The Albany Rebels struggled to muster much offense in their season finale at Hartford on Saturday, losing 4-11 (23 points) to 0-4 (4 points). The Rebels finished the season with a 4-11 overall record and 2-4 in full-sided matches.
One of the few bright spots of the first half came in the opening minutes. Midfielder Frank Cabe bounded down the right side on a 50-meter run, shrugging off defenders and then popped the football over for a point.
Albany played much better in the second half, keeping more possession and showing more toughness in tackles. Tempers flared a few times, but the Rebels responded each time. Half forwards Ryan Moloney and Tyler Wilcox both held their ground after late hits and hits away from the play, giving it right back to their opponents.
“I was proud of the way our guys stepped up physically in the second half,” said Rebels midfielder Mark Adam. “We didn’t play our best match but we're not going to back down.”
Rebels scorers included Adam (2 points), Cabe (1 point) and Joe Bradley (1 point).
Albany rotated goalkeeping duties between Spencer Bassette, Mike Lee, Tim Gerrish and Tucker Conklin, who all played well. Lee and Bassette each made impressive saves from close range.
"It may not have been our most successful season from a win-loss standpoint, but we played very hard all year and had a rookie class that was very dedicated and as a whole picked up the sport quickly," Moloney said. "Overall it was a very productive 2018 season for the Rebels."