ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – During University at Albany’s lacrosse media day, a player said he has stepped up to become a top player on the team.
It’s easy to focus on what the UAlbany lacrosse team has lost. Lyle Thompson was the best player in the game. But during Monday’s media day, one player stepped up and said he’s ready to fill those shoes.
“He set the tone,” senior goalie Blaze Riorden said. “He set the bar really high, and everyone wanted to play to his standards, so I kinda took that role this year.”
“His personality and his enthusiasm is kinda what we’re gonna feed off of this year,” head coach Scott Marr said.
That personality was on full display at Cornell University last year. Riorden’s goal took the nation by storm.
But taking over a game, that’s where he’s most impressive.
“You saw last year in the Cornell game when he had 20 something saves and really takes over a game,” Marr said.
“Not only can he makes saves that not a lot of goalies can make, but he creates so much with our clear,” senior midfielder John Maloney said. “He’s a vocal leader on defense.”
Riorden highlights a defense that returns all of its starters and expects to put up better numbers this season.
“They have to have the ability to close the door and limit the goals and opportunities other teams have,” Marr said. “Again, with Blaze in the net, I really do think he can do that.”
“I’m all about winning, and I believe I might not be the best goalie, but I believe that I’m a winner,” Riorden said.
Riorden said he might not be the best goalie, but a number of his teammates believe he is the best in college.
His first major test will come in two weeks when the team opens its season at Syracuse University.