Albion Protects Home Turf Against Hanover

ALBION, Mich. Albion protected its home turf at Sprankle-Sprandel Stadium again Sunday, gaining a 14-10 victory over Midwest Lacrosse Conference rival Hanover. The Britons, 6-4 overall, have won all three home games so far this season.

Hanover set the tone early, scoring three of the first four goals and it led 6-4 midway through the second quarter. Tyler Kilpatrick (Rochester Hills/Rochester Adams) turned the momentum back to Albion's side by scoring twice in a span of 14 seconds. Dan Genord (Ann Arbor/Gabriel Richard) scored with two seconds left as Albion took a 7-6 lead at halftime.

"We were pretty excited coming off (a 14-1 win over the Milwaukee School of Engineering) yesterday," Albion Coach Jake DeCola said. "We found our sticks and started sharing the ball. We also kept Hanover from clearing and the ride gave us a good look at the goal.

"We focused on groundballs at halftime (after Albion and Hanover each had 15 in the first half)," DeCola added. "Part of our game plan is to finish with more groundballs than our opponent and we finished on the positive side (27-23). We shot the ball fairly well, placing the majority of our shots on the cage. Hanover has one of the best goalies we'll see."

Kilpatrick stepped up with two goals late in the third after Hanover tied the score at 8-8. Carl Pressprich (Ann Arbor/Gabriel Richard) scored two minutes into the fourth quarter as Albion built a three-goal lead. Pressprich, a defender who had not scored a goal until today, tacked on Albion's final goal with less than five minutes remaining.

"Carl got a lot of stops on defense and then he got goals of his own," DeCola said.

Kilpatrick finished with five goals, bringing his season total to 15. Genord produced two goals, Joe Braley (Davison) contributed a goal and two assists, and Joel Hedemark (Chesterfield/L'Anse Creuse North) and Tim Urso (Novi/Detroit Catholic Central) dished out three assists apiece.

Goalkeeper Kyle Formanczyk (Chesterfield/L'Anse Creuse North) collected nine saves.

Albion will hit the road for a Wednesday match against Midwest Lacrosse Conference rival Adrian College. The Britons return home April 7 for a 1:00 p.m. match against Fontbonne (Mo.).


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