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ALBANY, N.Y. (July 20, 2004) -- John R. Fallon,
Jr., who received both undergraduate and graduate
degrees from the University at Albany, is contributing
$250,000 to help finance a new all-weather lacrosse
field for the men’s and women’s teams. A top
Partner at LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene and MacRae,
LLP in New York City, Fallon (B.A.’77, M.P.A.’81)
handles major transactions, acquisitions and
financings. Fallon’s aim is to further bolster
the success of UAlbany’s men’s lacrosse team,
which earned an NCAA tournament berth for the
second straight year this past spring.
“The field will have the same synthetic turf
as the teams played on for the NCAA championship,”
noted Fallon, who as an undergraduate played
all four years on UAlbany’s lacrosse team. “On
our current grass field, in the spring, you
can’t do anything. There’s too much water, too
much snow, too much residue. But when we have
the new all-weather field, the teams can get
out there practicing sooner and we could have
some of the early season games played here -
as opposed to playing on the road.
“This year, the first half of the season was
on the road,” said Fallon, a graduate of Albany
Law School of Union University. “Obviously,
the team did well on the road but you have got
to think that they’d be playing better if they
were here. Plus from a recruiting standpoint
it helps to have an all-weather field for practicing
and playing. Teams like Johns Hopkins and Syracuse
will agree to come here to play us, as opposed
to traveling to their fields.” The men’s 2004
lacrosse team finished 10-6 and lost to eventual
NCAA champion Syracuse in the first round of
the NCAA tournament, 21-13.
The University is currently developing a master
plan for improving athletics facilities over
the next five to ten years, and, says Director
of Athletics and Recreation Lee McElroy, the
all-weather lacrosse field is the first of many
projects he envisions to enhance the University’s
athletics programs. “The implementation of the
athletics facilities master plan will enhance
institutional pride, tradition and excellence.
We are immensely grateful for John’s support.
We have done well with our existing facilities,
but if we are going to compete at the national
level, we have got to have better facilities.
Private support is vital for accomplishing our
goals,” said McElroy. When the field is completed,
it will be named after Fallon in recognition
of his gift.
Gov. George Pataki appointed Fallon to the
University at Albany Council in 1998. Fallon
is a member of the Presidential Search Committee
charged with recruiting a successor to Karen
R. Hitchcock. He is also a member of the board
of directors of the University at Albany Foundation,
which is UAlbany’s philanthropic arm.