Thul Paces Army to Win Over Lafayette
from press release
EASTON, Pa. - Junior attackman Garrett Thul netted four goals and senior midfielder Devin Lynch totaled four points (2G, 2A) as the Army lacrosse team used a four-goal second quarter to lift it to a 10-3 win at Lafayette on Saturday afternoon at Fisher Stadium. The win was the Black Knights' first Patriot League victory and first triumph on the road.
Army (4-5, 1-1 Patriot League) outscored Lafayette (2-6, 0-2) by a 9-2 margin over the final three quarters and had seven different players register points in the win.
Thul notched his 22nd career hat trick and tied Lynch with a team-high four points. Junior midfielder Pat Brennan added a goal and two assists. Freshman midfielder John Glesener, senior attackman Conor Hayes and junior attackman Andrew Boyd each registered single goals. Senior midfielder Derek Sipperly, who won 11 of 17 face-offs, tallied his fourth assist of the year as well.
"Today was probably our most complete effort from start to finish this season," said seventh-year head coach Joe Alberici. "We played well in all facets of the game. Those three goals to start the second quarter and a key defensive possession early in the third quarter gave us a bump. I also thought the special teams played exceptionally well today from the face-off to the man-up and man-down units."
Army outshot Lafayette 44-23 for the game and held a 35-27 advantage in ground balls. Sipperly led all players with seven ground balls, followed by senior long stick midfielder Tim Henderson with six. The Black Knights converted both of its extra-man chances and held Lafayette to 0-for-3 when man-up.
Thul opened the scoring with his 23rd goal of the season, burying a shot from the right side with 6:16 remaining in the first quarter. Exactly a minute later, Lafayette middie Colin Serling leveled the score with the Leopards' first goal of the afternoon.
The Black Knights proceeded to use a three-goal barrage over the first three minutes of the second quarter to create some space between themselves and the Leopards. Thul got Army's second goal of the day, taking a feed from Glesener and converting from 15 yards out with 13:34 on the clock.
Sipperly won the ensuing face-off and earned the assist as Hayes punched his lone goal of the day through to give Army a 3-1 lead. The advantage reached 5-1 following back-to-back Lynch goals at 12:03 and 8:43. Glesener assisted on Lynch's second goal, which would be the Black Knights' final goal of the half.
Lafayette's Sonny Round cut the deficit to three goals with a score at the 4:03 mark, and the 5-2 margin stood at halftime.
The Leopards struck first in the second half and inched within 5-3 following a Cory Scheuerle just 2:30 into the third quarter. That would be Lafayette's final goal of the game as Army's defense locked down and held the home team scoreless over the final 27:30.
Meanwhile, Army scored the final five goals of the game, including three more from Thul as he registered his sixth hat trick of the season. Brennan (6:10) and Boyd (8:32) scored single goals in the third and fourth quarters, respectively.
Army continues Patriot League play over the next four weeks. Next up is a home tilt against No. 12 Colgate on Saturday, March 31, at Michie Stadium. A noon face-off is scheduled.
Game Notes: Garrett Thul extended his goal-scoring streak to 33 games ... Thul moved into eighth place on Army's career goals list with 111 ... Conor Hayes carried the American flag onto the field ... Army improved to 31-0 all-time against Lafayette ... senior goalkeeper Zach Palmieri made eight saves and played all 60 minutes in the cage ... the win ended a brief two-game losing skid ... Army scored first for the seventh time in nine games.