No. 18 Army Fends off BU Rally to Escape with One-Goal Win

BOSTON - Boston University rallied from a four-goal deficit in the fourth quarter to make it a one-goal game, but No. 18 Army escaped with an 8-7 victory on Saturday afternoon at Nickerson Field.

BU (1-9, 1-5 PL) trailed, 8-4, midway through the fourth quarter before scoring three times to cut the Army (7-3, 5-1 PL) lead to just one at 8-7. After sophomore Sammy Davis scored with 56 seconds to play, freshman Sam Talkow won the ensuing faceoff, but the Black Knights forced a turnover and held the ball to seal the win.

Freshman Adam Schaal scored twice and added an assist while classmate Cal Dearth had three assists. Freshman Justin Diamond collected his first collegiate goal while redshirt freshmen Patrick Donnelly and Sam Tenney joined freshman Clay Phillips on the scoresheet with a goal each.

The Terriers won the ground ball battle, 33-22, led by freshman Dominick Calisto's career-best six and Talkow's seven. Calisto also led BU with three caused turnovers. Talkow was 10 of 16 at the faceoff X while freshman Greg Marzec won his first-ever faceoff attempt. Freshman Christian Carson-Banister stopped six shots in the cage for the Terriers.

Army scored the first two goals of the game before Dearth found Schaal with 5:56 to play in the first quarter to make it a 2-1 game. The Black Knights closed the quarter with two more goals, but Tenney began the second stanza with his 11th goal of the year to make it a 4-2 contest.

Following two more Army goals, the Terriers tallied the final two markers of the first half. Dearth found Diamond with 5:22 left before Donnelly scored with just 2:36 remaining in the half.

The Black Knights scored the lone third-quarter goal and then converted on an extra-man opportunity 24 seconds into the fourth quarter to take an 8-4 lead. The BU comeback attempt began when Phillips capitalized on a Schaal feed with 6:28 to play. Schaal made it an 8-6 game with 4:58 left after a broken play when he collected a loose ball and quickly fired a shot home.

Davis used his speed to score the final goal of the game after he raced past a defender and created enough space to whistle a shot into the back of the net. After BU controlled the ensuing draw, the Army defense swarmed Davis and forced a turnover to escape with the win.

The one-goal loss is the closest margin of the defeat the Terriers have had this year. BU has been close in all three games it has played against ranked teams, losing by just a combined six goals to Army, Colgate and Lehigh.

The Terriers will return to action on Tuesday night when they travel to Harvard for a non-conference tilt. The game will be shown live on ESPN3 beginning at 7:00 p.m.

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BOSTON No. 18 Army escaped Boston University with an 8-7 win in a historic first meeting between the two programs on Saturday afternoon at Nickerson Field. The Patriot League victory clinched a 2014 tournament berth for the Black Knights, who improved to 7-3 overall and 5-1 in Patriot League action.

The Black Knights secured a berth in the conference tournament for the ninth time under head coach Joe Alberici. The 2014 expanded format gives the league's top two teams a first-round bye. Army currently sits in second place in the Patriot League standings, trailing No. 1/1 Loyola by one game. Third-place Lehigh hosted fourth-place Colgate for a 2:00 p.m. start on Saturday afternoon in Bethlehem, Pa.

Army led Boston University (1-9, 1-5 PL) by as many as four goals, 6-2 and 8-4, but ran into a gritty Terriers club that showed no quit. BU outscored the Black Knights 3-2 in the second half, with all three goals coming over the final 6:28, and had a chance to score the equalizer in the final minute. A late BU turnover allowed Army to regain possession and run out the clock for its third-straight victory.

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