For three years, Army could take some solace in knowing that the defense was anchored by goalkeeper Tom Palesky, who was instrumental in the team’s upset of Syracuse in the first round of the NCAAtournament in 2010.
With Palesky’s graduation, the Black Knights are hoping that senior Zach Palmieri can fill the void. Coach Joe Alberici said Palmieri deserves the chance to begin the season as the starter.
“He’s waited his time, three years behind Tom Palesky and served as a very valuable backup,” Alberici said Wednesday. “And now he’s earned the right to get the first shot at it here, based on how he played in the fall and how he’s played in the early season. I really love Zach’s communication. He’s gotten after it, worked very, very hard here in preseason, and I’m expecting him to not only provide great leadership, but also be an outstanding ball stopper and initiate some offense from that position.”