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Men's Lacrosse Set to Face Vermont in AE Semifinals

UAlbany Sports Information   04-30-2019

ALBANY, N.Y. — The No. 3-seeded University at Albany men’s lacrosse team gets a rematch with No. 2 Vermont in the America East Tournament Semifinals on Thursday, May 2, in Stony Brook, N.Y. Opening faceoff at LaValle Stadium is 4:30 p.m.

 

Records: UAlbany 5-8 (4-2 America East), Vermont 7-6 (4-2 America East)

 

QUICK HITS

 

> The Great Danes enter the tournament looking for their 10th America East championship. They have won each of the past two and five of the past six. UAlbany also has appeared in six of the past seven title games.

 

> Vermont won the regular-season meeting, 10-9, on April 6 in Burlington. Before that, UAlbany had won eight straight in the series, including a 14-4 victory in the 2018 America East title game. 

 

> This marks the first time UAlbany hasn’t hosted the league tournament since 2014, when it was also held in Stony Brook. The Great Danes defeated Stony Brook and then UMBC to win the title and advance to the NCAA Tournament. 

 

UALBANY IN THE AMERICA EAST TOURNAMENT

The Great Danes have a 22-7 all-time record in America East Tournament games, including 10 wins in their past 11. UAlbany is 11-2 in America East semifinal games. 

 

AMERICA EAST SUCCESS

UAlbany is looking for its 10th conference championship. The Great Danes have won three of the past four titles, including the past two. UAlbany has a 30-3 regular-season record in the league dating back to the 2013 season, and the Great Danes haven’t lost a regular-season home game to an America East team since April 28, 2012 (Stony Brook, 12-11).

           

Conference championships

            2003: 7-5 at Hartford

            2004: 10-4 at Binghamton

            2005: 16-7 vs. Stony Brook

            2007: 15-14 vs. UMBC

            2013: 19-10 vs. UMBC

            2014: 20-11 vs. UMBC

            2015: 22-9 vs. Stony Brook

            2017: 20-8 vs. Binghamton

            2018: 14-4 vs. Vermont

 

SCHEDULE STRENGTH

The Great Danes have played five teams ranked in the current Top 20: No. 2 Yale, No. 5 Maryland, No. 9 Cornell, No. 10 Syracuse and No. 13 UMass.

 

COME SEE THE SHOW

UAlbany once again boasts one of the nation’s best attendances. The Great Danes have averaged 2,124 fans at Casey Stadium, which ranks No. 6 nationally. UAlbany also was in the top 10 in 2018, when it finished the season No. 4 nationally. 

 

PATTERSON LEADS THE WAY

Junior attack Jakob Patterson has scored a goal in each of the past 12 games and has a point in all 13 games this season. He is UAlbany’s season leader in points (54) and assists (30) and is tied for the team lead in goals (24, Tehoka Nanticoke). He’s No. 2 in the league in assists per game (2.31) and No. 1 in points per game (4.15).

 

NANTICOKE HEATS UP

Tehoka Nanticoke has 12 goals over his past five games. The sophomore attack has a goal in 10 of the 11 games in which he’s played this season and has posted multiple goals eight times. 

 

DEFENSIVE DUO

Matt Perla and Erik Dluhy have started every game on defense this season. Both were at their best in the season finale against Stony Brook (April 26). Perla posted six ground balls and three caused turnovers, while Dluhy had four ground balls and two caused turnovers.

 

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