ALBANY: Year of the Dog

Even when Marr recruited Schongar out of Shen three years ago, the program was only beginning to forge an identity with the Capital District sports community, having won two consecutive America East titles and working on a third.

Marr's sales pitch to Schongar back then " bigger things lie ahead.

"He told me we'd be one of the top 10 teams in the country," said Schongar.

Coincidentally, Schongar's first season at Albany was the first one in four years where the Great Danes failed to win the America East title. UMBC took care of that by beating Albany 19-10 in the championship game.

Needless to say, the Great Danes were not about to let UMBC do that to them Saturday. Albany jumped out to a 5-1 halftime lead and never let the Retrievers get any closer than two goals the rest of the way.

"We talked about it right after we beat Colgate (last Tuesday)," said Marr. "We reminded them about last year's loss, and we definitely had motivation."

Leading scorers Frank Resetarits and Merrick Thomson played their usual roles for Albany in the victory. Resetarits registered three goals and an assist, while Thomson scored twice before leaving the game in the fourth quarter with a hip injury.

But the Great Danes proved that they are more than just a two-man show. Corey Small contributed two goals, while Jordan Levine supplied a career-high three assists to go along with a second quarter goal. Mike Ammann and Derek Dale each added a goal and two assists.

"The thing is we put eight kids, nine kids or 10 kids on the field who can score," said Marr.

Even goaltender Brett Queener tried to get into the act. He charged down field several times and carried the ball into the offensive third of the field twice looking for a shot.

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