Henderson Wins Major Award, Five Players Cop All-League Honors

Garrett Thul

Garrett Thul

April 24, 2012

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Senior long stick midfielder Tim Henderson garnered Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year honors and was one of five Army lacrosse players named to the 2012 Patriot League All-League Teams. Seniors Devin Lynch and Derek Sipperly, along with juniors Garrett Thul and Brendan Buckley, joined Henderson among the Black Knights' honorees.

"I'm very pleased for our five honorees," said seventh-year head coach Joe Alberici. "I think it's a testament to the success the team had as a whole during Patriot League play. All men are certainly deserving of such an accolade and have all played critical roles in the team's success thus far. I also know each one of them understands that while individual honors are nice, continuing to meet our team goals is what's most important."

After being lauded as the Preseason Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, Henderson lived up to his billing this spring. An imposing long stick middie with a knack for scoring, he is second on the team with 54 ground balls and 19 caused turnovers. Henderson has totaled six points on three goals and three assists in 2012. His 23 career points rank third among active long stick midfielders in the NCAA. Henderson's 139 ground balls are tied for ninth on Army's all-time list.

Henderson's older brother, Bill, garnered Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2010 and 2011. The younger Henderson is the fifth Army player to receive the prestigious honor. He also grabbed first team all-conference plaudits for the third year in a row.

Honored as an all-league attackman for the third-straight season and second on the first team, Thul has continued to perform as one of the nation's top goal-scorers. He has reached the 40-point mark in each of his first three seasons and currently leads the team with 40 points (37G, 3A) on the year. Thul ranks fifth in the nation averaging 2.85 goals per game and is currently riding the second-longest goal scoring streak in the country (37 games).

A native of Flemingon, N.J., Thul's 120 career goals rank fifth in West Point lacrosse history, sixth in Patriot League history and fifth among active players in the NCAA.

Lynch, Buckley and Sipperly copped conference honors for the first time with Lynch and Buckley grabbing first team accolades.

A speedy midfielder out of Skaneateles, N.Y., Lynch is third on the team with 19 goals and has started all 13 games on Army's first line. He has six multiple-goal games this year and has tied a career-high four points twice. Lynch has seven career game-winning goals and three this season. Among his trio in 2012 was the overtime tally in a key 6-5 Patriot League victory over nationally ranked Bucknell. Lynch, along with Henderson and classmate Brian LoRusso, serves as a team tri-captain.

Buckley emerged as one of the Patriot League's best close defenseman this season and has covered the opponents' top offensive threat every week. Buckley has marked three of the nation's top six point-producers, along with last season's USILA National Player of the Year Rob Pannell of Cornell. A native of Massapequa, N.Y., who has started all 13 games this year, Buckley leads the Patriot League and ranks 10th nationally averaging 2.08 caused turnovers per game.

In addition to his exploits on the field, Buckley carries a 3.99 grade-point average and was named to the Patriot League All-Academic Team last season.

A second-team selection from Greenwich, N.Y., Sipperly has shined in the "x" since Patriot League began. He has taken all but two of Army's face-offs since Patriot League play began and has won 64.8 percent (79-of-122) of those battles. Sipperly currently ranks second in the Patriot League and 18th nationally with a 57.2 win percentage on the season. Army's starting face-off specialist over the last three seasons, Sipperly leads the team and ranks 10th in the NCAA with a 6.31 ground-balls-per-game average. He has also chipped in with seven points (1G, 6A) this season.

Army, ranked No. 19 in this week's Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll, is currently riding its longest win streak of the season with conference victories over current No. 18 Bucknell (W, 6-5), Navy (W, 9-6) and Holy Cross (W, 15-6) over the last three weeks. Army's two Patriot League regular season losses came against Lehigh and Colgate by a combined three goals.

The third-seeded Black Knights drew No. 2 Lehigh in Friday night's second semifinal Patriot League Tournament game at 8 p.m. No. 1 Colgate will host the tournament in its entirety and will host No. 4 Bucknell in Friday's first semifinal game at 5 p.m. The 2012 championship game will be played on Sunday at 3 p.m. All three games will appear live on CBS Sports Network. Click here for ticket information.

2012 All-Patriot League First Team
Attack - Peter Baum, Colgate, Jr.
Attack - Billy Eisenreich, Bucknell, Sr.
Attack - Garrett Thul, Army, Jr.
Midfield - Nick Gantsoudes, Bucknell, Sr.
Midfield - Roman Lao-Gosney, Lehigh, Sr.
Midfield - Jeff Ledwick, Colgate, Sr.
Midfield - Devin Lynch, Army, Sr.
Face-Off Specialist - Robert Grabher, Colgate, Jr.
Defensive Midfield Specialist - Tim Henderson, Army, Sr.
Defense - Mike Huffner, Bucknell, So.
Defense - Brendan Buckley, Army, Jr.
Defense - Ty Souders, Lehigh, So.
Goalkeeper - Matt Poillon, Lehigh, Fr.
Goalkeeper - Kyle Feeney, Bucknell, Jr.
Goalkeeper - RJ Wickham, Navy, Sr.

2012 All-Patriot League Second Team
Attack - David DiMaria, Lehigh, Jr.
Attack - Tucker Hull, Navy, So.
Attack - Ryan Walsh, Colgate, Fr.
Midfield - David Dickson, Bucknell, Fr.
Midfield - Cameron Lao-Gosney, Lehigh, Sr.
Face-Off Specialist - Derek Sipperly, Army, Sr.
Face-Off Specialist - Ryan Snyder, Lehigh, Jr.
Defensive Midfield Specialist - Pat Kiernan, Navy, So.
Defense - Mike Noone, Lehigh, Jr.
Defense - Bobby Lawrence, Colgate, So.
Defense - Lukas Mikelinich, Lehigh, So.

Offensive Player of the Year - Peter Baum, Colgate, Jr., A
Defensive Player of the Year - Tim Henderson, Army, Sr., LSM
Goalkeeper of the Year - Matt Poillon, Lehigh, Fr.
Rookie of the Year - Ryan Walsh, Colgate, Fr., A
Coach of the Year - Kevin Cassese, Lehigh

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