Monday, May 7, 2007

UAlbany Hosts Loyola in NCAA Lacrosse Tournament's First Round on Sunday, May 13

UAlbany will meet Loyola in the first round of the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship on Sunday, May 13 at John Fallon Field. Face-off is 2:30 p.m. All opening round matchups will be televised nationally by ESPNU. The Great Danes, who won the America East Conference title to earn an automatic berth, earned the tournament’s No. 5 seed.

NCAA tickets will go on sale on Tuesday morning (May 8) at SEFCU Arena’s Merchandise Store on campus. The box office will be open from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. through Friday. Ticket prices will be announced. For ticket information, call 518-442-4683. Phone orders will be accepted and the athletic ticket office accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover.

UAlbany (14-2) is making its fourth NCAA appearance in the last five years. The Great Danes edged UMBC, 15-14, in last Saturday’s conference championship. Frank Resetarits leads the nation in scoring with 54 goals and 21 assists, while Merrick Thomson, the league tournament’s most outstanding player, adds 49 goals and 12 assists.

“I am happy to be home and excited that we are seeded fifth,” said Thomson, whose team will be the first America East lacrosse program to host an NCAA contest. “This shows that we are starting to step out of Syracuse’s shadow and making a name for ourselves and the school.”

Loyola (7-5) returns to the NCAA field for the first time since 2001. The Greyhounds, who garnered an at-large berth with their second-place finish in the ECAC, are in the national tournament for the 15th time. Shane Koppens leads the team in scoring with 18 goals and 26 assists. Goalkeeper Alex Peaty has a 9.43 goals against average with a .562 save percentage.

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