UAlbany Men's Lacrosse Advances to AE Title Game
Men's Lacrosse Score: 1-seed UAlbany 15, 4-seed UMass Lowell 10
Location: Albany, N.Y. – Tom & Mary Casey Stadium
Records: UAlbany (13-2), UMass Lowell (8-8)
Short Story: The 1-seed UAlbany men’s lacrosse team scored 10 goals in the second half to return to the America East title game with a 15-10 victory vs. 4-seed UMass Lowell.
- UAlbany: Three Great Danes finished with six points each: Jakob Patterson led all players with five goals, adding an assist, Tehoka Nanticoke had three goals, three assists and two caused turnovers while Sean Eccles concluded with four goals and two assists. TD Ierlan set an America East Tournament record with 28 faceoff wins and a 96.6% faceoff rate. JD Colarusso had the victory in goal with five saves.
- UMass Lowell: Jon Phillips had five of UMass Lowell’s 10 goals, with Harrison Morrill having a hat trick. Hunter Braun had the loss in the cage, saving 15 shots.
- UAlbany, the 2017 league champion, earns a spot in the America East title game for the sixth time in seven years.
- UAlbany came back from down two at half, outscoring UMass Lowell 10-3 in the second half.
- UAlbany outshot UMass Lowell 43-24 and had 42 ground balls compared to 20 for UMass Lowell.
- With the victory, UAlbany advances to the 2018 America East title game on Saturday, May 5th at noon. 1-seed UAlbany plays 3-seed Vermont, which defeated 2-seed Stony Brook 8-4 in the earlier semifinal.
- 1st quarter: UAlbany won all 10 faceoffs, but UMass Lowell scored on five of its seven shots to lead 5-4 after one despite two goals from Jakob Patterson.
- 2nd quarter: UAlbany outshot UMass Lowell 11-4 but trailed 7-5 after the second period.
- 3rd quarter: UAlbany scored four of the period’s first five goals, leading 10-9 after an exchange, with Sean Eccles netting two goals in the period.
- 4th quarter: After UML tied the game at 10, UAlbany scored the final five goals, two each from Eccles and Patterson, to win 15-10.
Quote: “It is playoff time, that is what playoffs are all about: they came to play, and so did we. Ed Stephenson’s team was prepared and they gave us everything we could handle, and I’m glad we really responded in the second half..” – UAlbany head coach Scott Marr
Recap: The 1-seed UAlbany men’s lacrosse team scored the final five goals to complete the comeback against 4-seed UMass Lowell and win 15-10, advancing to the America East title game.
After an exchange of goals to start the game, with Alex Burgmaster scoring after getting a pass from a double teamed Ron John, UMass Lowell scored the first three goals, including two from Jon Phillips. Jakob Patterson led the charge to get two back, lasering a shot off a dodge straight away, then passing off to Tehoka Nanticoke for a shot and score on a perfect shot to the corner. UML got a goal back, then Justin Reh found Patterson wide open on the doorstep for the goal towards the closing of the first quarter. UAlbany trailed UMass Lowell 5-4 after one.
Phillips scored his fourth goal of the game in the opening minutes of the second quarter for UML. Nanticoke got the goal back with a dazzling move, faking a shot to throw off a defender, then scoring without a defender in front of him. After UML scored, for eight minutes the teams went back and forth, with neither team connecting. UML took a 7-5 lead into the break.
UAlbany’s speed paid off in the opening minutes of the third quarter with a pair of goals shortly after clearing the ball. Sean Eccles buried a shot under the crossbar in the first 22 seconds, then Kyle McClancy scored in transition after clearing himself. As the teams stayed tied through most of the quarter, UML took back the lead with a Harrison Morrill goal. UAlbany struck back with two goals in less than 45 seconds: a hard bouncing shot by Nanticoke found its mark, then Patterson sniped a low shot into the net. Another goal by Phillips was countered by Justin Reh finding Eccles for a shot and score in the final two seconds, pushing UAlbany ahead 10-9 after three quarters.
UML tied up the game on a man-up situation, making it 10-10 with 12:56 to play. UAlbany started to draw flags and took advantage of being a player-up three consecutive times: a wind up and score by McClancy, a long heave and score from Eccles, with both goals being assisted by Nanticoke, and Patterson scoring on a right to left shot. JD Colarusso and Co. held off UML the rest of the way to take the victory, with Eccles adding a goal while running and Patterson notching a transition goal. UAlbany won 15-10.
UAlbany now gets set to battle 3-seed Vermont for the America East title game on Saturday, May 5th at noon on ESPNU. For ticket information for UAlbany men’s lacrosse home games, fans may contact the UAlbany ticket office at 518-442-DANE or ualbanysports.com/tickets.