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UAlbany Spring Stomps UMBC, Defeat Retrievers 9-7

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Albany, N.Y. – The University at Albany men’s lacrosse team (5-6) exacted revenge on the group that ended its 10-0 start to the season last spring.

Withstanding a late rally, the Great Danes held on to defeat UMBC 9-7 in its annual Spring Stomp game at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium Saturday.

Sophomore attackman Tehoka Nanticoke recorded three goals and one assist and senior midfielder Sean Eccles scored twice as six different players contributed to the scoring attack for UAlbany.

Junior goalkeeper Nate Siekierski made 10 stops behind a strong defensive performance to help the Great Danes win their fourth conference game and retain their share of first place in the America East.

“I was proud of my guys for hanging in there,” UAlbany head coach Scott Marr said.  “I thought the defense played great. We had some key ground balls there at the end of the game.”

UMBC struck first, but the Great Danes responded with a 6-0 run that gave them a five-goal edge at the end of the first quarter.

After the Retrievers cut the deficit to three, an impressive setup from Nanticoke to junior attackman Jakob Patterson gave UAlbany a 7-3 lead with just seconds remaining in the half.

The two teams traded goals in the third quarter, but UMBC opened the fourth with three scores to cut the deficit to 8-7 with 4:42 remaining.

Then, on the man-up with 1:08 left in the game, Nanticoke provided the dagger from the top of the box to propel UAlbany to victory.

Freshman midfielder Taylor Bohanan scored twice for UMBC in defeat. Sophomore goalkeeper Tommy Lingner made 12 saves.

It was the Danes’ fifth contest decided by two goals or less this season. UAlbany is 2-3 in those games.

“We’re just going to keep working, keep practicing, keep trying to put ourselves in position to win the conference tournament and go to the NCAA Tournament,” Marr said.

The Great Danes return to action Fri. April 19 for a big game against No.5 Yale.

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