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Blaze Riorden
Player Profile:
Blaze Riorden 1026351
Position: Goalkeeper
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 215
Year: Senior
Hometown: Fairport, N.Y.
High School: Fairport

2016:
• USILA Third Team All-American and Tewaaraton nominee at goalkeeper
• America East Defensive Player of the Year, playing nearly every minute in the cage for UAlbany, and America East All-Conference First Team
• 51st overall pick by Rochester Rattlers in Major League Lacrosse
• Graduated as UAlbany's Division I all-time leader in saves with 849
• Started all 16 games, going 12-4 with 56.5% save percentage and 9.68 goals allowed average, adding 47 ground balls and 12 caused turnovers
• Third in Division I in saves per game (12.44), 11th in save percentage (56.5%) and 23rd in goals allowed average (9.68)
• Three-time America East Defensive Player of the Week, Epoch/Lacrosse Magazine Player of the Week on March 8th
• Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Preseason All-American
• 11 games with double digit saves
• Saved 18 shots in 26 attempts in victory over Cornell (3/5), following with 87.5% save percentage with 14 saves and two goals allowed in road victory over UMass (3/8)
• Stopped 16 shots on 26 attempts (61.5%) in conference-opening victory over Stony Brook (3/19)
• 18 saves, including one in last second, on 27 attempts in 10-9 victory over Harvard (3/30)
• Made 14 saves, including two in overtime, in victory at #4 Yale (4/23)

2015:
• America East All-Conference First Team and America East All-Tournament Team for second-straight season
• First in the America East in save percentage (56%), saves per game (11.26) and goals against average (9.93)
• Nominated for 2015 Best Play ESPY by ESPN for end-to-end goal scored in NCAA Tournament victory at Cornell (5/9)
• Started all 19 games for UAlbany, leading Great Danes to season record 16 victories, going 16-3 on the year with 1015:31 in the cage
• Earned eleven games with double digit saves, ranking eighth in UAlbany single season history with 214 saves
• Three-time America East Player of the Week, earned Epoch/Lacrosse Magazine Player of the Week nationally for 20 saves and a goal scored in NCAA victory at Cornell (5/9)
• Began the season with 16 saves (66.7%), adding 11 ground balls in NCAA victory at Drexel (2/21)
• Career-high 21 saves in 10-9 home victory vs. UMass (3/7)
• Helped UAlbany to program's first-ever shutout, saving three shots in the first half vs. UMass Lowell (3/28)
• Five games in a row with double digit saves from 4/2-4/18, including 11 saves on 15 shots on goal in first three quarters at Vermont (4/4)
• Saved six of seven shots on goal in Capital District road win at Siena (4/21)
• Made nine saves and scooped seven ground balls in America East Tournament victory vs. Hartford (4/30)
• Finished season with 14 saves in NCAA Tournament game vs. Notre Dame (5/16)

2014:
• All-America East First Team, America East All-Tournament Team
• Third in Division I, first in America East in saves per game (16.27), 12th in DI and first in America East in save percentage (.549)
• Started all 18 games in goal for UAlbany, earning a 12-6 record with 237 saves and a 11.25 GAA in just over 1040 minutes
• Earned at least nine saves in 16 of 18 games, six games with 15+ saves
• Saved 15 shots with seven goals allowed in first win over Harvard (3/1), following up with 18 saves and eight goals allowed in 50 minutes at UMass (3/8), later 19 saves in victory at Penn State (3/22)
• Matched career-high 20 saves in road win at UMBC (4/19)
• Earned team's first NCAA Tournament victory since 2007 with 13 saves and six goals allowed at Loyola (5/10)
• Occasionally played in man-up situations at attack, scoring first collegiate goal vs. Bryant (3/15)

2013:
• America East All-Conference Second Team and All-Rookie Team
• Posted the second most wins in program history in a single season with 13
• Made 10 or more saves 11 times
• Held opponents to 10 goals or less 10 different times
• Tallied a career-best 20 saves at Johns Hopkins (4/5)
• Recorded 13 saves in season opener at #13 Syracuse in first career game at UAlbany (2/17)

High School: Ranked the ninth-best incoming freshman in 2012... Named All-American Player of the Year... Lettered for three years at Fairport for both lacrosse and football…Led his team to the Section V Championship twice, once as team captain during his senior year…Was an All-Tournament Team member as well as being named First Team All-County and All-Greater Rochester Player of the Year.

Personal: Intended business major…Son of Mike and Jeannie Riorden…Has a brother, Connor.

CAREER HIGHS
Saves: 21 (vs. UMass, Mar. 7, 2015)
Ground Balls: 11 (at Drexel, Feb. 21, 2015)
Caused Turnovers: 3 (vs. Vermont, Apr. 9, 2016)
Goals: 1 (2x, last: at Cornell, May 9, 2015)

CAREER STATISTICS 

Year

GP/GS

Min

GA

GAA

SV

%

2013

18/18

1036:27

206

11.93

199

.491

2014

18/18

1040:01

195

11.25

237

.549

2015

19/19

1015:31

168

9.93

214

.560

2016

16/16

948:21

153

9.68

199

.565

Total

71/71

4040:20

722

10.72

849

.540

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