#1 UAlbany Men's Lacrosse Travels East to UMass
ALBANY, N.Y. – The UAlbany men’s lacrosse team will have two road games in five days, beginning with a mid-week matinee at UMass of Tuesday, March 6th in Amherst at 3 p.m.
The game at Garber Field at UMass will be streamed online live by the Lax Sports Network, available via a subscription. Brendan Glasheen and Chris Marshall will have the call.
America East representative UAlbany has won its first three games for a 3-0 record, coming off an 11-9 home victory over Cornell on Sunday. UMass, playing its fourth straight home game, fell last Tuesday to Yale 13-10 to go to 1-3 overall on the season.
UAlbany holds at #1 in each the USILA Coaches Poll and the Inside Lacrosse Maverik Media Poll for the second consecutive week. UMass is not ranked in either poll.
UAlbany hosted UMass for its home opener in the 2017 season on March 1st, winning 17-8. In a series that dates back to the 2001 season, UAlbany leads the all-time series vs. UMass 11-6, with the Great Danes winning the last five meetings.
UALBANY #1 IN COACHES POLL AND IN MEDIA POLL: For the second straight week, UAlbany stands at #1 in the USILA Coaches Poll and the Inside Lacrosse Maverik Media Poll. It is the first time UAlbany, or any SUNY men's team, earned a #1 ranking in the Division I ranks.
The Great Danes have been ranked in the top-16 of both polls each week since May 2, 2014. In the preseason, UAlbany was #3 in the coaches poll and #3 in the media poll.
UAlbany has had a Tewaaraton watch list player the last 11 years. Fields earned a watch list spot for the third time while Ierlan is on for the first time.
The Tewaaraton Trophy is given to the top player in college lacrosse. On the men’s side, UAlbany’s Miles and Lyle Thompson shared the 2014 Tewaaraton Trophy, with Lyle winning it outright in 2015.
FIELDS - GOING FOR NCAA SCORING RECORDS: Connor Fields has a chance to set numerous NCAA scoring records this season.
He is currently tied for 12th all-time in Division I with 296 career points off 172 goals and 124 assists. He is eight away from 10th by Duke's Jordan Wolf, and Siena's Tony Asterino each with 304 points. The record is 400 by UAlbany's Lyle Thompson from 2012-15.
He is also tied for 22nd all-time in DI with 172 goals in his career. He is two away from 20th, by Canisius's Cort Knodel with 172 from 1994-97. The record is 206 by Duke's Zack Greer from 2005-08.
With 124 assists, he is 19 away from the top-25 all-time in DI. The record is 225 by Lyle Thompson from 2012-15.
#1 RECRUIT, TEHOKA NANTICOKE, COMES TO UALBANY: Tehoka Nanticoke comes to UAlbany, being ranked the #1 recruit by Inside Lacrosse in the Class of 2017. He was the team MVP of the U19 Iroquois Nationals in the 2016 World Games. In his collegiate debut, he scored five goals in the victory at #8/7 Syracuse.
He is the second #1 overall recruit ever to play for the Great Danes, the other being Lyle Thompson of the Class of 2011.
SCOUTING THE UMASS MINUTEMEN: UMass coach Greg Cannella is the second longest-active tenured head coach in his 24th season.
Senior attack Buddy Carr stands with a team-high 15 points off seven goals and eight assists to lead the offense. Sophomore attack Devin Spencer is the leading goal-scorer with eight, while classmate midfielder Jeff Trainor has five goals and assists. At the faceoff is senior Noah Rak, winning 57.7% with 26 ground balls.
Starting in goal is junior Sean Sconone with a 16.30 goals allowed average and a 45.6% save rate. He is protected by junior LSM Isaac Paparo, with nine ground balls and seven caused turnovers, and senior close defender Luc Valenza, who has seven ground balls and five caused turnovers.