“…over the weekend, Army defeated two-time defending champion Syracuse, 9-8, in the first round of the NCAA Division I lacrosse championships…”
Tom Palesky, a junior who is a graduate of Plano High School, made 13 saves in the match as he helped the Black Knights pull off the surprising victory.
A brief summary of Palesky’s career was written Ken McMillan of the Times Herald-Record before the match..
Here is an excerpt:
Palesky topped off at 6-foot-5 by the time he arrived at West Point. Coach Mike Murphy immediately set out to smooth over the rough edges, and Palesky had a year to get settled in while current Team USA goalie Tim Fullerton closed out his Army career.”The trick is to cover as much of the cage, with as little movement as possible,” Palesky said.
Palesky is certainly getting the job done in nets. He ranks 16th in the nation in save percentage (.561) and 21st in goals against (9.16), although both of those numbers are a step below what he did as a sophomore starter (8.89 and .591). He has helped Army to seven consecutive victories, a 10-5 record and a championship in the Patriot League tournament, for which he was named most valuable player. The Plano, Texas, resident was named second-team all-league.
“Palesky has had a very solid year for us,” Army coach Joe Alberici said. “He has given us winning goaltending, even in games we lost – that’s all you can ask of your man.”