Cornell vs. Army
March 3, 2012
The Game Story:
ITHACA, N.Y. - Junior attackman Garrett Thul completed is 20th career hat trick in the first 20 minutes of action, providing the highlight in an 18-7 loss at #7/3 Cornell on a windy Saturday afternoon at Schoellkopf Field. The Big Red held a 10-5 halftime lead and held the Black Knights to a pair of second-half goals en route to their second win of the year.

Army (2-3) kept things close in the first quarter, thanks to Thul's offensive spark, but Cornell (2-0) blew the game open with a six-goal second frame and never looked back.

Senior middie Devin Lynch tallied two goals, while junior Alex Van Krevel and freshman John Glesener each scored single goals out of Army's midfield. Senior goalkeeper Zach Palmieri made 12 saves on the afternoon, including six during Cornell's 16-shot barrage in the second quarter.

Cornell owned a 47-24 advantage in shots and won the ground ball battle, 43-17. The Big Red dominated the first-quarter face-offs(6-of-7), but the Black Knights recovered to win 10 of 27 on the day. Sipperly earned all 10 of Army's face-off wins and recorded a team-high five ground balls.

Both teams tallied 18 turnovers. Senior long stick midfielder Tim Henderson totaled three a team-high three caused turnovers.

Three different players finished with six points for the Big Red. Last year's USILA Player of the Year and unanimous Ivy League Player of the Year Rob Pannel scored one goal and dished out a team-high five assists. Steve Mock (5G, 1A) and Matt Donovan (4G, 2A) carried the rest of the load for Cornell.

Thul scored Army's first three goals of the game over the first 20 minutes of action. His man-up goal at 10:21 opened the scoring for both teams. The Big Red then used a three-goal spurt to go on top 3-1 midway through the quarter. Thul struck again with 45 seconds on the clock, taking a Conor Hayes pass from behind the cage and around the left post for 15th goal of the season. Twelve seconds later, Cornell used a face-off win and transition goal to take a 4-2 lead as the first-quarter buzzer sounded.

The Big Red extended their lead to 6-2 after a pair of Mock goals in the first 4:17. Thul spun through two defenders and tallied his 99th career goal with exactly 10:00 to play in the first half. Sipperly won the ensuing face-off, which allowed Van Krevel to net his second goal of the year at 9:22. Van Krevel's unassisted score pulled Army within 6-4 nearing the midway point of the second quarter.

Cornell scored four of the final five goals of the half to enter the locker room with a 10-5 advantage. Army's fifth goal came courtesy of Glesener from 10-yards out with 5:54 on the clock.

The Big Red used a 5-0 run spanning the second and third quarters, including three goals to open the third frame and take a 12-5 lead - Cornell's largest of the game. Lynch scored back-to-back goals and accounted for Army's only goals of the second half at the 9:13 and 2:09 marks of the third quarter. Cornell went on to out-score Army 4-0 in the fourth quarter.

Army has a quick turnaround as the Black Knights prepare to host Rutgers on Tuesday, March 6, at 7 p.m. at Michie Stadium. Army is 2-1 at home this season and defeated the Scarlet Knights 12-4 in Piscataway, N.J., last March. Rutgers improved to 3-2 on the year following a a 6-4 win over visiting Lafayette on Saturday afternoon.

Game Notes: Defenseman Brendan Buckley, who covered early Tewaaraton Award favorite Rob Pannell all afternoon, launched his first shot of the season in the third quarter ... Garrett Thul heads into Tuesday night's game one goal shy of 100 ... he extended his goal-scoring streak to 29 games ... Army leads the all-time series with Cornell, 24-15 ... Bucknell beat Navy 14-9 in the first Patriot League game of the 2012 season.