Men’s Lacrosse takes league opener against Holy Cross

By Ally Keirn Army Athletic Communications

  Junior long stick midfielder Kyle Beyer led the team with a career-high seven ground balls during No. 15/16 Army West Point men’s lacrosse’s 12-5 win over Holy Cross Saturday at Michie Stadium. Photo by Army Athletic Communications

The No. 15/16 Army West Point men’s lacrosse team came out victorious in the first Patriot League contest of the 2020 season with a 12-5 win over Holy Cross Saturday at Michie Stadium.
The Black Knights had a solid defensive effort thanks to a trio of caused turnovers each by sophomore defenseman Marcus Hudgins and sophomore defenseman Bennett Taylor.
Junior long stick midfielder Kyle Beyer led the team with a career-high seven ground balls, while senior midfielder Matt Manown and senior defenseman Tom Rigney added four apiece.
Sophomore attack Brendan Nichtern controlled Army’s offense with a seven-point performance on three goals and four assists.
Sophomore attack Gunner Philipp, sophomore midfielder Bobby Abshire and senior attack Sean O’Brien each added two tallies in the contest, while sophomore midfielder Danny Kielbasa netted his first-career goal and added an assist.

How it happened
• Army took a 4-0 lead in the game before the Crusaders found the back of the net.
• Nichtern assisted on the first two scores of the contest to O’Brien and Abshire.
• Senior midfielder Connor DeWitt setup O’Brien’s second goal of the contest before Kielbasa connected with senior attack Miles Silva in front.
• The Crusaders then brought the game within one with a 3-0 run to close out the first quarter.
• Holy Cross would not score again until the final quarter thanks to six-straight goals by the Black Knights.
• Nichtern scored back-to-back goals before Manown fed to Abshire for the team’s seventh of the day and final of the first half.
• Philipp scored low on a crease roll to kick off the second half for the Cadets before Kielbasa scored off a pass from Nichtern.
• Philipp scored again with 13:07 on the clock in the fourth.
• The Crusaders broke the streak with an unassisted goal.
• The Black Knights bounced back with a tough ride causing a Holy Cross turnover. Nichtern took advantage of the unsettled transition finding senior defensive midfielder Anthony George for his first goal of the year.
• Nichtern then tallied his final of the day on an extra-man opportunity.
• The Crusaders closed out the game with a goal with 19 seconds remaining.

Highlights and game notes
• The Black Knights held Holy Cross to single digits today.
• It marked the 10th consecutive meeting holding the Crusaders under 10 goals dating back to 2011.
• Army has held its opponents to five or less scores on four occasions in 2020.
• Nichtern notched seven points today. It was the third time in seven games that the sophomore posted at least seven in a contest.
• Nichtern has increased his career goal total to 42 and his assists to 71.
• He moved up to tied for 11th all-time at Army in career assists. He holds the record with the class of 1971’s, Tom Cafaro.
• Nichtern’s point total is now 113 over two seasons. He jumped to tied for 27th all-time alongside Doug Shaver (‘87). He surpassed Eric Waltz (‘93) as well.
• He has posted double-digit points in all of his games this season.
• Beyer had an outstanding day with a career-high seven groundballs and a caused turnover.
• Philipp, O’Brien, Abshire and Kielbasa also finished with multiple point performances.
• Hudgins held Holy Cross’ leading attacker Kevin Kodzis scoreless, causing three turnovers and picking up a ground ball.
• Sophomore goaltender Wyatt Schupler picked up his fourth win of the year after making seven saves and allowing just three goals. He also picked up a ground ball in the contest.
• Freshman goaltender Knox Dent stepped in for the final two minutes of the game and made a pair of stops.
• The Black Knights held the Crusaders to 28 shots causing 12 turnovers as a team.