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UAlbany Men’s Lacrosse Announces Challenging 2016 Schedule

0 Comments 06 January 2016

UAlbany Men's Lacrosse

ALBANY, N.Y. – Head coach Scott Marr has announced the 2016 UAlbany men’s lacrosse schedule as the Great Danes look for their fourth straight America East title.

The 2016 schedule includes eight home games and four contests against teams that competed in the 2015 NCAA Tournament.  UAlbany will take on a number of big names in men’s lacrosse, including non-conference matchups against 2015 NCAA participants Syracuse, Cornell, Maryland and Yale.  UAlbany will play games against five teams ranked in the Inside Lacrosse Face-Off preseason issue plus a full America East slate.

“We are excited for another challenging schedule in 2016, highlighted by two top five programs in Syracuse, and, for the first time in program history, Maryland,” said Marr, entering his 16th season at the helm of UAlbany.  “As our conference continues to get stronger, we will prepare to defend and compete for our conference title.”

UAlbany is coming off one of its most successful seasons in program history, finishing 16-3 with a perfect run through the America East for its third straight and seventh overall conference tournament title.  UAlbany took down Cornell 19-10 in the NCAA First Round for its second trip to the quarterfinals in as many years, falling to 1-seed Notre Dame 14-10 in Denver.

UAlbany has been stellar against America East opponents the last three years, combining to go 22-0 including 16-0 in the regular season and winning all six games in conference tournaments, including a 22-9 win over Stony Brook in the 2015 America East title game at home.

2016 UAlbany men’s lacrosse season tickets are now available for purchase from the UAlbany ticket office.  Season tickets for adults are $55 while tickets for seniors and children aged 12 and under are $40.  Regular season parking passes for the SEFCU lot are $75, with gameday parking passes being $10 per contest.  Before the season starts, fans may purchase a season ticket and a parking pass for the special price of $100.

Single game tickets for each contest are $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and children aged 12 and under.  Groups of 10 or more may purchase at a rate of $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under.  Single game tickets will be available starting in February.

For more information about tickets for the 2016 UAlbany men’s lacrosse season, interested parties may call the UAlbany ticket office at 518-442-DANE or visit ualbanysports.com/tickets.

The Great Danes enter the 2016 season ranked #11 in the Inside Lacrosse preseason rankings, two spots above its placement in the 2015 preseason list.

“This season schedule offers lacrosse fans the opportunity to visit John Fallon Field and support the Great Danes in their quest to defend their America East title and return to the NCAA’s for the fourth consecutive year,” said UAlbany director of athletics Mark Benson. “In addition, our home schedule gives the Capital Region fans multiple chances to experience nationally ranked college lacrosse teams playing the game at the highest level.”

The team will play a pair of scrimmages to start the season, heading to Colgate on February 6th at 1 p.m. and hosting Princeton on February 13th at 1 p.m.

The 2016 season begins with the annual UAlbany-Syracuse battle in the Carrier Dome on Sunday, February 21st at 4 p.m.  In the preseason polls, these two are the highest ranked teams in the state of New York, with Syracuse, a 2015 NCAA Quarterfinalist, being ranked #8 in the preseason.

UAlbany will play its next three games on campus, with the home opener against Drexel on Saturday, February 27th at noon.  This will be part of a doubleheader with the women’s lacrosse team, which plays Cornell at 3 p.m.

The next weekend, a rematch of last year’s NCAA First Round game will occur in the Capital District.  UAlbany will host Cornell on Saturday, March 5th at 1 p.m.  Cornell was the Ivy League regular season co-champion in 2015 and is #15 in the preseason rankings.

The three-game homestand ends on Saturday, March 12th as UAlbany hosts in-state rival Canisius at 2 p.m.  The two teams have played every year since 2012.

On Wednesday, March 16th, UAlbany will head to College Park to play Maryland for the first time in program history.  This game will feature two teams that have each been to the NCAA Quarterfinals the last two years.  Maryland was the Big Ten regular season co-champion in 2015 and reached the NCAA title game.

UAlbany returns home to begin league play and battle its SUNY rival Stony Brook in a rematch of last year’s America East title game and last year’s top two teams in the conference.  Game time is set for noon on Saturday, March 19th.

The following weekend, the Great Danes head east for a game at Hartford in a rematch of the 2015 America East Tournament semifinal.  Game time is set for 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 26th.

The Great Danes are back home on Wednesday, March 30th at 7 p.m. to host Harvard.  UAlbany has won all four meetings against Harvard, with each making the 2013 NCAA Tournament.

UAlbany’s next three games will be against America East opponents, starting with the team’s first-ever DI road contest at UMass Lowell on Saturday, April 2nd at 2 p.m.  UMass Lowell’s team joined the DI ranks starting last season.

The Purple and Gold will host a pair of teams wearing green in the next two games.  UAlbany takes on 2015 America East Tournament semifinalist Vermont on Saturday, April 9th at 7 p.m. at home.

The following week, UAlbany will play SUNY rival Binghamton as part of the annual Spring Stomp on campus on Saturday, April 16th at 7 p.m. under the lights.

In a rematch of two 2015 NCAA Tournament participants, UAlbany travels back to Connecticut to play Yale on Saturday, April 23rd at noon.  Last season, the two teams, each ranked in the top-8 at the time, battled at night in the Capital District in front of nearly 5,000 people at now-Casey Stadium, with UAlbany earning a 12-11 victory over Yale.

UAlbany’s final home game of the regular season will be a matchup against crosstown rival Siena on Tuesday, April 26th at 7 p.m.  UAlbany has an 11-2 lead in the series as these two programs have played each year since 2006.

The final regular season America East game for UAlbany will come in Baltimore as the Great Danes take on UMBC on Saturday, April 30th at 3 p.m.  This matches UAlbany coach Scott Marr against Don Zimmermann, the current UMBC head coach and Marr’s coach at Johns Hopkins.

The 2016 America East Tournament will be hosted by the league’s regular season champion.  The semifinals will be on Thursday, May 5th with the title game being on Saturday, May 7th at a time to be announced.

2016 UAlbany Men’s Lacrosse Schedule

Date Opponent Location Time
2/6 at Colgate (scrimmage) Hamilton, N.Y. 1 p.m.
2/13 Princeton (scrimmage) Albany, N.Y. 1 p.m.
2/21 at Syracuse Syracuse, N.Y. 4 p.m.
2/27 Drexel Albany, N.Y. 12 p.m.
3/5 Cornell Albany, N.Y. 1 p.m.
3/12 Canisius Albany, N.Y. 2 p.m.
3/16 at Maryland College Park, Md. TBA
3/19 Stony Brook* Albany, N.Y. 12 p.m.
3/26 at Hartford* West Hartford, Conn. 1 p.m.
3/30 Harvard Albany, N.Y. 7 p.m.
4/2 at UMass Lowell* Lowell, Mass. 2 p.m.
4/9 Vermont* Albany, N.Y. 7 p.m.
4/16 Binghamton* Albany, N.Y. 7 p.m.
4/23 at Yale New Haven, Conn. 12 p.m.
4/26 Siena Albany, N.Y. 7 p.m.
4/30 at UMBC* Baltimore, Md. 3 p.m.
5/5 America East Semifinals TBA TBA
5/7 America East Final TBA TBA

 

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