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UAlbany Takes on Stony Brook in America East Semifinals

Game Notes | Live Stats | Watch on AmericaEast.tv | Tournament Central

STONY BROOK, N.Y. – 1-seed UAlbany looks to defend its America East title, facing 4-seed and tournament host Stony Brook in the America East Tourament semifinals at LaValle Stadium on Thursday, May 1st at 7:30 p.m.

The game will be broadcast online on AmericaEast.tv.  The winner will take on the victor of UMBC-Binghamton on Saturday at 10 a.m.

The Great Danes ran the table in the conference to earn the America East regular season title and are on a five-game winning streak after a 21-7 victory over Binghamton on Saturday, entering the game at 9-5 overall and 5-0 in the America East.  Stony Brook earned its berth after a 14-10 home win against Hartford, coming into the tournament at 6-9 overall and 2-3 in conference games.

In the Division I era, UAlbany leads the overall series with Stony Brook 14-10, including winning the last three games dating back to last season.  The Great Danes defeated Stony Brook 17-7 in Albany on April 12th.

UAlbany has the top scoring offense in all of Division I, averaging 16.00 goals a game in its first 14 contests.  They average over a goal and a half per game more than second-place Duke at 14.40.

Lyle Thompson already has an NCAA-high 61 assists and 98 points for a DI-best seven a game, while brother Miles Thompson earns an NCAA-best 4.29 goals a game, tallying 60 goals and 30 assists.  Ty Thompson has earned 2.3 goals a game, totaling 32 thus far.  The trio has combined for 129 goals this year, outscoring 25 other Division I teams as of Monday.

Blaze Riorden is third in all of Division I with 13.64 saves per game, earning a 56.3% save percentage, 10th in DI.  He has had at least 15 saves in six games.  Helping protect the cage in front of Riorden is Cody Futia, who has 13 caused turnovers, and defensive captain Doug Eich, who has 20 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers. 

For Stony Brook, junior attack Mike Rooney and sophomore midfielder Challen Rogers are tied for the team lead in points with 50.  Rooney has 30 goals and 20 assists, while Rogers has 20 goals and 30 assists.  Sophomore attack Brody Eastwood stands with a team-best 38 goals.

Protecting the cage is freshman Hayden Johnstone, who has a 49.8% save percentage and allows 11.46 goals per game.  Senior defenseman George Benitez is the primary protector, standing with 14 ground balls and three caused turnovers.


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