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Jeff Monken Press Conference Quotes: Louisiana-Monroe

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Army West Point football head coach Jeff Monken met virtually with members of the local media on Tuesday afternoon for his weekly press conference inside Nowak Auditorium.

The Black Knights will look to build off of their season-opening 42-0 win over Middle Tennessee State when they host Louisiana-Monroe this Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Michie Stadium. The game will be aired on CBS Sports Network.

Army West Point Football Head Coach Jeff Monken

(ref: Opening Statement)  
“We are once again thrilled for the opportunity to play this weekend. With (the state of) college football and college sports and the state of our nation, we are thrilled to be playing this game and have an opportunity for our players. I thought last weekend our guys played really well. As I anticipated, we found a hundred things wrong that we have to fix, and we are going to work on those this week. I am very pleased with the effort that our guys put into it. I thought for a team that hadn't had a chance to be together for spring practice and particularly for our defense who really only had the benefit of walkthroughs and a few weeks of practice leading up to the game, I thought we played really well. I am happy with the opening game, but there is a tremendous amount that we need to improve on, and we are going to need to this week.

This team that we are playing is a very athletic team and a very well-coached team. I am very impressed with them as a program and the job coach Viator has done. They create some issues for defenses with what they do on offense. It is really good and really creative. Defensively they are very athletic. They have a defensive coordinator now who has experience with playing against the option and that is always a concern because I think one of the advantages of running this offense is the fact that it is not seen by other teams as often as a traditional offense. He has some experience with it, so I know that they are going to have their team ready and I'm sure because it is their opening game that they will be sky high about playing just as our guys were on Saturday.” Read more.

Cross Country to Open Season Saturday vs. Syracuse

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Cross Country to Open Season Saturday vs. SyracuseThe Army West Point Cross Country team is set to open competition this weekend when it hosts Syracuse in Montgomery, N.Y. on Saturday morning. The event marks the first collegiate cross country meet in the Northeast in 2020 and Army's first non-football sporting event of the academic year. Athletes from both sides have complied with their institutions' and conferences' respective COVID-19 testing guidelines ahead of the competition. The meet will be closed to outside spectators. “We are very excited about the opportunity to compete,”

Director of Cross Country and Track & Field Mike Smith said. “This group last competed back in March and they all trained well during the quarantine, but they are ready to get back out there. This will be a great chance to put that training to the test against a very strong Syracuse program.” The Black Knights enter the 2020 season after a strong run of success over the past several seasons. On the men's side, Army has claimed three consecutive Patriot League Championships. After graduating one of the most accomplished senior classes in program history, the Black Knights welcome back several key contributors to this year's squad. The group is headlined by the past three recipients of the Patriot League Rookie of the Meet honor in firstie Daniel Mazzei, cow Marshall Beatty and yearling Garrett Gough. Gough was one of four cadets to finish in the top ten at the league meet in 2019 when he placed ninth. Army will be captained by firstie Luca Mazzanti who is coming off a strong track & field campaign earlier this year. On the women's side, Army returns its top two finishers from last year's Patriot League Championships in senior captain Mika Andrews and sophomore Alexandra Gibbs.

Andrews was Army's most consistent performer a season ago, claiming Second Team All-Patriot League honors at the league meet and leading Army with a third place finish at the Army-Navy Star Meet. Gibbs opened her Army career with back-to-back victories at the Army-Maine Dual and the Army Open. The Orange enter the 2020 season with both teams ranked in the top five in the ACC Preseason Poll, as the men are ranked second and the women's team is ranked fourth. The Syracuse men have claimed the conference title in six of the past seven seasons and reached the NCAA Championship in 2019 after placing second at the NCAA Northeast Regional. The team returns five All-ACC performers on the men's side and three on the women's side. This marks the first time that Army will host Syracuse since 1996 when the Black Knights defeated the Orange 20-76.

Football Set to Host ULM

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 Football Set to Host ULM The Black Knights are set to host ULM in their second of three-straight home games to open up the 2020 season. The game on Saturday, September 12 at Michie Stadium will kick at1:30 p.m. ET. The game will be televised live on CBS Sports Net, the first of eight home games televised live on either CBSSN or CBS this season. Ben Holden will handle the play-by-play duties, the color analyst is Ross Tucker and the sideline reporter is Tina Cervasio. The game can be heard on the radio, both on the flagship stations WBNR and WLNA, Sirius 119, XM 201 and streamed through the TuneIn app on the Army Black Knights Radio.

Army is now 18-4 in its last 22 games played at Michie Stadium dating back to the 2016 season. The 2019 season marked Army's fourth consecutive winning season at home. Head coach Jeff Monken is now 5-2 in season openers at Army, 6-1. The Black Knights are 6-1 in home openers at Michie Stadium under head coach Jeff Monken, including winning the last five-straight.

The Black Knights defeated Middle Tennessee State 42-0 in the season opener, the first Army shutout since they blanked Air Force in Colorado Springs, Colo., 21-0, on November 4, 2017. The 42-0 victory was Army's largest shutout victory over an FBS school since 1963, when it defeated Wake Forest, 47-0. It was Army's first shutout at Michie Stadium since it blanked Fordham, 55-0, on October 29, 2011. The last time Army blanked its opponent on its home-opener was on September 11, 1993, when the Black Knights topped Colgate, 30-0. Saturday's shutout was the second of Coach Monken's tenure. Read more.

Cunningham Named Bednarik Player of the Week

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Cunningham Named Bednarik Player of the WeekFollowing a career performance against Middle Tennessee State last Saturday, Cedrick Cunningham Jr. was selected as the Chuck Bednarik Award Player of the Week by the Maxwell Football Club on Thursday, September 10. The award recognizes the nation's top defensive player.

Cunningham registered seven tackles, two of which went for a loss of yardage. His two stops behind the line of scrimmage against the Blue Raiders doubled his career output entering the game. He also notched his first career forced fumble and sack in Army's 42-0 home-opening win over Middle Tennessee State.

The Cassatt, S.C., native was a crucial part of the defensive unit that pitched Army's first shutout at Michie Stadium since the 2011 season. Army's defense limited the Blue Raiders to 184 yards of total offense and caused four turnovers.

Army will take on Louisiana-Monroe at Michie Stadium at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 12. The game will be televised on CBS Sports Network.

Army-Navy Cross Country Star Meet Scheduled For Oct. 17

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Army-Navy Cross Country Star Meet Scheduled For Oct. 17The Army West Point Cross Country program has announced that the annual Army-Navy Star Meet will take place on October 17 in Annapolis, Md.

“We typically divide our season into the regular season meets and the championship season meets and the Army-Navy Star Meet always marks the beginning of our championship season,” Director of Cross Country and Track & Field Mike Smith said. “While this season is different in many respects with a scaled down regular season schedule, we are excited that our championship season will start as it always does at the Star Meet on October 17.”

The event will mark the first competition of the 2020-21 Army-Navy Star Meet presented by USAA. “Our men and women have dealt with a lot of uncertainty throughout the spring and summer and now that the calendar of competition is set, they are looking forward with renewed energy to testing themselves in October.” Smith said. At the 2019 Star Meet, the teams split victories with Army claiming the women's Star and Navy winning the men's competition.

The Black Knights will begin the 2020 cross country season on September 12 when they face Syracuse in Montgomery, N.Y.

Army and Navy Announce Friendly Doubleheader

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Army and Navy Announce Friendly DoubleheaderThe Army West Point Men's and Women's soccer programs have come to terms for a friendly doubleheader against service academy rival Navy.

The Black Knights and Midshipmen will announce the date, time, and location in the coming months.

The official Star games are scheduled to be played in the spring of 2021.

“We are looking forward to the opportunity to face our rivals this fall,” said Adrian Blewitt, Army women's soccer head coach. “The team is hungry to compete, and we will continue to elevate our game to the next level in our preparation. No matter the circumstances, I know the team's spirit and desire to perform will motivate us as we continue our training.”

“We are grateful on many levels for the opportunity to compete and play this fall,” said Russell Payne, Army men's soccer coach. “Our goal in playing this game is to honor and represent the best efforts of all those that have worked hard to allow us to be in this position to compete and pursue excellence.”

Woody Named Athlon Sports Defensive Coordinator of the Week

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Woody Named Athlon Sports Defensive Coordinator of the WeekDefensive coordinator Nate Woody was named the Defensive Coordinator of the Week by Athlon Sports after leading the Army defensive unit to a shutout of Middle Tennessee State in the season opener last Saturday.

In Woody's first game as the defensive coordinator for the Black Knights on September 5, his defense notched the second shutout of the Monken era. The shutout was also the first at Michie Stadium since 2011.

The unit held the Blue Raiders to just 184 total yards (3.8 per play) and did not allow a play longer than 21 yards. The Black Knights tallied four turnovers one sack and recorded six tackles-for-loss.

Middle Tennessee only had one drive that went for longer than 40 yards.

Under Woody's direction, Cedrick Cunningham was named the Bednarik Award Player of the Week after leading the defense with seven tackles, two as tackles-for-loss. He also notched his first career forced fumble and a sack. The Bednarik Award is given to the nation's top defensive player each year and honors the top defensive player nationally each week.

Woody, Cunningham and the Black Knights take on ULM on Saturday, September 12 at 1:30 p.m. CT at Michie Stadium. The game will be televised on CBS Sports Network.

West Named to Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List

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West Named to Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch ListAmadeo West, a firstie linebacker on the Army West Point Football team, was named to the Lott IMPACT Trophy 2020 Watch List Friday morning. West was one of 35 players named to the list for the award, which is presented annually to a defensive player with exceptional performance on and off the field.

Despite missing significant playing time due to injuries in his career, West was named a captain of the team for the 2020 season. The Oceanside, Calif., native has played in 14 games in his career, recording a total of 33 tackles (15 solo). In Army's season-opening win over Middle Tennessee State, West played a part in two tackles both of which went for a loss of yardage.

The Lott IMPACT Trophy has been presented annually since 2004 and is named after former USC defensive back and Pro Football Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott. The award is unique because it represents the first college football award to give equal weight to personal character as well as athletic performance. Its past winners include David Pollack (Georgia), Jerry Hughes (TCU), J.J. Watt (Wisconsin), Luke Kuechly (Boston College) and Anthony Barr (UCLA).

Army will look to build off its 42-0 win over Middle Tennessee State last Saturday when it hosts Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday, Sept. 12 at 1:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network.

Army-BYU Football Game Postponed

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Army-BYU Football Game PostponedAs a result of a small number of positive COVID-19 test results and the resulting tracing exposures within the BYU football program, a mutual decision was made to postpone the football game set for September 19 at Michie Stadium between Army and BYU.

The decision was made after consultation with the BYU administration, state public health officials and medical advisors, and in coordination with the leadership here at Army West Point.

The Black Knights appreciate the communication from the Cougars as they deal with health issues and both sides will work to find a future date that works for both schools in the hopes of rescheduling the contest.

Sprint Football Announces Home-and-Home with Navy

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Sprint Football Announces Home-and-Home with NavyArmy West Point and Navy will clash twice in sprint football this fall, announced Army head coach LTC (R) Mark West on Friday. The first contest will be at West Point on Sunday, October 4 at 1 p.m. Then on October 18, the two foes will clash for the star in Annapolis at 1 p.m. as part of the Army-Navy Star Series, presented by USAA.

“As disappointed as we were in having our fall season postponed, the team is extremely excited and thankful that we have the opportunity to play Navy twice this fall,” West said. “Knowing these two rivalry games could very well be the only games we play this year makes them even more special, especially for our seniors.”

The last time the two teams squared off the Black Knights walked away with their 36th Collegiate Sprint Football League title, downing Navy 13-0 at Franklin Field in Philadelphia. The shutout marked Army's first over Navy since 1984.

Since the start of the 2012 season, Army owns a record of 6-4 over the Mids. During that span neither team has won more than two consecutive games. Of the 82 games that have been played in the rivalry, 37 have been decided by a single possession.

Men's Cross Country Kicks-Off Season Against Syracuse

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Men's Cross Country Kicks-Off Season Against SyracuseThe Army West Point Men's Cross Country team opened its 2020 season against Syracuse at Twin Ponds on the Farm on Saturday. The defending ACC Champion Orange got the better of the three-time defending Patriot League Champion Black Knights, winning the meet by a score of 15-50. Firstie Daniel Horoho led the way for the cadets, finishing 10th with a time of 23:12.3 Junior Marshall Beatty was the Black Knights other top-15 finisher, placing 14th. The competition marked the first non-football sporting event for Army West Point of the academic year following the COVID-19 outbreak. Earlier this week, Army announced that it will face Navy in the annual Army-Navy Star Meet on October 17 in Annapolis, Md.

“After a summer of uncertainty it was important for us to have this competition. With only three teams in our geographic region still competing this fall, we had to hope that either or both of them (Syracuse and Boston College) would be willing to compete with us and we were fortunate to get a date worked out with Syracuse that worked for both teams. The course was challenging and I felt like it would be a major factor in the race, but as it turned out Syracuse simply overwhelmed us early and we did not respond. We have shown great discipline and execution in practice, but that was absent from our performance today. We had a few guys test their limits and that was good to see, but the overall effort level was not consistent with who we are, who we have been and who we expect to be.” Said Head Coach Mike Smith. Read more.

US Military Academy Ranked Among Best Colleges

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US Military Academy Ranked Among Best CollegesThe U.S. Military Academy is again rated as one of the nation's best undergraduate education institutions in numerous college rankings sites. 

According to The Princeton Review, the academy was ranked No. 1 for Most Accessible Professors for the third year in a row. The education services company features West Point in the new 2020 edition of its college guide, "The Best 386 Colleges." 

West Point was also ranked in "The Best 386 Colleges:" No. 1 for Best College Library, the second year in a row, No. 2 for Best Classroom Experience, No. 2 for Lots of Race/Class Interaction, and No. 2 Best Science Lab Facilities. 

"The U.S. Military Academy is dedicated to educating, training, and inspiring the Corps of Cadets, and these rankings reflect our institution's commitment to developing leaders of character," said Brig. Gen. Cindy Jebb, Dean of the Academic Board. "Our faculty and staff are world-class teachers, mentors, scholars, and most importantly, role models who work tirelessly to support our cadets in all of their endeavors whether they be in the classrooms, on the athletic fields, on-field exercises, in the library, or our laboratories."

Only about 15 percent of America's 2,500 four-year colleges and two colleges outside the U.S. are profiled in the book. All of the ranking lists are based on The Princeton Review's surveys of students attending the colleges. 

Additionally, the academy was ranked in the following publications:

  • No. 15 for National Liberal Arts Colleges in U.S. News and World Report
  • No. 5 Best Liberal Arts Colleges in America in Niche 
  • No. 5 Top Public Universities in America in Niche

The U. S. Military Academy at West Point is a four-year, co-educational, federal, liberal arts college located 50 miles north of New York City. It was founded in 1802 as America's first college of engineering and continues today as one of our nation’s premier leader-development institutions, consistently ranked among top colleges in the country. Its mission remains constant—to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, Country and prepared for a career of professional excellence and service to the nation as an officer in the U. S. Army. For more information, go to www.westpoint.edu.

Women's XC Opens Season With Win Over Syracuse

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Women's XC Opens Season With Win Over SyracuseThe Army West Point Women's Cross Country team kicked-off its 2020 season with a 26-33 victory over Syracuse at Twin Ponds on the Farm in Montgomery, N.Y. on Saturday. In the team's first competition following the COVID-19 outbreak, the Black Knights were strong throughout, claiming nine of the top 12 positions in the meet. In their collegiate debut, freshmen Georgia Jones and Helen Shearer led the cadets with second and third place individual finishes. Senior All-ACC and All-Region performer Amanda Vestri finished first for the Orange.

It was the first head-to-head competition between the two programs since 1996, when the Army defeated Syracuse 68-74. The Orange entered the season ranked fourth in the ACC after finishing 2019 ranked fifth in the Northeast Region. The Black Knights now turn their attention to continued competition in the fall. Earlier this week, Army announced that it will take on Navy in the annual Army-Navy Star Meet on October 17 in Annapolis, Md.

“We ran exceptionally well today. After a summer of uncertainty, it was important for us to have this competition. With only three teams in our geographic region still competing this fall, we had to hope that either or both of them (Syracuse and Boston College) would be willing to compete with us and we were fortunate to get a date worked out with Syracuse that worked for both teams. The course was challenging, and our women really used that to our advantage against a good team. I thought we were disciplined in the early going and that paid dividends on the hills at the end of the race. We were down 1-2 points midway through the race, and then we pulled even with a mile to go. Then in that last mile we did a nice job of packing up and moving up and that made the difference.” Said Head Coach Mike Smith. Read more.

Football Continues Hot Start with 37-7 Win over ULM

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Football Continues Hot Start with 37-7 Win over ULMContinuing its momentum from the opener, the Army West Point Football team charged past Louisiana-Monroe Saturday by a 37-7 score at Michie Stadium. The Black Knights improved to 2-0 after holding the Warhawks to 200 yards and a touchdown.

Army posted 465 offensive yards, while causing two turnovers and blocking a field goal attempt. Jakobi Buchanan and Christian Anderson paced the Cadets' offense with two touchdowns apiece. Buchanan had a career day with 106 rushing yards, averaging 9.6 yards per carry.

Defensively, Nolan Cockrill blocked a field goal, forced a fumble and had 1.5 tackles for a loss of four yards. Jon Rhattigan posted 2.5 tackles for a loss of 17 yards and recorded 1.5 sacks. The Black Knights allowed the lone ULM touchdown in the second quarter, holding the Warhawks scoreless in the other three. Read more.

Feinstein's Findings: A Tale of 2-0

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Feinstein's Findings: A Tale of 2-0This one wasn't perfect—far from it in fact. But the result was equally gratifying: Army-37, Louisiana-Monroe-7.

In all, given the serious doubts about whether there would be a football season and—if so—what kind of season it would it be, the first two Saturdays inside Michie Stadium, were just about everything Coach Jeff Monken and his players could have hoped for when they first ran onto Earl Blaik Field eight days ago.

But, before sundown Saturday, the first black cloud of the season showed up when news broke that this coming Saturday's game against Brigham Young has been postponed because the Cougars have had, "a small number of positive tests within the BYU program," for Covid-19.

What happens next is anybody's guess. Both teams have an open date on November 28th. Army has another open date on October 31st and scheduling guru Bob Beretta has had potential replacement opponents in his pocket all summer case something like this happened. Most schools are staying flexible. When Memphis informed Houston on Friday that it wouldn't be able to play this coming Friday night, Houston instantly added Baylor—which had an open date—as a replacement. Welcome to college football 2020.

Meanwhile, Army's first two games could have been better—although it is difficult to see exactly how that would be the case. After the 42-0 rout of Middle Tennessee State, Monken said he and the staff found, "about 100 mistakes," when watching the game tape. They must have been looking VERY closely to find those errors. The ease of that victory was a surprise. The Blue Raiders have been a solid program for a long time and they came to town with a returning quarterback—Asher O'Hara—who had produced more than 3,600 yards in total offense in 2019.

The Black Knights defense was so good it drove O'Hara to the bench in the third quarter while forcing four turnovers. The offense was equally good, scoring five touchdowns on the five drives in which the clock didn't run out. All of which led to concern about Saturday's game for one very good reason: trap game. Read more.

Black Knights Recognized in Early US Lacrosse Rankings

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Black Knights Recognized in Early US Lacrosse RankingsThe Army West Point Men's Lacrosse team ranked 16th nationally in the US Lacrosse Early 2021 Rankings, announced today.

The Cadets went 2-1 against ranked opponents in the 2020 season with their one loss coming to then-ranked No. 5 Syracuse. Army finished 6-2 overall before the season ended for programs across the country.

Army's scoring defense (7.25) was second in the nation and its scoring margin of 6.50 was seventh. Brendan Nichtern ranked fourth in Division I with 3.38 assists per game, while his 5.75 points per game average was good for ninth. Wyatt Schupler finished the year fourth nationally in save percentage (.617) and was second for his 7.18 goals against average.

US Lacrosse's Initial Forecast: If there's a built-in disadvantage in 2021, the service academies are dealing with it. That's because while civilian schools at least have a choice in permitting last year's seniors to come back next spring, academy graduates are already off serving the country. That might not hurt an academy team without many seniors (like Navy), but Army had some serious losses. That said, coach Joe Alberici's done a fabulous job of building up depth on his roster, and many of the Black Knights' stars from last season — attackman Brendan Nichtern (19 goals, 27 assists), midfielders Bobby Abshire (seven goals, seven assists) and Jacob Morin (12 goals), defenseman Marcus Hudgins (30 caused turnovers) and goalie Wyatt Schupler (.617 save percentage), among others — are still at West Point. As usual, no one will look forward to facing Army.

COL Hartke Present PaNE Coin to MAJ Lewis

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COL Hartke Present PaNE Coin to MAJ LewisCOL John Hartke visited EV377 (Remote Sensing) to present a Physics and Nuclear Engineering (PaNE) department coin to MAJ Nick Lewis (Geography and Environmental Engineering (GEnE)) in appreciation for his ongoing efforts to support the Space Community at West Point. MAJ Lewis provided unwavering support to both the FA40 community and to Space & Missile Defense Command (SMDC), and therefore to the House of PaNE. He was a key contributor during the shaping of the Assured Functional Area Transfer Program; the single inject point for the SMD COE (includes the ASPDO), 1st Space BDE and SMDC leadership to attend Branch Week in both 2019 and 2020; and played a pivotal role in the development of the SMDC-RAC Vision 2030 that was in part presented to LTG Karbler last May. Nick’s efforts ensured a seamless presentation of FA40 (and in a supporting role ADA) to the West Point community in the absence of an SMDC RAC director.

Jeff Monken Press Conference Quotes

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Jeff Monken Press Conference QuotesArmy West Point football head coach Jeff Monken met virtually with members of the local media on Tuesday afternoon for his weekly press conference inside Nowak Auditorium.

Army West Point Football Head Coach Jeff Monken

(Ref.: Opening statement)
“Good afternoon everybody. It is so nice to be in here after a win again. The weeks are always more enjoyable coming off of a victory and I am really proud of our team and our staff. And for overcoming some adversity on Saturday. We faced some on Saturday that we probably didn't face in the opening football game. That second quarter just didn't go very well for us. We had some three-and-outs, some turnovers and some foolish penalties. Some things didn't go our way but I was really encouraged to see our guys come out in the second half and play well enough to win the football game and play well in every phase.”

“I'm proud of our team for the victory. It's hard to win a game and they've got an athletic, well-coached football team and we benefitted from just having had the opportunity to practice and get prepared through preseason camp and get ready for them. We had a win under our belt and I think the guys just felt a bit of confidence after having had a win in the opening game so I am glad to get a win and now it's time to prepare for Cincinnati a week from this Saturday.”

(Ref.: On if the first two games exceeded expectations)
“There's been plenty of things that our team has done well that I have been proud of and we've easily recognized getting a lot of takeaways on defense. That's been really good. I think we've got six on the season now. Certainly in the first game, scoring on every drive of that game. In both games control the clock and being able to run the fullback and a power running game, just to chunk away at the defense and keep that clock running and play our brand of football. There's been things in every phase. I think we've for the most part, Saturday was an exception, there was a couple of times where they had some kick returns that we were a little disappointed, but we had guys in position and we missed some tackles on those plays but we have covered kicks well. We had guys in position. Obviously, the fake kind of turned the game for us. It was a 10-point game and we were able to execute that fake to put ourselves in scoring position to stretch the lead. So there's things that they've done really well but there's lots of things that we need to do better and we're going to have to do all of those things where we're feeling like we're falling a little short, a whole lot better against Cincinnati. This is an outstanding football team, a top 25 team, well coached, veteran guys. They're big. I looked at their defense today and looked at their depth chart that they sent us and holy smokes do they have a great looking football team physically. Very fast, they have skill guys, whether it be offense or the kick returner, just really impressed with their team, Coach Fickell is a great coach.” Read more.

West Point CE Ranked #3 in the Country

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West Point CE Ranked #3 in the CountryThe recent U.S. News and World Report has West Point’s Civil and Mechanical Engineering Department ranked the #3 undergraduate Civil Engineering and #6 undergraduate Mechanical Engineering programs in the country!

Patriot League Reaches Multi-Year Rights Deal with ESPN+

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Patriot League Reaches Multi-Year Rights Deal with ESPN+The Patriot League has reached a multi-year agreement that makes ESPN+ the exclusive digital home for live and archived Patriot League sporting events, starting with the 2020-21 academic year. ESPN+ will be home to more than 800 annual events, including college football games and men's and women's basketball contests.

“The Patriot League has been among the leaders within intercollegiate athletics for its live streaming production with its robust and high-quality live digital programming for more than a decade,” said Patriot League Commissioner Jennifer Heppel. “We are thrilled to work with ESPN+ to showcase Patriot League student-athletes on this leading sports streaming platform.”

The agreement also includes regular-season coverage of Patriot League men's and women's lacrosse in addition to regular and post-season coverage of Patriot League baseball, field hockey, men's and women's soccer, softball and volleyball, in addition to championship coverage of other League sports.

Since launching its digital programming in the fall of 2006, the Patriot League has offered thousands of live events and on-demand videos. Annually, the Patriot League broadcasts more than a dozen of its championships.

The first event involving a Patriot League school this fall is scheduled for Sunday, September 20, when Navy hosts Pittsburgh in a women's soccer contest (2 p.m. ET).

“The Patriot League has a proud academic and athletic history featuring so many great institutions and rivalries, which we will showcase on ESPN+ through this new multi-year agreement,” said Burke Magnus, ESPN Executive Vice President, Programming Acquisitions and Scheduling. “As a Holy Cross alum, I am personally very excited about the opportunity to watch my alma mater play among the more than 800 annual events that this deal includes.” Read more.

Jack Voltaic to be Virtual This Year

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Jack Voltaic to be Virtual This YearThe Army Cyber Institute announced its first-ever virtual Jack Voltaic experiment, a regionally focused exercise that focuses on cities’ abilities to respond to a cyberattack. This is ACI’s third iteration of the Jack Voltaic series and it will take place virtually September 22 and 24, for the cities of Charleston and Savannah, respectively.

“By conducting Jack Voltaic 3.0 virtually, the ACI and our partners have an excellent opportunity to capitalize on our digital connectivity, strengthen our ties ahead of a potential multi-sector cyber event that impacts critical infrastructure and still meet all of our original objectives,” said LTC Doug Fletcher, the Army Cyber Institute’s lead for Jack Voltaic.

In 2016, ACI executed its first major city, multi-sector, public-private cyber exercise called Jack Voltaic. JV1.0 was the first step in building a framework to prepare for, prevent and respond to multi-sector cyberattacks on major cities. Since then, the ACI conducted JV2.0 in Houston, and multiple JV2.5 mini-series across the country.

Jack Votlaic 3.0 seeks to gain key insights and better understanding of cities’ gaps in incident management for a cyber or cyber-enabled disruption or destructive events and provide an analysis for the way forward.

In particular, JV3.0 examines how cyberattacks on commercial critical infrastructure, directly supporting military deployment and global logistics operations, impact military force projection; Charleston, South Carolina, and Savannah, Georgia, are key locations that support military force projection. Read more.

2LT Losch & Dr. Nagelli C&LS Project

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2LT Losch & Dr. Nagelli C&LS ProjectSecond Lieutenant Anchor Losch and Dr. Enoch Nagelli in the Multi-Functional Materials Laboratory in the Department of Chemistry and Life Science at West Point are filming a video for the Journal of Visualized Experiments to share their synthesis method to make salt-templated macrotubes and macrobeams with a square cross-section for use as fuel cell electrodes. This project seeks to develop lightweight materials for power and energy applications. The video accompanies their method paper, “A Salt-Templated Synthesis Method for Porous Platinum-based Macrobeams and Macrotubes.”

Join the “Virtual” 5K Ring Run Event

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Join the “Virtual” 5K Ring Run EventYou're invited to join the USMA Class of 2021 as they approach Ring Weekend! This year, a “Virtual” 5K Run event will carry on the running tradition during Ring Weekend festivities. Parents from across the country are signing up to run in support of their First Class cadet! We welcome the larger West Point Community (all West Point Staff/Faculty & Garrison/Tenant Organizations) to also participate in the fun. Registration prior to September 21 includes an event t-shirt shipped to the registrant's address. For more information about the event, or to register online, visit westpoint.armymwr.com, or dial the MWR Fitness Center at 845-938-6490.

Ms. Indra Nooyi Meets with Cadets Virtually

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Ms. Indra Nooyi Meets with Cadets VirtuallyMs. Indra Nooyi, former CEO of Pepsi and current board member at Amazon, joined cadets in SS394: Fundamentals of Financial Analysis. This is one of our classes that meets remotely this semester. Ms. Nooyi discussed diversified business models and sources of revenue with cadets, a difficult but fundamental topic to corporate financial analysis. This is Ms. Nooyi’s second visit to SS394, both times meeting with cadets in both sections.

MAJ Hood Speaks with Cadets

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MAJ Karoline Hood, a FA40 Project Engineer at the Johnson Space Center’s Astronaut Office, spoke with students in the PH205 Curriculum via Teams about her experiences working with NASA. She spoke of the training astronauts undergo, the relationship between NASA and SpaceX, the Dragon spacecraft Landing team she was part of last month, and the Lunar Mission which is still on schedule for 2024. The plan is to stay in the moon six months at a time to build a lunar base. Sounds exciting! She encouraged anyone interested in Space to join a STEM field to readily prepare them for the challenges of exploring the Final Frontier.

C3T at the 17th Annual CSAW Capture the Flag

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C3T at the 17th Annual CSAW Capture the FlagEarlier this month the Cadet Competitive Cyber Team (C3T) participated in the 17th Annual CyberSecurity Awareness Week (CSAW) Capture-The-Flag (CTF). CSAW CTF is the premier annual undergraduate cybersecurity CTF. This year, more than 1200 teams competed, and USMA C3T --- also known as BitsForEveryone --- placed 44th overall. Their 2,455 points were good for 14th place among US and Canadian undergraduate teams, leading to their first qualification for the Finals since 2016! For those who might be interested, USNA scored 1,005 points; USAFA had 255 points.

The Finals --- a 36-hour marathon hacking event --- will occur November 6-8, 2020. Finals teams are limited to four players, so USMA will be represented by Cadets Alex Heldstab and John Eberling '21, Johnathan Riemerspeters '22, and Kyle Spinelli '23.

Cadet Yoga Club at Trophy Point

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Cadet Yoga Club at Trophy PointMAJ Justine Meberg, the A/OIC of the Cadet Yoga Club, took this photo of a workshop led by cadets, for cadets. In this uniquely challenging semester, history officers are helping cadets to thrive inside and outside of the classroom.

BG Jebb Recognizes Outstanding Faculty

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BG Jebb Recognizes Outstanding FacultyBG Jebb came to Mahan Hall to present timely awards to MAJ John Case, MAJ Steven McCarthy, MAJ Courtney Razon, and to Dr. Kenny McDonald.

Dr. McDonald was recognized with the Meritorious Civilian Service Medal for his efforts in leading the development of the Cyber & Engineering Academic Center (CEAC). The CEAC is a 130,000-plus-square-foot, modern academic facility that will enable and inspire collaboration across disciplines. The CEAC, which will house the Departments of Civil & Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, and Systems Engineering together under one roof. It will facilitate a powerful and broad impact within science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) scholarship and industry. Groundbreaking for the CEAC is scheduled for later this academic year. Dr. McDonald has been working to bring this vision to life since 2011.

MAJ Case was recognized with a coin and a certificate of achievement for his efforts in preparing DSE to transition to remote learning in March 2020. MAJ Case’s thorough analysis of DSE’s technology needs enabled a smooth transition, despite the lack of time and space for most instructors to prepare. MAJs McCarthy and Razon each received a coin in recognition of their efforts to build a simulation model that informed USMA senior leaders of the health and welfare implications of proposed Reception Day (R-Day) plans. Their model ensured the Class of 2024 was received and integrated into the West Point community with minimal health and safety impact on the rest of the West Point community.

Kendo Welcomes New Members

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Kendo Welcomes New MembersHistory Instructors develop leaders of character inside and outside the classroom. MAJ Eric V. Muirhead is also OIC of the West Point - The U.S. Military Academy Kendo Club. Recently, they welcomed the Class of 2024 and restarted their regular practices after finding new ways to practice safety and social distancing.

Jeff Monken Press Conference Quotes: Cincinnati

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Jeff Monken Press Conference Quotes: CincinnatiArmy West Point football head coach Jeff Monken met virtually with members of the local media on Tuesday afternoon for his weekly press conference inside Nowak Auditorium.

The No. 22 Black Knights will look to continue their hot start to the season when they take on No. 14 Cincinnati this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. The game will be broadcast on ESPN.

Army West Point Football Head Coach Jeff Monken

(Ref.: Opening statement)
“Good afternoon. We're excited about the opportunity we have to play this weekend against a great football team. They're very well-coached and certainly have the respect of everyone in the college football world. They have been one of the best teams in the country here in recent years. I can't say enough about the job that Coach (Luke) Fickell has done. He's and outstanding coach. He has a great staff, a veteran staff and they have a big athletic and fast football team. They really are an impressive group and it's going to take our best effort if we're going to have a chance to win. So, our guys are practicing hard. It's been nice to have an extra week. We really set our sights on Cincinnati when the game against BYU was postponed. We were hopeful that we could get another game rescheduled, but when that didn't work out it really gave us a chance to dive into the game plan for Cincinnati. It's going to take the rest of this week and our very best effort, as I said, if we're going to have a chance.”

(Ref.: On the opportunity this weekend presents for the program)
“I think anytime we have the opportunity we have to play a ranked team – and we've had that opportunity several times – it's an opportunity for us to test ourselves against one of the best teams in college football, which they are. Back-to-back 11-win seasons is really impressive. They've got some big wins over Power 5 teams. They're just an impressive football team. I was talking to another coach in their league, he was mentioning the body types that they have on their team – just long. It allows them to have tight end type guys, outside linebacker types that are really long and run good. It helps them on special teams and those guys have position flexibility. It's really just going to a tremendous challenge for us to play a team of this caliber. With the respect that they have around the college football world, if we can find a way to win the game it would be a huge victory for us.” Read more.

BG Weidner Addresses Cadets Via Video Link

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BG Weidner Addresses Cadets Via Video LinkBrigadier General John Weidner, United States Strategic Command, addressed cadets via video link. BG Weidner discussed of the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review and the recently translated 2020 Decree by the President of the Russian Federation: State Policy in the Field of Nuclear Deterrence. Prior to the address, the cadets studied the Nonproliferation Treaty and the executive summary of the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review. They were also allowed to view the translated decree in a controlled environment.

History Discusses Civil War Leadership

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History Discusses Civil War LeadershipHistory faculty at West Point approach their subjects from all angles. Dr. Laura Hooton’s HI101 class discusses Civil War leadership in the shadow of the new General Grant statue on the Plain.

DSE Interdisciplinary Pride

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The Department of Systems Engineering (DSE) prides itself on being Interdisciplinary. Interdisciplinary refers something the relates to multiple branches of knowledge. The analytical, modeling and simulation, and managements skills you learn in DSE can be applied almost anywhere, business, production, construction, and healthcare.

Social sciences. International relations. You name it, your DSE skills can be a combat multiplier.

They offer 17 elective tracks for Systems Engineering majors, 8 complimentary support course tracks for Engineering Management majors, and lots of flexibility for Systems and Decision Science majors to lean into a field that is interesting & engaging to them.

Photo: CDT Jack Davies ’21 & Calvin Pieper ’21working on their capstone, Steel Bridge, an interdisciplinary capstone with the Department of Civil & Mechanical Engineering

Army and Merchant Marine Announce Home-and-Home Contests

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Army and Merchant Marine Announce Home-and-Home ContestsThe Army West Point Men's Soccer team is set to open competition for the fall of 2020 with a home-and-home series with the Merchant Marine Academy.

The Black Knights and Mariners will face each other at Kings Point on September 26, and then at West Point on October 3.

Army and Merchant Marine have battled it out 19 times since the series debut in 1963 with the Cadets hold a 17-1-1 advantage. This will be the first meeting between the Black Knights and the Mariners since 1983.

Athletes from both sides have complied with their institutions' and conferences' respective COVID-19 testing guidelines ahead of the competition. The Army home game will be closed to outside spectators.

The Army home game will have live stats and a video stream of the game. Live Stats Link: https://goarmywestpoint.com/sidearmstats/msoc/. ESPN+ Link: PatriotLeague.tv.

Cross Country Season Continues in Boston

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The Army West Point Cross Country team is set to continue its season on Friday when it heads to Massachusetts for the Three Team Battle in Beantown with Boston College and Syracuse. Action begins with the women's meet at 2:30 p.m. followed by the men's competition at 3:15 p.m.

The Black Knights split their season opening meet with Syracuse earlier this month, defeating the Orange in the women's meet and falling in the men's meet.

Army saw strong performances from its young runners on the women's side, with plebes Georgia Jones and Helen Shearer leading the women's team with second and third place finishes. The three-time defending champion men's team will look to bounce back from its season opening defeat behind several key returners. Firstie Daniel Horoho was the top finishing cadet in the season opener, placing tenth.

The teams will get another look at the Orange, who were led by seniors in both meets. The women's race was won by All-ACC and All-Region performer Amanda Vestri. The men's meet was won by redshirt senior JP Trojan, who was making his Syracuse debut after transferring from William & Mary.

Meet host Boston College will be seeing its first action of the season after a strong women's campaign in 2019 in which the Eagles placed 20th at the NCAA Championships. The team returns three scorers from the championship meet in juniors Lauren White and Anna Osear and sophomore Sarah Flynn. Like Syracuse, the Eagles ranked in the top five in the Northeast Region in the final women's cross country rankings last season.

In the 2020 ACC preseason cross country rankings, Syracuse and Boston College were ranked fourth and seventh respectively on the women's side and second and 13th respectively on the men's side.

CDT Hilt ’22 Nominated for Dean’s “Brain Gainz”

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CDT Hilt ’22 Nominated for Dean’s “Brain Gainz”CDT Thomas Hilt ’22, Company D2, was nominated by his company for the Dean’s “Brain Gainz” recognition this week. Thomas has organized, led, and coordinated two HI101 study sessions thus far as the cadet in charge (CIC) for History tutoring through the Center for Enhanced Performance (CEP). Both times, he did a great job not only commanding and controlling the operation, but also tutoring people himself as much as he could. The first study session was a two-day operation for five hours on Saturday and Sunday. Thomas led and tutored for the full five hours on both days. Excellent academic mentorship and leadership, Thomas!

Cadet Virtual Visit from Phil Swagel CBO

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Cadet Virtual Visit from Phil Swagel CBOCadets were fortunate to have a great virtual visit from Phil Swagel, 10th Director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Cadets learned about the challenging and important tasks that the CBO carries out each day and were able to ask Mr. Swagel questions that few others would be able to answer. The CBO was established in 1975 to produce independent, non-partisan analyses of economic and budgetary issues in support of the Congressional budget process. The agency plays a key role in analyzing the cost estimates for legislation proposed in Congress but does not make policy recommendations.

Honorable Living Day

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Honorable Living DayThis past Wednesday, all cadets, staff, and faculty stopped their daily activities to participate in Honorable Living Day. They had open, honest discussions about how to live honorably, build cohesive teams, and combat issues that undermine cohesion and readiness of Army units. Later that afternoon, several cadet diversity clubs shared their rich heritage by displaying flags, traditional outfits, and cultural foods at booths throughout the plain.

The West Point community is committed to creating a climate where everyone is treated with dignity and respect; there is no other option! Our graduates will lead diverse formations and they must be ready to build and lead cohesive teams with their Soldiers.

2021 West Point Gymnastics Open Canceled

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2021 West Point Gymnastics Open CanceledArmy West Point Gymnastics coach Dr. Doug Van Everen has announced the cancelation of the 2021 West Point Gymnastics Open due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 30th anniversary of the event is now slated to take place January 14-15, 2022. In addition to the competition, the Army Gymnastics program will host an alumni event to celebrate the history of Army Gymnastics. The alternate date tentatively scheduled for March 2021 has also been canceled.

Stay tuned to GoArmyWestPoint.com and Army Gymnastics social media platforms for up to date information on the 30th annual West Point Open and all Army Gymnastics news. 

CSFL To Host Army-Navy Sprint FB Preview Show Thursday

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CSFL To Host Army-Navy Sprint FB Preview Show ThursdayThe Collegiate Sprint Football League (CSFL) will air the Army-Navy Sprint Football Game Preview Show this Thursday, October 1 at 9 p.m., on the CACC Network. Today’s announcement of the special broadcast was made by CSFL Commissioner Dan Mara, as the show will break down Sunday's contest between the Cadets and Midshipmen at Shea Stadium in West Point. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

Army and Navy will meet twice in sprint football during the fall, as the second contest will be held on Sunday, October 18, in Annapolis. That contest will be the Star Game for both teams. The CSFL will also air a preview show for that game on Thursday, October 15.

This Thursday's preview show will feature interviews with both head coaches (Army's Mark West and Navy's Jason Dewald) and student-athletes from each school. The show will also provide a look at the historic rivalry between the two academies in the sport of sprint football.

The CACC Network is the official digital channel of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC), which is a partner with the CSFL. Fans can view the network in a variety of ways, including online at caccnetwork.com. Fans can also stream the CACC Network on their television, as the channel features apps on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Android TV. For people on the go, they can also watch the show on their mobile device or tablet, as the CACC Network features an app in both the iTunes and Google Play stores. 

The show will premiere on Thursday night at 9 p.m., but fans who cannot watch the live broadcast will have the opportunity to view it anytime on-demand by visiting one of the portals listed above for the CACC Network. Read more.

Beatty Leads Black Knights to Second Place Finish

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Beatty Leads Black Knights to Second Place FinishThe Army West Point Men's Cross Country team finished second at the Three Team Battle in Beantown at Coogan Course at Highland Park this past Friday.

Army finished with a team score of 38 points, with Syracuse posting a score of 18 to claim their second consecutive meet victory. Meet host Boston College placed third with a score of 80.

The Black Knights were led by cow Marshall Beatty who finished third with a time of 24:43. Beatty is one of two former Patriot League Rookie of the Year winners to place in the top 10 on Friday, as yearling Garrett Gough finished ninth at 25:31.

Syracuse redshirt senior JP Trojan finished first to claim his second win in two races since joining the Orange from William & Mary. Trojan (24:41) and teammate Joe Dragon (24:42) narrowly edged Beatty to give the Orange a one-two finish in the race.

“They had a big pack of five guys and I was hoping if I strung them out at the end that some of the guys would fall off and our guys would pick up some spots,” Beatty said. “The guys up front hung on pretty well and it ended up being me fighting with their third and fourth guy. I was a little bit off from the top two, but I am happy how things turned out.”

Army now turns its attention to service academy rival Navy and the Army-Navy Star Meet which will take place on October 17 in Annapolis. Unlike his first two Star Meets as a Black Knight, Beatty enters this one as an upperclassmen in a leadership position on the team, something he is excited to take on. Read more.

Jones, Shearer Lead Black Knights to Second Place Finish

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Jones, Shearer Lead Black Knights to Second Place FinishThe Army West Point Women's Cross Country team placed second at the Three Team Battle in Beantown at Coogan Course at Highland Park this past Friday.

The Black Knights finished with a team score of 37, placing behind Syracuse who won the meet with a score of 33 points. Boston College placed third with 52 team points.

For the second meet in a row, the Cadets were led plebes Georgia Jones (17:46) and Helen Shearer (17:50), who placed third and fourth respectively. Firstie captain Mika Andrews also recorded a top 10 finish, placing seventh at 18:12.

“It was a really good day for the team," Shearer said. "We were able to stick together and Georgia pulled away towards the end. The teamwork throughout was really helpful and it made us push each other.”

“Having your teammate pushing you makes a big difference in a race,” Jones said. “It gives you someone to work with and fight with and it helps a lot. Both of us are soccer players and didn't run much cross country in high school, so working as a team is what we are used to.”

Syracuse senior Amanda Vestri claimed her second consecutive victory, crossing the line first at 17:23.

Army now turns its attention to rival Navy, as the team will head to Annapolis for the annual Army-Navy Star Meet on October 17. The Black Knights defeated the Midshipmen 27-28 in a thrilling race at Bowdoin Park in 2019. Read more.

Men's Soccer Charges Ahead of Merchant Marine 1-0

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CDT Justin McStay ’23Thanks to a second half surge, the Army West Point Men's Soccer team took down Merchant Marine 1-0 in a Saturday night contest. Scoreless after the first half, Justin McStay netted a goal off a corner kick by Oscar Pereira in the 50th minute. Army continued to press to help preserve a 1-0 shutout for Jacob Suppiah. The Black Knights and Mariners entered halftime with a knotted 0-0 score. Army led in shots (8-3) and corner kicks (3-2) after the first 45 minutes. In the 50th minute, the Cadets found the back of the net to take a 1-0 lead. Pereira capitalized on a corner kick opportunity five minutes into the second half. He chipped it into the box where McStay connected and found the back of the net. Army finished the game with an impressive 16-6 advantage in shots. The Black Knights led in corner kicks (11-2). The Cadets improve to 18-1-1 against USMMA in the all-time series. It marked the first contest between the two squads since 1983. Read more.

The Corps First SAMI

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The Corps First SAMIThe Corps of Cadets recently conducted their first Saturday morning inspection (SAMI) for this year. The inspection is an evaluation of discipline and attention to detail. The highest inspection status, SAMI occurs immediately after breakfast on Saturday morning. The strict standards require rooms to be immaculate to the “white-glove” test. Cadets stand at attention, in uniform while their rooms are being inspected by the company Chain of Command (COC).

Go For Green Initiative

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Go For Green Initiative“Go for Green” initiative is coming to Washington Hall. Great work by CW4 Walle, MAJ McGlone, and the mess hall staff. Today was a test run - healthier food options and each serving marked for nutrition level. Check out that menu! More initiatives to come throughout the year. Nutrition is a key component to holistic health and fitness.

Cadets Catch & Release 127 Fish for Identification

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Cadets Catch & Release 127 Fish for IdentificationLast week, CDT Matthew Donze, CDT Maggie O’Neill, CDT William Naumann, and CDT Paris Williams and G&EnE leadership (COL Mindy Kimball, CPT Melissa Moorehouse, Ms. Kimberly Quell, and Dr. Patrick Baker) seined the shallow cove on the western shore near Hudson River Light 39. The cove was seined 4 times with a 30’ bag seine as the tide was going out. One hundred and seventy-one fish representing four species were captured and held briefly for identification. In order of abundance, the seine hauls yielded Atlantic Silversides (n = 87), White Perch (n = 62), Striped Bass (n = 21), and a Bluefish. In addition, they caught several Blue Claw Crabs that appeared to have recently shed and a small Green Crab. Salinity was relatively high for this location (4-5 ppt) and water temperature was ~19C.

Cadets Learn About Caleb Benson and Army Laundresses

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Cadets Learn About Caleb Benson and Army LaundressesHI101 Instructor CPT Mandi Rollinson worked with one of USMA’s librarians, Ms. Mary Ahenakew, to teach Cadets about the experiences of Buffalo Soldier Caleb Benson and Army laundresses on the frontier in the late 1800s. Ms. Ahenakew modeled how databases can assist cadets with their HI101 research. She explained about the contemporary experiences of Native Americans – in, out of, and with the Army - and Black cadets at USMA to further complicate how cadets understand the Army.

CDT Knight Delivers at ISA-West Conference

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CDT Knight Delivers at ISA-West ConferenceCadet Denton Knight, an International Affairs Major from the Class of 2021, delivered a paper at the ISA-West Conference this past weekend. The paper, “Disruptive Internet: A Macro-level Determinate of Education Quality,” examines the relationship between internet speed and education quality, with case studies on Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. He presented an earlier version of the paper in a SOSH Research Lab Colloquium last summer.

Cadets Tour the West Point Steam Plant

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Cadets Tour the West Point Steam PlantThis week Cadets were able to carry out a detailed tour of the West Point Steam Plant. LTC Daniel Baha organized and carried out this detailed tour of the Steam Plant as an extracurricular enrichment activity for CH151: Advanced General Chemistry. Cadets learned the intricacies of generating and harnessing steam for a variety of Army applications, with a particular focus on the fundamental chemistry and engineering underpinning the operation and maintenance of such an intricate and large-scale plant.

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Army Combat Fitness Test

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Army Combat Fitness TestFit to Fight! Class of 2021 and 2022 Cadets performed the Army Combat Fitness Test this past weekend to adopt the Army's new test of record on October 1. The ACFT is an age and gender-neutral test that directly aligns physical attributes required in combat to unit physical readiness training and individual physical testing and reporting while also decreasing accession losses and reducing injury rates.

Photo: by Eric Bartelt