Army vs. Holy Cross
March 12, 2002
The Game Story:
WEST POINT, N.Y.- No. 17 Army used a four-goal outburst late in the second quarter to pull away from a determined Holy Cross squad en route to an 11-7 victory at Shea Stadium Tuesday night. The Black Knights presented junior goalie Scott Alpaugh with a win in his first collegiate start, while improving to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in the Patriot League.

Freshman long-stick E.J. Behrendt picked up a ground ball at midfield late in the second quarter and darted for the cage, beating Holy Cross goalie Brian Hodgdon to tie the game at 4-4. When freshman face-off specialist Erik Mineo won the ensuing draw, scooped up the loose ball and threw one by Hodgdon just six seconds later, Army took the lead for good, 5-4. Goals by Chris Woods and Andy Mounce capped the four-goal string and increased the hosts' lead to three at the break. The markers by Behrendt and Mineo were the first collegiate points for both in their young careers.

Holy Cross (0-4/0-1) opened the second half with two straight goals of its own to pull within one, but that would be as close as the visitors would get. Army scored four of the last five goals of the game, including the last three straight to salt the game away. The Black Knights' defense did not allow a goal in the fourth quarter.

Army senior All-American Tim Pearson led the Black Knights in scoring with four points (1G, 3A). Sophomore attackman Jeff Bryan had two goals and an assist, and junior midfielder Andy Mounce had two goals, including the eventual game-winner at 8:13 of the third quarter.

Alpaugh made 10 saves on 17 shots to record his first college win in the cage. Hodgdon made 15 saves. Mineo won 17 of 22 faceoffs in addition to his first college goal.

The Black Knights will return to action Saturday afternoon when they travel to Bucknell for a Patriot League match with the Bison. Face-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Christy Mathewson Stadium. An Army win at Bucknell would give the Black Knights a seemingly insurmountable two-game advantage in the standings and put them in the driver's seat for the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.