Monday, October 20, 2014

No. 25 University of Albany Football Reappears In TSN Rankings - UAlbany Sports 2014

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports

ALBANY, N.Y.  – Coming off a 20-7 conference win over Maine, the University at Albany football team has received a No. 25 ranking in The Sports Network Media Poll. After a two-week absence, the Great Danes are back in the Top-25 for the third time this season.

The Great Danes (5-2, 2-2 CAA) are one of five CAA teams in the rankings, as New Hampshire leads the conference at No. 3, followed by No. 5 Villanova, No. 16 Richmond, and No. 18 William and Mary. UAlbany’s final two road games of the season are against the Wildcats of both New Hampshire (Nov. 1) and Villanova (Nov. 15).

UAlbany leads the nation in turnover margin (+17/2.43) this fall and also ranks second in the conference for scoring defense (17.0) and total defense (339.4).

A national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries select The Sports Network Top 25. In the voting, a first-place vote is worth 25 points, a second-place vote 24 points, all the way down to one point for a 25th-place vote.

Up next, UAlbany steps out of conference play, hosting Colgate Saturday for a 3:30 p.m. contest at Bob Ford Field. Click here to explore ticketing options or call 518-442-DANE. The game will also air on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel in Albany/Hudson Valley and Syracuse.

TSN Top-25 Media Poll
#25 (Week 9)
#23 (Week 6)

#24 (Week 5)

TSN Top-25 Media Poll
#20 (Week 9)
#24 (Week 8)

AFCA FCS Coaches Poll
#18 (Week 9)
#20 (Week 8)
#T-22 (Week 7)
#24 (Week 6)

TSN Top-25 Media Poll
#23 (Week 5)

Team (First-place votes) 2014 Record Points Previous Rank
1. North Dakota State Bison (152) 7-0 3848 1
2. Eastern Washington Eagles (2) 7-1 3676 2
3. New Hampshire Wildcats 5-1 3402 3
4. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers 7-0 3353 4
5. Villanova Wildcats 6-1 3304 5
6. Jacksonville State Gamecocks 5-1 2996 6
7. Montana Grizzlies 5-2 2941 7
8. Southeastern Louisiana Lions 6-2 2683 8
9. Illinois State Redbirds 6-0 2448 10
10. Montana State Bobcats 6-2 2432 9
11. McNeese State Cowboys 4-2 2181 11
12. Fordham Rams 6-1 2129 12
13. South Dakota State Jackrabbits 5-2 1759 18
14. Bethune-Cookman Wildcats 6-1 1733 16
15. Chattanooga Mocs 4-3 1584 17
16. Richmond Spiders 5-2 1558 19
17. Youngstown State Penguins 5-2 1492 21
18. William & Mary Tribe 4-3 1191 15
19. Eastern Kentucky Colonels 6-1 1097 13
20. Southern Illinois Salukis 5-3 1014 14
21. Harvard Crimson 5-0 711 25
22. Indiana State Sycamores 4-3 563 22
23. Northern Iowa Panthers 3-4 402 20
24. Sacred Heart Pioneers 6-1 390 NR
25. UAlbany Great Danes 5-2 221 NR
Others receiving votes: Bryant 119, Charleston Southern 114, Liberty 113, Missouri State 87, Western Carolina 56, Sam Houston State 40, Northwestern State 40, Grambling State 37, Dartmouth 30, James Madison 29, Wofford 22, Alcorn State 22, Delaware 21, Central Arkansas 21, Bucknell 21, North Carolina A&T 21, Jacksonville 20, Stephen F. Austin 14, Tennessee State 14, Western Illinois 13, Presbyterian 13, Northern Arizona 12, Cal Poly 11, Yale 10, Southeast Missouri State 10, Furman 9, South Carolina State 8, Samford 7, Idaho State 3, Monmouth 3, Duquesne 1, Lamar 1.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Cal, UC Davis, Pacific, Stanford Added As America East Associate Members in Field Hockey

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The America East Conference announced today that four institutions - University of California, Berkeley; University of California, Davis; University of the Pacific and Stanford University - have been accepted as associate members for field hockey beginning with the 2015-16 academic year. 

The four schools, which will depart the NorPac Conference following the 2014-15 academic year, will join America East’s five full members that sponsor field hockey - University at Albany, University of Maine, UMass Lowell, University of New Hampshire and University of Vermont - to form one of the best field hockey conferences in the country. In total, the nine schools have combined to make 37 NCAA tournament appearances all time.

“We are excited to add these four elite institutions as America East associate members for field hockey,” said America East Commissioner Amy Huchthausen. “This will add depth to a sport that is already one of our strongest, preserve our automatic bid to the NCAA tournament and reinforce our commitment to broad-based, competitive athletics programs and championships.”

The associate membership agreement with each institution will be for two years, the 2015 and 2016 seasons. America East will have two field hockey divisions with Albany, Maine, UMass Lowell, New Hampshire and Vermont comprising the East Division and Cal, UC-Davis, Pacific and Stanford making up the West Division. The America East Field Hockey Championships will consist of eight teams for the next two seasons, four teams from each division, with the 2015 tournament taking place on the east coast and the 2016 championship being played on the west coast. The America East champion will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Field Hockey Championship.

“As coaches, we want our conference to be as strong and as competitive as possible,” said Maine head coach and America East coaches chair Josette Babineau. “The addition of these four programs will allow our conference to be even more competitive nationally and compete with the other large conferences and result in more of our programs having success in the NCAA tournament.”

Cal, UC Davis, Pacific and Stanford join a league that has established itself among the top field hockey leagues in the country. Five different schools have been ranked nationally while competing in America East since 2012, including Albany, which is currently ranked 11th in the nation and peaked at No. 7 this season. Maine is also ranked having entered the poll at No. 20 this week. Among the west schools, Stanford is nationally ranked, climbing to No. 3 in this week’s poll.

Fairfield University, which has been an America East associate member in field hockey since 2007, begins play in the MAAC starting next season

Founded in 1979, the America East Conference consists of nine member institutions: University at Albany, Binghamton University, University of Hartford, University of Maine, UMBC, UMass Lowell, University of New Hampshire, Stony Brook University and University of Vermont. The conference sponsors championships in 18 sports, including field hockey, and provides its member schools and their athletic programs a platform upon which student-athletes can achieve both collegiate and life success through the promotion and nurturing of athletic excellence, academic achievement and leadership, on and off the field

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Defense Shines in University of Albany Football’s 20-7 Win at Maine - UAlbany Sports 2014

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports

ORONO, MAINE - University at Albany football (5-2, 2-2 CAA) spoiled Maine’s homecoming on Saturday afternoon, coming away with a 20-7 win in Orono. Greg Gattuso’s Danes are now 2-2 in conference entering a league bye week next Saturday.

“To come to Maine and get a win is really good for our program,” said Gattuso. “We made some plays when we needed to make them, and that’s what you have to do to win games. “

The defense proved to be the offensive story for UAlbany in the first half, as a pair of fumble recoveries led to 10 points on the board and lead after Maine went up 7-0. Michael Nicastro topped the defense with 13 tackles, including six solo shots. Linebacker Christian Dorsey picked up a fumble for his first-ever touchdown return to conclude the first quarter, and forced a fumble in the second half.

Omar Osbourne recorded his fifth game with 100 or more rushing yards this season, capping off with 108. The senior running back his reached or surpassed the 100-yard mark 12 times in his career.

Will Fiacchi threw for 120 yards on 12-for-30 passing with one TD pass. The senior is nearing 6,000 passing yards for his career, with 5,903 to date.

UAlbany elected to receive after winning the toss, but the Great Danes took a delay of game penalty on the opening play to start with a 1st-and-15.

Three yards picked up on a run by Omar Osbourne on second down was lost on third down, in an attempt to hit Josh Gontarek on a screen play. The Great Danes ended the possession punting out of their own end zone.

The Purple & Gold hoped to make an immediate impact on special teams, as Maine fumbled on the kick return. The Black Bears managed to recover at their own 47 yard-line. UAlbany’s defensive line forced Maine into a three-and-out.

UAlbany found itself pinned deep in its own territory, starting on the 12 yard-line. After a five-yard run from Osbourne, miscommunication led to Gattuso burning his first timeout of the half.

On 2nd-and-5, Osbourne picked up four yards to give UAlbany a 3rd-and-one. Fiacchi’s pass to Jake Meek fell incomplete on the third down attempt, but a tripping penalty on the Great Danes put punter Jon Martin deep in his own end zone once again.

Maine picked up at its own 42 yard-line. Five plays and 2:32 later the Black Bears had a 7-0 lead with 8:20 left in the first quarter.

After two three-and-outs for the Gattuso’s squad, Josh Gontarek picked up UAlbany’s first third down conversion on a five-yard pass from Fiacchi to get the Purple & Gold to its own 30 yard-line.

Two incomplete passes brought Martin back on for a punt with 6:24 remaining in the first quarter.

With just one first down in four possessions, Neil Morrison provided some necessary spark with a big sack on 3rd-and-3. The play forced Maine to punt with time winding down in the first quarter.

UAlbany got the ball back with 58 seconds on the clock. Osbourne picked up seven yards on second down, but Fiacchi was sacked to bring on the punting unit. On the third-down play, flags flew for penalties on both sides, but Maine retained possession.

With the quarter needing to end on a play, not a penalty, Maine quarterback Drew Belcher fumbled. The ensuing recovery by Christian Dorsey went 60 yards downfield for a UAlbany touchdown. Before Dorsey’s run, the Great Danes had 16 total yards to their credit.

“They had an untimed down, and we knew we couldn’t let that slip away,” said Dorsey. “We ran the defense, and as I was dropping back I saw the quarterback lose the ball. I picked it up and ran as fast as I could. Coach told us, sometimes offense is going to win the game for us, and sometimes the defense is going to win the game. We needed our defense to step up today and that’s what we did.”

Despite having the ball back to open the second quarter, Maine suffered three personal foul penalties to end up in a 3rd-and-40 situation. The Black Bears punted away to put UAlbany on its own 36 yard-line.

Three Osbourne runs set up a 4th-and-1 on its own 46. Gattuso called timeout and went for it, with Osbourne making the one-yard run for the first down.

Fiacchi hit Cole King for 15 yards to pick up another first down, but a false start penalty and sack on 3rd down sent the ball back in the other direction.

Both teams came up empty-handed on their ensuing possessions, and Jojo McClary nearly pinned Maine inside its own five, but the touch-back prevailed.

On its first play of the possession, Maine coughed up a fumble forced by Dorsey. After another holding penalty and three incomplete passes, Patrick Toole nailed a 52-yard field goal to give the Great Danes their first lead. The field goal was Toole’s longest this season, and the second-longest field goal made in UAlbany’s program history.

The scoring drives for the Purple & Gold in the first half totaled 39 seconds of game time, and UAlbany took a 13-7 lead into the half.

Maine earned just three first downs in the third quarter, with the UAlbany defense limiting the Black Bears to 44 yards total and no passing yards.

With 6:53 left in the third quarter, UAlbany took over with its best field position of the day on the punt at its own 38 yard-line. Fiacchi ran for the first down to the 48 yard-line on 3rd-and-6 to keep the drive going. On 3rd & 5 at the Maine 43, the senior quarterback found Gontarek for a 15-yard completion.

Toole kicked a 46-yard field goal to give the Great Danes a 13-7 lead. The scoring drive killed 4:23 of clock, but the contest remained a one-possession game.

After going 2-for-8 in the first quarter and 3-for-11 in the second quarter on the pass, Fiacchi completed four of his seven pass attempts in the third quarter.

Fiacchi began connecting with fellow senior Brian Parker on the outside in the fourth quarter. Parker brought in a seven-yard pass to give the Great Danes a first down with 12:12 left on 3rd & 5.

The possession ended in a 32-yard punt, but  Maine could not take advantage on the other end, as tackles from Nicastro and Malachi Hoskins gave the Black Bears just 13 yards of offense on the drive.

UAlbany blew the game wide open after a 41-yard completion to Nic Ketter put the Great Danes on the Maine 19 yard-line. Three rushes by Osbourne put the Purple & Gold into scoring position with a 1st & goal.

Fiacchi completed a four-yard pass to Parker for the touchdown, with the PAT giving Gattuso’s squad a 20-7 lead with 3:22 remaining.

The Black Bears looked to rally, but a 15-yard penalty gave Maine a 1st-and-25 with two minutes left. After a sack by Cory Connell, the comeback proved out of reach.

UAlbany football (5-2, 2-2 CAA) returns to Bob Ford Field to face Colgate (4-3, 2-0 Patriot League) at 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

University of Albany Alum Jon Newhouse Signs Pro Contract with Buffalo Bandits in NLL - UAlbany Sports 2014

courtesy: UAlbany Sports

BUFFALO, N.Y. – UAlbany men’s lacrosse alum Jon Newhouse will play in the National Lacrosse League (NLL) ranks, signing a contract with the Buffalo Bandits this week.

In his four-year UAlbany career, Newhouse served as the team’s primary LSM the last three seasons, compiling 86 ground balls, 41 caused turnovers and three goals.  His junior season he scooped 44 ground balls and caused 22 turnovers.  He was part of a UAlbany defense that helped the Great Danes win a pair of America East titles in 2013 and 2014.

Last season, UAlbany alumni Joe Resetarits and Dave Brock each suited up for the Bandits.

Newhouse is the third UAlbany player to join the NLL ranks this season.  A couple of weeks ago, Miles Thompson was drafted by the Minnesota Swarm, while Ty Thompson was selected by the New England Black Wolves.

The Bandits begin their season on January 2, 2015 on the road, taking on Ty Thompson’s Black Wolves at 7 p.m. in Connecticut.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

University of Albany Football's Gontarek Named To Jerry Rice Award Watch List - UAlbany Sports 2014

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports

PHILADELPHIA -- University at Albany freshman wide receiver Josh Gontarek has been named to the 2014 Jerry Rice Award Watch List, announced by The Sports Network Wednesday.

Gontarek is one of 21 players on the Rice Award Watch List, including one of four athletes from the CAA. The top first-year player in the FCS, whether a true freshman or a redshirt freshman, will win the award named for the legendary wide receiver Jerry Rice, who played in the FCS (then Division I-AA) at Mississippi Valley State. The award will be voted on by a national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries following the regular season.

In his first season with the Great Danes, Gontarek has been named the CAA Rookie of the Week twice, and as well as the FCS National Freshman of the Week.

Through five games, the Mount Airy, Md. native leads UAlbany with 22 receptions, 264 receiving yards, and four touchdowns.

The first two recipients of the four-year-old award that honors the FCS national freshman of the year were from CAA Football -- Towson running back Terrance West and Villanova quarterback John Robertson.

"I love to give back and it is amazing to be able to award a deserving freshman based on his accomplishments," Jerry Rice said. "I think it's important to recognize people at all levels for their hard work and dedication."

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

University of Albany W Soccer Crushes Vermont 6-0 in Top Offensive Output Since 2012 - UAlbany Sports 2014

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports

ALBANY, N.Y. – The UAlbany women’s soccer team finished the weekend homestand in strong fashion, dominating Vermont in a 6-0 victory on Sunday.

“I am so proud and humbled by the performance our team put forth today,” said UAlbany coach Caitlin Cucchiella. “Over the last few games, we have decided to be more consistent and play for one another, and it has shown on the field.”

It is the top offensive output for the Great Danes since September 2nd, 2012, when the team defeated UNC Asheville 6-3 on the road.  It is the first 6-0 victory, and first win by six goals, since the team beat Howard 6-0 on September 24, 2006.  It is also the second six-goal performance at home for the Great Danes in DI history, with the other coming on September 17, 2006 in a 6-1 win vs. NJIT.

“I am very excited that multiple players have been integral on offense, making us dangerous,” added Cucchiella.

UAlbany (5-7-2, 2-1-0 AE) scored in the third minute off a Caitlyn Paltsios goal and did not relinquish the lead to Vermont (3-8-1, 1-2-0 AE) the rest of the game.  Leanne Miller scored two goals, including a key score with four seconds left in the half off a corner kick.

“I felt I had to get that shot, it gave us a lot of momentum to go into the next half,” said Miller.

Vivian Vega, Kiana Rugar and Allison Carhart all scored second half goals.  Alexa Schneider tied a school game-record with three assists, while Krista Fitzpatrick had a pair of assists.  Alana Brennan earned the shutout victory with two saves in 90 minutes.

“We did what we worked on all week, finishing on set pieces and doing well on crosses. We knew we had to fight for 90 minutes today,” said Fitzpatrick.

For Vermont, Ally Ramos got the loss, allowing five goals with nine saves in 67:52.

Off a corner kick from Fitzpatrick, Paltsios scored off the rebound for the goal to make it 1-0 in the third minute.

Vermont got opportunities in the coming minutes, with Dana Buckhorn sending two shots towards the goal and missing.

In the 18th minute, UAlbany had a chance with Vega taking aim for the goal, and Ramos making the save.  The ball came to Rugar, who kicked the ball over the crossbar.

Each side kept getting looks on the cage, but neither connected for most of the remaining minutes of the half.  In the final minute of the period, Carhart sent a long shot towards the goal, with Ramos punching the ball out of bounds.  Quickly Paltsios sent the corner into the box, with Miller kicking the ball just under the crossbar with four seconds left in the period to put UAlbany into the locker room up 2-0.

UAlbany had déjà vu with another quick goal near the beginning of the period.  Rugar took the ball down the sideline, crossing to Miller.  At the top of the box, Rugar netted the ball inside the left post for the score to make it 3-0 UAlbany with 47:29 elasped.

Following a saved Schneider shot, Vermont tried to go the other way quickly and lost possession.  UAlbany made a breakaway as Schneider made a long pass to a running Vega.  Vega ran down and shot the ball perfectly inside the right post from 20 yards out for a 4-0 UAlbany lead.

Not long later in the 61st minute, Schneider set up Rugar near the Vermont back line.  Around three defenders, Rugar shot to the net and scored, from 15 yards away to give the home team a 5-0 advantage.

The Great Danes added one more late in the 88th minute.  Carhart got the ball from Schneider on a breakaway in the penalty area.  Carhart got close and shot the ball, which was blocked by the new keeper Coco Speckmaier.  The ball went back to Carhart, who scored on a ground ball shot to give UAlbany the 6-0 score, the eventual final tally.

UAlbany hits the road next week, taking on UMass Lowell on Thursday, October 9th at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

#10 University of Albany Field Hockey Sets New Single-Game Points Record in 9-0 Rout of Siena - UAlbany Sports 2014

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports

ALBANY, N.Y. – University at Albany field hockey (8-2) extended its perfect all-time record against Siena (0-9) to 14-0 on Wednesday afternoon, downing the Saints 9-0 at Alumni Turf. UAlbany tallied 31 team points, while four Great Danes matched or marked career highs in the win.

“I think today’s effort shows how thrilled our team is to be home after a long stretch of away games,” said head coach Phil Sykes. “I was glad that we played hard the entire game today, and that effort goes a long way towards our first America East game on Saturday.”

UAlbany wasted no time getting on the board, as Anna Bottino scored twice in the first 1:30 of the game. Her first goal to the lower left corner came courtesy of Kelly Bonner streaking down the middle. Amy Nicklin found the freshman Clifton Park product to make the score 2-0.

Bottino posted a career high with two goals, but added another point to her total when she found classmate Pahila Arnold at the 16-minute mark. Arnold beat two Saints down the middle of the circle to tally her first career goal.

Paula Heuser took over for a significant portion of the first half and the beginning of the second period. The sophomore scored her first goal of the game off of a penalty corner in the 29th minute.  She then found Echo Bretz on the far side of the goal as time expired in the first half. Bretz tipped Heuser’s pass to Kelsey Briddell, who was wide open on the left side for the goal.

The Great Danes took a 5-0 lead into halftime behind a 25-0 shooting advantage and a 4-1 edge in penalty corners.

UAlbany began to pile on the penalty corners to start the second half. Heuser inserted directly to Fiori Van Rijswijk with five minutes gone in the period. The German-Dutch duo made the score 6-0 behind Van Rijswijk’s first goal of the match.

Bretz handled penalty corner insertions for the remainder of the game, and ended the match tying a career high in assists with three. The senior inserted to Laura Page for the stop, and Heuser finished the play with a rip from the top of the circle. The penalty corner conversion marked Heuser’s 12th goal of the season.

The Purple & Gold continued to distribute the ball well deep into the second half. Bretz connected with Emily White for White’s first goal of the season

Briddell wrapped up scoring for the Great Danes on a penalty corner tip-in with 15 minutes left in the contest. Arnold found the freshman forward after a penalty corner stop from Page.

No. 10 UAlbany set a new single-game team points and single-game assists record with 31 and 13, respectively against the Saints. The previous records were set last season against Sacred Heart in a 9-0 win. Every goal scored by the Great Danes on Wednesday afternoon was the result of at least one assist.

Laura Page’s two assists against Siena give her 34 for her career, ranking second in Division I program history. The junior midfielder has 10 to her credit in 2014. The all-time single season record for assists is 19, set by Arlette Westdrop in 2006.

Maxi Primus earned the shutout win in the cage. She has seven clean sheets this season and 15 for her career.

Paula Heuser’s six points advance her to No. 9 on the UAlbany Division I leaderboard for career points, in just her sophomore season. The midfielder has 31 points this season, 14 shy of her rookie season total. The all-time single season points record is 50, set by UAlbany Hall of Fame member Tovah Atwell in 1998 at the Division II level.

The 10th-ranked Great Danes will look to continue their undefeated 5-0 home winning streak this Saturday. Phil Sykes’s squad meets UMass Lowell (4-6) at Alumni Field at 1:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

University of Albany: Van Rijswijk’s Game-Winner Sends No. 12 Field Hockey Past Princeton - UAlbany Sports 2014

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports

ALBANY, N.Y. – University at Albany field hockey (7-2) earned its first program win over the Princeton Tigers on Saturday afternoon by a score of 2-0. Fiori Van Rijswijk tipped in a penalty corner shot by Paula Heuser for the game-winner.

“The word we’ve been talking about all season is “adversity,”” said head coach Phil Sykes. “This is a Princeton team that has won a national championship and had a number of Olympians. We’ve challenged ourselves on the road, and it’s nice to pick up a win over a team with that kind of tradition on our home field.”

The first half got off to a good start for UAlbany, taking a 3-1 shot advantage early on. Kelly Bonner broke through the back line on a pass from Emily White 20 minutes into the game, but couldn’t find the cage on a one-on-one with the Princeton keeper.

The Tigers responded with three shots and a penalty corner of their own, but Maxi Primus kept the UAlbany goal locked down despite the pressure on the back line. Princeton took a 4-0 advantage on penalty corners into the break.

Both teams kept substitutions ready on a hot day in Albany, but Princeton took advantage of a brief momentum shift in less than 20 minutes into the second half. The Tigers had a shot blocked; great tackles from Jaclyn Hibbs and Jordyn Homyak kept shutout hopes alive for the Great Danes.

UAlbany called a timeout of its own to regroup after a Tigers rally in the circle. The stoppage of play translated into the Purple & Gold’s first penalty corner of the game with seven minutes remaining in regulation.

Pahila Arnold had her shot blocked off the corner, but UAlbany earned a second penalty corner on the rebound. Van Rijswijk inserted, and took her place in front of the net as Heuser fired from the top of the circle on a stop from Laura Page. The sophomore midfielder scored her third goal of the season, while Page tallied her seventh assist of 2014.

Bonner found herself open in front of the cage again late in regulation. The senior forward was taken down in the circle with a wide open net, earning the Great Danes a penalty stroke. Heuser stepped up and fired into the lower left corner for the assurance goal. The German native has 10 goals on the season, and notched her 70th career point against the Tigers.

Despite earning a 16-game-low two penalty corners, the Great Danes made the most of their opportunities and have won four of their last five games.

Maxi Primus made three saves in the cage, and recorded her sixth shutout of the season to set a new program single-season record. The sophomore ranks second all-time in shutouts with 14 in her career.

UAlbany continues its four-game homestand with Siena (0-8) on Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 3:00 p.m. Phil Sykes’s squad opens America East play against UMass Lowell on Saturday, Oct. 4. 

#24 University of Albany Football Cruises To, 42-7, Victory Over Columbia - UAlbany Sports 2014

Courtesy: UA Sports

ALBANY, N.Y. – Totaling a season-high 490 yards of offense with 373 rushing yards as a team, including redshirt senior Omar Osbourne’s 193-yard performance, the No. 24 University at Albany football team ran away with a 42-7 win over the visiting Columbia University Lions Saturday night at Bob Ford Field. The Great Danes scored 35 unanswered points in the first half en route to the team’s fourth straight victory this season. While UAlbany stayed perfect with a 4-0 record, the Lions of the Ivy League fell to 0-2 overall.

Osbourne carried the ball 15 times and netted a season-high 193 rushing yards, including two touchdown scampers in the second quarter – a 45-yarder and a 57-yarder. Osbourne accrued 213 all-purpose yards in the victory, also connecting with quarterback Will Fiacchi for a 20-yard pass.

“The blocking was great,” said Osbourne. “The line did a phenomenal job and the receivers did a great job blocking down the field. I just did my job.” The performance marked Osbourne’s 10th 100+ rushing-yard game in his career and third straight this season.

While UAlbany weighed heavily on its ground game, Fiacchi matched his career-high with three touchdown tosses, completing 6-of-16 passes for 117 yards. He also added his first rushing touchdown of the year.

Freshman wide receiver Josh Gontarek recorded two receptions for 29-yards, including a 20-yard touchdown catch. He also ran the ball twice including a 65-yard dash – the team’s longest of the season. Redshirt senior wide receiver Cole King also had two receptions and a touchdown grab, totaling 24-receiving yards, while redshirt freshman Brad Harris made his first career reception -- a 44-yard touchdown catch.

Defensively, redshirt senior Christian Dorsey recorded a career-high 15 tackles (3 solo), followed by junior Kyle Sakowski’s career-high 14 tackles (4 solo), a fumble recovery, and three pass breakups. The Great Danes benefited 14 points off five total turnovers in the victory.

Exploding to a 35-0 head start in the first half, UAlbany broke onto the board with 8:38 remaining in the opening quarter. On the second play of the drive, Harris turned his first collegiate reception into a 44-yard touchdown run, breaking free from the Columbia secondary.

Featuring four straight successful scoring drives in the second quarter, the Great Danes matched the program’s Division I record with 28 points in the period.  

“I thought we played a great first half,” said Head Coach Greg Gattuso. “I was worried if they were ready or not to be honest. But they played as good as we could play in the first half.”

UAlbany made it 14-0 with 12:05 on the clock. The Danes worked their way down the gridiron 89-yards on eight plays, ending with Fiacchi’s 13-yard pass to King. Just 36 seconds later, UAlbany created a 21-point margin, as TJ Idowu forced a fumble on the kickoff and Sakowksi recovered at the Columbia-35. After a 10-yard holding penalty, Osbourne broke through the line and made up the difference with a 45-yard touchdown run.

Forcing the Lions to punt, UAlbany used six plays to cover 64-yards, taking a 28-0 advantage on Gontarek’s 20-yard touchdown reception with 6:19 to go in the half. The bludgeoning continued, as the defense turned their pressure into seven more points for the Great Danes. Rayshan Clark tallied a sack and forced a fumble, cleanly stripping the ball from Columbia quarterback Brett Nottingham and Jack Forster recovered. Like deja vu, Osbourne took his first handoff 54-yards up the middle and into the end zone, giving UAlbany a 35-0 lead at the break.

Slowing the pace of the game down, both squads went scoreless in the third quarter. The Lions recorded their first and only points of the contest with 11:55 to go in the fourth, as Cameron Molina capped a six-play, 71-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown push. Molina led Columbia with 95-rushing yards and 137 all-purpose yards.

UAlbany got the points back on its next drive, using five plays to travel 77-yards. After back-to-back 4-yard runs by sophomore Andre Martin, Fiacchi ended the drive with a 1-yard run, marking his first rushing touchdown of the season. Martin contributed 60 rushing yards on 11 carries.

Columbia’s Nottingham totaled 185 passing yards, completing 16-of-32 passes with two interceptions.

“Really, the last three weeks we've easily handled our opponents and we've gotten better,” said Gattuso. “We're going to have a hard time easily handling opponents going forward, but the big thing is to me they're gaining confidence, and I think they believe in each other, which is big."

Up next, UAlbany’s strength of schedule will get tougher as the Danes step back into CAA play, hosting James Madison on Oct. 4th. Kickoff at Bob Ford Field is slated for 6:00 p.m.

Monday, September 22, 2014

University of Albany Lacrosse Alumni Miles and Ty Thompson Selected in 2014 NLL Entry Draft - UAlbany Sports 2014

courtesy: UA Sports

OAKVILLE, Ontario – UAlbany lacrosse alumni Miles Thompson and Ty Thompson were selected in the 2014 National Lacrosse League (NLL) Entry Draft on Monday night.  Miles Thompson was selected third overall by the Minnesota Swarm and Ty Thompson was chosen 26th overall by the New England Black Wolves.

“I am pretty pumped for the opportunity the Minnesota Swarm has given me to further my lacrosse career,” said Miles Thompson after being selected.

“My biggest dream has come true to be drafted into the NLL, and I am honored for this opportunity,” said Ty Thompson at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre during the draft.

Miles Thompson is the highest UAlbany player drafted since Merrick Thomson, who was selected 2nd overall by the Philadelphia Wings in 2007.  Frank Resetarits was drafted 5th overall that year by the San Jose Stealth.

This is the third-consecutive year a UAlbany player has been selected in the NLL Entry Draft.  Mike Woods was selected in 2013 by the Toronto Rock, while Joe Resetarits was drafted by the Calgary Roughnecks (and traded to the Buffalo Bandits on draft day) in 2012.

Miles Thompson is the highest-scorer in UAlbany history with 293 points, including a program-best 189 goals as well as 104 assists, fifth in team history.  The co-Tewaaraton winner scored an NCAA record 82 goals last year, finishing second all-time in a single season with 119 points, only to brother Lyle Thompson’s 128, after adding 37 assists.  He played for the Rochester Rattlers this past season in Major League Lacrosse (MLL).

Ty Thompson is one of the top scorers in UAlbany history, netting 154 goals, 4th all-time on the team, and 41 assists to finish with 195 points, the eighth-highest mark all-time in school history.  The Honorable Mention All-American scored 41 goals and 12 assists this year to total 53 points.  He also played for the Rochester Rattlers in 2014 in the MLL.

The pair will become two of several UAlbany players that have played in the NLL.  UAlbany alumni  Mike Ammann, Steve Ammann, Dave Brock, Jordan Levine, Brett Queener, Frank Resetarits, Joe Resetarits, Corey Small, Merrick Thomson and Mike Woods have all played in the NLL.


University of Albany Football Leaps To No. 24 Ranking In Sports Network Top-25 Poll - UAlbany Sports

Courtesy: UA Sports

PHILADELPHIA -- After winning only one game in 2013, the University at Albany football program has turned over a new leaf, opening the 2014 season with three consecutive victories and earning a No. 24 ranking in The Sports Network Top-25 Poll.

UAlbany was last ranked in 2012 when the Great Danes sat at No. 20 in the media poll and No. 18 in the Coaches Poll with a 7-1 overall record, earning the program’s highest Division I rating in history. The Danes entered The Sports Network Top-25 in in Week 8 at No 24, and then topped out at No. 20 the following week before falling out of the ranks. 

UAlbany is 3-0 for the first time since 2001 and is one of 11 FCS teams still with an undefeated record. Overcoming Holy Cross (14-13), Central Connecticut State (19-0), and Rhode Island (37-20), UAlbany ranks first in the CAA and third in FCS for scoring defense (11.0), as well as first in conference and fourth in FCS for rushing defense (72.3). The Great Danes also rank first in the nation for turnover margin (2.67), gaining nine turnovers this season, while losing only one. In addition, UAlbany is tied for fourth in FCS for fumble recoveries, recovering seven, while losing none.

The Danes’ most recent win over URI marked the program’s first CAA victory, as well as Head Coach Greg Gattuso’s 100th career win. Gattuso, in his first season at the helm and 13th overall as a head coach, is the winningest active coach at the FCS level with .758 winning percentage.

A national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries select The Sports Network Top 25. In the voting, a first-place vote is worth 25 points, a second-place vote 24 points, all the way down to one point for a 25th-place vote.

Up next, UAlbany steps out of conference play, hosting Columbia on Sept. 27 at 6:00 p.m. at Bob Ford Field.

Team (First-place votes) 2014 Record Points Previous Rank
1. North Dakota State Bison (150) 4-0 3966 1
2. Eastern Washington Eagles (9) 3-1 3819 2
3. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers 4-0 3405 5
4. New Hampshire Wildcats 2-1 3292 7
5. McNeese State Cowboys 1-1 3207 6
6. Villanova Wildcats 2-1 3180 8
7. Montana Grizzlies 2-2 3008 4
8. Jacksonville State Gamecocks 2-1 2825 9
9. South Dakota State Jackrabbits 3-1 2710 10
10. Northern Iowa Panthers 1-2 2350 11
11. Southeastern Louisiana Lions 2-2 2323 3
12. William & Mary Tribe 3-1 2008 13
13. Montana State Bobcats 2-2 1739 14
14. Chattanooga Mocs 1-2 1619 15
15. Bethune-Cookman Wildcats 2-1 1539 12
16. Fordham Rams 3-1 1502 18
17. Southern Illinois Salukis 3-1 1500 16
18. Youngstown State Penguins 3-1 1383 19
19. Eastern Kentucky Colonels 4-0 1186 23
20. Richmond Spiders 2-2 1124 17
21. Tennessee State Tigers 3-1 906 20
22. Liberty Flames 3-1 739 24
23. Illinois State Redbirds 2-0 291 NR
24. UAlbany Great Danes 3-0 269 NR
25. Delaware Blue Hens 2-1 181 NR
Others receiving votes: Sam Houston State 161, Northern Arizona 145, Towson 137, Furman 136, Samford 118, Missouri State 116, Southeast Missouri State 73, James Madison 65, Indiana State 61, Charleston Southern 60, Harvard 55, Bryant 55, Alabama State 46, North Carolina A&T 42, Alcorn State 36, Eastern Illinois 35, South Carolina State 33, South Dakota 27, Maine 25, Presbyterian 23, Wofford 19, Northwestern State 18, Bucknell 18, Sacramento State 17, Gardner-Webb 17, San Diego 14, Abilene Christian 13, Texas Southern 10, Tennessee Tech 8, Princeton 6, Western Illinois 4, Stephen F. Austin 3, Cal Poly 2, Sacred Heart 2, Central Arkansas 2, Western Carolina 1, Lamar 1

Saturday, September 20, 2014

ALBANY CUP - Annual Award - Top Division I Collegiate Athletic Program In Albany Region

(statistical update)


Annual award given to the top division I collegiate athletic program in the city of Albany. (based on records since the University of Albany and Siena College began scheduling full year competition in most/all sports)

Annual winners:
2014 Winner -
2013 Winner - UAlbany
2012 Winner - UAlbany
2011 Winner - UAlbany
2010 Winner - UAlbany
2009 Winner - UAlbany
2008 Winner - UAlbany
2007 Winner - UAlbany
2006 Winner - UAlbany
2005 Winner - UAlbany
2004 Winner - UAlbany
2003 Winner - UAlbany
2002 Winner - UAlbany

UAlbany Overall Record: 104-34-3

2014 Head to Head, 1 on 1 Competition
TOTALS: UAlbany 5 Siena 0 Ties 0

UAlbany 4 Siena 3 - Tennis: February 2, 2014
UAlbany 6 Siena 1 - Softball: April 23, 2014
UAlbany 10 Siena 7 - Softball: April 23, 2014
UAlbany 19 Siena 11 - Lacrosse M: April 22, 2014
UAlbany 5 Siena 1 - Soccer W: August 31, 2014

2013 Head to Head, 1 on 1 Competition
TOTALS: UAlbany 6 Siena 4 Ties 0
UAlbany 4 Siena 3 - Tennis: March 9, 2013
UAlbany 3 Siena 0 - Softball: April 4, 2013
Siena 10 UAlbany 9 - Men's Lacrosse: April 23, 2013
UAlbany 3 Siena 2 - Softball: April 30, 2013 #1
Siena  7 UAlbany  5 - Softball: April 30, 2013 #2
UAlbany 6 Siena 0 - Field Hockey: Sept 18, 2013
Siena 1 UAlbany 0 - Golf: Sept 22, 2013
Siena 2 UAlbany 1 - M Soccer:  Sept 25, 2013
UAlbany  69 Siena  42 - Women's Basketball:
UAlbany 74 Siena 62 - Men's Basketball:

2012 Head to Head, 1 on 1 Competition
TOTALS: UAlbany 8 Siena 2, Ties 0
UAlbany 12 Siena 10 - Women's Lacrosse: March 7, 2012
UAlbany 7 Siena 5 - Softball #1: March 29, 2012
UAlbany 10 Siena 2 - Softball #2: March 29, 2012
UAlbany 14 Siena 13 - Men's Lacrosse: April 24, 2012
UAlbany 8 Siena 0 - Softball #3: May 1, 2012
UAlbany 6 Siena 2 - Softball #4: May 1, 2012
Siena 2 UAlbany 0 - M Soccer: Sept 23, 2012
Siena 3 UAlbany 1 - Volleyball: Sept 27, 2012
UAlbany 65 Siena 48 - Women's Basketball: Dec 1, 2012
UAlbany 69 Siena 56 - Men's Basketball: Dec 1, 2012

2011 Head to Head, 1 on 1 Competition
TOTALS: UAlbany 9 Siena 4, Ties 0
UAlbany 18 Siena 2 - Women's Lacrosse: February 23, 2011
Siena 4 UAlbany 3 - Tennis: February 27, 2011
UAlbany 7 Siena 3 - Softball #1: March 31, 2011
Siena 2 UAlbany 1 - Softball #2: March 31, 2011
UAlbany 5 Siena 1 - Softball #3: April 26, 2011
UAlbany 2 Siena 0 - Softball #4: April 26, 2011
UAlbany 12 Siena 10 - Men's Lacrosse: April 26, 2011
UAlbany 3 Siena 1 - Volleyball @ Rose Hill Classic: Sept 10, 2011
UAlbany 8 Siena 0 - Field Hockey: Sept 21, 2011
Siena 1 UAlbany 0 - M Soccer: Sept 25, 2011
UAlbany 3 Siena 0 - Volleyball: Nov 2, 2011
UAlbany 72 Siena 48 - W Basketball: Dec 3, 2011
Siena 64 UAlbany 60 - M Basketball: Dec 5, 2011

2010 Head to Head, 1 on 1 Competition
TOTALS: UAlbany 12 Siena 2, Ties 0
UAlbany 12 Siena 13 - Men's Lacrosse: March 2, 2010
UAlbany 18 Siena 2 - Women's Lacrosse: March 12, 2010
UAlbany 6 Siena 0 - Women's Softball: March 21, 2010 Game #1
UAlbany 11 Siena 3 - Women's Softball: March 21, 2010 Game #2
UAlbany 4 Siena 1 - Women's Softball: March 24, 2010 Game #1
UAlbany 4 Siena 2 - Women's Softball: March 24, 2010 Game #2
UAlbany 7 Siena 0 - Women's Tennis: April 20, 2010
UAlbany 8 Siena 1 - Women's Softball: April 27, 2010 Game #1
UAlbany 5 Siena 0 - Women's Softball: April 27, 2010 Game #2
UAlbany 1 Siena 0 - Men's Soccer: Sept 15, 2010
UAlbany 9 Siena 1 - Women's Field Hockey: Sept 28, 2010
UAlbany 0 Siena 1 - Golf: October 10, 2010
UAlbany 88 Siena 82 - Men's Basketball: December 4, 2010
UAlbany 63 Siena 59 - Women's Basketball: December 4, 2010

2009 Head to Head, 1 on 1 Competition
TOTALS: UAlbany 9 Siena 3, Ties 1
UAlbany 8 Siena 7 - Men's Lacrosse: February 25, 2009
UAlbany 2 Siena 0 - Women's Softball: March 25, 2009
UAlbany 2 Siena 0 - Women's Softball: March 25, 2009 Game #2
UAlbany 11 Siena 10 - Women’s Lacrosse: April 7, 2009
UAlbany 7 Siena 0 - Women’s Tennis: April 15, 2009
UAlbany 5 Siena 0 - Women's Softball: April 28, 2009
UAlbany 11 Siena 2 - Women's Softball: April 28, 2009 Game #2
Siena 2 UAlbany 1 - Women's Soccer: Sept 16, 2009
UAlbany 0 Siena 0 - Men's Soccer: Sept 23, 2009
UAlbany 3 Siena 0 - Volleyball: Oct 14, 2009
UAlbany 4 Siena 0 - Field Hockey: Oct 18, 2009
Siena 65 UAlbany 61 - W Basketball: Dec 6, 2009
Siena 83 UAlbany 54 - M Basketball: Dec 6, 2009

2008 Head to Head, 1 on 1 Competition
TOTALS: UAlbany 9 Siena 2
UAlbany 18 Siena 8 - Women's Lacrosse: March 3, 2008
UAlbany 3 Siena 2 - Women's Softball: March 27, 2008
UAlbany 2 Siena 1 - Women's Softball: March 27, 2008
UAlbany 13 Siena 6 - Men's Lacrosse: April 2, 2008
UAlbany 6 Siena 1 - Women's Tennis: April 16, 2008
UAlbany 7 Siena 3 - Women's Softball: April 29, 2008
Siena 4 UAlbany 0 – Women’s Soccer: Sept 7, 2008
UAlbany 3 Siena 0 – Men’s Soccer: Sept 21, 2008
UAlbany 5 Siena 0 – Field Hockey: October 7, 2008
UAlbany 3 Siena 0 – Volleyball: October 15, 2008
Siena 71 UAlbany 64– Men’s Basketball: December 6, 2008

2007 Head to Head, 1 on 1 Competition
TOTALS: UAlbany 8 Siena 4, Ties 1
UAlbany 21 Siena 8 - Men's Lacrosse: March 3, 2007
UAlbany 8 Siena 5 - Women's Lacrosse: March 12, 2007
Siena 5 UAlbany 3 - Women's Softball: March 28, 2007
UAlbany 4 Siena 2 - Women's Softball: March 28, 2007
UAlbany 6 Siena 1 - Women's Tennis: April 17, 2007
UAlbany 8 Siena 1 - Women's Softball: May 1, 2007
UAlbany 11 Siena 4 - Women's Softball: May 1, 2007
UAlbany 7 Siena 0 – Field Hockey: September 14, 2007
Siena 3 UAlbany 1 – Men’s Soccer: Sept 19, 2007
UAlbany 2 Siena 2 – Women’s Soccer: Sept 26, 2007
UAlbany 3 Siena 2 – Volleyball: October 21, 2007
Siena 61 UAlbany 50 – Women’s Basketball: December 1, 2007
Siena 75 UAlbany 71 – Men’s Basketball: December 1, 2007

2006 Head to Head, 1 on 1 Competition
TOTALS: UAlbany 8 Siena 2, Ties 1
UAlbany 16 Siena 4 - Women's Lacrosse: February 24, 2006
UAlbany 14 Siena 9 - Men's Lacrosse: March 4, 2006
UAlbany 9 Siena 0 - Women's Softball: March 29, 2006
Siena 11 UAlbany 10 - Women's Softball: March 29, 2006
UAlbany 4 Siena 3 – Women’s Tennis: April 19, 2006
UAlbany 6 Siena 0 – Field Hockey: September 6, 2006
UAlbany 0 Siena 0 – Women’s Soccer: Sept 8, 2006
UAlbany 3 Siena 1 – Men’s Soccer: Sept 20, 2006
UAlbany 3 Siena 1 – Volleyball: Sept 26, 2006
UAlbany 72 Siena 52 – Women’s Basketball: November 17, 2006
Siena 76 UAlbany 75 – Men’s Basketball: December 2, 2006

2005 Head to Head, 1 on 1 Competition
TOTALS: UAlbany 7 Siena 4
UAlbany 14 Siena 11 - Women's Lacrosse: February 25, 2005
UAlbany 9 Siena 6 - Women's Softball: March 23, 2005
UAlbany 4 Siena 3 - Women's Tennis: April 19, 2005
UAlbany 2 Siena 0 - Women's Softball: May 4, 2005
Siena 3 UAlbany 2 - Women's Softball: May 4, 2005
UAlbany 2 Siena 0 – Women’s Soccer: Sept 5, 2005
UAlbany 4 Siena 1 – Field Hockey: Sept 7, 2005
Siena 1 UAlbany 0 – Men’s Soccer: Sept 21, 2005
UAlbany 3 Siena 0 – Volleyball: October 4, 2005
Siena 61 UAlbany 55 – Women’s Basketball: November 23, 2005
Siena 82 UAlbany 74– Men’s Basketball: December 2, 2005

2004 Head to Head, 1 on 1 Competition
TOTALS: UAlbany 11 Siena 1
UAlbany 12 Siena 5 - Women's Lacrosse: March 27, 2004
UAlbany 4 Siena 3 - Women's Softball: March 30, 2004
UAlbany 5 Siena 2 - Women's Softball: March 30, 2004
UAlbany 5 Siena 2 - Women's Tennis: April 12, 2004
UAlbany 14 Siena 2 - Men's Lacrosse: April 22, 2004
UAlbany 4 Siena 1 - Women's Softball: May 6, 2004
UAlbany 5 Siena 1 – Women’s Softball: May 6, 2004
Siena 2 UAlbany 1 – Women’s Soccer: Sept 3, 2004
UAlbany 2 Siena 0 – Field Hockey: Sept 8, 2004
UAlbany 1 Siena 0 – Men’s Soccer: Sept 10, 2004
UAlbany 3 Siena 0 – Volleyball: Sept 21, 2004
UAlbany 86 Siena 65 – Men’s Basketball: December 6, 2004

2003 Head to Head, 1 on 1 Competition
TOTALS: UAlbany 7 Siena 3
UAlbany 18 Siena 6 - Women's Lacrosse: March 25, 2003
UAlbany 2 Siena 0 - Women's Softball: April 13, 2003
UAlbany 6 Siena 5 - Women's Softball: April 13, 2003
UAlbany 14 Siena 2 - Men's Lacrosse: April 22, 2003
UAlbany 3 Siena 1 – Volleyball: Sept 2, 2003
UAlbany 2 Siena 0 – Men’s Soccer: Sept 13, 2003
UAlbany 7 Siena 1 – Field Hockey: September 17, 2003
Siena 2 UAlbany 0– Women’s Soccer: Sept 21, 2003
Siena 63 UAlbany 46 – Women’s Basketball: November 21, 2003
Siena 71 UAlbany 50 – Men’s Basketball: November 21, 2003

2002 Head to Head, 1 on 1 Competition
TOTALS: UAlbany 5 Siena 3
UAlbany 10 Siena 3 - Women's Lacrosse: March 26, 2002
Siena 7 UAlbany 0 - Women's Tennis: April 17, 2002
UAlbany 17 Siena 5 - Men's Lacrosse: April 18, 2002
UAlbany 3 Siena 1 – Men’s Soccer: Sept 28, 2002
UAlbany 3 Siena 1 – Field Hockey: October 1, 2002
UAlbany 3 Siena 1 – Volleyball: November 12, 2002
Siena 74 UAlbany 56 – Women’s Basketball: November 22, 2002
Siena 79 UAlbany 75 – Men’s Basketball: November 22, 2002

Web Site Hit Counters
Precision M4300