Thul Scores Seven in Army Rout of Lafayette
from press release
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Attackmen Garrett Thul (seven goals) and John Glesener (four goals, three assists) combined for 14 points as the Army lacrosse team clicked on all cylinders in a 15-6 win over visiting Lafayette on Saturday afternoon at Michie Stadium. Earning their first Patriot League win of the season, the Black Knights recorded a season-high number of goals and held a sixth opponent to single-digit scoring in front of nearly 2,000 spectators.
Thul's six goals led all players, while Glesener matched a career-high four goals and set a career best with seven points. Sophomore middie Alex Newsome and a quartet of freshmen - Tim Coll, Mike Perettine, Will Mazzoneand Alex Daly - each registered single goals.
In one of the team's most effective defensive performances this of the season, Army (5-3, 1-1 Patriot League) caused 12 of Lafayette's (2-7, 0-3) 26 turnovers on the day. The Black Knights also held a 43-35 advantage in ground balls. Sophomore long stick midfielder Jimbo D'Aprile led all players with three caused turnoves, while Daly amassed a career-high seven ground balls. The New Market, Md., native won 11-of-21 face-offs, while junior Matt Mezer went 3-of-5 in the "x."
"We really focused on bettering ourselves this week in practice and certainly accomplished that today," said eighth-year head coach Joe Alberici. "We played hard and fundamentally sound for 60 minutes. We took care of the ball and shot it much better today, which are things we really harped on this week.
"We knew there would be some tough match-ups for us from the get-go," he continued. "Lafayette's attack is small but extremely quick. I was really proud of our all-around defensive effort today. Brendan Buckley turned in another All-American-type effort, and Pat Hart and John Burk did a tremendous job getting into some peoples' gloves. I also can't say enough about our long sticks; Jimbo D'Apriledominated the middle of the field and Sean Jollota was outstanding in his runs."
Army dominated the game offensively from the onset and never took its foot off the gas. The Black Knights carried an 8-1 lead into the halftime locker room after scoring all five second-quarter goals. Lafayette got going early in the second half, scoring two of the first three goals of the third quarter, but Army answered with three-straight to stave off any notion of a rally.
Lafayette's Sonny Round paced the Leopards with a pair of goals, while Brendan DunLap finished with one goal and the team's lone assist.
"Every facet of the game came together for us today, which is what we needed," Glesener said following the win. "It was an all-around effort from everyone, and that's what we need going forward. Using an all-out effort is exactly the way we want to win."
Glesener and Thul got things rolling early for the Black Knights, each scoring unassisted goals in the opening three minutes as Army went on top 2-0. Round got Lafayette on the board at the 4:13 mark, but Army quickly made it 3-1 as Thul found the net at 4:05. His second goal of the game came thanks to a Daly face-off win and quick transition with the assist to freshman Connor Cook.
The Black Knights went on to score all five second-quarter goals, including three from Thul and two from Glesener. While four of the five goals went unassisted, freshman middie A.J. Canara recorded his first collegiate point on an assist in transition to Thul at the 9:48 mark. Glesener's goal with 11 seconds left gave the Black Knights a comfortable 7-1 lead, but Daly won the ensuing face-off and scored his first collegiate goal with five seconds on the clock to make it 8-1 at intermission.
The Leopards got some offense going in the second half, scoring five of their six goals over the final 30 minutes. Lafayette, however, inched no closer than six goals the rest of the way. After a Cory Scheuele goal pulled the Leopards within 9-3 with 5:39 left in the third quarter, Army reeled off three unanswered goals to hold a 12-3 lead heading into the final quarter. Each team scored three fourth quarter goals, but the damage was already done for Lafayette as it suffered its third league loss of the season.
Army looks to carry momentum into an Easter Sunday meeting with Colgate on March 31 in Hamilton, N.Y. A noon face-off at Andy Kerr Stadium is scheduled for a game that can be seen live on CBS Sports Network.
Game Notes: Senior middie Pat Brennan led the Black Knights onto the field with the American flag ... the Cadet Color Guard was on hand for the national anthem ... former record holder Scott Finlay '79 presented senior Garret Thul with a commemorative ball for breaking the program's all-time goals record two weeks ago during pregame festivities ... Sam Somers made seven saves in 56 minutes in goal ... Bobby Sincero made his fifth appearance of the season, playing the final 4:03 ... 1,813 fans marked the largest home crowd of the season ... Army won its third home game of the season ... the Black Knights improved to 32-0 all-time against Lafayette ... Tyler Kamide and Will Mazzone made started for the first time this season.
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