Albany, UMBC Meet for #AEMLAX Crown Saturday Morning
STONY BROOK, N.Y. - Top-seeded Albany and third-seeded UMBC will decide the America East Men's Lacrosse title for second-straight year and fifth time overall Saturday morning at 10 a.m. at Stony Brook's LaValle Stadium.
The game will be nationally televised on ESPNU and WatchESPN Apps. Mark Dixon (play-by-play) and Paul Carcaterra (analyst) will have the call.
- Top-seeded Albany and third-seeded UMBC will decide the America East Men's Lacrosse title for second-straight year and fifth time overall Saturday at 10 a.m. in a game that will be nationally televised on ESPNU and the WatchESPN App.
- The two squads rode prolific offensive performances in the semifinals to reach the title game. UMBC scored six times in each of the first and fourth quarters to beat second-seeded Binghamton, 16-10, while Albany rallied for a thrilling 17-16 overtime win over fourth-seeded Stony Brook.
- This is the eighth all-time America East Championship meeting between the two teams and the fourth in the title game (2006, 07, 08, '13). Albany holds a 5-2 edge having won the last three meetings, including in last year's title game, as well as the 2010 and 2012 semifinals. Albany also beat the Retrievers in the 2007 title game as well as the 2004 semifinals. UMBC beat Albany for the 2006 and 2008 crowns.
- Albany has won five straight in the series overall, including an 18-14 win in the regular season. Blaze Riorden had 20 saves and Miles Thompson tallied 10 points.
- Albany (10-5), the 18th-ranked team in the nation, captured the league's regular-season title for the sixth time and enters today's game winner of six in a row.
- The Great Danes, who feature the nation's best offense scoring 16.1 points per game, are making their 11th America East title game appearance in 13 years in the league. They are 5-5 all-time in title games.
- UMBC (8-6) earned its 11th America East Championship bid in as many seasons in the league by going 3-2 in league play and extended their streak of never having had lost consecutive America East games, a streak that spans 67 contests.
- The Retrievers, who rank second in the league scoring 12.3 goals per game, are making their sixth America East title game appearance and are 3-2 in their previous five showings.
- Albany’s Lyle and Miles Thompson are two of 28 candidates for the Tewaraaton Award, given to the nation’s top player.
- Lyle Thompson has 106 points this season, the third-most in a season in conference history, and leads the nation in scoring, averaging 7.1 points per game.
- Miles Thompson ranks second to his brother in points per game (6.6) has 67 goals this season, the most in conference history.
- UMBC's Matt Gregoire ranks second only to Miles Thompson nationally in goals per game (3.2 gpg).