UAlbany Men's Lacrosse Falls to Yale in First Championship Weekend
Men’s Lacrosse Score: 3-seed Yale 20, 2-seed UAlbany 11
Location: Foxboro, Mass. – Gillette Stadium
Records: UAlbany (16-3), Yale (16-3)
Short Story: The 2-seed UAlbany men’s lacrosse team fell to 3-seed Yale 20-11 in the NCAA semifinal round in the first-ever Championship Weekend for the Great Danes.
- UAlbany: Connor Fields, in his final college game, finished with three goals and two assists, while Sean Eccles had two goals and a caused turnover. TD Ierlan won 18-of-33 (54.5%) with eight ground balls, adding a goal and an assist. JD Colarusso had the loss in goal with six saves and 15 goals allowed in 35:10 in the cage.
- Yale: Matt Gaudet led all players with six goals, adding two ground balls. Ben Reeves had five goals and four assists while Jackson Morrill finished with three goals and five assists. Jack Starr notched the win in goal, having seven saves and 11 goals allowed in the game.
- UAlbany won the faceoff battle 18 to 15 vs. Yale. Yale had 45 shots to UAlbany’s 30.
- With three goals today, Connor Fields tied for third all-time in Division I in goals with 199, tied with Max Quinzani of Duke (2007-10).
- TD Ierlan set new NCAA single season records this year, finishing with 359 faceoff wins and 254 ground balls.
- UAlbany caps off its season with its best record in program history, tying a program-best 16-3 record with the 2015 team and making its first-ever appearance in Championship Weekend. This year’s senior class had 59 victories, the winningest senior class in UAlbany history.
- 1st quarter: Yale began the game with the first seven goals. Sean Eccles scored on a laser shortly after a transition play to make it 7-1 Yale after one.
- 2nd quarter: TD Ierlan won 5-of-8 faceoffs and had two points in the second with UAlbany putting together a 3-0 run, but Yale outscored UAlbany 5-4 and led 12-5 at the break.
- 3rd quarter: UAlbany notched a pair of early man-up goals by Connor Fields. Yale scored the final five goals of the quarter to lead 17-7.
- 4th quarter: UAlbany outscored Yale 4-3 in the final 15 minutes, with four different Great Danes having goals in the period, but Yale’s lead held true as the Bulldogs won 20-11.
Quote: “Congratulations to Yale and the effort that they put in today. They certainly were just the better team today. As for my team, I couldn't be more proud of the effort that we've put in all year. From September until this time, my group has worked extremely hard, and they've become extremely close to each other, and it's just been a pleasure to be around.”- UAlbany head coach Scott Marr
Recap: The 2-seed UAlbany men’s lacrosse team saw its stellar season come to close on Saturday at Championship Weekend as the Great Danes fell to 3-seed Yale 20-11 in the NCAA semifinal round.
Yale started the scoring after a UAlbany turnover, as John Daniggelis dodged left to right and scored in the lower corner in the opening minutes, then scored again on the next three possessions: Jackson Morrill got around the cage and hit his shot close range, then Ben Reeves hit a bouncing shot past the keeper, then off a saved shot, Yale’s second chance went from Reeves to Matt Gaudet for the goal on the doorstep. UAlbany had a couple of possessions but Yale’s goalie held off UAlbany’s shots. Yale added two more goals in the span of a minute from Morrill and Gaudet to build the lead, then another by Reeves made it 7-0. After a save by Nate Siekierski to send UAlbany to offense, Sean Eccles came off a dodge and fired a shot into the net from 15 meters out. That goal pulled UAlbany to down 7-1 to Yale after one.
After Yale scored just past the opening minute of the second quarter, TD Ierlan took a faceoff win right to cage and scored on a high to low shot. Yale got the goal back after a close range shot by Joseph Sessa.
UAlbany countered again with the same Justin Reh-Eccles connection as a pass from behind the cage to Eccles in front for the right to left heave. Next possession, Connor Fields ran in front of the goal circle and scored just below the crossbar point blank. After a Yale timeout, again UAlbany took advantage of an Ierlan faceoff win with the sophomore dropping off to Jack Burgmaster for a catch and shoot score to make it 9-5 Yale.
Gaudet continued his strong shooting, hitting his next two shots on cage, each less than 10 meters away. Yale added one more goal in the closing seconds of the second quarter from Reeves to Morrill as UAlbany trailed 12-5 at the break.
Into the second half, UAlbany took advantage of a man-up situation with two goals by Connor Fields, both on long shots from straight away, to cut the deficit to five. Yale got its own man-up situation and got a goal back on a catch and shoot, then later, another man-up chance for the Bulldogs turn into a goal as Brendan Rooney got the feed on the doorstep and scored. Yale added three more goals from Reeves, including one in the final seconds of the third, giving Yale a 17-7 advantage after three quarters.
First chance into the fourth quarter, Fields pulled off a defender and got the ball to Jakob Patterson right on the doorstep straight away for a goal. Yale responded with a goal, then Ron John got a pass from Noah Taylor across the cage for a catch and shoot goal. Gaudet added his sixth goal, then a minute later, Alex Burgmaster got the pass from Fields for the fire and score. Tehoka Nanticoke added a score top shelf from the right to try to spur on a last ditch comeback, but it came up short. Yale added another goal as UAlbany fell 20-11.
Yale advances to the NCAA title game on Monday at 1 p.m.