Army vs. Vmi
February 14, 2009
The Game Story:
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army senior attackman Jason Peyer scored a career-high six goals, while sophomore attackman Jeremy Boltus added two goals and four assists to lead the Black Knights over VMI, 17-3, Saturday afternoon in the season opener.

The win was Army’s 700th in the 92-year history of the program as the Black Knights became only the fifth team to reach the milestone, joining Johns Hopkins, Syracuse, Navy and Hobart in the exclusive club.

“I was happy to be a part of this great program’s 700th victory,” said Army head coach Joe Alberici. “The way our guys played today was just a reflection of Army lacrosse and really shined a light on all the great players and teams that have been associated with this program throughout its history.”

Army (1-0) jumped out to a 6-0 first quarter lead, including four by Peyer, and never looked back. Peyer netted the first two goals of the game, potting an unassisted tally at 9:44 and another off an assist from sophomore midfielder Rob McCallion at 7:49, before senior attackman Brooks Korvin converted a feed from junior midfielder Andrew Maisano at 6:17 and senior midfielder Alex Rhoads scored off a Korvin pass at 4:59. Peyer added another unassisted goal at 2:35, before converting Korvin’s second assist with 49 seconds for the final goal of the quarter.

“I’m real proud of the way this 2009 team started the season,” continued Alberici. “I thought we came out and played very hard and very well right from the beginning and it made for a great first effort for us.”

Peyer netted his third-straight goal 1:20 into the second quarter off the first of three assists by Boltus in the stanza, as Army added five more unanswered goals to take an 11-0 lead at halftime. McCallion scored Army’s first man-up goal of the season at 11:22, before feeding senior midfielder Kevin LoRusso for a tally at 9:55. LoRusso returned the favor 2:11 later, as McCallion added his second goal of the afternoon at the 7:11 mark. Boltus fed Peyer for his sixth goal of the game at 5:29 to finish the first-half scoring.

Army upped its lead to 15-0 with four more unanswered goals in the third quarter. Junior midfielder Tyler Seymour fed Boltus for a goal at 9:17, before Boltus assisted freshman midfielder Devin Lynch’s first career goal at 2:53. Senior defenseman Scott Rosenshein registered his first career point after causing a turnover in front of the VMI goal and feeding Boltus for a score at 2:18. Junior attackman Tyler Oates converted Korvin’s third assist of the afternoon with 21 seconds left in the quarter to extend the Black Knight lead.

VMI broke got on the board with two unanswered goals to start the fourth quarter. Freshman attackman Colin Bosse netted his first collegiate goal at 13:27, before freshman midfielder Andrew Nieminski added is first at the 12:26 mark to make it a 15-2 game.

Army freshman midfielder Sean O'Sullivan converted a pass from junior midfielder Steve Koshansky at the 10:27 mark for both players’ first career points, before VMI freshman midfielder Keith Long added an unassisted tally at 8:02 to make the score, 16-3. Black Knight freshman attackman James MacGibbon finished the day with his first career tally at 6:14 to wrap up the scoring.

Army goalkeeper Tom Palesky picked up a win in his first collegiate start in goal for Army, making three saves in 45:00 of work, while Keydet junior Sean McCoy was credited with 12 saves in the loss.

Army returns to action on Friday (Feb. 20), traveling north to play defending national champion Syracuse at 7:00 p.m. in the Carrier Dome.

BLACK KNIGHT NOTES: Army improved to 71-21 in season openers, including a 26-4 mark in the last 50 years when opening at home ... the game marked the earliest season opener in Academy history, beating the previous mark set last year versus VMI by two days ... 48 of the 49 players on the Army roster played in the game as sophomore attackman Patrick Arlantico was the only Black Knight to miss the game due to a hamstring injury ... senior Sean Reppard won 9 of 11 faceoffs as the Black Knights took 15 of 21 faceoffs on the day ... Army is 2-0 all-time versus VMI, including a 16-3 victory in the 2008 lid-lifter ... Army coaching legend Jack Emmer was on hand for the game and was in the Army locker room to offer his congratulations to Coach Alberici ... sophomore Tom Palesky is the first goalie other than Adam Fullerton, who graduated last year as a third-team All-American, to start in goal for Army since March 12, 2005 ... Johns Hopkins entered the day with the most wins in the country (882), followed by Syracuse (777), Navy (729) and Army (700). Hobart, which played at the Division III level prior to the 1995 season, has a total of 713 victories ... senior midfielder Alex Rhoads led the Army squad onto the field before the game, carrying the American Flag with him ... in last season’s opener against VMI, senior Jason Peyer scored four goals, while sophomore Jeremy Boltus added a goal and five assists during his collegiate debut ... prior to the game, fans had the opportunity to enjoy Black Knights Alley, located adjacent to Michie Stadium in the A parking lot. A concessions truck, an Army Humvee and cadet face painting were some of the things attractions going on leading up to faceoff.