#1 UAlbany Men's Lacrosse Rallies Late to Topple Cornell 11-9
Men’s Lacrosse Score: UAlbany 11, Cornell 9
Location: Albany, N.Y. – Tom & Mary Casey Stadium
Records: UAlbany (3-0), Cornell (1-2)
Short Story: The #1 UAlbany men’s lacrosse team scored four goals in the final 3:18 to win 11-9 vs. Cornell and improve to 3-0 on the season.
- UAlbany: TD Ierlan was a perfect 24-for-24 on faceoffs, one shy of tying the NCAA DI record for a 100% faceoff day, adding 22 ground balls, tying the UAlbany single game record. Connor Fields earned three goals and two assists while Sean Eccles notched two goals and three assists. JD Colarusso had the victory in goal with seven saves.
- Cornell: Jordan Dowiak led all players with four goals, while Jake McCulloch had two goals and an assist. Christian Knight had the loss despite 19 saves for the Big Red,
- UAlbany was trailing 9-7 with 3:19 to play. UAlbany scored four goals in the final 3:18.
- Fields moves into second all-time in points in UAlbany history, and tied for 12th in NCAA DI history, with 296 in his career. He is also tied for 20th in NCAA DI history with 172 goals.
- 3:20 1st quarter-3:39 2nd quarter: Cornell nets four straight goals from four different scorers to take a 5-3 lead.
- 8:58-4:27 3rd quarter: Capped by a transition goal from Troy Reh, UAlbany bolts ahead with three straight goals for a 7-6 advantage.
- 0:39 3rd quarter-7:28 4th quarter: Jordan Dowiak scores two goals in a 3-0 Cornell run to put the Big Red up 9-7.
- 3:18-0:38 4th quarter: UAlbany scored four goals in the final 3:18. Sean Eccles had the first two goals of that run then assisted Justin Reh for the go-ahead score, then Fields notched the insurance goal from Tehoka Nanticoke.
Quote: “This was the first time all year that we’ve hit a little adversity, and I thought we handled it great. We talked about one possession at a time, one play at a time, we dug down in the fourth quarter and made plays when we had to.” – UAlbany head coach Scott Marr
Recap: The #1 UAlbany men’s lacrosse team rallied from down two with four goals in the final 3:18 of the game to win 11-9 over Cornell on Sunday afternoon.
With TD Ierlan winning all faceoffs, UAlbany’s offense started quick with Tehoka Nanticoke scoring 38 seconds in off a rocket inside the right post. Cornell evened up with a Jordan Dowiak score with 10:34 left in the quarter. UAlbany added two more in a span of 110 seconds, with Kyle McClancy faking a pass, rolling around the cage and scoring close range, then Jakob Patterson scoring on the doorstep off a pass from Nanticoke. Cornell got a goal back from Jake McCulloch as UAlbany led 3-2 after one quarter.
Cornell’s defense held against the UAlbany attack for most of the second quarter, adding three more goals from different players to take a 5-3 advantage. UAlbany picked up a late goal with Connor Fields getting inside his defender and scoring next to the goal circle. Jeff Teat scored on a man-up situation in the closing seconds of the first half, putting the Big Red up 6-4 at the break.
Nearly midway through the third quarter, Sean Eccles found Fields on the doorstep for the catch and shoot goal, then McClancy evened up the game on a man-up chance as Eccles passed across the fan to him for the rip and score. With 4:27 left in the quarter, Troy Reh scored in transition coast-to-coast to put UAlbany ahead 7-6. After some back and forth, Cornell scored with the shot clock on from Dowiak, evening the score at 7-7 after three.
After five-and-a-half minutes of no scoring in the fourth quarter, John Piatelli scored unassisted for Cornell, then Dowiak scored two minutes later for a 9-7 Big Red lead. Cornell held that advantage for another four minutes.
With 3:18 left and man-up, Eccles scored on a ground ball shot through Christian Knight’s feet to pull UAlbany within one. With 2:02 to go, Eccles scored again as Fields drew a double team, passed off to Eccles for the low shot and goal. Justin Reh gave UAlbany the lead with a straight away heave and score with 1:17 to go. UAlbany added an insurance goal as Fields scored close range from Nanticoke as UAlbany won the game 11-9.
UAlbany has its next two games on the road, starting with a day trip to UMass on Tuesday, March 6th at 3 p.m.