#1 UAlbany Men's Lacrosse Hosts Cornell on Sunday, 1 p.m.
ALBANY, N.Y. – The first game for UAlbany men’s lacrosse as the #1 team in the country is on Sunday, March 4th as the Great Danes host Cornell at 1 p.m. in Tom & Mary Casey Stadium.
For ticket information for UAlbany men’s lacrosse games, fans may contact the UAlbany ticket office at 518-442-DANE or ualbanysports.com/tickets.
The game will be broadcast online on AmericaEast.tv.
This game had been rescheduled from March 3rd to the 4th due to inclement weather in the Albany area.
UAlbany, from the America East, completes a two-game homestand with this game after defeating Drexel 18-5 last Saturday, entering the weekend at 2-0. Ivy League representative Cornell defeated Hobart 15-8 in its home opener last Saturday for a 1-1 record.
UAlbany has risen to #1, in each the USILA Coaches Poll and the Inside Lacrosse Maverik Media Poll for the first time in program history. Drexel is not ranked in either poll.
UAlbany has won the last three games in the series, including last year's 17-6 victory in Ithaca on March 5th and a 19-10 victory in the 2015 NCAA Tournament First Round game. UAlbany leads the all-time series 3-2.
UALBANY #1 IN COACHES POLL AND IN MEDIA POLL: Starting 2-0 with dominant wins over Syracuse and Drexel, UAlbany stands at #1 in the USILA Coaches Poll and the Inside Lacrosse Maverik Media Poll. It is the first time UAlbany, or any SUNY men's team, earned a #1 ranking in the Division I ranks.
The Great Danes have been ranked in the top-16 of both polls each week since May 2, 2014. In the preseason, UAlbany was #3 in the coaches poll and #3 in the media poll.
UAlbany has had a Tewaaraton watch list player the last 11 years. Fields earned a watch list spot for the third time while Ierlan is on for the first time.
The Tewaaraton Trophy is given to the top player in college lacrosse. On the men’s side, UAlbany’s Miles and Lyle Thompson shared the 2014 Tewaaraton Trophy, with Lyle winning it outright in 2015.
FIELDS RISING UP THE UALBANY RECORD BOOKS: Connor Fields is continuing to rise in the UAlbany record books in goals, assists and points.
On a season basis, his 66 goals in 2015 were second-most in UAlbany history and a freshman NCAA Division I record. His 117 points in 2017 is the fourth-highest single season scoring total in Division I history. The 2017 Tewaaraton finalist and three-time USILA All-American also has three of the top-15 point-scoring seasons in UAlbany history.
Connor Fields - UAlbany Record Book
Goals - 169 (4th, six from Lyle Thompson's 175, 2012-15)
Assists - 122 (3rd, nine away from Luke Daquino's 131, 2002-05)
Points - 291 (3rd, four from Miles Thompson's 295, 2011-14)
NATIVE AMERICANS WITH UALBANY: Seven Native Americans will compete with UAlbany this season, including some that have competed internationally with the Iroquois Nationals.
Five competed with the U19 Iroquois Nationals in 2016 in the World Lacrosse Championships in Canada. Juniors Colyn Lyons and Chaunce Hill, sophomores Ron John and Mitch Laffin, plus freshman Tehoka Nanticoke, helped the team earn a bronze medal finish.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK: Home is where the heart is for UAlbany, drawing on the home state for most of its roster. Of its 50-man roster, 35 players hail from New York State.
From the USA, other states represented on UAlbany’s roster include Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Vermont. The team also has four players from Canada.
The team’s diversity is represented on its helmets. Each UAlbany helmet has three flags on the back, representing the United States, Canada and the Iroquois Six Nations.
45 WINS FOR THE UALBANY SENIOR CLASS: The current members of the UAlbany senior class have won 45 games in their time with a record of 45-10. That stands tied for second in Division I, behind Maryland's 51 and matched by Denver's 45.
The winningest class in UAlbany history graduated in 2017, with 55 victories in its four years.
SCOUTING THE CORNELL BIG RED: Cornell, a three-time NCAA champion, is led by interim head coach Peter Milliman.
Sophomore attack Jeff Teat is first in the country with 8.5 points per game, standing with 17 points off eight goals and nine assists in two games. Junior attack Clarke Petterson stands with six goals and two assists while classmate middie Jake McCulloch has four goals. Sophomore Paul Rasimowicz is the primary at faceoff at 29.4%.
A four-year starter, redshirt senior Christian Knight stands in goal with a 56.9% save rate and an 11.0 goals allowed average. Two-time All-Ivy League defenseman Jake Pulver has three ground balls while senior Kason Tarbell, cousin of UAlbany graduate Ky Tarbell, is as SSDM with five ground balls.