Two Days, Two Games, Two Wins for #1 Ranked UAlbany Lacrosse

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It’s been a couple of hectic days for the UAlbany Men’s Lacrosse team. Their scheduled game against Cornell was pushed back to Sunday, and the Great Danes had to show some adversity after newly being named the #1 team in the country. Down two goals with minutes left in the game, UAlbany rallied, scoring four unanswered goals to win 11-9 against Cornell. A crowd of over 2,700 packed into Tom & Mary Casey Stadium to see the Great Danes improve to 3-0 on the season.

TD Ierlan was a perfect 24-24 on face-offs, adding 22 ground balls. That also tied a UAlbany single game record. Connor Fields had himself a nice day, scored 3 goals and 2 assists. Fields moves into the second all-time in points spot in UAlbany history, and is tied for 12th in NCAA Division I history, with 296 points in his career.

The big takeaway from Sunday’s game is that UAlbany continues to prove their #1 ranking is deserved, and they overcame a lot to come from behind and win this game. So far, UAlbany had been blowing teams out of the water and the comeback against Cornell came from players that were not accustomed to hearing about, like Sean Eccles and Justin Reh. Just shows how deep this team really is and that the talent is widespread beyond the team’s core starters.

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Because of the snowstorm that forced a quick turnaround for UAlbany and they made the short drive to UMass on Tuesday. The short rest didn’t play any factor as the Great Danes rolled scoring 19 goals to improve 4-0 on the season.

Connor Fields set a new career high for himself with 12 points, scoring 5 goals and 7 seven assists. Tehoka Nanticoke finished the day with 8 points, 5 goals, and 3 assists.

Now, the team can focus on their next opponent which is #2 Maryland, the defending national champions. You know this team has had this game circled on the calendar since last season, they might say to the media it’s just another game, but it’s not. Maryland knocked UA out of the NCAA Tournament last year and it was a beat down.

Beating Syracuse is a great win, however beating Maryland is a statement win. The Great Danes need to go out and prove to the lacrosse world they aren’t the Gonzaga basketball version of lacrosse. This game can be seen on the Big Ten Network this Saturday, March 10 at 12pm.

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