Albany Moves On to NCAA Men's Lacrosse Quarters with Win Over UNC
ALBANY, N.Y. – Albany, the 2017 America East men's lacrosse champion, jumped out to a 14-3 halftime lead on North Carolina and held off the reigning national champions en route to a 15-12 win in the first round of the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship Saturday night at Casey Stadium. The game was played in front of an NCAA first-round record crowd of 6,472 fans.
With the win, the Great Danes advanced to the quarterfinals for the third time in four years and fourth time in program history. The 2017 Great Danes are the sixth America East program to reach the quarterfinals since 2007 and the 12th win for an America East team all time.
Albany will play either top-seeded Maryland or Bryant in the second round Sunday, May 21 at the University of Delaware at either noon or 2:30 p.m. The Great Danes will try to become the first America East team to reach the Final Four since Towson in 2001.
After giving up the first goal, Albany (15-2) scored 12 of the next 13 goals, and 14 of the next 16, to build an 11-goal lead at halftime. North Carolina (8-8) came roaring back with a 9-0 run into the fourth quarter to pull within two at 14-2, but Adam Osika's goal with 5:49 left stopped the run and the Great Danes held on for the win.
Bennett Drake led Albany with five goals. Tewaaraton Award finalist Connor Fields had a goal and four assists. JD Colarusso finished with 13 saves and America East Rookie of the Year TD Ierlan won 23-of-30 faceoffs and had 11 ground balls.