Albany vs. Vermont
April 20, 2002
The Game Story:
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 play.

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 April 27.