Four Great Danes Honored as 2016 USILA All-Americans, Ties Program Record in a Season

2016 USILA DI All-Americans

PERRY, N.Y. – Four UAlbany men’s lacrosse players were selected as 2016 All-Americans by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA), tying the most for a season in program history.

Connor Fields and Blaze Riorden were chosen as Third Team All-Americans while John Maloney and Seth Oakes were picked as Honorable Mention.  The list of All-Americans was announced on the morning of the NCAA semifinals.

Fields earned All-America honors for the second straight season after being named honorable mention in 2015.  The 2016 Tewaaraton nominee scored multiple points in all but one UAlbany game this season, leading the Great Danes with 73 points off 44 goals and 29 assists.  The sophomore attack added 26 ground balls and, as of the weekend, was sixth in DI with 4.56 points per game.

Riorden is chosen as a postseason All-American for the first time.  The senior goalkeeper played nearly every minute for UAlbany in the cage, saving 56.2% of shots.  The 2016 Tewaaraton nominee earned a 12-4 record, allowing 9.68 goals per game, finishing with 47 ground balls and 12 caused turnovers.  He currently stands third in DI in saves per game and 11th in save percentage.

Maloney is selected as an All-American for the first time in his career.  The senior played primarily in the UAlbany first midfield, tallying 38 points off 20 goals and 18 assists, 39 ground balls and nine caused turnovers.  He scored at least one point in 16 different games this year, ranking 23rd in DI in man-up goals with six and 30th in shot percentage at 40.8%.

Oakes picks up his first All-America selection in his collegiate career.  The redshirt junior attack led UAlbany with 44 goals, adding 11 assists for 55 points and 19 ground balls.  The 2016 Tewaaraton Watch List member stands 11th in DI in goals per game with 2.75, netting at last one goal in all but one game this year.  He earned a hat trick or better in 10 games in 2016.

UAlbany also had four All-Americans in the 2007 season: Frank Resetarits, Jordan Levine, Brett Queener and Merrick Thomson.

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