While senior attackman Connor Fields’ four goals and two assists headlined the No. 1 Albany men’s lacrosse team’s 11-10 comeback win against No. 2 Maryland on Saturday, Jakob Patterson contributed significantly by scoring a career high-tying four goals, including the Great Danes’ ninth and 10th goals of the game. The sophomore midfielder shared his thoughts on his performance and his path from Chandler, Ariz., to upstate New York.
Jakob, you had four goals today. Can you talk about this game? Was this sort of what you anticipated today?
Yeah, obviously, coming into College Park, we knew it was going to be a battle, the crowd was going to be loud. And we know coming in that Maryland is a top two [team], and they’re probably the best team in the country, I would have to say. So we knew it was going to be a tough battle coming in.
Scoring four goals for you today, would you consider this a breakout game for yourself?
No, I would just consider it’s my role, whatever the team needs me to do. If I need to score goals, I will. But I have no problem with not scoring and just feeding the ball around and being a team player.
Today, it seemed like you were doing a lot of the invert. Was that part of the game plan?
Yes. Coach [Merrick] Thomson put it in with me and [senior midfielder] Kyle McClancy, No. 40, and going into the week, we knew we’d have our opportunities because of the film we had been watching.
You’re from Arizona. How do you end up at a school like Albany in upstate New York?
I was born in Buffalo, part of the Seneca/Iroquois tribe. And I actually sent Coach [Scott] Marr an email. I sent him a highlight tape, and that’s how I got recruited, honestly. He sent me an email back and we set up a little visit, and walking up to UAlbany with Coach Marr, I knew that was the place to be.
What’s it like playing with guys like Connor Fields and Tehoka [Nanticoke]?
It’s honestly easy for me. I’ve just got to play off them. I have two superstar players like that. That makes my job easy.