Albany’s TD Ierlan Named Warrior/US Lacrosse Player of the Week

Albany’s TD Ierlan was next in line to be perfect on faceoffs, achieving the feat against Cornell going 24-for-24 Sunday. (PHOTO BY RICH BARNES)

It didn’t take long for someone to trump Trevor Baptiste’s perfect game.

Albany’s TD Ierlan, who was nearly perfect last week against Drexel, achieved the feat Sunday, going 24-for-24 with 22 ground balls in the Great Danes’ 11-9 win over Cornell — a game in which No. 2 Albany needed to score four goals in the final 3:18 to remain unbeaten — to earn Warrior/US Lacrosse Player of the Week honors.

The race between Baptiste and Ierlan for best faceoff man in the land is officially on.

Last week, Baptiste went 22-for-22 in Denver’s win over Cleveland State and Ierlan was 21-for-22 in the Great Danes’ win over Drexel.

This week, Ierlan pitched the 24-for-24 perfecto and Baptiste went 23-for-24 in the Pioneers’ win at Furman.

Their season numbers are absurd. Ierlan is 61-for-67 (91.0 percent) and Baptiste is 77-for-94 (81.9 percent). They’re gobbling up 16 and 12.25 ground balls per game, respectively.

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