UAlbany Men's Lacrosse Earns DI Top Scoring Offense in 2017
ALBANY, N.Y. –The UAlbany men's lacrosse team was the highest scoring offense in all of Division I in 2017, averaging 15.39 goals per contest.
It is the fourth season in five years that UAlbany has had highest scoring offense in Division I. UAlbany had 40 more goals than any other DI program and averaged almost two goals more per game than any other NCAA Tournament participant.
As a team, UAlbany totaled 277 goals and 171 assists for 448 points. All three lead DI; the Great Danes averaged 15.39 goals, 9.5 assists and 24.89 points per game in 2017.
The Great Danes finished 15-3 this season, winning its fourth America East Tournament title in five years. UAlbany earned its first home game in the NCAA Tournament since 2007 and defeated 2016 NCAA champion North Carolina 15-12. Two of its three defeats came against eventual NCAA champion Maryland.
UAlbany scored double digit goals in 16 games this season, including 12 games with at least 15 goals.
2017 Tewaaraton finalist Connor Fields earned the fourth highest single season point total in DI history off 117 points with 55 goals and 62 assists. Fields finished first in DI in points per game at 6.5 and assists per game at 3.44 respectively, also finishing fifth at 3.06 goals per game. Seven UAlbany players earned at least 22 goals while six had at least 30 points.
In addition, TD Ierlan led all of Division I with 202 ground balls, the fourth-highest tally in DI history and the top for a freshman player, and 323 faceoffs won, 16 shy of the DI record for second all-time. His faceoff win % was second in the country at 70.8%.
UAlbany also sported the top man-down defense in the country, holding on 82.9% of penalty situations. Adam Osika, Troy Reh, Chaunce Hill, Sean Gleason and Dalton Roundpoint often served as the man-down unit.