DURHAM, N.H. - The Albany Great Danes, who earned 20 shots in Saturday's match against New Hampshire, finally scored with less than eight minutes remaining in the second half to earn a 1-0 victory and clinch a spot in the America East Tournament.
A crossing pass found its way to Peter Squeglia, but he had his back to the UNH goal. Squeglia executed a bicycle kick that found its way past Wildcat goalie Brian Levey (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Allegheny) to give the Danes the only goal they would need.
Albany (11-3-2, 5-2-1 America East) proved why it is one of the best defensive teams in the country, holding UNH to ten shots. Goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul stopped all five shots on goal to earn his 11th shutout on the season.
The Wildcats had their chances to earn a goal off a set play, as UNH took ten corner kicks and several free kicks in the Albany zone. Derek Bragg (Downington, Pa./Downington) came off the bench and had the team's best chances with two headers on goal, but Coundoul was able to corral both of them.
The two seniors who saw action on Senior Day made solid contributions to try and get the Wildcats in the scoring column. Tyler Jackson (Amherst, N.H./Souhegan) took two shots, but could not find the range on either of them, while Logan Lee (Racine, Wis./Washington Park) did his best to factor into the set plays with his leaping ability.
Despite the loss, New Hampshire (5-5-6, 3-2-3 America East) clinched a spot in the postseason conference tournament. The Wildcats will travel to face Vermont on Wednesday, November 3, with home field advantage in the first round on the line.