Albany Upends UMBC, Advances to America East Final

BALTIMORE- Albany (5-10) scored four goals in a 1:41 span in the first quarter and never trailed again, as the third-seeded Great Danes defeated second-seeded UMBC (4-9), 11-7, in the America East Conference semifinals played at UMBC Stadium.

Albany will advance to the championship game, which will be played at top-seeded Stony Brook at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.

UMBC's streak of four straight title game appearances came to an end. The Retrievers had participated in four consecutive NCAA Men's Lacrosse tournaments.

Senior attackman Dave Brock led a balanced attack with two goals and an assist. Sophomore midfielder Jack Reynolds and freshman midfielder Dwayne Stewart scored two goals apiece.

UMBC was paced by sophomore attackman Rob Grimm, who scored three goals and added an assist. Senior midfielder Maxx Davis scored a goal and added two assists and senior attackman Chris Jones recorded a pair of goals.

Davis put UMBC on the board with an unassisted goal just 2:35 into the contest, but the Great Danes would score on their first four shots of the game. Reynolds tied the game on an unassisted goal at the 4:39 into the quarter and defender Anthony Ostrander ended the run with his first career goal at the 6:20 mark.

Jones scored back-to-back goals to bring the Retrievers to within 4-3 after one quarter, but Stewart scored a pair of goals and Grimm only had one response as the visitors went into intermission with a 6-4 advantage.

The Retrievers drought would last over 20 minutes as Albany scored two unanswered third quarter goals and led, 8-4, after 45 minutes.

Grimm gave the home fans some hope as he converted a Davis feed 2:15 into final quarter. But Albany netminder John Carroll made five of his 11 saves in the fourth quarter to thwart any UMBC rally. The Great Danes iced the game with back-to-back scores by Rocky Bonitatibus and Brock to lead, 10-5, with 5:24 remaining.

Albany held Kyle Wimer, the Retrievers' leading scorer, and Matt Latham, its leading goal-scorer off the board in the contest. Wimer had scored a point in 31 consecutive games, while Latham had 15 goals in five previous career meetings against Albany.

The win by Albany snapped a four-game losing streak to the Retrievers and the Great Danes improved to 3-2 vs. UMBC in five postseason meetings.

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BALTIMORE -- Senior Dave Brock tallied three points and sophomore John Carroll made 11 saves as second-seeded University at Albany downed third-seeded UMBC, 11-7, in the semifinals of the America East Men's Lacrosse Championship on Wednesday evening.

The win sends the Great Danes to the league title game, where they will face top-seeded Stony Brook University, the No. 6/7 team in the country, on Saturday at La Valle Stadium at 1:00 p.m. It will be Albany's eighth championship game appearance in nine years.

After UMBC (4-9) jumped out to a 1-0 lead on senior Maxx Davis' seventh goal of the season, Albany (5-10) ran off a string of four straight goals in a span of 1:41. Jake Reynolds scored twice in that span and Anthony Ostrander capped the spurt on a shot from the left side with 8:40 left in the period.

The Retrievers' Chris Jones scored consecutive goals to trim the lead to one, but freshman Dwayne Stewart, an America East all-rookie selection, accounted for two of the three second-quarter scores to give UA a 6-4 halftime advantage.

The Great Danes, who had lost five straight meetings with the Retrievers including a 12-7 decision on April 17, held UMBC scoreless in the third quarter and grew their lead to 8-4 after three periods. Matt Johnson and Brock, a second-team all-league choice, found the back of the cage in the period.

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