Army and Community Sports

  • Patriot League reaches multi-year rights deal with ESPN+

    By Army Athletic Communications

    The Patriot League has reached a multi-year agreement that makes ESPN+ the exclusive digital home for live and archived Patriot League sporting events, starting with the 2020-21 academic year. ESPN+ will be home to more than 800 annual events, including college football games and men’s and women’s basketball contests.
    “The Patriot League has been among the leaders within intercollegiate athletics for its live streaming production with its robust and high-quality live digital programming for more than a decade,” Patriot League Commissioner Jennifer Heppel said. “We are thrilled to work with ESPN+ to showcase Patriot League student-athletes on this leading sports streaming platform.”
    The agreement also includes regular-season coverage of Patriot League men’s and women’s lacrosse in addition to regular and post-season coverage of Patriot League baseball, field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer, softball and volleyball, in addition to championship coverage of other League sports. Read More

  • Black Knights recognized in early US Lacrosse rankings

    The Army West Point men’s lacrosse team ranked 16th nationally in the US Lacrosse early 2021 Rankings, announced Sept. 15. The Black Knights went 2-1 against ranked opponents in the 2020 season with their one loss coming to then-ranked No. 5 Syracuse. Army finished 6-2 overall before the season ended for programs across the country. Army’s scoring defense (7.25) was second in the nation and its scoring margin of 6.50 was seventh. Junior attack Brendan Nichtern ranked fourth in Division I with 3.38 assists per game, while his 5.75 points per game average was good for ninth. Junior goalie Wyatt Schupler finished the year fourth nationally in save percentage (.617) and was second for his 7.18 goals against average.
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  • Sprint football announces home-and-home with Navy

    By JJ Klein
    Army Athletic Communications

    Army West Point and Navy will clash twice in sprint football this fall, announced Army head coach retired Lt. Col Mark West on Friday.
    The first contest will be at West Point at 1 p.m. Oct. 4. Then on Oct. 18, the two foes will clash for the “star” in Annapolis at 1 p.m. as part of the Army-Navy Star Series, presented by USAA.
    “As disappointed as we were in having our fall season postponed, the team is extremely excited and thankful that we have the opportunity to play Navy twice this fall,” West said. “Knowing these two rivalry games could very well be the only games we play this year makes them even more special, especially for our seniors.”
    The last time the two teams squared off the Black Knights walked away with their 36th Collegiate Sprint Football League title, downing Navy 13-0 at Franklin Field in Philadelphia. Read More

  • Army continues hot start with 37-7 win over ULM

    By JJ Klein
    Army Athletic Communications

    Continuing its momentum from the opener, the Army West Point football team charged past Louisiana-Monroe Saturday by a 37-7 score at Michie Stadium.
    The Black Knights improved to 2-0 after holding the Warhawks to 200 yards and a touchdown.
    Army posted 465 offensive yards, while causing two turnovers and blocking a field goal attempt.
    Freshman running back Jakobi Buchanan and senior quarterback Christian Anderson paced the Cadets’ offense with two touchdowns apiece. Buchanan had a career day with 106 rushing yards, averaging 9.6 yards per carry.
    Defensively, junior defensive lineman Nolan Cockrill blocked a field goal, forced a fumble and had 1.5 tackles for a loss of four yards. Senior linebacker Jon Rhattigan posted 2.5 tackles for a loss of 17 yards and recorded 1.5 sacks. Read More

  • Women’s XC opens season with win over Syracuse

    The Army West Point women’s cross country team kicked off its 2020 season with a 26-33 victory over Syracuse at Twin Ponds on the Farm in Montgomery, N.Y., on Saturday. In the team’s first competition following the COVID-19 outbreak, the Black Knights were strong throughout, claiming nine of the top 12 positions in the meet. In their collegiate debut, freshmen Georgia Jones and Helen Shearer led the cadets with second- and third-place individual finishes. Senior All-ACC and All-Region performer Amanda Vestri finished first for the Orange. It was the first head-to-head competition between the two programs since 1996, when the Army defeated Syracuse, 68-74. The Orange entered the season ranked fourth in the ACC after finishing 2019 ranked fifth in the Northeast Region. Read More

  • In the dust

    Army West Point junior quarterback Christian Anderson avoids the rush of Louisiana-Monroe’s Seth Mason and leaves him in the dust during the Black Knights 37-7 victory over the Warhawks Saturday at Michie Stadium.    Anderson had 21 carries for 95 yards and two touchdowns on the ground to lift Army to its second straight dominating win to open up the 2020 football season. Read More

  • Army West Point shuts down Middle Tennessee State in opener

    By JJ Klein
    Army Athletic Communications

    The Army West Point football team held nothing back in its 42-0 home-opening victory against Middle Tennessee State Saturday at Michie Stadium.
    It was the Black Knights’ first home opening shutout since blanking Colgate on Sept. 11, 1993, by a 30-0 score.
    The defense stood strong in the contest intercepting two passes and forcing a pair of fumbles. Army scored three times thanks to defensive turnovers.
    Senior captain running back Sandon McCoy led the Black Knights’ offense with three rushing touchdowns. Freshman running back Tyrell Robinson made his collegiate debut in the contest and led both sides with 94 rushing yards.

    How it happened
    • The Black Knights pressed the Blue Raiders early on, scoring off a turnover in the first quarter to go ahead 7-0. Read More

  • Nine cadets named CGA All-America scholar-athletes

    The College Gymnastics Association announced in late August that nine members of the Army West Point gymnastics team were selected to the CGA All-America Scholar-Athletes teams. Five Black Knights were selected to the first team, as sophomores Corban Barstow, Caleb Churchill and Kalvin Kingshill and seniors Mitchell McHugh and Joseph Minus attained grade point averages of 3.50 or higher to meet the criteria for the top unit. The group is among 114 individual gymnasts to qualify as first-team members. Representing Army on the second team are sophomores Patrick Armstrong and Jacob Nauman, 2020 U.S. Military Academy graduate Liam O’Hara and senior Kiernan Reagan. The 60-member second team is comprised of athletes who recorded a GPA between 3.499 and 3.2. It marks the second consecutive year of recognition for McHugh, Minus, O’Hara and Reagan, as they were among the six cadets named to the team in 2019. Read More

  • Dominating start

    Senior linebacker Jon Rhattigan returns an interception 43 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter during Army West Point football’s dominating season-opening 42-0 victory over Middle Tennessee State Saturday at Michie Stadium. Rhattigan also added six tackles, a half a tackle for a loss and a fumble recovery. There was a raucous crowd of 5,249 fans, limited to mostly cadets due to COVID-19 concerns. The Black Knights finished the game outgaining the Blue Raiders 368-184 yards total while moving the chains for 24 first downs to their opponents’ 13. The Black Knights return to action at 1:30 p.m. Saturday against Louisiana-Monroe at Michie Stadium. Read More

  • Army football adds No. 20 Cincinnati to 2020 schedule

    By Rachel Caton
    Army Athletic Communications

    Army West Point football has added a game at No. 20 Cincinnati Sept. 26, as part of a home-and-home series. The game was announced Aug. 26.
    Game one of the series will be at Nippert Stadium this upcoming Sept. 26, while the return game in the series is set for Oct. 4, 2031, at Michie Stadium.
    The Bearcats are currently ranked No. 20 in the Preseason AP Poll.
    The Black Knights and the Bearcats have met six times in program history and the record is an even 3-3 in those games. The first game was in 1963 at Michie Stadium, a 22-0 victory by the Black Knights. The last meeting between the two clubs was in 2004 at Michie Stadium, where Army won, 48-29. Read More

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