April 23, 2013
CENTRAL VALLEY, Pa. - Sophomore attackman John Glesener garnered Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year honors, senior close defenseman Brendan Buckley picked up conference Defensive Player of the Year laurels and Army totaled six All-Patriot League performers in a vote by the head coaches this week.
Glesener is the first Army player since first team All-American Jeremy Boltus to win the league's Offensive Player of the Year award. Boltus took home the honor in 2011. Buckley continued a trend of Black Knights capturing Defensive Player of the Year plaudits, becoming the third Army player in the last four years to do so. He joins Tim Henderson (2012) and Bill Henderson (2011 and 2010), both All-American defensemen.
Senior attackman Garrett Thul and freshman face-off specialist Alex Daly joined Glesener and Buckley on the All-Patriot League first team. Army's four first team citations were more than any other team in the league. A pair of sophomores - goalkeeper Sam Somers and long stick defenseman Jimbo D'Aprile rounded out the Black Knights' representation on the second team. Army and Bucknell each totaled six All-Patriot League certificates.
Army's points leader with 56 tallies (29G, 27A), Glesener leads the Patriot League and ranks fifth in the country averaging 4.67 points per game. A preseason All-America pick, he has started all 12 games and registered seven hat tricks. Glesener reached a career-high eight points (4G, 4A) in a win over Lafayette on March 23 and registered a career-best five goals in a 10-4 win at Colgate on March 30. The Camillus, N.Y., native earned Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week honors following both standout performances.
Buckley continued to solidify his name as one of the top defensemen in the country this season. Drawing the opposing team's top offensive threat in all 12 games, he leads the team with 19 caused turnovers and has collected 21 ground balls. Named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week the weeks following his top two performances of the season, Buckley was largely responsible for holding 2012 Tewaaraton Award winner Peter Baum of Colgate scoreless for the first time in 54 games. He later ended the Patriot League regular season with a career-high two goals in last Saturday's win at Holy Cross. Buckley has been a key cog in an Army defense that ranks fourth in the nation in scoring defense (7.33 goals per game).
Army's all-time leading goal scorer, Thul is a four-time All-Patriot League performer and stands as the Black Knights' leading goal scorer for the fourth-straight year. A preseason All-Patriot League and All-America selection, Thul lived up to his billing with 37 goals (3.08 per game) to lead the league and rank fifth in the nation. The Flemington, N.J., native reached career highs in goals (seven) and points (eight) in two games this season - wins over VMI and Michigan. His seven-goal effort against the Wolverines made him the program's career goals leader and earned him Orange Bowl Lacrosse Classic Most Valuable Player honors. Thul was a two-time Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week in 2013.
The Black Knights' primary face-off specialist out of the gate, Daly has been impressive in his first Patriot League season. The New Market, Md., native is winning at a .566 clip and has registered two goals and three assists in 11 games played. Daly leads the team with 58 ground balls, including a career-best nine in each of the last two games. His efforts in the "x" have been key in all four Patriot League wins, as he has won 73-of-118 (.619) of his bouts. After winning the first 12 face-offs of the game and finishing 19-of-22 in a win over rival Navy on April 13, Daly picked up Patriot League Rookie of the Week honors. He is one of just two freshman to land on either all-league list.
In his first season as Army's starting goalkeeper, Somers leads the country with a 6.48 goals-against average and ranks sixth nationally with a .605 save percentage. He leads the league in both categories. Somers won the starting job following a career-high 18-save effort at Syracuse four games into the 2013 campaign. He has since posted double-digit saves four times and held all but one opponent to single-digit goals. Somers is a two-time Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week (Feb. 25, April 1).
D'Aprile has played in all 12 games and has scooped 20 ground balls. A staple on the wing, he has picked up two assists this season and caused 11 turnovers. The Smithtown, N.Y., native has played a key role in Daly's success on the face-off and the Black Knights' defense ranking fourth in the NCAA in scoring defense.
Army last totaled six All-Patriot League citations in 2011.
Coming off back-to-back wins, the Black Knights earned their first national ranking of the season, jumping in at No. 19 in this week's USILA Coaches Poll. The third-seeded Black Knights face No. 2 Bucknell in Friday's first semifinal game of the Patriot League Tournament. Face-off is set for 4:30 p.m. in Bethlehem, Pa. The game can be seen live on CBS Sports Network.
2013 All-Patriot League Teams
John Glesener, Army, So., A
Garrett Thul, Army, Sr., A
Peter Baum, Colgate, Sr., A
David Dickson, Bucknell, So., M
Thomas Flibotte, Bucknell, Fr., M
Jimmy Ryan, Colgate, Jr., M
Brendan Buckley, Army, Sr., D
Bobby Lawrence, Colgate, Jr., D
Mike Noone, Lehigh, Sr., D
Alex Daly, Army, Fr., FOS
Pat Kiernan, Navy, Jr., LSM
Matt Poillon, Lehigh, So., GK
Chase Bailey, Bucknell, Sr., A
Ryan Walsh, Colgate, So., A
David DiMaria, Lehigh, Sr., A
John Hannan, Holy Cross, Sr., M
Patrick Corbett, Lehigh, So., M
Brian Hess, Lehigh, Sr., M
Mike Huffner, Bucknell, Sr., D
Jackson Place, Bucknell, Jr., D
Ty Souders, Lehigh, Jr., D
Ryan Gutowski, Bucknell, Sr., FOS
Robert Grabher, Colgate, Sr., FOS
Ryan Snyder, Lehigh, Sr., FOS
Jimbo D’Aprile, Army, So., D-Mid
Sam Somers, Army, So., GK
Second team features 14 student-athletes because of a tie in the voting
Offensive Player of the Year – John Glesener, Army, So., A
Defensive Player of the Year – Brendan Buckley, Army, Sr., D
Rookie of the Year – Sean Doyle, Bucknell, Fr., A
Goalkeeper of the Year – Matt Poillon, Lehigh, So.
Coach of the Year – Jim Morrissey, Holy Cross