No. 8 Albany edges No. 7 Yale 12-11
ALBANY, N.Y. -- In front of a program record 4,823 fans at Bob Ford Field, No. 8 Albany defeated No. 7 Yale 12-11 to earn a win in the first matchup of top-10 teams in the Capital District since 2007.
The victory for Albany (11-2) against Yale (9-3) gives the Great Danes its second against a ranked opponent this season (Drexel) and fourth victory in a row. UAlbany defeated a top-10 opponent in the regular season for the first time since a 25-10 win at No. 9 Massachusetts on March 8, 2014.
“I couldn’t be any more proud of the effort tonight,” Albany coach Scott Marr said. “We talked about the Medicine Game and playing for JP; it was a great team effort, we did not panic and we stayed with it the whole way.”
With Albany up 8-4, Yale scored six of the next seven goals to take a 10-9 lead with just over 13 minutes remaining. Albany rolled off three consecutive goals in the following 4:05 to lead 12-10. With Yale scoring with 36 seconds remaining, Blaze Riorden, who finished with 14 saves, saved a Harry Kucharczyk shot with 15 seconds left to seal the 12-11 victory for Albany.
“It was a total team effort; when the defense gives up shots I can save, on a good night, I can save them,” Riorden said. “What a great atmosphere here tonight.”
On the offensive end, Lyle Thompson earned seven points off three goals and four assists, having a hand in five of the team’s six first half scores. He now stands with 206 assists in his career, passing Rob Pannell and Darren Lowe to stand second in DI history, only behind Tim Nelson, who had 221 assists with NC State and Syracuse from 1982-1985.
“It was a good win, and a fun game to watch,” Thompson said. “Offensively, we did not get the ball much, but our defense did a great job tonight.”
Seth Oakes led Albany with four goals, while Connor Fields added three goals. Kyle McClancy and Tim Cox each netted a goal in the key fourth quarter 3-0 run.
It is the largest Albany home crowd for a men’s lacrosse game in Marr’s tenure. The previous high was 2,953 for Albany’s NCAA tournament home game on May 13, 2007.
For Yale, Eric Scott led the Bulldogs with four goals. Conrad Oberbeck, Ben Reeves and Jeff Cimbalista all netted two goals. Eric Natale finished with 10 saves in the defeat.