UAlbany Men's Lacrosse Earns Trip to Championship Weekend
Headline: UAlbany Men's Lacrosse Off to Championship Weekend, Defeats Denver 15-13
Men’s Lacrosse Score: UAlbany 15, Denver 13
Location: Hempstead, N.Y. – James M. Shuart Stadium
Records: UAlbany (16-2), Denver (13-4)
Short Story: The UAlbany men’s lacrosse team is off to Championship Weekend for the first time in program history after defeating Denver 15-13 in the NCAA Quarterfinal round on Saturday on Long Island.
- UAlbany: Four Great Danes earned three goals each. Kyle McClancy had three goals and two assists to lead UAlbany in scoring. Jakob Patterson and Sean Eccles each finished three goals and an assist, while Tehoka Nanticoke notched three goals and Justin Reh got two goals and two assists. JD Colarusso picked up his 16th victory with seven saves in 60 minutes in the net.
- In a battle of the top two faceoff-men in the country, UAlbany’s TD Ierlan and Denver’s Trevor Baptiste fought to a draw, with each winning 15-of-30. Ierlan had the final faceoff victory and ground ball with 38 seconds left as UAlbany ran out the clock for the win.
- Denver: Colton Jackson led all players with four goals on as many shots, with midfield-mate Joe Reid adding three goals. Alex Ready played all 60 minutes in the defeat, having 10 saves.
- 2-seed UAlbany will rematch against 3-seed Yale in the semifinal round on Saturday, May 26th at either noon or 2:30 p.m. at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The game will be aired nationally on ESPN2.
- This is the first time a SUNY school has earned a trip to a men’s Division I Final Four. The UAlbany field hockey team was the first SUNY team to do it in 2014. UAlbany is also the first America East team to reach the semifinal round since Towson in 2001.
- UAlbany matched its single season wins record with its 16th victory today. UAlbany was 16-3 in 2015.
- With today’s win, UAlbany’s senior class earned its 59th victory, becoming the winningest class in program history. The class is 59-11 overall in its four years.
- TD Ierlan now has 341 faceoff victories this season, setting a new NCAA single season record. The former record holder was Brendan Fowler, who had 339 faceoff wins for Duke in 2013.
- 1st quarter: TD Ierlan won the first four faceoffs, with UAlbany hitting its first three shots. That opening run gave UAlbany a 4-2 advantage after 15 minutes.
- 2nd quarter: Denver took the lead on a 3-0 run, then UAlbany responded with the half’s final three goals, including a Tehoka Nanticoke score after a series of dodges and score at the buzzer as UAlbany led 7-5.
- 3rd quarter: Denver pushed to a tie with back-to-back goals, then two UAlbany goals in a span of 64 seconds pushed the Great Danes back ahead 11-9.
- 4th quarter: After Denver pulled to within one again with 8:46 left, UAlbany scored the next three, capped by a pair scored by Kyle McClancy on the shot clock. Denver scored twice in the final minute, then TD Ierlan won the last faceoff to secure the win for good as UAlbany took the victory 15-13.
Quote: “You talk about living up to the billing, that was an outstanding lacrosse game by both teams. Congratulations to Denver on their season and how hard they fought today. It was an unbelievable game, every time we were ahead, they’d storm back. They never quit, and neither did we. So proud of my team for sticking through the process and going through 60 minutes of play and never wavering on their positivity with each other. We have a saying: ‘Our certainty is greater than everyone else’s doubt.”- UAlbany head coach Scott Marr
“It was an awesome experience with the crowd for all us, especially for me coming back home. They were so loud on the best place on Earth. Every time we scored a goal, you heard them, and we feed off that energy.” – UAlbany senior LSM Troy Reh
Recap: The 2-seed UAlbany men’s lacrosse team will head to Championship Weekend for the first time in program history after defeating Denver 15-13 in the NCAA Quarterfinal Round.
UAlbany won the opening four faceoffs and scored on the first three shots, with a Sean Eccles low shot from Jakob Patterson, 15 seconds later passing around the fan to Tehoka Nanticoke for the bouncing shot and score, then a brother connection as Justin Reh found Troy Reh on a catch and shoot score on the doorstep for a 3-0 lead. UAlbany’s ride and defense held down Denver until the 4:32 mark in the 1st when Ethan Walker got inside his defender and scored close range to the cage. UAlbany got that goal back while man-up, as Patterson got the feed from Eccles for the laser and score. then Denver countered with a quick score. UAlbany led 4-2 after one quarter.
Denver started to win faceoffs, then rolled off the first three goals, all by different players with Ted Sullivan scoring one and assisting one, as the Pioneers led by one about a third of the way through the quarter. UAlbany took back the lead as Nanticoke bull dodged towards the cage and scored on a long shot to the right corner, then Connor Fields draw a double team to free up a rolling Eccles on the goal circle. As the clock was winding down, Nanticoke kept dodging through the Denver defense and scored close range at the buzzer, giving UAlbany the 7-5 advantage at the break.
Another quick faceoff win for UAlbany resulted in a quick UAlbany goal as Troy Reh passed off to Kyle McClancy, who dropped down to Justin Reh and the wind up and score. Trevor Baptiste got the goal back for Denver the other direction to get the team’s deficit to two, then added another minutes later on a man-up situation. Justin Reh scored on UAlbany’s next possession, rushing from behind the cage off a restart, getting in front of the circle and scoring on a bouncing shot. Again Denver pulled to a tie with a pair of close range goals. The tie was short lived as TD Ierlan won a faceoff and found a running McClancy for a high to low attempt, scoring lower left corner. UAlbany added another off a catch and shoot from Fields to Eccles after a ground ball scrum. UAlbany eventually took an 11-9 advantage into the fourth quarter.
UAlbany had a long offensive possession to open the fourth, and saw a shot saved. But as Denver tried to clear, Jakob Patterson intercepted a pass on the doorstep and scored on the shovel shot. Denver scored on its next possession, then added another to pull back within one. UAlbany held with a Matt Perla caused turnover on Denver’s next chance, then UAlbany had a long offensive possession, converting while man-up as Fields passed off to Patterson for the wave and score in the left corner. UAlbany added an insurance goal on the shot clock as McClancy got around the cage and scored next to the crease. He repeated his shot clock performance to add one more goal. Denver scored twice in the final minute, but UAlbany held on and took the 15-13 victory.
UAlbany will enter Championship Weekend for the first time and take on 3-seed Yale on Saturday, May 26th at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.