Albany, N.Y. (NEWS10) — In the first meeting in Albany in series history, and 20th meeting overall, the University at Albany men’s lacrosse program secures its third-ever victory over Syracuse, powered by four goals from Graydon Hogg and 15 saves from Will Ramos.

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Head Coach Scott Marr: “I would be remiss if I did not say thank you to John Desko for giving me the opportunity to play Syracuse in 2004.  When you’re starting out as a new program and you have opportunities to play the best teams in the country – we played Hopkins and we played Syracuse in my first couple years – that opportunity gave me a chance to recruit, gives us a chance to play big-time teams, and I really appreciate what he did for me and for my program.”

“I’m really proud of how we have progressed all season.  We’ve been improving every week.  We’re a young team that’s starting to find a way to win.  We found a way to win last week at UMass Lowell.  Obviously, tonight was a different team in a different situation.  We’ve really be anticipating this one for a long time.  It was a special night, having Syracuse come here, and have our fans see Syracuse play here in our backyard.  I’ve played in a lot of places, and I’m really excited about what we have here as a community for lacrosse.”

How it Happened

  • Thursday’s game against Syracuse in Tom & Mary Casey Stadium was two years in the making.  Syracuse was originally scheduled to visit Albany and Tom & Mary Casey Stadium for the first time since the teams started playing in 2004, but the game was cancelled due to the outbreak of COVID-19.  The teams returned to play at the Carrier Dome for the 19th-straight time during the 2021 season, but the Orange agreed to fulfill the original agreement to mark their debut appearance in Albany this season.
  • Graydon Hogg kicked off the game for the Great Danes, converting a setup from Camden Hay to with 12:37 left in the first quarter to put UAlbany ahead 1-0 early.  Syracuse responded with their first goal just over 40 seconds later, and then again with their second less than 40 seconds after that.
  • Trailing 2-1, Jake Piseno and Adam Thistlethwaite scored back-to-back goals just over a minute apart to put UAlbany back on top 3-2 with 8:58 left in the first quarter.  Syracuse tied the game at two with 7:13 to go, and went back up by one, 4-3, after a lull in the scoring.
  • With 2:37 left in the first quarter, Hogg scored his second goal of the game, and kick-started a three-goal run for the Great Danes that lasted through the early part of the second quarter.  Piseno and Thistlethwaite went back-to-back again to start the second and put UAlbany up 6-4.
  • Syracuse closed back within one with 4:40 to go in the second after both teams went scoreless for more than eight minutes.  The singular goal from the orange led directly into another three-goal run for the Great Danes, who led 8-5 at halftime, after goals from Jack Pucci and Thomas Decker to close the first half, and then a third from Hogg to open the second.
  • Syracuse scored to close within 9-6 with 10:19 left in the third quarter before Decker scored two-strait on his own to complete the hat trick and put UAlbany up 11-6.  Between Hogg’s goal with 2:37 left in the first and Decker’s goal with 5:40 left in the third, UAlbany outscored Syracuse 8-2.
  • Syracuse scored with 4:30 left in the third quarter, sparking a 4-0 run to close within one to start the fourth.  The Orange scored three times in the final 2:58 of the third quarter, and twice within the final 43 seconds.  During the third quarter, Syracuse outshot UAlbany at a rate of 17-4.
  • The fourth quarter opened with perhaps the most pivotal goal of the game.  Faceoff specialist Nick Karnes won possession to start the quarter and raced down the field to score and halt Syracuse’s momentum and four-goal run just seven seconds after the quarter’s first whistle. 
  • The Orange scored to keep the gap at one just 49 seconds after Karnes’ goal, but UAlbany went back up by two with Hogg’s fourth of the game with 10:23 remaining.  Neither team scored for the ensuing six-and-a-half minutes, when Camden Hay found the back of the net, unassisted, to put the Great Danes up three.  Syracuse added one final score with just over a minute remaining, but UAlbany clinched their third victory in the series, in the teams’ first meeting in Albany, 14-12.
  • Hogg led UAlbany with four goals, while freshmen Decker and Thistlethwaite each had career nights with three goals and one assist and two goals, respectively.  Decker entered tonight’s game having scored two goals and recorded one assist in eight appearance this season, and Thistlethwaite recorded the first two goals of his career.
  • In goal, Will Ramos made his season debut for the Great Danes and earned his first career victory behind a total of 15 saves, one save shy of his career-best mark of 16 set in the 2021 America East title game against Vermont.  Ramos made four of his 15 saves in the fourth quarter, preventing Syracuse from gaining momentum in their comeback effort.
  • The Great Danes assisted on eight of their 14 goals, with Corey Yunker leading the way with three assists for the Great Danes.  Amos Whitcomb added a pair of assists as well.
  • Each of UAlbany’s first 22 shots were on target.  The Great Danes did not miss the cage until 10:40 left in the fourth quarter when a shot from Yunker sailed wide of the mark.

Next: UAlbany visits UMBC on Saturday, April 9.