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UAlbany Wins Thriller, Beats Drexel 13-12

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Philadelphia, PA – High intensity, momentum swings, and edge-of-your-seat action. This one had it all.

The University at Albany men’s lacrosse team (1-1) defeated the Drexel Dragons (1-2) 13-12 at Vidas Field Saturday in a wild game that featured five ties and three lead changes.

Junior attackman Jakob Patterson led all scorers with five goals and junior attacking midfielder David Diamond added four as UAlbany withstood Drexel’s second half push to win its first game of the season.

Junior goalkeeper Nate Siekierski made 14 saves including a key stop from 12-yards out in the final seconds of the game to secure his first career win as a collegiate starter.

“We had guys step up today,” UAlbany head coach Scott Marr said. “We had good team chemistry. I thought our goaltender played outstanding. He made big saves at big times.”

Drexel started fast, amassing an early 4-1 lead midway through the first.

UAlbany’s offense came alive in the second quarter, ripping off a four-goal stretch that included a buzzer-beater from Diamond to put the Great Danes ahead 6-5 at halftime.

After Drexel tied the game at seven early in the third, the Danes responded. Patterson scored two goals while Davis and sophomore attackman Tehoka Nanticoke tacked on two more to give UAlbany an 11-7 advantage with 5:31 remaining in the frame.

Drexel answered with a five-goal run that bridged the third and fourth quarters, retaking the lead 12-11.

As pace slowed, Patterson scored his fifth to tie it with 8:02 to play while Diamond provided what proved to be the game-winner with 5:46 remaining. The Dragons threatened in the final moments but UAlbany’s defense stood tall to seal the victory.

Junior attackman Reid Bowering and junior midfielder Collin Mailman both scored three goals in defeat for Drexel. Junior goalkeeper John Roulston stopped 14 shots.

The Great Danes, who scored their fewest goals in a game since 2010 last week versus Syracuse, ran well in transition and assisted on six of their scores.

“We moved the ball a lot better today,” Patterson said. “I thought we got our motion going, moved the ball, and we were glad to get the ‘W.’”

UAlbany looks to win its second game of the season Saturday afternoon at Cornell.

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