ALBANY, N.Y. – For the first time in 10 years, the UAlbany men’s lacrosse team will host an NCAA Tournament game. The 8-seed UAlbany will take on North Carolina, the defending NCAA champion, at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, May 13th at 7:30 p.m.
This game features a pair of conference tournament champions, with UAlbany out of the America East and North Carolina from the Atlantic Coast Conference.
“I couldn’t be happier for our university and our program to be hosting a playoff game here on campus,” said UAlbany head coach Scott Marr. “To host the defending national champion to kick off the tournament is great for our players and everyone involved here at the university. I cannot wait to get to Saturdaynight.”
The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU and online on WatchESPN.
Tickets are currently on sale for the game at Casey Stadium. Gold chairbacks are $20 while bleacher seats are $15 for adults and $10 for youth. For ticket and parking information, visit ualbanysports.com/tickets or call the UAlbany ticket office directly at 518-442-DANE.
UAlbany will play in its fifth NCAA Tournament in a row in 2017, coming in with the best regular season record in Division I at 14-2. UAlbany earned victories over Yale, the Ivy League champion, UMass, the CAA runner-up and Binghamton, the America East runner-up, all teams in the top-20 of the final RPI.
North Carolina picked up an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament this season. The Tar Heels defeated Syracuse and Notre Dame, each NCAA seeded teams, en route to the ACC championship, finishing 8-7 overall. UNC won the 2016 NCAA title game over Maryland 14-13 in overtime last season.
This is the first-ever meeting between UAlbany and North Carolina.
UAlbany last hosted an NCAA Tournament game in 2007. Then 5-seed UAlbany defeated Loyola 19-10 in the first round at John Fallon Field.
The team gathered in the SEFCU Arena Hall of Fame room to watch the ESPNU Selection Show in front of the administration, media and team supporters.
-Dave Vatz, UAlbany Sports Information