Bulldogs Hold off Albany for Road Win on Saturday

Entering the final frame with a four-goal advantage was nearly not enough, though, and Bryant would need its three early-quarter goals. Poli scored the Bulldogs' 12th goal of the game just 21 seconds into the period, completing his first-career hat trick, once again off a Massa faceoff win, and Dunster followed 1:35 later with his final score of the day for a 13-7 Bryant edge.

Dunster's final goal was assisted by linemate Max Weisenberg (Long Beach, N.Y.), who decided to get on the board himself a minute later with 12 minutes remaining in the game. The goal would turn out to be the last for the visitors, who would soon face a driven Albany attack that wouldn't let up until the very last whistle.

"You're looking at the scoreboard and its 14-7 in our favor with 12 minutes to go," said Pressler. "From then on, I was very disappointed in how we finished the game. But Albany had a lot to do with that because they kept battling to the very end.

"And give Albany credit," he added. "We were on our heels there. But at the end of the day, I am very pleased with a hard-fought road win against a very tough and very dangerous Albany team."

In the fourth, the home side outshot Bryant, 14-7, and capitalized on nine Bulldog turnovers. But Bryant got a pair of saves from senior goalie Jameson Love (Darien, Conn.), who finished the day with 11 for his sixth-straight double-figure save outing of the season, and the Black and Gold dominated Albany on the ground, picking up 17 ground balls to the Great Danes' six over the final 15 minutes.

"That's one great stat, but on the other hand, we turned the ball over nine times in the fourth quarter," said Pressler. "We might have been all over them on the ground, but at the end of the day, almost half our turnovers in the game came in the fourth down the stretch, and that can't happen."

But the biggest story for the Bulldogs was the second-half play of Massa, who went a perfect 10 for 10 from the faceoff X in the final two quarters to finish 23 of 29 on the day. Bryant saw four goals come as a direct result of a faceoff win, and Massa finished the afternoon with a career-high three assists. Sophomore Alex Zomerfeld (Port Jefferson, N.Y.) would also finish with three helpers.

"That was as dominant a performance at the faceoff X as I haven seen in a long, long time," said Pressler. "Albany threw everyone at him, and he was just spectacular. I just can't say enough about Kevin's consistent play and the huge performance on the road against the Great Danes."

On the day, Albany outshot its visitors, 38-36, and went 3 for 5 on man-up opportunities to Bryant's 0 for 4 mark. The Bulldogs owned the ground ball battle, 36-21, thanks in large part to a career-best 13 from Massa. Bryant recorded 11 caused turnovers in the contest, led by four from sophomore Matt MacGrotty (New Westminster, B.C.).

The Bulldogs will now return home to host Stony Brook University and put their season's first winning streak on the line Saturday, March 24 at 1:00 p.m.

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