Army and Community Sports

  • Patriot League plans to start basketball season in January

    By JJ Klein
    Army Athletic Communications

    The Patriot League Council of Presidents endorsed a plan for a league-only men’s and women’s basketball schedule for the 2020-21 season, beginning Jan. 2, it was announced Monday. League play will be contingent on the League and its member institutions being able to conduct competition in ways that protect the health and safety of student-athletes, coaches, staffs and their communities.
    Consistent with the prioritization of health and safety, the 2020-21 schedule format features a significant reduction in travel and overnight stays. No teams will be permitted to fly to games.
    Instead of the League’s traditional double round-robin format, teams will play an increased number of games against League opponents in closer geographic proximity.
    “We have accomplished the first step in the planning process for the 2021 Patriot League men’s and women’s basketball season,” said Lafayette College President Alison Byerly, Chair of the Council of Presidents. Read More

  • #6 Army rifle sets program record in tri-match

    By JJ Klein
    Army Athletic Communications

    For the second consecutive match, the No. 6 Army West Point rifle team set a program record. The Black Knights posted a score of 4,686 to take second place in a virtual tri-match with Great America Rifle Conference (GARC) foes No. 2 West Virginia (4,709) and No. 8 Nebraska (4,681). Each team shot in its home range.
    “I’m really proud of the team for two back-to-back record setting performances,” said head coach Web Wright. “We’ve got a lot of depth this year and that’s where we’re seeing the difference.”
    The Cadets had four shooters over the 580 threshold in smallbore in senior Clayton Hanson, freshman Kyle Kutz and juniors Lauren McMahan and Nicholas Cheshire.
    In air rifle, Army had three members reach the 590-mark in Hanson, senior Kaitlyn Kutz and McMahan. Read More

  • Collective offensive effort leads men’s rugby past Navy

    By Erin McNeeley
    Army Athletic Communications

    The Army West Point men’s rugby team had a successful road trip Saturday afternoon, securing a dominant 39-13 win over rival Navy in Annapolis, Maryland.
    The Black Knights got off to a strong start offensively as freshman flanker Dom Tianga scored his first collegiate try in the 6th minute to give Army an early 7-0 lead. Captain junior hooker Matthew Meehan then followed suit, adding the Black Knights second try of the day only 11 minutes in.
    After a successful Navy penalty kick in the 16th minute, Army answered back with their third try of the day by sophomore prop Larry Williams Jr., boosting their lead to 16. Despite two more scores by the Midshipman, the Black Knights offense remained relentless, posting three more tries on the afternoon from junior wing Nolan Green, senior prop Parker Ross and senior No. Read More

  • Army to host Navy, Air Force in ‘America’s Race’ on The Plain

    By Nick Lovera
    Army Athletic Communications

    The Army West Point cross country program announced that the U.S. Military Academy will host the inaugural ‘America’s Race’ service academy cross country championships on the historic West Point Plain on Wednesday.
    America’s Race, presented by USAA, will be the first major athletic event to take place on the parade grounds of The Plain since the opening of Michie Stadium in 1924 and the first ever tri-meet contest among Army, Navy and Air Force. The competition will be streamed live on ESPN Plus.
    “This event is special on several levels,” Director of Cross Country and Track & Field Mike Smith said. “It is a salute to service and a celebration of the commitment to serve our country made by young men and women at the three service academies that sponsor Division I cross country on a day that we as a country come together to recognize and honor military service. Read More

  • Sprint football wins defensive battle over Navy, 7-3

    By JJ Klein
    Army Athletic Communications

    The Army West Point sprint football team defeated Navy, 7-3, in a defensive battle to claim the star as part of the Star Series presented by USAA Sunday afternoon at Navy-Marine Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland.
    With consistent rainfall and the temperature in the 40s throughout the game, field position was crucial. Both teams’ scoring drives occurred after taking over in their opponent’s territory.
    The lone score of the first half came with Navy starting its drive on the Army 20-yard -line. The Cadets’ defense held strong, only surrendering two yards before Navy’s Mychal Golden made a 35-yard field goal attempt to give the Mids the 3-0 lead with 6:54 left in the first quarter. Read More

  • Women’s Soccer blank Coast Guard

    Thanks to two goals in the first 11 minutes of the game, the Army West Point women’s soccer team came out on top of Coast Guard, 3-0, Friday at Clinton Field at Malek Stadium. The Black Knights took the lead 1-0 in the first five minutes of the game, which was followed by another score at the 11-minute mark. After leading 2-0 at the half, the Black Knights notched another goal in the 66th minute for the final goal of the evening. Forwards freshman Kaitlin Palaian, sophomore Elise Urkov and senior Morgan Walsh notched the Army goals. Senior goaltender Sydney Cassalia (above) preserved the shutout with multiple stops. Read More

  • Army football earns blowout victory against Mercer

    By Rachel Caton
    Army Athletic Communications

    The Army Black Knights took care of business on Saturday afternoon, improving to 6-1 on the season after a 49-3 victory over the Mercer Bears at Michie Stadium.
    Senior running back Sandon McCoy led the way, finishing with a team-high three touchdowns on eight carries, while freshman running back Tyrell Robinson scored his first-career touchdown on a 53-yard reception.
    Defensively, the Black Knights held Mercer to 221 total yards of offense and just one field goal and no touchdowns on the day. Linebackers senior Jon Rhattigan and freshman Spencer Jones led the way with seven tackles apiece.
    The defensive unit had three interceptions, including a pick-six by sophomore defensive back Jabari Moore. Rhattigan and sophomore defensive back Cameron Jones also tallied interceptions on the day. Read More

  • 2020 Army-Navy Game to be played at West Point

    By Rachel Caton
    Army Athletic Communications

    Army Director of Athletics Mike Buddie and Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk announced Friday that the 121st playing of the Army-Navy Game presented by USAA will be played at West Point, Dec. 12.
    The game is being moved from Philadelphia due to attendance limits placed on outdoor events in the state of Pennsylvania that would not allow the entire Corps of Cadets and Brigade of Midshipmen to attend. As the designated home team in 2020, Army West Point will host the 121st iteration at historic Michie Stadium.
    “We want to thank the City of Philadelphia, the Eagles and all involved in the planning for their efforts to navigate this historic game in the current COVID-19 climate,” Buddie said. Read More

  • #11 Rifle sets program record, but Falls to #2 Kentucky

    By JJ Klein
    Army Athletic Communications

    The 11th-ranked Army West Point rifle team set a program record with an aggregate mark of 4,682 in its season-opener on Saturday. Despite the program feat, the Black Knights fell to Great America Rifle Conference (GARC) foe No. 2 Kentucky, which shot a score of 4,709.
    Army shot its portion of the match virtually in the Tronsrue Marksmanship Center, while Kentucky competed at their own range in Lexington, Kentucky.
    “This is a weird situation to be in,” said Army head coach Web Wright. “We set a program record, but I was expecting a higher score based on the performances we’ve seen over the last couple of weeks.”
    All of Army’s scorers in smallbore had marks above 577. Read More

  • Army football earns third straight win; Tops UTSA

    The Army West Point football team earned its third straight victory with a 28-16 triumph over the University of Texas-San Antonio Saturday afternoon at the Alamodome in San Antonio. The win puts Army at 5-1 on the season, while the Roadrunners dropped to 3-3. Freshman quarterback Cade Ballard made his first career start for the Black Knights and finished with one touchdown. Sophomore quarterback Tyhier Tyler (above) made his Army debut under center, finishing with a touchdown and 95 yards on 19 carries. The Black Knights got on the board first, as sophomore running back Anthony Adkins broke free for a 66-yard touchdown run, the Black Knights’ longest play of the season and a career-long rush for Adkins. Read More

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