Men's lacrosse holds off Drexel, 13-12, in thriller
Men’s lacrosse score: UAlbany 13, Drexel 12
Location: Vidas Athletic Complex in Philadelphia, Pa.
Records: UAlbany 1-1, Drexel 1-2
Short story: Jakob Patterson scored five goals and Davis Diamond added four to lead the University at Albany men’s lacrosse team to a thrilling 13-12 victory over Drexel on Saturday at Vidas Athletic Complex in Philadelphia, Pa.
Patterson was UAlbany’s points leader with six.
UAlbany got goals from six different players, including Corey Yunker, who scored the first of his career in his first collegiate start.
Diamond’s four goals marked a new career high. His previous high was two.
Nate Siekierski made 14 saves in goal. He now has 30 saves in two games this season.
Nate Siekierski made a save with 10 seconds to play that preserved the University at Albany men’s lacrosse team’s 13-12 victory over Drexel on Saturday in Philadelphia, Pa.
The junior goalkeeper, who finished with 14 saves, was able to get in front of Marshal King’s shot from about 12 yards out to finish off a wild game that saw momentum swing through three lead changes and back-to-back runs in the second half.
Corey Yunker, who scored his first goal in his first collegiate start, as well as Ron John, Tehoka Nanticoke and Sean Eccles also scored for UAlbany, which bounced back from a season-opening setback at Syracuse.
“We had guys step up today,” said Scott Marr, UAlbany’s head coach. “We had good team chemistry. Davis Diamond didn’t play at Syracuse except on man-up, and he comes away with four goals. Jakob Patterson played well, Tehoka running in from the box a couple times gave us a spark, and Ron John, too..”
After Patterson had tied the game at 12 with 8:02 play, Diamond got the winner with 5:46 left, scoring off a feed from John.
Diamond’s goal capped the scoring in what had been a wild second half that saw the teams exchange runs across the third and fourth quarters.
“We moved the ball a lot better today,” Patterson said. “I thought we got our motion going, moved the ball, and we were glad to get the ‘W.’”
UAlbany had trailed 4-1 early in the game, but battled back to even the score at 5 and then go into halftime ahead, 6-5, following Diamond’s goal that beat the first-half buzzer.
Drexel leveled the score at 7 early in the third quarter, touching off the runs. UAlbany’s came first. The Great Danes got two goals from Patterson as well as scores from Nanticoke and Davis to take an 11-7 lead with 5:31 left in the third.
But Drexel answered with a five-goal run that put it ahead, 12-11, 9:37 to play.
While Patterson and Diamond provided the go-ahead goals, Siekierski made several key saves -- none bigger than his stop in the final seconds that gave the Great Danes their first victory of 2019.
“I thought our goaltender played outstanding,” Marr said. “Nate was awesome. He made big saves at big times.”