Albany vs. Vermont
April 17, 2004
The Game Story:
ALBANY, N.Y. - The Albany Great Danes moved into a tie for second place in the America East Conference Saturday with a 9-6 win over Vermont in Division I men's lacrosse action at University Field.

Vermont, 4-7 overall and 1-2 in America East play, hosts Quinnipiac in a very important conference matchup Wednesday at 3:30pm at Centennial Field. Coach Steve Beville's Catamounts, currently in fifth place in the league standings, are fighting for a playoff spot in the America East tournament. The top four seeds make the playoffs, and it appears Vermont, Stony Brook (2-2 in America East after a 17-7 win over Hartford Saturday) and Quinnipiac will battle for those final spots.

The Catamounts trailed 5-0 after the first quarter as Albany came out firing and scored five unanswered goals in the opening 15 minutes of action. Vermont trailed 6-1 at the half after getting a goal from Mark Prior (Syracuse, N.Y.) late in the second quarter.

It was 7-2 Albany after three before Vermont's offense came to life with four goals in the fourth quarter. Albany, though, countered with two tallies of their own to ice the win.

Six different players scored for Vermont: Prior, R.J. Harrison (Columbus, Ohio), Sean Layton (Wilmington, Mass.), Dan Zwirko (Longmeadow, Mass.), Denning Coates (Montpelier, Vt.) and Colin Thompson (Shelburne, Vt.). Harrison had an assist, along with Pete Hein (Greenwood Village, Colo.) and Austin Humphries (Salem, Va.).

In goal, Mike Gabel (Falmouth, Mass.) had 12 saves while Albany's Kevin Rae had 19 saves.

Albany, 7-3 and 3-1, got two goals each from Frank Resetarits and Merrick Thomson.