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College Lacrosse: Feuerstein helps nationally-ranked Albany edge Canisius

Junior Ryan Feuerstein has helped Albany begin the 2013 season with a 3-2 mark, which includes beating Canisius 12-11. (Photo courtesy of the University at Albany)
Ty Thompson scored three goals and added an assist, while his brother, Lyle Thompson recorded four helpers to lead the University at Albany to a 12-11 win over Canisius in non-conference menís lacrosse action on Saturday (March 9) afternoon at Demske Sports Complex.

The Great Danes improve to 3-2 on the season, which includes an early-season upset of national-power Syracuse, while Canisius falls to 0-4.

Also helping the cause in the win, junior middie Ryan Feuerstein of Hamburg scored twice. The Hamburg High School graduate is now third on the team, behind the Thompson brothers, with nine goals.

In the loss, the Golden Griffs won 22-of-27 face-offs, led by St. Francis graduate Joe Rautenstrauch with 20 wins. The senior middie also has two goals on the season. Tim Edwards led Canisius with five goals and two assists on the afternoon.

Other locals who are members of Canisius include freshmen Jimmy May of Lake View, a Frontier High School graduate, and Patrick Gilman of Angola (Lake Shore High School), along with sophomore Alex Govenettio of Derby (Lake Shore High School), who started the first three games of the season in goal for Canisius.

Sophomore attackman Jake Giarrano of Hamburg, a St. Francis High School graduate, also plays for Canisius, while Hamburg graduate Josh Babcock is a member of Albany as a freshman defender.

After posting wins over then-ranked UMass and Canisius last week, Albany has regained its national ranking, coming in at 19th in the USILA Coachesí Poll and 20th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll.

The Great Danes were receiving votes in both polls during the preseason and vaulted to 16th on both charts after a season-opening victory at Syracuse, before losing consecutive games.

Among other locals playing menís lacrosse at the Division I level are Kyle Zittel of Eden at Penn State and Eric Chadderdon of Hamburg at Ohio State.

Zittel, an Eden High School graduate, has scored three times in five games this season for the Nittany Lions, who have begun the season 2-3 overall. The 6-foot, 180-pound sophomore middie made his collegiate debut last season scoring one goal and two assists in seven appearances.

At 6-foot-2, 220-pounds, Chadderdon, a Hamburg High School graduate, is a sophomore with Ohio State, which has started the season 4-1 overall.


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