Army vs. Lehigh
March 5, 2005
The Game Story:
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Jim Wagner scored five goals, including two in the final 15 seconds of the first half, to spark No. 15 Army to a 10-7 Patriot League win over visiting Lehigh on a sunny, but cold "Fan Appreciation Day" Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium at West Point.

Wagner's two tallies near the end of the first half doubled the Black Knights' lead heading into the locker room and provided the breathing room Army needed to settle down and put away a pesky Lehigh squad. Wagner circled around from behind the cage and finished off a feed from Matt Ellement with 15 ticks left before the break.

Army (1-1, 1-0 Patriot League) won the ensuing faceoff and raced down field. John Walker scooped up a ground ball headed out of bounds with four seconds left and threaded a pass to Wagner, who was surrounded in front of the cage. The All-America attackman leaped into the air, cradled the pass in his crosse and buried the ball behind Lehigh goalie Eric Spirko. His highlight-reel effort barely beat the horn as the clock showed 00:00.3. His two goals were the last in a 5-1 run that established a four-goal lead for the hosts after 30 minutes.

The Mountain Hawks (2-2, 0-1) scored the only two tallies of the third quarter and added another 1:21 into the fourth quarter to pull within one, 7-6. However, it was Wagner again firing off two goals, this time 1:55 apart, to re-establish Army's three-goal lead.

Andrew Lucas scored his second goal of the game with 4:28 remaining in the game in a final desperate attempt at a comeback. However, Walker pushed the lead back to three at 2:17 to close out the scoring.

Matt Darak made 14 saves in goal for Army, including seven in the final 15 minutes to seal the deal for the Black Knights. He played 57 minutes, 51 seconds. Freshman Adam Fullerton played the other 2:09, recording three saves. Spirko was credited with 13 saves for the Mountain Hawks.

Walker finished with two goals and one assist. Mike Obringer chipped in with one goal and two helpers. Matt Scheel put up one goal and one assist for the second straight game. Justin Bokmeyer scored his first goal of the season.

Lehigh defenseman Jeff King scored a goal and added an assist. He opened the scoring 40 seconds into the game when the long-stick ran the length of the field on a clear and raced to the front of the goal unmarked. Greg Morin tallied twice for the Hawks as well. Blake Best netted the visitors' other goal.

Two of Wagner's game-high five markers were extra-man goals. Army finished 2-for-4 with the man advantage, while shutting out Lehigh on its two EMO attempts.

Army returns to action Tue., March 8 when the Black Knights travel to Stony Brook for a 7 p.m. contest against the Seawolves.