Vermont vs. Albany
April 19, 2009
The Game Story:
BURLINGTON, Vt. - No. 20 Albany overcame a three-goal deficit in the opening quarter to defeat Vermont 9-6 in America East men's lacrosse action at Moulton Winder Field on Sunday afternoon. Senior Corey Small recorded three goals in the win for the Great Danes (7-5, 3-1 AE) while senior Andrew Kelleher (Delmar, N.Y.) notched a hat trick in the loss for the Catamounts (4-9, 1-3 AE).

Freshman Geoff Worley (Coronado, Calif.) added a goal and three assists to increase his season point total to 33. Sophomores Derek Lichtfuss (Lutherville, Md.) and Max Gradinger (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.) also scored goals. Freshman Alex Plavner (Arnold, Md.) made nine saves.

Freshman goalie John Carroll made 14 saves for the Great Danes after entering the game at the start of the second quarter. Senior John Alpizar added two goals as Albany won for the eighth straight time against UVM.

Vermont stormed out to a 4-1 lead in the first quarter. Worley scored his 16th goal of the season with 12:06 left in the opening quarter after making a great move coming from behind the cage to put the Catamounts in front 1-0.

Small tied the game 1-1 for Albany with his first of three goals but Vermont responded with three unanswered tallies. Kelleher and Gradinger both scored in a span of nine seconds and Lichtfuss made it 4-1 Catamounts with a man-up goal with 71 seconds left in the quarter.

Sophomore Joe Pompo scored with 2:58 left in the second quarter for the Great Danes and freshman Joe Resetarits scored eight seconds later to cut the deficit to 4-3 at halftime.

Albany scored the first five goals of the second half to take an 8-4 advantage with 5:20 remaining in the game. Alpizar tied the game 4-4 just 1:15 into the second half before sophomore Derek Kreuzer gave the Great Danes their first lead with 3:58 left in the third quarter.

Kelleher scored his second of three goals in the game with 5:11 left in the fourth to cut the deficit to 8-5. Kelleher would strike again with his team leading 35th goal of the season with 1:25 remaining after Albany scored, but the Catamounts could get no closer than 9-6.

Freshman Peter Oswald (Cohasset, Mass.) went 9 for 15 on face offs and had a team best four ground balls. Senior Luke LaBranche (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.) also had four ground balls. The Catamounts out shot the Great Danes 43-30.

Vermont returns to action next Saturday (April 25) at No. 6 UMBC at 1 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPNU.

NOTES: Vermont honored is seven seniors after the game Brandon Goodwyn (Bethesda, Md.), Luke LaBranche (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.), Justin Lubas (Freehold, N.J.), Andrew Kelleher (Delmar, N.Y.), Jess Monago (Corning, N.Y.), Michael Watson (Albany, N.Y.) and Alex Young (Cincinnati, Ohio) were all recognized A reminder that the seniors will also be honored at the 2009 Rally Awards that will be held on Tuesday, May 5 at the Flynn Theatre in downtown Burlington starting at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The Rally Awards is an all-sports celebration highlighting the accomplishments of student-athletes at UVM Andrew Kelleher has a team leading 44 points and has at least one goal in 12 of 13 contests this season Max Gradinger finished with two ground balls and he has a team leading 39 ground balls on the season.