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UAlbany Club Lax shocks #2 Maryland in Quarterfinals

Annapolis, MD-  Earlier today, the University at Albany Men’s Club Lacrosse Team pulled off a thrilling upset vs. the #2 Maryland Terrapins in the National Collegiate Lacrosse League Quarterfinals. The game was a thriller, as both teams consistently traded leads while no team led by more than 2 goals throughout.

The play of the game was in the last seconds with the Great Danes up one. Goalie Gabe Gross made a timely save on a point-blank shot from an unguarded long pole, only 7 yards away. After the save, Gross threw the ball to the other end of the field and an exuberant celebration ensued. A video of the final seconds can be found below.

At halftime, UAlbany found themselves in an unfamiliar situation, down 6-5 to the Terps. However, they were anything but discouraged as they knew they had Maryland right where they wanted them.

UAlbany attackman and captain Mike Geremia told the team at the half, “Its not about the name on the back of your jerseys, this is about

Mike Geremia celebrates a score in the Danes’ NCLL win over Maryland

Albany”. The Great Danes took his words to heart, coming together as a team and in the second half scoring four out of the next five goals and taking a two goal lead into the 4th quarter.

Two of these four goals came from the powerful midfielder Alex Herkert, who has only scored one goal all season. His sideline erupted when he put the Danes up by two with a spectacular on the run shot that painted a corner. After Herkert’s timely goal, UAlbany never looked back, as they maintained their lead until the very end.

Other key contributors on offense were attackmen Owen Spisak and Geremia, who had three apiece. Freshman midfielder Ed Rodier also chipped in two goals.

UAlbany will play the Towson University at 7 P.M on Saturday night in the NCLL Final Four. Their goal: Revenge.

Last season, the Great Danes bowed out in the quarterfinals to the Towson Tigers in a tight game in which the Danes blew a 6-2 halftime lead. The final score was 10-8, and the Danes would like nothing more than to serve the Tigers a home-made plate of revenge. Lacrosse fans can follow the game live with Twitter Updates from @NCLLax.

Gabe Flaten
Student at the University at Albany (SUNY). Sports Writer for the Albany Student Press. Club lacrosse player, volunteer lacrosse coach and passionate fan of the game.