|Albany, N.Y. - Junior attackman Chris Driscoll scored the go-ahead goal
midway through the fourth quarter to lift Albany to a 7-5 America East
Conference victory over Vermont on Saturday afternoon at Varsity Field. The
Great Danes, who stayed unbeaten in America East play, clinched home field
for the conference tournament's semifinal round.|
Vermont (4-8, AE 0-4) used a ball-control offense and stingy defense
to tie the contest at five apiece with 3:09 remaining in the third quarter.
Sophomore Mark Prior scored his second goal of the game from the left side
off a feed from Thomas Hajek.
Driscoll put Albany (7-6, AE 4-0) ahead for good with 9:39 play, as
he split two defenders a fired a shot between the legs of UVM goalkeeper
Michael Gabel. Christopher Preble gave his team some breathing room three
minutes later, when he drove and ripped a shot into the top right corner.
The Great Danes limited the visitors to three shots in the final period.
R.J. Harrison, who had two goals and one assist, drew the Catamounts
even at 4-4 with 4:33 left in the second period. But Driscoll, who had two
goals, including his 27th of the season, gave his club a halftime lead by
converting an underhanded shot at the top of the crease with 26 seconds to
Freshman Brendan Russell had two goals, while goalkeeper Kevin Rae
made 14 saves for the Great Danes, who have won five of their last six
starts will play at Hartford for America East's regular-season title on