Albany vs. Umass
March 13, 2007
The Game Story:
Albany, N.Y. - Merrick Thomson scored his only goal of the game 12
seconds into the overtime period to lead UAlbany to a 10-9 win over
Massachusetts on Tuesday afternoon at John Fallon Field. The Great
Danes improved to 4-0 on the season, the first time the program has
reached that mark to start a season since 1993, when UAlbany was a
Division III program.

UAlbany, ranked second in this week's USILA Coaches Poll, withstood a
rally that saw Massachusetts come back from a 7-0 deficit. The Great
Danes scored seven unanswered goals to open the game before
Massachusetts could manage a tally. Senior Frank Resetarits scored
three goals in that span, and assisted on Matthew Green's extra-man
goal with 6:29 remaining that gave UAlbany the 7-0 lead.

Massachusetts (1-3) scored two quick goals before halftime, a straight
shot by freshman Bobby Hayes with 2:34 on the clock and senior Brett
Garber's first tally of the day with 20 seconds remaining. UAlbany
would return from the break and look to start the second half much
like the first, as Brett Queener scored his first goal of the season
on a man-up opportunity at 12:51of the third.

The Minutemen began their comeback at 8:38, as Brett Garber and Tim
Balise combined for five straight goals for Massachusetts. Garber
bookended three straight from Balise, with the final tally in that
streak coming at 12:27 of the fourth quarter.

Resetarits added his fourth goal of the game off an assist by John
Alpizar with just under ten minutes to play to give UAlbany a 9-7
lead. Massachusetts cut the deficit to one on a Jim Connolly goal with
3:05 on the clock. Connolly then tied the game at 9-all less than a
minute later as his shot from the left side of the goal bounced in the
net past Queener.

UAlbany's Jordan Levine opened the overtime period by winning the
faceoff and passing the ball downfield to Derek Dale. Dale connected
to a streaking Thomson, who fired a shot past Massachusetts goalkeeper
Doc Schneider to end the game.

"We learned a lesson through a win that you can never relax," said
UAlbany head coach Scott Marr, whose team recorded its fourth-straight
victory over Massachusetts, each by a one-goal differential. "Their
zone worked and forced outside shots. I give them credit for coming
back. I was impressed with their character."

UAlbany managed just two more shots than Massachusetts, 36-34, and won
13 of 23 faceoffs. Queener finished with 12 saves for the Great Danes,
while Schneider stopped eight shots in the net for the Minutemen.

"We had some good shots, but their goalkeeper came up big," said
Thomson, who was named the America East Conference Player of the Week
after a five-goal performance against Delaware. "It was kind of scary
being up 7-0. But the fact that we were able to win despite losing
that lead shows that we are developing into a good team."