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The men’s lacrosse team made its first ever appearance in the national semifinals this past weekend at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., home of the NFL’s New England Patriots. (Photos by Paul Miller)
ALBANY, N.Y. (May 29, 2018) — For the 2018 men’s lacrosse team, a season of firsts ended one game short of where they wanted to go. UAlbany’s magical season came to an end Saturday at the hands of eventual national champion Yale in the national semifinals in Foxboro, Mass. But the team brought uncharted success, excitement and admiration among students, faculty, staff and alumni for their exploits both on the field and off of it.
The 2018 campaign began with a 15-3 throttling of in-state rival Syracuse, only the second victory in the series for the Great Danes, but the second largest home defeat ever for the Orange, behind only a 19-6 loss to Cornell in 1987.
From there, the team got on a roll, rattling off 10 consecutive wins and garnering the No. 1 ranking in the nation, becoming the first ever SUNY school to do so at the Division I level. Among the victories was a five-goal fourth quarter rally against defending national champion Maryland in College Park. Along the way, senior star Connor Fields has managed to climb to No. 2 on the all-time NCAA points chart, and fought back to lead the team into its first Final Four while battling a serious knee injury.
Sophomore T.D. Ierlan compiled the greatest statistical campaign for a faceoff specialist, breaking the Division I record for ground balls and face-offs won, as well as highest winning percentage and ground balls per game in a single season.
The Great Danes may have been halted in their NCAA run at Gillette Stadium on Saturday, but that didn’t stop a host of dedicated fans from erupting in cheers over a UAlbany goal during the …