The 2018 Albany Great Danes lacrosse team is the best the school has ever fielded. And the Danes are led by arguably the best player in the country, senior attackmen Connor Fields. Albany heads to Foxboro, Mass. to take on Yale in the national semifinals on Saturday, May 26. If Fields and the Danes win, they will meet the winner of Maryland-Duke in the national championship on Monday, May 28.
Fields has been a goal-scoring machine since his arrival in Albany. The attackmen is again a nominee for the Tewaaraton Award. He has been slowed some of his senior season with an injury, but still managed to tie for the team lead in points. Fields was selected third overall in the 2018 MLL draft by the Charlotte Hounds.
High School: Bishop-Timon St. Jude
Fields was ranked as the No. 15 recruit in the 2014 recruiting class and No. 2 recruit in his home state of New York. He was a four-year letterman in lacrosse and hockey at Bishop-Timon St. Jude.
During his illustrious high school career, Fields led Bishop-Timon to back-to-back New York state championships in 2012 and 2013. He was named a high school All-American for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. During his junior year, Fields broke the New York high school scoring record with 129 goals. In a hotbed lacrosse state such as New York breaking the scoring record is no small feat.
He would follow up his historic junior season with a not too shabby 108 goals as a senior. Fields was invited to participate in the Under Armour All-America Boys Classic in Towson. He would finish his high school career with 372 goals and 108 assists.
College Career: Albany
Connor Fields wasted no time in becoming one of the best lax players in the country. His freshman season with the Danes was one of the top freshman seasons in D1 history. Fields netted 66 goals, a freshman record and was named to the All-Conference first team, as well as receiving the America East Rookie of the Year award.
His sophomore season saw him become a Tewaaraton Award nominee. He entered the season as a preseason All-American according to Inside Lacrosse. He followed up his historic freshman campaign by leading the America East in total points and goals, leading UAlbany with 44 goals, 29 assists, and 73 points.
Field’s junior season was his most prolific season at Albany. In fact, it was the fourth-highest scoring season in Division 1 history. Fields end the season with 117 points off of 55 goals and 62 assists. His highest scoring game came against Cornell where he found the back of the net eight times and added two assists. His dominant season did not go unnoticed as Fields was named America East Offensive Player of the Year, All-Conference First Team, and All-Tournament Team. USILA and Inside Lacrosse Media named him a First Team All-American, and he was a Tewaaraton Award finalist.
Fields senior season has been slowed slightly due to injury. The attackman has missed three games and only played in parts of three others. Despite the injury Fields still managed to finish 8th in the nation in total points with 81. It’s not a guarantee that he would be leading the nation in points if it wasn’t for injury, but Duke’s Justin Guterding would have been pushed strongly for the top spot.
The greatness of Connor Fields was on display in a game in early March against UMass. Fields finished the game with 12 total points while only playing two and a half quarters. He was named a Tewaaraton Award nominee for the third straight season.
This season’s Albany team has the most depth and talent of the four years Fields has been with the program. Albany will look to avenge an earlier season loss against Yale in the national semifinals. Fields missed most of the first game due to a knee injury he suffered in the first quarter. This time around Yale will see a fully healthy and hungry Connor Fields. Get your popcorn ready people.