No. 13 UMass Lacrosse Suffers 12-9 Loss At Albany
March 10, 2009
ALBANY, N.Y. - For the first time in six years the UMass-Albany game wasn't a one-goal affair, but it was just as tense as the Great Danes held on for a 12-9 victory over the No. 13 Minutemen on Tuesday afternoon at John Fallon Field. In a game that was tied six different times, UMass outshot Albany by a wide margin, 48-31, but was unable to come up with the win. UMass senior Jim Connolly had his ninth-career hat trick with three goals and Ryan Marcus added two goals. The Minutemen fall to 3-2 overall, while Albany moves to 3-1. The Great Danes have now won five of the last six meetings.
Albany's Joe Resetaris and Brian Caufield scored all five Great Dane goals in the decisive second half. Resetaris notched five goals while Caufield racked up seven points on three goals and four assists Great Dane freshman goalie John Carroll came up big in the fourth quarter with four of his nine saves in the period.
Albany sewed up the win as Resetaris scored two goals in the final 2:13 of the game for the largest margin of the game for the Great Danes.
UMass had its last one-goal deficit when Marcus scored his second goal of the game off a feed from Bobby Hayes with 3:11 to bring the Minutemen back to within one at 10-9. Albany had taken its first two-goal lead of the game at 10-8 as Caufield netted his third goal of the game on a man-up opportunity off a pass from Corey Small with 7:05 left in regulation.
The Great Danes re-took the lead at 9-8 with 59 seconds left in the third off a scramble as Caufield scored with 59 seconds left. Albany's Resetaris tied the game 8-8 with 2:48 left in the third. That marked the sixth tie of the game.
Connolly gave the Minutemen an 8-7 lead off a pretty pass from Rory Pedrick with 4:02 lwft in the third. The goal gave Connolly his ninth-career hat trick. UMass tied the game at 7-7 as Art Kell converted a great defensive sequence by Dennis Lynch to deadlock the game with 8:11 left in the third
The Great Danes scored six of the final eight goals of the first half as Albany rallied from a 4-1 deficit at the end of the first quarter with a six-goal second quarter.
After Albany tied the game at 4-4, the teams traded goals back and fourth including the first score of the season for UMass' Zach Rodgers off a feed from Ryan Liebel as both players made their season debuts. After alternating goals, Albany took its first lead at 7-6, since 1-0, as Corey Small scored top shelf with 36 seconds left in the first half off a feed from Caufield, his fourth assist of the game.
Trailing 4-1 after the first, Albany rallied back with the first three goals of the second quarter as Caufield, Rocky Bonitatibus and Resetaris scored for the Great Danes in a span of 5:00 to tie the game at 4-4 with 9:33 left in the second quarter.
UMass closed the first quarter with four consecutive goals as Connolly scored twice along with goals by Pedrick and Tim Balise to give the Minutemen a 4-1 edge. Albany opened the scoring as Dave Brock tallied a man-up goal 5:40 into the game.
The Minutemen host No. 18 Brown on Saturday at 2 p.m. in a match-up of two of nation's top goalies in Doc Schneider and Bear Jordan Burke.