March 2, 2013

Thul Sets Army Scoring Record Against Michigan

by Joel Delgado | | Live Blog Replay

MIAMI — Saturday night's Army-Michigan men's matchup might as well have been called "The Garrett Thul Show".

Not only did Thul skewer the Michigan defense for seven goals in Army's 12-1 victory over the Wolverines at Sun Life Stadium in Game 2 of the Orange Bowl Classic, but he also broke Army's career goals record set by Scott Finlay, a record that stood since 1978.

All in all, not a bad night for the senior attackman from New Jersey.

"It's awesome. That's a record that stood for 34 years... that's a long time for any kind of record to stand and to break it now is pretty incredible," Thul said.

Thul opened scoring for the Black Knights early in the first quarter and by halftime had scored five of the Black Knights' six first half goals. His seventh goal of the evening came with 7:12 left in the fourth quarter, bringing his career total to 141 and eclipsing Finlay's record of 140.

"I'm tremendously proud of him, he's been a pillar in our program since the day he walked on campus," Army coach Joe Alberici said. "I have so much respect for the Army tradition and the great players that have come before him. For him to have this record is something special; it says a lot about him and the players he plays with."

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