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Albany Knocks Off Men's Lacrosse, 11-7, in America East Semifinals
BALTIMOREó Albany (5-10) scored four goals in a 1:41 span in the first quarter and never trailed again, as the third-seeded Great Danes defeated second-seeded UMBC (4-9), 11-7, in the America East Conference semifinals played at UMBC Stadium.
Albany will advance to the championship game, which will be played at top-seeded Stony Brook at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.
UMBCís streak of four straight title game appearances came to an end. The Retrievers had participated in four consecutive NCAA Menís Lacrosse tournaments.
Senior attackman Dave Brock led a balanced attack with two goals and an assist. Sophomore midfielder Jack Reynolds and freshman midfielder Dwayne Stewart scored two goals apiece.
UMBC was paced by sophomore attackman Rob Grimm, who scored three goals and added an assist. Senior midfielder Maxx Davis scored a goal and added two assists and senior attackman Chris Jones recorded a pair of goals.
Davis put UMBC on the board with an unassisted goal just 2:35 into the contest, but the Great Danes would score on their first four shots of the game. Reynolds tied the game on an unassisted goal at the 4:39 into the quarter and defender Anthony Ostrander ended the run with his first career goal at the 6:20 mark.
Jones scored back-to-back goals to bring the Retrievers to within 4-3 after one quarter, but Stewart scored a pair of goals and Grimm only had one response as the visitors went into intermission with a 6-4 advantage.
The Retrievers drought would last over 20 minutes as Albany scored two unanswered third quarter goals and led, 8-4, after 45 minutes.
Grimm gave the home fans some hope as he converted a Davis feed 2:15 into final quarter. But Albany netminder John Carroll made five of his 11 saves in the fourth quarter to thwart any UMBC rally. The Great Danes iced the game with back-to-back scores by Rocky Bonitatibus and Brock to lead, 10-5, with 5:24 remaining.
Albany held Kyle Wimer, the Retrieversí leading scorer, and Matt Latham, its leading goal-scorer off the board in the contest. Wimer had scored a point in 31 consecutive games, while Latham had 15 goals in five previous career meetings against Albany.
The win by Albany snapped a four-game losing streak to the Retrievers and the Great Danes improved to 3-2 vs. UMBC in five postseason meetings.