The UAlbany men’s lacrosse team will head to the Carrier Dome for a battle of top-10 teams and in-state rivals, taking on Syracuse on Thursday, April 2nd at 7 p.m.
The game will be broadcast in the New York area on the Time Warner Cable SportsChannel and online on ESPN3. Tickets are available through the Syracuse athletics website and are $10 for adults and $5 for children.
The Great Danes earned a perfect month of March, extending their winning streak to six after a 25-0 shutout victory over UMass Lowell. UAlbany stands at 7-1 overall and 3-0 from the America East. Syracuse was the last undefeated team in DI this year until a 13-12 double overtime defeat at Notre Dame. Syracuse is 7-1 overall and 2-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Each team stands in the top-10 of each poll. UAlbany is #9 in both the USILA coaches poll and the Inside Lacrosse media poll, while Syracuse is #2 in both polls.
UAlbany and Syracuse have met in the Carrier Dome every year since 2004, with the Orange leading the all-time series 11-1. Syracuse won 17-16 in overtime last season on February 16th.
During halftime, there will be a ceremony to honor the Native American community and its connection to the sport of lacrosse.
UAlbany sports the top scoring offense in Division I with 18.38 goals per game, earning four 20+ goal games, which is, unofficially, the first time since 1990 a DI team has earned achievement. Reigning co-Tewaaraton trophy winner Lyle Thompson is just 22 points away from tying the all-time DI points record of 354, having 23 goals and 30 assists this season. Four-time America East Rookie of the Week Connor Fields is the squad’s leading goal-scorer with 30, adding 12 assists, while Seth Oakes completes the attack unit with 20 goals in six games. On defense, Blaze Riorden stands in goal with a 53.8 save %, allowing 10.43 goals per game in eight starts. Stone Sims recently broke into the starting lineup and stands with six caused turnovers and eight ground balls while LSM Eric Cantor currently has 21 ground balls and eight caused turnovers.
Syracuse is 4th in DI scoring 15 goals a game and 14th in DI allowing 8.38 goals a contest. Three members of the Tewaaraton Watch List lead the attack corps: redshirt junior Dylan Donahue leads the offense with 29 goals and 11 assists, senior Kevin Rice serves as quarterback with 16 goals and 22 assists while senior Randy Staats has 15 goals and 11 assists. A native to the Capital District from Clifton Park, senior Bobby Wardwell protects the cage, allowing 7.93 goals per game and having a 55.3 save %. Junior Brandon Mullins, on the Tewaaraton Watch list, has 11 caused turnovers at close defense.