Albany Great Danes men's lacrosse

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Albany Great Danes
Albany Great Danes Logo.svg
University University at Albany
Conference America East
Location Albany, New York
Coach Scott Marr (since 2000)
Stadium John Fallon Field
(capacity: 2,500)
Nickname Great Danes
Colors Purple and Gold[1]
         
NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals
2007, 2014, 2015
NCAA Tournament Appearances
(8) – 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Conference Tournament Champions
2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2013, 2014, 2015
Conference Regular Season Champions
2002, 2003, 2007, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

The Albany Great Danes men's lacrosse team represents the University at Albany in NCAA Division I men's college lacrosse. Albany currently competes in the America East Conference and plays its home games on John Fallon Field. The team has reached the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship tournament seven times. The Great Danes are currently coached by Scott Marr.

History[edit]

The program began in 1970 with a 3–7 record competing in Division III. In 1975, the program would reach the ECAC Division III Tournament under coach Dave Armstrong. From 1975 to 1997, the Great Danes would reach two more ECAC Division III Tournaments. In 1997 the Great Danes would reach the finals of the ECAC Division II Tournament. In the 2000's, the Great Danes took on the unofficial moniker "Fast Breaks & Bitches" - an ode to the team's relentless pace on the field, and their love of women off it.

2000–2006[edit]

In 2000, the Great Danes began play in the America East at the Division I level. In 2001, Scott Marr was given the reigns of the program. Even though the Great Danes finished with a 3–8 record in 2001, the Great Danes compiled an 8–6 regular season to take the regular season conference championship in the America East in 2002. They would reach the championship game but lose to the Stony Brook Seawolves 8–6.

Led by a new crop of recruits, some of the first lacrosse players in school history to be on scholarship, such as Kevin Rae and Luke Daquino, the Great Danes would start making a mark on college lacrosse in 2003. The Great Danes would go 8–6 and seek revenge against Stony Brook in the America East semi-finals 11–5 to move on to face the University of Hartford for the America East Championship. On May 3, 2003, Albany would defeat Hartford 7–5 to win their first ever America East Championship. They would go on to face and lose to Princeton University in the first round on the NCAA Tournament.

The success for the Great Danes would not stop after 2003. With incoming recruits and a strong core of returning players, the Great Danes would continue their championship ways. In 2004, including an upset against the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the Great Danes would go on to win another America East Championship. They would play Syracuse University in the first round and lose 21–13.

The surge would continue into 2005 as the Great Danes defeated Stony Brook 16–7 to win their third straight America East Championship. However, the first round NCAA Tournament jinx would continue as the Great Danes were demolished by the University of Virginia 23–9.

2006 would be an off year for the Great Danes. With all-time career points leader at the time Luke Daquino and career saves leader Kevin Rae graduated, the team was young and over matched. The Great Danes would sneak into the America East Tournament, but lose 19–10 to UMBC. However, it would be soon that the Great Danes would go back to their winning ways.

Despite a season of struggles in 2006, the program took one major stride during the season. In the fall of 2005, John Fallon Field was completed and became the new home of the Great Danes. An all-weather facility, Albany finally had a place to call home. In previous seasons the team would play home games at University Field. However, do to harsh winters and wet springs, the field was usually not in playing condition come lacrosse season. This forced many home games to be played at local high schools and community colleges. With John Fallon Field, Albany now had one of the premier outdoor lacrosse fields in the Northeast.

2007 season[edit]

In the 2007 season, the lacrosse team would be ranked in the top-25 in both USILA and Nike/Inside Lacrosse polls and reached a high of #2 in the USILA poll. Notable wins were against #1 ranked Johns Hopkins Blue Jays and #10 Delaware. On May 13, 2007, the men's lacrosse team became the first team at the Division I level to advance/win a match in the NCAA Tournament, defeating Loyola College in Maryland 19–10 in front of nearly 3,000 people at John Fallon Field. One week later, the Great Danes were defeated by undefeated Cornell University 12–11 in the NCAA Quarterfinals at Princeton University.

The team finished ranked #4 in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse poll, the highest ranking for any team in school history. Head Coach Scott Marr was awarded the USILA Division I National Lacrosse Coach of the Year to cap the amazing season.

One of the big stars for the lacrosse team in 2007 was senior attackman Frank Resetarits. He would become the first Great Dane in school history to earn first-team All-American honors as he was selected to the 2007 USILA All-America Team. Resetarits was also named a finalist for the Tewaaraton Trophy. Resetarits would also become the first lacrosse player in school history to be drafted into the Major League Lacrosse, selected by the Washington Bayhawks, but being traded and making his debut with the Long Island Lizards. Resetarits would also join the National Lacrosse League, drafted #5 overall by the San Jose Stealth in 2007 NLL Draft.

Resetarits was joined in the pros by UAlbany elite goal scorer Merrick Thomson. Thomson would sign a free agent contract with the New Jersey Pride on the MLL, and then drafted #2 overall by the Philadelphia Wings in the 2007 NLL Draft. Both Thomson and Resetarits are ranked one and two in career points at Albany. Thomson was also the all-time leading scorer in Great Danes history. Defender Liam Gleason was also signed by the New Jersey Pride shortly after the 2007 Major League Lacrosse draft.

Two other pieces of the championship team were drafted in the 2008 Major League Lacrosse draft. Midfielder Jordan Levine was selected 10th Overall by the New Jersey Pride, re-uniting him with Thomson and Gleason. Star goaltender Brett Queener was selected 48th Overall by the Rochester Rattlers making him the 5th UAlbany graduate to play professionally in Major League Lacrosse.

2013 season[edit]

The 2013 season opened with high expectations. Many in the media felt the team had the ability to go far in the NCAA Tournament. Those predictions grew further in the season opener at Syracuse. The Great Danes had never beaten The Orange, who were ranked #13 in the nation. However, UAlbany would knock them in double-overtime 16–15. It would be the first season opening loss for Syracuse since 1996.

After going 5–3 in their next eight games, the Great Danes would travel to Johns Hopkins. With the games being shown on national television (ESPNU), the Great Danes once again pulled off an upset. UAlbany, ranked #20 at the time, would defeat the #10 ranked Blue Jays 10–9. Freshman goalie Blaze Riorden had his best game of his short career, recording 20 saves.

The Great Danes would finish 4–1 to finish the season, 11–4 overall. UAlbany would go 5–0 in regular season America East play for the second time in program history. Amazingly, the Great Danes would go 9–2 on the road while only 3–2 at home. On May 4, after a five years without a title, the Great Danes would defeat UMBC 19–10 to win the America East Championship. However, the Great Danes would fall to Denver in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Head Coach Scott Marr would record his 100th career win at UAlbany during the season.

Thompson Trio[edit]

Much of the Great Danes success in 2013 was centered around one family. Miles Thompson, Ty Thompson and Lyle Thompson (also known as the Thompson Trio), were a vital part of the Great Danes offense. Miles and Lyle are brothers, while Ty is their cousin (another brother, Jeremy Thompson played for Syracuse until 2011). All three were star recruits coming to UAlbany. The three were born in the Onondaga Nation, a nine-square-mile independent political entity recognized by the United States. Each of the Thompson's wore a traditional native hair style, with long braids that became their trademark on the field. The three also became known for their skills on the field, which involved trick passes and stick handling, behind the back shots, one handed shots and their quick agility.

In 2013, Ty Thompson would score 51 goals, Miles would score 42 and Lyle 46 goals going into the NCAA Tournament. The fourth leading scorers for the Great Danes, Will Fuller and John Maloney, had only 18 goals. Lyle Thompson would be the key factor for the Great Danes. The sophomore was vital in leading the No. 1 offense in the nation with 108 points through 17 games. Lyle became the eighth men's lacrosse player in NCAA history to record 100 points in a season. He finished seven points behind all-time NCAA record holder Steve Marahol's (UMBC) 114 points (37g, 77a) set in 1992. He would win the America East Player of the Year Award and became the second Great Dane to be named a Tewaaraton Award finalist, and the first Native American to be named a Tewaaraton Award finalist.

In 2014, the Thompson's would continue their unbelievable play. Despite a shaky 9–5 regular season, the Great Danes would be the #1 overall seed in the America East Tournament. Lyle would become only the third player in conference history to win back-to-back Player of the Year Awards. Earning at least four points in all 14 games played, the junior attack has earned a Division I-best 61 assists and 37 goals in the regular season. In the American East Tournament, Lyle became the first Division I player ever to earn two 100-point seasons. On May 3, 2014, the Great Danes would win their second straight America East Championship, defeating UMBC 20–11.

On May 10, 2014 the Great Danes would take on Loyola in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Loyola was the number one ranked team in the nation going into the game. The Great Danes, with strong defensive play, defeated the Greyhounds 13–6 for the second NCAA Tournament victory in school history. In the game Lyle would become the DI single season record holder in points, beating out Marahol's record he just missed in the previous season. In the game Miles would also pass Marahol's numbers to become second on that list after scoring five goals and two assists. The Great Danes would end up losing 14–13 in overtime to Notre Dame in the Quarterfinals the following week.

As a junior Lyle would compile the top single season point total in DI history, earning 128 points as well as tying the DI single season assists record with 77, adding 51 goals. He became the first player in DI history to have a pair of 100+ point seasons after finishing with 113 last year. In UAlbany's 18 games in 2014 he scored at least four points, including 11 seven+ point contests. He was named Division I Outstanding Player of the Year and the DI Outstanding Attackman by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) in 2014.

On May 29, 2014, both Miles and Lyle Thompson were named the co-winners of the 2014 Tewaaraton Trophy. It was the first time ever that two players shared, and a Native American was awarded, the trophy. Two days later, Miles and Ty were officially put on the active roster of the MLL Rochester Rattlers. It was also announced that Miles would return to the program in 2015 as a Graduate Assistant.

The success of the Thompson Trio on the field led to a national press following in late 2014. CNN, CBS and ABC all did nightly news pieces on the three. The NY Times also did a story on them, which was posted on the front page of the newspaper. In all the pieces the three talked about their heritage, the acceptance of their heritage at UAlbany, supporting the Onondaga Nation and promoting the game of lacrosse.

One of the Greats[edit]

In 2015, Lyle Thompson cemented himself as one of the greatest collegiate lacrosse players in NCAA history. He was named the recipient of the 2015 Tewaaraton Trophy for the top player in men's lacrosse and was the first ever male lacrosse player to earn the award in two consecutive seasons. In 2015, Thompson led the NCAA in points per game for the third-straight year with 6.37 a contest and assists per game at 3.63 a contest. He finished with an NCAA Division I best 121 points, the second-highest single season tally in DI history, and 69 assists, adding 52 goals. He would lead UAlbany to a third-consecutive America East regular season and tournament title. The Great Danes would take on Cornell in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, winning 19–10. In a rematch of the 2014 quarterfinals, UAlbany would fall to Notre Dame 14–10. Thompson finished his career as the all-time Division I points and assists leader, concluding with 400 points off 175 goals and 225 assists from 2012–15 with UAlbany. In his career he played in 70 games, scoring in 68 of them and earned multiple points in each of his last 44 games, including all contests in 2014 and 2015.

2016 Season and Beyond[edit]

Following the graduation of the Thompsons, The Great Danes continued their upward accent ion in the D-1 ranks.

Coaches[edit]

Current coaching staff[edit]

  • Head coach – Scott Marr (Johns Hopkins, 1991)
  • Assistant coach – Liam Gleaston (UAlbany, 2007)
  • Assistant coach – Merrick Thomson (UAlbany, 2007)

All-time head coaches[edit]

Years Coach Win Loss Win % Conference
titles
NCAA Tournament
appearances
NCAA titles
1970 Bill Muse 3 7 .300 - - -
1971–1973 Bob Ford 19 11 .633 - - -
1974–1975 Dave Armstrong 10 13 .435 - - -
1976 Steve Axman 6 5 .545 - - -
1977–1983 Mike Motta 36 45 .444 - - -
1984 Gary Campbell 7 6 .538 - - -
1985 Rick Flanders 3 10 .231 - - -
1986 Chuck Priore 5 8 .385 - - -
1987 Tom Fogarty 5 7 .417 - - -
1988–1994 Steve O'Shea 45 37 .549 - - -
1995–2000 Mark Wimmer 42 31 .575 - - -
2001–present Scott Marr 136 105 .564 7 (America East) 7 (NCAA D-I) -

All-time records, standings and statistics[edit]

Coaching records and standings[edit]

Year Coach Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Win %
Division III (Independent) (1970–1995)
1970 Bill Muse 3 7 .300
1971 Bob Ford 8 2 .800
1972 Bob Ford 7 2 .778
1973 Bob Ford 4 7 .364
1974 Dave Armstrong 4 7 .364
1975 Dave Armstrong 6 6 .500 ECAC D-III Tournament
1976 Steve Axman 6 5 .545
1977 Mike Motta 6 6 .500
1978 Mike Motta 5 7 .417
1979 Mike Motta 4 8 .333
1980 Mike Motta 6 5 .545
1981 Mike Motta 5 8 .385
1982 Mike Motta 6 8 .429
1983 Mike Motta 7 5 .583
1984 Gary Campbell 7 6 .538
1985 Rick Flanders 3 10 .231
1986 Chuck Priore 9 8 .529
1987 Tom Fogarty 5 7 .417
1988 Steve O'Shea 2 9 .182
1989 Steve O'Shea 7 4 .636
1990 Steve O'Shea 4 7 .364
1991 Steve O'Shea 7 5 .583
1992 Steve O'Shea 10 3 .769 ECAC D-III Tournament
1993 Steve O'Shea 8 3 .727
1994 Steve O'Shea 7 6 .538 ECAC D-III Tournament
1995 Mark Wimmer 6 5 .545
Division II (Independent) (1996–1999)
1996 Mark Wimmer 7 6 .538
1997 Mark Wimmer 8 5 .615 ECAC D-II Tournament
1998 Mark Wimmer 8 4 .667
1999 Mark Wimmer 7 6 .538
Division I (Independent) (2000–2001)
2000 Mark Wimmer 6 5 .545
2001 Scott Marr 3 8 .273
Division I (America East Conference) (2002–present)
2002 Scott Marr 9 7 .563 America East Conference Tournament
(Semi-final Win over Quinnipiac 12–5)
(Championship Loss to Stony Brook 8–6)
2003 Scott Marr 10 6 .625 America East Conference Tournament
(Semi-final Win over Stony Brook 11–5)
(Championship Game Win over Hartford 7–5)
NCAA First Round (Loss to Princeton 16–10)
2004 Scott Marr 10 6 .625 America East Conference Tournament
(Semi-final win over UMBC 9–8)
(Championship Win over Binghamton 10–4)
NCAA First Round (Loss to Syracuse 21–13)
2005 Scott Marr 10 6 .625 America East Conference Tournament
(Semi-final Win over Binghamton 11–3)
(Championship Win over Stony Brook 16–7)
NCAA First Round (Loss to Virginia 23–9)
2006 Scott Marr 8 7 .533 America East Conference Tournament
(Semi-final Win over Stony Brook 14–13)
(Championship Loss to UMBC 19–10)
2007 Scott Marr 15 3 .833 America East Conference Tournament
(Semi-final Win over Stony Brook 17–5)
(Championship Win over UMBC 15–14)
NCAA First Round (Win over Loyola 19–10)
NCAA Second Round (Loss to Cornell 12–11 in OT)
2008 Scott Marr 8 8 .500 America East Conference Tournament
(Semi-final Win over Stony Brook 12–9)
(Championship Loss to UMBC 14–13)
2009 Scott Marr 7 7 .500 America East Conference Tournament
(Semi-final Loss to Stony Brook 18–12)
2010 Scott Marr 5 11 .313 America East Conference Tournament
(Semi-final Win over UMBC 11–7)
(Championship Loss to #6 Stony Brook 11–7)
2011 Scott Marr 5 10 .322 America East Conference Tournament:(DNQ)
2012 Scott Marr 5 11 .313 America East Conference Tournament
(Semi-final Win over UMBC 19–8)
(Championship Loss to Stony Brook 14–8)
2013 Scott Marr 13 4 .764 America East Conference Tournament
(Semi-final Win over Stony Brook 17–15)
(Championship Win over UMBC 19–10)
NCAA First Round (Loss to Denver 19–14)
2014 Scott Marr 12 6 .667 America East Conference Tournament
(Semi-final Win over Stony Brook 17–16)
(Championship Win over UMBC 20–11)
NCAA First Round (Win over Loyola 13–6)
NCAA Quarterfinals (Loss to Notre Dame 14–13OT)
2015 Scott Marr 16 3 .842 America East Conference Tournament
(Semi-final Win over Hartford 15–6)
(Championship Win over Stony Brook 22–9)
NCAA First Round (Win over Cornell 19–10)
NCAA Quarterfinals (Loss to Notre Dame 14–10)
Albany Totals: 312 281 .526

References[edit]

  1. ^ University at Albany Graphic Identity Manual (PDF). 2011-01-01. Retrieved 2016-04-09. 

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