Albany vs. Bryant
March 17, 2012
The Game Story:
Albany, N.Y. - Miles Thompson collected six goals, two of which came during a late fourth quarter comeback attempt by the University at Albany, but the Great Danes were held short by Bryant University, 14-12, on Saturday afternoon.

Bryant (4-2) held a 23-29 faceoff advantage along with collected 36 ground balls and 36 shots. UAlbany (0-6) connected on three of five extra man opportunities and recorded a man-down goal in addition to a slight shot advantage of 38-36, 14 of which came in the final quarter.

Thompson recorded a season-high six goals, while Joe Resetarits collected two goals on the day. Rocky Bonitatibus racked up three assists and Lyle Thompson and Mike Miller each tabbed two.

Colin Dunster clipped five goals and one assist on seven shots to lead the Bulldogs offense. Peter McMahon and Travis Harrington each collected two goals. Kevin Massa took every faceoff for Bryant to win 23 of 29, while picking up three assists and 13 ground balls.

The Great Danes would begin all scoring at the 10:55 mark of the first period with Dwayne Stewart's first goal of the season. Dunster scored three of five goals in the first quarter as the Bulldogs finished ahead 5-4. Bryant outscored UAlbany in the second quarter, 5-3, to take a 10-7 lead into halftime.

Just one goal was recorded in the third quarter, coming from Bryant's McMahon for his eighth of the season and a four-goal cushion for the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs began the final stanza with three straight goals, including Dunster's fifth of the day. UAlbany answered back by scoring the final five goals of the game in the final 8:40. Bonitatibus began the rally with a pass from Lyle Thompson for a 14-8 Bryant lead. Miles Thompson collected the next two goals, one being a man-up opportunity. Ty Thompson chipped in with a man-down goal at the 4:11 mark. The Great Danes kept up the pressure for the last minutes and managed one more goal just inside the final minute.

Bryant goaltender Jameson Love collected 11 saves between the pipes for the win, while John Carroll registered eight saves in the losing effort.

The Great Danes will travel to Bucknell next weekend in hopes for that coveted first win of the season. The first faceoff is set for 12 p.m. in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.
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