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Without arguably their best player on the team playing and another senior attacker, the No. 1 team in the nation continued to dominate.
With senior attackers Conor Fields and Justin Reh on the sideline, the University at Albany men’s lacrosse team remained perfect on the season with a commanding 13-7 win over conference foe Stony Brook.
“Just proud of the way we played defense today. JD [Colarusso] in the net with ten saves,” said UAlbany head coach Scott Marr after the game. “I thought our defense was very aggressive didn’t give them a lot of really good opportunities.”
The Great Danes (10-0, 3-0 AE) led after the first quarter 4-1 thanks to four saves from goalie JD Colarusso. The Great Danes outshot the Seawolves (3-6, 2-1 AE) 13-7 in the first period. To start the second period, the Great Danes quickly scored to go up 5-1. The Seawolves then responded with a 3 unanswered goals of their own to close the gap to 5-4. Then Great Danes regained control, outscoring the Seawolves 3-1 to close out the half.
At the half, the Great Danes led 8-5. Senior Kyle McClancy led the Great Danes with three goals. Sophomore Davis Diamond also led UAlbany with three assists to go along with a goal. Six different Great Danes scored in the first half. Mike McCannel led Stony Brook with three goals at the half.
As the Great Danes have grown accustomed to, faceoff specialist TD Ierlan went 15 for 15 on faceoffs in the first half. Also in the first half, UAlbany had nine total turnovers compared to Stony Brooks two.
Stony Brook opened up the scoring in the third period to once again close the gap to two at 8-6. Then freshman phenomenon Tehoka Nanticoke took over for the Great Danes with a goal and an assist in an otherwise quiet third period. Freshman Alex Burgmaster scored with a second left in the third period to stretch the Great Danes led to five. The Great Danes outscored the Seawolves 3-1 in the third, to go up 11-6 entering the final period of play.
Stony Brook once again opened up the scoring in the fourth period, closing the gap to 11-7. Nanticoke then assisted on another goal to sophomore Mitch Laffin to increase the Great Dames lead back out to five at 12-7, his third assist of the game. Nanticoke wasn’t finished as he found the back of the net for his second goal of the game and finished with five total points. That was the last goal of the game as the Great Danes won yet again in controlling fashion, 13-7.
Yes, TD Ierlan finished a perfect 24 for 24 on faceoffs. The second time this season he has gone 24 for 24, the last time coming against Hartford. The Great Danes finished the evening with nine different scorers and outshot the Seawolves 41-29.
“I think we can all score, we have the depth on offense,” Nanticoke said about the team despite being without two of the starting three attacker’s. “We got a lot of guys who can play two way and that just goes to show we can do both sides of the field.”
Nanticoke led all players with five total points, David Diamond added four more points with three assists and a goal, and Kyle McClancy finished the night with a hat trick.
The Great Danes are the unanimous number one team in the nation at 10-0 and 3-0 in America East play. This is the fifth straight week the Great Danes have been at number one in the country. The Seawolves dropped their first America East conference game after opening conference play at 2-0. The Seawolves now sit at 3-6, 2-1 in the American East.
Up next, the Great Danes travel to UMBC to face the Retrievers on April 7th.

Elijah Casper is a sports reporter for the Albany Student Press and co-anchor on ATV 360.

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