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Men's Lacrosse Set for Key Road Matchup with Vermont

UAlbany Sports Information   04-04-2019

ALBANY, N.Y. — The University at Albany men’s lacrosse team faces Vermont on the road Saturday, April 6, in a game that holds key implications for the America East standings. Faceoff is at 2:30 p.m. at Virtue Field.

UAlbany currently sits alone in first place at 3-0, with both Vermont and Stony Brook one game back. All three teams have three games remaining in league play. The Great Danes and Seawolves play in the regular-season finale April 26 at Stony Brook.

UAlbany is coming off a 14-10 home win over Hartford this past Saturday, March 30, for its third victory in four games overall. Vermont, meanwhile, was dealt its first league setback, 8-4 to UMass Lowell.

The game will be a rematch of the 2018 America East title game, won by UAlbany, 14-4, at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium. The Great Danes also had beaten the Catamounts, 21-5, in Albany during the regular season and have won eight straight overall in the series, with Vermont’s most recent victory coming in 2011.

Vermont is led by junior attack Ben French (24 points) and sophomore attack Liam Limoges (24 points). 

THE SERIES WITH VERMONT

UAlbany leads the all-time series, 17-3, and has won eight straight. The Catamounts’ most recent win over the Great Danes was 11-6 in Burlington on April 10, 2011. UAlbany defeated Vermont twice last season in Albany: 21-5 during the regular season and 14-4 in the America East championship game. Jakob Patterson scored 10 goals against Vermont last season, including seven in the regular-season meeting. 

PATTERSON LEADS THE WAY

Junior attack Jakob Patterson has scored a goal in each of the past eight games and has a point in all nine games this season. He is UAlbany’s season leader in points (43), goals (18), assists (25) and shots (64). He’s No. 1 in the league in both assists per game (2.78) and points per game (4.78).

NANTICOKE HEATS UP

Tehoka Nanticoke has 17 points over his past four games, including a six-point (five-goal) effort against Hartford on March 30. The sophomore attack has a goal in all seven games in which he’s played this season and has posted multiple goals five times. 

JONES THRIVES IN THE FACEOFF X

Sophomore faceoff specialist Austin Jones is second in the America East with a 55.2 winning percentage, and he’s been at his best over the past three weeks. Jones has won 48 of his past 74 faceoffs over the past three games — a .659 clip. He’s had several dominating performances this season: an 18-for-25 day against Hartford, a 16-for-27 performance against Harvard, and a 25-of-37 effort against Cornell. 

BURGMASTER DOES IT ALL

Senior midfielder Jack Burgmaster has been strong at both ends of the field for the Great Danes this season. Burgmaster not only had a hat trick against Hartford on March 30, but he also picked up four ground balls. For the season, he’s UAlbany’s ground-ball leader with 20 and also is second on the team with nine caused turnovers.

BALANCED ATTACK

Through nine games, UAlbany has had six different players lead or tie for the lead forgoals in a game. Six different players also have had at least a share of the assists lead for a game.

WE'RE NO. 1

UAlbany leads the America East in four statistical categories: assists per game (7.56), clearing percentage (.881), points per game (19.33) and scoring offense (11.78). The Great Danes are second in faceoff percentage (.488), saves per game (13.33) and shot percentage (.296).

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