Albany vs. Umbc
March 31, 2007
The Game Story:
UALBANY LACROSSE STAYS UNBEATEN WITH 13-9 AMERICA EAST WIN AGAINST UMBC

Albany, N.Y. – Frank Resetarits scored three goals and added one assist in leading unbeaten UAlbany to a 13-9 America East Conference victory over UMBC on Saturday, March 31 before 1,225 fans at John Fallon Field. The Great Danes, who are off to an 8-0 start overall and 2-0 in the conference, own the program’s longest streak since 1972 with eight straight wins.

UAlbany led 7-5 in the third quarter but then ripped off three unanswered. Mike Ammann scored with 17.9 seconds left in the period when he drove to the cage and the UMBC defender fell, leaving him one-on-one with the goalkeeper. The Great Danes found the net twice in the opening four minutes of the final stanza. Resetarits spun to his left and hit the net after getting a feed from a driving Jordan Levine. Steve Ammann’s low bounce shot in transition gave his club a 10-5 cushion.

UMBC (4-4, AE 1-0) scored three consecutive times to close the gap to two goals for the second time in the final half. Freshman midfielder Kyle Wimer tallied a pair 39 seconds apart, including a low shot on a drive from the left. Cayle Ratcliffe, another freshman who had two goals and two assists, then converted from the top of the crease off a pass from behind by Drew Westervelt with 8:55 remaining.

The Great Danes, who had lost four of the previous five meetings in the series, including a 19-10 decision in last year’s conference championship, then pulled away with three goals in a two-minute-and 35-second span. Corey Small netted his second of the game from just above the crease area by faking and shooting into the right side of the net. Resetarits followed with his 20th goal of the season before Eric Wolf sent a blast into the top left corner off a pass from Mike Ammann.

“This is another step for us in terms of hosting the conference tournament,” said UAlbany coach Scott Marr, whose program helped organize fund-raising efforts at the game for Nicole Dale, the sister of junior attackman Derek Dale, who is stricken with a tumor near her pituitary gland and has alopecia universalis, a disease that results in total loss of body hair. “The players wanted to give their best for Nicole. They wore “one family” t-shirts under their jerseys. We were tying to make the perfect play early in the game, but then we finally relaxed and were not as tight.”

UAlbany led 5-1 at halftime behind the play of Levine, a junior midfielder who had one goal and tied a career-high with three assists. Merrick Thomson, who would later leave the game with a hip pointer after scoring twice, and Matthew Green tallied first-quarter goals. Dale added a second-period goal to go with two assists on the day. Goalkeeper Brett Queener made 14 saves, including five in the final stanza.

But the Retrievers, ranked in the top 20 in both national polls, would get back into the game in third period. P.J. Kimener sent a high shot to the left of the goalkeeper off a move to the net with 2:09 remaining. Senior midfielder Josh Porcell then connected from the slot 55 seconds later when he took a crossing pass from Westervelt in slicing the deficit to 7-5. Goalkeeper Jeremy Blevins, last year’s conference rookie of the year, finished with nine saves.

“We played with a lot of passion,” said Dale, whose team is No. 2 by the USILA and No. 4 by Nike/Inside Lacrosse. “I thank everyone involved; this means a lot to my family and me. I play for my sister every day. The win also has a lot of meaning for our team after losing to them in last year’s championship. This will get us ready for the playoffs.”

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#20 UMBC (4-4, AE 0-1) 0 1 4 4 - 9

#2 UAlbany (8-0, AE 2-0) 2 3 3 5 - 13

UMBC – Scoring: Cayle Ratcliffe 2-2, Kyle Wimer 2-0, Josh Porcell 1-1, Dan Carmack 1-0, Andy Gallagher 1-0, P.J. Kimener 1-0, Alex Hopmann 1-0, Drew Westervelt 0-2, Kelvin Moulden 0-1; Goalkeeper(s): Jeremy Blevins (60:00, 9 saves, 13 GA).

UAlbany – Scoring: Frank Resetarits 3-1, Merrick Thomson 2-0, Corey Small 2-0, Jordan Levine 1-3, Mike Ammann 1-2, Derek Dale 1-2, Matthew Green 1-0, Steve Ammann 1-0, Eric Wolf 1-0; Goalkeeper(s): Brett Queener (54:04, 14 saves, 9 GA), Dan McKeon (5:56, 0 saves, 0 GA).