Albany played host this past weekend to conference rival Syracuse and Liberty Conference foe Rutgers.
Albany opened up their busy day facing off against Rutgers. The Danes entered this weekends contests ranked 18th in Division 1, with Rutgers just a head at #17. Both teams were looking for big wins to round out their regular seasons schedules before the Beltway Bash in College Park on April 13th.
The Great Danes and Scarlet Knights traded goals early and often, with neither squad ever taking more than a 2 goal lead. With 2:00 remaining on the game clock, the Knights scored what would be the game winner, giving them the 8-7 win over host Albany.
Next up for Albany was the Orangemen of Syracuse, who were looking for their first win of the season.
Syracuse had recently dropped a heart-breaker to Cornell 5-4, and were looking to get their 2019 campaign back on track. In the first half against Albany, the Orange appeared to be doing just that.
The Orange stood toe-to-toe with Albany for the first 30 minutes, matching the Danes goal for goal, witch lead to a 4-4 tie before intermission. Syracuse scored first in the 3rd, giving the Orange a slight 5-4 lead.
But Albany quickly regrouped, scoring 4 unanswered goals on their way to an 8-5 win and keeping the Orange winless on the season.
Albany Team President Ed Rodier credited his defense with the Danes success over the Orange. “This was all about our unforgiving defense today, especially our long stick middies. They managed to come up with so many crucial ground balls for us”, Rodier stated. “Our FOGO’s played well also, winning the majority of their draws.” Rodier also gave props to his netminder, who had a strong second half, and their EMO team, who capitalized on a few man up opportunities.
With the victory over Syracuse, Albany improved to 4-2 overall and 2-0 in the Empire Conference.
The final game of the day saw Rutgers improve to 5-2 on the season, 2-0 on the day, as they topped Syracuse 9-5.
Local Albany photographer Ken Clough was on campus to capture these great images. You can find more of Ken’s photo work on his home page right here.