Sunday, May 11, 2014

2014 University of Albany Softball Defeats Stony Brook, Wins Fifth America East Title

STONY BROOK, N.Y. – For the first time since the 2011 season, when the members of this year’s senior class were freshmen, the University at Albany softball team have been crowned America East Champions, the fifth title in school history. The Danes (33-11) defeated Stony Brook (34-18) 8-1 for the second straight time when facing elimination to clinch the title. By virtue of winning the America East Tournament, UAlbany has earned an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament regionals. Brittany MacFawn (19-6), who pitched all 10 innings of the morning game, once again took the mound for UAlbany in the afternoon. MacFawn pitched a complete game, allowing one run on five hits with three strikeouts and no walks. Unlike the morning game, which went scoreless through nine innings, UAlbany broke onto the scoreboard early, scoring two runs in the top of the first inning. Vicky McFarland led off the game with a double to center field, and advanced to second on Kelly Costello’s sacrifice bunt in the next at-bat. Maggie Cocks hit a single to right that allowed McFarland to score. Charlise Castro then worked a walk, putting runners on first and second. Elizabeth Snow, the hero in the first game, hit a single to right, loading up the bases. Marlin Solano then hit a sacrifice fly to left, which allowed Cocks to tag up on third and score safely, giving UAlbany a 2-0 lead. The score held until the top of the sixth inning, when UAlbany added four more runs. Cocks led off with a single to left field. Castro hit a double down the left field line, pushing Cocks to third. Snow worked a walk, loading the bases once again. Solano hit a single down the right field line, scoring Cocks and Castro and advancing Snow to third. A pair of pinch runners entered the game, Kayla Bailey for Solano at first and Emily Ostrom for Snow at third. Lauren Alcorn, the next batter, hit a single to right, which allowed Ostrom to score from third and pushed Bailey to third. Jess Tate struck out for UAlbany’s first out of the inning, and Alexa Toole followed by opposing up to second. During McFarland’s at-bat, UAlbany attempted a double-steal. Alcorn was caught in a rundown, but delayed getting tagged long enough for Bailey to score safely from third. UAlbany now led 6-0. McFarland led off the top of the seventh flying out to center. Costello then worked a walk, before getting forced out at second when Cocks hit into a fielder’s choice. With two outs, Castro hit a two-run home run to center, giving UAlbany an 8-0 lead. Stony Brook scored their first and only run in the bottom of the seventh inning, a leadoff home run by the left fielder. The game ended when the Seawolves’ second baseman poetically gounded out to MacFawn on the mound. Cocks hit 2-3 with three runs scored and one RBI. Castro hit 3-3 with a home run, two runs scored and two RBIs. And Solano hit 1-2 with three RBIs. UAlbany will return home and await their next opponent, who will be announced tonight at 10:00 p.m. on ESPNU. The NCAA Regional round will be held from May 16-18 in 16, four-team double elimination tournaments. Sixteen teams will advance to the Super Regional round.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

#15 UAlbany Men's Lacrosse Takes Down #1 Loyola 13-6 to Advance to 2014 NCAA Quarter Finals

BALTIMORE – Tasked with taking on the #1 team in the nation on the road, the UAlbany men’s lacrosse team put its strong defensive performance of the year together to shut down 3-seed Loyola 13-6 to move on to the NCAA Quarterfinals. UAlbany (12-5) allowed just six goals, to Loyola (15-2), its lowest goal-mark of the year after giving up seven goals in wins over Stony Brook and Binghamton. Blaze Riorden had 13 saves in the cage did not allow more than two goals in any quarter on Saturday. “When you get to championship play, you need good defense,” said UAlbany head coach Scott Marr. “Blaze [Riorden] was outstanding today, and I am proud of our team for preparing this week and playing well.” “Props to my defense, they forced shots that I could save,” added Riorden. “Everyone was on the same page today, we put together a full 60 minutes of offense and defense.” The Great Danes win their second-ever DI NCAA Tournament game, defeating Loyola 19-10 in Albany in 2007. They will advance to take on the winner of Harvard-Notre Dame in Hempstead, New York on Saturday, May 17. On the offensive end, the Thompson brothers, each Tewaaraton finalists, continued to set records. Lyle Thompson now stands with the DI single season record in points with 122, earning three goals and five assists. Miles Thompson is second on that list with 115 after scoring five goals and two assists. Ty Thompson earned three goals, giving the Thompson trio 18 points in the game. “I was waiting for them to slide, and they did not,” said Lyle Thompson, who dueled with fellow Tewaaraton finalist Joe Fletcher all day. “Fletcher did a great job setting position, and I kept waiting for a mistake, and it did not come, so I had to make my own shot.” “Last year, we were happy to be in the tournament, but this year we feel we are capable of winning it,” said Miles Thompson. “This was our best game of the year because of our defense.” For Loyola, Justin Ward and Pat Laconi each had a pair of goals. Jack Runkel had 11 saves in 54:58 of play in the defeat. After Artie Marrapese won the first faceoff, Lyle Thompson got around Fletcher and scored in the corner to put UAlbany in the lead. That goal gave Lyle Thompson his 115th point, setting a new DI single season record. As Riorden held in the cage with saves to hold on defense, the other way, Miles Thompson beat his defender and scored with 8:31 left in the 1st for a 2-0 UAlbany lead. After some back-and-forth play, Laconi scored for Loyola to put the home team on the board. 45 seconds later, Matthew Bertrams caused a turnover, cleared, passed to Jon Newhouse. Newhouse scored his first goal of the year in transition to put UAlbany up 3-1 with 2:04 left in the 1st, the eventual final period score. UAlbany defended to start the second, with a Loyola post shot and a Matt Garziano caused turnover stopping two Greyhound possessions. After the turnover, Lyle Thompson pulled two defenders to free Miles Thompson, who pocketed the goal point-blank to put UAlbany up by three. Following another Riorden save, UAlbany went quickly and scored again via Lyle Thompson to Miles Thompson with 6:51 left in the 2nd. Following the media timeout, Loyola won the faceoff and scored quickly with Romar Dennis getting the goal, followed by a Nikko Pontrello goal 13 seconds later for Loyola. Marrapese won the next faceoff to stop the Loyola burst. Miles Thompson scored with 2:30 to go in the half, then following a UAlbany caused turnovers, Lyle Thompson with 7.5 seconds left and a defender next to him shoveled a pass into the net, putting the Great Danes into the locker room up 7-3. The Great Danes held off a man-up opportunity in the half’s opening minutes, and a Riorden save stopped the Loyola possession. UAlbany clears and missed on a man-up possession of its own, but at full strength, Miles Thompson passed to Ty Thompson wide open next to the crease. Ty Thompson scored to put UAlbany up 8-3., followed by a Will Stenberg goal from Miles Thompson to make it 9-3. UAlbany’s defense held until 4:02 left in the third quarter, when Laconi scored in transition for Loyola. Following that goal and a UAlbany faceoff win, a lightning delay stopped the game for 30 minutes with 3:16 in the third. After the delay, Justin Ward wrapped around the cage and scored with 2.9 seconds left for Loyola. UAlbany took a 9-5 lead into the fourth quarter. Loyola won the first faceoff in the fourth, but the UAlbany defense held twice with caused turnovers. On offense, Lyle Thompson pulled two defenders again, freeing up Ty Thompson in front of the cage for the score, putting UAlbany up 10-5. UAlbany starting killing the clock with a combination on Riorden saves and holding the ball on offense. Lyle Thompson and Miles Thompson added goals to increase the lead to 12-5 with 4:18 left. Ward scored to stop the 3-0 UAlbany run with 3:50 left to play. The UAlbany defense held the rest of the way, with Ty Thompson scoring another goal to seal the 13-6 victory.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

University of Albany Men's Lacrosse: Lyle Thompson, Miles Thompson Named Two of Five Tewaaraton Finalists

Tewaaraton Foundation Press Release WASHINGTON – UAlbany attackmen Lyle Thompson and Miles Thompson have been selected as Tewaaraton Finalists, the Tewaaraton Foundation announced on Thursday. The Thompson brothers are two of five finalists selected for the Tewaaraton committee. The committee is made up of NCAA coaches throughout the country, selecting the top-five players in all divisions of lacrosse for consideration for the Tewaaraton Trophy. Lyle Thompson is named a Tewaaraton finalist for the second year in a row, while Miles Thompson earns the honor for the first time. Lyle Thompson’s finalist selection last season was the first for UAlbany since Frank Resetarits was one of the final five in 2007. In Tewaaraton history, which dates back to 2001, UAlbany has earned four of the five finalists all-time from the America East Conference. This is the fifth year, and first since 2011, that teammates have been finalists for the Tewaaraton Trophy. Previous years of two teammate-finalists include 2011 (Syracuse), 2006 (Virginia), 2003 (Johns Hopkins) and 2002 (Syracuse). The Tewaaraton Trophy will be award at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on May 29th at the National Museum of the American Nation. Lyle Thompson is currently the top scorer in Division I, matching the DI single season record with 114 points to become the first player in DI history with back-to-back 100-point seasons. The junior attackman and America East Player of the Year leads the nation with 69 assists, just eight shy of the DI single season record, and adds 45 goals. His 7.13 points per game is nearly a point-and-a-half more than any other non-UAlbany player. This year, he has not scored below four points in a game. Miles Thompson is the top finisher in all of lacrosse, leading DI with 74 goals, the second-highest single season mark in DI history. He is second in DI in points per game with 6.75, adding 34 assists to total 108 points on the year, tied for the fourth highest mark ever in a single DI season. His 4.63 goals per game are nearly one-and-a-half goals more than second-place Matt Gregoire of UMBC. The senior attackman and All-America East First Team player has scored at least four points in 15 of his 16 games. The other three finalists include Duke attackman Jordan Wolf, Loyola defenseman Joe Fletcher and Princeton midfielder Tom Schreiber.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

University of Albany Men's Lacrosse: Miles Thompson Holds Longest Active Goal Scoring Streak in DI Men’s Lacrosse

ALBANY, N.Y. – Having scored at least one goal in each of his last 30 games played, UAlbany attackman Miles Thompson has the longest active goal-scoring streak in Division I. The streak became Thompson’s after the previous leader, Tommy McKee of Air Force, has held without a goal against Fairfield, snapping his streak of 33 games. Thompson’s streak started on May 2, 2012 with a five-goal performance at UMBC. Including that game, Thompson has tallied 123 goals in his 30 games played. In comparison, currently second on the active goal-scoring streak in Matt Springer of Binghamton with a 27-game streak, tallying 73 goals in that time. Thompson continued that streak this weekend with a pair of seven-goal performances against Stony Brook and UMBC. This season, he has scored at least four goals in 11 of UAlbany’s 16 games. In addition, Thompson has scored a point in each of his last 51 games played, the third-longest active streak in DI. He has scored 258 points in that time.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

2014 University of Albany Women’s Track Wins Sixth Consecutive America East Title

BURLINGTON, Vt. – The University at Albany women’s outdoor track program won their sixth consecutive America East outdoor title on Sunday, successfully defending last year’s title as well as their most recent indoor title from earlier this year. The women scored 196 points to win the team competition. Vermont placed second as a team, scoring 142.50 points, and Binghamton was third with 130.50 points. After the first day of competition, the UAlbany women were second in the team standings behind Vermont, having scored 38 points. UAlbany placed third through fifth in the shot put. Janice Johnson, fresh of a personal best at Penn Relays, led UAlbany in third with a throw of 42’-6.75”. School record holder Samantha Kosa was fourth with a throw of 42’-0.5”. And Veleisha Walker, who broke her own school record in the javelin the day before, finished fifth, throwing 40’-7”. The Danes scored two athletes in the women’s high jump. Ashley Grant finished seventh, clearing 5’-5”, and Min Pacella was eighth, clearing 5’-3”. Solène Bastien and Pony Sokiri placed second and third respectively in the triple jump. Bastien jumped 39’-1.75” and Sokiri jumped 38’-8.25”. T’Sian Haywood finished fifth, jumping 38’-1.25”. Lauren Lopano placed second in the discus, throwing 136’-8”. Kosa was fourth, recording a mark of 133’-4”, and Walker was fifth, throwing 131’-5”. The track events began with the 4x100 relay. The team of ToniAnn Werner, Jillian Haynes, Michelle Anthony, and Kahlia Taylor finished third in 47.47. Kathryn Fanning placed second in the 1,500 in 4:22.81, a new personal best and school record by two-hundredths of a second. Kamilah Williams placed fourth in the 400, finishing in 57.06 behind a top-three UMBC sweep. Michelle Anthony and Tynelle Taylor-Chase swept the top two spots in the women’s hurdles. Anthony won in 14.08 and Taylor-Chase was second in 14.10. CiCi Simon finished eighth in 14.82. Brianne Bellon finished third in the 800 in 2:11.23, and Dominique Claudio was fifth in 2:13.83. Bellon’s time was her best of the season, and Claudio’s was a new personal best. Haynes placed fifth in the 100, finishing in 12.08. Taylor-Chase followed up her second place in the high hurdles with a victory in the 400 hurdles, finishing in 59.70. She was the only athlete to break 60 in the race. Aderinsola Ajala finished third in 1:01.82. Haynes finished fourth in the 200 in 24.43. Silvia Del Fava won the 5,000 in 16:48.18, defeating the runner-up by more than 18 seconds. Paige Vadnais placed third in the heptathlon, scoring 4,312 points. On the first day of competition, she won the 100 hurdles in 14.93, tied for seventh in the high jump in 4’-11.5”, was 10th in the shot put in 27’-1”, and was fourth in the 200 in 26.58. On the second day, she was sixth in the long jump in 16’-2.5”, seventh in the javelin in 76’-7”, and second in the 800 in 2:23.86. In the relays, the 4x800 team of Breanna Cummings, Claudio, Bellon, and Fanning placed first in 8:59,13. They were the only squad to run under 9:00. The 4x400 team of Ajala, Williams, Ashley Moxam, and Taylor-Chase closed the meet in third place, finishing in 3:53.10. The women enjoy their sixth consecutive championship alongside the men’s team, who won their tenth straight, scoring 208 points. Next on the schedule for UAlbany is the third and final home meet of the year, the UAlbany Last Chance meet, on Saturday, May 10. A week later, the team will head to Princeton University to compete at ECAC Championships, without the seniors, who will be attending their commencement ceremony.

2014 University of Albany Men’s Track Wins 10th Consecutive America East Outdoor Title

BURLINGTON, Vt. – The University at Albany men’s outdoor track program successfully defended their indoor and outdoor titles at the America East Outdoor Championships on Sunday, and extended their streak of consecutive outdoor titles to 10. The men scored 208 points to claim the team title, comfortably distancing themselves from runner-up UMBC, who scored 165. Binghamton finished third with 124 points. The men concluded the first day of competition leading the team standing with 63 points. Three field events were contested on the second day of competition, with the others having been completed on the first day. Abel Gilet placed third in the discus, with a mark of 155’-1”. Simon Cleary was eighth, throwing 144’-1”. Gilet was seventh in the shot put with a mark of 48’-4.5”. Christopher Stephenson placed fourth in the triple jump, recording a mark of 47’-5”. The track events began with the running of the 4x100 relay. The team of Robert Harris III, Jaymen Teemer, Winston McCormack Jr., and Kareem Morris claimed victory with a time of 41.05. Dylan Lowry then placed fourth in the 1,500, finishing in 3:57.52. The men swept the top three places in the 400. Defending indoor and outdoor champion Taariq Jones won the event in 48.16. Fellow sophomore Jason Tomlinson was second in 48.66. Former champion Jonathan Santana finished third in 48.91. In the 110 hurdles, Matthew Catera, doubling up from the decathlon, placed fourth with a time of 14.78. Rudje Beckford immediately followed Catera in fifth, finishing in 14.95. John DeLallo placed third in the 800 in 1:51.51. The Danes scored four athletes in the 100. Morris placed second in 10.67. Harris III was third in 10.70. Teemer was seventh in 10.89. McCormack Jr. was eighth in 10.96. All four athletes ran on the victorious 4x100 relay. UAlbany finished second and third in the 400 hurdles. Jeremiah Obeng-Agyapong was second in 52.84, and Larry Ramirez followed in third in 53.38. Like the 100, UAlbany scored four athletes in the 200. The same group as the 100 placed third through sixth in the finals. Morris led the way in third in 21.38. Teemer was fourth in 21.66. Harris III was fifth in 21.86. And McCormack Jr. was sixth in 22.06. Catera won the decathlon, scoring 6,573 points. Along the way, he won the 100 in 11.18, was second in the long jump in 20’-7”, fourth in the shot put in 38’-2.25”, fourth in the high jump in 5’-10”, and first in the 400 in 51.26. On the second day, Catera was first in the 110 hurdles in 14.87, third in the discus in 110’-4”, second in the pole vault in 14’-7.25”, fourth in the javelin in 135’-3”, and fifth in the 1,500 in 5:01.45. Donald DiBari finished seventh overall, scoring 5,361 points, and Stefan Buechele was eighth with 5,176 points. In the relays, the 4x800 team of Daryl Subran, Raymond Farinella, Lowry, and DeLallo placed fourth in 7:41.04. The 4x400 team of Obeng-Agyapong, Ramirez, Tomlinson, and Jones concluded the meet with a victory, finishing in 3:16.23. The men enjoy their 10th consecutive championship alongside the women’s team, who won their sixth straight, scoring 196 points. Next on the schedule for UAlbany is the third and final home meet of the year, the UAlbany Last Chance meet, on Saturday, May 10. A week later, the team will head to Princeton University to compete at IC4A Championships, without the seniors, who will be attending their commencement ceremony.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

University of Albany Men’s Lacrosse Repeats as America East Champions with 20-11 Victory over UMBC

(Photo courtesy of the America East) Box Score | Box Score (PDF) STONY BROOK, N.Y. – Last season, UAlbany defeated UMBC by nine to secure the America East title. In 2014, the Great Danes did it again. UAlbany took down UMBC 20-11 in Stony Brook to earn its second-consecutive America East title and sixth in school history. “We are thrilled to be champions again, what an unbelievable effort from our team, from our faceoff guy and then our defense, and then our offense took over in the second half,” said UAlbany coach Scott Marr, who has been at the helm for all six of the school’s America East titles. With the victory, UAlbany (11-5) has earned an automatic qualifier into the NCAA Tournament starting next week. The selection show will be tomorrow on ESPNU at 9 p.m. Lyle Thompson, named to the AE All-Tournament Team earned eight points in the game, off three goals and five assists, to total 114 for the season, tying the NCAA Division I single season points record set by Steve Marohl of UMBC in 1992. “It is not a thought in my head, but it is an honor to have my name in the history books,” said Thompson. “But it is more important for us to get the win today as a team.” Miles Thompson earned America East Tournament MVP, scoring seven goals and two assists today, after earning 18 goals and four assists in the tournament. His 18 goals and 22 total points are new conference tournament records. The duo also set a new NCAA Division I first, becoming the first pair of teammates to each score over 100 points in the same season. Lyle Thompson has 114 points, while Miles Thompson currently has 106. “One of our goals was to win the America East championship, but a bigger goal is to win the NCAA,” said Miles Thompson. “We have been working on this all year, and we are excited to go back to the NCAA,” added Ty Thompson, who had four goals today. In addition, Doug Eich and Blaze Riorden also were named to the AE All-Tournament Team. Eich, after earning the game-winning goal yesterday, caused two turnovers and had an assist. Riorden earned the victory in the cage with 10 saves. For UMBC (8-7), Pat Young led the team with three goals and an assist. Matt Gregoire had a hat trick. The loss went to Connor Gordon, who had four saves and allowed 13 goals in 38:37 of play. UMBC controlled the faceoff-X early, with Young finding the net on a hard shot over Riorden’s shoulder. UAlbany countered quickly, forcing turnovers after lost faceoffs to keep control. Lyle Thompson emerged from behind the cage after a ground ball to score, then Miles Thompson added another after getting knocked to the ground by a double team and scoring on his back. That goal gave Miles Thompson his 100th point of the year. After another turnover off the faceoff, Tim Cox burst away from his defender and scored straight away. Nate Lewnes stopped the run with a man-up goal, then UAlbany countered with two rocket shot goals from Ryan Feuerstein and Miles Thompson, leading 5-2 after the first quarter. Déjà vu in the second quarter as UMBC got the faceoff and Young scored again in the period’s opening minute. About six minutes later, Gregoire added one after a teammate drew a double team, as UMBC pulled within one. With 6:25 left in the period, Lyle Thompson scored after using a hard stutter step to shake off a defender behind the cage, emerging and scoring. On a man-up chance, Miles Thompson passed to Ty Thompson right next to the goal for the catch and shoot score. As UAlbany tried for the last shot, UMBC forced a turnover and tried to clear. Eich picked up a pass at midfield, threw to Ty Thompson, who fired from long range and scored just as the clock hit zero to put UAlbany into the locker room up 8-4. UAlbany struck first in the third quarter as Matt Garziano placed a pass perfectly to Miles Thompson next to the goal circle for the score. UMBC kept control of the faceoff and scored two-straight from Ty Kashur and Young. UAlbany countered by peppering the cage for six-straight goals: Miles Thompson, Feuerstein, Cox, Lyle Thompson twice then Miles Thompson scored in succession to build the lead to 15-6. A Joseph Impallaria goal off the faceoff for UMBC stopped the UAlbany run. The Great Danes put the lead back to nine with a Thompson trio connection: Miles Thompson forced the turnover, passed to Lyle Thompson, who passed to Ty Thompson for the score, making it 16-7 at the end of the third. UAlbany did not let up in the fourth quarter, starting the period on a 4-0 run. Garziano scored on a pass from Miles Thompson, then the latter scored from Lyle Thompson. After Ty Thompson scored from the pass from Bennett Drake, Miles Thompson delivered the 20th goal on a behind-the-back shot from Lyle Thompson. Lyle Thompson earned his 114th point with 10:23 left in the fourth quarter to tie the NCAA Division I single season points record. UMBC finished the game on a 4-0 run, but UAlbany held for the 20-11 victory.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

University of Albany Men's Lacrosse: Lyle Thompson AE Player of the Year, Scott Marr AE Co-Coach of the Year to Highlight League Honors

2014 America East All-Conference Teams (America East Release) STONY BROOK, N.Y. – After UAlbany ran the table in conference play, Lyle Thompson was named the 2014 America East Player of the Year and Scott Marr was selected as the league Co-Coach of the Year, released at the conference yearly banquet on Wednesday. Thompson, a unanimous selection, becomes the first two-time America East Player of the Year, earning the honor last season, since UMBC’s Brendan Mundorf in 2005 and 2006. Just one other player, Delaware’s Anthony DiMarzo in 1993 and 1994, has won it twice. Marr becomes the second four-time America East Coach of the Year, having earned the honor in 2002, 2007 and 2013. He shares the honor with Bob Shillinglaw of Delaware (1992-94, 1999). In addition, UAlbany led the league with five All-America East First Team players and seven total all-conference selections. Lyle Thompson, Miles Thompson, Ryan Feuerstein, Doug Eich and Blaze Riorden earned First Team status. UAlbany’s five matches the most amount of All-AE First Team players in school history in 2005 and 2007. Ty Thompson and Cody Futia earned a place on the Second Team. Also, Bennett Drake and Adam Osika were placed on the All-Rookie Team, while Futia and John Maloney were honored on the All-Academic Team. Lyle Thompson, a Tewaaraton nominee, earns his second-straight America East Player of the Year honor and all-conference first team selection after being the leading-point scorer in all of Division I. Earning at least four points in all 14 games played, the junior attack has earned a Division I-best 61 assists and 37 goals, standing just two points away from being the first Division I player ever to earn two 100-point seasons. He also added 13 caused turnovers on the ride and 37 ground balls. For the second-consecutive year and fourth year overall, Scott Marr is honored as an America East Coach of the Year. He coached UAlbany to a second-consecutive undefeated league season and America East regular season title with the top scoring offense in all of lacrosse. In conference play, the Great Danes averaged five more goals a game, 18.2 per contest, than the next team, UMBC, at 13.2. Miles Thompson, also a Tewaaraton nominee, earns All-AE First Team standing after being the top goal-scorer in all of Division I. The senior attack has tallied 60 goals and 30 assists for 90 points, the second-strongest mark in DI, adding 22 ground balls and six caused turnovers. He earned at least four points in 13 of 14 games and earned America East Player of the Week honors four times, the most for any player in the conference this season. This is his second-straight First Team all-conference selection and third-straight all-league selection. Ryan Feuerstein earns All-America East First Team honors, his second all-conference selection in two years, after being one of the top two-way senior midfielders in the league. He has 17 goals and six assists on the offensive end and 30 ground balls and eight caused turnovers the other way. Some of his best games were in conference play, including a three-goal game in the win over Vermont and a five-point contest, including four assists, in the victory over Stony Brook. Doug Eich, the UAlbany defensive captain, earns his first all-conference selection by getting on the First Team. The senior close defenseman tallied 20 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers, also adding a pair of assists in a win over UMBC, where he also caused three turnovers, his second such game in the season. Eich’s defense helped such players as Hartford’s Kevin O’Shea and Stony Brook’s Brody Eastwood, their respective teams’ top scorers, to no points. Blaze Riorden was named All-America East First Team, his second all-conference selection, after leading the conference, and for a while all of Division I, in saves per game and save percentage. Compiling a 9-5 record, the sophomore has a 56.3% save percentage, with 13.64 saves per game, and allows 11.13 goals per game. He had at least 15 saves in a game five times. He also caused seven turnovers and scored a goal with a short stick. Ty Thompson earns all-conference second team for the second year in row after being one of the top shooters in the league. Through 14 games, the senior attack has 32 goals and 11 assists, adding 15 ground balls. He scored in every game for UAlbany this year, including five-goal performances against Syracuse and UMass and five points against UMBC. Cody Futia is an All-America East Second Team player for the third season in a row for UAlbany. The senior close defenseman caused 13 turnovers and scooped 16 ground balls for the Great Danes, leading UAlbany in the latter category. His strongest game came against Siena, where he had three ground balls and three caused turnovers. He also earned All-Academic status for the second-straight year, having a 3.73 GPA in business administration. Bennett Drake placed on the All-Rookie Team after being a strong offensive player in man-up situations. The freshman attack leads the America East with 10 man-up goals, totaling 13 goals and two assists this year. Drake scored in every league game, starting with a three-goal performance against Vermont, and has earned goals in his last seven contests. Adam Osika also was named to the All-Rookie Team as a two-way midfielder. The freshman finished the regular season with two goals, an assist and six ground balls, often leading a defensive midfield unit. He earned points in some of UAlbany’s biggest victories against Harvard and UMass. John Maloney is a member of the All-Academic Team, earning a 3.51 GPA in biology. On the field, the sophomore is the top-scoring midfielder for UAlbany with 20 goals, including five in man-up situations, and 12 ground balls. He had four points against Syracuse and scored five points, including four goals, in the victory over UMass. Marr shared America East Coach of the Year honors with Binghamton’s Scott Nelson, while Vermont’s Ian MacKay was named the conference Rookie of the Year.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

University of Albany Men's Lacrosse: Lyle Thompson, Miles Thompson Named 2014 Tewaaraton Nominees

Full List of Tewaaraton nominees (Inside Lacrosse website) WASHINGTON – UAlbany attackmen Lyle Thompson and Miles Thompson have been named as two of 28 nominees for the Tewaaraton Trophy, the Tewaaraton Foundation announced on Friday. This is the second year in a row that Lyle Thompson has earned a Tewaaraton nomination, becoming one of the five finalists by year’s end. Miles Thompson earns nominee status for the first time in his collegiate career. It is also the second year in a row that UAlbany has had two nominees for the Tewaaraton. Last season, Lyle Thompson and Ty Thompson each were nominees in 2013. Lyle Thompson, a junior from the Onondaga Nation, leads all of Division I in points and assists per game. As of Friday, he stands with 31 goals and 57 assists to total 88 points, adding 36 ground balls and 12 caused turnovers. He has earned at least four points in all of UAlbany’s games this season. Miles Thompson, a senior from the Onondaga Nation, is the Division I leader in goals per game and stands second in points per game. He has tallied 57 goals and 28 assists this year as well as 22 ground balls. He has scored six or more points in 11 out of 13 UAlbany games this year. The 28 nominees were announced live on ESPNU on Friday night. The five men’s finalists will be announced on Thursday, May 8th.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

#16/18 UAlbany Men's Lacrosse Takes on #10/10 Johns Hopkins on ESPNU

BALTIMORE – The Great Danes head south to Baltimore for another matchup of ranked teams, taking on Johns Hopkins at Homewood Field on Friday, April 4th at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast live nationally on ESPNU and online on WatchESPN, commentated by Mike Corey, Quint Kessenich and Jesse Schwartzman. Tickets for the game are available on the Johns Hopkins athletics site. Splitting games during the week, the Great Danes went to #16 in the USILA Coaches Poll and #18 in the Warrior DI Media Poll. Johns Hopkins currently stands #10 in each the Coaches and Media Poll. America East representative UAlbany had its first league game on Saturday with a 20-9 victory over Vermont, coming into Friday at 4-4 overall and 1-0 in-conference. Johns Hopkins is in its last year as an independent before joining the Big Ten next year. Coming off a 13-9 loss to UNC for its third-straight, the Blue Jays are 5-3. This will be the 13th-straight and final year UAlbany and JHU will meet at Homewood. JHU leads the overall series 10-2, but UAlbany defeated the Blue Jays last season 10-9. UAlbany has the top scoring offense in all of Division I, averaging 15.75 goals a game in its first eight contests. Lyle Thompson already has an NCAA-high 34 assists and 55 points for a DI-best 6.88 a game, while brother Miles Thompson earns an NCAA-best 4.13 goals a game, tallying 33 goals and 17 assists. Ty Thompson stands 42nd in DI with 2.38 goals a game, totaling 23 thus far. Blaze Riorden is currently leading all of Division I with 14.63 saves per game, earning a 57.1% save percentage, ninth in DI. Helping protect the cage in front of Riorden is Cody Futia, who has seven caused turnovers. One of the top freshmen on the team, James Burdette, who has nine caused turnovers and is the tallest player on the team at 6-foot-6. Johns Hopkins won its first five games this season but has fallen in its last three. Standing fourth in DI with 3.38 goals per game, sophomore attackman Ryan Brown leads the team with 27 goals and 10 assists. Junior attack Wells Stanwick is the main distributor, standing with 11 goals and 23 assists for 2.88 assists a game, fourth in DI. Junior Drew Kennedy is third in DI with a 69% face-off percentage. From Massapequa is JHU’s primary goalkeeper, Eric Schneider, who has a 53.2% save percentage and allows 9.02 goals per game. The main defenders include 6-foot-2 junior John Kelly and junior LSU Michael Pellegrino, who has six caused turnovers.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

No. 20/18 Ualbany Women’s Lacrosse Draw Control Specialist Lennon Named to Mid-Season Third Team All-America Watch List

ALBANY, N.Y. – University at Albany women’s lacrosse senior midfielder Kathleen Lennon was named to the Inside Lacrosse Mid-Season Third Team All-America Watch List, announced on Tuesday. Lennon has won 42 draw controls to date, and took 103 draws last season. Her total of 103 in 2013 set a new single-season UAlbany program record for draw control victories, ranking fourth in the nation. The senior currently ranks tied for 13th nationally with 5.00 draw per game, and tops the America East. She also leads the team in ground balls with 21 and ranks third in caused turnovers with nine in the Purple & Gold’s 8-0 start.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

UAlbany Women’s Basketball Nearly Knocks Off No. 2 West Virginia With Late Run, But Falls 76-61 In NCAA First Round

BATON ROUGE – The No. 15 seeded University at Albany women’s basketball team scrapped and battled throughout Sunday’s NCAA Tournament First Round game, nearly battling back from a 22-point deficit. However, in the end, the No. 2 West Virginia Mountaineers held off the Great Danes, winning by a score of 76-61 to advance to the Second Round where they will meet site host LSU. Making their third consecutive NCAA appearance, UAlbany’s impressive season comes to end with a 28-5 overall record. “Well, obviously I'm very proud of them. I thought they competed completely until the end,” said Head Coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson. “They came out fighters, and finished as fighters, and I thought they represented the America East very proudly. “I think West Virginia is a great team, but what it did for our team was prove to each and every one of them that they can play against anybody at any time, as long as you just fight and you play hard, and stick to our system. I think we did a great job,” added Coach Abe. In the game, junior Megan Craig scored a team-best 23 points with six rebounds, while classmate Sarah Royals also reached double figures with 14 points, two assists, and two steals. Facing early foul trouble, Shereesha Richards finished with nine points and six boards, while Margarita Rosario logged a game-high six assists and three steals to go along with six points and four rebounds. West Virginia had three players reach double figures, as Christal Caldwell notched 26 points, Bria Holmes scored 20, and Averee Fields totaled 10. Asya Bussie pulled down a game-high 12 boards. Winning the tip, UAlbany took a 2-0 lead on the first play of the game, as Craig laid it in after a lob pass from Richards. Craig scored the Danes’ first five points of the game, but the Mountaineers answered on their end of the floor, taking a 10-5 lead at the 15:59 mark on a pair of free throws by Holmes. After West Virginia stretched the margin to eight, Richards cut it back to six with a put-back, making the score 17-11 with 11:56 remaining in the first half. However, that is when the Mountaineers caught fire, exploding for a 15-0 run to take a 33-11 lead on Caldwell’s three at the 6:57 mark. Royals ended UAlbany’s over five minute scoring drought with a jumper with 6:15 remaining. The Great Danes cut the deficit to 17 on Tammy Phillip’s jumper from the left wing, but Holmes answered on the other end, completing a three-point play at the charity stripe. Phillip countered in the final minute, sinking a free throw before hitting a jumper on the break to send the Great Danes into the locker room trailing by 17, 42-25. While UAlbany could have easily admitted defeat, the Great Danes came out of intermission with a spark and determination to rally, picking up with full court pressure. UAlbany began chipping away at the margin, as Craig and freshman Imani Tate both made a pair of baskets, Royals made two free throws, and Richards made a low post move, cutting WVU’s lead down to single digits, 46-37, with 13:36 to go. However, on the other end of the floor, Richards committed her fourth personal foul and Taylor Palmer sank one free throw to make it a double-digit deficit again. The Mountaineers built their advantage up to as much as 14 points, 56-42, with 9:04 on the clock, before the Great Danes when on a tear. Rosario knocked down a three on a kick-out from Richards, and then stole the inbound pass, tossed the ball ahead to Royals who made the layup and got fouled for a three-point play with 7:53 remaining. In West Virginia’s next possession, Richards logged a steal, Rosario pulled down an offensive board and fed Craig in the post, cutting the margin to five, 56-51, with 6:58 on the clock. Caldwell answered for WVU with a layup and a jumper, but the Danes hung around, as Richards powered to the hoop to stay within seven. However, she was charged with her fifth and final foul on the next play with four minutes left. Out of the final media timeout, the UAlbany defense forced a 10 second violation, but the momentum did not totally swing into the Great Danes’ favor, as WVU was consistent at the free throw line in the waning minutes. UAlbany got within eight, 65-57, on Craig’s pair of free throws with 1:29 remaining, but when the Danes were forced to foul in an attempt to gain possession, West Virginia went 9-for-9 at the free throw line, putting the game out of reach. In the contest, WVU shot 73.5 percent (25-34) from the charity stripe, while the Great Danes shot just 48.3 percent (14-29). From the field, the Mountaineers shot 42.6 percent (23-54), and from three 22.7 percent (5-22), while UAlbany made 46.0 percent (23-50) from the floor and 16.7 percent (1-6) from behind the arch.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Strong Defense, Third Quarter Surge Earns #18/19 UAlbany a Road Win over #12/14 Penn State 17-10

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Paced by a 6-1 third quarter, eight Lyle Thompson points and 19 Blaze Riorden saves, the #18/19 UAlbany men’s lacrosse team took down #12/14 Penn State 17-10 on the road on Saturday. UAlbany (3-3) earned its second victory over a ranked team on the road this season with the win over Penn State (4-4), defeating UMass two weeks ago. “I thought Blaze [Riorden] and our defense set the tone for us today,” said UAlbany coach Scott Marr. “We played defense most of the first period, and from there our offense took advantage of its opportunities. I am very pleased with our total team effort.” Riorden’s 19 saves is a season-high for UAlbany for a 65.5% save percentage in the game. James Burdette helped on defense with four caused turnovers of the team’s 12. On the offensive end, Lyle Thompson led the Great Danes with eight points off three goals and five assists. Miles Thompson had four goals and two assists, adding a pair of caused turnovers, with Ty Thompson earning two goals and two assists. Off the bench, Eli Lasda scored two goals. For Penn State, Dan Craig had a hat trick of goals with two ground balls, while Pat Manley scored three goals off the bench. The defense was tested early as Penn State had possession the majority of the first seven minutes. Including two Riorden saves and a Burdette turnover, the Great Danes held Penn State scoreless in that time. Then at the 7:12 mark, third shot was a charm as Miles Thompson got set up for the score from Lyle Thompson for the first goal of the game. Penn State countered the other way and scored a minute-and-a-half later. After protecting against another series of Penn State shots, UAlbany cleared and saw Lyle Thompson score a pair of goals in a row to finish the period, sending the Great Danes ahead 3-1. Following an exchange of possessions, Lasda got set up for the fast break and scored from Eric Cantor. About a minute later, Ryan Feuerstein scored unassisted for a 5-1 UAlbany lead, causing Penn State to call timeout with 11:40 in the period. Following a Pat Manley goal for PSU, Lyle Thompson earned another score on a goal with under nine minutes left in the second to make it 6-2 UAlbany. Penn State followed with a 3-0 run, with five different point-scorers, to pull within one. With six seconds left in the half, Lasda was fed the ball from Lyle Thompson for a goal to put UAlbany up 7-5 going into the locker room. With possessions going back-and-forth to begin the third quarter, Will Stenberg and Miles Thompson each connected on goals. Penn State’s Craig scored at the 6:34 mark of the third to make it 9-6 UAlbany. The final five minutes of the quarter, the UAlbany offense was on fire. John Maloney, Miles Thompson, Ty Thompson and Feuerstein all scored in succession to finish up the period, giving UAlbany a 13-6 lead. Into next quarter, Matt Garziano and Matthew Bertrams added early goals to complete a 6-0 run, leading UAlbany to take a 15-6 advantage with 13:24 left. The home team made a late charge with two Craig goals and a Manley score to pull within six, but a Ty Thompson goal with 7:03 left ended the PSU run. Each side scored one more as UAlbany completed the game up 17-10 for the win. UAlbany plays one more non-conference game before the start of America East play, hosting Canisius on Tuesday, March 25 at 3 p.m. at John Fallon Field.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

UAlbany Men’s Basketball Gives No. 1 Florida A Run In, 67-55, NCAA Second Round Defeat

ORLANDO, Fla. – Playing with poise and complete control on the national stage, the University at Albany men’s basketball team gave the No. 1 team in the nation a noble run Thursday evening in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament in Orlando’s Amway Center. After holding the lead until the 7:02 mark in the first half, the Great Danes ultimately fell to the Florida Gators by a score of 67-55. Florida (33-2) will now advance to the Round of 32 against Pittsburgh, while UAlbany’s season comes to an end with a 19-15 overall record. “I'm very proud of my team,” said Head Coach Will Brown, who led UAlbany to its second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and fourth since 2006. “This is our third game in six days against arguably the best team in the country -- A tremendous effort. This has turned into a very, very tough team, and I'm proud of them. “ Playing in the final game of their careers, seniors DJ Evans, Gary Johnson, and John Puk led UAlbany in the scoring column with double-digit efforts. Evans logged a game-high 21 points, going 6-for-12 from the field, 2-for-5 from three, and 7-for-8 from the free throw line, while also grabbing a team-best seven rebounds. Johnson contributed 13 points and three boards, while Puk capped his tenure with 10 points, five rebounds, and two assists. Florida boasted a balanced attack with Casey Prather and Dorian Finney-Smith each totaling 16 points, while Patric Young, Scottie Wilbekin, and Kasey Hill each had 10. Out of the gate, the Great Danes set the pace, as Peter Hooley stripped the ball at one end and Puk knocked down a jumper at the other, giving UAlbany a 2-0 lead 30 seconds into the game. Using a controlled and relaxed tempo on the offensive side of the ball, UAlbany built a four-point lead, 9-5, at the first media timeout, after Evans banked a jumper from the short corner, Johnson took a strong drive to the hoop, and Evans hit another mid-range jumper after shaking his defender off with a pump fake. For Florida, Wilbekin knocked down a three, giving the Gators a 10-9 lead with 13:37 remaining in the first half, but Evans stepped up again, narrowly beating the shot clock buzzer, regaining the advantage for the Danes. Florida answered back immediately and the dogfight ensued. The first half featured 11 lead changes and five knotted scores, while UAlbany held a three-point advantage three times. Sam Rowley’s strong post move on the low block put the Danes up, 17-14, at the 9:59 mark, and Puk knocked down back-to-back jumpers from the wing to give UAlbany a 21-18 lead with 8:51 remaining in the opening stanza. Florida picked off a pass and completed a three-point play at the foul line to take a 23-21 advantage. The play had the potential to shift the tides for good, but the resilient Great Danes answered back immediately as Puk and Johnson executed a give-and-go, tying the score 23-23 with 8:00 minutes on the clock. After impressive ball movement, Evans knocked down a three at the 7:02 mark, handing the Danes a 26-24 advantage, which would mark UAlbany’s last lead of the game. After Young threw down a dunk, senior Luke Devlin hit a jumper from the wing, knotting the score again, 28-28, with 4:46 remaining. However, the Gators closed the first half with a 6-0 run, taking a 34-28 lead into the break. The Great Danes started the second half with just as much poise as the first, cutting a seven-point deficit down to two, 37-35, by the first media timeout, as Rowley knocked down a pair of free throws, Johnson made a layup, and Evans hit a jumper and made both free throws after drawing a foul with the shot clock winding down. Out of the timeout, Hill laid it in for the Gators, but Hooley answered back immediately, receiving a kick-out from Rowley and drained a three, cutting the deficit to one. On their next trip down the floor, Hooley tied the score for the fifth time in the contest. Hooley drew the foul and made one-of-two at the charity stripe, tying the score, 39-39, with 14:32 left. However, that would be as close as the Great Danes would get the remainder of the way, as Florida went on a 9-0 run. Puk ended UAlbany’s scoring drought with an elbow jumper at the 11:03 mark, making the score 48-41. At the other end of the court, Michael Frazier knocked down a three, giving the Gators their first double-digit lead of the game. After taking a blow to the head at midcourt, Evans hit both of his free throws, cutting the deficit to eight, 51-43, with 10 minutes to go. Battling with all their might and holding their own against the SEC Champions, Johnson drained a three with 3:28 remaining, making it a nine-point game, 61-52. However, Wilbekin answered with a three of his own on the other end of the court with 2:10 on the clock, and the Gators held a double-digit lead the rest of the way. In the game, UAlbany shot 39.2 percent from the field (20-51) and 30.8 percent from three (4-13), while Florida shot 51.0 percent from the floor (25-49) and 25.0 percent from behind the arch (3-12). “It's one thing for a coach to put together a game plan,” said Brown. “It's another thing for a group of young men to go out and execute the game plan, and then I'm asking them to execute it against the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, so I think our guys deserve an awful lot of credit. “Congratulations to Florida and Coach Donovan,” added Brown. “They have a legitimate chance to win the national title, and I thought we really challenged them tonight. It was a great effort overall by our team.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

UAlbany's Men’s Basketball Captures First NCAA Win, Knocking Off Mount St. Mary’s, 71-64

DAYTON, Ohio – The University at Albany men’s basketball program made history Tuesday night at University of Dayton Arena, overcoming Mount St. Mary’s University, 71-64, in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament. Making the program’s fourth Division I appearance in the Big Dance, the Great Danes captured the University’s first Tournament win. The No. 16 seeded Great Danes will now travel to Orlando, Fla. to take on No. 1 Florida Thursday at 4:10 p.m. "Our goal coming into this game was to stay big and play big, and I'm proud of my guys,” said Head Coach Will Brown. “I thought we handled adversity well tonight. I thought we weathered the storm, we stayed the course, and we made plays down the stretch. We finished. That's important. “It's a great win for the America East Conference and for University at Albany, our athletic department and our program, and we couldn't be happier,” added Brown. Senior DJ Evans led all scorers with 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field, while also pulling down nine rebounds. Sophomore Peter Hooley followed with 20 points and four rebounds, and senior Gary Johnson also logged double-figures with 13 points (6-8 FG) and seven boards. As a team, UAlbany shot 57 percent (27-47) from the field, while the Mountaineers shot 37 percent (22-60). However, Mount St. Mary’s 12-of-37 shooting from three played a key role in the proximity of the final score. In the first half, the Great Danes led by as much as 19 points, including a 13-0 head start, as Mount St. Mary’s missed its first 11 shots of the night. At the first media timeout, Evans contributed five points with a mid-range jumper and a three from the top of the arch. Johnson scored the first basket of the 2014 NCAA Tournament, laying it off the glass at the 18:47 mark. However, the Mount used an 18-0 run of its own, sparked by Rashad Whack’s bucket at the 13:17 mark, putting Mount St. Mary’s on the board. From there, the Mountaineers held UAlbany scoreless and got hot from three to cut the deficit to one, 21-20, with 6:33 remaining in the half. With 5:26 to go, the score was knotted, 23-23, and then the squads went back and forth, trading baskets. Whack hit the Mount’s seven three of the half to give the NEC Champions a 31-29 lead. However, Rowley answered with a layup, tying the ballgame, 31-31, in the final minute of play. Hooley also logged a layup, and just before the buzzer sounded, Evans juked and hit a step-back jumper to send the Great Danes into the locker room with a 35-31 advantage. Out of the break, John Puk hit a jumper, giving UAlbany a six-point lead. Mount St. Mary’s answered with an 11-2 run, taking a 42-39 lead with 16:15 on the clock. In the first 10 minutes of the second stanza, UAlbany committed seven turnovers, while the Mount had none, playing a key factor in the scoring swing. UAlbany continued to battle, as Rowley cut the deficit to one, 42-41 on a jumper, and after the Mount stretched the margin to as much as four, Evans’ and-one play again held the Great Danes within one point, 45-44, with 13:46 remaining. Evans followed with a spin move layup for the lead. Mount St. Mary’s tied the score, 46-46, as Whack made one of two free throws, but Hooley’s layup gave UAlbany the lead for good with 12:39 to go. The Great Danes steadily began to stretch the margin and Hooley’s crowd-pleasing bank three handed UAlbany a six-point advantage, 54-48, with 9:09 on the clock. The Mount hung around, however, on the back of Will Miller. Miller knocked down seven threes in the game, finishing with 21 points. With 4:44 on the clock, Puk slammed home a dunk, giving the Danes a seven-point advantage, 63-56. But, Miller answered with back-to-back three-pointers, making it a one point game with 3:22 on the clock. Hooley drew a foul with 2:43 to go and hit both free throws on the one-and-one. After trading baskets, UAlbany led by three, 67-64. Whack nearly played hero for the Mountaineers, as his three-point shot with 36 seconds left went in and out of the rim. Mount St. Mary’s was forced to foul from there, and the Great Danes secured the victory at the free throw line in the waning seconds. “We had to go on a little run of our own, and then we did,” said Hooley in the postgame press conference, summing up the clash. “They went on another run, and then we had to fight back and make another run. “That's what we pride ourselves on -- being resilient. The fact that we managed to pull it out is a great thing.”

Saturday, March 15, 2014

THREE-PEAT COMPLETE: UAlbany WBB Defeats Stony Brook 70-46 for Third-Straight America East Title

ALBANY, N.Y. – Coming into the season, the UAlbany women’s basketball team had a motto: A three-peat is earned, not given. That message proved true on Monday, as the Great Danes took down Stony Brook 70-46 at the SEFCU Arena for its third-straight America East title. UAlbany (28-4) has earned an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament and will find out where it is going during the NCAA Selection Show on Monday, March 17th at 7 p.m. “I am so proud of them, they had a day to get the gameplan, and it worked!” said UAlbany head coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson, who becomes just the third coach to win three America East women’s basketball titles, along with Joanne P. McCallie (Maine) and Joy Machodi (Northeastern). “I told these three [Shereesha Richards, Megan Craig and Sarah Royals], you need to make it happen, and all three of them did.” Shereesha Richards earned America East Most Outstanding Player after shooting 11-for-15 from the field Monday, scoring 26 points with seven rebounds and four steals. In the tournament, the sophomore forward shot 65% from the field, scoring 63 points. “We have been working hard since the summer, to know we accomplished this goal to go to the tournament again, we all did this together as a team,” said Richards. Megan Craig joined Richards on the All-Tournament Team, finishing with seven points, six rebounds and two blocks against Stony Brook. She completed the tournament with 42 points. “”I am proud of the grit and determination we had, we kept the same tempo throughout, and I am proud of everyone,” said Craig. Sarah Royals nearly had a double-double, shooting 5-for-5 from the field and hitting nine free throws for 19 points and eight assists. She matched the tournament-record 24 assists in the three games (Amy Vachon, Maine, 1999). “It is a great feeling, knowing all the sacrifices we made. We worked hard every day, and it all paid off,” said Royals. Also nearly finishing with a double-double was Tammy Phillip who earned 13 points, eight rebounds and five steals. UAlbany held its opponent to 24.5% shooting from the field, the lowest-ever for an America East championship game participant. The Great Danes shot 54.5% and improve to 25-0 this season when having a field goal percentage of at least 40%. For Stony Brook (24-8), three players reached double figure scoring: Brittany Snow and Sabre Proctor each had 12 points, with the former adding eight rebounds, while Jessica Ogunnorin had 10 points and seven rebounds. Started with a Royals layup on the opening possession, UAlbany used a pressure defense to force steals early, capped by a Richards swipe and score, building a 6-0 run to begin. UAlbany’s defense kept Stony Brook out of the paint as it forced turnovers. The other way, UAlbany kept attacking the post, with Richards hitting her first four shots. At 14-8 home team, Richards hit a layup, followed by Imani Tate and Royals hitting baskets. Richards hit two more layups despite being swarmed in the paint, completing the streak at 10-0 as UAlbany surged ahead 24-8 with 8:52 left in the 1st. The defense paced the Great Danes, allowing just one Stony Brook basket in a span of over 10 minutes. Due to foul trouble, the team saw many of its reserves hold the floor, as Tate and Zakiya Saunders stood strong in UAlbany’s backcourt. Stony Brook hit a couple of free throws towards the end, but Tammy Phillip hit a long jumper with three seconds left in the period to go into halftime up 36-20. Stony Brook hit the first three of the game to start the half. Layups by Craig and Phillip were matched by a 4-0 personal run by Brittany Snow, making the score 40-27 in the half’s opening four minutes. Twice Stony Brook got to within 13 points as the action went back and forth, when at the 8:45 mark, Richards got a pair of fastbreak baskets in succession, leading to UAlbany to go up 54-37 with under eight minutes left. The Great Danes did not trail by less than 15 the rest of the way. With the defense holding Stony Brook in check, UAlbany used the free throw line to build its lead. Allowing just one field goal in the final five minutes, UAlbany finished the game on a 12-3 burst to secure the title 70-46. UAlbany defeated Binghamton and Hartford to reach the America East title game. America East All-Tournament Team --Shereesha Richards, UAlbany (Most Outstanding Player) --Megan Craig, UAlbany --Chikilra Goodman, Stony Brook --Jessica Ogunnorin, Stony Brook --Amber Bepko, Hartford

Sweet Repeat: UAlbany Men’s Basketball Wins Second-Straight America East Championship

STONY BROOK, N.Y.- The University at Albany men’s basketball team (18-14) downed the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds again in the league tournament to take its second-straight America East title. The Purple & Gold is now 4-0 in the America East title game after beating Stony Brook 69-60 at Pritchard Gym. Stony Brook started the game firing from all cylinders, taking an early 9-0 lead on 4-for-5 from the field. Sam Rowley had the first four points for UAlbany, setting the stage for an 18-point night from the junior. The Great Danes went on an 18-4 run to take an 18-13 lead with 11 minutes left in the half. After starting 4-for-5 from the field, Stony Brook committed seven turnovers to UAlbany’s two. DJ Evans hit one of his two first-half threes to give UAlbany back the one-point lead with 7:20 left in the first. UAlbany went 5-for-6 from the field in the closing moments of the second half to take a 34-31 lead into the locker room at the break. Stony Brook looked to shift the momentum in its favor early in the second half, as UAlbany failed to score for the first three minutes of the half. The Great Danes began dealing with foul trouble mid-way through the second half. John Puk and Rowley both has four personal fouls with eight minutes left in the game. The Seawolves took the lead back with 15 minutes left, and extended it to as many as six with 11:30 left. With seven minutes left and a six-point deficit, UAlbany clawed back in the game with free throws from Peter Hooley and John Puk, as well as a lay-in from DJ Evans. Stony Brook went 1-for-7 from the field over a five-minute span to close the game and give up the lead. A step-back three from Hooley with 1:43 left in the game gave UAlbany a five-point lead. Six made free throws from Gary Johnson down the stretch sealed the victory 69-60. The Great Danes made 18 consecutive free throws in the game and went 18-for-19 (.947) from the charity stripe overall. UAlbany’s performance from the free throw line ranks sixth in Division I history. It was also the second-consecutive win for UAlbany over the Seawolves. Sam Rowley led all scorers with 18 points despite fouling out with seven minutes left in the game. Johnson nearly recorded a double-double with eight points and 10 rebounds. The Great Danes will learn their fate in the NCAA Tournament tomorrow night at 6:00 p.m., on the CBS Selection Show special. AMERICA EAST ALL-TOURNAMENT Most Outstanding Player Peter Hooley, G, UAlbany All-Tournament Team DJ Evans, G, UAlbany Peter Hooley, G, UAlbany Carson Puriefoy, G, Stony Brook Sam Rowley, F, UAlbany Jameel Warney, F, Stony Brook

Friday, March 14, 2014

UAlbany's Bowen Places Seventh, All-American At Nationals

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – University at Albany junior Alexander Bowen placed seventh overall in the high jump on Friday at Day One of competition at NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field National Championships. Bowen jumped 7’-2.5”, matching his best mark of the year, which he had previously jumped twice. His first mark was recorded unofficially at UAlbany’s Intrasquad Scrimmage, the RAAC Classic, in early December. He matched the mark once again in the first meet of the season, at the Penn State Relays in early January. “I’m excited to get the job done, and I’m glad to have finished in the top eight,” Bowen said. “The facility was great. It was tight, and the crowd got loud and really pumped you up. And the limited amount of athletes, 16 instead of 24 at outdoor nationals, really made the event exciting.” By placing seventh, Bowen also earns All-America honors in his event, which is awarded to the top eight finishers in each event. This time, Bowen earned first team honors, while during last year’s outdoor campaign, Bowen earned second team honors by placing 11th at outdoor nationals. “I was a mess jumping,” Bowen said. “The track was fast, and it was bringing me too close to the bar. So I had to compensate by turning hard, sometimes too hard. But I had to do what I could to clear heights.” “Alex took a lot of jumps,” said assistant coach Todd Wolin, “and was giving me a heart attack. But he skied 7’, and skied 7’-2.5”. At 7’-3.75, he got off the ground well on his first and second attempts, but didn’t finish the jump. It’s something we’ll work on going forward.” “Today was the end of one chapter,” said Bowen. “Now I’ll start training for outdoor. But what I did today shows that I can compete with the best, that I am one of the best.” “He knows he can do great things,” said Wolin. “I’m proud of him.” For Bowen, the focus quickly shifts towards transitioning to the outdoor season, and adjusting for the differences that accompany jumping out in the elements. Bowen will official begin outdoor training next Tuesday, and will travel with the team to Puerto Rico for the Spring Break Classic. “Tuesday we go back to day one,” said Wolin. “Today he was turning a little too early, getting to the bar too soon to compensate for the speed. We knew the track was a little fast coming in, and the competition proved it was the fastest surface he’s ever been on. But going forward we’ll tinker with his approach, maybe widen him out a bit, so he can be consistent on any surface.” “Unlike last year, when we were going for a big jump at Puerto Rico, this time we’re training through, to prepare for Texas,” Wolin continued. “A lot of the guys Alex saw here will be competing at Texas, so that will be the place for him to try for a big jump. He only needs 6’-10” for outdoor prelims, but the ultimate goal for nationals is to hit the 7’-4.5” for USA nationals. So, we’ll train until Penn Relays, then we get into conferences, IC4A’s, and prelims and nationals.” Florida State’s James Harris won the event with a jump of 7’-7.25”, but took jumps at a new collegiate record. Arizona’s Nick Ross, who won in 2012, placed second, clearing 7’-6”. Mississippi State’s Marcus Jackson also cleared 7’-6” to take third place. Cornell’s Montez Blair placed fourth with a mark of 7’-3.75”, the height at which Bowen was eliminated. After the team returns from Puerto Rico, the team will almost immediately turn around for the Texas Relays or the Bobcat Invitational, both in Texas. The following week, April 5, the Danes will host their first of three home meets this season on their brand new track. America East Outdoor Championships will be hosted by Vermont from May 3 through May 4, and Princeton will again host IC4A’s from May 16 through May 18. NCAA Preliminary Championships run from May 29 through May 31 in Jacksonville, and Outdoor Championships will be at the University of Oregon from June 11 through June 14.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

UAlbany Men's Lacrosse: Lyle Thompson Named Brine DI Player of the Week

BALTIMORE – After leading the Great Danes to a dominant victory over UMass, Lyle Thompson was named the Brine Division I Player of the Week in all of DI men’s lacrosse. This weekly honor is selected by the staff at Inside Lacrosse magazine. This is UAlbany’s first National Player of the Week honor this season. Earlier this week, the junior attackman was selected as the America East Player of the Week. Matching his career-high for assists and points in a game, Lyle Thompson notched seven assists and four goals for 11 points against UMass, which had one of the top scoring defenses in lacrosse coming into the contest. He adding three ground balls to his tally. He leads all of Division I with 7.25 points per game and 4.75 assists per game, also ranking 34th in goals per game at 2.5. His first two rankings are at least one point/assist higher than the second-place player.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

UAlbany Men’s Track Ties For Second At IC4A Championships

BOSTON – Following the first full day of competition at IC4A Championships, the University at Albany men’s indoor track team found itself sitting in third place in the team standings. UAlbany ended the meet tied for second as a team with defending champion Connecticut, scoring 54 points. Cornell won the team title, scoring 76 points. Youssef Benzamia, starting the proceedings for the men, placed third in the long jump with a mark of 24’-4.75”. Alfonso Scannapieco was ninth, jumping 22’-8”. Scannapieco later returned to action in the pole vault, earning a victory by clearing 17’-6.5”, taking some chances by skipping some heights along the way. John DeLallo placed third in the mile in 4:06.09, which a new personal best by over two seconds, marking the second time in consecutive days he has run a new best time. In the trials yesterday, DeLallo ran 4:08.80, which was itself a two-second personal best. His trial time bumped him from ninth to eighth on UAlbany’s all-time indoor list, and the time he ran today moves him from eighth to fifth. The distance medley relay team placed second in 9:50.57. The time is five seconds faster than UAlbany’s best time on the year, and 15 seconds faster than their qualifying run, where they dropped the baton during the second leg. Zachary Cook led off in a personal best 3:02.7, Jason Tomlinson ran a personal best on the second leg with a 47.8, DeLallo ran 1:50.3 coming off his personal best in the mile, and Christopher Buchanan closed in 4:09.1. UAlbany’s 4x800 relay team placed third, with a new season best time of 7:26.02. Their qualifying time from yesterday, 7:27.68 was already the second fastest mark ever in UAlbany history. Dylan Lowry Led off in 1:53.0, Larry Ramirez ran second in 1:51.0, Andrew Pirnie ran third in 1:51.3, and Youness Benzaid anchored in 1:50.2. Rounding out the UAlbany competitors, Abel Gilet was 24th in the shot put, throwing 49’-10”. Nathan Hiett placed 12th in the pole vault, jumping 16’-2.75”, tying his season best from the America East Indoor Championships. Donald Williams Jr. and Kareem Morris placed 10th and 11th respectively in the 60 semi-finals, failing to advance. Williams Jr. ran 7.00, and Morris ran 7.03. Alexander Bowen will continue his indoor season for one more week to compete in the high jump at indoor nationals in New Mexico starting Friday, March 14. He departs for the meet on Wednesday. For everyone else, indoor has come to an end, and the transition to outdoor begins. The first event on the schedule for the outdoor season is the Spring Break Classic on Saturday, March 22 in Puerto Rico.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

UAlbany's Women Lacrosse Takes 2011 NCAA First Round Rematch at Dartmouth, 13-7

ALBANY, N.Y. – The University at Albany women’s lacrosse team (4-0) earned its fourth-straight win on Saturday at Dartmouth (3-2). Two-time America East Co-Offensive Player of the Week Rachel Bowles had four goals and one assist in the victory. Senior Allie Phelan also notched four goals. The Great Danes got down 2-0 early after Jaclyn Leto scored one minute into the game and again on a free position shot. UAlbany responded by scoring four-straight goals, one apiece from Bowles, Nichole Eamer, Allie Phelan and Katherine Sweeney. After the Big Green scored with 12 minutes left in the first half, Phelan scored two-straight to keep Dartmouth at bay, 6-3. John Battaglino’s squad ended the first half with a 6-4 edge. The Big Green scored twice to tie the game at seven with 18 minutes left, but Bowles and Phelan combined for three unassisted goals to extend the lead back to three goals. UAlbany wrapped up scoring with goals from Ariana Parker, Bowles and Maureen Keggins. Bowles has now scored in eight of her last nine games dating back to last season. Anna Berman made seven saves in the cage for UAlbany. Christine Johnson led the Purple & Gold with four draw controls. The Great Danes continue the 2014 season at home next weekend against St. Bonaventure on Friday, March 14 at 1:00 p.m., and Cornell on Sunday, March 16 at 4:00 p.m.

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