March 5, 2011

Freshman Thompson Sparks Albany to First Win

from press release

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Freshman Miles Thompson had three goals in leading UAlbany to an 11-9 victory over Delaware in the Great Danes' home opener on Saturday, March 5 at John Fallon Field.

Delaware (4-2) closed within 4-3 early in the second quarter on Sean Finegan's unassisted goal. UAlbany (1-1) then rattled off five unanswered, including defenseman Travis Lyons' first career goal with 1:56 remaining in the period. The 6-foot-1 junior picked up a ground ball at midfield and worked his way into the zone to hit the top right corner.

The Danes, who fell to nationally-ranked Drexel in their season debut one week ago, scored four straight times to begin the third quarter for a 9-3 advantage. Ty Thompson and Miles Thompson, who are cousins, found the net two minutes and 14 seconds apart. Miles later uncorked a behind-the-back shot into the cage. Joe Resetarits connected off Brian Caufield's pass with 7:02 left in the stanza.

The Hens, who are receiving votes in this week's USILA national poll, regrouped with four of the game's next five goals. Finegan tallied twice in the run, including his ninth of the season, that got his team within 10-7. UAlbany's Matt Johnson scored unassisted with 7:54 remaining to help hold down the rally.

Noah Fossner made 10 saves for the Blue Hens, who reached last year's Colonial Athletic Association championship final and earned an NCAA berth. Nick Elsmo added two goals and two assists. UAlbany's Edmund Cathers, a freshman, made his first start in the cage and stopped 10 shots.

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UAlbany 11, Delaware 9
Delaware - Scoring: Sean Finegan 3-1, Nick Elsmo 2-2, Kevin Kaminski 2-0, Eric Smith 1-0, Anthony Ruiz 1-0; Goalkeeper(s): Noah Fossner (60:00, 10 saves, 11 GA).
UAlbany - Scoring: Miles Thompson 3-0, Joe Resetarits 2-1 Ty Thompson 2-0, Matt Johnson 2-0, Derek Kreuzer 1-0, Travis Lyons 1-0, Brian Caufield 0-2, Rocky Bonitatibus 0-1, Mike Woods 0-1; Goalkeeper(s): Edmund Cathers (60:00, 10 saves, 9 GA).

Paw Prints: UAlbany avenged last year's 16-9 loss at Delaware ... the Blue Hens have won five of the nine meetings between the programs ... Delaware defeated Bellarmine in overtime, 12-11, in its last outing on Feb. 27 ... Joe Resetarits extended his point-scoring streak to 21 consecutive games ... Brian Caufield has 135 career points (62 goals, 73 assists) ... Miles Thompson's three goals came after he was held off the scoreboard in his first game as a collegian against Drexel ... Matt Johnson equaled his career-high with two goals ... the senior also scored twice against Siena and Vermont last year.


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