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Keeping Up with Football Practice at West Point

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Keeping Up with Football Practice at West PointThe Army West Point Football Team was back out on the practice field yesterday evening as the Black Knights were getting ready for the 2021 season.

Firstie captain and linebacker Arik Smith and quarterback Jabari Laws discussed the progress the team has made since the start of camp and how the Black Knights are preparing for the season opener on September 4 at Georgia State as the first game is less than two weeks away.


Men’s Rugby 48-28 Win Over Queen’s

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Men’s Rugby 48-28 Win Over Queen’sArmy West Point Men’s Rugby returned to the pitch at Warrior Field on Saturday to earn a 48-28 win over Queen's University of Charlotte. The Black Knights outworked the Royals on both ends of the field to earn their first victory of the 2021 15s season.

Army came out of the locker room ready to run, and run is what they did, as it took the Cadets only two minutes to find the try zone and take the lead. Jonny Haley scored the first try of the season for Army, which was followed by a successful conversion by Sean McNulty to give the Black Knights a 7-0 lead that they would not surrender. Lucas Pattinson followed up with a try score of his own to give Army a 12-0 lead just 10 minutes into the game.

Michael Amberg was the star of the pitch in the season opener, scoring fifteen total points on three tries to lead the Cadets in scoring. The junior scored back-to-back tries in the 24th and 36th minute to stretch the lead to 26-7 going into the break. Queen's rallied early in the second half to shrink the Army lead to five (26-21) at the 50 minute mark. With Army needing a score to keep the lead, senior captain Matt Meehan drove his team down the field and into the end zone for a huge score. McNulty followed suit, booting another conversion between the pipes to push the Army lead back to 33-21. Read more.

Volleyball Splits Second Day of the Black Knight Invitational

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Volleyball Splits Second Day of the Black Knight InvitationalArmy West Point Volleyball split the second day of the Black Knights Invitational falling 3-0 to High Point then returned to sweep Columbia 3-0 in the last match of the invite.

The Black Knights opened the match with three kills from Paige Fixemer to lead 4-1 over the Panthers. High Point battled back capitalizing on Army's mistakes to take a 13-10 lead. Savannah Bray and Fixemer battles to keep the Cadets in the match, recording three kills and one block each. It was not enough, as errors increased High Point's lead allowing the Panthers to take the first set 25-19.

Army opened set two with a 9-4 lead over the Panthers, led by two kills from Bray. Errors started to get the best of High Point helping keep the momentum in Army's favor. Cate Buckingham fired off a kill to increase Army's lead to 16-10 forcing the Panthers to take their second timeout. High Point fought back, capitalizing on attacking errors made by the Cadets, to bring the set to 22 all. The teams traded points, but High Point jumped ahead to take the 26-24 victory. Bray finished with six kills and four digs.

High Point jumped out in front early, leading 6-2 at Army's first timeout. Attacking errors by the Cadets allowed the Panthers in extend their lead. Kai Nickerson and Fixemer helped the Cadets battle, but ultimately fell 13-25 to lose 3-0 to High Point. Read more.

Men’s Soccer Shuts Out Longwood, 2-0

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Men’s Soccer Shuts Out Longwood, 2-0In the final game of its three-game homestand, the Army West Point Men’s Soccer Team ran past the Longwood Lancers for a 2-0 victory. The Black Knights jumped on the Lancers from the very first whistle, using a steady attack to create several early scoring chances. The front line of Sal Rasizzi, Andrew Guerra, Brandon Bryant and Oscar Pereira helped lead Army into the Lancer zone and create three shots for the Cadets.

On the third chance, Guerra was able to collect the ball off a throw-in and feed Pereira who made a series of moves before finding the bottom left corner of the net for Army's first goal of the match.

Army controlled the tempo for the rest of the half thanks in large part to outstanding defensive efforts from Jack Eaton, D'Anthony Brown and Dylan Mitchiner. The back line held off the Lancer attack for much of the game and gave plebe goalkeeper, Tomas Hut, room to breathe in the backfield. Hut would only need to make one save off a shot in the 58th minute on his way to his first career shutout. Read more.

Women’s Soccer Powers Past William & Mary

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Women’s Soccer Powers Past William & MaryFor the second straight game, Dara Murray found the back of the net in what would be the difference for the Army West Point Women’s Soccer Team in its 2-1 victory over William & Mary. The Black Knights were able to hold off the late surge from the Tribe offense, who were not able to get through cow goalkeeper Taylor Stalheim. Stalheim's save in the 89th minute capped off the win for Army, the team's third straight.

The Cadets brought the energy early, coming out fast with an attack that continually worked the ball into the Tribe's half of the field throughout the first 20 minutes of action. Yearling Jasmine Talley broke the scoreless tie in the 18th minute, taking the feed from Lauren Drysdale and finding the lower left corner of the net for her first goal of the season and the first for her career.

Stalheim's efforts anchoring the Army defense proved to be crucial in the first half, keeping Army on top with saves in the 14th and 23rd minutes of action and helped the Black Knights carried their 1-0 lead into the second half

The second half began much like the first for the Black Knights, as Army controlled the pace thanks to the strong play of their midfield of Drysdale, Daniela Mendoza and Izzy Fontana. Read more.

Women’s Rugby Picks Up Overtime Win Over Brown

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Women’s Rugby Picks Up Overtime Win Over BrownArmy West Point Women’s Rugby collected its first win of the 2021 season with a 26-19 overtime win over Brown, on Saturday morning. Brown got on the board first, scoring a try to take a 5-0 lead. Hope Moseley made her way to the endzone to help the Black Knights answer back quickly, tying things up at 5-5 heading into the half.

Sydney Schaaf scored the try to give Army the 10-5 lead over Brown and Codi Butt recorded the conversion to tack on another two points for the Black Knights. Butt kept her momentum going, finding her way to the endzone, and scoring the conversion to put Army up 19-5 at 27 minutes.

Brown did not go down easy as they scored off a long run to cut the Cadets' lead to 19-12. Brown scored another try and conversion to tie things up at 19-19 with 15 minutes left. The teams would not record another point in regulation and headed into overtime locked at 19. Read more.

1st Regimental Commander Hinton ’22 & CSM Bieler ’22

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1st Regimental Commander Hinton ’22 & CSM Bieler ’22Donovan Hinton, a Kinesiology major from Woodbridge, Virginia, spent part of this summer as the Cadet Basic Training 1 Regimental Commander. He chose West Point because he wanted to surround himself with service-oriented people. “My goal as First Regimental Commander is to instill the idea of staying on T.O.P. through Team building, Ownership, and Prioritizing the fundamentals. Despite the many clubs and sports cadets are involved in at the Academy, we are all one team with the same responsibilities when we graduate. It’s when we take the time to develop relationships with one another, hold each other accountable, and stress the importance of even simplest task that we build a strong team of future officers. We become the best versions of ourselves, so we can serve others to the best of our ability, and I look forward to seeing cadets embody that this year.”

James Bieler, a Mechanical Engineering major, from Darien, Connecticut, is a member of the West Point Men's Lacrosse and Sprint Football teams. He chose West Point for the leadership and wanted to be surrounded by those motivated by fitness, challenges, and personal development. “It is my goal this academic year to foster an environment in the regiment where seeking help, mentorship, and leader development is encouraged. I hope to create a culture of positivity and high energy in the regiment. I hope to inspire my peers to fully appreciate the amazing opportunities we have at West Point.”

Photo Cadet Hannah Lamb ’23

Football Defeats Georgia State, Monken Earns 50th Win at Army

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Football Defeats Georgia State, Monken Earns 50th Win at ArmyThe Army West Point Football Team took care of business on both sides of the ball en route to earning a season-opening 43-10 victory over Georgia State on Saturday afternoon at Center Parc Stadium. The victory marks the 50th of head coach Jeff Monken's Army career.

The nation's top defensive unit from a season ago got to work quickly opposite the Panthers (0-1) and recovered a fumble on the opening drive, thanks to Arik Smith. With the ball in his hand, starting quarterback Tyhier Tyler and his offense then put together an eight-play, 40-yard drive that culminated with Tyson Riley's first career touchdown. The four-yard rush put the Black Knights (1-0) up 7-0.

After forcing the Panthers to punt away their next possession, the Black Knights once again marched their way down the field on their second drive. Tyler found wide receiver Sean Eckert with a 26-yard pass for the second-to-last play in a six-minute push that ended with AJ Howard's first career touchdown, extending the lead to 14-0. Read more.


Women’s Cross Country Opens Campaign with Win Over Maine

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Women’s Cross Country Opens Campaign with Win Over MaineThe Army West Point Women’s Cross Country Team opened its season with a victory over the Maine Black Bears. The Black Knights had the meet's top-four runners, including two yearlings and a plebe. Georgia Jones, who was an all-league performer as a plebe, finished the race first with a time of 17:55.02. Yearling Helen Shearer was close behind placing second (17:59.85). Plebe Abigail McIlvain finished her first collegiate meet in third (19:02.79), and cow Arielle Zlotnick placed fourth (19:06.27). Read more.

Men’s Gymnastics 11 CGA All-America Scholar-Athletes

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Men’s Gymnastics 11 CGA All-America Scholar-AthletesArmy West Point Men’s Gymnastics was named 2021 National Academic Team Honorable Mention while 11 Black Knights were tabbed All-America Scholar-Athletes, as announced by College Association Gymnastics.

The CGA honored 133 individual gymnasts as 2021 First Team All-America Scholar-Athletes for attaining a 3.5 grade point average or higher and 56 Second Team All-America Scholar-Athletes for attaining a grade point average between 3.499 and 3.2.

Six Cadets earned First Team All-America Scholar: Mitchell McHugh (engineering management), Adam Elahmadi (electrical engineering), Corban Barstow (physics), Jackson Pophal (economics), Kalvin Kingshill (physics) and Joseph Minus (space science).

Five Black Knights earned Second Team All-America Scholar-Athletes: Patrick Armstrong (life science), Rudolph Churchill (economics), Kiernan Reagan (economics), Mitchell Monahan (kinesiology) and Declan Henriques (psychology). Read more.

Branch Week at West Point

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Branch Week at West PointThis week marks the annual Branch Week at West Point where representatives from each of the branches open to cadets after they graduate from USMA set up displays to talk about their branches and answer questions. For Plebes and Yearlings, the week is geared toward educating them on what their options are. Cows, on the other hand, are expected to spend the week talking to branches that interest them and start narrowing down their preferences. The 17 branches are: Field Artillery, Air Defense Artillery, Infantry, Armor, Aviation, Engineers, Military Police, Chemical Corps, Cyber, Finance, Military Intelligence, Medical Service, Signal, Adjutant General, Transportation, Ordnance
and Quartermaster.

Grusczynski Joins Bagley's Staff as Assistant Coach

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Grusczynski Joins Bagley's Staff as Assistant CoachThe Army West Point Golf Team and head coach Chad Bagley have announced the hiring of Neal Grusczynski as an assistant coach.

“The Army golf family is excited to welcome Coach Grusczynski back to West Point,” Bagley said. “Neal is a talented coach with a winning track record; and his previous experience at USMA will ensure we continue to achieve our mission of developing leaders of character and being the best version of ourselves on the fields of friendly strife.”

Grusczynski returns to Army West Point after spending time in his native city of Milwaukee serving as the head boys golf coach at Muskego High School and working with junior golfers at his Collegiate Prep Golf School.

“To have an opportunity to come back and contribute to the Army golf team at West Point is humbling and a huge honor,” Grusczynski said. “I would like to thank Coach Bagley for believing in me and my family, as we are looking forward to contributing to the success of the cadet student athletes through the game of golf.”

Grusczynski served as the head Men's golf coach at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, July of 2019 through December 2020.

Before coaching in Athens, he was the director of golf and head men's and women's golf coach at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee. Read more.

Foster Adds Kinney to Baseball Staff

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Foster Adds Kinney to Baseball StaffHead baseball coach Jim Foster has announced the addition of Matthew Kinney to his staff for the 2022 season. Kinney will serve as the Army West Point baseball team's assistant coach and will oversee the pitchers.

“Coach Matthew Kinney is going to be a great addition to our staff as we continue to build on our success as a program and work to take it to another level,” head coach Jim Foster said. “He is going to recruit and develop our players at a high level and is a great human being who will be a very good example for our cadet-athletes. We are very excited to have him and his fiancé Allyson here and welcome them to the Army baseball family. I look forward to working with them both.”

Kinney joins the Black Knights after a four-year stint as the pitching coach at Southeast Missouri. In his most recent season with the Redhawks, Kinney was part of a team that won both the OVC Regular Season and Conference titles and advanced to the Oxford Regional. As a pitching staff, the 2021 Redhawks led the league in saves, ground ball percentage and fewest walks allowed. Additionally, the team was third in the league in strikeouts/9 inn.

To go along with the overall success of his pitching staff, Kinney mentored OVC Pitcher of the Year Dylan Dodd in his final year in Cape Girardeau. The southpaw led the conference in innings pitched, strikeouts, wins and games started and checked in at second in ERA. Dodd earned Second Team All-America honors and went on to earn the highest draft pick in program history when he was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the third round of the 2021 MLB Draft. Read more.

Katsenes Added to Stephens Cup Field Golf Tournament

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Katsenes Added to Stephens Cup Field Golf TournamentFirstie captain Tom Katsenes of the Army West Point Golf Team was named to the field of the inaugural Jackson T. Stephens Cup.

The Stephens Cup, a national college golf tournament, will debut October 17-20, 2021, with the goal of featuring one of the strongest fields in collegiate golf. Named in honor of the late Augusta National Chairman, Jackson (Jack) T. Stephens, the inaugural Stephens Cup will be played at The Alotian Club in Roland, Ark.

In addition, Golf Channel will provide live broadcasts on each day of official tournament play: Monday, October 18: 4-7pm eastern time, Tuesday, October 19: 3-6pm eastern time and Wednesday, October 20: 3-6pm eastern time. The nightly encore broadcast schedule will be determined closer to the tournament.

The University of South Carolina Women and the Florida State University Men, both ranked fourth in men's and women's college golf according to the most-recent Golfstat rankings, lead the field of 12 teams invited to play. Read more.

Cadets Arrive in Armenia

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Cadets Arrive in ArmeniaCadets recently arrived in Armenia for the first iteration of Persian Semester Abroad Program (SAP). The program is designed specifically for West Point’s Persian Section. The semester-long program includes 300 hours of intensive Persian language classes during 80 days of in-class instruction encompassing history, geography, current events, literature, and film and television. Cadets will also participate in guest lectures, film screenings, and numerous cultural excursions.


Two from Women’s Soccer Earn Weekly Patriot League Honors

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Two from Women’s Soccer Earn Weekly Patriot League HonorsThe Army West Point Women’s Soccer Team was well-represented among the Patriot League’s weekly accolades, as Jasmine Talley was named Offensive Player of the Week and Dara Murray was tabbed Midfielder of the Week in an announcement put out by the conference office yesterday. The honors are the first for the Black Knights (3-3-0) this season, who are coming off a split 1-1 week of action after defeating William & Mary (September 5) and falling to Fordham (September 3).

“These two getting recognized is just the tip of the iceberg in how we competed this weekend,” head coach Tracy Chao said. “As we reflect and rewatch our matches, we are seeing our offense and defense really coming together. There's no doubt that Jasmine had a fantastic weekend and specifically two big moments with her finish and assist against William & Mary. She's definitely not done yet with great work rate, energy and ability to read and move into dangerous spaces in our attack. If you watch the game-winning goal by Dara, it's a pretty accurate depiction of her as a player: pure determination, big-time hustle, grit, awareness and ultimate sacrifice of committing whatever it took to getting something on the ball which led to an unbelievable play.”

Talley had one of the strongest performances of her career during the match against the Tribe, as she netted her first goal as a Black Knight and assisted on Murray's game-winner. With the addition of the assist she picked up during the double-overtime defeat of Saint Peter's (August 29), she has four points in 2021, good for second on the team. Read more.

Volleyball’s Fixemer Named Patriot League Player of the Week

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Volleyball’s Fixemer Named Patriot League Player of the WeekFixemer was a force at the net, opening the invite with a double-double in Army's five-set win over Sacred Heart. She recorded 17 kills and ten blocks with three being solos. She finished the match with 23.5 points. In the Cadet's fall to High Point, she recorded seven kills and three blocks. The Omaha, Neb. native closed out the invite with 11 kills in the Black Knight's sweep over Columbia.

Fixemer has recorded double-digit kills in three of the six matches she has competed in, with her season-high of 17 against Sacred Heart. She currently sits seventh in the league for kills per set (3.05), is second in blocks per set (1.26) and leads the league in solo blocks (4).

Ethridge earned honorable mention nods after posting her first collegiate double-double with a season-high of 51 assists and 23 digs in the win over Sacred Heart. She finished the next two matches with 58 assists and 15 digs. She recorded a season best of three kills against Columbia. Read more.

Cadet Independent Research at AFRRI

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Cadet Independent Research at AFRRICadets conducting an independent research study went to the Armed Forces Radiobiological Research Institute (AFRRI) to conduct experiments on the survivability of Raspberry Pis against space radiation. The Army’s Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC) sponsored the experiments, and NASA’s 2015 research inspired the study in testing low-cost electronics that could be potential candidates for spacecraft control systems.

InterMat Preseason Rankings Feature Four from Wrestling

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InterMat Preseason Rankings Feature Four from WrestlingThe Army West Point wrestling team had four cadet-athletes featured in InterMat’s NCAA Division I Preseason Rankings, as PJ Ogunsanya (149 lbs.), Markus Hartman (157 lbs.), Ben Pasiuk (174 lbs.) and J.T. Brown (197 lbs.) were all tabbed in their respective weight classes.

Each member of the quartet returns to this year's team after qualifying for the 2021 NCAA Championship. Additionally, Ogunsanya and Pasiuk enter the year as the reigning EIWA Conference Champions at 149 lbs. and 174 lbs., respectively.

“Those guys are leaders on the team and leaders on the mat,” head coach Kevin Ward said. “All are NCAA qualifiers with championship experience, and we are looking forward to them leading the way for our team this season.”

Pasiuk had the highest overall ranking within his class, checking it at No. 15. Both Ogunsanya and Brown landed at No. 20, while Hartman was slotted 21st. Army is the only service academy to place three student-athletes 20th-or-higher, as Navy had two and Air Force had one. Read more.

Army Set to Open Up Michie Stadium Against Western Kentucky

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Army Set to Open Up Michie Stadium Against Western KentuckyThe Army West Point Football Team will open up Michie Stadium this Saturday, Sept. 11 with an 11:30 a.m. game against Western Kentucky.

The action between the Black Knights and the Hilltoppers, who both enter the contest with 1-0 records, will be on CBS Sports Network with Jason Horowitz, Ross Tucker and Tina Cervasio on the call. The radio call will be found across 25 stations in nine different states via the Army Sports Network. 90.3 FM will Air a non-delayed feed inside Michie Stadium.

Additionally, the call can be heard for free via the Varsity Network app and through the in-venue feed for fans in attendance.

Furthermore, Knight Vision, Army West Point's live streaming service, will continue to provide free subscriptions for active and reserve duty members of the military for the season.

Active service members will receive a free subscription with their .mil email address by signing up at GoArmyWestPoint.com/ActiveMemberSignup. After registering, active service members can log on to GoArmyWestPoint.com/ActiveMemberLogin before every home game.

Men’s Rugby Defeats Notre Dame (Ohio), 40-6

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Men’s Rugby Defeats Notre Dame (Ohio), 40-6Army West Point Men’s Rugby returned to the pitch at Warrior Field on Sunday and cruised to a 40-6 win over the Notre Dame College Falcons. The Black Knights outworked the Falcons from the first whistle, using a 33-0 run to claim their first win in Rugby East play.

The Army Men’s Rugby Team did not waste any time in this contest, jumping all over the Falcons from the first whistle. Firstie captain Matt Meehan punched in the first try score just three minutes into the contest to give Army the early lead. Sean McNulty followed suit, kicking the conversion to extend Army's early lead.

Notre Dame answered with back-to-back penalty kicks, bringing the score to 7-6 at the 15 minute mark. Those would be the last points for the Falcons in the contest as Army ramped up the defensive pressure to completely shut down the Falcon attack.

Army followed up the second penalty try with an unanswered 33-0 run to close out the contest over the final 65 minutes of action. Every player on the field contributed in one way or another to spark the run and clinch the first Rugby East win of the year for Army. Read more.

Women’s Rugby Dominates Coast Guard

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Women’s Rugby Dominates Coast GuardArmy West Point Women’s Rugby dominates Coast Guard in the home opener, winning 102-5 on Friday night at the Anderson Rugby Complex.

The Cadets came out firing in the first half taking a 67-0 lead after 40 minutes. The momentum did not stop as the final score was 102-5. The Black Knights had 14 different players contribute tries to the score: Codi Butt, Sydney Schaff, Kaitlyn Schwarting, Sophia Linder, Julia Riekena, Kaylee Cargile, Emma Gamboa, Emma Baughman, Rebecca Syrup, McKhaye O'Boyle, Christina Ellis, Charisma Henry, Kyla Johnson, Anabella Acinapura. Butt contributed conversions as well. She and Schaff found the endzone for the second weekend in a row. Read more.


Men’s Soccer Overpowers Siena in a 5-0 Win

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In the second game of its three-game homestand, the Army West Point Men’s Soccer Team put on an offensive showcase, featuring five goals from four Cadets in a 5-0 win over the Siena Saints.

Even though he plays as a backline defender, D'Anthony Brown shined on offense tonight, scoring two goals to lift the Cadets to their third win of the season. He and Oscar Pereira lead the Black Knight's offense that fired off a total of 18 shots in the contest, nine of which ended up on goal.

In typical fashion, Army came out of the gates with energy quickly moving the ball up the field into Saints territory. Pereira took the first shot for the Cadets just four minutes into the game. Two more shots from D'Anthony Brown and Atef Sikazwe missed the mark before Brown was able to put one past the keeper to break the scoreless tie.

Brown, a defender, made a terrific run from the backline and collected the ball in space off a pass from Cooper Warren to get the Cadets on the board.

Just eight minutes later, it was John Poncy who found the back of the net for his first goal of the season. Pereira was able to work around a few Saint defenders before finding Poncy who was able to collect the ball, turn and find the bottom left corner for the second goal of the night. Read more.

Football Holds Off Western Kentucky in Home Opener

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Football Holds Off Western Kentucky in Home OpenerArmy West Point Football opened Michie Stadium with a 38-35 win over the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers on Saturday afternoon. The Black Knights are 2-0 for the fourth time in the Jeff Monken era.

The Hilltoppers (1-1) found their rhythm early until Marquel Broughton picked off a pass for his third career interception. It was the team's second consecutive game forcing a turnover on its opponent's opening possession. The stop shut down a seven-play, 39-yard drive by Western Kentucky. Christian Anderson got the start under center looking to help the Cadets find their groove. He threw his first of five completed passes to Brandon Walters, but the drive came to a halt when the Cadets fumbled the ball. The first quarter ended scoreless after another Western Kentucky drive was cut short by the Army defense.

Tyrell Robinson came out energetic in the second quarter, rushing for 24 yards on the first play of the second quarter to get Army on the board first. Robinson recorded his third career touchdown and his longest rush since the 2020 season when he had a 50-yard run against Abilene Christian. Cole Talley secured the extra point for the Black Knights to make the score 7-0. The defense went to work on their side of the ball holding the Hilltoppers to two yards on their next drive forcing Western Kentucky to punt.

Back under center, Anderson found Braheam Murphy and connected for a 40-yard touchdown pass, his second 40-yard pass of the season. Army jumped ahead to a 14-0 lead over Western Kentucky, but the Hilltoppers found their way to the endzone with a 73-yard touchdown pass on the following possession. Read more.

UMSA No. 2 in Top Public Liberal Arts Colleges

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UMSA No. 2 in Top Public Liberal Arts CollegesThe U.S. Military Academy is again rated as one of the nation's best undergraduate education institutions!

The 2022 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings places the U.S. Military Academy No. 2 in Top Public Liberal Arts Colleges and No. 11 in Best National Liberal Arts Colleges.

In the Best Engineering Programs category, at engineering schools whose highest degree is a bachelor’s or master’s, West Point ranks No. 4 overall, and ranks No. 5 for its civil engineering program in the Best in the Specialties category.

“This recognition reflects the U.S. Military Academy’s commitment to preparing cadets for the intellectual rigors of leading in an ever evolving and complex world,” said BG Shane Reeves, Dean of the Academic board. “Our academic program is the intellectual engine that drives innovation in the Army through applied research, cross-disciplinary work, and engagement. Our faculty and staff are dedicated instructors, mentors, scholars, and most importantly, role models who work tirelessly to support our cadets in and out of the classroom.” See all rankings.

Golf Concludes Gene Miranda Falcon Invite

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Golf Concludes Gene Miranda Falcon InviteThe Army West Point Golf team finished its first tournament of the 2021 fall slate with strong finish at the Gene Miranda Falcon Invite. The Black Knights finished with a team score of 903 (+39) after going 9-over during the final round of the three-day event. UC Davis led from start to finish and won the event by 22 strokes over Nevada at 33-under. Tom Katsenes was Army's top individual finisher for the tournament at 7-over par after carding a 2-over 74. He ended up in a tie for 51st place on the individual leaderboard.

John Heckel Jr. had an impressive showing in his first action as a Black Knight and was tied with Katsenes for 51st place. He was consistent with his rounds, including an even par 72 during the second round of play. The top player on the final day was Marshall Daniel, who shot a 2-under 70 and joined Katsenes with under-par rounds at the tournament. He finished with four birdies, including one on the final hole of the round.

Samuel Kim was the top golfer for the Black Knights that was competing as an individual on the Silver Course throughout the weekend. He ended up in a tie for eighth place after shooting a 1-over 73 to conclude the final round. He was 4-over for the tournament. Read more.

Q&A with Football’s Cedrick Cunningham Jr.

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Q&A with Football’s Cedrick Cunningham Jr.Q: Why did you decide to attend West Point?

CC: I decided to attend West Point because of the opportunity to serve. I believe that this opportunity is second to none and I’ve always had an interest in other people and their well-being, so coming here was an easy choice. I also believe that the opportunity to be a part of this team and play for this program is so special.

Q: Aside from football, what’s been your favorite part of West Point?

CC: Definitely the people that I’ve met. That goes across a bunch of different areas. From instructors to TAC officers, to other Cadets, these are the best people I’ve ever been around. The memories that I’ve created with them are things I hold close to my heart.

Q: What does it mean to you to be named captain of this team?

CC: It’s very humbling and such an honor. To be selected by my peers as a leader and to essentially be a face for this program is really special. Especially since I didn’t see myself as a leader at times. For them to put their trust in me means a lot. Read more.

Men’s Cross Country Moves Up in Regional Rankings

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Men’s Cross Country Moves Up in Regional RankingsThe Army West Point Cross Country Team is ranked 13th in the latest 2021 NCAA Division I Men's Cross Country Northeast Regional Ranking announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

The Black Knights started the 2021 season with a win (17-46) over the Maine Black Bears in Orono, Maine on September 3. Army posted four of the top five finishers, led by Marshall Beatty who finished first with a time of 25:12.61. Thomas Vo followed with a time of 25:26.71 and Garrett Gough placed third (25:27.33). Matthew Porter rounded out the top five with a time of 25:36.90.

Army is back in action on September 17 to host the Army Open in Wappinger Falls, NY. Read more.

Two from Men’s Soccer Take Home Player of the Week Awards

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Two from Men’s Soccer Take Home Player of the Week AwardsAfter an impressive week of competition, Army West Point Men’s Soccer took home two Patriot League Player of the Week awards. The Black Knights went 1-0-1 on the week, tying Fairfield in a dramatic comeback effort and dropping Siena 5-0 thanks to an impressive showing on the attacking side of the field. D'Anthony Brown and Oscar Pereira both played a crucial role in the effort, combining for four goals and three assists during the week to earn the League's Midfielder and Defensive Player of the Week Awards, respectively.

The duo was the catalyst behind the two-goal comeback Tuesday night against Fairfield, sparking the rally after connecting for a goal in the 79th minute when Brown fed Pereira for the Cadets' first score in the contest. Pereira would also record the assist on the equalizing goal from Justin McStay in the 85th minute to complete the comeback.

In the contest against Siena, Brown shined on both ends of the pitch. The junior scored two goals, including the first of the game, while also aiding in the defensive effort that shut out the Saints offense. The goals were also the first of Brown's career.

Pereira once again found the back of the net against the Saints which was his third straight game with a goal, and his second consecutive game with a goal and an assist. The New York native now has 11 points on the season which is good for tops in the Patriot League and puts him in a tie for second in the country. This is also the senior's second weekly award after earning the offensive player of the week award after the first week of the season. Read more.


Cadets Briefed on Weapons of the Civil War

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Cadets Briefed on Weapons of the Civil WarMr. Les Jensen, the Curator of Arms and Armor at the West Point Museum briefed cadets in CPT Greenberg’s HI101 class sections on Civil War weapons and soldier systems. Cadets handled a Springfield Model 1855, Minie Balls, a bayonet, a Colt Revolver, a saber and scabbard, and a Sibley Stove as they analyzed and discussed Civil War soldier motivations.

2nd Regimental Commander Soto ’22 and CSM Tolston ’22

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CSM Tolston ’22 and 2nd Regimental Commander Soto ’22Diego Soto ’22, is an Applied Statistics and Data Science major from, Missouri City, TX, chose West Point for the unique challenges designed to push cadets in ways they have not experienced elsewhere. He saw this as an opportunity to grow rather than to wallow. He served as the Sandhurst SGM, was the “Moosehurst” I-2 Sandhurst team Squad Leader, earned the role of I-2 Company 1SG, and served as the Cadet Basic Training Regimental S-3 this past summer. “As the Second Regimental Commander, I hope to create a culture of putting people first. I believe that focusing on people through actions, not words, will lead to creating an environment of inclusion, compassion, and getting results. I believe in the philosophy of putting people first, the results can be pretty astonishing.”

Mirriam (Mimi) Tolston, an Operations Research major and native of Commerce Township, Michigan, chose West Point because she wants to be a role model for the next generation so they can break out of stereotypes to become great leaders. Tolston was selected as best Platoon SGT going into her Cow year, served as the Air Assault Command Sgt. Maj. this past summer, and has been the Rabble Rousers Team Captain since Cow year. “I am committed to empowering the cadets in 2nd reg to become an integral member of the team while also working to further their understanding of themselves as individuals. I hope to bring positivity to every cadet in 2nd regiment so that we can further an inclusive team environment through meaningful interactions.”

Army West Point Football Returns to Michie Stadium Against UConn

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Army West Point Football Returns to Michie Stadium Against UConnThe Black Knights return to action at Michie Stadium after earning a 38-35 victory over Western Kentucky during last weekend's home-opener

The Army West Point Football Team will continue its three-game home stand with a 12 pm game against UConn this Saturday, September 18 at Michie Stadium.

The action between the Black Knights and the Huskies will be on CBS Sports Network with Jason Horowitz, Ross Tucker and Tina Cervasio on the call. The radio call will be found across 25 stations in nine different states via the Army Sports Network. Additionally, the call can be heard for free via the Varsity Network app and through the in-venue feed for fans in attendance.

How to follow: Television - CBS Sports Network | Radio - Army Sports Network | Game Notes - Army:UConn | Live Stats - GoArmyWestPoint.com. Read more.

Ready to Rumble!

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The Army West Point Boxing team hosted the Annual North Area Rumble to showcase their talent, grit, and determination. Cadets, faculty, and staff flocked to central area in droves to watch the annual Army Boxing Rumble exhibition event at West Point. Competitors fight in nine weight classes ranging from super featherweight (132 pounds) to heavyweight (over 201 pounds). Photos.

West Point Ethics Bowl Team Prepares for Battle

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West Point Ethics Bowl Team Prepares for BattleJoin is in cheering on our Ethics Bowl Team as it prepares to defend their regional title! The Department of English and Philosophy’s Ethics Bowl Team conducted tryouts and had its first practice to solidify its 20 Cadet roster. The team has its eye on defending its regional title in the Collegiate Ethics Bowl competition that it currently shares with Tufts University. The regional Ethics Bowl competition will take place on November 20 at Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore, MD. Teams from all over the northeast, such as Harvard, Yale, and Tufts will compete to be named as the top ethics debate team and a chance to compete at the National tournament. Last year, not only did the West Point Ethics Bowl team win first place regionally but also placed 3rd Nationally. They are eager to improve on our last year’s success!

Men’s Tennis Completes First Day at The Bedford Cup

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Men’s Tennis Completes First Day at The Bedford CupThe Army West Point Men’s Tennis Team started its 2021-22 season at the ITA Bedford Cup in the Mountains hosted by Air Force on Thursday. Six Cadets - David Gorshein, Nathan Jose, Diego Huttepain, Samuel Eden, A.J. Woodman, and Thomas Lake – will be representing the Black Knights at the tournament.

Samuel Eden, seeded second in the draw, received a bye to advance to the round of 16. He won his match in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4, over Denver's Relja Eskic. Eden will face Montana State's Joaquin Espinoza in the quarterfinals on Friday.

After falling in his opening round match, David Gorshein defeated Montana State's Marcos Zelver, 6-3, 6-1, in the consolation round of 16. He plays Weber State's Matteo Savio in the quarterfinals. Nathan Jose fell in three sets in his opening round match. Jose received a bye and will play Jordan Coutinho from Weber State in the consolation quarterfinals on Friday. Read more.

Capstone Days at West Point

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Capstone Days at West PointOur SE, EM, and SDS Firsties, as well as Math Operations Research majors, complete a year-long capstone project for a real-world client. They not only spend nine months solving problems, but also complete a technical report for each client. The cadet teams write a scholarly paper and present in the General Donald R. Keith Memorial Capstone Competition in April. This year’s clients include US Army AFRICOM, Bell Helicopter, the JFK Special Warfare Center, Lockheed Martin, US Army Aviation Center of Excellence, Tobyhanna Army Depot, and Mitre, along with several others.


Fourteen Plebes Join Wrestling Program

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Fourteen Plebes Join Wrestling ProgramArmy West Point head wrestling coach Kevin Ward has announced the addition of 14 freshmen to his program in preparation for the 2021-22 season.

The group is made up of cadet-athletes that represent 10 different weight classes and will join a program that sent seven wrestlers to the 2020 NCAA Championship, marking the team's third-consecutive year of achieving the feat.

“Overall, I think we are just really excited to finally get this recruiting class on campus and in the wrestling room,” Ward said. “This is a group of guys that showed tremendous belief in our program by committing to us through the lockdowns and all the strict COVID protocols. And from what we've seen out of them already they are worth the wait. They are hard-working, eager to learn, and ready to contribute. No one should be surprised to see a few freshmen in our lineup this season.” Read more.

Volleyball Holds off Mountain Hawks

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Volleyball Holds off Mountain HawksArmy West Point Volleyball claimed its second victory in Patriot League play after defeating Lehigh in five sets on Saturday night in Gillis Field House. Paige Fixemer was a force at the net for the Black Knights with 14 kills and eight blocks, six being solos. Cate Buckingham recorded her second double-double of the season recording 11 kills and 12 digs. Sayler Butters played a big role in Army's defense finishing the match with 20 digs, followed by Riley Parchment with 15.

Army jumped ahead in set one, capitalizing on Lehigh's errors to lead 9-5 at the first timeout. The teams traded errors, but Army pulled ahead going on a 5-0 run to lead 20-18. Savannah Bray threw down the last point for the Cadets to give them to 25-20 victory. Buckingham finished the set with five kills, while Bray had four.

Lehigh claimed the early lead in set two, leading 11-9 at the first timeout. The Black Knights bounced back quickly going on a 5-0 run highlighted by a service ace from Nickerson. Lehigh fought back, but Army's offense shut them down to win the set 25-23. Fixemer led the team with four kills and one solo block. Parchment and Butters were key on defense recording five digs each. Read more.

Men’s Soccer Defeats Colgate 3-0 to Open up Patriot League Play

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Men’s Soccer Defeats Colgate 3-0 to Open up Patriot League Play100 years after the two teams met for the first time the Army West Point Men’s Soccer repeated history by defeating the Colgate Raiders 3-0. The 1921 Black Knights defeated the Raiders by the same result in 1921. The Cadets powered through the rough weather to pick up a decisive result in the Patriot League opener and improve their record to 4-2-1.

In typical Army men's soccer fashion, the team came out running on the Raiders, keeping the ball in the Colgate half of the field for nearly the entire first seven minutes of play. Andrew Guerra and D'Anthony Brown put two early shots on goal to test the Colgate keeper, but neither were able to find the back of the net.

Oscar Pereira followed up with another shot on goal that was deflected by the Colgate keeper to set up a corner for Army. Cooper Warren took the corner to the Black Knights, putting on a cross on net that found Justin McStay, who then deflected the ball right onto the foot of Jack Eaton, who buried a shot in the back of the net to give Army an early 1-0 advantage. Read more.

Sprint Football Runs Past Penn, 38-13

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Sprint Football Runs Past Penn, 38-13After almost two years, Army West Point Sprint Football returned to Shea Stadium for a Collegiate Sprint Football League (CSFL) contest. The Black Knights did not show any signs of rust in this game, defeating the Penn Quakers by a score of 38-13.

The Cadets came out firing right from the opening kickoff, scoring on the first play from scrimmage after quarterback JC Watson found Kraig Hamilton for a 69-yard touchdown pass just 20 seconds into the game. The defense followed the offense's lead, forcing Penn to a five-play drive, highlighted by a Brett Boswell sack to force a Quaker punt. Watson and the offense got back to work at their own 26 yard line. Army would march down the field on the backs of Watson and starting running back Ryan Connors. The duo would combine for 56 rush yards and connect for an 18 yard touchdown pass to put the Cadets up two scores.

The next point would come from kicker Ben Abercrombie, who split the uprights on a 46-yard field goal attempt early in the second quarter. The junior would also contribute five extra points while also serving as the kickoff specialist for the team. Read more.

Contest At Duke Highlights Men’s Basketball Non-Conference Slate

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Contest At Duke Highlights Men’s Basketball Non-Conference SlateLee Anderson Men’s Basketball Head Coach Jimmy Allen has released the program’s non-conference schedule for the 2021-22 season. A trip to play at perennial national power Duke highlights the 13-game non-conference schedule.

“I think we have a terrific non-conference schedule this season,” said Allen. “We are excited to be able to return to a full schedule as we continue to build on the success of the past two seasons. Certainly, the highlight will be the opportunity to play at Duke in Coach K's final season!”

The Black Knights tip-off the season hosting SUNY New Paltz on November 9 at 7:30pm.

Army West Point then heads to Durham for a pair of games in the Duke Veterans Day Weekend Showcase. The Black Knights will play the Duke Blue Devils, coached by Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer and USMA graduate Mike Krzyzewski on November 12. Army will face Hartford the next day.

The Black Knights return home to play Merrimack on November 17, before traveling to take on La Salle on November 20. Army starts a three-game homestand on November 24 against Wagner at 5 p.m., followed by meetings with a pair of MAAC opponents in Marist (November 27) and Siena (November 30). Read more.

Women’s Tennis Finishes Up Play at the UConn Invite

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Women’s Tennis Finishes Up Play at the UConn InviteArmy Women’s Tennis returned to the courts this weekend for its first tournament of the Fall season in Storrs, Conn. at the UConn Invite. The Black Knights sent nine representatives to Connecticut to compete against Fairfield, Quinnipiac and UConn.

The Cadets put on a strong showing in their first action of the season, collecting a total of 16 wins throughout the three-day tournament. Read more.

Q&A with Football’s Marquel Broughton

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Q&A with Football’s Marquel BroughtonQ: Why did you decide to attend West Point?

MB: I wanted to better my life, better my family’s trajectory and serve my country.

Q: Aside from football, what’s been your favorite part of West Point?

MB: The people. I’ve had great mentors here, like Col. Bates and Col. Woodruff. A lot of people are on my side and I think some of the best people in the world are here at West Point.

Q: What does it mean to you to be named captain of this team?

MB: It means everything. It’s a blessing. I’m just thankful that my teammates saw me as someone that can lead this team. I’m going to continue to give my all to them and encourage them to do the same.

Q: What was it like to be a part of the team that beat both Navy and Air Force at Michie Stadium?

MB: Great experience. I’ve never won anything so that was big. Winning the CIC Championship while defending Michie Stadium is one of the best experiences in my life. Hands-down one of the best feelings I’ve ever had. Read more.


Cross Country Claims Army Open Title

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Cross Country Claims Army Open TitleThe Army West Point Men’s and Women’s Cross Country both finished first at the Army West Point Open.

The Black Knights posted the top-seven finishers led by Alexandra Gibbs (20:45.3). She was followed by Thorin Jean (20:47.4), Dominique Shultz (20:48.9), Sarah Grodin (20:52.5), Katherine Kopotic (20:54.3), Evie Bell (21:07.2), and Joanna Halfhill (22:25.2).

The Army Black Knights finished first at the Army West Point Open on Friday afternoon.

Plebe Caleb Bender won the race (24:35.6) in a meet where the underclassmen shine. Classmates Spencer Bush (25:29.0) and Gabriel Nichols (25:41.3) placed third and fourth, respectively. Gregory Langone was sixth and was followed by yearling Gideon Rothschild. Plebe Christopher Verdugo finished ninth.

Offense Powers Football Past Huskies

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Offense Powers Football Past HuskiesThe Army West Point Football Team came out on the winning side of another Michie Stadium battle on Saturday afternoon, downing UConn 52-21 for its 12th-straight win at home.

The Black Knights (3-0) finished the day with 504 total yards, the team's most since a 538-yard effort against Hawaii on November 30, 2019 and had a season-high six different players notch touchdowns.

Army’s offense was clicking immediately out of the gate, as the Cadets opened up the game by reaching the end zone on three-straight possessions. The early slew of scoring was highlighted by a 55-yard career-long rush for Brandon Walters, Isaiah Alston's first career touchdown and Christian Anderson's 10th career strike.

On the other side of the ball, the Black Knights’ defense did a great job of stifling the opposing offense early on. UConn (0-4) was limited to a total of 27 yards in its first three drives and was forced to punt the ball twice. Read more.

Cadets Tour Revolutionary War Fortifications

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Cadets Tour Revolutionary War FortificationsCadets received a tour of the Revolutionary War fortifications of West Point by Captain Jonathan Bratten. Cadets learned about the site's vital role during the American Revolution, the types of fortifications built there, Benedict Arnold's plan to betray the post, and about period weaponry. Tours like this are one of the many ways that the Department of History works with cadets outside the classroom to build knowledgeable leaders of character.

West Point’s UMAT Wins Operational Analysis Award

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West Point’s UMAT Wins Operational Analysis AwardCongratulations to the U.S. Military Academy's Modeling and Analysis Team (UMAT), comprised of Systems Engineering and Math faculty, who was awarded the US Army’s Operational Analysis Award! The team was led by COL Paul Evangelista and included COL Matt Dabkowski, Mr. Ian Kloo, MAJ Courtney Razon, LTC(P) Nicholas Clark, and MAJ Steven McCarthy. Their presentation titled “Modeling and Analysis Support to USMA’s Operation RESILIENT KNIGHT” captured their incredible analytic work and robust approach to an ill-defined problem which ultimately captures the response as an Academy to the pandemic. This faculty team provided analysis that informed decision-makers and shaped positive outcomes not only at USMA, but across the Army, while simultaneously excelling at their regular teaching, research, and mentoring responsibilities. Well done!

Roberts Added To Track and Field Coaching Staff

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Roberts Added To Track and Field Coaching StaffArmy West Point Director of Track & Field/Cross Country Mike Smith has added Michael Roberts as an assistant coach. Roberts will work with the Black Knights sprints, hurdles, horizontal jumps, and relays.

“Michael is an experienced young coach who has had success at both the NCAA Division I and Division II levels,” said Smith. “He elevated the profile of the program at Northwood and guided several of his top athletes to elite performances at the NCAA Championships. He possesses the qualities that will serve him well here at Army. He is a confident leader, he is looking for a challenge, and he has a proven background of success as a recruiter and as a coach. He comes highly recommended by his athletic director, for both the success he brought to Northwood, but also because of his professionalism and maturity. He will be a strong leader for our cadet-athletes, and we are lucky to have him join our staff.”

Roberts joins the Black Knights from Northwood University (MI), where he served seven seasons as the head coach for the men's and women's cross country/track & field programs. During his tenure with Northwood University, the Timberwolves set 21 school records, had 20 NCAA First Team All-American honors for both programs, and served as a member of the USTFCCCA DII Track & Field Executive Committee. Read more.

Bilek Named Atlantic Hockey’s Preseason Player of the Year

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Bilek Named Atlantic Hockey’s Preseason Player of the YearAfter a breakout season as a junior, Army West Point Hockey team captain Colin Bilek has been named the Atlantic Hockey Association Preseason Player of the Year. The 2020-21 AHA First-Team Selection collected seven votes from AHA coaches to claim the top spot in the poll.

The Brighton, Mich. native also earned a spot on the Coaches' Preseason All-Atlantic Hockey Team, taking one of the three forward spots. He opens the 2021-22 campaign as the AHA's active leader in power play goals (16), ranks fifth in points (62) and is tied for second in goals (32) among returning players. Last season, Bilek led the conference in goals (15) while finishing fifth in +/- (+11) and eight in points (21). Teammates Lincoln Hatten, Thomas Farrell and Anthony Firriolo all received votes in the poll.

In the annual coaches' poll, the Black Knights were picked to finish third in the conference. The Cadets finished second in the AHA with a 15-6-1 (10-4-1 AHA) record a season ago, which was fueled by a 13-game mid-season win streak.

Bilek and the Black Knights will begin their pursuit of an Atlantic Hockey Title on October 2nd when they travel to Rhode Island to take on the Providence College Friars in their season opener. Read more.

Sprint Football’s Abercrombie CSFL Special Teams Player of the Week

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 Sprint Football’s Abercrombie CSFL Special Teams Player of the Week After a strong showing in the Army West Point Sprint Football Team's season opener against Penn, cow kicker Ben Abercrombie has been named the CSFL special teams player of the week.

The Phoenix, AZ native successfully kicked all five of his extra-point attempts in the Black Knights 38-13 thrashing of the Quakers. Abercrombie also showed he can kick from distance, splitting the uprights on a 46-yard field goal attempt in the third quarter.

Abercrombie also factored into the return game as the kickoff specialist for Army. The cow kicked off seven times for the Black Knights totaling 376 yards for an average of 53.7 yards per boot.

Teammates JC Watson and David Dickerson were named to the league's honor roll after their strong performances last Friday.

Abercrombie and the Cadets will look to follow up on their impressive performance this Friday, September 24 when they travel to Phillipi, WV for a matchup with Alderson Broaddus University at 7pm. Read more.






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