April 19, 2014

Thompson Brothers Lead Albany Past UMBC

from press release

BALTIMORE – With Miles Thompson and Lyle Thompson setting new career records in UAlbany men's lacrosse history, the Great Danes defeated UMBC on the road 17-14 on Saturday afternoon.

UAlbany (7-5, 4-0 AE) stays undefeated in conference play with the win over UMBC (6-6, 2-2 AE) and sets up a showdown with Binghamton next Saturday at John Fallon Field to determine the 1-seed in the upcoming America East Tournament.

"We weathered the storm and came out well in the second half, we had good answers and we kept confident on our offense and defense," said UAlbany head coach Scott Marr.

Miles Thompson, with 10 points today off six goals and four assists, stands with 251 points in his collegiate career, surpassing Merrick Thomson's former mark of 244 points from 2004-07.

Also, Lyle Thompson became the new UAlbany all-time assists leader with five today, as well as two goals, to total 134 in his college career, passing Luke Daquino's 131-assist tally from 2002-05.

"To have that skill level and break the record of great players before them, it speaks to the credit of their skills and unselfish play, and it makes them great," said Marr.

In the cage, Blaze Riorden matched a career-high 20 saves in the game to lead the defense. UAlbany did not relinquish the lead after getting the advantage 2:02 in.

"We played a lot of defense due to faceoffs, but my defense made my life easier with long shots," said Riorden.

"That is our style of play, playing fast and scoring a lot of goals," said Miles Thompson.

Matthew Bertrams earned a career-high four goals in the game, while Ty Thompson finished with two goals and three assists.

For UMBC, Nate Lewnes scored a career-high five goals, while Pat Young and Max Maxwell each had four points.

UAlbany struck first in the opening quarter. As Lyle Thompson was double teamed behind the net, he found a charging Bertrams for a score. Bertrams scored again on the next possession, coming from the near side to score over the keeper's shoulder. Ty and Miles Thompson keyed up for the next two scores: Miles Thompson faked a shot and passed to Ty Thompson instead right next to the cage for the score, then later off a restart, Ty Thompson found Miles Thompson for the behind the back goal to make it 4-0. UMBC scored two quick goals from Young and Lewnes to pull within two. UAlbany responded quickly, with Lyle Thompson finding Miles Thompson for a goal, tying Miles with the all-time points record and Lyle with the all-time assists record, then quickly after, UAlbany won the faceoff and saw Lyle Thompson score straight away. In the closing minute of the quarter, John Maloney avoided a double team and threw the ball to Ryan Feuerstein, who ripped a shot into the cage for the score, setting the score at 7-2 UAlbany after the first quarter.

In the start of the second period, each side exchanged a score, with Lewnes scoring a second goal and Bertrams scoring a third for UAlbany as the score came to 8-3. UMBC responded with a 3-0 run, winning faceoffs and keeping possession, capped by a Dylan McDermott dodge and score, to make it 8-6. UMBC got on offense again, but the defense held as Doug Eich forced a turnover at midfield. Eich cleared himself, found Miles Thompson next to the cage for the score to stop the run for UMBC. UMBC kept winning the faceoff and added two more goals before the end of the quarter as UAlbany held the advantage 9-8 at the break.

First portion of the third quarter saw no scoring, as UAlbany held on man-down defense and cleared. Five minutes in, UAlbany got to man-up on a UMBC penalty. Miles Thompson quickly found Bennett Drake, who came in front of the goal and scored. Eich added another point on the next possession, causing a turnover and clearing, finding Lyle Thompson for the rip and score. UMBC scored on a Zack Linkous shot, which was countered by Bertrams's fourth goal on a set up by Miles Thompson, putting UAlbany ahead 12-10. Two minutes later on man-up, Young score just inside the post to pull the home team within one. UA countered again with a Miles Thompson unassisted score, setting the score to 13-10, the tally at the end of the third.

Into the fourth quarter, a Riorden save protected UAlbany on man-down. The other way, Lyle Thompson drew a pair of defenders and found Matt Garziano for the score. After another Gregoire scored, the three Thompsons combined for the next goal: Lyle Thompson caused the turnover on the clear attempt, Ty Thompson got the pass, and Miles Thompson got the next pass for the goal. UMBC got to within 15-13 with UAlbany on 6-on-4 man down, but the Great Danes held, adding goals from Ty Thompson and Lyle Thompson to push the lead 17-13. UMBC added another goal, but UAlbany held for the 17-14 victory.

UAlbany returns home to take on arch-rival Siena on Tuesday, April 22nd at 7 p.m. at John Fallon Field.

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