Tuesday, October 15, 2013

University of Albany Field Hockey Comes in at No. 12 in Latest NFHCA Poll for Third Consecutive Week

ALBANY, N.Y.- The University at Albany field hockey team (12-2, 2-0 AE) maintained its No. 12 ranking this week in the latest NFHCA poll. The Great Danes beat Vermont 8-0 and Columbia 6-0 last week. 
UAlbany is the top team in the nation in five statistical categories. The Great Danes lead all Division I teams including assists per game (3.43), scoring margin (3.79), goals against average (0.79), shutouts per game (0.50) and points per game (12.57). Phil Sykes’s squad is also ranked second in scoring average (4.57).
The Great Danes face New Hampshire at Alumni Field on Friday at 3 p.m.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

University of Albany Football's Eric LaPorta Named Semifinalist For NFF Campbell Trophy

DALLAS – Eric LaPorta, a senior center on the University at Albany football team, has been named a semifinalist for the prestigious William V. Campbell Trophy, announced by the National Football Foundation Wednesday. LaPorta is one of 170 candidates vying for the award honoring the nation’s top scholar-athlete. 

LaPorta, a native of Yorktown Heights, N.Y., is a three-year starter for the Great Danes and 2013 team captain. After beginning his career as a walk-on, LaPorta was named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District Football Team and helped UAlbany win back-to-back Northeast Conference titles.

As a dual major in criminal justice and history, LaPorta graduated magna cum laude with a 3.57 cumulative grade point average and is currently enrolled in UAlbany’s Master of Science In Secondary Education program for social studies with a 3.65 GPA.

LaPorta is one of three athletes from the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) in the semifinalist stage.

Nominated by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each, candidates for the awards must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility, have a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first team player or significant contributor, and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship. The class is selected each year by the NFF Awards Committee, which is comprised of a nationally recognized group of media, College Football Hall of Famers and athletics administrators.

“The NFF would like to personally congratulate each of the nominees as well as their schools on this tremendous honor,” said NFF President & CEO Steven J. Hatchell. “We are extremely proud to highlight each semifinalist’s achievements, which show that football players can balance between academics and athletics at the highest level. There is no question that the NFF Awards Committee will have an incredibly difficult task in selecting the finalists from among this esteemed group.”

The NFF Awards Committee will select up to 16 recipients, and the results will be announced via a national press release on Thursday, October 31. Each recipient will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship, and they will vie as finalists for the 2013 William V. Campbell Trophy. Each member of the 2013 National Scholar-Athlete Class will also travel to New York City to be honored Dec. 10 during the 56th NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria where their accomplishments will be highlighted in front of one of the most powerful audiences in all of sports. One member of the class will also be announced live at the event as the winner of the William V. Campbell Trophy.

Named in honor of Bill Campbell, the chairman of Intuit, former player and head coach at Columbia University and the 2004 recipient of the NFF’s Gold Medal, the award comes with a 25-pound bronze trophy and increases the amount of the recipient’s grant by $7,000 for a total post-graduate scholarship of $25,000. A total distribution of $300,000 in scholarships will be awarded at the NFF Annual Awards Dinner, pushing the program’s all-time distributions to more than $10.4 million.

Launched in 1959, the NFF scholar-athlete program became the first initiative in history to award post-graduate scholarships based on both a player’s academic and athletic accomplishments. The William V. Campbell Trophy, first awarded in 1990, adds to the program’s mystique, having previously honored two Rhodes Scholars, a Rhodes Scholar finalist, two Heisman Trophy winners and five first-round NFL draft picks

America East to Feature Four Men's Basketball Games on ESPN3 in 2013-14

CAMBRIDGE, MASS.- The America East Conference announced Tuesday that defending league champion UAlbany will be featured on ESPN3 four times in the 2013-14 conference regular season.
Will Brown’s squad will appear on the ESPN family of networks against Vermont at SEFCU Arena on Feb. 1, at UMBC on Feb. 12 at 7 p.m., against Maine at SEFCU Arena on Feb. 15 at 7 p.m., and at Binghamton on Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. The league championship, hosted by the highest-remaining seed, will also be broadcast on ESPN2.
“The partnership with ESPN is exciting for our conference and program,” said Brown.  “We look forward to making four America East appearances on ESPN this upcoming season.  Hopefully the partnership continues to grow and develop as we move forward as a conference.”
UAlbany’s four America East ESPN3 appearances ranks them third in the league in number of showings, behind Stony Brook and Vermont who will both appear five times. The Great Danes could make another appearance on March 2 in the wildcard slot when they play at Stony Brook.
In addition to their appearances on the league schedule, the Great Danes can also be seen on ESPN3 at Pittsburgh on Dec. 31 at 1 p.m., from the Petersen Events Center.
In the largest T.V., package ever for the league, all ESPN3 games can also be seen on the WatchESPN app, which is accessible through smartphones, tablets as well as Xbox LIVE and Apple TV.
The Great Danes host NJIT in their first home game on Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. Men’s basketball season and individual tickets are now on sale

The UAlbany men’s basketball team opens the 2013-14 season against cross-town rival Siena at the Times Union Center on Nov. 8 at 7 p.m.

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