Albion Overcomes Slow Start to Down Siena Heights

ALBION, Mich. Albion College coach Jake DeCola said every contest for his first-year team has been a learning experience. The Britons learned how overcome an early deficit by being patient on offense and attacking hard in defeating Siena Heights University, 13-6, on a rainy Wednesday afternoon at Sprankle-Sprandel Stadium.

Siena Heights,NAIA DIII stunned the Britons by scoring four times in the first 11 minutes of the match. Albion had caught up by halftime as the score was 5-5 and the Britons went on an 8-1 scoring run in the second half. Albion finished the game with 44 shots, forcing the Siena goalie to make 18 saves.

"The guys did a good job of taking the halftime message and executing the plan," DeCola said. "We had good looks at the goal early, but Joe Berry, the Siena Heights goalkeeper, was stonewalling us. The attackmen did a good job of being patient in the second half and finishing our opportunities."

Mitch Loney (Commerce Township/Walled Lake Northern) was rewarded in the second half, scoring four of his five goals. His score early in the fourth quarter came when the Britons were playing a man down. Loney is Albion's leading scorer with 15 goals on the season.

Jamie Kehoe (Clinton Township/De La Salle) and Dan Genord (Ann Arbor/Gabriel Richard) jump started the Britons first half rally. Kehoe pocketed his ninth goal of the season late in the first quarter, and Genord followed with a score late in the first and early in the second.

Dan Callus (Sterling Heights/Cousino), Drake Louie (Mililani, Hawaii/Mililani), and Nathan Thrasher (Highland/Catholic Central) also tallied goals for Albion. Jeremy Simms (Montrose/Powers Catholic) dished out three assists and dominated at the face off x winning 17-22.

Albion Travels on 4/9 to the College of Wooster for a 6:00 pm non-Midwest Lacrosse Conference contest.


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