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  1. Via Mark Dixon (ESPN Lacrosse, Inside Lacrosse, Big Ten Networks):


    What Happened: Albany 14, Yale 13 OT

    Takeaway: At this time of year we often talk about Denver and how it seems to ‘go away’ in terms of national chatter. I think another team that fits this bill is Albany. Granted, people are talking less about the Great Danes in 2016 since no one named Thompson is on the roster anymore, which is understandable. Albany also plays in the America East, not a sexy conference and one that was considered to be just a two-horse race between them and Stony Brook for the AQ with little to no chance of an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament. Think that way no longer. With the victory over Yale, the Great Danes have now won seven straight following a 10-7 setback to Maryland on March 16. This team can flat-out play. To win on the road against a team that has played like a real contender all season is impressive. With the result Albany enters the top five of the national rankings — its first entry into that position since 2007 and something it never accomplished while the Thompsons wore the Purple and Gold. Should the Great Danes falter in the America East Tournament, they may have a solid enough resume to gain an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament.

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  2. Anyone else see the Benson ad during halftime of the Spring Stomp Lax game for the upcoming Great Dane Athletic Club?


    He said details to follow this summer.


    I've been a football & basketball season ticket holder since 1st D1 season and I'm sure they don't have records going back that far. Gonna be very upset if I'm "priced out" of my current football and basketball season ticket locations and SEFCU parking.


    New football/lacrosse hospitality section: Area between stairs behind gold seats is fenced off and there is a beer cart. Hope they have some type of credential/lanyard to get back in so I don't have to keep digging out my ticket stub.

  3. A talk with UAlbany lacrosse coach Scott Marr Oakes glad to be back with UAlbany men's lacrosse


    Oakes glad to be back with UAlbany men's lacrosse

    University at Albany men's lacrosse attack Seth Oakes was named to the watch list for the Tewaaraton Award on Friday, quite an accomplishment for someone who wasn't sure he'd play at all this season.

    Oakes, who is Native American, withdrew from school last fall. He said he needed to spend time with his family in Akwesasne, a Mohawk Nation territory in upstate New York near the Canadian border.

    "I had some personal issues I had to take care of at home," said Oakes, who politely declined to elaborate. "It was just a rough time for me. I didn't even know if I was going to come back."

    Finally, Oakes decided he needed to finish what he started with the sixth-ranked Great Danes (7-2), who are bidding for a fourth straight America East title.

    "It was eating away at me," he said. "I had to come back for myself mostly, because I came this far. I went to community college. I grinded out there just to get here and I couldn't just give it all up. So I had to come back and prove to myself that I can do better than I did."

    Oakes, a redshirt junior, returned to classes this winter and received an NCAA waiver that allowed him to play this season. He's tied with Connor Fields for the team lead with 24 goals heading into Saturday's America East contest against Vermont at 3 p.m. on John Fallon Field.

    He's one of 75 players on the watch list for the Tewaaraton, given annually to the most outstanding American college lacrosse player. Fields and UAlbany goalkeeper Blaze Riorden are also on the list.

    Former UAlbany star Lyle Thompson, also Native American, won the Tewaaraton the past two seasons, sharing it with his brother Miles two years ago.

    "You've still got a lot to prove," said Oakes, notified of his selection after Friday's practice. "Making the list is nothing, really. There's a lot more to prove."

    UAlbany coach Scott Marr said Oakes is definitely deserving of Tewaaraton recognition. He has helped the Great Danes stay at an elite level despite the graduation of Lyle Thompson, the leading scorer in NCAA Division I history.

    "Seth's a tough, tough player," Marr said. "He's probably one of the toughest players I've ever coached. Teams have to game plan to stop him and Connor, and then you throw (sophomore attack) Justin Reh in there, too, and the three of them are playing well together."

    Oakes scored 54 goals and made second-team all-league in his UAlbany debut last season after transferring from Onondaga Community College.

    That gaudy total makes it more remarkable that Oakes didn't feel he played particularly well, distracted by his personal problems. He said his family situation has improved since he returned and so has his outlook.

    "That was a big thing on me last year," he said. "I couldn't take it here. My mind wasn't here, I couldn't focus on anything. I didn't want to be here. So I took some time off. Everything happened the way it was supposed to. Everything's going good. I feel like that's why I'm having a good year, I guess."

    Oakes, who is 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds, started his athletic career as a basketball player because he was bigger than everybody else. That changed and he switched at age 10 to lacrosse, a sport that is revered in Native American culture.

    "I fell in love with it right away," Oakes said. "I like to hit people. I feel free when I play."

    He was a teammate of Lyle and Miles Thompson in high school and planned to join them at UAlbany. That plan was delayed for two years when Oakes struggled in school and spent two years at Onondaga to improve his grades. He missed the 2014 season due to injury before transferring to UAlbany.

    Oakes is majoring in sociology at UAlbany. He has a job offer waiting for him on the Akwesasne police force when he graduates, said Marr.

    "It's one of those things where having his degree is important to him," Marr said. "He's worked really hard. He's a determined kid and he wants to try to make a difference back at home, as well."

  4. Thank you for your support of the Daniel L. Barnes ’07 Memorial Scholarship. We are pleased to announce that we have surpassed our goal of endowing this fund and to date we have raised more than $30,000, which will support a Football or Men’s Lacrosse student-athlete each year, and leave a lasting legacy for Dan on campus.

    We invite you to join us at the Men’s Lacrosse game
    on Saturday, April 16th at 7:00 pm vs Binghamton. We will officially announce the scholarship fund at this game and announce the student-athlete who will be the inaugural recipient of the scholarship next yea

    We hope that you can join us at the game and GO GREAT DANES!


    Scott Marr
    Head Coach
    Men’s Lacrosse


    Bob Ford
    Head Coach (retired)

  5. Albany Maintains Commissioner's Cup Lead Following Winter Season


    Winner of the last three Commissioner’s Cups, Albany earned 123 points during the winter and grew its lead to 83 points over second-place New Hampshire.


    2015-16 Winter Stuart P. Haskell, Jr. Commissioner’s Cup Standings

    Rank Team Points

    1. Albany 288

    2. New Hampshire 205

    3. Stony Brook 185

    4. Vermont 181

    5. UMBC 162

    6. Binghamton 159

    7. Maine 154

    8. Hartford 108

    9. UMass Lowell 92

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