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LATE GOAL BY CROSS GIVES MEN'S LACROSSE A 10-9 WIN OVER AMERICA EAST DEFENDING CHAMPION ALBANY
Baltimore, MD—Junior attackman Rob Cross (Black River, NY) scored with 3:22 remaining as UMBC (3-3, 2-0 America East) outscored visiting Albany (4-3, 1-1 AEC), 3-0, in the final quarter and nipped the defending league champions, 10-9, at UMBC Stadium.
The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for
The tightly-played contest featured eight ties, and six lead changes as neither team established more than a one-goal advantage in the first 40 minutes of play. But the Great Danes took some degree of control when Merrick Thomson and Luke Daquino scored back-to-back goals late in the third period to give
But UMBC wiped that lead out in the first 54 seconds of the fourth quarter as sophomore midfielder James Hyland (St. Mary’s/Annapolis, MD) scored at the 40-second mark, and face-off specialist Pat Muston (Novi, MI) won the ensuing draw and tallied an unassisted score to knot the game at 9-9. Neither team could mount much of a scoring threat until senior midfielder Franklin Berry (Mt. Hebron/Ellicott City, MD) found Cross cutting toward the goal, and the first-time starter bounced a shot past
UMBC committed five turnovers down the stretch, but
Westervelt led UMBC with 2 goals and 2 assists, while
Muston of UMBC controlled 16 of 23 face offs for UMBC, as the Retrievers amassed 39 ground balls to UA’s 26.