Albion Rallies Twice But Falls to CUW

ALBION, Mich. Albion twice dug out of two-goal deficits, but the third time wasn't the charm. Concordia University scored three times in the fourth quarter and it withstood a furious rally in the closing moments to send the Britons to a 10-9 setback in non-league action at Sprankle-Sprandel Stadium.

Albion trailed 3-1 midway through the second quarter, but it erased the deficit with a four-goal binge in three minutes. Dan Genord scored three times and Mitch Loney produced a goal and an assist as the Britons surged to a 5-3 lead with 4:44 left in the first half.

Concordia scored the next four as Peter Morton's tally gave the Falcons a 7-5 lead with 9:19 to play in the third quarter. While the box score shows Albion went 3 for 3 on its clearing opportunities in the third quarter, Coach Jake DeCola said the Britons inability to move the ball to its forwards proved to be the difference.

"We did everything we could, but we didn't clear," DeCola said. "There are a lot of positives to take away from this game, but if you can't clear it makes it difficult to win."

Albion rallied again, this time Cameron Braun and Joel Hedemark scored 10 seconds apart as the Britons forged a 7-7 tie going into the fourth quarter.

Justin Krause and Tyson Roe scored in a 1:37 span early in the fourth as Concordia built another two-goal cushion. Krause's second goal of the quarter his third of the season with less than four minutes remaining proved to be the game-winner.

Tim Urso produced a pair of man-advantage goals for Albion, and the Britons had the ball with a chance to produce the tying goal in the final minute. Concordia goalkeeper Zack Davis stopped Alexander Dziewit's shot with 37 seconds remaining and the Falcons were able to get a successful clear to run off the remaining time.

Albion stood toe-to-toe with Concordia statistically. The Falcons finished with a 38-34 edge in shots and Albion had a 34-33 edge in ground balls.

Albion will play its first true road match of the season March 17 when it travels to Rock Island, Ill., for a match-up with Augustana College.


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