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.
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.