UAlbany Men's Lacrosse Set for Rematch vs. Maryland in NCAA Quarters
NEWARK, Del. – 8-seed UAlbany men's lacrosse will travel to Newark for a rematch against 1-seed Maryland for the NCAA Quarterfinal Round on Sunday, May 21st at 2:30 p.m. at Delaware Stadium.
The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2 and online on WatchESPN. Anish Shroff, Paul Carcaterra and Quint Kessenich will have the call from Delaware Stadium.
Tickets for the game range from $15-30 and grants admission to both games in the Newark quarterfinal site. The first game is Syracuse-Towson at noon. For those that cannot make it, there will be a viewing party at City Line at game time in Albany. See here for more information.
The winner advances to championship weekend in Boston next weekend, playing on Saturday against the victor of Denver-Notre Dame.
This game sees a pair of conference champions meet in Delaware. America East champion UAlbany took down defending NCAA champion North Carolina 15-12 in the first round to win its sixth straight game and stand at 15-2 overall and 6-0 in its league. Maryland, the Big Ten champion, defeated Bryant on Sunday in the first round for its fourth victory in a row, entering at 13-3 overall and 4-1 in its conference.
UAlbany is at its highest rankings of the season at #4 in each the USILA Coaches Poll and Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. Maryland is at #1 in each of the polls. It is the first matchup of top-5 teams in this season's NCAA Tournament.
The two met in a rescheduled game on April 12th, with then #3/3 Maryland edging #6/5 UAlbany 12-11 at Casey Stadium. Maryland has won both games in the all-time series started last season.
UAlbany is making its fourth-ever appearance in the NCAA quarterfinal round, and third in four years, the last being in 2015. The Great Danes have never reached the semifinal round. Maryland has reached the quarterfinal round the last four years and nine of the last 10 seasons.
FIELDS NAMED 2017 TEWAARATON FINALIST: Connor Fields was one of five male collegiate players to be named to a 2017 Tewaaraton Trophy nominee on May 11th.
UAlbany has had at least one Tewaaraton finalist four of the past five years. Fields is earning a spot in the final five 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. The the award ceremony for the men and women is in Washington D.C. on June 1st.
FIELDS - TOP SCORER IN DIVISION I: Connor Fields stands as the top scorer of Division I, averaging 6.65 points per game and fifth with 3.06 goals per game. He currently totals 113 points off 52 goals and 61 assists. He is also first in DI with 3.59 assists per game.
SCOTT MARR - CONNECTIONS TO THIS GAME: UAlbany head coach Scott Marr has a homecoming for the UAlbany-Maryland game. Marr's first coaching job came as an assistant coach at Delaware from 1992-94 under Bob Shillinglaw, who just retired as Delaware head coach after 39 seasons. His next job was being an assistant coach at Maryland under Dick Edell from 1995-2000.
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 10th in DI with a 55.1% save rate, allowing just 8.85 goals per game and holding a 15-2 record.
Freshman faceoff man TD Ierlan is second in DI on the X at 72.5%, winning at least 70% in 13 games, and first with 11.41 ground balls per game. At attack, freshman Jakob Patterson has 23 goals, including a pair of four-goal games.
UALBANY #4 IN COACHES POLL AND MEDIA POLL: In the week 13/postseason polls, UAlbany has risen to #4 in the USILA Coaches Poll and in the Inside Lacrosse Maverik Media Poll, tying its highest rankings since 2007.
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.
FIELDS APPROACHING TOP NCAA/UALBANY MARK: Connor Fields is approaching the top single season scoring mark in NCAA history, which is currently held by a former UAlbany player, Lyle Thompson.
Fields currently has 113 points, tied for ninth all-time in NCAA DI history.
1 - Lyle Thompson, UAlbany, 2014: 128 (51G, 77A)
2 - Lyle Thompson, UAlbany, 2015: 121 (52G, 69A)
3 - Miles Thompson, UAlbany, 2014: 119 (82G, 37A)
4 - Dylan Molloy, Brown, 2016: 116 (62G, 54A)
5 - Steve Marohl, UMBC, 1992: 114 (37G, 77A)
t6 - Connor Fields, UAlbany, 2017: 113 (52G, 61A)
t6 - Lyle Thompson, UAlbany, 2013: 113 (50G, 63A)
8 - Mike Rooney, Stony Brook, 2015: 111 (48G, 63A)
UALBANY NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY: UAlbany heads to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth straight year and ninth time in the Division I era, including the eighth time as an automatic qualifier.
The Great Danes have earned a spot in the NCAA quarterfinals three of the past four seasons with true road wins, and four times overall, with the first-ever appearance coming 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, UAlbany drew 8-seed Syracuse in the NCAA First Round at the Carrier Dome and led by four at the half, but fell to the Orange 11-9.
All-time in the NCAA Tournament, UAlbany is 4-8 overall, including 4-5 in the first round and 0-3 in the quarterfinals. Twice, in 2014 to Notre Dame and 2007 to Cornell, the Great Danes fell in the quarterfinals in overtime.
UAlbany's last time in the NCAA quarterfinal round came in 2015 in Denver. UAlbany took on 1-seed Notre Dame, taking a one-goal lead into the fourth quarter but falling 14-10 to the Fighting Irish.
JOSH EGAN EARNS AMERICA EAST ELITE 17 HONOR: Josh Egan was honored with the America East Elite 17 award for men's lacrosse. The Elite 17 award is given to a player of junior or senior standing with the highest GPA in the conference championship game. Egan, a junior midfielder, has a 3.96 GPA, majoring in business.
SCOUTING THE MARYLAND TERRAPINS: Maryland has reached the NCAA title game four times since 2011.
Leading the offense is Tewaaraton finalist Matt Rambo, a senior with 36 goals and 39 assists. Junior midfielder and First Team All-Big Ten Connor Kelly has a team-high 37 goals, adding 11 assists, while Second Team member Colin Heacock has 25 goals and 17 assists. Austin Henningsen is the primary faceoff player at 48.4% and 46 ground balls.
Junior Dan Morris has started all 16 games in the net, saving 54.6% and having a 8.93 goals against average. Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year senior Tim Muller has 30 ground balls, 15 caused turnovers and four points.