Albany Sneaks One Out

Albany sneaks one out, 13-12 over UMASS. In a battle between two Top 20 Ranked D1 teams, the #13 UMass Minutemen (2-1) ventured to John Fallon Field to take on the #19 Albany Great Danes (4-1).

Graydon Hogg (3g) followed :08 later by the player of the game, Jakob Patterson (3g,5a) staked Albany to a quick 2-0 lead with 13:34 left in the first. Devin Spencer (4a) hit a breaking Gabriel Procyk (4g) to make it 2-1. Peter Salit (1g) had a retort but all that did was kick off a goal exchange.

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Procyk picked up his second and Alex Burgmaster (1g) scored on the man up to push Albany to a 4-2 edge. Jeff Trainor (1g,1a) on a man-up of his own, and Billy Phillpot (2g) added another man-up tally that ended the first at 4-4. Despite the high scoring first quarter, only two goals were scored in the second, by The Great Danes.

Hogg and Patterson nabbing his 6th pushed Albany to a 6-4 lead at the half. The score moved to 7-4 when Ron John (1g) scored at 13:04. After a scoreless 19:33, Dillan Arrent (3g) ended the drought before another EMO was posted by Hogg. Procyk and Patterson took turns and Phillpot picked up his 5th to set up the dramatic final stanza. Albany still holding the lead, 9-7.

Kyle Casey (2g,2a) increased the deficit but, in a span of seven seconds. Procyk and Arrant brought the Minutemen right back, 10-9. Camden Hay (1g) and Kevin Tobin (1g) exchanged markers as did Casey and Arrant. With 3:27 left Mike Tobin (1g) evened the score and it appeared whoever had the ball last would persevere.

Chris Ryan (1g) stepped up and with 1:59 left, Albany laid claim to the 13-12 victory as they shut the door on UMass. More Schtuff: Shots favored UMass, 45-41 as well as Shots on Goal, 28-23. Albany led the turnover battle, 18-11 as well as Ground Balls, 42-37. UMass keeper, Matt Knote made 10 saves while Albany’s Liam Donnelly turned away 16. Albany sneaks one out, 13-12 over UMASS.

Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.