Albany vs. Massachusetts
March 15, 2005
The Game Story:
UALBANY HOLDS OFF 9TH-RANKED MASSACHUSETTS, 10-9, AT HARKNESS FIELD
Troy, N.Y. - Senior goalkeeper Kevin Rae made a career-high 24 saves,
including 11 in the third quarter, as UAlbany held off previously unbeaten
Massachusetts, 10-9, on Tuesday afternoon at Rensselaer's Harkness Field.
UAlbany (2-1) snapped an early 2-2 tie with three consecutive goals
over the last five minutes of the first quarter. Brendan Russell fired a
shot underneath the crossbar, before Frank Resetarits and Jordan Levine
scored 14 seconds apart. Levine completed the run when he took a feed from
Merrick Thomson, who forced a turnover in the defensive zone.
The Great Danes still led 6-4 in the second quarter, but Thomson found
the net twice before halftime. He finished off a fastbreak from Luke
Daquino, and then rifled in a low backhanded shot with one second left in
the period for a four-goal lead at the intermission.
Massachusetts (3-1), tied for ninth in the latest USILA national
rankings and No. 10 in the Inside Lacrosse Poll, chipped away at the lead in
the third stanza. Jeff Zywicki tallied his second goal of the day on a play
that originated off a failed clear. Leading-scorer Sean Morris, who had
four goals and two assists, then sliced the deficit to 8-6 with a
man-advantage. The Minutemen, who ripped off 22 of their 51 shots in the
quarter, could have done even more damage if not for Rae's stellar
performance.
In the fourth period, Daquino, who scored three times and added two
assists, twice gave UAlbany a three-goal margin. He hit the right corner in
transition for a 10-7 lead with 2:31 remaining after a UMass attacker was
stripped of the ball in the offensive half of the field.
The Minutemen, who have made NCAA appearances in two of the last three
seasons, would score twice in the final minutes. Brian Jacovina netted an
unassisted goal, before setting up Morris on an inside curl with 54 seconds
left. After UAlbany's Lee Busino took possession of the final faceoff, the
visitors never got off another shot attempt.
"That was quite a turnaround from the other day," said UAlbany coach
Scott Marr, whose team suffered an 18-9 setback at Delaware last Saturday.
"Our mind set was not right, and we had to do some soul searching. Kevin
(Rae) is capable of that type of performance, and his teammates just fed off
of his play."
Thomson, a sophomore attacker, totaled two goals and two assists, while
Resetarits scored twice for the Great Danes, who defeated a national top-10
team for the first time in the program's history. Goalkeeper Bill Schell
made eight saves in the UMass cage.
"Our defense stayed tight, and we concentrated on playing off the ball
and staying on their hands," commented Rae, whose previous career-best was
20 saves against Quinnipiac as a freshman. "This could be a crossroads win
for our season. We were much more focused and played with emotion."