UAlbany lax to play Syracuse in NCAA Tournament first round

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The University at Albany men’s lacrosse team will start the 2016 NCAA Tournament with a game against Syracuse.

“You know, we’re just happy to have a chance to play for a national championship,” head coach Scott Marr said.

It was a bit nerve wracking for the Great Danes as they watched the selection show. The team was not an automatic bid, but they did hear their name called.

UAlbany will open the tournament with a first round game at Syracuse on Sunday night. The Danes are 1-13 all time at the Carrier Dome, including a 9-goal loss to open the season this year.

But sophomore attack Connor Fields said his team is psyched for the rematch and are up for the challenge.

“It’s always great getting that second chance, second opportunity; second opportunity even at Syracuse, too,” he said. “Last year, we drew Cornell, and we lost to them earlier in the season, so we know what it takes to beat a team like that.”

The first round game is at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. If they win, the Great Danes will take on top ranked Maryland.

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