10 numbers to know about 10-0 UAlbany men’s lacrosse

Great Danes remain No. 1 in the nation
UAlbany men's lacrosse is 10-0.
UAlbany men's lacrosse is 10-0.

ALBANY — With another win this upcoming weekend, the University at Albany men’s lacrosse team matches the best start in its program history.

Back in 2007, UAlbany started 11-0. This year’s Great Danes are 10-0 after topping Stony Brook 13-7 last Saturday, a win in which freshman Tehoka Nanticoke had five points and sophomore TD Ierlan was perfect on faceoffs in 24 attempts.

UAlbany, voted No. 1 again Monday in both major national polls,its sixth week as the NCAA’s top team.

Here are 10 numbers to know about the Great Danes through their 10-0 start.


Sophomore TD Ierlan has won 192 of 229 faceoffs to lead the nation in faceoff winning percentage at 83.8 percent. Ierlan is on pace to smash the NCAA single-season faceoff winning percentage record of 77.6 percent, achieved by Mark Goers for Towson in 1994.


Redshirt senior goalie JD Colarusso has stopped 64.1 percent of shots on goal this season. That leads the nation.


Ierlan has scooped up 151 ground balls this season, and leads the nation in ground balls per game with 15.1. Just like with the national faceoff winning percentage record, Ierlan is on pace to set an NCAA single-season record for ground balls per game. Currently, the record belongs to Kevin Massa, who averaged 12.2 ground balls per game in 2013 for Bryant.


UAlbany’s average winning margin of 8.4 leads the nation by a solid margin. Through their first 10 games, the Great Danes are averaging 15.4 goals and allowing 7.0 goals per game, both figures which rank No. 1 in the NCAA. (In the goals-allowed category, UAlbany is tied with Army at No. 1.)


That is how many Great Danes have already registered double-digit points this season. With four points in UAlbany’s last win, sophomore Davis Diamond (12 points) joined senior Connor Fields (58), freshman Tehoka Nanticoke (50), senior Kyle McClancy (26), sophomore Jakob Patterson (23), junior Sean Eccles (22) and senior Justin Reh (18).


Despite missing the Great Danes’ last game with a knee injury and playing in a limited role in the two games before that, Fields still leads the nation in points per game at 6.4. Fields is expected to return to UAlbany’s lineup Saturday at UMBC.


Nanticoke is averaging 5.0 points per game this season — and he’s also won five America East Rookie of the Week awards after picking up his latest Monday. Nanticoke leads all freshmen in total goals scored and points.


For the last four weeks, UAlbany has been unanimously atop both the coaches and the media polls. Half of the Great Danes’ wins have come this season against teams ranked in this week’s media poll.


In average attendance per home game, UAlbany is No. 3. The Great Danes are drawing an average of 2,519 fans, leaving them only behind Syracuse (5,124) and Maryland (3,223). UAlbany last home game was played in front of 4,044 fans — the third-most in program history.


That is UAlbany’s national ranking in both major national polls and how many undefeated teams remain in the nation.

Reach Michael Kelly at [email protected] or @ByMichaelKelly on Twitter.

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