It was six of one and half a dozen of the other for the UAlbany men’s lacrosse team on Saturday.
Didn’t matter what you called it, because six goals by Stony Brook in the first quarter and six more in the fourth quarter added up to a road loss for the Great Danes against a fellow America East contender and longtime rival.
The Seawolves (5-3, 3-1) put UAlbany (4-2, 2-2) in a 6-1 hole to start the game, then extinguished any glimmer of a comeback with a late scoring burst to polish off a 16-10 victory.
The Great Danes got within 12-10 with 5:51 left in the game on freshman Logan Tucker’s fourth goal of the game, but Stony Brook responded right away with a man-up goal by Patrick Kaschalk 23 seconds later, and he got another one with 3:59 left to give the Seawolves the upper hand at 14-10.
“It got away from us in the first quarter,” UAlbany head coach Scott Marr said. “You can’t spot them 6-1. I’m not going to make any excuses, they just outplayed us in the first quarter. We were sleeping. We didn’t get off the bus at that point. Then you’re trying to get out of a hole the whole game.
“That’s what happens when you play catch-up, you get to a point, and all they have to do is score one and the lead’s back to three or four. It’s just tough to get out of.”
It was 6-1 before the game was 10 minutes old, bad enough for Marr to pull goalie Liam Donnelly in favor of Will Ramos.
Marr called timeout after Donnelly let in a long shot by Matt DeMeo with 5:22 left in the first quarter, but Marr said Donnelly’s play was only a small part of the problem at that point.
“I didn’t think he was responsible for the six goals,” Marr said. “I thought he was responsible for two of the six, or three, in a way. But it was a little more to get a little spark, maybe Will can provide us with something. And I thought he did.
“He played well. In that third quarter, he had three or four saves, and we had a breakdown in our ride and gave up a goal to a longstick to make it 7-5. We were right there and then gave up a bad goal, not that that was Will’s fault.”
Three straight unanswered goals by Tehoka Nanticoke got the Great Danes within 6-5 with 4:32 left in the first half.
But Ballston Spa High graduate Austin Deskewicz won the ensuing faceoff so cleanly from UAlbany’s Regan Endres that Deskewicz was able to start a fast break and found Devin O’Leary for an easy goal 13 seconds after Nanticoke had scored.
That’s where it stood at halftime, and after the teams traded goals in the third quarter, UAlbany couldn’t get any closer than two of the lead in the fourth.
With the Great Danes playing high-risk pressure defense late, the Seawolves rattled off four goals in the final 5:28.
Tucker’s fourth goal to get it to 12-10 was a sparkling display of UAlbany tic-tac-toe scoring prowess that only showed up in glimpses.
Jakob Patterson cut toward the middle, faked an over-the-back-shoulder pass to Nanticoke, then pulled it back and used a forehand dump-down that Nanticoke tossed to Tucker with a no-look over-the-shoulder.
Tucker made no mistake on the finish.
“He played well,” Marr said. “He’s a good, smart player and shoots the ball the way we ask him to shoot the ball and puts it in the back of the goal. He’s a young kid, but he’s stepped up and played well as a rookie.”
UAlbany gets one more America East game next Saturday, at home against UMass Lowell, before the April 8 trip to play at Syracuse.
“It [Stony Brook loss] doesn’t help, but there’s still a lot to be played,” Marr said. “We still have to play Vermont again. Stony Brook’s got to play Vermont, and Stony Brook’s got a loss already to UMBC. So there’s still a lot to go.”
UAlbany 2 3 2 3 — 10
Stony Brook 6 1 3 6 — 16
UAlbany scoring: Nanticoke 4-1, Casey 0-2, Patterson 0-4, John 0-2, Tucker 4-0, Hogg 1-0, Goldsmith 0-1, Burgmaster 1-0. Stony Brook scoring: Pallonetti 2-2, Vanginhoven 2-3, Anderson 1-3, Pearson 2-0, Kaschalk 3-0, McCannell 1-0, Deskewicz 0-2, Pickel 2-2, DeMeo 1-1, O’Leary 1-0.
Goalies: UAlbany, Donnelly, 1 save; Ramos, 6 saves. Stony Brook, Palma, 12 saves.