Blaze Riorden leads UAlbany men’s lacrosse to victory over Yale

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After Blaze Riorden saved two shots on defense to begin overtime, Seth Oakes buried the ground ball shot inside the right post from Connor Fields as the #6 UAlbany men’s lacrosse team earned their first top-5 win since 2014, taking down #4 Yale on the road 14-13 for its seventh straight victory.

It is UAlbany’s (10-2) first victory over a top-5 team since the Great Danes defeated #1 Loyola in the NCAA First Round on May 10, 2014.  It is the team’s first victory over an opponent ranked in the top-10 since defeating Yale in the Capital District on April 18, 2015.  UAlbany will have a chance to go into the top-5 in the rankings for the first time since 2007.

It is also the first overtime victory for UAlbany since defeating Stony Brook 17-16 in the America East semifinals on Long Island on May 1, 2014 off Doug Eich’s transition goal.

In what proved to be a back-and-forth battle between the top-10 teams, UAlbany won the faceoff to open overtime, after Yale (10-2) had scored with five seconds left in regulation, but the Bulldogs forced a turnover.  Riorden stopped a pair of Yale’s shots as UAlbany cleared.  Fields reversed quickly and found Oakes in the middle.  Oakes fired long-range and low for the score, giving UAlbany the sudden victory goal.

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