Albany, Stony Brook To Play for 2012 Men's Lacrosse Crown Saturday on ESPN3
STONY BROOK, N.Y. -- Top-seeded Stony Brook and third-seeded Albany will decide the 2012 America East Men's Lacrosse title Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Seawolves' LaValle Stadium.
The game will air live on ESPN3 at 3 p.m. with a re-airing on Sunday on ESPNU at 10 a.m. Scott Corrigan (play-by-play) and Mark Dixon (analyst) will have the call. (WATCH LIVE)
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Tickets for Saturday's game can be purchased through the Stony Brook ticket office either online or by calling the box office at 631-632-WOLF (9653). Prices are $8 for adults, $5 for youth and $2 for students of America East institutions with proper ID. For further information visit Championship Central.Title Game Notes
• Albany's Joe Resetarits scored five times and Stony Brook's Mike Rooney tallied five points as the league's Player and Rookie of the Year led their respective teams to wins in the semifinals of the America East Men's Lacrosse Championship Wednesday. The top-seeded Seawolves downed fourth-seeded Hartford, 9-8, while the third-seeded Great Danes thwarted second-seeded UMBC, 19-8.
• This will be the ninth time Albany and Stony Brook have met in the championship with the Great Danes holding a 5-3 edge. However, the Seawolves have won two of the previous three times these two teams have played for the league title, including an 11-7 win in 2010.
• The two teams played an epic game just last weekend. Senior Kyle Belton found the back of the net with just eight seconds left to give Stony Brook a 12-11 win over Albany and its third straight America East regular-season crown. The Great Danes scored twice in the final five minutes to tie game at 11 but Belton scored the last of his career-high five goals off a feed from Jeff Tundo in the final seconds of regulation to seal the win.
• Albany is making its ninth trip to the championship game in 11 years and is in search of its fifth league crown, but first since 2007.
• Stony Brook is making its sixth finals appearance and fourth straight. The Seawolves are in search of their third league crown and second in three years.
• America East teams have two wins against ranked opponents this season. UMBC defeated instate rival Maryland, 8-7, on March 24. The Terrapins were ranked fifth in both national polls. Stony Brook beat Delaware, which was ranked 18th in the USILA Poll, 7-6 on March 10.
• Three different America East teams have reached the NCAA quarterfinals since 2007. Albany and UMBC reached the round of eight in 2007 with wins over Loyola and Maryland, respectively. Stony Brook joined the group with a victory over Denver in 2010.