May 19, 2018
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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – The University of Denver men’s lacrosse team dropped a 15-13 NCAA Quarterfinal clash with second-seeded Albany on Saturday afternoon at James M. Shuart Stadium on the campus of Hofstra University.
Senior faceoff specialist Trevor Baptiste (Denville, N.J.) and Albany’s TD Ierlan came into the day as the top-two faceoff specialists in the country, and showed why, splitting the match-up 15-15.
Denver got 10 of its 13 goals from the midfield on Saturday afternoon, led by four from junior midfielder Colton Jackson (Highlands Ranch, Colo.), who tied a career-high in that category for the third time in his three-year stint.
Senior midfielder Joe Reid (Pentaluma, Calif.) netted his third career hat trick, while junior Nate Marano (Tustin, Calif.), freshman Ted Sullivan (Tucson, Ariz.) and Baptiste rounded out the midfield scoring. Senior attack Colton McCaffrey (Parker, Colo.) led the Denver attack with a pair of goals.
Junior Alex Ready (Lancaster, Pa.) made 10 saves, his second-consecutive double-digit performance, the Pioneers first two of the season.
Albany got on the board early in the first quarter, scoring on its first three possessions in the first 2:07 of the contest to give the nation’s second seed the early advantage. Sean Eccles, Tehoka Nanticoke and Troy Reh got the three tallies in the early stages.
Denver responded with a 5-1 run to take the lead at 5-4 with 9:37 to go in the second quarter. Sophomore attack Ethan Walker (Peterborough, Ontario) got Denver on the scoreboard with 4:32 to go in the opening quarter, his 48th tally of the year. Jacob Patterson got his first goal and second point of the afternoon to give Albany its three-goal lead back.
McCaffrey ripped his 19th of the season off the next faceoff to cut the lead back to two and start a 4-0 run for Denver. Sullivan netted his eight of the season on a dodge down the right alley, Reid scored his 13th of the year on a similar dodge down the left alley to tie the score and Jackson gave Denver the lead with its third of three first-midfield goals in the span to make it 5-4.
Albany ended the first half on a 3-0 run of its own, including a Nanticoke buzzer beater to complete his first half hat trick with his 49th goal of the season and send the Great Danes into the locker room up 7-5.
Ready made six first half saves, including a stretch of four-straight stops in Denver’s first-half scoring run.
The headline coming in was the faceoff match-up of the top-two guys in the country. Albany’s Ierlan won the first four of the game to spark Albany’s early run, but Baptiste pulled the spread to within one by halftime with Ierlan taking seven of the 13 first-half draws.
Albany picked up right where it left off to start the second half as Justin Reh tickled to twine for the 20th time this season 19 seconds into the half. With a flag down, Baptiste responded 16 seconds later with his eighth goal of the season to bring the lead right back to two. Walker drew a penalty with the shot clock on, and Jackson fired his second bullet into the back of the cage to pull Denver back to within one at 8-7. Justin Reh got his second of the quarter off a restart to send the Great Danes back into the third quarter media timeout with a two-goal lead.
Reid’s second of the day with 5:51 to go in the third and Marano’s eighth of the season tied the game up for the third time on the day to 3:55 to go in the third quarter.
Albany capitalized on two-straight faceoff wins after Denver’s game-tying goal. Kyle McClancy gave the Great Danes the lead back with 3:44 to go in the third and Sean Eccles completed his hat trick with his 31st goal of the year off a feed from Connor Fields to send the two-seed into the final 15 minutes of the contest with an 11-9 lead.
Albany got the first goal of the fourth quarter to make it a 3-0 run for the Great Danes as Patterson picked off a pass in the Denver clear and found the empty net to make it 12-9 with 12:30 to go.
Jackson stopped the run, completing his second hat trick of the season with 11:42 to go in regulation to pull Denver back to within two once again. On a long next possession, Jackson went low for his fourth of the day to cut the lead back to one at 12-11 with 8:42 to go.
Patterson completed his hat trick after finding the back of the net for the 41st time in 2018 with 6:14 to go to push the Albany lead back to two. McClancy scored Albany’s second goal out of a restart to push the Albany lead back to three. Albany’s biggest advantage of the day came with 2:08 to go in the fourth as McClancy extended the lead to four.
Reid’s hat trick goal and McCaffrey’s second off a faceoff got Denver back to within two, but the Ierlan won the final draw and Albany ran out the clock to advance to Championship Weekend for the first time in its program history.
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