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UAlbany Lacrosse 50th Anniversary


“Hey Jude” by the Beatles was Billboard’s top single for the year.  The Pontiac GTO was named Motor Trend’s Car of the Year.  Richard Nixon was elected President of the United states.  I was born.  UAlbany Lacrosse was launched.  Fifty years ago, the institution was more likely known as “Albany State, or SUNY Albany, but regardless of name the seeds of the program that would one day become the Dane Train were planted.

The program’s Golden Anniversary celebration will begin on Friday with a lacrosse alumni tailgate before the Great Danes’ 7:00 PM game against Binghamton.  At halftime of the game, UAlbany’s 50th Anniversary Team will be recognized.  The list of players selected for this “all-time” team, which was announced today (linked below), ranges from the program’s founding fathers, to some of the region’s best ever high school players, to Tewaaraton winners and top MLL, NLL, and international players.  In all, a great representation of the program’s evolution over fifty years.

Clearly the recent Danes’ teams have grabbed the public’s attention, however, the success of the program extends back through the years.  In conversation tonight Head Coach Scott Marr commented that he “Took over a winning tradition”, citing the coaching of his predecessors Mark Wimmer and Steve O’Shea and the talented players of the program’s DIII and DII eras.

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While he meets alumni from the teams that predated his tenure through a variety of events, Coach Marr emphasized the importance of the Lake Placid Summit Classic to the cohesiveness of the UAlbany Lacrosse alumni community.   Through the Gray/Grayed Danes UAlbany Alumni teams that participate in the event, Coach Marr has the opportunity to spend time not only with players that he coached, but also those who played for Albany in the 1980s and 1990s.

Coach Marr considers it an honor that a significant number of program alumni remain involved in the game, coaching at the collegiate, High School, and youth levels.  “It’s just awesome that guys walk away from here and get involved in coaching to positively influence young players.”  Coach Marr noted the importance of the program’s alumni to its continued success and growth, and continued that he looked forward to celebrating the winning tradition with them all through the weekend’s events.

Looking over the 50th Anniversary Team, I note players included who coached me, players who I have played with/against, players who I have coached with, players who have coached my kids, and players who I have had the privilege to watch as a spectator/fan.  Thank you and congrats to all!!

To view the list and bios of the 50th Anniversary Team click: ALL 50 TEAM

For complete info on the 50th Anniversary events and team, visit: MEN’S LACROSSE CELEBRATES ANNIVERSARY WITH “ALL-50 TEAM”

“It is a tremendous honor to be named to this Top 50 players list. I would especially like to thank the selection committee of Steve Jakway, David Armstrong, Mike Motta, Steve O’Shea, Mark Wimmer, Coach Scott Marr, and his entire staff. To have your name even mentioned with legends like Lyle and Miles Thompson, and Connor Fields is humbling to say the least. I would like also thank all of my former UAlbany teammates for making my two years at Albany some of the best days of my life. It is great to be part of this big purple family here at UAlbany. Roll on Dane Train!”

Mike Tesoriero Attack ’93

“I am proud to be part of a long tradition and top quality lacrosse program at UA. Coaches Mark Wimmer and Steve O’Shea were instrumental in the programs long term success. I’m so happy to see what coach Marr has done with his players throughout his tenure at the helm. I am overjoyed to be a part of the UA lacrosse family and included in this weekends celebration.”

Tom Alexander Defense ’99

Gary Govel
Gary has been involved in lacrosse in the Capital District for over 35 years as a player, youth coach, program administrator, parent, and fan. Gary launched in November 2015 to report on lacrosse news and information of interest to the region, and to share his passion for the game. In addition to operating this site and associated social media, Gary is also a contributor to Inside Lacrosse.