Umbc vs. Albany
May 5, 2004
The Game Story:
Baltimore, Md. – Freshman attackman Frank Resetarits scored with 26 seconds remaining in overtime to lift third-seeded Albany to a 9-8 victory over No. 2 seed UMBC in the semifinal round of the America East Conference Tournament on Wednesday, May 5 at UMBC Stadium.

Albany (9-5) will travel to top-seeded Binghamton, who rallied for a 7-6 overtime win over Stony Brook in its semifinal, for the America East championship and NCAA berth on Saturday, May 8 at 1:00 p.m. The Great Danes, who won the title in 2003, advanced to the tournament final for the third consecutive year.

UMBC (6-8) trailed 5-4 after three quarters, but ripped off three goals in a one-minute-and-five-second stretch to take the lead. Brendan Mundorf, who had three goals and two assists, beat a double-team off a pass from James Hyland to tie the contest. Pat Muston then won consecutive face-offs to set up goals by Rob Cross and Hyland for a 7-5 lead with 11:17 remaining.

The Great Danes, who dropped a 10-9 decision on this same field during the regular season on April 3, regrouped three unanswered scores. Michael Solazzo and Brendan Russell each netted their second goals of the game, as their team drew even at seven apiece. Sophomore attack Chris Martocchia, who tied a season-high by scoring three times, then backed his way in from the right side for an unassisted goal with 1:15 to play for an 8-7 lead.

The Retrievers, who are in their first year as a conference member, sent the contest to an extra period with 56 seconds left in regulation, as Franklin Berry fired in a 10-yard shot off Mundorf’s pass for his 13th goal of the season.

In the overtime, a shot by UMBC’s Cross was blocked off by a defender and the Great Danes gained possession with 1:52 remaining. Luke Daquino, who had three assists, would later find Resetarits in front of the crease for the game-winner.

"I was proud of the way we stayed together and persevered, especially in that fourth quarter," said Albany coach Scott Marr, whose team lost to Binghamton, 9-8, in the regular-season finale four days ago. "Their zone defense gave us problems in the first half, but we were able to figure it out in the third quarter. I think this shows how tough we are mentally. It’s great that we will get another opportunity against Binghamton."