#10 Men's Lacrosse Collides With Rival Siena On Time Warner
ALBANY, N.Y. - Winners of six straight, 10th-ranked University at Albany (10-3, 7-1 Away) meets crosstown rival Siena (5-8, 3-3 Home) on Tuesday, April 23 at Siena Turf Field. The game can be viewed on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel with Chris Watson and Robert Lee on the call, beginning at 4:30 p.m.
IN THE POLLS
• UAlbany stayed still in both national polls, remaining at No. 10 this week. The Great Danes have either been receiving votes or in the Top-20 since the preseason poll.
• Five opponents on UAlbany’s regular-season schedule are also currently ranked (IL/USILA): Syracuse (7/9), Johns Hopkins (11/11), Bucknell (16/t13), Yale (15/15) and Drexel (17/17).
• UAlbany and UMBC duked it out in rough conditions this past Friday. Both teams saw heavy rain and strong winds for a considerable amount of the game.
• The Great Danes held a one-goal lead, 8-7, at the half, using five different goal scorers (Ty Thompson -2, Lyle Thompson - 2, John Maloney - 2, Jon Newhouse -1, Dewayne Stewart - 1)
• UAlbany’s defense and Blaze Riorden dug deep and held UMBC to three goals in the second half and watched Ty Thompson rattle off six of the eight second half goals to grab the win.
TY TAKES HOME CONFERENCE AWARD
• A career-best eight goals against UMBC earned Ty Thompson the America East Conference Player of the Week.
• Ty continues to churn out goals for the No. 1 offense in the NCAA. The junior attackman has recorded nine straight multi-goal games and has tallied at least one goal in 25 straight. His 25 games straight of at least one goal is tied for 23rd best in NCAA history. His 3.15 goals per game rank him fourth in the nation.
• With the win over UMBC last Friday, the Great Danes locked up the America East Conference regular-season crown and the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament. This is the fourth time the Great Danes have won the crown and the third time outright. UAlbany has gone on to win the conference tournament championship each of the last three times it has won or tied for the regular-season conference crown.
THE CENTURY MARK
•After tallying his eighth goal against UMBC, Ty Thompson became the 11th Great Dane to score 100 goals in a UAlbany jersey. It took Ty 44 games to reach the plateau.
•Cousin Miles is right behind with 94 career goals in just 39 games.
• Following a tough 20-19 loss to Drexel on the road earlier in the season, the Great Danes have won six straight games on the road to improve their record to 7-1 away from John Fallon Field. UAlbany became just the second team in men’s lacrosse history to defeat both Syracuse in the Dome and Johns Hopkins at Homewood Field in the same season (Virginia was the first team in 2009).
• The seven true road wins by the Great Danes are the most in the NCAA.
FEARLESS FRESHMAN GOALIE
• In just his first 13 games of his short career, Blaze Riorden has notably taken down two storied men’s lacrosse programs, both Syracuse and Johns Hopkins on the road. In the season-opening 16-15 overtime win against the Orange, Riorden denied 13 of 28 shots. The freshman goalie followed up that performance with a career day of 20 saves against 10th-ranked Johns Hopkins to lock up the 10-9 win.
• Riorden has recorded 10 or more saves in nine contests with a game-best 20 against Johns Hopkins on Apr. 5, 2013.
• Riorden has held teams to 10 goals or less seven times this season and currently holds an 11.51 goals against average.
• His 142 saves this season put him seventh in program history for saves in a season. Kevin Rae holds the program’s top two spots with 216 and 217 saves in back-to-back seasons (2004 & 2005).
100 WINS AND COUNTING
• March 26’s 16-7 victory over Harvard marked the Great Danes fifth win of the season and least amount of goals allowed in a single game this season.
• The win over the Crimson marked head coach Scott Marr’s 100th career victory, all of which have come at UAlbany in 13 seasons. Coach Marr currently owns a career 105-93 record.
TEWAARATON AWARD WATCH LIST
• On Feb. 22, the Great Danes found three of their players were in contention for this prestigious award (the equivalent to the Heisman in College Football).
• Lyle, Miles and Ty Thompson are the three current members on the watch list. The Thompsons will find out in late April if they are one of the 25 remaining candidates.
THOMPSON EARNS THIRD WEEKLY HONOR
• The University at Albany men’s lacrosse sophomore attack Lyle Thompson dazzled on the offensive end last week, tying a program record for points in a game with 11 on four goals and seven assists.
• Lyle has totaled 89 points on the season which leads the conference and ties the progam record for points in a season, which is held by Cort Kim set in 1992.
• Sophomore attack Lyle Thompson has dazzled with his stick on the offensive end this season. Following his freshman season of 38 points on 22 goals and 16 assists, he has already tripled his assists numbers through 13 games with 51.
• The Onondaga Nation, N.Y. native is currently leads the nation in points per game (6.85), assists per game (3.92), and is sixth in goals per game (2.92).
• Lyle’s 89 points ties him for most points in a season at UAlbany. Cort Kim holds the program record with 89 points.
Points In A Season
1. Cort Kim (1992) 89
Lyle Thompson (2013) 89 (38g, 51a)
THE THOMPSON TRIO
• Brothers Lyle and Miles and their cousin Ty have been the driving force to why the Great Danes have the nation’s No. 1 offense. The family trio has combined for 173 points on 97 goals and 66 assists.
• In 27 games playing together, all three have scored in the same game 18 times. UAlbany is 11-7 when all three Thompsons score in the same game and are 6-2 this season.
• The Great Danes’ Miles and Ty Thompson are battling one another to see who can go the longest recording a point. They are both tied in the point column with 33 consecutive games of tallying a point and Ty owns the goal category with 24 consecutive games.
OFFENSIVE FIRE POWER
• The Great Danes are rolling on all cylinders on the offense, boasting the nation’s No. 1 offense through 13 games this season.
• UAlbany leads the nation in all three offensive categories, points, assists, and goals per game. The Great Danes average 15.92 goals (Cornell the next closest with 14.31), 9.23 assists (Duke the next closest with 8.07), and average 25.15 points per game (Duke the next closest with 21.60).
• The Great Danes have recorded 10 goals or more in 12 games and are 10-2 in those games.
• For a team that scores at such a high pace, the Great Danes have had success in their defensive end. UAlbany is 8-0 when it holds opponents to 11 goals or under.
• The close defense of Jon Newhouse, Jack Nickla, and Cody Futia have produced a combined 40 caused turnovers, one-third of the teams total. The trio has also recorded 63 groundballs.
THE GLUE MAN
• Junior Kevin Glueckert has been the primary face-off specialist for the Great Danes this season. He has converted on 48.3 percent (155-321) of the face-offs this season.
• Glueckert’s 48.3 percent face-off wins is fourth-best in the conference. His 155 total wins is most in the conference through 12 games.
OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN(S)
• The Great Danes announced that they will have three captains for the 2013 season. Seniors Mike Woods, Jack Nickla and Will Fuller will lead UAlbany through its 15-game schedule in 2013.
• Fuller is a part of the 1st team midfield for the Great Danes. Woods is a part of the 2nd team midfield and Nickla is a member of the close defense.
A DIVERSIFIED GROUP
• The Great Danes, from the state of New York, has natives from NY, in seven other different states and in two provinces of Canada (Alberta & Ontario.
• The states other than New York include Massachusetts (2), Ohio (1), Illinois (2), Florida (2), New Jersey (1), Connecticut (1) and Pennsylvania (1). In the provinces of Canada, two are from Ontario (Mike Woods & Jon Newhouse) and one from Alberta (Matt Mackenzie)
• Four-time America East champion University at Albany is the conference’s men’s lacrosse preseason favorite as announced by the league office on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2013.
• The Great Danes, who reached the conference’s championship game for the ninth time in 11 years last season, received three first-place votes and 22 points to earn the poll’s top spot. UMBC (one first-place vote) and Stony Brook (two first-place votes) are tied for second with 20 points apiece. Hartford is fourth (13 points), followed by Binghamton (10) and Vermont (5).