Thul Leads Army Past Lafayette
March 24, 2012
EASTON, Pa. - A strong second quarter effort by Army propelled the Black Knights to a 10-3 victory over Lafayette in Patriot League men's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon at Fisher Stadium. Garrett Thul scored three goals to lead Army (4-5, 1-1) offensively.
Lafayette (2-6, 0-3) kept up with the visiting Black Knights through the first 15 minutes as the teams were knotted at a goal apiece after the first quarter. Thul opened the scoring with 6:16 showing before Colin Serling netted the equalizer exactly a minute later.
The second quarter belonged to Army as they controlled the action for a majority of the period. Four consecutive goals put the Black Knights ahead 5-1 less than seven minutes into the quarter. Devin Lynch tallied two of the scores, including one as part of a man-up situation. Lafayette did crack Army goalie Zach Palmieri on the other end when freshman Sonny Round came from behind the cage and sent an underhand shot between his legs, pulling Lafayette within three before halftime.
Two and a half minutes into the second half, Lafayette made it 5-3 when Brian Bock fed Cory Scheuerle in front of the goal. Scheuerle deposited a shot into the back of the net, his eighth of the season, but Lafayette failed to score another goal the rest of the way.
Army scored the last five goals to run the final score to 10-3 and controlled the game statistically. The Black Knights won 11 of 17 faceoffs, had a 44-23 shots advantage and collected 35 ground balls compared to Lafayette's 27.
Lafayette's Jake Hyatt made a career-high 12 saves in goal, while Palmieri turned away eight shots on the opposite end.
Lafayette has the week off before hosting Georgetown next Saturday at 4 p.m. at Fisher Stadium.