Dane Train primed and awaits NCAA fate
ALBANY, N. Y. — The University at Albany men’s lacrosse team defeat the Vermont Catamounts 14-4 in the America East Conference Championship and have now taken home the title in five of the last six years.
The dominating performance started right away when senior defensemen Troy Reh riffled in a shot that found the back of the goal just 15 seconds into the game. The Danes rode that momentum and scored the first eight goals of the game. Credit those string of goals to the fact that the Danes were so dominating at the faceoff.
Sophomore faceoff specialist TD Ierlan went a perfect 20-fo-20 from the X and he only lost one faceoff in both of the AE tournament games the Danes played it. Ierlan has been a catylist in the successful 2018 campaign that saw UAlbany ranked as high as No. 1 in the nation.
Nine different Great Danes scored a goal in the victory and were led by sophomore attacker Jakob Patterson, who recorded a hat-trick.
The Danes await their fate on who they will host in the NCAA Tournament. The selection show is Sunday night and will air on ESPN U at 9 pm. Right now the Danes are currently ranked No. 5 in the nation. The first round begins next weekend and culminates with the national championship on May 28.
Last year the Danes were knocked out of the tournament in the second round of the NCAA Tournament by Maryland, who went on to win it all. This year the Danes already beat the Terrapins and will be looking to bring home a banner.
Below in the UAlbany press conference after winning the AE Championship