Army freshman Garrett Thul is getting some major recognition for his outstanding rookie campaign. Thul was named Freshman of the Year by InsideLacrosse.com, the first Black Knight to ever receive that honor.
To quote our vice president, this is a big f#@!*%& deal. Thul, who already earned Patriot League Rookie of the Year honors, beat out a bunch of highly recruited studs from Johns Hopkins, North Carolina, Syracuse, Cornell and other traditional lax powerhouses.
An attackman, Thul led Army with 41 goals and was second on the team with 50 points. He helped propel Army to the Patriot League championship and a monster upset of defending champion Syracuse in NCAA tournament.
As a team, Army was unbeaten in the Patriot League for the first time ever and finished ranked ninth in the Nike Division I Top 20 poll. The Blakc Knights probably had their best season since 1984, and the win over Syracuse will go down as one of the all-time upsets in NCAA tournament history. More importantly, they beat Navy twice, which is all the really matters.