Men's Lacrosse Meets Harvard in Midweek Matchup
ALBANY, N.Y. — The University at Albany men’s lacrosse team seeks its third straight victory when it faces Harvard on Wednesday, March 27, in Boston. Faceoff is set for 7 p.m. at Harvard Stadium.
The Great Danes posted back-to-back wins for the first time this season to open America East play, defeating UMass Lowell, 17-11, on March 16 and then winning at Binghamton, 12-7, this past Saturday, March 23. Jakob Patterson, UAlbany’s leading scorer with 34 points (15 goals) and winner of the past two America East Offensive Player of the Week awards, posted 17 points (13 assists) over those two games.
This marks UAlbany’s second-to-last non-conference game of the season, with only Yale remaining April 19 at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium.
Harvard enters the game having won two straight, with wins over Boston University and Dartmouth. The Crimson, led by junior attacker Kyle Anderson (15 goals, nine assists), have won four of their past five games.
The series with Harvard
UAlbany has won all seven meetings between the teams, including a 14-6 victory in Albany last season. The Great Danes won the last meeting in Boston, 15-13, on March 29, 2017. The teams have played every season since 2013.
Patterson earns America East Honors (again)
For the second consecutive week and third time this season, Jakob Patterson was named America East Offensive Player of the Week.
Patterson posted eight points (two goals, six assists) in a 12-7 victory at Binghamton on Saturday, March 23, that improved the Great Danes to 2-0 in America East play.
The junior from Chandler, Ariz., now has 17 points, including 13 assists, over his past two games. He also had been named Offensive Player of the Week on March 16 and Feb. 25.
Eccles, Nanticoke near 100-point milestones
Senior midfielder Sean Eccles and sophomore attack Tehoka Nanticoke each is closing in on 100 career points. Nanticoke (61 goals, 38 assists) is just a point away, and Eccles (59 goals, 37 assists) is two shy of the milestone.
Patterson leads the way
Junior attack Jakob Patterson has scored a goal in each of the past six games and has a point in all seven games this season. He is UAlbany’s season leader in points (34), goals (15), assists (19), shots (50) and shots on goal (24). He’s No. 1 in the league in both assists per game (2.71) and points per game (4.86).
Jones thrives on the draw
Sophomore faceoff specialist Austin Jones had a career day at No. 3 Cornell, winning 25-of-37 draws and picking up 14 ground balls. He was strong against Binghamton this past weekend as welll, winning 14-of-22 draws and picking up nine ground balls. He now has won 51.4 percent of his draws this season, which ranks No. 3 in the America East.
Yunker picks up first career hat trick
Freshman attacker Corey Yunker got his first career hat trick with a three-goal performance against Binghamton. He now has four goals on the season after also having scored against Drexel in his first career start.