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UAlbany Men’s Lacrosse Travels to Harvard for an Early-Week Non-Conference Matchup

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UAlbany Men’s Lacrosse Travels to Harvard for an Early-Week Non-Conference Matchup

THE FACE OFF

1. The Game
UAlbany visits Harvard for the eighth game of the 2013 season. The Great Danes are 4-3 on the season after falling to then 15th-ranked Bucknell, 18-12, on Saturday.

2. Scouting UAlbany
The Great Danes, who were chosen first in the America East preseason poll, are currently ranked 20th in both the USILA Coaches’ Poll and Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll.   
        The Great Danes debuted their revamped lineup for 2013 in a 16-15 double overtime win at Syracuse, with the entire Thompson Trio on attack. Sophomore Lyle, who moved up to the front line to join his brother, Miles, and cousin, Ty, has been named the America East Conference Player of the Week twice, as he currently leads the nation in assists, handing out 4.43 helpers per game, and is second in the country in points production, putting up 6.71 points per game.
        Miles missed three games with an injury, and took no time getting back into the swing of things in his first game back against Bryant. The junior attackman scored a school-record nine goals, breaking the previous best of eight, set by Merrick Thomson in 2004 and Corey Small in 2009. The feat earned him America East Player of the Week honors last Monday.
        Nationally, as a team, UAlbany is ranked 1st in scoring offense (14.14 gpg), 1st in points per game (23.33), and 1st in assists per game (8.86).

3. Scouting Harvard
Harvard stands at 4-3 on the season, with a 1-1 mark in Ivy League play, after going 2-0 last week. The Crimson defeated Bryant, 7-5, earlier in the week, and posted a 9-6 win over Dartmouth on Saturday.

     Goalkeeper Harry Krieger recorded a total of 28 saves while allowing just 11 goals in the two games, en route to earning Ivy League Player of the Week honors. The senior stopped a season-high 15 shots on Wednesday while giving up just one first half goal to the Bulldogs, and added 13 saves and four ground balls on Saturday against the Big Green. Krieger finished the week with a .718 save percentage and a 5.50 goals against average.
     Peter Schwartz and Carl Zimmerman recorded three points each for Harvard against Dartmouth. The Big Green held a 30-29 edge in shots, and the teams were evenly matched on the stat sheet, apart from a 12-6 faceoffs advantage for the Crimson. Rick Molé won 10 of his 16 faceoffs, while Gabriel Mendola won both of his and picked up a game-high seven ground balls.

4. Tewaarton Watch List
    The Three Musketeers of the Thompson Trio have all been named to the 2013 Tewaarton Watch List, as announced by the organization on Friday morning. While among a group of teams such as Maryland, North Carolina & Duke with three players on the first watch list, UAlbany’s Thompsons are the only related group of players to make an appearance.


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