Patriot League Roots

Hello everyone,

My name is Mark Mohrman and I am one of five new additions to the athletic communications staff at West Point. Last week Matt Faulkner introduced himself, and now it is my turn to tell you a little bit about myself. Like Matt, I come to Army from a Patriot League institution so I have a familiarity with the League after working at Lafayette the past three years. At Lafayette I worked with almost every sport, but primarily with basketball and baseball for the last two years. Here at Army I will work with both of those teams as well as volleyball in the fall.

When I accepted the position one of the first things I did was begin reading Joe Drape’s book, Soldiers First; Duty, Honor, Country and Football at West Point, which gave me some much-needed background on Army football, some of the things to expect on post and insight on the Army-Navy rivalry. I’d recommend reading it, if you haven’t already.

Speaking of Army-Navy football, I have never attended the game in person despite growing up 25 minutes outside of Philadelphia in South Jersey. Going to the game was always on my bucket list and I knew I would attend at some point, and now thankfully I will have the opportunity to see the rivalry firsthand. The moment that sticks in my mind the most from watching the game over the years was the 2012 game. I won’t go into detail because unfortunately we all know how that one ends, but I will never forget seeing the reaction from Trent Steelman and the rest of the team when the game was decided.

But, none of that matters today. From my perspective of the Army-Navy game, Army is 0-0 and I think the general consensus around West Point and the program is similar. With Coach Monken ushering in a new era, having a fresh coaching staff on board and a new mindset, it’s easy to forget about the past and look ahead to 2014.

I am certainly enjoying my first summer at West Point, but I can’t wait to get the games started.

Go Army!



#THULKAMANIA is Running Wild in Denver


It has been a good week for Army Athletics with most of the plebes getting the chance to workout and train for their respective sports after their first week on post. The weather has been hot and humid for them for most of the week, but today (Thursday, July 17) the sun is shining with a nice breeze off the Hudson. We had a lot going on this week in the world of social media, Garrett Thul ’13 and football watch lists.  

We became the first Service Academy to get verified on Twitter (#GoARMY #BeatNavy) and for those who don’t know verification is currently used to establish authenticity of identities of key individuals and brands on Twitter. It might not sound like a big deal, but not everyone gets the blue check mark and it makes you a legit Twitter account. It doesn’t necessarily get you more followers, however, we were excited to get the recognition for the amount of fans we have following us on Twitter. So thank you to all the fans!

Thul continues his march to a world championship in Denver as Team USA won all four games in pool play and face Australia tonight in the semifinals at 6:30 on ESPNU and ESPN3. For some of you who have missed out on Twitter, @gtlax09 has won of the most creative hashtags at the 2014 World Championships. I believe, but I am not 100% sure, it was @USLacrosse came up with the idea to tie in Garrett and Hulkmania. It has been 30 years since Hulkamania was born as a result of Hulk Hogan’s rise to stardom in the wrestling ring and since Garrett’s last name ends in “hul” it only makes sense to add the hashtag #THULkamania to each scoring tweet for the 6-4, 242-pound, West Point grad. He has moved from attack to midfield, but that hasn’t slowed him down. He had eight points in pool play with seven goals and an assist.

Congrats to both Terry Baggett and Raymond Maples on being named to the Doak Walker Award list for 2014. The award is given to the top running back in the country. Maples returns after missing all but three games last season due to injury, while Baggett is back after a 1,300-yard year in 2013. Steve Shumaker was also honored this past week as a member Rotary Lombardi Award watch list. He made starts in all 12 games last year. The award is named in honor of coaching legend Vince Lombardi and is given to the best linemen in the nation. I actually forgot that Lombardi was an assistant here under Red Blaik until I saw one of the great countdown graphics made by our marketing team.

Hoping this weather sticks around for the weekend!

#GoARMY #BeatNavy

-          Matt Faulkner, Assistant Director, Athletic Communications.


@ArmyAthletics Verified on Twitter


We woke up to some pretty neat news this morning in the form of a tiny blue check mark on our Twitter account. The coveted check is Twitter’s way of recognizing our account as a legitimate one, but more importantly puts us in the elite company of Katy Perry, LeBron James and Oprah.


A Great Start to the 2014-15 Season


Good Monday to all the Army fans! We are back on Tumblr for another season at West Point!

I am Matt Faulkner, assistant director of athletic communications and I arrived at West Point about a month ago. I joined the staff from Colgate and Dartmouth previously to my time with the Raiders. It has been a great summer in the Hudson Valley and as one of the new faces on post it has been a great first month. I am slowly learning a little bit of the lingo around here, but still getting used to all the acronyms and their meanings.

I am excited for the opportunity to work with football, hockey and men’s lacrosse and to experience the Army-Navy rivalry from the inside, instead of from a fan’s perspective. I went to an Army-Navy game at Veterans Stadium in Philly in 1992 and I was going to say my memory was a little fuzzy, but I found this clip on YouTube of Patnom Malcolm making a 49-yard field goal in the final seconds. He made not one (called back for delay of game), but two field goals to win the game. From then on I tried to watch every Army-Navy game. At that time I was a Navy fan since my grandfather spent time in the Navy during World War II. Don’t hold that against me, you would have done the same thing when you were nine years old.

I don’t want to get to far ahead since it’s only July, so back to my first month.

One of the highlights so far for me was Reception Day or “RDay” when the  plebes (freshmen) arrive on post to get fresh haircuts, uniforms and learn basic marching and much more. I was one of the lucky ones to meet a few and their families at cookouts for the hockey and men’s lacrosse teams on pre-RDay. I got to enjoy two lunches since the teams stagger their cookouts so staff members can visit different ones throughout the day. However, that meant an extra visit to the gym. So thanks to Coach Riley and Coach Alberici I was able to meet a lot of current cadet-athletes and other staff members.

I was also able to meet and talk with Garrett Thul ‘13 before he left for the 2014 FIL World Championships in Denver. I do not envy the defenders that have to try and stop him this week and it showed last night in the Japan vs. U.S. game. He scored a hat trick in a lopsided victory for the Americans and got player of the game in the process. The US looks great so far and there has been great support on Twitter for @gtlax09 and @USLacrosse.

It has been a great start for me here at West Point and I look forward to working with some great coaches and cadet-athletes, as well as a new staff that I can learn a lot from.

Go Army! Beat Navy!


Army Gaining Ground On Navy!

It’s been a very big couple of weeks in Army Athletics as four-straight wins over rival Navy have the Black Knights overtook the 2013-14 series lead by a 13-12 margin. The “Star” series is currently tied, 11-11.

Most recently, Army’s lacrosse and men’s tennis team collected victories over the Mids. The first in decisive fashion and the latter in a 4-3 thriller.

The lacrosse team continued its recent dominance over Navy, winning a sixth-straight “Star” and securing the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Patriot League Championship. The lopsided 14-7 win elevated Army to No. 16 in both national polls this week. Click here for a complete recap, video, photos and more from last Saturday’s big win in front of a Michie Stadium-record crowd of 10,774 fans.

The Army men’s tennis team collected a 4-3 win on the road last Saturday. Playing in his first Army-Navy match, freshman Grant Riechmann’s 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 win at No. 3 singles clinched the Patriot League victory for head coach Jim Poling’s club. Click here for a complete recap.

The men’s tennis team followed suit as the women’s team outlasted Navy by the same score last week in Annapolis. Click here to read all about that triumph.

The women’s track and field team got the four-game stretch started with a 103.5-99.5 win over Navy on April 5 at Shea Stadium. Head coach Troy Engle’s team won the thriller in the final event of the meet, the 4x400 relay. A complete recap is here.

The lone remaining Army-Navy regular-season bouts will take place on April 26 and 27 in Annapolis, Md., as Army and Navy duke it out on the baseball field.

For a complete breakdown of all Army-Navy competitions of 2013-14, click here.

#GoArmy #BeatNavy #SingSecond


Mid-Week Update

Good Afternoon Army fans and welcome to the Mid-Week edition of the Black Knights Blog!

The Army women’s Basketball team will host the quarterfinal round of the Patriot League Championships next Wednesday, March 6, after solidifying their place in the annual tournament with 75-48 win over Boston University this past Wednesday. The Black Knights will finish out their regular season versus Lafayette on Saturday.

The Army men’s Basketball team will close out their regular season at Christl Arena as they host Lafayette on Saturday. The Black Knights fell to Boston University 71-70 on Wednesday.

The Women’s Tennis team will host its final non-league matches on Friday and Saturday as Army welcomes NJIT, Marist and Quinnipiac to Lichtenberg Tennis Center.

The men’s Tennis team will head south to Charleston, S.C. where they will take on Citadel at 2:30 p.m.

Army’s Baseball team will also be on the road this weekend. The Black Knights will go up against Towson on Friday in Buies Creek, N.C., before taking on Campbell on Saturday.

The Black Knights Softball team will head to Fairfax, Va. this weekend where Army will go head-to-head with George Mason and Rider for a 2:30 and 4:30 match-up.

The men’s Gymnastics team will host Temple on Friday at 6 p.m. for a dual match in Gross Center.

The rifle team will compete in the GARC Championships in Oxford, Miss. this weekend after sweeping a triangular NCAA Qualifier last weekend at Tronsrue Marksmanship Center.

The men’s Lacrosse team will open is Patriot League schedule when they travel to Easton, Pa. to take on Lafayette at 11:30 a.m.

The men’s ice Hockey team will close out its regular season, when they play Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. on Friday and again at  Tate Rink on Saturday.

For complete recaps and results for all Army events, check goARMYsports.com throughout the weekend. Good luck to all of our Black Knight teams and GO ARMY!


Weekend Preview

It was a busy weekend, on and off post, as multiple Army teams hosted and traveled for competition. As winter sports are finishing up their seasons at championship events, multiple Black Knight spring teams are back in action. Let’s take a look at this past weekend’s results and what lies ahead for Army.

The Army Swimming and Diving teams competed at the Patriot League Championships in Annapolis Md. at Leujene Hall. The Black Knight men finished second, while the Army women took fourth.

The men’s and women’s Track and Field teams also competed at the Patriot League Championships in Annapolis. The Army men finished third, while the women placed fifth.

The Rifle Team won two NCAA qualifying competitions over the weekend, The Black Knights topped SUNY Maritime, 4657-4243 and bested the U Sciences 4657-3879.

The men’s Tennis team hosted St. Bonaventure, Binghamton and Drexel over the weekend at Lichtenberg Tennis Center. The Black Knights swep the Bonnies, 7-0, fell to Binghamton, 5-2 and bested Drexel, 6-1.

The Army Softball team went 1-2 to start their season at West Point. The Black Knights opened the weekend a 4-2 win over George Washington, before falling to Minnesota (12-1 (5) and Hampton University (6-1).

The Army women’s Tennis Team edged out two wins at Lichtenberg this weekend, improving its record to 10-1. The Black Knights, who hosted Farleigh Dickinson and Albany, bested both team 4-3.

The Black Knights’ Baseball team opened their season in Cary, N.C., this weekend, where they would face Massachusetts. Army went on to open, 3-0, winning its three games,  14-0, 4-3 and 7-3.

The men’s Lacrosse team traveled to Washington, D.C., where they took on Furman at Catholic University. The Black Knights outshone Furman, winning the game an impressive 12-2.

The men’s basketball team suffered a 58-54 loss to American on Saturday and will finish out it’s regular-season at home this Wednesday versus Boston University and on Saturday, for senior day, against Lafayette.

Coming off a 64-60 win versus American at home, the Army women’s Basketball team will finish out their regular-season on the road versus Boston University on Wednesday and Lafayette on Saturday.

Army’s Ice Hockey team fell to Connecticut on Saturday, 3-1, and will host their final game at Tate Rink on Saturday versus Holy Cross.

For updates and additional information on the upcoming competition for all Black Knights teams, check back in for the mid-week update as well as goARMYsports.com. Have a great week and Go Army!


Weekend At A Glance

It was a weekend full of activity at West Point with five sports within walking distance of each other competing Saturday starting with men’s tennis at Lichtenberg, lacrosse making its season debut at Michie Stadium, men’s and women’s basketball hosting Navy in the “Star” game in Christl Arena and hockey taking on AIC that evening in Take Rink. 

Men’s tennis started with a pair of matches, the first in the morning in pulling out a 4-3 win over Stony Brook. Lacrosse was up next taking on Massachusetts but came up short (6-5). Following the conclusion of the game, fans just walked across the street to Christl Arena to cheer on the men’s and women’s basketball teams taking on Navy before a sold out crowd of 5,195 fans.  The women took the court first and came away with a 54-48 win as the fans played a huge role as always for the Black Knights.  

Men’s basketball fell short in its Star match, but will be looking to rebound Wednesday when it visits Holy Cross. Hockey took AIC into overtime in the evening before suffering a 5-4 loss.  Men’s tennis added a 6-1 win over Connecticut to conclude its competition Saturday. On the road, the gymnastics team turned in a season best score of 420.1, but it wasn’t enough to defeat Navy in the “Star” match, and track closed out strong at The Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York City.

The weekend started with rifle defeating North Carolina State in a Great America Rifle Conference match, 4662-4590, at Tronsrue on Friday. Army’s 2356 score in air rifle was just a point off the school record. The track and field teams headed to The Armory Collegiate Invitational and came away with a few  IC4A and ECAC qualifying marks.

Army closed out a busy weekend on Sunday with three teams in action starting with the No. 6 rifle team hosting No. 5 Nebraska in its regular-season GARC match. The Black Knights came out on the wrong end of a 4669-4650 score. While rifle was concluding its match, the wrestling team was getting ready for a home match against Bucknell next door in the Field House before a large crowd of Cadets and spectators who cheered the team to a 24-11 decision for their  fifth straight win.  The unbeaten women’s tennis team closed out the day defeating Fordham 5-2 on the homefront.

Sophomore Jean Parker of the women’s basketball team was named the Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week for her efforts in the Star match win over Navy.

Women’s basketball hosts Holy Cross on Wednesday and will be looking for their second win of the season over the Crusaders following a first-half 70-57 defeat in Massachusetts. The men will travel to Worcester and will be look to avenge a 78-75 loss.  

The weekend finds two diamond teams – baseball and softball- headed to warmer weather as they open their seasons this weekend in Williamsburg, Va., and Houston, Texas, respectively.


Weekend Rewind

It was busy weekend of competition here at West Point.

The hockey team stepped into exhibition play, scoring a 5-2 win over its Canadian counterpart, Royal Military College. It was the Black Knights’ first trip to Canada since 2006. Maurice Alvarez scored two goals and was named the Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week.

On the hardwood, the women’s basketball team scored a hard-fought 64-63 win at American. Jen Hazlett scored 15 points, all in the second half to reach the 1,000-point mark for her career.

The men’s basketball team lost an 84-74 decision to American. Kyle Wilson scored a game-high 27 points. Army is now in third place in the Patriot League at 6-2. The Black Knights can move into tie for second place with Boston University on Wednesday when they face the Terriers.

Other competitions over the weekend included rifle shooting a 4,642 at the NRA Sectionals, the women’s tennis team competing at the Cornell Winter Invitational, the track & field team at the NYU Team Challenge, the men’s swimming & diving team scoring wins over American and Boston University, and the women’s team splitting decisions against the Eagles and Terriers.


Service Academy Showdowns … Revisited

Last week was all about the service academy clashes. Three teams renewed what are widely considered some of the purest rivalries in their sport as the basketball teams took on Navy in Annapolis, Md., and the hockey team hosted Air Force for a pair of games at Tate Rink. All four games aired live on CBS Sports Network.

Weekend highlights came out of men’s basketball, which brought home a 60-55 victory and improved to 4-0 in Patriot League play! Sophomores Tanner Plomb and Kyle Wilson led the way with 15 and 12 points, respectively. Click here for a complete recap.

In the first game of the doubleheader, the women’s team would not be so lucky. Despite a game-high 25 points from sophomore Kelsey Minato, the Black Knights came up on the short end of a 74-64 decision.

The hockey team played in front of a pair of sold-out crowds over the weekend and entertained them despite suffering a pair of losses - 3-1 and 4-2 - on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Sophomore Willie Faust scored the lone goal on Friday night, while rookies Clint Carlisle and C.J. Reuschlein each netted a goal on Saturday. Carlisle’s score went on to earn AAA Play of the Week plaudits.

Also in action over the weekend, head coach Mickey Wender and his Black Knights continued the Patriot League portion of the swimming and diving schedule. Both the men and the women picked up victories over Lehigh and Bucknell.

Track and field took part in the Gotham Cup in New York City on Friday before returning home for the Army 5-Way in which the men took first out of four teams and the women took third.

In addition, the wrestling team came away with a 2-1 mark at the Boston Duals with wins over Brown and Harvard.

Rounding out the weekend’s action, the men’s gymnastics team visited No. 5 Penn State in the season opener.

Outside of game competition, the cadets began the spring semester last week and everyone around post is excited to get the Jeff Monken era underway!