#1 UAlbany Men's Lacrosse Dominates #14 Vermont 21-5
Men’s Lacrosse Score: UAlbany 21, Vermont 5
Location: Albany, N.Y. – Tom & Mary Casey Stadium
Records: UAlbany (6-0, 1-0 AE), Vermont (7-1, 0-1 AE)
Short Story: The #1 UAlbany men’s lacrosse team earned its second straight win over a ranked opponent and improved to 6-0 on the season with a dominant 21-5 victory over #14 Vermont in its America East opener.
- UAlbany: Connor Fields had a 10-point day off four goals and six assists, adding four ground balls and two caused turnovers. Jakob Patterson had a career-high seven goals, adding an assist, while Tehoka Nanticoke had three goals and two assists. JD Colarusso had the win in goal with eight saves and three goals allowed in the opening three quarters, with TD Ierlan winning 19-for-21 faceoffs with 15 ground balls.
- Vermont: Ian MacKay had a team-high two goals while Dawes Milchling and Jack Knight each had two points. Nick Washuta had the loss, having 17 goals allowed in the opening 40:37 with eight saves.
- With Vermont and Georgetown each losing today, UAlbany is the lone undefeated team remaining in Division I.
- With ten points today, Connor Fields has 324 points in his career, fifth all-time in Division I history.
- UAlbany 6-0 start is its best since 2007. That year, UAlbany began the season 10-0.
- UAlbany did not allow a goal for the first 28:34 of the game. The Great Danes scored the first nine goals of the game plus led 18-2 with 3:39 left in the third quarter.
- 1st quarter: TD Ierlan won all six faceoffs as UAlbany shut out Vermont in the first quarter. Two Justin Reh goals helped UAlbany lead 5-0 after one.
- 2nd quarter: UAlbany outshot Vermont 17-5, outscoring the Catamounts 6-1, including two goals from Tehoka Nanticoke, to lead 11-1 at the break.
- 3rd quarter: With UAlbany’s reserves starting to come in, Jakob Patterson nets three goals while Connor Fields has two as the Great Danes have a 19-3 advantage after three.
- 4th quarter: Nate Siekierski saved four shots while Austin Jones and Anthony Altimari combine to win all four faceoffs as UAlbany takes the 21-5 victory.
Quote: “We talked in the locker room about coming off a big win against Maryland, going one of two ways, being complacent or being ready to play against a good Vermont team. I was proud of my team for getting themselves prepared this week and playing from start to finish. Very pleased with our effort from top to bottom.” – UAlbany head coach Scott Marr
Recap: The #1 UAlbany men’s lacrosse team opened America East play with a dominant 21-5 victory over #14 Vermont to stand as the lone undefeated team in Division I at 6-0.
In the first quarter, UAlbany got off to a quick 3-0 start in the opening 3:27 with Justin Reh, Troy Reh and Connor Fields all scoring in succession. TD Ierlan won all the half’s faceoffs as UAlbany primarily kept the ball on offense, with Justin Reh adding another goal with 7:52 left in the quarter. UAlbany’s defense held on a long defensive possession with five Vermont shots, then Jakob Patterson scored towards the end of the quarter as UAlbany led 5-0 after one.
After a four-and-a-half minute lull, Fields scored his second goal to continue the run. Patterson, Kyle McClancy and Tehoka Nanticoke fueled the streak further as UAlbany led 9-0. After Vermont scored its first goal with 1:26 left in the 1st half, UAlbany took advantage of a long man-up situation, netting two goals in the final 32 seconds to lead 11-1 after two quarters.
Following an exchange of goals entering the third quarter, UAlbany rolled off six consecutive goals, including two more by Patterson and Fields. The reserves started to come in on both sides of the ball, with Patterson scoring his sixth goal with 1:33 left in the third to give UAlbany a 19-3 lead.
UAlbany scored twice early in the fourth quarter as Patterson netted his seventh goal and Kyle Casey scored his first career goal. Vermont scored in the final minute as UAlbany took the victory 21-5.
UAlbany returns to Casey Stadium on Tuesday, March 20th vs. Canisius at 3 p.m. For ticket information for UAlbany men’s lacrosse games, fans may contact the UAlbany ticket office at 518-442-DANE or ualbanysports.com/tickets.