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#1 UAlbany Men's Lacrosse Holds Down UMass Lowell 13-6

UAlbany Sports Information   03-24-2018

Men's Lacrosse Score: UAlbany 13, UMass Lowell 6

Location: Lowell, Mass. – Cushing Field Complex

Records: UAlbany (8-0, 2-0 AE), UMass Lowell (4-5, 1-1 AE)

Short Story: Anchored by 20 saves by JD Colarusso, the #1 UAlbany men’s lacrosse team stayed undefeated with a 13-6 victory at UMass Lowell, improving to 2-0 in America East play.

Key Stats:

  • UAlbany: JD Colarusso had a career-high of 20 saves, allowing just six goals in the victory. Sean Eccles had career-highs of seven points and five goals, adding two assists, while Tehoka Nanticoke notched four goals and two sists.  TD Ierlan won 20-of-21 faceoffs for 12 ground balls.
  • UMass Lowell: Matt Balter led the River Hawks with three goals and an assist, while Austin Lane had two goals. Hunter Braun got the loss in goal with 13 goals allowed and 21 saves.
  • With a goal scored, Connor Fields has 191 goals in his collegiate career, becoming the all-time leader in UAlbany history.
  • UAlbany outshot UMass Lowell 52-38 in the game and won 21 of 22 total faceoffs.
  • This is UAlbany’s 30th consecutive regular season victory in America East play.

Key Situations:

  • 1st quarter: Including two goals from Sean Eccles and three points from Connor Fields, UAlbany outscored UMass Lowell 6-1 in the opening 15 minutes.
  • 2nd quarter: JD Colarusso had eight saves in the second quarter to help shut out UMass Lowell in the period as UAlbany led 9-1.
  • 3rd quarter: UML scored the first two goals of the quarter in the first five minutes. Colarusso held the rest of the period as Eccles added his fourth goal to send UAlbany up 10-4.
  • 4th quarter: Four more saves for Colarusso holds the day as UAlbany wins 13-6.

Quote: “It is a win, we came on the road and got the victory.  JD Colarusso was outstanding and has been dialed in all season.  UMass Lowell got off some good shots, and he was calm and collected.  I thought we got off to a nice start in the game.”- UAlbany head coach Scott Marr

Recap: The #1 UAlbany men’s lacrosse team stayed undefeated on the season with a 13-6 victory over conference foe UMass Lowell off 20 saves from JD Colarusso.

UAlbany got on the board first in the opening minute on a third attempt from Sean Eccles, taking a pass from Tehoka Nanticoke and burying the ball on a hard shot.  After an exchange, Connor Fields, from behind the cage, passed to an open Noah Taylor for a laser and score.  Colarusso and Co. held on a number of UMass Lowell shots as the River Hawks kept looking for long range opportunities, until with 6:33 left in the quarter, as Matt Balter scored for UML.  UAlbany responded with two quick goals, a Nanticoke catch and shoot on the doorstep on a fake out of the keeper, then Justin Reh spinning and getting around a defender and scoring five meters out.  UAlbany added two more before the end of the quarter, including a Fields low shot to score number 191 of his career, then another Eccles goal on a narrow angle shot inside the left post.  UAlbany led 6-1 after one quarter.

UAlbany struck again quickly as Kyle McClancy found Nanticoke wide open next to the goal circle for the score over the shoulder of the keeper.  As the rain continued, the play picked up going back and forth as Colarusso held UML off the board on defense.  Eccles and Nanticoke each added to the goal total, as Eccles hit a scorching shot from Nanticoke, then Nanticoke himself pushed through a defender and scored close range.  One more defensive stand sent UAlbany into the locker room up 9-1.

UML had the first pair of goals in the third quarter, one on a second chance effort and another in transition.  A few more Colarusso goals kept UAlbany’s lead strong, when inside the final five minutes of the period, Eccles scored his fourth goal on a left to right shot inside the pipe.  UAlbany led 10-4 after three.

The sides exchanged goals a couple of times in the fourth quarter, with UAlbany keeping its lead.  Eccles scored his fifth on another fast shot, while Mitch Laffin had a goal with 2:28 remaining in the top right corner.  UAlbany took the victory 13-6.

UAlbany welcomes in Harvard on Wednesday, March 28th at 7 p.m. at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium.  For ticket information for UAlbany men’s lacrosse games, fans may contact the UAlbany ticket office at 518-442-DANE or ualbanysports.com/tickets.

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