Thirteenth ranked Orange shocked at home by Great Danes:.
Miles Thompson scored in the second overtime as Albany stunned the Orange in the Carrier Dome, 16-15, in the biggest upset of the 2013 season thus far. The victory is the first for the Great Danes over Syracuse in the schools history and the Syracuse's first season opening loss since 1996. The Orange trailed the majority of the game but a goal by Scott Loy in the fourth sent the game into OT. Syracuse dominated the first OT, nearly ending the game on several occasions, but could not convert. In the second OT, Albany's first possession produced the game winner when Lyle Thompson found his brother at the top of the crease to end it. The Thompson trio dominated for Albany with Miles recording three goals, Lyle with two and five assists, and Ty Thompson scoring five times. Dylan Donahue and JoJo Marasco each scored three goals for the Orange.
Minutemen use four goal fourth to upset UNC:
Kyle Smith and Connor Mooney scored three goals each and red shirt freshman Zachary Oliveri stopped 18 shots in goal as Umass upset the number seven ranked Tar Heels at Kennesaw State University. The win continued the Minutemen's regular season unbeaten streak that started in 2011. After leading the majority of the game, UNC was shut out in the fourth by Oliveri and Mooney delivered the game winner for Umass with just over three minutes to play. Jimmy Bitter, Marcus Holman, and Spencer Parks all scored twice for UNC.
Penn State cruises past Denver at Moe's Classic in Jacksonville:
Using a 7-3 run in the third period, the Nittany Lions stunned the ninth ranked Pioneers at EverBank Field in Jacksonville. Shane Sturgis and Jack Forster each scored four goals in the win for Penn State, while Austin Kaut overcame a slow start in goal to post ten saves. Penn State led 14-8 entering the fourth period and weathered a Denver rally that saw the Pioneers outscore PSU 4-1 in the fourth. It wouldn't be enough however, as Kaut and the Nittany Lions defense would not let Denver get any closer. The loss by Denver comes just a week after the Pioneers upset Duke University. Eric Law and Wes Berg each scored three times to lead Denver.
Lax.com Player of the Week: Nick O'Reilly, junior attack from Virginia. O'Reilly's eight point performance helped the seventh ranked Cavaliers avoid an overtime upset at the hands of Drexel. O'Reilly scored twice and had six assists, including setting up Matt White eleven seconds into OT for the game-winner.
Lax.com Clutch Performer: Miles Thompson, junior attack from Albany. Thompson receives this honor for the first time thanks in part to his game winning goal in Albany's huge upset of Syracuse in double OT.
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