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UAlbany Men's Lacrosse Plays Yale to Open Championship Weekend

UAlbany Sports Information   05-23-2018

FOXBORO, Mass. – The 2-seed UAlbany men’s lacrosse team has earned its first trip to Championship Weekend and will rematch against 3-seed Yale on Saturday, May 26th at noon at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts for the NCAA semifinal round.

Tickets are available through the UAlbany Tickets website or through ncaa.com/tickets.

The game will be aired nationally on ESPN2 and online on WatchESPN.  Anish Shroff, Quint Kessenich and Paul Carcaterra will have the call from Gillette Stadium.  In addition, WCDB will have the radio call on 90.9 FM in the Albany area.

The winner of this game will advance to the NCAA Championship Game on Memorial Day on Monday, May 28th at 1 p.m. against the victor of 1-seed Maryland and 4-seed Duke, which is being played on May 26th at 2:30 p.m.

This game features a matchup of a pair of regular season champions: UAlbany won the America East while Yale earned the Ivy League regular season title.

UAlbany is playing in its first-ever NCAA Championship Weekend, while Yale is here for the first time since its first appearance in 1990.

UAlbany defeated Denver 15-13 in Hofstra on Saturday, a week after an 18-9 win over Richmond in the first round.  The Great Danes have won five straight and stand at 16-2 overall and 5-1 from the America East.  Yale knocked off 6-seed Loyola 8-5 on Saturday, after a 15-13 win over UMass in the first round, to have a 15-3 overall and a 7-0 Ivy League record.

These two met on April 22nd in New Haven, with Yale taking a 14-6 victory in a matchup where both teams were ranked in the top-5.  That snapped a three-game winning streak for UAlbany in the series and tied the all-time series at 7-7.  These two teams have never met in the NCAA Tournament.

UALBANY - 2018 AMERICA EAST TOURNAMENT CHAMPION: UAlbany earned its second straight America East Tournament title with a 14-4 victory over Vermont on May 5th.  It is the program's fifth league tournament title in six years and ninth overall championship.

TD Ierlan was the tournament's most outstanding player, combining for 48-for-49 (98%) on faceoffs with 35 ground balls.  JD Colarusso, Jakob Patterson and Justin Reh joined Ierlan on the All-Tournament Team. 

BALANCED SCORING ATTACK: UAlbany stands with the highest scoring offense in Division I with 14.61 goals per game, nearly a full goal more than second-place Duke at 13.78. 

UAlbany has had the top scoring offense in DI four of the last five seasons, averaging 15.39 goals a game last year.

The team currently has nine players with double digit points and seven players with double digit goals this season.  In addition, five players have at least 29 goals.

Connor Fields and Tehoka Nanticoke each are in the top-25 in DI in points per game and assists per game, with Nanticoke also being 10th in goals per game.

FOURTH-RANKED SCORING DEFENSE IN DIVISION I: UAlbany has the fourth-ranked scoring defense in Division I, allowing eight goals per game, including 12 out of 18 games where the team has allowed single digit goals.  JD Colarusso is #3 in DI with a 7.63 goals allowed average and #6 with a 57.4% save rate. 

FIELDS - GOING FOR NCAA SCORING RECORDS: Connor Fields has a chance to set numerous NCAA scoring records this season.

He is currently second all-time in Division I with 359 career points off 196 goals and 163 assists.  The record is 400 by UAlbany's own Lyle Thompson from 2012-15.  The two were teammates in 2015. 

He is also fifth all-time in DI with 196 goals in his career.  He is one away from third, held by Dylan Malloy, who had 197 at Brown from 2014-17.  The record is 206 by Duke's Zack Greer from 2005-08.

With 163 assists, he is 12th in DI, one away from 11th, held by Eamon McEneaney, who had 164 assists at Cornell from 1975-77.  The record is 225 by Lyle Thompson from 2012-15.

GREAT DANES GOING FOR NCAA, PROGRAM SEASON RECORDS: TD Ierlan may have the best-ever season for a DI faceoff player.  Currently, he has 341 faceoff wins, an 81.0% rate and 246 ground balls. 

Current DI single season DI records:

-Ground balls: 246 - TD Ierlan, UAlbany, 2018

-Faceoff Wins: 341 - TD Ierlan, UAlbany, 2018

-Faceoff Win %: 77.6% - Mark Goers, Towson, 1994

Also, Tehoka Nanticoke has 81 points in his freshman season.  The UAlbany record for points for a freshman is held by Connor Fields, who had 88 points in 2015.

FIVE GREAT DANES NAMED IL MEDIA ALL-AMERICANS: Five UAlbany players were named to the Inside Lacrosse Media All-America Team.  This was tied for the most amount of midseason All-Americans in program history in the second year of IL selecting such an honor.

Goalkeeper JD Colarusso was named to the First Team, attack Connor Fields, faceoff specialist TD Ierlan and midfielder Kyle McClancy were placed on the Second Team, while attack Tehoka Nanticoke was Honorable Mention. 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK: Home is where the heart is for UAlbany, drawing on the home state for most of its roster.  Of its 50-man roster, 35 players hail from New York State. 

From the USA, other states represented on UAlbany’s roster include Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Vermont.  The team also has four players from Canada.

The team’s diversity is represented on its helmets.  Each UAlbany helmet has three flags on the back, representing the United States, Canada and the Iroquois Six Nations.

100-POINT WATCH: UAlbany came into 2018 with two 100-point scorers, and others are approaching that mark.  Kyle McClancy joined the 100-point club this season to give UAlbany three 100-point scorers.

--Connor Fields, Sr. A: 359 (196 G, 163 A)                    

--Justin Reh, Sr. A: 157 (87 G, 70 A)                              

--Kyle McClancy, Sr. M: 125 (78 G, 47 A)                      

--Sean Eccles, Jr. M: 86 (63 G, 23 A)

--Tehoka Nanticoke, Fr. A: 81 (49 G, 32 A)

--Jakob Patterson, So. M/A: 73 (64 G, 9 A)

59 WINS FOR THE UALBANY SENIOR CLASS: The current members of the UAlbany senior class have won 59 games in their time, the winningest class in program history with a record of 59-11.  That stands second in DI, only behind Maryland's 62.

The former winningest class in UAlbany history graduated in 2017, with 58 victories in its four years.

UALBANY NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY: UAlbany is playing in its sixth consecutive NCAA Tournament and tenth time in the Division I era, including the ninth time as the America East automatic qualifier.

The Great Danes have earned a spot in the NCAA quarterfinals four times since 2014, including twice with true road victories.  UAlbany has five quarterfinal appearances, including its first in 2007.

The team earned its first at-large bid in program history in 2016 and first among America East teams since UMBC did in 2007.

Last year, in front of an NCAA First Round record crowd 6,452, then 8-seed UAlbany defeated North Carolina 15-12 for a trip to the quarterfinals.  UAlbany fell to 1-seed and eventual NCAA champion Maryland 18-9 in Newark, Delaware.

All-time in the NCAA Tournament, UAlbany is 6-9 overall, including 5-5 in the first round and 1-4 in the quarterfinals.  Twice, in 2014 to Notre Dame and 2007 to Cornell, the Great Danes fell in the quarterfinals in overtime.

UAlbany is one of six programs, along with Denver, Duke, Maryland, Notre Dame and Syracuse, to earn spots in the NCAA Tournament every year since 2013.

SCOUTING THE YALE BULLDOGS: Yale is looking for its first national title as a program since 1883.

Tewaaraton finalist Ben Reeves, a senior attack, is the lone DI player with over 100 points, 56 goals and 46 assists, being third in DI with 5.67 points a game.  Three other Bulldogs have at least 31 goals, led by sophomore attack Jackson Morrill with 37, adding 26 assists.  IL Media All-American senior Conor Mackie wins 64.6% of faceoffs with 176 ground balls.

In goal is freshman Jack Starr with a 48.5% save rate and an 8.12 goals allowed average.  Two First Team IL Media All-Americans protect on defense: freshman close defender Chris Fake has caused 17 turnovers while senior SSDM Tyler Warner has caused 14, adding 43 ground balls.

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