UAlbany Edged in Overtime Heartbreaker to Notre Dame 14-13 to Fall in NCAA Quarters

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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – UAlbany came back from an early four-goal deficit to lead against Notre Dame, but a Matt Kavanagh overtime score finishes the Great Danes season as the team fell 14-13 on Saturday in the NCAA Quarterfinals.

UAlbany (12-6) built a five-goal advantage in the fourth quarter after being down 4-0, but a Notre Dame (10-5) 7-1 run into overtime gave the game and NCAA semifinal berth to the Fighting Irish.

“I told the team in the locker room, they formed a brotherhood that I have never seen, the effort they put forth was outstanding, but this is a game of runs, and Notre Dame had a run at the end,” said UAlbany head coach Scott Marr.

This ends the time for the Thompson Trio, with the careers of Miles Thompson and Ty Thompson coming to a close at UAlbany.  Miles Thompson earned three goals, tying the NCAA DI single season record with 82, tying Jon Reese of Yale in 1990, and becoming the all-time leading goal-scorer in UAlbany history with 189, surpassing Merrick Thomson’s mark of 188.  Lyle Thompson, who will return next season, scored three goals and three assists.  His 77 assists ties the all-time NCAA record for assists in a season, tying UMBC’s Steve Marohl in 1992.  Ty Thompson finished with a pair of goals, including one just before the end of the third quarter.

“You can take this loss in two ways, hang your head or learn from it.  I gave it all I had, and we all did; we went out there and did our best,” said Lyle Thompson.

“Having my last college game with my brothers, I am looking forward to next year being a student coach with the team,” said Miles Thompson.

Lyle Thompson finishes the season with an all-time DI-best 128 points, with Miles Thompson finished second at 119, five points above the previous record holder Marohl at 114.

The Thompson brothers will be together next week when the two go to the Tewaaraton Trophy Ceremony in Washington, D.C. on May 29th.

The UAlbany men’s lacrosse season comes to a close after earning its second-straight America East title and its second NCAA Tournament victory.

Doug Eich earned a goal and an assist in transition play.  Blaze Riorden had 14 saves and a couple of ground balls despite the defeat.

For Notre Dame, Kavanagh finished with three goals, including the overtime winner.  Conor Doyle had a pair of goals and three assists.  Keeper Conor Kelly had six saves in the victory.  The Fighting Irish will take on Maryland in the NCAA semifinals in Baltimore.

Notre Dame scored first after UAlbany was called for a slash.  Kavanagh scored on a bounce shot that hit Riorden and went into the cage.  Another faceoff win by UND led to goal from Conor Doyle on a wraparound from the cage to make a goal, followed by a third goal after Nick Ossello slipped and shot from the ground to score, inducing UAlbany to call timeout.  UAlbany won the faceoff but lost possession on offense on a turnover; the other way, Kavanagh netted his second goal for a 4-0 Notre Dame lead.  Lyle Thompson stopped the run with a goal on the upper left corner to put UAlbany on the board.  Later, Miles Thompson added one after a lost man-up attempt, firing from long range to score on the lower part of the net.  He got a second score after throwing the ball while being knocked down by a double team to tie the UAlbany all-time record in goals.  UAlbany held on defense the final 1:53 to end the first quarter just behind 4-3.

The faceoff went to Notre Dame to start the second quarter, leading to John Scioscia getting a catch and shoot goal 40 seconds into the period.  Next possession, UAlbany passed around and had a timer placed on it.  From behind the cage, Miles Thompson passed to John Maloney for the straight-away shot and score.  Riorden saved a ground ball shot as UAlbany countered, leading to Miles Thompson scoring behind the back on a pass from Lyle Thompson to tie the game at five.  Both sides exchanged possessions, as Riorden made saves and turnovers stopped possessions the other way, when with 3:17 left to go in the quarter, Trevor Brosco bounced a shot into the goal to put Notre Dame back in the lead.  Riorden saved a shot by Wendy Hopkins off a screen to send UAlbany back to offense.  UAlbany did not get a shot off as the teams headed into the locker room with UAlbany trailing 6-5.

UAlbany defended in the early part of the second half, holding off three Notre Dame shots.  In transition, Eich passed to Ty Thompson right next to the cage for the goal, tying the game up.  Defenses held in the coming minutes, until with 7:03 left in the quarter and a timer on, Scioscia scored a second goal to put UND back in the lead.  UAlbany countered immediately, getting the faceoff on a violation then Lyle Thompson passing to Will Stenberg for the goal to tie the game, then later, Lyle Thompson mirrored his first goal with a shovel shot to hit the corner, giving UAlbany its first lead of the game, then added another as he got around his defender and scored close to the crease.  With 2.4 seconds left in the quarter, Lyle Thompson pulled three defenders, freeing Ty Thompson in front of the cage for the score, ending the quarter on a 4-0 run to put UAlbany into the fourth quarter up 10-7.

UAlbany kept the momentum into the fourth quarter with strong transition play.  Eich and Matthew Bertrams each scored after the UAlbany defense stopped Notre Dame, padding the lead to 12-7, having Notre Dame call timeout with 11:49 left to play.  The run ended at 6-0 after Notre Dame added four quick goals in a span of two minutes from Ossello, Hopkins, Conor Doyle and Sergio Perkovic to pull within one 12-11.  UAlbany held after three shots by Notre Dame were stopped, leading to Ryan Feuerstein scoring in transition to stop the Notre Dame run.  UAlbany won the next faceoff but turned the ball over, leading to Hopkins scoring to pull Notre Dame back within one, tying it up after Perkovic tied it up on a long range shot.  UAlbany got possession and fired away at the net and could not connect, with a Ty Thompson shot being saved with just three seconds left.  The game went into overtime with a 13-13 tie.

In overtime, Notre Dame won the faceoff and called timeout one minute in.  Kavanagh scored on a low shot to get the win for Notre Dame 14-13.




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