Army vs. Air Force
March 1, 2008
The Game Story:
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army freshman attackman Jeremy Boltus tallied a career-best four goals to go along with an assist, while senior attackman Justin Bokmeyer added four points on two goals and two assists to lead the Black Knights to a 12-4 victory over visiting Air Force, Saturday afternoon, at Michie Stadium.

Army (2-1) scored the first seven goals of the game, holding the Falcons (1-1) scoreless until the final seconds of the first half and cruised to its 15th victory in as many tries against its service-academy rival.

Senior goalkeeper Adam Fullerton was solid in net for the Black Knights, making 13 saves in just under 49 minutes of action.

“I thought in the first 20 minutes of the game, our defense did a really good job of not giving them any good looks and Adam didn’t really have to come up with anything big," said Army coach Joe Alberici. "It started to shift after that. Air Force played very well in the second half on the offensive end with some good transition that led to plays in the middle of the field and Adam had to step up and answer the bell. He made some outstanding saves and also kick started our transition very well too.”

Freshman midfield Rob McCallion got things rolling at 11:52 with the first of his two goals on the day, before a goal by Boltus at 7:19 and another by junior midfielder Sean Reppard at 5:37 gave Army a 3-0 lead after the first quarter.

Boltus scored his second goal ten seconds into the second period, before a man-up goal by senior midfielder Kevin LoRusso (12:51) followed by tallies by senior midfielder Mike Hanna (12:38) and junior attackman Brooks Korvin (4:05) made it a 7-0 in favor of Army.

Jack Parchman got Air Force on the board with an unassisted goal just before the first half expired, before K.J. Landgraf opened the third quarter with a goal at 14:50 to make it a 7-2 game.

“Even though we were up, we wanted to make sure we didn’t take any breathers," continued Alberici. "Air Force made a nice play at the end of the half and, and then, letting them score a goal right off the opening faceoff was a little rough after we had just talked about keeping our foot on them an not letting them back in. We responded with a couple quick goals ourselves and got that lead back up there."

Bokmeyer responded with a pair of goals only 10 seconds apart to give Army a 9-2 lead with 9:03 to play in the third.

David Rose would score for the Falcons at the 6:00 mark, but three more unanswered Army goals, including a pair by Boltus and another from McCallion that made the score 12-3, were too much for Air Force to overcome in the final 8:51 of the game.

Regarding his two freshman scorers, Alberici said, “McCallion and Boltus are becoming two of our better offensive players. Jeremy didn’t necessarily have one of his better games last week (at Syracuse) so it was good to see him bounce back the way he did. Rob has been very consistent so far for us and he did another great job today.”

GAME NOTES: Army held a 43-28 advantage in shots, including a 25-19 edge in shots on goal ... the Black Knights improved to 2-0 this season in Michie Stadium after opening the campaign with a 16-3 victory over VMI on Feb. 16 ... Army won 12 of 19 faceoffs during the game, including 4-of-6 by Sean Reppard and 4-of-4 by sophomore Steve Galbreath ... the weather changed several times during the game, as flurries and gusty breezes mixed in with sunny spells ... the Black Knights were sporting their new helmets for the second straight game after debuting the all-black model with goal trim last week at Syracuse. Each helmet has the Army ‘A’ on one side and each players’ number on the other ... Army heads to Ithaca, N.Y. next Saturday (March 8) to take on 2007 national semifinalist Cornell, starting at 1:00 p.m.