Thursday, May 24, 2012

Joe Resetarits Named USILA Division I Honorable Mention All-American

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Albany, N.Y. - After leading the Great Danes to the America East Championship, senior attackman Joe Resetarits was named a USILA Division I Honorable Mention All-American, as announced by the organization on Thursday, May 24.

Resetarits led UAlbany and the America East in scoring as a senior, tallying 47 goals and 19 assists for 66 total points. Resetarits scored a goal in every game in his career, running his streak to 50 consecutive games, ending with a tally in the America East Championship game this season.

Resetarits was named the America East Conference Player of the Year this season, and wrapped up his career with 27 hat tricks, which led all active players in 2012. Resetarits, who finished his career with 170 total points, was drafted by the Hamilton Nationals of Major League Lacrosse, and joined the team for its home opener on May 18

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Great Danes On The Big Screen – UAlbany Men’s Lacrosse Well Represented in “Crooked Arrows”

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Albany, N.Y. - UAlbany men's lacrosse players Ty, Miles and Lyle Thompson, along with former standout Mike Banks, are all making appearances in "Crooked Arrows," Hollywood's first feature film about the sport of lacrosse. The movie, produced by J. Todd Harris, Mitchell Peck and Adam Leff, is set to open this Friday, May 18, with showings locally at Crossgates Cinema.

"Crooked Arrows" is a sports movie in the tradition of classics such as "The Mighty Ducks," "Hoosiers," and "Bend it Like Beckham." The film follows a Native American high school team as they compete in the Prep School League against better equipped and trained players. Led by newly anointed head coach Joe Logan, the Crooked Arrows learn about their heritage as Native American lacrosse players, and take their new-found potential to the state championship against Coventry Academy.

The Thompsons, who are current student-athletes on the UAlbany lacrosse team, are featured in the film as players on the Crooked Arrows squad. Brothers Miles and Lyle are members of the Onondaga Nation, while cousin Ty is a member of Mohawk Nation, both of which have several representatives in the film. Former Great Dane Mike Banks, a 2011 graduate of UAlbany, makes an appearance as a player on the Coventry Academy team.

More information about the film can be found at

Monday, May 14, 2012

UAlbany Athletics Launches Multi-Sport Complex Webcam

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Albany, N.Y. - The University at Albany athletic department has launched its Multi-Sport Complex Webcam, allowing Great Danes fans to easily follow the construction of Bob Ford Field. The camera will take pictures now through the end of construction and will provide images that are archived throughout the process.

Using the camera control on the left side of the screen, visitors can zoom in and out and select archived images from the calendar. In addition, fans can click on the time lapse link and get an accelerated view of the process.

The University broke ground on the Multi-Sport Complex in April 2012. The project is phase I of a three-phase plan, replacing UAlbany's current football venue with a state of the art athletic and recreational complex.
The complex, which is east of the SEFCU Arena, on the site of the current soccer field, is scheduled to open in the fall of 2013. Upon completion, the complex will be home to the Great Danes' NCAA Division I football and men's and women's soccer teams.

Phase II includes the creation of a synthetic turf field designed for year-round recreational, intramural and club sport activities by the student body. This field will be located east of the campus tennis courts and south of Dutch Quad, and is expected to be completed in the fall of 2012.

Phase III will include repairs and upgrades to the track and field facilities, which is currently housed in the existing football venue.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Sunday, May 6, 2012

University of Albany Men's Track & Field Defends America East Title For The Eighth Consecutive Year - UAlbany Sports 2012

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Orono, Maine- UAlbany men's track and field team took home the gold at the America East Conference Championship with a team score of 181 on Sunday, May 6. The Great Danes completed the "Triple Crown" by winning the America East Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Championships all in one year. The last time the triple crown was achieved was back in the 1988-89 season which was done by Northeastern.

The Great Danes took home five gold medals, one on the track and four in the field events. Kadeem Howell was highlighted as the Most Outstanding Field Performer with his 7.08 meter-mark in the long jump and the 14.73-meter mark that placed him first in the respective events.

On the track, the 4x100-meter relay team of Earnest Waters, Rashawn Simpson, Donald Williams Jr. and Jonathan Santana, Jonathan took home the gold with an IC4A qualifying time of 41.25.

In the field, Alexander Bowen took the high-jump crown with a mark of 2.10 meters. Alfonso Scannipieco took home first place in the pole vault with 4.95 mark.

Men - Team Rankings - 22 Events Scored

1) Albany 181

2) Binghamton 147

3) Boston U. 145.50

4) Maine 97.50

5) New Hampshire 84.50

6) UMBC 78.50

7) Vermont 56

8) Stony Brook 43

9) Hartford 23

University of Albany Women's Track & Field Takes Home Fourth Consecutive America East Crown - UAlbany Sports 2012

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Orono, Maine- UAlbany women's track and field squad defended its America East Conference Title for the fourth consecutive year with a team score of 185 on Sunday, May 6. The Great Danes coaching staff was named America East Conference Championship Coaching Staff of the Year.

On the track, Tynelle Taylor-Chase took home the gold in the 400-meter hurdles with an ECAC qualifying time of 1:00.62. Teammate Brittany Eveleth followed right behind Taylor-Chase in second with an ECAC qualifying time of 1:01.29.

The 4x400-meter relay team of Kamilah Williams, Brittany Eveleth, Tynelle Taylor-Chase and Allison Rogers continued its dominance on the track with a gold-medal finish time of 3.45.61 which was an ECAC qualifier. Brianne Bellon, Jonelle White, Sherez Mohamed and Kathryn Fanning finished first in the 4x800-meter relay with an ECAC qualifying time of 9:02.07.

In the field events, Patricia McNish took home golds in the long (6.00 meters) and triple jump (12.51 meters) both of which are ECAC qualifying marks. Catherine Coxon placed first in the discus throw with an ECAC qualifying mark of 47.34 meters.

Women - Team Rankings - 22 Events Scored

1) Albany 185

2) Boston U. 130

3) Binghamton 124.50

4) UMBC 105

5) Vermont 90

6) New Hampshire 88.50

7) Maine 56

8) Stony Brook 48

9) Hartford 30

Saturday, May 5, 2012

University of Albany Repeats As America East Women's Lacrosse Champions - UAlbany Sports 2012

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Boston, Mass.- UAlbany's Mel Rorie, with her three-goal performance, was named America East Conference Championship MVP in the win over Stony Brook, 9-7, on Saturday, May 5 at Nickerson Field. The Great Danes have now won the last two America East Championships and will wait on Sunday, May 6 at 9 pm to find out who they will play in the NCAA Tournament.

Stony Brook, in the second half, came back with a resurgence to tie the game up 7-7 with 4:59 remaining. The Seawolves were led by a 5-2 run with Demmianne Cook's two points (1 goal, 1 assist) and capped by Claire Petersen's second goal of the game.

The Great Danes would take possession for the final four minutes of the game, as Maureen Keggins scored the game-winning goal at the 3:52 mark from a perfect pass by teammate Amanda Pollock. Pollock would then finish off with 11 seconds an open-net goal to give UAlbany its second NCAA apperance in as many years.

UAlbany goalkeeper Anna Berman (11-5) arguably played her best game between the pipes this season, shutting down the number one offense in the conference (14.38 goals per game) with five saves on 12 chances. Stony Brook goalkeeper Hannah Perruccio (6-4) also tallied five saves on 13 chances.

UAlbany (12-5) began the first half as it did in the America East Semifinals, 2-1, with 19:04 remaining. The first goal was setup up with Jess Antelmi receiving a pass from Amanda Pollock. Then Nicole Eamer from the back of the net made a perfect pass to a cutting Ariana Parker for the Great Danes second goal.

In between UAlbany's two goals, Stony Brook (14-5) made a bang-bang play with America East Player of the Year Claire Petersen making a great pass to teammate Demmianne Cook for her first goal of the postseason.

The Great Danes then went on a 3-0 goal stretch to extend its lead to four, 5-1, with 11 seconds remaining in the first half. Mel Rorie tallied two of the Danes three goals and teammate Amanda Pollock added two points in the mix, one goal and one assist.

Right before the half, the Seawolves Petersen went the entire half of the field of the draw to score in eight seconds to cut the deficit to three, 5-2, before the half ended. The Great Danes would lead the Seawolves in both shots, 11-6, and in ground balls, 8-4.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

University of Albany Softball Completes Home-And-Away Series Sweep Over Siena - UAlbany Sports 2012

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Loudonville, N.Y.- Vicky McFarland and Alexa Toole each tally a home run en route to non-conference double header sweep over crosstown rival Siena, 8-0 and 6-2, on Tuesday, May 1 at Siena Field. UAlbany improves to 33-10 overall while Siena falls to 18-30.

Brittany MacFawn (17-4) threw her fourth consecutive one-hitter in game one, striking out 10 batters and not allowing one walk. This was MacFawn's eighth 10-plus strikeout performance of the season.

After through two scoreless innings, UAlbany (33-10) scored two in the top of the third with a Charlise Castro two-run double up the middle. Then in the fourth, the Great Danes would load up the bases and Siena pitcher Jessica Sandrini would walk in two more to add onto the deficit, 4-0.

Both McFarland and Toole would each hit two-run homers, one to deep center and one to right, in the top of the fifth to enforce the "eight-run" rule after MacFawn went 1-2-3 in the bottom half of the inning.

Game two, UAlbany jumped out to a 2-0 lead from a two-run double off the bat of catcher Kylie Apostolina.

Siena would cut into the lead, 2-1, with a Sandrini RBI-single to left to drive in Sarah Milligan.

The Great Danes would score four more, two in third, one in the fourth and one in the fifth, as insurance runs for Brittany Schwieger (14-4). Schwieger would allow just two runs in her 12th complete game, giving up seven hits and striking out seven.

UAlbany would finish out the 2012 season with its final America East weekend series against Stony Brook, beginning on Saturday, May 5 at Stony Brook, N.Y. (1pm).

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Joe Resetarits Named America East Conference Men’s Lacrosse Player Of The Year - UAlbany Sports 2012

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Cambridge, Mass. - Senior attackman Joe Resetarits was named the 2012 America East Conference Men's Lacrosse Player of the Year, as announced by the league office on Tuesday afternoon. Resetarits led a group of nine Great Danes honored by the conference this season. The all-conference teams are voted on by the America East's head coaches, who cannot vote for their own players.

Resetarits was joined on the all-conference first team by senior long stick defender Travis Lyons. Sophomore attackman Miles Thompson, sophomore midfielder Cody Futia and senior faceoff specialist Keith Olson were all-conference second team honorees. Freshmen Mike Miller, Will Stenberg and Lyle Thompson all garnered all-rookie team accolades, while senior Daley Baker earned a spot on the all-academic squad.

Resetarits, who led the conference in scoring this season, also ranks fifth nationally with 4.21 points per game and 2.93 goals per game. A first-team selection for the third time in his career, Resetarits performed at an even higher standard during league play, averaging 5.60 points per game against America East Conference opponents. Resetarits, who earned Player of the Week honors on April 16, follows in brother Frank's footsteps, as he earned the Player of the Year honors in 2007.

Lyons led the Great Dane defense this season, picking up 35 ground balls, while also recording five assists, en route to his first all-conference selection. Miles Thompson earns all-league second team honors after finishing second in points with 52 after the regular season. The 2011 Rookie of the Year, Thompson has scored 30 goals and leads the Great Danes with 21 assists. Futia is making his first all-conference appearance after becoming one of UAlbany's most tenacious defenders. Futia played in 12 games this season, picking up 12 ground balls. Olson also earned the first all-conference accolades of his career after starting all 14 games in the faceoff circle this season. Olson picked up a team-high 62 ground balls and went 116-of-235 in faceoff attempts.

Myle Thompson followed brother Miles to an all-rookie selection this season, after finishing fourth on the team - behind Miles and cousin Ty - with 16 goals and 13 assists. He is also third on the team with 34 ground balls. Miller made an immediate impact on the UAlbany program, scoring one goal and adding four assists from the defensive side of the field. Stenberg has become a key component to the Great Danes' success in the conference schedule, and has tallied nine goals and five assists for 14 total points.

Baker, a public policy major, holds a 3.82 grade point average and is a starting defensive midfielder for the Great Danes. He has scored two goals for the Great Danes and has picked up 13 ground balls.

UAlbany (4-10, AE 3-2) is ranked third in the America East Conference Championship, and will take on second-ranked UMBC on Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m.

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