ITHACA — UAlbany men’s lacrosse fell behind early in its season opener Saturday against Cornell, and while the Great Danes put on a spirited chase to keep things close for a while, ultimately they ran out of steam in the second half.
Cornell scored the first five goals of Saturday’s game at Schoellkopf Field, and after UAlbany made a push to make it a two-goal game at the half, the Big Red pulled away in the final 30 minutes for a 16-8 win.
Cornell, which along with the rest of the Ivy League did not play in 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, was playing its first game in more than 700 days.
The Big Red didn’t take much time to get back in the swing of things, scoring five times in the game’s first eight minutes and 57 seconds before UAlbany finally got on the board when Joey Pezzimenti and Amos Whitcomb scored within 30 seconds of each other.
UAlbany trailed 7-3 after one quarter and cut the deficit to 8-6 at halftime, but Cornell outscored the Great Danes 8-2 in the second half to pull away for the win.
“Tough start going down 5-0,” UAlbany coach Scott Marr said in a release. “We’re a very young team. Once we settled in, we fought hard to get to 8-6 at half. In the second half we had too many self-inflicted wounds and the gap widened. We played very well at times and it was a good learning day for a young team.”
CJ Kirst put up four goals and three assists for Cornell, while Aiden Blake tallied four goals and an assist. Whitcomb, a freshman in his first career college game, scored twice as the only UAlbany player with multiple goals. Graydon Hogg added a goal and two assists, and goalie Tommy Heller made nine saves in his first career start.
UAlbany will be back on the road next Saturday, traveling to Philadelphia for a game at Drexel.
UAlbany 3 3 1 1 — 8
Cornell 7 1 3 5 — 16
UAlbany scoring: Pezzimenti 1-0, Whitcomb 2-0, McComber 0-1, Pucci 1-1, Hogg 1-2, Seneca 1-0, Endres 0-1, Decker 1-1, Moran 0-1, fingar 1-0, Tucker 0-1. Cornell scoring: Long 2-1, Blake 4-1, Licciardi 0-1, Kirst 4-3, Kelleher 2-1, Piatelli 2-2, Boyle 2-1, Lombardi 0-1. Goalies: UAlbany, Heller, 9 saves. Cornell, Ierlan, 9 saves.
SIENA MEN FALL
LOUDONVILLE — For the second straight game, a slow start derailed Siena men’s lacrosse.
After stumbling at the start a week earlier in their opener against LIU, the same problem befell the Saints in their home opener on Saturday against Providence at Hickey Field, as they fell 13-8 in a game where they allowed the Friars to score the game’s first 10 goals.
Providence (2-1 overall) scored three goals in the first quarter, four in the second and three more in the third before a Pratt Reynolds goal got Siena (0-2 overall) on the board with 6:27 left in the third.
Matt Grillo scored five goals, Jack Horrigan scored three and Ryan Bell dished out four assists for Providence.
Christian Watts had a hat trick for Siena, Reynolds scored twice and Luke Julien notched a team-high three assists.
Siena will be back in action for a midweek road game on Wednesday at No. 10 Army West Point.
Providence 3 4 4 2 — 13
Siena 0 0 2 6 — 8
Providence scoring: Grillo 2-0, Horrigan 3-0, McGreen 2-2, Cusolito 1-1, Driscoll 1-0, Thureson 1-0, Bell 0-4, Edwards 0-1. Siena scoring: Watts 3-0, Reynolds 2-0, Kiernan 1-0, Rusnak 1-0, Casner 1-0, Julien 0-3, DiChristina 0-1. Goalies: Providence, Harris, 12 saves; Collins, 6 saves. Siena, Yanchoris, 11 saves; Arcuri, 2 saves.
UALBANY WOMEN ROLL
HAMILTON — UAlbany women’s lacrosse dominated from start to finish of Saturday’s game against Colgate, scoring the game’s first 17 goals and racing to a 19-2 victory.
The win was UAlbany’s most lopsided since a 23-5 blowout against Hartford on April 20, 2019.
Hailey Carroll scored five goals for UAlbany (1-1 overall) on a day where 12 different Great Danes found the back of the net. UAlbany scored six goals in the first quarter, five in the second and six more in the third before Colgate finally got on the board with 13:12 left in the fourth quarter.
“Today was a great team win and I’m so proud of the team for competing from start to finish,” UAlbany coach Katie Thomson said. “All of our players contributed greatly.”
UAlbany 6 5 6 2 — 19
Colgate 0 0 0 2 — 2
UAlbany scoring: Hogg 0-1, Carroll 5-0, Maloney 1-1, Pascale 1-2, Falk 1-1, Alliegro 2-0, Buckingham 0-1, Frink 1-0, Jones 1-1, Dineen 1-0, Canning 0-1, Futia 0-2, Poupard 2-0, Rowe 1-1, Weaver 1-1, Santana 1-2, McCauley 1-0. Colgate scoring: Farriss 1-0, Lucey 1-0, Lang 0-2. Goalies: Colgate, Cunningham, 5 saves; Lynch, 6 saves. UAlbany, Chiarella, 3 saves; Sweeney, 3 saves; Driscoll, 3 saves.