May 2, 2013
Strength: Run-and-gun offense featuring an attack of brothers Lyle and Miles Thompson (pictured) and their cousin Ty. Entering Thursday, Lyle was averaging 6.6 points per game for the nation's most explosive offense (15.8 goals per game). The Great Danes have reached 12 goals a dozen times this season.
Weakness: Turnovers. Albany plays a freelance style founded on taking chances, but turns the ball over 18 times per game. When the tempo slows in the NCAA tournament, how will their giveaways impact results?
X-factor: Freshman goalie Blaze Riorden had a career-best 20 saves in the win over Johns Hopkins. Riorden can struggle, though, saving less than 50 percent in seven games this year.
Notable: Albany was 5-11 in 2012, 5-10 in 2011 and 5-11 in 2010. In 2007 it won the America East tournament, beat Loyola in the first round and lost a heartbreaker in the quarterfinals to Cornell in overtime.
Bracketology: Even with wins at Johns Hopkins and at Syracuse, the Great Danes are not an NCAA tournament lock without the America East AQ.