CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- With the America East men's lacrosse season entering its final week of the regular season, a player who led his team to a crucial win last weekend is the league's Player of the Week. UMBC's Phil Poe picked up the honor after leading his team to a comeback win over Albany Saturday. The victory moved UMBC into a first-place tie with the Great Danes and Stony Brook atop the conference standings with one game left to play.
Binghamton's J.T. Hauck earned Rookie of the Week honors by scoring twice at Vermont. The awards for the week ending April 22 were announced Monday afternoon.
Poe (Harwood, Md.) catapulted UMBC to an improbable 17-16 comeback win in overtime against Albany on Saturday to earn his first-ever Player of the Week honor. The sophomore faceoff specialist won 22-of-37 faceoffs, picked up 15 ground balls and scored a key fourth-quarter goal in the win. UMBC trailed 16-11 midway through the fourth quarter but Poe won 9-of-11 draws in that frame and scored during his team's six unanswered goal stretch to lead the comeback. The 22 faceoff wins ties UMBC's school record while the 15 ground balls are the most by a Retriever since 1997. Poe leads the league in faceoff percentage (.555) and ground balls per game (5.91 gbpg).
Hauck (Webster, N.Y.) earned his first America East Rookie of the Week award by scoring two of Binghamton's five goals in a loss at Vermont Saturday. The freshman midfielder tallied back-to-back scores at the start of the second half which gave the Bearcats a 4-3 lead before Vermont ran off eight of the game's last nine goals. Hauck ranks third on Binghamton with 23 points (10 G, 13 A).
Albany, UMBC and Stony Brook sit tied atop the league standings at 3-1 entering the final week of the season. All three teams have clinched America East Championship berths and remain in contention for the regular-season title and top seed for the tournament. The Great Danes and Seawolves will square off Saturday while the Retrievers face the Bearcats. Stony Brook would earn the top seed with a win because it holds the tiebreaker over UMBC, while the Retrievers would earn it with a win and an Albany win because they hold the tiebreaker over the Great Danes. Albany needs to beat SBU and have UMBC lose to earn the top seed. Vermont and Hartford, which knocked off Stony Brook 11-10 in overtime Saturday, will meet in the other game with the winner earning the final America East Championship bid.
Albany (3-9, 3-1 AE) dropped a 17-16 decision to UMBC in overtime on Saturday ... sophomore Ty Thompson (Hogansburg, N.Y./Salmon River Central) led the Great Danes with five goals and two assists, while senior Joe Resetarits (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) also tallied seven points on four goals and three assists ... Miles Thompson (Onondaga Nation, N.Y./LaFayette) added a hat trick in the game as well, while Will Stenberg (Needham, Mass./Needham) had his first multiple-goal game with two tallies ... Freshman goalkeeper Max Huber (Long Grove, Ill./Adali E. Stevenson) played all 61:43 between the pipes, making nine saves and picking up two ground balls ... The Great Danes will return to action on Tuesday, hosting crosstown-rival Siena at 7 p.m., before hosting America East foe Stony Brook on Sunday at 7 p.m. ... Both games will be televised locally on Time Warner Cable Sports.
Binghamton (3-9, 0-4 AE) dropped its third straight game this Saturday with a 11-5 defeat at the hands of Vermont. After trailing 3-2 at halftime, Binghamton bounced back thanks to a pair of back-to-back goals from freshman J.T. Hauck (Webster, NY/Webster-Thomas). However, the host Catamounts had a resounding answer after falling behind one by scoring eight unanswered goals, securing their first win and all but knocking out the Bearcats from making their second consecutive America East playoff appearance. Sophomore Michael Antinozzi (Fallston, Md./Fallston) registered a goal and two assists, while fellow midfielder Tyler Perrelle (Mahopac, NY/Mahopac) chipped in with a goal and an assist in the losing effort. Antinozzi improved his point per game total to 3.25 (fourth in AE) and is just one goal shy of tying the BU season scoring record with 29 goals. This upcoming Saturday, Binghamton hosts UMBC for their last regular season game on senior day. The game will feature the Bearcats seven seniors which include Ryan Button, Ben Waldron, John Clark, Jeff Donigan, Jordan Marra, Chris Cook and Nick Marshall.
Junior Rory Nunamacher (Albany, N.Y./Guilderland) tied up the game with one second remaining in regulation and senior Carter Bender (Caledon, Ontario/Brewster Academy) followed suit with the game-winning tally 56 seconds into overime as Hartford (5-8, 2-2 AE) handed the Stony Brook Seawolves their first loss in league play in an 11-10 decision at La Valle Stadium on Saturday ... Nunamacher finished with a game-best four goals in the rematch of last year's conference championship game while Bender fnished with a pair ... Jared Franze (Glenville, N.Y./Niskayuna), a junior midfielder, added three points for the Hawks on one goal and a pair of assists ... Hartford trailed for the entire opening stanza and entered the halftime break facing a one goal deficit at 6-5 ... After gaining a lead for the first time in the third quarter, Stony Brook responded with a 3-0 run to push ahead by two ... In the final quarter, the Hawks tied the game with 2:56 remaining before Robbie Campbell delivered what looked to be the game-winner for the Seawolves with 17 seconds to go before Nunamacher provided the heroics with just one second to go in regulation ... Hartford's man down unit was a perfect 3-for-3 on the evening while Scott Bement (Canandaigua, N.Y./Canandaigua) finished with six saves in net ... The Hawks are one win away from locking up one of four sports in the upcoming tournament as they host Vermont on Saturday, April 28 at 7:00 p.m. ... The winner of that match-up will earn a berth in the America East Men's Lacrosse Championships, which start on Wednesday, May 2.
UMBC (5-6, 3-1 AE) junior attackman Scott Jones (Port CoquiItlam, B.C./Terry Fox) capped a miraculous rally with a goal at the 1:43 mark of overtime and the Retrievers edged Albany, 17-16, at UMBC Stadium on Senior Day ... With the victory, UMBC clinched a spot in the America East four-team playoffs for the ninth time in as many seasons as an America East member ... The Retrievers trailed the Great Danes, 16-11, in the wild affair with under six minutes remaining in regulation, but UMBC reeled off five goals in a span of 2:18 and tied the score on a goal by junior midfielder Dave Brown (Coopersburg, Pa./The Hill School) with 2:57 remaining ...Jones and sophomore attackman Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) scored four goals each to lead UMBC ...Sophomore face-off specialist Phil Poe (Harwood, Md./DeMatha) tied a school record by winning 22 face-offs... Poe attempted all 37 draws on the day and won 9-of-11 in the fourth quarter... His 15 ground balls recorded is the most since Nick Brownlee scooped a school-record 18 vs. VMI in 1997 ... The 17 goals scored by UMBC was its most since a 17-10 win over Rutgers in 2009... The 33 goals combined by the two squads was the most in a Retriever contest since an 18-15 loss at Towson early in the 1998 campaign ... Senior midfielder Rob Grimm (Black River, N.Y.), junior attackman Joe Lustgarten (Wading River, N.Y./Wading River) and freshman midfielder Derek Bertolini (Madison, Conn./Choate) each had three assists for UMBC... Grimm and Bertolini added a goal piece to finish with four-point efforts... The Retrievers, who fell to Stony Brook last Saturday, have never lost back-to-back games in 46 America East regular season games (36-10) ... UMBC is 16-6 in Zimmerman’s tenure in overtime games... Jones has scored 17 goals in his last five outings and became the first Retrievers since Alex Hopmann (36) in 2009 to reach the 30-goal plateau with 31 scores ... The four goals were a career-high for Gregoire, who has 11 goals in his five starts in 2012... UMBC concludes the regular season at Binghamton on April 28.
Stony Brook (4-9, 3-1 AE) lost both of its games last week ... The Seawolves lost two overtime games last week and their third of the season ... On April 16, Stony Brook lost to No. 20 Yale, 9-8, in overtime, despite leading by as many as four goals in the third quarter ... Stony Brook trailed for a total of 52 seconds during regulation against Yale ... Hartford snapped Stony Brook's streak of 17 straight America East Conference regular season wins with an 11-10 victory in overtime ... The Seawolves trailed for all of 5:13 ... senior Robbie Campbell (Delta, British Columbia/Seaquam) finished with three points against the Hawks, giving him six points for the week ... sophomore Matt Bellando (Miami, Fla./St. Andrews School) also scored two goals and had four for the week ... despite the loss to Hartford, Stony Brook still controls its own destiny ... by virtue of its win over UMBC, Stony Brook needs to win at Albany to gain home-field advantage throughout the America East Championship.
Vermont (2-10, 1-3 AE) earned an 11-5 victory at home over Binghamton on Saturday to keep its postseason hopes alive … Senior Thomas Galvin (Cockeysville, Md./St. Paul’s) recorded a career-high four goals, while junior Drew Philie (Sandwich, Mass./Deerfield Academy) added a hat trick … The Catamounts trailed 4-3 with 5:21 remaining in the third quarter, but responded by scoring the next eight goals to earn their second home win of the season … Senior David Barton (Hanover, Mass./Boston College HS) came up big in goal, making 10 stops on the afternoon … Prior to the contest there was a dedication ceremony for Virtue Field and six Catamounts were honored as part of Senior Day … With the win, Vermont now controls its own destiny in terms of making the America East Tournament, as a victory at Hartford next Saturday would clinch a spot for the Catamounts … With three goals on the day, Philie moved into a tie for ninth place all-time at Vermont in career goals (86) and into a tie for 10th place in career points (128) … Saturday was also Philie's 14th career game with three or more goals, which ranks sixth in the country among non-seniors … UVM is now 5-2 over the last two years when scoring 10 or more goals in a game … The Catamounts return to action this week with a home game against Dartmouth on Tuesday (4 p.m.) and then wraps up the regular season at Hartford on Saturday (7 p.m.).