Army vs. Lafayette
March 22, 2005
The Game Story:
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army scored the first 11 goals of the game, while building a 10-0 halftime lead, as the sixth-ranked Black Knights leveled visiting Lafayette, 14-2, Tuesday evening at venerable Michie Stadium at West Point.

The two goals allowed were the fewest an Army team has allowed since downing Bucknell, 11-2, on March 21, 1998 in Lewisburg, Pa. The Black Knights' 14 goals were a season high in their five games to date.

Jim Wagner scored four times during a six-goal second quarter, securing Army's fourth consecutive win of the season. The Black Knights' 4-1 start matches the team's record of a year ago at this time. Army is now 2-0 in league competition. Lafayette drops to 0-6 on the year and 0-2 in Patriot League play.

Justin Bokmeyer put the home team on top early with an unassisted marker at 13:48 of the opening quarter. That is how the contest stood for the next eight minutes as both teams used long possessions and a ball control offense to slow things down.

However, Army's Jake Couch made it 2-0 at the 4:43 mark, and Army tallied twice in the final minute of the first quarter to open things up at 4-0. That is when Wagner exploded, denting the twine four times in a 4:16 span of the second quarter to tuck the game away for the Black Knights. With a Walker tally thrown into the middle of Wagner's blitzkrieg, Army blew open a 9-0 advantage. Chris Couch scored with 59 seconds left to close out the first half scoring.

Lafayette's offense could never get on track as Army's defense created an umbrella 10 yards out around goalies Adam Fullerton and Eddie Clark and did not allow any Leopards to penetrate the area for an inside shot. Lafayette was forced into 22 turnovers on the night and only managed 11 shots that were on goal.

Bokmeyer again opened the scoring in the second half 43 seconds in before Lafayette finally put something up on the scoreboard at 12:10 of the third quarter when Bart Seifert beat Clark. The Black Knights tallied three more times before the quarter was out, with Brian Green, Erik Nerdalen and Matt Scheel rippling the back of the net, and carried a 14-1 lead into the final 15 minutes. The Leopards' Sean Burek recorded the only goal of the fourth quarter to close the scoring.

Bokmeyer finished with a hat trick and Scheel set career highs with two goals and three points. Walker also scored a goal and added two assists. Twin brothers Jake and Chris Couch each scored a goal, while Green picked up an assist to add to his third quarter goal. Nerdalen's marker was his first goal of the season as well.

Fullerton, starting his second game in goal in place of the injured Matt Darak, picked up the win for Army. He was required to make just two saves before leaving in the second quarter at the 4:22 mark. Clark went the rest of the way in relief, recording seven saves.

Army hits the road for another Patriot League contest Saturday at Colgate in Hamilton, N.Y. The Black Knights are looking to end a two-game losing streak to the Raiders. Faceoff is set for 3 p.m. at Tyler's Field.