Army vs. Bryant
March 4, 2009
The Game Story:
WEST POINT, N.Y. Army senior attackman Jason Peyer scored four goals and an assist, while sophomore goalie Tom Palesky made 17 saves to lead the Black Knights to a 11-5 victory over Bryant, Wednesday afternoon at Michie Stadium.

Army led by a 6-2 margin with 3:10 left in the second quarter, but three unanswered Bulldog goals pulled the visitors to within a goal, 6-5, at the 8:25 mark of the third quarter. However, Army held the potent Bryant attack, which had averaged 18 goals in its last three games, scoreless the rest of the way, while adding five unanswered goals of its own to seal the victory.

Army jumped out to a 3-0 lead to start the game. Sophomore midfielder Rob McCallion tallied a man-up goal off an assist from sophomore attackman Jeremy Boltus to get the scoring started at 12:58, before senior midfielder Kevin LoRusso found Peyer open for his first goal at 11:26. Freshman midfielder Devin Lynch made it a three-goal Army edge after getting open and beating Bryant freshman goalkeeper Jameson Love at 9:30.

Bryant got on the board at 4:44 after sophomore midfielder Matt Larson beat Palesky from short range to make it a 3-1 game after the first quarter of play.

Army went up 4-1 early in the second quarter after a pass by junior midfielder Andrew Maisano missed Boltus down low, but deflected past Love at 11:53. Bryant quickly answered as junior midfielder Bryant Amitrano snagged a loose ball after a Palesky save and buried it from five yards away to make it a 4-2 game with 10:10 on the clock.

The Black Knights looked to pull away with two straight goals to lead 6-2 with 3:10 left in the half. Palesky made a nice save and quickly outletted the ball to senior midfielder Alex Rhoads, who ran the length of the field and found LoRusso open on the Bryant crease for a tally at 8:38. LoRusso later added a goal of his own on an eight-yard laser after a feed from Peyer to make it a four-goal Army lead.

Bryant climbed back into the game as graduate student Zach Greer slipped a Black Knight defender and beat Palesky with 1:03 left in the half to make it a three-goal game at halftime, 6-3. The Bulldogs added two more goals to start the third quarter as senior attackman Bryan Kaufman cashed in two Army turnovers to make it a one-goal deficit with 8:25 on the clock.

From there, Army took control of the game. McCallion notched his second goal of the game from close range after a making a nice move to get open at 8:03, before Rhoads caused a turnover in the Bryant end and charged down the field to beat Love and give the Black Knights and 8-5 edge. Senior attackman Brooks Korvin ran in from behind the Bulldog goal on a restart and tucked home a goal with eight seconds on the clock to give Army a 9-5 lead after three quarters.

Peyer put the game out of reach with a 10-yard, left-handed rip at the 13:32 mark, and later slipped one past Love with 2:16 to play to seal the victory.

Junior midfielder Andy Hennessey did all he could to help the Bulldog effort, winning 17 of 20 faceoffs, but it was Army halting a two-game slide to improve to 2-2 this season.