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Men and Women’s Lacrosse Earn NCAA Tournament Bids; Track & Field Triumphs

UAlbany hosts North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament first round on Saturday, May 13, at 7:30 p.m. (Photo by Bill Ziskin)

ALBANY, N.Y. (May 8, 2017) – Both men and women’s lacrosse will be representing UAlbany in the 2017 NCAA Tournament.

Both men and women's track & field still own the America East.

Men’s Lacrosse Hosts North Carolina:

Last night’s NCAA Selection Show revealed that UAlbany men’s lacrosse will play at home in the tournament’s first round for the first time since 2007. The Great Danes host defending NCCA champion North Carolina at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium on Saturday, May 13, at 7:30 p.m.

UAlbany defeated Binghamton, 20-8, on Saturday afternoon to complete one of the most dominant America East tournaments in league history. The victory clinched the program’s eighth league title and an automatic berth into NCAA postseason play.

The Great Danes set numerous records during the America East Tournament, including most goals with 39, total margin of victory at +25, team faceoff percentage at 77.9 percent and most assists by one player as Connor Fields notched 11 in the two games. The Great Danes defeated Stony Brook, 19-6, in the semifinal round on Thursday.

Fields, TD Ierlan, JD Colarusso and Kyle McClancy were all selected to the America East All-Tournament Team, with Fields earning the Most Outstanding Player with 16 points over the week on five goals and 11 assists.

“That was as complete of a weekend as we’ve ever had from Thursday night's game to Saturday’s performance, every kid had both oars in the water, pulling in the same direction,” said UAlbany head coach Scott Marr “I am really proud of our effort.”

UAlbany is 14-2 this season and ranks among the nation's top five teams. Sunday’s NCAA Tournament game will be the program’s ninth appearance in the postseason.

The team is led by Fields, a junior attackman and Tewaaraton Trophy nominee. Fields is leading all of Division I men's lacrosse in points per game with 6.75 a contest. He’s also ranks second in the nation in goals per game at 3.56 and third in goals per game at 3.19.

Tickets to Sunday’s game are available here. Also view the 2017 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament Bracket.

Women's lax team photo.

Women's lacrosse will play Northwestern at Stony Brook in the NCAA Tournament first round on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Women’s Lacrosse Earns At-Large:

Last night’s NCAA Selection Show revealed that UAlbany women’s lacrosse has earned an at-large bid into postseason play. The Great Danes will battle Northwestern at Stony Brook in the tournament’s first round on Friday at 7 p.m.

UAlbany stands at 12-5 on the season with a victory over the Ivy League runner-up Cornell. All of the team’s losses are against top-10 programs.

The Great Danes made a valiant comeback attempt in the final minutes, but fell at Stony Brook, 14-12, in the America East title game on Sunday afternoon. It was the team’s seventh consecutive trip to the conference championship.

Sierra McIver, Dakotah Savitcheff and Sarah Martin were named to the America East All-Tournament Team.

The team is led by Martin, a senior midfielder and Tewaaraton Trophy nominee. Martin stands second in all of Division I women’s lacrosse with 6.24 points per game and ninth with 3.59 goals per game. She broke the program’s single-season points record and is chasing the single-season goals record.

View the 2017 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Tournament Bracket.

Track & Field:M & W champ track & field 2017

Men and women's track & field continued their unprecedented dominance in the America East Conference, with the men winning their 13th consecutive championship and the women their 9th straight title.

This is the 8th consecutive year that both UAlbany teams have gone to the conference championships and emerged victorious.

The Great Danes men scored 166 points to defeat runner-up UMBC, who finished with139. The women, with198 points, easily defeated runner-up and host New Hampshire, who totaled 140.

UAlbany's Stephanie Osuji was the recipient of the AE Coaches award for her school record 23.75-second victory in the 200-meter dash. She also won the 100-meter dash.

With their conference championships now in the books, both Great Danes' teams look to the IC4A Outdoor Championships, being held at Princeton University this weekend.

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