ALBANY — Given the circumstances, the University at Albany men’s lacrosse program likely got the best news it possibly could Tuesday regarding senior Connor Fields.
Medical tests Monday, UAlbany head coach Scott Marr said, revealed Fields’ right knee had not suffered any further damage from his awkward fall during Sunday’s loss at Yale.
“Connor did not damage his knee any more and will hopefully be back next week for the America East tournament,” Marr said Tuesday.
Later, Marr said it is “up in the air” as to whether Fields will play in Saturday’s America East regular season finale at Hartford. A school athletics spokesman said Fields is "doubtful" to play against Hartford.
Fields, a 2017 Tewaaraton Award finalist, originally sprained his right MCL a month ago in a win against UMass Lowell. The senior attempted to play in the Great Danes next game before exiting early from it, then sat out the next two games before returning this past Friday in UAlbany’s win against Binghamton.
Fields looked healthy vs. Binghamton, scoring seven points in the 18-7 win.
“I was getting more and more confidence as the game went on,” Fields said after that game, “and toward the end of the game, I felt back to normal.”
“He’s just back to old Connor Fields now,” UAlbany freshman Tehoka Nanticoke had said, “so it’s going to be exciting to watch him for the next couple games.”
But, two days after the excitement around Fields’ successful return, the senior’s right knee gave out on him as he attempted to make a cut in the first quarter of the Great Danes’ game against Yale. Fields did not return to the game after re-injuring his leg, but did go through a variety of agility drills in between the game’s first and second quarters without much of a noticeable limp.
Despite the action Fields has missed this season, he remains UAlbany's leading scorer on the season with 66 points.
After UAlbany plays Saturday at Hartford, the Great Danes won’t play again until the America East semifinals on May 3.
The Great Danes will host the America East tournament at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium if they win Saturday at Hartford.