Albany, Stony Brook Set for WLAX Title Game
STONY BROOK, N.Y. - For the third-straight year, Stony Brook and Albany will decide the America East Women's Lacrosse title as the Seawolves and Great Danes face-off at noon on Sunday at LaValle Stadium in Stony Brook, N.Y. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN3 with Eric Frede and Courtney Connor on the call. Preview the contest:
- This marks the third-straight year Stony Brook and Albany will meet for the America East women’s lacrosse title with each team winning one of the previous two matchups. Albany won the title in 2012, 9-7, over Stony Brook and the Seawolves earned an, 11-3, victory last year.
- This is the fourth all-time meeting between the two programs in America East Championship play with Albany holding a 2-1 advantage. Stony Brook has won the last three regular-season meetings between the two schools.Albany has not scored in double digits vs. the Seawolves in the last five games.
- 2013: No. 1 Stony Brook 11, No. 2 Albany 3 - Championship Game
- 2012: No. 4 Albany 9, No. 2 Stony Brook 7 - Championship Game
- 2007: No. 4 Albany 10, No. 1 Stony Brook 7 - Semifinal
No. 1 vs. No. 2 All-Time
- This is the second-straight year the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds have met in the final. Prior to that the top-two seeds had not faced each other in the finals since 2005. Here are the all-time 1 vs. 2 matchups
- 2013: No. 1 Stony Brook 11, No. 2 Albany 3
- 2005: No. 1 Boston U. 16, No. 1 New Hampshire 6
- 2004: No. 1 New Hampshire 11, No. 2 Boston U. 9
- 2003: No. 1 Boston U. 11, No. 2 New Hampshire 6
- 2002: No. 2 Boston U. 11, No. 1 New Hampshire 5
- 1999: No. 1 Delaware 15, No. 2 Boston U. 8
- 1998: No. 1 Delaware 17, No. 2 Towson 91997
- No. 2 Delaware 13, No. 1 Towson 9
- Stony Brook is hosting the America East Championship for the second-straight year and third time overall after earning a share of the regular-season title. The Seawolves won the tiebreak vs. Albany with a win in the head-to-head matchup.
- Albany earned a share of its third regular-season title with a win over New Hampshire and a loss by Stony Brook at Vermont on the final day of the regular-season. The Great Danes are the No. 2 seed in the tournament,
- The No. 1 seed is 12-2 all-time in America East title games. The No. 1 seed has only failed to reach the final four times (2006, 2007, 2010, 2012)
- The No. 2 seed is 5-7 all-time in America East title games with the last win coming in 2010. The No. 2 seed has failed to reach the final just five times (2011, 2009, 2008, 2001, 1996)
- Vermont earned its highest seed in the America East Championship since finishing second in 2008, coming into the tournament as the No. 3 seed. The Catamounts needed either a win over Stony Brook or a loss by UMBC on the final day of the regular-season to make the tournament.
- New Hampshire qualified for its 16th America East Championship, the most for any program in conference history. The Wildcats have one title coming back in 2004.
- Stony Brook goalkeeper Frankie Caridi enters the America East tournament ranked first in the nation in both save percentage (.565) and goals against average (4.77). Her goals against average is the best in America East history.
- Albany sophomore Rachel Bowles leads the conference and ranks 10th in the country, averaging 4.40 points per game. She has helped Albany rank first in the conference in scoring average at 15.07 goals per game. Bowles is just the third player in America East history to win a major award in back-to-back seasons (Rookie of the Year in 2013 and Co-Offensive Player of the Year in 2014.
- Stony Brook, Albany, New Hampshire and Vermont are the same four teams that made the tournament in 2013. This marks the fifth time in America East history that the same four teams have qualified for the tournament in back-to-back seasons.