The Army lacrosse season doesn’t begin until Feb. 7, but CBS Sports Network has already announced it will televise three Black Knights games.
The first will be Army’s April 11 game against Navy at Annapolis. The Black Knights have defeated the Midshipmen six straight. One week later, Army will host Colgate at Michie Stadium.
The final regular-season game for Army on the network comes after the Patriot League Championship weekend as the Black Knights play Notre Dame. The game is part of a Patriot League tripleheader. Virginia Tech takes on Navy at 11 a.m.; then Army – Irish; and, finally, Syracuse vs. Colgate.
For the seventh consecutive year, CBS Sports Network will televise the semifinal and championship rounds of the Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse Tournament. The semifinals are set for April 24, while the championship game is April 26. All three games will be hosted by the tournament’s No. 1 seed, which goes to the team with the best regular-season record in league play. The winner earns an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.
Army begins its season Feb. 7 with a visit to UMass, then opens the home season two days later against VMI.
Inside Lacrosse came out with its pre-season coaches’ poll for the Patriot League and Army was picked to finish second in the league, while John Glesener, Alex Daly and Sam Somers were named as preseason All-Patriot League by the coaches.
Loyola was the unanimous selection to repeat as Patriot League champions.
The Black Knights saw Glesener earn pre-season honors as one of the top attackers in the league; Daly is projected as the best faceoff player in the conference. Somers was the pick as the top goalie. Last year, he anchored a defense that was No. 1 in the nation, allowing 7.21 goals per game.
Glesener has already been recognized this offseason as he was voted as a second team pre-season All-American by Inside Lacrosse. Glesener led the Patriot League in goals per game last season at just over three and was third in points per game. He finished with 57 points on 43 goals and 14 assists for the Black Knights in 2014.
Last season, Daly had a .563 (147-261) winning percentage at the X for the Black Knights. That number ranked him fourth in the Patriot League. He led the team in ground balls with 85 and was fourth in the league with 6.54 per game. Daly’s best game of the 2014 season came against Lehigh, when he won 12-of-15 faceoffs in a 6-5 victory; he won double-digit faceoffs in nine games.
Garrett Thul was picked first overall, while Tim Henderson and Jeremy Boltus joined Thul as first-round selections as three former Army players were among the top eight taken in the opening round of the Major League Lacrosse Supplemental Draft.
Thul was selected No.1 overall by the Charlotte Hounds, making this the third team in Thul’s professional career. He was originally selected in the third round (No. 21 overall) of the 2013 Collegiate Draft by the Hamilton Nationals, then played for the Florida Launch in 2014. He appeared in 15 games scoring 24 goals and two assists. He was also a member of Team USA at the FIL World Lacrosse Championships in July, where he appeared in every game, adding seven goals and one assist on his way to helping the United States capture the silver medal in the tournament.
Boltus was taken at No. 7 by the Rochester Rattlers. Boltus has played three seasons in the MLL, totaling 76 points on 49 goals and 29 assists. He did not play during the 2014 as he was serving in Afghanistan.
Henderson was drafted by the Denver Outlaws, the defending MLL Champions. He was at the top of the list of 14 players taken by the Outlaws. Henderson played defense for the New York Lizards in 2014.
The Supplemental Draft is used to bolster teams’ rosters from 23 to 35 players entering next season.