Sunday, April 26, 2015

University of Albany Men's Lacrosse Earns Third-Straight Perfect America East Season - UAlbany sports 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. – The #7/7 UAlbany men’s lacrosse team defeated UMBC 20-9 on Saturday to earn its third-consecutive perfect America East season, sixth league regular season title and winningest regular season in DI history. “We talked everyday about playing our standard,” said UAlbany coach Scott Marr, who has been at the helm for all six of UAlbany’s America East regular season titles. “[Our seniors] saw the older guys holding that tradition, and we want to play at that same level and intensity.” The Great Danes are the first men’s lacrosse team to earn three-straight undefeated America East seasons since Hofstra did from 1996-98. At 13-2, it is UAlbany’s best-ever pre-America East Tournament regular season in Division I era, surpassing the 12-2 mark set in 2007. “It is a great accomplishment,” said UAlbany senior captain Tim Cox, who scored two goals and two assists. “We have been fortunate to play well in every conference game the last three years.” UAlbany (13-2, 6-0 AE) dominated UMBC (5-8, 1-5 AE) in almost all facets of the game, leading 15-2 at the half. UAlbany outshot its opponent 53-31, had 44 ground balls to UMBC’s 27 and won 21 of 33 faceoffs. UAlbany also forced turnovers on 11 of UMBC’s 19 clear attempts. It is the seventh time this season, and second in a row, that UAlbany has scored at least 20+ goals. Nine different Great Danes scored goals for UAlbany, led by Connor Fields, who scored five goals and moves into ninth all-time in UAlbany single season history with 49 goals. With three goals, plus an assist, Seth Oakes moved into 13th all-time in UAlbany single season history with 46 goals this year. Lyle Thompson also earned three goals and an assist, moving into fourth all-time in UAlbany single season history with a total of 92 points. Tom Nuckel and Kyle McClancy each had two goals plus Cason Liles won 20 of his 29 faceoffs. On the defensive side, Blaze Riorden earned his 13th victory of the year with five saves and four goals allowed in the first three quarters. JD Colarusso finished the game, saving four fourth quarter shots. For UMBC, Pat Young scored three goals while Max Maxwell had two assists. Ruston Souder got the loss with five saves and 15 goals allowed in the first half. UAlbany, the 1-seed in the America East Tournament, will play 4-seed Hartford on Thursday, April 30th at 7 p.m. at Bob Ford Field. 2-seed Stony Brook takes on 3-seed Vermont in the first semifinal game at 4:30 p.m. the same day, with the title game being on Saturday, May 2nd at 10 a.m. Before the game, UAlbany honored its 14 seniors and redshirt juniors playing their final regular season game at home. 27 seconds into the game, Oakes fired a hard shot for the score. Fields added another minutes later, emerging from around the cage and scoring underneath the crossbar. Pat Lewnes scored off a quick offense from the faceoff, which UAlbany responded with a score off the faceoff from Fields. Then, UAlbany caused a turnover on a UMBC faceoff win, seeing Derrick Eccles find Cox for the run and score. Each side added a goal within 12 seconds of each other to make it 6-2 with 6:13 left in the 1st quarter. From there, UAlbany went on a tear, scoring the next 10 goals into the second half, causing tremendous pressure with the ride. Fields scored the first two goals for UAlbany on the run, netting a low shot and a wide open chance during a 5-on-4. The next minute, Thompson set up the catch and shoot to John Maloney. In the closing minute-and-a-half of the quarter, UAlbany added two more goals with Oakes on the setup from Cox, then Thompson scoring on a rip off the pass from Adam Osika. UAlbany led 10-2 after the first quarter. UAlbany’s close defense and ride continued to hinder UMBC as the offense kept on the attack. In the opening minutes of the second quarter, Thompson faked out the keeper and scored next to the goal circle, followed by Kyle McClancy taking a Fields miss from behind the cage and scoring inside the right post. Thompson added another strong goal, getting double teamed, hit and knocked down, still releasing low and getting the ball through the keeper’s feet. As the reserves came in, UAlbany added two more in the closing minutes of the quarter: Oakes passed to Fields next to the circle for the score, then Eccles again set up Cox for a hard shot and score as the Great Danes led 15-2 at the break. The run was completed at the start of the third quarter as McClancy got a chance straight away and scored during a 5-on-5, giving the Great Danes a 16-2 lead. After a Young goal, Osika scored on off the dodge with 11 minutes left in the quarter. The reserves continued to battle as Eli Lasda got in front of the cage for the high to low goal with 3:49 left in the 3rd, then Nuckel added another off the catch and shoot from Bennett Drake. Young got another goal in a man-up situation as UAlbany took a 19-4 lead into the final period. UAlbany struck first in the fourth quarter off a second Nuckel goal, set up from Jake Cullen. UMBC got its offense going in the final period, scoring the game’s final five goals. UAlbany stood strong to earn the 20-9 victory.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Record-Breaking Day for University of Albany Women's Lacrosse Keggins in 20-5 Win Over UMBC - UAlbany sports 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. – Officially the top scoring offense in Division I program history, University at Albany women’s lacrosse (13-3, 5-1 AE) dismantled UMBC (8-8, 3-3 AE) 20-5 on Saturday afternoon to earn the No. 2 seed in the upcoming America East Tournament. Senior Maureen Keggins led the Danes with 11 points on six goals and five assists. “I thought it was a great way to honor our seniors, to have our kids play that well,” said head coach John Battaglino. “They finally had a week to prepare for the game, and we were hitting on all cylinders. They were fun to watch today, and it ended our regular season on a high note.” Keggins put the Danes on the board unassisted less than three minutes into the game. Rachel Bowles followed up with a free position conversion shortly after to make it 2-0 UAlbany. UMBC snuck one through, but Bowles kicked off an eight-goal rally. The junior crashed the crease from Keggins man-up after Alie Jimerson forced a turnover on the ride. Jimerson would turn around to score unassisted on a curl from the point for a 4-1 Dane lead mid-way through the first half. Jimerson’s unassisted tally mark the first of seven Purple & Gold goals scored in a span of less than five minutes. The Danes won six consecutive draws to take control of the midfield and the game in the first period. Seven different players contributed off the draw in the early going. In the midst of the seven-goal sprint, Dakotah Savitcheff scored twice from Keggins to become UAbany’s all-time leader in single season goals. She passed Jodi Battaglia, who previously held the top spot with 56 in 2011. Keggins had all five of her assists in the first half, and would find Jimerson as well as Katherine Sweeney before the period expired. With a 13-2 lead at the break, Keggins (3g, 5a), Jimerson (2g, 2a), Bowles (3g) and Savitcheff (3g) had already tallied at least four points apiece. Battaglino’s squad also recorded just two turnovers. Bowles opened the second stanza with an unassisted slice down the middle. Keggins would go on to score three unassisted goals in a row for a 17-2 Dane advantage. The Retrievers won the ensuing draw, but Michelle Primomo caught the UMBC attack on its heels to force the turnover. She would scoop up the ground ball for a good clear. Sarah Martin tallied her lone point of the day on an assist to Jimerson at the 13:07 mark. Bowles and Emma Powlin would wrap up scoring for the Danes with just over five minutes to play. Courtney Henderson took her 13th win between the pipes with seven saves. The Danes also coughed up a season-low six turnovers. John Battaglino & co., have now tallied 369 points in the 2015 season, the most in Division I program history. The Purple & Gold also picked up its ninth win at home for a perfect 9-0 record at John Fallon Field in the regular season for the first time all-time. Along with Savitcheff’s single-season goal mark, Maureen Keggins is now the all-time single-season leader in points with 85 to date. She passed Rachael Burek (2013, 84 points). Keggins also tied Burek for UAlbany’s all-time top single-game points record with 11 (6g, 5a). UAlbany women’s lacrosse continues its 2015 campaign against Vermont in the America East Semifinals at LaValle Stadium on the Stony Brook campus. The Danes and Catamounts are scheduled for a 7:30 p.m., opening draw on Friday, May 1. The winner faces the victor of the Stony Brook vs. UMBC game on Sunday at noon on ESPN3. 2015 AMERICA EAST WOMEN’S LACROSSE TOURNAMENT Friday, May 1: No. 1 Stony Brook vs. No. 4 UMBC – 5:00 p.m. ( No. 2 UAlbany vs. No. 3 Vermont – 7:30 p.m. ( Sunday, May 3: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 – Noon (ESPN3)

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

#7/7 University of Albany Men's Lacrosse Dominates Siena 23-7 - UAlbany Sports 2015

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. – The #7/7 UAlbany men’s lacrosse team proved to be the top dogs in the Capital District once again on Tuesday, dominating Siena 23-7 on the road for its fifth-straight victory. “I was very pleased to how we responded after a huge win on Saturday against Yale, coming out three days later against a tough Siena team,” said UAlbany coach Scott Marr. “We started off great with an outstanding first quarter; we gobbled up every ground ball, Blaze [Riorden] had some key saves, and offensively, we did a great job of moving the ball and finding the open man.” After allowing the first score, UAlbany (12-2) scored the next 18 goals over the next 36:12 against Siena (5-8), leading 17-1 at the half and at one point having an 18-goal lead. “I would say the ride was the most exciting part of our game today,” said Marr. “The amount of turnovers that we caused because of our hustle; riding is just that, all hustle and heart.” 16 different UAlbany players earned points against Siena. Seth Oakes led UAlbany in goals for the fifth-consecutive game, finishing with four. John Maloney scored two goals and two assists, Bennett Drake had a hat trick and an assist while Lyle Thompson and Kyle McClancy each had three points. “We were moving the ball and running our offense,” said Maloney. “We got good opportunities and made our shots. We were trying to get Lyle [Thompson] the ball, and when he would dodge, they would send a double early, so we moved off-ball, and Lyle [Thompson] would find us.” On the defensive end, UAlbany allowed just one goal in the first half. Blaze Riorden saved six shots in the first half to earn the win while JD Colarusso defended in the second half, concluding with three saves. “We didn’t play as individuals, we played together as a team as one,” said Riorden. “Give [Siena] credit, they got some good shots off, but our defense played really well.” For Siena, Tim Cousin netted two goals, adding an assist and was the only Saint to score multiple points. Nick Capalbo got the loss with eight saves and 17 goals allowed in the first half. Siena scored first in the opening minute of the first quarter, then UAlbany’s offense started its tear. First goal, Connor Fields pulled the defense towards him, freeing Matthew Bertrams for the straight-away shot and score. Oakes added another after being left alone, revving up and firing for the goal. A minute later, Maloney connected on a downward shot from Thompson. 35 seconds later, McClancy emerged from the pack, picked up a Thompson missed shot and scored close range. Thompson helped the next goal, drawing the double team and passing to a running Adam Osika for the catch, shoot and score. UAlbany scored twice in a span of 40 seconds, with McClancy going away from a triple team, firing and scoring, then Maloney running through a double team and scoring. The UAlbany ride kept the ball on the offensive end as the Great Danes scored three more times before the end of the quarter off an Oakes rocket shot and score from Tim Cox, an AJ Kluck faceoff win and pass to Fields for the score, then Bertrams adding a second goal on a sprint to the cage and a score. Riorden and Co. held off a Siena attack in the final minutes of the period as UAlbany led 10-1 after the first quarter. The defense stood strong in the opening part of the second quarter with neither side scoring in the opening 6:14. UAlbany broke the drought as Thompson fed Fields for the shot into the right corner for the goal, then 24 seconds later, Derrick Eccles pushed through a defender and scored. As UAlbany’s ride caused a turnover, McClancy drew the defense forward and passed to Oakes all alone next to the goal circle. Oakes turned around for the easy goal. In the following seconds, Cox scored straight-away, then Oakes added another with a hard, long range shot while stepping backwards. Justin Reh took command of the offense, coming from around the cage and scoring, then adding another when the goalie was out of the circle after getting the pass from Drake. UAlbany led 17-1 at the break. 3:14 into the second half, Maloney threaded the needle from the far side to Drake, who completed the play with a high shot and score. Cousin responded and broke the UAlbany run with a goal just inside the left post. The two sides exchanged scores with Ky Tarbell netted a shot while falling near the circle, then long stick Weston French scoring while the team was man-down for Siena. Drake converted while man-up with a pass from John Glancy, then Tom Nuckel added a score two minutes later on a bounce shot. Siena scored the next two as UAlbany led 21-5 after three quarters. As UAlbany went to its reserves, it continued to dominate on defense. Jake Cullen got a chance on the rebounded first shot and converted long range. With 5:55 left to play, Drake added his third goal, coming from around the cage to score. Siena got two goals before the end of the game as UAlbany took the 23-7 victory. UAlbany will go for a perfect conference regular season on Saturday, April 25th, hosting UMBC at 3 p.m. at Bob Ford Field. The game will be televised on the Time Warner Cable SportsChannel.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

#8/8 University of Albany Men's Lacrosse Wins Top-10 Thriller vs. #7/7 Yale 12-11 - UAlbany Sports 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. – In front of a program record 4,823 fans at Bob Ford Field, the #8/8 UAlbany men’s lacrosse team defeated #7/7 Yale 12-11 to earn a win in the first matchup of top-10 teams in the Capital District since 2007. The victory for UAlbany (11-2) over Yale (9-3) gives the Great Danes their second over a then-ranked opponent this season, including its win over Drexel, and fourth victory in a row. UAlbany defeats a top-10 opponent in the regular season for the first time since a 25-10 win at #9 UMass on March 8, 2014. “I couldn’t be any more proud of the effort tonight,” said UAlbany coach Scott Marr. “We talked about the Medicine Game and playing for JP; it was a great team effort, we did not panic and we stayed with it the whole way.” With UAlbany up 8-4, Yale scored six of the next seven goals to take a 10-9 lead with just over 13 minutes remaining. UAlbany rolled off three-straight goals in the following 4:05 to lead 12-10. With Yale scoring with 36 seconds remaining, Blaze Riorden, who finished with 14 saves, saved a Harry Kucharczyk shot with 15 seconds left to seal the 12-11 victory for UAlbany. “It was a total team effort; when the defense gives up shots I can save, on a good night, I can save them,” said Riorden. “What a great atmosphere here tonight.” On the offensive end, Lyle Thompson earned seven points off three goals and four assists, having a hand in five of the team’s six first half scores. He now stands with 206 assists in his career, passing Rob Pannell and Darren Lowe to stand second-all in DI history, only behind Tim Nelson, who had 221 assists with N.C. State and Syracuse from 1982-1985. :”It was a good win, and a fun game to watch,” said Thompson. “Offensively, we did not get the ball much, but our defense did a great job tonight.” Seth Oakes led UAlbany with four goals, while Connor Fields added three goals. Kyle McClancy and Tim Cox each netted a goal in the key fourth quarter 3-0 run. It is the largest UAlbany home crowd for a men’s lacrosse game in Marr’s tenure. The previous high was 2,953 for UAlbany’s NCAA Tournament home game on May 13, 2007. For Yale, Eric Scott led the Bulldogs with four goals. Conrad Oberbeck, Ben Reeves and Jeff Cimbalista all netted two goals. Eric Natale finished with 10 saves in the defeat. Just over three minutes into the first quarter, Thompson got inside his defender, shot high to low and scored as the ball rolled into the cage for the score. With 8:15 left, Oakes took his stick with one hand and threw the ball into the into the net for the score. Less than a minute later after Eric Cantor caused a turnover on the faceoff, Fields hit the sidearm shot from Thompson to complete the game-opening 3-0 run. Yale got on the board five minutes later with Oberbeck scoring on the man-up chance. Riorden saved a Mark Glicini shot as UAlbany cleared, and on the third shot, Thompson again got inside his defender and scored. Scott scored on a hard shot from long range in the final minute of the quarter as UAlbany led 4-2 after one. Action went back and forth in the main part of the second quarter as neither side could connect for almost 10 minutes. UAlbany broke the drought with two catch and shoot goals from Thompson to Fields. 30 seconds after, Cimbalista jumped, fired and scored for Yale. Matt Garziano caused a turnover in the waning seconds of the half to keep the score at 6-3. Using the remnants of a man-up penalty at the start of the second half, John Maloney found Oakes from behind the cage and the goal to put UAlbany up 7-3. After Scott scored from long range, UAlbany fired away three times at the goal without a score. Yale cleared, with Riorden saving a Cimbalista transition shot and helping UAlbany clear. Fields missed with a high shot, getting a second chance after a pass from McClancy, ripping the shot and score to make it 8-4 UAlbany with 8:39 left in the 3rd. Yale went on a 3-0 run in the next six minutes, capped by a Cimbalista shot from J. Conor Mackie, to pull within one. Just before the end of the quarter, Thompson again got inside his defender for the high to low shot and score with two seconds left, making it 9-7 after three quarters. Continuing to play well on the faceoff, Yale rolled off three quick goals in the quarter’s first two minutes, capped by Reeves running off the draw, for a 10-9 Bulldogs lead. Following a Yale faceoff win and turnover, McClancy took a Fields miss, sprinted from around the cage and heaved a shot for a score to tie the game at 10-10. Two minutes later, Cox took the ball, sprinted towards the far side, fired and scored to put UAlbany ahead. With under nine minutes left, Oakes added an insurance goal, taking a Thompson pass and shooting between Natale’s feet to make it 12-10. UAlbany ran off two minutes of clock on offense and held off Yale’s chance for a minute more. With less than three minutes left, UAlbany held off another Yale possession as Riorden knocked away a Cimbalista shot and a Colin Flaherty shot went wide. Yale scored on a second chance from Scott with 36 seconds left to pull the visitors within one. Yale won the next faceoff, seeing Kucharczyk fire towards the left post. Riorden saved the chance as UAlbany did not see another Yale shot, ensuring the 12-11 victory. UAlbany will board the bus and head to Loudonville, taking on arch-rival Siena on Tuesday, April 21st at 4 p.m.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

University of Albany Softball Takes Two From Cornell, 10-4 and 2-1 In Eight - UAlbany Sports 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. – Wrapping up a 12-game home stand Wednesday at Albany Field, the University at Albany softball team swept the non-conference doubleheader against the visiting Cornell Big Red, 10-4 and 2-1 in eight innings. With the pair of wins, the Great Danes improved to 21-10 on the season, while Cornell fell to 9-20. “We’re happy to get the two wins,” said Head Coach Chris Cannata. “We hit well in the first game, but we left a lot of runners on base in the second. These were two good games to see what we need to clean up before this weekend.” In game one, UAlbany took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first, as Alexa Toole drew a one-out walk, Maggie Cocks knocked an RBI doubled to left-center and Liz Snow ripped a run-scoring single down the left field line. The Danes steadily built their lead, plating one in the second on Vicky McFarland’s double down the left field line that brought home Jess Tate who reached on a one-out single through the right side. In the third, Snow made it a four-run game with her leadoff home run off the scoreboard in left field. However, Cornell rallied for four runs of its own in the top of the fourth, stringing together three straight singles to load the bases, followed by Taylor Goodin’s two-run double to right-centerfield. With two outs, Chloe Pendergast also doubled, plating two more to tie the game, 4-4. Patient at the plate, Lindsey Haskell and Toole drew walks and Cocks singled through the left side in the bottom of the fourth, setting up Snow’s two RBI single to the same location. The runs gave UAlbany the lead for good. In the fifth, the Great Danes tacked on four insurance runs for a 10-4 advantage. Leading off, Kayla Bailey laid down a bunt single and Samantha Broking followed with a liner through the left side. With one out, McFarland reached on a fielder’s choice and Toole followed with a two-run scoring single to center. Cocks capped the frame with a two-out and full count home run over the left field fence. Freshman Devin Durando earned her first of two wins on the day, throwing the complete game. She allowed four runs and six hits, while striking out eight. For Cornell, starter Sierra Stone (1-6) took the loss, allowing six runs and eight hits, striking out three in 3.1 innings of work. Out of the pen, Katie Carmichael threw the final 2.2 frames, getting credited with four runs and five hits, while striking out two. Offensively, UAlbany put 13 hits up on the board led by Snow’s 3-for-3 performance with four RBI and a run scored. Cocks went 3-for-4 with two runs batted in and two runs scored, while Broking also had a multi-hit effort going 2-for-2 off the bench. Quite the opposite of game one, the nightcap featured just nine hits and three runs combined. After having bases loaded in the first, UAlbany finally pushed a run through in the third, as McFarland led off with a single through the right side, stole second, and scored on Toole’s RBI single up the middle. After a pair of walks loaded the bases, Cornell worked its way out of the jam with back-to-back plays at the plate that held the score at 1-0. In the top of the seventh, the Big Red tied it up, stringing together a pair of singles and a sacrifice fly to left. Looking to walk off with the win, the Great Danes loaded the bases again in the bottom of the seventh on McFarland’s bunt single and Snow and Solano’s consecutive walks with two outs. However, Kelly Costello’s screamer to center was snagged by outfielder Meg Parker, sending the game to extras. In the eighth, Durando sat the Big Red down in order, leading to the Danes’ winning at-bats. With Costello starting at second, freshman Mackenzie Cleary’s sac bunt moved Costello to third, and Caitlin Cooper played hero with a game-winning sac fly to right. Going 2-for-4 with a run scored, McFarland led the Danes’ offensive output that totaled five hits in the victory. In the circle, Durando (10-2) earned her second win of the afternoon, tossing the final 3.2 innings out of the pen. She held the Big Red to one unearned run and two hits. Starter Mackenzie Thompson threw the opening 2.2 scoreless innings, before being relieved by freshman Nicole Parks in the third. Parks limited Cornell to just one hit in 1.2 innings. Cornell’s Maddie Orcutt (6-9) took the loss, tossing all eight. Up next, UAlbany travels to Binghamton for a three-game conference series Saturday and Sunday

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

University of Albany Men's Lacrosse: Lyle Thompson’s Breaks NCAA DI All-Time Scoring Record - UAlbany sports 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. – On a warm Tuesday night in Rhode Island, Lyle Thompson became the new NCAA Division I all-time scoring leader, adding another notch to the belt of one of the greatest players in collegiate men’s lacrosse history. Thompson’s assist to Connor Fields in the second quarter against Bryant gave him point #355 in his career to break Rob Pannell’s record. Thompson, who currently stands with 357 points off 155 goals and 202 assists, earned the record in just 63 games. In his career, along with the all-time scoring record, Thompson has earned a share of the Tewaaraton Trophy with his brother Miles Thompson, holds the single season scoring record, including two of the top four scoring seasons in DI history, is tied for the NCAA single season assists record and is just 19 assists away from matching the NCAA DI all-time assists record. After playing in the UAlbany midfield as a freshman and scoring 38 points, Thompson exploded as a member of the attack corps, leading all of Division I points per game the past three seasons: 6.65 points per game as a sophomore, 7.11 points per game as a junior and 6.5 points per game so far in his senior season.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

#18 University of Albany Women’s Lacrosse Extends Perfect Home Record to 7-0 With 15-4 Victory Over Brown - UAlbany Sports 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. – University at Albany women’s lacrosse (10-2, 3-1 AE) downed Brown (5-6, 0-4 Ivy) 15-4 on a rainy Wednesday afternoon to take its seventh consecutive win of 2015 at John Fallon Field. Dakotah Savitcheff scored a game-high seven goals, while Maureen Keggins added four assists. UAlbany opened the game on a 7-0 run. Savitcheff tallied the first goal on a free position just 20 seconds into the game. The sophomore attack won the ensuing draw control, setting up classmate Sarah Martin for a 2-0 Great Dane lead. Less than four minutes into the game, the Purple & Gold made it 3-0 as Savitcheff recorded her second of the contest. Alie Jimerson connected with Savitcheff for her first assist of two. Jimerson got in on the scoring action two minutes later, advancing around the crease for a 4-0 UAlbany advantage with just over five minutes gone in the first half. Brown won the following draw control, but Courtney Henderson intercepted a pass behind the cage to send the Danes the other direction. A Martin shot was stopped, but Henderson came up with another save to set up UAlbany in transition. Keggins found Bowles down the middle to make it 5-0 Danes. After the John Battaglino’s squad suffered its first failed clear of the game, the Bears looked to take advantage and hit the post with 15 minutes to play in the first. Battaglino called timeout to regroup. UAlbany would have two more shots on net before Nichole Eamer put away the sixth goal for a 6-0 Purple & Gold lead. Savitcheff beat the buzzer with 17 seconds left from Jimerson for the 7-0 edge at the break. Henderson had five of her six saves in the first period. The Bears did not go away quietly, opening the half with a goal to prevent the shutout. Less than one minute later Keggins forced a turnover off the draw. The senior was rewarded on the other end with her only goal of the game from Savitcheff. The duo reversed roles to put the Danes up 9-1 after Savitcheff forced a turnover near midfield. Despite winning most of the draw controls, Brown continued to cough up the ball for easy UAlbany conversions. Michelle Primomo picked up a caused turnover to send Martin downfield. She cleared to Eamer for a 10-1 lead with just under 25 minutes to play. Savitcheff would score three more times before time expired. Jimerson converted on a man-up opportunity from Rachel Bowles, and Eamer netted another unassisted goal to wrap up scoring for the Danes with less than two minutes to play. With another standout offensive performances, several Danes moved up the UAlbany record book. Savitcheff’s seven goals put her in second in Division I single-season tallies with 48 to date. She is nine goals shy of becoming the all-time leader in the category, passing Jodi Battaglia. Rachel Bowles has now tied Battaglia’s career points mark with 154. The pair rank tied for ninth all-time. Thanks to four assists against the Bears, Maureen Keggins is now 12 assists away from becoming the all-time single-season leader. She has 64 for her career to rank second in Division I career assists. Her performance against Brown helped her pass former teammate Rachael Burek. With Wedesday’s win, UAlbany is on a six-game winning streak against the Ivy League, dating back to 2013. The Danes will put that streak on the line Monday afternoon, as they face Dartmouth (1-9, 1-3 Ivy) at 3:00 p.m

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

University of Albany: Snow’s Walk-Off Lifts Softball To 2-1 Win Over UConn - UAlbany Sports 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. – With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, sophomore Liz Snow played hero, belting a two-run walk-off home run over the left field wall, lifting the University at Albany softball team to a 2-1 victory over the visiting University of Connecticut Huskies. The home run also broke up UConn pitcher Kayla Doty’s no-hitter. With the win, the Great Danes improved to 13-7 on the season, while the Huskies fell to 10-21. “We had three, four, and five up, so we were just waiting for a good at-bat to keep us in the game,” said Head Coach Chris Cannata. “We were going to bunt, but decided to let the three kids take a swing at it and see what happened, and Liz put a good swing on that one.” “I felt it. As soon as the ball was off the bat, I was like ‘Dear goodness, I hope that goes over,’” said Snow on her game-winner. The walk-off was reminiscent of Snow’s three-run home run in the bottom of the 10th inning against Stony Brook in the America East Championship last spring. Those heroics forced a deciding game that the Danes went on to win for the program’s fifth conference tournament title. UConn took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third, stringing together a pair of singles up the middle, but the Great Danes escaped the frame with minimal damage, turning a 6-4-3 double play. In the bottom of the fifth, UAlbany spoiled Doty’s perfect game, as Marlin Solano drew a leadoff walk and Snow was hit by a pitch, putting two on with no outs. However, the Huskies got out of the jam with a sac bunt and double play on a liner to short. Down to their final at-bats in the bottom of the seventh, Alexa Toole sparked the Great Danes’ rally, drawing a leadoff walk. After back-to-back flyouts to left, Snow proved clutch again with her game-winning dinger. In the circle, reliever Devin Durando (7-1) earned the win, tossing the final three innings, allowing no runs and one hit, while striking out three. Starter Erynn Sobieski threw the opening four frames, allowing one run and six scattered hits, while striking out four. Up next, the Great Danes open America East Conference play versus Maine, April 4-5.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

University of Albany Men's Lacrosse Earns First Shutout in DI Program History with 25-0 Victory - UAlbany Sports 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. – The #10/9 UAlbany men’s lacrosse team took down UMass Lowell 25-0 at home for the first-ever shutout in its Division I program history and its six-straight victory. UAlbany (7-1, 3-0 AE) dominated first-year program UMass Lowell (1-8, 0-3 AE) in every facet, outshooting its opponent 67-21, winning 23 of 29 faceoffs and scooping 65 ground balls to UML’s 24. “We got everyone a chance to play,” said UAlbany coach Scott Marr, whose UAlbany team has won 13-consecutive America East games. “UMass Lowell will be a good program, but we played at a very high level today.” Previously, UAlbany’s biggest margin of victory and top scoring defensive outcome came on April 30th, 2000 in a 24-1 win over Wagner. Connor Fields led UAlbany’s offense in the first half with a career-high nine points and seven goals, adding two assists. 17 different players scored points for UAlbany. Justin Reh scored a career-high eight points off a goal and seven assists, all coming in the second half. Lyle Thompson, Troy Reh and John Glancy each netted a pair of goals. “We were just trying to do our best and do what we do,” said Fields. “It is nice to have a game like this to get the confidence, and my teammates kept finding me for goals.” “The start of the game, our attitude was not to take [UMass Lowell] for granted,” said Thompson, whose two goals gives him 332 points in his collegiate career, just 22 points away from tying the all-time DI record of 354. On the defensive side, UAlbany’s three goalkeepers, Blaze Riorden, JD Colarusso and Trevor Cross combined for the shutout. Riorden got the victory with three saves in the first half. Colarusso had two saves in the majority of the second half while Cross, in his collegiate debut, had the sixth in the final 6:05. For UMass Lowell, Alex Desmarais got the loss with 10 saves and 13 goals allowed in the first 18 minutes. The defense exchanged shots with no one connecting in the opening five minutes. Thompson stole the ball on a UML clear attempt and scored himself to put UAlbany on the board. UAlbany kept winning faceoffs and stayed on offense, adding a Fields rebound goal, a Derrick Eccles rip and score, a John Maloney second chance shot from a Thompson saved shot, and a low shot from Fields for a goal for a 5-0 lead with 5:26 left in the 1st. After Fields added another goal minutes later, Cason Liles won faceoffs and helped UAlbany scored three goals in a span of 44 seconds from Thompson, Fields and Bennett Drake to lead 9-0 by the end of the first. Out of the gate in the second quarter, Derrick Eccles grabbed the faceoff, passed to Drake who passed to Fields for the goal. UAlbany added another couple of quick goals from Tim Cox, Kyle McClancy and Matt Garziano to lead 13-0 after 18 total minutes. UAlbany held on defense against a number of UMass Lowell shots for the next series of minutes, with Justin Reh setting up Fields for a goal, then he scored one of his own on a turnaround shot. Fields added one more as UAlbany took a 16-0 lead into the break. UAlbany went to its reserves for the next half. About three minutes in, Cody Kilcoyne picked up a ground ball from a scrum and scored his first UAlbany goal. Glancy added his first collegiate goal on a hidden ball trick in a man-up scenario. After peppering the goal with around five minutes left in the period, Mitch Rupp scored in a man-up situation, making it 19-0, the eventual score at the end of the third quarter. Troy Reh netted a goal about three minutes into the fourth quarter, with Josh Egan adding his first collegiate goal with 7:05 left in the period. The UAlbany defense held off a River Hawk attack that saw four shots in a span of 35 seconds. The reserves kept striking, with Glancy, Tom Nuckel, Troy Reh and Kevin McNally all adding late goals as the Great Danes held off UMass Lowell for the 25-0 shutout. UAlbany will head to the Carrier Dome for a battle against rival Syracuse, currently ranked #1 in the country in both polls, for a Thursday, April 2nd game at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

University of Albany Men's Lacrosse: Thompson’s 9 Goal Night Leads to 21-18 Shootout Victory at Harvard - UAlbany Sports 2015

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Led by 12 points from Lyle Thompson, including a program single game record nine goals, the #10/9 UAlbany men’s lacrosse team used a five-goal run in the fourth quarter to win 21-18 over RV/RV Harvard on a rain-soaked Wednesday night. With the victory, UAlbany (6-1) earns its fifth-consecutive win and third against a team receiving votes in each lacrosse poll this season, including Drexel and Stony Brook. It is also the fourth win in as many chances for UAlbany against Harvard (4-5) all-time. “Give them credit offensively, it was a wide open game, and a fun one,” said UAlbany coach Scott Marr. “With Lyle [Thompson], it is pick your poison, and I do not know want you do. We’ve been playing in the elements, and when our transition game is there, it helps a lot.” With the game tied at 16 in the fourth quarter, UAlbany scored the next five goals in a span of seven minutes. Harvard scored twice late, but UAlbany ran out the clock to ensure the win. UAlbany outshot Harvard 57-39 in the game. Thompson tied a single game goals record with brother Miles Thompson, who had nine goals at Bryant on March 16th, 2013. “I am so used to being the feeder,” said Thompson, who earned his third double digit scoring day in the last four games. “I am normally reading the field. I knew I had to go to the net and shoot the ball.” Connor Fields scored three goals and an assist, scooping eight ground balls. Tim Cox finished with two goals and an assist, including the first goal of the fourth quarter 5-0 run, while Adam Osika earned his first two goals of the year. Blaze Riorden earned his sixth victory of the year with 14 saves in the game. For Harvard, Ian Ardrey netted four goals while Will Walker and Tim Edmonds each had hat tricks. The loss went to keeper Bryan Moore, who finished with 23 saves. Harvard scored the first two goals in the first quarter off a quick strike in transition and a diving shot by Keegan Michal. Thompson got UAlbany on the board with a bounce shot into the cage. The home team added two more in the following 90 seconds off a faceoff from Joe Lang and a low shot from Ian Ardrey. UAlbany responded with a low shot and score inside the left post corner, then 20 seconds later, Tim Cox made his defender fall, freeing him for the shot and score next to the cage. No team scored in the final 6:46 of the quarter as UAlbany trailed 4-3. The Crimson struck twice in a span of 67 seconds on transition goals to lead by three. The two sides exchanged a score for a 7-4 home team advantage. Thompson took the ball off the faceoff and fired a shot for a goal, then on the next possession, stripped the goalie of his stick, picked up the rock and scored. After Harvard scored again, Thompson pushed through a defender and scored again. UAlbany earned a 6-on-4 possession, passing around the fan to Jake Cullen for the score to tie the game. Edmonds scored a few minutes later to put Harvard back in the lead, then Thompson picked up a triple team, passing to an open Osika for the score with nine seconds left in the half. UAlbany and Harvard were tied at nine at the break. Minutes into the start of the third as the rain continued to fall, Fields fired a shot while being knocked to the ground and scored to give UAlbany the lead. 30 seconds later, Cox found Osika for another goal. Ardrey scored long range, which UAlbany countered with Fields running from a triple team to set up Seth Oakes for the hard shot and goal next to the cage. The furious pace continued as Harvard scored twice in a span of 47 seconds to tie the game at 12. Matthew Bertrams scored seconds later on a rebound shot off the faceoff, then Matt Garziano added another after receiving the pass from Thompson and running right side to the cage for the goal. UAlbany continued to attack as Thompson added another from long range, then 34 seconds afterwards, scored again on a hard shot while his stick was stripped to give UAlbany a four-goal lead. Walker and Ardrey scored close range goals for Harvard before the end of the quarter as UAlbany led 16-14 after three. The home team got back to a tie game after two goals by Sean McDonagh and Keegan Michel made it 16-16 as no team scored for the following four minutes. Cox broke the stalemate, using a spin move to get around a defender and scoring with 9:34 left to put UAlbany ahead. Connor Russell won another faceoff, leading to Kyle McClancy getting the pass and scoring from around the cage with a narrow angle. Again Russell won a faceoff, leading to Thompson drawing a defender, turning around and firing for the goal. As UAlbany held on defense, McClancy passed to Fields, who shot a low throw to the lower corner for a goal with under five minutes left. With 2:39 left, Thompson forced a turnover on the ride, fired and scored again to make it 21-16 UAlbany, completing the 5-0 run. Sean Coleman and Ardrey scored for Harvard with under two minutes left. Russell won the final faceoff as UAlbany held the ball the rest of the way to earn the 21-18 win. UAlbany returns home for a Saturday game at 1 p.m. against UMass Lowell.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

#18 University of Albany Women’s Lacrosse Records 4th 20-Goal Game of Season - UAlbany Sports 2015

LOWELL, MASS. – University at Albany women’s lacrosse (7-1, 1-0 AE) tallied 21-straight goals to down UMass Lowell (0-8, 0-1 AE) 21-1 in Lowell, Mass., on Saturday afternoon. Rachel Bowles and Dakotah Savitcheff led the way with four goals apiece, while Alie Jimerson and Maureen Keggins had five assists each. The Danes won four of the first five draws to take an early lead in time of possession. UAlbany claimed a 4-0 advantage seven minutes into the game, including two goals from Bowles. The junior and Savitcheff combined for all eight of their goals in the first half. On the defensive end, the River Hawks failed to clear the ball out of their own end in the first half. The Danes scored 10 goals in 15 minutes to garner a running clock mid-way through the period. Christine Johnson netted her first goal of the season to advance to an 11-0 lead. Savitcheff tallied her 30th goal of the season three minutes later on an assist from Maureen Keggins. Keggins recorded three-straight points, including the ensuing goal and another dish to Emma Powlin for a 14-0 edge at the 7:30 mark of the first half. UAlbany led 15-0 at halftime. With the game safely in hand, the Danes saw Nichole Eamer and Amanda Obenshain score early in the second half. The Purple & Gold reached the 20-goal mark on a tally by Andrea Flood, with the assist credited to Emily Mizer. Scoring concluded for the Great Danes on a goal by Kenzie Neal with 11 minutes left to play. Saturday’s victory marks the fourth time the nation’s top scoring offense has recorded 20 goals. UAlbany’s 37 points marks a new single-game program record, after breaking the previous record earlier this season against Manhattan. Ten different UAlbany players scored, with Keggins recording a game-high eight points. Courtney Henderson came away with the win in goal. With four goals and one assist, Rachel Bowles passed former teammate Rachael Burek on the Division I career scoring list, now ranking fifth with 108 career goals. She is seventh on the D-I points leaderboard with 145. On Saturday March 28, UAlbany women’s lacrosse returns to John Fallon Field to face New Hampshire at noon.

University of Albany MLAX Pounds Hartford 24-6 for 2-0 Start in America East Play, Fourth-Straight Win - UAlbany Sports 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. – Scoring 13 of the game’s first 14 goals, the UAlbany men’s lacrosse team crushed Hartford 24-6 at home for the fourth-straight win and a 2-0 start to conference play. UAlbany (5-1, 2-0 AE) outscored Hartford (3-4, 1-1 AE) by at least five goals in the first, second and fourth quarters and did not allow more than two goals in any period. Combined with Tuesday’s victory over Canisius, UAlbany has outscored its foes 50-12 in its last two games. “We are starting to play with a lot of confidence,” said coach Scott Marr, whose UAlbany team has won its last 12 America East games. “I am pleased with the effort on both sides of the ball, and we played a complete game today.” With the win, UAlbany stands in first place in the America East, a half-game ahead of Binghamton at 1-0. Connor Fields set a new career-high in points with seven off five goals and two assists, adding another career-high with seven ground balls. “We were working the ball well, and we knew we were facing a good team, and we executed,” said Fields. “We are starting to get used to each other, and our chemistry is coming together.” Seth Oakes also earned a career-high with six points off four goals and two assists. Lyle Thompson finished with three goals, an assist and four ground balls. Bennett Drake scored a hat trick and Justin Reh had three assists. Blaze Riorden earned the win in goal, saving nine in 13 shots on goal in the first three quarters. Defensemen Eric Cantor and AJ Kluck each caused three turnovers. In all, 16 UAlbany players scored points and 24 Great Danes scooped at least one ground ball. For Hartford, Justin Huggins scored two goals and grabbed two ground balls. Rion Davison had a goal and an assist. The loss went to goalkeeper Ryan Vanderford, who had eight saves and 14 goals allowed in the first half. UAlbany struck first in the opening minutes with a shovel shot from Thompson. Minutes later, Oakes got the ball after a quick clear and scored a low shot. Kyle McClancy followed with a goal, scoring with John Maloney drawing a double team to open him up. After a missed shot, Matthew Bertrams got a second chance from Oakes and scored. Next possession, Fields stole Vanderford’s pass, found Thompson for the catch and shoot goal. 30 seconds later on a man-up situation, Oakes scored another for the 6-0 run. Huggins scored to put Hartford on the board with 1:45 left, leading UAlbany to lead 6-1 after the first period. UAlbany continued the attack into the second period, seeing Fields to pass to Bertrams for the rocket shot and score in the opening minutes. UAlbany rolled off three goals in a span of 92 seconds: Oakes scored on a man-up situation from Maloney, Fields fired a quick shot after being given space then scored another on a ground ball throw inbetween the keeper’s feet. With 8:12 left in the 2nd following two missed shots, McClancy got a third chance, running from around the cage and firing for the goal. Minutes later, Thompson drew a double team and passes to a charging Fields for the shot and score, then Thompson netted one of his own 37 seconds later on a shot just below the crossbar off a pass from Derrick Eccles. Hartford added two in the closing minutes of the half, with Tim Cox getting one back off the faceoff with one second left on the clock, giving UAlbany a 14-3 lead at the break. After nearly four minutes of no scoring in the third, Davison scored off a failed UAlbany clear. Each side was not able to score in the following four-and-a-half minutes. After Hartford got a man-up situation, Riorden made a save and cleared. Hartford knocked the ball loose, with Cody Kilcoyne emerging from the scrum with the ball. He passed to Oakes, who found Fields for the goal man-down. Two minutes later, Oakes found the net again right next to the circle from Reh. Before the end of the period, Drake scored a man-up goal with two seconds left to make it 17-4 after three quarters. UAlbany played many of its reserves starting in the fourth quarter, including JD Colarusso in goal. In the first five minutes, Fields and Tom Nuckel scored goals to extend the lead to 15. Kevin O’Shea scored on a low shot to stop the run for the Great Danes. Drake countered that score with a catch and shoot score from Ky Tarbell. A minute later, Chris Underwood led the UAlbany clear effort, finding Jake Cullen for the goal. After winning the next faceoff, UAlbany went to Tyler Aycock for a blazing shot and score inside the post. After Trevor O’Brien scored for Hartford, Justin Zelen and Drake each scored man-up goals, both assisted by Reh, to set the eventual final score at 24-6. UAlbany will hit the road on Wednesday to take on Harvard, ranked in the top-16 in both the coaches and media poll, on Wednesday, March 25th at 7 p.m.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Oklahoma Holds Off University of Albany Men's Basketball, 69-60, In NCAA Second Round - Ualbany Sports 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Competing in the program’s fifth NCAA Tournament and third consecutively, the No. 14 seeded University at Albany men’s basketball team was held off by No. 3 Oklahoma, 69-60, Friday night at Nationwide Arena. With the Second Round loss, the Great Danes end their season with a 24-9 overall record, marking the best winning percentage (.727) in program history. “I'm proud of my basketball team. I thought we did a really good job competing against one of the best teams in the country,” said Head Coach Will Brown. “I felt coming in there was a chance we were going to be overmatched physically and athletically, especially in the front court. But, again, I thought we hung around.” The Great Danes had four players finish in double figures, marking the 11th time this season that four or more players scored 10 or more points in a game. Junior guard Peter Hooley led the way with 15 points, shooting 6-for-18 from the field, followed by junior Evan Singletary’s 13 points (5-for-10), senior Same Rowley’s 12 points and six rebounds, and Ray Sanders’ 11 points and seven boards. For Oklahoma, TaShawn Thomas logged a game-high 18 points, while Buddy Heild had 15, and Ryan Spanger led the Sooners on the glass with 11 rebounds along with nine points. While Oklahoma held the lead from their opening possession, UAlbany never let the margin exceed 12 points and cut the deficit to six with less than a minute remaining in the game. Winning the tip, OU scored on Spangler’s hook, but Sanders got the Danes on the board with his drive down the lane at the 17:55 mark, keeping the score even. Going 1-for-6 from the field as the Sooners built a 9-3 advantage, Coach Brown called timeout with 14:43 left in the first half. Immediately, out of the break, Singletary cut the margin to four with his take to the rim. Trading baskets, the Sooners retained a six-point lead, matching Hooley’s three and Rowley’s layup score-for-score, forcing Brown to slow the game down with his second timeout at the 12:27 mark. Again after regrouping, Hooley made it a four-point game, 16-12, with his bucket on the inbounds. Bodying up in the paint, Rowley muscled the ball off the board, leading to Hooley’s runner at the other end of the court that cut the deficit to three, 17-14. Scoring 12 of his 15 points in the first half, Hooley’s long trey sliced the margin to two, 19-17, with 8:55 left in the stanza. However, Oklahoma’s Isaiah Cousins and Hield did the same to make it a six-point game, 25-19, heading into the under-eight media timeout. The Great Danes got within two again, 25-23, on Singletary’s transition lay-in and Hooley’s acrobatic take up the middle at the 6:16 mark. While, the Sooners answered with a 6-0 run, UAlbany center Richard Peters snapped the streak with his offensive board and up-and-under put-back, making the score 31-25 with 3:35 left in the half. Oklahoma took its largest lead of the stanza, 35-25, on Thomas’ layup, but Sanders cut it to seven on his three with 10 seconds left. Unfortunately, the Sooners took a nine-point advantage into the break on Jordan Woodard’s buzzer beating layup. Out of the locker rooms, back-to-back buckets by Hooley and Rowley made it a five-point game, 37-32. While OU ballooned the lead back to eight twice, Sanders knocked down a pair of threes to keep the margin at five, 45-40, with 14:36 to go. However, the Sooners’ 7-0 run, capped by a layup and three by Frank Booker with 11:27 remaining, gave them their largest lead of the game, 52-40. The Danes continued to claw, as Wheeler Baker’s three at the 8:43 mark brought the margin back to single digits, and Singletary’s jumper and three made it a six-point contest, 60-54, with 3:53 to go. With time dwindling down, Oklahoma answered immediately on the other end of the floor on Cousins’ timely three. “I would have liked to have had the opportunity to see what happened if Cousins missed that shot,” said Brown. “We would have had the ball in our hands and off to the races.” Singletary cut it to six again, 65-59, on his three from the corner with 1:57 left, but that would be as close as the Great Danes would get. “Every time we seemed to get close, it seemed like they made a shot to hold us back a little bit,” said Rowley. Unable to get the ball to fall on two shots behind the arch, Rowley pulled down the defensive rebound, giving UAlbany a chance to make it a one-possession game with 56 seconds to go. However, Greig Stire’s layup bounced off the rim and into the hands of the Sooners. From there, the Danes were forced to foul and Oklahoma went 4-for-4 from the line to secure the win. “You've got to credit Oklahoma,” added Brown. “Very well coached team and they're a team that I know a lot of people expected to go deep in this tournament.” “I thought we played well today. I thought we gave it our all,” said Rowley. “But to beat these teams you need to play nearly a perfect game, and unfortunately we didn't do that tonight, nor did we do it the last year or the year before.” Rowley, a team captain, closed his career with 1,194 points and 756 rebounds, as well as three America East Tournament titles, a regular season title, and three NCAA Tournament appearances. Oklahoma (23-10) advances to the Third Round and will play the winner of the Providence and Dayton match-up.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Sunday, March 15, 2015

University of Albany Men's Basketball 2015 America East Championship - Video Highlights & Coverage

Saturday, March 14, 2015

University of Albany's Peter Hooley’s Last-Second Trey Sends Men’s Basketball to the Big Dance for Third-Straight Year - UAlbany Sports 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. – Fate stepped in on Saturday afternoon for Peter Hooley, as the junior sank a three with 1.6 seconds left to seal University at Albany men’s basketball’s (24-8) third-consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Danes defeated Stony Brook (23-11) 51-50 at a sold out SEFCU Arena. “Ray [Sanders] drove and put up a shot. Then Sam Rowley got a hand on it and tipped it back. I saw it rolling towards me, and Sam pointed to the rim,” said Hooley I guess he wanted me to throw it up to him, but I decided to shoot it anyway. When you’ve got angels watching you, you can do anything.” Both teams struggled from the field early on, with just six points between them in the first 10 minutes. UAlbany went 1-for-10 from the field in the first seven minutes with no turnovers. Hooley came off the bench to make the score 4-2, and Greig Stire made it 6-2 shortly thereafter at the 11-minute mark. Richard Peters got in on the scoring to give UAlbany what was its largest lead of the game, 10-4 with 8:30 on the clock. The Seawolves went on a 4-0 run to come within two, but another basket off the hands of Peters maintained a two-possession lead. But Stony Brook would not let up to end the half. UAlbany went 0-for-7 from the field to close the period, victims of a 10-4 Seawolves run. Stony Brook took a 20-16 lead into the locker room. The Purple & Gold’s 16 points in the opening stanza stands as the lowest total for a team at half of the league title game all-time. Jameel Warney had 12 of Stony Brook’s 20 first-half points. The America East Player of the Year also had nine boards at the break. The Danes shot just 6-for-29 (.207) from the field in the first half. Hooley led the way with six points. In the second half, UAlbany skirted with closing the game to one possession, but Stony Brook went up seven with 13 minutes to play, 33-28. After going 0-for-7 from the field with just two points in the first half, Sam Rowley heated up for six of the Purple & Gold’s first nine points of the second. The Seawolves answered the call, continuing to pound the glass to keep its distance. A Carson Puriefoy three gave Steve Pikiell’s squad its largest lead of the game, 41-33 with just over six minutes to play. Ray Sanders, Evan Singletary and Hooley combined for a 5-0 Dane run to cut the Stony Brook lead to three, 41-38, but Puriefoy came back with two more treys. The junior Seawolves guard finished with 18 points in the second half. Down seven with less than three minutes to play, UAlbany’s zone saw Stony Brook’s lead cut to four shortly after. A Rowley lay-in put the score at 49-46 with one minute to go. Mike Rowley stepped in to make two crucial free throws to make it a one-point game, 49-48 with 23 seconds to go. The sophomore grabbed an offensive board, one of 15 on the day for the Danes to draw the foul. Rowley had all seven of his rebounds in the second half. Hooley fouled one of Stony Brook’s best free throw shooters in Puriefoy on the inbounds. The junior missed the second of a two-shot opportunity to give the Danes a shot at a tie for two or the win for three. Sanders grabbed the rebound off the Puriefoy miss and drove left. The junior’s shot was strong off the glass, but a tip back to the top of the key fell directly into the hands of Hooley. The junior stepped in to sink the game-winner with 1.6 seconds on the clock for the 51-50 victory. UAlbany will make its third consecutive and fifth overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Danes are the first team to win the America East Title in three consecutive seasons since Vermont in 2003-05. The Purple & Gold’s five conference titles is third-most all-time among America East programs, and ties Will Brown for the most titles for any coach with Jim Calhoun at Northeastern. “We did what we do,” said Will Brown. “We find ways to win games, and we just made plays down the stretch. We played more zone in the second half than we have in all of our conference games combined this year. I don’t think we could’ve drawn up a more fitting ending, than for the ball to end up in Peter Hooley’s hands.” The Purple Fam helped the America East to its best postseason attendance since 2005, rounding out at 21,292. Peter Hooley’s inspiring performance earned him Reggie Lewis Most Outstanding Player honors for the second-straight year. He becomes the fifth player to take the award in consecutive tournaments. 2015 AMERICA EAST ALL-CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM: Most Outstanding Player: Peter Hooley UAlbany Peter Hooley, UAlbany Sam Rowley, UAlbany Carson Puriefoy, Stony Brook Jameel Warney, Stony Brook Jaleen Smith, New Hampshire The UAlbany Great Danes will await their fate in the NCAA Tournament, learning their selection on Sunday, March 15 on the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Selection show on CBS at 6:00 p.m. ET.

University of Albany's Lylel Thompson: 12-Point Day Leads Men's Lacrosse to 17-15 Win at Stony Brook - UAlbany Sports 2015

STONY BROOK, N.Y. – In another back and forth battle on Long Island, the #15/11 UAlbany men’s lacrosse team again pulled out a victory over RV/RV Stony Brook, winning 17-15 off 12 points from Lyle Thompson. After losing its four-goal lead to enter the fourth quarter tied at 13, UAlbany (3-1, 1-0 AE) scored twice during a man-up minute. Stony Brook (5-2, 0-1 AE) twice pulled to within one, but goals by Seth Oakes kept UAlbany ahead for good in the fourth quarter. Lyle Thompson finished with 10 assists, a new single game program record, and two goals. His 12 points is the second-highest single game total in UAlbany history, just behind Miles Thompson’s 14-point day at Stony Brook on April 27th, 2013. Lyle Thompson now stands with 304 points in his career, the top mark in UAlbany history and tied for eighth in NCAA Division I history. Connor Fields scored four goals, a career-high, adding an assist for five points. Oakes scored four goals, John Maloney got three points off two goals and an assist and Matt Garziano netted two goals, each in the second quarter. Blaze Riorden got the victory in goal, finishing with six saves. For Stony Brook, Mike Rooney ended with five goals and four assists for nine points. Brody Eastwood scored four goals while Chris Hughes had two goals. UAlbany got off to a quick start with Fields scoring off the faceoff from Thompson. Two minutes later, Matthew Bertrams added an unassisted goal on a run to the cage. Stony Brook scored in quick fashion after that goal, then UAlbany countered with a goal from Tim Cox 50 seconds later. Stony Brook went ahead with three-straight goals from Eastwood, with the first two coming in a span of 33 seconds. The Iroquois connection got UAlbany back in front with Thompson assisting Oakes for a score then netting a shot of his own 50 seconds later. UAlbany led 5-4 after the first quarter. The Great Danes continued the run into the second period, with Thompson finding Garziano twice for goals in the quarter’s opening 91 seconds. After Matt Schultz scored for Stony Brook, the UAlbany attack corps connected again with Thompson assisting goals in a row to Fields. Each side exchanged a goal before the end of the period as UAlbany led 10-6 at the half. Oakes added another goal 50 seconds into the third quarter as UAlbany stood with a five goal lead at 11-6. Rooney scored twice in a period of 43 seconds to cut UAlbany’s lead to three. Thompson for UAlbany, Chris Hughes for Stony Brook and Maloney for UAlbany scored in succession to put UAlbany back up by four. Causing problems for UAlbany on the ride, Stony Brook scored four in a row, capped by a Rooney goal with 17 seconds left in the period, to tie the game at 13-13 going into the fourth. On a clear attempt, a Stony Brook penalty put UAlbany in an unreleasable man-up situation for one minute. UAlbany took advantage of it, seeing Bennett Drake and Maloney each scoring close range to make it a two-goal lead. Stony Brook won the next faceoff and scored with Alex Corpolongo. UAlbany got the goal back from a long range shot from Oakes from Thompson. Stony Brook scored man-up from Hughes, then UAlbany responded with a Oakes blazing low shot for the goal to go back up two with 5:39 left. With about four minutes left, the UAlbany defense defended again a one-minute man-down situation, blocking two shots and forcing another wide. Adam Osika raised his stick and knocked down a Stony Brook pass to force a turnover. UAlbany cleared and did not relinquish control the rest of the way to earn the 17-15 victory. The Great Danes will head to Buffalo for a 4 p.m. Tuesday game against Canisius. The game will be broadcast live on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel.

Friday, March 13, 2015

University of Albany Women's Basketball Defeats Hartford 84-75 to Earn its 4th-Consecutive America East Title - UAlbany Sports 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. – UAlbany seniors Sarah Royals and Margarita Rosario will graduate never having fallen in the America East Tournament. The UAlbany women’s basketball team shot 62.5% to take down Hartford 84-75 for its fourth-straight America East title and earns an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. 2-seed UAlbany (24-8) led wire-to-wire at the SEFCU Arena, holding off 5-seed Hartford (16-17) in the second half to earn the win. With UAlbany leading by 10 at the half, Hartford came to within one possession with 14:44 remaining. The Great Danes broke away with a 12-2 run and never looked back. “A lot of credit to Hartford, they played hard, and they played a great game tonight,” says UAlbany coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson. “We wanted to get the ball to Shereesha [Richards], and we did. [The team] are great listeners, and they respond well.” UAlbany becomes the first team to earn four-consecutive America East titles since Maine did from the 1993-94 to 1996-97 seasons. 62.5% on field goal shooting is the highest percentage by a team in an America East title game. The Great Danes will find out where they are going in the NCAA Tournament on Monday, March 16th at 7 p.m. live on ESPN. Shereesha Richards earned Most Outstanding Player of the Tournament for the second-consecutive year, finishing with 28 points off 12-20 shooting, adding six rebounds. She passed Ebone Henry to become UAlbany’s all-time leading scorer with 1,656 points in her career, setting a new single single scoring record as well with 682 points this season. She is also the first player in America East Tournament history since 1997 to earn at least 20 points in all three games. “I am looking forward to going back [to the tournament], and we cannot wait. My teammates always know I am getting beat up, and they do their job.” Imani Tate, also named to the All-Tournament Team, went 9-13 from the field and nearly finished with a triple-double off 18 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. “I know I have to step up and make shots so they can cover me honestly, so I can free up Shereesha [Richards],” said Tate. The third UAlbany member on the All-Tournament Team, Royals concluded with eight points and eight assists, joining the 1,000-point club with her performance. “The feeling doesn’t get old, I am just happy I did not get stitches this time,” said Royals. Off the bench, Tiana-Jo Carter tied a career-high 16 points, shooting 8-9 from the floor. Zakiya Saunders also was a reserve, earning seven points and eight assists. Rosario tallied three assists, three points and two boards while Cassandra Edwards got four points in the first half. For Hartford, Cherelle Moore scored 22 points off 11-19 shooting, adding seven rebounds. Deanna Mayza shot 8-12 for 22 points and five assists. Each made the All-Tournament Team. UAlbany pushed the tempo to start the game, forcing steals on Hartford passes. With Edwards getting points in the paint and Tate forcing turnovers, UAlbany got off to a 7-0 start in the opening minutes. Hartford started getting off three-point shots against UAlbany’s zone, while the Great Danes continued to attack the basket in transition. The two sides exchanged points with Hartford hitting a couple of threes and Richards hitting shots on jumpers. UAlbany led 20-10 with 11:41 left. The back and forth continued as UAlbany kept finding its shots underneath the basket and Hartford hit jumpers. Tate and Richards led the way as UAlbany stayed ahead by double digits with a 32-18 lead with six minutes left in the half. Hartford hit two baskets in a row to pull within nine, later using another couple of fields goals to pull within seven. Rosario hit a wing three to end the run. Each side added a basket before the end of the half as UAlbany led 39-29 at the break. The Hawks came out aggressively in the second half, starting on a 13-6 run, including three Moore layups, to pull within three at 45-42 with 5:18 elapsed in the period. Tate and Richards took control, routinely going into the paint and looking for shots. With those two contributing every basket, UAlbany went on a 12-2 run in a span of four minutes to lead 57-44 with 10:40 left. Mayza kept getting points for Hartford, which UAlbany countered with Richards to hold the double-digit lead. Layups by Richards and Carter made it 69-53 UAlbany with 6:11 left. Hartford kept hitting baskets, which UAlbany answered with Carter underneath. Back and forth the teams went as the home team continued to hold a lead as Hartford would score a layup, then UAlbany responded with Carter hitting a layup the other way. Richards and Carter hit more layups towards the end of the game, effectively sealing the title. Hartford finished the game with the last five points as UAlbany took the victory 84-75. UAlbany defeated Vermont and UMBC to earn a place in the America East title game. 2015 America East All-Tournament Team --Shereesha Richards, UAlbany (Most Outstanding Player) --Imani Tate, UAlbany --Sarah Royals, UAlbany --Cherelle Moore, Hartford --Deanna Mayza, Hartford

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Riorden Career-High 21 Saves, Thompson Seven Points Leads #12 University of Albany MLAX to Hold Off UMass 10-9 - UAlbany Sports 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. – With Blaze Riorden saving a career-high 21 shots and Lyle Thompson finishing with seven points, the UAlbany men’s lacrosse team held off UMass 10-9 to win its home opener on Saturday. With its opponent leading 4-3 midway through the 2nd quarter, UAlbany (2-1) rolled off six-straight goals to earn a five-goal lead. UMass (0-5) outscored UAlbany 4-1 in the fourth quarter, but the Great Danes held for the victory. “I thought our defense, along with a super day by Blaze [Riorden] in the net, won the game for us,” said UAlbany coach Scott Marr. “They did a phenomenal job with as many times we had to play defense with a tough day at the faceoff and tunrovers, but they held them to less than ten goals, an outstanding job.” Riorden surpassed his original career-high of 20, which he had twice before over the last two seasons. On the offensive side, Thompson earned a season-high seven points off a goal and six assists. He now has 292 career points, just one away from tying the program record of 293 by his brother Miles Thompson. Seth Oakes and Connor Fields each earned hat tricks, while John Maloney scored a pair of goals. For UMass, Brendan Hegarty scored three goals and scooped three ground balls. Dan Muller had two goals and an assist. Zach Oliveri got the loss with 15 saves on 25 shots on goal. In the first quarter, UAlbany struck first with a couple of catch and shoot plays from Thompson. First found Oakes, second got to Fields for a 2-0 UAlbany lead. UMass got looks next to the cage and rolled off three-straight goals, sandwiched by two from Hegarty. Thompson connected again with Oakes for the catch and shoot goal to put the first quarter score at 3-3. Andrew Sokol scored for UMass for the only goal by either side in the opening 7:30 of the second. Thompson again found his marks on passes, getting two straight to Fields for goals and a UAlbany lead. Then Tim Cox set up Thompson for his goal of the game. Later on a man-up situation, a missed Oakes shot was picked up and scored by Maloney to put UAlbany up 7-4, the eventual halftime score. As Riorden continued to make saves to hold off UMass, Oakes added another goal from Thompson. Later, Matt Garziano got a second chance on his own miss and scored with 10:02 left in the period to complete the 6-0 run as UAlbany led 9-4. After UMass scored a minute after winning the next faceoff, the teams went back and forth without any more scoring in the quarter. Riorden added four more saves to total 18 in the first three periods as UAlbany led 9-5 going into the last quarter. The team exchanged scores in the first five minutes as Peter Lindley scored a couple minutes in, countered by a rebound goal by Maloney for a 10-6 UAlbany lead. UAlbany held off UMass for the next five-and-a-half minutes. UMass dominated possession and scored twice, the second coming with eight seconds left. UMass won the last faceoff but UAlbany held on in the final seconds to earn the 10-9 victory. UAlbany begins conference play next week, taking on Stony Brook on Long Island on Saturday, March 14th at 1 p.m.

University of Albany's Savitcheff Scores Seven in 21-3 Women’s Lacrosse Victory Over Central Connecticut - UAlbany Sports 2015

ALBANY, N.Y.- In its third game with 20 goals or more, University at Albany women’s lacrosse (4-0) downed Central Connecticut (1-5) 21-3 at John Fallon Field on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore attack Dakotah Savitcheff led the Danes with seven goals. Central Connecticut got on the board first, after UAlbany turned the ball over on the opening draw. Savitcheff found the back of the cage to tie the game at one from Maureen Keggins five minutes later. The Purple & Gold went down 2-1 after two shots on goal by Rachel Bowles were saved on the other end. Emma Powlin won the first of her five draws on the day on the ensuing play, and made her way towards the offensive end shortly after. She put the score even at two goals apiece on an assist from Bowles. Bowles scored the go-ahead goal, her eighth of the season with 17 minutes to play in the first. As part of a 12-goal unanswered rally for UAlbany to end the first half, Savitcheff scored four goals, while Bowles recorded three. Keggins, Katherine Sweeney, Nichole Eamer and Julie Cryderman also ripped for the back of the net before the end of the first half. The Danes out-shot the Blue Devils 29-3 in the first 30 minutes, and took an 11-6 advantage on draw controls. UAlbany won six of the last seven draws to conclude the half. Central Connecticut’s bid for the comeback ended quickly to open the second. The Blue Devils scored the first goal of the half, but Powlin responded five minutes later to spur a seven-goal rally. The freshman was assisted by Sarah Martin, who recorded her first assist of the season on the play. Sweeney, Savitcheff, Cryderman and Kenzie Neal notched goals before the game was through. Eleven Danes recorded at least one point, with nine tallying multiple points. Three UAlbany players dished out three assists, and six scored two goals or more. Christine Johnson led John Battaglino’s squad with six draw controls. Freshman Emma Powlin added five to help UAlbany control the game in the midfield. In the cage, Courtney Henderson had four saves to advance her record to 4-0 in 2015. With a six-point performance, Rachel Bowles moved up another spot on the Division I career points leaderboard to No. 8. The junior passed Christine Grueniger with 129 points to date. Dakotah Savitcheff became just the fifth Division I Dane to score seven goals or more in a single game. UAlbany women’s lacrosse looks to extend its undefeated record to 5-0 against No. 2 North Carolina on Friday, March 13.

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