Believe it or not, it’s almost lacrosse season.
You’re probably saying, “We haven’t even played the first half of the conference basketball season yet and we’re already talking lacrosse?”
We are talking lacrosse because Inside Lacrosse is talking about it. The magazine continues to break down America East squads as they prepare for the season. Having already dissected Vermont, Inside Lacrosse gave Albany and Stony Brook their turns today as we learned five things we should know about each team.
Stony Brook, under the direction of new head coach Jim Nagle, comes in ranked No. 29 in Inside Lacrosse’s preseason rankings. After a last second loss to Hartford in the America East title game last year, the Seawolves have a core of “well-rounded captains,” a transfer attack from Ohio State and a fresh attitude about the season ahead. Check out
Stony Brook’s full preview from Inside Lacrosse, here.
Albany, meanwhile, comes in just one spot behind at No. 30 led by the Thompson Trio – Miles, Ty and Lyle. The latter is touted as one of the top freshmen in the country while Miles, Lyle’s brother, will run the Great Dane offense. And a season-opening game at Syracuse has all the Danes focused on starting 2012 with a “bang.” The rest of the Albany preview can be seen, here.
And if you want to catch up on the Vermont season preview, the write-up on the No. 35 Catamounts can be found, here.
When non-scholarship players earn significant playing time at a Division I program, there is almost always a great story attached to it. That is certainly the case with UMBC men’s basketball guard Ryan Cook. The Baltimore Sun ran a nice story about the player they call “Skittles” in Baltimore. Why? His tenacious defense that has him scurrying all over the court and “for craving the multi-colored candy.” After sitting out all of last season due to transfer rules and the first five games of this season, Cook is now starting for the Retrievers and earning serious minutes for Randy Monroe.
We had an extremely busy night on the hardwood Thursday – 16 America East hoops teams were in action – as we wind down the first wave of conference matchups.
We’ll start in Burlington for the ESPN3 broadcast of Albany and Vermont. Matt Glass delivered a “dagger” of a three-pointer with 30 seconds left to lift UVM over the Danes, 73-69. Read more from the Burlington Free Press and Times Union about one of the best games in conference play this year. The Vermont women played two players down at Albany and the Great Danes came away with a 65-47 win. Check out the highlights from this one…
Boston University swept New Hampshire on Thursday night with the men winning in Durham and the women doing the same in Boston. Darryl Partin scored 20 points for the Terriers as they collected their fifth straight win, 52-50 over UNH. Check out the recap from Foster’s Daily Democrat. The Terrier women defeated the Wildcats 79-39 at The Roof.
Elsewhere, Hartford earned a sweep of Maine and Binghamton split with UMBC as the women downed the Retrievers and the men fell at the RAC. The Hartford Courant hasmore from the Hawk men’s win and the WICZ has some highlights from the Events Center.
For the weekend’s complete schedule, check out AmericaEast.com.