Albany, N.Y. -- University at Albany Vice President and Director of Athletics Lee McElroy announced on Thursday, Dec. 10 the school's men's lacrosse schedule for the 2010 season. The Great Danes, who have captured four America East Conference championships in their history, will play five games against conference opponents. The non-league schedule features five teams who made last year's NCAA Tournament field, including defending national champion Syracuse.
UAlbany begins its 11th season at the NCAA Division I level on Saturday, Feb. 27 against Denver. The Pioneers are led by first-year head coach Bill Tierney, who guided Princeton to six national titles. The Great Danes meet Syracuse in the Carrier Dome on the first Saturday in April. In 2009, the Orange garnered their tenth NCAA championship in a thrilling 10-9 overtime victory against Cornell. UAlbany will be Johns Hopkins' homecoming opponent on Saturday, April 10 in a game that will televised on ESPNU at 2:00 p.m. The Blue Jays have won nine NCAA titles, including the 2007 crown.
The Great Danes will battle three other teams who made NCAA appearances last season. UAlbany travels to Massachusetts, the ECAC champion, and defending America East winner UMBC, on March 9 and April 17, respectively. Siena, the 2009 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference titleist, will play at John Fallon Field on Tuesday, March 2.
UAlbany has three conference home games, including a pair of late season clashes with America East-rivals Stony Brook (April 24) and Binghamton (May 1). Each game will be televised on Time Warner Cable (TW3) in the Capital Region. In addition, the Great Danes host Patriot League regular-season champion Bucknell and Colonial Athletic Association opponent Drexel. UAlbany faces Ohio State for the first time and tangles with Delaware for the eighth consecutive year. The America East postseason tournament is slated for May 5 and 8, and each round will be hosted by the higher seed.
Scott Marr, a two-time America East coach of the year, has 27 letterwinners returning from last season's 7-7 squad. Brian Caufield earned honorable mention USILA All-America honors, the sixth player in the program's Division I history to be recognized. Caufield, a junior attackman, scored 45-plus points for the second straight season with 24 goals and 27 assists. Joe Resetarits was voted first-team all-conference as a freshman after accounting for 34 goals and nine assists. Senior defenseman Mark Kelly, who had 30 ground balls one year ago, was a member of the All-America East second team. Goalkeeper John Carroll posted a .496 save percentage as a freshman.
2010 University at Albany Men's Lacrosse Schedule
February - 27 (Sat.), at Denver, 3:00.
March - 2 (Tue.), Siena, 4:00; 6 (Sat.), at Delaware, 12:00; 9 (Tue.), at Massachusetts, 3:00; 12 (Fri.), Ohio State, 7:00; 21 (Sun.), Drexel, 1:00; 27 (Sat.), Bucknell, 1:00; 31 (Wed.), at Hartford*, 3:30.
April - 3 (Sat.), at Syracuse, 4:00; 10 (Sat.), at John Hopkins, 2:00 (ESPNU); 11 (Sun.), Vermont*, 3:00; 17 (Sat.), at UMBC*, 1:00, 24 (Sat.), Stony Brook*, 7:00 (TW3)
May - 1 (Sat.), Binghamton*, 7:00 (TW3); 5 (Wed.), at America East Conference Tournament+; 8 (Sat.), at America East Conference Tournament+.
*America East Conference Opponent +Played at Higher Seed's Home Facility All Times Eastern
Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information