Albany Downs Stony Brook in America East Semifinal Thriller
from press release
STONY BROOK, N.Y. – The in-state rivalry between No. 12 University at Albany and Stony Brook gave fans a thrilling 60-minute America East Conference Semifinal contest, with the Great Danes coming up on top, 17-15, on Thursday, May 2 at LaValle Stadium. UAlbany will advance to its 10th conference finals contest, fourth against UMBC, on Saturday, May 4 at 10 am on ESPNU.
"I am very proud of my team for the heart that they showed, to come back and win on Stony Brook's home field," said head coach Scott Marr on the thrilling semifinal win. "We kept saying that it was a 60-minute game and just keep playing and win by one."
With Stony Brook (7-9) holding a three-goal lead, 10-7, going into the second half, UAlbany (12-4) showed why it was the No. 1 offense in the country in the final 30 minutes of play.
Ryan Feuerstein sparked the momentum into the Great Dane favor off the first face-off in the second half. As soon as Kevin Glueckert kicked the face off towards the UAlbany end, Feuerstein picked up the ground ball on their own 40-yard line. From the 40, the junior midfielder took the ball the length of the field and ripped off an eight-yard shot 11 seconds in to cut the deficit to two, 10-8.
The Great Danes used their fast-paced transition defense following a Riorden save, who kicked a pass out to a running Tim Cox. Cox had one thought in his mind and ran 50 yards until he sent a shot from 12 yards out to bring UAlbany within one, 10-9, with 13:51 left.
Following a Stony Brook goal by Mike Andreassi, UAlbany rattled off three straight goals for its first lead, 12-11, since 51 seconds into the first quarter. John Maloney began the run with a one-timer from Miles Thompson that was followed 40 seconds later with a signature submarine shot from Derrick Eccles. The run was capped off by Cox's second unassisted goal of the night.
The Seawolves refused to go away, returning the favor with three consecutive goals of their own for a two goal lead, 14-12, with 10:01 remaining in the final stanza. Stony Brook used three different scorers during the run to keep the UAlbany defense on its toes.
Ty Thompson, a 2013 Tewaaraton Award nominee, proved why he belonged on the award's top-25 nominees. Miles Thompson found his cousin posted up for the first connection to cut the deficit to one, 14-13. Then Miles, from behind the net, hit a cutting Ty, who dazzled the crowd with an over-the-shoulder goal 22 second later to tie the contest at 14 with 9:02 remaining.
After the Seawolves' Brody Eastwood hit his career-best seventh goal for the team's final lead, 15-14, Ty rattled of his third goal of the game off of a bang-bang play from his cousin Ty 32 seconds later to tie the game for the fourth time and final time at 15.
The Great Danes put away the Seawolves when Lyle, from nine yards behind the net, hit a striding Feuerstein, who sent a laser to the bottom left corner of the net for the eventual game-winner. UAlbany padded the lead with Miles' having two defenders draped over him hit Will Fuller in front of the net to move onto the America East Conference Tournament Finals.
UAlbany goalie Blaze Riorden recorded eight saves on 23 chances to improve to 12-3. Stony Brook goalie Dan Shaughnessy tallied a game-high 12 saves on 29 chances to fall to 6-8 on the season.