Lyle Thompson Leads No. 13 Albany by Vermont

ALBANY, N.Y. - Senior Graham Horvath scored four times, but the Catamounts fell to 13th-ranked Albany in the conference opener Saturday at John Fallon Field. Albany improves to 4-4 overall and 1-0 in league play, while Vermont drops to 5-4 and 0-1 in conference.

Lyle Thompson led all scorers with seven points on five goals and two assists and Miles Thompson added three goals and three helpers to lead Albany. Horvath's four-goal performance for UVM was his second in a row. Alex Stanko picked up his first multi-goal game with two scores and fellow freshman Ian MacKay registered a goal and two assists.

After a score from Ty Thompson to begin the game, Horvath picked up three of the game's next four goals to give Vermont a 3-2 lead with 4:50 to play in the period.

The Great Danes scored back-to-back goals to take the lead, but Nick Bartlett was able to find the back of the net on a man-up opportunity with just one second left in the quarter to even the game at 4-4.

In the first three minutes of the second period, Albany scored three times to take a 7-4 advantage. Stanko responded for the Catamounts with a goal at the 9:54 mark to bring the Catamounts back within two.

Three different Albany players registered a goal apiece in the final 6:06 of the half to give the Great Danes a 10-5 lead heading into halftime.

Lyle Thompson and MacKay exchanged goals in the first six minutes of the third period. Albany then went on a run, scoring five in a row, led by Lyle Thompson's pair, to close out the quarter with a 16-6 lead.

Albany tallied the first three scores of the fourth to extend its advantage, and outscored the Catamounts 4-3 in the quarter. Horvath, Andrew Buckanavage and Stanko picked up the goals for Vermont. Albany went on for a 20-9 win to collect its fourth victory of the season.

Justin Rosenberg made nine saves in goal for Vermont, while Blaze Riorden stopped eight shots in the Albany cage to earn the win.

The Catamounts continue conference play at Stony Brook on Saturday (April 5) at 1:00 p.m.

2014-03-29



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