UAlbany Men's Lacrosse — 2018 America East Tournament Champion
Men's Lacrosse Score: 1-seed UAlbany 14, 3-seed Vermont 4
Location: Albany, N.Y. – Tom & Mary Casey Stadium
Records: UAlbany (14-2), Vermont (12-4)
Short Story: The 1-seed UAlbany men’s lacrosse team earned its second consecutive America East Tournament title with a dominant 14-4 victory over 3-seed Vermont in the championship game.
- UAlbany: Nine different Great Danes scored goals and 12 different players had points. Jakob Patterson had a hat trick plus one assist while Sean Eccles, Tehoka Nanticoke and Kyle McClancy each had two goals and an assist. TD Ierlan was perfect on the faceoff-X at 20-for-20, having 16 ground balls. JD Colarusso had the win with 12 saves and four goals allowed.
- Vermont: Liam Limoges and Dawes Milchling each had a goal and an assist. Nick Washuta got the loss in goal with 13 saves and 14 goals allowed.
- UAlbany earns its second straight America East Tournament title, fifth in six years and ninth overall since 2003.
- UAlbany has earned an automatic qualifier into the NCAA Tournament. The selection show is on Sunday, May 5 at 9 p.m. on ESPNU. UAlbany will be making its 10th appearance into the NCAA Tournament, all since 2003. UAlbany is on pace to host in the NCAA First Round for the second straight season.
- UAlbany outscored Vermont 7-0 in the first quarter, with seven different Great Danes scoring goals in that span.
- The Great Danes outshot Vermont 45-24 plus won all 21 faceoffs, with TD Ierlan grabbing 20 and Austin Jones picking up the last.
- TD Ierlan was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, winning 48-of-49 faceoffs in the two games combined. JD Colarusso, Jakob Patterson and Justin Reh joined Ierlan on the All-Tournament Team.
- Josh Egan earned the America East Elite 18 Award for men's lacrosse for the highest GPA among junior and senior players in the title game. Egan has a 3.96 GPA in business and repeats as this award winner from last season.
- 1st quarter: Seven different Great Danes scored as UAlbany netted goals on seven of nine shots on cage, leading Vermont 7-0 after one.
- 2nd quarter: UAlbany tacked on another goal from Kyle McClancy to complete its game-opening 8-0 run. Vermont scored twice to make it 8-2 at the half.
- 3rd quarter: In a quarter of long possessions, Vermont scored the first goal of the quarter with 6:41 left. UAlbany knocked down two in the final 2:17 to take a 10-3 advantage into the final period.
- 4th quarter: UAlbany sealed the game with four consecutive goals in the opening 4:11 of the quarter. The team held Vermont to one goal in the period to win 14-4.
Quote: “I couldn’t be any more proud of our team and our effort from start to finish, not just from this weekend, but from September on. A total team effort in grinding out both of these games. We are looking forward to seeing who we are playing next week. Outstanding year by Vermont, they competed today, slowing us down in the middle two quarters. Chris Feifs and his staff are doing an unbelievable job getting that program to the next level. – UAlbany head coach Scott Marr
Recap: The 1-seed UAlbany men’s lacrosse team is back on the top of the America East mountain, securing the 2018 tournament championship with a 14-4 victory over 3-seed Vermont on Saturday afternoon.
UAlbany’s first quarter set the Great Danes up for the rest of the game, outscoring the Catamounts 7-0 in the opening 15 minutes. UAlbany struck quickly as longpole Troy Reh got a pass from brother Justin Reh and scored on the doorstep 15 seconds in. Next possession, Kyle McClancy cleared himself and scored on the run, then minutes later, Jakob Patterson got free off a screen off a pass from Zach Wolfe and buried a shot. Patterson then drew a double team to free up Tehoka Nanticoke in front as the freshman scored close range.
With TD Ierlan continuing to win faceoffs, UAlbany kept the pressure on the Vermont defense. Alex Burgmaster burned a shot through three defenders in the right corner, then Jack Burgmaster added one of his own not long after a clear. In the closing seconds of the first, McClancy passed off to Josh Egan, who scored on a bouncing shot that hit under the crossbar. UAlbany led 7-0 after the first quarter.
UAlbany continued the attack into the second quarter as McClancy got inside his defender and scored next to the goal circle. Vermont’s defense started to hold and slowly started to chip away on the scoreboard, adding goals with Ian KacKay and Braiden Davis. UAlbany led 8-2 at the break.
Both sides drew long possessions to begin the second half, including UAlbany having seven shots to start the third quarter. Vermont broke the drought as Liam Limoges scored with 6:41 to play in the quarter. UAlbany got back on the board with a couple of late goals in the quarter as Davis Diamond wrapped around the cage and scored close range, then Nanticoke hit a catch and shoot score on the 30-second clock as UAlbany led 10-3 after three quarters.
The UAlbany offense got back to work in the fourth quarter, effectively sealing the game with four goals in the opening 4:11. Noah Taylor found Sean Eccles for a perfect shot inside the post on a frozen rope. Justin Reh found Patterson on the doorstep for a goal a minute later, then Eccles scored again on a catch and shoot. Patterson added one more goal on a dodge to give UAlbany an 11-goal lead. Vermont scored its final goal with 1:56 left as the UAlbany defense held the day. UAlbany won 14-4.
UAlbany now awaits its fate in the NCAA Tournament selection show on Sunday, May 6th at 9 p.m. on ESPNU.