Albany, N.Y. - Miles Thompson scored four goals while Joe Resetarits added three goals and two assists, leading UAlbany to a 12-11 win over Binghamton in America East Conference men's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon at John Fallon Field. It is the Great Danes' first win of the season, as they improve to 1-7 overall and 1-0 in league play. Binghamton drops to 2-5 on the season, with an 0-1 mark in the conference.
UAlbany scored the first two goals of the game, with Miles Thompson tallying the first goal at 12:50 off an assist from Rocky Bonitatibus, before Dwayne Stewart connected with an unassisted shot less than a minute later. Binghamton responded at 8:10 to cut the lead to one, as Tyler Perrelle found the back of the net. Resetarits scored two of his three goals in the first quarter, with a man-up goal at 6:34 and a man-down tally with less than 30 seconds to go. Resetarits' goals sandwiched one more from Binghamton, and the Great Danes held a 4-2 advantage after one quarter of play.
Resetarits completed his hat trick to start the second period with an assist from Lyle Thompson. A goal from Perrelle cut the Bearcats' deficit to 5-3, but the Thompson trio scored the next three goals to finish up the first half. Miles took an assist from Mike Woods at 11:11, followed by Lyle at 9:33 with a helper from Will Stenberg. Ty completed the scoring in the first half with an assist from Bonitatibus with just six seconds to play, giving the Great Danes an 8-3 halftime advantage.
Miles Thompson started the third with a bang, putting UAlbany up 9-3 with a behind-the-back shot at 13:14. Binghamton scored the next two goals, cutting the Great Dane lead to 9-5, but Miles netted his fourth of the day at 1:57 to double up the score. Binghamton ended the third with an unassisted shot from Brandon Planck with less than a minute to play.
The Bearcats continued to fire off shots, scoring the first goal of the fourth period to pull within 10-7. Ty Thompson scored his second goal of the afternoon, but Perrelle responded for Binghamton to keep the Bearcats within reach. Will Fuller scored UAlbany's final goal of the game before Binghamton attempted to stage a comeback. J.T. Hauck and Planck scored 30 seconds apart to close the gap to 12-10, before Hauck's second tally cut the lead to just one. However, Keith Olson won the ensuing face off with 34 seconds to go, allowing the Great Danes to hold onto the ball until time expired.
Olson took control in the face-off circle, winning 14-of-24 for the Great Danes. UAlbany outshot Binghamton, 32-27, and held an 32-26 advantage in ground balls. UAlbany converted 50 percent of their man-up opportunities, going 1-for-2, while the Great Danes' man-down unit held Binghamton 0-for-8 on extra man attempts.
Freshman goalkeeper Max Huber made nine saves in the net for the Great Danes, including some late saves that would prove to be critical in the win. Binghamton's Jordan Marra also played all 60 minutes for the Bearcats, making eight saves between the pipes.
UAlbany will return to action on Thursday, traveling to Baltimore to take on #1 Johns Hopkins at 7 p.m. The game will be a tape delay broadcast on ESPNU.