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Track and Field Posts 64 Top-Three Finishes

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Track and Field Posts 64 Top-Three FinishesThe Army West Point Men’s and Women’s Track and Field teams competed in a tri-meet with Albany and St. John's this past Friday. As a whole, Army had 64 top-three finishes.

The Cadets had 12 event wins and 34 top-three finishes on the men's side. Marshall Beatty set a new personal best in the 5000m with a time of 14:03.16, which is the fastest time in the Patriot League this season.

Men's Event Winners: 200m: Ryan Hogan – 21.64. 400m: Kevin Sembrat – 48.26. 110m Hurdles: Mathew McNamara – 15.04. 400m Hurdles: Calvin Wetzel – 52.66. 800m: Luke Griner – 1:49.94. 1500m: Mitchell Burr – 3:49.44. 3000m Steeplechase: Allen Sparks – 9:09.57. 5000m: Marshall Beatty – 14:03.16. High Jump: Talon Estes – 1.93m. Pole Vault: Ethan Hesson – 4.63m. Shot Put: Geoff Kirk – 19.21m. Hammer Throw: Marco Risi – 62.12m. Read more.


Women’s Rugby Impresses on the Road

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Women’s Rugby Impresses on the RoadThe Army West Point Women’s Rugby team looked stellar on the road this past Saturday, as the Black Knights defeated Mount St. Mary's, 75-0 in 15's action.

Army spread the wealth versus the Mountaineers, as 11 different Cadets crossed the try line.

Julia Riekena and Hailey Hodsden led the way with two tries each. Kaitlyn Schwarting added five conversions to lead the kicking game.

Codi Butt, Emma Richards-Smith, Kaylee Cargile, Eleanor Burnett, Alexis Smalls, Michele Szegda, Samantha Gunn, Rebecca Syrup, and Sydney Schaff all scored one try apiece.

The 75-0 victory was the largest margin of victory for Army since defeating Notre Dame College 77-0 on September 28, 2019. Read more.

SOSH Run 2021

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SOSH Run 2021What better way to hand in your end-of-term semester research paper than dressing in a costume?

Cadets continued the tradition of the SOSH Run, rushing to deliver their final papers to the Department of Social Sciences by 4:30pm last week. Photos.

Photo: Courtesy of CDT Hannah Lamb

Women’s Lacrosse Wins Big on Senior Day

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Women’s Lacrosse Wins Big on Senior DayThe Army West Point Women’s Lacrosse team used an early 10-0 run to top Bucknell, 19-8, on senior day at Michie Stadium. The Black Knights are now up to five straight wins.

“It's been awesome over our four years to see how far this team has come and what our class has been able to do for this program,” Army firstie Cameron Manor said. “Everyone was playing for each other today. In the locker room before the game we were so excited to get out and play for all the seniors.”

Manor had a career-high seven points with four goals and three assists. Both Jackie Brattan and Jolie Riedell also posted four-goal performances.

Bucknell was the first team on the board with Kali Peeples finding the back of the net less than a minute into the contest. After that it was all Army from there. The Cadets scored 10 unanswered goals in a 20-minute span to push ahead by nine. Three of Jackie Brattan's four goals came during the spurt. In total, Army had seven different goal scorers during the run, including firstie Beth Hofmann, who notched her first goal of the season.

The Black Knights eventually went on to take a 13-3 lead into halftime. In the first half, Army outshot Bucknell 27-5. Read more.

Men’s Tennis Tops Lehigh to Advance to Patriot League Title Match

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Men’s Tennis Tops Lehigh to Advance to Patriot League Title MatchThe Army West Point Men's Tennis is headed back the Patriot League Championship match. Second-seeded Army bested third-seeded Lehigh, 4-2, in the Patriot League Semifinal this past Saturday to advance to the league title game, where it will take on Navy.

The Black Knights claimed the doubles point with the pairing of AJ Woodman and Thomas Lake winning 6-3 in No. 1 doubles. On the second court, Diego Huttepain and Sam Eden won their matchup 6-4.

Huttepain bested Lehigh's Zack Elliot in two sets in No. 1 singles to give Army the 2-0 advantage. Lehigh cut the Black Knights' lead to one claiming No. 6 singles. The next match to finish was on court four with Sam Eden topping his opponent in two bouts to make it 3-1 in favor of Army. Lehigh won in No. 2 singles to again make it a one-point contest. David Gorshein clinched the win for the Black Knights on court five. After dropping the first set 6-2, he earned a 6-2 and 6-3 victory. Read more.

Softball Splits Doubleheader with Colgate

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Softball Splits Doubleheader with ColgateThe Army West Point Softball team split its doubleheader with Colgate this past Saturday. The Black Knights won the first game 3-1 and dropped the second contest 8-2. Army wasted no time getting on the board in the front end of the doubleheader. Taylor Drayton hit a two-run blast over the center field fence, which scored Angelina Bebek, in the top of the first.

The Raiders cut Army's lead to one in the bottom of the fourth with an RBI single off the bat of Mia Guevarra. However, the Cadets expanded their lead back to two runs in the top of the sixth with Bebek hitting home Kayla Edwards.

Bebek went 3-for-4 from the plate in the first game. Drayton and Leila Hurst also had multi-hit efforts with two apiece. In the circle, Jolie Duong improved to 5-0 on the season. The Houston native pitched a complete game and issued six strikeouts and no walks. Her one run allowed was unearned. She now owns a 1.71 ERA on the season.

After allowing a leadoff walk in the second contest, Alicyn Grete retired 12 of the next 13 batters she faced. Through four innings of play she had only surrendered one hit. Read more.

Featured Upcoming Projects Day Teams

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Featured Upcoming Projects Day TeamsTeam Magic Model cadets are working to improve structural model technology to enable a deeper understanding of performance-based design of reinforced concrete structures to resist explosive blast loading. Team Spark is designing and testing an innovative power supply system for combat soldiers that is user-friendly, efficient, safe, and lightweight. Fire Team 6.8 is conducting state-of-the-art research for the next generation of Army weapon systems the cadets are looking to improve the heat dissipation to increase barrel longevity and eliminate redundant barrels. Resiliency Team West Point – Is tackling the question: How can we engineer a better way to increase energy and water resiliency across our Army installations? Team Contaminant Analysis Group is researching and analyzing innovative techniques to study the release of contaminants in an urban building using magnetic resonance velocimetry and magnetic resonance concentration.

Team Medusa Botfly is researching the use of the Medusa Botfly in remote and austere environments. The concept is that soldiers will manufacture, assemble, and deploy these systems through the use of inexpensive, common components, and 3D printing. Team SMP Ballistics is developing novel materials for live shoot-house ammunition for the next generation of squad weapons. Team Bird's Eye Bullseye is designing, building, and testing a system capable of observing long range direct-fire weapons in order provide more effective and efficient targeting information. Steel on Target team, Transportable Equipment Models and Targets: are designing and building full-scale transportable models which can be easily deployed and create a target-rich environment to prepare soldiers for combat. Click here for more information and to view Projects Day Showcase.

Photo: Team Transportable Equipment Models and Targets

Baseball Finishes Off Series Split with Lafayette

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Baseball Finishes Off Series Split with LafayetteThe Army West Point Baseball team split the final two games of a four-game series vs. Lafayette this past Saturday afternoon at Doubleday Field. The Black Knights (17-16, 11-7 Patriot League) fell in game one, 4-2, before taking the final game of the four-game series, 6-4. Overall, the Black Knights and the Leopards (11-14, 10-12 Patriot League) split the four-game series.

In the seven-inning game one, the Black Knights went down 3-0 in the third inning but battled back with two runs in the bottom of the fourth off a Sam Ruta RBI single and a Blake Ledoux sac fly to make it a 3-2 ballgame. However, a two-run shot in the top of the seventh inning by Lafayette's Ciuffreda made it a 4-2 ballgame and the Black Knights were unable to mount a comeback in the bottom half of the inning.

Ruta led the way with two hits on the day, adding one RBI while Blake Ledoux also had one. Starter Patrick Melampy took the loss, going 2.0 innings, giving up two runs on two hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Reliever Ray Bartoli tossed the final five frames, allowing two runs on four hits with six strikeouts.

In game two, the Black Knights wasted no time getting on the board, tallying one run in the first on a Ruta RBI and a second as they two advantage of a throwing error in the second inning. Read more.


Women’s Tennis Closes Out Regular Season on a High Note

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Women’s Tennis Closes Out Regular Season on a High NoteThe Army West Point Women's Tennis team topped Fordham 6-1 this past Saturday afternoon in its final regular season match.

The Cadets claimed the doubles point with the tandem of Stephanie Dolehide and Caroline Vincent winning 6-1 in No. 1 doubles. On the second court, Paola Bou and Justine Dondonay won their matchup 6-2.

Dondonay was the first winner in singles, claiming the match in two sets on the fourth court. Bou won in No. 3 singles to give Army the 4-0 advantage, due to Fordham forfeiting on court six. The Rams picked up a win in No. 1 singles, but Vincent and Carolyn Ahn closed out the match with wins for the Cadets. Read more.

Football Celebrates 2020 Season at Annual Banquet

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Football Celebrates 2020 Season at Annual BanquetThe Army West Point football team reflected on the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy winning 2020 season and honored its firsties Saturday evening at the Black Knights' annual banquet held in Ike Hall on West Point's campus.

In total 21 firsties were honored throughout the event and 11 different awards were handed out. Rich DeMarco, the voice of the Black Knights, served as master of ceremonies, while head coach Jeff Monken spoke about the 2020 season, winning the CIC Trophy, the Lambert Trophy and making the Liberty Bowl all during the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic. He also gave a preview of the expectations for the upcoming season in 2021.

The Black Knights also honored their nine First Team Phil Steele All-Independent Team honorees (Nolan Cockrill, Cedrick Cunningham, JB Hunter, Jon Rhattigan, Peyton Reeder, Tyhier Tyler, Kyle O'Connor, Julian McDuffie and Arik Smith) and four Second Team honorees (Tyrell Robinson, Jakobi Buchanan, Zach Harding and Amadeo West). Read more.

Men’s Soccer Wins Army-Navy Cup IX

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Men’s Soccer Wins Army-Navy Cup IXThe Army West Point Men’s Soccer team took home the Army-Navy Cup for the sixth-straight season after defeating rival Navy, 2-0, yesterday afternoon at Subaru Park in Chester, PA. The Black Knights outshot Navy, 7-5 in the first half and were knocking on the door with four corners to just two for the Midshipmen.

With the start of the second half, the Black Knights wasted no time, as John Poncy delivered the first goal of the day, also the first of his career and the eventual game winner just three minutes into the second half, as he took a feed from Oscar Pereira and finished off a shot to the lower right corner. The Black Knights struck again, making it 2-0 in the 59th minute as Pereira delivered a pretty strike to the upper-left corner from 30 yards out off a pass from Nick Atkinson.

The Midshipmen had their opportunities down the stretch, outshooting the Black Knights 7-5 in the second half and tallying six corner kick opportunities to just one for the Black Knights, but the defensive unit held strong. Navy had no better opportunity to get on the board then in the 74th minute when David Jackson took a penalty kick for the Midshipmen. Goalkeeper Josh Taylor came up with a huge save to preserve the shutout.

Overall, Taylor made six saves in his first career start to earn his first win and first shutout in the rivalry derby.

Congratulations to the Teams Representing USMA at DEVCOM WISE Challenge Finals

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Congratulations to the Teams Representing USMA at DEVCOM WISE Challenge FinalsCongratulations to the following teams selected to represent West Point at the upcoming DEVCOM Warfighter Innovation in Science and Engineering (WISE) Challenge Finals tomorrow, April 27th:
• Team Superstrand. The project seeks to design a biosensing, conductive textile material for military uniforms, synthesized using a carbon nanotube and cellulose nanofiber composite. Cadets Felita Zhang, Edward Tang, Paul Trackey, Danielle Lynch, Hunter Beauchamp, and Jeff Tantow. Advisor COL John Burpo, Dept. of Chemistry and Life Science.
• Team Squads with Autonomous Teammates Challenge (SWAT-C). This project seeks to design, build, and test semi-autonomous air and ground-based vehicles to augment warfighter situational awareness and engagement capabilities. Cadets Andrew Mizell, Madison Teague, and Bryan Kim. Advisors COL Christopher Korpela, Dept. of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and LTC Steve Chetcuti, Dept. of Civil and Mechanical Engineering.
• Team Defenders. The project seeks to design, print, and test a new structure for the armor plate of a combat vehicle against a buried blast while optimizing the plate to be as light as possible. Cadets Jarrett Justice, Courtney Loomis, Tyler Kim, and Jesus Carillo. Advisor Dr. Kevin McMullen Dept. of Civil and Mechanical Engineering. The WISE Finals are open to the public to view and links to the finals are posted on the DEVCOM WISE website.

Buy Your Replica 2020 CIC Championship Rings

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Buy Your Replica 2020 CIC Championship RingsLimited number of Army Football Commemorative Commander in Chief's Trophy Championship Rings are now available for purchase here.

Celebrate the Army football team's historic 2020 season, with your own commemorative Commander in Chief's Trophy Championship Ring! Each ring is 2oz (57g) of solid metal. The top of this limited-edition ring (only 200 made available for sale) features the Commander in Chief's Trophy, while the sides are adorned with Michie Stadium (where Army went 8-0 in 2020), along with scores of Army's victories over Navy and Air Force, as well as the Army West Point shield logo. Each ring is a size 11 and comes with its own individually numbered display stand and includes an Army West Point Authentic hologram sticker on the inside band.

“We know there are so many loyal fans across the globe cheering the Army team on, and we missed them in Michie Stadium this past fall,” said Mike Harrity, Deputy Athletics Director/Chief Operating Officer. “We wanted to honor our dedicated fans with an opportunity to celebrate a historic football season and another Commander-in-Chief's Trophy.”

Proceeds from all Army West Point Authentic sales will be supporting more than 1,000 outstanding cadet-athletes!

Army-Navy Baseball Series to be Played at Palisades Credit Union Park

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Army-Navy Baseball Series to be Played at Palisades Credit Union ParkThe Army West Point baseball series vs. Academy rival Navy, set for May 8-9, 2021 will be moved from Doubleday Field on the West Point campus to Palisades Credit Union Park, the home of the Rockland Boulders in Rockland County, NY, it was announced today.

The Black Knights and Midshipmen will square off on Saturday, May 8 for a doubleheader, with game one scheduled to begin at 1pm ET. Game two of the series will follow after game one. Both games will be streamed live on ESPN+.

Games three and four are set for Sunday, May 9, with first pitch of game three set for 2:30pm ET. It will be televised live on CBS Sports Net. The Black Knights will also honor their firsties prior to game three on Sunday in the annual Senior Day ceremony. The fourth and final game of the series will follow the conclusion of game three and will be streamed live on ESPN+.

As a part of the Army-Navy Star Series presented by USAA, the Star on the line in this series between Army and Navy, with the Star going to the winner of the four-game series. In the event of a series split, the tiebreaker will be the winner of game one.

Tickets for the series, both single game and day passe will go on sale tomorrow, Wednesday, April 28 on https://www.nyboulders.com.

Featured Upcoming Projects Day Teams

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Featured Upcoming Projects Day TeamsTeam Drag Destroyers is researching and inventing mechanisms and systems to reduce the hub drag on the Future Vertical Lift Helicopter. The goal is to reduce drag by up to 40% and significantly increase the performance of these combat systems. Team Aims is working with Pratt Miller’s Multi-Mode Extreme Travel Suspension Vehicle to develop a weapon impulse simulation system to provide realistic impulse loads to the active suspension control system – No mountain too big to climb! Multi-Team Purpose Building Design is helping to design a unique multi-purpose building for troops austere and remote combat environments. The design structure will help strengthen partnerships across theaters of operations. Click here for more information and to view Projects Day Showcase.

Photo: Team Drag Destroyers


Hofmann Tabbed Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week

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Hofmann Tabbed Patriot League Defensive Player of the WeekBeth Hofmann, a firstie on the Army West Point Women's Lacrosse team, was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week Monday afternoon.

Hofmann caused one turnover, picked up one ground ball, caused one turnover and scored a goal to help Army West Point defeat Bucknell, 19-8. The Glen Mills, PA, native anchored the Black Knights' defense that held the Bison to 14 shots, including 12 shots on goal, and just three goals in the first half. Her goal came in transition and was Army West Point's third of the game in the midst of a 10-0 run.

General Donald R. Keith Virtual Capstone Conference

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General Donald R. Keith Virtual Capstone ConferenceThe General Donald R. Keith Virtual Capstone Conference kicks off in less than 24 hours! The proceedings and presentation schedules are now available online at the Conference website. We invite family, friends, alumni, and clients to tune in! Each Track has a separate meeting room that is linked on the website. There are also Live Event channels for the Opening Remarks at 8am and the Awards Ceremony from 6:30-8:30pm. Please note that all times are EST. Good luck to all our participants! Conference website.

Carolyn Enger Shares Powerful Testimonials with Cadets

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Carolyn Enger Shares Powerful Testimonials with CadetsCadets, family and friends gathered at the Jewish Chapel to participate in the U.S. Military Academy Days of Remembrance/Holocaust Remembrance Observance April 14 at West Point. Titled the ‘Mischlinge Expose’ and presented by world-renowned composer Carolyn Enger, the event featured her music along with contextualized artistic works from her father.

Her family history was woven into a film she presented, which showcased important cultural figures who shared part of her family’s history.

“I feel the importance of speaking out about diversity and tolerance is especially needed now,” Enger said. “We can make a difference as individuals and accept people who are different from us with passion and empathy.”

Enger’s grandmother, who is shown in the Mischlinge Expose film, converted from Judaism to Christianity after marrying Enger’s grandfather in 1919 in Germany. She passed away before the war when her father was about seven years old.

On January 20, 1942, the German Wannsee Conference was held in Wannsee, Germany, to develop strategies to eradicate the Jewish population, Enger said. Full story.

Featured Upcoming Projects Day Teams

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Featured Upcoming Projects Day TeamsTeam G.I. Roscopic Chickens is working to develop systems that provide commanders with real-time data about their soldier’s neuromuscular functions without inhibiting performance. Team Soft Catch is conducting state-of-the-art analysis and design of an innovative system to return unmanned aerial vehicles to the ground operating unit without damage. Team Steel or No Steel is competing in American Institute of Steel Construction annual steel bridge contest that challenges students to design, build and construct for time a scaled steel bridge.

Photo: Team G.I. Roscopic Chickens

Track & Field Trio Takes Home Patriot League Weekly Awards

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Track & Field Trio Takes Home Patriot League Weekly AwardsThree members of the Army West Point Men's and Women's Track and Field teams earned Patriot League weekly awards, the league office announced yesterday.

Geoff Kirk was tabbed the men's field athlete of the week, Emily Mikoud was the women's field athlete of the week and Luke Griner was the men's rookie of the week.

Kirk won the shot put with a program-record and IC4A-qualifying distance of 19.21 meters in the Army Twilight Meet against Albany and St. John's. His throw is the best in the Patriot League and 18th in NCAA DI this season. He also finished third in the discus with a throw of 52.27 meters.

Mikoud posted three ECAC-qualifying distances and won the shot put (15.28m) and discus (48.28m) at the Army Twilight Meet against Albany and St. John's. She set a personal record in the hammer throw with a heave of 59.12 meters, the second-best mark in school history, in addition to ranking second in the League and 73rd in NCAA DI.

Griner won the 800 meters at the Army Twilight Meet against Albany and St. John's with an IC4A-qualifying time of 1:49.94. His time is the best in the Patriot League this season and the 75th fastest time in NCAA DI this season.

Astronomy Club Launches High-Altitude Balloon

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Astronomy Club Launches High-Altitude BalloonThe West Point Astronomy Club launched a high-altitude balloon near Scranton, Pennsylvania containing space-related research modules. The balloon flew close to 90 miles reaching a max altitude greater than 70,000 feet before landing near New Paltz, New York. The flight was tracked in real-time via amateur radio GPS signals and gave valuable data on high-altitude weather.

Army Mock Trial Beats Navy

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Army Mock Trial Beats NavyOver the weekend, the Army’s Mock Trial Team beat the Navy’s Mock Trial Team in the first annual competition between the two Academies. Army beat Navy in both trials of the day, earning high praise from the civilian judges. Cadets earned plaudits for the “best cross-examination” and “best attorney” (Aaron Hoff ’24), “best direct-examination” and “best attorney” (David Nakasone ’24 and Samuel Prather ’24), and "best witness" (Cassidy Shrope ’21). Way to Outsmart Navy!


Watch Men’s Rugby Take on Lindenwood Live

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Watch Men’s Rugby Take on Lindenwood LiveDon't miss Army West Point Men’s Rugby take on Lindenwood, Friday April 30, 2021 at 7pm at the Anderson Rugby Complex on West Point. Lindenwood is thought by many to be #1 college team in the country today. Men’s Rugby is currently ranked 3rd in the nation. This game will be live streamed, watch here.

Projects Day Teams You Can See

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Projects Day Teams You Can SeeTeam UAS Swarm is designing, developing, and testing an autonomous UAS Swarm (drones) to detect and map chemical plumes through integration of multiple disciplines and studies. Team Spear-HRT is a multi-disciplinary Space Engineering and Applied Research-Hypersonic Rocket team that is seeking to be the first West Point cadet team to launch a rocket into space! Team Damadraulics is researching and building hydraulic models standardized designs for guard walls at the US Army Corps of Engineer Montgomery, Dashields, and Emsworth locks and dams to reduce operations and maintenance costs. Guard walls serve as a guide for river barge pilots to align their ships with the lock, which can be up to 1200 feet long. Ways to follow the 22nd Annual USMA Projects Day Website, YouTube and Downloadable App.

Photo: Team Spear-HRT

CubeSat Projects Day Highlight

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CubeSat Projects Day HighlightGreat work by Cadets Orlando Sullivan, Esther Roman, Thomas Bordeaux, Ryan Farris, and Cara Shattan, and their advisors MAJ John Hutton and CPT Jason Eckstein! Current CubeSat platforms are either developed in-house by space engineering experts and with leadership of graduate students or by using expensive, closed-source proprietary commercial systems. The goal of the Black Knight CubeSat project is to develop a low-cost, rapidly deployable, versatile 3U CubeSat system bus that can support a range of scientific and military payloads. This is achieved by using low-cost commodity hardware not traditionally deployed in a space environment. The Black Knight CubeSat project is currently developing a system bus designed around the use of a Raspberry Pi 3 Compute Module as the flight computer. This single board computer is versatile, low cost, and has demonstrated encouraging survivability when exposed to various forms of radiation found in Low Earth Orbit. This platform has been considered worth investigating by both NASA and the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command.

Photo: Dr. Rachel Sondheimer, the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, congratulates the Black Knight CubeSat team on their wonderful project

Good Luck to Women’s Tennis

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Good Luck to Women’s TennisGood luck to the Army Women's Tennis Team and its Firsties in the Patriot League Tournament. They will take on Loyola in Annapolis Friday April 30, 2021. The Black Knights eye for their third-straight league title. GO ARMY BEAT LOYOLA!

Cadets Study The Cuban Missile Crisis

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Cadets Study The Cuban Missile CrisisCadets in HI158R, Advanced Regional Studies in World History – Russia, played “Eyeball2Eyeball, 1962: The Cuban Missile Crisis.” Cadets assumed the roles of historical figures in American, Soviet, Cuban, and Media factions as they negotiated a complex interplay of Cold War power dynamics. Cadets had to communicate both face to face and via a state-of-the-art simulation messaging system that replicated the media environment, intelligence reporting, and diplomatic messaging of 1962. Eyeball2Eyeball was developed at West Point as part of the Department’s use of Reacting to the Past historical role-playing pedagogy. Cadets wore denim and spirit gear as part of USMA’s observance of Denim Day.

Football Wraps Up Spring Practice

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Football Wraps Up Spring PracticeFootball wrapped up its Spring Practice with its annual Spring Game on Friday night April 30 under the lights at Michie Stadium. Hear from head coach Jeff Monken, RB Tyson Riley and DB Bo Nicolas-Paul following Team Black's 23-21 victory after scoring in the final minute.

Golf Finishes 5th at Patriot League Championship

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Golf Finishes 5th at Patriot League ChampionshipThe Army West Point Golf Team claimed a fifth-place finish in the Patriot League Championship at the Naval Academy Golf Course.

The Black Knights finished the three rounds with a team score of 919 (+79). Loyola held on for the Patriot League Championship after leading following day one. The Greyhounds won the title by 18 strokes and had a team score of 866 (+26).

Brandon Berry of Loyola won the individual title at 1-over par 211 for the three rounds. He shot a 2-over 72 in yesterday’s final round. Army's top performer was team captain James McKee and he ended up in a tie for 13th on the player leaderboard at 16-over for the tournament. Dragon Theam was one stroke behind McKee for 16th on the leaderboard.

McKee, Sam McGee and Joseph Gerardi finished their Army careers following the final round. They finished with one Patriot League Title in 2019 and the trio went 4-0 against Navy in all Star matches.


Men’s Lacrosse Clinches North Division with Win Over Colgate

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Men’s Lacrosse Clinches North Division with Win Over ColgateThe 11th-ranked Army West Point Men’s Lacrosse Team clinched the Patriot League North Division title and the second-seed in the upcoming conference tournament with a 13-11 victory over Colgate on Senior Day. With the win, Army extended its home winning streak to double digits with its 10th consecutive victory at Michie Stadium. Mark that dates back to the 2019 season.

The Black Knights (7-3, 5-2 Patriot League) saw Brendan Nichtern tie a career high with eight points on three goals and five assists to lead a group of nine different goal scorers on the day. Gunner Philipp and Nickolas Edinger scored twice in the win and Stevie Grabher was 14-of-27 at the faceoff in the victory. He also scooped up a career best 15 ground balls as well.

“Today was a big one for us,” Nichtern said. “Specifically for the offense, it was important we found our groove going into the tournament. We had an awesome week of practice, just playing with an unselfish mentality and playing with constant ball movement. Playing in a close fourth quarter game will give us experience in that situation because we will be there in one of our upcoming games.”

Wyatt Schupler stopped 13 shots for the Black Knights to earn another win. Kyle Beyer had a good day on defense with three caused turnovers and in addition to his two points, Aidan Byrnes, finished with five ground balls. Army was also impressive in the riding game, forcing nine failed clears by the Raiders. Read more.

Women’s Track & Field Finishes Second at PL Championship

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Women’s Track & Field Finishes Second at PL ChampionshipThe Army West Point Women’s Track and Field Team finished second at the outdoor Patriot League championships at Shea Stadium. The Black Knights won nine of the 22 events and posted a total of 19 top three finishes. Georgia Jones was named the Patriot League Women's Rookie of the Meet. Jones set a meet record in the 5000m with a time of 16.18.93. The time also broke Army's program record set by Teresa Sobiesk in 1986. She also took third in the 1500m with a time of 4:41.06.

Emily Mikoud registered the most points in the meet with 28. She won the shot put with a meet record mark of 15.51m and claimed first in discus with a throw of 50.42m. Mikoud additionally placed second in the hammer throw with a heave of 61.32m. She finished just behind Abigail Green, who won the event at 61.64m. Helen Shearer set a meet record and shattered Army's program record in the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 10:11.24. The time, which is the 37th best in the nation this year and seventh fastest mark by a freshman, bested Army's previous program record by more than 30 seconds.

The Black Knights' 4x800m relay team of Quinn Collins, Shayla Bonzelet, Morgan Chewning-Kulick and Anna Tovkach took first with a time of 8:59.64. Tovkach, who was anchoring the relay, was in third place when she received the baton. The firstie shot to first place within the first 200 meters and ended up running a 2:09.24 split. Army posted event wins in both the triple jump and the long jump. Bonvie Fosam claimed first in the triple jump with a mark of 12.39m. Plebe Lindsey Smith took first in the long jump with a personal best mark of 5.75m. Hannah Blakey earned a first-place finish in the 400m hurdles with a program record time of 1:00.33. Read more.

SPEAR-Hypersonic Rocket Team Initial Results

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SPEAR-Hypersonic Rocket Team Initial ResultsInitial results- hypersonic speed achieved of Mach 5.03 and inertial distance of 84 km! That is well into a near vacuum of the area transitioning between the mesosphere and thermosphere. The Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. Air Force, and NASA, define space as an altitude of 80 km (50 miles) and awards astronaut wings to astronauts who fly above an altitude of 50 miles, or approximately 80 kilometers. Congratulations to the team from West Point Civil & Mechanical Engineering, Physics & Nuclear Engineering, and Chemistry & Life Sciences. Well done!

Women’s Rugby Cruises to Multiple Wins at Navy

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Women’s Rugby Cruises to Multiple Wins at NavyThe Army West Point Women’s Rugby Team impressed on the road May 1, as the Black Knights defeated Service-Academy rival Navy in four straight 7's rugby contests. Army was split into two units (Black and Gold), with both teams playing two games apiece. The Black team won its first contest 10-5, before coming alive for a 46-0 victory in game No. 2.

Team Gold was stellar in game one, winning 59-0. They followed that up with a 28-7 win in their final game of the day. Codi Butt, Abrianna Williams, and Kaylee Cargile led the Black team with two tries each on the day. Rebecca Syrup, Gillian Scott, Sylvi Imrem, and Taylor Driver all also scored a try apiece. Leading the Gold team was Kaitlyn Schwarting, who tallied four tries and eight conversions to lead all Black Knights with 36 total points.

Hailey Hodsden had 25 total points after scoring five tries between the two games. Lauren Ousby added two tries of her own, while Alexis Smalls and Nicole Wantlin each scored a lone try. Molly Murtagh chipped in three conversions to round out the scoring. Read more.

Men’s Track & Field Place Second at PL Championship

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Men’s Track & Field Place Second at PL ChampionshipThe Army West Point Men’s Track and Field Team placed second in the Patriot League outdoor championships. The Black Knights posted 12 event wins and 26 top-three finishes. Army finished just four points behind first place Navy.

August Cook was named the men's field athlete of the meet and Mitchell Burr was named the men's rookie of the meet. Cook won the javelin with a meet record throw of 75.2m. The mark ranks fifth overall in the nation this season and tops Cook's previous program record by over two meters. Burr claimed a first-place finish in the 1500m with a time of 3:51.47.

Marshall Beatty was a double winner, claiming first in the 5000m and 10000m. Beatty shed 24.33 seconds off his personal best time in the 10000m with a time of 30:25.48. On Saturday he took first in the 5000m with a time of 14:19.03.

Army posted 1-2-3 finishes in both the shot put and the 800m. Geoff Kirk hit 18.53m in shot put. He was followed by Jamir Gibson (18.21m) and Kyle Patel (16.17m). In the 800m, Peter Smith placed first with a time of 1:50.51 and was followed by Luke Griner (1:51.41) and Michael Altenburg (1:52.19).

Gibson claimed first in discus with a throw of 57.48m, which was 3.6 meters further than second place. Marco Risi (60.33m) and Austin Herndon (58.05m) finished first and second in the hammer throw. Gibson placed fourth with a heave of 55.19m. Read more.

Cadets Hokanson and Hann in 1st The Best Sapper Competition

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Cadets Hokanson and Hann in 1st The Best Sapper CompetitionThe Best Sapper Competition is finishing today. On May 1, 2021, Cadets Griffin Hokanson and Collin Hann were in 1st Place after Physical Fitness Test! Our own Physics instructor and Sapper, CPT Mike Ecklund, helped train them. Make sure you show your support. We are extremely proud of these cadets! As of now they are in 6th place, with one event remaining and plenty of room to move up, wish them well, GO USMA!!

Baseball Sweeps Sunday Holy Cross Double Header

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Baseball Sweeps Sunday Holy Cross Double HeaderThe Black Knights finished off the series at Holy Cross with a Sunday sweep, winning game three, 6-2 and game four, 8-1 yesterday afternoon. The Black Knights (20-18, 14-8 PL) jumped out to a big 6-0 lead through the third inning of game three. Holy Cross added one in the fourth and one in the fifth but that was all.

Nick Manesis led the way with two hits and one RBI, he also scored two runs. Anthony Giachin, Andre Walden, Tim Simoes and Jermiah Adams also drove in runs on the day. On the bump, Bartoli was impressive, tossing 4.2 innings, scattering two runs on five hits with three walks and six strikeouts. He earned the win, improving to 1-1 on the year.

Tyler Pritchard pitched a flawless inning, followed by Teddy Lepcio who put up a zero in 1.1 innings of work. The Black Knights dominated completely in game four, much in the similar fashion to game one, pushing their lead to 7-0 in the eighth inning. The lone run for the Crusader was a Dellacono solo homer in the bottom of the eighth, 8-1. The run was unearned after an error prolonged the inning.

Overall, the Black Knights dominated with 13 hits to just five for the Crusaders. The Black Knights were also helped by four errors by the Crusaders' defense. Read more.


Annual Kosciuszko Wreath Laying Ceremony

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Annual Kosciuszko Wreath Laying CeremonyLast week the United States Military Academy conducted the annual wreath laying memorial ceremony to honor Polish American hero, General Thaddeus Kosciuszko, for his service in the American Revolutionary War. Hundreds of people usually attend the annual celebration that includes full military honors and remarks by dignitaries and foreign diplomats, but to maintain a safe environment during the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s annual wreath laying was only attended by academy personnel. Dr. John Benjamin, a professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and OIC for the West Point Polish Club, Kosciuszko Squadron, presented this year’s wreath. Cadet in Charge, Class of 2022 Cadet Sebastian Karpinski, Polish exchange cadet, Class of 2021 Cadet Bartlomiej Grzybowski and Master Sergeant Marcin Lajdecki also paid tribute to General Kosciuszko.

Softball Earns Weekend Sweep over Bucknell

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Softball Earns Weekend Sweep over BucknellThe Army West Point Softball Team completed its first weekend sweep of the season the afternoon of Sunday May 2 at the Army Softball Complex. Army topped Bucknell 3-1 in the front end of the doubleheader and claimed the second game 3-2.

“We needed to win four games and we won four games,” Army head coach Cheryl Milligan said. “We look like we're meshing more every time we play. Our middle infielders are really tossing the ball to each other. We're starting to peak at the right time.” The Black Knights are now 8-8 in league play. The wins put them ahead of the Bison for the fourth spot in the Patriot League standings with one weekend series remaining. The top four teams advance to the Patriot League tournament which will be played from May 13-15.

In the first game, Jolie Duong retired the first eight batters she faced before allowing a base knock to right center field. Ally Snelling got Army's first hit bunt single to lead off the fourth inning. The Black Knights loaded the bases in the bottom of the fifth, after Madi Gilmore led off the inning with a sharp single up the middle and Ellie Caldwell walked in the next at bat. Army, however, was unable to get a run on the board. Read more.

GEN Keith Virtual Capstone Conference USMA Winners

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GEN Keith Virtual Capstone Conference USMA WinnersCongratulations to United States Military Academy Track Winners from the General Donald R. Keith Virtual Capstone Conference.

Hollis Award for Best Overall Presentation – “Data Analytics Development from Military Operational Data” by Cadets James Downey, Zachary Ellis, Ethan Nguyen, and Charlotte L Spencer and COL Paul Evangelista, USMA.

General Engineering Track – “Flood Risk Management Project Prioritization and Decision Support” by Cadets Tyler Fleagle, Lukas E Strickler, Samuel Tarry, and Jeffrey Vollenweider and LTC(P) James Schreiner, USMA.

Honors Track – “A System Dynamics Analysis of the Humanitarian Crisis in the Gaza Strip” by Cadet Tyler Skidmore and LTC(P) James Schreiner, USMA.
Modeling and Simulation for Defense Applications Track – “USMA SWARM” by Cadets Matthew Blejwas, Nicholas Finke, Bartlomiej Grzybowski, Dennis Kirby, Keegan Leth, Justin Robinson, Karlee Scott, Jackson Thomsen, and Zachary Whitton, USMA.

Project and Engineering Management Track – “Applying Lean Six Sigma: Personnel Reliability Program” by Cadets Mason J Krueger, James Nichols, Greyson M Olep, and Andrei Rosu, and LTC(P) Brandon Thompson, USMA.

Systems Design Track – “Squad with Autonomous Teams” by Cadets Madison Teague, Joshua Campi, and Luke Carpenter and COL Ricardo Morales, USMA.
Systems Design for Defense Applications Track – “Creating an Enlisted Development Strategy for Countries in the USINDOPACOM Area of Responsibility” by Cadets Rahmeel Cook, Kevin Kurth, Brian Patterson, and Lexi West and MAJ Samuel Herbert, USMA.

Nichtern Earns Fourth Patriot League Weekly Award

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Nichtern Earns Fourth Patriot League Weekly AwardCow attackman Brendan Nichtern was named the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week for the fourth time this season after tallying eight points against Colgate on April 30.

Nichtern tied a career-high with eight points on a hat trick and five assists in the win over Colgate. The five assists he recorded was a career high. Four of his eight points came in the fourth quarter, including the final goal of the game which came with 21 seconds left to give Army a two-goal lead.

Nichtern leads the Patriot League in points per game at 5.10 and assists per game at 2.80. He has 51 points on the year to lead the conference in total points and first in assists with 28.

The Black Knights earned a bye into the Patriot League Semifinals in the upcoming league tournament and will face the winner of the quarterfinal matchup between Loyola and Navy. The semifinal game is set for Friday evening May 7, with a time to be announced.

The 22nd Annual Projects Day Highlights

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The 22nd Annual Projects Day HighlightsWest Point Academic Departments conducted the 22nd Annual United States Military Academy Projects Day to showcase the intellectual capital of cadets and their important work with faculty and external collaborators while providing an opportunity to strengthen their role in the academic community, to exercise self-reflection to deepen their knowledge base, and to celebrate bold innovation.

Three From Women’s Lacrosse Earn First Team All-League Honors

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Three From Women’s Lacrosse Earn First Team All-League HonorsThe Army West Point Women’s Lacrosse Team had three members named to the Patriot League First Team, the league office announced May 3. Firstie attacker Jackie Brattan, cow attacker Caroline Raymond and firstie defender Lauren Bredenburg were all tabbed first team all-league performers.

Army's all-time leader in goals (127) and points (139), Brattan led the team this season with 26 goals over the course of eight games. The Garden City, N.Y., native had five hat tricks. Her top performance came against Lafayette on April 10, when she tied a single-game program record with nine points on eight goals and an assist.

Raymond was second on the team in goals with 21 and third in points with 25. She registered five hat tricks on the season. The Mahopac, N.Y., product was fourth in the league in draw controls per game with an average of 6.50. Raymond's top performance also came in the Lafayette game when she registered a single-game program record with 13 draw controls and tallied five points.

Bredenburg anchored Army's defensive unit which limited opponents to 10.5 goals per game. Over the course of its five-game win streak, Army has limited its opponents to an average of 8.8 goals per game. She was tied for third in the league in caused turnovers with 11. The Hampstead, Md., native led the team with 18 groundballs on the season and ranks third in program history with 92 throughout her career.

Simoes, Barnett, Duong Named CEP Athletes of the Month

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Simoes, Barnett, Duong Named CEP Athletes of the MonthTim Simoes, Kinsey Barnett and Jolie Duong were selected as the Corps Squad Athletes of the Month for April.

Baseball - Tim Simoes ’21: CDT Tim Simoes is a near perfect representation of a cadet scholar athlete. He crushes all 4 pillars of excellence standards in: athletics, academics, military and character. Intellectually astute garnering a gawdy 3.5 GPA, athletically gifted with a flare to deliver in clutch situations both in the field and at bat, yet incredibly humble and selfless.

Rabble Rousers - Kinsey Barnett ’23: Kinsey is an Engineering Management major from Charlotte, NC. In the classroom, Barnett has excelled with a 3.75 cumulative GPA. She earned a 4.02 during the fall 2020 semester. Kinsey has earned Dean's List status every semester of her academic career. Barnett ranks 17th in her class physically with a 3.97 GPA. Kinsey has also excelled in the military pillar by earning a cumulative 3.21 GPA.

Softball - Jolie Duong ’22: Cow Jolie Duong of company E-2 is a standout on and off the field for Army softball. She is a systems engineering major with a cumulative GPA of 3.308. She has made the Dean's list in all five of her semesters at the Academy. She was named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll in 2019 and 2020. CDT Duong has been a standout performer both as a pitcher and as a hitter this year for the Black Knights. To date this season, she has posted a 7-1 record in the circle, with a 2.61 ERA and 34 strikeouts. Read more.


MP’s Awarded for Voluntary Service

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MP’s Awarded for Voluntary ServiceWe achieve our best together and, at times, it takes the entire West Point community to bring our ideas to life. In April, The SWAT-C Robotics Research Center in the EECS Department, Future Applied Systems Team (FAST), and Office of Naval Research (ONR) hosted the Squad With Autonomous Teammate –Competition (SWAT-C) demos at West Point to demonstrate the Manned Unmanned Team (MUMT) concept through post demonstrations and force on force MUMT exercises. Here, we awarded soldiers from the MP Company for their voluntary service as Opposing Force (OPFOR) for these exercises. A big thank you to the following soldiers for helping to make this event a success: SFC Morgan Wallace, SSG Sean Windfelder, SGT Andrew Woehr, SGT Zachary Mowrer, SPC John Miles, SPC Ariel Reed, SPC Johnathan Buffum, SPC Matthew Breaux, SPC Phillip Pinon.

Baseball Defeats Sacred Heart, 9-4

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Baseball Defeats Sacred Heart, 9-4The Black Knights defeated visiting Sacred Heart, 9-4 on May 4 at Doubleday Field. The Black Knights (21-18) scored nine runs on eight hits, including. A six-run fifth inning that included a grand slam by Ross Friedrick to push the game out of reach of the Pioneers (18-20).

Starting pitcher Trevor Finan was outstanding in the victory, tossing 6.0 innings of scoreless, two-hit baseball. He struck out five while walking three as he earned his second victory of the year. Friedrick led the way with four RBI on his grand slam, his only hit of the day. Nick Manesis had a two-hit performance with one RBI.

The Black Knights first got on the board in the second inning on a sac fly off the bat from Derek Berg. The Black Knights added two more on in the inning as they took advantage of a throwing error by the Pioneers' second baseman.

The Black Knights then exploded for six runs in the fifth inning to push their lead to 9-0. Anthony Giachin and Nick Manesis each drove in a run on a single before Friedrick's grand slam. Read more.

Nichtern, Hudgins Lead Army in League Postseason Honors

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Nichtern, Hudgins Lead Army in League Postseason HonorsCows Brendan Nichtern and Marcus Hudgins led the Patriot League men's lacrosse postseason awards as the pair were recipients of two of the major awards given out May 4. Nichtern was named the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year and Hudgins earned Defensive Player of the Year honors as well.

The pair were also joined by Bobby Abshire on the All-Patriot League First Team, while Gunner Philipp, Kyle Beyer and Wyatt Schupler earned second team accolades.

“Marcus and Brendan have been outstanding this season and I am pleased that the Patriot League coaches voted them as the Defensive and Offensive player of the year,” head coach Joe Alberici said. “They are both so deserving of this distinction. Both being tremendous team players, I am certain they see these individual awards as a collaborative effort of all of their teammates. They are both tremendous competitors and the fact that they compete against each other every day in practice has excelled their individual development.”

The four-time 2021 offensive player of the week, Nichtern finished the regular-season averaging 2.30 goals per game, 2.80 assists per game and 5.10 points per game. Nichtern's assists and points per game ranks first in the Patriot League this season. The cow has scored 72 goals and dished 105 assists for 177 points to go with 47 ground balls in his three seasons at Army.

“Brendan has been our go-to player for all three of his remarkable seasons in a Black Knight uniform,” Alberici said. “His continual improvement, unselfish play and leadership has made this season his best thus far. He is intelligent, skilled and has great vision making him a handful for opposing defenses.”

Hudgins wrapped up the regular-season picking up 30 ground balls and nabbing 20 caused turnovers in 10 starts. He averaged 2.00 caused turnovers per game this season to rank tied for 10th nationally, all while guarding the opponent's top offensive threat each week. Hudgins was named defensive player of the week on April 12 after collecting a team-high and season-best six ground balls and two caused turnovers in the 12-7 win over Loyola Maryland. Read more.

Hetrick, Manzonelli Awarded Prestigious Fellowships

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Hetrick, Manzonelli Awarded Prestigious FellowshipsArmy wrestlers Ryan Hetrick and Nico Manzonelli have each been named scholarship winners, having accepted fellowships with Lincoln Laboratories. Hetrick will use the opportunity to pursue a M.S. degree from MIT's Technology and Public Policy Program, while Manzonelli will attend Harvard and get his master's degree in data science.

The firsties have each been awarded two-year fellowships with Lincoln Laboratories, which operates out of MIT.

“Ryan and Nico's leadership on the mat and in the classroom has made our program better,” head coach Kevin Ward said. “We are excited for them to represent Army Wrestling as they continue both their academic and military careers.”

The 2020-21 season was one for the books for Army Wrestling, as the team secured its second-consecutive third place finish at the 117th EIWA Conference Tournament. The Black Knights' 119.5 team points boosted them to their second-best team finish in program history. Seven different cadets went on to represent Army at the 2021 NCAA Tournament, marking the third-straight season that the Black Knights sent seven wrestlers to the competition.

Football Mini Plan and Group Tickets are Now Available

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Football Mini Plan and Group Tickets are Now AvailableThe Army West Point Ticket Office has announced that football mini plan and group tickets are now available.

Fans can create their own Army West Point Football mini plan by choosing any three home games this season. Mini plans are starting as low as $95 for upper deck/end zone seating.

Army is also offering group tickets, which can be purchased online at GoArmyWestPoint.com/tickets, or by calling the ticket office at 1-877-TIX-ARMY. Groups of 20-49 start at $29, groups of 50-99 start at $27 and groups of 100+ start at $25 for select games.

Manesis, Baseball Take Down Fordham in Extras

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Manesis, Baseball Take Down Fordham in ExtrasIt took 10 innings for a decision to be made, but the Army West Point Baseball Team ultimately picked up an 11-8 victory over Fordham at Houlihan Park on Wednesday evening.

The Black Knights' (22-18) offense was boosted by Nick Manesis, who finished his outing 2-for-4 with two RBI and a team-best four runs scored. Ross Friedrick also chipped in double-digit hits, adding a pair of singles.

Manesis got Army's scoring started in the first inning, cranking out a two-run homer and handing his team the lead. His team-best fifth home run of the year awarded the Black Knights a 2-0 edge.

Following a scoreless opening frame, Fordham responded in the bottom of the second and used an RBI triple and an RBI groundout to even the score. Over the next two innings, the Rams put up an additional two runs to take their first lead of the matchup at 4-2.

The Black Knights answered the push in their half of the sixth after putting up four-consecutive zeros. Both Anthony Giachin and Jeremiah Adams were driven in to tie things up once again at 4-4. The score did not remain knotted up for long, as the Rams' Maeker launched a three-run bomb in the bottom of the frame, putting Fordham back on top, 7-4. Read more.

Raftery Tabbed to Academic All-League Team

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Raftery Tabbed to Academic All-League TeamMegan Raftery, a firstie midfielder on the Army West Point Women's Lacrosse Team, was named to the Academic All-Patriot League Team, the league office announced May 5.

This marks the second time in Raftery's career that she has been named to the academic all-league team, as she also earned the honor in 2019. A mathematical sciences major with a minor in cyber security, she boasts a 3.881 cumulative grade point average. The team captain has five points on the season with four goals and an assist. Of her eight shot attempts this season, four have found the back of the net. She additionally had three groundballs and caused two turnovers. Off the field, Raftery served as her company's academic officer.

The Black Knights are set to take on Lehigh in the Patriot League semifinals at 7pm on Thursday, May 6. The contest will be played at Loyola's Ridley Athletic Complex in Baltimore and will be broadcast on ESPN+.