Army Controls Fourth Quarter to Hand Loss to Navy

The Mids balanced the scoreboard again at 2-2 on an unsettled Austin Heneveld goal at the 9:56 mark, immediately following the face-off after Thul's second goal. Glesener ripped a shot from 15 yards out past Wickham at 8:59, giving the Black Knights a 3-2 edge. Army would take its largest lead of the half, 4-2, as Boyd reeled in a Van Krevel pass and scored his first goal of the game with 6:08 remaining.

A Navy goal at 4:56 pulled the Mids within 4-3, a score that stood at halftime.

The teams combined for five goals in the third quarter with Glesener fed Thul for the first of two scores in the third for the tandem at the 12:28 mark and gave the Black Knights a 5-3 lead. Navy netted the next two in the span of 1:06 as the Mids quickly tied the game for a third time, 5-5, with 10:17 remaining.

Playing from behind the cage, Glesener found Thul for a 10-yard shot that beat Navy goalkeeper R.J. Wickam low at 5:52. The Mids won the ensuing face-off and scored the equalizer with 5:39 to play.

The Black Knights' three-goal barrage in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference in the game. The Mids took five shots in the final frame, during which Palmieri also made two of his eight saves for Army.

The field is now set for the 2012 Patriot League Tournament and will include Army, Bucknell, Colgate and Lehigh. Seeding and hosting rights will be determined after next weekend's games.

Army hosts Holy Cross on Senior Day next Saturday, April 21, in the Patriot League regular-season finale. The Black Knights will honor 12 seniors and their families prior to the noon face-off at Michie Stadium.

“We have Holy Cross coming up before the tournament and we're not going to look past that one at home,” Alberici said. “We want to finish the Patriot League regular season strong and head into the tournament with some momentum. Judging by how all of the other teams played one another closely, ourselves included, it should be a great tournament.”

Game Notes: Army played in front of a season-high 10,192 fans ... all 15 goals were scored even as both teams were 0 for 2 on man-up chances ... Army improved to 8-2 all-time when wearing gray uniforms, including all five wins over Navy since debuting the look in 2008 ... CBS Sports Network's Dave Ryan and Evan Washburn had the call ... junior defenseman Brendan Buckley marked Navy's leading scorer Tucker Hull all afternoon and kept the sophomore without point ... Army has scored first in nine of their 12 games this year

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WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army senior midfielder Devin Lynch broke a 6-6 tie with a goal at the 9:51 mark in the fourth quarter, as the Black Knights (6-6, 3-2 Patriot League) outscored Navy (5-6, 3-3 Patriot League) 3-0 in the final stanza en route to a 9-6 victory over the Midshipmen on Saturday afternoon at Michie Stadium.

The game featured four ties, but Navy never led in a game that saw Army win its fourth straight against the Midshipmen.

This game was every bit as intense as I thought it would be, said first-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell. It was a hard fought battle, but in the end, they made the plays they needed to to get the win.

We made some runs, but we could never get the lead. We fought and we hung in there, but the turnovers and faceoffs in the fourth quarter just played into the hands of Army.

In a see-saw affair, Army junior attackman Garrett Thul punched in his first of a career-high tying five goals to put the Black Knights on the scoreboard first at 9:29 in the first quarter. Navy answered with 29.5 seconds left in the quarter when sophomore attackman Sam Jones (Annapolis, Md.) beat Army senior defender Larry LoRusso and cut to the middle where he sent a diving shot past keeper Zach Palmieri.

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