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UAlbany Men’s Lacrosse to Take on Loyola in the NCAA First Round

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UAlbany Men’s Lacrosse to Take on Loyola in the NCAA First Round

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ALBANY, N.Y. – The America East men’s lacrosse champion UAlbany will head to Baltimore to take on 3-seed Loyola in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday at noon on ESPNU.

“We are excited to be staying on the East Coast and playing a strong team like Loyola, one of the best in the nation,” said UAlbany head coach Scott Marr.

UAlbany earned an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament after defeating UMBC in the America East title game on Saturday.  It will play the Greyhounds for the first time in the Division I era at the Ridley Athletic Complex. 

The winner will take on the victor of Maryland-Cornell in Hempstead, New York the following weekend.  UAlbany will look to return to Baltimore later, the host of the 2014 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament Final Four.

“Going into last year, our expectations were that we just wanted be here, now we want to go further and win the national championship,” said UAlbany senior attack Ty Thompson.

Loyola, the Patriot League champion and #1 team in the USILA Coaches Poll, finished the year on a 15-game winning streak to enter the tournament at 15-1 and is two years removed from being the 2012 national champion.  Junior attack Nikko Pontrello is the team’s leading scorer with 50 goals, while senior Jack Runkel, the starting keeper in the title game two years ago, has a 61.9% save percentage and allows 6.91 goals per game.

The team learned of its first opponent at the watch party in the SEFCU Hall of Fame room on the Selection Show on ESPNU.

Last season, UAlbany played Denver in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.  The Great Danes fell to the Pioneers 19-14.

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