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UAlbany Men's Lacrosse Challenges Richmond in NCAA First Round

UAlbany Sports Information   05-10-2018

ALBANY, N.Y. – The 2-seed UAlbany men’s lacrosse team, having earned its top placement ever in the NCAA Tournament, will host Richmond in the first round on Saturday, May 12th at 5 p.m. at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium. 

Tickets are on sale now through the UAlbany Athletics Tickets website at ualbanysports.com/tickets. 

The winner of this game will advance to the NCAA Quarterfinal round at the Hempstead regional site, playing the victor of Notre Dame-Denver on Saturday, May 19th.

This game features a matchup of a pair of conference champions: UAlbany is the America East champion while Richmond won the Southern Conference.  Each earned an automatic qualifier into the NCAA Tournament.

UAlbany is playing in its sixth consecutive NCAA Tournament, and 10th overall, and Richmond is in its second ournament, first playing in 2014.  UAlbany was a 2017 NCAA Quarterfinalist while Richmond is seeking its first-ever NCAA Tournament win.

UAlbany has won its last three, taking down Vermont 14-4 in Saturday's America East title game to enter at 14-2 overall and 5-1 in its league.  Richmond has won six straight, last a 11-10 overtime win over Jacksonville in the SoCon championship, for an 11-5 overall and 6-1 league record.

This is the first-ever meeting between UAlbany and Richmond.

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

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 second-highest scoring offense in Division I with 14.38 goals per game, a 1/4 goal more than second-place Cornell.

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 eight players with double digit points and six players with double digit goals through the regular season.  In addition, five players have at least 25 goals. 

Connor Fields and Tehoka Nanticoke each are in the top-41 in DI in all of the following: goals per game, assists per game and points per game. 

SECOND-RANKED SCORING DEFENSE IN DIVISION I: UAlbany has the second-ranked scoring defense in Division I, allowing 7.63 goals per game, including 11 out of 16 games where the team has allowed single digit goals.  JD Colarusso is #1 in DI with a 7.18 goals allowed average and #4 with a 59.6% save rate.

GREAT DANES GOING FOR NCAA, PROGRAM SEASON RECORDS: TD Ierlan may have the best-ever season for a DI faceoff player.  Currently, he has 302 faceoff wins, an 83.4% rate and 219 ground balls. 

Current DI single season DI records:

-Ground balls: 231 - Kevin Massa, Bryant, 2013

-Faceoff Wins: 339 - Brendan Fowler, Duke, 2013

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

Also, Tehoka Nanticoke has 72 points in his freshman season.  The UAlbany record for points for a freshman is held by Connor Fields, who had 88 points in 2015.

JOSH EGAN EARNS AE ELITE 18 AWARD: Josh Egan was honored with the America East Elite 18 Award as the player with the highest GPA among participants in the league's title game.  It is the second straight season Egan earned this award.  The senior midfielder, a member of the America East All-Academic Team, has a 3.96 GPA in business.

57 WINS FOR THE UALBANY SENIOR CLASS: The current members of the UAlbany senior class have won 57 games in their time with a record of 57-11.  That stands second in Division I, only behind Maryland's 60.

The 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 three times since 2013, including twice with true road victories.  UAlbany has four 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 4-9 overall, including 4-5 in the first round and 0-4 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 RICHMOND SPIDERS: Richmond has won at least 11 games each of the past four years.

Leading the attack line is First Team All-SoCon junior Teddy Hatfield with team-highs of 32 goals and 25 assists for 57 points, flanked by freshman Ryan Lanchbury with 26 goals and 14 assists.  A fellow first teamer in the midfield, graduate Mitch Goldberg has 19 goals and nine assists.  At faceoffs is senior Garrett Smith, winning 42.6% with 28 ground balls.

In goal is sophomore Blake Goodman, who has a 9.90 goals allowed average and a 49.2% save rate.  Two First Team All-SoCon players protect Goodman: freshman defender Jason Reynolds has 15 caused turnovers while senior LSM Austin Cates also has 15 caused turnovers, adding 55 ground balls. 

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