Maryland vs. Albany
College Crosse Recap.
Maryland vs. Albany: Big win for the Terps tonight. This game was actually supposed to be played back on March 11th but due to bad weather it was moved to today. Maryland entered the game on a 3-game win streak and was arguably one of the three hottest teams in D1. However, Albany was a very tough match-up for the Terps, as it was a mid-week away game and Albany was on a nine-game win streak coming into today. Moreover, Albany’s Connor Fields has been playing at a 1st Team All-American level this season and is probably the leading candidate for the Tewaaraton Award.
Albany got out to an early 3-0 lead as Connor Fields had a hand in each of Albany’s first 3 goals, scoring the first goal and assisting on the next two. Maryland battled back though, as the Terps pumped in three goals in the final two minutes of the first quarter. Indeed, after Albany scored the first three goals of the game, Maryland went on a 7-2 run the rest of the first half to go into halftime up 7-5.
After Maryland scored the first goal of the third quarter, Albany put together a 3-0 run to tie it up at 8 with less than 6 minutes to play in the 3rd. Maryland was able to sneak another goal before the end of the quarter to go up 9-8, as Colin Heacock scored an unassisted goal with 23 seconds in the third. End of quarter goals were a bit of a theme tonight for the Terps, as Maryland scored a goal with less than 30 seconds to play in each of the first three quarters.
The final quarter was a wild one, as Albany scored to tie the game up at 9 only seven seconds into the final quarter. However, Maryland hit back with two goals of their own to go up 11-9 with 10:45 left in the 4th. Albany’s Sean Eccles then scored his 18th goal of the season with 7:52 left in the game to cut the deficit to one. Maryland’s Ben Chisolm scored with 5:40 left to put Maryland up by 2 again, but Albany responded 2 minutes later to cut the deficit to one with 3:34 left to play. However, despite the strong effort today, Albany was unable to get the equalizer in the final minutes of the game, as Maryland’s defense held on for the 800th all-time victory in the history of the program.
Maryland was led in scoring by Tim Rotanz (3 Gs), Matt Rambo (2 Gs & 1 A), and Colin Heacock (1 G & 2 As). Goalie Dan Morris had a decent game with 12 saves. Albany’s Connor Fields had another great game, finishing the afternoon with 8 points (3 gs & 5 As). Reh Justin also had a big game for Albany today with 4 goals. Albany’s TD Irelan had a very strong game at the dot, as he won 16 out of 27 faceoffs. The win moved Maryland to 9-2, while the loss dropped Albany to 9-2 on the season.
Maryland’s next game is against Rutgers on April 16th.
Albany’s next game is against Binghamton on April 19th.