March 8, 2011

Freshman Goalie Sparks Albany Upset of UMass, 'The Kind of Game You Live For'

from press release

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Freshman goalkeeper Edmund Cathers made 17 saves and stopped Mike Fetterly's shot with 11 seconds remaining, as the Albany men's lacrosse team upended fifth-ranked Massachusetts, 9-8, on Tuesday at John Fallon Field. The previously unbeaten Minutemen entered the contest ranked No. 5 in both the USILA and Nike/Inside Lacrosse national polls.

Albany (2-1) took a 9-7 lead midway through the final period when Brian Caufield collected a ground ball at midfield during a clearing attempt and passed ahead to Scott Raffensperger. The senior defenseman found Joe Resetarits on the left side of the crease and he sent a blast into the cage.

Resetarits, a junior attackman, who had three goals and one assist, made two hustle plays late in the fourth quarter, including a back check of Tom Celentani, that caused a turnover and preserved his team's two goal advantage with less than two minutes to play.

However, Massachusetts (4-1) would still have an opportunity to force an extra period. Ryan Hantverk sliced the deficit in half with 30.2 seconds remaining when he drove from the left side and fired a shot high into the net. After Greg Rushing won the following faceoff, Cathers stopped Fetterly's attempt and sent the ball high into the UMass' offensive end to help run out the clock.

"That was the kind of game you live for," said Albany coach Scott Marr, whose squad beat a top-10 club for the first time since Feb. 24, 2007. "We never gave up the lead and it was a heck of an effort. Those two plays Joe [Resetarits] made were about effort, and that just radiates through the whole team."

The Great Danes, who were coming off Saturday's two-goal win over Delaware, built a 6-2 halftime cushion. Matt Johnson, who had a career-high four points, tallied two of his three goals in the second quarter. He moved in from the left wing and scored from the middle of the zone, his first of day, and then split two defenders to score using a high-to-low motion with 12 seconds left before the break.

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