Thursday, July 28, 2016

UNIVERSITY OF ALBANY'S ENNEMA, ROWLEY, WILLIAMS NAMED TO NABC HONORS COURT - UALBANY SPORTS 2016


UAlbany Sports Information 07-27-2016 Send Mail Print KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced the 2015-16 NABC Honors Court, recognizing those men’s collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the past season.

From the University at Albany, Dallas Ennema, Mike Rowley, and Reece Williams received recognition. The NABC Honors Court recognizes the talents and gifts that these men possess off the court and the hard work they exhibit in the classroom.

 In order to be named to the Honors Court, a student-athlete must meet a high standard of academic criteria. The qualifications are as follows: 1. Academically a junior or senior and a varsity player. 2. Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2015-16 academic year. 3. Students must have matriculated at least one year at their current institution. 4. Member of a NCAA Division I, II, III, or NAIA Division I or II institution with a NABC member coach. Ennema, an accounting major with a 3.54 cumulative GPA, finished his junior season averaging 4.4 points and 2.4 rebounds, making 32 appearances. In addition, the Sheldon, Iowa native is a two-time America East All-Academic selection. Rowley, a finance major with a 3.48 GPA, started all 33 games in his junior season, averaging 8.3 points and 6.5 boards per game. The Sydney, Australia native led the Great Danes in field goal percentage and was also an America East All-Academic selection this season. Wiliams, a journalism major with a 3.46 GPA, is a two-time NABC Honors Court honoree. The senior captain redshirted his final season with the Great Danes in 2015-16.

UNIVERSITY OF ALBANY WOMEN’S LACROSSE NAMED 2015-16 IWLCA ZAG SPORTS ACADEMIC HONOR SQUAD - UALBANY SPORTS 2016

UAlbany Sports Information 07-27-2016 Send Mail Print ALBANY, N.Y. – The UAlbany women’s lacrosse team has been named a 2015-16 Zag Sports Academic Honor Squad by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA). As a team, UAlbany earned a 3.31 GPA for the 2015-16 season. It is the fifth time UAlbany has been named an Academic Honor Squad by the IWLCA, including the second year in a row and the third time in four years. To qualify, teams needed a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher for the 2015-16 season, with all players on the squad for the full academic year contributing. UAlbany was one of 276 schools across the three NCAA Divisions (I, II and III) and NAIA to be named an Academic Honor Squad by the IWLCA, including one of six America East teams.

UNIVERSITY OF ALBANY ANNOUNCES 2016 ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CLASS - UALBANY SPORTS 2016

UAlbany Sports Information 07-27-2016 Send Mail Print ALBANY, N.Y. -- The University at Albany has announced that it will induct Bob Ford, Michelle Simpson, Casey Halloran, Kevin Rae, Luke Daquino, and the 2003 men’s lacrosse team into the Athletics Hall of Fame this coming fall. The Great Dane inductees will be honored at a dinner on Friday, Oct. 7 at SEFCU Arena. The inductees will also be recognized at UAlbany’s Homecoming football game versus Richmond on Saturday, Oct. 8. To purchase tickets to the induction ceremony, click here. BOB FORD (1970-2013) -- FOOTBALL HEAD COACH Bob Ford served as UAlbany’s head football coach from 1970 to 2013, transitioning the program from club to Division III to Division II to Division I. He was appointed on April 27, 1970 and coached his final game on November 23, 2013. In that time, he compiled a 12-9-1 record in three seasons at the club level and a 41-season varsity record of 256-170. Including nine wins from his time as St. Lawrence’s head coach, Ford’s 265 career victories ranked first among active NCAA Division I college football head coaches and fourth on the all-time FCS chart. In addition, his UAlbany teams owned a 98-69 mark as a Division I FCS program. He also won four Northeast Conference Coach of the Year honors and led the Great Danes to six NEC titles. Ford acted as a mentor to over a thousand student-athletes and over 100 assistant coaches, who are now working in the high school, college, and professional ranks. MICHELLE SIMPSON (2006-08) -- FIELD HOCKEY Having one of the most decorated careers in program history, Michelle Simpson became the first UAlbany player in the Division I era to earn All-America status, garnering the accolade in 2007 and 2008. Simpson was named the America East Conference Midfielder of the Year in 2008 after scoring 10 goals and recording 12 assists, and earned UAlbany's Female Athlete of the Year for 2008-2009. Simpson finished her career ranked second all-time in career points (101) as well as fourth in goals (37) and assists (27). She was a three-time all-conference first-team selection and was named the Offensive Player of the Year in 2006. Simpson was also a three-time NFHCA All-Northeast Region selection and ECAC Division I All-Star. Simpson was invited to play in the North-South Senior All-Start game after leading the Great Danes to the program's first-ever America East Championship and NCAA Tournament berth. Simpson enters her seventh season as an assistant coach for the UAlbany field hockey team in 2016, helping the Great Danes to a Final Four appearance in 2014 and four NCAA Tournament berths. CASEY HALLORAN (2004-07) -- SOFTBALL During her tenure, Casey Halloran piloted UAlbany to two America East Regular Season Championships, three straight America East Conference Tournament titles and three NCAA Tournament berths (2005-07), including an appearance in the 2007 Regional Final. Halloran twice earned the America East Tournament Most Outstanding Player award and was named the America East Pitcher of the Year and UAlbany Athlete of the Year in 2006. That season, Halloran went 27-10 in the circle with a 1.51 ERA, including a record-breaking 252 strikeouts and four no-hitters. One of UAlbany’s most dominant pitchers of all time, Halloran finished her career with seven program records, including most career wins (73), strikeouts (595), complete games (68), games started (97), innings pitched (650.2), appearances (125), and no-hitters (4). LUKE DAQUINO & KEVIN RAE (2002-05) -- MEN’S LACROSSE Teammates Kevin Rae and Luke Daquino piloted the University at Albany men’s lacrosse team to three straight America East titles and berths to the NCAA Tournament in 2003, 2004, and 2005. Daquino, the first UAlbany player to score 50-plus points in four straight seasons, finished his career as the program's all-time scorer with 234 points (103 goals, 131 assists). He shattered a record that had stood since 1992. Currently, he ranks fifth all-time for points and second for assists. An All-America attackman, Daquino earned America East All-Conference honors all four seasons, including three first-team accolades and was the 2003 America East Player of the Year. Rae wrapped his career ranked second all-time in program history with 825 saves. A three-time all-conference honoree, Rae was named the 2002 America East Rookie of the Year and first-team all-conference in 2005. Leading the Great Danes to three straight NCAA berths, Rae was named the championship’s Most Outstanding Player in all three America East Conference title games. 2003 MEN'S LACROSSE TEAM The 2003 men’s lacrosse team was the first UAlbany team in the Division I era to reach the NCAA Tournament in any sport. Under the direction of Head Coach Scott Marr in his third season at the helm, the Great Danes accrued a 10-6 overall record. As the No. 2 seed in the America East Tournament, UAlbany overcame Stony Brook, 11-5, before trumping the top-seeded Hartford Hawks, 7-5, in the championship. In the University’s first NCAA Division I Tournament contest, the Great Danes faced perennial power Princeton to close UAlbany’s historical season.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

CAA FOOTBALL MEDIA DAY TO BROADCAST NATIONALLY ON ESPN3

UAlbany Sports Information 07-25-2016 Send Mail Print ALBANY, N.Y. – CAA Football officially kicks off the 2016 season with the league’s annual Media Day on Tuesday, July 26 from M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md. The University at Albany will be represented by head coach Greg Gattuso, senior linebacker Neil Morrison, and redshirt senior offensive lineman Kevin Malloy. Coverage of the event is headlined by Media Day Live, which will be broadcast across the nation on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app beginning at 10 a.m. EST. The two-hour show, hosted by Scott Klatzkin and Bobby Broyles, will include interviews with all 12 CAA Football head coaches, student-athletes from each school, and new CAA Commissioner Joe D’Antonio. CAA Football Media Day will also be covered through the league’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts. Join the social conversation throughout the day using the official hashtag #CAAFB. CAA Football Media Day Central at CAAFootball.com will be the event’s online home. Media Day Central will include a live feed of social media content, and provide a hub of news and information, including the announcement of the preseason all-conference teams and predicted order of finish. Following Media Day, interview segments with coaches and student-athletes will be available at Media Day Central.
Below are the coaches and student-athletes scheduled to attend CAA Football Media Day.

Monday, July 25, 2016

UALBANY MEN’S LACROSSE ALUMNI TO PLAY FOR LEAD THE WAY FOUNDATION IN SUPPORT OF SGT. JAMES J. REGAN

UAlbany Sports Information 07-22-2016 Send Mail Print LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – Four UAlbany men’s lacrosse alumni are playing in Lake Placid for a great cause and are asking for your support for the Army Ranger Lead The Way Fund. Jimmy Haugen of the UAlbany class of 2014 and Matt Carrello, Kevin Glueckert and Anthony Ostrander of the UAlbany class of 2013 with compete with Team Army Ranger in the annual Lake Placid Summit Classic in support of the Lead the Way Fund. They will play in honor of Sgt. James J. Regan, a former Duke University lacrosse player from Manhasset, New York. He served in company C, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom when he was killed in Iraq by an IED in 2007. Lead The Way Fund, Inc. is a non-profit organization established to raise funds in support of disabled U.S. Army Rangers and the families of Rangers who have died, have been injured or are currently serving in harm’s way around the world. Team Army Ranger is joining forcing with the Army Ranger Lead the Way fund, gathering many alumni from Nassau County is support of the cause. Alumni from 15 different schools will be playing on Team Army Ranger, including the four above UAlbany alumni and six Duke alumni. The Lake Placid Summit Classic is an annual lacrosse tournament going seven days with hundreds of teams from adult to youth. The four UAlbany alumni will be playing in the adult men’s open division from August 5th-7th in Lake Placid.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

University of Albany CAA Football Releases Game Times For Upcoming Season - UAlbany Sports 2016

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information ALBANY, N.Y. -- The University at Albany has announced the game times for the 2016 football season. The Great Danes’ home slate of six games begins Saturday, Sept. 17 when UAlbany takes on Holy Cross at 7 p.m. The following week, the Danes will face another non-conference foe, St. Francis (Pa.), also at 7 p.m. at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium. With a weekend full of Homecoming festivities, UAlbany kicks off against CAA opponent Richmond at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 8, and then will meet Elon for the first time in program history on Oct. 29 at 12 p.m. That game will be aired live on the American Sports Network. Closing out the home schedule, the Great Danes will play a pair of 1 p.m. contests versus Delaware on Nov. 5 and Stony Brook on Nov. 19. UAlbany football season tickets are now on sale! To purchase, visit UAlbanySports.com/tickets or call 518-442-DANE. New season ticket holders who buy before Aug. 5 will be entered to win a collection of great prizes as a part of UAlbany’s “Dog Days of Summer” promotion. Click here to learn more. 2016 UALBANY FOOTBALL SCHEDULE http://www.ualbanysports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=15800&ATCLID=211074603

Monday, July 18, 2016

UALBANY MEN’S LACROSSE HELPS THREE TEAMS TO TOP-SIX FINISHES IN 2016 U19 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Photo credit: Vancouver Sports Pictures (Hill), Paul Evans Photography (Ornstein) COQUITLAM, B.C. – Current personnel of the UAlbany men’s lacrosse team made their mark in the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) U19 World Championships in Canada last week, helping three different teams to top-six finishes. UAlbany players Chaunce Hill and Colyn Lyons helped the Iroquois Nationals earn the bronze medal in the Blue Division, tying its highest-ever finish in the U19 games. Zack Ornstein earned a place on the FIL Presidents Team, leading Team Israel to a sixth place finish after winning the Red Division. In addition, UAlbany assistant coach Merrick Thomson served as the offensive coordinator for Team Canada, which picked up the silver medal after falling in a heartbreaker to Team USA 13-12 in the championship game. For the Iroquois Nationals, Hill and Lyons each played on the defense and assisted the team in defeating Team Australia 20-8 in the third place game. Hill, who also took faceoffs, played in all seven games with eight loose balls and an assist. Lyons also played in all seven games on defense, picking up six loose balls. Ornstein served as the primary faceoff man and a midfielder for Team Israel, which was making its first-ever appearance in the U19 tournament. He finished with four goals, three assists and, when they were recorded in games, a 67% faceoff winning percentage. Thomson coached the offense for Team Canada as the team scored 84 goals in six games, averaging 14 per game. The team’s only defeats came to the eventual first place finisher Team USA. Hill, Lyons and Ornstein all enter their sophomore year for UAlbany in the 2017 season while Thomson, a 2007 UAlbany alum, enters year two as an assistant coach with the Great Danes.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

UNIVERSITY OF ALBANY'S BANFIELD MAKES CANADIAN WORLD JUNIOR TEAM - UALBANY SPORTS 2016

UAlbany Sports Information EDMONTON, Alberta – The summer racing circuit for the University at Albany track & field student-athletes continued over the weekend, with two rising sophomores, Myles Banfield and Matthew LeLiever competing in their native Canada at the Canadian Junior Outdoor Championships. At stake was a berth into the World Junior Championships in Poland starting July 19. Both Banfield and LeLiever ran for The Speed Academy. In Friday’s qualifying round, Banfield qualified first in 47.64. LeLiever qualified fifth in 48.58. LeLiever’s mark tied his personal best mark as a Great Dane, which he ran during this past indoor season. Banfield placed first overall in Saturday’s final in 47.17, earning a qualifying berth into World Junior Championships. LeLiever placed seventh in 48.84. The runner-up, Nathan Friginette, also qualified for Junior World’s, finishing in 47.60. Banfield had previously satisfied the qualifying standard for the Junior World Championships 400m of 47.70, when he ran 46.93 in the second meet of the UAlbany outdoor season, the Florida Relays. He is the first freshman in UAlbany history to break 47 seconds in the 400m, and finished the collegiate season with a personal-best of 46.83, which ranks fourth all-time outdoors in UAlbany history. The first round of the 400m at World Junior Championships is July 20 at 11:40 a.m. local time (5:40 a.m. ET). The meet will be held in the Zawisza Stadium in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

University of Albany’s Kyle McClancy and Kelly Costello Honored as 2015-16 America East Spring Scholar-Athletes - UAlbany Sports 2016

BOSTON – UAlbany’s Kyle McClancy and Kelly Costello have been selected as 2015-16 America East Spring Scholar-Athletes, the conference announced on Thursday. McClancy is the America East Spring Scholar-Athlete for men’s lacrosse while Costello is for softball. UAlbany has the most 2015-16 America East Spring Scholar-Athletes with two out of seven possible. Five other conference schools have one scholar-athlete this spring. In total, six UAlbany student-athletes were chosen as 2015-16 America East Scholar-Athletes this season, double more than any other league institution. McClancy and Costello join Paula Heuser of field hockey, Laini Leindecker of volleyball, Alexa Schneider of women’s soccer and Peter Hooley of men’s basketball. To be eligible for this award, nominees had to have at least a 3.50 cumulative GPA, have been a starter or an important reserve on the field plus be academically and athletically at sophomore status or higher. Kyle McClancy, from Bayport, N.Y. is a sophomore starter in UAlbany’s first midfield and faceoff unit, standing with a 3.93 cumulative GPA as a double major in accounting and economics. Starting all 17 games, McClancy finished the season with four goals, 11 assists and 27 ground balls, helping the Great Danes to the America East regular season title and an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament. He earned a spot on the America East All-Academic Team and is the first-ever recipient of the Daniel L. Barnes ’07 Memorial Scholarship for academic excellence and sportsmanship. Kelly Costello, a native of Windsor, N.Y., is a four-time all-conference pick and three-time America East All-Academic selection. Boasting a 3.55 cumulative GPA as an actuarial & mathematical science major with a minor in economics and sociology, the senior was named a nominee for the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year Award and earned the 2015-16 SUNY Chancellor’s Scholar-Athlete Award for softball. On the diamond, Costello batted .333 with 48 hits, 23 runs batted in, nine doubles, and three home runs, starting all 52 games this spring. Costello also led the team and ranked second in the America East with 46 runs scored. The other five 2015-16 America East Spring Scholar-Athletes were Hartford’s David MacKinnon for baseball, Stony Brook’s Samantha DiSalvo for women’s lacrosse, Binghamton’s Annie DiMauro for women’s tennis, Vermont’s Dan Moroney for men’s track & field and UNH’s Laura Rose Donegan for women’s track & field. Courtesy: UA Sports

Monday, July 4, 2016

University of Albany Athletes Compete in 2016 FIL U19 Men’s Lacrosse World Championships - UAlbany Sports 2016

COQUITLAM, B.C. – Three members of the UAlbany men’s lacrosse team will be playing in the 2016 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Under-19 Men’s Lacrosse World Championships starting on July 7th. Chaunce Hill and Colyn Lyons will represent the Iroquois Nationals while Zach Ornstein will play for Team Israel. In addition, UAlbany assistant coach Merrick Thomson will serve as the offensive coordinator for Team Canada. The 2016 FIL U-19 World Championships will take place from July 7-16th in Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada. 14 nations will be represented in the tournament in three different divisions. The Iroquois Nationals play in the top-level blue division while Israel plays in the red division. The USA has won the tournament each time, defeating Canada the last four years in the championship game including the last time in 2012. The Iroquois Nationals took third in 2012 over England. Hill and Lyons were part of UAlbany's defense with the former playing LSM and the latter playing close defense. Ornstein was UAlbany’s primary faceoff man in 2016. All three just played their freshman season for the Great Danes. The tournament kicks off on Thursday, July 7th as host Canada takes on the United States at 10:30 p.m. ET (7:30 p.m. PT). The Iroquois Nationals open against England on Friday, July 8th at 10:30 p.m. ET (7:30 p.m. PT) while Israel begins its play against Hong Kong the same day at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT). Courtesy: UA Sports

Thursday, June 30, 2016

University of Albany Women’s Soccer Brings in Two More to Complete 2016 Recruiting Class - UAlbany Sports 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. – UAlbany women’s soccer head coach Caitlin Cucchiella has announced that two more student-athletes have joined the Great Danes for the 2016 season. Katelyn Brede comes to UAlbany after transferring from Charleston Southern University while Michaela Webb joins as a true freshman. “We are eager to add Michaela and Kate to our roster for 2016,” said Cucchiella. “Both are dynamic players who will contribute to our team in a positive way.” Katelyn Brede | Defender | Sophomore | Howell, N.J./Charleston Southern University Katelyn Brede becomes a Great Danes after spending a year at Charleston Southern University. In 2015, she played 14 games with two starts on the CSU back line as a freshman and will have three years of eligibility at UAlbany. Previously, she was a standout soccer and track athlete and Union Catholic High. Brede played with the NJ Wildcats of the Women’s Premier Soccer League. Michaela Webb | Forward/Midfield | Freshman | Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley Webb joins her older sister, Bianca Webb, on the Great Danes. A defender and senior team captain at Wellesley High, she earned the Diane Mullahy Memorial Scholarship as part of the Wellesley United Soccer Club plus was on the school’s honor roll upon graduation. Michaela played for the FC Boston Scorpions in the Elite Clubs National League, also competing for the Boston Breakers Academy. Courtesy: UA Sports

University of Albany Basketball's Shereesha Richards Signs Professional Contract to Play for CD Zamarat in Spain - UAlbany Sports 2016

ZAMORA, Spain – Former UAlbany women’s basketball standout Shereesha Richards will begin her professional career in Spain, signing a contract to play for Club Deportivo Zamarat (CD Zamarat) and starting play around the end of September. CD Zamarat, also known as Quesos El Pastor La Polvorosa, went 11-15 last season in the Liga Femenina de Baloncesto, the top tier women’s league in Spain. Fourteen teams from across the country play in the league, with all teams playing each other twice. Richards will report to the team in Spain about a month before the season begins. The team plays its home games in Zamora in northwestern Spain and competes for the Queen’s Cup, the Spanish League and EuroLeague. Richards joins Julie Forster and Ebone Henry as recent players to play professionally from UAlbany women’s basketball. Richards just graduated from UAlbany after a stellar collegiate career, finishing as a two-time All-American and three-time America East Player of the Year. In four years, Richards tallied 2,440 points, 1,053 rebounds and 271 steals, shooting 58.9% from the field. Courtesy: UA Sports

University of Albany Lacrosse's Merrick Thomson Returns to U19 Team Canada as Assistant Coach for FIL U19 World Championship in July - UAlbany Sports 2016

COQUITLAM, B.C. – UAlbany men’s lacrosse assistant coach Merrick Thomson will serve as the offensive coordinator for the U19 Canadian National Team in the upcoming U19 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) U19 World Championship next month. Thomson, a native of Ontario and former member of the national team, returns to the U19 Canadian National Team after being an assistant coach with it last year. Team Canada plays in the top-level Blue Division along with the United States, the Iroquois Nationals, Australia and England. “Anytime you get to be a part of a World Championship and work with the best athletes and coaches in the world it is a true privilege,” said Thomson in the Canadian Lacrosse Association press release. Canada has been the runner-up in the last four FIL U19 World Championships, played every four years, and is seeking its first-ever title in this tournament. The tournament will be held from July 7-16 at the Coquitlam Town Center in British Columbia, Canada. Thomson serves as the assistant coach and offensive coordinator for UAlbany after rejoining the team last summer. He stands third all-time in UAlbany history with 244 career points and graduated in 2007. He will serve under U19 Canadian head coach Taylor Wray. Courtesy: UA SPorts

University of Albany Field Hockey Adds Two More for 2016 Campaign -UAlbany Sports 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. – The UAlbany field hockey team has added two more freshmen for the 2016 season as Alyssa Curtis and Viola Von der Mühlen join the Great Danes. These two join Baylee Burghardt, Emily Fraser and Julia Kim as the true freshmen for the 2016 Great Danes. They look to bolster a team that stands as the two-time defending America East champion and a top-10 team in the national rankings the past two years. "We are very excited to add Alyssa and Viola to our team,” said head coach Phil Sykes. “They will add a great deal of skill and toughness to our attack and defense.” Alyssa Curtis | Forward/Midfield | Camden, N.Y. | Camden From central New York to upstate comes Alyssa Curtis. Earning 164 goals and 94 assists in her high school career, including 40 goals and 17 assists her senior season, Curtis led Camden to the 2013 and 2014 Section III titles and undefeated conference seasons in the CNY Central Division in 2014 and 2015. The 2014 All-Mohawk Valley Player of the Year and six-year varsity player was a four-time All-New York State All-Star, a four-time First Team Section III All-Star and a First Team League All-Star five times. Curtis plays club with the Southern Tier Storm and was selected to the U19 Team Lake Placid team in New York in the 2016 National Futures Championships. Sykes on Curtis: “Alyssa is an opportunistic attacker who nearly broke the national scoring record in high school. She has a knack for scoring goals.” Viola Von der Mühlen | Defense | Norderstedt, Germany | Gymnasium Heidberg Viola Von der Mühlen will be the fourth player from Germany on the UAlbany roster. She formerly was a state champion at the U16 outdoor and U18 indoor levels plus was part of the U16 National Champion outdoor team, also competing in the U18 National Club Championships. Von der Mühlen is currently practicing with the team that plays in the 1st Bundesliga, the top level play in Germany. She plays club for UHC Hamburg, which won the German hockey title in the Women’s Regionalliga in 2015 and 2016, and is one of its youngest players. Sykes on Von der Mühlen: “Viola comes from arguably the best youth team in Germany, UHC Hamburg. She is use to success and her competitiveness and experience will add to an already strong defensive line.” Courtesy: UA Sports

HOF Yolanda Griffith Comes to University of Albany Women’s Basketball as Assistant Coach - UAlbany Sports 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. – Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame member, two-time gold medalist and 11-year WNBA veteran Yolanda Griffith has joined the UAlbany women’s basketball team as an assistant coach starting in the 2016-17 season. “I’m honored to be a part of the Great Dane family, and I’m looking forward to continuing the winning tradition that's been started,” said Griffith. “There is plenty of work to be done, but myself, the coaches and the players are going to work tirelessly to keep it going.” “Yolanda Griffith is a women’s basketball icon; decorated as one of the greatest players of all time, her on-court coaching presence is felt immediately,” said UAlbany head coach Joanna Bernabei-McNamee. “Coach Yo’s infectious personality and ability to develop players sets her apart. Behind the scenes, she is a proven recruiter: her positive energy and strong work ethic will make it easy for her to connect and build bonds with both our current UAlbany players and our high level recruits. I am thrilled to welcome Coach Yo to our UAlbany women’s basketball family!” Griffith formerly was an assistant coach at UMass from 2014-16, Lafayette for the 2013-14 season and Dartmouth from 2011-13. She also served as an adjunct assistant coach with the Indiana Fever in the WNBA in 2009. Griffith had an 11-year career in the WNBA, including being a seven-time All-Star and the league’s MVP in 1999 with the Sacramento Monarchs. The 2nd overall pick in 1999 was a member of the league’s all-decade team and led the Monarchs to the 2005 WNBA title, being named Finals MVP. In her career, Griffith shot 50.6% from the floor, finishing with 4,238 points, 2,444 rebounds, 529 steals, 453 assists and 323 blocks. In 2011, she was voted as one of the top-15 players of all-time in WNBA history. She also played professionally in China, Germany, Italy, Russia and South Korea. Griffith also was a member of the U.S. National Team in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney and the 2004 Olympics in Athens, helping the United States to the gold medal in each, combining to go a perfect 16-0 against its international competition. In 2014, Griffith was elected to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in her first year of eligibility. She formerly was a member of the Women’s Developmental National Team Committee for USA Basketball, evaluating athletes, coaches and policies as the athlete representative. She helped review hundreds of athletes for 35 spots for trails for USA Basketball, including the U16 and U17 Developmental Teams. Griffith joins Mary Grimes and AJ Cohen as assistant coaches under Bernabei-McNamee for Coach Mac’s first season at UAlbany. Courtesy: UA Sports

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

University of Albany's Hooley Signs Professional Basketball Contract In UK - UAlbany Sports 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Former University at Albany standout Peter Hooley has signed a professional contract with the Plymouth Raiders of the British Basketball League (BBL) -- the premier men's professional basketball league in the United Kingdom. “I am extremely happy for Peter as he gets ready to begin a professional playing career,” said UAlbany head coach Will Brown. “He enjoyed five great years at UAlbany and was a tremendous ambassador of our program, athletic department, and University on and off the court. This is a tremendous opportunity for Peter and I am confident that he will enjoy continued success and be a great asset to Plymouth moving forward.” Hooley, a native of Adelaide, Australia, was a five-year member of the UAlbany men’s basketball team and concluded his career in March with 1,519 points, 336 assists, 410 made free throws and a career free throw percentage of 80.2 percent. Hooley finished his tenure ranked fourth all-time in made free throws at UAlbany, seventh in scoring, eighth in free throw percentage, and ninth all-time in assists. A two-time America East Tournament Most Outstanding Player, Hooley led the Great Danes to three NCAA Tournament appearances and made national headlines when he hit the championship-winning three-pointer in 2015. Hooley also excelled in the classroom, earning a dual degree in journalism and psychology. A three-time CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team selection and America East All-Academic pick, Hooley also earned the America East Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award, 2015 SUNY Chancellor’s Award, and the 2016 President’s Athlete Leadership Award at UAlbany. Hooley is the second Great Dane to ink a professional basketball contract this month, following teammate Ray Sanders who signed with BC Nokia of the Korisliiga League in Finland. Courtesy: UA Website

Monday, June 27, 2016

University of Albany's Hibbard, Sherman Compete At Junior Nationals - UAlbany Sports 2016

CLOVIS, Calif. - One year ago, the University at Albany track & field program sent three men to compete in the USATF Junior Championships. This year, they sent two women, who competed in three events. Friday Freshman Cara Sherman competed first for UAlbany, in the 5,000m. Sherman, a local product hailing from Rotterdam, N.Y., ranks fourth all-time outdoors in the women’s 5,000m in UAlbany history, with a personal-best time of 17:00.21, set earlier this year. She placed ninth overall in her race on Friday, crossing the line in 17:40.71. Saturday Sherman was in action again on Saturday, where she competed in the 3,000m. Sherman ranks fifth all-time outdoors at UAlbany in this event, with a personal-best time of 9:57.62. This time, Sherman placed 10th overall in 10:05.74. Also competing Saturday was freshman high jumper and school record holder Anika Hibbard. In her first season, Hibbard set the school record in the outdoor high jump when she cleared a height of 5’-9.25”, surpassing the previous record of 5’-8.5” set by Rochelle Reid in 2015. Hibbard also placed 10th overall, clearing a height of 5’-5.75”. Though Hibbard and Sherman will not move on to represent Team USA, a number of their teammates still are scheduled to compete internationally over the summer, including at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Friday, June 24, 2016

University of Albany CAA Football’s Clash With Elon To Air On American Sports Network, Season-Opener At Buffalo On ESPN3

RICHMOND, Va. -- Announced by the CAA, the University at Albany football team’s matchup with Elon on Oct. 29 will air live on the American Sports Network. The first-time meeting will kickoff at 12 p.m. on Bob Ford Field at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium. UAlbany’s game is a part of CAA Football’s extensive 30-game television package, which includes 18 conference matchups in conjunction with the league’s broadcast partners, NBC Sports Regional Networks and the American Sports Network. NBC Sports Regional Networks – which includes CSN Mid-Atlantic, CSN Philadelphia, CSN New England and SNY – will carry 11 CAA Football games and one non-conference contest this season. NBC Sports Regional Networks deliver more than 2,200 live sporting events annually, along with award-winning breaking news, comprehensive analysis, digital content and original programming to more than 43 million homes. The American Sports Network package will feature eight CAA Football games this fall. ASN – the collegiate sports initiative of the Sinclair Broadcast Group – has affiliates that reach approximately 40 percent of U.S. households. Sinclair operates 173 television stations airing 483 channels in 81 markets, and has affiliations with all the major networks nationwide. In addition to the conference package, at least 10 non-conference contests featuring CAA Football teams will air nationally on ESPN3. The Great Danes’ season-opening contest at Buffalo is one of those games. UAlbany will take on the FBS Bulls at 7 p.m. on Sept. 2. CAA Football’s televised games will also be available on a variety of desktop, mobile, tablet and smart TV devices. The NBC Sports app will stream each of the CSN games at no cost to authenticated subscribers. In addition, CAA.tv will provide free digital coverage of numerous CAA Football contests throughout the season. Specific CSN and ASN clearances will be announced weekly throughout the season.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Defending America East Tournament Champion University of Albany Women’s Soccer Releases 2016 Schedule - UAlbany Sports 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. – The UAlbany women’s soccer team, looking to defend its first-ever America East Tournament title, has announced is schedule for the 2016 season including seven home games and a full conference slate. The Great Danes will play 17 games in the regular season, including seven at home at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium. UAlbany will play seven opponents across New York plus foes from nine different states. “Our goal this year is to expose the 2016 team to a variety of talented teams early on so that we can be best prepared as possible for conference play,” said UAlbany head coach Caitlin Cucchiella. UAlbany is coming off its best season in program history in 2015, going 11-9-1 overall and tying for second in America East play with a 4-3-1 conference record. The Great Danes defeated 1-seed Hartford 2-1 on the road for the program’s first-ever America East Tournament championship and automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament, where the team fell to eventual national champion Penn State. All home games for UAlbany women’s soccer are free to attend for the public. In addition, games at home plus conference road games will be broadcast on AmericaEast.tv. Before the regular season starts, UAlbany will play an exhibition game in New York City against Fordham on Friday, August 12th at 7 p.m. UAlbany begins the year with four consecutive road games across the Empire State. The season kicks off on Friday, August 19th against Army West Point at 7 p.m., followed by a trip to New York to take on 2015 NCAA Tournament participant St. John’s on Sunday, August 21st at 7:30 p.m. The following weekend, the Great Danes head across town to Loudonville to battle rival Siena on Friday, August 26th at 5 p.m. in a battle of defending conference champions. Last season, UAlbany won the America East and Siena took the MAAC. On Sunday, August 28th, UAlbany heads to central NY to take on ACC foe Syracuse at 3 p.m. The home opener for UAlbany will be on Thursday, September 1st at 7 p.m. as the team hosts Rhode Island under the lights at Casey Stadium. To finish up the week, the squad heads south to Poughkeepsie to play Marist on Sunday, September 4th at 1 p.m. UAlbany plays its final two non-conference home games the next week, hosting Seton Hall on Thursday, September 8th at 7 p.m. and Quinnipiac on Sunday, September 11th at 1 p.m. Non-conference play wraps up on Friday, September 16th in New Hampshire as UAlbany takes on Dartmouth at 7 p.m. The Great Danes begin the America East schedule on Sunday, September 25th on the road with a contest at UMass Lowell at 4 p.m. Then on Thursday, September 29th, UAlbany has its America East home opener against rival Stony Brook at 7 p.m. Conference play continues on the road the following week as the Purple and Gold battle SUNY rival Binghamton on Thursday, October 6th at 7 p.m. then Hartford on Sunday, October 9th in a rematch of last year’s America East title game at 2 p.m. UAlbany returns home for a pair of conference matches the next week, starting with a night game against New Hampshire on Thursday, October 13th at 7 p.m. and following with a Sunday, October 16th matinee against Vermont at 1 p.m. The team wraps up conference play with two more games, heading north to take on Maine on Thursday, October 20th, then coming back to Casey Stadium for Senior Day on Sunday, October 23rd at 1 p.m. vs. UMBC. The 2016 America East Tournament will include the six teams with the best conference records with the top two earning a bye into the semifinals. All games are hosted by the higher seed in the game. The quarterfinals will be on Thursday, October 27th with the semifinals being on Sunday, October 30th. The 2016 America East title game will be on either Saturday, November 5th or Sunday, November 6th.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

University of Albany Volleyball Releases 2016 Schedule - UAlbany Sports 2016

2016 UAlbany Volleyball Schedule ALBANY, N.Y. – UAlbany volleyball head coach MJ Engstrom has released the team’s 2016 schedule, including four in-season tournaments and a full conference slate. The Great Danes have 24 matches scheduled in its regular season, starting with four in-season tournaments across four different states. Those are followed by a 12-match America East schedule, including six home matches at the University Gym. “We are very excited about this year’s schedule,” said Engstrom. “We have a good mix of play throughout the country to push ourselves before we enter America East play.” UAlbany was a 2015 America East regular season co-champion and had its best season overall and in league play since 2011. Going 17-9 overall and 11-1 in league play, UAlbany was the co-champion of the Golden Flashes Classic and the Colgate Classic and shared the America East regular season title with New Hampshire, falling to the Wildcats in the conference title match. All home matches for UAlbany volleyball are free to attend for the public. In addition, all America East matches, home and road, will be broadcast online for free on AmericaEast.tv. UAlbany will begin its season in the Pacific Time Zone in Las Vegas to compete on the campus of UNLV. The Great Danes take on reigning WAC champion New Mexico State at 3 p.m. ET on Friday, August 26th, following with host UNLV at 10 p.m. ET that night. The next day, UAlbany takes on UC Santa Barbara at 2:30 p.m. ET. The following weekend, the Great Danes bus east to New Haven, Connecticut to play in the Yale Invitational. UAlbany takes on tournament host Yale on Friday, September 2nd at 7 p.m. then plays a pair of matches on Saturday, September 3rd, battling Rutgers at 12:30 p.m. and Iona at 4:30 p.m. UAlbany will go wheels up to Chicago next weekend to play at DePaul University. The team begins the tournament against Illinois-Chicago on Friday, September 9th at 5:30 p.m. ET then follows with two Saturday matches, playing tournament host DePaul at 1 p.m. ET and South Florida at 5:30 p.m. ET. The Great Danes play one final in-season tournament in the West Point Invitational. UAlbany suits up against UConn and St. John’s on Friday, September 16th at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. respectively, then against tournament host Army West Point on Saturday, September 17th at 5 p.m. UAlbany begins America East play on the road against in-state rival Binghamton on Friday, September 23rd at 7 p.m. in Vestal. The next weekend, UAlbany has its first home matches. The team has its home opener on Friday, September 30th at 7 p.m. against UMass Lowell, followed by Hartford on Sunday, October 2nd at 2 p.m. Back on the road goes UAlbany for a pair of matches, taking on UMBC in Baltimore on Friday, October 7th at 7 p.m. then Stony Brook on Long Island on Sunday, October 9th at 1 p.m. UAlbany wraps up the first half of America East play with a rematch against New Hampshire at home on Sunday, October 16th at 2 p.m. UAlbany remains home for its annual Dig Pink Match on Friday, October 21st, taking on Binghamton at 7 p.m. Two road matches follow in the next weekend as the Great Danes take on Hartford on Friday, October 28th at 7 p.m. and UMass Lowell on Sunday, October 30th at 1 p.m. The Purple and Gold play the final two home regular season matches in the next weekend, hosting rival Stony Brook for Senior Night on Friday, November 4th at 7 p.m. and proceeding with UMBC on Sunday, November 6th at 2 p.m. The regular season finishes against New Hampshire on Friday, November 11th at 7 p.m. in Durham in a rematch of the 2014 and 2015 America East championships. The America East Tournament will be hosted by the league’s regular season champion, with the top four teams competing. The America East semifinal round will be either on Friday, November 18th or Saturday, November 19th with the title match being the day after the semifinals.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

University of Albany's Vadnais Breaks School Record - UAlbany Sports 2016

BURLINGTON, V.T.—The University at Albany’s women’s track & field member Paige Vadnais competed in her last meet for the Great Danes at the Vermont State Men and Women Decathlon Championships earlier this week. Vadnais, a recent graduate, competed as the first female to represent UAlbany in the decathlon. She earned first place overall with a new school record of 6,084 points. In the ten events, she placed first in the 100-meter dash, running a 12.85, first in the javelin with a mark of 82-05, first in the 400-meter dash in 58.43, first in the long jump with a mark of 16-11.50, first in the high jump with a mark of 5-05.00, first in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 5:24.10, and tied for first in the 100-meter hurdles in 15.12. She also earned third in the pole vault with a mark of 10-10.75, fourth in the discus with a mark of 49-04, and fourth in the shot put with a mark of 24-03.75. In addition to holding the number one spot for UAlbany in the women's decathlon, Vadnais is also earned the second place spot in the heptathlon during the 2016 outdoor season with 4,825 points.

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