Men's Lacrosse edged by Vermont, 10-9
Score: Vermont 10, UAlbany 9
Location: Virtue Field in Burlington, Vt.
Records: UAlbany 4-6 (3-1 America East); Vermont 6-4 (3-1 America East)
Short story: Despite 14 saves from goalkeeper Nate Siekierski, the University at Albany men’s lacrosse team fell to Vermont, 10-9, on Saturday, April 6, at Virtue Field in Burlington. The Catamounts and Great Danes now are tied atop the America East standings.
Vermont’s win snapped an eight-game losing streak against UAlbany, which had won both meetings last season, including the America East title game. The Catamounts’ last win in the series had come in 2011.
UAlbany lost for just the second time in its past 31 America East regular-season games.
Vermont took its first lead of the game in the fourth quarter and held on to beat the University at Albany men’s lacrosse team, 10-9, on Saturday, April 6, at Virtue Field in Burlington.
UAlbany led at the end of the first, second and third quarters. But Vermont tied the game at 9 with 3:37 left and then got the winner from Dawes Milchling with 2:04 to go.
With the victory, Vermont pulled into a tie with UAlbany atop the America East standings, with both teams at 3-1.
“They just made one more play,” said Scott Marr, UAlbany’s head coach. “We had our chances. We had some opportunities man-up there in the fourth quarter and third quarter and didn’t put them away. We had chances at 8-5 to go up 9-5 and didn’t do it. But they had a great crowd here, a beautiful day, and they fed off it. They played really well.”
UAlbany goalkeeper Nate Siekierski also made 14 saves in a game in which Vermont fired 48 shots to the Great Danes’ 31.
“I thought Nate played outstanding,” Marr said. “He was great.”
The teams exchanged goals down the stretch in a game that had major implications for the league standings.
Vermont used a three-goal run spanning the third- and fourth-quarters to even the score at 8 with 10:19 to go.
But the Catamounts tied the game again 2 minutes, 13 seconds later and added the winner 1:33 after that.
In the first half, UAlbany never trailed after getting goals from Laffin and Nanticoke in the opening eight minutes to take a 2-0 lead.
After Vermont tied the score, UAlbany used a three-goal run, with a goal from Schwab and two from Patterson, to go ahead 5-2. The Catamounts briefly cut the lead to 5-3 before Nanticoke score his second with 2:42 left before halftime.
UAlbany returns home to face UMBC at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 13 at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.