April 8, 2012

Thompsons Team in Albany OT Win Over Hartford

from press release

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - Ty Thompson took an assist from cousin Miles Thompson to score the game-winner in overtime, to lead UAlbany to a 12-11 win over Hartford in America East Conference men's lacrosse action on Saturday evening at Alumni Stadium. UAlbany improves to 2-8 overall, and 2-0 in league play.

Each team only scored one goal each in the first quarter. Jared Franze broke the scoreless tie at 3:39, giving Hartford the first lead, before Will Stenberg netted the equalizer for the Great Danes 50 seconds later. The Hawks took a 2-0 lead to start the second quarter on a second goal from Franze, but UAlbany scored the next four goals to take a 5-2 advantage. Miles Thompson started the rally with an assist from Joe Resetarits, before Resetarits netted back-to-back goals less than a minute apart. Lyle Thompson completed the run with an unassisted shot at 8:02. Hartford would close out the scoring in the half with a goal by Rory Nunamacher at 3:41, to close the gap to 5-3 at the break.

Rocky Bonitatibus started off the second half with a goal less than a minute into play, before Miles Thompson netted his second goal of the game less than a minute later to put the Great Danes up, 7-3 early in the third. Hartford responded with consecutive goals to close the gap to 7-5, but Resetarits completed his hat trick with an assist from Bonitatibus to hold onto a three-goal advantage. However, the Hawks closed the deficit to two on a tally from Martin Bowes with 1:12 to play in the quarter.

Miles Thompson finished off his hat trick to start the fourth quarter, but Hartford scored three straight goals to follow, getting back-to-back tallies from Carter Bender and another from Franze to tie the game at 9-9. Lyle Thompson netted an unassisted goal with 6:32 left to play, but Hartford scored the next two goals to take an 11-10 lead with 5:26 left to play. The Great Danes would not give in, as Matt Mackenzie picked up a groundball and flew to the other side of the field, getting an unassisted goal into the net with just three seconds on the clock, tying the game and sending it to overtime. Less than halfway through the overtime period, Miles Thompson passed the ball off to Ty, who found the back of the net to give the Great Danes the sudden victory.

UAlbany controlled the stats sheet, outshooting Hartford, 48-27 and holding a 39-29 advantage in groundballs. The Great Danes also came away with 17-of-27 faceoffs, led by Keith Olson, who went 16-of-26 in the circle. Freshman Max Huber played the complete game in the net for the Great Danes, making six saves. Goalkeeper Scott Bement made 15 saves between the pipes for Hartford (3-8, AE 0-2).

"It was a playoff-like atmosphere," said UAlbany head coach Scott Marr, whose team defeated the defending America East Champion, and the team picked to repeat in the 2012 Preseason Coaches' Poll. "I am so proud of our group for playing the full sixty minutes. This is one of the best games I have been a part of."

UAlbany (2-8, AE 2-0) will return to action on Saturday, April 14, taking on Vermont in America East action at 7 p.m.


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