Albany Faces Loyola NCAA Men's Lacrosse Tourney Saturday
Albany (11-5), the 18th ranked team in the nation, earned America East's automatic bid to the tournament with a 20-11 win over UMBC in the league title game on May 3 (Championship Game Recap). Brothers Miles and Lyle Thompson combined for 17 points to lead the way with Miles earning Most Outstanding Player honors after setting a new tournament record with 18 points while Lyle tied the NCAA single-season points record.
The Great Danes will enter the NCAAs having won seven in a row and as the nation's top scoring team, averaging 16.3 goals per game. Lyle and Miles Thompson were both named Tewarraton Award finalists Thursday, and are the only tandem in NCAA history to both reach the 100-point point mark in the same season.
Loyola (15-1), the Patriot League champion, is the top-ranked team in the nation and has won 15 straight games.
Albany is one of three America East programs to win NCAA first round game since 2007. The Great Danes beat Loyola that year and nearly reached the Final Four, falling to Cornell, 12-11 in overtime, in the quarterfinals.