UAlbany Men's Lacrosse Advances to NCAA Quarterfinal Round
Men's Lacrosse Score: 2-seed UAlbany 18, Richmond 9
Location: Albany, N.Y. – Tom & Mary Casey Stadium
Records: UAlbany (15-2), Richmond (11-6)
Short Story: The 2-seed UAlbany men’s lacrosse team closed out its home season in style, dominating Richmond 18-9 to advance to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament.
- UAlbany: In his return to the field, Connor Fields notched seven points off two goals and five assists, while Tehoka Nanticoke notched four goals and two assists. Each Troy Reh and Sean Eccles earned hat tricks. JD Colarusso seized the victory in goal with nine saves, with TD Ierlan winning 24-of-29 faceoffs with 21 ground balls.
- Richmond: Four different Spiders had two goals each, with Ryan Lanchbury and Mitch Goldberg both having two goals and an assist. Blake Goodman got the loss in goal, having 12 saves.
- UAlbany advances to the NCAA Quarterfinal round for the second straight year and fourth time in the last five seasons. UAlbany will play the winner of Notre Dame-Denver on Saturday, May 19th at Hofstra University on Long Island at either noon or 2:30 p.m.
- With seven points, Fields moved into second all-time in DI history with 355 career points. Only former UAlbany great Lyle Thompson has more with 400 in his career from 2012-15.
- Ierlan earned the NCAA DI single season ground balls record, standing with 240 this season. He passed the former mark held by Bryant’s Kevin Massa, who had 231 in 2013. With 326 faceoff victories this year, he is 13 away from that single season record.
- UAlbany won 24-of-30 faceoffs in the game, had 36 ground balls to Richmond’s 16 and outshot its opponent 45-33.
- Eight different Great Danes had goals and 10 different UAlbany players had at least one point.
- Tonight’s attendance was 4,800, the largest home crowd of the season for the Great Danes. With tonight’s win, UAlbany went a perfect 10-0 at home in 2018.
- 1st quarter: UAlbany began the game on a 4-0 run, capped by two goals with Sean Eccles. After two Richmond goals, Troy Reh scored in the final seconds of the quarter to make it 5-2 after one.
- 2nd quarter: Both sides went back and forth with goals despite a period of nine minutes with no scoring. A Tehoka Nanticoke highlight reel goal in the final half-minute of the quarter pushed UAlbany’s lead to 9-5.
- 3rd quarter: A couple of Richmond goals in the middle of the quarter brought the Spiders within three. Goals from Connor Fields and Sean Eccles in less than 45 seconds time pushed UAlbany’s lead back to five. With no goals in the final 6:06, UAlbany led 13-8.
- 4th quarter: UAlbany continued its run with four straight goals to begin the fourth, including two be Jakob Patterson, to complete a 6-0 run. One more exchange of goals and UAlbany took the 18-9 victory.
Quote: “We had to work for every inch of that field, all day. They pressured us, were very aggressive, and offensively they had some very slick kids. They are five years into a program and they are in the tournament, hats off to [Coach] Dan [Chemotti] and his group. I’m very proud of our group, I talked in the locker room about the ‘just one play at a time’ mentality, and we really grinded out for 60 minutes. I thought every time Richmond made some nice plays and got closer, we had a response.” – UAlbany head coach Scott Marr
Recap: The 2-seed UAlbany men’s lacrosse took care of business in its NCAA First Round matchup, dominating Richmond 18-9 to advance to the quarterfinal round.
UAlbany began the game on a 4-0 run in the first quarter with TD Ierlan dominating faceoffs. In his return to the field after missing the Vermont game, Connor Fields got a pass from Tehoka Nanticoke and scored on the doorstep two minutes in. Alex Burgmaster scored next after a clear, ripping a shot and scoring in transition. Sean Eccles scored the next two goals for UAlbany, getting one off a pass from Kyle McClancy then another off a narrow angle shot on the near side. Richmond scored its first two goals in the final four minutes of the period, with Troy Reh hitting a shot close range from TD Ierlan in the final two seconds of the 1st, giving UAlbany a 5-2 advantage.
Troy Reh was not done as he stayed on offense with Fields drawing a defender, then Reh got a pass for the high to low shot and score. Richmond countered with a goal, then no goals for either side for over nine minutes, then the back-and-forth scoring continued. Fields threaded the needle for a pass to Nanticoke, who finished close range, Richmond scored 70 seconds later. Troy Reh scored again on a long range high to low rip, then Richmond got another goal the next minute. Nanticoke scored a highlight reel goal with 20 seconds to go in the half, jumping around the crease line and hitting his mark close range to make it 9-5 at the break.
Mitch Savoca netted goal for Richmond to pull the Spiders within three 65 seconds into the second half. UAlbany struck back with two goals, a straight away laser from Justin Reh, then a catch and shoot goal from Fields to Nanticoke. Again the Spiders stayed close with two goals to get back within three. UAlbany got the goals back after Fields shook off a defender with dodges to get a straight away shot and score, then Eccles added his third off a backhand close range set shot. The final 6:06 of the third went scoreless as UAlbany led 13-8 45 minutes in.
UAlbany continued that run going into the fourth quarter, adding four goals to make the run 6-0 and effectively seal the game. Jakob Patterson scored his first on a run to the cage, McClancy hit his mark on a left to right shot, then Justin Reh scored a goal 13 seconds later. Patterson scored a second goal on a wrap around the cage to complete the run. Richmond scored its final goal with 5:35 left, as UAlbany scored on the shot clock with Nanticoke getting a pass from Noah Taylor. UAlbany earned the 18-9 victory.
UAlbany now gets ready for the NCAA quarterfinal round on Long Island. UAlbany will play the winner of 7-seed Notre Dame and Denver on Saturday, May 19th at either noon or 2:30 p.m. at Hofstra University.