(Photo Courtesy of UAlbany Athletics)
The UAlbany Great Danes are headed back to the America East title game for the first time since 2018 after taking down the UMBC Retrievers 14-12.
While the Danes rolled early and took a commanding 7-1 lead late in the first quarter, the top-seeded Retrievers weren’t going down that easy. UMBC went on a 6-1 run from the 1:04 mark in the first through the 2:42 mark in the third to cut the Albany lead to 8-7.
Albany veered back on course and used a three-goal run of their own to pull ahead 11-7 with 46 seconds left in the third. However, UMBC was able to use a four-goal run to tie things up at 11 with 9:52 remaining in regulation. Albany’s Kyle Casey and UMBC’s Brandon Galloway traded goals midway through the fourth before two straight from Corey Yunker and Ron John put this one away and sealed the win for the Danes.
Graydon Hogg led the way for Albany with a hat trick and an assist while Corey Yunker had a hat trick. Liam Donnelly made seven saves in cage.
Brandon Galloway had five goals for UMBC while Nick Dupuis had four goals and three assists for a game-high seven points.
Vermont 10, Stony Brook 7
After trailing 5-2 following the first quarter, the Catamounts defense bucked down and only allowed two goals for the remainder of the contest to help take down the Seawolves 10-7 and advance to the America East title game.
Ryan Cornell made 15 saves to lead the defensive effort for Vermont. Additionally, the Catamounts caused seven of Stony Brook’s 10 turnovers and won the ground ball battle 28-22.
Michael McCormack and David Closterman each had a hat trick to lead the Vermont offense.
The Catamounts scored seven straight from the 5:54 mark in the third through the 6:30 mark in the fourth to push ahead and secure the win.
Chris Pickle Jr. and Dylan Pallonetti each had two goals to lead Stony Brook.
America East Championship Game: UAlbany vs Vermont (Saturday, 10am – ESPNU)