13 Great Danes Net Goals as #8/9 UAlbany Men's Lacrosse Sinks Canisius 20-11
BUFFALO, N.Y. – With a 15-goal first half and 13 different players scoring goals, the #8/9 UAlbany men’s lacrosse team earned its fifth consecutive victory with a 20-11 road win over Canisius on Tuesday.
UAlbany (5-1) outscored Canisius (3-4) 15-6 in the first half, including a nine-goal second quarter. It is the fifth consecutive game that UAlbany has won by at least nine goals.
As a team, UAlbany won 26 out of 35 faceoffs, spearheaded by TD Ierlan and Zach Ornstein. Ierlan was 16-for-18 from the X while Ornstein was 10-for-17. The Great Danes also grabbed 40 ground balls to Canisius’s 28.
“Anytime you can go on the road for a midweek game and come away with a win is a sign of a mentally tough team,” said UAlbany head coach Scott Marr. “Again Zach Ornstein and TD Ierlan led the way for us at the face-off X and gave our offense the opportunity to get rolling early. Connor Fields kept their defense off balance with his ability to score and feed. Overall a good team win!”
Connor Fields picked up his 200th career point on an assist to Troy Reh with 11:27 left in the second quarter. Fields finished with four goals and three assists. It is his fifth straight game with at least seven points.
Bennett Drake buried four goals on as many shots in the game. Sean Eccles had two goals and an assist while Justin Reh finished with a goal and two assists. JD Colarusso earned the victory in goal with nine saves in three quarters while Nate Siekierski finished the game with a save in the fourth.
For Canisius, Connor Kearnan had three goals and two assists, while Ryan McKee had a hat trick. Liam Ganzhorn had 11 saves and 16 goals allowed in 54:34 of play.
UAlbany struck first off a second chance effort by Jakob Patterson, taking a saved shot from Kyle McClancy and hitting the ball like a tennis racket back into the net. Ierlan kept winning faceoffs leading to quick UAlbany goals: a dodge by Fields to shake a defender, a fake shot then race to the cage by Eli Lasda and a high shot and score under the crossbar by Drake for a 4-0 UAlbany lead with 11:37 left in the 1st.
The two sides went back and forth in the reminder of the half exchanging goals, with McClancy finding Drake right next to the circle for the man-up goal, then adding one himself later off a transition clear on a blazing shot. Five first quarter saves for Colarusso made it 6-2 after one.
Following a trade of goals, UAlbany added to its lead with three quick goals. Adam Osika scored on a shot between the keeper’s feet on a 5-on-5, Fields then did a behind the back pass to a cutting Troy Reh for a goal for Fields’ 200th point, then Fields added another with a turn a frozen rope inside the right post to make it 10-3 UAlbany with 10:55 left in the 2nd.
After two goals scored by Canisius, UAlbany scored four goals in a span of 2:30. Drake started with a perfectly placed shot in the lower right corner, Fields added a behind the back shot and score, John Glancy hit a long line drive high to low shot then Eccles shot around his defender for a goal. Canisius got a goal back, Fields scored again with a low shot under the goalie for a 15-6 lead, the eventual halftime score.
Goalkeeper play plus the iron ruled early into the third quarter as Ganzhorn and Colarusso holding off the opposing team. Canisius got the first two goals of the quarter to pull within seven. UAlbany responded with four goals in under three minutes, the first career goal by Mitch Laffin, a rip and score from Jack Burgmaster, a laser shot into the top right corner for Eccles and a catch and shoot to Justin Reh. UAlbany took a 19-8 lead into the fourth quarter.
Many of UAlbany’s reserves came into the game for the fourth quarter. Noah Taylor added his first career goal 4:20 into the period to put UAlbany up 20-8. Canisius scored the last three goals of the game, but UAlbany’s lead held. UAlbany took the 20-11 victory.
UAlbany returns home for its conference opener, hosting UMass Lowell on Saturday, March 25th at 3 p.m. Tickets are available through the UAlbany ticket office at ualbanysports.com/tickets and at 518-442-DANE.