WEST POINT, N.Y. — The 20th-ranked Army lacrosse team scored the first 10 goals against VMI and cruised to a 24-3 win at Foley Athletic Center on Monday afternoon in the Black Knights’ home opener.
It was the first regular season game at the Foley Athletic Center after the game was moved inside due to weather. Head Coach Joe Alberici was very appreciative of the work of the administration and facilities crew at West Point in allowing the contest to be shifted.
“I can’t say enough about the administration and facilities staff here at West Point,” Alberici said. “It was a bad weather day and the quick change was exceptional. The facilities folks, headed up by Mike Rubbino and Brad Brown, I can’t thank them enough for getting everything running smoothly.”
Army (2-0) had 14 different goal scorers as Alberici emptied his bench and every dressed player saw action on the field. Connor Cook led the way with a career-high four goals on seven shots, while Cole Johnson kept his offense going with three goals to give him seven in two games. Jimbo Moore chipped in with four points, while John Glesener and Andrew Michalowski added a career-best three points on two goals and an assist apiece.
All five goalkeepers got playing time as Sam Somers started the game and made three saves in just over 36 minutes of action. Paul Newbold appeared in net for 13 minutes and stopped two shots in his collegiate debut.
Sean Jollota was the leader on defense with four caused turnovers and four groundball pickups. Jimbo D’Aprile caused a couple of turnovers as well.
“I was really impressed with our enthusiasm right out of the gate,” Alberici said. “Secondly, I was impressed by our tenacity, especially in the middle of the field. We dominated the groundball play and suffocated them in our riding game. We basically were playing defense in the midfield and into our offensive end for much of the game. So I was really impressed with that.”
The Keydets (0-2) had a quick turnaround from yesterday as they were defeated by Navy on Sunday afternoon. VMI got goals from Brad Nardella, Mike DeBlasio and Dan Bull in the loss. All three goals were unassisted. Evan Windisch earned the start and made nine saves in the first half. He was relieved by Joe Riccadonna, who stopped seven shots in the final 30 minutes.
Army came out on fire with the first 10 goals of the contest, including all four in the first 15 minutes. Moore got things started just more a minute into the game with an assist to Gunnar Miller. Cook followed up with the first of four on the day with Glesener adding the assist. Johnson and Shea Mullins ended the first quarter with back-to-back goals with Luke Poulos getting a helper on Johnson’s tally.
The Black Knights kept it up in the second with Poulos, Glesener and Cook each scoring in the opening 2:26 of the quarter to push the Army lead to 7-0. Moore got his second on the day with 8:20 left in the half with a man-up tally, followed by two more from Johnson and it was 10-0 with 5:13 remaining in the first half.
The Keydets got on the board at the 4:12 mark of the second quarter as Bull ended the long Army run with an unassisted tally to close out the first half.
The third quarter was all Black Knights with all eight goals coming from an Army stick to increase the lead to 18-1.
The Black Knights held a 54-19 edge in shots, while picking up 52 ground balls and winning 20 of 29 faceoffs. They also forced the Keydets into 29 turnovers.