Army Fires on All Cylinders at Colgate

HAMILTON Colgate missed its chance Sunday to climb into a three-way tie atop the Patriot League standings when Army registered a 10-4 triumph at Andy Kerr Stadium.

The Raiders trailed 3-0 after one quarter and 5-0 before they finally found the net on Ryan Walsh's 25th goal of the season late in the first half. But the visiting Black Knights tacked on five more scores after intermission to pull themselves into a third-place tie alongside Colgate at 2-1.

The top four teams advance to the Patriot League Tournament at the site of the regular season champion. Bucknell and Lehigh lead the conference standings, each at 3-0. The Raiders play at Lehigh this Saturday (11:00 a.m.) and host Bucknell on April 20 (noon). Both of those games can be seen on the CBS Sports Network.

Colgate, now 7-3, saw its four-game winning streak come to an end. Army improved to 6-3 overall.

Army's John Glesener was the offensive star of the game, scoring five goals to push his season total to 23. He added one assist and leads the Black Knights with 42 points. Andrew Boyd chipped in a pair of goals for the winners, with Pat Brennan, Garrett Thul and Al DeStefano also finding the net.

Freshman Eric Foote scored a pair of fourth-quarter goals his first two of the season to pace the Raiders' offense, while Connor Brown scored his third of the year in the third quarter.

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HAMILTON, N.Y. Freshman goalkeeper Sam Somers made 13 saves and sophomore attackman John Glesener tallied five goals as Army picked up a dominating 10-4 win at Colgate on a windy Easter Sunday at Andy Kerr Stadium. The Black Knights clicked on all cylinders en route to their second Patriot League win of the season and first on CBS Sports Network.

Somers turned in one if his best performances of the season, making four saves in the fourth quarter to help preserve the win. Glesener registered his fourth-straight hat trick and led all players with six points to include a career-high five goals. Senior tri-captain Andrew Boyd added two goals, while Pat Brennan, Garrett Thul and Al DeStefano added a single goal each.

Anchored by Somers' standout effort, the Army (6-3, 2-1 Patriot League) defense held Colgate (7-3, 2-1) to its second-lowest scoring output of the season and ended reigning Tewaaraton Award winner Peter Baum's 54-game point scoring streak. Senior close defenseman Brendan Buckley marked Baum all afternoon, while junior John Burk surrendered just one goal to Colgate's second-leading scorer Ryan Walsh. Somers and freshman face-off specialist Alex Daly paced the Black Knights with five ground balls. Daly went 10 of 17 in the "x" on the afternoon.

The Black Knights took control from the opening face-off, scoring the first five goals of the game and holding the Raiders scoreless over the opening 26 minutes. Colgate got on the board with 3:56 remaining in the second quarter, but the Black Knights never gave up momentum in the statement victory. Army out-shot Colgate 37-29 and won the ground ball battle 30-24.

"This was our most complete effort to date," said eighth-year head coach Joe Alberici. "To come on the road against an outstanding Colgate team and play as well as we did top to bottom is a great feeling. I was very pleased with how we handled ourselves in the middle of the field, particularly on face-offs and our clearing game in the first half especially.

"That was also our best offensive performance this season," he continued. "We really used time of possession to our advantage and worked for quality shots. In addition to playing well in the six-on-six game, our transition was outstanding. Defensively, Sam (Somers) put together a tremendous effort, but I also thought our defense did a great job protecting him. He was really able to see some of those shots and made the stops when we needed them. Overall, it was just a great team victory."

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