Army Outduels Michigan
Michigan freshman goalie Gerald Logan hung tough in the cage with 25 saves on 52 shots.
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Noah Sharfman | OrangeBowl.org
History was made at the Orange Bowl Lacrosse Classic as the Army Black Knights defeated the Michigan Wolverines 12-1. Army senior attacker Garrett Thul broke the Army career record for goals scored as he tallied seven goals and an assist to lead the Black Knights and earn MVP honors.
“The record stood for a very long time and that’s a credit to Scott Finlay’s play,” Thul said. “To break it right now is pretty incredible. It’s not just about me; it’s about all the guys I’ve played with through the years. If it hadn’t been for them, I wouldn’t have half of those goals.”
Thul entered the game with 134 career goals, just six shy of tying the program’s 35-year-old career goals record set by Scott Finlay. At the 5:34 mark of the third quarter, Thul tied the record with his unassisted goal that put the Black Knights up 9-1. With just over seven minutes remaining in the game, Thul scored for the 141st time of his career, becoming the all-time leading goal scorer in Army Lacrosse history.
But it wasn’t just Army’s senior captain that led the Black Knights. Sophomore John Glesener scored one goal and added four assists while second-year midfielder Alex Newsome scored two goals.
“Tonight was a great team effort,” Army Head Coach Joe Alberici said. “The extra-man unit played very well. Michigan had to support some of our dodgers as well, which allowed Garrett to get free on the back end of some of those plays. There aren’t many people in the country who can finish plays at the end like he can, but it certainly was a team effort tonight.”
Michigan was led by freshman goalie Gerald Logan, who set a Michigan record with 25 saves on the night.
“Gerald is very special,” Michigan Head Coach John Paul said. “All these games would be uglier without Gerry back there. As we build a program, we are comfortable we have somebody back there who can get the job done for the next few years as we build.”
Wolverines’ freshman attackman Peter Kraus scored the lone Michigan goal of the night. His goal with 10:27 left in the second quarter cut the lead to only two at the time, but Army scored the final nine goals of the contest over the next two and a half quarters to finish the game.
Michigan only mustered 18 shots (13 on goal) as compared to Army’s 52 (37 on goal). After the game, Coach Paul credited Army’s defense for the large discrepancy.
“We expected what we got,” said Paul. “They play very tough, psychical defense. We haven’t been challenged physically like that yet this year and I wasn’t sure how we would handle that with such a young team. And in that part of the game, we didn’t handle it well.”
Army improved to 3-2 with the win, while Michigan dropped to 0-4.
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