|WEST POINT, N.Y. - In the first meeting between the two programs, Army's offense clicked on all cylinders and handed visiting Manhattan a 14-8 loss in the Black Knights' home opener Wednesday afternoon at Michie Stadium. Senior attackman Garrett Thul registered his 24th career hat trick, while sophomores Alex Newsome and John Glesener added five and four points, respectively.|
Coming off a tough loss at No. 12 UMass on Sunday, the Black Knights showed no signs of hangover in their first victory of 2013. Thul's four goals led all players and extended his goal-scoring streak to a national-best 41 games. Newsome's breakout game included his first career hat trick (3G, 2A) and Glesener turned in his second standout effort of the season with two goals and as many assists. In addition, freshman attackman Connor Cook totaled a career-high three points (2G, 1A) to highlight a host of contributing youngsters.
Army rose above Manhattan goalkeeper Michael Wiatrak, who turned in a 20-save performance and kept the Jaspers in the game. The Black Knights took 53 shots and dominated the ground ball battle, 49-31. Much of Army's offense came due to increased possession time. Freshman Alex Daly won 11 face-offs to help the cause.
A complete recap will be posted shortly.