Following a 12-11 overtime victory over #18/19 Massachusetts on Saturday, the Army West Point men's lacrosse team was voted 19th in this week's U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Coaches Poll. For the fifth year in a row, the Black Knights opened their season with a victory over the Minutemen. Forced into an overtime golden goal situation, rookie attacker Brendan Nichtern netted the game-winning goal 26 seconds into the extra time for the win. UMass forced overtime with a second to go in regulation, but the Black Knights won the ensuing faceoff with help from Evan Condon and Johnny Surdick to set the team up for victory. After a timeout by head coach Joe Alberici, Nichtern drove in from the right side, beating the left-handed UMass goalie for the tally. AJ Barretto boasted a career-high 17 saves in his 2019 debut.
It was Army's first win over a ranked opponent since defeating Rutgers last February. Nichtern had an outstanding performance for the Black Knights with seven points on four goals and three helpers. The rookie helped Army to its first overtime victory since 2017 when the Cadets topped Notre Dame, 10-9. The Black Knights will continue the start of their season on the road next weekend when Army faces #8/10 Rutgers.