After outscoring Lafayette 7-1 in the second half, the Army West Point men's lacrosse team defeated the Leopards 12-5 in the Patriot League opener. Ethan Barangan was excellent for the Black Knights on the faceoff, going 18-for-20 with a career-high 11 ground balls. Freshman attacker Brendan Nichtern set a new career-high with eight points on the day. He scored four goals and added four assists in the effort. Matt Manown and Nate Jones added four points apiece. Manown added a career-best eight ground balls in the contest. Johnny Surdick led the Cadets defensively with four caused turnovers. For the fifth game in a row, the Black Knights scored the first goal of the game. Nichtern started the scoring efforts off an assist by Manown at 8:43 in the first quarter. The Leopards netted their first of the game five minutes later to tie the game. Army answered with two straight tallies to boast a 3-1 lead heading into the second. Jones posted back-to-back goals 29 seconds apart with assists coming from Sean O'Brien and Nichtern. Lafayette opened the second quarter with two consecutive scores to tie things up. The Cadets scored a pair of goals in a 42 second span to regain their lead. Read more.