#1 vs. #2: UAlbany Men's Lacrosse Battles Maryland
ALBANY, N.Y. – A battle of the nation's best is set for just outside the nation's capital as the top-ranked UAlbany men’s lacrosse team takes on second-ranked and defending NCAA champion Maryland in College Park on Saturday, March 10th at 12 p.m.
The game will be aired live on the Big Ten Network, with Pete Medhurst and Mark Dixon on the call. For those not going to the game at Maryland Stadium, UAlbany Athletics will have its official watch party at City Line on Saturday at noon.
UAlbany holds at #1 in each the USILA Coaches Poll and the Inside Lacrosse Maverik Media Poll for the second consecutive week, while Maryland is at #2 in each poll. UAlbany and Maryland received every first place vote in the two polls.
Both teams enter Saturday undefeated: UAlbany, the reigning America East champion, knocked off UMass 19-8 on Tuesday to improve to 4-0, while defending Big Ten champion Maryland defeated Notre Dame 12-10 last Saturday for a 5-0 record.
This game is a rematch of last year's NCAA Quarterfinal round, where Maryland won 18-9 in Delaware. Maryland won both regular season matchups in 2017, including 12-11 in Albany in April, and leads the all-time series 3-0, with the first meeting being in 2016.
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.
47 WINS FOR THE UALBANY SENIOR CLASS: The current members of the UAlbany senior class have won 47 games in their time with a record of 47-10. That stands second in Division I, behind Maryland's 52 and just ahead of Denver's 45.
The winningest class in UAlbany history graduated in 2017, with 55 victories in its four years.
FIELDS GOING FOR ALL-TIME DI SCORING MARK: Connor Fields has a chance to be the all-time scoring leader in Division I, currently being eighth with 308 points off 177 goals and 131 assists.
At #1 is UAlbany grad Lyle Thompson with 400 points from 2012-15. Fields and Thompson played together in 2015, combining for 209 points that year.
1 - Lyle Thompson, UAlbany, 2012-15: 400 (175G, 225A)
2 - Rob Pannell, Cornell, 2009-13: 354 (150G, 204A)
3 - Matt Danowski, Duke, 2004-08: 353 (170G, 183A)
4 - Joe Vasta, Air Force, 1983-86: 343 (173G, 170A)
5 - Tim Nelson, N.C. State/Syracuse, 1982-85: 320 (99G, 221A)
6 - Dylan Molloy, Brown, 2014-17: 318 (197G, 121A)
7 - Darren Lowe, Brown, 1989-92: 316 (111G, 205A)
8 - Connor Fields, UAlbany, 2015-pres.: 308 (177G, 131A)
#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.
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.
PLAYING THE BEST: In its 2018 14-game regular season, UAlbany is set to take on three reigning regular season champions, including three ranked in the top-10 in the preseason polls. UAlbany is set to take on league regular season champions Syracuse, Maryland and Yale, all three on the road.
SCOUTING THE MARYLAND TERRAPINS: Maryland has won 12 consecutive games dating back to last season. The team has two offensive players on the Tewaaraton Watch List: senior midfielder Connor Kelly has 29 points off 13 goals and 16 assists while sophomore attack Jared Bernhardt is the leading goal-scorer with 15, adding eight assists. Junior Austin Henningsen and freshman Justin Shockey share time at the faceoff-X, with the team winning 56.7%.
The starting goalkeeper for last year's NCAA run, senior Dan Morris has a 57% save rate and 8.17 goals allowed average. Protecting him includes senior close defender Michael Adler with eight caused turnovers and junior LSM Nick Brozowski with 16 ground balls.