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PREVIEW: Men's Lacrosse at #16/12 Albany

The University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse team takes a day trip to the University of Albany for a 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon contest. Here is how to follow the Minutemen:

University of Massachusetts Men's Lacrosse Game Notes
Game Five Massachusetts (0-4 overall) at No. 16/12 Albany (1-1)
Date | Time Saturday, March 7, 2015 | 3:00 p.m.
Location John Fallon Field (2,500) | Albany, N.Y.
Live Statistics NeuLion
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Series History Albany leads, 8-6. Last meeting: #18 Albany 25, #9 Massachusetts 10; March 8, 2014
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Scouting Albany Men's Lacrosse
Albany men's lacrosse defeated No. 19 Drexel, 15-8, in its first contest of 2015 but fell to No. 13 Cornell in its most recent action, 16-9, and enters play against Massachusetts with a 1-1 overall record as a result. The Great Danes are coming off of a stellar 2014 campaign, when the squad went 12-6 overall, won all five America East contests and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Scott Marr is in his 15th season as the head coach of Albany men's lacrosse. He is 121-102 as the program leader, which includes four seasons coaching current UMass assistant Craig McDonald (2005-08).

Albany is without the services of offensive juggernauts and cousins Miles Thomson (119 points, 82 goals, 37 assists) and Ty Thompson (53, 41, 12) due to graduation. However, the squad returns leading scorer and 2014 Co-Tewaaraton Award winner Lyle Thompson (128, 51, 77), who shared the award with his brother, Miles. Lyle set the NCAA single-season points record and matched the NCAA assists mark during 2014 when he was a USILA First Team All-American and the America East Player of the Year.

Lyle Thompson has six points (three goals, three assists) through two games of the 2015 season. John Maloney and Jake Cullen have matched his output and Connor Fields paces all Great Danes with eight points through four goals and four assists.

More on the program can be found through

While many of you were sleeping, UMass hockey picked up its first victory in a Hockey East Tournament win since 2009, defeating Notre Dame in Game 1 of the best-of-three opening round series, 4-3 in 5OT, the longest hockey game in NCAA Division I history.

The historic contest was covered by many news outlets:

ESPN: UMass, Notre Dame play record game
ABC News: UMass Tops Notre Dame 4-3 in Longest Division I Hockey Game
CBS Sports: UMass beats Notre Dame in longest game in college hockey history
Boston Globe: UMass wins longest game in college hockey history
USCHO: Walsh's fifth-overtime goal wins college hockey's longest game as Massachusetts outlasts Notre Dame
Daily Collegian: Walsh wins it: UMass hockey tops Notre Dame 4-3 in five overtimes, marks the longest NCAA game ever Iron Minutemen: UMass hockey survives epic 5-overtime thriller to defeat Notre Dame in longest game in NCAA history

Also check out this clip of SportCenter's coverage of the game:

And this clip (with replays) of Shane Walsh's game-winning goal:

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a feature story looking at Blake Frohnapfel and the impact he is making not just on the football team but on the University overall. Along with his work for a double graduate degree, Frohanpfel is extremely active with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and was recently named to the Search Committee for the next permanent Athletic Director.

Chuck Culpepper of the Washington Post has a story on Derrick Gordon and how the season has been after his announcement last April that he was gay. Gordon says he has found more support than anything during the course of the year and that by-and-large everything has maintained the status quo.

Jamie Cushman of the Daily Collegian takes a look at the start of the UMass softball season after the first nine games. Head coach Kristi Stefanoni says the Minutewomen are off to a good start and the team has identified early issues to work on as the year progresses.

(Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian)

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story on yesterday's announcement of the UMass Hall Of Fame Class of 2014. The five inductees are Kole Ayi (football), Carl Boteze (basebal), Billy Brown (swimming), Monty Mack (basketball), and Thomas Poeck (hockey). The induction ceremony will be on May 1, 2015.
Philip Sanzo of the Daily Collegian has a preview of this weekend's matches for the women's tennis team. The Minutewomen head to Providence on Friday night before returning home to the Bay Road Tennis Club to host Saint Louis on Sunday afternoon (12:30 PM).

Robert Rigo/Daily Collegian

Gazette: Matt Vautour - Memories stir as a Roe shines at the Cage

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a terrific story on UMass legend Lou Roe and his son Sam'i. Vautour looks at how basketball has helped the father/son bond as Sam'i plays for Hopkins Academy during the Western Mass Tournament. The elder Roe talks of the joy of seeing his son play on the same court where he made so many memories and what the experience means to both.

In today's Daily Hampshire Gazette, Matt Vautour has a preview of UMass' Hockey East Tournament matchup at Notre Dame and focuses on redshirt sophomore Frank Vatrano, who played in his first game as a Minuteman one year ago in the Hockey East Tournament.

Read: Frank Vatrano, UMass hockey eager for Hockey East playoff series with Notre Dame