Albany, Binghamton Post Convincing #AEMLAX Semifinal Wins, Advance to 2017 Title Game
ALBANY, N.Y. – For the fourth time since 2012, the No. 1 seed will meet the No. 3 seed for the America East men's lacrosse title after Binghamton and Albany each won their semifinal contests Thursday at Albany's Tom & Mary Casey Stadium.
The third-seeded Bearcats scored five straight goals over a 24 minute span midway through the game en route to a 9-4 win over No. 2 UMBC in the first semifinal of the day while the top-seeded Great Danes scored 11 of the game's first 12 goals vs. No. 4 Stony Brook and never looked back on its way to a 19-6 win in the nightcap.
- The two teams alternated scoring the game's first six goals and the game was tied 3-3 with 5:18 left in the second quarter.
- Binghamton (11-4) held UMBC (7-8) scoreless over the next 23:34 and tallied five straight scores to take an 8-3 advantage with 4:04 left in the third quarter.
- The Bearcats held the Retrievers to a season-low four goals.
- First-team All-Conference selection Tom Moore and Thomas McAndrew each had two goals and an assist for Binghamton.
- Tanner Cosens, a first-team all-leaguer, made nine saves, eight of which came in the second half.
- UMBC had four different goal scorers (Billy Nolan, Ryan Frawley, Jack Andrews and Gunnar Schimoler).
- Albany (13-2) scored the game's first four goals and 11 of the 12 scored in the first half.
- After Stony Brook (7-7) held Albany scoreless for a 15-minute stretch over the first and second quarters, the Great Danes ripped off seven goals in the final 6:36 of the second to take a 12-1 lead into halftime.
- America East Rookie of the Year and first-team All-Conference faceoff man TD Ierlan dominated the X, winning 22-of-23 faceoffs he took.
- The Great Danes set an America East Championship single-game record by winning 86.2 percent (25-of-29) of their faceoffs as a team.
- Albany held a 39-15 edge in ground balls, led by Ierlan's 16.
- America East Offensive Player of the Year Connor Fields led Albany with seven points (2 goals, 5 assists).
- Kyle McClancy and Justin Reh each had four goals for the Great Danes.
- America East All-Rookie selection Tom Haun (1 goal, 1 assist) paced Stony Brook.
Albany and Binghamton will play for the conference title on Saturday at noon at Albany's Casey Stadium. The game will be televised nationally on ESPNU with Quint Kessenich (play-by-play) and Paul Carcaterra (analyst) will have the call.
Albany will be making its 13th championship game appearance while Binghamton is making its second and first since 2004 when it fell to the Great Danes, 10-4.
Visit Championship Central for links to box scores and highlights from the semifinals and watch live and live stats links for the title game. Stay tuned to AmericaEast.com and follow America East on Twitter for updates.