Albion Loses Q4 Lead, Falls to Adrian in Key MIAA Match

ALBION, Mich. Whether Albion got caught up in the moment of taking a one-goal lead into the fourth quarter can be debated, the fact is the Britons rarely had opportunities to attack in the fourth quarter in a 10-8 loss to Adrian in the match to decide the MIAA championship.

The Britons, who finished the regular season at 10-5 and 5-1 against MIAA rivals, will host Trine University at 7:00 p.m. Thursday in a semifinal round match of the league tournament.

The Adrian defense shutout Dan Genord, Albion's leading scorer, but Tim Urso picked up the slack by producing six goals. Urso's goal with 2:05 left in the third game Albion a 8-7 lead.

Adrian dominated possession in the fourth quarter, but Albion goalkeeper Kyle Formanczyk stopped the first two shots of the period. Tom Thielman tallied the tying goal for the Bulldogs three minutes into the period.

An example of Albion trying too hard came midway in the fourth period when a Briton midfielder was unable to catch a 50-yard pass from Formanczyk on a clearing attempt. Adrian took advantage of the failed clear as Drake Dailey-Chwalibog scored the first of his two goals in the fourth.

Albion trailed 3-2 late in the first quarter, but it scored three times on an extra-man opportunity to lead 5-3. Urso scored twice and Jamie Kehoe tacked on a goal. Cameron Braun assisted on two of the scores.

Adrian shutout the Britons, 3-0, in the second quarter to hold a 6-5 lead at halftime.

Urso scored the first and third goals as Albion scored three times in the third to take the lead into the final quarter.


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