Football Comes Up Short In Albany, 28-18
Sept. 29, 2001
Albany, N.Y. - Albany scored 10 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to break an 18-18 tie en route to a 28-18 victory in a rugged Northeast Conference football matchup Saturday afternoon.
The Seawolves fought and scrapped all afternoon long and took a 6-0 lead in the first quarter on a pair of field goals by Mike Soto. Leading 3-0, freshman Ernie Williams, who was making his first collegiate start at cornerback in place of the injured Chad King, picked off a pass and set up the Seawolves at the Albany 21. Stony Brook's drive stalled, but Soto came on to kick a career-best 42-yard field goal to put the Seawolves up six points.
Albany trimmed the lead to 6-3 before quarterback Marcus Rotondi's 66-yard run set up Jon George's one-yard touchdown plunge that lifted UA to a 10-6 advantage with 4:11 remaining before the half.
Stony Brook answered right back with a three-play, 69-yard drive that culminated with Scott Bard's 18-yard touchdown run on a quarterback draw with 2:56 on the clock. The Seawolves were flagged for excessive celebration after Bard's touchdown and missed the ensuing PAT which sent them into the lockerroom up 12-10.
Albany again took the lead at 14:57 of the fourth quarter as George again found the end zone from one-yard out. The two-point conversion was good and the Great Danes surged ahead, 18-10.
Once again, the Seawolves had an answer. Ken Lockhart's 52-yard run set up the Seawolves with a first-and-goal at the Albany six-yard line. Three plays later, he dashed in from four yards out to pull SB even at 18. The PAT was no good and the game was tied with 12:52 to go.
But it was All-NEC wide receiver Chris Phillis who came up big for the Great Danes. He gave UA the lead for good only 1:54 later, catching a 29-yard strike from Ryan Roeder for the game-winning score. Phillis finished with eight catches for 145 yards on the afternoon.
The Great Danes added a Bryan Bagstad 24-yard field goal with 4:11 remaining to seal the win.
Bard threw for 196 yards on 20-38 passing and rushed for 56 more on the afteroon. Lockhart turned in a career-best effort in a Seawolf uniform with 100 yards on 15 carries and a TD. Chris McGovern caught seven passes for a team-high 79 yards.
The loss drops SB to 0-2 overall and 0-2 in NEC action. The Seawolves take on Wagner next Saturday in their home opener. Kick-off in 12:30 p.m.