Army vs. Vmi
February 16, 2008
The Game Story:
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army senior attackman Justin Bokmeyer tied a career high with six points on five goals and an assist, while freshman attackman Jeremy Boltus was credited with a goal and five assists in his first collegiate game to lead the No. 23 Black Knights to a season-opening 16-3 victory over visiting VMI, Saturday, at Michie Stadium.

Junior attackman Jason Peyer scored four goals, and junior Brooks Korvin added two goals and an assist as the Black Knights’ starting attack unit accounted for 11 goals and two assists, while freshman midfielder Rob McCallion compiled three goals and an assist in his first appearance with the Black Knights.

“I think what it really came down to was possession and we were able to get a lot of opportunities thanks to our faceoffs and our ground ball play,” said head coach Joe Alberici. “We played a lot of guys and they were getting a lot of opportunities, particularly late in the game in transition, and the attack did a great job of finishing those opportunities. Increasing our production on attack has been a point of emphasis all year long and today was a solid first step.”

Army won 15-of-23 face-offs, including 7-of-9 by senior Roy Ragusa and 6-of-8 by junior Sean Reppard, while totaling 38 ground balls to VMI’s 14.

McCallion got things going for Army with his first collegiate goal at 13:52 of the first quarter. VMI answered less than three minutes later as sophomore attackman Tim Moran scored the first of his three goals to even the game, 1-1, at 10:48.

Peyer struck at the 6:15 mark off an assist from McCallion, before Boltus’ first career tally at 2:28 off a feed from senior midfielder Paul Wigdzinski, made it a 3-1 cushion after the first quarter. Army generated 14 shots during the first stanza, while holding VMI to three.

Moran started the second quarter with an unassisted goal at 12:55 to make it a one-goal game, 3-2, but Army would log 11 unanswered goals while holding the Keydets scoreless until Moran’s final goal at the 7:13 mark of the fourth quarter en route to the victory.

Bokmeyer scored three of his goals during a decisive second-quarter run as Army built an 8-2 lead at halftime. Peyer and Bokmeyer would each find the back of the net for the only scoring of the third quarter, before six Army goals in the final 15 minutes, including a pair by McCallion, led Army to the convincing win.

“Justin did a really great job creating some solid opportunities for himself and also worked really well without the ball. I thought the attack, as a group, played well and Justin was the beneficiary,” continued Alberici.

Army senior goalie Adam Fullerton made five saves to pick up his first win of the season, while his counterpart, sophomore Sean McCoy totaled 13 saves for VMI.

Army heads to Syracuse next Sunday to take on the No. 11 Orange at 3:30 p.m. in the Carrier Dome.

GAME NOTES: Today was the first ever meeting between Army and VMI ... Army’s 16-goals was the highest total since a 16-3 victory over Holy Cross on April 16, 2006 ... today marked the earliest date the Black Knights had ever played its season opener. The previous mark was Feb. 22, 2003 against Holy Cross ... Army is 33-17 in its last 50 season-opening games, including a 24-4 mark at home... Joe Alberici is 2-1 in season openers as head coach at Army ... Bokmeyer had his last six-point game with five goals and an assist against Rutgers on May 2 last year ... three goals allowed was the fewest in a season opener since Army defeated RIT, 10-3, on March 4, 1988.