Army vs. Yale
May 3, 2003
The Game Story:
WEST POINT, N.Y. - John Walker broke the Academy's single-season freshman scoring record, but Yale spoiled Army's Senior Day festivities with a 10-9 victory at windy Shea Stadium Saturday afternoon. The Black Knights must now wait until Sunday evening to see where the NCAA sends the Patriot League Champions for the first round of the 2003 Men's Lacrosse Tournament.

Walker's record-breaker came at 8:10 of the first quarter off a feed from sophomore midfielder Ben Harrow and staked the hosts to a 2-1 lead. It was the plebe's 32nd goal of the season, breaking Bob Betchley's mark of 31 set in 1985. Four minutes later, Army extended that advantage on John Ryan's 25th tally of the year. However, the Bulldogs rattled off four straight goals to move in front for good, 5-3.

Army (8-7) closed to within one goal on five separate occasions, but could never quite finish the comeback. Back-to-back blasts from Ryan and Jim Wagner in the fourth quarter narrowed a three-goal deficit to one. However, the visiting Bulldogs (9-5) held the Black Knights scoreless over the final 7:36 to escape West Point with a 10-9 win.

Wagner led all goal scorers with his third hat trick of the year. Ryan had two goals and Jeff Bryan contributed one goal and two assists. Ryan picked up eight ground balls on the afternoon leaving him with 99 on the season. With one ground ball in Army's NCAA First Round game, the senior middie will become just the fourth Black Knight to reach triple digits in ground balls in a single season since official ground ball statistics were first kept in 1982. The Clifton Park, N.Y., native is six grounders shy of the school's single-season record of 105.

Sophomore goalkeeper Matt Darak made 15 saves in more than 58 minutes of play. Senior Scott Alpaugh saw 1:19 of action while Darak served two separate penalties. Bulldogs goalie Roy Skeen also made 15 saves, going the distance in net.

Mike Scaglione, Scott Kenworthy and Pat Moylan each scored twice for Yale. Kenworthy chipped in two assists as well.