Hartford's Tom Harris (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) and UMBC's Drew Westervelt (Bel Air, Md./John Carroll) share America East men's lacrosse Player of the Week accolades, while Binghamton's Steve Carlson (Penn Yan, N.Y./Penn Yan) has been tabbed Rookie of the Week for the first time in his career. The awards were announced Tuesday (April 17).
Harris netted hat tricks in both games last week for the Hawks and also added an assist against Quinnipiac. He scored the game-winning goal in the 6-4 upset over 19th-ranked Stony Brook, Hartford’s first conference win in nearly four years. Harris leads the team in scoring on the season with 10 goals and four assists for 14 points.
Westervelt scored the game-winning goal with one second remaining in the second overtime in UMBC’s wild 11-10 double overtime victory over Binghamton. He now has 98 career goals, two shy of becoming 11th Retriever to hit the 100-goal plateau. Westervelt has back-to-back five-point games versus league foes and for his career, Westervelt has 43 goals and 23 assists (66 points) in 20 America East contests (3.2 ppg).
Carlson scored a career-high five goals in the Bearcats’ game against No. 15 UMBC on Saturday night. He scored four consecutive goals in the fourth quarter as Binghamton rallied from a 10-4 deficit after three quarters to force overtime. Carlson ranks second on the squad this year with 14 goals and 17 points.
ALBANY GREAT DANES
Albany (11-0, 4-0 America East) posted a pair of road victories against Yale (12-10) and Vermont (14-7) last week... The Great Danes were behind in both games after the first quarter after not trailing in a game since March 10 against Delaware... UAlbany established two school records in the victory against Vermont... The Great Danes extended their winning streak to 11 straight, breaking a mark that had stood for 35 years... UAlbany also set a record for single-season wins, eclipsing the 10-win standard that was established in 1992, 2003, 2004 and 2005... Merrick Thomson (Stoney Creek, Ontario/Albany Academy) combined for six goals and three assists in the two victories... Thomson had three goals and two assists against Vermont on April 14, and has tallied five-plus points on 21 occasions as a collegian... Thomson moved into third place on the school’s all-time scoring list with 212 points (162 goals, 50 assists)... Frank Resetarits (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) has now scored in 42 consecutive games, the second-longest streak among active Division I players... Resetarits placed a shot inside the right post with four seconds left in the third period to give his team a 10-9 lead at Yale on April 11... The senior attackman moved into fifth position among the program’s career scorers with 209 points (132 goals, 77 assists)... UAlbany is 21-12 all-time in Division I games decided by two goals or less after the Yale win... Derek Dale (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y./Sachem) and Jordan Levine (Bethpage, N.Y./Bethpage) each tallied a combined six points (3G, 3A) in last week’s two games... Levine, a junior midfielder, has five or more ground balls against six opponents this season... defenseman Craig McDonald (Geneva, N.Y./Geneva) netted his second career goal at Vermont... Mike Ammann (Putnam Valley, N.Y./Putnam Valley) had a career-high three assists versus Yale... UAlbany ranks second nationally in scoring offense at 13.63 goals per game... UAlbany’s defense is allowing 8.09 goals through 11 contests, as opposed to a 9.82 average at this point last year... The Great Danes have won 26 of their last 32 regular-season games against America East opponents.
Binghamton (3-7, 2-1 America East) freshman midfielder Steve Carlson (Penn Yan, N.Y./Penn Yan) scored a career-high five goals in Binghamton's game at No. 15 UMBC on Saturday night. He scored four consecutive goals in the fourth quarter as the Bearcats roared back from a 10-4 deficit to force overtime. For the season, Carlson ranks second on the squad with 14 goals and third with 17 points ... sophomore attack Jake Boyce (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford) scored his team-best 16th goal of the season in the game against the Retrievers.
Hartford (2-10, 1-3 America East) went 1-1 last week, beating 19th-ranked Stony Brook in a 6-4 upset and dropping an 8-7 decision to Quinnipiac in overtime... The win over Stony Brook was the Hawks' first in the conference since the 2003 season. Hartford’s defense held SBU to only four goals, a season low for the Seawolves and the fewest goals allowed by the Hawks since last season in an 11-3 victory over Holy Cross. The last time the Seawolves scored fewer goals in a game was last season against Rutgers (March 28)... Senior Tom Harris (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) netted hat tricks in each game and also added an assist against Quinnipiac. He scored three straight goals against the Seawolves, including the game winner, to lead the Hawks to the upset win. He leads the team in scoring for the year with a team-high 10 goals and four assists for 14 points... Sophomore Jon McMahon (Tonawanda, N.Y.Sweet Home) played every minute in goal last week and finished with 18 saves and a goals-against average of 5.97... Hartford will next play at Brown on Friday, April 20 at 7 p.m.
Senior attackman Drew Westervelt (Bel Air, Md./John Carroll) scored with one second remaining in the second overtime period to give host No. 15 UMBC (7-4, 2-1 America East) a 11-10 victory over Binghamton (3-7, 2-1) in a wild contest before 1,031 rain-soaked fans at UMBC Stadium on Saturday... UMBC has a 5-1 home record this season and three of the wins have occurred in overtime... A Retriever team had never won three overtime games in a season and UMBC is now 9-4 in Don Zimmerman’s 13-plus seasons in extra time... UMBC’s five home wins have come by a total of seven goals... The Retrievers have now won three straight games for the first time this season... The Bearcats had rallied from a 10-4 deficit after three quarters and tied the score on a goal by freshman attackman Andy Cook with one second left in regulation... on the game-winning play, UMBC back-up netminder David Coker (Annapolis, Md./Bridgton Academy (Maine)) made a save with 18 seconds left and the Retrievers quickly advanced the ball up the field... senior attackman Andy Gallagher (Rockville, Md./De Matha) couldn’t get a shot off while receiving the ball inside... He recovered and fed the ball back to Westervelt who took a desperation shot from 12 yards away, but the attempt was perfect, bounding over goalkeeper Jeff Walker’s shoulder and under the crossbar... Westervelt led UMBC with three goals and two assists and now has 98 career goals... he has back-to-back five-point games versus league foes and for his career, Westervelt has 43 goals and 23 assists (66 points) in 20 America East contests (3.2 ppg)... Freshman Cayle Ratcliffe (Victoria, Brit. Columbia/Western Reserve (Ohio)) kept the hot hand as he scored three goals and continues to lead the team with 25 scores... Gallagher added two goals and two assists and senior midfielder P.J. Kimener (Oakton/Oakton, Va.) recorded his first career multi-goal game with a pair of scores... Coker made four saves and allowed just one goal in relief (16:36)... UMBC concludes its home schedule next Saturday as they host league foe Vermont... the game will be televised live by MASN.
STONY BROOK SEAWOLVES
The Seawolves (6-3, 1-2 America East) went 1-1 in a pair of road games this week... Owen Adams (Norwalk, Conn./Norwalk) tallied a career-best four goals and found the back of the cage with 1:42 remaining in overtime to lead the Stony Brook University men's lacrosse team over Siena, 10-9, in non-conference action... Rhys Duch (Victoria, B.C./Baggataway) broke out for a pair of goals while Larry Cerasi (Centereach, N.Y./Centereach) and Bobby Trenkle (Commack, N.Y./Commack) both finished the game with a goal and an assist. Brendan Callahan (Hanover, Md./Gonzaga) made nine saves in the contest... on Saturday evening Callahan made ten saves in goal however the Seawolves were edged by Hartford, 6-4... . the loss snapped a five-game winning streak against the Hawks... The Sewolves return to action when they host Binghamton on Saturday evening.
Vermont (3-9, 0-3 America East) lost to Holy Cross 5-4 on Tuesday as the Crusaders overcame a 4-1 halftime deficit to pick up the one-goal victory... On Saturday the Catamounts were tied with No. 2 Albany 3-3 at halftime but the Great Danes scored seven unanswered goals in a span of 4:37 in the third quarter to go on to a 14-7 victory... Senior Adam Kornuth (Denver, Colo./East) notched two goals and one assist on the week... The midfielder has a team-high 12 assists on the season... Senior goalie Daryl Swarts (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) made 32 saves on the week and he matched a career high with 20 saves in the game against Albany... Swarts is averaging 13.7 saves per game to rank second in America East... Senior Pete Hein (Greenwood Village, Colo./Cherry Creek) scored two goals in the loss to Albany and he has a team leading 19 goals on the year... He ranks in the top-10 in America East in goals scored... Hein entered his senior season with 23 points in his career and he already has 22 points this year... Sophomore Luke LaBranche (Cold Springs Harbor, N.Y./Hill School) went 8-for-13 on face offs against Holy Cross and also recorded a team-high six ground balls... Junior Trevor Wagar (Guelph, Ontario/Herkimer C.C.) had a career best two goals in the loss against Albany on Saturday... The Catamounts return to action this Saturday (April 21) at 1 p.m. when they visit No. 15 UMBC.