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Great Danes are Ready to Stomp

Women's and men's lacrosse games highlight Spring Stomp festivities, April 1, 3 p.m. at John Fallon Field 

March 23, 2009



Handing out T-shirts at the Spring Stomp.

Handing out T-shirts at the Spring Stomp.

The first time Mario Dieujuste went to the Spring Stomp, he attended as a sophomore work study student. He had so much fun that he stayed for the game.

"I go to the Stomp because its a great opportunity to support athletics, show school spirit, and enjoy the spring weather with my friends, said Dieujuste 10, an accounting major from Queens, N.Y.

Dieujuste will be there on April 1 at UAlbany's stomping grounds for the Great Danes Spring Stomp at John Fallon Field. The women's lacrosse team opens the event with an America East Conference game against Vermont at 3 p.m. The nationally-ranked men's lacrosse team takes on Hartford at 7 p.m. for one of the last home games of the season.

The pre-game party was begun in 2005 by the University at Albany Alumni Association as a new UAlbany tradition.

"Like Homecoming in the fall and the Big Purple Growl in the winter, the Great Danes Spring Stomp is a way to reconnect students and alumni, and continue the excitement and support of UAlbany Athletics," said Alumni Association Executive Director Lee Serravillo.

Women's lacrosse player Katie Neer

Women's lacrosse, including senior co-captain Katie Neer, will get things started at the Spring Stomp when they square off against Vermont at 3 p.m. (Photo Bob Ewell) 

"We truly enjoy supporting our fellow athletes, and love having a big turn out for our games as well," said senior co-captain and goalie Katie Neer of Baldwinsville, N.Y.  "We look forward to a good battle against Vermont and to supporting our men's lacrosse team afterward."

The first 500 students will receive a hot dog, a soda and a free T-shirt. Admission to the Spring Stomp is free for students.

There will be two raffles with chances to win gift cards and prizes. All proceeds from the second raffle will benefit The Richard Bailey Memorial Fund. In the wake of Bailey's death, UAlbany student leaders created The Richard Bailey Memorial Fund with the goal of raising $25,000. The fund, which was designated as the focus of the 2009 Class Gift, currently stands at $22,436.

The names of all who make a $5 contribution will be entered to win a Wii. The winner will be announced at Grad Fest on April 7.

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