Army Crushes Colgate, 10-4

On a windy Easter Sunday in Hamilton, New York the Black Knights put together their most complete performance of the season to take down the Colgate Raiders 10-4. With both history, Colgate had won three straight over Army, and current perception, the Raiders are receiving votes in both national polls, going against them it took an all round team effort to spring the upset win.

On a windy Easter Sunday in Hamilton, New York the Black Knights put together their most complete performance of the season to take down the Colgate Raiders 10-4. With both history, Colgate had won three straight over Army, and current perception, the Raiders are receiving votes in both national polls, going against them it took an all round team effort to spring the upset win.

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the victory was that someone other than start attackman Garrett Thul took over the game for the Black Knights. Sophomore John Glesener bagged his fourth straight hat-trick as part of a five goal performance which ultimately stole the show. The fact that Army built up a 5-0 lead with each goal coming from a different player shows the depth and versatility this squad has when everyone is firing. Almost lost in the mix is that freshman goalkeeper Sam Somers, who is going from strength to strength this season, had 13 saves. This included a string of four saves in the final quarter which kept Colgate from getting any momentum going as they tried to run the Black Knights down.

Army is now level with Colgate at 2-1 in the Patriot League and will now think they have a real shot at tracking down the co-leaders Lehigh and Bucknell who are both 3-0. That confidence will be buoyed in part by the fact that the four goals scored by Colgate is its lowest offensive output of the season. In addition Army shut down goal machine and current Tewaaraton Award winner Peter Baum, ending his 54-game point scoring streak which has spanned almost his entire collegiate career.

As was pointed out in the preview to this game stopping either Baum or Ryan Walsh, who average almost 6 goals per game between them, would be the key to beating the Raiders. Army however had other ideas and actually stopped them both by holding two of the top 16 scorers in the nation to just one measly goal combined. Credit for this must go to close defensemen Brendan Buckley and John Burk who harassed the two Colgate stars all afternoon putting on a defensive clinic in a game Army dominated from the start.

Now all eyes turn to Saturday for another tough test when #6/7 Bucknell come to town. If Army can find a way to beat the Bison, and with Sunday's effort there is no reason to think otherwise, then there could be some Patriot League glory in store this season.

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