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Leopards Take on Army

March 22, 2013

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The Lafayette men’s lacrosse team makes the trip to West Point, N.Y. to take on Army on Saturday at noon. The Leopards are coming off a 13-6 loss to visiting Bucknell over the weekend. Lafayette is looking to improve on its 2-6 overall and 0-2 League record.

Scouting Army
The Black Knights were picked to finish third in the Patriot League Preseason Poll after finishing last season 7-8 overall and 4-2 in league play. Army (4-3, 0-1) is currently in sixth place in the League. The Black Knights are led offensively by Garrett Thul with a Patriot League leading 22 goals. John Glesener is third in the League in both assists (14) and points (28). Defender Brendan Buckley leads the Black Knights in caused turnovers with 14, while midfielder Alex Daly leads the team in ground balls with 22. Goalkeeper Sam Somers has started six games, posting a 3-3 record, while making 51 saves and boasting a 7.20 goals against average.

Coaching Matchup
The Leopards are coached by first-year man Jim Rogalski, who spent the previous two seasons as the head coach at the University of Scranton. At Scranton, Rogalski put together back-to-back winning seasons with a record of 18-15 and he currently holds a 20-21 overall career record. The Black Knights are coached by Joe Alberici in his eighth season with Army. Alberici is 60-55 in charge of the Black Knights and 68-61 in his career.

All-Time Series
The Leopards will be looking for their first win over the Black Knights this weekend in a series that dates back to 1926.

Leopards' Attack
Sophomore Sonny Round leads the Lafayette attack with 18 goals, while sophomore Brian Bock is second on the team with 16 goals and is fourth in the Patriot League in assists (11), leading the team in that category. Round’s 27 points (3.50 ppg) are fifth in the League. Freshman Kevin Wanke is third on the team in goals (14) and points (18).

Picking It Up
Senior co-captain Anthony Zawadzki ranks first in the Patriot League in faceoff percentage (60.0). Senior Greg Rau leads the Leopards and sits fourth in the Patriot League in ground balls with 31, while winning 50 percent of his faceoff attempts. Junior defender Matt Evans is second on the team in ground balls with 25, followed by junior goalkeeper Jake Hyatt with 23. Senior defender Geoff Stearns leads the Leopards in caused turnovers with 15, while picking up 17 ground balls.

Between the Pipes
Hyatt, a Ridgefield, Conn. native, has been stellar so far for the Leopards, making 16 saves in three different contests (at Georgetown, at Wagner, vs Marist) and at least ten saves in every game. The junior leads the Patriot League in saves per game (13.62) and ranks fourth in save percentage (.559) and goals against average (10.74).

Tough Schedule
Lafayette has already been defeated by Bucknell, who ranks 16th in the latest Nike Division I Top 20 Poll, and will face 15th ranked Lehigh later this season. The Leopards have fallen to Marist (RV) and will host Colgate (RV) on April 13. Additionally, Colgate and Lehigh, along with non-conference opponent Stony Brook, made appearances in the NCAA Tournament last spring. The Leopards match up with Lehigh in the regular-season finale in Bethlehem on April 20.

Around the Patriot League
Holy Cross ousted Navy, 7-5, in League play on Sunday afternoon, while Colgate defeated Michigan, 10-7, in a non-league contest. No. 15/16 Bucknell knocked off No. 2/2 Cornell, 9-8 on Tuesday, while Massachusetts fired past No. 16/15 Lehigh, 6-4, on Wednesday evening. On Saturday, Bucknell travels to No. 20/20 Albany, Colgate matches up with Navy in Baltimore, Md. and Lehigh visits Holy Cross.

What's Next?
The Leopards will stay on the road next week with their longest trip of the season to North Carolina to play High Point on March 27 at 7 p.m.