UAlbany men's lacrosse advances to Final Four

UAlbany men's lacrosse advances to Final Four Photo: WNYT.

May 23, 2018 11:56 AM

HEMPSTEAD - The University at Albany men's lacrosse team is heading to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history.

The second-seeded Great Danes punched their ticket by beating unseeded Denver 15-13 at Hofstra University on Saturday afternoon. The Great Danes entered the game winless in three previous games against the Pioneers.

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UAlbany (16-2) received three goals apiece from Tehoka Nanticoke, Kyle McClancy, Sean Eccles and Jakob Patterson. Colton Jackson led Denver (13-4) with four goals while Joe Reid chipped in three.

The Great Danes jumped out to an early 3-0 lead but the Pioneers clawed back and briefly led 5-4 in the second quarter after a tally from Jackson. It was their only lead of the game.

UAlbany went ahead for good late in the third quarter when McClancy got one past Denver goalie Alex Ready to make it 10-9. The Pioneers made a late push with two goals in the final minute but couldn't get any closer.

UAlbany faceoff specialist TD Irelan went 15-for-30 on faceoffs against Denver's top draw man, Trevor Baptiste. Irelan set a Division I single-season record in faceoff victories by winning his 340th of the season.

UAlbany will face third-seeded Yale (15-3) next weekend at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts with a spot in the national title game on the line. The Bulldogs, who beat UAlbany 14-6 in April, topped Loyola in the other quarterfinal.

The Great Danes had been 0-4 all-time in the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament.


WNYT Staff

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