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Rocky, Albany Tops Siena, Vercruysse in 2OT

Posted Wednesday, February 25, 2009 by Laxpower
Albany Gets by Siena in Double Overtime

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - UAlbany's Joe Resetarits scored his fourth goal of the game with .3 seconds left in regulation to force overtime. The Great Danes won it on Joe Pompo's man-up goal in double-overtime and defeated Siena 8-7 Wednesday afternoon at Siena Turf Field. Goalkeeper Brent Herbst made 13 saves in the loss.

Siena's (0-2) Kenny Mazzone gave his team a 1-0 lead when he scored nine minutes into the first quarter. The Saints outshot the Great Danes 9-5, but only put two shots on goal. Freshman Chris D'Alberti added to the lead when he scored his first career goal just 40 seconds into the second quarter. Siena's defense stood tall in the first half, allowing just one goal on 11 shots. They took a 4-1 lead into halftime.

UAlbany (1-1) started the second half strong as Resetarits and Corey Small both scored goals in the first five minutes to cut the deficit to 4-3. Chris Zarins scored 35 seconds later to give Siena some breathing room, but Brian Caufield's goal at 3:41 of the third and Pompo's goal at 10:24 tied the game 5-5, the first time it was knotted all day.

Zarins put the Saints back on top 6-5 with his second goal of the game off a feed from freshman Chris Roth. Ryan Duggan made it a two-goal lead at 7:33 on D'Alberti's second assist of the game. But Resetarits scored with 3:40 left in regulation to bring the Great Danes within one.

With 11 seconds on the clock, Resetarits ripped a shot at the cage, but was stopped by Herbst. The Saints picked up the ground ball and heaved it down field, but goalkeeper John Carroll sprinted to the rolling ball at the defensive box and threw it back towards the Siena goal. The ball bounced three times through both teams until Resetarits picked it up and in one motion flicked it into the net with .3 seconds left.

In the first overtime, Carroll made two saves to extend the game. At the end of the period, the Saints were called for a slashing penalty and UAlbany would start the second overtime with a one minute man-up situation. Just 32 seconds in, Pompo ripped a shot from the right side that beat Herbst high and won the game 8-7.

Siena went 4-for-8 on man-ups while UAlbany went 3-for-10. The Saints also controlled face-offs, winning 10-of-16. Scott Montgomery won 9-of-15.

Siena returns to action on Sunday, March 1 against Presbyterian at noon. The game will be played at a neutral site on Long Island.

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Loudonville, N.Y. – Sophomore Joe Pompo scored the game-winning goal with 32 seconds elapsed in the second overtime, as UAlbany rallied for an 8-7 victory over crosstown-rival Siena on Wednesday, Feb. 25 at Siena Turf Field. The Great Danes have won all seven meetings since both programs have competed at the Division I level, but this one was the most tightly contested.

Siena (0-2) broke a 5-5 deadlock midway through the fourth quarter when senior attack Chris Zarins rifled a shot into the net from the left side after collecting Chris Roth's feed from behind the cage. The Saints then looked to take control when Ryan Duggan tallied his second goal of the game in man-advantage situation.

UAlbany (1-1) closed the gap to 7-6 with 3:40 left when freshman Joe Resetarits connected with a sidearm shot by reversing to his left shoulder. The Saints appeared to have thwarted any comeback attempt when goalkeeper Brent Herbst, who had 13 saves, stopped Resetarits from the left side of the cage with 12 seconds remaining. But defenseman Kyle Vercruysse's clearing pass was picked by UAlbany goalie John Carroll and the freshman sent a desperation pass into the Siena zone. After several bounces in the box, Resetarits corralled the loose ball and put it in the back of the net from the top of crease with three-tenths of a second to play to force overtime.

"I knew I had a couple of seconds," explained Resetarits, who netted a game-high four goals. "I was just trying to pick it up and shoot it. I didn't think we would get the ball back (after Herbst's save). There was a big scrum in front of me and I was more shocked that it bounced right to me."

The Saints had two scoring chances in the first extra period. Carroll made one of his 12 saves on Chris D'Alberti's high blast and Matt Leithead's shot was wide with six seconds left in the stanza. However, Siena's Roth was called for slashing as the overtime ended and the Great Danes started the second four-minute session with an extra attacker. Pompo then sent his game-winner from the right point into the upper left corner off a pass from Brian Caufield.

"I was the third option on that play," said Pompo, who had a pair of goals. "We had worked on that play every day in practice. We made a lot of errors in the first half, but kept on fighting."

The Saints, who had lost the previous six meetings with UAlbany by fairly wide margins, dominated the action in the opening half. Kenny Mazzone scored on a low grounder from the left point in the first quarter. Still leading 2-1 late in the second period, Siena found the net twice in a 40-second span. Shaun Dunn went low from the left side and Duggan followed on an extra-man goal with 30 seconds left before intermission.

The Great Danes, who were coming off a one-goal loss in the season opener against Denver, trailed 5-3 with 7:45 left in the third quarter after Zarins connected with the man-advantage from right of the crease. But UAlbany regrouped when Caufield, who had one goal and three assists, converted a bounce shot after Pompo came up with a failed clear. Pompo drew his team even at five apiece with 10:24 remaining in regulation. Defender Garrett Pedley intercepted a clearing attempt with his squad a man up to set up the game-tying goal.

"We were fortunate but we played all sixty minutes," said UAlbany coach Scott Marr, whose club had lost its previous six one-goal decisions, dating back to the 2007 NCAA quarterfinal defeat against Cornell. "It was gut-check time when we were down 4-1. Siena possessed the ball and took us out of our rhythm. We fought back and did a job on defense in the first overtime."

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Score by Period       1  2  3  4 OT O2  Tot
Albany.............. 0 1 3 3 0 1 - 8
Siena College....... 1 3 1 2 0 0 - 7

Attendance: 832

GOALS: Resetarits, Joe 4; Pompo, Joe 2; Caufield, Brian 1; Small, Corey 1.
ASSISTS: Caufield, Brian 3; Alpizar, John 1; Kreuzer, Derek 1.

Siena College SCORING:
GOALS: Zarins, Chris 2; Duggan, Ryan 2; D'Alberti, Chris 1; Dunn, Shaun 1;
Mazzone, Kenny 1.
ASSISTS: D'Alberti, Chris 2; Roth, Chris 2; Dunn, Shaun 1; Neufeld, Bryan 1.

Albany.............. 5 6 11 9 0 1 - 32
Siena College....... 9 12 10 6 3 0 - 40

Albany.............. 9 9 8 7 2 0 - 35
Siena College....... 10 13 8 10 3 0 - 44

FACE-OFFS BY PRD 1 2 3 4 OT O2 Total
Albany.............. 1-2 1-3 1-5 3-5 0-1 0-0 - 6-16
Siena College....... 1-2 2-3 4-5 2-5 1-1 0-0 - 10-16

CLEARS BY PERIOD 1 2 3 4 OT O2 Total
Albany.............. 3-3 3-4 4-5 8-8 0-3 0-0 - 18-23
Siena College....... 5-5 1-1 3-4 6-11 1-1 0-0 - 16-22

EXTRA-MAN OPPS 1 2 3 4 OT O2 Total
Albany.............. 0-2 0-0 1-4 1-3 0-1 1-0 - 3-10
Siena College....... 0-2 2-2 1-3 1-1 0-0 0-0 - 4-8

Albany.............. 2 3 3 2 2 0 - 12
Siena College....... 3 2 5 4 0 0 - 14

Albany.............. 2 3 3 7 3 0 - 18
Siena College....... 2 2 8 6 2 0 - 20

PENALTIES - Albany 8/5:00; Siena College 10/9:30.

Prd Time Team Type Goal Scorer Assists H-V
1. 1st 6:04 SIE EVEN Mazzone, Kenny (1).... Unassisted......... 1-0
2. 2nd 14:20 SIE UP D'Alberti, Chris (1).. Dunn, Shaun........ 2-0
3. 2:57 ALBANY EVEN Resetarits, Joe (1)... Caufield, Brian.... 2-1
4. 1:10 SIE EVEN Dunn, Shaun (1)....... Roth, Chris........ 3-1
5. 0:30 SIE UP Duggan, Ryan (1)...... D'Alberti, Chris... 4-1
6. 3rd 12:21 ALBANY EVEN Resetarits, Joe (2)... Caufield, Brian.... 4-2
7. 10:19 ALBANY EVEN Small, Corey (4)...... Alpizar, John...... 4-3
8. 7:45 SIE UP Zarins, Chris (1)..... Neufeld, Bryan..... 5-3
9. 3:41 ALBANY UP Caufield, Brian (3)... Kreuzer, Derek..... 5-4
10. 4th 10:24 ALBANY UP Pompo, Joe (3)........ Unassisted......... 5-5
11. 9:49 SIE EVEN Zarins, Chris (2)..... Roth, Chris........ 6-5
12. 7:33 SIE UP Duggan, Ryan (2)...... D'Alberti, Chris... 7-5
13. 3:40 ALBANY EVEN Resetarits, Joe (3)... Unassisted......... 7-6
14. 0:01 ALBANY EVEN Resetarits, Joe (4)... Unassisted......... 7-7
15. OT2 3:28 ALBANY UP Pompo, Joe (4)........ Caufield, Brian.... 7-8

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