Four Great Danes Honored as 2017 USILA All-Americans
ALBANY, N.Y. – Four UAlbany men's lacrosse players were selected as 2017 All-Americans by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA), tied for the most in one season in program history.
These four helped UAlbany to the program's eighth America East Tournament title and fourth appearance in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinal round. UAlbany finished the year 15-3, including defeating 2016 NCAA national champion North Carolina.
Fields, a 2017 Tewaaraton finalist, is an All-American for the third straight year and the program's first player on the First Team since Lyle Thompson in 2015. Fields earned 117 points this season, the fourth-highest single season in DI history, and averages a DI-best 6.5 points per game, scoring at least four points each UAlbany contest. The junior attack finished with 55 goals, 62 assists and 27 ground balls.
Ierlan, the 2017 America East Rookie of the Year, is the first freshman All-American for UAlbany since Fields in 2015. He stands second in all of Division I with a 70.8% face-off rate, grabbing at least 70% in 13 games this season, and is first in DI with 11.22 ground balls per game. He tallied 323 face-off victories, 202 ground balls and 10 points.
McClancy, a 2017 America East All-Conference First Team midfielder, earns his first-ever All-America selection. A team captain and two-way midfielder, the junior earned 10 multi-point games this season and completed the year with 29 goals, 13 assists, 27 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers.
Osika, the 2017 America East All-Conference First Team SSDM, is an All-American for the first time in his collegiate career. Playing on the first midfield and on the wing, the senior ended 2017 with 22 goals, 10 assists and 15 ground balls, including 11 multi-point contests.
The USILA Division I All-Americans were announced on Wednesday morning on the organization's website.