Despite a 14-point performance by the Thompson trio, the University at Albany men’s lacrosse team fell to No. 4 seed Denver, 19-14, in the NCAA tournament Saturday at Peter Barton Stadium.
UAlbany, the highest-scoring team in the nation, finished the season 13-5, while the Pioneers improved to 13-4 and face No. 5 seed North Carolina in the NCAA quarterfinals.
“Our team played their hearts out,” said head coach Scott Marr. “Credit to Denver for capitalizing on their opportunities, and good luck to them next week.”
UAlbany jumped out to a 3-1 lead with 6:07 left in the first stanza. Lyle Thompson wasted little time, scoring 2:35 in. Following Denver’s Sean Cannizzaro’s goal, Miles Thompson set up both Mike Woods and Ty Thompson for back-to-back goals.
Denver responded with two goals to end the quarter and tie the game, 3-3. Wesley Berg and Eric Law each tallied to equalize the contest.
Schenectady’s Tim Cox opened up the second quarter with a top-shelf goal from eight yards out to give the Great Danes a 4-3 lead with 12:13 left in the half.
The Pioneers’ Berg exploded with four of the team’s six second-quarter goals to grab a 9-5 lead.
Down three scores at the half, Cox started off the Great Dane offense in the third quarter the same way as the second with his second goal of the contest to cut the deficit to two, 9-7, with 12:18 left.
After a Denver goal, face-off specialist Kevin Glueckert set up Lyle Thompson, who rattled off his second goal and third point of the game to move into second in NCAA history for points in a season with 111. He also broke the America East Conference record that was set by Delaware’s John Grant in 1999 (110).
UAlbany 3 3 4 4 — 14
Denver 3 6 6 4 — 19
UAlbany scoring: Lyle Thompson 4-1, Ty Thompson 3-0, Tim Cox 2-0, Miles Thompson 1-5, Derrick Eccles 1-0, Matt Garziano 1-1, Mike Woods 1-0, Jon Newhouse 1-0, Ryan Feuerstein 0-1, Kevin Glueckert 0-1. Denver scoring: Wesley Berg 8-1, Eric Law 4-1, Cameron Flint 4-0, Sean Cannizzaro 2-0, Eric Adamson 1-3, Gordie Koerber 0-3, Taylor Young 0-2, Colin Scott 0-1.
Goalies: UAlbany, Blaze Riorden, 12 saves. Denver, Ryan LaPlante, 8 saves; Jamie Faus, 7 saves.