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UAlbany MLAX Opens America East Play on Saturday, Hosts Vermont at 7 p.m.

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UAlbany MLAX Opens America East Play on Saturday, Hosts Vermont at 7 p.m.

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ALBANY, N.Y. – UAlbany will begin its defense of its America East title on Saturday, March 29th, hosting Vermont at John Fallon Field at 7 p.m.

Tickets for the UAlbany-Canisius game are $ 7 for general admission and $ 2 for children 12 and under and seniors 65 and over.  The game will also be broadcast online on AmericaEast.tv.

After UAlbany’s victory over Penn State last weekend, the Great Danes rose to #13 in the USILA Coaches Poll and #15 in the Warrior DI Media Poll.  In the preseason rankings, UAlbany was predicted to finish first in the America East this season, while Vermont was predicted to finish sixth.

Both UAlbany and Vermont will play their first America East game of the season on Saturday.  The Great Danes are coming off a 14-10 home defeat to Canisius to enter the game at 3-4 overall.  Vermont has won its last two games, including a 13-9 win over Sacred Heart on Saturday, is currently 5-3.

Having played the Catamounts every year in its Division I era, UAlbany leads the all-time series against Vermont 11-3, including all but one game (2011) since 2002.

UAlbany has the top scoring offense in all of Division I averaging 15.14 goals a game in its first seven contests.  Lyle Thompson, the reigning America East Player of the Week, already has an NCAA-high 32 assists and 48 points for a DI-best 6.9 a game, while brother Miles Thompson earns an NCAA-best 4.3 goals a game, tallying 30 goals and 14 assists.  Ty Thompson stands 20th in DI with 2.6 goals a game, totaling 18 thus far.

Blaze Riorden is currently leading all of Division I with 15.6 saves per game, earning a 57.7% save percentage, fifth in DI.  He has had at least 15 saves each in five of seven games.  Helping protect the cage in front of Riorden is Cody Futia, who has six caused turnovers.  Breaking into the starting lineup recently is James Burdette, who has eight caused turnovers and is the tallest player on the team at 6-foot-6.

Vermont has won four of its last five games since falling in its first two.  Two players have double digit goals so far: freshman midfielder Ian MacKay is the team’s leading scorer with 20 goals, nine assists and 13 ground balls, while senior attack Graham Horvath has 18 goals and 13 ground balls.  Sophomore attack is the main distributor with 15 assists and eight goals.

In the cage, sophomore Justin Rosenberg has one of the top save percentages in the country at 57.4%, allowing 9.28 goals a game.  With 21 caused turnovers, senior LSM Derek Braig also sports 25 ground balls, while sophomore defender Bryan Capone has nine caused turnovers and 11 ground balls.

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