Outside of the classroom, Ryan completed an internship with the Office of the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon and served as a Squad Leader in the Sandhurst Military Skills Competition. Ryan will become an aviation officer after commissioning. After graduation, Ryan will attend Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to study for an MS in International Relations and Policy with a focus in international security issues. He hopes to use his experience in the Army as well as his education in political science to develop flexible frameworks for conflict mediation and resolution throughout the world.
Congratulations to our Rotary Scholar, Maxwell Myers! Born in Columbus, Georgia, Maxwell is an International Affairs major Grand Strategy minor. As a Stamps Scholar, Maxwell focused many of his efforts on projects and research abroad in Macedonia and domestically with topics regarding ethnic conflict and racial equity. In Macedonia, Maxwell worked to bring together Macedonian Orthodox and Albanian Muslim communities through his work over the summer. He continued to travel independently to do projects and research on ethnic conflict in the Balkans as well. He used these experiences to study state building in the post-Soviet States and ethnic violence in the Balkans.
At West Point, Maxwell has served as the CIC of the Cultural Affairs Seminar which allowed him to direct numerous tutoring programs and activities for Black and Brown Cadets. As the Co-CIC of The Elevation Initiative, he worked to mentor Cadets for leadership positions throughout the Corps. In his most recent position as the Brigade Academics officer, Maxwell and the academics chain of command led education support programs for The Corps and developed policy solutions. He recently completed HI463 where he completed a research project on the U.S. Army’s anti-extremism policy.
Maxwell recently earned the Fulbright and Rotary Scholarships to continue his graduate education. He chose to use his Rotary Scholarship to study for a MA in Conflict Resolution in Divided Societies through King’s College London’s War Studies Department. In this program, he looks to explore innovative governance solutions to resolving ethnic conflict. He hopes to take this academic experience into the Army as a Military Intelligence Officer.
Congratulations to our newest Southampton scholar Mia Padon! Raised in Spokane, Washington, Mia Padon is an Environmental Engineering major at West Point. Her childhood and development were largely set to the backdrop of southwest Montana’s mountains, plains, and rivers. Mia’s understanding of the nexus between natural resources, industrial production, social justice, and human health spurred her desire to pursue environmental studies and policy.
In her time at West Point, she has performed independent research on anaerobic biogas reactors as energy sources for developing countries in tropical regions, as well as on the ISS. Further, Mia founded the environmental action group at West Point and currently serves as the Brigade Environmental Officer where she has created a far-reaching recycling program, implemented sustainability policies, led awareness campaigns on food-waste, and organized Corps-wide nature appreciation and clean-up events.
Mia is a two-year captain of the NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer team at West Point. Off the field, she has served as a delegate in the joint Yale-West Point Peace and Dialogue Leadership Initiative, and she has published prose essays inspired by her time in Alaska. In her Army career, Mia will serve as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal officer, further deepening her understanding of the military’s relationship with the natural environment.
As we celebrate the Class of 2021, let us also celebrate the incredible Faculty and Staff that lead in their academic disciplines and provide our cadets their world-class education. Amidst the pandemic, West Point’s faculty continued its commitment to both education and leader development at West Point. The West Point faculty model, known as “the blend of excellence,” includes full-time military and civilian faculty with different career paths, areas of expertise, and perspectives. Approximately 15% are senior military, 14% are senior civilian, 56% are junior military, and 15% are junior civilian. Collectively, these different components of the West Point faculty bring military experience, disciplinary expertise, and pedagogical knowledge to the classroom.
Cadet Raven Hudspeth, native of Saint Louis, Missouri is a first-generation college student who will be starting a new legacy for her family by graduating from West Point.
What has been the most significant memory that will stick out to you since being here at West Point?
Everyone says it and I must agree, it's honestly the people here that I'll remember most. One of my favorite memories was at Buckner after Plebe Year. I got really close to my squad because of how hard things were. It rained on us so much. I remember during land nav it was so muddy/wet that me and my friend were slipping and sliding everywhere, we ended up having to crawl on a log to get across this river. When the day was over, and we went back to the bays. For some reason, the S4 wasn't able to get eating utensils, so we didn't have enough plates. We sat there muddy and wet eating off cardboard boxes and half of paper plates. It was awful but I could not stop laughing that day. I truly think it is because of the great people that were with me during the detail. We were able to see the fun in every situation. Read more.
Cows Marcus Hudgins and Brendan Nichtern added to their postseason awards again on May 18 as they were both named Second Team All-Americans by USA Lacrosse Magazine.
The list was compiled by USA Lacrosse Magazine staff and contributors, with input from college coaches and other sources.
The pair were also named All-Americans by Inside Lacrosse last week after impressive cow campaigns.
Nichtern, the 2021 Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year, finished with a team-high 57 points on 23 goals and 28 assists in 11 games started. He currently sits sixth in the nation in points per game after recording 5.18 points per contest for the Black Knights. He is also sixth in assists per game at 2.82 this season. He tallied five or more points in nine of the 11 games and tied a career high with eight points on three goals and five assists against Colgate in the regular-season finale.
Hudgins led an Army defense that currently ranks fifth in the nation in scoring defense and individually, he was named the Patriot League's Defensive Player of the Year. He wrapped up the season picking up a career high 36 ground balls and nabbing 23 caused turnovers in 11 starts, which was also a career high. He averaged 2.09 caused turnovers per game this season to currently rank tied for 10th nationally, all while guarding the opponent's top offensive threat each week.
Jackie Brattan, a firstie captain on the Army West Point Women’s Lacrosse Team, was named to the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-Northeast Region Second Team on May 19.
Army's all-time leader in goals (131) and points (143), Brattan led the team in both categories this season. In nine games she netted 30 goals and totaled 34 points. A First Team All-Patriot League selection, Brattan register six hat tricks. The Garden City, NY native netted a single-game program record eight goals against Lafayette on April 10. Brattan was also second on the team with 34 draw controls.
This marks the second time that she has received second team all-Northeast honors, as she also earned the recognition in 2019.
For the fourth year in a row, the Open Space Institute (OSI) has partnered with cadets from the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) to replace a pedestrian bridge on the School Mountain Road Trail section of Fahnestock State Park’s Hubbard Perkins Loop in New York’s Hudson Valley.
Design and construction of the bridges serves as one capstone project for civil engineering cadets at USMA. The partnership allows the cadets to take the skills and knowledge they have learned during their civil engineering education and apply this expertise toward the execution of a project that benefits the community.
Located approximately 1.5 miles from Hubbard Lodge, this year’s bridge replacement crosses a tributary of the Clove Creek and has a 5-ton carrying capacity. The completed multi-use bridge is suitable for use by walkers, hikers, runners, and equestrian.
“Through this ongoing partnership, OSI is proud to support the work of the West Point cadets in improving Fahnestock State Park, a landscape OSI has worked to protect and improve for more than 25 years,” said Kim Elliman, OSI’s president and CEO. “Our parks benefit from the active involvement and participation of the entire community, but especially of our young, future leaders. Through their service, each class of cadets is leading by example and providing the park with an infusion of energy and much-needed repairs.” Read more.
A Letter to West Point
By Ana Joyner ’21
“I want this more than anything else in my life” was one of the many thoughts racing through my mind as I tirelessly tried to run my opponent around the court, only for her to retrieve the ball, launch it into the sun, and back onto my side. It was the Patriot League Finals, and we were fighting to overcome a 1-0 deficit against Navy. We had lost the doubles point in a close match, and although it is not required to win a dual, the momentum was clearly in Navy’s favor.
One of the most challenging parts of tennis is the mental component. You can spend countless hours working on your technique, perfecting your tactics, and becoming a physical specimen, but it all means nothing if cannot adapt to changing conditions or push through when you are down. Sometimes you have bad days. Sometimes there is wind. Sometimes your opponent lobs every ball into the sun. And sometimes, you don’t really know why things aren’t going your way. Frustration is natural when you feel that your hard work has not paid off, but the ability to overcome adversity separates good and great players. The mental game is the hardest to master, but sometimes the only thing that you can truly control.” Read more.
Congratulations to Class of 2021 CDT CSM George Pavlakis, native of Avon, Connecticut, who will be going to graduate school in Germany for two years on a Rotary Scholarship.
“My most significant memory is the four months I spent in Munich at the German Armed Forces University, where four of my closest friends and I integrated with German cadets and lieutenants. It was a very different experience than my previous two years as a plebe and a yearling, but it is indicative of the incredible opportunities you can explore at West Point if you apply yourself and embrace new things. I grew so much as a person and as a leader while there, and most importantly I took away some great lessons that shaped me as a leader Firstie year. AIAD’s, MIAD’s, semester abroad, clubs, teams, and all the other incredible programs we have at West Point are what make the experience special to me.” Read more.
The U.S. Military Academy’s Class of 2021 will graduate close to 1,000 cadets at its commencement ceremony May 22.
This marks West Point’s 223rd graduating class and these graduates stand strong and ready to take their place in the ranks of the U.S. Army in defense of our nation.
Class of 2021 highlights include:
- Cadets graduating from all 50 states
- 70 percent of the class branched combat arms
- 122 women will be commissioned into combat arms branches
- 38 cadets were national scholarship recipients
- 13 international cadets will graduate
- 65 cadets earned certification as Master Fitness Trainers
Secretary of Defense General (Retired) Lloyd J. Austin III ’75 will serve as the commencement speaker. This marks his first visit to West Point as Secretary of Defense and his first time as our graduation speaker.
After 1,045 essays were submitted, five finalists were recognized for their introspective pieces as part of the 15th annual General John J. Pershing Reflective Essay competition awards ceremony recently at the Haig Room in Jefferson Hall Library.
The top three cadets chosen for the Pershing Essay Awards and presented medallions were Class of 2021 Cadets Cameron Hudson (gold), DeMann Wilson (silver) and Sekou Matesso (bronze). Also recognized were honorable mention finalists Class of 2021 Cadets John Boyer and Scott Donnelion.
The MX400 (Officership) course, through the Simon Center for the Professional Military Ethic, is the superintendent’s capstone course that requires cadets to reflect upon, integrate and synthesize their experiences in the West Point Leader Development System as they complete their transformation from cadet to officer. Read more.
Army West Point Women’s Soccer standout Sydney Cassalia and Baseball star Anthony Giachin were honored with the United States Military Academy's most prestigious athletic honor -- the Army Athletic Association (AAA) Award. Tyrese Bender, a member of the Men’s Track and Field Team, was a recipient of the AAA Special Award. The AAA trophy is awarded annually to the male and female cadet-athletes who display the “most valuable service to intercollegiate athletics during a career as a cadet.”
This year marks the 117th anniversary of the AAA Award, which was first presented to football's Horatio Hackett in 1904. Cassalia is sixth women's soccer player to earn the award and first since 2014 when Molly McGuigan was recognized with the distinction. Giachin is the 12th baseball player to earn the prestigious honor. The last baseball player to win the award was Cole White in 2008. The AAA Special Award is not awarded on an annual basis, but only presented when a worthy candidate arises. The Special Award is presented to a cadet-athlete for “exhibiting outstanding achievement and exemplary leadership in athletic competition.” Bender is the 32nd recipient of the AAA Special Award, which was first presented in 1966 to three-sport star Frank Kobes.
A two-time captain, Cassalia posted the second most shutouts in program history with 25 in her career. The Omaha, Nebraska native was named the Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year her cow and firstie seasons. She posted a career save percentage of .724 and had 254 saves across her four years. A mathematical systems major with honors, Cassalia boasts a cumulative grade point average of 3.829. Cassalia earned all-league honors each of the four years she was on the team. She was a first team selection her cow and firstie seasons, landed on the second team as a yearling and was a third team honoree her plebe year.
Giachin, also a two-year captain, has etched his name into the Army record book in the following categories: doubles (45, fourth), RBI (133, sixth) and hits (203, seventh). A three-time All-Patriot League First Team selection, Giachin has helped lead the Black Knights to the Patriot League championship all three years it has been played. Army won in 2018 and 2019 and will square off with Lehigh in the best-of-three series on May 26-28 to determine the 2021 champion. Read more.
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“I learned how to fit into different roles on the team because no matter what my role was, I knew it was valuable and necessary for the team’s greater success. I learned that no matter what the situation or circumstance, I can always control my attitude and serve others.”
Volleyball's Monica Eckford ’21 pens letter about the sport she loves and the teammates she will share memories with forever.
Congratulations on becoming the newest members of the Long Gray Line.
Class of 2021 highlights include:
* Cadets graduating from all 50 states
* 70 percent of the class branched combat arms
* 122 women will be commissioned into combat arms branches
* 38 cadets were national scholarship recipients
* 13 international cadets will graduate
* 65 cadets earned certification as Master Fitness Trainers
West Point bid farewell to Brigadier General Curtis Buzzard ’92, outgoing Commandant, U.S. Corps of Cadets, and welcomed Brigadier General Mark C. Quander ’95 as the 79th Commandant during a change of command ceremony on May 24.
Before taking command, BG Quander was the Commandant of the U.S. Army Engineer School at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.
Photo by Tarnish Pride
For the third time in his career, August Cook will advance to the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship after placing sixth in the javelin event at the East Prelim yesterday afternoon, May 26.
Cook, who notched a 72.06m throw on his final attempt, was one of seven Black Knights to compete on the opening day of action at the NCAA East Preliminary Meet. The competition, which is being hosted at the University of North Florida, will run from Wednesday, May 26 – Saturday, May 29. Seventeen total cadets will represent the Army West Point Track & Field program. In addition to Cook, two other Black Knights competed in the javelin as he was joined by both Chris Barrett and Parker Brosious. Barrett placed 16th in the overall field with a 66.92m toss while Brosius, who placed third in his flight, finished 24th overall with a final mark of 64.29m.
While the aforementioned trio was competing, Marco Risi was also in action. The Italy native competed in the hammer throw and went on to finish his day 34th overall with a mark of 58.68m. Jamir Gibson closed out the day's field events with his performance in the shot put, where he notched a 17.85m throw. The mark is his own third-best all-time and earned him a sixth-place finish in his initial flight.
Luke Griner was the first Black Knight to represent the program in a track event at this year's meet, doing so in the 800m. With a final time of 1:52.13, he checked in at 39th overall. Griner's performance was followed by Calvin Wetzel, who competed in the 400m hurdles and placed 27th with a time of 52.09. Wetzel's effort is his third-best all-time and was just 0.06 seconds shy of his own personal best. Additionally, Wetzel was three places and 0.19 seconds off of qualifying for Friday's quarterfinals. Read more.
The Black Knight offense exploded for 22 runs on 22 hits to defeat host Lehigh 22-7 in game one of the best-of-three Patriot League Championship series yesterday afternoon, May 26. The Black Knights are now one win away from taking their fifth Patriot League baseball crown since 2012.
The entire Black Knights' starting lineup had at least one hit on the day, with seven having multi-hit outings. Cam Cerruto had a career day at the plate, going 4-for-5 with three runs scored and a career-best five RBI along with a career-high two home runs. The cow catcher has been seeing the ball well as of late, tallying three home runs in the last two contests.
On his approach at the plate, Cerruto said, “I am trying to not do too much, just going up there looking for a pitch to hit. I am hunting that pitch and if I get it, I am doing a good job of putting a good swing on it.” After going down 2-0 in the first inning, the Black Knights answered back with one in the second and then exploded for seven in the fourth inning, including three off of a home run by Carter Macias.
Leading 8-2, the Black Knights piled on with one more in the fifth and four in the seventh off a two-run home run by Cam Cerruto, his second of the day after a solo shot in the fifth inning. Read more.
The United States Military Academy is hosting a retirement ceremony for Brigadier General Cindy Jebb ’82, Dean of the Academic Board at West Point. The next Dean at USMA will be Colonel Shane Reeves ’96. The retirement ceremony begins at 2:00pm on May 28, 2021. “I will miss my walks across diagonal walk each morning and night, runs on the track, time in our classrooms, working with cadets, visiting with West Point family members, and learning from and with the incredible West Point faculty and staff each and every day. Thank you. I will always be gripping hands with you, even as I move on to the next step in my journey.” - Brigadier General Cindy Jebb ’82. Virtual attendance is available, click here.
Game times for nine of Army's 12 scheduled football games in 2021 have been announced. All nine games currently announced will be televised nationally on either the CBS family of networks or the ESPN family of networks.
The Black Knights will play both Commander-in-Chief Trophy games vs. Air Force and Navy on CBS. The Black Knights are set to take on Air Force in Arlington, Texas on November 6 at 11:30am ET and Navy in East Rutherford, NJ on December 11 at 3pm ET.
The season opener is on the road in 2021, as the Black Knights travel to Georgia State on Saturday, September 4. They will kick at 12pm ET on ESPNU.
All six home games at Michie Stadium will be televised on CBS Sports Net, with the home opener vs. Western Kentucky on September 11 set for 11:30am ET. The other five games on the home slate will kick at noon ET. Read more.
Army West Point Director of Athletics Mike Buddie announces the hiring of Brian Plotkin as the 12th Men’s Soccer coach in program history May 27.
“We are so excited to announce the hiring of Brian Plotkin as the next Men’s Soccer head coach at Army West Point,” said Buddie. “He brings a wealth of experience as an assistant coach throughout Division I, including Power Five schools and high-level academic institutions. As a standout player himself at Indiana University and an MLS Cup champion, he brings to West Point the highest level of playing experience. We are confident he is going to be a great leader of our cadet athletes, not only on the pitch but off it as we develop leaders of character for our nation.”
Plotkin comes to the banks of the Hudson after spending the last three seasons as an assistant at the University of Notre Dame. Prior to his time in South Bend he was an assistant at Dartmouth University and at Loyola University (Chicago). He also brings a wealth of playing experience to West Point, including a professional career in the MLS where he won an MLS Cup in 2008 with the Columbus Crew. He also had a heralded collegiate career at Indiana University, where he was the 2005 Big Ten Player of the Year and the runner-up for the 2005 MAC Hermann Trophy, the highest individual honor given in collegiate soccer.
“Thank you to Mike Buddie, Brad Brown, and the entire senior leadership team for giving me this opportunity to represent this prestigious and historical institution. It is a great honor to be able to lead the men's soccer program at Army West Point. I look forward to working with the team this fall and am excited for the future,” said Plotkin.
Plotkin joined the staff at Notre Dame in February of 2018 as an assistant coach. In three seasons at Notre Dame, the Irish made the NCAA Championship twice in 2018 and 2019. During the 2018 campaign, Notre Dame earned the No. 7 overall seed in the NCAA Championship and advanced to the quarterfinals. Jack Lynn improved from scoring three goals in his freshman year in 2018 to leading the team with 10 goals as a sophomore in 2019 with the help of Plotkin's guidance. Read more.
The Army West Point Track & Field Team was well-represented on the second day of action at the NCAA East Region Prelim, as five different Black Knights competed at UNF's Hodges Stadium yesterday, May 27. Both Abigail Green and Emily Mikoud took part in the first event of the day, the women's hammer throw. Green finished with a final mark of 58.85m, good for 27th overall, while Mikoud placed 38th with a 58.25m toss.
The Black Knights additionally had a pair of cadets in action in the following event, the women's javelin, as both Brooke Stratman and Nicole Sacchinelli were among the field. Stratman turned in a 44.03m throw en route to finishing 34th while Sacchinelli (40.64m) checked in 46th overall. The final cadet to compete on the second day of action was Anna Tovkach, who ran the 800m. The reigning Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year set a new personal best in the event at 2:06.11, knocking 0.08 off her previous mark. Despite her effort, Tovkach did not qualify for Friday's quarterfinal, missing the mark by just 0.02 seconds.
With the exception of Mikoud, the aforementioned group is done competing at the regional meet. The men's team, which saw August Cook qualify for a trip to the NCAA Championship for the third time in his career after finishing sixth in the javelin event. The rest of the slate for the Black Knights, which includes an action-packed finale on Saturday, May 29, can be viewed below. Read more.
The Black Knights earned their third Patriot League title in four seasons after taking the winner-takes-all game three of the Patriot League Championship series 6-1 yesterday afternoon, May 27.
On winning the 2021 Patriot League title and a spot in the NCAA Regionals, head coach Jim Foster said, “This one is extra special because of everything these guys have been through. You immediately think of the guys from last season who didn't get to play for a championship last year. This one is for them.”
Overall, the title is the 10th Patriot League Championship for the Black Knights and fifth since 2009. That is the most by any team since the league's inception in 1991.
The Black Knights and Mountain Hawks played a tight game two contest, where the Black Knights mustered just one run on five hits, while Lehigh's three runs came on just four hits in the pitcher's duel, but Lehigh came out on top in game two, 3-1, setting up the winner-takes-all game three.
Army starter in game two, Robbie Buecker took the loss, allowing three runs on three hits with four walks and three strikeouts. Reliever Connley Early tossed 5.0 scoreless down the stretch with six strikeouts and just one hit allowed to keep the Black Knights close, but the offense just could not come together against Lehigh starter Matt Svanson who threw 8.0 complete of one-run, five-hit baseball before giving way to Will Grisack for the save.
Due to impending weather in the Bethlehem area expected the following day, both sides agreed to a doubleheader for games two and three, so the winner-takes-all game three started at approximately 3:45pm ET.
On the team's mindset from game two to game three, firstie captain Ray Bartoli said, “Today with a double header we needed to have a short memory, after dropping the first game we needed to sweep that game and move on quickly to game three.” Read more.
Jamir Gibson was the sole representative of the Army West Point Track & Field team on the third day of the NCAA East Region Prelim, as he competed in the discus on Friday May 28.
Gibson's best throw came on his last attempt, a 55.70m toss that put him 13th in the 47-member field. The mark was just 0.75m off of overtaking Virginia's Jacob Lemmon for a qualifying spot that would have seen the cow join teammate August Cook (javelin) at the NCAA Championship.
The discus was the second event that Gibson competed in the week, as he additionally represented the Black Knights in shot put competition earlier. On that day, Gibson recorded his own third-best performance all-time (17.85m) en route to finishing sixth in his flight.
The United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) announced the rosters for the 2021 USILA Senior All-Star Games, sponsored by Dynamic, and defenseman Kyle Beyer was among the players competing. Bayside Field at Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI served as the backdrop for both contests.
Beyer stepped into a starter role in 2021 and appeared in all 11 games for the Black Knights and helped Army rank fifth in the nation in defense. He had 11 caused turnovers and 18 ground balls for the Patriot League North Division champions. In his career, Beyer played in 45 games, including 18 in Army's Patriot League Championship season in 2019. He finished with 30 caused turnovers and 76 ground balls in his career. Read more.
Cadets participating in the John G. Winant Scholars Program Summer Field Study traveled to Concord, New Hampshire this week to start their 19-day experience. The program focuses on the life and work of John Gilbert Winant who served as Governor of New Hampshire twice before becoming Ambassador to the United Kingdom. Representative Steve Shurtleff and Dr. Richard Hesse helped cadets understand Winant’s early life in politics and how these experiences would contribute to his later work as a statesman.
The Army West Point Baseball Team heard their named called for the 2021 NCAA Baseball Tournament yesterday, May 31, as they were selected as the four-seed in the Lubbock Regional. The Black Knights, who won the auto bid as the 2021 Patriot League Tournament Champion for the third-straight season, will head to the No. 8 overall seed Texas Tech Regional for the second-straight time after a trip there in 2019.
The 2021 Lubbock Regional marks the ninth NCAA Regional appearance in program history, with previous trips in 2019 (Lubbock), 2018 (Raleigh), 2013 (Charlottesville), 2012 (Charlottesville), 2009 (Austin), 2005 (Tallahassee), 2004 (Baton Rouge) and 2000 (Montclair, NJ). Also in the Regional are the UCLA Bruins, the No. 2 seed and the No. 3 seed in the UNC Tar Heels.
The Black Knights (28-23) will open up regional play on Friday, June 4 vs. No. 1 seed and host Texas Tech at 12pm ET. The game will be televised on ESPNU. All games in the regional will be televised by ESPN on either ESPNU or ESPN3. Read more.
Class of 2021 Cadets Collin Hahn and Griffin Hokanson would be the first to tell you West Point not only teaches you about honor, integrity, and the importance of selfless service, but also strengthens friendships and creates lifelong alliances.
Hahn and Hokanson learned about the importance of teamwork and the value of their friendship during the 14th annual LTG Robert B. Flowers Best Sapper Competition. The two cadets learned about their strengths and weaknesses in military operations but showcased their grit and perseverance while gunning for the top prize between May 1-4 at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.
“When we competed in each lane, we didn't pace ourselves, and we didn’t conserve our energy. We went the full 100% as hard as we could on every lane,” Hokanson said. “When we got to the end of each lane, we were just running on fumes.” The duo represented the U.S. Military Academy as Team 49, going up against 49 teams across the Army and finishing in fifth place. They also took first place in two of the five major events: the non-standard fitness test and land navigation, fourth place in the Poncho Raft Swim and second place in the X-mile swim.
On day one of the competition, the cadets moved between 12 different events known as the ‘Round Robin phase,’ performing specific tasks that tested their physical endurance and combat engineer skills. The distance covered in between those events spanned 15 miles. Subsequently, the land navigation event began. Hahn and Hokanson covered 12 miles of cragged and hilly terrain during nightfall. The headlights mounted on their advance combat helmets lit their path as they reached all of their destination points on the map.
Throughout the event, the two were feeling blisters forming around their feet. Hokanson felt patches of skin peeling with every hurried step he took. “My feet have never been this blistered before competing in this event,” Hokanson said. “When I removed my boots after land navigation, my feet were bloody.” At one point, Hahn and Hokanson had reached a destination point that sat on the top of a steep hill, and for the sake of time, Hahn ignored the pain and pushed forward. Read more.
Cadets participating in the Winant Scholars Program spent a day at The Pentagon to continue learning about Grand Strategy. During the visit, they met with Dr. Kathleen Hicks, 35th Deputy Secretary of Defense, Ms. Amanda Dory, Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, General (Retired) Richard A. Cody, 31st Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, and Brigadier General Amy Johnston, Army Chief of Public Affairs. They also got a chance to visit The Pentagon Press Room and sit down for a discussion about the press and the military with Lolita Baldor from Associated Press and Luis Martinez from ABC.
In the program's first 7's action since 2019, Army West Point Men’s Rugby stormed their way to a third place finish at the Collegiate Rugby Championships. After receiving a No. 1 seed and a first-round bye in the 28-team tournament, Army began its run to the semifinal round with a win over the fourth-seeded Lander University. Firstie Tiaan Mosconi began the scoring for the Black Knights, giving the squad a 7-0 lead after a try and a successful conversion. Michael Amberg, Matthew Meehan, Scharl Du Toit and Nolan Green all added tries to give Army plenty of room to hold off Lander and secure the 31-5 victory.
It was more of the same in the quarterfinal round as the Black Knights stormed their way to another 31-5 victory, this time over second-seeded Air Force. In this contest the Falcons struck first, getting their only try three minutes into the contest. Maxwell Sackett tied up the game with a try in the fourth minute followed by a Tiaan Mosconi conversion that gave Army a lead they would not surrender. Scharl du Toit, KoiKoi Nelligan and Nolan Green all made it past the goal line to score tries for Army.
In the semifinal round, Army fell to first-seeded Life University 36-19 for the team's first loss of the season. Amberg and Green continued their strong play with tries, while Mosconi also chipped in a try and two conversions of his own.
Army returned to the pitch later that day for the third-place match against fellow first-seed Davenport University. After falling behind 10-0 early in the match, Army battled its way back after two tries from Green. A successful conversion by Firstie Jonny Haley on the second try gave Army the 12-10 lead. The Black Knights were able to hold off Davenport the rest of the way to earn a third-place finish. Read more.
Class of 2021 2nd lieutenants and faculty from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science attended the Indianapolis 500 as part of a series of events for the Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC) held over Memorial Day weekend in Indianapolis, Indiana.
This challenge unites the collaborative efforts of Purdue University, West Point, and our public and private partners to program a modified, autonomous Dallara IL-15 Indy Lights race car to outrace and outmaneuver competitors from around the world in a head-to-head, high speed, fully autonomous race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in October of this year.
Join the Department of History for a murder mystery drawn verbatim from West Point’s historical archives. In the fall of 1841, five cadets nursing mortal offenses to their sense of honor wrote Secretary of War John Spencer to protest Superintendent Richard Delafield’s alleged abuse of his authority in investigating the disappearance of several ducks. This dramatic reading features cadets performing authentic letters held by USMA Library's Special Collections. Get ready for a cold-cut case... in “Murder Most Fowl: West Point, 1841.”
The Black Knights are making their ninth NCAA Regional appearance and third in the last four years when they visit Lubbock for the 2021 Lubbock Regional today June 4. This is also the second-straight visit to the Lubbock Regional after also being the No. 4 seed in the 2019 Lubbock Regional. The Black Knights are 4-16 overall in NCAA Regional play.
2000 Regional - Montclair, NJ (0-2)
2004 Regional - Baton Rouge, LA (0-2)
2005 Regional - Tallahassee, FL (1-2)
2009 Regional - Austin, TX (2-2)
2012 Regional - Charlottesville, VA (0-2)
2013 Regional - Charlottesville, VA (0-2)
2018 Regional - Raleigh, NC (1-2)
2019 Regional - Lubbock, TX (0-2)
2021 Regional - Lubbock, TX
The Black Knights won their first NCAA Regional game in 2005, an elimination game vs. South Alabama that they won 8-3. In 2009 the Black Knights made some noise, winning back-to-back elimination games, first a 7-4 victory over Texas State and then a 4-3 victory over Boston College before falling to Texas 14-10 in the regional final. In the 2018 Regional, the first one under head coach Jim Foster, the Black Knights knocked off host N.C. State, 5-1, in the regional opener before dropping the next two. Read more.
The Army West Point Men’s Lacrosse Team was ranked 13th in the final Inside Lacrosse Media Poll of the 2021 season.
The Black Knights made it to the Patriot League Semifinals in the conference tournament by winning the North Division Title and finished with a 7-4 mark overall. A highlight from the season came against No. 6 Syracuse at the Carrier Dome. The Black Knights upset the Orange, 18-11, and it was the only non-conference game the Atlantic Coast Conference would lose all regular season long.
Army also finished the season 4-0 at Michie Stadium with wins over St. Joseph’s, Holy Cross, Boston University and Colgate to extend its home winning streak to 10 games, dating back to 2019. The Black Knights entered the Patriot League Tournament as the second seed and were defeated by Loyola in the semifinals.
The Black Knights were ranked as high as seventh in the nation in the polls during the season and finished the year as the fifth-ranked defense in the country, allowing 9.27 goals per game.
“I am honored to serve as West Point’s 15th Dean. I want to sincerely thank Brigadier General Jebb for all the wonderful work she has done, and I am committed to building on what the team has collectively accomplished over the last five years.”
“While this was a challenging year, it has been inspiring to see mission accomplishment continue in the COVID environment. In the months and years ahead, we will use the lessons learned to innovate further and create an even stronger and more adaptable community.”
“The Army is more capable than ever. I know this fact because I have seen the talent and grit of cadets and faculty in and out of the classroom. I know the determination of our leadership. Our Academic Program will continue to educate, challenge, and inspire leaders of character ready to fight and win our Nation’s wars.”
The Army West Point Men’s and Women’s Track had three members earn U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) 2021 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field All-Northeast honors, the organization announced June 4. August Cook was named the men's field athlete of the year, Emily Mikoud was tabbed the women's field athlete of the year and Angelo Posillico was named the men's assistant coach of the year.
Cook set a meet record in the javelin of 75.20m (246-9) at the Patriot League Outdoor Championships. Two weeks later, Cook won the event title at the IC4A Outdoor Championships with another heave of 71.00m (232-11) or better. For the third time in his career, Cook punched a ticket to the NCAA outdoor championships.
“August is no stranger to success, and he continues to raise the standard of excellence for our program,” head coach Mike Smith said. “This is his second regional award and probably his most dominating season ever. The javelin is only contested outdoors, and it is difficult to compete in the event at every meet because of the extreme demands placed on the body. So, javelin throwers are often overlooked when compared to other track and field athletes that compete often and in multiple events. August's competitive dominance during the regular season and the significance of his winning throw at the Patriot League meet (2.5 meters farther than his previous school record, made him an easy choice for the regional award. He is one of the most dominating performers to ever come through our program and there have been some good men and women on this team in the past. Last weekend August qualified for his third NCAA championship appearance in as many attempts. There is only one other Army athlete to have qualified for the NCAA championships in every year of eligibility and that was Curt Alitz who qualified for the meet in 1975-1978. August is not finished yet and I look forward to seeing what he can do next week in Eugene.” Read more.
Cadet Field Training (CFT) is three to four weeks of training to develop, test, and validate specific tasks, prepare cadets for their duties as NCOs in the Corps of Cadets, and inspire each cadet through training that is physically and mentally demanding. The training is in general military skills, preparations for extended field operations, and leading, participating in, and conducting small unit tactical operations.
USMA cadets participate in the Water Confidence Course at Camp Buckner during Cadet Field Training. The obstacle is meant to build confidence and overcome the fear of heights and water as each cadet attempts the course, comprised of two phases—the slide for life and the beam walk-rope drop. Photos.
August Cook, a from the Army West Point Men's Track and Field team, will compete in the 2021 Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, on Wednesday, June 9 at 9:15pm ET. Live Stream. Live Results.
The Bedford, PA, native will be competing in the second flight. He has the eighth highest mark in the nation this season with a throw of 75.20m, which is a Patriot League meet record and Army West Point school record.
Cook is one of just two members in program history to advance to nationals each year the meet has been held. Only Curt Alitz (1975-78) competed in more NCAA outdoor meets than Cook, as he advanced four times. He is one of four Black Knights in program history to advance to nationals, joining John Ahern (1963), Bob Wallis (1970) and Adam Burke (2003, 2004).
Head coach Jeff Monken announced the four team captains for the 2021 season in firstie defensive lineman Nolan Cockrill, firstie defensive back Cedrick Cunningham, firstie linebacker Arik Smith and cow defensive back Marquel Broughton. The No. 1 overall defense in all of FBS in 2020, the Black Knights tabbed four players from the defensive side of the ball to represent as captains in 2021.
Cockrill was an anchor for the Black Knights in 2020 on the defensive line and is poised to have an even bigger breakout season in 2021. He finished 2020 with 28 tackles, 7.0 TFL and 2.5 sacks. He led the team with four QB hurries and collected two pass breakups and one forced fumble. For his efforts in 2020, Cockrill was named a Phil Steele All-Independent First Team honoree.
Cunningham, a rising firstie in 2021, finished third on the team with 70 total tackles in 2020, with 37 solo and 33 assists. He tallied 8.0 TFL and 2.0 sacks with three pass break ups and one interception. Cunningham earned All-Independent First Team honors in 2020.
A rising firstie, Smith was tied for the team lead in total tackles (78) in 2020 and led the team with 3.5 sacks. He tallied 9.0 TFL and hauled in one interception en route to being named a Phil Steele All-Independent First Team selection.
Broughton is the lone cow to be named a captain in 2021 and the first since Cole Christiansen earned the honor in 2018. Overall, Broughton is just the third junior captain for the Black Knights since 2015, joining Christiansen in 2018 and Jeremy Timpf in 2015. Broughton finished fourth on the team in 2020 with 67 total tackles but led the team with 40 solo tackles. He also had two interceptions, three pass breakups, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
The Black Knights will open up the 2021 season on Saturday, September 4 at 12pm ET at Georgia State on ESPNU.
In preparation for his eighth season at the helm of the Army wrestling team, head coach Kevin Ward announced that Jesse Dellavecchia will join his staff for the 2021-22 slate on Wednesday afternoon. Dellavecchia, a 2021 NCAA All-American at Rider University, will serve as a volunteer assistant coach.
“Adding Jesse to our staff is a huge boost to our program and fits into our vision of the type of people we want helping guide our athletes towards their goals,” Ward said. “As an athlete, Jesse showed incredible self-belief and determination in becoming a two-time all American and NCAA finalist during his competitive career. He is one of the most promising young coaches in the country, and his experiences overcoming the odds in competing at the highest levels of NCAA wrestling will be a huge benefit to our program.”
The first-ever national finalist in Rider Wrestling history, Dellavecchia had an extremely decorated career during his tenure with the Broncs. A two-time Mid-American Conference Champion at 157 pounds, he was named the 2021 MAC Wrestler of the Year after a historic campaign that saw him finish second in the National Championship Bout.
During his dominant run in 2021, Dellavecchia racked up an 11-1 record and pinned top-seeded Ryan Deakin of Northwestern, who entered the bout undefeated, in the National Championship Semifinal. The 18th All-American in the program's history finished his career as a Bronc 66-10 overall. Read more.
Army Women’s Soccer Head Coach Tracy Chao has officially welcomed two new faces to the program. Tori Ball and Justin Howell will join Chao's staff in 2021-22 as assistant coaches. Coach Chao is thrilled with the level of experience these two will bring with them to Army. “I am excited to add Tori and Justin to our Army Women's Soccer family,” said Chao. "They are such incredible people and thrilled to combine all of our forces in our pursuit for excellence and championships.”
Ball comes to West Point after a four-year tenure at Colorado State as an assistant before serving as the interim head coach for the 2020 season. Ball arrived at Colorado State after a two-year stay with FC Boulder Development Academy where she held multiple head coaching positions. A Mobile, Ala. native, Ball played four seasons collegiately as a striker for Auburn University. Coach Chao is excited at the level of enthusiasm and passion Ball will bring to West Point.
“Tori [Ball] immediately brings a fantastic energy and level of experience as a former standout student-athlete at Auburn University to her last few seasons contributing to building the program at Colorado State University,” said Chao. “I've been fortunate to see both of those first-hand and know Tori's knowledge, commitment, work ethic and love for the game will make an immediate impact on the program.”
No stranger to the game, Howell comes to Army from San Francisco University by way of Toronto where he served as the director of soccer operations for the semi-professional Toronto Skillz FC for two years. Coach Chao believes Howell's experience will play a big role in the team's future.
“Justin will be another exceptional addition to our staff and program,” said Chao. “He adds a wealth of experience from the tremendous programs and staff that he has been a part of as well as an amazing outlook and approach for our goalkeepers and program.” Read more.
CDT Lauren Harpole is working with the Joint Staff J5 ENR (Europe/NATO/Russia) office at the Pentagon as a part of the Russia team. In addition to gathering intelligence and advising policymakers, she has had the opportunity to visit the National Security Council and speak with Russian policy experts such as Ms. Sarah Hahn, a director of the NSC Russia directorate. As an international relations and Russian major, this Advanced Individual Academic Development (AIAD) has given CDT Harpole insight into real-world problems that will require novel solutions in the coming years.
The Army West Point Women’s Tennis team was slotted fifth in the ITA's Northeast Regional Rankings, which were finalized by the organization earlier this week. The rank is the highest in program history. The Black Knights, who went 12-4 during their dominant 2020-21 campaign, were additionally represented in both the singles and doubles rankings. Ana Joyner and Sam DiMaio checked in at fourth in doubles, while Joyner was additionally listed as 14th in singles.
“I am so happy and proud of Anya and Sam for being ranked fourth in the Northeast,” head coach Paul Peck said. “They had a great season and an amazing win over Boston College's top doubles team in a really exciting tiebreaker. It's great to see all the hard work they displayed all season pay off.” Joyner and DiMaio teamed up to post a 6-2 record during the regular season which included an unblemished 2-0 mark against conference opponents. The duo played mostly at the second spot in Army's lineup and won three of its final four matches. In their victories, they outscored opposing pairs 37-16.
The second three-time Patriot League Player of the Year in program history, Joyner strung together a 9-1 record at the top singles spot in her final season. During her firstie campaign, she went undefeated in league play (6-0) and helped Army take down Navy, 5-2, for a star in the Army-Navy Star Series. With her efforts, she climbed up the program's career record list for dual wins at No. 1 singles and now ranks third all-time with 33. She is Army's sixth three-time All-Patriot League selection after being tabbed to the First Team in 2021 and just the third player in league history to be named Player of the Year at least three times. She finishes her career with a 58-38 singles record and a 55-34 doubles mark. Read more.
Following a stellar 9-3 season and a second-place finish in the Patriot League Tournament, Army Men’s Tennis capped off 2020-21 ranked third overall in the ITA Northeast Region. This team ranking is the highest in the program's history.
Along with the team accolade, two Cadets earned a spot in the region's final singles rankings. Captain Diego Huttepain finished eighth in the poll, while teammate Samuel Eden finished 12th. Huttepain tallied 13-6 overall record in his cow season, earning a spot on the Patriot League's All-Conference First-Team. Eden's ranking comes after an 8-1 record and a spot on the Patriot League's All-Conference Second-Team.
In the doubles rankings, yearlings Thomas Lake and AJ Woodman found themselves at the top of the ladder, taking the first overall spot in the poll. Huttepain and Eden also made the list, placing fifth. Lake and Woodman finished the year with an 8-1 mark in doubles play.