Massachusetts vs. Albany
March 16, 2004
The Game Story:
Amherst, Mass.- Sophomore attack Chris Martocchia scored twice in the fourth quarter, including the go-ahead goal with six minutes and 15 seconds remaining, as Albany upset 17th- ranked Massachusetts, 11-10, on Tuesday, March 16 at Garber Field.

Albany (2-2) rallied from a 9-7 deficit midway through the final period with four consecutive goals. Luke Daquino, who had one goal and two assists, drove from behind the cage to tie the contest at nine apiece with 7:59 left. Martocchia followed with the go-ahead goal, when he fired a low shot from 12 yards away past goalkeeper Bill Schell.

Martocchia gave his team an 11-9 lead with 3:22 to play, as he netted his sixth goal of the season by rifling a shot between the goalkeeperís legs. Massachusetts (2-3) tried to rally in the final two minutes. Sean Morris scored from the left side off a pass from Kevin Glenz with 1:25 remaining. Following an Albany penalty, the Minutemen had an opportunity to draw even. But UMass was unable to convert a pair of shots on the extra-man advantage.

The Great Danes, who defeated a top-20 team for the first time in the programís history, trailed 5-3 at halftime, and by as much as three goals in the third quarter. Freshman Merrick Thomson, who led all scorers with five goals and one assist, scored twice in the third period that closed the gap to 8-7.

"This has to be the programís biggest win when you consider UMass has reached the NCAA quarterfinals the last three years," said Albany coach Scott Marr, whose goalkeeper Kevin Rae made 17 saves, including five in the final quarter. "We didnít make the same turnovers in the second half that we did in the first. We played cleaner and capitalized on our offensive opportunities."

UMassí Neil Lundberg had two goals and two assists, including an unassisted tally that gave his team an 8-6 advantage after three periods. Gene and Matt Tundo each added two goals and one assist. Albanyís Frank Resetarits and Martocchia each had a pair of goals to go with one assist.

"I found myself with a short stick defender on me on both of my goals," Martocchia said. "When the slide didnít come I was able to shoot low at the goalkeeper. Even though we were behind we tried to stay positive in order to have a chance."