Albany finds itself in the Top 10 of the Nike/Inside Lacrosse poll this week. To ensure an NCAA tournament bid, however, the Great Danes must avoid any losses from here on out. Their last two games are against Siena and Stony Brook, with the Siena matchup taking place Tuesday night on the Saints' home turf.
One thing is for sure: Albany can score with anyone in the country. Led by Tewaaraton hopeful Lyle Thompson's 38 goals and 51 assists, the team can score from anywhere on the field. Ty Thompson and Miles Thompson, cousin and brother to Lyle, have 53 and 40 points each, respectively.
It is rare to see such a high volume of scoring from just three players, but their unique skills are hard to prepare for on the practice field. The Great Danes are 10-3 thus far, and a 12-win season would pretty much seal the deal as far as a tournament berth is concerned.
Siena, at 5-8, has four players with 30 points or more, proving that it is a threat to pull off an upset. As always, faceoffs will go a long way in determining the outcome of this game. If Siena can keep the ball away from the lethal Albany attack, it can make this a full four-quarter game and hopefully be within striking distance in the final few minutes.
Upsets have become routine this year in college lacrosse, with the No. 1 team losing multiple times this year. Unlike previous years, all the teams in the Top 10 are interchangeable, and all have the potential to make runs for the national championship.
If Albany can survive tonight, the Thompson trio should be able to guide the Great Danes to a favorable seed and give them the opportunity to make some noise in May.