Albany beats UMBC 20-11 to repeat as America East tournament champs
STONY BROOK, N.Y. -- Last season, Albany defeated UMBC by nine to secure the America East tournament title. In 2014, the Great Danes did it again. UAlbany took down UMBC 20-11 to earn its second consecutive America East title and sixth in school history.
“We are thrilled to be champions again, what an unbelievable effort from our team, from our face-off guy and then our defense, and then our offense took over in the second half,” said UAlbany coach Scott Marr, who has been at the helm for all six of the school’s America East titles.
With the victory, UAlbany (11-5) has earned an automatic qualifier into the NCAA tournament starting next week.
Lyle Thompson, named to the AE all-tournament team, earned eight points in the game, off three goals and five assists, to total 114 for the season, tying the NCAA Division I single-season points record set by Steve Marohl of UMBC in 1992.
“It is not a thought in my head, but it is an honor to have my name in the history books,” Thompson said. “But it is more important for us to get the win [Saturday] as a team.”
Miles Thompson earned America East tournament MVP honors, scoring seven goals and two assists Saturday, after earning 18 goals and four assists in the tournament. His 18 goals and 22 total points are conference tournament records.
The duo also set a NCAA Division I first, becoming the first pair of teammates to each score more than 100 points in the same season. Lyle Thompson has 114 points, while Miles Thompson currently has 106.
“One of our goals was to win the America East championship, but a bigger goal is to win the NCAA,” Miles Thompson said.
“We have been working on this all year, and we are excited to go back to the NCAA,” added Ty Thompson, who had four goals Saturday.
In addition, Doug Eich and Blaze Riorden also were named to the AE all-tournament team. Eich, after earning the game-winning goal Thursday, caused two turnovers and had an assist. Riorden earned the victory in the cage with 10 saves.
For UMBC (8-7), Pat Young led the team with three goals and an assist. Matt Gregoire had a hat trick. Gregoire, an all-tournament team selection, set a program record with his 48th goal of the season.
Also named to the all-tournament team were UMBC’s Zach Esser and Phil Poe, Binghamton’s Michael Antinozzi and Greg Cove and Stony Brook’s Mike Andreassi and Hayden Johnstone.
America East Athletics contributed to this report.