Albany, N.Y. -- University at Albany men's lacrosse coach Scott Marr announced on Tuesday, Nov. 17 that seven student-athletes have signed national letters of intent to play for the Great Danes in the 2010-11 academic year. The list includes two U.S. Lacrosse High School All-Americans.
"The class is not quite complete, but is certainly shaping up to be one of the most dynamic classes we have brought in since the program moved to Division I," UAlbany coach Scott Marr said. "It starts on the back line with tough kids, to an athletic midfield, and tremendous finishers on the front line. I commend my assistants Chris Kivlen and Bill Ralph for their efforts in bringing this group together. It is pleasing to see this develop."
Miles Thompson was named as a high school All-American after accounting for 95 goals and 56 assists as a junior. He led LaFayette High to a 23-1 record and the New York Class C state championship final. Thompson earned a spot on the Syracuse Post Standard All-Central New York first team. He was honorable mention All-Northeast, All-Section III and All-Onondaga Division III.
Ty Thompson, Miles' cousin, also received first-team All-America recognition. He was Section X's top scorer with 73 goals and 38 assists and led Salmon River High to an 18-1 mark and the program's first-ever state playoff win. Thompson, who is attending Salisbury School in Connecticut, was chosen Northern Athletic Conference MVP. In addition, he was an honorable mention all-state selection as a forward in ice hockey.
Ryan Feuerstein led Hamburg High to three consecutive Section VI championships from his midfield position. He was voted first-team All-Western New York after totaling 41 goals and 21 assists last season. Feuerstein, who won 70 percent of his face-offs, was a Class B first-team all-league selection. Doug Eich was an honorable mention All-Section I and Journal News All-Star. He had 28 goals and 21 assists, including a 10-point peformance against Nyack.
Eric Sanders, a 6-foot-6 left-hander, is one of three players off his Downingtown West High School team to make a Division I college commitment. Sanders, who had 28 goals and 24 assists as a junior, was a second-team All-Ches-Mont League attackman. He led his squad to the District I playoffs and won a bronze medal at the 2009 Keystone Games.
The Great Danes also signed two players from Capital Region scholastic programs. Mike Daly, a 6-foot-1 midfielder, has twice been named first-team All-Empire Division as a defensive back and wide receiver in football. He earned second-team all-area honors as junior. Cody Futia, a 6-foot, 200-pound defenseman, led Guilderland High to a 20-3 record and a state regional final last year. He was an All-Empire Division linebacker as a member of the Dutchmen football team.
UAlbany has won four America East Conference championships and made four NCAA Tournament appearances as a Division I program. The Great Danes reached the 2007 NCAA quarterfinals.
2010-11 University at Albany Men's Lacrosse Signings
Name, Pos., Hometown (Previous School)
Mike Daly, Mid., Clifton Park, N.Y. (Shenendehowa)
Doug Eich, Def., Pelham, N.Y. (Pelham Memorial)
Ryan Feuerstein, Mid., Hamburg, N.Y. (Hamburg)
Cody Futia, Def., Schenectady, N.Y. (Guilderland)
Eric Sanders, Att., West Chester, Pa. (Downingtown West)
Miles Thompson, Att., Nedrow, N.Y. (LaFayette)
Ty Thompson, Att., Hogansburg, N.Y. (Salmon River/Salisbury Prep)