Albany, N.Y.- Seventh-ranked Albany (13-2, 6-0 AE) won its sixth consecutive game to conclude the regular season, defeating UMBC, 20-9, at Bob Ford Field.
Albany will be the top seed and host for next weekend’s America East Tournament. The Retrievers finish the campaign at 5-8, 1-5.
Junior midfielder Pat Young (Ewing, N.J.) led the Retrievers with three goals, while junior attackman Nate Lewnes (Arnold, Md./St. Mary’s) extended the nation’s tenth-longest consecutive game goals streak to 18 with UMBC’s first goal of the game. Sophomore attackman Max Maxwell (Hamburg, N.Y.) added a pair of assists for the visitors.
Albany scored twice in the first 2:47 of play, but on the ensuing face-off after their second score, senior Kevin McDonough (Oakdale, N.Y.) fed Lewnes, who buried his team-leading 31st goal of the season just 17 seconds later. After the Great Danes added three more, Lewnes would be the feeder, setting up freshman John Tornabene (Havre de Grace, Md./Archbishop Curley) for his second score in two weeks to cut the deficit to 5-2 with 6:13 to play in the stanza.
But the highest-scoring team in the nation struck for five goals in the final 5:21 of the period to take a 10-2 lead to the second stanza.
UMBC would be held off the board in the second quarter as Albany extended the margin to 15-2 at intermission.
Albany would outscore UMBC, 4-2, in the third quarter, before the Retrievers scored five of the six goals in the final frame. Young scored all three of his goals in the second half. Sophomore Steven Larson (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and freshman Max Haldeman (York, Pa.) added their first collegiate tallies in the contest.
Albany outshot UMBC, 53-31 and won 21 of 33 draws. All four Retriever goalkeepers saw action, but sophomore Ruston Souder (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) took the loss.