Albany vs. Quinnipiac
April 17, 2005
The Game Story:
Albany, N.Y. - Merrick Thomson scored five goals and Luke Daquino added
three goals and five assists in leading 13th-ranked UAlbany to a 16-8
America East Conference victory over Quinnipiac on Sunday afternoon at
University Field.
In winning for the sixth time in its last seven outings, UAlbany (8-3, AE
5-0) clinched at least a share of the conference's regular-season title and
secured home field advantage for the America East postseason tournament's
semifinal round.
The Great Danes used a run of five consecutive goals to build a 6-1 lead in
the second quarter. Daquino, who became the school's all-time assists
leader and moved into second on the UAlbany career points list, ignited the
scoring, when he fed a wide-open Thomson on the left side in transition.
The senior attacker then hit the top left corner on an angle after his first
shot was blocked. Freshman Steve Ammann and Derek Dale later found the net
28 seconds apart to complete the outburst.
Quinnipiac (2-9, AE 1-3) closed within 8-5 early in the third quarter, when
Leigh DiPace drove from the right and bounced a shot into the net for his
second goal of the day. UAlbany answered with six of the game's next seven
goals. Frank Resetarits, who had three goals and one assist, connected on a
jump shot, before Chris Martocchia converted back-to-back goals. Thomson,
who also had two assists, added a pair of goals in that scoring spree,
including an underhanded shot off a Daquino pass for a 14-6 cushion with
13:48 remaining.
"As the game developed, we connected on our passes, started to run and were
much sharper in transition," said UAlbany coach Scott Marr, whose team has
won 19 of its last 23 regular-season games against America East opponents.
"Thomson and Daquino have been putting up numbers on a consistent basis
throughout the year."
UAlbany goalkeeper Kevin Rae made 16 saves, including eight in the first
quarter. Martocchia finished with three goals and one assist. Sophomore
Tucker Prudden totaled two goals and one assist for the Bobcats, who had won
two of their last three coming into the contest.
"We picked it up after a sloppy start," said Daquino, who now has 120
assists to eclipse a mark set by Blake Kim from 1989-92. "I am more happy
about winning than the assists record. I have good guys around me who can
finish, so it's easier to get assists."