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Men's Lacrosse set to face UMBC in Spring Stomp

UAlbany Sports Information   04-10-2019

ALBANY, N.Y. —  The University at Albany men’s lacrosse team plays host to America East rival UMBC on Saturday in the annual Spring Stomp at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium. Faceoff is set 7 p.m.

Storylines

- UAlbany still is in the thick of the race for the No. 1 seed in the America East tournament. UAlbany and Vermont are both 3-1 in the league, while Stony Brook is half a game back at 2-1. Vermont and Stony Brook face each other next weekend, and UAlbany visits the Seawolves on April 26 in the regular-season finale. The No. 1 seed hosts the league tournament May 2 and 4.

- UMBC was the only America East team to defeat UAlbany in 2018. The Retrievers won in Baltimore, 11-7, on April 6 to stop the Great Danes’ 10-game win streak that opened the season. Prior to that, UAlbany had won eight straight in the series

- The Great Danes haven’t lost back-to-back America East games since a three-game losing streak in April of 2011.

The series with UMBC    

The all-time series is tied at 11. UAlbany had won eight straight over the Retrievers until last season, when UMBC won 11-7 in Baltimore on April 6. That win snapped UAlbany’s 10-game win streak and came at a time the Great Danes were ranked No. 1 nationally. UMBC has not beaten UAlbany in Albany since April 16, 2011, when the Retrievers left with a 13-9 win.  

Patterson leads the way

Junior attack Jakob Patterson has scored a goal in each of the past nine games and has a point in all 10 games this season. He is UAlbany’s season leader in points (47), goals (20), assists (27) and shots (70). He’s No. 1 in the league in both assists per game (2.70) and points per game (4.70).

Nanticoke heats up

Tehoka Nanticoke has 20 points over his past five games, including a six-point (five-goal) effort against Hartford on March 30. The sophomore attack has a goal in all eight games in which he’s played this season and has posted multiple goals six times. 

Siekierski’s solid in net

Junior goalkeeper Nate Siekierski is averaging an America East-best 13.40 saves per game through his first 10 collegiate starts. He’s had three games this season with 16 or more saves, including 17 in his first career start. And he’s had 57 over his past four outings, with 17 against Binghamton, 16 at Harvard, 10 against Hartford and 14 at Vermont. Earlier this season he had a 14-save performance at Drexel, including a stop with 10 seconds to play that preserved the victory.

Jones thrives in the face-off 'X'

Sophomore faceoff specialist Austin Jones is second in the America East with a .542 winning percentage. 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.

Balanced attack

Through 10 games, UAlbany has had six different players lead or tie for the lead for goals in a game. Six different players also have had at least a share of the assists lead for a game.å

We’re No. 1

UAlbany leads the America East in assists per game (7.40), points per game (18.90) and saves per game (13.40). The Great Danes are second in clearing percentage (.867), scoring offense (11.50) and turnovers per game (15.30).

 

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