May 23, 2013
BALTIMORE, Md. -
In a vote by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) committee, senior close defenseman Brendan Buckley, senior attackman Garrett Thul and sophomore attackman John Glesener garnered All-America honors on Thursday morning.
Thul nabbed his third All-America certificate after being a third team honoree in 2012 and honorable mention in 2011. Buckley and Glesener, both preseason All-Americans, each garnered the salutation for the first time. Buckley earned third team honors after a superb 2013 campaign, while Glesener and Thul picked up honorable mention plaudits.
Buckley enjoyed a banner year during which he was named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, first team Academic All-American, USILA Scholar All-American, Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year and one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award.
An Academic All-Patriot League performer, Buckley carries a 3.987 cumulative grade-point average and will graduate in the top 15 of his class of over 1,000 First Class cadets on Saturday. The team tri-captain posted a 4.0 GPA in the fall semester and is a two-time first team Academic All-American. Buckley, an Engineering major, branched Field Artillery and posted with the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Schweinfurt, Germany.
A three-year starter and anchor of Army's close defense, Buckley was drafted by the Boston Cannons with the 54th overall pick in the 2013 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft. He garnered first team All-Patriot League honors for the second year in a row this spring after leading the Black Knights with 19 caused turnovers and playing lock-down defense against some of the nation's top attackmen.
One of the most prolific goal scorers in the country, Thul became Army's career leader in goals (163) this season and finished second on the Patriot League's all-time goals list. A three-time Patriot League first team honoree, he is the only player in program history to record three 40-goal seasons (2010, 2011, 2013).
A starting attackman every game of his career, he led the Patriot League and ranks seventh in the NCAA averaging 2.93 goals per game. Thul broke the Army-Navy series record for career goals (19) with four goals in the Black Knights' fifth-straight win over their arch nemesis. For the third-straight season, Thul was a Tewaaraton Award nominee.
Thul, who scored 29 career hat tricks, served as a team tri-captain in 2013. An Environmental Science major, he will enter the Infantry branch of the U.S. Army upon graduation. The Hamilton Nationals drafted Thul as the 21st overall pick in the Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft last winter.
Army's youngest All-American since Thul in 2011, Glesener earned Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year honors and made the top 25 cut for the Tewaaraton Award. Playing the attack position for the first time in his life, Glesener led the Patriot League and ranks sixth nationally in points per game (4.36).
A first team All-Patriot League honoree, Glesener registered seven hat tricks on the season and reached a career-high eight points (4G, 4A) in a win over Lafayette. He later tallied seven points (3G, 4A) in the Black Knights' "star" win over Navy in Annapolis, Md.
Glesener has started every game of his collegiate career and is the first sophomore to lead the Black Knights in scoring since Tim Pearson '02 in the 2000 campaign.
Army has collected 321All-America certificates during its rich 96-year history. For a complete list of the 2013 USILA Division I All-America team, visit www.usila.org.