Behind a seven-point effort by Brendan Nichtern, the No. 6/7 Army West Point Men's Lacrosse team won its home opener with a 13-5 win over Saint Joseph's on Saturday afternoon at a foggy Michie Stadium.
Saturday's win was Army's seventh consecutive home opening victory and second straight win this season. Brendan Nichtern finished with four goals and three assists in the win, while the Black Knights saw Bobby Abshire and Alex Gekas find the back of the net twice. Wyatt Schupler earned his second win of the season with 10 saves in 56 minutes of action. Army outshot the Hawks, 42-37, and picked up a 29-27 advantage in ground balls. Marcus Hudgins was essential on the defense, forcing a team high four caused turnovers.
The Black Knights dominated the first 30 minutes of the game and went into the half with a 9-1 advantage. Army was led by Nichtern, Abshire and Gekas in the opening half as Nichtern posted a goal and three assists, while Abshire and Gekas scored twice. The Black Knights led a collective offensive effort with seven different players tallying goals prior to the half and eight total on the day.
Saint Joseph's was able to get the first two goals of the second half with Ryan Doran and Shane Fable cutting the Army lead to 9-3 with 9:11 on the clock in the third quarter. The cow captain answered back with two scores to end the third period, securing his second consecutive seven point game on four goals and three assists, giving Army an 11-3 advantage. The teams traded goals in the final quarter with Nichtern adding his fourth of the game and Nicholas Garofano tallying his first goal of the season between a couple of scores from Matt Bohmer of the Hawks. Read more.