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UAlbany Drops Season Opener in Carrier Dome

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Syracuse, N.Y. – Following its first-ever Final Four appearance, the University at Albany men’s lacrosse team (0-1) opened its new campaign with a 13-5 loss to the Syracuse Orange (1-1) at the Carrier Dome Saturday.

Sophomore attackman Tehoka Nanticoke and senior midfielder Noah Taylor each scored twice as UAlbany netted its fewest goals in a game since it was shutout by Stony Brook in 2010. Senior midfielder Sean Eccles added the remaining tally.

“I just thought we struggled offensively,” UAlbany head coach Scott Marr said. “We didn’t take good quality shots and missed on some opportunities we did have. Give credit to Syracuse. I knew they were going to be hungry.”

Junior goalkeeper Nate Siekierski made 16 saves in his first collegiate start but the Great Danes failed to keep pace with the Syracuse attack.

UAlbany scored two quick goals in the opening three minutes, taking what proved to be its only lead of the game.

Led by senior attackman Bradley Voigt, the Orange responded with five unanswered goals spanning the first and second quarters, pushing Syracuse ahead 8-4 at halftime.

Siekierski kept the Danes afloat with his goaltending, denying three quality scoring opportunities at the start of the third quarter. Both teams stood up defensively in the frame, with the lone score coming on an unassisted goal by Voigt at 2:47.

Taylor opened the scoring in the fourth quarter, cutting the Syracuse lead to 9-5 with 13:25 remaining. That was as close as UAlbany would get in the second half. Sophomore midfielder Brendan Curry answered with two goals as the Orange took command of the game and road easily to victory.

Voigt finished with six goals and Curry added five to give Syracuse its first win of the season. The Danes were outshot 48-34 as they dropped their season opener for the third time in four years.

“We’ve been to the Tournament 10 times, and we’ve lost to Syracuse in this position before,” Marr said. “It’s not the end of our season. It’s one game.”

UAlbany looks to get in the win column Saturday Feb. 23 when it hits the road to play Drexel.

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