Army's Glesener Notched 100th Career Point in VMI Win
from Press Release
LEXINGTON, Va. - Junior attackman John Glesener notched his 100th career point and sophomore attackman Connor Cook completed his first collegiate hat trick in Army's first win of 2014, a 15-6 triumph at Virginia Military Institute Sunday afternoon at Drill Field #2.
Glesener turned in a game-high seven points on two goals and a career-high five assists to lead a balanced Black Knights attack.
Ten different players found the back of the net, including Cook, Glesener, sophomore Will Mazzone (two) and junior Alex Newsome (two) all tallying double-digit goals. In addition, Shea Mullins, Matt Bowman, Tim Coll, Will O'Donnell, Al DeStefano and Alex Daly all contributed single goals. Mazzone added two assists for a career-high four points, while DeStefano chipped in an assist for a career-best two points on the day.
"After a bit of a slow start, I was really pleased with our balanced effort this afternoon," said head coach Joe Alberici following his team's first win of the spring. "A lot of guys contributed to a true team win today. Balance is something we'll be counting on for continued success this season.
"It's not a question that John (Glesener) is a special player," he added. "He is the consummate hard worker who devotes a lot of time to perfecting his craft. Every time he reaches another milestone, I'm thankful that he's on our team."
Army held a 46-21 advantage in shots and won the ground ball battle 37-29. The Black Knights scored the only man-up goal of the day and went 1-of-4 with an extra-man advantage.
Junior goaltender Sam Somers made eight saves and collected a team-high seven ground balls. Daly totaled six GBs and went 11-of-22 in the face-off "x."
VMI got on the board first when Ben Huger gave the Keydets a 1-0 lead 2:55 into the contest. Cook and Glesener scored back-to-back to close the opening quarter as the Black Knights led 2-1 after 15:00 of action.
Army quickly stretched its lead to 3-1 early in the second on O'Donnell's third career goal at the 12:34 mark. The Keydets later made it a one-goal game, 3-2, following Mickey Hofmeister's score with 7:47 to play in the half. Mazzone's second goal of the year scored 4:08 later once again gave the Black Knights a two-goal advantage, 4-2.
Army tacked on three more goals before the quarter's end, one each from Cook (2:37), Mullins (0:58) and Newsome with two seconds on the clock, as the visitors established a 7-2 halftime lead. Glesener assisted on two of the final three goals of the half and became the 30th member of Army's 100-point club in the process.
Daly scored his first goal of the season directly off the opening faceoff and Coll bookended the third quarter with his first goal of the season with 17 seconds remaining as Army enjoyed a 13-4 lead after the third. Each team netted two fourth-quarter goals but the damage was already done for VMI as the Black Knights held on for the victory.
Hofmeister tied Army's Cook with a game-high three goals to lead the Keydets. Two VMI goaltenders combined for 12 saves on the afternoon.
Army hits continues its three-game road swing with a neutral site showdown with Furman next Saturday, Feb. 22, in the nation's capital. Face-off For A Cause, hosted by Wounded Warriors, will be played on the campus of Catholic University and feature Army-Furman as its premiere Division I game at noon. It will mark the first game in the all-time series. Fans can follow GameTracker (live statistics) from the game via the lacrosse schedule page of goARMYsports.com. Periodic scoring updates will be posted to @Army_Lacrosse on Twitter.
Game Notes: Sunday's game marked the second time Army has played VMI in Lexington, Va. ... the Black Knights improved to 6-0 all-time against the Keydets ... the game was originally scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 15, but moved back a day due to snow ... Army caused 14 of VMI's 27 turnovers ... the Black Knights only sustained two penalties all afternoon ... senior goaltender Bobby Sincero played the final 9:18 of the game ... Tim Pearson '02 owns Army's all-time points mark with 238 ... John Glesenerfinished one point shy of tying his career-high (eight) ... Sunday's game lasted just under two hours and was played in 23-degree temperatures.