February 22, 2014

Glesener, Army Defense Smother Furman

from press release

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Junior attackman John Glesener led all players with four goals, while sophomore Will Mazzone and rookie Cole Johnson each registered a hat trick, as the Army lacrosse team collected a 12-2 win over Furman on a sunny Saturday afternoon at Catholic University's Cardinal Stadium. The game was played in conjunction with Face-Off For A Cause, hosted by the Wounded Warrior Project.

"I was thought we played an outstanding game defensively," said Army head coach Joe Alberici following the win. "We pressured them (Furman) and took them out of what they wanted to do. I thought our offense could have done a better job of finishing, and a lot of that credit goes to Furman.

"This has been a special trip," Alberici continued. "We had some great support from a lot of alumni and friends of the program. I'd like to give a special thank you to the Wounded Warrior Project for hosting such a fantastic event."

The Black Knights overwhelmed Furman (0-4) with a 45-18 advantage in shots, while also winning the ground ball battle 23-18. Army (2-1) scored twice man-up, while the Paladins went 1-for-4 and committed 19 turnovers. Army junior long stick middie Jimbo D'Aprile caused three Furman miscues, while the Black Knights' defense held an opponent to its fewest goals since a 12-1 win over Michigan on March 2, 2013.

While Glesener lit up the scoreboard, he got help from Mazzone's second career hat trick and Johnson's first. In addition, freshman attackman Connor Cook finished with a career-best four points on a goal and three assists, while junior Alex Newsome added a single goal. Sophomore middie Shea Mullinstotaled two assists, while senior midfielder Tyler Kamide contributed his second assist of the season.

Army sophomore Alex Daly won 10-of-16- faceoffs and collected a team-high six ground balls. Cook added a career-high five ground balls on the day.

Kenny Meinsen and Chase Hancock accounted for Furman's two goals. Making his first collegiate start, Jake Gavin made 13 saves.

Army opened the scoring on Newsome's third goal of the year, scored on the run 1:30 into the action. The teams played through 10-plus minutes back-and-forth before Johnson gave the Black Knights a 2-0 lead with his first collegiate goal with 4:17 left in the quarter. The Paladins got on the board with 3:02 left, but Army didn't waste long regaining a two-goal lead as Cook wove through traffic and beat Grant with 1:59 remaining. The Black Knights led 3-1 after the first 15:00.

Glesener got going in the second quarter, which resulted in back-to-back goals for the All-American attackman. Glesener scored man-up at 12:19 and buried his sixth goal of the season with 9:57 on the clock. Mazzone and Cook assisted on Glesener's goals, respectively. Army's defense held Furman scoreless in the second and entered halftime with a 5-1 lead.

The Black Knights proceeded to score seven of the final eight goals of the game, including all three of Mazzone's scores in addition to Glesener's final two goals.

Army's three-game road swing comes to a close when the team opens Patriot League play next Saturday, March 1, at Lafayette. The Black Knights are 32-0 all-time against the Leopards. The game will air live online, free of charge, on the Patriot League Network. Visit http://campusinsiders.com/network/patriot_league/live to access. It will mark the first game in the all-time series. Fans can also 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: Saturday's game marked the first ever meeting between Army and Furman ... USMA alums Ben Harrow '05, Eric Mineo '05, Adam Silva '93 addressed Army, Furman and Catholic in a Friday night dinner ... Army sported its road black uniforms with gold trim ... senior middie David Tarsaled the team onto the field with the American flag ... starting goalie Sam Somers and back-up seniorsBobby Sincero and Zeric Butters all played ... for Butters, it marked his first collegiate appearance.

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