Holy Cross vs. Army
March 11, 2003
The Game Story:
WORCESTER, Mass. - Army's lacrosse squad opened defense of its Patriot League crown with a convincing 10-3 victory over Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., Tuesday night. Black Knights' head coach Jack Emmer picked up his 300th win in the process, tying the NCAA all-time record for wins.

Emmer's 300 victories equals that of former UMass head coach Dick Garber. The legendary leader of the Minutemen racked up 300 wins on Massachusetts' sidelines from 1955-90. Emmer, who is one of only two coaches in NCAA history to lead three different schools to lacrosse's Final Four, will go for his record-breaking 301st win Saturday when Army visits Penn.

"I feel fortunate to have been around long enough to achieve (300 wins). It speaks of my longevity coaching on the collegiate level," Emmer said. "I haven't spent much time thinking about it because I have always been focused on the next game."

Three Black Knights scored twice and goalkeeper Matt Darak made seven saves as Army improved to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in Patriot League play. Holy Cross dropped to 0-3 overall and 0-2 in the league. Tom LeRoux stopped three shots in relief of Darak.

Leading 3-2 at the half, Army tightened its defense and struck for three goals in the first three minutes of the second half. Jeff Bryan netted the eventual game-winner, and Dino Cotilletta and John Walker followed shortly thereafter to swell the Black Knights' lead to 6-3. Army put the game away in the fourth with four goals, while shutting out the Crusaders in the final 15 minutes.

"We bottled them up and did not allow many good shots on the cage," Emmer said of his team's defensive performance. "It was a sluggish start, but we came out strong in the early stages of the second half. We had a better finish."

Bryan led all scorers with three points (1G, 2A). Cotilletta, Jim Wagner and John Ryan each scored twice. Wagner's two-goal outing came on the heels of a hat trick Saturday versus Air Force. The sophomore, who was recently moved from the midfield to attack, leads the squad in goals scored this spring with seven.

Army returns to action Saturday when the Black Knights continue their road swing with a 1 p.m. faceoff opposite Penn at venerable Franklin Field in Philadelphia, Pa.