Saturday, September 10, 2016

UNIVERSITY OF ALBANY FOOTBALL WEEKLY TO AIR SATURDAYS ON MY4 - UALBANY SPORTS 2016


ALBANY, N.Y. -- For the third straight year, UAlbany Football Weekly will air on MY4 (WNYA) each Saturday at 11:30 a.m. during the University at Albany football team’s season.

NBC13 (WNYT) sports director Rodger Wyland along with Chris Onorato and Ashley Miller will host the 30-minute show with Great Danes head football coach Greg Gattuso. Tune in for a behind the scenes look at the team, including player and coach feature stories, interviews, a recap of last week’s game and an in-depth preview of the team’s upcoming clash.

You can find WNYA My4 Albany on channel 4 on Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS, channel 51 over the air and on DirecTV and Dish Network, channel 9 on Mid-Hudson Cable and channel 5 on Comcast.

Friday, September 9, 2016

FOOTBALL OPENS CAA SLATE AT RHODE ISLAND SATURDAY


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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Coming off the programs’ first FBS victory, overcoming Buffalo 22-16, the University at Albany football team opens CAA play at Rhode Island on Sept. 10 at Meade Stadium.

UALBANY-RHODE ISLAND SERIES UAlbany owns a 2-1 lead in the all-time series with Rhode Island, including wins in the last two meetings. Last season, the Great Danes topped the Rams 35-7 in Albany. In their last meeting in Kingston, UAlbany captured the program’s first CAA victory in program history on Sept. 20, 2014, winning 37-20.

GREAT DANES RECEIVE VOTES IN TOP 25 With the season-opening win over Buffalo, UAlbany is on the brink of breaking into the Top 25 in both the FCS Coaches Poll and the STATS FCS media poll. The Great Danes were the first team off the Coaches Top 25 list with 53 points, and fifth off the media’s top 25 with 181 points. UAlbany was last ranked in the Top 25 in 2014.

 SCOUTING RHODE ISLAND Rhode Island (0-1, 0-0 CAA) comes off a 55-6 loss at Kansas. In 2015, the Rams finished the season with 1-10 overall mark and 1-7 record in the CAA. URI returns nine offensive starters and seven defensive starters from last year.

 A UALBANY WIN WOULD… - Improve UAlbany’s record to 2-0 overall. - Give UAlbany a 4-14 all-time record vs. CAA opponents. - Improve UAlbany’s series record to 3-1 against Rhode Island. - Improve UAlbany’s all-time varsity record to 268-183. - Improve Coach Gattuso’s career record to 109-45. - Improve Coach Gattuso’s record at UAlbany to 12-13.

 A UALBANY LOSS WOULD… - Make UAlbany’s record 1-1 overall. - Give UAlbany a 3-15 all-time record vs. CAA opponents. - Drop UAlbany’s series record to 2-2 against Rhode Island. - Drop UAlbany’s all-time varsity record to 267-184. - Drop Coach Gattuso’s career record to 108-46. - Drop Coach Gattuso’s record at UAlbany to 11-14.

 NICASTRO PICKS OFF WHERE HE LEFT OFF Ending his season with a knee injury in UAlbany’s first game of the year at Buffalo in 2015, redshirt junior linebacker Michael Nicastro picked up where he left off this year at UB. Nicastro picked off the first pass of the game and returned it 38 yards to the 7-yard line, setting up the Danes’ first touchdown. Nicastro totaled 11 tackles (six solo) in the victorious opener.

 SUSSMAN CONNECTS FOR TWO Sophomore quarterback Neven Sussman totaled 113 passing yards and two touchdowns in UAlbany’s win over Buffalo, completing 14-of-21 passes with no interceptions. Sussman connected a 5-yard TD pass to Anthony Manzo-Lewis just 2:03 into the game. He then threw a career-long 35-yard game-winning touchdown pass to Brad Harris with 9:37 left in the game and also hit Harris on the two-point conversion to give UAlbany a 22-16 lead. 

BROWN’S BIG RETURN At Buffalo, redshirt sophomore Kareem Brown recorded a 43-yard kickoff return with 2:24 remaining in the second quarter, putting UAlbany on the UA-47. The kickoff return set up UAlbany’s second touchdown of the game that gave the Great Danes a 14-6 lead. 

IBITOKUN-HANKS RUNS FOR 100 Sophomore running back Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks recorded his third career 100+ rushing game at Buffalo, logging 104 yards on 23 carries. He also hit the mark in back-to-back games at Richmond (202 yards, 25 carries) and Delaware (135 yards, 28 carries) in 2015.

 UALBANY FOOTBALL WEEKLY ON MY4 For the third straight year, UAlbany Football Weekly will air on MY4 (WNYA). NBC13 (WNYT) sports director Rodger Wyland along with Chris Onorato and Ashley Miller will host the 30-minute show with Great Danes football coach Greg Gattuso every Saturday at 11:30 a.m.

 UALBANY TEAMS UP WITH ESPN RADIO UAlbany agreed to a new broadcast partnership with ESPN Radio for all football and men’s basketball games this year. Fans in the Capital District can tune their dials to 104.5 FM to listen in, or hear the broadcasts live online from anywhere in the world on 1045theteam.com. However, due to scheduling conflicts, UAlbany’s first two football games at Buffalo and Rhode Island will be aired on Rewind 105.7 FM and rewind.1057.com.

 GREAT DANES TO OPEN 2017 AT OLD DOMINION, 2018 AT PITT UAlbany will open the 2017 football season at Old Dominion University and the 2018 season at the University of Pittsburgh. The meetings will mark UAlbany’s third and fourth Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) games. In the program’s first two FBS clashed were against Buffalo in 2015 and 2016.

 UP NEXT UAlbany opens its home schedule against Holy Cross on Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

UALBANY-CINCINNATI MEN’S BASKETBALL GAME ON NOVEMBER 14TH TO AIR ON ESPNU

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 CINCINNATI – The American Athletic Conference has announced that the UAlbany-Cincinnati men’s basketball game on Monday, November 14th will air nationally on ESPNU.

 This game will be UAlbany’s second contest as part of the Naismith Hall of Fame Tipoff Classic. The game, set for a 7 p.m. ET tip, will be a campus site contest at the University of Cincinnati. 

UAlbany is coming off its fourth consecutive postseason appearance last year, finishing at 24-9 overall with a berth in the College Basketball Invitational. Cincinnati went 22-11 overall last year and was an at-large into the NCAA Tournament. Last season, UAlbany’s opening game of the season against Kentucky was aired nationally on the SEC Network

SCHNEIDER MOVES TO FOURTH ALL-TIME IN GOALS IN UNIVERSITY OF ALBANY WOMEN’S SOCCER HISTORY IN 2-1 OVERTIME LOSS TO SETON HALL


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 ALBANY, N.Y. – The UAlbany women’s soccer team went to overtime for the second straight home game, falling to Seton Hall 2-1 just under three minutes into extra time on Thursday night.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

2015 NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL PLAYER OF THE YEAR DANA BOZEK JOINS UALBANY FIELD HOCKEY


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 ALBANY, N.Y. – The 2015 MAX Field Hockey National High School Player of the Year Dana Bozek has joined UAlbany for the 2016 season.

 Bozek made her debut for UAlbany on August 28th when the Great Danes defeated Bryant. “We are very excited that Dana is part of our Great Dane family,” said UAlbany head coach Phil Sykes. “Her family is all about field hockey, with her sisters both being All-Americans, and she is coming from one of the best high school programs in the country.”

Saturday, September 3, 2016

PAULA HEUSER PASSES 200 CAREER POINTS MARK AS #9 UALBANY FIELD HOCKEY DEFEATS DARTMOUTH 3-1


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ALBANY, N.Y. – The #9 UAlbany field hockey team completed its year-opening homestand with a 3-0 start with a 3-1 victory over Dartmouth on the Alumni Turf on Saturday afternoon. 

UAlbany (3-0) scored the first three goals of the contest in the first 41 minutes to earn the victory over Dartmouth (0-1). The Great Danes outshot Dartmouth 26-10 in the game. “We are still, given that the season is young, building our trust and getting used to our style,” said UAlbany head coach Phil Sykes.

“We set each other up well, but their goalie played great. We liked the offense we had.” Paula Heuser scored a goal in the sixth minute to eclipse the 200-point mark in her collegiate career, standing with 201 after the game.

 The Great Danes have a quick turnaround, heading to the campus of Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania to play #18 Penn State tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. UAlbany and Penn State both enter Sunday’s contest at 3-0 on the year.

Friday, September 2, 2016

uNIVERSITY OF ALBANY FOOTBALL TAKES DOWN BUFFALO, 22-16, FOR PROGRAM’S FIRST FBS WIN


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 BUFFALO, N.Y. – With a suffocating defensive effort, the University at Albany football team earned the program’s first win over a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) program Friday night at UB Stadium, overcoming the University at Buffalo, 22-16.

With the victory, the Great Danes move to 1-0 on the season. “I think it’s a lesson for our team that if we do things the right way, we can be a pretty good team,” said Head Coach Greg Gattuso. “Buffalo is a good team, they’ve had a lot of changeover, but there was a big difference from last year and this year. I’m proud of the kids and the way they played. They went out and hustled and did what we asked them to do and they stayed with it.”

Offensively, Neven Sussman led UAlbany, completing 14-of-21 passes, totaling 113 yards and two touchdowns. Sophomore wide receiver caught a team-high five passes for 33 yards, while redshirt junior Brad Harris and tight end Anthony Manzo-Lewis accounted for the Danes’ two touchdowns. 

“Our defense, I know they gave up some yards today, but they were lights-out, turning the ball over and I thought we tackled really well, which is really important,” said Gattuso. Defensively, Malachi Hoskins, Abner Logan, and Michael Nicastro each recorded 11 tackles, while the squad totaled three interceptions and a fumble.

In addition, UAlbany only allowed the Bulls to convert on 5-of-17 third-down attempts. Just 2:03 minutes into the contest, the Great Danes took the lead sparked by redshirt junior Michael Nicastro’s heroics. Almost exactly at the same location where his season ended almost exactly a year ago on a devastating knee injury, Nicastro immediately made a statement, picking off Buffalo starter Grant Rohach’s pass at the UB-45 yard line and returned it 38 yards to the seven.

The Danes’ offense made quick work, using two plays to get in the end zone, capped by Sussman’s five-yard pass to Manzo-Lewis.

 In the defensive battle, the Great Danes held Buffalo off the board through the first quarter. The Bulls attempted a 43-yard field goal at the 6:14 mark, but Adam Micheson’s kick sailed wide right. Junior cornerback Jamal Robinson gave UAlbany’s offense an added opportunity with 2:19 on the clock in the opening stanza, recording an interception on Buffalo’s 21-yard line. However, the Bulls’ defense stepped up and forced the Danes to attempt a 35-yard field goal. The kick missed to the left, leaving the score 7-0 at the end of the first quarter.

To start the second, Buffalo pieced together a 12-play, 65-yard drive, capped by Mitcheson’s 32-yard field goal at the 10:53 mark. With 2:32 remaining in the half, Mitcheson cut the margin to one, 7-6, on his 37-yard field goal. The Bulls used nine plays to travel 31 yards and set up the boot.

 However, the Great Danes quickly responded, as Kareem Brown opened the drive with a 43-yard kickoff return to the UAlbany-47. After a personal foul call against the Bulls, Ibitokun-Hanks broke free down the UAlbany sideline and scampered 33-yards into the end zone. The touchdown, with Ethan Stark’s point-after, gave the Danes a 14-6 advantage with 1:42 left in the second quarter.

 Utilizing a hurry-up offense, Buffalo quickly moved the ball down the field in the waning seconds. Quarterback Tyree Jackson led the Bulls, completing six passes in the 75-yard drive, capped with a 17-yard fading pass to tight end Mason Schreck. The touchdown and extra point cut the margin to one, 14-13, at the half. Out of the break,

UAlbany steadily made progress down the field, as Sussman hit Roberson with an 11-yard completion, and Ibitokun-Hanks carried the ball five times for gains. However, the Danes were held to a 35-yard field goal attempt that again missed left of the uprights. With a small swing in the momentum,

Buffalo drove 52 yards on 11 plays, setting up a 45-yard field goal attempt. Mitcheson’s boot was good, giving Buffalo its first lead of the game, 16-14, with 6:12 remaining in the third quarter. Forcing Buffalo to punt in it first drive of the fourth quarter,

UAlbany’s offense used seven plays to work 81 yards down the gridiron. Sussman launched a 24-yard pass to Crockett and immediately followed with a 35-yard touchdown pass to Brad Harris. Going for two with a 20-16 lead, the Great Danes converted, as Sussman connected with Harris again, giving UAlbany a 22-16 lead.

 Down the wire, the Danes’ defense held tough despite Buffalo’s threatening advances. Working their way down to the 7-yard line on fourth down, Jackson darted to the pylon, but UAlbany’s Mason Gray knocked the ball loose for a game-saving fumble. With the touchback, UAlbany regained control of the ball with 3:52 remaining. “I think Mason Gray was outstanding,” said Gattuso. “Our coaches teach it every single day of the week -- in practice we are stripping and attacking the ball at all times.”

 Buffalo earned another opportunity after forcing the Danes to punt with 2:44 remaining. But again, UAlbany’s stealthy defense made the stop, as Kyle Sakowski picked off the first pass of the drive. From there, the Great Danes ran out the clock, clinching the historic first win. Up next, UAlbany (1-0) opens CAA play, traveling to take on Rhode Island on Sept. 10 at 1 p.m. Purchase your UAlbany football tickets today by visiting ualbanysports.com/tickets.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

WILLIAMS GOLDEN GOAL SENDS UALBANY WOMEN’S SOCCER BACK TO WIN COLUMN WITH 2-1 VICTORY VS. URI


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 ALBANY, N.Y. – Mariah Williams scored the golden goal in the 92nd minute off Caroline Kopp’s corner kick to give the UAlbany women’s soccer team a 2-1 victory over Rhode Island in the season home opener.

 UAlbany (2-3) snapped a three-game losing streak with its overtime win over Rhode Island (0-2-2) in a physical, high shooting game. UAlbany outshot URI 21-18 in the game plus had 10 corner kicks to its opposition’s eight.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

UNIVERSITY OF ALBANY'S MAXI PRIMUS EARNS NFHCA DIVISION I HONORABLE MENTION WEEKLY AWARD


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 ALBANY, N.Y. – UAlbany goalkeeper Maxi Primus has been selected as a National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I Honorable Mention Weekly Award winner for the period ending August 29th.

 Primus was nominated for NFCHA Defensive Player of the Week after earning the same from the America East and was chosen as an honorable mention for the award. The senior began the year with a pair of shutouts in goal for UAlbany against Hofstra and Bryant, playing over 118 minutes. She finished with eight saves in as many shots on goal in the two victories. Primus and the Great Danes host Dartmouth on Saturday, September 3rd at 1 p.m. on the Alumni Turf.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

UNIVERSITY OF ALBANY MEN’S SOCCER DEFEATS LAFAYETTE 1-0


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 ALBANY, N.Y. – After tying in the season opener, the University at Albany (1-0-1) men’s soccer program earned its first victory of the 2016 season with a win over visiting Lafayette College (0-2-0) 1-0 on Tuesday night.

 It was the second consecutive home game for the Great Danes, before they embark on a five game road trip. “I thought tonight was a very mature performance,” said head coach Trevor Gorman. “Lafayette is a very good team, they’re very organized. They’re difficult to play against, and difficult to score on. We were pleased to keep up our tempo throughout the game.”

 The first and only goal of the game came in the 10th minute, when Afonso Pinheiro ripped a shot from the top of the box past the Lafayette goalkeeper, Brad Seeber (0-2-0). Pinheiro was set up on a through ball from Carlos Clark. “The early goal helps, said Gorman, “and we’re confident about the way we went about our business.”

Friday, August 26, 2016

UNIVERSITY OF ALBANY FIELD HOCKEY SHUTS OUT HOFSTRA 4-0 IN SEASON-OPENER


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ALBANY, N.Y. – In the first game of the 2016 season, the ninth-ranked University at Albany field hockey team came away with a 4-0 victory over the visiting Hofstra University Pride,

Friday afternoon at Alumni Turf. With a well-balanced offensive attack, four different UAlbany players found the back of the cage. Meanwhile, the Great Danes’ defense did not allow a single penalty corner, as senior goalkeeper Maxi Primus earned the shutout, recording six saves in the win.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

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


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

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

 In order to be named to the Honors Court, a student-athlete must meet a high standard of academic criteria. The qualifications are as follows: 1. Academically a junior or senior and a varsity player. 2. Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2015-16 academic year. 3. Students must have matriculated at least one year at their current institution. 4. Member of a NCAA Division I, II, III, or NAIA Division I or II institution with a NABC member coach.

Ennema, an accounting major with a 3.54 cumulative GPA, finished his junior season averaging 4.4 points and 2.4 rebounds, making 32 appearances.

In addition, the Sheldon, Iowa native is a two-time America East All-Academic selection.

 Rowley, a finance major with a 3.48 GPA, started all 33 games in his junior season, averaging 8.3 points and 6.5 boards per game. The Sydney, Australia native led the Great Danes in field goal percentage and was also an America East All-Academic selection this season. Wiliams, a journalism major with a 3.46 GPA, is a two-time NABC Honors Court honoree. The senior captain redshirted his final season with the Great Danes in 2015-16.

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


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ALBANY, N.Y. – The UAlbany women’s lacrosse team has been named a 2015-16 Zag Sports Academic Honor Squad by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA).

As a team, UAlbany earned a 3.31 GPA for the 2015-16 season. It is the fifth time UAlbany has been named an Academic Honor Squad by the IWLCA, including the second year in a row and the third time in four years. To qualify, teams needed a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher for the 2015-16 season, with all players on the squad for the full academic year contributing.

UAlbany was one of 276 schools across the three NCAA Divisions (I, II and III) and NAIA to be named an Academic Honor Squad by the IWLCA, including one of six America East teams.

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


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ALBANY, N.Y. -- The University at Albany has announced that it will induct Bob Ford, Michelle Simpson, Casey Halloran, Kevin Rae, Luke Daquino, and the 2003 men’s lacrosse team into the Athletics Hall of Fame this coming fall.

The Great Dane inductees will be honored at a dinner on Friday, Oct. 7 at SEFCU Arena. The inductees will also be recognized at UAlbany’s Homecoming football game versus Richmond on Saturday, Oct. 8.


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

CAA FOOTBALL MEDIA DAY TO BROADCAST NATIONALLY ON ESPN3


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ALBANY, N.Y. – CAA Football officially kicks off the 2016 season with the league’s annual Media Day on Tuesday, July 26 from M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md.

The University at Albany will be represented by head coach Greg Gattuso, senior linebacker Neil Morrison, and redshirt senior offensive lineman Kevin Malloy. Coverage of the event is headlined by Media Day Live, which will be broadcast across the nation on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app beginning at 10 a.m. EST.

The two-hour show, hosted by Scott Klatzkin and Bobby Broyles, will include interviews with all 12 CAA Football head coaches, student-athletes from each school, and new CAA Commissioner Joe D’Antonio.

CAA Football Media Day will also be covered through the league’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts. Join the social conversation throughout the day using the official hashtag #CAAFB. CAA Football Media Day Central at CAAFootball.com will be the event’s online home.

Media Day Central will include a live feed of social media content, and provide a hub of news and information, including the announcement of the preseason all-conference teams and predicted order of finish. Following Media Day, interview segments with coaches and student-athletes will be available at Media Day Central.
Below are the coaches and student-athletes scheduled to attend CAA Football Media Day.

Monday, July 25, 2016

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


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LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – Four UAlbany men’s lacrosse alumni are playing in Lake Placid for a great cause and are asking for your support for the Army Ranger Lead The Way Fund.

Jimmy Haugen of the UAlbany class of 2014 and Matt Carrello, Kevin Glueckert and Anthony Ostrander of the UAlbany class of 2013 with compete with Team Army Ranger in the annual Lake Placid Summit Classic in support of the Lead the Way Fund. They will play in honor of Sgt. James J. Regan, a former Duke University lacrosse player from Manhasset, New York. He served in company C, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom when he was killed in Iraq by an IED in 2007.

Lead The Way Fund, Inc. is a non-profit organization established to raise funds in support of disabled U.S. Army Rangers and the families of Rangers who have died, have been injured or are currently serving in harm’s way around the world.

Team Army Ranger is joining forcing with the Army Ranger Lead the Way fund, gathering many alumni from Nassau County is support of the cause. Alumni from 15 different schools will be playing on Team Army Ranger, including the four above

UAlbany alumni and six Duke alumni. The Lake Placid Summit Classic is an annual lacrosse tournament going seven days with hundreds of teams from adult to youth. The four UAlbany alumni will be playing in the adult men’s open division from August 5th-7th in Lake Placid.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

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


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ALBANY, N.Y. -- The University at Albany has announced the game times for the 2016 football season. The Great Danes’ home slate of six games begins Saturday, Sept. 17 when UAlbany takes on Holy Cross at 7 p.m. The following week, the Danes will face another non-conference foe, St. Francis (Pa.), also at 7 p.m. at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium.

With a weekend full of Homecoming festivities, UAlbany kicks off against CAA opponent Richmond at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 8, and then will meet Elon for the first time in program history on Oct. 29 at 12 p.m. That game will be aired live on the American Sports Network.

Closing out the home schedule, the Great Danes will play a pair of 1 p.m. contests versus Delaware on Nov. 5 and Stony Brook on Nov. 19.

UAlbany football season tickets are now on sale! To purchase, visit UAlbanySports.com/tickets or call 518-442-DANE. New season ticket holders who buy before Aug. 5 will be entered to win a collection of great prizes as a part of UAlbany’s “Dog Days of Summer” promotion.

Monday, July 18, 2016

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

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COQUITLAM, B.C. – Current personnel of the UAlbany men’s lacrosse team made their mark in the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) U19 World Championships in Canada last week, helping three different teams to top-six finishes.

UAlbany players Chaunce Hill and Colyn Lyons helped the Iroquois Nationals earn the bronze medal in the Blue Division, tying its highest-ever finish in the U19 games. Zack Ornstein earned a place on the FIL Presidents Team, leading Team Israel to a sixth place finish after winning the Red Division. 

In addition, UAlbany assistant coach Merrick Thomson served as the offensive coordinator for Team Canada, which picked up the silver medal after falling in a heartbreaker to Team USA 13-12 in the championship game.

For the Iroquois Nationals, Hill and Lyons each played on the defense and assisted the team in defeating Team Australia 20-8 in the third place game. Hill, who also took faceoffs, played in all seven games with eight loose balls and an assist. Lyons also played in all seven games on defense, picking up six loose balls.

Ornstein served as the primary faceoff man and a midfielder for Team Israel, which was making its first-ever appearance in the U19 tournament. He finished with four goals, three assists and, when they were recorded in games, a 67% faceoff winning percentage.

Thomson coached the offense for Team Canada as the team scored 84 goals in six games, averaging 14 per game. The team’s only defeats came to the eventual first place finisher Team USA. Hill, Lyons and Ornstein all enter their sophomore year for UAlbany in the 2017 season while Thomson, a 2007 UAlbany alum, enters year two as an assistant coach with the Great Danes.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

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


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EDMONTON, Alberta – The summer racing circuit for the University at Albany track & field student-athletes continued over the weekend, with two rising sophomores, Myles Banfield and Matthew LeLiever competing in their native Canada at the Canadian Junior Outdoor Championships. 

At stake was a berth into the World Junior Championships in Poland starting July 19. Both Banfield and LeLiever ran for The Speed Academy.

In Friday’s qualifying round, Banfield qualified first in 47.64. LeLiever qualified fifth in 48.58. LeLiever’s mark tied his personal best mark as a Great Dane, which he ran during this past indoor season. Banfield placed first overall in Saturday’s final in 47.17, earning a qualifying berth into World Junior Championships.

LeLiever placed seventh in 48.84. The runner-up, Nathan Friginette, also qualified for Junior World’s, finishing in 47.60. Banfield had previously satisfied the qualifying standard for the Junior World Championships 400m of 47.70, when he ran 46.93 in the second meet of the UAlbany outdoor season, the Florida Relays. He is the first freshman in UAlbany history to break 47 seconds in the 400m, and finished the collegiate season with a personal-best of 46.83, which ranks fourth all-time outdoors in UAlbany history.

The first round of the 400m at World Junior Championships is July 20 at 11:40 a.m. local time (5:40 a.m. ET). The meet will be held in the Zawisza Stadium in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

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



BOSTON – UAlbany’s Kyle McClancy and Kelly Costello have been selected as 2015-16 America East Spring Scholar-Athletes, the conference announced on Thursday. McClancy is the America East Spring Scholar-Athlete for men’s lacrosse while Costello is for softball. 

UAlbany has the most 2015-16 America East Spring Scholar-Athletes with two out of seven possible. Five other conference schools have one scholar-athlete this spring. In total, six UAlbany student-athletes were chosen as 2015-16 America East Scholar-Athletes this season, double more than any other league institution.


Monday, July 4, 2016

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


COQUITLAM, B.C. – Three members of the UAlbany men’s lacrosse team will be playing in the 2016 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Under-19 Men’s Lacrosse World Championships starting on July 7th.

Chaunce Hill and Colyn Lyons will represent the Iroquois Nationals while Zach Ornstein will play for Team Israel. In addition, UAlbany assistant coach Merrick Thomson will serve as the offensive coordinator for Team Canada.

The 2016 FIL U-19 World Championships will take place from July 7-16th in Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada. 14 nations will be represented in the tournament in three different divisions.

The Iroquois Nationals play in the top-level blue division while Israel plays in the red division. The USA has won the tournament each time, defeating Canada the last four years in the championship game including the last time in 2012.

The Iroquois Nationals took third in 2012 over England. Hill and Lyons were part of UAlbany's defense with the former playing LSM and the latter playing close defense. Ornstein was UAlbany’s primary faceoff man in 2016. All three just played their freshman season for the Great Danes.

The tournament kicks off on Thursday, July 7th as host Canada takes on the United States at 10:30 p.m. ET (7:30 p.m. PT). The Iroquois Nationals open against England on Friday, July 8th at 10:30 p.m. ET (7:30 p.m. PT) while Israel begins its play against Hong Kong the same day at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT). Courtesy: UA Sports

Thursday, June 30, 2016

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


ALBANY, N.Y. – UAlbany women’s soccer head coach Caitlin Cucchiella has announced that two more student-athletes have joined the Great Danes for the 2016 season.

Katelyn Brede comes to UAlbany after transferring from Charleston Southern University while Michaela Webb joins as a true freshman. “We are eager to add Michaela and Kate to our roster for 2016,” said Cucchiella. “Both are dynamic players who will contribute to our team in a positive way.”

Katelyn Brede becomes a Great Danes after spending a year at Charleston Southern University. In 2015, she played 14 games with two starts on the CSU back line as a freshman and will have three years of eligibility at UAlbany.

Previously, she was a standout soccer and track athlete and Union Catholic High. Brede played with the NJ Wildcats of the Women’s Premier Soccer League.

Michaela Webb  joins her older sister, Bianca Webb, on the Great Danes. A defender and senior team captain at Wellesley High, she earned the Diane Mullahy Memorial Scholarship as part of the Wellesley United Soccer Club plus was on the school’s honor roll upon graduation. Michaela played for the FC Boston Scorpions in the Elite Clubs National League, also competing for the Boston Breakers Academy. Courtesy: UA Sports

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


ZAMORA, Spain – Former UAlbany women’s basketball standout Shereesha Richards will begin her professional career in Spain, signing a contract to play for Club Deportivo Zamarat (CD Zamarat) and starting play around the end of September.

CD Zamarat, also known as Quesos El Pastor La Polvorosa, went 11-15 last season in the Liga Femenina de Baloncesto, the top tier women’s league in Spain. Fourteen teams from across the country play in the league, with all teams playing each other twice.

Richards will report to the team in Spain about a month before the season begins. The team plays its home games in Zamora in northwestern Spain and competes for the Queen’s Cup, the Spanish League and EuroLeague.

Richards joins Julie Forster and Ebone Henry as recent players to play professionally from UAlbany women’s basketball. Richards just graduated from UAlbany after a stellar collegiate career, finishing as a two-time All-American and three-time America East Player of the Year. In four years, Richards tallied 2,440 points, 1,053 rebounds and 271 steals, shooting 58.9% from the field.

Courtesy: UA Sports

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


COQUITLAM, B.C. – UAlbany men’s lacrosse assistant coach Merrick Thomson will serve as the offensive coordinator for the U19 Canadian National Team in the upcoming U19 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) U19 World Championship next month.

Thomson, a native of Ontario and former member of the national team, returns to the U19 Canadian National Team after being an assistant coach with it last year. Team Canada plays in the top-level Blue Division along with the United States, the Iroquois Nationals, Australia and England. “Anytime you get to be a part of a World Championship and work with the best athletes and coaches in the world it is a true privilege,” said Thomson in the Canadian Lacrosse Association press release.

Canada has been the runner-up in the last four FIL U19 World Championships, played every four years, and is seeking its first-ever title in this tournament.

The tournament will be held from July 7-16 at the Coquitlam Town Center in British Columbia, Canada. Thomson serves as the assistant coach and offensive coordinator for UAlbany after rejoining the team last summer. He stands third all-time in UAlbany history with 244 career points and graduated in 2007. He will serve under U19 Canadian head coach Taylor Wray.

Courtesy: UA Sports

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


ALBANY, N.Y. – The UAlbany field hockey team has added two more freshmen for the 2016 season as Alyssa Curtis and Viola Von der Mühlen join the Great Danes.

These two join Baylee Burghardt, Emily Fraser and Julia Kim as the true freshmen for the 2016 Great Danes. They look to bolster a team that stands as the two-time defending America East champion and a top-10 team in the national rankings the past two years. "We are very excited to add Alyssa and Viola to our team,” said head coach Phil Sykes. “They will add a great deal of skill and toughness to our attack and defense.”

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


ALBANY, N.Y. – Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame member, two-time gold medalist and 11-year WNBA veteran Yolanda Griffith has joined the UAlbany women’s basketball team as an assistant coach starting in the 2016-17 season.

 “I’m honored to be a part of the Great Dane family, and I’m looking forward to continuing the winning tradition that's been started,” said Griffith. “There is plenty of work to be done, but myself, the coaches and the players are going to work tirelessly to keep it going.”

 “Yolanda Griffith is a women’s basketball icon; decorated as one of the greatest players of all time, her on-court coaching presence is felt immediately,” said UAlbany head coach Joanna Bernabei-McNamee. “Coach Yo’s infectious personality and ability to develop players sets her apart. Behind the scenes, she is a proven recruiter: her positive energy and strong work ethic will make it easy for her to connect and build bonds with both our current UAlbany players and our high level recruits. I am thrilled to welcome Coach Yo to our UAlbany women’s basketball family!”

 Griffith formerly was an assistant coach at UMass from 2014-16, Lafayette for the 2013-14 season and Dartmouth from 2011-13. She also served as an adjunct assistant coach with the Indiana Fever in the WNBA in 2009.

Griffith had an 11-year career in the WNBA, including being a seven-time All-Star and the league’s MVP in 1999 with the Sacramento Monarchs. The 2nd overall pick in 1999 was a member of the league’s all-decade team and led the Monarchs to the 2005 WNBA title, being named Finals MVP.

In her career, Griffith shot 50.6% from the floor, finishing with 4,238 points, 2,444 rebounds, 529 steals, 453 assists and 323 blocks. In 2011, she was voted as one of the top-15 players of all-time in WNBA history. She also played professionally in China, Germany, Italy, Russia and South Korea. 

Griffith also was a member of the U.S. National Team in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney and the 2004 Olympics in Athens, helping the United States to the gold medal in each, combining to go a perfect 16-0 against its international competition.

In 2014, Griffith was elected to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in her first year of eligibility. She formerly was a member of the Women’s Developmental National Team Committee for USA Basketball, evaluating athletes, coaches and policies as the athlete representative. She helped review hundreds of athletes for 35 spots for trails for USA Basketball, including the U16 and U17 Developmental Teams. Griffith joins Mary Grimes and AJ Cohen as assistant coaches under Bernabei-McNamee for Coach Mac’s first season at UAlbany.

Courtesy: UA Sports

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

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


ALBANY, N.Y. -- Former University at Albany standout Peter Hooley has signed a professional contract with the Plymouth Raiders of the British Basketball League (BBL) -- the premier men's professional basketball league in the United Kingdom.

 “I am extremely happy for Peter as he gets ready to begin a professional playing career,” said UAlbany head coach Will Brown. “He enjoyed five great years at UAlbany and was a tremendous ambassador of our program, athletic department, and University on and off the court. This is a tremendous opportunity for Peter and I am confident that he will enjoy continued success and be a great asset to Plymouth moving forward.”

Hooley, a native of Adelaide, Australia, was a five-year member of the UAlbany men’s basketball team and concluded his career in March with 1,519 points, 336 assists, 410 made free throws and a career free throw percentage of 80.2 percent. Hooley finished his tenure ranked fourth all-time in made free throws at UAlbany, seventh in scoring, eighth in free throw percentage, and ninth all-time in assists.

A two-time America East Tournament Most Outstanding Player, Hooley led the Great Danes to three NCAA Tournament appearances and made national headlines when he hit the championship-winning three-pointer in 2015.

Hooley also excelled in the classroom, earning a dual degree in journalism and psychology. A three-time CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team selection and America East All-Academic pick,

Hooley also earned the America East Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award, 2015 SUNY Chancellor’s Award, and the 2016 President’s Athlete Leadership Award at UAlbany. Hooley is the second Great Dane to ink a professional basketball contract this month, following teammate Ray Sanders who signed with BC Nokia of the Korisliiga League in Finland. Courtesy: UA Website

Monday, June 27, 2016

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


CLOVIS, Calif. - One year ago, the University at Albany track & field program sent three men to compete in the USATF Junior Championships. This year, they sent two women, who competed in three events.

Friday Freshman Cara Sherman competed first for UAlbany, in the 5,000m. Sherman, a local product hailing from Rotterdam, N.Y., ranks fourth all-time outdoors in the women’s 5,000m in UAlbany history, with a personal-best time of 17:00.21, set earlier this year. She placed ninth overall in her race on Friday, crossing the line in 17:40.71. Saturday Sherman was in action again on Saturday, where she competed in the 3,000m. Sherman ranks fifth all-time outdoors at UAlbany in this event, with a personal-best time of 9:57.62. This time, Sherman placed 10th overall in 10:05.74.

Also competing Saturday was freshman high jumper and school record holder Anika Hibbard. In her first season, Hibbard set the school record in the outdoor high jump when she cleared a height of 5’-9.25”, surpassing the previous record of 5’-8.5” set by Rochelle Reid in 2015. Hibbard also placed 10th overall, clearing a height of 5’-5.75”. Though Hibbard and Sherman will not move on to represent Team USA, a number of their teammates still are scheduled to compete internationally over the summer, including at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Friday, June 24, 2016

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


RICHMOND, Va. -- Announced by the CAA, the University at Albany football team’s matchup with Elon on Oct. 29 will air live on the American Sports Network. The first-time meeting will kickoff at 12 p.m. on Bob Ford Field at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium.

UAlbany’s game is a part of CAA Football’s extensive 30-game television package, which includes 18 conference matchups in conjunction with the league’s broadcast partners, NBC Sports Regional Networks and the American Sports Network. NBC Sports Regional Networks – which includes CSN Mid-Atlantic, CSN Philadelphia, CSN New England and SNY – will carry 11 CAA Football games and one non-conference contest this season.

NBC Sports Regional Networks deliver more than 2,200 live sporting events annually, along with award-winning breaking news, comprehensive analysis, digital content and original programming to more than 43 million homes.

The American Sports Network package will feature eight CAA Football games this fall. ASN – the collegiate sports initiative of the Sinclair Broadcast Group – has affiliates that reach approximately 40 percent of U.S. households. Sinclair operates 173 television stations airing 483 channels in 81 markets, and has affiliations with all the major networks nationwide.

In addition to the conference package, at least 10 non-conference contests featuring CAA Football teams will air nationally on ESPN3. The Great Danes’ season-opening contest at Buffalo is one of those games. UAlbany will take on the FBS Bulls at 7 p.m. on Sept. 2.

CAA Football’s televised games will also be available on a variety of desktop, mobile, tablet and smart TV devices. The NBC Sports app will stream each of the CSN games at no cost to authenticated subscribers.

In addition, CAA.tv will provide free digital coverage of numerous CAA Football contests throughout the season. Specific CSN and ASN clearances will be announced weekly throughout the season.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

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


ALBANY, N.Y. – The UAlbany women’s soccer team, looking to defend its first-ever America East Tournament title, has announced is schedule for the 2016 season including seven home games and a full conference slate.

The Great Danes will play 17 games in the regular season, including seven at home at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium. UAlbany will play seven opponents across New York plus foes from nine different states. “Our goal this year is to expose the 2016 team to a variety of talented teams early on so that we can be best prepared as possible for conference play,” said UAlbany head coach Caitlin
Cucchiella.

UAlbany is coming off its best season in program history in 2015, going 11-9-1 overall and tying for second in America East play with a 4-3-1 conference record. The Great Danes defeated 1-seed Hartford 2-1 on the road for the program’s first-ever America East Tournament championship and automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament, where the team fell to eventual national champion Penn State.

All home games for UAlbany women’s soccer are free to attend for the public.

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