Albany, N.Y. - Chris Martocchia scored a career-high six goals and Merrick
Thomson added five goals and one assist in leading UAlbany to its third
consecutive America East Conference men's lacrosse championship with a 16-7
victory over Stony Brook on Saturday afternoon at University Field. The
Great Danes earned their third straight NCAA berth as the conference's
UAlbany (10-5) opened the contest with four unanswered goals. Thomson cut to
the top of the crease and deposited Luke Daquino's pass from behind the cage
with just one minute and 42 seconds elapsed. Brendan Russell, who had three
goals, then scored back-to-back on a pair of bounce shots. His 15-yard
blast following an intercepted clearing attempt gave his team a 3-0 lead.
Meanwhile, the championship's most outstanding player Kevin Rae, a senior
goalkeeper, made eight of his 14 saves in the first quarter to ensure that
UAlbany got off to that good start.
Stony Brook (10-6), who upset top-seed UMBC in the semifinal round, was
still within striking distance midway through the second period, when Adam
Marksberry tallied an extra-man goal to close the gap to 6-3. But the Great
Danes reeled off three consecutive goals and were never in trouble after
that point. Freshman Jordan Levine hit the top left corner while running
free in the middle of the field after a failed clear. Martocchia scored
twice in a 40-second span, the second goal on a shot from the left side in a
The Great Danes, who led by six at halftime, would use another three-goal
run in the final seven minutes of the third quarter to seal the verdict.
Daquino, who had one goal and four assists, finished off Frank Resetarits'
crossing pass, before Martocchia and Thomson added goals for a commanding
"Our attitude and approach to this game was excellent," said UAlbany coach
Scott Marr, whose team reached the 10-win mark, a school record, for the
third consecutive season. "This group has learned how to win. They played
together and our defense was awesome."
Bo Tripoldi and Rhys Duchs each had two goals for the Seawolves, who had won
five of their last seven games entering the championship final. Jason
Cappadoro added three assists. UAlbany's Resetarits handed out a
career-best six assists for an attack that scored 10-plus goals for the
tenth time this season.
"We didn't settle for anything but a championship," said Russell, who joined
Rae, Daquino, Thomson and defenseman Patrick McSweeney on the all-tournament
team. "Our seniors represent Coach Marr's first recruiting class, so we
were on a mission this week. I tried to be more assertive, and it always
helps when you make that first shot of the game."
The Great Danes, who played Princeton and last year's national champion
Syracuse in their previous two NCAA appearances, will find out their
opponent on Sunday evening when the tournament field in unveiled.
Albany vs. Stony Brook