Albany can't catch Syracuse

Special teams errors cost Metro Mallers

— Syracuse used the final two minutes of the first half to put together one more scoring drive. Sheard completed several passes during the series, including a 5-yard touchdown strike to Burke as time expired. The two-point conversion failed, though, which left the Shock with a 20-7 halftime lead.

Albany started the second half strong with a 9-yard touchdown pass from Tarver to Henderson. Palmer's extra point sailed through to trim Syracuse's advantage to 20-14 four minutes into the third quarter.

The Metro Mallers threatened to tie the score on their next offensive series, but the drive stalled on Syracuse's 11-yard line. That proved costly as Gordon took the ensuing handoff from Sheard, slipped through several Albany tacklers and took off on an 89-yard touchdown run to give Syracuse a 26-14 lead.

"He's a tough cookie," Manny said of Gordon. "You blink once, and you've got a problem."

Albany's defense made a big play midway through the fourth quarter. On fourth-and-goal from Albany's 12-yard line, Sheard's pass was tipped in the end zone and caught by Donald Murdock Jr. for his second interception of the night. Murdock then ran the ball back to Albany's 5-yard line before being tackled.

The Mallers were nearly pinned deep in their own territory, but Tarver got them out of there and into the end zone with one play. Tarver scrambled under heavy pressure and threw a pass to Green near the sideline. Green stopped himself before crossing the line and outran the Syracuse defense for a 91-yard touchdown. Palmer missed the extra point, though, which left Albany with a 26-20 deficit with 6:07 left.

Another Mallers interception gave them the ball at Syracuse's 28-yard line one minute later. On third-and-seven, Tarver rolled right and connected with Henderson on the tying touchdown.

Following Gordon's go-ahead scoring run, Albany had one more chance to tie the game. Tarver drove the Mallers to Syracuse's 15-yard line in three plays, but his next three passes fell incomplete and his fourth-down throw was intercepted at the Shock's 3-yard line with 23.4 seconds left.

Albany returns to action Aug. 11 when it hosts the Plattsburgh North Stars at CBA.

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