UAlbany Falls Short to NO. 7 Maryland 14-9
Albany, NY – Another game, another frustrating defeat for the Great Danes.
The University at Albany men’s lacrosse team (1-4) dropped its third consecutive contest Saturday against No. 7 Maryland at Casey Stadium, marking its toughest start to a season since 2011-12.
Junior attackman Mitch Laffin scored three goals while junior attackman Jakob Patterson added two for the Danes in defeat.
Sophomore attackman Tehoka Nanticoke did not play, per a coach’s decision.
Junior goalkeeper Nate Siekierski made nine saves behind a strong defensive effort, but UAlbany never recovered from the 5-0 Maryland run that closed out the first half.
“All in all, our effort was fantastic,” UAlbany head coach Scott Marr said. “Even though we gave up 14 goals, I thought we had some great, great stands.”
After Patterson tied the game at two with 12:11 remaining in the second quarter, Maryland’s offense came alive. The Terrapins scored five unanswered goals, the last coming in the final seconds of the half,
to give them a 7-2 advantage at the break.
Later, with UAlbany trailing 8-4 midway through the third, senior midfielders Sean Eccles and Noah Taylor combined for a pair of goals to cut the Danes’ deficit in half.
Maryland responded with two scores to open the fourth quarter, extending its lead to 10-6.
With the game threatening to get away, Laffin netted three goals for UAlbany in a four-minute span. His last, coming at the 7:22 mark, brought the Danes within 11-9.
The Terrapins withstood the rally, holding UAlbany scoreless over the last seven minutes of the game and added three goals for good measure to dash the Danes’ comeback hopes.
Junior attackman Jared Bernhardt and senior attackman Louis Dubick both scored three goals for
Maryland as the Terrapins improved to 6-1. Senior goalkeeper Danny Dolan stopped nine shots.
The Great Danes, who are averaging just 10.2 goals per game this season, remain optimistic they can turn their season around.
“I thought we played with tremendous energy, a lot of passion and a lot of positive energy,” Marr said.
“We’re a young team, and we just have to get better at some of the small things.”
UAlbany returns to action Sat. March 13 against UMass Lowell.