Bishop Timon-St. Jude graduate Connor Fields had six goals on a day of big individual accomplishments for the University at Albany's lacrosse team, but the Great Danes fell to top-seeded Notre Dame, 14-10, Saturday afternoon at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.
Fields, a freshman who was named the Buffalo News' Prep Talk Male Athlete of the Year for 2013-14 for his lacrosse and hockey accomplishments at Timon, led all scorers with six goals. Fields finished with 66 on the season, which stands ninth all-time in Division I single-season history and first among freshmen. It is the second-highest total in UAlbany history behind Miles Thompson’s mark of 82 in 2014.
Miles Thompson's brother, Lyle, became the Division I all-time assists leader during what would be his final game Saturday. He had four assists to give him 225 for his career; his assist on a Fields goal 4:15 into the first quarter set the record. Thompson finished the year with 121 points, the second-highest scoring season in Division I history, only behind his own mark of 128 points last year. He ends his historic career with 400 points (175 goals, 225 assists).
Albany (16-3) had a 5-0 run in the third quarter to take a 9-8 lead into the fourth, but Notre Dame (12-2) stormed back with a 6-1 final quarter in a game which included a one-hour, 20-minute lightening delay in the second quarter. It is Notre Dame's second straight appearance in the final four and fifth in school history.
Notre Dame's opponent at the NCAA Division I final four at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia next Saturday will be the University of Denver (15-2), which overcame a slow start to defeat Ohio State, 15-13, in the second game of the Denver doubleheader. Denver trailer, 6-1, after one quarter before rallying to within 7-6 of the Buckeyes (12-7) at halftime. It then took a 10-9 lead after the third quarter and held on with a 5-4 fourth.
The other two semifinalists will be determined Sunday at Annapolis when Syracuse meets Johns Hopkins at noon and Maryland faces North Carolina at 2:30 p.m.