ALBANY, N.Y. The fourth-ranked Albany Great Danes won their fifth America East title of the past six years by a 14-4 final on Saturday at Casey Stadium.
"Congratulations to Albany today on a fantastic game, they executed in all phases for sixty minutes," head coach Chris Feifs said. "I am very proud of how our guys fought to get to this point, they left it all on the line today and came up short. I am extremely thankful for the seniors, who have done everything possible to change the culture of this program through hard work, dedication, and accountability. We're just started, and they are the reason for that."
Albany scored just 15 seconds after the opening faceoff and added six more unanswered goals in the first quarter. Seven different Great Danes found the back of the net.
Ian MacKay scored Vermont's first of the game with 7:56 remaining to get Vermont on the board with a top-shelf goal. Braiden Davis scored the next goal to cut the lead to six.
Freshman Liam Limoges scored his 26th of the season in the third to make it 8-3 in favor of Albany, but it was as close as the Catamounts would get as Albany potted a pair of goals to close out the quarter. Limoges finishes his campaign tied with a pair of Cats with the fifth-most goals as a freshman.
The Danes picked up where they left off in the fourth, scoring four goals in the first 4:11 to take a 14-3 lead. Dawes Milchling scored his first goal and second point of the game with 1:56 remaining to make it 14-4, where it would remain until the final horn.
Albany's TD Ierlan was perfect at the faceoff X, winning all 21 draws against three different Catamounts, earning America East Tournament Most Outstanding Player honors. Nick Washuta made 13 saves for Vermont, his ninth game of the year with double-digit saves. JD Colarusso made 12 stops for the Great Danes.
Warren Jeffrey, MacKay, and Washuta were named to the America East All-Tournament team. Washuta made 29 saves and tallied a .617 save percentage in the tournament. He finishes the season with a .609 save percentage, the first Catamount since 2004 to finish above 60%.
The Class of 2018 will graduate with 32 wins over Division I opponents, the most in program history. They are the only class to make the America East Tournament three times and helped the program reach its only two title games.
The 2018 Catamounts became the first UVM team to record 12 wins in a single season.
Courtesy: UVM Athletics