Albany Upsets No. 9 Men's Lacrosse
March 15, 2005
TROY, N.Y. - A late second-half comeback, including two goals in the final two minutes, was not enough as the University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse team was shocked by Albany, 10-9, in lacrosse action this afternoon on Harkness Field.
The No. 9-ranked Minutemen took the first 20 shots of the second half (scoring just one goal in the stretch), and outshot the Great Danes 51-31 in the game. Despite junior All-American Sean Morris' (Marshfield, Mass.) tallying a career best six points, off of four goals and two assists, UMass dropped its first contest of the 2005 season as its is now 3-1. Albany moves to 2-1 overall.
Morris notched the first goal of the game at the 12:15 mark, before Albany's Luke Daquino registered his first of three goals that he would score on the afternoon, just: 30 seconds later. A Great Dane goal by Frank Resetartis put Albany up 2-1, before another Morris goal would tie the contest up with 7:02 remaining in the period. Albany strung together three unanswered goals by Brendan Russell, Resetartis, and Jordan Levine to give the Great Danes a 5-2 lead at the end of the first stanza. It was the first time UMass had trailed in the first quarter all season.
Senior Jeff Zywicki (Napean, Ontario) cut the lead to two with 10:08 left in the half. A Chris Martocchia goal at the 9:35 mark started a 3-1 goal run by Albany to close out the second period. Senior Chris Doyle (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) scored UMass' first man-up goal of the season, before Merrick Thompson scored the final two goals of the period, including a back-handed tally as time expired in the half.
UMass (3-1) came out firing in the second half, ripping the first 20 shots of the period. A Zywicki and Morris tally would prove to be the only scoring in the session, as the Minutemen fired 22 shots compared to only three by the Great Danes. Morris' goal accounted for his fourth consecutive three-plus goal game of the season.
Up 8-6 in the final period, Albany seemed to ice the game with a goal by Luke Daquino with 4:28 remaining the game. However, UMass would mount a furious rally in the closing minutes, started off by a goal from senior Gene Tundo (Orchard Park, N.Y.). Another Daquino goal, put the Great Danes up 10-7, before sophomore Brian Jacovnia (Hicksville, N.Y.) found the back of the cage to cut the lead to two with 1:49 left on the clock. Morris tallied his final goal with 54 seconds remaining in the game to end the rally.
Albany's (2-1) goalie Kevin Rae was outstanding in the cage, stopping a career-best 25 shots, while his counterpart senior Bill Schell (Mahopac, N.Y.) collected eight saves on the afternoon.
The Minutemen return to action when they host the No. 17 Brown Bears on Saturday March 19 in Amherst at 3:00 p.m.