March 8, 2014

'We Want To Keep It Rolling'

MEQUON, Wis. – Joel Hedemark produced two goals and two assists, Kyle O'Grady added two goals and an assist, and Tim Urso had a goal and an assist in the second half as Albion College pulled away for a 13-6 victory over Concordia (Wis.) University in a non-league men's lacrosse contest.

Albion led 5-4 at halftime, but it outscored the host Falcons, 8-2, over the game's final 30 minutes. The turning point came after the Britons killed a 2 ½ minute penalty early in the third quarter.

"(Goalkeeper) Kyle Formanczyk made a huge save on a breakaway during the man-down," Albion Head Coach Jake DeCola said. "That played helped the defense to settle in and the offense got going."

Albion took advantage of 13 Concordia penalties by converting on 5-of-13 extra-man opportunities. Albion was penalized six times, but Concordia was just 1-of-6 when it had the extra-man.

Hedemark scored on the EMO and O'Grady tacked on an even-strength goal as Albion took an 8-5 lead into the fourth quarter.

Albion poured it on in the final quarter as Dominic Hamper, Kevin O'Grady, Hedemark, Tyler Kilpatrick and Kyle O'Grady all scored goals.

Hedemark scored a man-advantage goal in the second quarter to finish the day with three goals, bringing his season total to six. Urso, who contributed two goals and three assists in the contest, sits atop Albion's scoring ladder with 11 goals and six assists. Kyle O'Grady, who made his first start at the collegiate level, finished the day with two goals and two assists.

Derek Brueske produced four goals for Concordia's offense.

75 percent was the metric of the day for the Albion defense. Formanczyk collected 18 saves to stop 75 percent of the shots he faced. The defense also cleared 75 percent of its opportunities (18-of-24).

Albion, off to a 5-1 start, will have a week to prepare for its March 15 date with Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.

"I feel good about the week (which included a 6-5 overtime victory over Oberlin College on Wednesday)," DeCola said. "We want to keep it rolling at this point."