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UAlbany set to face Stony Brook in 'Empire Clash'

UAlbany Sports Information   11-02-2017

ALBANY, NY. – The University at Albany football team meets Stony Brook on Saturday on Long Island in the fifth annual "Empire Clash."

The Great Danes (3-5, 1-4 Colonial Athletic Association) and Seawolves (6-2, 5-1 CAA) are familiar opponents, having met 18 times previously. UAlbany leads the all-time series 11-7 and has won two of the previous three meetings, including last year’s regular-season finale, 13-6, at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium.

UAlbany is coming off this past Saturday’s 31-14 loss to Rhode Island at home.

Stony Brook, coached by UAlbany graduate Chuck Priore (class of 1982), has beaten New Hampshire (38-24) and Richmond (27-24) in the past two weeks to move up to No. 14 in the latest STATS Top 25 poll.


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Familiar foes: UAlbany and Stony Brook have met 18 times, with the Great Danes leading the all-time series 11-7.

  • The Great Danes have won two of the past three meetings.
  • This marks the first time since 2012 that the two SUNY schools are not facing each other on the final week of the regular season.
  • The teams faced each other as members of the Northeast Conference until 2007, when Stony Brook left the league to become an independent for one year, before joining the Big South in 2008. Both programs joined the CAA in 2013.
  • UAlbany lost to Stony Brook, 31-28, on Nov. 26, 2011, in the Great Danes’ only FCS playoff appearance.

Hatalsky sets single-game tackles record: Senior linebacker Nate Hatalsky set a UAlbany Division I record with 21 total tackles (6 solo, 15 assisted) Saturday against Rhode Island. The previous record was 18, accomplished four times. The all-time school record, at any level, is 24, set by Don Mion against Alfred on Sept. 28, 1974.

  • A former basketball and football standout at Mechnicville High School, about half an hour outside Albany, Hatalsky was a walk-on with the program when he enrolled in 2013. He was awarded a full scholarship this past summer after winning the starting linebacker job during the preseason.
  • He leads the CAA with 89 total tackles (40 solo, 49 assisted).
  • Hatalsky leads the CAA and is 11th nationally with 11.1 tackles per game. He was named CAA Defensive Player of the Week after tying for a game-high with 15 tackles against Monmouth. 

Mencer provides big plays at linebacker: A standout running back in high school, redshirt sophomore Eli Mencer, a native of Altoona, Pa., has excelled at linebacker since changing positions before his redshirt season in 2015.

  • Mencer recovered a fumble and returned it 69 yards for a touchdown against Rhode Island. It was his second fumble-return-for-touchdown of the season; the other was an 80-yard score that finished off UAlbany’s 19-10 overtime victory over Villanova.
  • Mencer leads UAlbany with 7.5 tackles for loss.
  • As a senior running back at Altoona High School, Mencer rushed for 1,280 yards and 23 touchdowns.


The University at Albany football program will honor those who serve by having student-athletes wear the names of active and former military members as well as by allowing fans to donate tickets to veterans. On Saturday, Nov. 18, UAlbany will play its fifth annual Todd J. Clark Memorial Game against New Hampshire.

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