UMBC's season ends with 9-8 loss in OT

Resetarits scores winner, propels Albany into America East title game

May 06, 2004|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

The final game for the 2004 UMBC men's lacrosse team was a microcosm of its roller-coaster season.

There were five ties and four lead changes before freshman Frank Resetarits scored from 6 yards with 26 seconds remaining in overtime to give Albany a 9-8 victory over the Retrievers last night at UMBC Stadium.

The victory sends Albany (9-5) to the America East Conference title game on Saturday at top-seeded Binghamton, which ousted Stony Brook, 7-6, in overtime yesterday.

After its first league tournament game ever, UMBC ended its season with its fourth one-goal defeat and a 6-8 record.

UMBC tied the game at 8-8 with less than a minute remaining in regulation, with Franklin Berry scoring off a feed from Brendan Mundorf. Then, thanks to its faceoff dominance, UMBC had all the remaining chances until the game-winner, which was set up by the reigning America East Player of the Year Luke Daquino.

"We had our chances and we didn't connect. They did," UMBC coach Don Zimmerman said. "In overtime we got the faceoff, set up a play and didn't get it. Then we had a point-blank shot [by Rob Cross] that hit a defender. They got the ball and followed through."

The Great Danes were pointing toward Chris Martocchia for the final thrust after he had scored three second-half goals to pace his team's comeback. But Marocchia's final attempt sailed wide and Daquino took charge on the last foray by hitting Resetarits, who was cutting from the top.

"This was some up-and-down battle," said Albany coach Scott Marr. "But we always talk about playing 60 minutes. We came from being down against UMass and Yale to win. We didn't quit. And our defense was outstanding when it needed to be, making stop after stop."

After overcoming a 2-0 deficit with the next four goals, UMBC underwent a 32-minute scoreless stretch before recovering to take a 7-5 lead with three goals in 1:05.

"This game was kind of indicative of our season," said Zimmerman. "We played well at times, but we have to learn to play more consistently. Playing in a league was new to us. We've got to focus on our league opponents in order to be successful."

Mundorf (Mount St. Joseph) topped the Retrievers with three goals and two assists. Despite a 16-5 advantage in faceoffs and a 29-18 edge in ground balls, UMBC could not pull away from a team it beat, 10-9, in March.

Martocchia had three goals and Brendan Russell and Michael Solazzo two each for Albany, which entered the game ranked No. 6 nationally in scoring with 11.62 goals per game.

"Their zone was troublesome," said Marr. "For some reason, kids get kind of tense when they see a zone. But we figured it out toward the end of the third quarter."

Albany 2 1 2 3 1 - 9

UMBC 3 1 0 4 0 - 8

Goals: A-Martocchia 3, Russell 2, Solazzo 2, Thomson, Resetarits; UMBC-Mundorf 3, Hyland, Westervelt, Berry, Gallagher, Cross. Assists: A-Daquino 3; UMBC-Mundorf 2, Cahill 2, Westervelt, Hyland. Saves: A-Rae 7; UMBC-Cepelak 9.

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