Albion Scores Late in Overtime to Edge Augustana

ALBION, Mich. Playing against an explosive Augustana team that had tallied 68 goals in its six matches, Albion knew it had to get the tempo in its favor by grinding possessions on offense and chasing the Vikings' attackers on defense. Albion got the tempo to its liking, and Mitch Loney (Commerce Township/Walled Lake Northern) scored his second goal of the day with 1:16 left in overtime, as it gained a 7-6 non-league victory in front of a loud student section at Sprankle-Sprandel Stadium.

"We stuck to our defensive game plan and we forced them to turn the ball over quite a bit," Albion Coach Jake DeCola said. "We're a real good team when we're focused when we go into film sessions."

DeCola heaped praise on Loney who was forced to play extended minutes when Matt Spinney (Davison) left the game with a leg injury. The coach also praised Ashok Selby (Northville) for causing three turnovers which set the defensive tone, Carl Pressprich (Ann Arbor/Gabriel Richard) for limiting Jesse Nagelberg who came in as Augustana's leading scorer with 16 goals two just two scores, and Gerard Battersby (Farmington Hills/Farmington) for limiting the Vikings' possession by winning 13 of 16 face-offs.

Albion finished the day with 30 ground balls and it was successful on 19 of 21 clearing opportunities.

Albion also kept Augustana fron chasing in on its extra man opportunities. The Vikings were 0 for 8 with an extra man and they failed to score despite a two-man advantage midway through the fourth quarter.

Loney scored the only goal of the second quarter and Stephen Treppa (Clinton Township/L'Anse Creuse) and Joe Braley (Davison) scored goals 40 seconds apart in the third as Albion built a 4-2 lead. Tim Fennelly and Nagelberg produced goals as Augustana tied the score at 4-4, but Albion never surrendered the lead as Treppa tacked on two more scores to push the margin to 6-4 with 5 ½ minutes left in the third.

Fennelly scored in the final minute of the third quarter and Vincent Giglierano scored in the first minute of the fourth to knot the score at 6-6.

Albion, now 4-2 on the season, will hit the road for its next two contests, starting with a March 24 date against Midwest Lacrosse Conference rival Concordia (Wis.) University.

2012-03-19



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