Union men’s lacrosse loses first game of season

Union's Keaton McCann takes a shot on Middlebury goalie Finn O'Connor and between Luke Simpson and Bill Dobensky on Tuesday, March 22, 2022.

Union's Keaton McCann takes a shot on Middlebury goalie Finn O'Connor and between Luke Simpson and Bill Dobensky on Tuesday, March 22, 2022.

The Union men’s lacrosse team rallied in the fourth quarter and even got a potential tying shot off with 2 seconds left, but lost its first game of the season Saturday to RIT, 14-13, in a Liberty League game at RIT.

Union, ranked third in Inside Lacrosse’s Division III poll and fourth in the USILA poll, enjoyed a 21-9 faceoff advantage, but also committed an uncharacteristic 20 turnovers in falling to 2-1 in the league and 10-1 overall.

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RIT (2-1, 10-1), ranked third by the USILA and fourth by Inside Lacrosse, led 14-11 after three quarters. The Dutchmen made it 14-12 on Jack Donahue’s goal with 11:58 left, then closed the gap to one goal on Keaton McCann’s man-up goal with five minutes left.

McCann led Union with five goals. Brian Davis added two goals and an assist, while Hayden Frey contributed a goal and three assists. Dan Donahue made 13 saves.

RIT, the defending Division III national champion, was led by Marley Angus’ four goals and two assists.

Union next plays at RPI next Saturday. The Engineers lost their first league game to Clarkson on Saturday.

Union 4 3 4 2 — 13

RIT 4 5 5 0 — 14

Union scoring: McCann 5-0, B.Davis 2-1, Frey 1-3, McGovern 1-1, Kip 1-0, Georgiades 1-0, J. Donahue 1-0, Burnes 0-2, Greene 0-1. RIT scoring: Angus 4-2, Commandant 3-1, Bruno 2-1, Bell 2-0, Pilcher 1-1, Barnable 1-1, Grottenthaler 1-0, Jensen 0-1, Eistrat 0-1, Spillane 0-1. Goalies: Union, D. Donahue, 13 saves. RIT, Hutchison, 6 saves.

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Host UMBC appeared to take advantage of a tired UAlbany team, outscoring the Great Danes 6-1 in the first quarter en route to the America East win.

UMBC (1-2, 3-5), which had a 33-18 ground ball advantage on its Bermuda grass field, was led in scoring by Brian Tregoning’s three goals and three assists. Mike Doughty added two goals and four assists.

UAlbany (2-2, 4-6), which won an emotional 14-12 game over Syracuse on Thursday night, was led in scoring by Graydon Hogg’s two goals and one assist. Conner Fingar and Camden Hay each had a goal and an assist. Will Ramos made nine saves while allowing 13 goals.

“I take responsibility for putting my team in a tough position to play two games in less than 48 hours,” UAlbany coach Scott Marr said in a release. “A lot of factors go into today’s loss, but certainly a lot to learn from it as well. My boys played hard, but I think emotionally we were a little drained from the high of Thursday’s win over Syracuse.”

UAlbany hosts defending America East champion Vermont next Saturday.

UAlbany 1 2 1 3 — 7

UMBC 6 1 5 4 — 16

UAlbany scoring: Hogg 2-1, Fingar 1-1, Hay 1-1, Yunker 1-0, Whitcomb 1-0, Moran 1-0, LaPietro 0-1, McComber 0-1. UMBC scoring: Tregoning 3-3, Doughty 2-4, Bohanan 2-0, Hall 2-0, Baucia 2-0, Tang 1-1, Hoff 1-1, Galloway 1-0, Dudley 1-0, Campbell 1-0, Kasner 0-1, Thomas 0-1. Goalies: UAlbany, Ramos, 9 saves; VanValkenburgh, 1 save. UMBC, Lingner, 9 saves.

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Siena’s Jack Kiernan scored the last three goals of the game, all unassisted, in a span of 1:18, but the Saints only got one shot off in the final 3:46 and lost the MAAC game at Hickey Field.

Kiernan finished with a game-high six goals, tying a career high. Siena (1-3, 3-8) had a 16-3 faceoff advantage, but also committed 17 turnovers.

Jake Nicolosi’s three goals led Manhattan (3-1, 5-5).

Siena hosts St. Bonaventure next Saturday.

Manhattan 3 3 1 1 — 8

Siena 1 1 2 3 — 7

Manhattan scoring: Nicolosi 3-0, Gucwa 2-1, Mackinney 1-2, Krebs 1-0, Malpica 1-0, Pacher 0-1. Siena scoring: Kiernan 6-0, Reynolds 1-0, Van Schepen 0-1, Rusnak 0-1, Jeffrey 0-1. Goalies: Manhattan, Krebs, 7 saves. Siena, Yanchoris, 12 saves.

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Having lost the last two MAAC championships to Fairfield, Siena was ready for revenge at Hickey Field. The Saints scored seven first-quarter goals en route to handing Fairfield its first MAAC loss of the season.

Nicole McNeely had a game-high 10 points, which tied her career high, on six goals and four assists to lead Siena (3-2, 7-7). Mary Soures also scored six goals. Ally Mervine and Sabrina Krasner each played a half in goal and combined for 14 saves.

Siena plays at Quinnipiac on Wednesday.

Fairfield 3 4 2 2 — 11

Siena 7 3 4 2 — 16

Fairfield scoring: Talluto 5-0, Harrell 3-0, Grefenstette 2-0, Kozak 1-1, Doody 0-3, Rowe 0-1. Siena scoring: McNeely 6-4, Soures 6-0, Nieman 2-0, Wangsness 1-1, Kuprianchik 1-0, Dobrzynski 0-3. Goalies: Fairfield, Conquest, 0 saves; Collins, 3 saves. Siena, Mervine, 5 saves; Krasner, 9 saves.

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