SUNY Rivals Battle: #5/5 UAlbany Men's Lacrosse Visits Binghamton
VESTAL, N.Y. – The UAlbany men’s lacrosse will look to secure a share of the America East regular season title on Wednesday, April 19th, taking on Binghamton in Vestal at 7 p.m. at the Bearcats Sports Complex.
The game will air online on AmericaEast.tv. General admission tickets for the game in Vestal are $5.
UAlbany stands in the top-5 in each the USILA Coaches Poll and the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll, the highest rankings of the year for the team. Binghamton is currently receiving votes in both polls.
UAlbany had its nine-game winning streak snapped last Wednesday in a thriller at Casey Stadium, narrowly falling to #3/3 Maryland 12-11. UAlbany stands in first place in the America East at 4-0 and 9-2 overall. Binghamton also has a 9-2 overall record, falling to UMBC 7-6 on Saturday for a 3-1 league tally, tied for second place in the America East.
UAlbany has won the last five meetings, and eight of the last nine, against Binghamton to lead the Division I series 14-3. Last year, UAlbany hosted Binghamton, defeating the Bearcats 12-8.
With a victory, UAlbany would earn a share of the America East regular season title and hosting rights for the league tournament.
UALBANY PREDICTED TO FINISH FIRST IN AMERICA EAST IN '17: For the fifth season in a row, UAlbany has been predicted to finish first in the America East in the preseason coaches poll. It is the fourth season in the last five that UAlbany was a unanimous pick to finish first. UAlbany is undefeated in league regular season play since 2013. The rest of the poll is filled out by, in order, Hartford, Vermont, Stony Brook, UMBC, UMass Lowell and Binghamton.
FIELDS - TOP SCORER IN DIVISION I: Connor Fields stands as the top scorer of Division I, averaging 7.18 points per game and 3.73 goals per game. He currently totals 79 points off 41 goals and 38 assists. He is also second in DI with 3.45 assists per game.
UALBANY - LONGEST CONFERENCE WINNING STREAK IN DI: With four consecutive undefeated regular seasons, UAlbany has the longest active winning streak in conference games with 27, dating back the last five years.
UAlbany is the only DI team to go undefeated in league play in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Three schools, UAlbany and Denver, had undefeated conference regular seasons each of the past three years.
UAlbany formerly had a streak of 28 victories against America East opponents until May 5, 2016 after a 11-10 overtime defeat to Hartford in the America East Tournament semifinal round.Active Conference Winning Streak (games as of 4/16/17)
1 - UAlbany, 27 (America East 2013-17)
2 - Denver, 19 (Big East 2014-17)
NEW STARTERS DOMINATING: UAlbany players entering starting roles for the first game are ranking among the top in Division I. A first-year starting goalkeeper, JD Colarusso is 12th in DI with a 55.6% save rate, allowing just 8.92 goals per game and holding an 9-2 record.
Freshman faceoff man TD Ierlan is second in DI on the X at 71.4%, winning at least 70% in eight games, and first with 11.91 ground balls per game. At attack, freshman Jakob Patterson has 21 goals, including a pair of four-goal games.
UALBANY #5 IN COACHES POLL, #5 IN MEDIA POLL: In the week ten polls of the season, UAlbany went up one spot in the USILA Coaches Poll to #5 and held in the Inside Lacrosse Maverik Media Poll at #5.
UAlbany has been in the top-15 of each poll since the start of the season. The Great Danes have been ranked in the top-16 of both polls each week since May 2, 2014.
In the preseason, UAlbany was #13 in the coaches poll and #13 in the media poll. It is the fourth consecutive year that UAlbany has ranked in the top-13 in the preseason.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK: Home is where the heart is for UAlbany, drawing on the home state for most of its roster. Of its 45-man roster, 31 players hail from New York State.
From the USA, other states represented on UAlbany’s roster include Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, Ohio 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.
SCOUTING THE BINGHAMTON BEARCATS: Binghamton is under the leadership of first-year head coach Kevin McKeown.
A member of the Tewaaraton Watch List, redshirt senior attack Tom Moore is the offensive leader with 32 goals and 24 assists. Junior attack Thomas McAndrew is second in both categories with 16 goals and 12 assists. Junior Austin Macchi is the primary player at the faceoff-X at 53.6%.
Playing nearly every minute in goal, senior Tanner Cosens has a 7.51 goals allowed average and a 54.2% save rate. His primary protector is senior Garrett Waldron with 33 ground balls and 16 caused turnovers.