Men's Lacrosse Set to Host No. 7-ranked Maryland
ALBANY, N.Y. — The University at Albany men’s lacrosse team faces a Top 10 opponent for the second time in a week when it meets No. 7-ranked Maryland on Saturday, March 9, at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium. Faceoff is at 1 p.m.
The game will be a rematch of last season’s meeting in College Park, Md., when UAlbany outscored Maryland, 5-0, in the fourth-quarter to rally for an 11-10 victory. At the time, the Great Danes and Terrapins were ranked Nos. 1 and 2 in the nation, respectively.
UAlbany is coming off this past Tuesday’s 14-8 setback against UMass in the home-opener. Tehoka Nanticoke led the Great Danes with four points (three goals), and goalkeeper Nate Siekierski turned away 10 shots. On Saturday, UAlbany had erased a five-goal deficit in the fourth quarter in a 17-16 loss to No. 3 Cornell in Ithaca.
Maryland had won five straight to start the season before losing, 14-13, in overtime this past Sunday at No. 17 Notre Dame. Logan Wisnauskas leads the Terrapins with 32 points (18 goals), and goalkeeper Danny Dolan has a 9.34 goals-against average and .537 save percentage.
THE SERIES WITH MARYLAND
Maryland leads the all-time series, 3-1, but UAlbany was victorious in the 2017 meeting after outscoring the Terrapins, 5-0, in the fourth quarter to win 11-10 on the road. At the time, UAlbany and Maryland were ranked Nos. 1 and 2 in the country, respectively.
The Terps won the only other meeting between the programs at Casey Stadium with a 12-11 victory in 2017. That same year, Maryland also defeated UAlbany, 18-9, in an NCAA Tournament quarterfinal game in Newark, Del.
This is the fourth consecutive season the programs have played each other.
HOME SWEET HOME
The Great Danes have won 15 of their past 16 games at Casey Stadium, with the only loss coming earlier this week to UMass. UAlbany had won all 10 home games at Casey Stadium in 2018, when the home schedule included America East Tournament victories over UMass Lowell and Vermont as well as an NCAA Tournament win over Richmond.
UAlbany also enjoyed some of the best fan support in the country in 2018, averaging 2,684 fans per game at home.
UAlbany has three players closing in on 100 career points.
--Sean Eccles, Sr. M: 95 (70 G, 25 A)
--Jakob Patterson, Jr. M/A: 90 (74 G, 16 A)
--Tehoka Nanticoke, So. A: 90 (56 G, 34 A)
Junior goalkeeper Nate Siekierski has made 50 saves and posted a .491 save percentage over his first four career starts. He’s first in the America East with 13.50 saves per game, and his save percentage ranks third (.491).
Against Syracuse in his first career start, he made 16 stops and posted a .500 save percentage facing an Orange offense that fired 48 total shots. He followed that effort with a 14-save performance at Drexel, including a stop with 10 seconds to play that preserved the victory.
The Parker, Colo., native had made 13 appearances over his first two seasons, posting a 12.11 goals-against average and .476 save percentage. He also has big-game experience, having played almost 25 minutes in the 2018 national semifinals against Yale. He also made five saves over 31 minutes against Maryland in the 2017 NCAA Tournament.