Albany vs. Umbc
April 30, 2005
The Game Story:
Albany, N.Y. – Drew Westervelt scored three of his four goals in the first quarter, as UMBC held off UAlbany for a 9-8 America East Conference victory in the regular-season finale for both teams on Saturday, April 30 at University Field. The Retrievers earned a share of the conference’s regular-season title and the No. 1 seed for next week’s postseason tournament.

UMBC (7-7, AE 5-1) jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the opening period, when Westervelt found the net on a man-advantage opportunity. The 6-foot-4 sophomore later scored with two seconds left in the quarter, as he converted a crossing pass following a turnover.

The Retrievers, who won 15 of 20 faceoffs to control the tempo of the game, possessed the ball for most of the second period. Rob Cross gave his team a 5-2 lead at halftime by driving around a defensive midfielder from behind the cage.

UMBC would run off three consecutive goals in the third stanza in building an 8-3 advantage. Andy Gallagher, who had three goals and one assist, scored back-to-back 49 seconds apart, before Westervelt added his fourth goal of the contest with 5:05 left in the period.

UAlbany (8-5, AE 5-1) still trailed 9-5 in the final quarter, before mounting a comeback. Frank Resetarits connected on a jump shot from the left side in a man-down situation to slice the deficit in half. Freshman Derek Dale closed the gap to 9-8 on an extra-man goal with 1:37 to play.

The Great Danes, who were coming off a 14-13 loss to Syracuse eight days ago, had an opportunity to draw even on the following face-off. But midfielder Jordan Levine was stripped of the ball by a UMBC defender as he sped toward the goal.

"We’ve won a couple of tough games, this team is battle tested," said UMBC coach Don Zimmerman, whose squad will meet Stony Brook in the America East semifinal round on Wednesday. "It’s great to see them excited, and the fact that they have accomplished something."

Merrick Thomson led the Great Danes with two goals and two assists, while Luke Daquino and Resetarits each scored twice and added one assist. Daquino became the school’s all-time leading scorer with 220 points, breaking a mark set by Cort Kim, who had 218 from 1989-92.

"They gave us a great game, we played poorly, but we still had a chance," said Daquino, who has 95 goals and 125 assists as a collegian. "We did the wrong things on a wet field, like trying to change direction, plus we didn’t execute our fastbreak."